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Luxury Home Plans 101

Often your house is the largest asset you will ever own. You spend everyday in your home so it should fully meet all your basic needs. Luxurious homes with alluring amenities are more attainable than you think. You don’t have to be a wealthy celebrity or billionaire mogul to live in a luxury home. Customized floor plans make it possible to live your dream life without breaking the bank.

While posh homes are often spacious, any size home can include gracious amenities to improve your lifestyle. Sparkling bathrooms, a fantastic family room, a functional kitchen and plenty of storage space make any home more appealing. Of course larger homes offer additional opportunities for guest rooms, a library, a recreation room, outdoor living areas and other exciting additions.

There are a variety of beautiful luxury home plans to choose from. Popular luxury home styles include Victorian, Mediterranean, European, colonial and traditional. Each type of home has its own unique design and features.

Victorian homes have multiple roofs, paned bay windows and dramatic turrets. The streets of many major cities throughout the United States are lined with lovely Victorian homes. Just as their name implies, Victorian homes named for Queen Victoria. Since the 19th century, Victorian homes have been associated with affluence and superior design. Gingerbread houses is a term often used to refer to highly decorated Victorian homes.

Mediterranean style homes emulate popular designs originating in Spain and Italy. Often you see Mediterranean homes in the south and southwestern regions of the United States. Mediterranean homes often have stucco exteriors, red tile roofs, columns and arches. Usually there are plenty of spacious outdoor living spaces such as wrought iron balconies and covered decks overlooking lush gardens.

European luxury house plans feature high ceilings, fireplaces, open rooms, French doors, gourmet kitchens, master bedroom suites and plenty of open floor space. Architectural styles included in European home plans include Tudor, Georgian, Italian and French.

Colonial homes originated in 1640 as early European settlers brought their various housing styles to America. Popular colonial home styles include Spanish colonial, Dutch colonial, French colonial, German colonial and Georgian. With clean, simple lines and quality craftsmanship, colonial homes remain a popular choice today.

Traditional homes appeal to every budget and taste. Based on a variety of architectural designs, traditional homes can be a ranch or two stories. Because of their versatility, traditional homes are easily customized to meet every possible desire. Add multiple car garages, outdoor living areas and a pool for completely gracious living.

Often contemporary homes are also consider luxury homes. With their signature oversize windows, contemporary homes offer the benefit of panoramic views from every room. Spacious contemporary house plans also include all the modern amenities discerning homeowners crave.

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Posted by The Builder - April 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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Bernard Madoff’s Luxury Home Plans

We know the story now. Bernard Madoff conned thousands of investors into thinking they were making tons of money while in fact he was pocketing their investments through a complex Ponzi scheme. He was the one making the millions. The investors were making nothing. The sad fact is that the investors who lost by believing in Madoff will not know the luxury that he knew.

Think about the luxury home floor plan he probably had in his New York City apartment valued at seven million dollars. New York City has some of the most expensive price per square foot amounts in the world. The crowded city with its impressive skyscrapers is not cheap to live in. It is obvious that Madoff had a place in the right part of Manhattan with a great floor plan. He was living the good life of a New York City millionaire while the charitable organizations whose trust he was “investing” were working to make the poor of the city a little more comfortable.

What about his home in Florida? The sunshine state is a very popular state with New Yorkers, so it makes sense that he have a home there. But, did he need a home valued at eleven million dollars? The overall luxury home plan for this Palm Beach mansion must be super impressive. This most certainly was not a home designed for the family looking to escape the cold winds of New York City during the middle of winter; this has to be a home planned for the rich and famous.

Of course every hard working investor needs a country retreat. Although Madoff was not really investing, he was working hard at swindling. Madoff’s three million dollar home in Montauk, New York served this purpose. It would be interesting to see the luxury architecture home plans for his third home in the United States (he has a fourth home in France). It would definitely show what a true luxury home buyer should be looking for these days.

