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Yearly Archives: 2015

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Four Steps to Protect Your Home From Winter Water Damage

(BPT) - Rain, sleet, ice and snow - no matter what form it's in, precipitation can lead to major winter damage resulting in many issues for home and business owners. Icy roads, ruptured pipes and ice dams are all complications brought on by winter water, and the threat may be even greater this season according [...]

By |December 31st, 2015|Home Maintanence|0 Comments

House Plan with Income Potential

Traditional House Plan 58274 has 3,277 square feet of finished space with 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bath and plenty of potential to expand for more living space. Curb appeal is achieved with a craftsman style porch topped with a red metal roof and three dormers. The three car garage boasts attractive features [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

Serbian Couple Builds Passive Solar Dream House

Solar House Plan as seen in the Garlinghouse Catalog. Below is a featured story by Mitka and Ondrej Franka of Serbia. In 1985, before heading home to Yugoslavia, the couple purchased a copy of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. On the cover was Garlinghouse Solar Home Plan 19863. In the words of Ondrej, "Little did we know that [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|Contributing Writers|1 Comment

Small House Plans

This week's house plans were selected for their conservative size and their intelligent use of space. A well designed small home plan orchestrates the flow of the spaces, making sense of all areas, no matter how compact. It's a design that feels larger than its square footage, with storage space to help eliminate clutter. Outdoor living [...]

By |November 20th, 2015|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

5 Tips for a Whole New Look in Your Bathroom (For Less)

(BPT) - A bathroom remodel is one of the most valuable home improvement projects you can undertake. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range bathroom remodel of $16,000 recoups 70 percent of its value at the time of resale. But what if you want a great bathroom on a smaller budget? [...]

By |November 6th, 2015|Bathrooms, Home Improvement|0 Comments

Cozy Country House Plan with 3067 Square Feet

Country House Plan 52654 | 3067 SF living space | 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms Christmas lights twinkle in the foreground, and snow falls softly onto the steeply pitched roof of this handsome country home. A beautiful mixture of materials adorns the exterior—brick and stone promising resilience against the elements of a harsh winter, and [...]

By |October 30th, 2015|House Plans|0 Comments

New Contemporary House Plan

Contemporary House Plan 71533 offers 2,989 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 1 half bath. Strong lines, geometric shapes and a mixture of exterior materials combine to create an attractive modern design. From the foyer, you can step down to the garage level where you have access to the [...]

By |October 15th, 2015|House Design, House Plans|0 Comments

Celebrate National Fire Safety Week

This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” Take this week to educate yourself and your family on how to fireproof your home, while minimizing the odds of injury or death should a fire occur. Avoid Becoming a Fire Statistic In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 370,000 [...]

By |October 9th, 2015|Home Safety, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Tips for Creating Fall Curb Appeal

(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don't have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales - below are tips and projects for sprucing [...]

By |September 18th, 2015|Home Improvement, Home Maintanence|0 Comments

Choose Your Favorite Lake House Plan

Lake House Plan 78878 offers 1536 square feet of living space with 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Built on a peaceful lakeside lot, this design makes the perfect place to “get away from it all” for the weekend. With the pile foundation, you also have the option to build by the ocean where storms [...]

By |September 11th, 2015|Home Styles, House Plans|1 Comment