Home Plan Design Trend: Pocket Offices

Is a pocket office on your home plan checklist? Learn more about this growing trend!

Article: Why Compact Pocket Offices are a Big Trend by Lowe's ProServices.
home plan pocket office the fincannon
Pocket office from The Fincannon #1234

Whether you’re looking for a small home plan or a luxury dream house plan the line between work and home life continues to blur. It’s no wonder that the housing industry is abuzz about pocket offices. It’s one of the biggest trends in new residential design, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Pocket offices can be used as a home office, a place for children to complete homework assignments or for a convenient location to charge electronic devices.

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Upgrade Your Dream Home: 7 New Garage Products

Is your Dream Home ready for some garage upgrades?

You’ve found the perfect dream home plan, decorated it perfectly, the landscaping is immaculate. But you may have ignored the garage and it’s potential functionality. Laura Hunter with Builder Online brings you these upgrades that will help you make better use of this often neglected space.

Dream home The Sorvino
The Sorvino #1222

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HOUSING TRENDS: 6 features every house plan buyer wants

House plan buyers have more options today than ever before.

house plan The Vandenberg #746-D
Great room of The Vandenberg #746-D
By Chuck Tripp

With the advances in building materials over the past decade, it’s possible to customize a living experience that fits your lifestyle and preferences. And though the actual design, style, and theme may vary from homeowner to homeowner, there are a few key features that virtually every house plan buyer wants.

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This home plan has a modern Craftsman exterior that is distinctively appealing.


Double doors open into the living space where the great room, dining room, and kitchen blend together. Retreating glass doors present rear views and expand living outdoors seamlessly. This home plan’s kitchen layout promotes easy work flow and casual entertaining, and the nearby mud and utility rooms are tucked away near the garage.

Click here to see home plan #1272-The Clearlake!

Home Plan #1272 - now available
3 beds, 2.5 baths, approx. 2115 sq.ft.


Dream Home: Fall Maintenance Checklist

Is your Dream Home ready for Fall?

Prevent winter damage and boost energy efficiency by ticking off these to-dos before cold weather hits.

Dream home The Dayton
The Dayton #1008
Fall is time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days and bad weather make outdoor work too difficult. You can also take steps to improve energy efficiency throughout your dream home. Laura Gaskill with Houzz walks us through Your Fall Maintenance Checklist.

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