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Nov 19 2018

Winter is Coming, Is your Home Ready?

FireplaceAs the last leaves fall from the trees and the cold wind begins to blow, it is necessary to prepare your home is ready for winter. Below are a few things you will want to consider when preparing for the coming of winter.

Heating system – Make sure everything is clean and in order with your heating system.  It is a good time to have it inspected by a professional.  Also, it is a good time to switch your programmable thermostat to its winter settings.

Fireplace – You may want to hire a chimney sweep to ensure that the chimney is clear of creosote and that the flue is in working order. Do not forget to stock the wood pile and keep your kindling dry.

Garden – Clear dead plants and cover delicate perennials with straw, mulch or leaves.

Seasonal Items – Store patio furniture, seat cushions, the grill and any pool equipment that is still hanging around on your deck or patio. Want you can’t store, cover.

Stock up – Before the weather gets bad and there is a run on essential items, make sure you are covered with a decent snow shovel, a plentiful supply of ice melt, and warm gloves and hats.

Clean up – Winter can be a messy time for families coming and going. Clear the hooks in the mud room to make room for wet coats and establish a place for shoes and boots to dry without leaving puddles on your floors.

Now, just sit back and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and binge watch your favorite TV series. Spring will come soon enough.

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Oct 22 2018

She Sheds: A Woman’s Hideaway

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Everyone needs their own space to get away and pursue their interests. The current trend in “She Sheds” addresses this need for the woman of the household. She can escape to her own hideaway to read, craft, exercise, meditate, or to just regroup. In her own retreat, she is the master when it comes to deciding the décor and who may or may not enter and when. The website www.TheGaragePlanShop.com offers a multitude of attractive shed plans for your choosing. Here are just a few possibilities to spur your imagination.

 

Shed Plan 062S-0001062S-0001: This rustic but inviting shed plan would blend well with your farmhouse, log home or bungalow. Two walls of windows in the shop could provide a home for a multitude of potted plants and the pergola a vehicle for clematis or morning glory vines. The shed side has double doors for easy access and plenty of space for a studio, workshop or hobby room.

 

Shed Plan 050S-0005050S-0005: With its quaint window shutters and arched door this shed plan looks as whimsical as a house for hobbits or better yet Mrs. Hobbit. Designed as a potting shed with counters and a sink, the she shed owner can certainly expand on its usefulness to include a crafting table, easy chair for reading, or a treadmill. Designing the inner space to suit her needs, she may be locking the door to keep a peaceful kingdom to herself.

 

Shed Plan 001S-0001001S-0001: This little beauty of a shed plan, would be at home near the beach or a lake. The screen porch with a vaulted ceiling and walls of windows offers a refuge for enjoying balmy breezes while reading, knitting, or checking her tweets. The bunk room, well it could accommodate a place for napping, but she may decide on an office or exercise room.  Underneath is a bit of protected storage for stowing a bicycle or kayak.  So many possibilities, when you live the dream.

 

Shed Plan 028S-0014028S-0014: Here’s a shed plan with two doors to two separate rooms. Perhaps she will use one for hobbies, exercise, or a library and the other for storage. One could be suitable for a home office and the other for play, like a dance studio or cross fit gym. Whatever the uses, she knows that even getting away from it all, may have to include keeping the little ones close by. Maybe one room is their playroom.  The built-in ladder and slide alone will keep the kids busy for quite a while.

 

For a full selection of plans, please visit our Shed Plan Collection.

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Aug 16 2018

Residential Safe Rooms – The House Plan Shop

Floor Plan 074H-0042Protecting yourself and your family is indeed a daunting responsibility. Having safe room in your home is one way to help you sleep better at night. A safe room is a room constructed to withstand extreme weather events such as tornadoes or hurricanes. They can be purchased pre-fab from a slew of manufacturers so that you can retrofit your home to accommodate them. One website that you will want to visit is www.fema.gov/residential-safe-rooms. It explains the guidelines to follow to provide near absolute protection in extreme weather events.

The best-case scenario is to include a safe room in your new house construction. The HousePlanShop has quite a few plans that include safe rooms. Many locate them in or near the garage, like designs 025H-0097 and 025H-0308. House plan 074H-0042 offers a safe room doubling as a storage room, perfect for storing emergency supplies should you experience a disaster. Several plans like 025H-0167 locate a safe room in the master closet, providing a dual purpose for using the space. It’s a natural place to collect and huddle with the children on a stormy night.

A panic room is designed to hide and protect residents in case of a home break-in. They are a little bit more elaborate than basic safe rooms, containing communications and security equipment. Some even incorporate Kevlar in their construction to repel bullets. Hidden behind bookcases or in closets, the casual observer does not easily detect them. You may want to combine some of the characteristics of both safe and panic rooms to create a truly safe place to shelter in place during emergencies. Make sure family members are aware of how to access the room and discuss when they should meet there. Practice your plan.

