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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.

FROM MUNDANE TO MAGICAL

Add a Twist of Something Special to Your New Back Yard With about a million things to think about, it's understandable that if you're planning to build a new home, you may not have spent much time thinking beyond the home itself.  The yard - especially the back yard - has likely settled toward the [...]

Top 3 Reasons for Building Green – ED BEGLEY, JR.

By Adrienne van Dooren Will traditionally built homes soon join the ranks of the 8-track tape, knob and tube wiring and the manual typewriter? Ed Begley, Jr., environmentalist and star of HGTV's hit show Living with Ed, believes that may indeed come to pass. I interviewed Ed during the Earth Day celebrations in Washington D.C. [...]

Earth Sheltered or Earth Berm House Plans

Search our Earth Sheltered House Plans collection Earth Sheltered homes are certainly nothing new.  People have been using the earth to provide shelter since...well...remember the caveman?  Today's Earth Berm or underground home is anything but a cave, but it is usually found nestled into the side of a hill or large berm of earth.  The environmental movement [...]

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. [...]

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