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Nov 20 2017

Preparing Your Home for Winter – The House Plan Shop

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Snow ShovelFirst thing to do?  Why make a list, of course. Psychologists have determined that making a list relieves stress as it allows one to focus on the tasks at hand. A list will allow you to prioritize and delegate responsibilities. Plus, it just feels good when you get to check off completed items. Here are some things to consider for your list.


Cover or Store – Protect your outdoor accessories and equipment like lawn furniture, grill, pool, hoses, air conditioner, lawn equipment, bicycles and toys. Don’t forget to turn the water off to outside spigots. Remove window fans and lower the storm windows.


Clean or Fix – Check out window caulking, gutters, downspouts, and chimney. Make sure your heating system is in order and reprogram thermostats and dusk to dawn lights if necessary.  Service the snow blower and emergency generator.


Collect or Purchase – Locate or replace snow shovels, ice scrapers, ice melt, hats, boots, and gloves. Stock up on emergency supplies like flashlights and batteries, candles, blankets and remember wood for the fireplace.


Once you have completed your checklist, snuggle in and enjoy the holidays or a long winter’s nap or you can begin to ponder and organize a list to get ready for spring.


Have a safe and happy holiday season with these helpful tips.

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Oct 30 2017

Coastal or Rustic? Vacation House Plans

While many enjoy vacationing at the beach, others prefer a relaxing stay in the mountains or near a lake. Still others, enjoy spending their vacation in a quaint little town or the quiet country side. No matter where you like to vacation, we have a house plan that will fit your desired setting. Our vacation house plans are available in a variety of styles and are typically no larger than 1500 square feet. The floor plans offer the comforts of home in compact and efficient fashion allowing you to enjoy your vacation rather than spending your free time taking care of home maintenance. Below are two vacation house plans that will get your started on your search for the perfect vacation house plan that will fit your lifestyle and preferences.


Vacation House Plan 052H-0105052H-0105: Who wouldn’t enjoy home away from home when it includes the ocean? This beach house plan is built on pilings and has much to offer from stowing beach gear underneath to stepping out onto the top floor watch deck to check the weather or enjoy the sunset. A covered back porch provides room to sit and enjoy the sound of the waves while the kids build sand castles. Meals are easily prepared in an efficient kitchen and enjoyed at the island snack bar.   Two bedrooms, one a master suite on the top floor, two full baths, a laundry room, closets and walk-in pantry round out the plan to make your vacation comfortable and relaxing.


Vacation House Plan 062G-0089062H-0089: Vacation house plans can deliver more than just the comforts of home. Take a look at this cabin and how well this plan works on a sloping lot. It is ideal for a mountain side, or lakefront property. The floor plan delivers all the amenities that one needs to enjoy their vacation like a kitchen, full bath, bedroom, family room, and breakfast nook. An optional basement plan expands the living space to include another bedroom and bath plus a den with wet bar. The aesthetics of this comfortable cabin can’t be overlooked. Check out the family room with its spacious vaulted ceiling and wall of beautiful windows sharing the landscape with its occupants. Cleverly designed to create a covered patio below, the wrap-around deck provides an even closer opportunity to enjoy nature’s contributions.


If you’re looking for a rustic vacation home, a coastal design or something in between, our collection of vacation house plans will have something to please you.

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Oct 05 2017

Superb Mediterranean and Sunbelt House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Do you like Florida-style house plans? Consider a Mediterranean house plan or a Sunbelt Home plan. These thoughtfully designed house plans offer all the features you love like open floor plans, tall ceilings, decorative details, and practical elements like a kitchen snack bar and a large, master walk-in closet. The three plans below are just a sampling of the Mediterranean and Sunbelt house plans we offer. Take some time to review these plans or continue your search by viewing our entire collection of Mediterranean house plans or Sunbelt home plans.


Mediterranean House Plan 027H-0379027H-0379: The multi-material exterior intensifies the fresh, up-to-date design of this Mediterranean house plan. Its open floor plan provides the convenience of everyday living, all on one level. Enjoy meals in the dining room, breakfast nook or at the kitchen island snack bar. Gather around the living room fireplace or catch the game on the television in the family room. Delight in the outdoors on the comfortable screen porch. Mom and Dad are taken care of in the master bedroom featuring two walk-in closets and a master bath with separate tub and shower, twin sinks, and a compartmented toilet. On the other side of the house, the children’s rooms share a Jack and Jill bath with two sinks. A two-car garage protects the family vehicles with space for the lawnmower and lawn tools.


