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The Beauty of a Garage Plan with An Apartment Above

    Garage Plan 341-0044   Are you thinking about adding a custom garage plan to your current home? If so, you might consider building a garage plan with an apartment or living space above. Not just an enclosed area … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Garage Styles

As you search for your favorite house plan, you might notice the multitude of options for garages. From front entry to detached, there are many different ways to customize your house plan and while the size and layout of your … Continue reading

How To Modify Your Favorite House Plan

  Did you know you can modify ALL of our house plans? If you fall in love with a home but would love to change a few things, we can modify the plan to fit your exact wants and needs. … Continue reading

Minimum Habitable Room Size Code Change

Hot off the press is a new building code change which affects the minimum required size for habitable rooms in newly built homes.  This change to the 2015 International Residential Code states the minimum allowable size for any habitable room … Continue reading

Why Choose a Narrow Lot House Plan?

Finding the right lot of land to build on is the first step in the home building process. The slope, location, and size of the lot help determine which house plan you build. If you have acres to build on, … Continue reading

Basement Insulation for Your New Home

  While going through the home building process you may be thinking: do I really need to insulate the basement? Before you get too far along in the process, the short answer is yes! The basement is no longer just … Continue reading

Tips For Selecting the Right Garage Plan

 Is your current home missing the perfect garage? Adding a much-needed garage or replacing a run down or inadequate garage can make a huge impact on your home and your way of life.    Reasons to Build a Garage   … Continue reading