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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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