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The other day figuring out what will go into the new house. All I can say is I respect anyone that can build homes for a living. It is an expensive risky deal and you get all the complainers like me who think adding things like blinds, different paint colors, or a new pool should be free.

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Every year I and my wife attend the Parade of Homes. The parade is a great way to get new ideas for your home and to visualize what those ideas may actually look like.

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You're in the market for a new home, and you've been searching through umpteen house plans to find your dream home. But don't forget about the builder. You should shop just as carefully for your contractor. Here are some things to watch out for.

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You're in the market for a new home, and you've been searching through umpteen house plans to find your dream home. But don't forget about the builder. You should shop just as carefully for your contractor. Here are some things to watch out for.

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You're in the market for a new home, and you've been searching through umpteen house plans to find your dream home. But don't forget about the builder. You should shop just as carefully for your contractor. Here are some things to watch out for.

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You're in the market for a new home, and you've been searching through umpteen house plans to find your dream home. But don't forget about the builder. You should shop just as carefully for your contractor. Here are some things to watch out for.

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Too often homeowners think about just square feet and then realize the mistakes made when it is too late! Invest some time and money into building a house with architectural appeal.

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Because we have over 5,000 unique visitors come to our site on a daily basis. Most of you don't buy a house plan, but that's okay because there are many who do. For those who don't, I hope you are finding some good ideas on our free collection of great house plans.

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There are certainly some environmentally friendly things that are happening in the building industry. For instance the size of building lots are quickly being reduced.

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When searching for a home plan, make sure you check to see if it is appropriate for your building lot. Some town require ridiculous front setbacks from the street. Also be sure to check your side setbacks.

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When I design homes, I try and create a home plan that offers architectural appeal, functionality and energy/cost efficiency.

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This is one of my favorite house plans. It features a very luxurious country look. It gives me the feel like I am right in Jackson Hole, WY.

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Building an indoor court for home can be a challenge but worth the effort. Activities in home gyms range from basketball, volleyball, raquetball and golf.

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Here are some great house plans with Gyms inside. One of these homes was designed specifically for a lot that had a tremendous slope to it.

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I have admiration for those who try and general their own home construction. However, I have seen very few people save money. There are many secrets to making the building process run smoothly.

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I have admiration for those who try and general their own home construction. However, I have seen very few people save money. There are many secrets to making the building process run smoothly.

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In most areas 2x4 construction is sufficient. The main reason 2x6 construction is attractive is for the extra insulating value. But you should also consider

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With the right eye and skills, someone who understands architecture can finesse a home plan into something that is perfect. Here is one such example.

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With the right eye and skills, someone who understands architecture can finesse a home plan into something that is perfect. Here is one such example.

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When laying out the basement I try to place the window wells away from the porch and if possible none on the front of the home at all. This allows you to build up the grade around the front porch and have unobstructed flower beds.

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This house designer has a wide selection of beach, contemporary, modern and country home plans.

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This house designer has a wide selection of beach, contemporary, modern and country home plans.

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The "Modern" architectural style became popular in the 1920's and 30's and is similar and often referred to as "Art-Deco".

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Spanish or Mediterranean style house plans are most commonly found in warm climates where the clay tile roofs assist in keeping them cool during the hot summer months.

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Spanish or Mediterranean style house plans are most commonly found in warm climates where the clay tile roofs assist in keeping them cool during the hot summer months.

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It has a master bedroom on main level, kitchen with triple garden-doors, 2 large family rooms (1 as home theater), and 5 spacious bedrooms.

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It has a master bedroom on main level, kitchen with triple garden-doors, 2 large family rooms (1 as home theater), and 5 spacious bedrooms.

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his is a great Neo-Traditional or Contemporary style of floor plan. I don't care where you live, this home will accent any neighborhood with glamour and beauty.

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his is a great Neo-Traditional or Contemporary style of floor plan. I don't care where you live, this home will accent any neighborhood with glamour and beauty.

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his is a great Neo-Traditional or Contemporary style of floor plan. I don't care where you live, this home will accent any neighborhood with glamour and beauty.

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With the price of brickwork, make sure you get exactly what you want. One thing that can make a difference is to use a different color of brick mortar.

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This country house plan showcases a deep, wraparound front porch for summer shade, panoramic views and more than enough space for comfortable outside entertaining.

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This home plan is really classy. I have liked it for a number of years now and would really like to build it.

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Designed for the family, this European style home has plenty of room for all. You'll enjoy the great room theater with balcony seating, a large playroom, the upstairs bedroom with it's own bath - great for guests or privacy for kids.

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This passive solar house plan is a compact sun-tempered home full of the Not-So-Big-House concepts.

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This luxury floor plan features large and open rooms. These outstanding qualities make this home great for entertaining guests and/or a large family.

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This luxury floor plan features large and open rooms. These outstanding qualities make this home great for entertaining guests and/or a large family.

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When building a home, there are certain things that really need to be done right. One of those things, is having your doors installed correctly.

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We at The Plan Collection want to keep you up-to-date on the newest and most innovative plans. Just recently we added a new designer to our Plan Collection family.

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We at The Plan Collection want to keep you up-to-date on the newest and most innovative plans. Just recently we added a new designer to our Plan Collection family.

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They put the brick up this last friday. The house should be done in the next 5 weeks or so.

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We added some great house plans of a nationally renowned home designer. In this collection is featured all sorts of house plans in all different styles and looks.

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Tips and advice to consider when working with sub-contractors and you are the general contactor for your own home.

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Tips and advice to consider when working with sub-contractors and you are the general contactor for your own home.

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Tips and advice to consider when working with sub-contractors and you are the general contactor for your own home.

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I know a lot of you who look at home plans trying to build your own homes. Get to know a lumber salesperson and let them know what you are planning.

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Since many variables make up the cost per square foot - lumber prices, location, amenities - there is no "standard" - but be sure to take these into account.

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Since many variables make up the cost per square foot - lumber prices, location, amenities - there is no "standard" - but be sure to take these into account.

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Are you looking for the home of your dreams? This talented house designer is a new, exciting addition to The Plan Collection family. He offers an impressive selection of over 650 models

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Are you looking for the home of your dreams? This talented house designer is a new, exciting addition to The Plan Collection family. He offers an impressive selection of over 650 models

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Some of the most exciting part of building a new home is the last few weeks, but it can also be the most stressful if you're building your own home.

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Building spec homes over custom can be much easier and more profitable. However, it can be risky. The best thing to do is start with a good floor plan and build it in a good area.

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People don't really think about what other things will need to be changed by simply choosing a different sink, faucet or doorknobs than usual. My experience with a vessel sink.

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Looking to build a house? A deck or porch? Well be sure to get up to speed on these 10 steps before hiring a contractor.

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Looking to build a house? A deck or porch? Well be sure to get up to speed on these 10 steps before hiring a contractor.

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Looking to build a house? A deck or porch? Well be sure to get up to speed on these 10 steps before hiring a contractor.

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Why is it that some homes sit on the market for a year while others sell like hot cakes? Frustrated sellers will blame a bad market, while a good real estate professional will tell you that many times, a slow sale is often attributed to the listing price.

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Selling a home during the winter months can be a challenge. There are a few things you can do to enhance “curb appeal.” When that happens, buyers will take notice.