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Posted by The Builder - April 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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The Perfect Log Home Floor Plans

The wilderness is such a beautiful majestic place.  There are mountain silhouettes surrounding you with beautiful trees all around for as far as the eye can see.  The crisp autumn air seems to lift up your spirit with every breath.  There is a peaceful tranquility that radiates from the forest around you, welcoming you into its tranquil ground.  The wind gently blows away all of your worldly stress and clears your thoughts so that you can hear the faint chirping of birds and busy rustling of squirrels in the distance.  Your eyes wander to a lake nearby that is reflecting the afternoon sun and every so often you see a fish jump up to catch an insect.  You then scan back to the woods and look down in front of you  and realize that the 1980 Chevy Back Woods Camper parked in front of you will no longer meet your needs when visiting this wonderful land that you inherited from your long lost uncle.  It is time for something new. 

Then you remember that a while back you had begun sketching in journal some rough log home plans.  These were no ordinary run of the mill sketches.  They were the beginnings of your luxury house plans.  You immediately jumped into your camper and then began rummaging through your stuff to find the journal.  Once you find it and even before you open the journal you immediately remember why you stopped drawing up your luxury log home plans.  Trying to capture all of the unique ideas and designs you had about your luxury home plan styles     became too difficult to do.  Drawing was never your strong point and creating technical schematics or plans was not your thing either.  So, you let the idea go then but now it is back.  This no longer a passing thought, it is gnawing at you. 

Your log home plans begin flowing from inside of you and a rush of creativity fills your mind. Should you create a large or small cabin? How many floors should it have?  Should it be an A frame or traditional style cabin?

You take a minute and scratch your head.  You think to yourself  ” What am I crazy? I can’t design my own log home floor plans by myself, I will need to enlist the help of some professionals “.  You sit down inside of your camper grab your laptop and search the internet. 

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Posted by The Builder - March 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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Turn Your Log Home House Plans Into a Hunting Cabin in the Woods

Today’s hunter is a man who likes to do things himself. He changes the oil in his truck because it is “his” truck, not Jiffy Lube’s. A hunter is a man’s man, self-reliant and capable of handling any task thrown his way. Thus, it should surprise no one that when a hunter looks to build his hunting cabin in the woods he will gather his own tools and supplies to make his hunting paradise a reality. What is interesting is that so-called hunting cabins are no longer without modern amenities. What was once a simple piece of shelter from the elements is now a place to relax, watch a game and swap stories about the one that got away.

As the hunter begins to create his new cabin he would be wise to research the various plans that are out there. Even though the true hunter is independent and will build his own cabin, he needs to make sure he has plans that are up to code and that will give him the comfort he desires after a good day in the woods. The traditional hunter will look to log home house plans because there is a nostalgic feel of being in a log cabin in the forest.

A hunter raised in the comforts of the city may look to small luxury home plans for his hunting retreat.

It may sound silly to use the word “luxury” when discussing a place in the woods for hunters, but even hunters enjoy many of the modern conveniences found in today’s homes. Plus, a good hunter is self-reliant, so not even building a plush home in the woods will be too difficult.

Some hunters will want a home that is part of the West. They will turn to bungalow style house plans because they love the idea of sitting on the front porch to watch the sunset as a perfect day of hunting comes to a close. Then, they will be able to move into a spacious living room to share a beer before heading to bed in one of the comfortable bedrooms. The hunter who values a cabin where he and his friends can comfortably socialize is definitely going to be swinging a hammer to build one of these original American homes.

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Posted by The Builder - March 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

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Your dream home plans add luxury more luxury

If you are one of the lucky few who own a luxury villa, you probably think that you have everything what ever wanted you, when it comes to your House. Although it, that seems no matter how great keep we we have everything that seems there always room for improvement. All life in a House with a luxury House floor plan would give most of us. Can what to happen whatever your lifestyle, we are always on the lookout for something better, that we only seem to be aware of when we see someone that does not exist it still.

If you are one of the lucky people, living in a luxury villa, but may not seem, to make the House exactly what you want, there’s a so few more details, you can add, if your home does not already have it. For example, you could add a whirlpool area, and maybe even a sauna to go with him. And by this extension more luxury for your luxury home plans make dream, could you even specify that the whirlpool and sauna in the House include your addition. This is especially nice in the winter months, if you really want to rest in the steaming water, but it may not bear the thought out tropfnass and freezing.

