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Feb 23 2017

5 Thoughtful Waterfront House Plans

Waterfront house plans are designed for relaxed and comfortable living with a view of your favorite body of water whether it’s a lake, river or stream. These plans feature plenty of windows, porches, and decks for outdoor enjoyment while delivering stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. Some waterfront house plans are built on silts or piers to accommodate rising waters due to occasional flashing flooding near a river or stream. Others are designed with walkout basements to accommodate a sloping lot that slopes downward and away from the home, towards a lake or river. Our waterfront house plans range in size and architectural style and feature a multitude of special appointments from gourmet kitchens and finished basements to cozy lofts and lavish master baths. The designs below are just a few of the waterfront house plans we offer. Take some time to learn more about them…you just might find the one you’re looking for!

 

Waterfront House Plan 049H-0005049H-0005: This sophisticated waterfront house plan is well suited for a lakefront lot (or a golf course). It features a finished walkout basement, and it is loaded with everything you’ll need to enjoy life beside the lake. The specially appointed lake room features a decorative ceiling, fireplace and sparkling windows taking in the stunning panorama. The dining room, greeting room and master bedroom deliver lake views too! You’ll appreciate the screened porch and grilling deck too, ideal for entertaining guests outdoors. This delightful waterfront home plan delivers other special extras that are sure to provide comfortable living like the luxurious master bath, His and Her walk-in closets, decorative ceiling treatments, and the huge kitchen with island, snack bar and pantry. Everyone is sure to love the rec room, bar and media room on the lower level! If you want to live and entertain in style beside your favorite lake, this waterfront house plan is second to none!

 

Waterfront House Plan 052H-0088052H-0088: Here’s a charming tiny house plan that is suited for waterfront living. This 477 square foot house is built on pilings raising the living areas up one level. Just right for a romantic weekend, fishing cabin, or rental property, this vacation home enjoys a large covered porch, ideal for grilling or relaxing at the end of the day. Just imagine sitting in a rocking chair, sipping iced tea and listening to the sound of the waves lapping at the water’s edge. The compact kitchen delivers all the basics and connects with the bedroom/living space. A pair of closets offer storage. Though small in stature, you’ll be surprised by the deluxe bath boasting a clawfoot tub, separate shower, and laundry closet! Relaxing and comfortable, you’re sure to enjoy this waterfront home!

 

Waterfront House Plan 012H-0212012H-0212: Stepping up from your starter home? This waterfront house plan is family-friendly and offers room to grow. Designed with a walkout basement, this home is perfect for lakefront property (or even a mountainside.) Floor to ceiling windows in the vaulted great room make a dramatic first impression as the windows reveal an impressive view of the lake. Furthermore, the wrap-around deck begs to entertain delivering enough room for a grill and outdoor dining area. Family and friends won’t turn you down for weekend cookout! You’ll appreciate other special features like the main floor master bedroom, convenient kitchen and dining room arrangement, charming second floor loft (with a view of the lake), and ample storage in the secondary bedrooms. As your family grows or your lifestyle changes, you might consider finishing the basement to satisfy your needs. Carefully designed for active families, you can’t go wrong with this waterfront home plan!

 

Waterfront House Plan 073H-0041 073H-0041: Do you have a large family or plan to entertain family and friends for the weekend? This waterfront house plan boasts four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a bonus room, so there will be plenty of room for everyone! The open floor plan features a spacious family room lined with windows and topped with a two-story ceiling allowing you to see the lake or river from either the main floor or the upper level. Two porches further the enjoyment of the waterfront view providing a great place to kick back and relax, grill, or just enjoy conversation with visitors. Practical features include a half bath on the ground level, a large cooking island with eating bar, main floor master bedroom, and a loft/balcony upstairs. Fashioned for comfort and practical living, this waterfront house plan is worth taking a closer look!

 

Waterfront House Plan 074H-0025074H-0025: Expansive porches and decks paired with extensive use of glass is a winning combination for this luxurious waterfront house plan! The back of the home is lined with windows on both levels maximizing your lakeside view! Additionally, the great room showcases a vaulted ceiling and windows that stretch to peak further enhancing the view! Friends and family alike will never want to leave this tranquil and conformable home. The floor plan reveals four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and a three-car garage. Thoughtful features include a sophisticated master suite, main floor guest room, gourmet kitchen, office and kids’ nook. The grilling porch will allow you to cook and dine outdoors beside a fireplace, while the finished basement showcases a huge game room, wet bar and more!

