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Sep 13 2012

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The Skinny on Narrow Lot House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Narrow Lot House Plan 058H-0066With land becoming scarce and more expensive to purchase and the growing awareness of limiting the impact of homebuilding on the environment, narrow lot house plans are becoming more popular. Over time, home building sites have decreased in size placing a higher demand on narrow lot home plans, allowing them to evolve into what they are today. With today’s designs, there is no need for home owners to sacrifice comfort, special features or livability. Narrow lot house plans deliver all these things and more while keeping the budget in mind. If you are faced with the challenge of building on a narrow strip of property, take a look at the list below outlining the qualities of narrow lot house plans that make them attractive to a broad range of homeowners.

 

  • Designs in our narrow lot home plan collection have a maximum width of 40 feet.
  • What they lack in width, they make up for in depth. Floor plans are long and lean with no limit of depth.
  • Narrow lot house plans are applauded for having a minimal impact on the environment. Their small footprints require less green space while still allowing “a lot of home” to fit on a small lot. This leaves the surrounding land undisturbed. These homes are recognized for being eco-friendly.
  • Floor plans are economically designed to make efficient use of interior space. They make use of every square inch of space offering maximum storage in the form of closets and built-in cabinets and shelving.
  • Often, gathering areas are open to one another with few walls creating a spacious feel.
  • Floor plans incorporate many of today’s most requested features like main floor laundry rooms/closets, kitchen islands, outdoor living spaces, energy-saving elements, deluxe master baths and more.
  • Many narrow lot house plans incorporate a garage.
  • Narrow lot home plans have a linear floor plan.
  • They can be one or more levels and range in sizes from a couple of bedrooms and baths to four or more bedrooms and baths.
  • One-story designs often feature one long hall grouping the living areas at one end of the home and the bedrooms at the other for extra privacy.
  • Two-story designs are ideal for property with limitations allowing an opportunity to add square footage economically in the form of a second floor. These floor plans often position the living areas on the main level and the sleeping areas upstairs for privacy.
  • Narrow lot homes are found in densely populated areas where land is precious and houses are built close together.
  • They are frequently built as replacement homes on in-fill lots in older urban areas.
  • Narrow lot house plans are available with various foundation types and come in a vast array or architectural styles.

 

Honoring the restrictions of a narrow lot, these house plans are sometimes referred to as zero lot line homes. But don’t be fooled. Though they are often smaller in stature than their larger and more sprawling cousins, narrow lot house plans deliver the same comfort, style and features, plus they are environmentally friendly and often deliver more economic construction.

 

Visit our narrow lot house plan collection to view floor plans in a broad range of sizes and architectural styles including beach house plans, craftsman house plans and everything in between.

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Jul 04 2012

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Distinguishing Features of Craftsman House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Craftsman House Plan 001H-0203Rooted in the Arts and Crafts movement, Craftsman house plans have been popular for generations. While they are available in a vast range of sizes and can be one or two levels, these home designs are sought after for their sturdy construction and easy living floor plans. Craftsman house plans appeal to a wide variety of home buyers and display unmistakable characteristics that can be recognized both from the exterior and interior of the home. Below is a list of some of the easily identifiable characteristics you’ll find with Craftsman home plans:

 

Exterior Features

  • Multi-material façade (a combination of  local natural materials such as stone, brick, siding, and cedar shakes)
  • Wide and deep front porch
  • Flared, tapered or square porch columns atop stone pediments/pedestals
  • Low-pitched roof
  • Wide, overhanging eaves
  • Exposed beams, rafters or rafter tails
  • Triangular brackets in the eaves
  • Shed dormers
  • Decorative details
  • Rustic styling
  • Appearance of handcrafted workmanship

 

Interior Features

  • Open floor plan with few hallways
  • Make use of every square inch of living space
  • Built-in shelving, cabinets, and seating
  • Extensive use of dark wood and wood moldings and trim
  • Extensive use of windows
  • Some windows of stained or leaded glass
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Stone fireplace and chimney
  • Use local, natural materials

 

While Craftsman home plans can be as small as a cottage or an impressive luxury home, they all display as least some of the features characteristics mentioned above. They are closely related to Northwestern style designs and bungalows. Browse our collection of Craftsman house plans now.

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Mar 14 2012

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The House Plan Shop’s Affordable House Plan Collection

Affordable House Plan 031H-0140Affordable house plans are designed to satisfy the needs of a broad range of homebuyers. They are available in almost any architectural style from traditional to contemporary. They can be one or two stories or may consist of the main level and a finished basement. A variety of foundations are available with these floor plans as well, making it easy to accommodate various lot requirements. Affordable house plans can offer one or more bedrooms and baths. Depending on the arrangement of the floor plan, they are well suited for starter homes, empty-nesters and vacation homes. The affordable house plan collection presented by The House Plan Shop features homes that typically offer less than 1800 square feet of finished living space.

 

Because affordable house plans are typically small in nature, they generally feature compact and practical floor plans designed to deliver comfortable living without sacrificing functionality. Their space-saver floor plans are carefully created to meet tight budgets while still offering many of today’s most requested, functional features, such as a kitchen snack bar and an attached garage. They make the most use of every inch of living space.  Additionally, since these economical house designs are slight in stature they require less building materials, therefore making them affordable to build.

 

Affordable house plans are closely related to other cost-efficient home plan collections such as narrow lot house plans and bungalows.

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Jan 18 2012

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Things to Know about Small House Plans – The House Plan Shop

House Plan 026H-0012 The small house plans offered by The House Plan Shop are typically less than 1800 square feet in size. They are popular among builders and homeowners for many reasons. Below is a list of some of the reasons why many of our customers opt to build small home plans:

 

  • Usually simple in design
  • Offer a compact, space-saver floor plan that makes the most of every inch of space
  • Floor plan includes practical and efficient features
  • Can be one or two levels, or one level with a finished basement
  • Available in almost any architectural style
  • Designed with style while keeping comfort and affordability in mind
  • Most are budget-friendly and designed to meet tight budgets
  • Floor plans can offer from one to four bedrooms and baths
  • Require less building materials than larger home and are therefore affordable to build
  • Deliver functional living space and include popular features like kitchen islands and main floor laundry rooms
  • Available with a variety of foundation types to accommodate different lot requirements
  • Can be used as a starter home, family home, an empty-nester or retirement home, or a vacation house

 

Because of their compact nature, most small house plans are closely related to cabins and cottages, vacation homes and even narrow lot house plans. Watch for our upcoming blog featuring one of our small home designs.

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Nov 30 2011

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The House Plan Shop Offers a Variety of Multi-Family Home Plans

Multi-Family House Plan 025M-0066When it comes to multi-family dwellings, The House Plan Shop has a broad selection of designs to choose from. Multi-family house plans range in size and can accommodate two or more families depending on the complexity and the arrangement of units composing the design. Our collection of multi-family home plans is composed of the following categories:

 

·         Duplex Plans

·         Townhouse Plans

·         3-4 Unit Plans

·         5+ Unit Plans

 

These multi-family home plans can offer identical units or units with different floor plans. The units can be one or more levels and range in size from simple one bedroom, ne bath designs to three or more bedrooms and baths per unit. Some of the larger designs offering four or more units can be considered apartment plans.

 

If you are in the market for multi-family house plans, take some time to browse our collection. 

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