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Nov 02 2011

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Architectural House Plan Styles Offered

House Plan 007H-0116The House Plan Shop, LLC offers home plans in a broad range of architectural styles ensuring our customers will find a home in the style they love. Many of the designs posted on our site feature exterior and/or interior photographs and/or color renderings making it easy to identify each one’s architectural style. Our home plan collection features designs in the following architectural styles:







Cape Cod

Carriage House














Narrow Lot

Premier Luxury












Whether you are looking for a cozy bungalow home or a luxurious Mediterranean house plan, our extensive collection is sure to include home designs in the architectural style you love. Be sure to watch for next week’s blog post listing some of the architectural sub-categories found within the main architectural collections we shared today.

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Oct 26 2011

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Comfortable & Stylish: Featured Empty-Nester House Plan

Empty-Nester House Plan 046H-0033Prefect for singles or couples who have raised their children and are looking forward to a comfortable and relaxed retirement, this empty-nester house plan is worth taking a closer look. Designed all on one level, the floor plan delivers comfortable spaces and practical features like an open floor plan, main level laundry room, walk-in shower in the master bath and a flexible library that easily converts to a guest bedroom when all the grandkids arrive for the weekend. You’ll appreciate the front and rear, covered porches, perfect for visiting with guests while enjoying after dinner drinks outdoors. The vaulted ceilings in the great room and dining area generate a sense of spaciousness making any special gathering open and relaxed. The secondary bedroom in the rear is just right for baby boomers who have an aging relative in their care. The nearby full bath is conveniently located. Efficient features include generous counter space in the pass-thru kitchen, a handy pantry, 2-car garage and ample closet space throughout. The corner fireplace, fanciful ceiling treatment topping the master bedroom and the splashy garden tub are just a few of the elegant extras this ranch house plan has to offer.


If you’d like to view other Empty-Nester house plans, please browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection.

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Oct 19 2011

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Will My House Plans include Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC Details?

House Plans 001H-0044The home plans published by The House Plan Shop are considered stock plans or pre-drawn blueprints designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each was created. They do not necessarily meet any state, county or municipal building codes. Furthermore, pre-drawn house plans do not include extensive information regarding HVAC, electrical and plumbing details.


Information about the HVAC will be determined locally. The HVAC system will depend on the climate, types of unit(s) you use, and the size of your home/amount of finished living space to be heated and cooled. Necessary ductwork will be determined by the type of heating and cooling system selected and local building codes. Discuss and review all HVAC information with your local HVAC professional or your contractor.


While some stock home plans include a simple electrical plan indicating the suggested locations of outlets, switches and fixtures, it will be up to your builder or local electrician to install all electrical elements according to local electrical code. Take time to review the electrical information and details with your builder or electrician before construction begins.


Finally, plumbing fixtures are included in stock house plans. However, the blueprints will not reflect a plumbing schematic. The sewer system and flow of water lines are site specific and must be determined by local professionals. Talk with your plumber or contractor to discuss plumbing details.

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Oct 05 2011

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Empty-Nester House Plans and Baby Boomer Homes

Empty-Nester House Plan 053H-0061 If you have raised your kids and are on the road to retirement or perhaps have already retired, Empty-Nester house plans are for you! They are designed for those who have reached the point in life when it is time to kick back, relax and enjoy past accomplishments and the future. Most Empty-Nester home plans showcase comfortable spaces and practical features that will carry occupants through the next phases of life. In many cases these thoughtful house plans are designed with one-story allowing for easy, single-level living. Some might be built on finished basements delivering extra living space on the lower level, ideal for those who need extra entertainment space or bedrooms for holiday weekends when the kids and grandkids come to visit. Most Empty-Nester house plans share a few common characteristics and design elements making them appealing to singles and couples of retirement age. They are designed with an open floor plan often combining the living room, kitchen and dining space into one large gathering area. Not only does this arrangement work well for entertaining, but should occupants one day find themselves in need of a walker or wheelchair, this barrier-free layout allows mobility and access to the main parts of the home in a safe manor. Furthermore, many designs enjoy outdoor living spaces such as a screened porch, deck or covered patio. These home plans for retirees generally incorporate a main level master suite with a roomy bath. Frequently, a walk-in shower is included in the bath allowing accessibility for those who may have trouble getting in and out of a bathtub later in life. There is also room for safety features like grab bars near the toilet, shower and bathtub. Sometimes, Empty-Nester floor plans include at least one secondary bedroom room for use as a guest suite when weekend visitors arrive. Flexible spaces are often included with baby boomer friendly house plans like a den or hobby room that can flex as needs or lifestyles change. Finally, Empty-Nester house plans are fashioned with comfort and low maintenance in mind. They are designed with easy-to-care-for interiors and exteriors.


Take some time and enjoy browsing our Empty-Nester House Plans.

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Sep 21 2011

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Building a House: Where to Begin?

House Plan 054H-0077Have you found yourself asking, “I want to build my dream home, but where do I start?” If so, you’ve come to the right place. There is a wide range of resources available to help you get started on your home building project. Most of these resources are easy-to-access and will offer insight and knowledge about the construction project you are about to tackle. Below are just a few of the house building resources available to you.


  • Talk to family members and friends who have built a home or completed another residential construction project such as building a garage. These people will speak from experience and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Ask them what worked, what didn’t go so well, what that would have planned better and what things they would do differently if they were to build again.
  • Spend some time talking to professionals at local lumberyards. These people are especially knowledgeable about building materials.
  • Take time to check with your local building department or building inspector. Find out what is required in your city, town or municipality for new home construction. Ask about building permits, building codes and other regulations you’ll be expected to follow.
  • Contact local building professionals that have experience with residential construction and ask lots of questions. Some of these people include builders, contractors, residential designers, carpenters, electricians and other various professionals.
  • If you need to get a loan, check with various mortgage lenders. Find out what steps you need to take to qualify for a loan and what the lender expects throughout the lifetime of the construction loan.
  • Use the Internet. There are all sorts of construction and building websites that offer a wealth of information about the building process from beginning to end.
  • Don’t forget about The House Plan Shop! We have an extensive resources page with many articles and tips to help you through the home building process. Also, you can follow us on Twitter and check out our Facebook page for current postings about building a house, residential construction, green building and other related information.

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