8 Kitchen Island Designs You Will Love


The kitchen is the heartbeat of a home, and one of the most popular features of a kitchen is the island.  Kitchen islands however, don’t have to have just one purpose.

We’ve compiled eight creative uses and designs for kitchen islands that you should consider when planning your house.

1. Kitchen Island With a Sink

La Belle Fleur house plan

You can turn your kitchen into a wet bar of sorts by adding a sink to your island. The La Belle Fleur house plan’s kitchen shows you exactly how you can transform your kitchen into a wet bar for food prep and entertaining.

5 Awesome Apps to Help You Plan Your Home’s Interior


You found the perfect house plan and you have begun constructing it, but what about the inside of your home?

As you start to plan your room’s layout you may want some help visualizing it. We’ve done some research and have come back with five apps that will help you visualize your new home.

1. Room Planner 5D 

Room Planner 5D

Room Planner 5D is a free iPhone® and iPad® app that lets you create your own interior and landscape designs quickly and easily. The app requires no training or special skills and the user friendly interface lets you draw your floor plan in 2D mode and then translate it into 3D mode.

8 Ways to Expand Your Home With an Addition


Sometimes you realize that you just need more space. And if you love where you are living and moving is not an option, a home addition is the perfect solution. At The House Designers, we have a vast collection of common home additions from renowned architects that are available for purchase.

Take a look at these additions and see if you might find the perfect addition to expand your living space.

1. Plan 8306

Kipling House Plan

The Kipling house plan is a four car garage with a carport on the side that allows for a camper to be stored. An addition like this would be ideal for a car collection and a spacious apartment above allows for a rental, in-law housing, or a great place for a boomerang child to stay.

6 Outdoor Barbecue Living Spaces That Will Make Your Mouth Water


If you’re like us then you’ll be enjoying the summer season outdoors, basking in the sunshine, drinking plenty of cold cocktails and snacking on some of your favorites off the grill! In order to do so you need an outdoor space that has enough room for all your friends and family.

If you love the outdoors then you’ll surely enjoy these six impressive house plans that feature top of the line outdoor barbecue living spaces.

6. L’Attesa di Vita House Plan

Plan 1895 is a small craftsman house plan that features everything you need in an outdoor space – a fireplace, grill area, covered seating area, and patio down the pool.

Spring Home Maintenance Tips


The weather is warming up, and that makes these first warm weeks the perfect time to assess any damage that the winter weather may have done to your home before cookout season begins.  Here is a quick checklist to help you get started:

Check for Loose and Leaky Gutters                                 

Clean gutters are very important because improper drainage can lead to water in the basement and crawl space.  While you are checking your gutters for clogs, also check the downspouts and make sure they are free of debris.

Cherry Creek House Plan

Keep a house plan with beautiful curb appeal looking gorgeous by taking steps to maintain its exterior. The Cherry Creek house plan is a beautiful house plan with Craftsman details and cozy cottage appeal.


The 13th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show Sees Record Numbers


Last month, we attended the 13th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City and we are proud to say that it has been a hit.  The show featured a wide array of luxury products and cutting-edge designs from close to 400 brands and drawing a crowd of over 40,000 attendees from across the globe.

This show allowed it’s attendees to find a vast array of distinct products for their home with everything from new contemporary hardware, to distinct lighting solutions, and building materials. Attendees were also able to attend seminars in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio, walk a showroom of great dining room designs in DIFFA’s Dining By Design collection, and visit the  Shops at ADHDS (their new cash-and-carry curation), and visit the first ever outdoor pavilion.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014

The 13th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show was a carefully curated exhibit that brought together established and new vendors with lots of potential clients.


Earth Month Tip of the Week: Conserving Water


Today is Earth Day and all month we have been giving you tips on how to conserve energy on things like your electric bill and your heating and cooling. Today we are focusing on how to conserve water in your home with everything from little changes to new appliances.

Kitchens like the one in the Palladian house plan are great for entertaining but they also use a lot of water. Making sure you only run your dishwasher when it’s full and installing aerators in your sinks can go a long way towards saving you money on you water bill.


