Building green is the hottest home construction trend and you can make your home even greener by using reclaimed products in conjunction with our house plans. Not only do reclaimed products save resources but they give you a sense of character and history that you can’t get with off-the-shelf products. But there are other benefits to reclaimed products that you might not think of. In addition to keeping these one-of-a-kind items out of landfills here are a few other benefits of incorporating reclaimed materials into your house plan.
Compared to new products, reclaimed products, especially old-growth wood, are much stronger and will last longer. Old wood is based on growth life and the tightness of the grain. The tighter the grain is the more durable the wood is, making old-growth wood much stronger than the fresh wood from the big-box stores. Old wood has also settled and shrunk into a more permanent form, creating less of a hassle down the road.
Reclaimed products require less maintenance simply because they have already become worn over time. The result is a storied look that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s especially great if you are going for a rustic look in a new Craftsman or farm house plan.
Sense of History
People love the idea of using eco-friendly materials in their building, but they also like the added character and nostalgia that’s achieved with reclaimed products.
Whether you are looking to build your home off the grid, make your home as green as possible, or you simply want your new home to have a sense of history, using reclaimed products is the perfect solution for you. Take a moment and browse through The House Designers collection of energy-efficient house plans, these designs would look great with some reclaimed products as accents.
Our empty nester house plan collection is for couples who have likely retired and their kids have moved out. Now is their chance to enjoy life and with these house plans, mostly one-story and under 3,000 square feet, they can do just that. Most of these homes feature large master suites that are ideal for pampering and relaxing. No matter what style you want this collection has a bit of everything from traditional, to southern, contemporary and cottage. The finest house plans with a bit of luxury are what you’ll find in this collection.
If you want your next home to be energy efficient and still have some Arts and Crafts charm, then the Merriweather house plan is for you. As a truly sustainable and efficient home, it integrates timeless appeal with modern efficiency; resulting in a home you will be happy to call your own. The focus of this house plan is the central Great Room and informal living spaces that are the focus of this efficient plan. The layout promotes warm and welcoming gathering areas indoors and out while allowing each family member a private portion to retreat to. With efficient design solutions, such as minimal hallway use, a rear facing Southern exposure and a window layout that maximizes natural daylight this home is sure to make you proud while still being warm and inviting.
The cozy front porch leads into the spacious foyer of the Crystal Falls house plan. You can see a large circular staircase and formal dining area upon entering and a butler’s pantry assists a large gourmet kitchen for your entertainment needs. A commercial range, built-in refrigerator, and large cooking island make this kitchen perfect for the aspiring gourmet. A convenient, yet private, master suite shares views to the rear of the home and the master bath sports a large walk-in closet and an oversized shower with a seat. Other features include a functional utility room located for maximum efficiency and an isolated bonus room for noise reduction.
This charming design might look like a cute cottage but don’t count it out just yet. The Lado del Rio house plan features wide open planning and room to grow and the charming design has plenty of room for everything you could need. Front and rear porches create comfortable outdoor space while inside you find everything from an office or flexible space, and a master bathroom with walk-in shower and closet. The secondary bedrooms are also oversized and have access to a “jack and jill” bathroom.
The designed found in the empty nester collection give you all the luxuries you want while keeping your home’s footprint minimal. Take a look through The House Designers empty nester house plan collection and find the perfect home for the next stage of your life
A new study presented at IBS 2014 revealed the truth behind green homes. Building a green home is one of the hottest building trends, and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commissioned a study to reveal homeowners feel after purchasing their green homes. The study focused on overall satisfaction and whether or not they would recommend purchasing a green home to others. This groundbreaking study is the first to explore customer satisfaction among green homeowners.
“Historically, studies have focused on interest in green among buyers in the market or on trends as reported by industry professionals,” said Matt Belcher, Co-Chair of NAHB’s Energy & Green Building Subcommittee in the press release. “While that’s certainly important information for all those in the industry, it doesn’t always get to the heart of what new buyers want to know, which is: ‘How satisfied are green homeowners with their decision?’ This data provides groundbreaking information that can be of value to the general public as well as the industry.”
