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!

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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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Mar 25 2014

National Walk to Work Day: Pedestrian Safety Tips – The House Plan Shop

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National Walk to Work DayWhether it’s jogging, walking the dog, or running to catch a bus, all of us join the ranks, sooner or later, of the most vulnerable users of the road. Thousands of pedestrians are injured or die every year along our roadways. As we look forward to National Walk to Work day on April 4, 2014, review these reminders of how to keep yourself safe on the road.

1. Use the Crosswalk – Of course everyone remembers the rule about not crossing in the middle of the block, we just need to remember to follow it. When crossing at busy intersections don’t assume drivers will yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

2. Increase Visibility – During the day wear light or bright colors. Add reflective clothing at night and carry a flashlight to help you see and to be seen by motorists.

3. Use Sidewalks – Take the sidewalk whenever one is available. If a sidewalk is unavailable and you must walk in the street, walk on the side facing the oncoming traffic.

4. Be Aware – Avoid the distractions of using electronic devices. Keep headphone volume low enough to still be able to hear what’s going on around you. If you have a particularly distracting phone call or text, stop a moment in a safe place to attend to it.

5. Walk Defensively – It’s no different than what you do when driving. Keep an eye out for cars displaying erratic behavior or speeding. If the driver is too preoccupied to control his vehicle, he is not watching out for you.

6. Don’t Drink and Walk – Okay that may sound like a joke or a cliché, but seriously, a third of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents are legally drunk. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. Well, you know the drill, just don’t do it.

So if you choose to walk to work on April 4th or any other time you opt to walk instead of drive or take the bus, remember to follow these pedestrian safety tips.

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Mar 10 2014

Springtime Lawn Mowing Hints – The House Plan Shop

LawnmowerTaking proper care of your lawn in the spring, will give you a jump start to maintaining a healthy lawn all summer. If you polish your mowing techniques early, they will carry you through the growing season like a major league pro. These tips will help you get started:

1. Rake – Remove all of the dead weeds and grass, sticks, litter, and leaves.

2. Sharpen Blade – Keep your lawnmower blade sharp. A dull blade tears and bruises the grass, therefore weakening it.

3. Proper Height – Generally, a lawn should be mowed by cutting off 1/3 of the blade. This may mean making two passes if the grass is especially long. Cutting a lawn too short allows accelerated weed growth and scalping causes uneven growth and bare spots.

4. Direction – Mix it up by cutting the grass in a different direction each time. This helps to prevent the grass blades from leaning in one direction. When turning the mower make turns as smooth as possible.

5. Don’t Mow Wet – Let the grass dry before mowing. Even the morning dew makes the lawn too wet to mow. Besides causing uneven cuts, mowing wet grass can encourage the growth of fungus. Wet grass clumps up under the mower’s deck. This can impede the blade and tax the engine. Also, there is danger to the operator trying to maneuver on a wet lawn. Don’t be a hero; let the ump call the game.

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