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And trying to be at the right house at the right time and get it for the right price can be tricky. Here are some guidelines to assist you.

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when you are building a home, there are certain decisions that just have to be made. Some of these decisions are fairly inexpensive when the home is under construction, but much more expensive to add once the home is done.

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his designer creates stock home plans that bring out amazing creativity that define each home individually.

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These are two of our new Floridian, Coastal home plans. These are all designed with concrete slab walls to meet the strict Florida codes.

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These are two of our new Floridian, Coastal home plans. These are all designed with concrete slab walls to meet the strict Florida codes.

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During a roundtable discussion, the members — architects, builders, land planners and interior designers — shared their ideas on home and community design. Their discussion included color, texture, affordability, size, context and the popularity of outdoor rooms and courtyards — even in the Snow Belt states. Here are their most significant findings.

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These Canadian house plans have been designed to meet both Canadian and U.S. building code.

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Now is an ideal time to start building your dream home. Style is something to think about and a classic country plan would not be a mistake.

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In house design, so much of this is now regional. Three factors to tell what’s going to be hot in your area - and why it might not be hot somewhere else.

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A second master bedroom for some and a completely separate apartment for others. Home plans that will meet your needs and your parents’ needs.

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Looking for a house plan that is small, simple, and economical? Here are key factors in creating a comfortable, enjoyable dwelling, while optimizing the price tag.

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This floor plan is the perfect solution for any family that wants to provide a separate living space or bedroom suite for a guest or parent within their home.

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This house seems as though it was hewn from the mountain side with its rock base and wood finish. The exposed rough cut beams unite it with the landscape.

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This house seems as though it was hewn from the mountain side with its rock base and wood finish. The exposed rough cut beams unite it with the landscape.

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This house seems as though it was hewn from the mountain side with its rock base and wood finish. The exposed rough cut beams unite it with the landscape.

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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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Our goal is to bring you the best designs from the greatest house designers and architects at roughly a tenth of the price of a custom design.

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Our goal is to bring you the best designs from the greatest house designers and architects at roughly a tenth of the price of a custom design.

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This luxurious French-European house style provides over 5000 square feet of living space. From the stone siding, dormers with wrought-iron balconies, hipped roof, and arched doorway, this home soothes the senses and promotes well being.

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One of our most decorated luxury home designers has just released a new plan. In an elegant display of classic architecture, house plan Cheverny is a graceful environment.

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Now you can take any house plan and add the green finishes and systems that have real payback for your wallet and the environment.

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Now you can take any house plan and add the green finishes and systems that have real payback for your wallet and the environment.

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The warmth of the logs offers a cozy feel in a large house. This beautiful home gives stunning architecture, the cozy warmth of a log home, and private bedrooms for an escape from the rest of the world.

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One of our best Craftsman house plans is truly something to behold. After just one look, you can see the time and effort involved in designing this home.

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Southern house plans wouldn't be southern if they didn't display the generous hospitality known for the region. What to make your Southern home stand out.

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Southern house plans wouldn't be southern if they didn't display the generous hospitality known for the region. What to make your Southern home stand out.

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Home design has long been plagued by home budgets. Lets look at a home that strives for something beyond quick construction, low cost, and mediocre design.

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Home design has long been plagued by home budgets. Lets look at a home that strives for something beyond quick construction, low cost, and mediocre design.

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Home design has long been plagued by home budgets. Lets look at a home that strives for something beyond quick construction, low cost, and mediocre design.

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Natural lighting in house design saves on electricity bills and, if done right, heating and cooling bills. Passive solar design is by far the most effective and efficient way to use the sun's energy.

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This craftsman style house plan has some major green advantages and opportunities.

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We just got some fresh pics from one of our favorite designers. The house shown a great solution for mainstream suburbia. Check out the beautiful photos.

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We added a new house designer to The Plan Collection. Each house plan seems to have a traditional style, but there is always a modern twist to make it unique.

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We added a new house designer to The Plan Collection. Each house plan seems to have a traditional style, but there is always a modern twist to make it unique.

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This house design is a spacious craftsman lodge home with its style rooted in the past.

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This house design is a spacious craftsman lodge home with its style rooted in the past.

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Mountain house plan styles were developed foremost for function. They combine rough-cut quality of craftsman design with rustic appeal found in log cabins.

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Mountain house plan styles were developed foremost for function. They combine rough-cut quality of craftsman design with rustic appeal found in log cabins.

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Even with their bold style, European Home Plans offer the utmost comfort. In fact, European-style architecture is sometimes synonymous with Luxury Home Design.

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Even with their bold style, European Home Plans offer the utmost comfort. In fact, European-style architecture is sometimes synonymous with Luxury Home Design.

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Looking for a Luxury Home Plan with a comfortable floor plan? Want style, but don't want to waste space? Well, let me introduce you to a house plans collection that may be the answer.

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Looking for a Luxury Home Plan with a comfortable floor plan? Want style, but don't want to waste space? Well, let me introduce you to a house plans collection that may be the answer.

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"Bigger is Better?" Homebuilders followed this trend for too long. Signs indicate that attitudes have changed. When well-designed, small plans are better!

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"Bigger is Better?" Homebuilders followed this trend for too long. Signs indicate that attitudes have changed. When well-designed, small plans are better!

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This House Plan is a perfect example of Traditional Home Design with a New England feel. Everything about this home is clean, simple, and traditional.

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Now is the perfect time to start looking through house plans for at least two reasons.

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That is one definition of character, but what do you think of when you hear that a home has character?

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Let's face it - it is extremely difficult to reduce the square footage of a home without reducing the livability. The only way that you can really get a smaller home with the same great style is to have the home entirely re-thought and re-designed, and that takes a lot of time and money. Here are two examples of great house plan designs that accomplish this for both a larger and smaller home.

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The masterpiece you see above is a perfect example of the luxurious French Country Style.

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Not every day do you find a house plan under 2,000 square feet with the amenities expected of a luxury home. We present our newest Craftsman Collection.

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Not every day do you find a house plan under 2,000 square feet with the amenities expected of a luxury home. We present our newest Craftsman Collection.

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The rustic comfort of a cozy log cabin is something that has to be experienced. It has a feeling all its own.

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The rustic comfort of a cozy log cabin is something that has to be experienced. It has a feeling all its own.

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There are a few current trends that I really enjoy. By far, the most common style that is catching my eye can be categorized as "Mediterranean" or "Tuscan". It seems that, in general, style is starting to favor a more rustic and classical feel.

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There are a few current trends that I really enjoy. By far, the most common style that is catching my eye can be categorized as "Mediterranean" or "Tuscan". It seems that, in general, style is starting to favor a more rustic and classical feel.

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Stylish pillars, twin decorative dormers, and an attractive ornamental trellis are just a few of the features that make this home unforgettable

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This is the Weston house plan - a 3,500 square foot charmer can easily accommodate almost any lifestyle

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This is the Weston house plan - a 3,500 square foot charmer can easily accommodate almost any lifestyle

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Allow me to introduce you to one of the most outstanding luxury house plans: The Eagle. With all of the covered porch space, I'd be tempted to spend more time outside than I would inside.

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Allow me to introduce you to one of the most outstanding luxury house plans: The Eagle. With all of the covered porch space, I'd be tempted to spend more time outside than I would inside.

