Sep 09 2013

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Update Your Laundry Room for Easier Wash Days – The House Plan Shop

Laundry Room UpdateIf wash day seems like a drag to you, consider some of these laundry room updates to make laundry chores easier. Creating a smart, efficient and resourceful space will make the burden of wash day disappear. Better yet, you don’t need a large space to improve your boring, inefficient laundry room.

Makeover the Basement Laundry Room

  • Brighten up your drab, basement laundry room with a fresh coat of white or light colored paint on the walls and ceilings.
  • Paint the floor as well and add mats or rugs for safety and traction. Make sure they can be cleaned easily incase of unexpected spills or plumbing problems.
  • Add a folding station where it is a small cabinet or other piece of furniture to serve as a counter. Folding laundry items as you pull them out of the dryer saves time and minimizes wrinkles.
  • Give your laundry room a “first floor” feel by hanging long, light colored draperies or curtains to create the look and feel of a large window. Chose fabric intended for outdoor use. They will resist moisture and mildew that often builds up in basements.
  • Install good lighting in/over your laundry station to make it feel bright and cheerful.
  • If room allows add a small cabinet or counter top for folding and mending clothing items.

Other Budget Updates

  • Increase the convenience of your laundry room by adding a row or two of old-fashioned coat hooks. As you pull items out of the dryer, hang them on their own individual coat hook to minimize wrinkles, then take them straight to the closet to hang.
  • Install plastic-coated wire shelving. It will put your wall space to good use and provide room to keep laundry supplies organized. Additionally, the wire and clothing rod are perfectly spaced/positioned for those laundry items that drip-dry.
  • Create an instant laundry station by combining a wall hung cabinet with a laundry cart or similar cart on wheels. This handy combo will turn a small space into a convenient and efficiently laundry center. Store cleaning supplies in the cabinet and attached an inexpensive iron holder to the side of the cabinet. Hang a pull-out ironing board on the wall to save floor space. Use the cart for sorting laundry, storing clothing baskets, mending seams and sewing buttons.

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Sep 03 2013

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Featured Vacation Home Plan Is a Comfortable Getaway – The House Plan Shop

Vacation House Plan 010H-0016Providing a welcoming break from the daily stresses of city life, this two-story vacation home offers a chance to relax and reconnect with nature. A sundeck surrounding a third of the house provides a perfect vantage point for overlooking nearby waterfronts or distant mountains. The interior of the house also allows for great views of the surrounding areas with large windows located throughout the house including a set of French doors in the great room and the master bedroom along with a window seat creating a perfect backdrop to enjoy your latest book. On the lower level a workshop offers space for those who enjoy working with their hands or a covered patio for the couple who enjoy a glass of wine while watching the rain fall in their own little slice of county.

Click here to view floor plans and details about this vacation house plan, # 010H-0016.

If you’d like to check out more home designs similar to this one, please browse our Vacation House Plan collection.

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Aug 12 2013

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Featured Coastal House Plan for Seaside Living - The House Plan Shop

Coastal House Plan 041H-0033Nothing says seaside living like a thoughtfully planned coastal design. This featured coastal home offers a floor plan that makes the most of oceanfront or shoreline property. Expansive decks and screened porches promote outdoor living and relaxation while delivering the perfect places to listen to the sounds waves crashing on the nearby shore and seagulls calling out above. Furthermore and array of windows enhance the living spaces and cozy loft revels the best ocean views from the interior. Additionally, the common gathering areas are situated on the highest level where you are sure to enjoy the panoramic seascape. Starting on the top level, you’ll find the open living areas arranged for gathering, relaxing and entertaining. Special features include easy access to the deck and screened porch, as well as, a kitchen island, window seat, great room fireplace and stairs to the loft. Your master suite completes the upper level boasting a private bath and decorative ceiling. Three bedrooms occupy the middle level including Master Suite 2 with its own private bath and a compartmented bath that accommodates Bedrooms 3 and 4. A covered porch and entry complete this level. Finally, the ground level offers a rec room the whole family can enjoy as well as an extra bedroom and bath and the laundry facilities. Don’t miss the carport. Fashioned with distinct seaside styling, this coastal house plan allows you to ease into everyday as if it were the middle of vacation.

Please browse our Coastal house plan collection to view more designs like this one.

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Jul 30 2013

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5 More Home Building Tips – The House Plan Shop

Home Construction SiteBuilding your dream house is exciting. But be aware, it can have its challenges, too. In a recent blog post, 5 Practical Tips for Building a New Home, we provided tips to help make the home building process run smoothly for you. Below are five more tips that will help you through the construction process, prepare you from some of the challenges you might face, and ensure success with your home building project.

