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We’re over halfway through November and in just a week we’ll all be sitting at our dining room tables with a turkey and mashed potatoes. If you tend to be the one who hosts the holidays in your family, you want to make sure you have a dining room to host your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Open floor plans are great for casual get-togethers but when it comes to dinner parties, you’re going to want a place to fit a table that seats (at least) eight. Here are some fabulous house plans that feature a dedicated dining room for your entertaining needs.
The dining room in this house plan is perfect for your gatherings. The dining room combines with the foyer and living room creating a spacious floor plan for casual entertaining. Not only is the dining room inviting but the rest of the house has several amenities that are sure to keep you happy for years to come. With everything from a well-integrated three-car garage to lots of outdoor living space, this house will be perfect for your family gatherings year-round.
Just because this cottage is small doesn’t mean it can’t have a functional dining room. With this house plan you won’t just save on heating and cooling costs, but you will also benefit from efficient and compact design. The kitchen is designed with a buffet server and eating bar that are perfect for staging your Thanksgiving dinner.
A dining room might be a luxury, but if you have a sloped or view lot, a dining room is a big bonus for this home. This house plan is one of the most sought-after models by owners of view lots. The ample windows insure that your main living space, including your dining room have gorgeous views. A large central island in the kitchen doesn’t hurt either as you’re setting up your feast.
Whether you will be hosting your first Thanksgiving in your new home or you’re a seasoned pro at your family’s annual turkey dinner, you will want to take a look at a house plan with a dining room. Not only will it give you a space for lots of family memories, but you will be thankful for it down the line as your family gets bigger. Take a look through Direct from the Designers top-selling house plans and see if you can find a home that meets your needs.
Want a relaxing getaway with your new beach house plan? Consider incorporating Benjamin Moore’s® 2014 Color of the Year. An ethereal Blue called “Breath of Fresh Air” is being hailed as a “new neutral” for the New Year.
“We chose Breath of Fresh Air because we were seeing it across several different environments—it is our new neutral,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s® newly appointed Creative Director in a press release. “Our Color of the Year and Color Trends 2014 palette is a direct result of the fresh color cues and pastel trends we have seen throughout the home furnishing, fashion and even pop culture landscape.”
Benjamin Moore’s® 2014 Color Trends Collection breaks away from the pack. Not only is it packed with rich and enduring colors, but it is liveable for everyday homeowners and resonates with many different styles.
“As color rarely exists in isolation, Benjamin Moore® designed a palette of 23 colors that not only stand each on their own but also work well in harmony allowing the transitions of spaces and colors to flow seamlessly,” says the Benjamin Moore® press release.
The 23 carefully selected shades of Benjamin Moore® paint hues harmonize with each other to create the perfect interior design for any household, whether you are building a beach house plan or a cozy cottage house plan.
“We know that color is the ultimate form of personal expression, so we curated this collection to help consumers create beautiful spaces with confidence,” says O’Neill.
We love this ethereal blue and think that it is the perfect choice for a new house plan. Incorporate it in a beach house plan or for a simple bathroom retreat. Take a look through the house plan collections from Direct from the Designers and find the perfect place for your Breath of Fresh Air.
If you are looking to save more money on your energy bill then you should be sure to select a fiberglass entry door. According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, fiberglass entry doors are known for their reliability, durability, customization, and energy efficiency.
“If it becomes apparent that you are in the market for a new door, consider one made of fiberglass,” says Fielding in a Therma-Tru® press release. “A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus you get the benefits that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather.”
Fiberglass entry doors, like Therma-Tru’s® are designed and engineered to work together as a complete system of components. Together these components provide lasting performance, security, and energy-efficiency. The multi-point locking system included on Therma-Tru® fiberglass entry doors engage a series of locks at different places on the frame and the adjustable security strike plate can withstand up to three times the force of a standard strike place.
If you want your dollar to go far, then you can rely on Therma-Tru’s® Tru-Defense® Door System. The Tru-Defense® system maximizes the seal between the door and frame to keep out the damaging effects of wind and rain, while helping increase your home’s energy efficiency. You can purchase an optional upgrade system that includes weather stripping, a corner seal pad, bottom door sweep, and profiled sill. These components work together resulting in a fiberglass entry door system that can withstand severe weather conditional along with day-to-day wear-and-tear.
