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Build a Home with Architectural Appeal
I have designed a lot of homes over the years and I find it interesting what is important to people. Sometimes people are set on a huge master suite and bath, but don't give as much importance to other rooms in the house that may be used more. They forget that they generally entertain in their great room, not their bathroom (of course I'm making assumptions here). Others don't give enough consideration to their master suite or other rooms but have a monsterous garage. And then there are those more concerned with looking successful than just having a nice home.   I recently designed a home for some people that was over 8,000 Sq. Ft. It was huge, with no architectural appeal. Just a big box with a grand e Read more
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Published On : 07-12-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1977 Views
2x4 or 2x6 construction?
Why do people choose to use 2x6 construction over 2x4?  Well, in most areas 2x4 construction is sufficient.  2x4 construction will easily support a home's structure and weight.  The main reason 2x6 construction is attractive is for the extra insulating value.  However, with the blown-in-insulation available today, most homes can pass the Mec-Check, (Model Energy Code) with 2x4 construction.  Most of the heat loss occurs through windows and doors, as well as the attic.  If you were concerned about conserving energy, I would recommend putting more insulation in your attic and upgrade your south and western facing windows to a low-E- type window.  My opinion of why people choose 2x6 construction is based more Read more
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Published On : 08-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
11734 Views
 
The In-Law Suite Revolution
Many of our visitors have inquired about In-law suites, and we have deliberated long and hard over the issue. We have searched our house plans for months now attempting to find the answer to the In-law dilemma. No personal issues here, just where to house them when they, or any other parents, are joining or visiting your home. Our requests have come from people of all walks of life, rich and poor, searching for large and small houses. However, they have one similarity: they each love their parents and want a respectable place for them to live. It’s a second master bedroom for some and a completely separate apartment for others. We intend to provide you with home plans that will meet your needs and your parents’ Read more
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Published On : 05-01-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
17777 Views
Luxury House Plans
  Our goal is to bring you the best designs from the greatest designers at roughly a tenth of the price of a custom design. With close to 20,000 plans, you’re sure to find one that suites your needs and gratifies your wants. With close to 15 years of experience in the creation of fine homes, we’re sure to handle all of your questions and concerns with the professionalism and expertise you deserve. Feel confident in your search for the perfect house plans. If you run into any road blocks, we’re here to get you the information you need in the fastest possible way.   As part of our continuous search for amazing house plans, we’ve uncover Read more
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Published On : 10-08-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
7942 Views
Versatile Country House Plans
Versatility shouldn’t be an afterthought. Country Home Plan 118-1008, the Chesterfield, keeps versatility in mind from the beginning. Lifestyles change and long-term usage must be addressed in any efficient plan. This country dwelling allows the waves of life to pass you by as you remain undisturbed. This plan is agile. It allows you to change things up with ease, and modify your floor plan according to future needs. 118-1008 has several attributes that give you an advantage over advancing time. Advantage #1 – Bonus Room A bonus room is undoubtedly a valuable space. This room can give you storage options, such as food storag Read more
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Published On : 10-19-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
3776 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
4799 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
21886 Views
European and Luxury House Plans, Large and Small!
Are you looking for a Luxury Home Plan with a comfortable floor plan? You want plenty of style, but you don't want to waste a lot of space? Well, allow me to introduce you to a collection of house plans that may be the answer you've been looking for.   All of these elegant European and Luxury House Plans come from the same designer --- one of the most elite in the industry. Aren't they great? The best thing about these houseplans is that the designer understands that not everyone needs or wants a 5000+ square foot home. Most of these Luxury Home Plans are 2000-3000 square feet. This is the Worthington house plan, offering plenty of amenities in a 1539 square foot package!   Perhaps you're loo Read more
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Published On : 07-09-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
17128 Views
Small House Plans and In-Law Suites -- A Perfect Match!
  Benjamin Franklin once wrote that "Fish and visitors smell in three days." That statement is usually the truth, but there are a few precautions that can be taken to remedy these problems. Yesterday's fish stays fresh when kept in a refrigerator, but what can be done about visitors?     There aren't many things in life that are as wearisome and stressful as the unexpected long-term houseguest. It may be a friend who is down on his luck, a son who's taking a break from his education, or even your in-laws; whatever the situation may be, we often find ourselves in need of some extra living space. Home designers understand this dilemma, and they have thought of an excellent solution -- Read more
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Published On : 08-21-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
7337 Views
Character Defines your Dream Home!
