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Home Design. Exploring ideas and pitfalls of home plan creation.
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
1559 Views
New House Plans!
Every week I will be posting my favorite new house plans to this Blog. Read more
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Published On : 06-21-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2292 Views
 
Arts and Crafts Home Plans
Arts and crafts style homes are sometimes referred to as craftsman homes. Some of the features that identify these homes are: · Exposed rafters, beams or rafter ends in the eaves. · Corbels or triangular shaped trim pieces in the gables. · Dormers. Generally shed dormers were the most common however these plans were also designed with gable and hipped dormers. · Foundations that slope outward as they get closer to the ground. These foundations were often constructed of rock. · Generally the exteriors were a wood siding or stone with masonry chimneys. · Large porches along the front of the home. · Bungalow style homes were often of Arts and Crafts styling. · Interior trim work is generally simple, squ Read more
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Published On : 06-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5851 Views
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
One of our top 10 plans!
Check this plan out!  This is one of my favorite plans. Plan #NDG-563 Tradition begins in this home. As you enter through the foyer, you'll notice the elegant columns that define the dining room-perfect for elegant dinner parties. Your great room, complete with media center and fireplace has beautiful French doors access to the rear porch for entertaining guests during the warm seasons. A cozy hearth room will become the favorite gathering room for the family with a computer center nearby. Upstairs, you'll discover a bonus room that can be converted into a playroom for the kids when company drops by. Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2804 Views
Plan ahead.
So my neighbor asked me to come over and help him out with a home plan that he has been thinking of building. They just built a house a couple of years ago, but I guess they are gluttons for punishment. They are looking at another lot up the hill and are starting over. We took a ride across town to a home he liked. It had some great curb appeal, and you could tell the home owner [who had the home custom designed] had really thought things through. Turns out the homeowner is related to a well known interior designer in the area. You can really tell when a home is well thought out. I have been in homes that are around 1400-1500 sq. ft. that feel like they are 1800 sq. ft. just because of the way they are planned. Its really importan Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1599 Views
New Designer to The Plan Collection family
Here is one of the plans I entered in today.     This designer does an amazing array of Bungalow,Craftsman, French and Country style homes. If you would like to view other home plans by this designer click on HERE. Read more
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Published On : 06-25-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2240 Views
Designing your home for comfort.
I came in to work this morning and made a great post about designing your home for your lot, unfortuantely, my internet connection timed out and didn't post it and I lost all of the text. Turns out my laptop automatically connected to someone else's wireless network here in the business park and it was very, very, slow. Now that I have that remedied... This morning I stopped by the new subdivision where Justin and I will be building our new homes. I like to check out my lot before starting a new home to determine the best way to design the home and position it on the lot. Sometimes people just build their homes without thinking about how the postioning of the home will effect things. For example, my lot is a cul-de-sac (at the end of Read more
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Published On : 06-25-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1302 Views
Start from Scratch? I doubt it.
After spending the weekend trying to come up with a house plan that my wife and I can both agree on, I've decided that starting from scratch to design your home isn't always the best answer. I always thought I had the advantage because I design homes for a living. Problem is, I have designed a lot of home plans, each with neat features of their own. So when I start working on a home for myself, I try to incorporate all the neat stuff in one house plan. Can't be done. You will never have the perfect house. There are somethings you'll just have to settle for and no matter what... when you move into the home, there will always be something that you wished was a little different, a little bigger, etc. Anyway, after starting from scratch a Read more
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Published On : 06-28-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1389 Views
What I like to see in a house plan
I have been in the homebuilding industry for 15 years and built over 180 homes.  I have seen my share of “Home-Owner-Designed House Plans.”  It is simply amazing what people think might work.  A home is an incredible investment and I recommend getting a house plan that has been built before.  I have to laugh at some of the plans that people bring to me.  Some of them are like Crayola drawings on a paper napkin.  They want to know how much it will cost to build it.  I can tell you I automatically shoot high, really high.  No builder likes to work with unorganized people.  However, if the people come to me with a house plan they have purchased, I Read more
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Published On : 06-28-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1337 Views
Don't force it
Jake and Jake stood my five year-old son Brock and me to a  9-hole round of golf this morning.  Brock and I had them on the ropes until I decided to force the situation.  I tried to go over a pond, into the wind.  The wind knocked it into the water, not once, but three times.  Not too smart.  We ended up losing the match by two strokes.  I guess that is what can happen when we try to force things. That leads me into my next thought about designing a house plan. I have decided that the problem with any house is you cannot have everything you want in one house.  Even if money were no object, it is impossible to have everything you want in a home plan. If you find a ho Read more
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Published On : 06-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Jake you need to post the Tri-Level plans
I had a good day today.  I sold a Tri-Level spec home and closed on another.  The Tri-Level plan has been a good seller for my construction company www.jthomes.com  I like it because it is a good home plan for areas in high-water tables.  It is also a cost effective home.  I also like that there are just two or three stairs to enter the home.  With the living room, kitchen and dining on the main floor, your guests won't need to climb the stairs.  I also like that it gives the bedrooms a lot of privacy.  Jake designed several 5-bedroom versions of the tri-level.  I have built about twenty five of them as spec homes.  I have always done very well with them.  Maybe they are a Uta Read more
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Published On : 06-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4342 Views
Vacation Plan!
For all you vacationers out there! Some key features of this plan are a master suite, walk-in in master bedroom, formal dining, formal living room, kitchen island, foyer, walk-in in the foyer, and fireplace. Other features include front porch, wraparound porch, screened porch, sloped ceiling, and 9 foot ceiling on first floor. Read more
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Published On : 07-01-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2944 Views
More money than taste?
Jaren is right, some people have more money than taste. But, one of the advantages of paying for a custom home is getting what you want. So, while I recommend listening to the advice of your home builder, designer or other professionals in the industry... it is your home, and as Jaren said, you have the final decision. Decision making. That's what building a new home is all about. It all starts when you choose a home plan, a lot, a loan officer, and then you'll have hundreds of other decisions thoughout the upcoming months. If you can't make decisions and live with them [literally, cause they'll be in your house] then building a new home can be quite stressful. Read more
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Published On : 07-01-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1072 Views
Seeking Perfection
Building a new home can be a stressful situation.  It involves a lot of money, takes a lot of time and you are placing a lot of trust in others.  You are asking imperfect people to use imperfect products to build you a perfect house.  Guess what, it won't be perfect.  It should be a great home, but it will not be perfect.  Your new home will have minor flaws, but should not be defective.  Knowing that and reminding yourself of this will help reduce your stress level.  By Seeking excellence, not perfection, in life and in your new home will make you much happier.  This little advice is hard to follow, but if you can't follow it, don't build.  This advice should also be used when choosing a home plan.  We have many excellent house plans, but Read more
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Published On : 07-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1656 Views
Listen to your wife
I recently spent a lot of time designing a plan for our home remodeling.  When I showed my wife, she told me how much she liked it.  However, a few days later she showed me a couple of pencil sketches of some her own ideas. I was a little confused because she seemed so content before.  I mean I know what I am doing.  I have designed over a hundred home plans and built them too.  Nevertheless I entertained her wishes.  After I really listened to my wife and considered her suggestions, I actually liked her suggestions.  She had some ideas that I hadn’t even thought of.  Some of them won’t work, but the majority will. We changed the house plan and we are both excited about doing it together.& Read more
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Published On : 07-07-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Build a Home with Architectural Appeal
I have designed a lot of homes over the years and I find it interesting what is important to people. Sometimes people are set on a huge master suite and bath, but don't give as much importance to other rooms in the house that may be used more. They forget that they generally entertain in their great room, not their bathroom (of course I'm making assumptions here). Others don't give enough consideration to their master suite or other rooms but have a monsterous garage. And then there are those more concerned with looking successful than just having a nice home.   I recently designed a home for some people that was over 8,000 Sq. Ft. It was huge, with no architectural appeal. Just a big box with a grand e Read more
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Published On : 07-12-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2065 Views
Remodel or Build?
