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Mediterranean and Spanish Style Homes

Search our Mediterranean Home Plans collection The Mediterranean style house casts an immediate impression of warm sea breezes, bright sunshine, and relaxed lifestyles.   Shallow, broad rooflines are commonly covered with curved tiles, and exterior walls are clad in stucco or stucco-like materials - often vibrantly colored.  Arches, columns and wrought iron accents are often incorporated into [...]

Two-Car Garage Building Plans

Search over 140 Two-Car Garages here. Building a new garage, whether detached or attached, is a one of those things that will most likely cause you to say, "I should have done this years ago."   A garage not only offers you practical benefits on a daily basis, it also significantly increases the overall value of [...]

Florida Home Plans

Search our Florida Home Plans collection The design of the Florida style home is directly related to the rigorous climate of that sultry southeastern state.  With a nearly year-round dose of heat, humidity and termites - not to mention an infamous hurricane season - this region has all but done away with wood frame construction and [...]

Farmhouse Style Home Plans

Search our Farmhouse House Plans collection Farmhouse style homes are most commonly identified by deep, sprawling covered wrap-around porches that often shade more than just the front of the home.  These homes are closely related to Country style homes, but generally give the impression of having a higher physical profile.  Farmhouse homes are warm and [...]

European Home Plans

Search our online European Style Homes Plans collection European style homes do not usually mirror a specific architectural style from a specific European country.  Rather, these homes generally embody a blend of architectural "flavors" that cast an overall look and feel that says "European."  The appearance of these homes can range from quaint and cottage-like, to [...]

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 [...]

Easy Energy Efficiency Upgrades

How would you like to save handfuls of money with minimal effort? And how would you feel if these actions made your home more comfortable, and were good for the environment? You can do just that by taking these simple, cost-effective steps to quickly improve the energy efficiency of your home: Use CFLs. Replace your [...]

FROM MUNDANE TO MAGICAL

Add a Twist of Something Special to Your New Back Yard With about a million things to think about, it's understandable that if you're planning to build a new home, you may not have spent much time thinking beyond the home itself.  The yard - especially the back yard - has likely settled toward the [...]

Top 3 Reasons for Building Green – ED BEGLEY, JR.

By Adrienne van Dooren Will traditionally built homes soon join the ranks of the 8-track tape, knob and tube wiring and the manual typewriter? Ed Begley, Jr., environmentalist and star of HGTV's hit show Living with Ed, believes that may indeed come to pass. I interviewed Ed during the Earth Day celebrations in Washington D.C. [...]

Earth Sheltered or Earth Berm House Plans

Search our Earth Sheltered House Plans collection Earth Sheltered homes are certainly nothing new.  People have been using the earth to provide shelter since...well...remember the caveman?  Today's Earth Berm or underground home is anything but a cave, but it is usually found nestled into the side of a hill or large berm of earth.  The environmental movement [...]

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