Mediterranean House Plan 037H-0137037H-0137: Imagine coming home to this incredible dwelling with its hint of tropical living, and its definite abundance of amenities. Pulling into the motor court there is a choice of a garage on each side. Inside you will find an open floor plan with a plush living space full of interesting angles all around, and special ceiling treatments above. The sumptuous master suite contains the mother of all walk-in closets with a tremendous capacity to hold an extensive wardrobe. Two secondary bedrooms both have full baths, one of which doubles as the pool bath. Even with its lavish display of interior space, the focus turns to the outside. Enter the covered lanai through double doors from three different vantage points and enjoy. An outside kitchen provides sustenance for family and guests as they delight in their open-air freedom.


Sunbelt House Plan 070H-0009070H-0009: Though small in stature, this Sunbelt house plan begins with a most intriguing covered front porch whose front door is at a jaunty angle next to a bay window. Enter the foyer and notice the room to the left. It can be utilized either as a bedroom or a study/home office depending on your needs. Pass another bedroom on the right and proceed directly to the combined dining and living areas. This open floor plan offers all the necessary living spaces in a most direct and efficient way. Rounding out the plan is a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a laundry room, and a two-car garage. But wait, there’s more. A covered lanai presents a most comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors. Carefully designed home has lots to offer while fitting a narrow lot.

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Aug 31 2017

Looking for a Family-Friendly House Plan? Try These Designs

If you are looking for a house plan to accommodate your family, sometimes it is hard to find the right mix of bedrooms, bathrooms, gathering spaces, quiet spaces and outdoor living areas. Additionally, convenient elements like a kitchen island, plenty of closet space, a large garage, and an easy-to-access laundry room are a must. There are other things to consider as well, like the number of levels and foundation type. Below are three family-friendly house plans that will get you started on your search for the right design and floor plan that will accommodate your family and lifestyle.


House Plans 050H-0135050H-0135: The great room located centrally on the main level of this open house plan, functions as a gathering place for every day family activities.  With its cathedral ceiling, a feeling of spaciousness is prevalent throughout the room.  Situated on one end is the kitchen.  It has a long roomy counter that is great for little ones to pull up a chair while mom and dad prepare a meal.  The close proximity of the kitchen and walk-in pantry to the 3-car garage, makes for convenient and efficient transfer of groceries from trunk to storage.  Busy families will appreciate that flow as with the laundry.  Washer and dryer are just steps from the master bedroom’s walk-in closets and likewise from the stairs to the children’s bedrooms on the second floor.  Families can break bread together in the dining room as they discuss their day.   A covered back porch and a screen porch offer protected enjoyment of the outdoors.  When day is done, children are tucked into their beds on the second floor, close enough to look in on, but far enough away for parents to enjoy their privacy in the main level master bedroom.


House Plan 001H-0101001H-0101: This attractive country house plan features a multi-material façade and would look great on any block, especially if it’s yours. It is a dandy fit for a family. Each of the children’s bedrooms has its own full bath so there’s no waiting and no bickering. Mom and Dad each have their own walk-in closet, their own vanity in the master bath, and their choice of separate shower or bath. There is sitting space in the master bedroom, the perfect getaway from the rest of the household when need be. Between the children’s rooms is a media room, a great place for using the computer for homework or games. A spacious great room with a vaulted ceiling readily accommodates daily family activities. With its handy food prep island, the kitchen is designed for efficient completion of meals and their delivery to the raised snack bar or dining room. Utilize the patio in back or the covered porch for outdoor gatherings. Every family needs lots of storage spaces and you will find them here. There is a small flex room that is probably large enough to house your hobby supplies or store the holiday decorations. A bonus room over the garage provides more storage or looks toward the future as your family grows.