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As you can see, this house plan has a nice, clean Craftsman style exterior and an inviting covered porch, but that isn't all!

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Country home design can have all the beauty and simplicity of country living plus the amenities of a luxury house. Here's how.

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No matter what home architectural style you choose, there is one fact that is undeniable - it's hard to beat the relaxed luxury of a good Country House Plan

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No matter what home architectural style you choose, there is one fact that is undeniable - it's hard to beat the relaxed luxury of a good Country House Plan

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It's hard to explain why, but Country House Plans innately offer a very comfortable and relaxed lifestyle.

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As you can tell, this Modern Home Plan is the Skiatook. This is one book that is safe to judge by its cover. You can tell that it's got a lot of style just by watching the 3D video.

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As you can tell, this Modern Home Plan is the Skiatook. This is one book that is safe to judge by its cover. You can tell that it's got a lot of style just by watching the 3D video.

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French Country Déjà Vu: Does this house plan look familiar? Its rustic appearance and thoughtful floor plan push this home design into a different league.

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The problem with most Luxury Homes nowadays is that they usually seem kind of stiff and cold. Here's how to avoid that problem.

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Have you ever heard of Frank Lloyd Wright? Not only was he recognized in by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time", he was also one of the primary developers of the Prairie Style of architecture.

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There's just something about older homes - especially when decked out for Christmas - that fills them with character and sets them apart from their more recent counterparts. Unfortunately, with old homes comes a whole slew of age-related problems -- old pipes, outdated wiring, sewage problems, etc. -- Talk about a mess! Fortunately, there are designers out there who are still able to capture the unique character that was once common in American architecture.

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There's just something about older homes - especially when decked out for Christmas - that fills them with character and sets them apart from their more recent counterparts. Unfortunately, with old homes comes a whole slew of age-related problems -- old pipes, outdated wiring, sewage problems, etc. -- Talk about a mess! Fortunately, there are designers out there who are still able to capture the unique character that was once common in American architecture.

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There's just something about older homes - especially when decked out for Christmas - that fills them with character and sets them apart from their more recent counterparts. Unfortunately, with old homes comes a whole slew of age-related problems -- old pipes, outdated wiring, sewage problems, etc. -- Talk about a mess! Fortunately, there are designers out there who are still able to capture the unique character that was once common in American architecture.

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If you're looking for a house plan that epitomizes the word quaint, then you might just want to check out this rustic craftsman home.

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Prairie Style and wheelchair accessible house design from ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition used for Westbrook family home in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Country Living is hard to describe exactly because it is determined more by your feelings and emotions than it is by an actual physical object. But be that as it may, there is one feature that is always identified with Country Living -- the Wrap Around Porch!

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Back in 2007, we started selling a remarkable Modern House Plan known as "The Barbados." Right from the beginning, we knew we had something phenomenal on our hands.

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That's why actual photos of the homes are so important. People really like to see photos.

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So you're looking for a house plan to build your new home, right? Well, where do you even begin?! Building your own home is exciting, but you want to start things off right by getting the right house plan.

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Let's face it, finding the right house plan is tough. A quick Internet search will show that there are hundreds of house plan websites, each with tens of thousands of individual designs. So how are you ever going to find your dream home?

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Every day, we help people who are looking for house plans with a bonus room. But why are house plans with bonus rooms so popular?

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So it's kinda scary to hire someone to modify your house plans... well, we're here to help. First of all, you may not even need to hire someone.

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Well, if you thought photos were good, then you're going to love this - The Plan Collection just added a line of house plans with video walk-thru's.

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A success story that shows you just how enjoyable an adventure building your own home can be, especially if you get things started off on the right foot.

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A success story that shows you just how enjoyable an adventure building your own home can be, especially if you get things started off on the right foot.

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A success story that shows you just how enjoyable an adventure building your own home can be, especially if you get things started off on the right foot.

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A success story that shows you just how enjoyable an adventure building your own home can be, especially if you get things started off on the right foot.

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A success story that shows you just how enjoyable an adventure building your own home can be, especially if you get things started off on the right foot.

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Are you looking for House Plans with photos? Maybe House Plans with a daylight basement? Well this new collection might be what you've been searching for!

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Are you looking for House Plans with photos? Maybe House Plans with a daylight basement? Well this new collection might be what you've been searching for!

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Build a more energy efficient house plan. Learn about passive solar house plans.

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A lot of people visit our website because they are interested in building a new home. But they aren't ready to take the next step. Why? Because they are waiting for their home to sell.

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A lot of people visit our website because they are interested in building a new home. But they aren't ready to take the next step. Why? Because they are waiting for their home to sell.

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Country house plans are the most popular style in America. Conservative and attractive, country homes have the right balance of style and function. Here's Why.

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Country house plans are the most popular style in America. Conservative and attractive, country homes have the right balance of style and function. Here's Why.

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From HGTV to Dwell, modern design is a hot topic. What might be surprising is that modern house design can be affordable -and it actually begain in the 1900s!

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Building your own home is quite possibly the most exciting and rewarding endeavor for anyone to undertake. With the right decisions and choices, undoubtedly your home will not only exude comfort and happiness, but also financial security in the future. And it all starts with the perfect home design. But before arriving on tough decisions, you’ve got to be really truthful with yourself in answering these questions.

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Some people call and ask how do they get free shipping and a 10% discount on working drawings. This article will show you what to do when you place an order.

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1/9/2013-- We at The Plan Collection are looking forward to 2013. The economy is heating up. Credit is starting to loosen up. More and more people are feeling comfortable enough to think about building their new dream home. We are offering a 10% discount on all of our house plans. Please use the promo code winter13.

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If you want as much as you can afford based on your house plan, but don't know what that figure is, start from the end and work backwards. In other words, determine what cash you can or are willing to put into your home and how much you can afford in monthly payments to cover whatever money you need to borrow. This article will help you develop the right approach.

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2/15/2013- Why worry about getting the best price for your house plan decision? The Plan Collection is not the only major home plan website offering a price guarantee. Yet, we do offer the best!

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This lake retreat is perfect for country living. The two stories allow for 4 to 5 bedrooms to have many guest.

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“Simplicity is beauty” truly captures the essence of the ranch house plan. The earth-hugging, one-story sensations of the 1950s-1960s are basking in a revival. It’s time to revisit these houses that feature open floor plans, large windows, sliding glass doors leading to a rear patio; and how their endless possibilities continue to intrigue 21st century architects.

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No, it’s not Elvis... but the triangular A-Frame house plan with its striking, dramatic and steep rooflines was taking the country by storm in the 1950s -- and it is finding plenty of fans today in it form as an affordable vacation home or mountain retreat.

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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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While research from USA Today indicates 25 to 34-year-olds have experienced the largest homeownership decline since 2006, The Plan Collection's analysis suggests young buyers remain interested in owning a house once their finances improve.

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While research from USA Today indicates 25 to 34-year-olds have experienced the largest homeownership decline since 2006, The Plan Collection's analysis suggests young buyers remain interested in owning a house once their finances improve.

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No other house style can be more innately American than the farmhouse. If beauty in its simplicity defines the ranch house, then classic American ingenuity and creativity epitomize the farmhouse.

