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Dream House Plans: Southwestern Home Design

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The Sedona Ridge #986

When searching Dream House Plans, Southwestern house plans are one of the most easily recognizable designs in the United States.

By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

With an architectural history that dates back to the Spanish Colonial era,

Southwestern home designs are especially prevalent in warmer, arid climates, such as Arizona, California, and New Mexico, among others. Southwestern dream home plans have evolved over the course of several centuries and have incorporated a range of influences, in particular classic Spanish Colonial, Mission, and Mediterranean.

HOUSING TRENDS: Kitchen Cabinets

By Charles Richardson
HOUSING TRENDS: Kitchen Cabinets. Featuring the Birchwood Plan #1239

Featuring the Birchwood Plan #1239

In the past two decades, kitchens have become one of the most important and versatile rooms in the house. They serve multiple functions for today’s homeowners and are a popular gathering space for friends, family, and guests. You might say the kitchen is the social hub of the house. With its rise in stature, the kitchen has become a focal point for interior design and custom woodwork. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the options available for custom cabinetry. More than a product of mere functionality—as it was in years past—kitchen cabinets today give homeowners an opportunity for self-expression and have a significant impact on the overall feel and ambiance of a home. Let’s look at some of the latest cabinet trends for 2015 as surveyed by HGTV and Better Homes and Gardens.

Interior Lighting Creates Ambiance

By Charles Richardson

Lighting is perhaps one of the most underrated accents in a house. It is often subtle and unobtrusive, but it creates a general mood and ambiance that walls and furniture cannot. Even when homeowners focus on the lighting, they are often more concerned about the physical lamps and shades, rather than the quality, placement, or intensity of the lighting within the scheme of a room. The following are some tips and ideas about lighting specific rooms in your home that have been gleaned from HGTV.