House Plan 007H-0060007H-0060: Begin with the covered front porch of this family-friendly Southern house plan. It provides plenty to welcome guests and delivers unobstructed views. Perfect for pulling up a chair and visiting with a neighbor while waiting for the school bus to drop off the kids. An open floor plan accommodates family activities and a formal living room makes entertaining company special. Interior details such as the master bedroom tray ceiling, columns at the entry, a family room fireplace and the kitchen snack bar make everyday living extraordinary. For outdoor activities, the open patio is a great space for grilling and the screen porch provides outdoor dining while protecting you from pests. Each of the bedrooms boasts its own full bath and walk-in closet. Mom and Dad enjoy their privacy on the opposite side of the home. The three-car garage offers protection for the family vehicles and lawn equipment. Above it is a bonus room for extending your living space as the family grows.


Use our advanced search to look for more family-friendly house plans that will satisfy your family’s needs.

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Jul 27 2017

Five Stunning Mountain House Plans

Mountain house plans deliver comfortable living spaces and panoramic views. They are designed for hillsides, sloping lots, and mountainous terrain. Take some time to review six of our featured mountain house plans below.

Mountain House Plan 053H-0002053H-0002 –  If you don’t have a mountain to build this beautiful house plan, just about any sloping lot will do. Gorgeous inside and out, this plan will even please flatlanders. The floor plan boasts spacious volume ceilings, two fireplaces (one outdoors), stately columns and other decorative details. The main level enjoys an open floor plan featuring an island kitchen, great room with fireplace, breakfast nook and formal dining room. A “fit for the king of the hill” master bedroom presents a luxurious bath and two walk-in closets. The optional lower level is a walkout basement offering a wet bar to serve the rec room, media room, and office. Two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath. Enjoy the outdoors with views from the many windows, plus a deck and screen porch.


Mountain House Plan 072H-0206072H-0206Naturally, homeowners are interested in the creature comforts provided by this vacation-style mountain house plan. There are three bedrooms, a full bath, a kitchen with snack bar, laundry closet, a great room with fireplace, and a gorgeous deck.  But one must concentrate on the beautiful views that this open floor plan provides. Look at that fabulous wall of windows!  Whether you are on the first floor or second floor or outside looking in, the wall of windows is the focus of this design. Just image viewing the sunset or watching the wildlife outside your home. Long after you vacation is over, you’ll still be contemplating all that you saw through the sparking widows of this mountain house plan.


Mountain House Plan 012H-0134 012H-0134Comfort and convenience are wrapped in the solid, attractive exterior of this mountain house plan. And open floor plan boasts a living room that is open to the second story above. Enjoy warming up by the fireplace on chilly evenings. Your master bedroom is located on the second floor, and it has its very own balcony for stargazing. Keep your overnight guests comfortable and happy with a guest room on the second floor. Entertain outdoors with a first-floor deck that cleverly provides shelter for the porch below. Plenty of storage space and a two-car garage complete this home plan.


Mountain House Plan 066H-0024066H-0024This picturesque plan is pleasing inside and out. Notice the fabulous wrap-around deck, perfect for outdoor entertaining with your choice of panoramic views. Special volume ceiling treatments will have you looking up while an array of windows will have you looking out.  Two second floor bedrooms enjoy their own baths and a measure of privacy. Read quietly in the study or play pool in the rec room. You can equip your own gym in the finished basement and start each day with a morning workout. Cozy up to the fireplace in the master bedroom or soak in corner tub. Both are perfect ways to wind down your day. This plan is so beautiful and full of exciting opportunities for enjoying life with your family, you’ll never want to leave home!


Mountain House Plan 027H-0350027H-0350Two stories plus a finished lower level offer comfortable living and sleeping spaces in this ski chalet. Sweet and inviting from the outside, this plan does not disappoint on the inside. The floor plan places the master bedroom on the main level, with two secondary bedrooms upstairs accessed by loft balcony overlooking the great room. On the lower level you will find two more bedrooms plus a family room for gathering and socializing. Snack at the kitchen snack bar or eat a meal in the dining area. Check the weather out on the main-floor deck and warm up at the wood stove. This is a perfect place to come home to and kick back, after a day on the slopes.

For more mountain house plans like these, please view our entire collection of designs.

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