Category: Building Information

Understanding Local Building Codes

If you are in the process of selecting your new dream home plan, it’s never too early to start thinking about Building Codes and the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Building Codes

Understanding Local Building Codes and Zoning; it’s never too early to learn the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Local zoning laws and building codes will almost certainly affect the building process of your home floor plan as well as future renovations to your home.

While both building codes and zoning regulations play a similar role, knowing the difference between the two can help you to become better prepared to overcome any obstacles during the home building process.

Have you considered tankless water heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:

1) Multiple Design Options  2) Access to Current Housing Trends

Diagram of a tankless water heater. Energy.gov

Via energy.gov

A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.

As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.

The Sky is the Limit with a Walkout Basement

Rec Room with billiards and wet bar in the walkout basement of The Clubwell Manor - House Plan #5037

By Chuck Tripp

In a previous blog article (April 2015) , I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.

The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space:

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

UPGRADE THE GARAGE WITH THESE 7 NEW PRODUCTS

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.