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3 Reasons to Choose House Plans with a Courtyard
What are the benefits to having a courtyard in your home? Are they a waste of space? Which plans include a courtyard? Here, Houseplans.co finds out!
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The Contemporary Craftsman Trend
If you look back through architectural history, you’ll quickly notice that all styles originate from another, older style. These new styles can be one of three things: an improvement on an older style, a blend of older styles, or a diversion from an already popular style. One example is the Craftsman style, which was a stylistic change away from the ornate Victorian architecture of the period.
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Deconstructing Shipping Container Homes
In some circles, the shipping container home trend is all the rage. It’s part of the “reuse, reduce, recycle” movement. However, some things aren’t meant to be reused
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Are Smart Windows the Next Innovation in New Home Construction?
You’ve probably heard about refrigerators that warn you when the milk is getting low or kitchen tables that double as stovetops. But there are a few innovations that aren’t getting quite as much attention
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3 Different Takes on Prairie Style Homes
The Prairie style was pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright during the early twentieth century. Wright drew inspiration from the wide, flat landscape of the American Midwest to create buildings that not only blended with their surroundings, but also complemented them. With low rooflines with large overhangs and simplistic designs, this style – despite being more than a century old – has a lasting contemporary look that makes it at home among other, newer home styles.
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Kitchen Cabinet Trends 2016
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, we’ve seen a few great design trends that are sure to become even more popular over the coming year. If you’re building a new home – or doing an extensive remodel – here are some of the things that you can look forward to.
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How to Create a Perfectly Balanced Home
Did you know that there are three different ways to balance your home? We aren’t talking about ways to perch your home on the edge of a cliff, either! Instead, the different balance styles – symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial – refer to the way your home’s interior, exterior and furnishings are arranged.
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Is a Green Roof Right for You?
If you’ve heard the buzz about green or “living” roofs, you’re probably wondering if this is truly an efficient upgrade. Green roofs may be eco-friendly, but are they difficult to maintain? Are they more or less cost effective than other energy-efficient roofing solutions? Read on to learn whether green roofs are right for your home!
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Flooring Trends - Where Do You Stand?
With so much buzz about new and inventive flooring products, it’s hard to separate the real trends from buzz-worthy fads. Which flooring materials are builders recommending, and what are homeowners actually installing? Let's take a look at some of the most popular flooring materials on the market, and see how you might put them to use.
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Defining Features of Tudor Homes
The Tudor style has been around in one form or another since the early 16th century. Although this style originated in Europe, it experienced a revival in the United States during the early 20th century and again more recently towards the end of the 20th century.
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4 Home Plans with the Midcentury Modern Look
On the outside, flat roofs, square designs and multitudes of windows characterize midcentury modern design. Inside, these homes blend form and function with simple, yet versatile open floor plans. Originally hailing from the 1950s and 60s, midcentury modern home designs are becoming popular once again. Here are some of our favorite homes with the midcentury modern look!
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Defining Midcentury Modern Design
When discussing modern design, a number of themes come to mind, from industrial to contemporary styles. Midcentury modern design is one of those themes. In fact, many in the design world view midcentury modern as the precursor to other modern design styles.
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Essential Elements of the Victorian Home
Victorian architecture first emerged in the 1830's, and it continued to be one of the more popular building styles through the early twentieth century. This style is named after Queen Victoria who, as the longest reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, ruled from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian homes of her era were fanciful constructions – usually two to three stories high with elaborate interior and exterior designs. We will take an in-depth look at some of the elements unique to this architectural style.
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Designing with Light
When designing or decorating a home, it’s easy to be caught up in the colors and material choices. However, lighting is even more important than either of these considerations. Designing with light is not about the shape of your fixtures or the lamps and shades that you choose, but rather the color, placement and intensity of your lighting.
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It's All in the Details - A Killer Bathroom Shelf Design!
A part of the Aurea home design (plan 2453), this shelving unit is extremely popular on Houzz.com and has been added to over 150,000 ideabooks! We think you'll like it too, and we also have plenty of other creative home design ideas to share.
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Easily Modify the Exterior Style of a Home to Suit a Different Style
What are the popular home exterior styles in your area? Each region has its own preferences, and unless you want your house to stick out like a sore thumb, it's wise to keep them in mind when choosing a home plan. However, it's wide to bear in mind that the exterior style of many home designs can be easily changed.
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Contemporary House Plans with Warm & Inviting Interiors
Many of Mascord's contemporary house plans boast living spaces with warm and inviting interiors. These home plans offer the perfect solution when building where the weather is not always 70 degrees and sunny.
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AMDA Celebrates John Yeon & Northwest Modernist Architecture
Portland, Oregon architect John Yeon (1910-1994) had no formal architectural education, yet his style has influenced and inspired modern home plans across the country, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.
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7 House Plans with Stunning Wine Cellars & Wet Bars
Today we’re featuring Mascord house plans with stunning wine cellars and wet bars because we appreciate what a sanctuary a wine cellar and/or wet bar can be!
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Mascord Top 10: Ranch House Plans
There’s plenty to love about ranch homes—they’re functional, great for growing families, and excellent for aging in place. Check out our top ten best selling ranch house plans.
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