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Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Picking a House Plan
 Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Picking a House Plan 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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Published On : 10-04-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
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How do I get free shipping and a 10% discount in time for the holidays?
 Some people call and ask how do they get free shipping and a 10% discount on working drawings.  Getting both are very, very easy. Presently, we are offering free shipping on ground shipping in the United States.  First, you place your plan purchase in your shopping cart.  Then you will be asked to start the check out process.  The initial step is to enter your shipping information and shipping method. After you pick your shipping method, you will then be asked to fill in payment method information.  The last step will be to review and confirm your order.  On this page, you will see a space apply a promo code.  In this box, please insert the promo code HOLIDAY12 and then click the a Read more
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Published On : 11-22-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
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Happy New Year get 10% Discount
 We at The Plan Collection are looking forward to 2013.   The economy is heating up.  More and more people are feeling comfortable enough to think about building their new dream home.  Credit is starting to loosen up. Our site offers you many features to help you decide which design is best for you to build.  Please take the time to browse our site.  Here are a few tips to help you: Please use our advanced search to help you focus on the design that best suites your needs. Please read our page on modifications.  It will save you a telephone call and answer all your questions.  http://www.theplancollection.com/modifications Please use our modifcation request form to get a free Read more
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Published On : 01-02-2013
Author : Steve Donegan
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Developing a Budget to Build Your House Plan
Developing a Budget to Build Your House Plan  A budget estimate is a financial plan for your entire home planning and building process. It is the dollar equivalent for all the work it takes to design and build your new home. You are not expected to create this document accurately at the outset of your experience so it's best to begin with estimates and refine your financial plan as time goes by. 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 b Read more
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Published On : 01-16-2013
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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Trends in Home Decorating and House Plans
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. As people buy property and begin looking at house plans for building their dream homes, they also tend to focus on interior design, design, style and color palettes, so there Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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New House Plan Trends Surface as Housing Markets Return to Normal
According to the new National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI),on October 7, 2013 the group stated that the housing markets in 52 out of approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity. What this means is that finally the nationwide housing market is running at 85 percent of normal activity. The index’s score of .85 is based on current permits, prices and employment data nationwide. (Source for historical information and charts, please go to nahb.org/lmi.) With this news comes those cities who are topping  the LMI list -- Baton Rouge, LA., scored 1.41 (41 percent) better than its last normal market level. Other major metr Read more
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Published On : 10-08-2013
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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Cool New Technologies for Home Design
New home design technology trends in the last couple of years have been focused on energy efficiency and mobile control for homes. Some of the highlights of these new technologies featured on the CNBC Slide how entitled, “Hottest New Home Technology" which were previewed at a recent Home Builder’s Show include: A laser robot vacuum – cleans your house efficiently. The Neato Robotics adds a laser that maps your house; then knows what has already been cleaned and what still needs to be done. After it is finished it heads back to its own home base. Kohler eco-friendly Numi toilet for today's modern bathrooms. It offers a motion-activated seat and lid, an air dryer, a multi-option bidet wand, a deodorizing charc Read more
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Published On : 12-30-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Technologies for the Conscious Home Save Energy
The United States government is now requiring energy companies to figure out ways to save power and become more efficient.  Seems the last time they did this in automotive industry – we started seeing a lot of new solutions like gas-free cars! Enter thermostats and smoke detectors. Now consumers who are building a new home will be integrating the latest technologies into their modern house plan.   Today, companies like Google are seeking ways to take the smarts of smartphones and build them into everything else, including your home.  And now the company is setting great expectations for a world populated with Google-powered smart devices. Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more
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Published On : 03-18-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Trends to Build Home Plans that Embrace Nature and the Environment
  Homes are where people spend time with family and friends. Our lives are so stressful in the new wired world, that trends are now indicating people are re-evaluating lifestyles, and many 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.     Research reveals that gardening and nature are bringing many of us much joy amidst our wired lifestyles. People of all ages are also looking for nature inspired homes, and products like this home plan from The Plan Collection with 12 foot ceilings and sliding glass doors that feature nature prominently. (House Plan # Read more
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Published On : 04-15-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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