A list of Universal Design new home features you should consider BEFORE building or remodeling your house. Plus reasons to consider “aging in place” in the home of your dreams! I encourage you to give these Universal Design principles a lot of thought before building or remodeling your house!
Home Designs & Architectural Styles
If it has to do with the 'bones' of a house (inside and out), then we're talking about it here -- mostly optional add-ons and fancy design ideas! Homeowners are sharing their personal experiences with a wide variety of interesting interior & exterior home designs, unique floor plans, and clever home design ideas. Plus, neighborhoods & communities that are filled with houses of a particular architectural style.
Trying to decide if you could live in a house without a tub? And if a shower-only bathroom will hurt your home’s resale value? A list of pros & cons. Plus thoughts from someone who’s been in your shoes and currently lives in a house that has a bathroom with shower only.
The Derek Jeter mansion in Tampa, Florida has 32,000 sq. ft. of living space. The master suite alone covers over 2,500 sq.ft.. The sprawling, eclectic English manor on the waterfront is the largest house in Tampa, by far! Here are photos and videos of Derek Jeter’s Tampa home, what it’s worth today, and a little about what the retired New York Yankees shortstop is doing today.
Want to see what it’s like living in a house with RV garage? Browse through the RV garage homes in these RV communities! RV retirement communities that have homes with RV garage plans are popular among those who want to incorporate their lifelong dreams of being a road warrior while still having a permanent home base.
Looking for the ideal floor plan for your home? 5 common mistakes you want to avoid and tips you should consider when planning the layout of your new home.
The Grove at Cooper’s Point offers very luxurious Charleston-style homes in the outskirts of Atlanta in the eclectic Smyrna/Vinings area. These homes offer some of the finest materials and craftsmanship in the area in a great location.
Here is a look at 7 unique custom garages located in the U.S. All of these homes are on the market so if you’ve outgrown your garage at your current home…
Safe rooms can be used for more than just storm shelters. Some ideas, plus safe room construction details and costs, if you’re in the market for a safe room
The Village at Woodside Plantation in Aiken SC is a neighborhood community with townhouses and single-family homes. Here are my first impressions…
Here is all the best info and tips to build safe rooms for your home, including FEMA criteria and more.
If you’re house hunting and find a home that suits you, don’t bother falling in love with it until you check out the other homes in the neighborhood to see if your floor plan and exterior are
Are you thinking about downsizing by moving into a small house? McMansion’s are a thing of the past, for now, so if you have designs on considering some small houses for your future home dwelling, more power to you.
There are so many options when it comes to the type of material and style of fireplace surrounds that are available. You can stick with a standard kit or go for broke with a custom made fireplace surround that makes a statement in your home.
Home inventories are still at historic levels with all of the foreclosures and unsold homes that have largely been left to sit empty while the economy tries to build steam. So who are the house buyers in 2010 and 2011? This in-depth survey conducted by builders themselves across the nation gives some startling details.
Earth sheltered homes have gained popularity because they offer a great way to conserve energy. So if you’re thinking about building and living in an underground earth sheltered home there’s lots to consider so take a few minutes to get a general idea and then dig into the provided links for more detailed info.
Feast your eyes on this virtual collection of extremely unusual homes in exotic locales. You’ll be daydreaming in no time at all!
Have you ever walked into someone’s home that opens to a two-story foyer and admire the height of the room and the amazing amount of light that the windows let in at the top of the foyer? Look closer next time and see if the windows are of the double hung variety. Why is that?
Accessible design in the home building industry is here to stay. Easy access, easy use and easy passage are the main focus of homes certified under the EasyLiving Homes voluntary program. They’re not designed just for retirement communities either.
Do you need more storage space in your home? How about taking advantage of a slightly unusual location to create storage under stairs.
What are the basic principles behind Universal Home Design? Here are easily explained answers for the 3 trouble spots found within every home: the entrance, the kitchen and the bathroom. If you’re building, remodeling or buying a home, you’ll want to make life more comfortable for yourself or the homeowners. See if your home measures up.
Take a look at the Top 10 Most Expensive Luxury Homes for sale. It’s a (depressed) global economy but you wouldn’t know it by the looks of these homes. These are pretty good deals… considering.
Are you wondering what is likely to happen in the home building industry and real estate markets in 2010? Information on the basics on Short Sales, the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit Program, McGraw-Hill’s Construction Outlook, and much, much more.
