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European Home Plans

Search our online European Style Homes Plans collection European style homes do not usually mirror a specific architectural style from a specific European country.  Rather, these homes generally embody a blend of architectural "flavors" that cast an overall look and feel that says "European."  The appearance of these homes can range from quaint and cottage-like, to [...]

Stock House Plans – The Good, the Bad…and the Unknown

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989 You have looked through lots of plans magazines or you have spent hours sitting at your computer looking at plans services' websites and there it is; bingo....a rendering or photograph of that dream house you have always wanted.  Even the floor plan [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Free Home Plan Books

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company For those of you who don't already know - we're currently providing many of our home plan books for free. (All you pay for is shipping) This is definitely something that's worth your time to check out. As popular as online home plans are (familyhomeplans.com in particular) [...]

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