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While the American Craftsman style home initially came out of the British Arts and Crafts movement, U.S. architects and designers quickly embraced it and added design elements and floor plan features desired by a growing middle class of American homeowners. A number of these innovative features – such as the breakfast nook – have been adopted in some fashion by many American architectural styles. The Plan Collection features craftsman homes.

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New trends that forecast colors for 2014 indicate we will be seeing bright, bold and adventurous colors next year as opposed to the white, gray, cream brown or black. According to interior design and New Jersey-based color expert Barbara Schirmeister, the new trends reflect a more hopeful and improved economic forecast. What this means is that we will be seeing a mixed palette of more vibrant colors and patterns, much of which is targeting the youth market. The trend carries over to early stage home buyers, according to Brian Toolan at The Plan Collection.

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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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The upswing in the housing markets is also causing trends in home building to surface. According to online house plan experts at The Plan Collection, small house plans are popular- offering homeowners less expense and less clutter with great design, comfort and style. The new “mini-home” – might include a large studio with a wonderful layout and amazing views, furnished to enhance the space. Many people are downsizing from “McMansions” to smaller homes.

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What’s so fascinating about a colonial style house? With its roots in the 1700s, the “Colonial” exudes the warmth, charm and tradition of early American life. Perhaps the most popular and timeless architectural style in the country, the “Colonial” is the result of the imagination and culture of various European settlers. So, symbolically, it is a depiction of the once-and-future-diversity of America. The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts The Georgian-style Oliver Wolcott home in Litchfield, CT (1754) is still around. Wolcott served as Governor of Connecticut from 1796 to 1797. www.historicbuildingsct.com/?p=10 The river side of Mount Vernon (facing the Potomac River) showcases its famous porch and colonnade. www.mountvernon.org/mansion/10facts Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home. Over time, designs/plans of Wren, Indigo Jones and other notable English architects became evident in the homes built in the new country. As the boundaries between North and South were set, two distinct architectural styles emerged in New England and Virginia. New England colonials were basically simple two-story wood frames with an open floor plan design. They had pitched roofs and a chimney on the exterior. A fireplace was key for the cold winters. The Southern colonials were large and sometimes majestic two-to-three story brick homes. Inside were high ceilings to allow more airflow during the summer months. The exteriors featured distinct porticoes and colonnades extending across the front of the homes. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the classic Southern Colonial home.

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Whether buying, building or remodeling, here are the most spooky and Halloween-worthy house design elements as surveyed by The Plan Collection -- and how to fix or avoid them if you're thinking about home living the other 364 days of the year.

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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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Perhaps the most difficult architectural design to define and describe – because it is an amalgam of several styles – try a mix of Colonial, Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, Ranch, Tudor, and Victorian – the traditional house plan is never boring or dull. Traditional homes display a casual, relaxed, homey, and friendly feel that is pure American.

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Home designs have changed considerably since the days the pilgrims settled in the New World. In case you have forgotten the history -Thanksgiving was traditionally designated as the fourth Thursday of November, a commemoration to the feast held at Plymouth in 1621 by the English colonists. Architecture today stems from the traditional A frame home design that was so popular back then. A steep A-shaped roof offers large and soaring windows while a wrap-around deck offers plenty of outdoor living space for grilling or relaxing.

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Home designs have changed considerably since the days the pilgrims settled in the New World. In case you have forgotten the history -Thanksgiving was traditionally designated as the fourth Thursday of November, a commemoration to the feast held at Plymouth in 1621 by the English colonists. Architecture today stems from the traditional A frame home design that was so popular back then. A steep A-shaped roof offers large and soaring windows while a wrap-around deck offers plenty of outdoor living space for grilling or relaxing.

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In 2014, home designs will reflect changing American lifestyles. The Plan Collection highlights what its surveys suggest will be the hot trends in house plans and home remodeling for 2014.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. So, when choosing a floor plan, the kitchen and surrounding space deserve your time and attention. What could you do to make the kitchen your dream kitchen? We explore today’s most popular kitchen design styles and kitchen floor plan layout ideas -- and how to make them work with your house plan.

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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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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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Have you fallen in love with a coastal estate like Copper Beech Farm, a penthouse at New York’s Pierre Hotel, a compound in Beverly Hills, or even a sprawling mega ranch in Wyoming – but doesn’t quite fit in your budget? With a little imagination and creativity, you can work with these house plans to get your dream home started – just in time for Christmas!

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Every couple of years we see some amazing technology that comes out of the home design industry. In recent years, following are some of the highlights in cool technology that is still catching up in homes nationwide. See if you are up to date with the latest stuff.

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Every couple of years we see some amazing technology that comes out of the home design industry. In recent years, following are some of the highlights in cool technology that is still catching up in homes nationwide. See if you are up to date with the latest stuff.

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Every couple of years we see some amazing technology that comes out of the home design industry. In recent years, following are some of the highlights in cool technology that is still catching up in homes nationwide. See if you are up to date with the latest stuff.

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Is your home design emitting positive energy? You may not know everything about Feng Shui principles. But take heart… and follow a few tips to make sure your home is positioned to allow unrestricted flow of energy to bring balance, harmony and prosperity to your life.

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One of the topics of interest among home builders, remodelers and architects today is the proper building techniques for constructing what is being called a “high performance home.” A high performance house is designed to use about 35 percent less energy than a similar new home and about 50 percent less energy than a similar existing home.

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Inside and out, the trend is toward the simple and sleek look – very modern with classic touches and accents. The design of the new American Home is relevant to today’s living and how we will live in the future.

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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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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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Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. In case you did not hear, Nest’s first product was a smart thermostat that adjusts to a person’s living patterns. Nest basically offers a set of features that link up its smart thermostats with utility companies themselves. The company’s Founder and CEO Tony Fadell invented the iPad at Apple.

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Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. In case you did not hear, Nest’s first product was a smart thermostat that adjusts to a person’s living patterns. Nest basically offers a set of features that link up its smart thermostats with utility companies themselves. The company’s Founder and CEO Tony Fadell invented the iPad at Apple.

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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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In interior home renovations and new house plans for home builders, 2014 is the year of designs with cleaner lines and more open spaces. And while some house plans for home builders feature more traditional exteriors, people are choosing modern, open concepts on the inside of the home – fewer hallways and no more small, wasted rooms.

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For most of us, Texas means rambling ranches, mission-style homes, stately mansions, and plantations. To others, it’s also the Alamo, John Wayne, the Dallas Cowboys and those feuding Ewings of Southfork. And to anyone who was raised or spent significant time here, it is also the home of quaint towns, rolling hills, creeks, and rivers. So, it should be no surprise that Texas house styles are dictated by the state’s natural landscapes and unique geographical characteristics.

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If you’re fascinated by Elizabethan England, castles and turrets, or the tranquil beauty of an English cottage and its garden, then the Tudor house plan is for you! Influenced by architectural designs of the Medieval Ages, the Tudor home design with its storybook charm has withstood the test of time.

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If you’re fascinated by Elizabethan England, castles and turrets, or the tranquil beauty of an English cottage and its garden, then the Tudor house plan is for you! Influenced by architectural designs of the Medieval Ages, the Tudor home design with its storybook charm has withstood the test of time.