 

The possibilities are endless with waterfront house plans, but for more ideas, please view our entire collection!

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Dec 19 2016

7 Stunning New House Plans From 2016

As the end of 2016 quickly approaches, we’d like to take a little time to note the many beautiful, practical, and carefully designed new house plans that have been added to our website over the past year. They vary in architectural style and size and deliver a vast array of special features from finished basements and outdoor kitchens to luxurious master suites and relaxing covered porches. With so many specially designed house plans to choose from, selecting the right house plan for your needs, preferences, lifestyle and tastes becomes an exciting adventure! Take some time to review this sampling of new house plans, you might just find the one you’re looking for!

 

House Plan 037H-0251037H-0251 – This sophisticated Mediterranean house plan was designed for coastal living with all the main living areas raised one level and the parking areas situated below them. Elegance abounds inside this home with plentiful decorative ceiling treatments, a combination of curved and angled walls, and countless luxurious amenities. Don’t miss the oversized island and huge pantry highlighting the gourmet kitchen. Pay attention to the glass sliders that open from the family room to the covered lanai and outdoor kitchen creating an impressive entertainment space. The master suite is sure to pamper with a morning bar, sitting room, lavish bath and dual walk-in closets. Other special features include a study, guest apartment, library and second floor lanai. This Mediterranean house plan is the epitome of luxury living!

 

House Plan 075G-0004075H-0004 – Take a look at this new unique ranch house plan! It features a modern design with a Craftsman-style twist that is sure to get the attention of passers-by! A covered front porch welcomes all, and a double door entry quickly introduces the great room. Beyond, the kitchen and dining area overlook the rear covered porch providing an ideal arrangement for dining outdoors with dinner guests. Also, you’ll appreciate the snack bar, making it easy to have a quick meal on the go or a snack with the kids. Three bedrooms and two and a half baths accommodate the family’s needs. A two-car garage and generously-sized laundry room complete this family home plan.

 

House Plan 073H-0059073H-0059 – If you like the idea of relaxed living and it’s time to step up from your starter home, this Southern house plan may be right for you. It features four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a two-car garage and 3540 square feet of living space. The covered front and rear porches offer an inviting place to relax outdoors and sip lemonade while you watch the kids play in the yard. Inside, the spacious family room delivers a great place to relax with kids and enjoy popcorn and a movie. Casual and formal dining spaces make it easy to entertain or grab a quick breakfast before you start your day. You’ll appreciate the main floor master bedroom outfitted with His and Her baths and walk-in closets. Three family bedrooms are positioned upstairs along with a game room and bonus space. If you need to accommodate a larger of growing family, you can’t go wrong with this two-story Southern house plan.

 

House Plan 027H-0462027H-0462 – Here’s a charming tiny house plan designed for comfort and efficient use of space. It’s compact floor plan makes it just right for those who a looking to down-size. It is also suitable for a vacation home or mother-in-law cottage. The floor plan features a minimalist approach without sacrificing all the comforts of a larger home. An open floor plan combines the living area with the kitchen delivering a sense of spaciousness. Two comfortably-sized bedrooms share a full bath complete with soaking tub. A utility closet holds a stackable washer/dryer unit. If you’re looking for efficient living, this tiny house plan delivers!

 

House Plan 051H-0249051H-0249 – This striking house Craftsman house plan delivers family living all on one level! An open floor plan promotes family time well-spent and keeps the cook involved in conversation while meals are prepared. The kitchen delivers a pantry and eating bar as it overlooks the dining area and vaulted living room. The two-car garage with storage area and the easy-to-access laundry room keep things neat and tidy. Three bedrooms are arranged on the left side of the home where two family bedrooms share a full bath, and the owner’s suite features a vaulted ceiling, private bath and walk-in closet. The second floor bonus room is waiting for your creative touch! It would be ideal for a game or hobby room, or it can be left unfished and used as storage if you prefer. Designed for family living one-story Craftsman house plan has more to offer than you might expect!

