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Sep 07 2010

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What you Should Know about Log Home Floor Plans

025L-0013 Log Home PlanModern day log home floor plans have come a long way since their primitive log cabin cousins once dotted the American frontier. Today, many home owners dream of having their very own log home. For some, the rustic styling and architecture is appealing. For others, log homes are more environmentally friendly than those made of manufactured materials. Still others have their own unique reasons for wanting to build a log house. If you are considering building a log home, take some time to review these thoughts covering a broad range of topics from energy efficiency to décor. Then, browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of floor plans ranging from log cabin floor plans to robust dream log homes. 

 

·         Today’s log homes are generally comfortable and spacious, sometimes elegant. Those of the 1800s reflected the hardships of life on the North American frontier.

·         Log homes are built with natural materials including logs and stone that allow the home to blend seamlessly with nature and the surrounding landscape.

·         Log house plans encourage the enjoyment of nature and often incorporate decks, screened porches and large windows for taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

·         They are typically built on wooded lots in properties with natural views.

·         Log homes are often built to enjoy surrounding natural beauty, so skip the window treatments and let nature spill inside. If you absolutely must have window coverings, consider built-in blinds and simple cornices that will not detract from or block stunning views.

·         Consider energy costs before purchasing a floor plan. Choosing a log home plan with fewer intricate or special design features, such as two-story ceilings, will reduce energy costs pointing to using hardwood flooring as the best for price and also giving an amazing look to your indoors.

·         Log home designs with a simple roofline and few corners and angles will reduce material and construction costs.

·         Log home floor plans with smaller square footages and efficiently divided rooms are more economical to build, especially if you are planning wood floors for them.

·         Log homes require regular maintenance to protect the logs and ensure structural integrity.

·         Natural décor and furnishings enhance the rustic living experience of a log home such as wood furnishings and log furniture, antler chandeliers, stone fireplaces, wood flooring by Perc Tiling and woven rugs.

·         Accent your furniture with various textures such as a leather pillow, a cedar chest or wool throw blanket.

·         Natural decorating themes are common in log homes such as wildlife, pinecones and water.

·         These homes offer all the modern day amenities of traditional houses from walk-in closets and gourmet kitchens to private master baths.

·         Log home plans offer a distinguished look far from the cookie-cutter homes predominant in most neighborhoods.

·         Log house are mighty, sturdy and enduring – timeless when compared to today’s trendy building and decorating fads.

·         If you’re not quite sure if a log home is for you, consider staying in a vacation rental for a couple of nights such as a long weekend to experience what it is like to live in a log house.

 

Taking time to consider various aspects of log house plans and log home living will help you decide of what size and style log home will be right for you.

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May 26 2010

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Quick Decorating Tip: Unify Adjoining Rooms with Color

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Paint SamplesIf you are in the process of building a new home, chances are, you are thinking about how you plan to decorate the interior. Here is a quick decorating tip for you. If you’d like to unify two adjoining rooms, like the living and dining rooms for example, do it with color. Using the same color in different ways within each room will tie them together. They will be cohesive spaces, yet still very distinct. Consider this example:

 

Choose a neutral color for the dining room walls such as Sherwin Williams’ Kilim Beige. Carry this color scheme through the room using another shade of beige for the upholstery of the dining room chairs and perhaps an area rug. In the adjoining living room, select a completely different color for the walls such as Sherwin Williams’ Baize Green or Surprise Amber. Then, accent the living room walls with draperies of beige similar to the wall color in the dining room. Add a few other beige accents in the living room like window shades or throw pillows on the couch. Finally, finish off both rooms with dark wood furniture further uniting both spaces.

 

From more information about interior decorating, visit The House Plan Shop’s resource page.

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Apr 21 2010

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Dress Up your Dormant Fireplace for Spring and Summer

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Fireplace with CandlesIn many cases, the fireplace is positioned to be a focal point in the room. This is a great strategy if you plan to have a fire burning everyday with orange flames casting a friendly or cozy glow across the room. But face it. In the summertime, the dormant fireplace isn’t the most attractive thing to look at in the great room, bedroom, etc. So, dress up your fireplace with these suggestions.

