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Oct 22 2018

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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

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Residential Safe Rooms – The House Plan Shop

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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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Dec 19 2017

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Why Choose The House Plan Shop?

Once you have made the awesome decision to build a new home, it is time to choose a house plan. The HousePlanShop is a premier house plan provider offering a multitude of designs created by home plan designers and architects from all over the USA and Canada. Utilize the advanced search to narrow your house plan choices by architectural style, square footage, number of levels, and/or number bedrooms and bathrooms you desire. Save your favorites and come back later for further comparison and consideration. Some designs even include photos of completed homes to help visualize your very new house.

 

Spend as much time as you want contemplating and musing over hundreds of plans, all from the comfort of your home computer.  Available blueprint packages and prices are listed on each respective house plan page. Should you find a design you like but it’s not quite perfect, submit a modification request for a free quote to modify the plan to suit your needs. If you prefer to start from scratch, a custom design service is available.

 

Even if you are already settled in your forever home, The HousePlanShop has much to offer. Consider designs for a vacation home, whether the destination is the mountains or the sea. Rental property provides additional income and this website offers a variety of duplexes and multi-family plans.

 

Please take some time to browse the designs at www.TheHousePlanShop.com and take advantage of its many treasures.

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Aug 31 2017

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Looking for a Family-Friendly House Plan? Try These Designs

If you are looking for a house plan to accommodate your family, sometimes it is hard to find the right mix of bedrooms, bathrooms, gathering spaces, quiet spaces and outdoor living areas. Additionally, convenient elements like a kitchen island, plenty of closet space, a large garage, and an easy-to-access laundry room are a must. There are other things to consider as well, like the number of levels and foundation type. Below are three family-friendly house plans that will get you started on your search for the right design and floor plan that will accommodate your family and lifestyle.

 

House Plans 050H-0135050H-0135: The great room located centrally on the main level of this open house plan, functions as a gathering place for every day family activities.  With its cathedral ceiling, a feeling of spaciousness is prevalent throughout the room.  Situated on one end is the kitchen.  It has a long roomy counter that is great for little ones to pull up a chair while mom and dad prepare a meal.  The close proximity of the kitchen and walk-in pantry to the 3-car garage, makes for convenient and efficient transfer of groceries from trunk to storage.  Busy families will appreciate that flow as with the laundry.  Washer and dryer are just steps from the master bedroom’s walk-in closets and likewise from the stairs to the children’s bedrooms on the second floor.  Families can break bread together in the dining room as they discuss their day.   A covered back porch and a screen porch offer protected enjoyment of the outdoors.  When day is done, children are tucked into their beds on the second floor, close enough to look in on, but far enough away for parents to enjoy their privacy in the main level master bedroom.

 

House Plan 001H-0101001H-0101: This attractive country house plan features a multi-material façade and would look great on any block, especially if it’s yours. It is a dandy fit for a family. Each of the children’s bedrooms has its own full bath so there’s no waiting and no bickering. Mom and Dad each have their own walk-in closet, their own vanity in the master bath, and their choice of separate shower or bath. There is sitting space in the master bedroom, the perfect getaway from the rest of the household when need be. Between the children’s rooms is a media room, a great place for using the computer for homework or games. A spacious great room with a vaulted ceiling readily accommodates daily family activities. With its handy food prep island, the kitchen is designed for efficient completion of meals and their delivery to the raised snack bar or dining room. Utilize the patio in back or the covered porch for outdoor gatherings. Every family needs lots of storage spaces and you will find them here. There is a small flex room that is probably large enough to house your hobby supplies or store the holiday decorations. A bonus room over the garage provides more storage or looks toward the future as your family grows.

 

House Plan 007H-0060007H-0060: Begin with the covered front porch of this family-friendly Southern house plan. It provides plenty to welcome guests and delivers unobstructed views. Perfect for pulling up a chair and visiting with a neighbor while waiting for the school bus to drop off the kids. An open floor plan accommodates family activities and a formal living room makes entertaining company special. Interior details such as the master bedroom tray ceiling, columns at the entry, a family room fireplace and the kitchen snack bar make everyday living extraordinary. For outdoor activities, the open patio is a great space for grilling and the screen porch provides outdoor dining while protecting you from pests. Each of the bedrooms boasts its own full bath and walk-in closet. Mom and Dad enjoy their privacy on the opposite side of the home. The three-car garage offers protection for the family vehicles and lawn equipment. Above it is a bonus room for extending your living space as the family grows.

 

Use our advanced search to look for more family-friendly house plans that will satisfy your family’s needs.

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Jun 22 2015

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Get Rid of Mosquitoes Around Your Home

While we all love to enjoy summertime activities like gardening, picnic, backyard barbecues and playing with the kids in the yard, many of us across the country have one thing in common: Tiny mosquitoes can sometimes be HUGE troublemakers! Not only do they annoy us with their buzzing and itchy bites, but they also transmit various diseases. So, it is a good idMosquitoea to try to get rid of these pests near your home. You certainly won’t miss them when you are enjoying your favorite backyard activities.

 

Begin by eliminating standing water. Mosquitoes need less than one inch of standing water in which to lay their eggs. Make an effort to eliminate standing water around your home by emptying bird baths or fill them with fresh water daily. Dump out buckets and pales of standing water. Cover or store things that tend to catch and hold water in your yard or on your back porch like empty flower pots, patio furniture or the kid’s plastic toys. Wading pools, dog dishes, sandbox toys and old tires are all great places for water to collect that will attract mosquitoes sooner or later. Also check your yard for areas where water tends to stand after a rain or after you’ve used the hose or sprinkler. Whether it is in a flower garden or the middle of your yard, areas that hold pockets of water should be leveled with fill dirt to prevent standing water. Finally, check your gutters. Clear any debris from your gutters as clogged gutters are an attractive place for mosquitoes.

 

While water is a main mosquito attraction, they can be found in dry spaces and places that provide cover during the day. Shrubs, bushes and ornamental grasses are wonderful for landscaping, but they are also a wonderful place for mosquitoes to congregate during the heat of the day. Keep your shrubs trimmed and your lawn mowed. Remove weeds as well. All of these things will attract mosquitoes to your backyard if left unattended.

 

Consider natural insect repellants for your backyard. Some plants are natural repellents for mosquitoes and other insects and they blend nicely with other landscaping vegetation. Consider planting catnip, rosemary or marigolds.

 

Using electric outdoor fans on your patios and porches or burning citronella candles when outdoors will help create an environment that isn’t very inviting to mosquitoes. If you create an unfriendly environment for mosquitoes, you’ll actually increase your own outdoor comfort level!

 

At night, turn out porch lights if it isn’t necessary for them to light your porch or entry. Porch lights will attract mosquitoes and other insects after dark. You only need to open your front door one time while these critters are swarming around your porch light, and you’ll quickly have some winged and buzzing guests inside your home. If you need to have the porch light on at night, consider using LED bulbs. These bulbs do not put off as much heat at incandescent bulbs and are therefore less inviting to mosquitoes. Additionally, check window screens for holes and repair them to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

 

With a little effort, you can make your home and backyard a little less mosquito friendly and a lot more people friendly.

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