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Jul 16 2010

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House Plans Designed for Swimming Pools

043H-0173 House Plan with Swimming PoolAre you considering building a house? Are you shopping for house plans? If your family enjoys the water, sunbathing and exciting pool parties with friends and family, consider a house plan designed to make the most of a backyard swimming pool. Home plan websites such as The House Plan Shop, offer a variety of floor plans designed for maximum enjoyment of a pool. Below are a few points to consider about home floor plans fashioned with a pool in mind.

 

  • House plans designed for a pool are often oriented with poolside views from the main level and the upper level. Larger windows or extra windows are positioned for the view. There is nothing like gazing out of the bedroom or breakfast room window first thing in the morning and seeing that sparkling blue water. Others enjoy the pool’s tranquil look at the end of a long day. The pool’s soothing calmness promotes relaxation no matter when you catch a glance of it from inside the house.
  • Floor plans for poolside living commonly include features and elements designed to promote outdoor living and entertaining. Some home plans showcase extensive covered patios, open patios, lanais and terraces all leading up to the water’s edge. There is plenty of room for everyone to gather outdoors and enjoy a pool party and summertime barbecue. If you prefer to draw the outdoors in, consider pool house plans that incorporate glass sliders or folding glass doors that open the living areas of the home to the patio and pool. Summer kitchens are another feature frequently found with house plans designed for a pool. They are great for grilling and dining alfresco beside the water while delivering you and your guests a refreshing atmosphere in which to dine. Look for floor plans that offer pool houses or a cabana. They provide a place for guests to change clothes without tracking wet footprints throughout your home. Likewise house plans that include an interior bathroom with outdoor access to the pool or a separate bath positioned near the pool allow convenient restroom access while keeping your guests close to the pool instead of in your home. Pools require lots of “stuff” like chemicals, water toys, various floats, tools and a cover to keep the pool clean. Some house plans include a small utilitarian structure, like a shed, for pool storage keeping everything in a safe place and out of a child’s reach when not in use.
  • If you’re looking for a healthier lifestyle, house plans designed for pools will encourage both exercise and relaxation for the whole family. If you have house plan designed for a pool, your family will be more likely to use the pool, have fun and get a fair amount of exercise because the pool is so convenient. If you have to drive to a neighborhood pool, you might be less likely to use it on a regular basis. With a house plan designed for a backyard pool, you’ll be able to swim whenever you desire even if it is just for a few minutes each day. And what better way to relax after a long day at work than to jump in the pool for a refreshing swim, float on a raft in the sun or enjoy a little family time with the kids?

 

If these ideas sound appealing to you, take some time to browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of top selling house plans to find a floor plan designed for a backyard pool.

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Jul 08 2010

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House Plans: Importance and Why you Need Them

040H-0076 Floor PlanSometimes when homeowners decide to build a new house, they question the importance of buying house plans. Some may think it is an unnecessary expense in the building process and may try to work from the basic floor plans shown in home plan books and on house plan websites instead. However, the truth of the matter is pre-drawn house plans are a vital part of the home construction process. It is important and necessary to purchase blueprints before construction begins. Below is a list of reasons why a new homeowner should purchase pre-drawn house plans when building a new home.

 

·         Buying blueprints gives the homeowner permission from the designer to build the designer’s original, copyrighted plan without breaking any copyright laws. It grants the homeowner legal permission to build the home.

·         A set of home plans is the most complete resource you and the builder will have for the entire house building project.

·         House plans outline the design you are building before construction begins providing an overall concept of the entire building project.

·         The blueprints will clearly illustrate what the homeowner expects the finished house to look like when construction is complete.

·         Blueprints are a useful tool in preparing your site or lot, planning the interior space, creating a building schedule with the builder and setting a budget.

·         House plans outline the home’s complete structure from the foundation and wall framing to the roof framing and interior layout.

·         Home plan blueprints map boundaries for every room, indicate the square footage of the home and depict major elements on the floor plan such as bathtubs, sinks, the kitchen island and stairs to the upper or lower level.

·         Blueprints depict changes in elevations. For instance, within the home they will show a staircase to the second floor. The exterior elevations depict how the home will sit on the lot in relation to the grade of the land such as a home with a walkout basement or drive-under garage.

·         Floor plans provide a “map” and call attention to consideration for any special elements such as a garage, patio, deck, or interior features like a fireplace or built-in media center.

·         Special features that require additional work such as a stone fireplace or an intricate handrail will be contained in the blueprint.

·         Because stock house plan designers create house floor plans with many of today’s most requested features in mind, they are a smart and less expensive alternative to drawing a home plan from scratch. These plans provide most of the features you are looking for at a fraction of the cost.

·         Various pre-drawn blueprint packages (CAD files and reproducible masters) come with a copyright release allowing the homeowner to work with a professional designer to make changes/customize to the original copyrighted plan, further accommodating specific needs.

 

If you are considering building a new home, take some time to review the importance of purchasing house plans. For further information about buying house plans and blueprints, take some time to review all the helpful information in The House Plan Shop’s resource section.

