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Feb 28 2019

Landscaping Ideas for Your New Home – The House Plan Shop

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Category: Landscaping

Building a new house is an exciting experience for you and your family, but you need to consider your yard and landscaping as well. You can transform that uninviting patch of dirt into an amazing outdoor space that your family will enjoy for years to come. Now is a good time to let your imagination run wild since you are starting from scratch. Consider your current and future needs, and if you will need professional help; it’s available at every step.

When determining the size of your lawn, think about how much open space you’d like to have before crowding yourself out with flowers, trees and shrubs. It would be unfortunate not to have a nice level space for playing washers or catch, or to place a swing set for the kids.

The lawn itself, whether sodded or seeded, will need daily watering until it’s established. Whatever watering system you use, consider buying a rain gauge to ensure you lawn receives the necessary amount of water to grow and thrive.

Shrubs or hedges can be used to create boundaries as can flower beds. Until those well-placed trees mature and create their shady canopy, explore other options for shade like a trellis, arbor or pergola.  

This would also be a good time to add visual features like koi ponds, waterfalls or fountains.  Most likely, you will already have underground pipes and lines marked so you won’t hit something when digging. 

Koi Pond

If you want to had hardscapes to your yard, take some time to consider concrete benches, stepping stones, and statues. With that open dirt lot, placing items that may need foundations or leveling will be a lot easier than digging up an established lawn. 

Although it may seem like a huge task, a little preplanning will hopefully curb those “coulda, woulda, shoulda“ moments that come later. Even if they do, by then you will be a seasoned homeowner, an amateur landscaper and master gardener and you will know how to deal with it.     

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Jan 28 2019

New Multi-Family House Plans to Explore – The House Plan Shop

The House Plan Shop continuously adds new multi-family house plans to our website. Take some time to learn about a few of our newest duplex plans.

031M-0082 – This duplex house plan is a very appealing house plan for two families. Park in the two-car garage and enter through the laundry room, which points the way to the kitchen in this open design. Enjoy chilly nights in front of the family room fireplace, then head upstairs to bed.  Besides the master bedroom, there are two secondary bedrooms. Truly a floor plan to suit the needs of any family, times two.

Multi-Family House Plan 031M-0082
Multi-Family House Plan 031M-0082

051M-0021 – This Craftsman plan presents two impressive units, each over 1400 square feet, and each with a front entry one-car garage. The open floor plan features a vaulted ceiling in the living and dining areas and in the master bedroom which is located on the main level. Well-spaced patios in back allow each family a bit of privacy when outdoors. Two sizeable secondary bedrooms upstairs share a full bath. A handsome exterior with definite curb appeal will draw tenants in, and the beautiful interior will make them stay.

Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0021
Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0021

062M-0002Here’s a multi-family plan that presents appealing attributes that will assure its occupancy. The main level offers a comfortable living room followed by the kitchen with a snack bar and dining area. Access the half bath from the living room and the laundry from the kitchen. All the bedrooms are located on the second floor. Equal in size, the bedrooms each have a full bath and a walk-in closet. This configuration will serve families with older children well and appeal to college students or any adults desiring to share living spaces with roommates.

Multi-Family House Plan 062M-0002
Multi-Family House Plan 062M-0002

051M-0024 – This duplex house plan is so attractive that one must look closely to realize that it is not a single residence. The kitchen features a snack bar in this open floor plan that can be used to pass dishes to the dining room. Upstairs the owners’ suite and two secondary bedrooms reside in peace and quiet. With the garages located at the back of the plan, each unit is privileged to possess a very private side patio.

Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0002
Multi-Family House Plan 051M-0002

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Dec 20 2018

Cabin House Plans for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Category: Cabin House Plans

Outdoor enthusiasts whether hunters, fisherman, or birders will enjoy a cozy place to lay their weary heads at night. We supply the cabin plans, you provide the landscape.

Cabin House Plan 066H-0006066H-0006: Take a look at this handsome and rustic cabin plan. What a beautiful way to provide the basics. This open design presents comfortable living space that looks out to the world through a wall of windows. A fireplace on one end, warms the chilly evenings and an outdoor living room on the other end offers a place to visit with family and friends or just enjoy the views. Two bedrooms and two full baths round out this home away from home.

Cabin House Plan 027H-0153027H-0153: This simple cabin house requires little upkeep yet offers all the essentials. There’s a place to sleep, eat, clean up and chill out while warming up next to a wood burning stove. Kick back in a rocker on the porch and cast a line into the lake or watch the deer frolic in the evening light. You’re sure to find relaxation with this cozy home.

 

 

Cabin House Plan 012H-0266012H-0266: Here is a vacation cabin designed with a wrap-around porch for enjoying a rear view. A bench and hooks at the both entrances help keep outerwear in tow. This open design features an eating bar and a hearth warmed great room. Keep the family in clean clothes with a washer and dryer off the mud room. Pull down stairs access attic space for storage.

 

Cabin House Plan 072H-0198072H-0198: A fresh modern look with lots of windows to enjoy the view are the highlights of this vacation house plan. A two-way fireplace warms the open living space and the bedroom. Concealed by double doors, the washer and dryer keep clothes and linens clean. With its separate tub and shower, the full bath offers choices for the occupants to invigorate themselves with a shower or to soak in a warm tub.

 

For more choices like these, please browse our cabin house plan collection.

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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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Category: Miscellaneous

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 roller shutters Melbourne 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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