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Arts and Crafts Home Plans
Arts and crafts style homes are sometimes referred to as craftsman homes. Some of the features that identify these homes are: · Exposed rafters, beams or rafter ends in the eaves. · Corbels or triangular shaped trim pieces in the gables. · Dormers. Generally shed dormers were the most common however these plans were also designed with gable and hipped dormers. · Foundations that slope outward as they get closer to the ground. These foundations were often constructed of rock. · Generally the exteriors were a wood siding or stone with masonry chimneys. · Large porches along the front of the home. · Bungalow style homes were often of Arts and Crafts styling. · Interior trim work is generally simple, squ Read more
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Published On : 06-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5851 Views
Popular House Plan
Its fun to see which house plans people really like. Sometimes house plans that I think will be great sellers are not in the beginning, but once some variations of the plan is made, it becomes a great plan that is quite popular. This is a trend that I have noticed with my own home plans that I design anyway. One of our best selling home designers (Nelson Design Group) has a series of house plans that have been really quite popular recently. In fact, we have just recently made one of the plans of the series our featured plan on the main page of our website. Be sure to check them out when you get a chance. I have included some links here for your convenience.   This beautiful plan offers an array of possibilities. The front Read more
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Published On : 05-24-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
4118 Views
 
Craftsman Bungalow House Plans
There has been a lot of buzz lately about craftsman and bungalow house plans, so we’re ready to show you what they’re talking about. Craftsman home DD-3608 is a good way to start. Craftsman home plans start with an old world charm and quality that honor the artisans that brought them to us. This architecture cut out all the fluff of the Victorian era and gave the average citizen something they could appreciate: craftsmanship. This rudimentary design offers a close up on the raw beauty of the material. Stone and wood combine to create a natural art piece, something that doesn’t need to be polished and kept on a shelf. The charm that comes from our craftsman house plans is that blue collar quality, that humble elegance that can only be s Read more
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Published On : 02-19-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
8954 Views
Luxurious Craftsman on the Beach
DDI103-206, one of our best Craftsman house plans, is truly something to behold. After just one look, you can see that a lot of time and effort was involved in designing this charming set of house plans. This home designer was able to incorporate so many unique and exciting features, and at the same time, avoided the pitfalls that are often associated with luxury home design. Oftentimes, a luxury home will offer every amenity, but it just feels forced or rushed - like the designer was trying too hard and included features that just don't fit. Although they are designed specifically for comfort, luxury plans often lack that indefinable quality that makes a house a home. This is where DDI103-206 breaks away from the mold. This l Read more
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Published On : 03-21-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
5630 Views
A True Craftsman
Home design has long been plagued by home budgets. Sky rocketing costs have pushed us to build track homes and other poorly designed homes to keep the cost low and the profit high. The damages this has caused are various and are topics of more in-depth discussions. Suffice it to say that theyve created a cost driven society that ignores quality in areas like proper indoor flow, aesthetic detail, materials, environmental safety, health, etc. Home designers arent to blame for this, and neither are builders. Society evolved this way and its a problem in more than just homes. Lets look at a home that strives for something beyond quick construction, low cost, and mediocre design. The Corbin Park, from one of our newest home designer Read more
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Published On : 04-04-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
5354 Views
A Masculine Cottage, A Feminine Craftsman
    Home plans come in many varieties, large and small, plain and detailed. 119-1232 is a very exclusive variety not commonly found just anywhere. This design is full of character, charm, and a good blend of masculinity and femininity. In other words, it has a rustic nature to it that's cottage enough to be cute and craftsman enough to keep a mature, slightly rigid, architecture.   This plan stands out because of its curb appeal and masterful blend of styles. The blend is what achieves the natural aesthetic, and the masculine/feminine neutrality. The basic structure of the house is rigid and square in nature, based on a Bungalow design. The floor plan follows this rigidity, managing transition from private to mo Read more