As a builder and part owner of a house plan company, I naturally love when people invest their money in buying a home plan from www.theplancollection.com to build a new home.  However, I also realize that many of you are just looking at our home plans, in order to get good ideas for remodeling your current home.  I know there are many of you who are doing this, because we have over 5,000 unique visitors come to our site on a daily basis.  Most of you don't buy a house plan, but that's okay because there are many who do.  For those who don't, I hope you are finding some good ideas on our free collection of great house plans. Speaking of free ideas and advice, I ran across an article on www.nahb.org that talks about buildi Read more
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Published On : 07-15-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5076 Views
I agree with Jake....this time.
I have to agree with Jake about choosing a home that is architecturally appealing. I have built nearly two hundred homes in my career. Most of them have been good solid plans, but there are two or three that I hate to drive by, because they are just not good home plans. The people we built for just insisted on having something like an RV garage that was bigger than the home, or skimped on the curb appeal. Curb appeal should be what you should emphasize with any home plan. However, just a word of caution about choosing a home plan based on curb appeal. Just because a certain plan on www.theplancollection.com has wood siding, this doesn’t mean you can’t use rock, stucco or brick. As long as the basic façade is the design you Read more
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Published On : 07-15-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1517 Views
Find a house plan with good use of space
When Jake and I sit down to design a new home plan, we start with square footage.  We put all of the features that we desire, then we get rid of as much dead space as possible.  We know houses have to have hallways, but there are ways to shorten them and make them as useful as possible.  By doing a few things like this, we are able to get more bang for our buck.  Afterall, the main factor when bidding a house plan is square footage. There is simply no way to get around square footage.  Elegant or ugly, you still have to pay for square footage. As you browse through www.theplancollection.com take notice of the designers ability to use space wisely.  Some designers place a lot of emphasis on u Read more
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Published On : 07-16-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2986 Views
Designing or Finding a Plan. Where to Start.
Designing a home plan or finding a stock home plan is pretty much like buying anything else. Lets take purchasing a car for example. Probably the first consideration for most of us is the cost. Then we analyze our needs and wants and try to figure out what car will be the best bang for the buck. - is it roomy enough?- is it attractive? can you see yourself driving the car?- does it have the features we need/want?- is it energy efficient? or do we make enough money that it isn't an issue? The list can go on. Unfortunately you can't test drive a home, but if you buy a home from a home builder that has several projects under way, it's likely you would be able to preview some of his work to make sure it is what you expect. Cars are a little Read more
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Published On : 07-20-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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The time is near
I dropped by Jake's house this evening to finalize some changes to our House Plan. We aren't changing a lot, but like everyone else there are a few little things here and there that need to be customized for our needs. One of the things we did was to adjust the master bathroom. We also changed a few of the closests since we have a lot of stuff. It's funny how a home that has been built for so many other people doesn't quite fit when you have the option to make a few changes. Of course those changes will add up to extra cash, but you have to pay more (sometimes a lot more) for custom work. Before you know it, the house is a lot bigger than the original plan and the price has gone way up. That is always the danger when you build a cust Read more
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Published On : 07-21-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2092 Views
My Dream Luxury Home!
This is an Amazing Luxury home! house plan #R3102 This is one of my favorite house plans. It features a very luxurious country look. It gives me the feel like I am right in Jackson Hole, WY. For those of you who have not been to Jackson Hole, it is a very rugged but elegant Country town by the Teton Mnts. A very popular tourism spot. This home plan would just fit great in a nice country environment. Of course, having a landscape like that wouldn't be too bad either. Check out this house plan on theplancollection.com. Type R3102 in the house plan search engine. Meanwhile, I will keep dreamig! Read more
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Published On : 07-22-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3839 Views
2x4 or 2x6 construction?
Why do people choose to use 2x6 construction over 2x4?  Well, in most areas 2x4 construction is sufficient.  2x4 construction will easily support a home's structure and weight.  The main reason 2x6 construction is attractive is for the extra insulating value.  However, with the blown-in-insulation available today, most homes can pass the Mec-Check, (Model Energy Code) with 2x4 construction.  Most of the heat loss occurs through windows and doors, as well as the attic.  If you were concerned about conserving energy, I would recommend putting more insulation in your attic and upgrade your south and western facing windows to a low-E- type window.  My opinion of why people choose 2x6 construction is based more Read more
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Published On : 08-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
12593 Views
House Plans
Jake is a great guy.  He has spent the past few weeks dealing with our obnoxious home plan changes.  An enormous amount of effort is required to get everything just right.  It amazes me how someone who understands architecture can finesse a home plan into something that is perfect.  I am glad that I don’t have to do all this myself.  I don’t have the vision to turn this: Into this: Thanks Jake Read more
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Published On : 08-12-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2885 Views
Home Plans - How to Use Space
One of the trickiest things about designing a home is being able to take advantage of and/or eliminate extra space. Many home plans are quickly drawn to get the home in the ground, without giving much thought about how to use the space, and make it not only appealing but functional to live in. For example, when designing the home I currently live in I tried to consider the placement of furniture and traffic patterns, but also the lifestyle of my family. As a result I have a great room area that I feel is not only architecturally pleasing, but also meets the needs of my family. We have a nice built in entertainment center that can easily be hidden behind cherry cabinet doors when guests arrive, but is centrally located so that when we'r Read more
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Published On : 08-16-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2048 Views
Beautiful Country Home
# NDG-320 What a beautiful country home! This plan showcases a deep, wraparound front porch for summer shade, panoramic views and more than enough space for comfortable outside entertaining. When the weather turns cool everyone can warm their toes in front of the great room's zero-clearance fireplace while hot chocolate is being prepared in the nearby walk-through kitchen. The snack bar, breakfast room and formal dining room offer several mealtime options. His and her walk-in closets surround elegant French doors in the master suite leading to the well-appointed sizable bath. Read more
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Published On : 08-19-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2944 Views
What is your house plan style?
     How do I know what house plan style I want?  This is a question that I get very often here in the customer service department.  Sometimes it is not an easy decision.  Most people like a variety of house plan styles.  I myself being one of those people. I think a lot of the time we just don't know what makes a certain home fit into a category.  Some homes will have different styles that make up their architecture and design.  Here at The Plan Collection we offer a huge array of house plan styles from Bungalow to Luxury.  If you would like to better understand, and find a house plan style you like, go to our architecture description page.  It is highlighted in the Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1598 Views
Nice Additions to The Plan Collection!
