By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: 4-Season Vacation House Plans, Chalet, Daylight, Foyer, Garage, House Plan of the Week, House plan with attached garage, Panoramic View, Plan of the Week, second living room, Single family dwelling, Ski Chalet, Sloping lot, Three-bedroom house plans, walk in closet
Our popular panoramic view chalet plan 2939, whose model styles include the reversed version with plan 2939A, 2939B, that has a laundry area on the main floor, and 2939B-V1 which offers a finished basement instead of the second floor. The Vistas collection has just gotten better with an attached garage on plan 2939B-V2 to complete the available variations of this style. Whether you need a vacation getaway or fabulous design for full-time living on a sloping view lot, this one is full of desirable features.
The central theme of all of the members of the Vistas collection is a comfortable entrance foyer, a central island in the kitchen, an open floor plan family area with abundant fenestration and fireplace, the master bedroom and full bath on the main level and a covered porch in the back which would readily lend itself to being screened in for added comfort. The livability of this concept is enhanced because all amenities are within easy reach and positioned to take advantage of the sweeping views from within rooms that boast 9 ft ceilings.
The almost 400 sq.ft. garage of plan 2939B-V2 offers access to the home through an enlarged laundry area or from the walkout basement. The basement benefits from the addition of more than 125 sq.ft to accommodate a generous games room, two additional bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and a mechanical/storage room. With so many versions of this versatile design, one of them is sure to be tailored to meet your needs and lifestyle!
By Deb Villeneuve
a guest post by Joshua Bing
Living in a small house can get a little bit tedious sometimes and you might dream of the day you win the lottery so you can buy somewhere bigger. You can’t deny there are not some great benefits to living somewhere smaller. I don’t hear anyone complaining about having to do less housework and they don’t seem to mind that repairs are a lot cheaper. People love the fact they can spend more quality time with their family because everyone is huddled closely together.
Then after a while there is a need for more space because the family members are suffocating them. Spending less time cleaning doesn’t matter because once it’s done you still have to sit in a room you consider to be too small. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Is this something you’re going through at the moment because you don’t think your home is big enough? Check out some of these great ways to make your home look and feel bigger which will make you feel great.
Knock down a wall or two
If your walls aren’t part of the foundations of the house you will be able to knock them down. Why would you possibly want fewer rooms? Well it’s nice having a lot of rooms, but when you have lots of small ones it’s not exactly doing you any favors. If you can knock down a few walls your home will completely open up and it will give you the impression of being somewhere much bigger. It’s not the hardest job in the world to do although it’s not something you can do yourself.
Turn somewhere into a room
You have an attic, basement, and possibly a garage that could easily be turned into a brand new room. Are you using any of them for something special at the moment? If your attic is just the place you keep all your junk then maybe you would benefit from throwing all your junk out and turning it into an extra bedroom. If you want to build a gym then the basement would be the perfect place for it. Your home probably has the potential to be amazing, but you just need to get creative.
Add more windows
When you have a small room it will always look like a cave unless you have a lot of natural light coming into it. How big are your windows at the moment? If they are only small then getting someone to come and put more in could be an excellent idea. Not only will the room look bigger because there is more light coming in, but because you can see much more of the outside world you will feel it’s more spacious compared to only seeing what is enclosed inside the four walls.
Hang some mirrors
When you hang lots of mirrors around your home it means you get to stop and admire how pretty you are every time you walk past one. I’m just joking and you don’t need to be vain to hang mirrors because they do actually make you think your home is bigger. Instead of looking outside the window and seeing more space you look into the mirror and you can see an exact replica of your room inside the frame. That means subconsciously you will be thinking you see space that’s double the size of what you would see without the mirror.
Start using shelves
Everything inside our home is as low as it can possibly be. There might be a few exceptions and the television is one if you hang it on the wall, but all the other big pieces of furniture will lie on the floor. That means you don’t have much space to walk about, but you do have all this space higher up that is just sitting there doing nothing. When you start using shelves you can put as much stuff as possible on them and suddenly the ground opens up and there is more room to walk about.
