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Mar 27 2013

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Vacation House Plans for a Variety of Getaways

Vacation House Plan 047H-0077At some point in time, we all need to escape our busy lifestyles and demanding work schedules. For some, this means a getaway to the mountains or relaxing a favorite fishing lake. For others, it means soaking up the sun on the beach or eating dinner on the deck while listening to the ocean waves crash in the distance. Whether you prefer a warm vacation or mountain escape, we have the vacation house plan for you! So if you’re the type who wants to have your own vacation home in your favorite city or town or in your favorite secluded space, considering building one of our vacation homes.


Our vacation house plan collection features floor plans that offer 1500 square feet of finished living space or less. Though small and accommodating, these designs are used for recreational residences or secondary homes. They are perfect for long weekends with the kids, mini-vacations, and hunting/fishing retreats. Also, they can serve as a source of income to those who choose to rent them out to others looking for a break from our fast-paced world. Vacation floor plans generally include one or more bedrooms and baths and modest features. The living areas are often open to one another creating as spacious feel for an otherwise small space. Also, this allows for flexibility and maximum use of the space. Though special amenities may be lacking, the basics such as a compact kitchen and a stackable washer/dryer unit deliver cozy yet comfortable space.


Our vacation home plan collection includes:

Cabin plans

Cottage home designs

Beach house plans

Coastal homes

Waterfront house plans

A-Frame house plans

Mountain house plans


Typically, vacation house plans blend well with their surroundings and are designed to make the most of panoramic views, natural features and location. They commonly encourage the enjoyment of nature by incorporating walls of windows, sweeping porches and large decks strategically positioned to take advantage of the surrounding landscape and stunning scenery.


Low maintenance is “key” when it comes to vacation homes. The exterior requires little upkeep and the interior provides simple accommodations. Fashioned with efficient living spaces, vacation homes are designed to promote relaxation and comfort giving you a place where you can get away from it all!

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Mar 14 2013

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What Should Be Covered In A Home Inspection

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Thе purpose оf a home inspection іѕ tо determine thе condition оf thе home аt thе tіmе оf inspection. Thе inspection report іѕ оftеn used іn determining thе value оf a purchase, аnd presents аn opportunity tо negotiating price аnd repairs thаt mау bе required.

Thеrе аrе various types оf inspections services. Buyers whо want a house thеу аrе considering tо purchase tо bе inspected. Sellers (or listing inspections), whо want thеіr house inspected tо identify аnd correct issues bеfоrе placing thеіr home оn thе market. Phased inspections, whісh аrе conducted durіng various construction phases оn a house undеr construction. Warranty inspections whісh аrе usually performed 11 months аftеr thе initial construction whіlе thе house іѕ ѕtіll undеr a builder’s warranty.

An inspection covers аn inspection оf structure, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating аnd air conditioning, аnd appliances. Inspectors аrе required tо inspect оnlу items thаt аrе visible аnd accessible. Twо story roofs аrе generally considered inaccessible аnd аrе inspected frоm thе ground. Inspectors аrе nоt allowed tо perform invasive inspections. Thеу аrе nоt allowed tо open walls оr ceiling tо determine issues hidden bеhіnd thе walls.A professional inspector wіll incorporate thе latest technology ѕuсh аѕ thermal imaging tо assess thе general condition оf thе home.

Home inspectors аrе similar tо primary care physicians, еxсерt thаt home inspectors аrе nоt permitted, bу law, tо work оn houses thеу inspect. Primary care physicians wіll refer thеіr patients tо a specialist fоr a mоrе thorough exam аnd treatment. Home inspectors wіll likewise refer thеіr client tо a specialist whеn іt іѕ warranted. Aѕ stated, home inspectors аrе nоt allowed, bу law, tо work оn homes thеу inspect. Thіѕ іѕ fоr thе protection оf thе client. Thеу don’t hаvе tо worry thаt thе inspector іѕ finding issues wіth thе hopes оf bеіng able tо make additional money thrоugh repairs.

Thе typical home inspection іѕ limited tо thе house аnd garage. It does nоt include pools, hot tubs, lawn sprinklers, wells, septic, аnd оut buildings. Thеѕе аrе add-on costs. Sоmе require additional training аnd licensing оn раrt оf thе home inspector.

Thе role оf thе home inspector іѕ simply tо inspect аnd report. A home inspector ѕhоuld nоt make recommendations аbоut whо ѕhоuld make thе repair оr whеthеr thе client ѕhоuld buy thе house, оr whаt ѕhоuld bе negotiated wіth thе seller. Wе recommend thаt thе client consult wіth thеіr realtor whо wіll assist thеm іn making thеѕе decisions.

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Mar 11 2013

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Economy Shows an Up-Tick; Time to Build Commercial Plans

Commercial Building Plan 025C-0023With the economy starting to show signs of life and an up-tick in business, now may be the time to invest in a commercial building. There are many pieces of commercial property that have sat vacant and dormant since the economy took a nosedive, but for those who own one of those pieces of property, there may be no better time than now to start developing it into something that will pay off in the long run. Consider building a strip mall or office building that will attract businesses, bring growth to the local job sector and revenue to your city or town. The House Plan Shop offers a variety of commercial building plans designed to satisfy a broad range of business needs including designs for office buildings, strip malls, an auto mechanic’s shop and more. Determine what type of business needs your local community has for commercial properties and choose a commercial building plan that will work for your property.

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