It is always exciting to view new, recently designed home plans. This designer just sent us a CD full of beautiful home plans in all sorts of home styles. This designer has a wide selection of beach, contemporary, modern and country home plans. But, I highly recommend browsing through this designer’s gallery of home plans. To access this, click HERE. These homes have been very popular. The designer offers very unique house plans with extraordinary elevations and floor plans. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service department (866-787-2023). We are looking forward to helping you find your dream home. Read more
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Published On : 09-30-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2930 Views
Color Renderings vs. Black and White Renderings
In the house plan world some houses stand out more than others. Yes, it could be because of the nice curb appeal or the fancy graphics. I feel the main difference between the plans that attract you and the plans that don't are the renderings. It is the conflict of "Color Renderings vs. B&W renderings". When searching for a house plan, how often do you click on the house plans done in black and white? For most people, not as often as you click on the color renderings. While handling the sales here at The Plan Collection I have noticed that most of the plans that people view and ultimately purchase are the homes with nice color renderings. Are people not missing out on homes that could r Read more
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Published On : 10-19-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2505 Views
Rear Elevations
Isn't it so much nicer to have more than one elevation to go off of before purchasing a house plan. I personally think the decision is a lot easier when I have at least one more view of the house. Here at The Plan Collection we would be happy to provide you with the rear elevation of your dream home at no cost. The rear elevation is usually one of those main factors in the plan purchasing process. Some of the house plans on our site already have the image of the rear elevation. All other house plans do have it available upon request. If you would like to see the rear elevation of the house plan of your dreams contact us. We would be happy to email it or fax it to you. We look forward to hearing from Read more
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Published On : 10-22-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4991 Views
New House Plans With Exterior Photos
We just received a bunch of exquisite exterior photos of some of our best home plans. One of our top designers has recently made these great photos accessible to all. Now we have them featured here on The Plan Collection. We know how much easier it is to imagine yourself in a home, when you can see it already built. Unfortunately, we can not disclose locations of these homes. This is because we here at The Plan Collection strive to uphold the trust and privacy of our clients. We do however hope that you will browse through and enjoy these wonderful house plans and their recently added photos. Not all of the home plans by this designer have photos, but if you would like to see other views of the house please contact us. Click here to vie Read more
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Published On : 10-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
7618 Views
House Plans - during construction
Ever wonder why house plans are sold in sets of 5, 8 or 12? Extra sets are expecially nice as construction begins and you need them to get bids from various subcontractors quickly. They are also nice to have during construction because your home plans will be put through adverse weather conditions, as well as exposure to concrete, mud, and heavy paperweights (framing nailers and whatnot) to keep them from blowing away. Some people like to get one set of houoseplans laminated to leave on the job. This is a great idea, and will keep the plans ledgible during construction. Laminating is fairly cheap and can be done at your local copy shop. Now, all you have to do is keep the subs from walking off with the house plans so that your other subcont Read more
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Published On : 11-05-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1615 Views
Spanish and Mediterranean House Plans
Spanish and Mediterranean house plans are getting very popular through out the United States.. They offer a very unique and artistic way of capturing the exterior and interior look of your home. Spanish or Mediterranean style house plans are most commonly found in warm climates where the clay tile roofs assist in keeping them cool during the hot summer months. The Spanish a Mediterranean style homes are usually finished with a stucco (usually white or pastel in color) exterior and often feature architectural accents like arched openings in the stucco or wood beams. This style is similar but different than the southwest style of architecture, which also originated in the southwest areas of the c Read more
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Published On : 11-08-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2967 Views
Wonderful Prairie Style Homes
MSAP-3467 and MSAP-2685 Nobody can design a Prairie Style floor plan like this designer. I thought that I would feature two of my favorite Prairie designs from his gallery. This first one, MSAP-3467 is a wonderful Prairie Style design that has character and charm accompanied by an efficient floor plan. This plan has a great amount of bonus square footage in the basement along with a great potential recreation room. All together, this a very formal and efficient floor plan. The home plan MSAP-2685 is a spectacular Prairie design. This is a trimmed down version of the designers all time best selling corner lot home. This is possibly the most dynamic exterior for a 2685 sq. foot plan that thi Read more
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Published On : 11-12-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4722 Views
Why should you buy a stock Homeplan?
First, you may be wondering what a stock home plan is. Designers and architects across the country are always actively involved in custom designing residences for all types of people. Many architects or designers however, spend a great deal of time creating their own designs; these are called stock home plans. It is advantageous to buy a stock home plan for several reasons.First, home design professionals are involved with the process every day. They know the ins and outs of home design and strive to design plans that are functional, with effective use of space without compromising the curb appeal. Many times designers will offer a popular floor plan with several different facades. This allows you to find a great floor plan and still choose Read more
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Published On : 11-22-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
1466 Views
Modern House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The "Modern" architectural style became popular in the 1920's and 30's and is similar and often referred to as "Art-Deco". The rural housing market never really embraced this styling, as did commercial development. This plan style generally consists of very simplistic and modern geometrical designs. Usually walls are smooth texture stucco, or stone and roof systems are a very shallow pitch or flat. Modernized designs avoid multiple design elements that other styles use. For example a Victorian style home may have fish scale in the gables, lap siding, as well as brick or stone enhanced with decorative accents in the gables, on railing etc. Modern and Art Deco ornamentation is generally subtle pa Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
10446 Views
Arts and Crafts Home Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Arts and crafts style homeplans are sometimes referred to as craftsman. Some of the features that identify these homes are: · Exposed rafters, beams or rafter ends in the eaves. · Corbels or triangular shaped trim pieces in the gables. · Dormers. Generally shed dormers were the most common however these plans were also designed with gable and hipped dormers. · Foundations that slope outward as they get closer to the ground. These foundations were often constructed of rock. · Generally the exteriors were a wood siding or stone with masonry chimneys. · Large porches along the front of the home. · Bungalow style homes were often of Arts and Crafts styling. · Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2593 Views
Bungalow House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Bungalows are some of the most common homes found in older neighborhoods of America. These homes became very popular from the 1910's to the 1930's. Bungalows are generally narrow but deep homes often with detached or no garages. These homes are usually one story but sometimes 1-½ stories high. Bungalows usually have a small porch with columns set in large brick bases. These porches are often enclosed with screens to keep the bugs away on the summer nights on the porch. Sears and Roebuck sold many Bungalow home plans and materials kits through their mail order catalog. Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6680 Views
House plan I like
Here's a link to a plan that I really like. It is well organized and makes good use of space. If you like two story homes please be sure to take a look at this one: Click here to view this great home plan Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2890 Views
Cape Cod House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Many of us may have had a Cape Cod style home as our fist home since they are generally smaller in size and more affordable. These smaller homes became very popular in the 1920's and allowed thousands of people the opportunity to own a home. Many of these homes were left unfinished in the attic and later finished as families could afford it. Some of the most prominent features of Cape Cod style homes are: · Small rectangular sizes designed for small families. · 1.5 story structures with gables roofs and usually two or more small dormers. · The exteriors vary from brick, wide clapboard siding and sometime stucco. · Usually the garages on Cape Cod style homes are detached and p Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6119 Views
Colonial House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Colonial style home plans are generally two to two and one half story homes with a very simple and efficient design. This architectural style is very identifiable with its very simplistic rectangular shape and the large columns. These homes are also very symmetrical with equally sized windows generally spaced in a uniform fashion across the front of the home with decorative shutters. Colonial plans usually have one gabled roof from side to side or a hipped roof. Entrances are often accentuated with tall columns extending up both stories. Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6505 Views
Contemporary Homeplans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Throughout the late 1960's and 70's contemporary plans became quite popular. Contemporary styling is a combination of several styles and are often multi level homes. Some of the characteristics are: · Garage placement on the front of the home for cost effectiveness. · Shallower pitched roofs that often extend from a higher level down over the lower level. · Simple, clean lines that are cost effective to build but attractive. · Windows are large and sometimes trapezoidal following the roof pitch in gables. · Exteriors are a mix of materials like wood, brick, rock, siding and stucco. · Vertical ornamentation in simple patterns. Contemporary homes are still being buil Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3836 Views
Feng Shui House Plans
Many different types of architectural styles may incorporate Feng Shui principles, as they are mainly a focus on floor plan layouts or room placement. Though the popularity of Feng Shui has recently increased, design techniques originated in have been around for thousands of years. This is an ancient eastern art that carefully considers the environment in which we live and the relationship between the objects in that environment. Interior designers and architects implement these techniques to improve the overall flow of home design. Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5159 Views
French Houseplans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. French architecture is a unique style that offers a lot of charm with its distinctive characteristics. These house plans generally have asymmetrical exteriors with a combination of ornamental attributes that complete the design. Some of the common characteristics of this design are: · Stucco and brick exterior. · Steep roof pitches at varying heights. Curved roof pitches are sometimes incorporated in one or two locations. · These homes are usually two stories in height with high rooflines. · Chimneys are usually large and sloped at the base, As with many other styles, there are variations to French architecture. Some plans are symmetrical with steep hipped roofs and exterio Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Georgian House Plans
