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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.

Successful Staging

Spruce Up and Clean Out to Turn On Prospective Home Buyers  Selling your existing home?  With prospective buyers walking through every room, peering inside your closets and cupboards, you'll want to make the best impressions possible.   Interior design professional Adrienne van Dooren offers several practical, do-able tips that will help you stage your humble abode [...]

Coastal House Plans

Search our Coastal Home Plans collection Nothing says "kick back and relax" like an elevated oceanfront view from a Coastal Home.  The design element that is most characteristic of this style is the pier & pile foundation, which ensures that these homes stay put during hurricane season.  Often referred to as Seaside Homes, Beach Homes, Pier & [...]

Cape Cod House Plans

Search our Cape Cod House Plans collection The scent of salty sea air.  The sight of seagulls teetering on the wind.  The sound of an unseen fog horn somewhere "out there."  These are the things that most often come to mind when we think of Cape Cod style homes.  Classic design elements that most commonly define these [...]

Cabin Plans

Search our Cabin Home Plans collection It's surprising how many people dream of one day having "a small cabin in the woods."  For many, a Cabin would seem to be the ultimate setting for peaceful living, whether as a primary residence or vacation home.  Although the Cabin's rustic nature is reminiscent of simpler times, today's Cabin is certainly [...]

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 [...]

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