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Jan 26 2011

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European House Plan: An Old World Castle with Modern Amenities

029H-0101 European House PlanStylish details, reminiscent of the Old World, grace the exterior of this modern day, European house plan. The exterior showcases an electric mix of stucco and stone complimented with a swooping roofline, wood trim, decorative windows and a turret-like element for extra flair. Furthermore, from the exterior, the second floor is not noticeable as it is hidden in the roof. While all these elements compose a stunning two-story home with elegant street appeal, the impressive exterior hides a thoughtful floor plan showcasing many of today’s most requested features for family living.

 

Stepping in from the covered entry, the foyer quickly introduces the galleria with open stair and views to the handsome balcony above.  The galleria directs traffic to the great room anchored by a crackling fireplace flanked with built-ins. This comfortable space is ideal for everyday happenings and formal gatherings. Double doors open to the terrace extending the living areas outdoors. A huge island is the centerpiece of the kitchen which teams up with the breakfast room and overlooks the great room, the best part is that you can still get kitchen cabinets from Ultimate Bathrooms & Kitchens if you want to add something to this kitchen. This open arrangement encourages conversation and family time well spent, allowing the chef to prepare meals while being involved in other things going on in the living spaces. Strategically positioned, the kitchen serves both the breakfast room and formal dining room with equal ease. Don’t miss the walk-in pantry providing storage for bulk foods and small kitchen appliances. Double doors open to reveal the peaceful study, perfect for a home office. Closets provide plenty of storage and with the full bath nearby, this space easily converts to a guest suite when overnight visitors arrive. Organization is at hand with the mud room, laundry room and 3-car garage joining forces to keep things neat and tidy.

 

Designed for the home owner, the master suite is a secluded, pampering retreat decked with everything you’ll love and nothing you won’t want. You’ll appreciate private access to the terrace, ideal for stargazing with your loved one on a clear night. The master bath is brimming with fine appointments like dual vanities, a window soaking tub, roomy shower, compartmented toilet and walk-in closet made for two.

 

On the second floor, the balcony connects with three bedrooms suites. Each designed with its own bathroom, these bedrooms are perfect for teenagers and guests. The media room and game room are special retreats the whole family is sure to love. Create your own home theater in the media room or take part in a billiards game with friends in the game room. Notice the handy wet bar, just right for serving drinks and snacks. Finally, pay attention to the balcony gazing down on the kitchen. The tall ceiling here adds a sense of spaciousness.

 

Exquisite and stylish, this luxury European house plan will shine in any neighborhood.

 

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Jan 19 2011

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11 Bathroom Safety Tips

House Plan 053H-0054 Masterbath PhotoDangers exist all around the home. Unless you have proper safety precautions in place, you, your family and your guests might be in danger. Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home, and it is necessary to practice bathroom safety to ensure everyone’s well being, for example is very important to use quality bathroom moonee ponds like these. The bathroom safety tips listed below shouldn’t be ignored. Recognizing potential bathroom dangers and practicing bathroom safety will prevent accidents in your home. Bathrooms could even have complicated designs that make it dangerous for people to walk around in so if you are trying to make your bathroom more stylish without taking up too much space then consider adding a glass shower door. The House Plan Shop recommends reviewing the following 11 bathroom safety tips:

 

1.    Mop or dry up accumulated water on the floor or counter tops and inspect both surfaces after bathing, brushing teeth and washing hands. Puddles on the floor can cause someone to slip and fall. Standing water on the floor or counter top is cause for electrocution as mentioned in Tip 2.

2.    Use ground-fault circuit interrupters in areas where water is present. (This is a good idea in the kitchen too.)  An electrician can install them for you. They will prevent you from being shocked should electricity and water meet.

3.    Prevent burns by setting the water heater at or below 120 degrees F. Also, consider installing anti-scald faucets in sinks, bathtubs and showers. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can get a Water Heater Installation very easily with this company.

4.    Use slip resistant mats after your bathroom remodeling in and around wet floors and in the bathtub and/or shower. Purchase mats with a non-slip backing to prevent slips and falls on the bathroom floor or when stepping in an out of the bathtub and shower.

5.    Consider installing grab bars near the toilet, shower and bathtub. They make it easier to stand after using the toilet and get in and out of the tub and shower safely particularly for seniors and disabled people. Do not use a soap dish, towel rack, or door knob as a grab bar. If you can’t install either of these tings then conisder 

6.    If small children are in the home, keep the toilet lid closed as well as the bathroom high speed doors. You might even want to install a lock on the outside of the bathroom door out of reach of small children and keep the bathroom locked at all times, just remember to work with the best Ahwatukee bathroom contractors. It doesn’t take much water to drown a child. Children have been known to drown in no more than an inch of water and an open toilet is looming hazard to a curious child.

7.    Cleaning supplies should be kept out of reach of children. Most cleaners can be poisonous to children, so keep cleaning supplies under lock and key.   

8.  Likewise, do not keep medications in the medicine cabinet if there are children in the home. This includes prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Child-proof lids may deter a child in most cases, but a very determined child can still manage to get medicine bottles and containers open. 

9.  Don’t forget about tweezers, manicure scissors, pointed nail files, nail polish remover, etc. Keep these items out of reach of children.

Make sure all of your bathrooms have adequate lighting during the day and a nightlight to illuminate the room at night preventing trips, slips and falls – don’t forge the glass panels.

Electrical items in the bathroom can lead to deadly accidents. Do not plug in electrical items in an area where water is present including outlets near the sink, toilet, shower and bathtub. One wrong move could send your plugged-in electrical item into the water causing electrocution. Check in the Basins  section on www.bathroomsandmorestore.co.uk to look for the right and safest products for your bathroom furniture and expect the best quality and prices.

 

With a little common sense and these bathroom safety tips, you’ll be able to keep family and friends safe when using your bathroom.

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Jan 12 2011

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Featured Traditional House Plan with Family Friendly Layout

025H-0032 Traditional House PlanShowcasing traditional styling, this one-story house plan delivers an all American look with its front facing gables and brick façade. Inside, you’ll find a floor plan designed to offer functional family living with its practical layout and features. Stepping in from the covered front porch, the foyer quickly introduces the dining room and great room. The open and spacious gathering areas deliver a warm and inviting feel your guests will immediately notice, while the 10’ and 11’ ceilings create a sense of grandness. A unique layout reveals the hearth room at the back of the home mirroring the great room. This space offers a more casual gathering area while the great room handles formal affairs and special occasions. A pass-thru fireplace warms both gathering spaces. Serving breakfast to the kids before school or a snack after classes is a snap with the eating bar enhancing the step-saver kitchen. Multi-tasking and unloading groceries are a breeze with the laundry room and 2-car garage situated near the kitchen. You can easily prepare dinner while you wash clothes for work tomorrow and deliver groceries to the kitchen without leaving the kids in the unattended in the hearth room for too long. Split bedrooms afford privacy to your well appointed master suite. Notice the elegant 10’ box ceiling and pocket door access to the deluxe master bath sporting a whirlpool tub, separate shower, double bowl vanity and compartmented toilet. A huge walk-in closet completes this space. Across the home, two family bedrooms share a full bath. Filled with all the things you’re hoping for, this traditional house plan is second to none!  

 

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