Georgian house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The Georgian plan style originated in Great Britain named after King George. This style has been popular throughout the United States and incorporates attributes shared with Colonial designs. Georgian homes sometimes have raised basements and are two stories in height. Other features include hipped or gables roofs often with dormers to light attic spaces and a palatial look. Floor plans usually have a large central corridor from the entry. Stairs are usually placed in the entry with a room on either side of the foyer. Tall two story entries are common with balconies at the top of the stairs. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Passive Solar Homeplans
Passive Solar house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Hopefully, as occupants of this gigantic place we call earth; we are becoming more and more aware of our surroundings and how to preserve them. At times the housing industry gets a lot of heat from environmentalists that argue the earth natural resources are being depleted. The preservation of the earth's resources is of great concern and will continue to become more and more of a concern to the coming generations. We are proud to be affiliated with Architects and Designers that take minimal impact into consideration when designing residences. We now have a Passive Solar category of home plans that exhibit plans of various styles that are designed for optimal positioni Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2989 Views
Praire Style House Plans
Prairie Style house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Early in the 1920's a group of architects developed the Prairie style of architecture. The most popular among them was the well-known Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes are simplistic in their square design. Boxed shapes at varying heights and depths give the home a unique form. One of the characteristics that are most obvious with the Prairie style house plans are the shallow pitched hip roofs with large overhangs. The large overhangs protect the home's interior from direct sunlight; large casement windows however provide plenty of daylight for a comfortable interior. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Ranch Style House Plans
Ranch Style house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Ranch style homes (originally known as the California Ranch) were quite popular plans in the 50's and 60's. Their styling is very simple and rectangular in shape. Ranch style homes generally have shallow pitched hipped roofs that extended across a single or double car garage. The draw back to the ranch style home is that is requires a large lot because of the width. Ranch style plans are most popular with three bedrooms and two baths. This plan style has evolved over the years. You can now find a ranch style plan with various architectural styles such as Traditional, Georgian, Country and more. The ranch style home plan is popular because it generally provides all that y Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5026 Views
Southern Homeplans
Southern house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Also referred to as plantation homes, southern homes are easily identified with some basic design applications. To accommodate the warm, humid weather of the south, plantation homes are spacious and airy with tall ceilings, large front porches with a series of round or square columns. Porches sometimes surround the home (sometimes called a veranda) to provide shade throughout the heat of the day. Porches are built of some type of decking material rather than concrete. Roofs are pitched or gabled of usually a medium to shallow pitch. Southern homes are single or two stories in height and sometimes are adorned with dormers. These types of plans became popular in the 1700's as Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3795 Views
Southwestern House Plans
Southwestern house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Southwestern homes are the predominant style in, as you may have guessed, the southwestern United States. Southwestern design takes the environment in which it is built into great consideration, as the architectural themes tend to blend into the landscape. There are two basic categorizations that fit into the Southwestern style: Monterey and Pueblo. The Monterey style was quite popular in Northern California from the 1930's to the 50's. These house plans were a combination of Colonial plans of New England and Spanish architecture. These homes are usually two stories in height with shallow pitched gable or hipped roofs. Roofs are generally covered with wood shakes and so Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4125 Views
Spanish or Mediterranean House Plans
Spanish or Mediterranean house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Spanish or Mediterranean style house plans are most commonly found in warm climates where the clay tile roofs assist in keeping them cool during the hot summer months. The Spanish and Mediterranean style homes are usually finished with a stucco (usually white or pastel in color) exterior and often feature architectural accents like arched openings in the stucco or wood beams. This style is similar but different than the southwest style of architecture, which also originated in the southwest areas of the country. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Split or multi-level houseplans
Split Level house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The split-level style home plan began as a variation of a ranch style home (sometimes known as a multi-level). They often maintained the shallow pitched roof and architectural styling however rather than one level floor plan split-levels have various levels at varying heights. Generally split-levels are a one level portion attached to a two-story section. Garages on split-level homes are often tucked beneath living space. Basements in split-level floor plans are generally very shallow thus the windows are just above the ground level providing a lot of sunlight through the windows into the lower level. These types of house plans are often described as having "daylight b Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6727 Views
Traditional Homeplans
Traditional house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Traditional homes are some of the most common styles built throughout the United States. These floor plans are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs: Simple, often hipped rooflines. Brick or stucco exteriors are most common. Traditional plans are often single level floor plans with steeper roof pitches though lofts or bonus rooms are quite common. Covered porches. Open foyers. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2975 Views
Transitional Homeplans
Transitional house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. There are several categories on our site that describe certain types of homes that aren't necessarily architectural styles but deserve to be set apart in a category of their own. Some of these include, cabins, vacation homes, Feng Shui designed homes and as we will explain as you read further, transitional homes. Transitional homes are sometimes described as the empty nester plans. The plans that we have in this category are house plans that have been popular for couples that have raised their children and are now living alone (well, together-but without kids). These types of plans often have fewer bedrooms and larger spaces, spoiling the parents for their hard work r Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Tudor Style Homeplans
Tudor house plans have a lot of architectural features that evolved from medieval times when large buildings were built in a post and beam fashion. The spaces between the large framing members were then filled with plaster to close off the building from the outside. This technique provided a lot of architectural appeal as half of the rough sawn framing members were visible from the outside. These days most Tudor style homes are not actually built in the post and beam fashion. The look however is achieved by fastening rough sawn lumber on the outside of the home to create the post and beam look. The space between them is then filled with plaster or stucco. Other features of Tudor style homes are complex and steep roof lines with various gab Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4498 Views
Vacation House Plans
Vacation house plansClick on the Image to view this floor plan. There are several categories on our site that describe certain types of homes that aren't necessarily architectural styles but deserve to be set apart in a category of their own. Some of these include, cabins, vacation homes, Feng Shui designed homes and as we will explain as you read further, transitional homes. Transitional homes are sometimes described as the empty nester plans. The plans that we have in this category are house plans that have been popular for couples that have raised their children and are now living alone (well, together-but without kids). These types of plans often have less bedrooms and larger spaces, spoiling the parents for their hard work raising chil Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3230 Views
Victorian House Plans
Victorian house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Victorian style developed and was quite popular from about 1820 to the early 1900's. Victorian homes are most commonly two stories with steep roof pitches, turrets and dormers. Porches are often large with turned posts and decorative railing. Decorative gable trim, corbels, and a variation of exterior finishes. This style actually is a combination of several other main styles like Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne. Designers began to implement characteristics of several styles to create what is most commonly known as Victorian. This style is sometimes viewed by critics as cluttered or overpowered with trim work and ornamentation, however these are the attributes t Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4330 Views
The Dream Home Collection: Plan #1
DD-3925 I would like to go over a few of the key features that this home posseses. It has a master bedroom on main level, original kitchen with triple garden-doors, two large family rooms one of which is used as home theater, and 5 spacious bedrooms. On the main level it features a large closed foyer, half-bath, master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and private bathroom, kitchen with island / lunch counter and access to sunroom, dining and living rooms share a central fireplace, large family room with cathedral ceiling and home theater with integrated furniture. On the 2nd level it features two cozy bedrooms, a bathroom, sitting area, mezzanine overlooking family room, bonus room. And finally in t Read more
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Published On : 12-07-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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The Dream Home Collection: Plan #2 (The Contemporary Home Plan)
Plan # GMLD-328 This is a great Neo-Traditional or Contemporary style of floor plan. I don't care where you live this home will accent any neighborhood with glamour and beauty. The total living area on this home is 4328 sq feet. With this kind of square footage it sure has the room needed for that big family, or for that couple who likes to throw some nice, big parties. It also features a 4 Bedroom, 4 bathroom layout, with one additional powder room. I haven't even begun to touch the tip of the iceberg on this floor plan. The big 3-car garage is always a very nice addition.This floor plan has some amazing features, besides the amazing curb appeal. Why don't you check it out for yourself? We would love to hear some of your feedbac Read more
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Published On : 12-07-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Published On : 12-08-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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The Dream Home Collection: Plan #3 (The Country Home Plan)
NDG-320 The third addition to the dream home collection is one of our very popular country home plans. This plan showcases a deep, wraparound front porch for summer shade, panoramic views and more than enough space for comfortable outside entertaining. When the weather turns cool everyone can warm their toes in front of the great room's zero-clearance fireplace while hot chocolate is being prepared in the nearby walk-through kitchen. The snack bar, breakfast room and formal dining room offer several mealtime options. His and her walk-in closets surround elegant French doors in the master suite leading to the well-appointed sizable bath. This plan also features an amazing bonus room upstairs th Read more
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Published On : 12-13-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3307 Views
Right Reading Reverse Option, At No Additional Cost!
