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Craftsman Style House Plans

Search our Craftsman House Plans collection As one of the most popular home styles being built today, the Craftsman home design embodies the strong, solid character of homes spawned from the Arts & Crafts era of the early 20th century.  Often referred to as "Bungalows," these warm, yet stalwart designs are typified by their tapered [...]

Country Style House Plans

Search our Country House Plans collection The popularity of the Country style home design has continued to grow since its resurgence as an architectural trend over 25 years ago.  The style's popularity may be somewhat attributed to the increased population of Southern states over the past quarter century.  A more potent factor, however, is the [...]

Cottage Style Home Plans

Search our Cottage Home Plans collection Thinking of Cottage style homes, one might become swept away with images straight out of a children's story book.  Quaintly pitched roofs, hand-hewn beams, candle-lit shuttered windows, cobblestone walkways, etc. (not to mention hard-working dwarves, cuddly forest animals, poison apples, etc.)  One thing is for sure - Cottage style homes, no [...]

Contemporary Style Home Plans

Search our Contemporary Home Plans collection Jutting angles.  Sleek styling.  Clean lines.  Polished glass.  Are these the words to describe a work of modern art?  Perhaps.  But just as easily, they might portray the look and feel of a Contemporary style home.   Contemporary homes are designed as architecturally inspired sculptures, yet they offer their occupants practical living [...]

Colonial Style Home Plans

Search our Colonial House Plans collection With nearly four centuries of popularity, the Colonial has long been considered the classic American home.  Two-story symmetry articulates the "look" of the Colonial home, and often - but not always - these homes employ the theme of "five over four, with a door" (five upper-level windows, stacked above four main-level [...]

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 [...]

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

Search our Coastal Home Plans collection 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

Search our Cape Cod House Plans collection 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 [...]

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