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Growing up, I was raised on television. Many evenings were spent watching characters such as Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show and I was captivated by the comical antics of The Brady Bunch. Today I still find myself drawn to television because it allows me to build a relationship with the characters. As I watch these shows I tend to note things like home furnishings, architectural styles and floor plan layouts.
Today you can easily find floor plans to build houses that look exactly like the ones you’ve seen in your favorite television shows and movies. Everything from the San Fernando Brady Bunch house to The Cosby Show’s Manhattan dwelling can be found online. Designers are even making sketches for layouts of modern shows like Two and a Half Men, The Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother, classic suburban homes from I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Happy Days and The Golden Girls to sprawling mansions from Dallas and Dynasty.
Located in the San Fernando Valley, this home is generally a quiet landmark, in part because its appearance has been altered from what appeared on TV. The split-level San Fernando Valley home was the home of The Brady Bunch. What might throw you off is the absence of a second floor. When they found the home they loved the middle class California feeling but the constructed set was that of a roomy two-story dwelling. Production designers came to the rescue by attaching a fake window to give the house the appearance of a second story.
Animated series have a following all their own. For example, the immensely popular animated TV show The Simpsons has a house plan designed after it. In Henderson, Nevada there is a house that was designed to closely mimic that of The Simpsons. The designers viewed dozens of episodes but it became apparent that the cartoon house couldn’t actually be structurally sound. The finished house however, meets all building codes.
Spanish artist and interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde was interested enough in the layouts of famous TV show homes that he drew up very detailed floor plans, including the home furnishings. The collection includes the likes of The Simpsons, Dexter, Friends, Seinfeld, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and a handful others.
Caption: Lizarralde chose to draw the floor plan for Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s rural home set in Westport, CT in grayscale to stay true to the classic black-and-white television show.
The homes our favorite fictional characters live in do exist, at least on the exterior level, but there could soon be a string of houses who’s exteriors also look just like the ones from your favorite movies or television shows. All that’s needed is a bit of architectural knowledge, a similar house plan and keen sense of interior design.
The editors of The House Designers have been busy going through over 6,000 best-selling house plans to choose their favorite designs from 2011. These particular house plans were chosen based on their innovation and energy efficiency as well as their interior detailing and curb appeal.
The Palladium House Plan was one of the newest additions to the traditional house plan collection. It was designed to create a multi-generational family-friendly home with flexibility and privacy throughout. The timeless exterior features traditional columns and arches, softened with Shingle-style accents and details. The welcoming front porch opens to a centered foyer, with an opposing den and formal dining room plus butlery and walk-in pantry. The beamed great room with built-in fireplace and entertainment center, gourmet kitchen with its huge island and multi-windowed eating nook create a spacious family area, all opening onto the large, wraparound outdoor living porch.
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The newest house plans from The House Designers feature a mix of innovative green home products and building practices combined with timeless architectural styling and open floor plans to ensure years of comfortable and efficient home living. You’ll find everything from unique mountain homes to gorgeous Mediterranean estates to traditional two-story house plans, as well as designs from their exclusive collection of ENERGY STAR homes.
The Cariati House Plan is one of The House Designers newest luxury Mediterranean designs. The two-story stone turret opens into a two-story living room with fireplace. Just outside is a covered patio with fireplace and outdoor kitchen that overlooks the in-ground pool and hot tub. Pamper yourself in a master suite with a sitting area and access to the outdoor living area. The master bath has an extra long vanity area, separate whirlpool tub and walk-in shower. There’s also a sauna room and his and hers walk-in closets. Other amenities include a gourmet kitchen featuring the latest appliances, a breakfast and formal dining room and a sunken media room. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms (each with their own full bath) and a game room that opens to the covered balcony. This dream home has it all.
The House Designers has also added a new mountain lodge home, which features all the latest energy-efficient building products and green building techniques. This log home can easily be customized to feature any exterior or interior styling.
Building a new home will probably be the biggest and most exciting purchase you make in your lifetime. Finding a house plan can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know what to look for. You should be sure that you have chosen a floor plan that is functional, comfortable and meets the needs and lifestyle of your family during various phases of your life.
Before starting your house plan search, you should make a list of all the elements you consider essential to your new home, for example how many walk-in closets, number of bathrooms, placement of master suite, laundry room design, kitchen space, number of garages and how much bonus room you’ll need. While it is easy to get carried away by aesthetics, make sure that your floor plan meets your livability factor and has plenty of flexible space so your home can grow and change with your needs.
It is also helpful to write of list of the things you DON’T want, so you’ll be able to narrow your house plan search. If you know exactly what you want in your new home it is best to go right to the advanced search section, which will make searching for your house plan easier.
