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Bungalow House Plans

Search our Bungalow Home Plans collection Bungalows are most often associated with "Craftsman" homes, but are certainly not limited to that particular architectural style.  Bungalows generally have a compact, solid, horizontal look, often with low-slung roofs, front or side gables, and asymmetrical front porches.  They are often thought of as being smaller in square footage, simply because [...]

Building Green

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989 By now, you have probably heard loads about everything "green" - building green, living a more "green" lifestyle, and on and on.  "Green" is the new, overly used, buzzword thrown at you from twenty directions each day.  What is this new-fangled movement, [...]

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

By Julie P. Hawkins It's a tough real estate market. Finding a good agent will make all the difference. When the time comes to sell your home or purchase a new one, the amount of information to sort through can be overwhelming. It is worthwhile to have a licensed professional on your side to help you [...]

Being Well Insulated

You know it's there, but you rarely give it a thought-unless the temperature inside your house won't stay at a comfortable level. We're talking about the insulation in your home's walls, attic, and beneath its floors. If there's not enough insulation, it can be added to an existing home. However, the best time to make [...]

Trends We Are Observing In Home Design

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company  Talking with Jarret earlier today, I was reminded that you had asked about trends we are observing in home design.  Here are my current observations. I am sure they are far from profound, but hopefully they will be of some help as you continue to develop [...]

BACKYARD DECKS THAT LAST

View The Garlinghouse DIY Deck Plans collection. This two-tiered, ground-level deck is made entirely out of ChoiceDek, a composite material created by mixing wood fibers (red cedar or some other type of softwood) with polyethylene, which comes from recycled consumer waste. Photo courtesy of ChoiceDek. Backyard decks are great because they offer level and stable platforms for [...]

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company I've lived in "Tornado Alley" all of my life. That being the case, wailing tornado sirens, along with the chirping of birds and the buzzing of bees, have become just another familiar sound of springtime (although, not quite as calming). At 2:30 am, on the night [...]

OUTDOOR FURNITURE

If you think your living room furniture takes a beating, imagine what your outdoor furniture goes through. The "elements," as we call them, will really do a number on any unprepared thing left to their mercy. Outdoor furniture has to take this beating, remain useful, and still look good.   Creating Backyard Comfort As we [...]

The Backyard Kitchen

Today we cook outside for fun more than ever. It is estimated that Americans will cook and consume three billion-that's 3,000,000,000- meals outside this year on 80 million grills, at about 37.5 meals per grill each year. But like nearly everything else we do today, we tend to "supersize" things. So it won't surprise you [...]

Free Home Plan Books

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company For those of you who don't already know - we're currently providing many of our home plan books for free. (All you pay for is shipping) This is definitely something that's worth your time to check out. As popular as online home plans are (familyhomeplans.com in particular) [...]

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