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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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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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What is a High-Performance House Plan?
One of the topics of interest among home builders, remodelers and architects today is the proper building techniques for constructing what is being called a “high performance home.” A high performance house is designed to use about 35 percent less energy than a similar new home and about 50 percent less energy than a similar existing home.   What’s more, these house plans are more than just energy efficient—they are more environmentally responsible and maintain a very robust sustainable living environment. A growing market, the best part about these green homes is that any home or building that uses alternative energy can often benefit from a number of state rebates, tax credits, and other incentives thank Read more
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Published On : 01-28-2014
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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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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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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