Have a good clear out
If you have anything that doesn’t need to be inside your home then do you really need to keep it? There is no reason in this day and age why anyone would want to keep hold of stuff that was just getting in the way. Why don’t you bite the bullet and throw it all out. You could even choose a worthy cause and donate it to charity. Don’t feel like you need to get rid of everything because even if you only say goodbye to the stuff you will never use again it will create a ton of space.
Today’s guest author, Joshua Bing, is a freelancer. One of his clients, Habitat 1, is a national, multi-faceted interior design and construction company whose works include all aspects of retail, hospitality and commercial office fit outs. He enjoys sharing effective yet simple ways for doing up the house via his articles.
By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: 4-Season Vacation House Plans, Beautiful House Entries, Bonus room, Built-ins, by popular demand, Cathedral ceiling, Chalet, Ensuite, Ensuite bathroom, Garage, Great Room, Guest bathroom, Home Office, Inspiration, Master on main floor, Master Suite, Master suite on main, Maximize space, Mezzanine, Open concept, Panoramic View, Plan of the Week, powder room, practical features, Three-bedroom house plans, Two-storey house plans, walk in closet, with mezzanine
Inspired by numerous requests for an attached garage on our popular chalet, plan 2957, Drummond House Plans presents model 2957-V2, a beautifully revamped cottage that offers not only the addition of a garage but a floor plan that moves the kitchen closer to it.
The distinctive look from the front view, into which the garage blends flawlessly, is not sacrificed in back as the same attractive features are maintained to enhance the allure of this beautiful home.
Significant changes that have been brought to the floor plan start with the relocation of the kitchen and include the exceptional master suite on the main level complete with his and hers closets and its private bathroom with double vanity and view of the back through two glass doors. The activities area, with its ample fenestration and cathedral ceiling in the living room, along with a fireplace in the living/dining areas are sure to please as is the large kitchen island and a separate laundry area on the main level. A powder room just off of the main entrance also enhances the livability of this delightful home.
Upstairs there are two comfortable bedrooms and a separate bathroom, with shower. The hallway opens onto a mezzanine above the family room at one end and a bonus space at the other which can be converted to a 4th bedroom or a home office if the need arises.
By Deb Villeneuve
Translation by Deb of an original article by Marie France Roger
It seems as though, no matter how “environmentally friendly” you are during the year, something seems to come over us during the holiday season that tends to diminish push all of these good intentions to the side.
The following are 10 of Marie France’s suggestions that will help you to remain “green” while enjoying this festive time of the year!
1. By re-using wrapping paper or gift bags you are extending the life of these items and helping to reduce the amount of waste that finds itself in landfill.
2. Instead of exchanging store bought gifts with your closest friends, why not agree to exchange clothes or accessories with each other. That electric blue pashmina that you just can’t seem to match with anything could be the perfect accent for your friend’s new winter coat!
3. How about vintage? What better a way to express your appreciation for someone than to spend time looking for a perfect, one of a kind find for a truly unique gift!
4. If you want to give a party but don’t want the hassle of washing all of those dishes, forget the disposable items and rent instead. You probably don’t have 48 champagne flutes and will only use them rarely so buying stemware could be prohibitively expensive and plastic just won’t do. You can probably find a local supplier who rents party ware such as dishes and stemware at a relatively reasonable rate (usually from $.50 to $2. for a wine glass) the cost of which often includes delivery, pick-up and washing (so you won’t even need to go to the trouble yourself)!
5. If you do opt for throw away dishes, look for those that are recyclable and/or bio-degradable.
6. Start a new tradition and plant a tree with your family! (in colder climates you may need to dig the hole before the ground freezes!)
7. Scavenge branches, flower pods, and other foliage that you have gathered locally to make-up the large part of your centerpiece, adding a few special touches to give it sparkle
8. Lower the thermostat and warm up by the fire, a cozy way to celebrate the season and even to recycle some of the abundance of the season’s endless supply of junk mail!