Right Reading Reverse Option This is an option that is sometimes misunderstood in the house plan world. Let me explain what it is. The "Mirror Option" just mirrors the plan so that it is an exact mirror of the original floor plan. This puts the right side of the home on the left side and the left on the right. But when they do the mirror option the designer does not take the time to make all of the letters and numbers readable. This is why the option is usually free or at a very low cost. Now to use these mirrored plans you have to purchase at least one set that is not mirrored, just so you can refer to the readable version to understand the plans. This gets a little old and tedious fast. If you ask anyone who has built a home using the mi Read more
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Published On : 12-14-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4432 Views
Another House Plan I Like
This home plan is really classy. I have liked it for a number of years now and would really like to build it. I think that the style is timeless and would look nice for years to come. If anyone builds one of these send me some pictures so that I can at least dream. Classy Two Story Home Plan Read more
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Published On : 12-15-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4155 Views
The Dream Home Collection: Plan #4 (The Victorian Home Plan)
NDG-493 What an amazing Victorian home. This home is literally back to the future, with traditional clapboard siding, deep wraparound porch, tall windows and historic turret on the outside, and modern amenities galore on the inside. Designed for living, the 3-bedroom home includes six 20-foot rooms, including large great room with fireplace, huge game room and unique basement media room, which doubles as a well-equipped-with kitchen and bath-storm shelter. The octagonal turret enhances the formal dining room as well as the third bedroom. This home plan was a must in my "Dream Home Collection" gallery. To view this plan in further detail click HERE. Read more
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Published On : 12-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4392 Views
The Dream Home Collection: Plan #5 (The European House Plan)
Plan # EDC-T2904 The Adilade offers a combination of a functional and flexible floor plan with great curb appeal. Designed for the family this home has plenty of room for all kinds of activities. You'll enjoy the great room theatre with balcony seating, a large playroom the upstairs bedroom with it's own bath - great for guests or privacy for kids. Take notice of conveniences like the three car garage, main and upper level laundry rooms, half bath on the main level, formal living room, and den/nursury adjacent to the master bedroom. Click HERE to view this great European house plan. Read more
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Published On : 12-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3694 Views
The Dream Home Collection: Plan #6 (Passive Solar Home)
Plan # Atrium 2 The Atrium 2 is a compact sun-tempered home full of the Not-So-Big-House concepts. Two sides are designed to face south which maximizes the number of rooms that receive sun. The center of the home will be full of light too with the atrium that also aids in natural cooling. The home is designed to sit at an angle to the sun with the front of the house facing northwest or northeast if reversed. Most of the first floor ceilings are vaulted which makes the minimum size rooms feel open and spacious. There is even a ladder designed to access the upper shelf around part of the atrium. The stairs to the basement with its large front window make the foyer feel larger and inviting. The center hearth for either a wood stove or fire Read more
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Published On : 12-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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The Dream Home Collection: Plan #7 (Luxury Home Plan)
Plan # M-5043 This is a beautiful, luxurious, country style home with formal living and family rooms. This floor plan features large and open rooms. These outstanding qualities make this home great for entertaining guests and/or a large family. It also has great curb appeal, sure to be welcomed in any neighborhood. If you would like to view the specs for this home or just see the floor plans, click HERE. If you would like to see the wonderful array of Luxury home plans that we feature here on The Plan Collection please click HERE. Thanks, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Read more
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Published On : 12-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2986 Views
Great New Plans, For A Great New Year!!
#GMLD-577-B and plan #GMLE-836 Click Here to see this New Designer's Gallery of Gorgeous House Plans We at The Plan Collection want to keep you up-to-date on all the newest and most innovative plans on our site. Just recently we added a new and very popular designer to our Plan Collection family. We thought it would be nice if all of you could have a look at this amazing gallery of house plans. Already we have been amazed at the incredible response we have received from these plans. So, take a look at these impressive homes by one of the nation's top designers. Thanks, and have a great time browsing The Plan Collection for your dream home. Click Here to see this new gallery of homes. Read more
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Published On : 01-06-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
2455 Views
Country Porches and Harbor Town Homes!
Click Here to view this New Gallery! This last year we added some great house plans of a nationally renowned home designer. In this collection is featured all sorts of house plans in all different styles and looks. We have only finshed adding 2 of his 5 collections, but we are very impressed witht the detail and creativity put into each and every sq foot. The first collection that we have added of his is the Harbor Town Collection. This colleciton has some great Colonial, and Seaside looks to the house plans. The second is the Country Porches Collection. You have never seen country homes like this! He has done all sorts of looks in this collection, from simple front porches to full wrap around Read more
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Published On : 01-13-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
4871 Views
A Best Selling Country Home Plan
home plan # DD-4741 Have you ever seen a more quaint two story country home? Well, this one will certainly be in your top 10. This house plan has some great qualities about it, lets go through it by level. First of all the Main level: Foyer with French doors and coat closet, home office or bedroom #4, kitchen / breakfast area, dining area, half-bath, laundry room, family room. 2nd level: master bedroom, 2 secondary bedrooms, full bathroom, open study. Full basement. home office. Kitchen island with snack-bar. Master bedroom with double walk-in closets. Wraparound porch. Covered patio. Abundant windowing. If you would like to view our gallery of country homes and homes with porches Click Here. Have a Read more
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Published On : 01-19-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
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A Contemporary, Ranch Style Home Plan
house plan # ADI30-336 The Practical, Ranch style home will always be one of the more popular home styles. When it comes down to it, it's just hard to go away from the simple, affordable, and practicle nature that a ranch style home offers. This plan style has evolved over the years. You can now find a ranch style plan with various architectural styles such as Traditional, Georgian, Country and more. The ranch style home plan is popular because it generally provides all that you need for day-to-day living on the main level. For this reason the ranch style plan is often built without a basement. As you can see in the featured plan above, ranch plans usually make very good use of the space given. If Read more
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Published On : 01-19-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
9549 Views
One of Our Best Selling Plans
home plan # ADI30-160 (The Palermo) Here at The Plan Collection we try and feature a few of our best selling plans on this blog. A house plan that has been consistently at the top of our Best Seller list is this beautiful, southwest, contemporary house plan. This new rendering really brings out the striking features that this home plan possesses. If you would like to see the full size floor plan, click on the image above. To see the specifications and costs of this plan click HERE. Read more
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Published On : 01-26-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3377 Views
New Eye-Catching Home Plans
Home Plans # R1725A3FT-0-SPS and # R4372A3F-0-SPS This new Architectural Firm is an industry leader in custom and speculative residential design, from efficient starter homes and carefully planned neighborhood developments to spectacular private estates. They create eye-catching designs with great curb appeal, documented by high-quality architectural drawings. From our inovative and convenient web site, you can browse hundreds of state-of-the-art home plans by this home designer, and then order the plans of your dreams on-line. We have just started entering in this designer's plans, so look for new plans being added daily. Click here to view the home designs that have been entered in thus far. Thank you for visitng The Plan Collection Read more
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Published On : 02-02-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3644 Views
A Beautiful Traditional Home
House Plan # HPG-2207 This beautiful traditional home features spacious living area, 3-bedroom and 2.5 / 3.5 bath split-plan design (2 1/2 bath without bonus room, 3 1/2 bath with upstairs bonus room). Great room has 12-foot ceilings and fireplace with gas logs. Breathtaking views through the back of the house, and beautiful arches in the front view. Master suite has large walk-in closet, and features oversized jet tub and shower in master bath. Large utility room. I thought that it would be a good time to feature one of my personal favorite plans, house plan #HPG-2207. This designer puts wonderful detail and practicality into his house plans. This designer also has this plan in many different ver Read more
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Published On : 02-18-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
2744 Views
The colorful house plans aren't always the best
As you search for the perfect house plan, keep in mind that many of our greatest designs are in black and white.  Some designers simply choose to create their designs in black and white, so their clients can invision the color schemes they have in mind.  However, I think it is human nature to want to look at the bright and colorful floorplans.  Many of them are great, but there are many other home plans that are not wrapped in a colorful package.  Don't pass by them without checking out what's in the inside.  home plans are like people, the outside can easily be changed but the inside is much more difficult.  Just thought you should know. Happy house plan Hunting! Read more
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Published On : 02-26-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3996 Views
Dream Homes
House Plan #PDI-412 and Home Plan #PDI-407 Are you looking for the home of your dreams? This talented designer is a new, exciting addition to The Plan Collection family. He offers an impressive selection of over 650 models, which will be added to our website over the next month.. His collection is made of models for bungalows, two-story homes, multi-level houses, semi-detached houses, multiple-dwelling houses and vacation homes. They have models for all tastes to fit all budgets. We are very excited to have yet another fancy, and innovative designer sharing his house plans and dream homes with us Here at The Plan Collection. Just go ahead and click HERE, and check out his beautiful plan Read more
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Published On : 02-28-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
4914 Views
House Plan Sets - Which one should you get?
