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
Building a new home requires that you find the right home plan and the right team to build the home.
That team will be led by a general contractor. Taking time to plan when hiring a general contractor will help ensure you get a good fit. Here are some hiring-a-contractor tips that will guide you in finding the right one.
Asking for recommendations will help you start the search, but look for recommendations from people who have worked with a contractor. Has someone you know recently built a home or done a major remodeling project? Talk to this person about his or her experience. If he or she had a positive experience with a contractor, add that contractor to your list of people to call. Starting with vetted professionals endorsed by those you trust should cut your research time significantly.
This Urban Farmhouse exterior mixes vertical and horizontal siding and is highlighted with metal roof accents and an exposed stone chimney. This house plan features multiple gables that create instant curb-appeal and a front entry garage works well for narrower lots. The gourmet kitchen features a large island and a bar with prep-sink that services the great room. A breakfast nook is available for casual meals while a separate dining room with buffet niche is great for entertaining. This floor plan meets every need with a powder room for guests, a walk-in pantry, spacious utility room, and a mud room with storage and bench seating. The master bedroom is topped with a tray ceiling and opens into a spa-quality bathroom and a walk-in closet with ample space for two wardrobes. The study completes the first floor and enjoys French doors and built-in shelves. Upstairs, three large bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. One of the bedrooms has a private full bathroom while the other two bedrooms share a bath with a double-sink vanity. The bonus room could function as a guest suite or storage area and has its own closet. The second-floor media room makes the perfect space for games, movies or hobbies.
House Plan on the Drawing Board 1483 is a family-friendly design that is perfect for a busy lifestyle!
2761 sq ft, 4 beds, 3 baths
Conceptual House Plan 1483
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Conceptual house plan 1483 is a two-story version of The Ferris plan 1405. A mix of cedar shakes and stone lend a rustic feeling to this two-story design. The gables are accented with vertical siding and metal roof details enhance the facade. The front porch enjoys an archway and tapered columns. The rear elevation is equally impressive with an arched porch that showcases the exposed stone chimney.
Prominent gables with decorative brackets meet arched windows and an angled garage in this elaborate hillside walkout design. A large kitchen island overlooks the great room while the dining room extends to the rear for exceptional views. The screened porch enjoys a fireplace and skylights top the rear porch. The master suite and a study are upstairs, and two bedrooms and a rec room are on the basement level.