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Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400With living expenses on the rise and family incomes falling, more people than ever are now looking for ways to cut costs at home. Pair this frugality with the increased popularity of going green, and it's easy to see why composting toilets are becoming a widely accepted alternative to the standard flush toilet. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they can also save most families a significant amount of money on annual water and sewer or septic costs.
Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400The apparent gap between ones dream house and reality is due to the lack of proper house planning. House planning rests on a thorough insight of ones preferences and requirements and it incorporates both inner as well as outer spacing.
Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Anyone who's done a little research on the topic of composting toilets has undoubtedly stumbled across information about sawdust toilets, sometimes also referred to as homemade composting toilets. In this article, we'll make some important differentiations between the two, as well as address some basic pros and cons of each system.
Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500No matter what your home building dreams are, you need to have a plan that you can work with, a plan that matches up to your vision, a plan that can be executed without error - a plan to make your future home what you want it to be.
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500If you are considering building your own house, a house plan is of the utmost significance. How can you construct a house excluding a plan? Each and every construction project requires a plan or design because without a design, all would be in disorder. For people who wish to proceed with constructing a house, the most fundamental element to be taken into account is the house plan.
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500In almost every major real estate market in the country, prices for new homes have increased by double-digit amounts for the past few years. This has sent the price of new and used homes through the roof. Millions upon millions remain stuck in the dead-end rut of the rental game due to these skyrocketing home prices. But one way that you can possibly end the rental nightmare or perhaps even upgrade to a larger home is to use floor plans and start from scratch!
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0500In recent years loft conversions have become an ideal method of enlarging your home. In general, the technique refers to adding extra space to the house without bearing the hassles of creating a new build. Loft conversions are usually implemented within existing building structures in accordance to the buildings rules and regulations.
Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0500The bedroom is possibly the singular and most important room within the home for decoration purposes. This is due to the fact that the bedroom has to be as tranquil as possible to ensure you receive a goods night's sleep. With this in mind it is paramount that you create a haven that is pleasing in appearance and offers the utmost in comfort.
Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 -0400It can be difficult to get planning permission and design approval to build a conservatory in a conservation area and the more you understand about the process, the easier it becomes to find ways of receiving planning permission and approval of your design. While we cannot guarantee that following these design guidelines will lead to success, we can say that by doing so you will have a far better chance of getting the planning approval you require.
Fri, 26 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0400The efficient u-shape plan is versatile and usually puts one's workstation on each of three walls. The pros of this are great storage and counter space on three sides that maximize efficiency but this is not the best plans for entertaining or for accommodating multiple cooks. Major traffic jams in the kitchen!
Sat, 20 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0400Article provides brief overview of how reader can learn to make house plans and floor plans using CAD software. Two short courses teach you and make it plain so you can get started quickly and design your own dream home.
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 00:00:00 -0400The pole barns building construction style has been a part of classic american arcitecture for centuries and is a sought after design for many types of storage buildings and outbuilding solutions. Manufacturers of pole barns offer hundreds of designs, styles and colors to choose from... but what they really don't want you to know is that you can build your own pole barn for a fraction of the cost!
Thu, 28 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0400This article addresses the French Country home design style on the exterior. Do you think that French Country, or the effected Country French, is a home design style? We'd say, "Not exactly." French Country is a range of home design styles.
Tue, 26 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0400This article is meant as a reference toolbox for home plan design harmony and proportion. The author, a custom home designer, suggests that there's a place in designer home plans for age-old Western notions of unity, harmony, order, proportion, even Classicism.
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0400The Environmental Design Standards Schedule sets Nature's stage for custom home design and custom home building. From wind and wet to concrete weathering, this is about what, how, and why for a better home plan.
Mon, 26 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0500Building your family's dream house needs careful planning to suit your family's lifestyle and for you to avoid wasting your hard earned dollars in the process. You are on to a good start by using a stock house plan!
Sat, 17 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0500If you are thinking about having a house built, or perhaps even building it yourself, there are some basic considerations to begin with. Learning some of these ideas can go a long way to getting a finished product that you love, as opposed to one that is merely functional.
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 00:00:00 -0400Building a house is an important event in everyone's life. You have lived economically to save money for this longing of your life. You may wonder about how the design of your house should be, how to choose the right materials and how to use the available space wisely.
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 00:00:00 -0400The first place to begin saving money is on the design of your home. A smart design can easily save thousands of dollars on construction. Conversely, an unnecessarily complex design can really add to your costs. Let's take a closer look at how it all adds up.
Wed, 14 Jun 2006 00:00:00 -0400You've decided to build your own home. You gotten the construction loan and made the plans and are just about ready to start the ball rolling. But wait! Now you have to deal with the building inspectors.
Thu, 18 May 2006 00:00:00 -0400Installing heating systems is like getting married. Since most are imbedded in the structure of the property, you have to commit to them. Much like a divorce, trying to change them later can be expensive and messy. Get professional help so you and your property can have a long, happy life together.
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 00:00:00 -0400Using the sun to heat up a home is growing by leaps and bounds in popularity these days. To really save money with solar, the best way is to design your home or improvements with solar in mind. In this case, we are not talking about using active solar panels to heat your home.
Sun, 12 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0500Building a home for yourself is the American Dream. For some people, it is important to build something unique. You've worked your rear end off and reached a financial status where you can do some dreaming. One dream is to buy some land and build a home on it. You've found the perfect plot, and now you're wondering about different styles of homes. Here are some alternative designs to get the creative thoughts flowing.
Sat, 04 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0500Many people mistakenly believe that modular homes are expensive, cost a lot to insure, are inferior to on-site homes, take longer to build, are lower quality, easily damaged, and that modular homes cannot be customized.
Fri, 03 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0500House planning software allows you to do a three dimensional walkthrough of your new home design. Once you have perfected your design, you can experiment with the feel of the home by taking a virtual walkthrough, inside and out.