Earth Month Tip of the Week: Heating and Cooling


April is Earth Month and each week we are giving you tips on how to improve your home’s energy performance. This week, we tackle half of a typical home’s energy bill, heating and cooling. Heating and cooling your home can comprise half of your home’s energy bill, but maintaining that system can save you money and improve your home’s energy performance. Here are a few things to think about when you are using your home’s heating and cooling systems.

Check for Air Leaks

One of the first steps to reducing energy waste and saving up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills is to check for air leaks. This will increase the comfort of your home and save you money by not letting the hot (or cold) air escape.  You can seal air leaks by caulking or installing weather stripping, you can even install an energy efficient door or storm windows.

Cherry Creek House Plan

The Cherry Creek house plan is an ENERGY STAR® rated house plan with lots of features on homeowner’s wish lists. Among the highlights in this house plan are large bedrooms with walk-in closets, secondary bedrooms with private dressing rooms and vanities, and a kitchen with an over-sized island and eating bar. This house plan also features a dining room to accommodate a large table arrangement perfect for entertaining and a see-thru fireplace that shares a wall with the living room.


Earth Month Tip of The Week: Smart Lighting


Lighting is very useful in so many ways. Inside great task lighting is very important in your interior design and adequate outdoor lighting can help deter break-ins.  We recommend CFL or LED lights for energy efficient lighting.  We also recommend that you replace your five most-used light fixtures with ENERGY STAR® products.

GE Reveal Kitchen

Great lighting makes all the difference and the GE Reveal® light bulb is not only energy efficient but also makes your home’s décor shine. GE Reveal® bulbs makes your whites whiter and allow the patterns throughout your home to pop.


NKBA Reports Contemporary Kitchens on the Rise


In 2014, the order is simple lines, less color, and little ornamentation, at least where kitchens are concerned. The National Kitchen and Bath association released a report on kitchen trends based on their 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey and it revealed some interesting results.

Harrisburg House Plan kitchen

The Harrisburg house plan’s kitchen has contemporary elements with a bit of nature tied in. This simple lines are on-trend the NKBA’s report. Plenty of storage means minimal clutter, making this kitchen ideal for a modern lifestyle.

Contemporary kitchens are expected to be the fastest growing kitchen style of 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying they are seeing an upswing. At the end of 2013, transitional kitchens were at the head of the pack in 2013 by a small lead.

Tree Top Treasure House Plan Kitchen

The Tree Top Treasure house plan doesn’t just comply with the NKBA’s findings of contemporary kitchens being on the rise but its center island is a feature in demand for many homebuyers.

Not only are the styles of kitchens becoming simpler but the NKBA had some other insights:

  • 56 percent of respondents were using accessible or universal design alongside easy-maintenance features in their kitchens.
  • Two-thirds of kitchens incorporated some kind of docking or charging stations as well as an office or desk area.
  • 56 percent of NKBA kitchen designers included a flat screen television in their kitchen projects.
  • Regarding energy-saving appliances, NKBA designers, 60 percent expect to see demand go up and 47 percent see the market expanding for water-saving kitchen faucets.
  • 70 percent of respondents expect to see the demand for quartz countertops increasing.
  • Wood was the most specified kitchen flooring in 2013, and continues to be in 2014.
  • Stainless steel is the most popular sink material with porcelain enamel as a close second.
Norcutt House Plan Kitchen

The Norcutt house plan has a professional style kitchen with a walk-in pantry. We love the simple layout and exceptional storage space in this house plan.

The NKBA survey also included some of the most in-demand kitchen features, including: induction cooktops, steam ovens, French-door refrigerators, bottom-freezer refrigerators, touch-activated faucets, electronic faucets, and LED lighting.

Feeling inspired to design your dream kitchen? Head on over to The House Designers and check out our fabulous kitchen house plan collection. Like the idea of contemporary style? Then maybe the contemporary house plan collection has just what you are looking for. Take a peek and let your imagine design your perfect home.

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