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

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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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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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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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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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Summer is upon us and the outdoors is calling. We at The Plan Collection hope you find yourself in a beautiful home that allows you to take advantage of all the summer fun! If you’re looking for that summer getaway that you’ve always dreamed of, we just happen to have a few ideas.

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Summer is upon us and the outdoors is calling. We at The Plan Collection hope you find yourself in a beautiful home that allows you to take advantage of all the summer fun! If you’re looking for that summer getaway that you’ve always dreamed of, we just happen to have a few ideas.

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In Park City, the buildings seem to grow with the trees, as living organisms. How appropriate. I felt it quite symbolic of the activity and energy that flows from our own lives. This organic design was inspiring. In honor of that experience, I began a search for designs that feature rustic characteristic, similar to those I found in Park City. There are two styles that specialize in organic design, and are found all over our favorite mountain cities. They are Log Homes, and Craftsman Homes.

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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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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'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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Choose a beachfront house plan at The Plan Collection.com

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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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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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House Plan Lighting Dos and Don'ts for home builders

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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