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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Architect, Designer, Engineer – The Differences and Which Do I Need

By David Porter AIA – consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989

Since I am a licensed architect, I would be remiss if my answer wasn’t just, “of course, you need only an architect.” But, nah, for your use in designing a house, that isn’t necessarily so.

I will first explain the differences between these […]

ALL DECKED OUT

Backyard decks are smart choice for entertaining, outdoor living

They’re comfortable. They can be a private sanctuary or party central. They’re as close to home as you can get. And they often return as much money as it costs to build them.

They are decks – a practical and enjoyable investment for nearly any residence. […]

Successful Staging

Spruce Up and Clean Out to Turn On Prospective Home Buyers 

Selling your existing home?  With prospective buyers walking through every room, peering inside your closets and cupboards, you’ll want to make the best impressions possible.   Interior design professional Adrienne van Dooren offers several practical, do-able tips that will help you stage your humble abode […]

Coastal House Plans

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Nothing says “kick back and relax” like an elevated oceanfront view from a Coastal Home.  The design element that is most characteristic of this style is the pier & pile foundation, which ensures that these homes stay put during hurricane season.  Often referred to as Seaside Homes, Beach Homes, Pier & […]

Cape Cod House Plans

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The scent of salty sea air.  The sight of seagulls teetering on the wind.  The sound of an unseen fog horn somewhere “out there.”  These are the things that most often come to mind when we think of Cape Cod style homes.  Classic design elements that most commonly define these […]

Cabin Plans

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It’s surprising how many people dream of one day having “a small cabin in the woods.”  For many, a Cabin would seem to be the ultimate setting for peaceful living, whether as a primary residence or vacation home.  Although the Cabin’s rustic nature is reminiscent of simpler times, today’s Cabin is certainly […]

Bungalow House Plans

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Bungalows are most often associated with “Craftsman” homes, but are certainly not limited to that particular architectural style.  Bungalows generally have a compact, solid, horizontal look, often with low-slung roofs, front or side gables, and asymmetrical front porches.  They are often thought of as being smaller in square footage, simply because […]