Another way that you can make your home more luxury is to add to a completely new structure. You can add on a guest cottage in the backyard, if you have to do the land. The Guest House could be useful if you about companies have but do not have additional rooms in the main house. Or instead of a guest house car could add three garage with a premium above you. The garage can have an Office and bathroom on the lower floor. This additional parking place is especially wonderful for those who have children, but their small luxury isn’t really a place for their children play house plans to accommodate. This garage is a wonderful place for older children to play their video games, while they have their friends over. This can be the main house quiet and is missing the confusion that children tend to bring. The Office in the garage would be to a great place if an adult really needs to get away from it all and easily able to concentrate on their work.

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Posted by The Builder - March 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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The Weekend Warrior – Maintaining Your Home Plans

Our homes are our sanctuary, our refuge and our escape from it all.  Owning your own home can at times offer unique challenges and opportunities.  One can not own a home and escape the need to maintain it or improve it.  Today’s weekend warrior / home owner is constantly inundated with a multitude of repair projects varying in complexity and expense.

There can be minor repair work like fixing a squeaky hinge on a door, putting new face plates on electrical sockets and fixing leaky faucets.  There can also be more complex projects than can create the need to rework and adjust your current house plans.  You could realize one day that you want to convert your garage into an office, add an extra room to your home, put a gazebo in your yard, redo your old storage shed or add an addition on to your house.  In today’s fiscally challenging times many of us would most definitely like to save a few dollars when we can and what better way to save some money, than to do a project yourself.  What better way to make sure that your home plans turn out the way you want them to, than to do it yourself.

Knowing that you did the work on your home that you wanted to do is a very validating and fulfilling.  Each time we enhance our homes it adds to the pride we feel about our homes and families.  Our homes are a reflection of us and just as we can all continually improve our lives in some way our homes can always stand to be improved as well.  With this in mind, how many of us know how design a building correctly, build a shelf, create a gazebo for your yard or design your own luxury house plans?  Not to many of us can.  Home designers, contractors and architects get paid a lot of money to do this for us.  If you use one it will most likely cost a good penny and if you use all three well now you are looking at even more cash out of your pocket. 

Some of the best ideas start with a plan.  If there is a plan that has already been created to do the thing that you want do, why not take advantage of the fact that the initial planning work has already been done.  Keep in mind that once you have found your master project plan, the actual building has not begun.  That is the fun part. 

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Posted by The Builder - March 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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You Can Still Afford Your Dream Home Plans

The economy is not doing well. The election, the $700 billion buy-out, the uncertainty of the stock market is all making things very shaky. People looking to build news homes are having to put their plans on hold, or are they? Purchasing home plans is a cheap and easy way to save some money in the building of a new house. A new homeowner can save some money and find unique plans that are available from a variety of sources. The World Wide Web is a great place to start looking for that one plan.

Living in a home with a plush and expensive design is within every homeowner’s reach. Luxury home plans estates is worthwhile subject matter to research. Many of the plans found will allow a homeowner the opportunity to find an awesome design while staying within a budget. Architects, contractors, and designers are able to use many different luxury designs; why shouldn’t a homeowner who wants a plush design also be able to choose from the many different luxury designs available today? Luxury homes can be built using worthwhile designs that will satisfy the pickiest and “cheapest” new homeowner.

The exotic luxury plan does not appeal to everyone. Some people understand that a practical design will not only save them money up front but also save them money and effort in the long run. A ranch home plan works for the person who wants a functional design for building and living. The ranch style can be changed and manipulated in many ways, but the practicality is always there. Everyone in the family will appreciate the ease of the floor plan in a ranch home. Most family’s search for a good house plan is over once they find their plan for a new ranch home.

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Posted by The Builder - March 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

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Fences to Complement Your Home and Courtyard House Plans

There are many aspects to designing the ideal outdoor living space so it is often difficult to know where to begin and where to end. One characteristic not to be overlooked is that of a fence. Fences serve many functions for homeowners, privacy, boundaries, and safety being just a few. Ironically, when it comes to fencing an outdoor living space or courtyard house plans, the options are nearly limitless!

