Designers Direct House Plans just added five new innovative house plans to its extensive collection of over 5,000 unique home designs, including the only collection of ENERGY STAR approved house plan.
The designers set out to create flexible floor plans that minimize wasted place and provide future expansion options for rooms like a home office, media room, extra bedroom or playroom so homeowners don’t outgrow their home. Today’s budget conscious homeowner is looking for value, both in the cost of the blueprints and cost to build their home.
Stock house plans offer something very important to new consumers – great value. Not only is the cost of a stock plan considerably lower than a custom design, but also you””””ll save on building costs because stock house plans have already been built thousands of times and the design is proven. A custom plan works out the kinks as you go along, which can dramatically increase your cost to build.
For example, a custom blueprint by an architect or designer can begin at $2 per square foot, which means a 3,000 square foot home plan would cost minimally $6,000 while a similar stock house plan averages around $750. Even with modification costs (we offer free modification quote), a stock plan is considerably more affordable than a custom design.
Designers Direct House Plan continues to add to its collection of energy-efficient designs to meet the demands of consumers looking to build their dream green home. Fresh off the drawing board are:
This small house plan is packed with flexibility and amenities including a 350 square foot second floor bonus room, a fourth bedroom that can easily be used as a study or office, an open kitchen and nook that overlook the family room with fireplace and rear lanai.
Our newest designer has just added seven new house plans to the Craftsman Collection, including the Red Cottage House Plan, which features a second floor plan above the garage with a private, spacious master suite featuring a living space and kitchenette. This plan is packed with amenities for its 2,339 square feet and also comes with an optional basement floor plan.
This traditional home is extremely energy-efficient is available in 3D views so you can visualize this home plan from all orientations. It’s also part of the new collection of ENERGY STAR approved house plans.
This versatile house plan features open living area and split bedroom to offer larger living within a smaller footprint. Suite four can be used as a dining room or office and there’s a large bonus room featuring a full bathroom that can be used as a guest apartment.
This two-story traditional design features ample room for you to grow with a finished lower level floor plan, bonus room and plenty of amenities and built-ins.
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.
This smart Craftsman house plan is ideal for small families, empty nesters and first-time homeowners looking for an efficient and flexible design. Don’t be fooled by the compact footprint of this smart floor plan. It features a generous great room designed for casual living with a large fireplace and open kitchen with an island and walk-in pantry. The flexibility of the floor plan continues to through to the bedrooms, which can easily be converted into a den or office
Total Square Footage: 1,624
Main Level: 1,624
Width: 50 ft Depth: 50 ft
The designer of this house plan spent great care in creating a flexible design that can easily be modified to meet the changing needs and lifestyle of a growing family. There’s a home office that has its own side entrance making it perfect to receive clients. That same room would make a great space for an in-law suite. How’s this for a clever design – moveable walls so you can easily modify your home down the road. Enjoy your time outdoors on the large rear covered terrace with retractable awning and outdoor kitchen. There’s also a cozy reading porch that adjoins the book nook and a 13’ x 6’ greenhouse.
Total Square Footage: 2,496
Main Level: 2,496
Baths: 2 Half: 1
Width: 63 ft Depth: 79 ft
This warm and charming Craftsman style house plan won 2nd Place achieves energy efficiency through the utilization of ENERGY STAR® rated materials and Green Building practices. This plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort. Added design features include a covered veranda that can be accessed through the gorgeous master suite and two-story family room with fireplace.
Total Square Footage: 2,508
Main Level: 1,788
Second Level: 720
Baths: 2 Half: 1
This delightful cottage took 1st Place for its “Most Efficient Use of Space” in our Green House Plan Competition. This house is compact yet efficiently designed so you can enjoy daily living. In addition to the many energy saving features like insulated doors and windows, this house plan utilizes all of its available space to create a functional, affordable home. The kitchen features easy access to the washer/dryer, pantry and carport. A small eating bar and built-in desk make it easy for you to share time with your children while preparing meals. The second floor features two bedrooms with large closets and built-in desk and bookshelves to economize on space but not functionality. There’s also a flexible room that can be used as a game room or extra bedroom.