  1. Choose your location carefully. One of the most important decisions you’ll make about building your new home comes well before construction begins – choosing your lot. It is necessary to be selective about where you build. If building in a neighborhood, ask your yourself, “What makes each possible neighborhood stand out from the rest?” What amenities does each possible neighborhood offer? Walking/bike trails? A community playground? Stoplights and crosswalks at intersections? Next consider if a particular neighborhood will accommodate your lifestyle. Is it closet to work, school, shopping centers, etc.? Is it neat and clean? Drive through the neighborhood at various times of the day over period of a week or two. Pay attention to what is happening in the neighborhood. If you have kids, look for kids playing, riding bikes, etc. Is this a kid-friendly neighborhood? Get a good feel for if this neighborhood is the one you have imagined living in by observing all the activity as you drive through it. If you are building on acreage outside the city or suburbs, you might be looking for property with a view, something that offers natural resources like wooded areas or a pond, or maybe you just want a lot that has good lighting allowing you to take advantage of natural lighting in your new home. It is OK to be choosey. You are going to build your dream home here.
  2. Be familiar with your construction timeline. Constructing a new house doesn’t happen overnight. It usually takes several months to build a new house. During the construction phase, many things must be arranged and coordinated, such as pouring the foundation and delivery of other materials. Your builder or general contractor will take care of the majority of elements related to the actual construction of the home. However, there will be a lot for you to take care of, too. If you currently own a home, your current house must be sold and you must arrange for a new mortgage, all the while you are making decisions about your new home such as what type of kitchen cabinets you want, and whether you prefer hardwood floors or carpet in the dining room. Talk with your builder to get an estimated completion date and plan accordingly.
  3. Monitor progress. Once you and your builder have established an estimated date for completion, it is in your best interest to monitor progress closely. One of the best ways to help prevent construction delays is to be involved in the building process. Visit the construction site regularly and keep track of what is being done. Talk to your builder often and keep up-to-date on progress. Ask questions if something seems incorrect, is taking too long, etc. Carry your own set of blueprints in the trunk of your car and refer back to the construction drawings when visiting the jobsite. This will help you keep a close eye on progress.
  4. Pay attention to your budget. When building your dream home it is easy to go overboard on adding amenities that you’d like to have, but these often add up to BIG BUCKS! Choose upgrades carefully and know exactly how much each one is going to cost. The last thing you want to do is blow your budget half way through the project. And remember, some upgrades can be added later. If you don’t have enough for that fancy chandelier in the dining room, choose a modest light fixture now that will do the job and then upgrade in a couple of years when you’ve had an opportunity to save up for the fixture you really want.
  5. Avoid changes. During construction, you might realize you want to change one aspect or another about your home. Be aware, sticking to the blueprints will help you stay on budget and on time for your scheduled completion date. Try to avoid making changes to your house plans once construction begins. Changes are often costly and can delay the completion of your home. Avoiding changes will help you finish on budget and on time.

The home building process is going to be more enjoyable and more exciting to experience if you are prepared for what to expect in the building process and make careful decisions. If you are considering building a new house, these tips will help you be ready for what is to come.

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Jul 16 2013

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Learn How You Can Purchase A Custom Drawn House Plan – The House Plan Shop

If you haven’t been able to find a suitable house plan after thoroughly searching our website, you might want to consider creating your very one unique house plan by working with our custom home design service. You probably already have a few ideas about what you want and you might even have sketched a floor plan. You can turn your ideas into a reality with the help of our custom design team. In order to receive a brief consultation and a free quote to create your custom house plan, please complete and submit the custom home design request form. The form is simple to use. You’ll be asked to provide for your contact information and information about what you desire in your dream home. You’ll be asked to indicate specific details such as:

Preferred architectural style (Country, Craftsman, Mediterranean, etc.)

Dimensions of your lot

Approximate finished square footage

Number of levels

Number of bedrooms and baths

Garage size and location (left side, right side, front-entry, rear-entry, etc.)

Foundation type

Preferred wall framing type

Special features such as main level master bedroom, finished basement, kitchen island, walk-in shower, tray ceilings, screened porch, etc.

When you submit your custom home design request form, you’ll also have the opportunity to provide any sketches, site maps, surveys, photos or plats. The more information you provide about your building site and the home plan you desire, the easier it will be for our custom design team to understand exactly what you are looking for with your custom garage. Our custom design team will review your submissions and then one of our experienced residential designers will contact you by phone or email for a brief consultation and provide you with a free for your custom home design. You can learn more about the custom design process by reviewing the custom design article found in our resources. Please Note: Our custom design team has plenty of experience with other design projects as well ranging from multi-family homes and commercial buildings to detached garage plans, pool houses, sheds and barns. They would be happy to work with you on any custom design project your might have in mind. We look forward to hearing from you!

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