Housing Trends – Lowcountry Home Designs

By Charles Richardson
Lowcountry Home Designs - The Palmetto House 737
The Palmetto House – Plan 737

Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: you don’t need to reside in a coastal setting to live in a Lowcountry home design. For the past decade, they have become an increasingly popular style in towns and cities all across America, particularly with homeowners who have an affinity for coastal architecture or nostalgic memories of a childhood summer beach house.

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Farmhouse Home Design

By Charles Richardson
Arbordale - Front Exterior
The Arbordale House Plan – 452

The farmhouse home design has been an increasingly popular trend  over the past few years. Americans, seemingly of every age and interest, have been drawn to the idyllic image and pastoral simplicity that it evokes. As for the term, farmhouse was derived originally as a description of location rather than style. A farmhouse was basically any home built on a vast expanse of land or large agricultural tract. Over time the simple, no-nonsense design elements typical of such a rural dwelling were exemplified by an unpretentiousness and functionality that city dwellers adopted as a matter of practical taste.

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Conceptual Design #1370: Perfect for Corner Lots

Conceptual Design #1370 is an open-concept ranch house plan with a side-load garage ideal for corner lots.


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The Meadow Creek House Plan 1401 is NOW AVAILABLE

Conceptual Plan #1401: Now In Progress!

The Meadow Creek -NOW AVAILABLE

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Conceptual Design 1401 - Main Floor Plan: Now In Progress!
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American Craftsman Home Style

By Charles Richardson
Craftsman Home Plan
Craftsman House Plan #1248 – The Wexler

When exploring the latest popular trends in the housing industry, homeowners sometimes overlook the style of the house itself. This is unfortunate because the type of home you build will largely set the tone for the type of interior and exterior designs that will be aesthetically optimal. “The style, or type, of house you select is the single most important thing to consider when building a home,” says Chuck Tripp of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “It is important to select a style that not only reflects your particular taste, but is also suitable to your lifestyle.” After all, functionality is a key component to effective design.

Today we are going to discuss one of the most versatile house styles: American Craftsman Home style.

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