The findings of the study say that 94% of green homeowners would recommend a green home to a friend and 92% would purchase another green home. Among green homeowners 71% believe that green homes are higher in quality overall and 55% knew that their home may cost more than a non-green home but believed that the benefits outweighed the high cost.
But the most important thing, satisfaction is still high with 90% of green homeowners satisfied by knowing they “did the right thing” in buying a green home.
Green homeowners also gave feedback on what influenced their decisions to buy a green home and the features they value the most. Among those were: low utility bills, energy efficiency, and better insulation. If these rank amongst your top needs in your new house plan take a look at The House Designers’ collection of ENERGY STAR® approved house plans.
Design trends were honored at IBS 2014 when nearly ninety-two single family homes, apartments, condos, and remodeling projects were honored at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Gala. The winners demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the innovative design trends homebuyers will see over the next several years.
“The BALA winners always redefine excellence for the home building industry,” said 2013 BALA Judge Chairman Victor Mirontschuk, president of EDI International in New York City. “We are proud to recognize these companies and individuals for their creative and distinctive approaches to their work.”
Some of the new trends that homebuyers can expect to see in 2014 include:
White on White
Layering white on top of white is a new approach in many kitchens and bathrooms. Everything from flooring, backsplashes, counters, fixtures, and appliances are all going white. The result is a fresh and light feeling. To add some clean lines and a modern feel European cabinetry and shiny surfaces are also making their presence known with this trend.
Bold Exterior Colors
Bold exterior colors are making a comeback in exterior painting and design. Whether it is through the color of paint or through a mix of cladding materials, doors, windows, porches, shutters, and trim, a dynamic exterior is making a comeback.
Single and multi-family communities are now being designed to be fully loaded with over-the-top amenities that appeal to homebuyers. It is a growing trend that today’s homebuyers want to feel as though they are living in a 4-star hotel, so builder and developers are offering features such as a lazy river, a pool for dogs, electric car charging stations, spas, dog parks, concierge services, and great outdoor spaces.
Specialty lighting pendants are fixtures are another design trend this year. Whether it involves a custom or a stock fixture, designers are finding ways to showcase lights as pieces of art rather than a functional element.
Blending Inside and Out
Outdoor living spaces have been gaining some appeal for a while now, and the lines are continuing to blur. Outdoor living trends are no longer limited to areas with warmer climates, but are instead being seen across the country. We are currently seeing many homes being built with movable glass walls, gourmet outdoor kitchens, and interior courtyard pools.
These are a few of the design trends emerging for 2014. Some are growing out of old trends and some are new but one thing is for sure, we are excited to see where they go. Take a look through some of our collections and see how you can incorporate these trends into a fabulous kitchen house plan or a great outdoor living house plan.
It’s President’s Week and we are thinking about historical house plans here at The House Designers. The term colonial house plans refers to house plans that are either authentic or derived from the Colonial period in America. Colonial architecture in America was influenced by England and Europe and these house plans vary widely in terms of influence but have a few united characteristics. Colonial house plans tend to have more formal, balanced exteriors and are usually two-stories but aside from that there are plenty of options to pick from. Here are three of our favorite colonial house plans.
A cut above the historical colonial house plans, the Westover house plan is a beautiful home that looks like it just stepped off the pages of an architectural magazine. With a main floor that showcases rooms with fresh new designs. We are sure you will love the Westover house plan’s innovative layout of the master bath’s tub and shower and a master bedroom with direct access to a wet bar and study. Additionally, this house plan gives you two options for the upstairs layout an optional basement to give you plenty of choices. One thing is for certain, this house plan won’t leave you wanting for historical influence or modern amenities.
The Carrington house plan is remarkable with its brick exterior but inside it is fit for entertaining and a growing family. Off of the foyer is a formal dining room and living room. The kitchen is situated towards the back of the home with an angled island dividing the open floor plan from the grand room and bayed morning room. The grand room offers direct access to a terrace through a pair of French doors. The master suite is located on the ground floor with private access to the deck. Upstairs are three suites, each with their own walk-in-closet, perfect for older children or a growing family. Downstairs this house plan hosts a guest suite and recreation room.