We have a lot of customers ask us which house plan package they should buy. There are several plan packages offered and what is offered depends on the home designer or architect. There are a couple of things to consider when deciding on which set to get. First, do you plan on making minor changes? If you think you'll make some minor changes like moving a door or changing a window. You might consider purchasing a vellum reproducible set of housplans. This allows you to redline any changes you may have on the plan, and then make as many copies as needed for a single construction. Don't have any changes? I would recommend a 4,5, 8 or 12 plan set. The more plans you get the easier it will be to collect bids from various contractors or subcont Read more
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Published On : 04-18-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
2173 Views
Popular House Plan
Its fun to see which house plans people really like. Sometimes house plans that I think will be great sellers are not in the beginning, but once some variations of the plan is made, it becomes a great plan that is quite popular. This is a trend that I have noticed with my own home plans that I design anyway. One of our best selling home designers (Nelson Design Group) has a series of house plans that have been really quite popular recently. In fact, we have just recently made one of the plans of the series our featured plan on the main page of our website. Be sure to check them out when you get a chance. I have included some links here for your convenience.   This beautiful plan offers an array of possibilities. The front Read more
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Published On : 05-24-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
4118 Views
New Home Designer Added to The Plan Collection
New home designer Added to The Plan Collection home plan # AHP-9340 We always enjoy adding new designers to The Plan Collection. It seems to add all new depth and character to our home plan gallery when we add new house plans. This design firm has devoted itself to creating designs that express everyone's dream home. Their designs with open warm spacious interiors and elegant classic proportions detailed exteriors, are favorites of homeowners and builders. Simple structures and the use of standard materials make their designs easier to build at a smaller cost. We are always very excited to add a new designer to The Plan Collection Team. We now that you will enjoy the unique yet practical floor plans that Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
2703 Views
ICF Construction Home Plans, and Home Designs
Insulated Concrete Form house plans Home Plan #GHD-2048 ICF Construction Plans:(not all these are ICF plans, read for more info) We have recently had a lot of requests for ICF(Insulated Concrete Form) construction plans. This designer that we feature on The Plan Collection has a lot of plans designed for ICF construction. The link above and this link HERE shows their home plan gallery. Not all of there plans are ICF construction. It will tell you in the home plan description if it is ICF construction. We at The Plan Collection are working on making ICF plans accesible from our "Detailed Plan Search". This should make them a lot easier to find on our website when they are categorized together. In this gallery, if the plan is between GH Read more
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Published On : 06-27-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
7494 Views
Creative and Practical Home Plans
Plan #KA27-3 and #KA34-31 This designer creates stock home plans that bring out amazing creativity that define each home individually. The plan library that they bring to The Plan Collection consists of plans of traditional styles with efficient space usage. This design firm has been with The Plan Collection for some time now and has always been very popular. For over 20 years this designer has created homes which reflect current trends and respect timeless traditions. Please feel free to check out this design firm's gallery by clicking HERE. These home plans above are two of the best selling plans that this designer offers. Plan #KA27-3 is a very unique, yet practical, European Read more
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Published On : 07-28-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
9890 Views
Florida Home Plans and Floridian, Coastal Home Styles
Home Plan #NDG-1523 Home Plan #NDG-1537 These are two of our new Floridian, Coastal home plans. These are all designed with concrete slab walls to meet the strict Florida codes. If you would like to see the entire gallery of these Florida home plans click Here. Florida Home Plan #NDG-1523 This house plan Features:Covered Entry with tile Open floor plan Foyer with coffer ceiling and round columns Den/Library with coffered ceiling Living Room with fireplace Kitchen with island counter Family Room with access to Covered Patio and open to the Bar and Breakfast Nook Master Suite with access to Rear Master Bath with two walkin closets, dressing area, whirlpool tub, shower and split vanities Bedrooms 2,3 and 4 with Read more
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Published On : 08-03-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
7238 Views
New Beachfront and Coastal House Plans
home plan #DT-0005 The Captiva. This waterfront home showcases dramatic views from the second floor living area and master suite. Beautiful winding stairs down the front and rear of the home provide access to waterfront activities. On the interior, the elevator provides complete handicap access to all areas of the house. The charm of Key West / Coastal styling is evident throughout. The central tower provided a bird’s-eye view of the landscape, and a private retreat. home plan #DT-0029 The Lightkeeper. This home is designed to replicate the historic cluster of buildings used by those who kept watch at our coast’s lighthouses. The Main house features all living spaces downstairs, and 3 bedro Read more
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Published On : 08-23-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
4937 Views
Garages can have character too.
  Garages can have character too. This particular garage was designed to match a craftsman style home that I recently had the opportunity to work on. This garage will be finished with board and batten siding and shakes and then painted to match the home. This is a great garage plan with two bays for cars and an insulated work shop on the side. Plus, a loft above that could be converted to an apartment if needed. I just liked the little additions to this garage that gave it some character like the grid pattern in the windows, the shed dormer up above, and the roof sections above the garage doors to break up the large gable that garages often have. Carraige garage doors also dressed up the front to give it a much nicer look. Its Read more
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Published On : 09-20-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3563 Views
The Finest of Luxury Home Plans!
The Canton Traditional home plans, although common in America, have no specific style of architecture. Rather, they combine many architecture styles to produce some often impressive and confusing examples of architecture. The Fortress These are house plans inspired by classical architecture to conform in style, and to the rules or models of Greek & Roman architecture. These home plans share an understated elegance with attention to clarity, completeness, symmetry, deceptive simplicity, and harmonious proportions. Click HERE to view this designers inspired gallery.   Read more
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Published On : 10-07-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3106 Views
House Plans, Lots of House Plans
It's simply amazing how many house plans are out there. All the websites you can browse with thousands of house plans and there are still so many designers and architects that don't even publish their houseplans online. There are so many options when it comes to picking the perfect floor plan that it's daunting. We try to provide a search utility that is functional and lets you narrow your search to just the right plan, but I have to admit it's impossible to have a search that is perfect for everyone. Sometimes, the perfect house plan is not perfect at first glance. I think it's a good idea to look at house plans a little larger and a little smaller that the size that you might be looking for. There is a good chance you& Read more
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Published On : 11-08-2006
Author : Steve Donegan
3252 Views
Luxury House Plans
The Plan Collection has a large selection of luxury house plans and continues to add more and more every month. Be sure to check out this great categroy with impressive luxury floor plans. Many of these luxury homes are designed for Florida, Texas or other southern areas.One of our favorite luxury house plans:This is a great luxury floor plan with a western rustic look. Just click on the image to view the floor plan. Read more
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Published On : 01-16-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
4451 Views
Country House Plans
  Spring is just around the corner, an ideal time to start building your dream home.  Style is something to think about and a classic country plan would not be a mistake.  Wheather you have 5 or 1/4 of an acre the country feeling makes a house a home.  Giving you the opportunity to relax on the porch during the mid-summer nights, enough room to raise your family, and many windows to enjoy the world around you from inside.  May we suggest DD-2290 (shown left), CD-M4300A3ST1F-1DB and one of our newest country plans HW-5553. Read more
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Published On : 01-25-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
5551 Views
House Plans - you really do need them.
