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

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Some of the house plans on our site already have the image of the rear elevation. If you would like to see the rear elevation of a house plan, please contact us.

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Often times municipalities will require plans to be reviewed by a local structural engineer or architect before they issue a building permit. Why?

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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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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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A Cape Cod style home is a popular first home since they are often smaller and more affordable. We explore why there is so much to love about this smart design.

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A Cape Cod style home is a popular first home since they are often smaller and more affordable. We explore why there is so much to love about this smart design.

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A Cape Cod style home is a popular first home since they are often smaller and more affordable. We explore why there is so much to love about this smart design.

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Early in the 1920's a group of architects developed the Prairie style of architecture. The most popular among them was the well-known Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Early in the 1920's a group of architects developed the Prairie style of architecture. The most popular among them was the well-known Frank Lloyd Wright.

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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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These floor plans are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs...

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These floor plans are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs...

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These floor plans are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs...

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Engineering - What is it, and why is the city asking for it? These are questions that we get asked quite frequently here at The Plan Collection.

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

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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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This particular garage was designed to match a craftsman style home that I recently had the opportunity to work on.

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

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These homes are all based on a Spectacular, Best-Selling, Country Porch Design. This amazing house design just seems to represent country living at its finest.

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"Our homes consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating builders and home buyers with their cutting edge style and timeless integrity." We are privileged to have this designer as a part of The Plan Collection team.

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Multi-unit / multi-family homes can be both stylish and affordable. View more photos, floor plans and tips.

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These are the two of the finest plans that home designers have to offer. These beautiful houses have been two of our best selling home plans for some time now.

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These best-selling house plans foster family values and traditional ideals. The result is an effective design theme encouraging interaction not only between family but also between neighbors.

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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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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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It's amazing what trying to save a buck can cost you. Here are a couple of examples of DIYers I have met that [I'm sure] paid much more than they had to just because they wanted to save a buck on house plans.

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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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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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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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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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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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Perhaps the most classic culinary setting is the Country Kitchen. This style graces the entire nation and is deeply rooted in history.

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Perhaps the most classic culinary setting is the Country Kitchen. This style graces the entire nation and is deeply rooted in history.

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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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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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This Prairie style house plan follows the principles used by many famous architects including Frank Lloyd Wright. It came to be known as Prairie Style.

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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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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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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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This country house plan keeps versatility in mind from the beginning. Lifestyles change and long-term usage must be addressed in any efficient plan.

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This country house plan keeps versatility in mind from the beginning. Lifestyles change and long-term usage must be addressed in any efficient plan.

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Log Houses are generally sought after for their rustic appeal. The exposed raw material blends in with nature’s landscape.

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Our country house plans feature many plans that are right sized, with plenty of privacy, yet open to the outdoors where appropriate

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Our country house plans feature many plans that are right sized, with plenty of privacy, yet open to the outdoors where appropriate

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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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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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This amazing country house design features a wrap around, covered porch and plenty of windows for great curb appeal.

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This amazing country house design features a wrap around, covered porch and plenty of windows for great curb appeal.

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we've chosen to feature a beautiful house design from the Northwest called the Macleod - one of our best rustic home plans

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we've chosen to feature a beautiful house design from the Northwest called the Macleod - one of our best rustic home plans

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we've chosen to feature a beautiful house design from the Northwest called the Macleod - one of our best rustic home plans

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we've chosen to feature a beautiful house design from the Northwest called the Macleod - one of our best rustic home plans

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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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Garages can be used for just about anything – they provide you with a great place to dump all your junk; they keep your car(s) out of the elements; and they can make a great workshop or laundry room. One of these problem solvers may be just the ticket for you!

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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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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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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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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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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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Structural engineering is the analysis of home plans or a building's proposed structure to verify that the framing members and the method of construction is sufficient.

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Unlike most of our new additions, this home is already famous - it was built and featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".