With 1,695 feet of living space, the Hawthorne house plan packs a lot into its classic two-story design. The Hawthorne house plan’s layout is both functional and flexible providing a spacious living room, a screened porch and a workshop. In addition to the abundant living areas on the main area little details have been added for convenience. How about a shower after you enter from the garage of workshop? The rear stairs lead to three bedrooms and a large bonus area that round out this house plan.
Take a look at the rest of the collection here to see more of the colonial house plans including a fair share of Georgian and Federal inspired house plans.
Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s no secret that your master suite is your oasis. Gone are the days where the bedroom was just for sleeping. Now the master suite is all about pampering yourself and letting yourself relax in a private space. Not only do modern master suites include a bedroom and bathroom, many today provide a seating area or a wet bar. Today’s master suites can be anything you want them to be and here are some homes with romantic master suites to inspire you.
One of our all-time best-selling house plans, the Chinook house plan connects its owners to nature and each other. With features like sturdy double columns, rugged stone bases, and a striking wraparound porch this house is welcoming and strong. The relaxed floor plan lets rooms flow into each other with ease. What will win your hear is the master suite with a covered deck and sitting area. The adjoining bathroom contains a five-fixture bathroom creating a master suite that is sure to help you relax.
You don’t have to sacrifice a great master suite if your home is narrow. The master suite found in the Weber house plan has beautiful beam ceilings. The master suite is expanded further with view windows and an oversized window seat. The master bath is the epitome of elegance with a large glass shower and His and Hers sections of the walk-in closet.
There is a lot to love about the eclectic Siena house plan. With Craftsman influence, this Mediterranean home is reminiscent of 20th Century California. With a warm and inviting exterior and a great outdoor living space the outside of this house is just the beginning. Inside, the master bedroom has cathedral ceilings. The bathroom in the master suite includes a two-person shower and a corner tub. This wing also includes a guest bedroom that can also function as an office or a nursery. There are also spacious His and Hers walk-in closets in the master suites.
The master suite is supposed to be your getaway at the end of a long day so be sure to make your master suite the room you want it to be. Take a look through The House Designers great master suite collection and find your perfect oasis.
Last week we attended the International Builder Show in Las Vegas and we were delighted to see lots of new products to help you build your new home. Everything from flooring to efficient accent lighting to innovative roofing was amongst the exhibitors list. Here are a few of our favorite products from IBS 2014.
One of our favorite products at IBS 2014 is Lumber Liquidators® Dura Dance Home™ system. It is perfect for an exercise room or home dance studio. This innovative under-flooring dampens movement and absorbs energy exceptionally, minimizing the risk of bodily injury that comes from a concrete floor.
Heat & Glo™ bought their REVO series gas fireplace to IBS 2014. This fireplace has been on our radar all year and we continue to love it because of its slender 7-inch deep profile. The small footprint means that you can recess the fireplace into the wall or you can hang it on the wall, making it easy to add a little ambiance to any space. Using its Patented Razor™ burner and a reflective black glass interior you get an amazing contemporary look with minimal fuss.
SnapRays was another cool new product from IBS 2014. The SnapRays guidelights provide efficient task lighting with revolutionary power extractors that allow the outlet to draw power without having to connect wires or occupy an outlet receptacle. The LED lights are also bright enough to be safety lights.
TruSlate® is our favorite roofing product of IBS 2014 because of how it makes slate roofs accessible to almost any homeowner. Instead of covering up parts of the slate, half of it is replaced with high-tech waterproofing material. In short, you get a real slate roof without the bulk and the expense. We also love GAF’s Roofing Wizard to help you find the perfect roof for your home.
The Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection™ has always been one of our favorite products, but at IBS 2014, we were introduced to even more options. The Canvas Collection™ continues to offer durable, energy-efficient, and low-maintenance features, but they have widened the scope of their collection with 6’ 8” and 8’ door options. With new 12” and 14” wide doorlites, and eight exclusive decorative glass designs, four privacy glass options, and standard clear Low-E glass available the Canvas Collection™ provides endless combinations for your entry door.