Character What is character? Character (kâr' ∂k - t∂r) noun.          1.) The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or           thing from another. (American Heritage Dictionary)   That is one definition of character, but what do you think of when you hear that a home has character? One person might begin to envision steep gables and a tapering stone chimney while another person automatically imagines a large shed dormer and the perfect combination of stone, siding, and shakes.     Everyone seems to want a home with character. Character is part of that "special something" that makes Read more
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Published On : 09-29-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
6285 Views
Old World Style -- Modern Comfort
French Country House Plans The masterpiece you see above is a perfect example of the luxurious French Country Style. This is House Plan HPG-2200C-1, one of our newest home plans.   Aside from the ever-appealing French cottage style, HPG-2200C-1 also provides all the amenities you would expect from a home this classy. Allow me to take you on a little tour of this cozy charmer.     While approaching this home from the street, you are immediately struck by the stately appearance that accompanies every "Old World" home design. But as you draw nearer, the sense of awe soon gives way to a very comfortable and cozy feeling. As soon as you begin climbing the steps of the porch, you notice that you feel Read more
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Published On : 11-18-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
6286 Views
A Taste of Tuscany!
    It seems like every year around this time, everyone in my family gets a little bit of cabin fever. We've all been cooped up together for several weeks, and there are still several more weeks of cold, snowy weather ahead of us. We each feel restless and sometimes a little cranky.   This year, we decided to try to get out of the house a little more often. Now, I have to admit that your entertainment choices are somewhat limited here in northern Utah (skiing and snowboarding can get really expensive really fast!) That being said, our family has found itself browsing around several interior design shops and boutiques lately. The girls love that sort of stuff, and I can tolerate it. Read more
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Published On : 01-09-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
5297 Views
French Country House Plans for Today's Family!
  French Country Déjà Vu   Does this Home Plan look familiar? If you recognize House Plan HPG-2200C, it might be because this is the second time we've featured it in a main article. Back in November 2008, House Plan HPG-2200C was one of our most popular designs; now, nine months later, it's still one of our best-sellers.   It isn't hard to see why people would be drawn to HPG-2200C. Its rustic appearance and thoughtful floor plan push this popular home design in a totally different league. The great thing about French Country Home Design is that it has a slightly aged and classy appearance, but it can also include a more modern twist.   Mo Read more
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Published On : 07-31-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
7256 Views
Christmas Lights and Old Pipes
      The holiday season is so wonderful! People seem to be a bit more cheerful, Christmas music can be heard while strolling around the grocery store, and all of the decorations just make the world a cozier place.   The other day we woke up to a blanket of fresh white snow here in Northern Utah, so that night I decided to go on a little ride with my family to look at all of the Christmas lights on people's houses. It was so fun! We drove through an older section of town where the majority of the homes were built before 1950. It never ceases to amaze me how even the smallest, most simple houses from that period can still find crafty little ways to stand out. They all seem to ha Read more
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Published On : 12-09-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
3149 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
11155 Views
Country Living and Wrap-Around Porches
      What do you think when you hear the phrase, "Country Living"?   Do see images of quaint gardens surrounded by small picket fences? Maybe you imagine the family sitting down to eat an amazing home-cooked meal in an open kitchen. You might even think about sledding down a snowy hill or catching fireflies on a warm summer evening. 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!   People really love Country Home Design. Perhaps it's because ev Read more
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Published On : 03-25-2010
Author : Steve Donegan
5196 Views
Passive Solar: A Smarter Set of House Plans
Today, we take a look at one of our best selling house plans. Not only is it one of the best selling home designs on our website, it is also our top passive solar design. Designed by renowned architect Charles Koty, house plan  # 151-1017 has all you can ask for. It is a lovely, angled plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It weighs in at just over 1,600 square feet total living area. It is a modest sized house plan with an ingenious floor layout. The exterior of the this homeplan is as traditional as anyone could want, but one thing you don't notice is the passive solar construction that allows you to save on heating bills. You receive the benefits of solar p Read more
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Published On : 01-11-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
4103 Views
Country House Plans -- An American Classic!
        Country House Plans are the most popular style in America. If you take a drive through any new housing development you can see dozens of country style houses. They are both conservative and attractive. Country House Plans have the right amount of style for the average family and they are some of the most function-oriented house plans out there.   One of our best-selling country house plans is House Plan HPG-2000-2. This aesthetically-pleasing home plan comes with a cozy exterior that invites guests in. The big covered porch is what every American family needs. You can do so many fun things when you have a big porch like this. The three dormers above the porch are anot Read more
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Published On : 01-28-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
3959 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
2310 Views
House Plan Traffic Patterns: More Green Lights and Fewer Detours
More Green Lights and Fewer Detours As a kid when I heard the word "traffic," the first things that came to mind were traffic lights and fighting over the window seat with my big brother. As a house design professional and dad, driving in traffic seems to have gotten worse, but the term traffic has taken on another meaning too. I have seen countless house designs and built several homes and a homes 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. This is simply the way you travel from one room to another inside your home. One example is the way you move from the kitchen to the family room or from the living room t Read more
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Published On : 11-14-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
1868 Views
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
1546 Views
Answering our #1 Customer Question!