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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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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 house design is full of character, charm, and a good blend of masculinity and femininity. It has a rustic nature to it that's cottage enough to be cute and craftsman enough to keep a mature, slightly rigid, architecture.

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This house design is full of character, charm, and a good blend of masculinity and femininity. It has a rustic nature to it that's cottage enough to be cute and craftsman enough to keep a mature, slightly rigid, architecture.

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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 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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The best green highlight of this house plan is that it uses the 2470 square feet wisely. An open floor plan keeps the materials used down.

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The best green highlight of this house plan is that it uses the 2470 square feet wisely. An open floor plan keeps the materials used down.

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Most people think that an In-law apartment is only for the wealthy. This was usually the case in the past, but not any more!

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Most people think that an In-law apartment is only for the wealthy. This was usually the case in the past, but not any more!

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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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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 most common issue we run into with modifications is when people don't have a clear idea of what they want. If you are thinking about modifications, you should always have a plan.

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Have you planned and visualized each of your home design changes? Now all you need to do is find out how much your changes will cost.

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When modifying a set of house plans, there are generally 3 main options with which to proceed. Your options greatly depend on the changes you have in mind.

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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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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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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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In the early 1900s, America was obsessed with one type of residential architecture -- the Bungalow! Even today, you can't deny the allure of a cozy Bungalow.

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In the early 1900s, America was obsessed with one type of residential architecture -- the Bungalow! Even today, you can't deny the allure of a cozy Bungalow.

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In the early 1900s, America was obsessed with one type of residential architecture -- the Bungalow! Even today, you can't deny the allure of a cozy Bungalow.

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

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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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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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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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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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The first thing you'll notice with this house is the clean Craftsman style. It has a quaint, "cottagey" feel to it that will put you at ease.

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The first thing you'll notice with this house is the clean Craftsman style. It has a quaint, "cottagey" feel to it that will put you at ease.

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The first thing you'll notice with this house is the clean Craftsman style. It has a quaint, "cottagey" feel to it that will put you at ease.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As a general rule when it comes to modifying house plans, anything is possible. An experienced draftsman can usually make any change, but there are issues to keep in mind.

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The first thing you'll notice is the clean Craftsman style. It has a quaint, "cottagey" feel to it that will put you at ease and make you feel right at home. You'll be tempted to sit and relax on the covered front porch, but we've got to keep moving -- you haven't even seen what's inside!

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The first thing you'll notice is the clean Craftsman style. It has a quaint, "cottagey" feel to it that will put you at ease and make you feel right at home. You'll be tempted to sit and relax on the covered front porch, but we've got to keep moving -- you haven't even seen what's inside!

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A home's traffic pattern is a big part of the design process. One of the most important aspects when building your home is making an efficient home traffic pattern – the way you travel from room to room inside your home. The flow of traffic should be unobstructed and organized.

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A home's traffic pattern is a big part of the design process. One of the most important aspects when building your home is making an efficient home traffic pattern – the way you travel from room to room inside your home. The flow of traffic should be unobstructed and organized.

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

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Our house designers have been very busy. We are proud to introduce the following 2012 house plans from some of the nation's top designers and architects.

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Can this house be modified is always asked? The answer is normally yes. Read this article to see how easy it is.

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People should always call their local building official before buying blueprints. This will help them ask the right questions before they buy construction drawings to build their dream home.

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The prefect house for family get-togethers are lots of fun and besides getting to catch up on all the latest news, the kids get a chance to play together that may be a rare occasion. There some things you can do to make these times a lot more fun such as games for the youngsters and of course, grilling barbeque session with moms and dads of the family.

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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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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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Looking for the house that has it all? Then look no further. This beautiful country design features all the things that make a house a home. This is one of our newest designs with PLENTY of exterior and interior photos.

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Celebrate Abraham Lincoln – and the architecture, house plans and designs throughout his life. From log cabin beginnings to traditional Greek Revival house plans in Illinois to the White House.