These products are just some of our favorite things from IBS 2014. The exhibitor list is filled with lots of interesting and innovative products. Be sure to subscribe to our Home Ideas newsletter to see even more of our favorite products coming this Thursday.
At IBS 2014 panelists at an NAHB revealed that there will be a strong demand for multi-family house plans over the next few years. Due to a variety of factors the number of homes that are available for rent rather than ownership has increased steadily since 2004 and multi-family house plans fit the bill perfectly.
“The multifamily market has rebounded significantly from its trough in 2009 at 82,000 multi-family housing starts to 340,000 in 2013,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “NAHB is forecasting 363,000 multi-family housing starts in 2015, which is above the previous longer term average of 340,000 as more young adults prefer renting.”
The strong performance of multi-family house plans come from three sources. The first was the way that construction stalled during the original economic collapse. The 2011 resurgence of multi-family construction was catching up with the normal flow. The second source is a strong demand for apartments being fed by a rising demographic of echo boomers. This demographic will continue to grow as the market absorbs more people born after 1980. The third source is young adults who might have otherwise chosen homeownership and some older adults as well being hindered by a variety of issues, including tight underwriting standings for mortgages to low credit scores.
While multi-family house plan construction continues to be strong the NAHB does expect the speed to decrease as sustainable levels are reached in 2015 or 2016. In the meantime many markets are regaining their footing and producing as many multi-family units as they did during the relatively stable period between 1996 and 2006. As a result, the share of households that rent rather than own has increased steadily since 2004 and will likely continue until jobs are more secure, mortgages more accessible and careers more stable.
“The multifamily market has come a long way since the collapse,” said panelist Guy K. Hays, president of Legacy Partners Residential Inc. in Foster City, Calif. “Overall, supply and demand are in balance, and in most markets there is a need for the continued production of new units.”
If you think a multi-family home might be for you or you want to see some of the spacious designs, visit The House Designers multi-family house plan collection. With duplexes, triplexes, and apartments, this collection has a variety of multi-family house plans that can help you meet demand while keeping up with the neighborhood asthetic.
With only one day until the NAHB Interational Builders Show in Vegas we are excited about several of the exhibitors and their products. Just like last year, not only is there a wealth of information and exhibits for the attendees but companies put their best foot forward showing off their new and innovative products. Here are are few products we are waiting to see.
Therma-Tru® (Booth C6108) always has exciting products to feature. This year they are featuring their new Pulse™ fiberglass door. Their new line of contemporary entry doors reflects an aesthetic that many homeowners wish to capture in their home entryway. This product is available in three different materials (oak-grained fiberglass as well as a smooth, paintable fiberglass, or steel) and four different stiles (Ari, Solei, Echo, and Linea) you are sure to find a door that fits your contemporary taste. To add to the on-trend appeal of this product, these doors come with a range of privacy glass options along with clear Low-E, internal blinds, and a range of decorative glass options.
Another booth we are excited to hit is the Fypon® booth (Booth C6113). Fypon® polyurethane products have been a favorite of ours for a while now and we are sure we are going to love the PUR Window and Door Trim. The polyurethane trim can be used on the interior and exterior of homes and comes in a wide range of styles and sizes. PUR Window and Door Trim is also weather resistant, easy to pain, stain, and maintain making this product a definite winner.
We are in love with the Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes (Booth C2136). We love how this product features slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths that give this time its multi-width appearance replicating hand-split real cedar shakes. Additionally Bellaforté Shake installs quickly thanks to the product’s patented features, including a leading edge tab and self-aligning edge. This product has added versatility with 49 colors to choose from and five color blends, you are sure to find a roof that will not only compliment the color palette of your neighborhood but also give you a beautiful roof that you will absolutely adore for years to come.
These three products are just a few of the many we are excited about at this years IBS show. If you are planning to attend, take a look at the website and plan your route through the show using their free mobile app or the IBS Show Planner.
