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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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Are You Dreaming of a Beachfront Home?
Sometimes all it takes is one fabulous summertime holiday in a beach community to spur people into the decision to build their dream beach house. This two-story, four-bedroom beachfront home from The Plan Collection (Plan # 130-1108) features a covered front porch with white pillars. Guests climb up the short steps to the large deck, Great Room, and inside a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, breakfast nook, and a loft. More of The Plan Collection’s beachfront home designs can be found here. Read more
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Published On : 07-15-2014
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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A Craftsman Home: Most Popular House Plan
If you have ever wondered what is our most popular house plan, then take a look at this 4,083 sq. ft. Craftsman Style house plan with rustic beamed and vaulted ceilings, interior and exterior fireplaces and an open floor plan. These are just some of the exceptional details found in this craftsman house plan. (#101-1874). Featuring 4 bedrooms, three baths, 2 1/2 bathes and 3 garage bays make this a spacious and quality home. The main level is 2,394 square feet with a great room, kitchen, dining room and screened porch work together to create a living space that is large enough for entertaining the entire family. The 1,689 sq. ft. finished basement has space enough for 2 bedroom and recreation room, or possibly an office or hobby room. Read more
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Published On : 07-24-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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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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