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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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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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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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Did you know that one of the great African American architects in the United States was responsible for the concept of one of the busiest airports in the world - and also the "Architect to the Stars" - from Frank Sinatra to Zsa Zsa Gabor?

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A pioneer and inventor of the K-Brick, precursor to the concrete block, Keichline broke down barriers in the fields of architecture as well as home building and construction.

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A pioneer and inventor of the K-Brick, precursor to the concrete block, Keichline broke down barriers in the fields of architecture as well as home building and construction.

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The first woman to study architecture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan’s crowning achievement is Hearst Castle. However, it is by no means her only significant contribution to architecture and building. From rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake to elevating the stature of Arts & Crafts house design, Morgan was a true visionary and leader.

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When looking for experts to discuss the growing popularity of luxury home plans online and the latest trends in residential architecture and house design, The Wall Street Journal talked in-depth with The Plan Collection.

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A great Texas style house plan with many modern and appealing features

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A great Texas style house plan with many modern and appealing features

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A great Texas style house plan with many modern and appealing features

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This design has it all for a traditional house plan. This Georgian Colonial has a porch for great curb appeal. Inside it has plenty of room for growing families.

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This design has it all for a traditional house plan. This Georgian Colonial has a porch for great curb appeal. Inside it has plenty of room for growing families.

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This design has it all for a traditional house plan. This Georgian Colonial has a porch for great curb appeal. Inside it has plenty of room for growing families.

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Many people are looking for the perfect ranch. The square footage range is 1500 to 1999. They want a single level ranch with country styling. Plan 141-1077 is the perfect choice.

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People love the great appeal of high ceilings. They offer a sense of openness.

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Plan 130-1016 is perfect for beach front property as a second home or investment property.

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Plan 130-1016 is perfect for beach front property as a second home or investment property.

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Plan 130-1016 is perfect for beach front property as a second home or investment property.

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A five bedroom house with great curb appeal and plenty of space.

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A five bedroom house with great curb appeal and plenty of space.

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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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From Dwell to HGTV, modern design gets a lot of love. But what about the cost? Architects and house designers of modern home design are now not only creative about design but also how do it and still be affordable. A modern house plan with great looks and at a price you that will fit within your budget can be done.

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From Dwell to HGTV, modern design gets a lot of love. But what about the cost? Architects and house designers of modern home design are now not only creative about design but also how do it and still be affordable. A modern house plan with great looks and at a price you that will fit within your budget can be done.

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From Dwell to HGTV, modern design gets a lot of love. But what about the cost? Architects and house designers of modern home design are now not only creative about design but also how do it and still be affordable. A modern house plan with great looks and at a price you that will fit within your budget can be done.

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Here are 5 tips on what to look for in Wheelchair Accessible house plans. Sometimes called Universal Design, this guide will help you in making sure your design works for you and your family.

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So why a one-and-a-half story house? Well, in addition to being visually appealing, the 1 1/2 story house plan allows for a great deal of flexibility at a relatively lower cost if you want to expand your home in the future.

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So why a one-and-a-half story house? Well, in addition to being visually appealing, the 1 1/2 story house plan allows for a great deal of flexibility at a relatively lower cost if you want to expand your home in the future.

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View these and many more house plans from 1500 to 2000 square feet.

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View these and many more house plans from 1500 to 2000 square feet.

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When building a house plan under 1000 feet, your design might be small in terms of sq ft but it can be a very smart way to go!

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These A-Frame House Plans have a striking -- and practical-- design. Perfect as a vacation home in the woods by a lake or in the mountains.

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More house plans by leading designers and architects are being posted every day. View the collection here.

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

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

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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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New house plans with great looking photos are added to our site almost every day.

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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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Have you been thinking about home remodeling lately? With the economy on its way to recovery, and improvements in the real estate market, many people have started to think ahead about home improvements or remodels to increase the value of their properties and home sales.

