Monthly Archives: March 2010

Housing starts on the rise!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New construction of U.S. homes and permits for future building likely rose in September, supported by an improvement in sales and declining stocks of unsold properties, according to a Reuters survey.

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Better Days Ahead?

I recently read the following excerpt from Reuters and www.positiveeconomicnews.com    ” The U.S. economy appears to have stabilized and may not need all the stimulus the central bank had planned to offer, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said on Thursday.
“The economy appears to have leveled out and I believe we can look forward to better times ahead,” Lacker told a business group.”
There is still a lot of pain out there, but I think our darkest days are behind us. We at  MonsterHousePlans are optomistic about the future.

I recently read the following excerpt from Reuters. The U.S. economy appears to have stabilized and may not need all the stimulus the central bank had planned to offer, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said on Thursday.

“The economy appears to have leveled out and I believe we can look forward to better times ahead,” Lacker told a business group.”

There is still a lot of pain out there, but I think our darkest days are behind us. We at  MonsterHousePlans are optomistic about the future.

U.S. new home sales rise sharply in October


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sales of newly built U.S. single-family homes in October rose more than expected to their highest level in a year, data showed on Wednesday, pointing to a stabilizing housing market after a three-year slump.

The Commerce Department said sales jumped 6.2 percent to a 430,000 annual pace, the highest since September last year, from an upwardly revised 405,000 in September.

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Electrical diagrams on House Plans?

One of the most frequent inquiries we get in our sales of house plans is ‘do the plans include electrical’. The answer to that is yes, almost always. Yes because most designers include location of lights, plugs and switches according to codes in effect at the time the plan was drawn. We qualify this with ‘almost always’ because we have some designers who design for up-scale builders and their contractors don’t want the standard electrical stuff on the plans.

In this day and age, most people want to plan where they want switches, outlets, ceiling fans, specialty lighting, etc. Electricians prefer to locate outlets and switches after consulting with their customer and don’t want to have to scratch off the generic stuff. Electrical panels are conveniently located near where the service comes to the house.

If you live in a home built prior to 1990, have you ever said to yourself “I wonder why this builder didn’t allow for extra outlets here in the kitchen”. Or, if you have limited mobility, wonder why the switches and plugs aren’t placed more conveniently on the walls. Or, decided to put in a ceiling fan and had to go through the hassle of pulling electric to the ceiling? The reason for this is because tract homes allowed for only what was required by code at the time the home plans were created.

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Daylight versus Walk-out Basements

 

This plan is a daylight basement, but not a walk-out basement.

 

This design is a daylight AND walk-out basement.

What is the difference between a daylight basement and a walk-out basement?

House Plans  foundations go by many names. In the case of the daylight or walk-out basements, the difference is simply whether or not you are able to exit the basement to the outside or not.

House Plans foundations go by many names. In the case of the daylight or walk-out basements, the difference is simply whether or not you are able to exit the basement to the outside or not.

Home Plans with daylight or walk-out basements are often both situated on sloping lots. The walk-out basement will be on a steeper slope, so as to allow an exit door to the outside from the basement level. The daylight may or may not have an outside access door, since all parts of the room are often partially submerged below-ground. The daylight basement, however, will have windows to bring in daylight.
Basement foundations allow for extra living space if needed. When building Floor Plans with basements (regular, daylight or walk-out), it is not necessary to finish the lower level. This can keep the heated square footage down and assist with getting bank loans and keeping property taxes down. The lower levels are unfinished future-space that can be finished as the homeowner has the extra funds to do so.
Monster House Plans has close to 3000 plans offering daylight or walk-out basements. Check out our Monster Search to view them. And remember, if a house plan you like does not offer a walk-out or daylight basement, ask us for a quote to modify it for you. Our modification quotes are free!

House Plans Suited for Corner Lots

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Here is a great example of a home plan suited for a corner lot.

Just what constitutes homeplans that work well with corner lots? Actually, most homes are suited for corner lots, but not everyone wants their dream home’s primary focus from the front to be a garage. That is why on MonsterHousePlans you will find a wide selection of house plans that have side entry garages. House plans designed with side-entry garages can make a home look much more inviting because the designer can jazz-up the exterior wall of the garage with windows, brick, stone, bump-outs, interesting roof lines, etc., so that the front of the home isn’t ‘all garage door’. We also have an abundance of floor plans with rear garages that are side-entry. Remember, all you have to do is go to the MonsterHousePlans site and click the tab for the Monster Search and check the box under Lot Characteristics that will find all home plans suited for a corner lot.