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Advantages of Purchasing Pre-Drawn House Plans
Rather than buying a house, you decide to build your dream home because you want it to be everything you want it to be. Theres nothing wrong with showing your own creativity. You start with purchasing the building site and noting the details you want for your dream home. The possibilities are limitless and you have to take the size, location, and budget into consideration. Not to mention the special amenities and features that may crop up during the design process. If you havent already begun, soon you will realize you need a set of house plans either through working with an architect to build a from scratch home design or working with a set of pre-drawn house plans that can be customized. Read more
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Published On : 12-16-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
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Raise the Roof with House Plans from The Plan Collection
It's already late July: BBQs are in full swing, a few of us have already gotten sunburned (or tanned) by the pool or beach, and perhaps some of us have even gone on a family roadtrip. Before you know it though, we will all be thinking about getting the kids ready for "back to school" -- and around here, the ads have already started! But while you are still at by the pool, on your porch or just staying inside enjoying the air conditioning, here is something you might want to check out during the month of July: house plans from ThePlanCollection.com. Whether just to dream and get ideas or if you are considering building a home in the future, we have just updated and expanded our collections of house plan Read more
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Published On : 07-23-2013
Author : Steve Donegan
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Floor Plans: How to Read and Build
When people begin thinking about building a new home, the first thing everyone envisions is the architectural style or design of the house.  Will it be modern, country, colonial or arts and crafts style?  But at some point in time, after they have decided on the style, their thoughts start to focus on the floor plans for the space, and most people have a lot of questions.  What makes a livable floor plan? How does this translate to the home’s blueprints? How do you read the blueprints? It is really important to buy a plan drawn by an architect or a home design professional.   Most people know how to figure out a floor plan that is acceptable for their own personal lifestyles as to traffic flow, the number of Read more
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Published On : 09-23-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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‘Twas the Night before Halloween and All Through the House
‘Twas the Night before Halloween and All Through the House If you live in a neighborhood that celebrates Halloween, then you will appreciate the fact that having a haunted-looking house might be just the look you want once a year, but what about afterwards? The Plan Collection lists the following top 10 elements of a house plan design that can make any home the scariest of them all, plus advice on how to fix it. Be aware of eerie architectural style. The home in The Addams Family had a rather "unique" house plan …Certain architectural styles including Victorian and the Second Empire style with its mansard roofs have a long history in horror films. Don’t end up with a lifeless color scheme. When used Read more
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Published On : 10-15-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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Top 10 Features of a Spooky and Creepy House - And How to Fix Them
The Plan Collection's Top 10 House Design Elements of a Scary and Halloween-Ready Home -- And How to Fix Them the Day After   If you live in a neighborhood that celebrates Halloween, then you will appreciate the fact that having a haunted-looking house might be just the look you want once a year, but what about the other 364 days of the year?   The Plan Collection lists the following top 10 elements of a house plan design that can make any home the scariest of them all, plus advice on how to fix it.   Be aware of eerie architectural style. The home in The Addams Family had a rather "unique" house plan. Certain architectural styles including Victorian and the Second Empire style wit Read more
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Published On : 10-30-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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House Plan Trends Show a Jump in Remodeling
The economy is on its way to recovery, so people have started to think about remodels to increase the value of their homes or properties. Overall remodeling has benefitted from rising home values, and overall, many folks put off upgrades to their homes during the tough economic times. The latest news from to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and its Remodeling Market Index (RMI) shows it climbing modestly in Q3 of 2013 – up two points to 57, the highest reading since the first quarter of 2004. As far as regions, gains have showed up in the Northeast, Midwest and West, while the RMI was down slightly in the South in Q3 after a 2 point gain in Q2. This most recent RMI shows that major additions and alterations inc Read more
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Published On : 10-28-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Latest Home Design and House Plans Trends
For the most part, home buying markets have recovered nicely, as markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity. (Source: The National Association of Home Builders - NAHB). The NAHB’s index’s nationwide score of .86 shows that based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide market is running at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity. The association also noted that the aging American population is actually creating some unique opportunities for the housing industry. Economists are expecting residential investments to bolster economic growth. More and more consumers are searching to purchase Read more
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Published On : 12-13-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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