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A Beautiful Southern Belle
Southern house plans wouldn't be southern if they didn't display the generous hospitality known for the region. House plan number SU-5669-2538-1607-I has a long name and a longer list of outstanding features. Without question, this southern belle has a sense of hospitality to the owner and visitors alike. The stunning and refined look of the exterior is easy on the eyes and very inviting. The style gives an Italian villa on a horse ranch kind of feel. Upon entering, you are greeted with a large two story foyer with formal rooms at either side. The great room is beyond and is open to the large kitchen. A guest room with a private full bathroom ensures that friends and family are welcome. The main floor also enjoys one mor Read more
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Published On : 04-02-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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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
1788 Views
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
1512 Views
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
1573 Views
Floor Plans: How to Read and Build
Now that people are able to purchase house plans online, they have taken more of an interest in learning about home building. The Plan Collection often gets this question, as do many architects and contractors – How do I read the blueprints? 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 bl Read more
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Published On : 07-29-2014
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
677 Views
‘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
762 Views
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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Nest: 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 willbe integrating the latest technologies into their 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. In case you did not hea Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
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
511 Views
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
688 Views
Trends in Residential Single-Family Homes
The industry trends in home plans for average single-family homes are in for 2013 from the Survey of Construction (SOC), a partially funded analysis by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   Of the 569,000 single-family homes completed, the average house plan was 2,598 square feet. That would be similar to this 2,525 square foot four bedroom, three bath ranch style home plan from The Plan Collection. There is a spacious great room, and plenty of room for entertaining on the spacious grilling porch.   The SOC analysis also showed the average sales price of new single-family homes sold in 2013 was $324,500, compared with the average price of $292,200 in 2012. The average new single-family Read more
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Published On : 06-06-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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How Big or How Small Should Your House Plan Be?
People wonder if they should get a big, average or a small-sized house plan. Ironically, what seems small to one person may feel like a castle to another, so it is subjective and based on current life needs. Although housing market statistics and trends today indicate that many baby boomers are thinking ahead. Surprisingly not everyone is thinking about downsizing to a smaller home. Some folks are looking at building their “forever home” now, and a house plan that averages 2,598 square feet. According to a new study - U.S. Census Bureau 2013 Characteristics of New Housing - the average size of a new home was 2,598 square feet, topping 2007’s record of 2,500 square feet for a single family house plan Out of 569,000 singl Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
Author :Brian Toolan
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How Big or Small Should Your House Plan Be?
People wonder if they should get a big, average or a small-sized house plan. Ironically, what seems small to one person may feel like a castle to another, so it is subjective and based on current life needs. Although housing market statistics and trends today indicate that many baby boomers are thinking ahead. Surprisingly not everyone is thinking about downsizing to a smaller home. Some folks are looking at building their “forever home” now, and a house plan that averages 2,598 square feet. According to a new study - U.S. Census Bureau 2013 Characteristics of New Housing - the average size of a new home was 2,598 square feet, topping 2007’s record of 2,500 square feet for a single family house plan Out of 569,000 singl Read more
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Published On : 07-07-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
292 Views
Are You Dreaming of a Beachfront Home?
