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7 Steps to Selecting and Building Your Dream Home

Are you tired of searching for your dream home, and thinking about building a house yourself? If you're planning some new home construction, let us help! This comprehensive checklist walks you through every major step in the home building process. From estimating plan costs, to searching for builders and house plans, The House Designers can help!


April 18, 2019 

Choosing & Building an Affordable Home

Choosing & Building an Affordable Home

With so many people focused on finances, it's no wonder our Affordable House Plan Collection continues to be a customer favorite. But do you know why these designs are budget-friendly? Read our article, What Makes a House Plan Affordable?, to learn more!

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The Parkes Build a Craftsman Cottage on Cape Cod

The Parkes family was looking for the perfect two-story house plan that would fit a lot that they'd purchased on Cape Cod that would give them the one-story living they desired. They chose this plan because of its open living space, and after making a few modifications that turned it into the home of their dreams.

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10 Things Every Family Mudroom Needs

10 Things Every Family Mudroom Needs

The mudroom is the gateway between the outside elements and the inside of your home. It’s the best place to corral wet and muddy items, and it can prevent you and your family from tracking in dirt and rainwater. Whether your home has a traditional mudroom or just a designated area inside the door, these 10 elements will help you get the most out of this space.  1. A Boot ...

Home Styles & How to Identify Them

Home Styles & How to Identify Them

The countless architectural home styles can make things quite confusing, especially when choosing a home plan. You know what you like, but when you think "curb appeal" what style is that exactly? You don't need to be a professional architect know the difference between home styles - although it can feel that way! We can help you wade through all of that exterior house style confusion. ...

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Step-By-Step Building Guide

The House Designers understands how exciting it is to build a new home! In an effort to make the process easier, we have put together this step-by-step home building guide to help you understand the different building phases and how it all comes together.

Benefits of Insulated Concrete Forms

You may have come across the term 'ICF' or 'Concrete house plan' in your search to find your dream home and may be wondering just what is meant by this term. ICF stands for Insulated Concrete Form and refers to an alternative to conventional timber framing construction.

How Many Trees Does it Take to Build a Home?

The first step to putting up the frame of a house is typically a trip to a lumberyard to pick up ready-cut pieces of wood, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the old days, when houses were usually built by the soon-to-be homeowners, people had to harvest trees themselves.