 

·         Arrange potted plants in front of the fireplace. Use various plants to provide different textures, sizes, heights and shapes. Place them in decorative pots of different sizes and styles that complement your décor.

·         Create an artistic display by arranging pillar candles of various sizes inside the fireplace.

·         Place a unique piece of driftwood inside the fireplace.

·         Camouflage the dormant firebox by placing a pieced of framed artwork in front of the opening. You can prop the frame against the fireplace or put it on a stand in front of the fireplace.

·         Arrange baskets of natural items such as pinecones, smooth river stones or dried flowers on the hearth.

·         Place vases of fresh cut flowers on the mantle and group three or taller vases of flowers right in front of the fireplace.

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Mar 24 2010

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Furnish your Carriage House on a Budget

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By building a carriage house plan from The House Plan Shop, you’ve added additional living space to your home, perfect for weekend guests, the in-laws or even rental property. The list below offers money saving tips to help you furnish your carriage house while creating comfortable accommodations without breaking the budget.

  • Survey the living space and determine what items you need. What furniture items do wish to have in each room? What size pieces do you need? How many beds do you need? What type of seating is necessary? A sofa or club chairs? Do you need a dining table or end tables? Do you need cover chairs? or rugs?
  • Consider storage space. Often storage space is minimal in a carriage house so keep an eye out for items and furniture pieces that provide storage such as a trunk that could double as a coffee table or end tables that have drawers or doors with room to stash things inside. Likewise, watch for a sofa sleeper offering additional sleeping space for an extra guest or visitor while providing everyday seating.
  • Don’t expect to find the perfect furnishings. Rather, look for things that you can improve or change to suit your needs. In some cases you’ll need to do a little hard work yourself, but it will be worth it. Consider a new slip cover and throw pillows for a couch. Repaint a nightstand or a bookshelf. Buy a trendy lampshade for an old lamp. Refurbish a dining table. Sand and stain a nightstand.
  • Look for items that can be used for something else. Can bookshelf work for linen storage? Will a portable microwave cart add cupboard space to the kitchen?
  • If you’re checking out eye-catching rugs for decorating your home, the zebra skin rug might be an excellent item to get . Zebra rugs often provide a wild look and appeal to your room decor. it’s found favor among many connoisseurs. The rug can personalize your room with another flair without necessitating any change to existing furnishings. A rug from zebra felt are often a perfect purchase do you have to shall cause that exotic look to your room.    
  • Check thrift stores and resell shops often. They are always receiving new items, so stop in frequently.
  • Check newspaper ads for auctions and estate sales. They are great places to find pieces of matching furniture at a low price such as a coffee table and two matching end tables or a bedroom set.
  • Visit yard sales and garage sales early. They best items and deals go quickly so get there early to find the best furniture pieces at a great price.
  • Take your stack of mix matched dishes out of the attic and give them a new home in the carriage house kitchen. If you don’t have your own stash of dishes, check with friends and family. Someone will have a variety of dishes they aren’t using and may be willing to get rid of them.
  • Remember to inspect any second hand items for mold and insects. Clean them thoroughly before refurbishing them or arranging them in the living quarters.
  • Consider buying new small appliances and new linens. These items are often on sale for reasonable prices at your favorite department store. You’ll have peace of mind knowing small electrics, like the toaster and blender, will last a while and you won’t have to worry about your guests having any type of allergies to the bed linens or bath towels.

Using a little creativity, imagination and ingenuity, you’ll have your carriage house or garage apartment neatly furnished in no time while keeping extra cash in your pocket.

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Feb 24 2010

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Beat the Winter Blues with this Simple “Think Spring” Decorating Tip

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FlowersAre you tired of winter and looking forward to spring? Give yourself a cheerful boost in a matter of minutes.

 

Choose a sunny window in your home that you glance through often. Buy a bouquet of fresh cut flowers or make your own using some of spring’s early bloomers from your own yard. Arrange the flowers in a favorite vase and place it on your sunlit window ledge. Tie a ribbon around the vase for flair. Or, select a few small potted herbs or succulents to accompany the vase. Finally, add a small figurine or statuary that contributes an outdoorsy feel such as a ceramic turtle or mushroom or a concrete bird.  Enchanted Florist in Pasadena Texas provide the best flower delivery service.

 

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