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Beach front house plan with 5 bedrooms
  This compact beach front design has it all.  There are 2 master suities for you and guests.  There are a total of five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms for plenty of space for all.  The multi-tier design takes into consideration tidal surges to keep the dwelling out of harm's way.  The two covered porches provides shade or cover from pop up rain storms.  The Great Room has a fireplace for cool nights.  The kitchen has plenty of room for meals and parties,  To read more about this design, please click here. Read more
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Published On : 05-30-2013
Author : James McNair
1050 Views
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
1179 Views
 
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
720 Views
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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How Big or 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 : 07-07-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
1152 Views
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
334 Views
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
267 Views
How to Hire a Contractor to Build Your House Plan
    Now that you have your house plan and building lot, it is time to hire a contractor.  You've probably already started doing some research, and there are always referrals from family and friends. But how can you find the right person to do this all important job for you? The most important thing to consider is that you should feel comfortable communicating with your contractor – a professional who is open and forthright and understands your needs.     Following are ten key pointers and advice from The Plan Collection (TPC) for hiring and working with a contractor.   Make a list of contractors. Ask your family and friends for the names of reputable builders. Start with your f Read more
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Published On : 07-22-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
304 Views
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
1111 Views
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
10 Views
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
361 Views
How to Make Modifications to a House Plan
Fact: A majority of homeowners made changes to the plan while building their new home. The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) can help you determine the best way to modify your house plan when you have really minor modifications. Redlining is the cheapest and easiest method to modify house plans.    Redlining is not suitable for major changes, but it will work for the majority of minor changes. Examples of minor modifications using redlining include: • Removing a chimney or fireplace • Resizing or moving a door or a window • Changing exterior finishes or interior fixtures • Moving interior partitions that do not affect structural supports • Switching o Read more
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Published On : 07-31-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
258 Views
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
299 Views
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
9 Views

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