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If you have ever been to Palm Springs, California you will know that this resort town has always been known for its inspirational modern house plans. The town is located about a hundred miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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If you have ever been to Palm Springs, California you will know that this resort town has always been known for its inspirational modern house plans. The town is located about a hundred miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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If you have ever been to Palm Springs, California you will know that this resort town has always been known for its inspirational modern house plans. The town is located about a hundred miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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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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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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Purchasing a plan for your new house online has a number of advantages, namely a cost savings, because purchasing online enables to look through many thousands of designs that are available – plans in a variety of sizes, layouts and architectural styles.

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

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

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The 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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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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What started as a rest house in British India became the rage in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The bungalow style defined Americans’ desire for simple house plans that were affordable and cozy. At the bungalow’s height, when manufacturing was at a boom and cities were flourishing, young families wanted a permanent home, close to town yet away from the sights, sounds, and smells of the business districts. Today, as more young Americans are drawn to putting down roots near an urban environment, the bungalow style house has experienced a reawakening among Generation X and Y.

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

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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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So you’re ready to go retro and shop around for a home that brings back memories of the old neighborhood. If the ‘60s and ‘70s are your style, hop on the nostalgia train and take a closer look at split-level or multi-level house plans.

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So you’re ready to go retro and shop around for a home that brings back memories of the old neighborhood. If the ‘60s and ‘70s are your style, hop on the nostalgia train and take a closer look at split-level or multi-level house plans.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The first in a series of articles featuring some of the most unique, iconic, but also downright quirky home designs in America, starting with the famous Los Angeles mid-century modern Stahal House.

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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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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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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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Not sure what to do? This article answers the top questions asked by our visitors. This will save you time and help make using this site an enjoyable experience.

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Not sure what to do? This article answers the top questions asked by our visitors. This will save you time and help make using this site an enjoyable experience.

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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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Today for practical use, home builders can actually use 3D printing to print out a 3D house plan thanks to The Plan Collection (http://www.theplancollection.com).

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With so many home plan designs to suit your lifestyle and a real estate market that’s easing up, there’s never been a better time to consider a vacation home. Just imagine summer breezes on the front porch, a gentle wind rocking the hammock and swings, and a warm glow from the fireplace in the winter. We’ve come up with our checklist on exactly what you should look for in the perfect vacation home.

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The ceiling has not totally collapsed on the Great Room. Perhaps the high ceilings and ornate light fixtures are gone - but its original concept of a free-flowing open space in a home where a family gathers together in comfort and ease remains a significant part of the American lifestyle.

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The ceiling has not totally collapsed on the Great Room. Perhaps the high ceilings and ornate light fixtures are gone - but its original concept of a free-flowing open space in a home where a family gathers together in comfort and ease remains a significant part of the American lifestyle.

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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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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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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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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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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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Passive solar building house plans and designs feature walls, floors and windows that are made to collect, store and distribute solar energy – rejecting heat in the summer and distributing solar energy in the form of heat during colder winter months.