When it comes to entry doors you can’t go wrong with a fiberglass entry door. Not only are they reliable, durable, and completely customizable but they are designed to keep you safe. So take a look through Direct from the Designer’s extensive collection of house plans and then select the perfect fiberglass entry door for your new home from Therma-Tru®.
You may recall years ago, that green homes stood out for all the long reasons. Focusing more on practical application of green technology than design they often looked utilitarian. Today there are lots of elegant green homes that combine style with comfort and efficiency. What do green house plans have to offer you though and what makes house plans “green.” While you can save money by adding insulation and using green products, some home construction makes a green house plan’s general design energy efficient. Here are some design considerations that factor into building green house plans.
Windows and Orientation
If you want to save money on your energy bill then make sure you design your home so that the maximum amount of daylight comes through your windows. Lots of green house plans are designed with lots of windows and your builder can help you position the home on your lot to make sure you get the most out of them.
Most green homes are oriented towards the south where they get more light during the summer and heat from the sun during winter. This is also true when you consider addng solar technology. South facing roofs make for the best receptors of solar energy.
Durable is synonymous with eco-friendly when it comes to home construction. Using durable materials in the construction of a green house plan means that since they won’t need to be replaced less waste is produced, that that alone decreases your footprint. Almost all conventional building materials have a more sustainable eco-friendly alternative, so you can be sure to find something eco-friendly for every situation that will arise. Some popular eco-friendly materials include bamboo flooring, cotton insulation, and recycled glass counter tops.
Downsized House Plans
Smaller homes have been a rising trend in home construction and smaller house plans do tend to be more energy efficient. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to be green though. Plenty of homes with a footprint of less than 2,500 feet are not only energy efficient but use space wisely so that you don’t have to worry about feeling like you live in a shoe box.
These elements of green design help to make house plans energy efficient but there are plenty of things you can do to make your home greener during the construction process. Adding ENERGY STAR® and energy-efficient products will help you lower your bills. Just remember that you don’t have to fear green design. Check out the green house plan collections from Direct from the Designers to find your perfect green home.
October is Energy Awareness Month and if you are looking for a way to cut on your home’s energy consumption, Therma-Tru® suggests taking a look at your front door. Ideally your front door should be evaluated once a year to determine the door’s operation and energy-efficiency status.
“Every component of a home needs to be replaced at some point over time,” says Derek Fielding, director of product management for Therma-Tru®. “Most homeowners can get years of service out of their front door, but there will come a time when a door needs to be replaced. That is why it is important to annually evaluate and maintain your main entryway.”
Here are some tips to help you determine when to replace your front entry door.
TIP #1: Open your front entry door on dry, wet, and humid days. If your front entry door does not close securely or fit tightly on humid days, it’s most likely leaking air on dry days, which means your home is losing energy.
TIP #2: Weather stripping is very important when it comes to savings. You can save energy by making sure the weather stripping on all sides of your front entry door is not worn out. You can check for this by picking a bright day and checking for daylight flowing through the perimeter. If light is coming in then so can external air and moisture.
TIP #3: Locks don’t just protect your home, but they can also help you determine if your front door needs to be replaced. Check your locks for smooth operation. If you only have a one-point lock system you should consider upgrading to a front entry door with a multi-point locking system. A multi-point locking system on your next door gives you a tighter fit against your weather stripping and will help to provide greater energy savings.
TIP #4: Touch your door on both hot and cold days. If the exterior temperature is permeating to the inside surface your door may not have adequate insulation. If this is the issue, consider upgrading the door with an ENERGY STAR qualified product for your geographical area. Also remember to consider a multi-point locking system.
TIP #5: You can tell if your door is doing its job based on appearance. If you have a wood door, warping or rotting may occur after years of service and steel doors can dinge and rust over time. Both of these are red flags that your door should be replaced.
Taking a few minutes for a couple of these tips can save you money on your energy bills and keeps your front entryway looking as nice as the rest of your home. Take a look through all the collections at Direct from the Designers to find your perfect house plan, and once you have your perfect house plan you can order a Therma-Tru® entry door that perfectly complements your home’s exterior style.
