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This Spanish-Tuscan house plan features a breathtaking exterior and dramatic entrance. The home enjoys a spacious interior with the conveniences to make everyday a get-away.

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Pre-drawn or stock home plans, just as the name implies are pre-drawn so you can visualize your needs. These plans are drawn by an architect or professional house designer with many years of experience in the industry.

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Today’s Cape Cod house plans are often much more than first meets the eye. Sure, the house designs are steeped in tradition and practicality – that’s what made them so popular for generations. But today’s Cape Cod home plans offer a certain elegance and even modernity in their floor plans design that has homeowners more excited than they have been in decades.

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It's time to start thinking about raising that roof. With over 20,000 house plans waiting to be built, The Plan Collection is ready to help you get started. As an extra incentive, we are offering 10% off all house plans now through 7/31/13.

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With its turrets, gables and ornate trim, the “Victorian” house may be deemed as Bleak House or The House of the Seven Gables as depicted in classic literature. Quite the contrary. Perhaps the most colorful, romantic and vibrant architectural style, the “Victorian” took flight during the reign of Queen Victoria and continues to excite and delight homeowners and architecture fans today.

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Typically, floor plans on blueprint construction drawings are an overhead view of each floor of the completed house. Note parallel lines that scale at whatever width the walls are required to be. The dimensions are drawn between the walls to specify wall lengths and room sizes. Note the locations for fixtures such as water heaters, sinks or furnaces. Along the walls and dimensions there are often notes that specify the construction method, or finish and symbols to reference cross sections and electrical.

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Big and extravagant homes might be beautiful to admire from afar, but how many homeowners really want the mortgage payment that comes with it plus spend their nights and weekends maintaining them – or incur huge expenses to have others do so for them? Below I explore some of the advantages and comforts offered by a smaller home floor plan as well as my “Top 5 Tips” to enhance your smaller space design.

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The NAHB economists predict that within the next ten years the funds spent on home remodeling jobs will surpass that of new home construction. Lower construction costs have a hand in the upturn, especially when these costs are measured up against house values that are now finally stabilizing.

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Who would have thought that the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair would catapult the Prairie Style into prominence? High expectations for fresh, new designs were dashed when European forms dominated. Change was inevitable once a group of architects led by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright seized the moment and introduced the Prairie Style.

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When some think of a “Southern” home, the first images that come to mind are the grand plantation style homes from Gone with the Wind, The Help and movies in between where Southern or plantation homes took center stage. Yet true Southern homes are so much more than just those stately facades. A Southern style house plan captures the spirit of Southern living in its elegance combined with comfort, warm interior design and floor plans, attractive exteriors and keenly designed landscapes that embrace the surroundings.

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More consumers are searching to purchase house plans online which is revealing the home design trends for 2014. The recovering economy, baby boomers and evolving lifestyle needs now drive trends in residential architecture. The Plan Collection's Plan #161-1042 features a gorgeous open kitchen floor plan with easy access to the living areas.

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From Florence to Siena and Pisa, the Tuscany region of Italy is filled with quaint villas and homes built on sloping hills. You don’t have to live there to experience Tuscany at its best and most magical. Today, you can recreate the Old World charm and allure of Tuscan style homes in your own hometown.

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“Less is more” when designing a dream home for an urban or dense suburban environment. With shrinking home lot sizes and a desire to decrease their ecological footprint, potential homeowners are looking at narrow lot house styles; and employing more creativity and imagination to build their homes.

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Ever sit on your front porch and dream of gentle sea breezes and stunning views of nature and seascapes? You can make that a reality with the modern coastal or beachfront house plan – perfect for waterfront living, comfortable, informal, and built to withstand the forces of nature.

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With the days of “bigger is better” over, people are looking for homes with smaller footprints. And fear not… there’s nothing shabby about affordable house plans, which can range from a one-story ranch to a two-story country home. These house plans can be just as stylish, appealing and luxurious as those in a posh neighborhood.

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From the sophistication of Paris apartments to the tranquility of country homes in Provence, and the quaintness of the half-timbered buildings in Normandy, French style house plans are marvelous sights. Think chateaus, rustic country farmhouses, and cottages – and you get the idea of the uniquely eclectic, romantic, and charming style of French home design. Each region in France is known for its own distinctive character – and has inspired countless homes in the United States and Canada.

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One of the most beautiful and colorful house designs in the world, the Mediterranean house plan is a mix of the romantic, elegant, and exotic. Its attractive lines, courtyards, stucco walls, low-pitched roofs, arches, and columns create a bold – and yet inviting presence.

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Whether you dream of the Mount Vernon mansion, the house in “Driving Miss Daisy” or the home where Kevin ruled in the “Home Alone” movies, the Georgian house plan remains a classic American favorite that captures the historic, elegant, and stately.

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From the Arts and Crafts bungalows of the 1900s, to beachfront properties, classic ranch homes, Mediterranean and Spanish Mission designs, the row houses in San Francisco, and modern contemporary plans, California house styles are distinctly casual, comfortable and made for relaxed living.

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The courtyard style is alive and well in the 21st century. Going back as early as 2000 BC, the courtyard design seamlessly fused the outdoor space with the indoors to allow abundant light and air, while also providing a comfortable and secure home.

