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The Process of Building a Custom Home: How to Get Started

Click here to see the floor plans and specifications for House Plan 51939. Building a custom home can take some extra thought and effort when compared to purchasing an existing home, but there's really no comparison to the amount of freedom and flexibility that this option affords you. Benefits include taking full advantage of the [...]

Landscaping Tips to Complete Your New Home

It has finally come true. That perfect home for your family is a reality after months of dreaming and scheming, looking at pictures and poring over floor plans. You chose the ideal plan, picked the colors, materials, fabrics and furnishings. What About the Yard? The first impression neighbors and visitors will have won’t be the [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Contributing Writers, Landscaping|0 Comments

How to Design a Home Gym

A home gym offers affordability, convenience, flexibility, and reassurance to many consumers. Working out at a typical gym can pose unique struggles for many people. Exercising around others in crowded gyms can be intimidating, frustrating and expensive, especially if one is inexperienced or new to the gym. Finding the time to leave home and family [...]

How To Deter Burglars From Your Home

Count slowly to 15. By the time you get there, a burglary will have taken place. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the utmost authority on crime, a burglary occurs somewhere in America every 15 seconds. What’s more, the FBI reports that between 2001 and 2010, burglaries increased by 2 percent in 2010 [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|Contributing Writers, Home Safety|0 Comments

Digital Home Assistants Get Things Done

In the early 2000s, the term “PDA” lost some of its romantic connotations and began to stand for “Personal Digital Assistant” - intelligent machine software that, for the first time, combined the power of a computer with the handheld convenience of a day planner and organizer. Today, however, our digital helpers are able to do [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Contributing Writers, Technology|0 Comments

Top Tips for Home Planning With a Growing Family

For first-time buyers, the prospect of planning and building a family home is one of the most exciting and daunting things they have ever done. Many of these buyers are young couples who are just beginning their lives together and who may be thinking about adding to their family in the near future. Forward thinking [...]

By |April 1st, 2016|Contributing Writers, Home Improvement|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