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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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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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With the housing market in full swing, today’s younger buyers – working families – have preferences when it comes to building their dream home. The most popular house plans for young buyers today that are defined as the millennial generation, are plans with ease. Of these buyers, 76 percent are first-time homebuyers.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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If you are planning on building a new home, then you may want to know that trends in the United States are indicating people are actually building “forever homes” with the thought of having plenty of room for family throughout the life stages. It is being dubbed “Aging in place” and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers a certification program called *CAPS on how to do it. Due to the current U.S. Baby Boomer population – 1946 through 1964 – people are either building new homes in retirement or remodeling their homes to fit new lifestyle needs. AARP research actually says that most older home owners prefer to age-in-place. This means people want to stay in their homes independently and be safe and comfortable, regardless of their abilities or age. NAHB suggests that there are three steps: 1) Get familiar with “the concept of aging in place. 2) Build or remodel a home that is accessible to anyone regardless of physical ability or age. 3) Demand and expect sustainable excellence in all building materials. Thanks to websites like The Plan Collection (www.theplancolleciton.com) which features almost every type of house plan available, you can search for ideas and plans like these one story house plans, which offer the perfect solution for empty nesters needing to live on one single level. Some of the plans feature our designs with split master bedroom suites for added privacy. These house plans generally have open kitchen dining and family room areas, not restricted by walls or or doors. There are wider hallways with upper level loft areas that are open to the foyer of the home. In this 1,422 sq. ft. single story house plan # 120-1544 there are three bedrooms and two full bathes. Note in the actual house plan (below) how there is open space surrounding the great room, and kitchen areas? Plus there is very easy access to all three bedrooms. If you are planning on building a new home, then you may want to know that trends in the United States are indicating people are actually building “forever homes” with the thought of having plenty of room for family throughout the life stages. It is being dubbed “Aging in place” and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers a certification program called *CAPS on how to do it. Due to the current U.S. Baby Boomer population – 1946 through 1964 – people are either building new homes in retirement or remodeling their homes to fit new lifestyle needs. AARP research actually says that most older home owners prefer to age-in-place. This means people want to stay in their homes independently and be safe and comfortable, regardless of their abilities or age. NAHB suggests that there are three steps: 1) Get familiar with “the concept of aging in place. 2) Build or remodel a home that is accessible to anyone regardless of physical ability or age. 3) Demand and expect sustainable excellence in all building materials. Thanks to websites like The Plan Collection (www.theplancolleciton.com) which features almost every type of house plan available, you can search for ideas and plans like these one story house plans, which offer the perfect solution for empty nesters needing to live on one single level. Some of the plans feature our designs with split master bedroom suites for added privacy. These house plans generally have open kitchen dining and family room areas, not restricted by walls or or doors. There are wider hallways with upper level loft areas that are open to the foyer of the home. In this 1,422 sq. ft. single story house plan # 120-1544 there are three bedrooms and two full bathes. Note in the actual house plan (below) how there is open space surrounding the great room, and kitchen areas? Plus there is very easy access to all three bedrooms. If you are planning on building a new home or remodeling, you may want to actually build a forever home.

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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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Not sure about what you need to know about getting the right foundation in place for your new home? We've put together this check list of considerations as a homeowner to talk about with your builder as to the future foundation for 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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Traffic patterns have changed in the designs of house plans over the last few decades. With homes moving away from being “room-centric” and towards being open concept plans, such as The Plan Collection’s House Plan # 116-1081) with a spacious kitchen that’s open to the family and dining 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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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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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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On an upswing for a number of years, in-law suites come in all shapes and sizes - from a garage studio apartment, to a first floor master bedroom, a refinished basement, or a tiny cottage on the grounds of the primary residence. These “homes-within-the-home” are stylish accommodations for in-laws, returning children, or overnight/weekend guests.

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On an upswing for a number of years, in-law suites come in all shapes and sizes - from a garage studio apartment, to a first floor master bedroom, a refinished basement, or a tiny cottage on the grounds of the primary residence. These “homes-within-the-home” are stylish accommodations for in-laws, returning children, or overnight/weekend guests.

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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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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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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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Each and every room in your new home plan can benefit from having beautiful windows, and there are many unique architectural window styles.

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Each and every room in your new home plan can benefit from having beautiful windows, and there are many unique architectural window styles.

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

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

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

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Ever dream of sipping champagne on the deck of a secluded villa on the French Riviera, a palatial manor in California, a New York City penthouse with breathtaking views, or perhaps a chateau in Texas? Not quite within your budget? Let’s take you on a “tour” of house plan alternatives that may work out—with some vision and inspired originality.

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Selecting a new house plan and purchasing the lot, then starting to build is a very exciting time for most people, no matter what stage of life you are now in. But by the time your new home is built, the last thing you probably have thought about seriously is which appliances are appropriate for your current lifestyle, and making sure you are looking to the future by at least five years. What should you start looking for now?

