By Dian Marin. House Plans. Published at Saturday, March 16th, 2019 - 09:19:16 AM.
While some may require only minor adjustments to update exteriors, most could also benefit from an overall interior redo. Because the kitchen remains the focal point of the home, many older designs need to be completely reworked to create an open relationship between the kitchen, dining, and family areas. But proceed with caution regarding such openness: Recent surveys indicate that some sort of definition for these rooms is preferable.
Designed for a narrow lot with rear access to the garage, this plan has all the essential ingredients of a best-seller. However, in some markets, a basement is a must-have. Besides adding this option, we also provided optional living quarters above the garage. This independent dwelling space is ideal for guest quarters or for an older child who is moving back home. In areas where codes allow it, this can also be used as an income-producing rental unit.
Features such as an open layout makes it easy for the whole family to squeeze into one photo without feeling cramped. Want to really set the holiday mood? A warm fireplace makes the perfect backdrop for those cozy pajama pictures (am I right?). Need more room to squeeze everyone in? Line family and friends up along a grand staircase for a dramatic photo. With thousands of Instagram-worthy home designs, you’re sure to find your dream holiday home.
Can you imagine your builder offering to pay your energy bills for the first year? You dont feel pretty confident that you are getting an energy-efficient home! That’s the promise that designer Dave Jenkins’ builder clients can make when they build homes from one of his house plans. Electricity bills can be as little as $600 a year. “Homeowners think the bill is probably triple that, so it’s quite a value,” says Jenkins, who designs Energy Smart Home Plans. But how? And what kinds of features should you look for in an energy-saving house plan?
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