Vinyl is extremely popular for fences because the material can last forever with little maintenance. But, the appearance can look cheap compared to nearby landscaping or structures.

Wooden fences are charming and familiar to many homeowners. This material is most affordable but often requires more maintenance and regular care than other fencing options. Cedar and Redwood are two hardwoods that come highly recommended for fencing applications because of their resistance to insects and rot. Softwoods are easy to work with for do-it-yourself types but need regular treatment to make them resistance to ever-problematic mildew and pests.

Composite is a material comprised of wood fiber and plastic resin. Composite takes on the charming appearance of natural wood but has the convenience of minimal maintenance like vinyl. It is a great compromise between the two!

Aluminum fences are not as popular though it is typically a low maintenance material that never fades or discolors. However, aluminum fences are often ornate and serve more of a decorative function. This can be a great material for fencing around pools because it provides a safety barrier without greatly disrupting the line of sight.

Of course, the material you choose will also depend on the region in which you live and the style of architecture. Rustic wood is the obvious choice for a log home floor plan, for example. Some materials are limited to certain areas and can be prohibitively expensive to use elsewhere. Also, the function of the fence will help determine the style and material. Both style and material should complement the architecture of the surrounding homes. For example, one fence may be a homeowner’s key to privacy but elsewhere it may look like an industrial fortress.

Another thing to keep in mind is local building codes, zoning, and Home Owners Association regulations. It is best to find out what you can and cannot do with fencing before you even begin seeking out styles and materials. Fencing luxury home designs is different from fencing a country cottage. Once you have approval and find something you like, take the time to make a final decision. Fences are long lasting structures that should be one-time investments. Be certain you love what you put in because it is going to be there for a long time!

Lastly, seek out professional input and advice. Do not hesitate to hire a professional to complete this project. Fencing is not simple to install and can be a nightmare to repair and replace. Correct installation is worth the extra investment so there is only the need to complete it once. By the time it is all over, you may never have to think about your fence again!

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Posted by The Builder - March 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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Picking the Best Plans for Your Custom Home: The Importance of Design

Is there anything more exciting than getting your very first house? It represents a lot of work. You have had to save throughout the years, find a good job that will be reliable for all future payments and other similar events. So when you finally have the opportunity to go out and find the place that you will be living in, a place of your own, it is a fantastic moment in your life. And there are so many different styles to explore. You do not want to just end up living somewhere because it is convenient, you also want it to be something you love, something that interests you. You will be living there for a long time, so it is a good idea to get something that you really want. And, luckily, there is no shortage on the amount of options you have when it comes to finding the home for you. One of the best ways to end up inhabiting the home of your dreams is to personally pick all of the details to begin with, custom plans.

The first thing to consider is the luxury home plan that interests you the most. Are you interested into something that is more modern in design, or do you want a classical look? This is an important distinction and decision. Something modern may be a little more sparse in its design, with a less-is-more approach. Minimalism can definitely be used in these types of homes. With more classical looks, it will probably be a more traditional set-up, with a kitchen, living room, bedrooms and other areas all nicely squared off. So it is a good idea to know ahead of time what you are looking for, then you can go straight to those styles. If you are not quite sure, then it may be fun to just go through different blueprints to see what really pops out at you.

So depending on your preference, you may want to look into log house plans. These kinds of homes can lean in many different directions. There are more modern designs, with big windows and high ceilings. Or more classical looks, with blocked off rooms that make for easy decorating and maintenance. So it can go either way, which is an attractive aspect for many home buyers. If you are interested in something more casual, then cabin house plans may be the way to go. It will resemble something similar to a vacation home, so it may be smaller in design. But it will definitely be cozy and have a nice feel and look to it. But you can be flexible and make your own alterations to any type of home. And you can always look into additions later on as well.

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Posted by The Builder - March 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

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Adding Your Personal Style Signature to Your Home Plans

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and thought, “I wish my house felt this homey?” From a small home plan to a large home plan, you can recreate this sense of comfort and ease within your own home with these easy suggestions.

