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House Plans 101 Do You Really Want an Environmentally Conscious Home?


When you build an eco-friendly home it begins with the core of the house, using energy-efficient and sustainable insulated concrete forms (ICFs). Saving on labor costs, ICFs are rigid yet lightweight and add a heightened layer of thermal resistance – also known as “R” value - and they increase construction productivity.   Today’s energy efficient home uses a radiant heat system that is more efficient than baseboard and forced-air heating systems. Here are some other items used in an environmentally conscious home:   -- High-efficiency light bulbs and smart appliances will be installed throughout -- A smart-grid power source is used -- Highly insulated R-5 windows, the top-of-the-line Read more
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Published On : 09-25-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Home Building Costs that Might Sneak up on You
When you first started thinking about building a new home, you may have had visions of researching, your dream home, then drawing up your dream house plan, or else paying a professional like an architect to help you do it. This is what a person had to do ten or 20 years ago, but now the Internet makes it easier than ever to make your dream home a reality.   For example, say that you want a modern house plan. The Plan Collection makes finding your dream home a breeze. But once you have found a lot, and then purchased your house plan, then it is time to talk building. And this is when many people run into troubles…especially with home building costs. One issue, for example, is the rising cost of lumber.   &nbs Read more
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Published On : 09-23-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Best House Plans: Traffic Patterns, Doors and Windows
Traffic patterns and doorways have been changing as well. And with these more open designs, many people like bigger and less confined windows – such as floor to ceiling glass like in this (house plan # 116-1081) with a spacious kitchen that’s open to the family and dining areas.    According to the National Association of Realtor’s 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, some people prefer easy-to-live-in homes with open concept plans that are open house plans. Part of this trend is also being driven by the growing population of baby boomers that are planning to remain in their homes, and knowing they may end up wheelchair bound, which requires wider hallways, open traffic patterns and l Read more
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Published On : 09-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Mold Growth from Poor Construction on your Modern House Plan
The last thing anyone wants is to be in the middle of building their new modern house plan, and to find out there is mold (fungi). Understanding the impact of moisture and mold on building materials and the process involved in construction integral to developing good construction practices. Recent media focus has brought some heightened attention to the construction industry for maintenance practices that can minimize the risk of mold.  The sad truth is that mold can grow on almost every construction material including: brick, carpet, fabric, fiber insulation, glass, lumber, OSB, paint, panels, plywood, siding, wallboard, and even vinyl wall coverings. It often happens when a building material gets dirty and then wet. It i Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Installing the Proper Insulation
Depending on the climate in the region in which you live, insulation for a home plan provides a protective barrier between your home and the outdoor United States Department of Energy has good, clear advice – with easy to review diagrams – making it really easy to understand how to insulate your house. The information was designed to help you reduce your home's heating and cooling costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques and to make you more comfortable. Insulating a home properly will also save money.   A house plan needs to have the proper specifications to be properly insulated from the foundation to the roof for optimal energy efficiency. Factors also include moisture and air leakage control Read more
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Published On : 08-28-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Considerations for Building Foundations in a New House Plan
Before building the foundation of a new home can begin the site or lot must be surveyed to establish the home's basic footprint. This way the home can be built the appropriate distances from the property lines.  Here are the steps in a nutshell:   • The corners of the home are marked by surveyor's stakes. • Offset stakes are placed about two feet from the surveyor's stakes. • The excavator begins to dig at the offset stakes, creating a slightly larger hole than the foundation actually will occupy. (This extra room makes it easier for a crew to work on the foundation exterior walls. The excavation depth is determined by a structural engineer. This professional must co Read more
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Published On : 08-26-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Avoid Costly Home Building Mistakes
When building a new home, make sure you have a professional home plan, and a good contractor, because mistakes can be costly and lead to poor quality, scheduling delays and budget increases. worse, some mistakes could actually cause structural damagethat could endanger lives.   Mistakes not only show a lack of knowledge, so when you hire a contractor to work on your new house, be sure to check their references, as well as their license status to make sure it is current, and that they are insured and bonded.   Another thing. Insist on acquiring a building permit, because the inspection process offers a third-party set of eyes on the work that is being done, but can often help weed-out the illegi Read more
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Published On : 08-14-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Single Level House Plans for Now and Your Future
If you are planning on building a new home, then you may want to know that trends in the United States are indicating people are actually building “forever homes” with the thought of having plenty of room for family throughout the life stages. It is being dubbed “Aging in Place” and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers a certification program called *CAPS on how to do it.   Due to the current U.S. Baby Boomer population – 1946 through 1964 – people are either building new homes in retirement or remodeling their homes to fit new lifestyle needs. AARP research actually says that most older home owners prefer to age-in-place. This means people want to stay in their homes indepen Read more
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Published On : 08-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Incorporating a Smart Home in your New Home Plan
  When most people build a new home, after they figure out all the basics, they start daydreaming and researching all the cool new features that they want their new home to have – if budget is not a big issue.  And even when people do not have the budget yet, they still want to know what features they can add into their home plan down the road. People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home plan of the future with automated systems is here to stay.    If the concept of a smart home of the future brings back memories of the Jetson's futuristic home, you may actually be on the right track. But just remember that when designing your new smart ho Read more
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Published On : 08-06-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Knowing Heating and Cooling Dos and Dont's in Your House Plan
When building your home, there are a number of considerations when it comes to the proper air conditioning installation procedures in your house plan. Much of the plan depends on the climate where you live, and the right installation can add years of life to new A/C equipment plus it can help save both energy and money. But a poorly installed or selected A/C system can cause many problems for the end user. Today, in order to help protect the global environment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the focus on home and business air conditioning methods for greater energy efficiency. A current EPA study indicates that installation issues often hinder the efficiency of more than half of all installed home air-con Read more
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Published On : 08-04-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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How to Make Modifications to a House Plan
Fact: A majority of homeowners made changes to the plan while building their new home. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) can help you determine the best way to modify your house plan when you have really minor modifications. Redlining is the cheapest and easiest method to modify house plans.    Redlining is not suitable for major changes, but it will work for the majority of minor changes. Examples of minor modifications using redlining include:   • Removing a chimney or fireplace • Resizing or moving a door or a window • Changing exterior finishes or interior fixtures • Moving interior partitions that do not affect structural supports • S Read more
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Published On : 07-31-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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