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Jan 27 2010

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10 Tips to Make your Home Office Inspiring and Fun

0035H-0040 Home OfficeWhile being a work-at-home professional can be rewarding, sometimes it can be hard to settle in and start working. Without others around you to share ideas, it may be difficult at times to come up with fresh thoughts and notions. And face it, some days we all lack motivation. So, what can you do to ensure you are always productive while working at home? Create an office that you love – one that promotes positive thinking, ingenuity, productivity and a little fun. The tips below will help your decorate and arrange your office in a way that you will feel motivated, creative and fruitful.


·         Create a short list of professional goals (two or three) and review it often. Remind yourself often that you WANT to achieve these goals. Keep it in your desk or hang it on the wall where you can see it.

·         Surround your desk with things that inspire you from a favorite quote to a recent project that was a huge success.

·         Bring the room to life by adding a potted plant or vase of flowers to the room.

·         Open the curtains and let the sunshine fill the room.

·         Invest in various organizational bins, baskets and tubs and make a point to keep your files, supplies and other items organized.

·         Add a personal touch. Place a framed family photo on your desk or add an object that was given to you by someone special such as a pretty vase or a handmade pillow.

·         Simulate your senses with rich color and texture. Use colored file folders instead of the typical manila folders. Include a few wicker baskets and wooden crates instead of using all the typical plastic storage bins and tubs. Consider a wooden desk and a comfortable chair covered in your favorite color fabric.

·         Include something with sparkle or shine such as hanging a mirror on the wall or using chrome drawer pulls on your desk.

·         Have fun with a funky patterned lamp shade or area rug.

·         Keep the tools and supplies you use the most close at hand. If you are a writer, keep the thesaurus you grandmother gave you on your desk. If you are an artist keep a sketch book and your favorite pencil nearby.


Remember this is your office. It must suit your needs and stimulate productivity delivering positive results at the end of the day.

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Jan 20 2010

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The House Plan Shop Announces Bungalow House Plans

023H-0089 Bungalow House PlanTake a look at The House Plan Shop’s new Bungalow House Plan collection! New this winter, The House Plan Shop is showcasing bungalow home plans representing the work of several North American residential designers. These small home designs are simple, informal and practical delivering a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle. Most bungalow homes in this collection display strong Craftsman influences, but you’ll also find narrow lot bungalows and beach bungalows. In most cases, these designs offer less than 2000 square feet of living space.  If you are looking for an efficient floor plan that is big on function and well suited for everyday living, these bungalow house plans are worth taking a look.

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Jan 13 2010

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Unique Carriage House Plan with Versatile 5-Car Garage

035G-0009, Carriage House PlanIf you are looking for a unique carriage house plan with Victorian charm, this is the one for you. Begin with its elegant styling and ornate details boasting stunning street appeal. Handsome porch columns and shuttered windows are just a few of the details dressing up this carriage house plan. The Victorian architecture is quite uncommon for a detached garage, but extraordinary nonetheless. Another interesting feature about this garage design is its 5-car garage offering 1215 square feet of usable parking space. Two tandem bays paired with a single-car bay makes this one a stand-out floor plan among all the rest. Though an unusual arrangement, the garage easily handles five family vehicles or a pair of oversized vehicles and a smaller one. Furthermore, the tandem bays are deep enough to accommodate boat storage and you may wish to convert the single bay to a workshop or storage space. Beyond the covered front porch, interior stairs ascend to the upper level where you’ll discover more unusual features. Natural light spills through two bayed windows filling the game/living room with cheerful sunshine. A fireplace adds a cozy touch. With the step-saver kitchen overlooking the gathering space, this area easily becomes an entertainment space for friends and family where you can serve snacks and drinks. Or, it becomes an efficiency apartment just right for guests, the in-laws, your college student or even rental property. A bedroom and full bath compete the living quarters. You will appreciate the attic storage, ideal for holiday and seasonal items. Fashioned with function, flexibility and style, you will love having this unique carriage house plan situated in your backyard behind your Victorian style home.

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Jan 06 2010

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Introducing Mountain House Plans at The House Plan Shop

Mountain House Plan 053H-0011The House Plan Shop has added a new home plan collection to their website – Mountain House Plans. This new home plan collection showcases the work of many leading residential designers and architects throughout North America delivering a great selection of floor plans to choose from. All of the designs in this collection are well-suited for rugged or mountainous terrain or sloping and hillside lots. Furthermore, many include a fabulous array of windows promoting the enjoyment of scenic and panoramic vistas. Whether you’re looking for a mountain cabin or a weekend getaway or a luxurious Craftsman home designed for year-round living, you’ll find it in the Mountain House Plans collection. We invite you to browse these cozy and inviting home plans.

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