 Over and over again we get asked can this house be modified.  The short answer is yes most of the time.  We understand that pre-drawn plans will not meet 100% of your needs.  In fact, in the pre-drawn house plans industry, 90% of blueprints are modified.  The process is not hard.  We suggest you follow these easy steps. Read our frequently asked question section about modifications.  Here is a convenient link to that section on our website.   http://www.theplancollection.com/modifications  Each designs has a plan details page.  On that page is a tab under the front elevation that states modify this plan. Click the tab and fill out the information to get a free estimate of t Read more
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Published On : 07-27-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
927 Views
Understanding Your Local Code
 Understanding Local Code Building your dream home begins with finding the ideal piece of property. Even if you haven't decided on a floor plan, investigate how local residential building codes limit the use of the property. Residential building codes establish energy and building guidelines, intended to protect the safety and health of the occupants. Do you have to comply with the building code? The answer is a definite, “Yes.” Do not try to avoid compliance.  Not only is the building code the law, complying with it will ensure that your house is safe. If there was an accident in your house and someone gets injured or you have a house fire and it was learned that the accident was the result of a building code violat Read more
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Published On : 09-04-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
1206 Views
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
1181 Views
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
1712 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
485 Views
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
1183 Views
Architecture and the Presidents: Abraham Lincoln
Two of the greatest presidents in U.S. history were born in February - Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809-April 15, 1865) and George Washington (February 22, 1732-December 14, 1799). Today, we are focusing on Abraham Lincoln – and the architecture, house plans and designs throughout his life. Lincoln in 100 Words or Less Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, was elected in 1860 and served until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln guided the country and preserved the Union during the American Civil War. He was "the Great Emancipator" who brought about the end of slavery. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation and two uplifting inaugural addresses are considered to be some of the greatest speeches ever deliv Read more
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Published On : 02-12-2013
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Plan Collection Announces the Best Price Guarantee in the House Plans Industry
 The Plan Collection Price Guarantee   The Plan Collection guarantees that our house plans are offered at the lowest price possible. You’ve spent time looking for the right plan on our site. We also want to assure you we will offer you the right price too.  If you find the identical plan on another website for a lower total price* (including advertised promotion discounts and shipping), we will match it AND give you an additional 5% off. All you have to do is send us the URL link of that plan with its pricing on another website. Plus, you have up to 30 days from time of purchase to submit your best price guarantee, so you can shop and purchase at The Plan Collection with confidence!   Now we realize we are not Read more
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Published On : 02-15-2013
Author :James McNair
502 Views
Profiles in Architecture & Design: African American Architects Who Changed Our World
Profiles in Architecture & Design: African American Architects Who Changed Our World At one point in our travels we have gone through Los Angeles International Airport.  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 Read more
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Published On : 02-19-2013
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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TPC Salutes Great Women Architects: Anna Keichline
 A Pioneer and Inventor of the K Brick – Precursor to the Concrete Block   Imagine living in the early 1900s and actually owning and driving your own car. Can anything be more progressive for the times? Anna Keichline, Pennsylvania’s first registered woman architect and the first woman to actually practice the profession, led an extraordinarily non-traditional life. Aside from being an architect and inventor, she served as a special agent for military intelligence in World War I. She participated in a women’s suffrage march in Washington, D.C. and served on President Hoover’s Better Housing Conference. Born in Bellefonte, PA in 1889 and the youngest of four children, Keichline showed promise at an Read more
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Published On : 03-14-2013
Author :Rexy Legaspi
654 Views
Magnificent 5 bedroom house plan
    This is a great design for a large family.  There are five bedrooms and plenty of space.  The master suite is on the first floor away from the other sleeping areas for privacy.  There also is a guest bedroom on the first floor too.  The lower floor has the other three bedrooms.  Please click here to read more.                         Read more
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Published On : 06-01-2013
Author :James McNair
852 Views
Affordable Modern House Design: Great Modern Style Can Be Done on a Budget
Modern home design is now not only popular -- but can be affordable too.   There continues to be a lot of buzz about Modern Design recently – from headlines in my Twitter feed, to the magazines at the checkout line, and on cable TV (you can't even turn on HGTV without hearing about it). Of course, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised – the Millennial generation has arrived! What might be surprising is that modern design actually began back in the early 1900s.   Although there have been numerous different movements and schools of design, modern style generally focuses on strong geometric shapes. Polished surfaces are a predominant feature -- as are large windows, neutral palettes, and c Read more
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Published On : 06-05-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
1733 Views
More House Plans on Their Way!