The rich and famous might pay top dollar for luxury home designs from top designers to create a quiet, homey living space, but you don’t have to. To get started, take out some of your favorite photos albums. That great black and white photograph of the mountains that you took at Yellowstone National Park last summer might look great enlarged over the fireplace. Personal artwork is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to personalize a home. With the increase of online photo services, photo enlargements can be done for a small cost. Buy a frame and put it together yourself for additional savings.

What are your pastimes and hobbies? What do you enjoy doing together as a family? Let your home reflect your collective passions. If you live in near water, you might have incorporated lake home plans in your home design. You might opt to design a living room table from old wood found around your property, or take that old canoe and turn it into a planter in the garden.

Get out the family heirlooms gathering dust in the closet and clean them off. A sterling silver pitcher might seem outdated for your taste, but after a cleaning with silver polish it might make a great flower vase for the dining room table.

Do you have a killer record collection, love to read, or find inspiration in your old art history books from college? Bring your love of reading, music and art into your main living area. A bookshelf neatly arranged with your favorite books adds an instant zap of warmth to any room. Frame a few of your most-loved record albums and hang them on the wall. Stack up all of those heavy art books that you’ve bought over the years at one end of the sofa and cover the top book with a piece of glass. Now you’ve created a custom end table and removed clutter.

After incorporating more of your tastes and interests into the interior design of your home, count the number of white walls in your home. If you’re still counting as you read this, it’s time to add some much-needed color. Start with one accent wall in the main room of your house and let your imagination take you from there.

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Posted by The Builder - March 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

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Buy Your Land Now For Your Dream Home Plans

So you have always wanted to build a dream house in the mountains. It’s been a dream now for years but land just kept going up and up. That may not be the case today however. With the economy going down in practically every area, now may be the time to purchase the land you have always wanted. Take a look around and see if you can find that prime piece of land that your ranch house plan would fit on perfectly. If you haven’t already picked a piece out then now may be the time to start shopping.

Of course you still need to be careful and do your due diligence but it seems like it would be a good time to do your shopping. Land prices have been impacted housing and other real estate. Even if you are not ready to build from your luxury home floor plans yet, you may still want to shop and seriously consider buying the land before prices start their move back up.

There is even a possibility of getting free log home plans to take a look at so you can further your plans for what type of land to consider. Whether it is a mountain top or a site on the beach, you will want to get some plans that fit your dream so you can figure out what the land has to be. With free plans as an option you can’t go wrong planning even if you aren’t going to build right away.

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Posted by The Builder - March 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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Essential Factors To Look For In Luxury House Plans

If you are planning to buy or, at least, acquire some luxury house plans over the internet, or other sources, then you should realize the fact that you will be facing a lot of different choices in terms of quality and other characteristics. You need to be equipped with the knowledge to distinguish the different factors to look for in a luxury house plan. Here are some of them:

1. Space

In order to be truly called luxurious, a house must have plenty of space. The luxury house plan you are considering should definitely be making maximum use of a huge land area.

Truly, having land and space to build on is considered by many today to be the ultimate luxury. After all, the world is facing the problem of overcrowding and overpopulation on a daily basis.

Because of these factors, land is getting more and more valuable and allotting a lot of space for the completion of luxury house plans is surely a true sign of wealth.

2. Beauty and Visibility

Of course, luxury house plans should be able to show to people that the finished building will be well-appreciated in terms of aesthetics.

It does not need to be the next Sistine chapel, but the building objective of the luxury house plans must at least be able to inspire the awe of some of the people who see it. Of course, in order to be appreciated, the luxury house plans have to make sure that the building is actually very visible.

After all, luxury always depends on the eyes of the people who behold it. Because of this, the luxury house plans that you should get should always take the construction site into consideration.

3. Materials

Choosing truly high-quality luxury house plans is easy if you learn how to distinguish the different materials being named in the plans.

You should know that when it comes to luxury house plans, cost is often not the issue. Quality, however, is. This means that you should be able to tell whether the materials listed in the luxury house plans are the best.