Traditional house plans don’t have to have a white picket fence with a dog running around in the yard. Traditional house plans spread across a wide variety of styles. As the name implies, traditional house plans invoke a number of historical styles. The term traditional is often used to describe a house when they can’t accurately pinpoint a precise style. Traditional house plans come in many shapes, including ranch, one and a half stories, or two-story house plans. Styles can vary such as colonial, county, or Victorian but they are often lumped together and considered traditional house plans. Here are a few of our bestselling traditional house plans.
The Vida de la Confianza house plan uses Craftsman details to give this home plenty of charm. With a small footprint of 1,698 square feet, it is a modest home with lots of features. Guests can be entertained in the center part of this house plan indoors or out. The private master suite is a welcome sight at the end of your long day and upstairs also has plenty of space for future expansion.
The Banner Hall 3000 house plan is the perfect Southern home. It allows the kids access to the upstairs without disturbing the adults downstairs. The key feature in this house plan is the rear-loading stairwell accessed from a rear entry that allows the younger members of the home to come and go as they please. Formal living rooms and dining rooms are connected to a family room via a pair of French doors that make this home ideal for entertaining. Additional features, like a wet bar, also add to the entertainment amenities. Outdoor living space also adds to the appeal of this house plan with a large spacious deck and breezeway.
For a home with the quintessential American look, the Mayberry house plan is one for you. One of our best-selling house plans, Mayberry accommodates gatherings of any size. Among its many features, Mayberry house plan is a marvelous master suite and fun flexible space for future growth with an upstairs bonus room. At only 1,888 this country-style house plan is sure to make an American Dream come true.
Since traditional house plans are so varied in terms of specific style they are a great place to start if you are unsure of the exact thing style you look for. So if you are just beginning your house plan search, take a stroll through our collection of traditional house plans at The House Designers.
I have always liked witches, but I was really taken with the Halliwell sisters in Charmed. The three sisters were the most powerful witches in the world, and they lived in their grandmother’s house in San Francisco. The house was not only one of the main stages of the production but the house also had plot significance as a spiritual nexus.
The real house used for the exteriors is located at 1329 Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights, Los Angeles. And while many may know it as the Halliwell Manor it’s real name is the Innes House. It was built for councilman Daniel Innes, a socially prominent city councilman and real estate developer. The Innes family lived in the home for nearly forty years before selling the property in 1920, who owned if for another fifty years. The home’s exterior features tailored, rectangular lines, emphasized by vertical grooves with decorative wood trim and classic Victorian details. Inside the house you will find classic Victorian style with a double parlor.
In the 1950s, many of the Angelino Heights mansions proved too expensive for residents to maintain. During the 1970s the area underwent a renaissance and many of the original properties were purchased by new owners who did historical restoration on them. The neighborhood remains highly intact and Angelino Heights represents the largest concentration of Victorian homes remaining in Los Angeles. Carroll Avenue’s 1300 block was listed as a National Register Historic District in 1976 and later became Los Angeles’ first Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in 1983. Today, the Los Angeles Conservancy holds an easement that protects the home’s exterior façade as well as interior features that include woodwork, hardware, and decorative details.
Even with all its history this house plan is probably best known as the residence of the Charmed Ones. If you happen to be in Los Angeles and want to take a tour of this historic Victorian house plan, walking tours walking tours are offered the first Saturday of every month. And while you might not be able to take up residence in the Angelino Heights mansion for yourself, you can find homes with similar styles in the Victorian house plan collection at the House Designers.
Our history professors taught us about the Colonial period in school but rarely did they touch upon Colonial architecture. When Colonial is used in conjunction with a house plans it refers to home that is authentic or derived from the Colonial period in America. The architecture of the Colonial period was influenced by several styles including England and parts of Europe.
Here, at The House Designers, you will find one of the best collections of Colonial house plans on the web. Our house plans embody the informal early American style with updated interiors so that you can have the best of both worlds: an authentic historical exterior and a functional open interior.
The Vicksburg house plan is the essence of shingle-style. Clad in shake siding, the Vicksburg house plan features overhanging gables punctuated with corbels, decorative circle windows, and sprawling porches. Although it may look like an authentic Colonial house plan, you will find a modern interior inside. With an office, kitchen, and exercise area, this house plan is ready for a modern family ready to live in luxury. An open living area includes a great room, kitchen, and dining room that form an L-shape off of the foyer.
