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Tudor Style Homes

Search our Tudor Style Homes collection Tudor style homes exude a captivating combination of medieval character, warmth and charm.  Characterized by steep sloping roofs, stucco-clad gables, half-timber detailing, multi-paned windows and brick siding, this English-born style became popular in America in the 1890's and continued to flourish until about 1940.   Many of the original Tudor neighborhoods have [...]

Vacation Style Home Plans

Search our Vacation House Plans collection The term "Vacation Home" encompasses a number of styles of architecture, including A-Frames, Cabins, Cottages and more.   Perhaps the most common attribute of the Vacation Home is its provision of great views and comfortable outdoor living spaces.  Large, plentiful windows often face the most scenic views.   Sprawling decks, covered porches, screened [...]

Custom Stairways Add Distinctive Style to Home Interiors

As one of the most prominent interior architectural features, custom staircases are an increasingly popular way for homeowners to make a captivating first impression. Interior stairways help define a home's look and serve as more than just a connecting point between two levels. Today's stairway offerings include a wide selection of styles and accessories, allowing [...]

Southern Style Home Plans

Search our Southern Style House Plans collection The Southern style home spans a broad spectrum of historic architectural styles and consequently, there is not one particular "look" that defines this category.  Southern homes can range from simpler "Low Country" designs with shed-roofed porches, to grand Plantation style structures with elaborate columns, sweeping staircases and decorative friezes.  No [...]

Victorian Style Homes

Search our Victorian Home Plans collection Victorian homes are commonly thought of as an architectural style, but in actuality, they reflect of a period of history from 1840 to 1904, when Queen Victoria ruled Britain.  During that time, which coincided with the Industrial Age, a wide variety of ornately fashioned homes became immensely popular and provided new [...]

OUTDOOR FIREPLACES

Awide variety of outdoor fireplace designs are currently available, from traditional hearths, to chimineas, to freestanding portable hearths, to low circular fire pits, some of them wood-burning and some gas-fired. Some, such as those from Majestic Fireplaces, can burn either wood or gas and are constructed when you build your new house. Some come with [...]

WOOD STOVES

Wood is good. There’s nothing like the smell, feel, and warmth of real burning wood. And tending a wood fire is an appealing challenge to many; it can even be an art. Although burning wood can contribute to air pollution, there are good reasons to utilize wood as a fuel source. Wood itself is a [...]

ENERGY EFFICIENT DOORS

Beautiful and Cost-Effective doors for your new home construction. You and your family aren’t the only things that go in and out of your front door. Every time you open it or close it, valuable energy goes out as well. Even when the door is shut, heat can still enter a cooled house in summer [...]

High Performance Windows

High-performance windows bring comfort and save money. As you plan to build a new home, or upgrade your existing homes windows, shop smart when it comes to your window selection. Once you pick out your house plans take your window schedule to your local building supply warehouse to find the best window within your budget. [...]

PLANNING YOUR DREAM BATHROOM

The best time to plan a bathroom is before you build it. That sounds obvious, but many people take it for granted that the bathrooms in their new homes will suit their needs. Problems with poorly designed bathrooms typically include lack of storage, poor lighting, and a poor floor plan that results in cramped placement [...]

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