You need to know whether a certain type of wood listed in the luxury house plan is the best type of wood for that purpose or if it can be substituted by another.

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Posted by The Builder - March 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

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Contemporary Home Plans For Contemporary Living

There was a time, quite recently in fact, when the most important attributes of buildings were their aesthetic qualities, fitness for the intended purpose, and structural integrity. However sustainability objectives – paying closer attention to the soundness of the architecture from the perspective of the environment – are quickly becoming the overriding factors in contemporary home plans. Aesthetics is in the eye of the beholder, and it depends upon the prevailing tastes of the time. A building’s functionality, or fitness, is a matter of how well it accommodates the purposes for which it was built. Its structural integrity means soundness – will the building last over time? Historically speaking aesthetics has usually trumped fitness as the overriding factor in architectural design. Classical architecture was preoccupied with articulating features on walls and facades. Modern architecture is equally concerned with aesthetic formalities, such as form following function. But the difference between classical and contemporary architecture is that few of the traditional building and ornamentation methods are still being used, since modern architecture has integrated modern technology by embracing new methods of building, new materials, and an accent on functionality rather than embellishment. For example, one common feature in contemporary architecture is the mixture of stone, wood, and brick wall materials on the same surface. Exposed wooden or steel beams, flat roofs with large overhangs, and split levels to take advantage of the terrain, are also common accents associated with the contemporary style.

Nowadays architectural soundness has acquired a new meaning, with the advent of sustainable designing. A dwelling sheathed in solar panels has a very different aesthetic than the usual suburban house. Multi-unit housing which eliminates the thermal bridges created by extensive glazing and concrete decks do not share the aesthetic of glass paneled high rise towers. Passive solar designs often borrow elements from local architectural styles to address local climactic conditions. For example, in the southern United States sunshades and louvers as well as light colored building materials for roofing and cladding help to reduce the heat gain. Sustainable design also means that every inhabitant has access to outside views with natural light and natural ventilation. This sometimes results in narrower floor plans, or articulated plans which expose interior areas to several exposures. The contemporary house plan is designed with the goal of reducing fossil fuel consumption, and providing a healthier and relaxing environment.

The prevailing trends in what is considered architecturally beautiful are slowly changing as more sustainable buildings are erected. The use of local building materials to reduce transportation costs and providing a greater degree of opacity to enhance energy conservation in cladding materials, are some of the criteria of design which are changing the appearance of buildings. The challenge for the designer today is to produce ecologically-sound buildings without compromising contemporary concepts of beauty. There are plenty of examples of excellence in sustainable design which is soundly built, well-fit for its purpose, and an aesthetic delight. Even small luxury home plans are increasingly ecology-conscious in their choice of materials for conservation of resources and self-sufficiency.

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Posted by The Builder - March 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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Decks for One Story Luxury Home Plans

Summer is a comin’ in, and outdoor activities will soon be getting underway. What better way is there to enjoy being outside one story luxury home plans than relaxing on a beautiful deck? Whether you are thinking of building one, or if you already have a deck in place, there are some key factors to take into consideration, such as researching, design, and maintenance.

As is the case with any major home project, it is imperative to do good research on such factors as deck strength, its abrasion resistance, and its ability to withstand the high intensity of ultra violet light exposure. Check out web site forums for contractors where professionals post their experiences working with various products. Take note of the dates on these posts, since lots of products change over the years and the products available today aren’t the same as the products companies were selling five years ago. Another good idea is to use a deck professional, since relying on a skilled deck expert can make the difference between an okay deck, and a terrific one. Pick a pro who specializes in decks, rather than someone who just dabbles in building decks as a sideline, since the pro can be more creative and get the best use out of space. Be sure to check the deck contractor’s references and previous projects, and make sure that the project will be built by the code. Using a decking professional is how to get a spectacular deck that you will be proud of for years to come.