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Many home builders are actually seeking to transform their homes and gardens into a more blissful sanctuary that embraces nature, and better health. People are tuning to nature to find joy, and this trend is spilling into home plans that embrace nature and the environment.

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Many home builders are actually seeking to transform their homes and gardens into a more blissful sanctuary that embraces nature, and better health. People are tuning to nature to find joy, and this trend is spilling into home plans that embrace nature and the environment.

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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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When you think of the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod, what architectural style comes to mind? Most likely it is the New England shingle style house plan. Its weathered, wood shingle exterior siding and often irregular floor plan give shingle style homes a warm and inviting feel – that is simply perfect for a summer day.

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If that home you’ve sketched and furnished in your mind can actually be yours, what would you want in it? Something practical like a mudroom or gym? Or something a bit more outrageous like a revolving clothes/shoe closet ala “Clueless” or “Sex and the City?” We did an informal survey of our users to come up with this Top 12 list of rooms – just waiting for the next house plan you dream of...

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Yearn to be a kid again – or catch the joy in your children’s faces? Maybe a treehouse is just what you need as part of that next dream home. Perhaps desiring a bit more privacy or “get away” time at home? Then a mini backyard cabin or cottage might do the trick. Our readers and home builders had almost countless ideas for amazing outdoor rooms and features for their next dream house plans. We listed the Top 8 here…

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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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According to The American Society of Landscape Architects’ February 2014 survey, the latest landscape design trends Americans want their outdoor residential landscape designs to be attractive, sustainable and low maintenance, and primarily for relaxing and entertaining. The survey asked residential landscape architects in the United States to rate the “expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.

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Described in 1991 by The New York Times as the “the enticingly titled bonus room,” the distinctly American term for an extra room can serve as a family room, play room, den, home office, guest room, or anything the homeowner desires. Here’s a look at house plans with the very popular bonus room.

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Industry trends for a single-family home plan are 2,598 square feet, according to the Survey of Construction (SOC).

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Industry trends for a single-family home plan are 2,598 square feet, according to the Survey of Construction (SOC).

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Has the housing market really turned a corner that Americans are buying/building bigger? Why do home buyers want all that space? More than a desire for larger homes, the American homeowner is “sizing up” to accommodate family members or to build a “forever” residence that’s friendly to future senior living.

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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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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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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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Choose a beachfront house plan at The Plan Collection.com

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Once you have begun the journey to build your dream home and you have gone through all the lifestyle issues as discussed in the 7/13 blog post entitled, “Building a Home: Choosing the Right House Plan for Your Lifestyle,” there are other things to think about prior to purchasing the building lot. Again, it is essential to know what the weather is like and determine the natural landscape of the areas you like best Factors that come into play include the weather and natural landscape of the area you like best, your preference to architectural style, and of course, the size of your new home and the layout of the floor plan.

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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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Now that you have your house plan and building lot, it is time to hire a contractor. You've probably already started doing some research, and there are always referrals from family and friends. But how can you find the right person to do this all important job for you? The most important thing to consider is that you should feel comfortable communicating with your contractor – a professional who is open and forthright and understands your needs.

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Now that you have your house plan and building lot, it is time to hire a contractor. You've probably already started doing some research, and there are always referrals from family and friends. But how can you find the right person to do this all important job for you? The most important thing to consider is that you should feel comfortable communicating with your contractor – a professional who is open and forthright and understands your needs.

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The Craftsman style house plan is the most popular plan at The Plan Collection. (#101-1874)

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The Craftsman style house plan is the most popular plan at The Plan Collection. (#101-1874)

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From time to time things change. When it comes to what’s popular and what’s not popular in home designs, trends come and go. The challenge when building your dream home plan is that mistakes made now could mean devaluation later when you decide to sell. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) has seen many popular home plan designs over the years. Today open spaces are favored, while narrow halls and separate rooms out "out."

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From time to time things change. When it comes to what’s popular and what’s not popular in home designs, trends come and go. The challenge when building your dream home plan is that mistakes made now could mean devaluation later when you decide to sell. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) has seen many popular home plan designs over the years. Today open spaces are favored, while narrow halls and separate rooms out "out."

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From time to time things change. When it comes to what’s popular and what’s not popular in home designs, trends come and go. The challenge when building your dream home plan is that mistakes made now could mean devaluation later when you decide to sell. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) has seen many popular home plan designs over the years. Today open spaces are favored, while narrow halls and separate rooms out "out."

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Fact: A majority of homeowners made changes to the plan while building their new home. We look at popular modifications and the options to modify your house plan - when considering minor modifications.

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Fact: A majority of homeowners made changes to the plan while building their new home. We look at popular modifications and the options to modify your house plan - when considering minor modifications.

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Heating and Cooling Dos Don’ts in Your House Plan

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Heating and Cooling Dos Don’ts in Your House Plan

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People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home of the future is with automated systems is here to stay. Smart home technology is convenient, and this state-of-the-art market is growing from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners.

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People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home of the future is with automated systems is here to stay. Smart home technology is convenient, and this state-of-the-art market is growing from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners.

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People today know that they want efficiency and simplicity when it comes to home automation. The smart home of the future is with automated systems is here to stay. Smart home technology is convenient, and this state-of-the-art market is growing from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners.

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Do not let an unqualified contractor make this mistake on your new house plan.

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Do not let an unqualified contractor make this mistake on your new house plan.

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Do not let an unqualified contractor make this mistake on your new house plan.

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With the Emmys right around the corner, we are seeing lots of news about the shows and stars who are up for awards. Popular television stars have some of the most extravagant homes we will ever see – from Malibu to New York City to Chicago and Miami, many U.S. cities are popular hot spots for celebrities. It is always kind of fun to take a peek at where the rich and the famous live.

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With the Emmys right around the corner, we are seeing lots of news about the shows and stars who are up for awards. Popular television stars have some of the most extravagant homes we will ever see – from Malibu to New York City to Chicago and Miami, many U.S. cities are popular hot spots for celebrities. It is always kind of fun to take a peek at where the rich and the famous live.

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With the Emmys right around the corner, we are seeing lots of news about the shows and stars who are up for awards. Popular television stars have some of the most extravagant homes we will ever see – from Malibu to New York City to Chicago and Miami, many U.S. cities are popular hot spots for celebrities. It is always kind of fun to take a peek at where the rich and the famous live.

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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 outdoors. 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. Here is what to consider for each area of your home.

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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.

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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.

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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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e 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.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a Green Home will add value to your home, help reduce energy use and energy costs, fight climate change, and help protect your health. This Web site is an umbrella site for EPA and other federal agencies on residential environmental issues. It identifies the key environmental and energy issues at hand, suggesting solution.

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House Plan Lighting Dos and Don'ts for home builders

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House Plan Lighting Dos and Don'ts for home builders

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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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If you are in the process of building a new home, or even have the house plans for a remodel, there are some things you may want to know about best practices just so you can keep an eye on your contractors.

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If you are in the process of building a new home, or even have the house plans for a remodel, there are some things you may want to know about best practices just so you can keep an eye on your contractors.

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Here is an ultra-modern 5,297 sq. ft. house plan with 2 bedroom suites downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The large living space connects with dining, kitchen and upstairs loft.

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Here is an ultra-modern 5,297 sq. ft. house plan with 2 bedroom suites downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The large living space connects with dining, kitchen and upstairs loft.