If you’ve already purchased a lot for your new home, then you must find a house plan that suits the lot. For sloping lots, you may need a house plan with a walkout basement or you may need to modify an existing plan to add a basement. If you have a narrow lot, the size of your house plan will be restricted to a certain width, especially if you want to have ample outdoor living space. A popular choice for narrow and sloping lots are two-story house plans. We offer a wide selection of two-story house plans, narrow lot plans and sloping lots in a variety of sizes, shapes and architectural styles.
Of course, if you don’t have any lot limitations, you can enjoy browsing all house plan collections and architectural styles.
Once you’ve narrowed your search of house plans down to a handful, it is best you meet with your home builder to see if the plans you’ve chosen are realistic – do they meet your lot specifications, budget and will additional modifications need to be made. It is also important to understand that the total square footage of your new home refers to the finished portion of your house plan. Finished living areas are generally described as covered with sheetrock and wallpaper or paint. Areas like garages, porches and attics are considered unfinished and are not calculated in the total square footage of your home plan. Be sure that when you purchase your house plan, you purchase the right plan package.
And if building green is a top priority for you – please be sure to check out our exclusive collection of ENERGY STAR® house plans.
Architectural stone veneer adds unsurpassed warmth and character to your home’s exterior façade. The versatility, creativity and affordability of manufactured stone allows you to easily enhance the aesthetics of your home’s interior such as walls, floors, columns, fireplaces and outdoor living spaces. This week’s issue of Dream Designs, our free weekly e-newsletter highlights several house plans that incorporate stone veneer into their exterior and interior design.
Create a grand front entrance using stone columns, as shown in this contemporary house plan:
You’ll find stone veneer being used throughout all the interior rooms of this floor plan, which also features an eye-catching stone and cedar facade. Be dazzled by the rear outdoor living space of this modern home plan:
Natural stone veneer with brick accents sets the tone for the warmth of this French Country house plan:
This affordable, two-bedroom cottage house plan is perfect for any waterfront property. Enjoy the view with a full-length porch and second floor balcony. The living room has two-story ceilings for an open floor plan and the master suite enjoys a private bath on the first floor. It also comes with a garage plan featuring a carport, utility room with washer and dryer, storage room and covered porch.
The master suite is your own private retreat so you’ll want to pay close attention to the details that make up its floor plan so it fits your needs and lifestyle, after all you spend a third of your life in your bedroom and no room in your home is more personal.
Many of our master suites feature sitting area, large master baths with spa tubs, private showers and dual sink, walk-in closets, large windows and private access to the outdoors. Keep in mind, if you find a house plan that you really like but want to add some amenities to the master suite, our designers offer free modification quotes on all their house plans. Gone are the days when a master bedroom was designed simply for sleeping – it’s all about pampering and a place to enjoy some private time. Check out this week’s issue of Dream Designs featuring our best-selling master suite house plans.
Building and designing an economical home is being made easier as designers and architects continue to create small house plans. Many are even taking small to a whole new level with a special collection of tiny house plans, which are generally less than 1,000 square feet. Building a small house, gives consumers back the freedom to have more money and time to enjoy their lives. Why? Because a smaller home costs less to build, own, clean, heat, cool and maintain. The less money you need to run your home, the less stress of earning more money and the more time you have to enjoy the things you like to do.
As homeowners continue to enhance their outdoor living space with outdoor amenities like kitchens, fireplaces, furnished living rooms and spas, the deck is becoming a major design factor, particularly when building a new home.
Since most people spend most of their day at work, school or in their home, they want another place to go and unwind or have fun. That new place is their backyard and what better way to enjoy all the same great amenities you have indoors than to design an outdoor living space on a customized deck.
Here are some of the latest trends in decks that can help you create an exciting backyard retreat:
The biggest trend in decks right now is the increase in square footage. Homeowners that were once satisfied with a 20 x 10 foot deck for a grill and some patio furniture now want a deck design that rivals their homes square footage.
With all the latest products available for outdoor lighting, appliances, fireplaces and pits, homeowners are extending their outdoor living space well past the spring and summer.
Another big trend is creating and outdoor kitchen that has all the amenities of its indoor counterparts like a grill or cooktop surface, cabinets, countertops, refrigerators and sinks. Many of our house plans purchasers are asking for our designers to add an outdoor living space to their floor plans. See some of our latest home plans, which include an outdoor living space and read up on the latest deck designs and products in this weekâ€™s issue of Home Ideas.