Designing to scale is especially important when considering decks for single story luxury home plans. Decks should be designed to fit the lot, the house, and the landscape. A deck which is too small is a negative addition since it looks like it doesn’t belong; but a huge, multilayered deck overwhelms a house if it isn’t correctly designed. Homeowners have to look at different design options, and consider combining different materials, to get the right look for their homes. Homeowners should consider what alternative materials are available, since besides standard hardwoods there are a number of composite material options which are made from wood flour or plastics – even reclaimed paper byproducts and recycled rice hulls – which mimic traditional wood decking. Other products, made from cellular foam PVC, can provide a more contemporary aesthetic with a clean, polished appearance. Besides the looks, consider your own needs, since high-traffic decks need to be stronger and more resistant to abrasion, whereas low-traffic decks can provide a bit more leeway. Every individual product has its pluses and minuses. Finally, luxury home plans decks need proper maintenance. Decks must be cleaned regularly since the buildup of leaves and dirt can wreak havoc on deck materials. Decks should be cleaned once a year at a minimum, and more often if leaves and sap from surrounding trees fall on the deck – especially since shade from trees makes for a wetter deck which is prone to moisture problems such as mildew and mold. Decks under trees may need to be washed every month or two with suitable products, since some composite materials cannot handle the water pressure of a power washer.

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Posted by The Builder - February 10, 2012 at 4:54 am

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Customize Your Luxury Home Plans

There are many beautiful homes in the United States. Often times, certain areas and certain neighborhoods maintain certain themes. Some areas have houses packed closely together and others have expansive plots of land.

One home I visited was absolutely beautiful. It’s as if the house was specifically designed for the owner. It turns out that the owner had used luxury home plans to create her ultimate domicile. Using these plans, she was able to search from hundreds of prepared plans from the comfort of her personal computer to find just the right design for her needs.

As it turns out, the design is a four bedroom, three and one half bathroom 4,300 square foot Mediterranean house plan. The house is expansive yet comfortable. Three of the bedrooms are on the second floor with a large guest room on the main floor. The master bedroom is huge with a beautiful bathroom. The room has a built in media console that, when closed, is completely hidden from view. One wall is made entirely of windows covered with electric blinds that manage to block out all of the light even on a sunny day. The bathroom has two sinks, separate toilet area, a large whirlpool bathtub and separate shower. Expansive cabinetry along the back wall of the bathroom provides and overwhelming amount of storage for linens and bathroom items.

The rest of the house is just as impressive. The other two bedrooms on the second floor are of equal size. A large bathroom sits between the two. One unique aspect is how the toilet area is separated from the rest of the bathroom by a door. She told me this was a customization she made to the luxury house plans she had purchased. It is quite clever because it allows more than one person to be using the bathroom features at one time. She created a small sitting area by foregoing the tub in favor of a small bench. It is the perfect arrangement for a kid’s or adult’s bathroom.

The most important room in the house – the kitchen – is custom designed for her. The countertops are raised just enough to accommodate her height. The island has its own sink, garbage disposal and cleverly designed hide-away built in food processor. When not in use, it lives beneath the granite surface only to rise up when needed. The same hide-away design is applied to all of the appliances in the room. She told me it was all included in the original plan.

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Posted by The Builder - January 24, 2012 at 2:29 am

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Luxury Home Plans 101

Often your house is the largest asset you will ever own. You spend everyday in your home so it should fully meet all your basic needs. Luxurious homes with alluring amenities are more attainable than you think. You don’t have to be a wealthy celebrity or billionaire mogul to live in a luxury home. Customized floor plans make it possible to live your dream life without breaking the bank.

While posh homes are often spacious, any size home can include gracious amenities to improve your lifestyle. Sparkling bathrooms, a fantastic family room, a functional kitchen and plenty of storage space make any home more appealing. Of course larger homes offer additional opportunities for guest rooms, a library, a recreation room, outdoor living areas and other exciting additions.

There are a variety of beautiful luxury home plans to choose from. Popular luxury home styles include Victorian, Mediterranean, European, colonial and traditional. Each type of home has its own unique design and features.

Victorian homes have multiple roofs, paned bay windows and dramatic turrets. The streets of many major cities throughout the United States are lined with lovely Victorian homes. Just as their name implies, Victorian homes named for Queen Victoria. Since the 19th century, Victorian homes have been associated with affluence and superior design. Gingerbread houses is a term often used to refer to highly decorated Victorian homes.

