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A century of doing business and working closely with builders, homeowners, home designers, and architects has taught us a few things that some of the newcomers to the business may not have had time to figure out. We've learned that providing you with unequalled service, excellent technical assistance (we have experienced design professionals on staff to answer your questions and help guide you through the complex process of creating a new home), reasonably priced customization and modifications, and the best home designs in the world make our already great prices even more of a value to you.

PLANNING YOUR DREAM BATHROOM

The best time to plan a bathroom is before you build it. That sounds obvious, but many people take it for granted that the bathrooms in their new homes will suit their needs. Problems with poorly designed bathrooms typically include lack of storage, poor lighting, and a poor floor plan that results in cramped placement [...]

Add Warmth to Your Home with Hardwood Floors over Radiant Heat

Hardwood floors add beauty, warmth and lasting value to any home. Combine that beauty and durability with the comfort, decorating freedom and the lower cost benefits of radiant heat, and you have a great combination. Add the overall environmental benefits and it is win-win all around. The concept of radiant heating is not new. As [...]

Retro Style Home Plans

Search our Retro House Plans collection Visit any suburban neighborhood that was built in the 1950's or 1960's and the homes you pass by will reflect an optimism and energy of days gone by.  Throughout that post-war era, the American Dream of owning a home was bolstered by the prosperity of our thriving industries and our self [...]

Saltbox Homes

Search our Saltbox House Plans collection As a variation on the Colonial home, the Saltbox style came about as colonists added more living space to their homes.  Simply stated, the Saltbox home is a typical Colonial home with the roof extended down the back side of the home, covering a one-story addition at the rear.  As a [...]

Ranch House Plans

Search our Ranch Home Plans collection Many, who hear the words "one-story home," instinctively think of the "Ranch" home.  A Ranch home is a particular style of one-story home that is simpler in appearance and layout.   Sometimes referred to a "Rambler," the Ranch style home became extremely popular following WWII due to its uncomplicated, cost-effective design. Evolution [...]

Narrow Lot Home Plans

Search our Narrow Lot House Plans collection As homebuilding sites have gotten smaller, Narrow Lot homes have become the design of choice for many.  Sometimes referred to as Zero-Lot Line homes, shotgun house plans, or Patio Homes, Narrow Lot homes are commonly found in new high-density subdivisions, as well as in older communities' in-fill sites.  The majority [...]

Construction Insurance

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse House Plans Company since 1989 You are having your dream house built on a piece of property you own.  You are either hiring a builder or building it on your own by hiring the subcontractors and buying all of the materials.  Do you need to [...]

OSB vs. Plywood

You want to build the highest quality home, right? Of course you do. That's why you're here reading this tip after you buy your home plans. Because quality is also a concern for us, we want to help you make sure that every part of your home is as good as it can be, including [...]

Prepare Your Home (& Self) For Winter

Out with the beach gear and floral prints. In with the sweaters and football posters. As the air turns crisp, there's much to think about. Will it be mittens or gloves? The Giants or the Cowboys? Your home deserves some thought, too. A weekend of preparation can make for a much cozier (and less expensive) [...]

Hillside Home Plans for Sloping Lots

Search our Hillside Home Plans collection Hillside homes are specifically designed to adapt to sloping or rugged building sites.  Whether the terrain slopes from front to back, back to front, or side to side, a Hillside home design often provides buildable solutions for even the most challenging lot.  One common benefit of a Hillside home is [...]

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