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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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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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Building a Home: Choosing the Right House Plan for Your Lifestyle
    There are many considerations when you decide to build a home. But first, establishing a home building budget is the first essential step towards good planning and avoiding surprises when you build a home. The pricing components for your home will vary depending on region of the country you live in, the size and type of house, specifics of the building lot, and the quality of building materials chosen. Don’t forget to factor in the price of the building lot. After this has been established, you must understand that building your dream house requires careful planning and a good understanding of the process. Here is an overview of The Plan collection's typical home building checklist.       Read more
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Published On : 07-13-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Purchasing a Building Lot for Your New Home Plan
Once you have begun the journey to build your dream home and you have gone through all the lifestyle issues as discussed in the 7/13 blog post entitled, “Building a Home: Choosing the Right House Plan for Your Lifestyle,” there are other things to think about prior to purchasing the building lot. Again, it is essential to know what the weather is like and determine the natural landscape of the areas you like best Factors that come into play include the weather and natural landscape of the area you like best, your preference to architectural style, and of course, the size of your new home and the layout of the floor plan. Depending on where you live, there are a number of options for finding a residential building lot. In Read more
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Published On : 07-17-2014
Author : Kristin Gabriel
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The Purchasing a Building Lot for Your New Home Plan
Once you have begun the journey to build your dream home and you have gone through all the lifestyle issues as discussed in the 7/13 blog post entitled, “Building a Home: Choosing the Right House Plan for Your Lifestyle,” there are other things to think about prior to purchasing the building lot. Again, it is essential to know what the weather is like and determine the natural landscape of the areas you like best Factors that come into play include the weather and natural landscape of the area you like best, your preference to architectural style, and of course, the size of your new home and the layout of the floor plan. Depending on where you live, there are a number of options for finding a residential building lot. In Read more
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Published On : 07-17-2014
Author : Steve Donegan
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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
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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
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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
625 Views
Mold Growth from Poor Construction on your Modern House Plan
The last thing anyone wants is to be in the middle of building their new modern house plan, and to find out there is mold (fungi). Understanding the impact of moisture and mold on building materials and the process involved in construction integral to developing good construction practices. Recent media focus has brought some heightened attention to the construction industry for maintenance practices that can minimize the risk of mold.  The sad truth is that mold can grow on almost every construction material including: brick, carpet, fabric, fiber insulation, glass, lumber, OSB, paint, panels, plywood, siding, wallboard, and even vinyl wall coverings. It often happens when a building material gets dirty and then wet. It i Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Best Practices for Pipes and Plumbing in a New House Plan
If you are in the process of building a new home, or even have the house plans for a remodel, there are some things you may want to know about best practices just so you can keep an eye on your contractors.                                                                         Before the builder has even poured the concrete slab, the plumbing needs to be in place. Next, pebbles are often used to fill in the space around the piping. And finally, the cement is poured. After the foundation to your new house plan is dry, also known as “cured,” the Read more
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Published On : 10-09-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Planning Future Upgrades to Your New Home Plan
Home builders often get overwhelmed with the tasks associated with their new project, not to mention those who simply cannot afford to do it all right away.  After all, the swimming pool can wait, right?  There are some things that you may want to think about now for upgrading later.  Following are just a few of these ideas from The Plan Collection. (www.theplancollection.com)   The extra garage or storage space. Remember that you might want to purchase another car or two during your stay in your new home. Make sure there is enough room planned for this and or a storage area. Most people not only have more stuff than they realize, but they also collect things over time. Who wants to pay the storage companies anyway Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Improving Your New House Plan’s Value
Home builders are usually pretty busy initially -- choosing their new neighborhood and finding the right lot, then selecting the right house plan, builder and all the rest of the details.  How many of you actually think ahead about what you can add that will actually increase its value while your home is being built?  Of course, your primary concern is to make sure your new house plan suits you and your family, but it is also a good idea to also think about the future when some day you may decide to sell it. Here are a few tips for things you should be thinking about now, that will add resale value later.   Open spaces. Inside the home make sure your plan has open space. You want to make sure to create a sense of flow i Read more
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Published On : 12-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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