House Plans: Her Dream Home Magazine features Designers Personal Favorites

Building a new home is such an exciting project and it all starts with a having great house plans – one that compliments your lifestyle, taste and budget and that you can envision living in for many years.

For Direct from the Designers latest issue of Her Dream Home the editor decided to share some of their top designer’s favorite house plans, based simply on their personal favorites and of course aesthetics, not their best-selling (though a few just happen to be) house plans. These plans were selected to help inspire you to find your dream house plan.

Direct from the Designers latest issue of Her Dream Home Magazine showcases the designers and architects favorite house plans.


If you’re looking for luxury, you’ll enjoy the Ciscyane house plan, a contemporary Mediterranean featuring rich interior detailing. For every comfort of home, take a tour through the L’Attesa di Vita or if Craftsman is your style, take a look at the classic Halstad house plan. For a luxurious cottage house plan there’s the Olmstead, which features 3 levels of high-end living or if you’re looking for something smaller, there’s the well-designed, affordable bungalow cottage that’s just less than 2,000 sq. ft.

This issue also features articles about how to create a romantic master suite, the latest in pampering bath products and tips to design a cutting-edge home.

We would love to know which of these designs were your personal favorite and would be happy to answer any questions about these house plans or any of our collection of over 6,000 popular home plans.








House Plans: New Energy Efficient Mountain Lodge Log House Plan

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The newest house plan from Direct from the Designers is a gorgeous two-story mountain log home with plenty of green building products like ENERGY STAR windows.

Direct from the Designers newest energy efficient house plan is a two-story lodge log home. This new mountain house plan features plenty of windows for natural light and warmth, which helps reduce the cost of heating and electricity during the day. You can learn more about building a green home by reading this article featured in Direct from the Designers Green Living section. The two story vaulted ceiling in the great room is accented by two walls of windows and features a wood stove with hearth and cathedral ceilings.

It’s designed with 2” x 6” walls and log siding inside and out to minimize construction costs while meeting the more stringent energy codes in many localities, while retaining the charm of a traditional log home. Of course, this design can easily be modified to utilize other modern sidings and interior finishes. Simply contact Direct from the Designers by calling one of their home plan specialist at 877-895-5299 to find out how you can make this your custom dream home. All modification quotes are free. For your convenience you can fill out a modification form for any of their over 6,000 house plans.

Take a peek at the only collection of ENERGY STAR house plans.

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Enjoy the view from this two-story great with wood burning stove and wall of windows.



House Plans: Her Dream Home from Direct from the Designers features House Plans with Great Curb Appeal


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Her Dream Home from Direct from the Designers features great Fall decorating ideas that will inspire you to dress up your porch, light up your home’s exterior, carve a pumpkin, roll out the welcome mat, make a homemade pie and showcase your fireplace. You’ll find some hot, new house plans featuring innovative floor plans and plenty of curb appeal.



This latest issue of Her Dream Home from Direct from the Designers House Plans features great fall decorating ideas & tips that will inspire homeowners to dress up the porch, light up the home’s exterior, carve a pumpkin, roll out the welcome mat, make a homemade pie and showcase the fireplace. Homeowners will find some of Direct from the Designers newest house plans featuring innovative house plans with plenty of curb appeal.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dress your home in seasonal décor. There’s also an article on Creating an Authentic Craftsman Home, which highlights the key design elements to look for in a Craftsman house plan, particularly the front porch and entry.

“This new issue features some of Direct from the Designers most popular house plans based on curb appeal and interior design,” said Christine Sears, Managing Director of Direct from the Designers. “Readers will see spectacular homes with large open kitchens and living spaces and gorgeous outdoor living spaces to make entertaining easy.”

One of the homes featured in the new issue, The Fireglow Home Plan, captures the charm of homes from the French countryside. An offset entry featuring a fiberglass door from Therma-Tru’s® Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ opens to an impressive two-story foyer and a formal living room with fireplace lead to a formal dining room.

Another gorgeous home readers can take an inside peek of is The Chatham House Plan which embodies the essence of New England luxury and charm with its shingle-style gables, gambrels, columns, turrets, balconies and verandas. Inside is a spectacular grand circular rotunda with domed stained-glass ceiling and compass rose floor. The two-story great room with a curved bay window anchors the expansive family living space, which is great for entertaining.

For a selection of over 6,000 innovative house plans in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes, as well as their exclusive collection of ENERGY STAR house plans visit Direct from the Designers.

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House Plans featuring Eco-Friendly Kitchens

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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Selecting the Right House Plan

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.

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Searching for the perfect house plan can be made easy by browsing through Designers Direct House Plans collection of innovative designs featuring a wide range of architectural styles and unique collections like 3-D, Exclusive and ENERGY STAR house plans.

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.

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This Classic Country House Plan features a flexible layout for a small footprint. An expansive front porch opens into a dramatic living area with loft above. Each bedroom has a private bathroom suite, plus there’s plenty of extra storage space in the two-car garage.