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Here is an ultra-modern 5,297 sq. ft. house plan with 2 bedroom suites downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The large living space connects with dining, kitchen and upstairs loft.

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It’s not just scary houses, ghost stories, witches, trolls, parades, costumes, and trick-or-treat. There’s much more to Halloween than meets the eye - it’s a tradition-filled festival that dates back to the ancient Celts. With autumn in full swing and another Halloween around the corner, let’s get into its spirit and make our homes Halloween ready.

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Technology is much more efficient now than in the past, so when you are in the process of building a new home wiring technology becomes part of it. Today’s evolution of house plans and designs feature wireless, hidden centralized technology, much of which has been integrated and is self-regulating for ease, as well as energy efficiency.

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Here is what a new home builder can expect from a new home inspection prior to moving in.

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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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An NAHB study points out the regional differences on home designs including: size, foundaitons, price, and design features.

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An NAHB study points out the regional differences on home designs including: size, foundaitons, price, and design features.

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Get ready for modern looks that are aimed to last! As trends for the home of 2015 are starting to emerge from architects, designers, and builders, experts predict more casual entertaining, flexible family spaces, and outdoor living areas. What else can we expect in 2015? The Plan Collection reports on 10 trends likely to define the 2015 home.

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Today's modern kitchens feature large and open kitchen designs with easy access to all the latest appliances, and to both the dining and living areas.

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Take a short break from planning your Thanksgiving dinner, and get in the mood for some fun and fanciful home décor for the festive occasion. It doesn’t take too long to give your home a relaxing and fun-filled atmosphere that recalls the original harvest festival that was Thanksgiving.

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Take a hard look at your new house plan and think about what you may want to modify or plan for in terms of upgrades in the future.

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Take a hard look at your new house plan and think about what you may want to modify or plan for in terms of upgrades in the future.

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From bright, flickering lights to wreaths, mistletoe, and a traditional Christmas tree, there’s nothing like a home filled with Christmas spirit. Whether you prefer the classic and elegant or the elaborate and dramatic, here are our top 8 design ideas, room-by-room, to think about for the ideal holiday house.

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The Plan Collection offers tips to thousands of new house plans that can be customized by your builder to add substantial value long before you sell your home.

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The Plan Collection offers tips to thousands of new house plans that can be customized by your builder to add substantial value long before you sell your home.

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Snow-proof your house plan, then let it snow... let it snow... let it snow.

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Steep hip roof, brick or stone siding, sometimes a covered front porch—these are some of the hallmarks of Acadian style, a typically Southern style that is sweeping the country. With all if its good looks and modern features, there is no reason for you not to consider it!

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Remember the little girl in Miracle on 34th Street who knew exactly what her perfect home would look like? Similar to that girl, most people have visions of their ideal home – one that fits their lifestyle and needs. If you’ve decided that 2015 is the year for a new home – your dream home – consider these tips to help you find that home!

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It may appear to be a “one-of-a-kind” creation, with its sleek and sophisticated architectural style. But the 2015 New American Home can be everyman’s home, with its open floor plan, courtyard, rooftop deck, and indoor-outdoor connection that can be replicated anywhere in the country.

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The garage as we know it is more than 90 years old, and it has evolved into a number of variations. Here is a look at your options, along with guidelines on how to choose what will best suit your needs when you select your dream home plan.

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In 2015, it will be the year of home automation thanks to the rapid adoption of smart phone technology for home automation. More and more people building new homes want smart home features s they can control their spaces and lives better – increasing energy efficiency and saving water, preventing burglaries, even accidents at home – but also having some fun watching and listening to wireless entertainment.

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In 2015, it will be the year of home automation thanks to the rapid adoption of smart phone technology for home automation. More and more people building new homes want smart home features s they can control their spaces and lives better – increasing energy efficiency and saving water, preventing burglaries, even accidents at home – but also having some fun watching and listening to wireless entertainment.

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Home gyms, exercise pools, courts and spas offer home owners a healthy lifestyle.

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So you don’t fancy the mansion residences at Mount Vernon and Monticello? If you prefer a classic or renovated ranch, a summer house on the beachfront, or a fabulous Dutch-villa style home, get set for some inspired ideas from the homes of four living U.S. Presidents from the South.

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So you don’t fancy the mansion residences at Mount Vernon and Monticello? If you prefer a classic or renovated ranch, a summer house on the beachfront, or a fabulous Dutch-villa style home, get set for some inspired ideas from the homes of four living U.S. Presidents from the South.

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Tired of the wood cabinets in your kitchen or the fixtures in your bathroom? Itching to renovate a bedroom or the family room? Take heart—you don’t need expensive designers for your home makeover. We offer some easy tips for giving your home a fresh new look.

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Tired of the wood cabinets in your kitchen or the fixtures in your bathroom? Itching to renovate a bedroom or the family room? Take heart—you don’t need expensive designers for your home makeover. We offer some easy tips for giving your home a fresh new look.

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There are a myriad of exterior color choices for the exterior of your new home plan.

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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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What’s next when the kids are off on their own, retirement looms, and aging parents are around? You don’t have to give up your “dream” home. Instead, imagine possibilities—like a home with an adaptable design to meet your changing needs and the different stages of your life.

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Just think – now you can build a home gym complete with a wall mounted smart television, connect online to the Internet, and voila - you can join others in an interactive fitness class from home, giving you the options for when to work out. Trends indicate that over the next few years cardio equipment will include sophisticated tracking mechanisms for our workouts that can connect to your mobile device, home computer, and gym.

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Just think – now you can build a home gym complete with a wall mounted smart television, connect online to the Internet, and voila - you can join others in an interactive fitness class from home, giving you the options for when to work out. Trends indicate that over the next few years cardio equipment will include sophisticated tracking mechanisms for our workouts that can connect to your mobile device, home computer, and gym.

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Rewind to 1970 when a grassroots protest about the environmental crisis took the U.S. and its leaders by storm. That first Earth Day started the movement to save our planet and its natural resources. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s look at ways of “going green.”

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Rewind to 1970 when a grassroots protest about the environmental crisis took the U.S. and its leaders by storm. That first Earth Day started the movement to save our planet and its natural resources. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s look at ways of “going green.”

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Wide, covered porches, courtyards, windows and verandas that allow cooling breezes inside, low-pitch roofs with red clay tiles, and spacious floor plans that open to rear patios and screened-in swimming pools. The classic Florida style home blends Mediterranean, coastal and Spanish influences in its architectural design.

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Wide, covered porches, courtyards, windows and verandas that allow cooling breezes inside, low-pitch roofs with red clay tiles, and spacious floor plans that open to rear patios and screened-in swimming pools. The classic Florida style home blends Mediterranean, coastal and Spanish influences in its architectural design.

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How many times have you looked at a gorgeous house and secretly wished it were yours, imagining yourself living in it and taking care of it? And if one of these dream homes actually belonged to you, what would you do to personalize it and make it your own?

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How many times have you looked at a gorgeous house and secretly wished it were yours, imagining yourself living in it and taking care of it? And if one of these dream homes actually belonged to you, what would you do to personalize it and make it your own?

