by TopTenReviews Contributors
Once you’ve made the decision to build rather than buy your next home, the biggest step after finding the right building lot is to design your future abode. This can be tough; putting together a home design that reflects your taste, yet also fits your needs and budget is a balancing act that takes planning. The following are ten guidelines to help you on your way. Read more
The best bathroom remodels start with a thoughtful floorplan. Consider these important tips when designing your new bathroom layout.
by Alicia Garceau
Because a bathroom layout is jam-packed with required elements, a shoehorn might seem like an essential tool when remodeling. But with a little creative space planning, it can not only fit in requirements, it can also fit in a few (or more) luxuries. Remember the following functional and code requirements when developing your new-and-improved layout. Read more
No one likes to cut a budget, especially when it’s his or her own. But when it comes to planning a remodeling project, homeowners must establish a realistic budget . . . and actively manage it.
Preparing for a remodeling project is a lot like preparing to buy a car. You may know the room and style you want, but the options you choose may drive the price higher than you can reasonably afford. But there are ways to stretch the remodeling budget and end up with stylish results within budget. Read more
Building a new home is the biggest purchase that most Americans make. While finding a house plan is an exciting process, you should be sure that you have chosen a floor plan that is functional, comfortable and convenient for you and your family. Choosing the right house plan can be a daunting task with thousands and thousands of home plans on the web. Many house plan providers try to make it a fun, easy experience. To educate you on the process, we’re offering some helpful information about choosing the right house plan for your family. Read more
Throughout the history of home design, preferences have shifted regarding the division of interior space. In the Victorian era, for instance, rooms tended to be cut off with walls, so each could be heated individually. This was a large change from the centrally heated open-fire floor plan homes of the middle ages. Frank Lloyd Wright was the first American modern-era architect to apply an open design to his creations. Innovations in heating equipment and ductwork had increased energy efficiency and heat delivery, making open designs more cost effective. Previously, open design was applied only in offices, where “bullpens” or “cube farms” of workers allowed businesses to save on utilities and rent. (As we’ll see a little later, an open floor plan is also conducive to team brainstorming.) Read more
There would always be updates when it comes to designs and eventually, house designs too. We’d always have our own preferences as to what type of house we’d want to be built. Some would prefer the contemporary way or classic perhaps. There are also those who would already prefer Modern House Designs applied to their dream houses. This type of design allows you to live in the modern era where minimalism is a hit, comfort is a plus and glass means elegance. Modern Houses say goodbye to the typical colorful way of houses may it be the interior or the exterior part. Since a house is the very first extreme investment, there are standards to meet although it would still consider the modern taste of the owner. Read more
There would always be updates when it comes to designs and eventually, house designs too. We’d always have our own preferences as to what type of house we’d want to be built. Some would prefer the contemporary way or classic perhaps. There are also those who would already prefer Modern House Designs applied to their dream houses. Read more
The typical Tuscan Home Designs reflect the warm, welcoming style of the Mediterranean countryside home with its stucco exterior.
The Tuscan house design might be dazzlingly luxurious or sweetly simple and this type’shome design adhere to the true Italian country style and colors. To choose the best Tuscan home designs, review the various features of Tuscan style, decide which ones you prefer and find plans that include them in a layout that suits your needs. Read more
By John Hill
The options for roof design aren’t limited to the two most prevalent ones: pitched (gable, hip) or flat. Other shapes and expressions are possible, and when done creatively the roof can be the most striking aspect of a house’s exterior. This ideabook collects four houses with dramatic roofs, dissecting what drives them beyond creating strong images. Read more