Jun 07 2014

Recipe: Fried Corn for Your Summer Barbeque – The House Plan Shop

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Fried CornGrilling corn on the cob is a great treat at summer barbeques but might take up too much time and precious grill space, especially if you are hosting a large crowd. Here’s an easy way to deliver a tasty side dish of corn that your guests will surely appreciate.

Fried Corn

1 pound of bacon

1 bell pepper chopped

1 onion chopped

2  16 ounce bags of frozen corn

½ cup sugar optional

In a deep skillet fry the bacon. Remove from skillet, crumble it and set aside. Save some of the bacon grease, and add the pepper and onion to the skillet. Cook until soft and then add the corn. If you prefer to sweeten the pot, add some sugar to the corn along with a little salt and pepper to season it. If you like things hot, use a little cayenne pepper. When the corn is thoroughly heated through, return the crumbled bacon to the skillet, stir and serve.

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May 20 2014

Hurricane Season: How to Prepare – The House Plan Shop

HurricaneHurricane season can last almost a half year (typically June – November), and with hurricane season quickly approaching, you don’t want to be caught off guard. If you live in a coastal area, now is a good time to review your emergency plan and prepare your home and family in case disaster strikes. Review these tips and hints to help you prepare:

  • Create an Emergency Supply Kit – Create your own emergency supply kit. Consider storing these items in a waterproof container: First aid kit, flashlights, blankets, clothing, shoes, water, non-perishable food, radio, prescriptions, toiletries, insect repellant, extra keys, important documents like insurance policies, emergency phone numbers and some cash. Include a phone charger that plugs into the car’s power system for at least one of your cell phones. If you have children, include toys to keep them occupied and of course bring the usual diaper bag contents for infants. Don’t forget leashes and carriers for the pets.
  • Prepare you Auto – Keep your car maintained and the tank full of gas. Know ahead of time the safest route to an emergency shelter and keep in mind alternate routes in case yours becomes blocked.
  • Safety – Safety features in your house should include smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. Consider learning first aid, including CPR. Know when and how to turn off your utilities. Review with your children how to call 911 and other emergency numbers.
  • Have a Plan – Everyone may not be at home when the storm hits, so designate a meeting place and review it with all family members. Also, designate a friend or relative that lives away from the storm’s path, as an emergency contact. Write down all contact information for each family member to carry with them. Practice your plan so that everyone can remain calm and competent when the storm actually hits.
  • Keep Informed – Register for emergency alerts for your cell phone, tablet or computer. Bad weather can take out phone lines and cell towers so be sure to keep a battery powered radio tuned to the appropriate channel/station. Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning. A watch means a hurricane could happen, while a warning means that it will happen. This is when all of your preparation and practice will go into effect.

With these helpful tips and a little planning your and your family will be better prepared should a hurricane make land fall in your area.

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May 07 2014

Featured Southern House Plan Delivers Comfort – The House Plan Shop

Southern House Plan 055H-0010Perfect for large or growing families, this Southern style, two-story house plan delivers plenty of style and comfortable living. Two covered, full-length porches (one on top of the other) give this home striking curb appeal reminiscent of the plantation homes of yesteryear. Sturdy columns and an upper level porch railing add touches of characteristic elegance that cannot be matched. Upon entering, the foyer greets guests and directs traffic to the generously-sized family room just right for conversation and activities with the kids. At the back of the home, the island kitchen and breakfast nook join forces making it easy to serve snacks and quick meals on the go. Additionally, this arrangement is convenient for supervising the kids as they work on homework assignments while dinner is prepared. Don’t miss the walk-in pantry, snack bar and butler’s pantry. For special occasions and holiday meals, the formal dining room is sure to accommodate a crowd. On pleasant days, you’ll enjoy spending time in the backyard or on the patio. A half bath, storage closets and the 3-car, side-entry garage complete the left side of the home. There is plenty of room for everyone upstairs where three bedrooms deliver comfort and rest at the end of the day. Your master bedroom is outfitted with a large walk-in closet and deluxe bath. It also enjoys double door access to the deck. Pay attention to the pocket door connecting your master bedroom to the peaceful study. This space works well as a home office and is conveniently located for those who like to pay bills online or read quietly before bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a compartmented bath, and each enjoys its own private vanity and dressing area. The bonus room reveals a wet bar and makes a nice TV room for the kids. Notice the thoughtful positioning of the laundry room saving steps on wash day. A turned staircase leads to the third level where Bedroom 4 delights in privacy. Outfitted with its own bath and a walk-in closet, this space is perfect for your teenager or it could be reserved for guests. If you’re looking for comfortable family living that’s brimming with charm and comfort, this Southern home plan can’t be missed!

If you’d like to learn more about this featured house plan, click here to view floor plans and additional details.

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Apr 22 2014

Step Back in Time with Colonial House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Colonial House Plan 031H-0088Though Colonial styling originated in Europe in the 1600s, it sprang to life in the 1700s when colonists began settling the land that is now America’s Eastern Seaboard. Colonial houses started as two-story homes with one room on each floor. Today’s designs are far from the originals, but they still showcase some features that were prevalent when colonists first settled the New World. Today’s Colonial home plans are known for the following:

  • Distinct rectangular or square shape
  • Typically designed at two-story homes
  • Featured a strong use of symmetry
  • Front door is centrally located and flanked with windows on either side
  • Doors are accented with flattened columns on each side
  • Stairway is located directly behind the entry/front door
  • Incorporate heavy wooded or wood-paneled doors
  • Offer a pair of chimneys (one on either side/end of the home) or one chimney on one end of the home
  • A hallway/foyer bisects each floor into left and right sides
  • Pitched roofs have a minimal overhang
  • Exterior is finished with clapboard siding (or siding that looks like clapboard)
  • Dormer windows are sometimes included in the second floor
  • Some or all rooms showcase hardwood floors
  • Exterior decoration is kept to a minimum

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Apr 07 2014

Featured Unique House Plan with Cape Cod Charm – The House Plan Shop

Unique House Plan 052H-0096How cute is that?  This house plan, with its Cape Cod style, looks remarkably like a lighthouse. It’s just begging for a lot on the seashore. Two bedrooms and a full bath are snugly tucked away on the lower walk-in level. Just up the stairs locates the busy part of the home, which includes the kitchen, laundry facilities, and dining area plus a half bath. Going up one more level you’ll find a nice open room with access to a balcony that wraps completely around the house. To most, it’s called a living room but with an awesome 360 degree view, maybe it should be called a dream room. With its accompanying full bathroom, a person could spend the entire day up here. What a cozy nest for newlyweds. Or better yet, share it with the family as your very own vacation getaway. Whether it’s located on the beach, lakeside or in the middle of an enchanted forest, this unique home plan with a view can only bring a smile to your face. Oh yes, leaving the lights on is optional.

If you’d like to view more unique house plans like this one or others with similar Cape Cod charm you’ll find plenty to browse in our designated home plan collections.

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