This beautiful European country one-story house plan features all of the amenities that your family needs for easy and enjoyable living. Two large bedrooms, each with plenty of closet space, share a bath complete with dual sinks and a tub shower. The master suite features a raised ceiling, a large walk-in closet, and a great bathroom layout. The great room features 10 ft. ceilings and a gas log fireplace which provides a perfect atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends. This one-story house plan comes with a bonus room floor plan, adding 347 sq. ft of additional living space to your new home.
A good way to ensure proper kitchen design is to use your present kitchen as a starting point. Do you like where your ovens are located? Is the refrigerator in a user-friendly location that doesn’t cause traffic while you are trying to cook? Would another sink or oven be helpful with food preparation? Is there ample space near a pantry to set down groceries? Where do you plan to prepare vegetables and meats? Is the rubbish drawer conveniently located to discard vegetable and fruit peelings? Is the dishwasher placed for efficient loading and unloading? Does your countertop space adequately allow for appliances and cooking utensils?
Appliances should blend in with other design elements in your kitchen. You can achieve this by having them built into the cabinets or paneled to look like them. Or if you prefer, you can make a statement with a stand-alone, like those made with a decorative vent hood and carved wood ornamentation or a stainless steel refrigerator. Keep in mind where you place your appliances will affect the other design elements in your kitchen. For example, a range or a separate cooktop and oven could change your countertop and cabinet space plans. Remember, the time to make changes is before the plumbing and electrical work is started.
Interest in building an energy-draining dream home that comes with high costs and wasteful space is fast becoming a thing of the past. Today’s homeowners are very savvy about energy-efficiency and economics. The economy has swiftly changed us from excessive pampering to practical living. Helping to make that road easier are architects and designers, builders and manufacturers, who support green building through their products and services. The House Designers offer an exclusive collection of green house plans, which are all endorsed by ENERGY STAR.
Building a green home means that youâ€™ll use 40% less energy and water than comparable standard homes. If youâ€™re worried that building a green home will look different than a standard home â€“ think again. Your new, green home is likely to be smaller, but designed to look bigger with the right floor plan, window locations and interior design accents. Flexible spaces make it easier to do more with less space. For example a 15′ by 30′ family room could easily be designed to convert to a 24-person dining room during the holiday season.
Keep in mind it’s going to be a lot easier to maintain an energy-efficient home, because it’s smaller and much more durable than most standard homes because of its high-quality building materials and construction processes, requiring fewer repairs.
The best benefits of designing and building a green home are lower operating costs, a healthier interior environment, and increased level of comfort for daily living in your home. You’ll see these benefits directly relate to an increase in your home’s market value as well.
We have created a special collection of distinct home plans to help you find your dream home based on your needs and lifestyle. Each collection features our architects and designers best-selling, most popular home plans, available in a wide range of architectural styles. Get inspired by our collection of fabulous kitchens, exclusive and luxury house plans or settle into one of our traditional ranch, one or two-story homes with lots of amenities and room to customize.
For this week’s issue of Dream Designs we have chosen some of our most popular floor plans for enjoying indoor and outdoor living. These designs are perfect for entertaining family and friends or enjoying private family time.
There’s nothing more exciting than building a new home, because you’re in charge. From selecting the lot to choosing your home design to picking out all the products that go into your new home â€“ the process can be overwhelming, but ultimately rewarding when you walk through you new dream home for the first time. Our latest issue of Home Ideas features a step-by-step guide so youâ€™ll know what to expect during every phase of the home building process.
Realizing your dream home all starts with finding the perfect house plan. We realize this can be a difficult task without the right resources, which is why our designers and architects have put everything you need under one roof at The House Designers. Relax and enjoy browsing through our collection of house plans, floor plans, home designs and home plans in a wide range of sizes and architectural styles. All of these best-selling plans are available as green designs so you can enjoy an environmentally friendly and efficient home.
Considering how fragile the economy is right now and how timid banks are to loan money for new home construction, it is no wonder that one of the most frequently asked questions from our customers is “How they can save money building their new home?” It wasn’t that long ago when banks were “basically” giving out loans and the trend was to build large, extravagant homes. Today banks are less likely to fund new construction because of the high costs associated with new construction. The good news is that homeowners are now more apt to build smaller, greener and more affordable homes. But time is ticking as fixed mortgage rates continue to climb.
If you’re set on building a new home there are still many ways you can keep your cost down, which will make the banks more likely to fund your project. You can start by purchasing a stock house plan, which will save you thousands over hiring an architect or designer. With the decrease in new home construction, you can easily find great building and design products at a discounted rate. You also can look to FHA loans, which are still the best alternative to a conventional loan. You’ll want to inquire about a new Federal Housing Administration program, which will let first-time home buyers use their $8,000 tax credit for down payments or closing costs.