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Yearly Archives: 2014


Garage Design 101

When planning to build a new home, most prospective homeowners spend hours agonizing over kitchen tiles or the exact layout of the master bathroom. The garage, on the other hand, receives far less attention. After all, how do you “optimize” a rectangular box used to store cars and lawnmowers? But designed well, a garage can [...]

By |September 26th, 2014|Before Your Build, House Design|1 Comment

Mediterranean Luxury House Plan

House Plan 50805 is replete with exotic luxury, borrowing classic elements of Mediterranean design.  A solid expanse of blue sky and clouds is the perfect backdrop to showcase this 6,493 square foot, 6 bedroom home. Greeting us as we enter is a porch with arcades (arches supported by columns), which gives you the feeling of [...]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Home Styles, House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

House Plan with Southern Charm

House Plan 62012 What are the primary features of a home with Southern Charm? The covered porch is essential, and the wrap around, two level variety is ideal. Sometimes you will also see the influence of Greek architecture in a columned façade or Victorian style in ornamental details. Reminiscent of a time without [...]

By |September 5th, 2014|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

Simple Money Saving Home Repair Kits

“A stitch in time saves nine.” Your grandmother might have been speaking about mending clothes when she said this, but the same philosophy holds true when it comes to your house. Taking care of a few basic home maintenance projects before problems arise can save you thousands of dollars down the road. Here are a [...]

By |September 4th, 2014|Home Maintanence|0 Comments

New Florida House Plan

Florida House Plan 75918 is designed for enjoying tropical climates with a generous front porch and a covered lanai with outdoor kitchen in the rear. Blue shutters help filter the sun from the windows upstairs, and it’s recommended to install reflective metal roofing to save on energy costs. Another great feature seen from the outside: [...]

By |August 29th, 2014|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

Easy and Smart Home Upgrades

4 Easy (and Smart!) Home Upgrades You Can Start This Weekend   Do you feel like your home could use a little pick-me-up, but you don’t want to put too much effort into it? You’re not alone. Homeowners everywhere want a prettier, more practical living space, but they don’t have that much time to get [...]

By |August 20th, 2014|Home Improvement|0 Comments

New House Plans for August

House Plan 80229 Perfect for a narrow lot, Historic House Plan 80229 is 30 feet wide and stretches 56 feet in depth to give you a total of 3020 square feet. From the street, we admire a symmetrical, two story design with double porch. Solid brick columns support the upper porch which features [...]

By |August 15th, 2014|House Design, House Plans|2 Comments

New House Plans for August

House Plan 80154 House Plan 80154 offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1959 square feet.  The two story, box-like design of this home makes it appear to be much larger from the street. The hip roof is interrupted with a front facing gable and a dormer over the garage. Over the front [...]

By |August 8th, 2014|House Design, House Plans|1 Comment

House Plans with Finished Basements

Based on old movies, the stereotypical basement is a dark, dingy storage space lit by a single light bulb with a string pull. Laundry was a daunting task of carrying a heavy basket of clothes down a creaky wooden staircase. If laundry isn’t bad enough, I shudder to think of the grisly role that basements [...]

By |August 1st, 2014|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

Fancy Victorian Cottage Plans

House Plan 48158 Victorian House Plan 48158 presents a picturesque cottage on the banks of a lake, the view of which you may enjoy from behind the tall fanlight window of the living room or from the gazebo end of the front porch. Delicate spindlework in the porch balusters was often seen in [...]

By |July 18th, 2014|House Design, House Plans|1 Comment