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Choosing the Latest in Hardwood Floors for Your Home Plan

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Remember the old bungalow courts in Pasadena—one-story houses built around a common courtyard? They combined privacy and community. Similarly, today’s residential developments governed by HOAs feature individual homes with common areas like parks, bike paths, and pools. Here are the pros and cons in living within an HOA community.

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A commodity today in most countries worldwide, electricity has traveled a long historic journey since the first arc lamp in 1803. Contrary to popular belief, it was not Thomas Edison who “invented” the first light bulb – it was James Bowman Lindsay. If you are building your first home using one of our house plans, you may want to know more about how to illuminate your home efficiently once it’s built.

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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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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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And baby makes three! Finding space in your small apartment or house for the little one is the immediate challenge. Whether it is a corner in the master bedroom, a converted walk-in closet, or a spare bedroom, you will want to be sure to create a baby nursery that is fun, comfortable, and safe. For many it is also the time to consider a new home, and new parents should have a list of what to look for in a floor plan that is both baby—and family—friendly.

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Many first time home builders are couples with young families. Baby safety is pretty standard; however, when a child starts to crawl and explore their surroundings,there are many things for a curious child right inside their home that can be dangerous. More than 500,000 children under the age of 4 are injured in the home every year.

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Many first time home builders are couples with young families. Baby safety is pretty standard; however, when a child starts to crawl and explore their surroundings,there are many things for a curious child right inside their home that can be dangerous. More than 500,000 children under the age of 4 are injured in the home every year.

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From Cape Cod to Ranch—and a lot more in between—there are many design terms and styles that you need to wade through on your way to finding the house plan that’s right for you and your family. We examine seven of the most popular architectural styles in America.

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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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A new home designed with the latest smart technology now allows you to now monitor everything from moisture levels to security from the palm of your hand. Everything from motion, heat and moisture sensors can alert you of there is a change in temperature at home. While home video security can be connected via apps on your phone.

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Can you imagine the initial reaction when the first telephones and electric appliances were introduced in the early 1900s? Perhaps overwhelming curiosity and a little trepidation with the new household “toys”? Today, these “toys” are more advanced as technology gives everyone opportunities to adapt to 21st century changes and innovations.

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Can you imagine the initial reaction when the first telephones and electric appliances were introduced in the early 1900s? Perhaps overwhelming curiosity and a little trepidation with the new household “toys”? Today, these “toys” are more advanced as technology gives everyone opportunities to adapt to 21st century changes and innovations.

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Can you imagine the initial reaction when the first telephones and electric appliances were introduced in the early 1900s? Perhaps overwhelming curiosity and a little trepidation with the new household “toys”? Today, these “toys” are more advanced as technology gives everyone opportunities to adapt to 21st century changes and innovations.

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You have been planning your dream home for some time, but now you have to think about how you are going to pay for it. Overwhelmed? You shouldn’t be. Following this step-by-step guide to budgeting makes the process that much easier.

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More home builders are relying on landscapers experienced in “water wise techniques” such as xeriscaping and native plants to save water and add curb appeal. And California isn’t the only state facing severe water droughts. As of June 2015, according to the website the U.S. Drought Monitor, the last few months have brought water shortages to the eastern Carolinas northwestward through the lower Ohio Valley.

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After months of planning and searching home plans, you are about to start building your dream home. But should your dream home be a “green” home? Not necessarily. Here is the difference between a “green home” and one that is just built to be energy efficient.

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Buying a building lot is often done by those looking for freedom and independence from a typical development community. You get to create exactly what you desire within your budget. But it is easy to fall in love with an unsuitable piece of property before doing your due diligence.

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Buying a building lot is often done by those looking for freedom and independence from a typical development community. You get to create exactly what you desire within your budget. But it is easy to fall in love with an unsuitable piece of property before doing your due diligence.

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The most common type of cement used in the home building industry is white cement, which is expensive and used primarily for architectural purposes. Colored cement is mostly used for decorative flooring.

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What happens when even the “best” apartment gets too cramped for you and your family? Is it time for that dream house with a lovely porch and garden? But wait … before you buy or build, consider these points as you embark on this challenging and exciting journey.

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Moving into your brand new home when it is finished is such an exciting life event, but during all the excitement, many people tend to forget about the safety and security aspects. There are a number of issues when it comes to security of your new house plan – some of which can be dealt with in advance of move-in day.

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Moving into your brand new home when it is finished is such an exciting life event, but during all the excitement, many people tend to forget about the safety and security aspects. There are a number of issues when it comes to security of your new house plan – some of which can be dealt with in advance of move-in day.

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Part 2 of what you need to know before buying a building lot discusses land rights to consider plus advice on financing the purchase. Now that you know all about buying land, you’ll be able to search for a house plan and build exactly what you desire within your budget.

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Part 2 of what you need to know before buying a building lot discusses land rights to consider plus advice on financing the purchase. Now that you know all about buying land, you’ll be able to search for a house plan and build exactly what you desire within your budget.

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How cool would be to build a home on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking panoramic views of distant mountains majesty or shores from sea to shining sea. Here are some expert thoughts about what it would take.

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Brace yourself for an exciting – and perhaps, magical ride - as you embark on building your home from the ground up. Here’s what to expect from your contractor over the next five to 10 months as your dream home is built piece by piece.

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when you build a new home, the first thing you and your guests will see is the driveway, which is part of the “face” of your new houseplan. From cobblestones, brick and concrete to asphalt and the latest treatments such as environmentally friendly materials and rough-cut looks, today's driveways are safe, practical and durable, built to last for many years

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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 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’ve searched through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home, and now it’s built and ready for you to move in. Here’s some useful advice on how to be sure that you’re happy with the condition of the new house and your move will go as smoothly as possible.

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You’ve searched through and purchased pre-designed house plans to build your dream home. But before you can build, you need to have the plans approved by your local building authorities and obtain a building permit. Here’s how.

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You’ve searched through and purchased pre-designed house plans to build your dream home. But before you can build, you need to have the plans approved by your local building authorities and obtain a building permit. Here’s how.

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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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What colors are hot for 2015 and 2016? Whether you live in Majorca, Malibu or Montecito (or just wish you did), the bold colors that you might find in these home are becoming all the rage. Many of colors are ideal for a Spanish-style house that feels stylishly “en casa.” Color is one of the easiest ways to update or put a personal stamp on your new Spanish-style home — fresh coats of paint plus pops of color with pillows, window treatments, lighting or rugs create personal statements.

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If you have had any contact with young adults—those in their 20s and 30s—you have probably heard it: a fascination with small houses. The attraction? There is less to pay for, less to take care of, and more creativity involved in living day to day.

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If you have had any contact with young adults—those in their 20s and 30s—you have probably heard it: a fascination with small houses. The attraction? There is less to pay for, less to take care of, and more creativity involved in living day to day.

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Look around your house. Dismayed by the clutter? You’re not alone. Many books have been written about how to de-clutter. Ample storage is a key to the solution, so as you plan your new home, we examine eight rooms and areas to prove you can never have too much storage.

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reveals that the profile of pet ownership is shifting towards younger, millennial owners who enjoy pampering and spend more for their animal friends than prior generations.

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Just as trends in interior design change from year to year, so do trends in exterior design, as people building new homes choose house plans to fit their evolving lifestyles. Here are some of the do's and don'ts - and overall trends - we've identified in modern house plans for 2016.