Total Square Footage: 1,628
Main Level: 870
Second Level: 758
Width: 41 ft Depth: 45 ft
This contemporary two-story house plan took 2nd place in our Green House Plan Competition. It has a small footprint, which makes it an efficient and practical design for urban areas and small lots. The main floor features an open living area so you’ll never feel crowded when you have visitors over. Upstairs the large master suite has a large walk-in closet and private access to the deck. There are two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. The open carport allows for better indoor air quality and helps reduce heat gain in the home. It can also be used for a great outdoor space like a roof garden, outdoor living room or kitchen.
Total Living Area: 1338 Sq. Ft.
First Floor: 810 Sq. Ft.
Second Floor: 528 Sq. Ft.
Full Baths: 2
Width: 40 Ft. 11 In.
Depth: 33 Ft. 6 In.
Garage Size: 1
2nd Place Winner of exclusive ENERGY STAR House Plan Competition.
This warm and charming Craftsman style home was “Voted Best in Total Home Comfort” in our exclusive new ENERGY STAR House Plan collection. By utilizing ENERGY STAR rated materials and Green Building practices this home achieves the highest level of energy-efficiency. This house plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort.
Total Square Footage: 2,494
Main Level: 1,767
Second Level: 727
Baths: 3 Half: 1
Width: 53 ft Depth: 73 ft
This Craftsman house plan is one of the newest designs from our Exclusive ENERGY STAR house plans.
The first floor plan features energy-efficient entry and garage doors, along with eco-friendly flooring.
Second Floor Plan
In celebration of our new collection of exclusive ENERGY STAR® house plans, Dream House Plans recently released a special issue of Her Dream Home magazine to preview all of these innovative, eco-friendly designs from the leading architects and designers in the United States. These new plans were part of our first ever Green House Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build an energy-efficient and healthy home that utilizes all the latest green building techniques and features the best in green home building products.
You’ll find over 40 of the most amazing and energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of architectural styles, sizes and amenities so you’re sure to find your dream green home.
The special green issue also features some great articles to help you create a healthy home environment. Find out about the best exterior products based on their performance and beauty in our article Stronger, Stylish Green Home Products.
Additional articles include The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design, which offers insightful tips to creating your dream home, as well as Our Editor’s Choice 5 Best Kitchen Appliance Suites. It may not be the most glamorous item you choose for your home, but insulation is key to providing your home with total comfort and efficiency while reducing your operating costs significantly. Insulation is Key Element to Your Home’s Efficiency is definitely word a read.
Check our blogs daily because we will be featuring a new green house plan a day to showcase the new collection. We’d love to know which one of these are your favorite so please share your thoughts and post a comment.
Staying current on the latest green home products and design ideas is easy by signing up for our free e-newsletter Dream Green.
Dream House Plans wanted to make sure that you were aware of a recent contest being sponsored by one of partners – Therma-Tru Doors. It’s called “Unlock the Opportunities” and features three grand prizes – a vacation to Disney or Las Vegas. In addition they are giving away a $50 gift card (Best Buy, Amazon.com and Cabala’s) every day until April 30, 2011.
Simply visit www.unlocktheopportunities.com and take a few minutes to take an interactive tour of their latest products – Classic-Craft™ Canvas Collection™, Vented Sidelights and Decorative Glass. There will be one $50 gift card (your choice of Amazon.com, Cabala’s or Best Buy) announced every day until April 30, 2011.
▪ Go to www.unlocktheopportunities.com and take the tour
▪ Paint a door from the new Classic-Craft Canvas Collection™
▪ Build a Therma-Tru door system with new Vented Sidelights
▪ Choose a decorative glass option for a Therma-Tru door system
Once you’ve taken the tour, submit your entry. One entry is allowed for every demonstration you take.