If you are just starting your house plan search, you should start with a small house plan. The trend in American construction has been to make smaller homes lately and house plans reflect that. Designers and architects have been designing lots of stylish small house plans under 2,500 square feet. Small house plans make the perfect home for those who want to live a more energy-efficient lifestyle or those that are just starting out or simply want to downsize.
If you like craftsman details and outdoor living space, this beautiful small house plan is perfect for you. With front and rear covered porches, this small house plan has plenty of outdoor living spaces. The great room has vaulted ceilings and built-in cabinetry with a gas fireplace. This small house plan also includes a spacious kitchen has an island with an eating bar and a master bedroom has raised ceilings. The master suite also opens into a well-equipped bathroom with dual lavatories. This small house plan also includes a garage also includes a shop area for projects and storage and the upstairs allows for expansion. A generous flex space could be used as a home office, dining room, or a playroom making this small house plan a real catch.
This small house plan may look like a simple country home but with popular amenities and a modest footprint. This small house plan is one you will be happy to call your home. One of the highlights of this small house plan is a secluded master suite with a circular spa tub. A bayed breakfast area is another spot, perfect for casual breakfasts with coffee, tea, and waffles with your morning paper. The cozy fireplace anchors the great room at the center of this floor plan and a large bonus space on the upper floor complete this small house plan.
This small house plan has beautiful cottage charm. With only 1,698 square feet of living space you will get all the benefits of living in a small house plan without feeling like you live in a shoebox. You are sure to fall in love with this small house plan inside and out with great exterior details such as dormers, shutters, and Craftsman details outside and a perfect space for entertaining inside this small house plan will meet all of your needs. Not to mention, this small house plan also gives you space for future expansion with the use of a bonus area.
Living in a small house plan doesn’t mean you have to live in a shoebox. If you don’t believe that you can have style, function, and space in a small house plan take a look at Direct from the Designers’ small house plan collection and find your perfect small house plan.
Painting your home’s exterior is just as intimidating as going into the paint store and picking out a new color for your bedroom wall. No lying, it is a big project, and while you might be overwhelmed with color selection, here are a few tips to help you choose the colors your new home will be.
More than one color doesn’t have to be expensive. When it comes to getting that paint job you see in the paint catalogue, know that the use of more than one color does not have to cost a fortune. Unless you plan to paint with numerous hues the price tag won’t break the bank. So if you happen to like the way that the red painted shutters will look with a new shade of navy, go for it.
Use your accent colors wisely. One of the big mistakes that homeowners make when painting the exterior of their house is highlighting the unattractive elements such as the gutters, downspouts, and a protruding garage door. Remember, your home’s paint job will be one of the first things people see, and the last thing you want them looking at is your air conditioning unit or an unevenly placed window.
Don’t ignore your neighbors. The color scheme of your house should not clash with the neighbor’s house. To make sure that all the neighbors are happy choose a color scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle way.
Don’t forget your lawn. What really ups the ante when it comes to curb appeal is a nicely manicured lawn. Take a moment to consider different flowering shrubs or flower gardens in compatible colors.
Look at paint chips outside. Colors look their best out in natural light, and since you are painting the exterior of your home, viewing chips in the sunlight is the best way to gauge how the color will look once it is on your house.
It might take a while for you to decide on the color, but once you decide on a color you will find that a fresh coat of paint does wonders for your new home. If you have no idea where to start, take a look at some of Direct from the Designers collections for inspiration.
Sometimes you just have to defy conventions. These modern house plans do just that. Not only do their exteriors look different, but there is a science to it. Homes built this way often have the living space on the top floor and the bedrooms on the bottom floor. The added elevation allows homeowners to enjoy views from up high. Many of these homes are perfect for a lakefront, beachfront, mountain, or coastal area. Take a look at these three unique and inviting house plans to get an idea their appeal.
This angled and contemporary house plan is a popular design. Because of its layout this house plan is classified as an inverted two-story. With the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living space on the top floor this house plan is ideal for lots with lots of scenic views. This house plan also includes a quiet study that will tempt you to work from home and a roof terrace perfect for stylish parties. This house plan also has a very low footprint at on 2,562 square feet.