I have designed a lot of house plans over the years and in the process have met some funny people. It is amazing what some people will do to save a buck, and amazing what trying to save a buck can cost you. Here are a couple of examples of Do-it Yourselfers I have met that [I'm sure] paid much more than they had to just because they wanted to save a buck on house plans. I once received a phone call from someone who had 1) been given a house plan already used (copyright infringement) or 2) stolen the blueprints from a job site (also copyright infringement, not to mention the stealing part). How do I know this? Well, first they called wondering if they could buy just the foundation plan for one of my plans. That s Read more
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Published On : 02-07-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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What's HOT
The Housing Industry is amazing.  I can’t believe all the new designs, the unique ideas, and all the design styles.  There are so many!  As a student of Interior Design and Architecture, and as an employee of one of the top ranked house plan websites in the world, I see all kinds of houses and buildings of every flavor.  One observation I’ve made is that building trends, especially in housing, seem to be regional.  There are several factors that determine what’s going to be hot in your area, and why it’s not always hot 1,000 miles away. Factor 1:  The Classics.  Classic designs and architecture are found everywhere.  They influence every design.  A great example of cl Read more
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Published On : 03-14-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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The New Kid on the Block
We’re excited to show you our newest house plans!  This designer is especially keen on the beauty of home design.  His specialty is creating an environment that works with your natural surroundings, giving a sense of peace and tranquility.  These homes feature rustic European designs with craftsman overtones.  The designer’s trade is inventing custom residences, offering him the ability to understand your needs throughout everyday life.  The result is a plan that really functions, leaving out the unnecessary, and still providing the luxurious comfort you expect.    Top Left:  Rear Elevation for house plan RF-1010Below:  Interior photograph of the Great Room for house plan RF Read more
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Published On : 03-30-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
7196 Views
The In-Law Suite Revolution
Many of our visitors have inquired about In-law suites, and we have deliberated long and hard over the issue. We have searched our house plans for months now attempting to find the answer to the In-law dilemma. No personal issues here, just where to house them when they, or any other parents, are joining or visiting your home. Our requests have come from people of all walks of life, rich and poor, searching for large and small houses. However, they have one similarity: they each love their parents and want a respectable place for them to live. It’s a second master bedroom for some and a completely separate apartment for others. We intend to provide you with home plans that will meet your needs and your parents’ Read more
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Published On : 05-01-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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How Suite It Is
 House Plan PDI-433 is the perfect solution for any family that wants to provide a separate living space for a guest or parent within their home. The house itself is beautiful with it's symmetrical design and dramatic roof line. At only 2,841 square feet the home is affordable. However, with upscale features and a stately appearance, the home is still luxurious and elegant.This home plan has style. The design is reminiscent of a European estate with it's grand entry, large windows, and decorative balconies. One of the best features of this home is the staircase. It is quite large and makes for a spectacular focal point. The re Read more
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Published On : 05-31-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
5539 Views
Luxurious Mountain Style
Home Plan R3102b features great Rustic Mountain style! This house seems as though it was hewn from the mountain side with its rock base and wood finish. The exposed rough cut beams unite it with the surrounding landscape.The interior is also rustic, but with smooth finishes and warm views. The timber trusses carry the exterior theme inside. The high ceilings give a sense of grandeur. The kitchen’s stone finish is not only functional, but is a b Read more
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Published On : 06-14-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
5308 Views
Country Kitchen
 Perhaps the most classic culinary setting is the Country Kitchen. This style graces the entire nation and is deeply rooted in history. Kitchens haven’t been around for very long as kitchens. They used to be hearth rooms and a work table. Early kitchens had cupboards for storage and wash basins. The pantry housed the food and spices, and was a completely separate room. As the kitchen was a work place, it was closed off from the rest of the house. The dining took place in a separate room. Sounds country to me! In today’s modern world, it’s almost completely different.Even very modern kitchens borrow from the classic kitchens of America’s heartland. Sinks now resemble wash basins. Hardware is often finished in rus Read more
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Published On : 06-20-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
8713 Views
Mediterranean Escape
House Plan HH-3639-03 (above) is a dream vacation package to the Mediterranean. This Spanish-Tuscan escape features a breath-taking exterior with a dramatic entrance. The home enjoys a very spacious interior with all the convenient commodities to make everyday a get-away. This plan was designed for entertainment with privacy in mind. The main floor boasts a very large great room that is open to the kitchen and dining areas. This allows for warm inter-activity and great food. The upper floor has a game room, so the kids or the parents can escape the party if and when needed. Invite the baby sitter over while hosting friends, or keep the noisy grandkids all in one area. Read more
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Published On : 07-06-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Country Charm
 Country living is all about family and friends. House plan HPG-2000-2 emphasizes Country life style with its open floor plan and easy charm. From the inviting exterior, to the warm interior, this house plan brings bright mornings, relaxed afternoons, and comfortable evenings to your everyday life experience.  The curb appeal of this house is amazing. The garage is tucked away to the side, the front porch brings depth and interest, and the roof line gives balance. What a beautiful example of country house plans. Upon entrance, the house opens up to the Great Room, Kitchen, and Dining Room. This friendly space enjoys raised ceilings, a fireplace, a large eating bar and island, and views to the back yard and beyond. My three favorit Read more
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Published On : 07-27-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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A Unique Prairie House Plan
Unique is a word that describes us all. Sure, we all have the same basic components, but we all differ in very meaningful ways. And those differences shape our lives and make them beautiful. Your home should be the same. It should conform to your needs and cater to your livelihood. Is this possible with stock plans? You bet it is. We have thousands of truly unique plans from hundreds of creative minds throughout the US and Canada. HW-3637 is a perfect example of great architecture with an exceptional floor plan. This plan follows the principles used by many famous architects including Frank Lloyd Wright. It came to be known as Prairie Style. This modern Prairie design has a retro classic feel that honors the historic nature of this style. T Read more
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Published On : 08-03-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
6277 Views
Luxury House Plans
  Our goal is to bring you the best designs from the greatest designers at roughly a tenth of the price of a custom design. With close to 20,000 plans, you’re sure to find one that suites your needs and gratifies your wants. With close to 15 years of experience in the creation of fine homes, we’re sure to handle all of your questions and concerns with the professionalism and expertise you deserve. Feel confident in your search for the perfect house plans. If you run into any road blocks, we’re here to get you the information you need in the fastest possible way.   As part of our continuous search for amazing house plans, we’ve uncover Read more
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Published On : 10-08-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Luxury Style House Plan GMLE-303
  This luxurious French-European house style provides 5,303 spacious square feet of outstanding family living space. From the French-inspired exterior with stone siding, dormers with wrought-iron balconies, hipped roof, half-timber detail and arched, main entrance doorway, this gracious and appealing home style soothes the senses and promotes well being. Tall, oversized second floor windows continue the charm of this home, allowing bright natural light into the large and flowing interior floor plan.An impressive, two-story entry foyer with dramatic spiral staircase welcomes friends in to join the family in the stately formal Dining Room or to the striking Living Room with trey ceiling and fireplace. A conveniently located powder Read more
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Published On : 10-12-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Versatile Country House Plans
Versatility shouldn’t be an afterthought. Country Home Plan 118-1008, the Chesterfield, keeps versatility in mind from the beginning. Lifestyles change and long-term usage must be addressed in any efficient plan. This country dwelling allows the waves of life to pass you by as you remain undisturbed. This plan is agile. It allows you to change things up with ease, and modify your floor plan according to future needs. 118-1008 has several attributes that give you an advantage over advancing time. Advantage #1 – Bonus Room A bonus room is undoubtedly a valuable space. This room can give you storage options, such as food storag Read more
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Published On : 10-19-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Cozy Log House Plans
Log house plans can be used to live in all year long, or for a great vacation spot. At The Plan Collection, we have a variety of both small vacation lodges, and large log homes that you’ve always dreamt of.NDGJB-1027 is a beautiful example of something right in between. With three bedrooms, each with plenty of closet space, and two full bathrooms, this plan is fully capable of year long residency. However, with a small footprint facilitated by open design and few cumbersome extras, this set of log home plans is inexpensive enough to be a perfect get-a-way in your favorite resort town.1027 is one of my favorite log house plans for several reasons. One of the best features about this set of plans is the wrap around front porch. With a s Read more
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Published On : 10-24-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
4370 Views
Country Erwin - home plans for life experiences
