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Yearly Archives: 2008

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Elegant Southern Style Country House Plan

Popular Southern Country Home Plan #92465 This home design is what we choose to call an “Elegant Southern Country” style. This 1-½ story home is a simple southern design but becomes irresistible with its full wrap around porch and symmetrical dormers. If you can bear to leave the delightful porch for a while to go [...]

By |December 5th, 2008|House Plans|0 Comments

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 bills. [...]

By |December 2nd, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Insulation|0 Comments

High-tech Innovations for Your Bath

(ARA) - Recent advances in technology are coming home to your bathroom. They can add warmth, improve hygiene and enhance your decorating style. The trend today is to mix high-tech with high style. One such innovation is the touch-free faucet. In your home, these faucets can help combat the spread of germs and conserve water. [...]

By |December 2nd, 2008|Bathrooms|1 Comment

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, ventilation [...]

By |December 2nd, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Healthy Homes, Insulation|0 Comments

Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter

$200, $300, $500 a month! This is what millions paid last winter to heat their homes. Some paid even more. Experts say that this winter will bring even higher heating bills, with increases of about 15% to 80%, unless you improve the energy efficiency of your home now. Here are three steps toward lower energy [...]

By |November 14th, 2008|Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

How to Put the ‘Family’ Back into Your Family Room

(ARA) - Since families first moved out of caves and into houses, people have been looking to create the ideal room to bring family members together for quality time. In the beginning, there was the living room, and families - unaware of the coming joys of television - gathered there in the evening to spend [...]

By |November 14th, 2008|General|0 Comments

Southwest Style Home Design

Search our Southwestern Style Homes collection Like the Florida and Mediterranean home, the Southwest style home is designed to thrive in hot climates.  A variety of looks are encompassed by this style, including Pueblo, Spanish Revival, Adobe and Mission.  Exterior walls are typically clad in stucco or stucco-like materials and/or brick.  Wood siding is also sometimes used, since [...]

By |November 4th, 2008|Home Styles|0 Comments

KITCHEN LIGHTING TIPS

Light Up Your Kitchen Kitchens today are more than places to prepare meals. The room now ranks as the heart of the home plan and center of family activity. “The kitchen has become the hub of the house,” says Barry Levett, owner and president of House of Lights in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. “Families today truly [...]

By |October 28th, 2008|Kitchens|0 Comments

Traditional Homes

Search our Traditional House Plans collection This category is by far the most difficult to define, yet it is the most commonly constructed architectural "style" in America - and it has been for many years.  Traditional homes are not necessarily "historic" homes and they are certainly not contemporary in style.  They are practical, "day-to-day living" designs and [...]

By |October 28th, 2008|Home Styles|0 Comments

THE KITCHEN SINK

Hard-Working and Durable, the Sink Can Also Be A Thing of Practical Beauty By Harriet Reasoner When I was growing up, the kitchen sink in my home was dark brown enameled steel. It chipped easily and, because it was thin, it was noisy. Not a great sink, but it probably fit my parents’ budget. In [...]

By |October 23rd, 2008|Kitchens|0 Comments