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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
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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
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Luxury House Plans from The Plan Collection Featured in Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Talks with The Plan Collection on Growing Popularity of Online Luxury Home Plans   Guess what so many of our savvy clients already know is about to become common knowledge! In thanks to today’s in-depth look by the Wall Street Journal on ThePlanCollection.com and luxury house plans online, many more future homeowners will know they can begin and complete their search for luxury building plans featuring the latest house design trends – and customize those plans – over the Internet.   What is Today’s Luxury Plan Buyer Looking for in a House Plan?   More “House” on a Single Level. Especially for more rural sites, larger building lots allow for designs Read more
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Published On : 04-05-2013
Author :Ann Adamson
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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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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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