Sometimes all it takes is one fabulous summertime holiday in a beach community to spur people into the decision to build their dream beach house. This two-story, four-bedroom beachfront home from The Plan Collection (Plan # 130-1108) features a covered front porch with white pillars. Guests climb up the short steps to the large deck, Great Room, and inside a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, breakfast nook, and a loft. More of The Plan Collection’s beachfront home designs can be found here. Read more
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Published On : 07-15-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
261 Views
How to Hire a Contractor to Build Your House Plan
    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.     Following are ten key pointers and advice from The Plan Collection (TPC) for hiring and working with a contractor.   Make a list of contractors. Ask your family and friends for the names of reputable builders. Start with your f Read more
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Published On : 07-22-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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A Craftsman Home: Most Popular House Plan
If you have ever wondered what is our most popular house plan, then take a look at this 4,083 sq. ft. Craftsman Style house plan with rustic beamed and vaulted ceilings, interior and exterior fireplaces and an open floor plan. These are just some of the exceptional details found in this craftsman house plan. (#101-1874). Featuring 4 bedrooms, three baths, 2 1/2 bathes and 3 garage bays make this a spacious and quality home. The main level is 2,394 square feet with a great room, kitchen, dining room and screened porch work together to create a living space that is large enough for entertaining the entire family. The 1,689 sq. ft. finished basement has space enough for 2 bedroom and recreation room, or possibly an office or hobby room. Read more
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Published On : 07-24-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Home Plan Features That Are “Out”
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." The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted one survey that encouraged home buyers to discuss and rate the characteristics for the communities in which they wish to live. Many home buyers explicitly said they did not want to live in a gated community, a golf course commun Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
Author :Brian Toolan
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Home Plan Features and Trends That Are Out
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." The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted one survey that encouraged home buyers to discuss and rate the characteristics for the communities in which they wish to live. Many home buyers explicitly said they did not want to live in a gated community, a golf course commun Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
Author :Brian Toolan
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Home Plan Features and Trends That Are Out
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."   The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted one survey that encouraged home buyers to discuss and rate the characteristics for the communities in which they wish to live. Many home buyers explicitly said they did not want to live in a gated community, a golf cou Read more
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Published On : 07-27-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
285 Views
How to Make Modifications to a House Plan
Fact: A majority of homeowners made changes to the plan while building their new home. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) can help you determine the best way to modify your house plan when you have really minor modifications. Redlining is the cheapest and easiest method to modify house plans.    Redlining is not suitable for major changes, but it will work for the majority of minor changes. Examples of minor modifications using redlining include: • Removing a chimney or fireplace • Resizing or moving a door or a window • Changing exterior finishes or interior fixtures • Moving interior partitions that do not affect structural supports • Switching o Read more
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Published On : 07-31-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
169 Views
Knowing Heating and Cooling Dos and Dont's in Your House Plan
When building your home, there are a number of considerations when it comes to the proper air conditioning installation procedures in your house plan. Much of the plan depends on the climate where you live, and the right installation can add years of life to new A/C equipment plus it can help save both energy and money. But a poorly installed or selected A/C system can cause many problems for the end user. Today, in order to help protect the global environment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the focus on home and business air conditioning methods for greater energy efficiency. A current EPA study indicates that installation issues often hinder the efficiency of more than half of all installed home air-con Read more
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Published On : 08-04-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
260 Views
A Single Level house plan for Now and the Future
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 Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
Author :Brian Toolan
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Avoid Costly Home Building Mistakes
When building a new home, make sure you have a professional home plan, and a good contractor, because mistakes can be costly and lead to poor quality, scheduling delays and budget increases. worse, some mistakes could actually cause structural damagethat could endanger lives.   Mistakes not only show a lack of knowledge, so when you hire a contractor to work on your new house, be sure to check their references, as well as their license status to make sure it is current, and that they are insured and bonded.   Another thing. Insist on acquiring a building permit, because the inspection process offers a third-party set of eyes on the work that is being done, but can often help weed-out the illegi Read more
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Published On : 08-14-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Award-Winning TV Celebrity Home Designs
With the Emmy’s 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. In fact, this year’s Emmy host Seth Meyers recently purchased a $3.5.million West Village condo. The Saturday Night Live cast member bought the 994-square-foot apartment last January around the same time he started as the host of Late Night, taking over for Jimmy Fallon. Perhaps the most interesting architectural projects belongs to one Read more
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Published On : 01-01-1753
Author :Brian Toolan
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Award-Winning TV Celebrity Home Designs
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. In fact, this year’s Emmy host Seth Meyers recently purchased a $3.5.million West Village condo. The Saturday Night Live cast member bought the 994-square-foot apartment last January around the same time he started as the host of Late Night, taking over for Jimmy Fallon.   Patrick Dempsy of Grey’s Anatomy owns a home (right) Read more
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Published On : 08-21-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
474 Views

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