A recent issue of Dream Green by Direct from the Designers House Plans is all about satisfying home builders craving for creating an eco-friendly kitchen.
After all, the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in any home and a key ingredient to any well-designed house plan. It is the place where we create great dishes and gather for food and conversation. When it comes time designing your new kitchen, be sure to satisfy your craving for style while balancing functionality, by making sure you have enough space for food preparation, storage, cooking and cleanup.
A great addition to any kitchen design is to incorporate a kitchen island so you can have extra space for food preparation and cleanup and more time for socializing. It is especially useful for entertaining, snacking, light lunches and breakfast, if you have enough room to add seating.
All of the house plans in Direct from the Designers green collection feature the latest in kitchen design ideas, from green flooring products to high-efficiency appliances, gorgeous countertops, water-efficient faucets and decorative millwork.
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Since building a home will most likely be one of the biggest projects of your lifetime, it is important that you select the right house plan for your needs, lifestyle and budget. Remember that you’re not just purchasing a home plan for today, but for a growing and exciting future.
A key element to finding the right house plan is to look for floor plans that offer lots of flexibility. For example, where a bedroom can easily be converted into a home office, nursery or den. You many not think you need it now, but plans that offer optional bonus spaces and basement floor plans are a great asset down the road when you find yourself needing more space for your growing family.
As you get ready to search for the perfect home plan, you need to evaluate your needs, lifestyle and finances by asking yourself some important questions:
What is your marital status? This will help determine what size home you will need, the amount of flexibility you need from your floor plan and the location of its bedrooms.
Are you an avid cook? Do you enjoy entertaining? If the answer is yes then you’ll want to make sure that you have a large, functional kitchen space. Most new kitchen designs feature designated work zones for preparation, cooking and cleaning. An open floor plan where the kitchen, dining room and great room share the same space makes it easy to socialize, especially if they lead to an outdoor living space.
Will you need extra space for overnight guests? If you have out-of-state family and friends you should consider a house plan with a guest suite or bonus room that can easily be converted in a bedroom.
Do you have a realistic home building budget? Being realistic about the amount of money you actually can afford to invest in building your new home is key to you enjoying your home. Even if you can afford a larger home now, keep in mind all the expenses that go into operating and maintaining a home this size, especially if your financial situation changes down the road. A well-designed house plan will allow for future expansions and include bonus spaces and basement options so you can easily add more space to your home.
It’s definitely a great idea to purchase a cost estimator (you can get a pretty comprehensive cost-to-build report for around $30) before you buy a house plan to make sure you not only can afford to build your home, but all the yearly utilities, taxes and maintenance bills that go along with owning a home.
Will you need a home office? Whether you work at home or not, you’ll appreciate having a dedicated office in your home so you can keep all your personal finances and projects together.
How important is it to have a master suite? Your bedroom should be the place you go to escape and relax after a long day. It should have all the features you need to pamper yourself like large windows, a sitting area, master bath with spa shower and/or hot tub and huge walk-in closets. While looking at house plans decide whether you want the master suite on the first or second floor or left or right wing of your home.
Do you want an outdoor living space? You can easily extend your home’s living space by incorporating an outdoor living space like a patio, porch, deck, outdoor kitchen and/or living room, sunroom and pool area.
It’s not only natural, but expected that when you find the “perfect” house plan, you’ll want to make some changes to truly personalize your home. Most modifications can be made by your builder directly on the blueprint (called redlining) to minimize costs. For more extensive changes, you’ll want to have the designer or architect make the modifications for you. Look for house plan companies that offer free modification quotes to make sure you can afford to build your home. If not, you’ll know what type of house plan you should be looking at that fits your needs and budget.
ENJOY searching for your dream house plan!
Everything about this European house plan is green, especially the way it integrates the indoor and outdoor living spaces. From sustainable materials like stone and stucco to barrel tile roofs to energy-efficient appliances to eco-friendly floors, countertops and decorative millwork – this home is designed to last forever. This breathtaking design is filled with plenty of entertaining areas like the lanai, loggia, courtyard, porch and pool. Inside you can enjoy an open floor plan where the gourmet kitchen looks into the great room with fireplace and gallery.
You will also enjoy browsing our collection of new green house plans (all part of our first ENERGY STAR house plan competition), which you cannot find anywhere else. For more information on how to build or remodel a home to incorporate sustainable and energy efficient practices and products, check out the newly added Green Living section. It is packed with informative articles on the latest tips, trends and products so you can live healthy and smart.