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Jun 29 2010

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What you Should Know about A-Frame House Plans

022H-0013 A-Frame House PlanAre you considering building an A-Frame house plan? If so, take a little time to learn about these special home plans. For many, A-Frame house plans are most notably recognized for their steeply sloped roofs resembling an “A” shape. This strategic design feature is especially prevalent in colder climates because it helps the snow fall to the ground. May A-Frames sport a rustic exterior allowing them to blend well on a wooded lot or a long a lakeshore. Inside, A-Frame floor plans often incorporate vaulted ceilings and tall windows which promote the enjoyment of panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape. In many cases, the vaulted ceiling creates an upper level living space such as a loft that can be use for a variety of things including an office, sleeping space for guests or a quiet reading area. Other design features typical of A-Frame house plans include an inviting central living areas, gable ended roofs and large, uncovered decks and wrap-around porches. A-Frame home plans are closely related to chalets and are well suited for many types of terrain making them ideal for use as mountain houses and coastal homes. They also work well on sloping and hillside lots. Furthermore, A-Frame home plans share some commonalities with various vacation house plans, contemporary homes and waterfront designs. They are available in many sizes ranging from a simple one-bedroom weekend retreat to larger floor plans designed for permanent residences. Some A-Frame house plans are even built for rental property in resort areas. No matter why or where you plan to build an A-Frame home, you’ll be pleased to know these special house plans always deliver relaxed living.

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Jun 03 2010

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Choosing Contemporary or Modern House Plans

052H-0065 Contemporay House PlanIf you are interested in building with contemporary house plans or modern house plans, it is important to be familiar with what these home plans offer. Modern and contemporary designs divert from the traditional and familiar home plan styles prominent along most of today’s roads and streets. They offer unique and unusual designs greatly contrasting the “cookie cutter” houses in many North American neighborhoods. Before you can choose the right contemporary house plan to suit your needs and tastes, it is important to understand modern house designs. Most of these trendy floor plans include some if not all of the following elements.

 

Modern or contemporary House Plans:

·         Incorporate an extensive use of modern (industrial) materials such as steel, wood, glass, concrete and large windows

·         Based on modern architecture and construction trends

·         Include innovative and unique features and technology

·         Incorporate interesting and unexpected angles and rooflines

·         Offer plenty of natural lighting

·         Feature open and flexible floor plans

·         Display little detailing and ornamentation

·         Have little or no roots in the past

 

Modern and contemporary house plans are widely available through various home plan websites and companies such as The House Plan Shop. At www.thehouseplanshop.com potential modern house plan buyers can shop for the home size and features they need using the advanced search tool. Entering preferred criteria such as foundation type, square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, and special features like split bedrooms or a covered porch make it easy to narrow your search for a modern or contemporary house plan that will accommodate your needs and desires. If you are planning to build a modern home, take some time to browse The House Plan Shop’s collection of contemporary house plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 19 2010

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4 Tips for Choosing a House Plan

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031H-0131 2-Story Home PlanThe experts at The House Plan Shop understand choosing a house plan can be both exciting and challenging. For many, it is the first time they actually get to plan and decide everything about their home from what it looks like to the rooms and special features inside. However, with so many stock home plans available it may be a bit overwhelming or challenging to narrow down your choices to the right floor plan. The following tips will help you settle on the right home design.

 

Determine your home building budget.

Take some time to determine your budget. Seeking home loan approval before you begin will help you stay within your means throughout the construction process and into the future. Research multiple lenders to find out who can offer the best deal. Determine “how much house” you can afford. Consider what you can afford to pay for your monthly house payment. Even though you may qualify for a loan of a large amount, it doesn’t mean that you can necessarily afford it. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake of getting in over your head with a house payment you can’t afford. Also, consider how much home owner’s insurance costs annually. How much will taxes cost you each year? These points will help you determine your budget and figure out exactly what is realistic in terms of your income. Your budget will influence the size of your home and the elements and features you choose to finish your home. It will also determine your house payment for years to come.

 

Consider what features you NEED and what features you WANT.

 Make a list with your family of the room, spaces, special features and functional elements you’d like to have in your home. List all the things you have always wanted and include necessities too. If you NEED 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, write it on your list. If you need a separate office instead of a computer station in the family room, write it on the list. Next, separate your list into NEEDS and WANTS. This will help you incorporate all the elements necessary for family living. If there is additional money in the budget, then you can select items from your WANT list. Keep an open mind and be flexible. Maybe you WANT a kitchen island and snack bar with seating for five, but you only NEED seating for three. If you are getting tight on your budget, you might have to scale back and settle for what you need (a smaller snack bar) instead of what you WANT. If you have too many items on your lists, you can prioritize them and cut back latter. Be sure to be specific when listing your needs and wants. It will save you time later.

 

Meet with your builder.

Consulting with your builder is a very important step in selecting the right house plan. Often this professional has been in the home building business for years and has valuable insight when it comes to choosing house plans. Discuss your list of NEEDS and WANTS with your building professional. He or she will be able to help you narrow down your choices to the available floor plans that best fit your criteria.

 

Educate yourself about geographic factors.

When looking at various house plans and floor plans, it is important to keep in mind the specific factors of your geographic region. When building along a beach or shoreline, homes must be built on piers to accommodate potential rising tides, so considering a floor plan that is designed with a basement foundation is not going to work for your lot. Likewise, it is important to keep in mind the style of your home. If you are building in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, a Mediterranean style home might not be the best choice. It is important that you consider the style of the region. Should you ever want to sell your house, you need to make sure that it is similar to other homes on the market in your area. Taking time to research geographic factors of your region will help you eliminate house plans that are not suited for your area. 

 

Keeping these tips in mind as you browse through the broad selection of house plan available at The House Plan Shop will help you select a floor plan that is sure to satisfy your needs.

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