9. Look for sustainable materials (such as bamboo) when purchasing new items, either for yourself or to give as gifts, and try to go for longevity with quality items that will not need to be so frequently replaced. L.E.D.s consume a fraction of the electricity required by traditional bulbs and come in an exciting variety of colors that will brighten your holidays for many seasons to come, why not take advantage of after Christmas sales to stock up for next year?
10. Recycle your tree instead of throwing it away. Most areas have a composting program and will pick up the trees according to a schedule so find out when to put your tree out to give it a second life in the spring!
Please feel free to share your holiday suggestions and have a wonderful holiday season.
By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: Aging in place, Banquette seating, Breakfast nook, Country Style Homes, double vanity, Empty nesters, House Plan of the Week, House plan with attached garage, Plan of the Week, Porch, Single storey house plans, two bedroom house plans, Veranda, walk in closet
With understated elegance, plan 3239 offers many features that enhance the livability or this design. Twin, front and back covered porches, classic cornices, shuttered windows in the gables and additional volume created by the solarium type projection all help to give this home its New England style. The nicely sized garage also serves to enhance the North Eastern feeling of this beautiful home.
The open stairwell to the basement level catches the eye and opens up the foyer. The nicely sized living room is enhanced with a three sided fireplace that is shared with the dining room, complete with banquette seating that runs the width of the sun room projection. The kitchen offers excellent storage space and a convenient central island
The separate laundry area on the main floor, a full bathroom with double vanity and two well proportioned bedrooms, add to the well thought out floor plan and are features that are sure to please.
By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: Bedroom decor, Budget, Calming Interiors, color, Colour, colour zoning, Customization, Decorating, DIY, Do it yourself, Economy, Guest post, Home Improvement, Home maintenance, Home staging, Inspiration, Interior trim, practical tips, Style, Thrifty ideas
a guest post by Grace Bailey
One of the easiest ways to change the feel of your home is to change its colors. Painting is the way to go, however many of us seem to have little talent for the actual job of working on it. Splattered paint, coat after coat being applied to a wall because we missed spots and so forth. We offer these tips so you’ll be able to do a good job of it. Thankfully, you don’t have to be very skilled at it to be able to get things done. Let’s begin with the first tip on our list:
Prepare the surface for application
A good paint job begins with the proper preparation of the chosen surface you want to work with. You need to sand, patch and scrape any imperfections on the surface so the paint will adhere more evenly. Strong paint bond and an even surface are necessary for a good paint job. No matter how great your chosen paint might be and how high its quality, it will not work well on an uneven surface.
You need to work on priming the walls and the ceilings of the room you’re working on before the application of paint. This will also be necessary if you plan on painting over a darker color. Regardless of what colors you plan on working with, you will still need to do a bit of priming. This serves to stop any stains from showing allowing you a one-coat cover. The most important aspect of using primer though is that it helps paint adhere better to its chosen surface. Professionals will do the tinting of the paint closer to the finished color by adding up a small amount of topcoat paint, thus permitting the topcoat to hide your primed surface completely.
Choosing Canvas over Plastic
Although plastic drop cloths will give you a way to protect the furniture and floors of your home from paint splatters, canvas drop cloths are more durable and resistant to rips, plus they also lay flat better, creating less danger of tripping. Canvas also has the ability to absorb the paint drips, unlike plastic which becomes slippery in such cases. They can also be wrapped around corners, offering more flexibility in their use. They can also be reused, thus making them a more economical and eco-friendly alternative to using plastic.
Using a Paint Grid
If you have to roll paint from a tray, then you know how messy that gets if you’re not extra careful. You could do a whole lot better than that by rolling right off the bucket, using a paint grid to keep the mess to a minimum. In essence it is a rectangular, plastic or metal screen that attaches to the rim of the paint bucket. You can fill the bucket about halfway, then use the grid on it. Simply dip the roller inside and roll it against the grid to remove any excess paint to avoid a mess. When you’re done painting you can simply drop the grid and close the lid.