There are few names more country than Erwin, and few house plans with a more fitting name. The wide wooden siding, Farmhouse shape, and Shingle Victorian accents make this home a relaxed and accommodating haven. The inviting covered front porch offers shade and a refreshing breeze on hot summer days, and a warm and dry barrier on cold winter nights.Step inside to a comforting fireplace in an open family room. This friendly ambiance is welcoming to any guest. The room is large enough for a crowd, while maintaining its cozy nature. Beyond are the kitchen and dining nook where dinner parties and bright mornings are spent. Your family and friends will enjoy this space and the sociably conducive atmosphere it provides.The upper floor gives every Read more
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Published On : 11-05-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Log House Plans Step by Step
Log Houses are generally sought after for their rustic appeal. The exposed raw material blends in with nature’s landscape and gives a feeling of being one with your surroundings. The great outdoors are the main inspiration for the overall design of all log home plans.To truly capture the connection between nature and your log home, you’re plan will need a few key features. Log house plan NDGJB-1016 has everything you need to create your indoor/outdoor natural environment. The designers followed this simple recipe:Step 1: TransitionYour land is a valuable asset and should be enjoyed by your family and friends. To take full advantage or your very own outdoor home, create a transition between your house and your lot. A covered wrap Read more
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Published On : 11-14-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
4389 Views
Country House Plans: Everywhere and Anywhere
It’s not always easy to find a plan that will fit just about anywhere. Some house plans are built for a view, and hard to justify anywhere but on top of a hill. Others are far too spread out and would only do on a large building lot not common in urban areas. Still others are far too urban, with small garages, and narrow footprints. Style is another issue that limits home plans, meaning that if you love the plan, but it’s so very Victorian, and your neighborhood is quite Contemporary, then you’re forced to keep looking. I’ve said it before; versatility should not be an afterthought.Our country house plans feature many plans that are right sized, with plenty of privacy, yet open to the outdoors where appropriate. Thes Read more
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Published On : 11-28-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Luxury House Plans' Newest
One of our most decorated luxury home designers has just released a new plan. Their work ranges from house plans like the Pontarion II, the Chateau Novella, and the Caserta. Designing luxury house plans requires a honed sense of style, a heightened sense of taste, and an acute attention to detail. Their dedication to the pursuit of these qualities has led them to create the Cheverny.In an elegant display of classic architecture, house plan Cheverny is a graceful environment. The stone exterior, arched windows and entry, steeply hipped roof, and gothic spires speak of a chivalrous age long ago. Though nostalgic, these house plans offer the best accommodations for modern amenities and, with the help of a green savvy designer or builder can be Read more
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Published On : 12-05-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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Country House Plans Newest
Every now and then we add a few home plans to our Country House Plans line that I just have to write about. This time it’s the CR-534 series, consisting of versions A and B. The larger of the two is version A at 3,354 square feet. Version B comes in at 2,698 square feet. The difference between the two is fairly minimal, but opens up some more possibilities with modifications.This amazing design features a wrap around, covered porch and plenty of windows for great curb appeal. This also provides a connection with the outdoors, giving both sunlight and shade, and a transition from one environment to the next. Upon entrance, guests are greeted with a nice foyer flanked by a living room/office and a dining room. This formal barrier offers Read more
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Published On : 12-19-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
4254 Views
House Plans from the Northwest
Greetings! Working at The Plan Collection means you’re constantly exposed to amazing house plans and the best residential architecture. However, sometimes it feels boring to look at plan after plan of the same thing. You've all been there. I know how many hours you spend searching for just the right house plan. It’s a tiring process. Well we're here to help ease the pain. As part of our ongoing campaign to bring you unique and quality designs, we've chosen to feature a beautiful design from the Northwest called the Macleod. One of our best rustic home plans, the Macleod is a collision of classy elegance and rough purity. The exterior is very much a European design with a Read more
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Published On : 01-23-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Fixed The Main House Plan Pages
The other update I made last night was with the main landing pages. Some of the pages - luxury house plans, country house plans, and arts and crafts house plans looked fine because we had edited those pages by hand. However, many of our other pages like cape code style house plans page and our colonial style house plans page looked terrible. I was able to use our existing page processing system and create a template for our landing pages that is loaded dynamically and then sent through the processor. The template contains place holders that are replaced with values specific to the style. Those values are replaced on the fly and then the page is generated. The result is a much better looking page that the guys in the office don't Read more
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Published On : 01-29-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Luxury Log House Plans
Looking at a home in all of its contexts is an important step in choosing a particular design. In fact, it makes the home plans, or the house plans, or whatever your preferred phrase may be, just that much more important. The plans must have the context of the home inherent in the design. So what are the contexts; what do we look for in a home? To be fair, we must note that the answer is different for everyone. It depends on your last home, and what it lacked or didn’t lack. It depends on how much you have to spend… well, usually anyway. Too often we think of house plans in terms of how many square feet, how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, etc. Instead we need to think about the indoor environment Read more
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Published On : 01-30-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
6697 Views
Ranch House Plans = Affordable Style
Most of the time, when we feature a house plan on The Plan Collection, we usually choose the biggest, the best, and the most impressive set of home plans that we can find. I have to admit, it is really fun to look at (and fantasize about) 8000+ square foot luxury homes, top-of-the-line log homes, and cutting-edge passive solar houseplans, but for most of us it just isn't practical. That is why I am featuring one of our Ranch House Plans number GAR-74007. This classy Ranch Home provides a lot of comfort and style, but won't empty your pocket-book. GAR-74007 is very attuned to the needs of today's family. There is a large bonus room above the garage that would make a great playroom for the kids, but it could be used as an office or a Read more
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Published On : 03-04-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Luxurious Craftsman on the Beach
DDI103-206, one of our best Craftsman house plans, is truly something to behold. After just one look, you can see that a lot of time and effort was involved in designing this charming set of house plans. This home designer was able to incorporate so many unique and exciting features, and at the same time, avoided the pitfalls that are often associated with luxury home design. Oftentimes, a luxury home will offer every amenity, but it just feels forced or rushed - like the designer was trying too hard and included features that just don't fit. Although they are designed specifically for comfort, luxury plans often lack that indefinable quality that makes a house a home. This is where DDI103-206 breaks away from the mold. This l Read more
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Published On : 03-21-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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A Beautiful Southern Belle
Southern house plans wouldn't be southern if they didn't display the generous hospitality known for the region. House plan number SU-5669-2538-1607-I has a long name and a longer list of outstanding features. Without question, this southern belle has a sense of hospitality to the owner and visitors alike. The stunning and refined look of the exterior is easy on the eyes and very inviting. The style gives an Italian villa on a horse ranch kind of feel. Upon entering, you are greeted with a large two story foyer with formal rooms at either side. The great room is beyond and is open to the large kitchen. A guest room with a private full bathroom ensures that friends and family are welcome. The main floor also enjoys one mor Read more
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Published On : 04-02-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
6198 Views
New from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Allow me to introduce you to one of The Plan Collection's newest house plans, M-4455 extreme. Unlike most of our new additions, this home is already famous. M-4455 extreme was built and featured on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", it is ABCs Emmy Award-winning reality TV series that brings entire communities together in service to provide a deserving family with a new home and a new chance at life. Since early 2004, the Extreme Makeover Team (led by Trading Spaces' Ty Pennington) has been traveling the country in search of families that are in serious need of a new home. The family is then given a week-long, all-expense-paid vacation, meanwhile, the Extreme Read more
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Published On : 04-24-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
7796 Views
Great Photos of a Great Plan
  We just got some fresh pics from one of our favorite designers. The house shown is the Plan 153-1781, a great solution for mainstream suburbia. The house is built with practically no modifications, which makes it nice for comparison with the plan. Check out the beautiful pictures below.     The great room is wide open with an eating bar at the kitchen. Though the plans won’t come with any decoration packages, the designer has a Design Plan in a Can for sale.     The kitchen is probably my favorite part of this house. It’s plenty large and packs a whole lot of storage. The style here is great. I love the industrial look of the ceiling in contrast to the more traditional Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
4933 Views
Go Green with home plan NDG-844
  The NDG-844 is a modest home that could house a large family comfortably. The best green highlight is that it uses the 2470 sq. feet wisely. Four bedrooms could house up to eight people, a very large family by today’s standards, while giving each enough room to feel comfortable. The open living spaces and multi-level design give place for various activities to happen simultaneously. This keeps the materials used down, and leaves more open landscape to Mother Nature.   This is another conventional house plan, like most, that doesn’t take passive solar power into consideration. Thats okay here. You could easily put additional windows on the rear side for southern exposure and solar gain, especially in that t Read more