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

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

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

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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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