More house plans by leading designers and architects are being posted every day. View the collection here. Read more
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Published On : 06-26-2013
Author : Steve Donegan
250 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
556 Views
The Plan Collection Notes Interest Among Young Buyers Who Cannot Afford to Buy
Research indicates 25 to 34-year-olds experience largest homeownership decline from 2006 to 2011   According to a recent USA Today Census Bureau data analysis, between 2006 and 2011, young adults between the ages of 25 to 34 years felt the biggest decline in home ownership rates in the United States. The reason? Not surprising … unemployment, student loan debt and little inventory for affordable housing are preventing young people from being able to become home owners. And because of their debts, they are finding it difficult to qualify for a mortgage or come up with a down payment to buy a house, let alone build a new home. This means that this age group is continuing to either live with family or rent.   It is Read more
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Published On : 07-25-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
566 Views
New House Plans with Photos Added Almost Every Day
New house plans with great looking photos are added to our site almost every day. Read more
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Published On : 07-25-2013
Author : Steve Donegan
720 Views
Frank Sinatra’s Modern House Plan at Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs
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. A midcentury design mecca to the stars for more than a half of a century, this community continues to influence artists and architects thanks to its iconic modernist architecture such as Frank Sinatra’s modern house plan at Twin Palms Estate. Palm Desert has been popular since the 1920s, and as a famous spot for celebrities, it was a second home to thousands of celebrity entertainers including A-list stars from Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Clark Gable to Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley, just to name a few. To th Read more
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Published On : 08-15-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
973 Views
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
1146 Views
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
573 Views
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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America’s Pilgrims Celebrated Thanksgiving in A-Frames
The holidays are here, and families nationwide are starting to seriously think about entertaining. 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. The voyage on the Mayflower by the colonists from England to the New World of America was 3,000 miles, and many people did not survive the first few months of winter in America. Natives called the Wampanoag, or “eastern people” lived in the Massachusetts Bay area. Their leader Massasoit - meaning Great Sachem, or leader, was a title used by their Read more
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Published On : 11-15-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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What Are the Top 10 Trends in Home Designs for 2014?
  Home Designs Reflect Changing American Lifestyles   In 2014, economists are expecting residential investments to continue to add to economic growth. Home builders remain optimistic, due to rising prices and sales. The new year of 2014 will bring new technologies and materials into the home building industry. Exciting new designs and floor plans are also changing to accommodate our lives. Following are highlights of the top 10 trends to look out for in home designs for 2014:   1. Adaptive reuse in home building - -popular in the commercial building industry over the last decade, this trend is now picking up in home design. Some trend-setting architects are re-using older structures to build dream hom Read more
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Published On : 11-22-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Object of Our Lasting Affection… The Kitchen: Top Kitchen Design Styles and Floor Plan Ideas
Building Your Dream Home Starting With… The Kitchen: Our Favorite Kitchen Design Styles and Floor Plan Ideas   As the heart of the home, the kitchen takes the spotlight more than any other room in the house. So, when choosing floor plans, 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 plans.     Two very charming kitchens for today’s modern living with eat-in areas, plenty of cabinets, natural light, and space for family to gather around and “hang out”. On the left Read more
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Published On : 11-25-2013
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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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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Top 10 Most Expensive Christmas Gifts in Home Real Estate - And House Plans Alternatives Found By The Plan Collection
Our Annual Top 10 Christmas List of the World’s Most Expensive Homes on the Market – and House Plans as Affordable Alternatives to Get that Dream Look For Less   It’s almost Christmas and you’re wondering if you made it on Santa’s “good” list.  You’ve been thinking about a gorgeous home to call your very own for a long time. Perhaps, all Santa needs is little nudge, to make it happen this year.    A Look at the “Ten Most Expensive Christmas Gifts in Today’s Home Real Estate”: As 2013 draws to a close, several “super-expensive” multi-million dollar homes are back on the sale block.  These include Copper Beech Farm in Connec Read more
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Published On : 12-16-2013
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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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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Top 8 Questions Asked by Our Visitors
We get plenty of emails and calls from visitors.  To make your visit to our site as effective and enjoyable as possible, we have listed the top eight questions asked below – along with the answers!   1. I am new to house plans.  Where do I start? The best place to start is our blog section.  Please refer to the blog section on our navigation bar at the top of the page. It contains informative articles and sections to guide you through the process. Click here to see   2. Can I buy these plans and get them built as is? The plans marketed on The Plan Collection are a collaboration of plans from many leading architects and designers. All plans are drawn to code for the specific regi Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2014
Author :James McNair
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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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