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Published On : 05-15-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
7834 Views
Great Photos of a Great Plan
  We just got some fresh pics from one of our favorite designers. The house shown is the Plan 153-1781, a great solution for mainstream suburbia. The house is built with practically no modifications, which makes it nice for comparison with the plan. Check out the beautiful pictures below.     The great room is wide open with an eating bar at the kitchen. Though the plans won’t come with any decoration packages, the designer has a Design Plan in a Can for sale.     The kitchen is probably my favorite part of this house. It’s plenty large and packs a whole lot of storage. The style here is great. I love the industrial look of the ceiling in contrast to the more traditional Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
4933 Views
Go Green with home plan NDG-844
  The NDG-844 is a modest home that could house a large family comfortably. The best green highlight is that it uses the 2470 sq. feet wisely. Four bedrooms could house up to eight people, a very large family by today’s standards, while giving each enough room to feel comfortable. The open living spaces and multi-level design give place for various activities to happen simultaneously. This keeps the materials used down, and leaves more open landscape to Mother Nature.   This is another conventional house plan, like most, that doesn’t take passive solar power into consideration. Thats okay here. You could easily put additional windows on the rear side for southern exposure and solar gain, especially in that t Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
5631 Views
Luxurious Mountain Craftsman House Plans
  This is the Avalon. It is a spacious craftsman lodge home with its style rooted in the past.   Near the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, society was changing forever. Everyone was interested in machinery, and automobiles were the all the rage. The world was caught up in the Industrial Revolution, and Home Design was also in the midst of change.   Victorian Homes, with all their pomp and pageantry, had been the height of style, but views were changing. While much of society was caught up in everything modern, there were some people that still remembered and cherished the workmanship of yesteryear. Names like William Morris and Gustav Stickley were strong advocates for the return to Craftsmanship. Read more
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Published On : 06-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
22518 Views
Mountain Home Plans – Stylish Ingenuity
  Mountain Home Plans, like almost any other style of architecture, were developed foremost for function. While settling fertile mountain valleys overlooked by the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, people needed homes that could withstand the long harsh winters. The result of the settlers' ingenuity is known today as Mountain style home design. Mountain house plans are a hybrid of several stylish and functional types of home design. They often combine the rough-cut quality of Craftsman House Plans with the rustic appeal found in Log Cabins. Mountain houseplans also borrow design principles from Swiss chalets in order to provide you with a stylish home that was made to adapt.   This is R3102b. Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
7957 Views
Small House Plans -- Big on Comfort!
  The common attitude today is that "Bigger is Better." People will do almost anything to own the biggest and the best. The homebuilding industry usually seems to follow this trend. When people think about Luxury Homes, they think that size equals luxury. Recent trends, however, indicate that attitudes might be changing. People are beginning to be much more energy-conscious and as a result, our designs are evolving. All the time, you see people trading in their large SUV's for smaller, more economical hybrids. Attitudes of homeowners are changing as well. Not only do large homes cost much more to build; they can also be quite expensive to heat and cool. It seems like the homebuilding industry is beginning to lean toward designi Read more
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Published On : 07-22-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
6250 Views
Small, yet Luxurious!
Y'know, it's not every day that you come across a house plan under 2,000 square feet that can provide the amenities expected of a luxury home. That's why we're so pleased to present one of our newest additions to our Craftsman Home collection, the Canterbury. Although the Canterbury may not offer any sprawling open expanses, its living areas are sufficient for almost any family. Just look at the living room and the master bedroom, for example. Both of these important rooms feel larger than they actually are because of their 10 foot tray ceilings and thoughtful layout. Every nook and cranny incorporates a useful design. Closets, pantries, and storage spaces abound in this stylish little bungalow. I don't want to spend all d Read more
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Published On : 12-03-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
5847 Views
Bungalow Style and So Much More!