By Deb Villeneuve
Guest post by Jeremy Pike
Adequate storage space in the home is an essential part of keeping things tidy and organised. When all of our belongings have their own ‘home’ to go to and we are disciplined about returning them to their rightful place when we are not using them, life becomes a whole lot simpler because far less time is spent searching for things we can’t find!
OLD DOCUMENTS AND FILES
These items are great examples of the type of items that are fairly bulky and generally only required once in a while. Storing this type of stuff in the attic will help you to organise your living space and keep your home clutter free. For people with a limited amount of storage options in their living space, using the attic for extra storage can make a huge difference.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your attic…
SORT through your belongings before storing them away. The problem with attic spaces is that people have a nasty habit of using them as a dumping ground and often fill them with a whole lot of junk they don’t really need and will never use again.
Sorting this mess out a few years or decades down the line can be a hellish experience so before stashing belongings in your loft and forgetting about them, RECYCLE, RE-HOME or SELL any items that you no longer want or need!
SAFETY must be considered before using your attic as a storage space. Boarding the floor will make it a great deal safer, as well as more practical to use. Accidents can easily happen so it is vital to pay attention when you are in the attic space, be careful not to bang your head on any low beams and pay particular attention when you are anywhere near the open hatch. Be careful!
LIGHT is essential as you don’t want to be stumbling around in the pitch black for obvious reasons. If you can rig up electric lighting in the attic then that would be the best option although the alternative is perfectly good and that is to use a head torch.
I use a head torch when I go up into our attic and the main advantage over a regular torch is that it leaves your hands free for carrying things and holding onto the ladder.
ACCESS to your attic space will require the use of a fixed attic ladder or a stepladder. If your attic does not already have one, a fixed ladder is the safest and most convenient option. Kits can be purchased from most DIY stores and are relatively straightforward to fit.
ARRANGE your items carefully, placing them around the outer edge of the attic space, leaving yourself a clear, hazard free walkway. Spread items out evenly across the floor to ensure that the weight load is distributed evenly.
It is essential to keep the attic space tidy so that you can access and find things easily when you need them later on. Never group heavy items together and make sure you can access your things easily by leaving sufficient space to move around them.
Finally, always keep the space around the hatch area completely clear and clutter free.
LABEL all of your boxes and storage containers clearly once you have packaged them on the top and sides if possible. This is particularly important when storing things in the attic as by the time you go up to fetch an item you have not used in 6 months or so, you may have completely forgotten which box you put it in! Make sure your labels are facing forward and clearly visible and you will have no problem identifying where things are later on.
UNINVITED GUESTS including rodents and birds can become a major problem if they decide to make themselves at home in your attic. Just think how cross you would be if your bagof winter clothes was turned into a bag full of clothes riddled with holes. Trust me, its happened to me once.
Protect items that could become damaged by storing them in secure, rodent proof storage containers to keep them safe. Pop up and check the space for signs of unwelcome visitors once in a while so that you can nip any potential problems in the bud. Traps are an option too – I keep three mousetraps and check them every few days. Regrettably they catch one or two mice at least once a month.
If your home lacks sufficient storage space, perhaps the ideal, cost effective solution has been right above your head all along! Using your attic space to store infrequently used items could be the perfect answer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy is a member of the team at www.packingboxes.co.uk. They offer a vast range of packing and storage solutions for house and office moves as well as everything you need for storage at home or in the office.
By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: Beautiful House Entries, Calming Interiors, Cathedral ceiling, Country Style Homes, Curb Appeal, double vanity, Drummond House Plans, Foyer, Home Office, House Plan of the Week, linen closet, Plan of the Week, separate laundry area, Single family dwelling, Three-bedroom house plans, Vaulted Ceiling, walk in closet, Wood
Designed with a country feeling in mind, plan 2759 offers a well defined exterior with colored wood fiber siding for an interesting contrast to the white of the windows, a popular choice for many of our models because it is cost efficient since colored windows and doors can add 25% to 30%.