 

House Plan 059H-0206059H-0206 – Has your family outgrown your starter home? This two-story country house plan is just right for a growing family! Beyond the welcoming wrap-around front porch, you’ll find a comfortable and accommodating house plan that will flex and grow with your family’s changing needs and lifestyle. Just off the foyer, the study offers a peaceful home office, but it could easily be finished as an extra bedroom if necessary or maybe you prefer to furnish it with a sofa sleeper for the occasional weekend guest. The kitchen is strategically positioned between the breakfast nook and dining room serving both with equal ease no matter the occasion. A 12’ ceiling tops the hearth-warmed living room adding a sense of spaciousness. Your secluded master bedroom delivers a relaxing retreat at the end of the day with where you’ll find a soothing soaking tub. Upstairs, two bedrooms enjoy private bath access and walk-in closets. The option bonus room can be finished now or in the future to satisfy your family’s needs.

 

House Plan 069H-0027069H-0027 – This modern house plan is sure to catch your eye! Clean lines, extensive use of glass and modern materials give this two-story design exquisite curb appeal. Inside you’ll find an open floor plan with glass sliders opening from the great room to the lanai and outdoor kitchen. A two-story ceiling tops the great room and foyer delivering a dramatic feel. The unique kitchen is sure to please the family chef. Your master suit offers access to the lanai and features a luxurious and refreshing bath. Don’t miss the pool bath! It is just right for entertaining guests outdoors. On the second floor, the loft overlooks the great room and connects with two more bedrooms and the study. Elegant and spacious, this modern house plan is sure to please you!

 

While these are just a few of the new house plans offered in 2016, you can search our entire collection of house plans for a design that includes the features and elements you prefer by using our Advanced Search tool.

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Nov 21 2016

4 Things to Consider when Buying a Lot for Your New Home

Lot for SaleIf you are planning to build a new house, it is important that you carefully consider your lot. While you might already know what kind of home you want to build, choosing the proper homebuilding site should not be taken lightly. Take some time to consider the following information before making a final decision about your lot.

 

Lifestyle and needs: Each person/family has their own lifestyle and needs and both will greatly influence the lot or building site you choose for your new home. Consider how close you want to live to all the places you go to on a regular basis such as work, church, school, restaurants, and shopping centers. How far do you want to live from these places? Do you need to live within walking distance? A ten-minute drive? Or is farther away going to be okay with you? Next pay attention the improved ground around the subdivision or lot you are considering? Are sidewalks and streetlights already available? Is it important to you to have these things? If they are not already available, it is important to know that purchasing a lot in the subdivision might require you to contribute a portion of the fees to install these things in the neighborhood. Finally, think about what you envision for you new home in terms of neighbors and space. While some people want to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids so their own children will have friends to play with, others prefer a more secluded lifestyle with plenty of space between them and their neighbors.

 

Affordability: When it comes to building a new home, the cost of the lot is a factor in the overall building budget. It is necessary to be sure the cost of the lot will fit your budget. Can you afford the lot and still build your dream home? While the cost of the actual property might fit your budget, you should consider all the costs associated with getting your lot ready to build. Clearing trees, blasting rock, grading the land for proper drainage and building retaining walls if necessary are just a few of the things that will dramatically increase the cost of the lot before you are even ready to begin the actual construction of your home. Before you purchase your lot, it is a good idea to have your builder visit the property with you. Builders can often see things about the lot that might cause potential problems or require extra work in preparing the lot before construction begins that will drive up your costs and could potentially blow your budget. Finally, if you choose a lot where utility services are not already available at the lot, you will be responsible for the costs associated with running water, sewer, gas, electric and other utility services to your lot. However, if you choose a lot in a subdivision or neighborhood where these utilities are already available, additional costs, if any, are substantially lower.

 

The Home You Have in Mind: Before choosing a lot, take some time to consider the home you have in mind. Is the lot compatible with the home you envision? Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the potential lot. Physical, environmental and aesthetic factors can have a profound effect on the design of your home or the floor plan you choose. You wouldn’t build a 6,000 square foot home on a half-acre lot, so the size of the lot will matter. Likewise, if you aren’t one for using the yard, maybe a smaller lot with less grass to mow is better for you. Take some time to check with your local planning and zoning board to learn more about your potential lot and the surrounding property. You wouldn’t want to build a beautiful home with plenty of decks and widows to enjoy the view only to find out a year from now that the common ground behind your home has been zoned commercial and a new skyscraper is going to block your view. Finally, think about how the home you envision will sit on the lot. Is it a sloping lot that will require a walkout basement or a drive-under garage? Sometimes the features of the lot will influence features of your home, so take some time to make sure they will complement each other.

