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A blog centered around home design, and things to look for in your next homeplan. Take a closer look with home designer Jake England of England Design Company as we explore design concepts, architectural styles and more. Read more
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Published On : 06-21-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Introduction to this blog.
Welcome to the home designer blog at The Plan Collection. My name is Jake England. I've been designing homes for many years in the Cache Valley, Utah area. I have worked closely with a large local home builder designing homes of all sizes and styles. This experience has increased my understanding of the do's and don'ts of home design, and how they have a direct impact on the home's value, functionality and sellability. My plans for this blog include a closer look at some of the key principles that in my opinion make a house plan into a home, some information on arcitectural styles, some things some people don't think of when designing a home, and more! Check back often, I hope I can share something useful with you as you search for a great Read more
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Published On : 06-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1588 Views
 
Hello World
By way of introduction I am Justin Ball. That probably means little to anyone but my wife or my parents. My kids don't read yet so I suppose I don't score a lot of points there either. I am the guy that wrote the software for The Plan Collection. I still do a fix a few things here and there but mostly I just boss others around now. Much to their dismay I keep hanging around here - kind of like that car you have up on blocks in the front yard. It is ugly, you know you should get rid of it, but somewhere in the back of you head you keep telling yourself that you will do something with it someday. I am also building a home. "Who cares?" you say. True you may not care, but you read this far so at least you are curious. I don't know a lot abou Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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A Little Bit About Myself
Zdravstvuetye (Hello in Russian), Don't worry the whole page will not be in that language. My name is Jake Smith and I am the man updating The Plan Collection daily with all new exciting house plans. Pardon the Russian intro, I spent a few years over there and sometimes I just plain miss speaking the language. I handle a lot of the sales with The Plan Collection, WholeSale Window Coverings, and Direct Door Hardware. These three sure keep us on our toes. Well, when I am not sitting here behind the computer updating the site, I am usually out humoring myself with one of my many hobbies. I am an avid fly fisherman and golfer. I actually spent all yesterday evening up on a nice little river just nailing the cutthroat trout on caddices. It was Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1454 Views
Customer Service
My name is Jake and I am here to help. Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1184 Views
More casual introduction from the Home Designer.
Well, some of my collegues here on the blog have given a little more freindly intro to who they are. So I guess I'll do the same. I'm Jake England. I've been married for about 7 yrs. I started dating my wife about 11 or twelve years ago, still love her like nothin' else. We have three cute little girls. Yes three. Its quite a handful, and my home is overwhelmingly feminine at times. Can't wait until they are teenagers. I'm so glad to be their dad though, we sure have a lot of fun. My family and I enjoy the outdoors a lot, and my little girls love to ride in Daddy's '79 Landcruiser. I have to admit, I may have had some influence on Jake Smith's addiction to the classic car he mentioned in his intro. I have sentimental ties to Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Wow this is expensive
I am building a house.  I have been married seven years.  I have twin daughters and another little girl that is 7 months old.  Three kids total.  My sister-in-law studied family something to do with marrage in college and she tells us that there are several factors that leads to divorce - building a house, the seventh year of marrage and a dealing with all that comes when you have a brand new baby.  Oh and I am trying to sell a car and my house too.  So I am bona fide nuts.  No doubt about it.  I and Callie, my wife, spent some time with Jaren and Jake the other day figuring out what will go into the new house.  All I can say is I respect anyone that can build homes for a living.  It is an e Read more
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Published On : 06-26-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3443 Views
About a blog
When you are a geek and spend ninety percent of you time in a virtual world you forget that the rest of the world spends their time doing things like going outside or actually talking to people. Not everyone has run across the "blog" phenomenon before. Blog is a shortened version of the phrase web log. Blogs are website where individuals may record their daily observations about various topics. They are a great way to disseminate information on a more personal level. In addition, you will find that most blogs include a link to an RSS or an Atom feed. These links are usually orange buttons, but may not always be so conspicuous. If you click one of these links you will get a page of text that is difficult to read. T Read more
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Published On : 06-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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How I got involved with www.theplancollection.com
About five years ago I met Justin when he bought a house from me.  He wanted to do some sweat equity on his home.  He really wanted to paint his house.  I really hate when people request to paint  If you were to buy a really nice car, would you ask if you could paint it?  Well, a house is worth a whole lot more than your car.  I asked Justin what he did for a living?  He told me that he was a computer programmer.  I asked him to help Jake build a web-site for my construction company, and in return I would lower the price of his home.  Well, make a long story short, Jake and I were very impressed with Justin's abilities.  Jake suggested we start an on-line home design service.& Read more
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Published On : 07-01-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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How much can you tell about a designer by the vehicle he drives?
After reading my post about the similarities between buying a car and designing or choosing a home plan, Jaren wrote “Maybe you can tell a lot about a designer by looking at the vehicle he or she drives. “ He might be right. A designer that drives a hummer may not be too concerned with cost or energy efficency. But, you have to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. Just cause a guy drives a little Metro or something doesn't mean his only concern is saving costs. He might just enjoy the feel of a really small car. Or maybe he scored on some wheelbarrow wheels at a case lot sale and figured he's use them up by driving a tin can. Or, the guy driving the Metro drives the hummer at night. He just can't afford to drive it all t Read more
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Published On : 07-22-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Its a Boy!
Congratulations to The Plan Collection's resident home builder Jaren Taylor. He and his wife just completed their home remodel over this last weekend and early Sunday Morning had their fourth child, and third little boy. Now Jaren can go golfing with his boys and they have a complete foursome. I'll let Jaren share the details when he gets back into the swing of things. Next time you read one of his post here about home building or homeplans, be sure to add a comment and tell him congratulations! Read more
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Published On : 09-03-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1204 Views

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