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Oct 05 2011

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Empty-Nester House Plans and Baby Boomer Homes - The House Plan Shop

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? – The House Plan Shop

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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Sep 14 2011

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Featured House Plan: A Country-Style Farmhouse – The House Plan Shop

Country House Plan 036H-0047Are you looking for a county house plan with the look and feel of an old farmhouse but modern enough to satisfy your modern-day family’s needs? Check The House Plan Shop’s featured design! The exterior boasts old-fashion farmhouse styling with its metal roof, stone façade and covered porch. Inside you’ll find a floor plan well suited for an active family with a few special extras. The first floor enjoys a spacious great room anchored by a stunning corner fireplace. A two-story ceiling lends an airy touch. The gathering area connects with the dining space creating an open floor plan flexible enough to handle everyday happenings and special get-togethers. Efficient and practical, the kitchen offers a step-saver design and a snack bar for quick meals on the go. Also, it is a good place to help the children with homework as you prepare dinner. Nearby, a half bath and the laundry room offer convenience. Your master bedroom spans across the back of the home. Double walk-in closets offer plenty of storage space, and the refreshing bath is sure to soothe you at the end of a long day. The second floor is reserved for the children’s rooms. Two bedrooms delight in walk-in closets and share a full bath. Ideal for family living, this two-story country home plan is sure to turn some heads.

 

View more plans by this designer or browse our entire collection of country home plans.

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Aug 31 2011

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What Information is Included in House Blueprints – The House Plan Shop

House BlueprintsIf you are considering purchasing a home plan from The House Plan Shop, you may be wondering what is included in the blueprints we offer. Below is a listing of the elements typically included in the pre-drawn house plans we published:

 

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Foundation Plan
  3. Floor Plan(s)
  4. Interior Elevations
  5. Exterior Elevations
  6. Basic Electric
  7. Simple Plumbing
  8. Details
  9. Sections

 

To find out specific information about each one of these elements, please review The House Plan Shop’s FAQs.

 

Note: Not all pre-drawn home plans incorporate every element listed here. Blueprint pages vary by designer.

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Aug 17 2011

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Characteristics of Elegant European House Plans

European House Plans 029H-0078Reminders of the splendid style and history of the Old World, today’s European house plans blend the original designs of our ancestors with the elegance and style of today. Generally well suited for large pieces of property, they are grand in size and can be one or two levels. European home plans often showcase an exterior featuring two or more materials such as stone, brick, siding or stucco accentuated by ornamental detailing such as wing-tipped shutters, gentle arches and planter boxes. Other noticeable characteristics like copper atop bayed windows, stylish keystones and decorative quoins lend a touch of beauty and splendor. Furthermore, varied rooflines deliver the look and feel of a storybook castle. European house plans are often recognized for their swooping rooflines with flared corners at the eaves and occasional turrets. Additionally, they are known for steeply sloped roofs providing space for a second story “hidden in the roof.” This type of design delivers extra finished living area not easily recognized from the home’s exterior. In some cases, the additional living space can be a full second story, while other times it may be simply a bonus room. The interior and floor plan of a European house is often as grand as the exterior appears revealing rooms of large proportions and volume ceilings in some or most of the gathering areas lending spaciousness. Decorative elements may include stylish columns defining the living spaces, special ceiling treatments and arched openings and doorways. While most European floor plans are generously sized, small home plans can display some of the same noteworthy design elements.

 

These Old World home designs showcase many European influences and encompass a vast array of architectural elements and details including European sub-styles such as English homes, Tudor style designs, Mediterranean floor plans, Italian house plans, Spanish home designs and French style floor plans. In addition to the varied architectural styles, European house plans range in size from grandiose chateau homes to simple chalets, with most enjoying at least a few common characteristics. Because of their wide variety of styles and sizes, these special homes are found throughout all regions of the United States and Canada. Whether large or small, European house plans deliver a unique blend of comfort and refinement making them popular among all types of home buyers.

 

For more information about home plan styles, please visit The House Plan Shop.

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