Do those guys holding real estate directional signs grab your attention enough to make you follow the advice of the sign? Sign twirling is an effective and annoying method at the same time, yet oddly entertaining…until the traffic light changes.
Laundry rooms are essential to good house plan design. Everyone has laundry to do so making everything as convenient as possible to getting it all done in an efficient manner makes life just a little nicer.
These best-selling house plans have a lot in store for today’s home buyers. One-story plans are beginning to take over and higher square footage house plans are interesting to note. Feature-laden plans are the norm for 2009.
What could have possessed a builder to construct this over-sized garage that is attached to the front facade of such an attractive house? What’s your best guess? I have my own ideas.
Open staircase designs are one way to improve the floor plan of a home. So many builders and homeowners love the feel of the open floor plan and designing beautiful open staircases is a great way to make an architectural statement. Here are some tips for creating open stairs and a photo gallery of the different options you can choose.
Vern Yip’s dining room design includes an intricately designed wall covering consisting of wood veneer paneling with a scroll inlay pattern. From a distance you’d think the wall was covered in silk material. It’s creative yet simple.
The Willcox is an historic hotel located in the heart of thoroughbred country in Aiken, South Carolina. Character abounds in this freshly restored and renovated high-end hotel and resort/spa.
This brand new Victorian style house looks like it could have been built decades ago with all of it’s features that remain true to Victorian architecture. Located in Marietta, GA, this classically-styled Victorian home stands out as a great example. I’ve included over a dozen pictures from start to finish on building a turret.
View this grandiose coffered ceiling inside of an even larger Victorian home constructed in 2007-08. Features shiplap wood planks rather than drywall. Very nice photos.
A beautiful new Victorian home showcasing a couple of barrel vaulted ceilings is the focus of this article. Two distinctively different styles of barrel vaults are shown, radius and elliptical.
Cypress lap siding is a great choice for today’s American homes. Here are some great reasons to consider all-natural solid cypress for your homebuilding construction project.
Frank Betz house plans offer many convenient features at an affordable price. This craftsman style plan squeezes a lot of house under a moderate footprint.
Looking for a totally unique way to cap off your chimney and add some pizazz to your home’s exterior. Dump those ideas of your of a boring old square clay chimney pot on your chimney and go for the gusto by gathering some great ideas here.
Photos of Victorian chimneys and chimney pots abound in this post of the home under construction I’ve been visiting and even more pictures from various sources. Lots of great ideas for capping your chimney in style.
Taking a timeshare sales tour with RCI is no cake walk. Get ready for a sales attack and some scheming sales practices.
Fish-scale shingle siding was a great choice of materials for the front gable of this classically styled Victorian home build.
What follows are some examples of what you can do with an A-frame ceiling to liven it up a bit with an open web, exposed beam design.
Have you been looking for ideas for a Victorian style foundation vent for your home? This one hits the mark. It is made of iron and will last the lifetime of the home.
Having a laundry chute in your home will save you a lot of steps. Here’s a quick photo shoot of a new one from a kids’ perspective.
Bonner Custom Homes is at it again. This time the style is Victorian and this home should prove to be an extraordinary example of the quintessential Industrial Age style of the late 19th century.
Looking for a craftsman style home plan in thriving Paulding County, Georgia? Summerlyn should make your list of potential neighborhoods to call home.
Photos and ideas for two-story ‘window walls’ as shown in family rooms and great rooms. Great stuff if you’re putting together a dream home idea book!
Be careful when making your water closet floor plans. Give it a lot of thought before you implement and don’t make this mistake.
Beautiful photos of the historic Tate House in Tate, Georgia decorated for the Christmas season. It’s a pink marble mansion boasting Taj Mahal quality marble.
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour is an annual event not to be overlooked in this thriving suburb of Atlanta. A select few historical private homes and public buildings are on display once per year. This is part 2 of my article regarding the home tour.
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour is an annual event organized by the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society . A select few historical private homes and public buildings are on display once per year. This is part 1 of my article of the home tour.
Woody Ravenscraft is a decorated WWII veteran, but he’s also the designer, builder and owner of an underground home in southwestern Ohio. Take a look.
Walk-in hidden kitchen pantries are a nice feature to incorporate into a kitchen design. Here are a few photos to give you some ideas.