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How much do people really know about Thomas Jefferson? Of course we all know he was the third U.S. President, influential Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But did you know he was one of America’s first and finest architects and landscape artists?

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So you’ve found your perfect house plan – or about to start building your home? Today’s approach to whole house design also includes thinking about how to landscape your home. We’ve identified some trends and offer tips and advice about landscape architecture and gardening. From the English landscape garden to the Public Park Movement and now modern gardens, these pioneers of sorts can offer great and often affordable ideas for your own home.

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

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New House Designs Available. Check back daily for our newest house plans.

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

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

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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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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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It started as a quiet ripple that gained momentum, with more and more Americans considering the advantages of tiny houses. The desire to move away from the big home and live a simpler, mortgage-free life has attracted enough of the population to make the tiny house movement a viable alternative. But, would you – and could you – live in a tiny house? A house that can range from less than 100 square feet to around 1000 square feet? That all depends on your perception of tiny living.

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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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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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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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