There are so many things that go into making a new house feel like home. If you’ve recently built your dream home or if you’re still in the planning phase, you’ve likely thought about how plants and landscaping help to complete the look of your home and create an inviting exterior. Maybe you have a favorite flower that you would like to plant or you’ve considered planting a vegetable garden to provide fresh food for your family. Before you start picking plants, you’ll want to determine what planting zone you are in. This will let you know which plants are most likely to thrive and survive in your area. Gilmour.com provides an Interactive U.S. Planting Zone Map for 2018 that will help you make informed decisions!
Gilmour.com – Interactive U.S. Planting Zone May for 2018
As many homeowners seek to reduce their environmental impact when purchasing new houseplans through energy efficient appliances, solar panels, and utilizing eco-friendly building materials like bamboo, sustainable landscaping is also gaining popularity. Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Pronounced “zeer-i-scape,” it’s a combination of two Greek words: “xeros” (dry) and “scape” (view). At Modernize , they love the benefits of xeriscaping and how you can incorporate elements of this ecologically sustainable landscaping into the outdoor space of houseplans.
One of the many benefits about building your own home is the fact that you can customize it to your specifications. While you do have to attend to your budget and the building guidelines of your floor plan, in reality you can have everything you want (and can afford) when you build from the ground up. This reality extends into the yard as well as the home. As you build, keep your landscaping in mind. Here are some ideas to make your landscaping an extension of your home and your creativity.
This waterfront house plan is compact, with open living areas and secluded private rooms.
Conversation flows easily from the two-story great room with open stair case to the kitchen and dining room. The bedroom/study has a walk-in closet and bathroom access. Upstairs, the master suite and secondary bedroom meet at a convenient walk-through utility room. An island basement provides storage and parking space, while a home elevator makes it easy to move between floors in this house plan.