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!

New European Green Design Voted “Best Outdoor Living”

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.

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This gorgeous European house plan took “Best in Outdoor Living” in the first annual ENERGY STAR house plan competition.

Creating a Romantic Master Suite

The master suite in your home is more than just a place to sleep and store your clothing. For couples, the master suite is a place to spend time together and enjoy romantic moments. The décor that you choose plays a big part in creating the right atmosphere and mood in your bedroom.

Choose soft colors for a romantic bedroom mood. You do not have to focus on traditional reds or pinks. Soft colors such as pale blue and sea green can create a serene and relaxing color, which is romantic. Also warm, earth tones can create a romantic mood for your master suite.

The texture of your bedding and fabrics adds to the romantic mood. Use soft, luxurious textures like satin, which are comfortable and enticing. Consider using fabrics for accents, such as a flowing canopy over the bed or on the wall behind the bed. Choose sheer fabrics that reach the floor for window treatments for a simple, romantic look in the room. Down comforters are soft and warm, which is perfect for cuddling and romance.

Since, the bed is the focal point of a romantic master bedroom you’ll want to choose a bed size that is appropriate for the size of the room and you and your partner. Don”t cram a king-sized bed into you room if it doesn’t leave adequate space to walk or for any other furnishings. If your room is large enough, a lounge chair or loveseat is a romantic touch for the room. Select curved and ornamented pieces to enhance the romantic theme in your master bedroom.

Lighting is an integral decorative accent to creating the right, romantic mood so select multiple layers of light so you can control the brightness in the room. Don’t forget to add plenty of candles. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to consider remodeling/redecorating your master suite so you and your partner have a romantic home getaway.

Get inspired by our collection of master suite house plans, which are all designed to create a relaxing, romantic and pampering retreat.

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This gorgeous master bedroom features all the amenities you need to create a romantic getaway .

Top 5 House Plan Trends

According to our architects and designers, house plan purchasers want to maximize usable space and prefer smaller, better-designed homes with high-end, green features, rather than homes with lavish amenities and too much extra space.

Based on the collection of house plans we sold this year and conversations with our consumers, we have put together a list of five home designs trends that we believe you can expect to see in the coming year – smaller homes, open floor plans, dual home offices, green details and outdoor living spaces.

1. Small is the new big. A shift toward “smaller, better-designed homes” has been occurring for quite some time and our designers continue to add new designs ranging from 1,400-2,800 square feet. What makes these smaller designs so effective is that have flexible living spaces so your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle and needs. Common flexible spaces include rooms that can be combined to create in-law suites, home offices (even his and hers), music/media rooms, craft or hobby rooms, dens that can become guest rooms and dining rooms that can become offices.

2. Open floor plans remain popular. Flexible and open floor plans where the kitchen opens up into the dining room and family room continues to be one of the most sought after features in a house plan. It is especially popular with homeowners who enjoy entertaining. The economy has also impacted this trend, since instead of going out for dinners all the time, homeowners are spending more time at home entertaining family and friends.

3. Dual home offices. Because of two-income families, there has been a rise in demand for extra office space. Many new home plans feature more than one flexible office space. In many cases there are several workstations (laundry room, master suite, kitchen area, great room) to accommodate the busy schedules of working parents.

4. Interest in green products. Interest in affordable, eco-friendly home details is increasing, especially as consumers continue to become savvy about green home building. Some of these new products include concrete counter tops, tankless water heaters, recycling bins built into kitchen cabinets, eco-friendly flooring, water-efficienty bath products and so much more. You””ll find many new home builders looking into alternative home insulation techniques to efficiently heat and cool their home.

5. Extending the indoors outside. There””s a big interest in making full use of ALL their living space, including outdoor areas. That means outdoor living enhancements such as fire pits, pools and patios and kitchens are allowing homebuyers to enjoy as much of their property as possible, for a much longer time.

Bottom line, house plan purchasers are looking for a functional space that is well-designed, efficient to build and maintain and that compliments their lifestyle. This is a big change from prior years when people believed “bigger was better.”

New House Plan Magazine Targets Women and Green Building

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.

Her Dream Home Magazine is a “must have” resource for home building consumers looking to build a gorgeous green home. Every issue will feature inspiring, product-rich articles and high-quality photography depicting the most innovative and best-selling designs from the countries top architects and designers. The premiere issue features inspiring green, affordable and luxurious house plans and articles on how to create fabulous and functional living spaces, what women want in home design, efficient kitchen work spaces and top kitchen and bath trends.

Download your free copy of  Her Dream Home today. Look for our holiday issue coming out next month.

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Her Dream Home, a new bi-monthly house plan magazine

Leading Architects Launch New House Plan Website

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.

We would love to hear your feedback about Dream House Plans.

Here’s to building your dream home!