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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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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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Dream Home Plans: Mediterranean Style

Dream Home Plans with Mediterranean influences!

Dream home plans the firenze front exterior
The Firenze #5025
By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

Oceanfront porches. Warm sea breezes. Gently lapping waves.

Open, free-flowing design. Whether you live on the beach or not, Mediterranean House Plans capture the magic and romance of the Greek Isles and are ever-increasing in popularity with homeowners, especially in warm locales like the southeastern United States. Mediterranean floor plans give families a multitude of options in terms of features and design. Typically, this style lends itself to rectangular floor plans, lots of windows, and large, impressive exterior facades with grand columns and porches.

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Dream House Plans on a Superior Foundation

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Dream Home Plans: The Classic Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Dream Home: Learn the history, influences and features of this popular home plan style.

Dream home The Hatfield rendering

The Hatfield #1136

History of the Cape Cod

The Cape Cod dream home made its American debut in the early 18th century and is characterized by its sloped roof, symmetrical design, shingles, dormers, and ornate window shutters. Favored in colder climates with lots of snow, this classic New England-style home was modeled after the half-timbered houses of England and over hundreds of years has become known for its modest one-to-one-and-a-half-story floorplan. Former Yale University President Reverend Timothy Dwight is credited with coining the term “Cape Cod.”

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