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Why “size up” when so many are opting for a smaller footprint for their homes? With all the smart, efficient and trendy styles at a buyer’s fingertips, it’s easy to see why house plans 2500-300 square feet are attractive. Imagine the possibilities with a Ranch, Craftsman, European, Country, Victorian, Mediterranean, Traditional or Contemporary design.

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There are many considerations when you decide to build a home. But first, establishing a home building budget is the first essential step towards good planning and avoiding surprises when you build a home. This beautiful Texas-style house plan available at The Plan Collection is the average size of a new home -- 2,598 square feet.

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An elegant and endearing part of the American architectural landscape, the country house style – with its fluid and beautifully simple outlines - has fascinated and attracted generations since it first appeared in the Southern states during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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The one-story home has slowly emerged as a trendy and attractive choice for a growing number of the American population. With no stairs to navigate in a one-story floor plan, people find several creative design options - including cozy Cape Cods, bungalows, ranches, artsy Craftsman, chic European, Mediterranean, comfortable Southern and country styles.

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Throw in a little Spanish Colonial, a dash of the Native American, terracotta roofs and arches. Voila! You get a picture of the wonderful Southwest style house plan blending into the desert landscape with its charm, warmth, and splashes of color in the interior and exterior designs.

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Whether it’s a rustic cabin, a bungalow, an Arts and Crafts or Craftsman, Queen Anne, modern contemporary home, or a houseboat, the Pacific Northwest home accents the area’s natural beauty and landscapes. It’s a style where architecture doesn’t get in the way of nature.

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Say goodbye to formal living and dining rooms. Welcome to the open floor plan - a modern design where busy families gather together and interact with each other and their friends in a center of activity unobstructed by walls and boundaries.

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Remember when the bathroom was just the bathroom? It was a no frills, simple, and necessary place in the home. Not anymore. For the past several years, the bathroom—much like the kitchen—has been one of the most renovated, upgraded, and modernized spaces in a home.

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Do you still stop and think of that enchanting French country home and that lovely villa in Tuscany you saw on vacation? Now that you are ready for a new home, how about a European-style house plan that captures all the eclectic charm of European architecture that has always fascinated you?

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Finally! A home with your dream open floor plan—no more outdated layouts, traffic-blocking walls, and small rooms. What’s the next step now that you have your unobstructed, free-flowing space? Think of these helpful tips as you review, design, and create an attractive and comfortable open floor space.

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Finally! A home with your dream open floor plan—no more outdated layouts, traffic-blocking walls, and small rooms. What’s the next step now that you have your unobstructed, free-flowing space? Think of these helpful tips as you review, design, and create an attractive and comfortable open floor space.

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Remember your parents’ collection of old record albums and the wood cabinet where they were lovingly stored? How about that dumbwaiter or the laundry chute in a restored home? Today these “old-home” features are “spicing up” new homes. Here’s a closer look at some of these vintage pieces.

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Of course, you want your own home. The big decision: should you buy an existing home or build a one from plans? Before you decide to build, here is what you need to know. Then think it through, plan and organize each step, and prepare to be an active participant.

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You’re dreaming of building the ideal home. But there are tens of thousands of pre-designed house plans to choose from, and you don’t have a crystal-clear mental picture of it yet. Tackling a few important decisions and tasks beforehand will make the search for your dream home plan much easier.

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You’re dreaming of building the ideal home. But there are tens of thousands of pre-designed house plans to choose from, and you don’t have a crystal-clear mental picture of it yet. Tackling a few important decisions and tasks beforehand will make the search for your dream home plan much easier.

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You’re searching through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home, but you find you are having trouble conjuring a mental picture of the inside of the home from floor plans. Here are some tips on how to better visualize the finished product as you peruse home plans.

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You’re searching through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home, but you find you are having trouble conjuring a mental picture of the inside of the home from floor plans. Here are some tips on how to better visualize the finished product as you peruse home plans.

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You’re searching through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home. But the dotted lines, symbols, and shapes you are seeing confuse you. How do they translate into the living space you are looking for? Here are tips to help you understand what you’re looking at.

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You’re searching through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home. But the dotted lines, symbols, and shapes you are seeing confuse you. How do they translate into the living space you are looking for? Here are tips to help you understand what you’re looking at.

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Whether inspired by the majestic columns of Mount Vernon’s mansion or the classic simplicity of Abraham Lincoln’s Greek Revival summer home, historic-style house plans have captivated and fascinated designers and builders with their enduring allure and unique architectural design.

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The arrival of Columbus Day inspired us to celebrate another famous Italian, architect Andrea Palladio. Discovered when he was 30 years old and brought to Rome from Vicenza, Palladio’s concepts of balance, harmony, and classic design had a powerful impact on American—and worldwide—architecture.

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Once the rage in the United States, concrete block / ICF home plans are back in today’s architectural landscape. Along with being energy-efficient, durable, and storm-resistant, concrete block house plans are comfortable and quiet – and they come in classic styles that appeal to today’s home seekers’ aesthetic.

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It’s a far cry from the simple cabin on Little House on the Prairie and the handcrafted single-room log house introduced by Swedish immigrants in the 1700s. But the 2016 Cabin-style home plan – with all its modern twists and luxury – continues to captivate with its quaint and rustic charm.

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These days, tiny home plans are all the rage, especially among younger families and Millennials. With a tiny house – or any home for that matter – you may have a tiny bathroom. We have some great ideas to help you make the most of the limited space you have!

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