 

The Yard: When choosing a lot, consider how you plan to use your yard. Check with your local government to determine the zoning and setbacks of the lot. This will give you a clear picture of what you can build on the lot, how close you can build to the property lines, and what will be leftover for your yard. The size and shape, topography, drainage and slope of the lot will certainly influence how you use your yard. Do you want outdoor living space such a covered patio or outdoor kitchen? Do you need a clear and open space that requires full sun such as a pool or garden? It is important to think about how you plan to use your yard or what outdoor spaces you’ll need so that you choose a lot that will accommodate your dream home and give you the outdoor space you need to enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Building a home is exciting, but choosing the wrong lot can make for a bad experience so carefully consider the information provided above to help you make a good decision when choosing your lot.

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Oct 18 2016

Home Maintenance Tips: Get Ready for Fall and Winter

Cleaning GuttersCooler temperatures are a signal that it is time to get your home ready for fall and winter. With pleasant temperatures, it is easy to spend some time outdoors working on your lawn, in the garden and on the exterior of your home. Putting in a little effort now will ensure that your home will be in good shape throughout the winter. Our list of exterior and interior home maintenance tips will help you get your home in peak condition for the cold weather ahead.

Exterior Home Maintenance

  1. Seal openings and cracks. Inspect the foundation of your home and brick work or stone work for cracks and caulk or seal the openings. This will prevent water from freezing in the cracks which can cause more serious damage later.
  2. Check your driveway and sidewalks for cracks. Clean any debris out of the cracks and repair damage with driveway filler and seal with a coat of commercial sealer.
  3. Apply weather stripping in areas where two surfaces meet such as around doors and windows. Also weather strip the garage door creating a tight seal between the door and the ground. This will eliminate drafts and prevent small critters from seeking shelter inside your garage.
  4. Before you light a fire in the fireplace this fall, hire a chimney sweep to clean the chimney and flue removing all creosote buildup from last year. Also, inspect the chimney for cracks and repair them.
  5. Clean the gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause a wide range of problems throughout the winter months including damage to the foundation or landscaping as well as flooded basements. Take some time to clear debris from the gutters and downspouts or hire a professional to clean them. Additionally, make sure downspouts carry water away from the foundation.
  6. Inspect the roof for minor damage such as curling or cracked shingles, missing shingles or holes. Make necessary repairs immediately preventing leaks from winter storms and melting snow that can cause more serious damage in the future if not properly repaired.
  7. Inspect porch and deck railings. Make sure they are safe and secure for use during bad weather this winter.


Interior Home Maintenance

  1. Inspect plumbing. Prevent costly damage and repairs to pipes by taking action before the onset of winter. Use foam padding or special insulating tape to protect both hot water pipes and cold water pipes against freezing. Throughout the winter check pipes in basements and little used areas every few days to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating on the pipes and that no cracks are developing.
  2. Hire a professional to service (clean, inspect and repair) your heating system. Your heating system will use fuel more efficiently and last longer if it is running properly. A few minutes of prevention at the onset of winter can save you hundreds of dollars on costly damage and repairs to pipes and plumbing. Insulate pipes or use heat tape or a thermostatically controlled heat cable to prevention pipe bursts. Jump into action now, and prevent major issues in the future. Also, replace your furnace filter.
  3. Check the controls of your heating system/thermostat to make sure it is operating properly, or consider installing a programmable thermostat.
  4. Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger.Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently
  5. Test and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  6. Inspect insulation. Attic insulation protects your ceilings from air leakage. If your insulation is old and worn from years of harsh weather (or damaged from pests that have made a home in your attic) your furnace will have to work twice as hard to heat your home this winter. Hire a professional contractor to install new insulation in your attic.