This cottage is also very welcoming with its beautiful porch, complete with wide stairs, and the two doors that open into a large entrance foyer with abundant closet space.
Inside, the first level offers a well organized kitchen complete with pantry and a central island. The open floor plan has a fireplace that separates the dining room from the spacious living room, with a computer corner, along with a separate laundry area in the powder room.
Upstairs the size of the bedrooms, of which the smallest is 10’ x 11’, and the ample closet space in the master bedroom and the separate corner bath and shower in the second floor bathroom are pleasantly surprising features that enhance the comfort of this home
By Deb Villeneuve
Filed under: Affordable Homes, Cathedral ceiling, Chalet, Dual master suite, Home Office, House Plan of the Week, Master on main floor, Mezzanine, Plan of the Week, Single family dwelling, two bedroom house plans, Two-storey house plans, Vaulted Ceiling, walk in closet, with mezzanine
Inspired by plan 2597, our designers took its most popular features to create plan 3507 which was a hit almost immediately.
The delightful wraparound porch on two sides, with an arched window that reveals a cathedral ceiling in the living room enhance the beauty of this charming home. The simple lines of this model offer add surprising affordability to its many features.
Inside, the main level has a foyer at the service entrance with a washroom/laundry room close by and a nicely sized bedroom. The main living area’s open floor plan groups the kitchen, dining area and living room.
Upstairs, the staircase leads to a mezzanine that could become another bedroom or a home office. There is a second bathroom and nicely sized bedroom that could easily become a second master suite.
The main difference between the two is the size as 2597 has a 24’ x 30’ footprint whereas 3507 adds square footage of comfort to become 26’ x 32’… just more to love about this wonderful style!
By Deb Villeneuve
A guest post by Michael Adams
When it comes to home improvement, there are a lot of small details surrounding projects done around the house that seem to have significant impact on their overall effectiveness. This article aims to help with these details by addressing and acting upon them. We begin with the following:
If you don’t have the money to pay a professional designer, you can always focus on doing some work on your own. You can find inspiration in magazines, in Drummond House Plans’ photo gallery and other sources, as these will give you useful information about specific projects.
If you eventually end up needing help during your project but you don’t act ahead of time, you may find yourself facing difficulties you may not be prepared for. It would be best if you start your preparations and you ensure any skilled help before your project is underway so you can achieve your desired results. This is especially important with projects who take place outside at the mercy of local weather.
Roofing can be a serious expense, so make sure you focus on getting as many estimates as you can from various roofing companies, as well as checking for references. There are many options concerning roofing, which include traditional and lightweight materials, shingles or even tile. A roofing contractor will give you more accurate and useful information based on experience, so you might want to pay heed to what they have to share.
Wooden surfaces should be sanded and wiped off before you try to stain or paint them. Make sure you use fine-grit sandpaper so you can smooth the finish. Using a damp rag will help you remove dust as well as keeping the surface neat and clean for further work.
Bathrooms are very sensitive when it comes to any damage or mold. Keep in mind that you may need to replace any showers, sinks and other items around it at the first sign of trouble. You may need to also swap linoleum floors if you see water damage, as mold may become a serious issue in a high-humidity, high-heat environment.
Make sure you keep your building supplies and any other materials safe and sound within a secure storage location. Although the odds of them being stolen are low, you may want to go the extra mile at securing things just to be on the safe side.
Make sure you don’t buy low quality drywall or other materials, as you will feel very sorry for making that choice in the end several years down the line.
If you experience any drops in water pressure, you should consider checking with your neighbors for a similar problem. If they don’t have anything like that happening there, you may be facing some issue with your pipes, such as a leak. Check the faucets and make sure you see whether you need to adjust the aerator of whether you need plumbing help.
Let your neighbors know you plan on doing renovation and home improvement as soon as possible, so they can adapt to the inconvenience. They will have a chance to be better prepared if you do so ahead of time.
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