1957 Chevy

If My Home Were A Car – Thoughts on Affordable Housing

If my house were a car, I think it would be a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Not huge, suitable for a small family, and modestly stylish for the time. At 1207 square feet, it was a common three bedroom bungalow with one bath, sitting on a bare sixty foot wide lot in suburbia. It was… Read more

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Is a Secondary Suite Worth It?

Many people are looking at secondary suites as a way to make a new home more affordable. There are many questions to consider. Do you really want to share your new house? What design issues do you need to consider when designing your home plans? Do the rewards outweigh the financial costs of constructing a… Read more

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What is Craftsman Style?

In architecture a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case you can instantly see the style and appeal of a Craftsman home and understand why it has been such a popular choice since its debut in the early 1900’s. Craftsman Style Principles The Craftsman style originated at a time when people were tired… Read more

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10 Things I Learned Designing and Building a Tiny House

Surprising as it may seem, a tiny house can be built to a higher standard than conventional houses on foundations.  These are some of the “tiny” lessons I learned in designing and building our first Tiny House: 1.  Size matters  – For portable tiny houses, regulations for height and width are stipulated by the Department of… Read more

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Good-Bye Clothing Chaos

  In today’s society people tend to have an abundance of clothing and they need a place to put all of these items. Properly organized closet space with storage solutions can turn a closet that looks like a tornado went through it into a masterfully organized showroom. Many master bedroom designs try to incorporate a… Read more

CUSTOM HOME PLANS - DESIGNER

Top 5 Things Your Home Designer Needs to Know

Just like there is no such thing as a stupid question, there is no such thing as too much information that you can provide your designer. That said, there are definitely varying levels of importance for the information you provide in relation to your custom home plans. For example, saying that you prefer drawers instead of base… Read more

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Damn that Ice!

By Eric Mazden Gone is the season of comfortable fall strolls and pumpkin spice lattes, and in is the season of blizzards, icy roads, and of course, ice damming. You may be familiar with this term if you are a home owner living in a colder climate such as Canada or the northern United States,… Read more

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What Exactly is a Bungaloft?

Written by Mike Herperger In today’s age of newly invented words such as “double double” and “guesstimate“ I was not too surprised to first hear of the “Bungaloft”.   Like other new words it took me a while to understand what a Bungaloft was and to start using the word myself. To put it simply a… Read more

KITCHEN DESIGN

The Basics of Kitchen Design

By Vanessa Davies When designing your new home, the kitchen can be the most important room on the floor plan.  We use our kitchens from morning until night and sometimes in between. A large percent of an interior finishing budget will go into the kitchen so it is important that the layout is functional and… Read more

TINY HOUSE PLANS - DRAGONFLY-20 - EXTERIOR

Are you a Tiny House person?

Tiny Houses are one of the most popular housing forms today.  Their simplicity and freedom of movement strike a chord in many of us, overwhelmed by cleaning, maintaining and funding a traditional home.  But of course, these homes are not for everyone, and do require a disciplined life style of purging belongs and managed expectations…. Read more