Bungalow Style and so much more! Near the turn of the century, America seemed to be obsessed with one type of residential architecture -- the Bungalow! Although the craze has seemed to decline slightly, you can't deny the instinctive allure of a cozy Bungalow. If you're looking for a home plan that offers the architectural charm of a classical Bungalow and the features needed to keep up with today's hectic lifestyle, look no further than HPG-2067. Although it isn't a strict Bungalow, HPG-2067 has a beautiful Craftsman Design featuring all the things that make a house a home. One of the greatest features is the flex space. This is the perfect spot for a home office, playroom, or formal dining area. There is also a chee Read more
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Published On : 04-02-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
4644 Views
A Nice Country Craftsman Design
Check this out! This is House Plan HPG-2199. As you can see, it has a nice, clean Craftsman style exterior and an inviting covered porch, but that isn't all! The old adage may say "Don't judge a book by its cover," but one could also argue that you should never judge a house solely based on its exterior façade. The great room is really cool with its raised ceiling. The fireplace and covered back porch are also a couple of nice features. Some people might really like how the master bedroom is on the opposite side of the house, when compared to the other three bedrooms. The flex space is pretty neat because you can use that room for any purpose you can think of: it could be a den/library, a formal dining area, a music room, Read more
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Published On : 05-14-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
7175 Views
Luxurious Country House Plans
Luxurious Country Home Design This luxurious set of Country House Plans is called the Dover, and let me tell you -- it also knows a thing or two about luxury home design. Aside from its attractive country craftsman style, the Dover is committed to providing you with the most open and spacious floor plan available. Each room is so large and airy, but the Dover is constantly finding ways to open things up even more. For instance, check out the way that you get a straight shot from one end of the family room all the way over to the opposite wall of the country kitchen -- talk about "wide open spaces." The Dover also does a fantastic job of using every available inch to provide you with the amenities you deserve. Let's tak Read more
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Published On : 06-11-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
5711 Views
Relaxation - Craftsman Style!
Check this out! This is HPG-2067, and it's got a lot to offer. You can tell that this home is one of a kind as you approach it from the street, but the more you get to know it, the better it is. 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! The great room is the central focus of the home. Its 11' trayed ceiling and tall windows give a great sense of openness and space, but at the same time, the gas fireplace gives it a warm and inviting character. HPG-2067 also has a rather luxurio Read more
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Published On : 09-18-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
5160 Views
House Plans of Every Style!
quaint [kweynt] -adjective, -er, -est. Having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house. Strange or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way. Skillfully or cleverly made. (Dictionary.com) If you're looking for a house plan that epitomizes the word quaint, then you might just want to check out NDG-1292. NDG-1292 is one of The Plan Collection's newest additions, and it is wonderful! You get a very rustic Craftsman exterior that just seems to exude quality and coziness. But don't forget -- it's what's inside that really matters! You're sure to love the great room; this open living area is well lit with plenty of natural sunlight, due to the 2nd story dormers and the large Read more
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Published On : 02-05-2010
Author : Steve Donegan
3995 Views
Craftsman House Plans from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Awhile ago, we featured this craftsman-inspired home plan on our homepage. Plan #149-1454 is a really great 1 1/2 story home, but what made it unique was the fact that it had been built on national television.     For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", it is ABC's Emmy Award-winning reality TV series that brings entire communities together in service to provide a deserving family with a new home and a new chance at life. Since early 2004, the Extreme Makeover Team has been traveling the country in search of families that are in serious need of a new home. The family is then given a week-long, all-expense-paid vacation, meanwhile, the Extreme Makeover Team jo Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2012
Author :Brian Toolan
11881 Views
Relaxation - Craftsman Style!
      Check this out! This is Plan # 141-1075, and it's got a lot to offer. You can tell that this home is one of a kind as you approach it from the street, but the more you get to know it, the better it is.   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!   The great room is the central focus of the home. Its 11' trayed ceiling and tall windows give a great sense of openness and space, but Read more
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Published On : 09-01-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
2412 Views
The True Definition of a Craftsman House Plan
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.     History of the American Craftsman Style The roots of American Craftsman architecture trace back to the British Arts and Crafts movement which began in the 1860s, and lasted through the 1930s. This period was based on a rebellion against the Industrial Revolution's seeming devaluation of workers and/or t Read more
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Published On : 08-23-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
1387 Views

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