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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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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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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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To build a home with the best garage plan, customize the plan based on your family's priorities, then discuss the garage plan with your builder before you build.

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Remember when the Modern house, with its simplistic, geometrical design stuck out like a sore thumb in neighborhoods with traditionally designed homes? Those years are long gone as the style has gone mainstream and more homeowners are going for the benefits of a Modern house plan.

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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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Do you think of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or maybe Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon when somewhere refers to cottage homes? Yes, a cottage is a small and cozy dwelling. However, today’s cottages offer much more. Designers and architects are now creating cottage homes that offer the feel of plenty of space as well as the features you would expect in the most modern styles of homes.

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Aging baby boomers want comfortable, quality, single story house plans that offer peace of mind as they enter their senior years. The also prefer house plans with quality custom amenities, hardwood floors, and wide open spaces. We take a closer look at what else is popular among baby boomers today.

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Aging baby boomers want comfortable, quality, single story house plans that offer peace of mind as they enter their senior years. The also prefer house plans with quality custom amenities, hardwood floors, and wide open spaces. We take a closer look at what else is popular among baby boomers today.

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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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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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Traditional wood hand railings are being replaced with light-weight metal.

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Say goodbye to crowded streets and uninspired views, and take a break from the sounds and sights of city living. Pack your bags and get ready for the magic of mountain living and its endless lake views, rolling hills, spectacular sunsets, and warm fireplaces.

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Say goodbye to crowded streets and uninspired views, and take a break from the sounds and sights of city living. Pack your bags and get ready for the magic of mountain living and its endless lake views, rolling hills, spectacular sunsets, and warm fireplaces.

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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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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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have had a resurgence. In simplest form, a pergola is a covered area and place for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of your backyard. Today, they are the hub of a family’s social life. Complete outdoor garden rooms where family and friends may relax and enjoy fresh air and beverages while entertaining guests, these more modern outdoor rooms even include comfortable furniture, wireless televisions, fire pits, and kitchens!

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Artistic protest launched the Arts & Crafts Movement in the late 1800s. British artists like William Morris revived the use of handicrafts and natural materials in architecture. While the British spurned industrialization, American architects combined the artistic and modern in Arts and Crafts-style homes that were beautiful, decorative, and functional.

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Sit back, put up your feet, bring a book or drink, and escape to the front porch to relive that carefree life of long ago. A classic feature of the American home that disappeared from the architectural scene for a while, the porch is back in style, stronger than ever.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A mudroom is probably a top priority for most families. A mudroom is a bridge between the great outdoors and your home; most likely the bathtub, when kids come running into the house after playing outside.

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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’ve successfully searched through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home. Now it’s time to build. Will you hire a general contractor to build your house or manage the job yourself? Here are tips to help you hire and work with contractors no matter which way you go.

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If you are building a new home, then you may want to take a look at the history and technology trends in air conditioning, including how energy consumption is affecting the industry.

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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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Influenced by the classic culture of Rome and fanciful Moorish structures, the Spanish-style home continues to attract people from all over the world—and coast to coast. With its arched windows and doorways, balconies, courtyards, and patios, the Spanish style captures the Mediterranean spirit and its expressive nature.

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Influenced by the classic culture of Rome and fanciful Moorish structures, the Spanish-style home continues to attract people from all over the world—and coast to coast. With its arched windows and doorways, balconies, courtyards, and patios, the Spanish style captures the Mediterranean spirit and its expressive nature.

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The man cave has been steadily gaining popularity in home building recently. Today some man caves even feature amenities such as a separate shower, media display, gym equipment or a full bar. Keep in mind, having one’s own personalized space is actually often psychologically good for everyone!

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

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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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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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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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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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Most people become victims of CO poisoning while asleep in their homes. Needless to say, if you've chosen a new house plan and are building a home, installing the best carbon monoxide detectors should be a top priority.

