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Build a New Home from Family Home Plans

Garage Design 101

When planning to build a new home, most prospective homeowners spend hours agonizing over kitchen tiles or the exact layout of the master bathroom. The garage, on the other hand, receives far less attention. After all, how do you “optimize” a rectangular box used to store cars and lawnmowers?

But designed well, a garage can […]

The Smaller and Smarter Luxury Home

The key elements of functionality, flexibility and value are all addressed in this design.  The first floor offers an open concept living space with subtle definition of the kitchen, family and dining areas by the use of columns and ceiling height variations.  Views of the courtyard and optional pool area are available form each […]

Infill Housing Solution

Responding to the concern for privacy in high-density environments has resulted in the creation of secluded side courtyards on several of the designs. Particular attention has been paid to the proper proportions,

massing, roof forms, and scale of each exterior design.

These considerations – along with the appropriate selection of materials – ensure that, while the […]

Simple Steps to Stylish and Affordable Outdoor Spaces

(ARA) – When the sun is shining and the summer breezes are blowing, it’s difficult to resist the call to relax outdoors. But if you have a blank canvas of grass or a cement slab, it doesn’t exactly call to mind visions of barbecues and family gatherings. Don’t stare longingly out the windows this […]

Affordable outdoor improvements offer great return on investment

(ARA) – With the real estate market yet to rebound from its dramatic plunge and credit still tight, housing figures show that more homeowners are staying put. But that doesn’t mean they’re sitting idly by. People are investing in affordable home upgrades that not only make an immediate impact, but make their property more […]

How to Cut Heating and Cooling Costs without Cutting Comfort

(ARA) — Heating and cooling systems account for 56 percent of energy used in a typical home, making it the largest energy expense for most households, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Making smarter decisions about your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can help you save money on your monthly utility […]

Winterizing Your Home for Good Indoor Air Quality

(ARA) – As the weather begins to cool, we start preparing our homes for the winter season. Closing up the house and using your heater can really have an impact on indoor air quality. The best way to keep the air in your home clean throughout the cooler months is to get your heating, […]

Construction Insurance

By David Porter AIA – Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse House Plans Company since 1989

You are having your dream house built on a piece of property you own.  You are either hiring a builder or building it on your own by hiring the subcontractors and buying all of the materials.  Do you need to […]

OSB vs. Plywood

You want to build the highest quality home, right? Of course you do. That’s why you’re here reading this tip after you buy your home plans.

Because quality is also a concern for us, we want to help you make sure that every part of your home is as good as it can be, […]

Stock House Plans – The Good, the Bad…and the Unknown

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

You have looked through lots of plans magazines or you have spent hours sitting at your computer looking at plans services’ websites and there it is; bingo….a rendering or photograph of that dream house you have always wanted.  Even the floor plan […]