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Having trouble working from home? Hello backyard office!
Written by: Keith Thornton
COVID-19 has changed the way many businesses will allow employees to work. Working from home has become more prevalent than ever.  Businesses now recognize the many benefits of having their employees work from home. Working from home has advantages for both the employer and employee.  L...read more
Best Affordable House Plans Under $250k to Build in 2020
Written by: Keith Thornton
Browsing house plans can be a daunting task. Even if you do find the perfect house plan, you have no idea of the actual cost to build it. You then find yourself trying to get a plan bid out by contractors and hope that it's still in your price range. This can be incredibly frustrating and can ev...read more
House Projects to Keep You Busy During Quarantine
Written by: Keith Thornton
During these trying times, it can be easy to get bored when you are trapped at home. Let's make that time more productive and upgrade the look and feel of your house at the same time? Here are 7 DIY projects that anyone can do while stuck at home. Paint a Room There is no better way to qui...read more
Working at Home? Sprawl Out In Comfort!
Written by: Kiley Morrow
Working from home is more normal than ever now that the COVID-19 virus has made its mark on the world, and is still continuing to change everyday life. If working from home is new and foreign territory for you, finding the perfect spot to do your work can be rather tricky. Use the following tips on ...read more
Ten Ways to Redesign Your Home for the Summer
Written by: Kiley Morrow
The weather's heating up, and with it, people are getting hot for the idea of redecorating.  Instead of settling for a new picture on a wall, or some throw pillows you hope will show off your personality, you can make more considerable changes.  Summer should be a time of fun, so why n...read more
Carriage House Garages
Written by: Bruce Arant
Lately, I’ve been thinking about space.  Not Outer Space.  Just…space.  Specifically, space we might need, or at least, space we might want.  Space to store our stuff.   Space to create.  Space to make noisy messes while we pound, paint, sculpt, saw, or sew...read more
The Best Storage Ideas to Reduce Clutter and Save Space
Written by: Keith Thornton
Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I have too much stuff and nowhere to put everything”? Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, the answer to that question is yes. We’ve all been there. Miscellaneous Christmas gifts from years past, hand me down items that are too sen...read more
10 Great Ideas for Mudrooms and Garage Entry Areas
Written by: Bruce Arant
My poor mother.   She loved a clean house.   Unfortunately, she had five kids who didn’t share her passion for order and cleanliness.  To make things worse for her, we lived in the country where livestock, mud…and more…were just a part of daily life.   Mom fou...read more
Is The Barndominium the future of Residential Construction?
Written by: Keith Thornton
When Chip and Joanna Gaines built their "barndominium", it peaked a lot of interest in that building style. Not only is it an efficient way to build a residential structure, but it also has that farmhouse charm that Fixer Upper is known for. The question we find ourselves asking is, "...read more
Top 5 Finished Basement Ideas
Written by: Advanced House Plans
If you are fortunate to live in an area where you can have a finished basement you have probably dreamed of making the basement into your own retreat. Unlike the main level of your home plan where you need to be practical and have things like a kitchen, dining room, mud room, bedrooms and living spa...read more
Is the kitchen work triangle still used in modern kitchens?
Written by: Advanced House Plans
The answer to that question is...kind of. Today's kitchens have evolved over kitchens in the past. Whether you own a small home, empty nester home or luxury home we all live in our kitchen and want it to function for how we live and cook. What are the kitchen work triangles design principles?...read more
What is a standard garage size?
Written by: Advanced House Plans
Garages come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing a garage size will depend on what you use need to use your garage for and whether it will be an attached garage or a detached garage. Are you building a detached 1 car garage? If so, let's think about what you will be putting in it. Is the space ...read more
9 Reasons to Buy a Professional Set of House Plans
Written by: Keith Thornton
Are you thinking about building your own dream home? Do you have a style in mind for the house you want to build? Get ahead of the game by purchasing a quality set of house plans. If you think you’re going to save a ton of money by doing your own hand sketch of a house plan, or having a fri...read more
Ranch Style House Plans
Written by: Bruce Arant
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.   We’ve all heard that saying, and even though it might be sort of a pathetic mindset (never being satisfied with what we’ve already got), I admit I sometimes think that way too.   It’s not that I&rsquo...read more
Choosing the Right Sized House Plan
Written by: Bruce Arant
Food. Flavor. Texture. Aroma. Combined, they are my weakness – my kryptonite.  I love the experience of tasting just about anything, be it sweet, savory, tangy, bitter or sour.  As a result, I’ve pretty-much transformed my bathroom scale into a climbing, diving, world...read more
Mediterranean Style House Plans - Relaxed Sophistication..Inside and Out
Written by: Bruce Arant
Growing up, my favorite part of every summer was our family vacation. Each of those two-week trips were adventures into the unknown, as neither my mom or dad cared to be constrained by annoyances such as planning – or heaven forbid, making reservations. More than once, in fact, a coin toss a...read more
Modern Farmhouse House Plans - Simple, Sensible, No-Fuss Sophistication
Written by: Bruce Arant
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re living in a crazy, complicated, fast-paced world.   Most days, I have no problem going along with life’s frantic flow.  Eventually, however, I always have to take a step back, away from the mayhem and allow myself to re-center. Th...read more
How To Read House Plans Elevations
Written by: Harry Stabb
Understanding blueprints - don't people go to school for that sort of thing? We're breaking down a typical construction set of house plans to help you navigate your way through the complex web of lines, symbols and terminology of plans. (If you are new to all this, try our helpful primer&...read more
How To Read House Plans The Construction Set
Written by: Harry Staab
Interpreting a construction set of drawings for a home can be daunting. With so many lines, symbols, and notes, it can be easy to get lost and to feel overwhelmed in trying to "see" how a home would be like in the real world from a complex web of information. In this new weekly series, we&...read more
Six Ways To Make Your House Plan Energy Efficient
Written by: Bruce Arant
Few things in life can be as exciting -- and equally daunting -- as building a new house. Throughout the design and construction process, there are multitudes of decisions to consider that will affect the final cost. "Final cost." It's a phrase we associate with the sum total of all...read more
The Courtyard
Written by: Bruce Arant
Home Design's Oldest, Simplest and Most Affordable Luxury It had been a difficult day at work. The boss was upset. Your co-workers were being difficult (as usual) and business was slow. But at last, it was time to go home and leave the headaches of your job behind. So...finally...after enduri...read more
Two Master Bedrooms, The Floor Plan Feature That Promises A Good Nights Sleep
Written by: Bruce Arant
I'm a crazy sleeper (if what my wife says is actually true). Allegedly, I snore...but besides that, I've been known to hide from assassins (in our bedroom -- at 3:00 am) and one time, I nearly broke my foot while kicking at an attacking goose (in our bedroom -- at approximately the same hour...read more
Looking Beyond Front Elevation Styles
Written by: Bruce Arant
The Kiwi Principle Picky eaters.   We've all known them.  Many of us have attempted to feed them.  Perhaps some of us still are them.   When I was a kid, I was anything but a picky eater.   If it looked remotely edible, I devoured it...read more