Archive for February, 2013

Feb 19 2013

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Multi-Family House Plans for the Spring Building Season – The House Plan Shop

Multi-Family House Plan 052M-0001The spring building season is almost upon us. It is a popular time for building multi-family house plans, like duplexes, townhouses and apartment plans. For property owners wanting to earn income, a multi-family home plan works well for rental property. These building structures feature two or more distinct living areas separated by walls or floors. They offer the same appeal as single-family homes, and in most cases, multi-family house plans are designed and built for their economic construction. The House Plan Shop offers a broad range of multi-family homes designs including:

 

  • Duplex House Plans
  • 3-4 Unit Multi-Family House Plans
  • Townhouse Plans – Upscale multi-family plans consisting of two or more units designed with special features and extra sophistication not usually found with typical multi-family plans.  
  • Apartment Plans (5+ units)

 

Multi-family house plans are often built in densely populated areas providing the maximum number of living units while making the most of the available property. Also, duplexes and apartment buildings are quite popular in small college towns and near large universities where a significant number of students are from out of town and need temporary housing or rental property until they complete their coursework. If you’re interested in building a multi-family house plan this spring, take some time to browse all of our plan collections. There’s no better time than springtime to build a multi-family plan!    

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Feb 12 2013

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Choosing Lighting for Your Garage – The House Plan Shop

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When it comes to choosing the best lighting for your garage it all comes down to your personal preferences and how you plan to use your garage. Whether you’re building a new house with an attached or detached garage or just upgrading the one you have, your choice of lighting will influence how usable your will be and how much time you’ll spend working in it. These three easy steps will help you select the right lighting for your garage.

  1. Consider how you plan to use your garage. Will you only be parking the family cars inside? Do you need a workshop or hobby area? Will the garage be sued for storage? Will you be parking the cars inside and storing the riding mower, the recycling bins and an ATV?
  2. Select general purpose lighting to illuminate all sections and the corners of your garage. Fluorescent light fixtures are a popular choice. They provide more than adequate general lighting and fairly common for use as general purpose lighting. Furthermore, they can be equally spaced across the span of your garage for the best illumination. If you have questions, about fluorescent lighting, check with your electrician and/or lighting professional.
  3. Consider the layout of your garage or workshop and create individual work stations or storage spaces within it. Choose task lighting for each specific purpose or designated space. Consider positioning an overhead light above a craft table. Select incandescent lighting options for closets and other small storage spaces. If you plan to have a workbench, choose track lighting or a fixture that fits neatly under an overhead cabinet to light up the work surface. Finally, purchase a drop light or trouble to illuminate dark and obscure spaces, such as under the hood of a car. A drop light is portable and can be use for all kinds of purposes within your garage and home.

After you’ve selected the lighting fixtures you need, hire a licensed electrician to install them according to local building and electrical codes.

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