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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Types Of House Plans

Hearth Plan

It’s almost similar to the cranberry plan, but with a few modifications. The modifications include:

Larger, more modern picture window with traditional panes

An overhand multi-level roof that is similar to a western bungalow

A built-in flower box that is mainly made for ornamental purposes

An elevated roof that has an American bungalow design. This makes it possible for you to expand the second-floor.

Full Pleasure Plan

Although, it’s an early American design, it’s very common in the modern world. The plan is characterized by a rectangular shape that comes with a garage addition. It also has double-hung windows, shingle, center hall floor, and a roof that is a steep pitch.

Tradition Plan

The traditional plan has a number of features that are similar to those found in colonial homes from the American south. The homes have a rectangular shape, steep pitch, and a center hall floor plan.

To make the plan modern there have been a number of modifications such as: front dormers, large picture window, imposing chimney and a fireplace that has been integrated into the exterior wall. These houses are designed to be constructed using bricks.

Jewel Plan

Many architects say that this plan has many unusual features. For example, it has a front door that is placed slightly off-center. The plan also has a larger, more modern picture window that comes with a glass block trim. There is also siding that includes stones, shingles and vertical panels.

Select Architects For House Plans

It’s good to start with phone interviews. When doing the interview you should remember that architects are highly paid professionals; therefore, you shouldn’t waste a lot of the professional’s time.

To be on the safe side you should have a list of questions that you would like to ask. A good architect will take his/her time to answer your questions. You should ask questions on experience, design principles, and anything else that you feel necessary.

After doing the phone interview, you should narrow down your list to three or five top candidates who answered your questions correctly. You should then schedule time to meet in person. When you meet, you should ask more questions that touch on services offered, design principles, fees charged and insurance.

To save money, you should work with an architect who offers a full range of services. For example, he should offer schematic design, bid assistance, construction documents, design development, and construction administration.

When it comes to the fees charged, it’s good to note that some architects charge an hourly rate while others have a fixed charge. If the professional charges an hourly rate, you should find out if there is a maximum guaranteed cost.

Home Additions to Modify Living Space

Spending Less for More

The expense of finding a larger house and moving can be significant. In the long run, it’s likely that expanding your existing living space will cost less than it would to move to a new house. In many cases, you can increase your overall quality of living with a renovation project for less money than you would spend to find a larger residence.

Designing the Space Yourself

You probably know exactly what you need and want in your improvement project. While you could search to find this in a new house, renovating your existing space can enable you to design the space you want to make it fit your needs exactly. Go ahead and add the storage or the skylights you have been craving. Home additions give you creative freedom to design exactly the room or rooms you want for your house.

Adding Luxury

Perhaps you’re looking to increase the luxury space in your surroundings. A renovation project can be the perfect way to make this happen. Remodel the space to create a luxury bathroom with all the expensive amenities that you’ve been dreaming about, such as whirlpool baths and designer features. A walk-in closet and his-and-her dressing rooms might be just the luxury that you’d like to add to your master bedroom. Perhaps a theater for the family is what everyone has been yearning to have. Renovating to add luxury can be an exciting project.

Avoiding the Hassle of Moving

The actual process of packing, moving, and unpacking appeals to few people. To avoid this upheaval and expense, choose to renovate instead. While you may have a short period with contractors in and around your home, the overall hassle of remodeling pales in comparison to moving your entire family to a new residence.

Natural Stone Cladding

Stone claddings help you access luxury at lesser cost and keep up with the times. Here are some advantages that go along with these revamping materials.

Protection from weather

Constructions made of concrete are vulnerable to the action of environmental agents such water, heat, and microorganisms. Covering the walls using stone veneers shields your wall from degrading agents and makes it look exquisite.

Beautify walls affordable

Numerous color combinations and features make stone veneers the attractive choices for homes. Stone wall clads are an inexpensive way to give your walls, the most beautiful revamp.

Heat resistance

Natural stones absorb radiation and release them gradually, keeping the room temperature constant, helping you avoid dependence on room heaters. When used outdoors, they resist temperature well and remain strong for years.

Non-porous

Stone cladding are non-porous materials which protect your walls against attacks of environmental agents, thus enhancing the life of your walls.

Man-made

Stone cladding are composites of stone pieces glued together as tiles. Stone claddings can also be man-made, usually of concrete, resembling the looks of materials such as wood, stones, ceramic, etc.

Easy customizable

Unlike stone, tiles are easier to cut and customize, saving you of troubles of heavy cutting work.

Light on walls

Stone tiles are heavy and many times not viable options for old buildings. In earthquake prone zones they are not advisable the construction becomes vulnerable to damage and are lighter with look good as well.