If you have some great views to capture then take a look at this modern house plan. An exclusive design, this house plan is often referred to as an “upside down” plan. No this plan doesn””””t defy gravity, but it does have a second floor living area where you can take advantage of picturesque views. The upper level also features a large deck for you to enjoy some outdoor living. The lower level contains four bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with two full baths.
Given that it is perfect for a lot with a view, it should be no surprise that this house plan is designed on a pier foundation in order to accommodate beachfront or lakefront locations, but if your lot allows this house plan can also be built with a basement.
Homes like this one mix exterior materials while accommodating a view and providing open space inside. The house also sports a narrow footprint to fit many mountainside, lakefront, beachfront, or coastal lots. The wrap-around balcony also captures the views as well as the breezes. The master bedroom is situated on the main level with its own private balcony. A master bathroom also has a walk-in shower. The third floor remains open to serve as flexible space. It can be a game room or a sleepover headquarters. The lower floor also contains flexible space for family functions and a suite of its own.
Homes like these here are not just unique and fun to look at, but they capture beautiful views. Their layout might be a little bit counterintuitive but “upside down” plans mean that there will be plenty of picturesque views to see from windows and decks. If a modern house plan is catching your interest, see more plans like these in Direct from the Designers”””” modern house plan collection.
There is a new trend in new house plans. With a changing economic climate, plus environmental concern the size of new American homes has started to decline. After being in an uphill trend for three decades the last five years have started a slow decline with the size of the average home shrinking by five percent.
In 1973 the size of the average American home was 1,160 square feet. In 2007, the average size of the American house plan grew 40 percent to 2,521 square feet. In 2010, the average square footage of a new home was 2,392 square feet. The average size of the American home is expected to shrink another 10 percent by 2015.
Not only is new home construction leading towards smaller homes but demand for these homes in increasing. A third of American homebuyers said that they preferred a home under 2,200 square feet and 28 percent of Americans ages 55 to 59 would prefer a smaller home.
Why are homes getting smaller? Well trends point to smaller lots being sold. In 2011, 22 percent of design firms reported a decrease in lot size. Then there is also the environmentally conscious side. Weighing things like how many trees have to be cleared and how much the average energy cost is for a smaller home all make small homes favorable.
So if you are searching for a house plan and are a little worried about square footage, take a moment and look at the benefits of living smaller and your fears will be put at ease. You can even browse the small house plan collection at Direct from the Designers. All the house plans in this collection are less than 2,000 square feet and come in a variety of styles. You are sure to find a house plan that fits your needs.
Driving toward this beautiful award-winning house plan’s creative façade you will admire the lovely stucco, columns, and copper standing seam roof with stone and brick highlights. If the outside has you interested, the inside will have you amazed.
Inside this house are three floors. The interior starts with a winding staircase and carved hand rail. The honey colored hardwood floor imbues this house with a warm and inviting feeling as you continue into a two-story formal dining room with front-property views.The adjoining butler’s pantry is announced by an archway and leads into the kitchen. The kitchen features a center food-prep island counter that overlooks a breakfast nook. This cozy corner offers wide views through large windows and affords access to the rear porch.
Past the foyer are tall windows that brighten the two-story family room, bringing in a sense of the outdoors and plenty of natural light. A featured fire place makes it a cozy space to cuddle on cold winter nights, or just to relax and read a good book.On the other side of the staircase are the library and the spacious master suite, which has access to the rear terrace with a large master bedroom and bathroom giving you plenty of space to relax and unwind from a long day.
The winding staircase leads to ideal living spaces for a family. Upstairs are three other bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet ensuring that this home is not short on storage space. If you take the staircase downstairs, it leads you to a dedicated rec room, media room, and a theater in addition to a dedicated storage space, another bedroom, and two guest rooms. With such ample living space, this home is perfect for a large or growing family.
It”s so easy to feel at home in this lovely, spacious colonial house plan. With every inch of space used this house makes good use of its ample size to offer you storage and functionality, as well as comfortable living. Read more about this house plan at Direct from the Designers.