In its simplest form, a house is a structure that has four sides, a front door, a backdoor, windows and a roof. While most houses retain most or all of these characteristics, variation does exist. The materials used to build houses often vary, while the houses’ colors are also frequently different. Some houses have three-car garages, while others do not even have one. Many have basements, but if you live in a coastal area, the likelihood of your having a basement is slim. Some houses are big; others are small. Some are even called manors or mansions, while others are known as shacks or shanties. Overall, a house is a structure that has basic characteristics, but one house can dramatically differ from another.
And, a house is not simply a physical structure. In many ways, the intangible ideals that surround the term “home” are just as relevant. They also vary from one homeowner to another. More often than not, a house’s appearance represents status, well-being and lifestyle. Ultimately, a house represents the attainment of the American Dream.
The American Dream is different for everyone. Some people aspire to have large two story homes to show their financial success. Others simply want a humble one story house where they can spend a cozy life with their loved ones. Whatever they expect from their house, however, prospective homeowners must find a place that has the right floor plans to match their expectations.
Whether they want two story homes or ranch-style houses, homeowners should locate a professional, licensed designer who can create the best floor plans for their building projects. If they don’t bother to do that, they run the unfortunate risk of ending up with a house that they will not like. As a result, they might even come to hate something that was supposed to be their own version of the American Dream.
Her Dream Home is a new magazine from the editors at Dream House Plans, Home Plans, Floor Plans featuring the most beautiful collection of green house plans to fit your lifestyle and budget.
Find the best ideas and advice for building and designing your home, all in one place. Get building tips and design ideas on everything from selecting the right house plan to designing your kitchen from the leading architects and designers in the United States. Find plans with flexible living spaces, gorgeous kitchens, pampering master suites, extended outdoor living spaces and much more. Discover the latest green building materials and products from the only house plan company that has ENERGY STAR approved house plans. Learn innovative and affordable ways to be eco-friendly with new “green” materials and building practices.
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The leading architects and designers in the United States have come together to bring consumers and homebuilders an expanded collection of house plans, home plans and floor plans with their newly launched website called Dream House Plans, Home Plans, Floor Plans (Dream House Plans). Dream House Plans features a wide range of architectural styles and sizes and innovative new collections like ENERGY STAR approved house plans, fabulous kitchen designs, outdoor living spaces, a 3D collection and more.
Their Green Building section is packed with key information about green home building products and services to making building a new home more affordable, sustainable and enjoyable. The section features everything from product slideshows, inspiring home product ideas, top green home products, money saving coupons and interactive design tools.
Searching thousands of house plans has been made easier and more efficient through their comprehensive database featuring rich visual content that includes interior and exterior color photography and renderings in an easy to use slideshow format and 3D videos to showcase house plans.
The website was designed with in-depth, easy-to-use search functions to make finding the perfect house plan simple. You can easily find the exact home plan you’ve been looking for by selecting options like square footage, interior requirements, kitchen needs, bed and bath options, garages, porches, exteriors, foundation, lot characteristics, architectural styles and collections and more. No matter what you””””””””re looking for, you’ll find a house plan that meets your location, budget, style and needs.
Visitors can save plans and create a personalized library of house plans for future viewing making it easier, less expensive and more comprehensive than rifling through dozens of print plan magazines. Consumers can email their favorite plans to friends, family or builders to help in their decision-making process.
Dream House Plans is the ideal online resource for connecting home plan purchasers to the right products and tools to build their dream green home. Homebuilders can stay connected by joining their mailing list, visiting them on Twitter, sharing their FREE bi-monthly digital magazine Her Dream Home and subscribing to their daily blog feed.
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Welcome to Dream House Plans, Home Plans and Floor Plans. This new website is dedicated to giving consumers and homebuilders the most innovative and best-selling collection of green house plans online. We have assembled a group of the leading architects and designers to bring you their most popular house plans, in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes to make building your dream home an easy and enjoyable process. All of these stock house plans have been built hundreds of times so you don’t have to worry about incurring additional costs associated with hiring a designer to build a custom home. As an additional service, all of these plans can be modified to fit your exact needs and specifications. Once you’ve purchased a house plan from us, you can keep coming back to our Green Building section to find all the necessary information about the products and services you will need to build your home. We welcome your feedback about Dream House Plans, Home Plans and Floor Plans, so please contact us.