This house plan also includes a high-traffic garage entry with a large mud room, laundry facilities, and a powder bath for clean-up. The upper level of the Vicksburg house plan includes three bedrooms for siblings and guests, each with a built-in desk, and a hallway leading to double doors and the private master suite with a spa tub. Storage spaces in this house plan include a bonus area and two attic spaces.
If you want something that is a little bit more European-inspired, the Avenues B house plan has elements of Greek Revivalism while still maintaining beautiful Early American style. You will meet your guests at a gracefully lit entryway illuminated by a second-story arched window that leads guests into the bayed living room. The rest of the Avenues B house plan is ready to host any occasion with a great room that includes a corner fireplace and built-in entertainment center. The kitchen’s central island is ideal for laying out a buffet and easily flows into a breakfast nook and dining area. The upstairs includes three bedrooms on the right side and a master suite on the left. Vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets, and a master bathroom with a whirlpool tub and see-through fireplace are luxuries that round out this majestic house plan.
The Gatesville house plan delicately balances architectural details to result in this elegant home. Tall mullioned windows are topped with half circles and accented with keystones while horizontal windows beneath the center gable echo the door transom. The Gatesville house plan’s dramatic roof peaks translate to vaulted interiors in the foyer, living room, and upstairs bedrooms. At the heart of the house plan is the kitchen and family room. You can be assured that your needs will be met with functional details like a bay with windows and patio doors and fireplace accented with built-ins. The kitchen is also well planned with a spacious enough to accommodate a family of cooks and the island is equipped with a self-venting cook top and sit-down counter for visitors.
Colonial house plans have charm and elegance, but they don’t need to be stuck in Early America. You can get the details of a Colonial exterior with the updated interior you want. Take a look through the Colonial house plan collection with
There are some things that you just can’t find anywhere else, and that goes for house plans from The House Designers too. Our collection of private stock house plans includes house plans that can’t be found elsewhere on the web or in newsstand magazines. From luxury to budget, builder-friendly to traditional you are sure to find a little bit of everything in this house plan collection. Here’s a look at three popular house plans from our private stock.
Loaded with curb appeal, the Verona house plan is an attractive three-bedroom ranch house plan loaded with curb appeal. A mix of natural stone and timber and recycled materials on the exterior give this house plan a nice rustic look. With 2,074 square feet this house plan’s small footprint is perfect for someone looking to downsize. The bonus room over the garage can be perfect for a busy professional’s home office. Not to mention this house plan is also energy efficient while catering to both indoor and outdoor living. A gourmet kitchen and outdoor cooking area makes this the perfect house plan for any aspiring chef.
For a little more country flavor the Shelton II house plan has a charming front porch with surprising interior features. This house was originally designed as a weekender for a resort but it can easily work for full time living as well. This modest home is designed for a down slope lot with cathedral ceilings in the living area and master suite on the main level. Secondary bedrooms are located on the ground level with a spacious recreation room. A screened in porch with an expansive deck create an inviting outdoor living space that go along with the severe slope this house plan was designed for.
The Sogno di Campagne house plan is perfect for a lovely summer evening on a spacious lanai. The open floor plan of this beautiful cottage house plan allows for easy entertaining with a large kitchen and an eating/serving island that flows into the living room. The master suite has a master bath that is nothing short of an oasis with an oversized shower and tub, walk-in closet with built-ins, and a private toilet. This house plan also includes amenities like a formal dining room and a large bonus room round out this house making it an exceptional dwelling for any homeowner.
So take a look at our private stock house plans and discover something you won’t see anywhere else. Who knows, you could find you dream house right here at The House Designers.
