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Multi-Functional Rooms Offer Adaptability

Perhaps the largest draw to the most popular house plans is the inclusion of “flex space” or multi-functional rooms. As families grow and change the requirements placed upon the rooms within your dream house change as well, and modern home design trends reflect this need. But beyond open floor plans and undefined spaces, there is also a rising tide of home furnishings and built-in options that can transform a room quickly and easily.

Multi-Functional Furniture:

The murphy bed is back! This relic from early American living spaces is growing in popularity and

Multi-Functional

The ultimate space-saver!

the designs are better than ever. A bed that pulls down from the wall is perhaps the most straightforward space saver available. When not in use, the bed folds away to reveal a desk and work space, or cabinets, or enclosed shelves for attractive storage.

Sofa beds also are once again in high demand. With an eye towards more intimate details and cozy furnishings, a living room quickly transforms into overnight guest accommodations. An antique bow-front chest or refinished dresser makes a lovely display piece and offers short-term storage for your house guests.

 

Multi-Functional Rooms

 

multi-functional spaces

Bookshelves lend a scholarly and cozy feel to this bright dining room.

A formal dining room is a lovely addition to any dream house plan, but it can also feel like poorly used square footage if it is only occupied once or twice each year for a large meal. Consider lining the walls of a formal dining room with built in bookshelves for a library feeling. With the addition of a farm-style table the dining area easily doubles as a work space or home office.

Family rooms can be big spaces and it’s not difficult to get a little lost in all the open space. Rethink the ways furniture is placed in great rooms; with a little out of the box thinking a large open room can be divided into smaller spaces better suited to your family’s needs. Tall book cases placed at right angles to the walls act as non-permanent room dividers; a couch located in the center of the room allows for a workspace or exercise area to share the living room.

 

Imagining Your Dream Home

Imagining Your Dream Home

There are so many practical decisions to make when buying a house plan and planning the home building project, so many variables that need to be considered and worked through. But one of the most important things to make space for in the planning process is for some creative-level open-minded envisioning of your future in your dream home. In between the details, find some time to day dream about how you will spend your time within the walls you’ve had custom built, and ask yourself some specific, open-ended questions:

Where do you tend to spend the most time when you’re at home: Family room? Kitchen? Back yard?

What do you wish you could do in your home now that space doesn’t allow for: Home office, perhaps?

How does your family move through your home, and where do you all tend to come together: During mealtimes? On weekend mornings? Around a kitchen island while cooking meals?

If it were possible, what unusual features would you want in your dream home: A spiral staircase? A tower room?

What are some small features that would make a huge impact on your daily home life: Bay window seats? Lots and lots of storage hidden in clever ways?

How do you imagine your life changing in the next decade: Is your family growing? Getting smaller? Will you consider working from home and/or beginning your own company?

Are animals a part of your life now or in the future? What kinds of needs will they have: built-in dog runs? A cat yard? Outside structures for chickens or goats?

To build a dream home is to make manifest the imaginings of your collective family. And while it takes focus and practicality to pull it all together, the early stages should be joyous and the ideas free-flowing. Especially when you are working with designers who offer customized house plans. Many of the seemingly “crazy ideas” are, in fact, quite possible and easy to accomplish when you work with your designer on implementing your vision. Having foresight when building your dream home is equal parts rationality and creativity; for best results, use both sides of the brain for this project.

How To Choose The Right House Plan?

The process of building a house requires a lot of careful planning and thought, especially while deciding on the floor plans. The process of finalizing a floor plan can be challenging, but it can be made easier if you follow the steps given below:

Specify your budget

This is probably the most important factor of deciding your home plans. You need to set a specific amount as your budget and ensure that you do not exceed it at any cost. By setting a budget, you would have a better idea of what you can and cannot add to your home floor plans.

Consider your lifestyle and family requirements

When you are working on the floor plans for your home, you need to ask yourself what you liked and disliked in your previous house. You should consider your lifestyle in your previous home and try to add some aspects from that in your new home. Moreover, your lifestyle may change drastically if you have just married or got a promotion or a new job. In simple terms, your house plans have to suit your lifestyle requirements. If you live with your family, then it is not just your lifestyle that matters. Ask your family members what they want from the house and include their inputs in your home plans.

Think about the location of your house

The final important factor you need to think about is the location of your house. The shape and size of the house, the arrangement of the rooms and everything else depends on the location of your home. The direction of each room in the floor plans also needs to be determined. Even if you do not believe in the astrological implications, you need to consider the effect of the prevalent climate and noise. For example, your bedroom would have to be fitted with an overhang if the climate is always sunny, and it would also have to be placed away from the noise so that there is no disturbance while sleeping.

At MonsterHousePlans, we made the plan searching job really easy for you. You can search plans from our database of more than 22000 plans. Visit https://www.monsterhouseplans.com/house-plans-advanced-search.html to search and get an appropriate plan for your house.

 

MonsterHousePlans.com now features over 22,000 house plans

MonsterHouseplans.com, a Planworks, LLC company and a leading supplier of stock house plans online, announced today that the company’s house plan collection now exceeds 22,000 premium plans. The milestone was reached with the recent addition of over 1,000 new house plans and includes designs from several top architects and home designers in North America. Achieving this milestone represents the fast growth the company continues to experience by striving to provide the best selection of high quality house plans and the very best customer experience.  This is being achieved by our efforts to constantly update the website to provide the most efficient methods of finding the perfect house plan, while filtering out the plans that do not have the features the customer is looking for.

“We are very excited to now offer our customers over 21,000 high quality house plans,” said Jeff Spring, Founder and CEO of Planworks. “We look forward to building upon the momentum created through the active support of our designer community, and maintaining a focus on our mission of establishing ourselves as the leading destination site for smart owner-builders and professional home builders.  This is a remarkable milestone for MonsterHouseplans. Our proactive efforts to cultivate strong relationships with top designers and architects enable us to add exciting new house designs to our site every day. This ensures our customers have the most extensive selection of exceptional house plans to choose from, as well as on demand professional assistance with any related topic.”

MonsterHousePlans.com Launches Three New ‘Cost-to-Build’ Services

Monster Cost-to-BuildMonsterHousePlans.com, a leading online supplier of stock and small house plans, announced today it has launched three new Monster Cost-to-Build™ services. The new Cost-to-Build services provide very accurate cost estimates for construction of each of its 20,000+ plans for every zip and postal code in the US and Canada. And, in an industry first, detailed home construction cost reports can be calculated interactively online in real time. Instant Cost-to-Build calculates detailed and accurate cost to build reports instantaneously with a few button clicks. It includes the ability to interactively select the quality of construction and foundation type and view adjusted costs in real-time. Click here to find out more about these services.  Monster Cost-to-Build

MonsterHousePlans.com hit major milestone!

MonsterHousePlans.comMonsterHouseplans.com, a Planworks, LLC company and a leading supplier of stock and craftsman house plans online, announced today that the company’s house plan collection now exceeds 20,000 premium plans. The milestone was reached with the recent addition of over 3,000 new house plans and includes designs from several top architects and home designers in North America. Achieving this milestone represents the fast growth the company continues to experience.

“We are very excited to now offer our customers over 20,000 high quality home plans,” said Jeff Spring, Founder and President of Planworks. “We look forward to building upon the momentum created through the active support of our designer community, and maintaining a focus on our mission of establishing ourselves as the leading destination site for smart owner-builders and professional home builders.”

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.

Monsterhouseplans offers over 18,000 exciting floor plans that are, in most cases, ready to build and can also be modified to fit your exact requirements.

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!