Below is a list of supplies you may want to include in your safe room:

Bottled water
Changes of clothing
Blankets
Flashlights or lanterns
Battery operated radio / weather radio
First aid kit
Nonperishable food and snacks
Set of car keys to your vehicle
Cash
Toys or books to keep kids occupied
Phone charger for when the power comes back on
Camping toilet and paper
Diapers for your baby
Medications
Extra pair of sturdy shoes for each member of the family

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Jul 17 2018

A Sampling of New House Plans – The House Plan Shop

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The House Plan Shop continuously adds new house plans to our website. Below is a sampling of some of our newest designs. Take some time to learn about them.

 

House Plan 021H-0256021H-0256 – This ranch house plan has all the amenities required for modern living. Its open floor plan with split-bedrooms provides comfort for every family member. Most of all, pamper yourself with the master bedroom. She gets a walk-in closet. He gets a walk-in closet. She gets a toilet and vanity. He gets a toilet and vanity. She gets a nice tub to soak in, and there is a shower to share. Separate and not equal, she gets extra shelves for her shoes. Life is good.

 

House Plan 052H-0120052H-0120 – Here’s a beautifully modern looking ranch house plan that is pleasing inside and out. Sliding and folding doors connect the interior to the wrap-around patio and outdoor living room. With a grill top and sink, the party outdoors will stay outdoors. Unless of course, that open floor plan with vaulted ceilings can’t be resisted. Truly the best of both worlds.

 

House Plan 079H-0015079H-0015 – No doubt about it, this two-story house plan creates interest with its exterior of multiple gables and roof ridges. Inside, find a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams sheltering the living room in this open design. The 3031 square foot floor plan offers plenty of living space and plenty of storage. Check out all the walk-in closets, walk-in pantry, garage storage room and walk-in attic. Keep a handsome roof over your family and all of their belongings with this family-friendly design.

 

House Plan 012L-0077012L-0077 – Whether you are looking for a starter home or a vacation getaway, consider this log house plan. Rustic on the outside and cozy on the inside, with two bedrooms, two full baths and an open floor plan. Enjoy the outdoors on a picturesque deck that is a full eight feet wide.  When it’s time to expand, utilize the bonus room upstairs offering 623 square feet of usable space.

 

House Plan 053H-0091053H-0091 – With its handsome curbside appeal, this traditional house plan holds a multitude of family living spaces inside. Five bedrooms and four full baths accommodate a growing family. The open floor plan offers built-ins around the family room fireplace and a large kitchen snack bar. A grilling deck connected to a screened porch presents a great way to enjoy outdoor entertaining. No skimping on the master bedroom with its own sitting room, two huge closets and a deluxe bath. Create your own living solutions with a bonus room on the second floor. Unfinished space and optional rooms the lower level allow you to expand and grow with your family.

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May 30 2018

Deck Enhancements for Maximum Usability – The House Plan Shop

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Category: Outdoor Living

Deck EnhancementsDoes your deck live up to its potential? Besides periodic cleaning and sealing, you may want to spruce things up a bit with additions that better suit your family’s outdoor needs and lifestyle.

 

Lighting – If you find yourself out on the deck in the dark, you may want to explore some lighting options. There are a number of choices available for outdoor deck lighting, and many of them are solar powered so there’s no need for electrical wiring. There are even small lights that can be installed in stair risers to illuminate the steps.

Seating – Built-in benches are one way increase available seating on your deck. Being stationary they aid in traffic control and are available even when other lawn furniture has been stored for the season.

Planters – Bringing some plant life to your deck is a natural way to decorate with colorful pots and flowers. No floor space for pots?  Consider installing flower boxes over the railings.

Grill – If your deck is large enough to keep the heat and smoke away from the house, consider moving the grill onto the deck and include the grill master in the party. Some built-in end tables will keep tools and platters handy for the chef.

Shade – Too much sun can spoil an outdoor get-together, so you might wat explore adding some shade to your deck. Table umbrellas or awnings attached to the house may help. A pergola is similar to a trellis.  With vining plants adding their shade, a pergola is an attractive and natural addition to your deck. There are even pergola kits available that may suit your needs.

Storage – Many decks are built high enough to walk underneath and create a natural storage space for lawn furniture and pool accessories. If that space is not already enclosed, investigate adding some latticework to “hide” your treasures.

 

When your imagination for improving your deck wanes a bit, definitely turn to the internet.  Pinterest posts countless pictures and plans for your contemplation.

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