Lawn and Garden Maintenance

  1. Clear leaves from your yard or better yet, mulch your leaves when you mow. The mulched leaves will decompose adding nutrients to the soil.
  2. Winterize your lawn mower by draining the fuel tank or running it until the fuel tank is empty. Wipe down the lawn mower removing all grass and debris for the exterior. Store it in a dry place for the winter.
  3. Prepare lawn and garden equipment for storage. Drain fuel from gas-operated power equipment like chain saws and leaf blowers. Additionally, clean, organize and store other summer garden tools like shovels and small hand tools.
  4. Reseed patchy areas of grass.
  5. Fertilize your lawn. While the top layer of grass will go dormant for the winter, fertilizer will provide necessary nutrients for the root system which will continue to grow. (If you’ve reseeded your yard, follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging as some fertilizers should not be used with new sod or grass seed.)
  6. Trim trees and shrubs. Trimming in the fall after the leaves have fallen creates less mess and makes it easier to see what limbs and growth should be trimmed. Removing dead limbs and those that are growing too close to your home and powerlines will prevent excessive damage during an ice storm.
  7. Plant bulbs for flowering spring plants such as tulips and daffodils.
  8. Drain, roll up and store garden hoses and sprinklers (do not leave them attached to outdoor faucets during the winter.) If you have a lawn irrigation system, make sure it is drained properly.
  9. Turn off exterior faucets.
  10. Stock up early. Don’t wait until the first snow to purchase ice melt, snow shovels and ice scrapers for your car. Buy these items in advance so your ready when the first snow falls. Additionally, find a snow removal service in advance so you’re not out of luck when your driveway and sidewalks need to be cleared of snow.

 

With winter fist approaching, this home maintenance tips will help you have your home and yard ready for the cold months ahead.

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Sep 26 2016

Classic Country House Plans

Country House Plan 055H-0007Just imagine yourself living down a quiet gravel road lined with shade trees in the middle of nowhere. Just image a cozy yet comfortable home where you can relax on the front porch with a glass of iced tea while the dragonflies and butterflies flit by. Just imagine living in the perfect country home…..

If you like the idea of peaceful and relaxed living with a comfortable floor plan, chances are you’ll like one of our country house plans! Country house plans are designed for comfort and everyday living whether you’re living along that quiet little road you imagined in the middle of nowhere or in the suburbs of a bustling city. These homes are most easily recognized by their covered front porches featuring columns and rails or covered wrap-around porches, but country house plans have some other notable characteristics too!

Dormer windows and window shutters are sometimes easily recognizable as exterior highlights of a country house plan. While they offer visual interest to the exterior, they keep the décor to a minimum. Dormer windows also have another purpose. They deliver plenty of natural light to the interior living spaces.

Counrty House Plan 064H-0043Country kitchens or eat-in kitchens are popular among country house plans. They are designed to enjoy a meal with a large group of people but are comfortable enough for everyone to relax and talk at any time. Additionally, the kitchen is the ideal place for the kids to do their homework while Mom or Dad prepares dinner and lends a helping hand with those tricky math problems and writing assignments.

Country house plans are often informal in design and generally feature an open floor plan that delivers free-flowing spaces and functionality. The open floor plan easily accommodates a crowd for holiday get-togethers or delivers relaxed space to share popcorn and a movie with the kids. These flexible spaces allow homeowners to use home in a variety of ways without a need for dedicated spaces designed for specific purposes.

In addition to covered front porches and the wrap around porches mentioned above, country house plans are often known to features plenty of outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces such as covered patios, screened porches and grilling porches, extend the living areas outdoors easily blending the interior and exterior spaces. This is an added bonus for those who love to entertain. With expanded entertainment space the possibilities are endless!

Practical spaces and features abound with country house plans. Kitchen islands, walk-in pantries, built-in desks and shelves, and mudrooms are just a few of the elements that deliver practicality with these homes. Bonus rooms and oversized garages provide room to grow and extra storage space.

Though the idea of a country house plan seems to promote a sense of a rural, rustic or even a nostalgic way of living, don’t be fooled! Many of the designs in our collection feature some of today’s most sought after features and up-to-date amenities like home theaters, wine closets/cellars, main floor laundry rooms, vaulted ceilings, and luxurious master suites.

If you’re looking for a home with a relaxed floor plan, practical features and a few special extras, take some time to browse our entire collection of country house plans.

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