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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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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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Today’s open great room style house plans make it much easier for accessibility. Many house plans can easily be revised to include wider and doorless passageways for wheelchair access.One story house plans with wide foyers, hallways and easy access doorways for our Veterans and the aging population are a must.

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Today’s open great room style house plans make it much easier for accessibility. Many house plans can easily be revised to include wider and doorless passageways for wheelchair access.One story house plans with wide foyers, hallways and easy access doorways for our Veterans and the aging population are a must.

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Today’s open great room style house plans make it much easier for accessibility. Many house plans can easily be revised to include wider and doorless passageways for wheelchair access.One story house plans with wide foyers, hallways and easy access doorways for our Veterans and the aging population are a must.

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You and your young family are in your first small house or apartment and are looking for more space. Or maybe you are an empty nester looking to downsize from your five-bedroom family home. A 2000-2500-square-foot house plan may be just what you are searching for!

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You and your young family are in your first small house or apartment and are looking for more space. Or maybe you are an empty nester looking to downsize from your five-bedroom family home. A 2000-2500-square-foot house plan may be just what you are searching for!

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You and your young family are in your first small house or apartment and are looking for more space. Or maybe you are an empty nester looking to downsize from your five-bedroom family home. A 2000-2500-square-foot house plan may be just what you are searching for!

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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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Imagine gazing at the blue Mediterranean Sea atop a penthouse in Monaco … cocktails at a waterfront villa in Sardinia … or a masquerade ball at a castle in Geneva. Expensive dreams? The real world offers stunning house plan alternatives that will inspire you to create your “forever” home.

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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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What exactly do you have in mind for your dream-home master suite? Whether you plan to renovate or build from a house plan, knowing what you really want will help you design the perfect space. Here are some popular features to consider in creating an attractive, comfortable, and peaceful retreat.

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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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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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In prior decades, glass used to have low energy efficiency and the potential to cause interior damage from sunlight, whereas now it’s considered one of the staples of modern green building with a financial upside. When building your dream home, it is worth remembering that the environment, efficiencies and economics all play a role, but as glass continues to improve energy-wise more home builders will be able to embrace it.

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It’s a design trend that has captured the attention of architects and home décor experts from coast to coast. But the mud room has been around for a while – in farms, country home plans, and ranch house plans. Today, this once simple, functional space has become a “must-have” for homeowners.

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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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Called the “most vividly personal of the presidential shrines,” the picturesque, sprawling two-story Shingle-style Queen Anne home stands atop a hill in Cove Neck and overlooks Long Island Sound. Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill estate exudes every part of his energetic personality and his passion for nature, hunting, and the environment.

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

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

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From the sun-drenched porch to the casual deck, courtyard garden, cozy outdoor fireplace, quaint tree house, and fire pit in the backyard – outdoor living never looked so good! Get ready for a spring adventure, and prepare to create interesting, appealing, and comfortable outdoor rooms for your new home plan.

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Designing the best walk-in closet for your master suite is the perfect way to clear away all of your clutter behind closed doors. Whether you're creating separate his and her closets or working with one large space, we have the top tips for decorating and organizing the ultimate walk-in closet.

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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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Many people use the laundry room every day—sometimes multiple times a day. Rather than leaving it a cluttered mess of detergent bottles and dirty clothes, transform it into a functional thing of beauty. Our tips for outfitting a laundry room help you turn the it around in no time.

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Many decor schemes for outdoor living areas tend toward natural and/or neutral colors to blend in with the nature. But thinking “colorful” – more like interior decorating – is more conducive to entertaining friends and family. Decorating in this way also makes the space feel more like an “outdoor room.”

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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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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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Well-placed outdoor lighting fixtures and accents can completely transform just about any space, allowing you to achieve wide range of effects for and around your dream home. While it may seem that implementing a new outdoor lighting design is complicated, it’s actually much easier than you may think.

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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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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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