There is one show that absolutely love, and that is Gilmore Girls. It was about a mother and daughter who lived in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, CT. In the pilot, Lorelai’s daughter Rory gets into a fancy private school called Chilton and to pay for it, Lorelai goes to her well-to-do parents in Hartford for a loan. Of course, Lorelai’s mother Emily has a condition: every Friday the girls must join them for Friday Night Dinner. And so it begins. Through Gilmore Girls‘ seven seasons the drama takes place primarily between these two houses with contrasting styles and facades. Lorelai and Rory’s Stars Hollow home and Emily and Richard’s Hartford mansion.
The first home we see in Gilmore Girls is Lorelai’s house. It has beautiful traditional style mixed with Southern charm and an interior design perfect for the Gilmore’s personalities. The exterior features a large wrap-around porch that serves as a centerpiece for drama. Lorelai and Rory have painted each other’s nails, freaked out when termites infested the porch, and carried an anxiety ridden dog down the stairs.
The inside of Lorelai’s home is modest. There is a small kitchen with Rory’s room just off of it and a living room with a television. The Gilmore Girls house underwent a renovation later in the series when Lorelai’s boyfriend, diner owner and resident handyman Luke Danes, decided to modify the bedroom so that it would fit two people.
In contrast, Emily and Richard’s mansion has more of a European flare. The house is very large and we see mostly the Great Room and dining room, on occasion we saw sets like Richard’s office and Lorelai’s childhood bedroom.
Much of Emily and Richard’s home is elaborately decorated with portraits and chandeliers. Although the show sometimes ventures upstairs to Lorelai’s childhood bedroom or Richard’s study, the room viewers often see is the dining room during the requisite Gilmore Girls Friday Night Dinner.
You may not be able to live on the actual sets used on Gilmore Girls but you can definitely find house plans like them. If you are looking for homes with sprawling porches and welcoming charm like Lorelai and Rory’s check out the Southern house plan collection. If you want something a little more regal like Emily and Richard’s mansion take a look at our European house plan collection. With a little bit of poking around you are sure to find a home inspired by your favorite television home at The House Designers.
For a green home you want a natural and durable material for your floors that has a bit of a different look to it, check out cork flooring. Cork might seem like an odd choice, and may make you think of the Boy Meets World episode where Cork World went out of business and Cory decided to decorate his apartment in wall to wall cork, but that is not true.
Cork doesn’t have to look like you gutted and glued a bunch of cork boards to your floor there are lots of fashionable choices at Lumber Liquidators® and the benefits of cork are numerous. Here are some of the reasons you will love a new cork floor.
Durable: Cork flooring resists cracking and abrasions and is impermeable to gas or liquid. Cork also bounces back underfoot so indentations caused by furniture or shoes won’t be permanent. A properly maintained cork floor can last forty years or more.
Healthy: Cork is resistant to mold, mildew and termites. It also does not off-gas or shed microfibers to negatively affect indoor air quality.
Comfortable: Cork flooring also provides comfortable cushioning underfoot because it gives when it’s compressed. Not to mention, cork is a natural thermal and acoustic insulator so rooms with cork flooring are naturally warm and quiet.
Versatile: Cork flooring is available in many styles and colors in the form of tiles or planks. You can use planks to create a seamless-looking floor or use tiles or alternating colors to create a more modern effect.
Practical: Unlike vinyl, the color and pattern of the cork penetrates the thickness of the material. This means that color and pattern are retained as it wears, which lengthens the usable life of the flooring.
Safe: Cork is naturally fire-resistant. It only melts or ignites at very high temperatures. It also generations less smoke before and during combustion, and releases less toxic material than vinyl flooring.
Green: As a building material, cork has minimal negative impact on the environment. A cork tree must be 25 years old before its bark can be harvested, after that cork can only be harvested every eight to fourteen years without killing the tree. The average life expectancy of a cork tree can be up to eight hundred years but typically ranges within one hundred fifty to two hundred years. The manufacturing process for cork also generates almost no waste. Cork flooring is actually a byproduct of manufacturing cork stoppers for wine bottles.
Cork flooring may seem like an out there option but with so many benefits it is catching on fast. There are many ways to add pigment and pattern to cork flooring to make it look as unique as you want it. Check out the cork flooring from Lumber Liquidators® for some inspiration and consider putting cork flooring in your energy efficient house plan from The House Designers.