Mediterranean style homes emulate popular designs originating in Spain and Italy. Often you see Mediterranean homes in the south and southwestern regions of the United States. Mediterranean homes often have stucco exteriors, red tile roofs, columns and arches. Usually there are plenty of spacious outdoor living spaces such as wrought iron balconies and covered decks overlooking lush gardens.

European luxury house plans feature high ceilings, fireplaces, open rooms, French doors, gourmet kitchens, master bedroom suites and plenty of open floor space. Architectural styles included in European home plans include Tudor, Georgian, Italian and French.

Colonial homes originated in 1640 as early European settlers brought their various housing styles to America. Popular colonial home styles include Spanish colonial, Dutch colonial, French colonial, German colonial and Georgian. With clean, simple lines and quality craftsmanship, colonial homes remain a popular choice today.

Traditional homes appeal to every budget and taste. Based on a variety of architectural designs, traditional homes can be a ranch or two stories. Because of their versatility, traditional homes are easily customized to meet every possible desire. Add multiple car garages, outdoor living areas and a pool for completely gracious living.

Often contemporary homes are also consider luxury homes. With their signature oversize windows, contemporary homes offer the benefit of panoramic views from every room. Spacious contemporary house plans also include all the modern amenities discerning homeowners crave.

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Posted by The Builder - January 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

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Bernard Madoff’s Luxury Home Plans

We know the story now. Bernard Madoff conned thousands of investors into thinking they were making tons of money while in fact he was pocketing their investments through a complex Ponzi scheme. He was the one making the millions. The investors were making nothing. The sad fact is that the investors who lost by believing in Madoff will not know the luxury that he knew.

Think about the luxury home floor plan he probably had in his New York City apartment valued at seven million dollars. New York City has some of the most expensive price per square foot amounts in the world. The crowded city with its impressive skyscrapers is not cheap to live in. It is obvious that Madoff had a place in the right part of Manhattan with a great floor plan. He was living the good life of a New York City millionaire while the charitable organizations whose trust he was “investing” were working to make the poor of the city a little more comfortable.

What about his home in Florida? The sunshine state is a very popular state with New Yorkers, so it makes sense that he have a home there. But, did he need a home valued at eleven million dollars? The overall luxury home plan for this Palm Beach mansion must be super impressive. This most certainly was not a home designed for the family looking to escape the cold winds of New York City during the middle of winter; this has to be a home planned for the rich and famous.

Of course every hard working investor needs a country retreat. Although Madoff was not really investing, he was working hard at swindling. Madoff’s three million dollar home in Montauk, New York served this purpose. It would be interesting to see the luxury architecture home plans for his third home in the United States (he has a fourth home in France). It would definitely show what a true luxury home buyer should be looking for these days.

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Posted by The Builder - January 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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Dan Sater’s Luxury Home Plans

Dan Sater's Luxury Home PlansOriginally published in 1905. This volume from the Cornell University Library’s print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

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Posted by The Builder - November 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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Homes Filled with Natural Light: 223 Sunny Home Plans for All Regions

Homes Filled with Natural Light: 223 Sunny Home Plans for All Regions-Make the most of natural sunlight with details that lend an open, airy feel to well-planned interior spaces.
-These beautiful, unique homes show how skylights, transoms and clerestory windows brighten any living space.
-Atriums, solariums and greenhouses also featured.
-Homes from 1,346 to 7,275 square feet.
-Complete construction drawings available separately.

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Posted by The Builder - November 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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Luxury Dream Homes: 154 Luxury Home Plans from Eleven Leading Designers

Luxury Dream Homes: 154 Luxury Home Plans from Eleven Leading DesignersTake a tour of the most exquisite designs ever offered. Revised and updated with 50% new designs, this book gives readers the home plans they’ve always dreamed about. Beautifully detailed front elevations and comprehensive floor plans make these homes comfortable as they are beautiful.

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Posted by The Builder - November 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

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