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Say hello to one of the trendiest elements in kitchen designs—the kitchen island! It’s become a treasured dream location in the home where everyone can gather to chat, eat, and yes, even work. From the vintage to the classic and ultra-modern, here’s a look at the kitchen island.

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In the midst of the 21st century’s second decade, our lifestyles lead us to open floorplan living, technology affects us in profound ways, and even our pets demand more of our attention. House designers are responding to these changes, as you can see in our latest annual list of design trends.

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When it comes to entertaining, if you've got 100 square feet of space in your home plan, you can fit 20 guests. But really, you can invite 25 because just 16 will plan to come in the first place, and one will claim to be violently ill the day of the party.

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Thanksgiving always has been about home – and family. What better setting to give thanks for the year’s blessings? And what better way to welcome house guests than with the fun, decorative ideas presented here? Take a closer look at 10 simple holiday decorating ideas for outside and inside the home.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are a contributing factor in more than 200 house fires each year, frequently resulting in injuries and fatalities—this despite the fact that holiday lights are designed with more safety features and emit less heat than ever before.

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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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People like to keep stuff. Here are some useful tips and trends for decluttering your home in the new year, long with some trends in house plan designs and new products for better storage.

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As winter settles in and the temperatures drop, there's nothing quite like a cozy fireplace to warm your home and lift your spirits. Here are the trends for cozy fireplaces in your new house plan for 2016.

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Depending on where you live, the cold winter months can cause more wear-and-tear to your new home than just about any other season of the year. It's a constant challenge to keep the harsh elements outside while keeping things warm and comfortable inside. When planning to build, here are some helpful tips for winterproofing your new house plan.

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You are looking for home plans to build your family’s dream house, but you can’t seem to find the right ones. Modern plans are too sterile, and the myriad traditional styles are not cutting-edge enough for your taste. Take a look at Contemporary house plans. They may surprise you!

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Every year, the National Association of Home Builders creates a house to show off new trends. The 2016 New American Home doesn’t disappoint. With its open floor plan, outdoor living spaces, and integrated automation apps, the home can be adapted whole or piece-by-piece anywhere in the country or the world.

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Planning to build a new home from house plans or just want a fresh decor? The new year is a great time to think about decorating! Though you may have some ideas about home design trends – what’s hot and what’s not – here’s a look at what’s definitely out in 2016.

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Planning to build a new home from house plans or just want a fresh decor? The new year is a great time to think about decorating! Though you may have some ideas about home design trends – what’s hot and what’s not – here’s a look at what’s definitely out in 2016.

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In the midst of designing a kitchen for a new home you’re building from house plans? Or remodeling an existing kitchen? Whatever your situation, you’ll want a state-of-the-art floor plan that fits your needs yet appeals to modern tastes. Here are the cutting-edge kitchen trends you should know.

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Remember when “home office” meant the headquarters of a corporation? More and more these days, home is where business gets done, at least part time. If you’re one of the growing legions who call home their office, here are some ideas to make that space comfortable, fun, stylish, and functional.

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Remember when “home office” meant the headquarters of a corporation? More and more these days, home is where business gets done, at least part time. If you’re one of the growing legions who call home their office, here are some ideas to make that space comfortable, fun, stylish, and functional.

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With spring on its way, our top tips for preparing your home to welcome the new season include banishing dark winter hues, casting out the cobwebs, and filling your shelves with vases of fresh flowers as the sun begins to shine.

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Color is important in your home décor, whether you are decking out your established family home or coming up with interior designs for your new dream home you’re building from house plans. We take a look at the interior colors trending this year in the home-improvement industry.

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Color is important in your home décor, whether you are decking out your established family home or coming up with interior designs for your new dream home you’re building from house plans. We take a look at the interior colors trending this year in the home-improvement industry.

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When your'e thinking about the decor for your new home plan, you want to think about longevity, but injecting elements of current interior trends will keep your rooms looking stylish and contemporary. Read on to discover five of the biggest interior trends of 2016.

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When your'e thinking about the decor for your new home plan, you want to think about longevity, but injecting elements of current interior trends will keep your rooms looking stylish and contemporary. Read on to discover five of the biggest interior trends of 2016.

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When your'e thinking about the decor for your new home plan, you want to think about longevity, but injecting elements of current interior trends will keep your rooms looking stylish and contemporary. Read on to discover five of the biggest interior trends of 2016.

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Your newly built home is not complete until you dress up the outside with the raiment of landscaping. The bare earth around the foundation and along the walkway and driveway calls out for flower beds and beautiful plantings of shrubs and trees. Here’s what you need to know.

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Your newly built home is not complete until you dress up the outside with the raiment of landscaping. The bare earth around the foundation and along the walkway and driveway calls out for flower beds and beautiful plantings of shrubs and trees. Here’s what you need to know.

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Your newly built home is not complete until you dress up the outside with the raiment of landscaping. The bare earth around the foundation and along the walkway and driveway calls out for flower beds and beautiful plantings of shrubs and trees. Here’s what you need to know.

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Nostalgia runs strong in farmhouse design. Once a functional dwelling for agricultural family life, the farmhouse home plan is now a distinct architectural style. Today, Farmhouse style house plans have experienced newfound popularity across North America, both in their original rural context and within the framework of urban neighborhoods.

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Nostalgia runs strong in farmhouse design. Once a functional dwelling for agricultural family life, the farmhouse home plan is now a distinct architectural style. Today, Farmhouse style house plans have experienced newfound popularity across North America, both in their original rural context and within the framework of urban neighborhoods.

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The American desire to build one’s own home is strong and growing across the U.S. housing market. More homes are being built, and they’re bigger than ever. But, the trends are much more significant than just size. Our closer look at the just-released U.S. Census Bureau’s annual housing survey report reveals important insights that you should know about before building your own home.

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The American desire to build one’s own home is strong and growing across the U.S. housing market. More homes are being built, and they’re bigger than ever. But, the trends are much more significant than just size. Our closer look at the just-released U.S. Census Bureau’s annual housing survey report reveals important insights that you should know about before building your own home.

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There’s a lot of advice available from a number of sources about what to do and what to avoid when building your dream home. Many articles warn against skimping on budget or poor room layout, but the truth is, many mistakes can be made before you even reach this point.

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There’s a lot of advice available from a number of sources about what to do and what to avoid when building your dream home. Many articles warn against skimping on budget or poor room layout, but the truth is, many mistakes can be made before you even reach this point.

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Many couples and new families are choosing to build small – even tiny – home plans as the “tiny house movement” shows no signs of slowing down. But a dearth of living space means you’ll be short on storage, too. Check out our creative ideas for finding extra space when it’s needed.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan and other housing programs help veterans, service members, and surviving spouses purchase, build, adapt, and renovate homes. Traditionally used for mortgages, some loans can also be used to build a new home – but it can be a tricky road to construction.

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Old home, new look. With the children off to college or grown up and out of the family home, parents look to transform their “empty nest” to include high-quality finishes, features, and conveniences they can enjoy as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.

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Energy efficiency and eco-friendliness should be at the forefront of every homeowner's mind. But despite the shift to LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems, many homes are still lagging behind when it comes to their walls and insulation. Insulated Concrete Form construction may be the answer for your next home!

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