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November 10th, 2012
By Vivian Martin

 

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Model # 3283 - The Stillwell

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Model # 3283 – The Stillwell

Enjoy one of our most popular floor plans with a fresh new exterior. A pleasing mix of architectural cladding materials creates a style that is both exciting and elegant.

A covered entry transitions to an enclosed vestibule with generous closet. Within, discover an open concept floor plan, with extraordinary daylight thanks to abundant windows. The dining area nestles into its own alcove forming a perfect social triangle with the kitchen forming the pivot point.

The sleeping wing of this comfortable home includes two bedrooms and a shared bathroom with soaker tub and large independent shower. A laundry area completes the private wing amenities.

Additional living space can be achieved by finishing the basement to include additional bedrooms or recreation space.

For a traditional option to this plan, please also look at Model 3260.

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other Single-Storey or Modern Contemporary House Plans? Check our Bungalow and One-Level Design CollectionModern Contemporary Design Collection, or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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August 25th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3108-V3 - Galerno 4

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Plan # 3108-V3 – Galerno 4

Three bedrooms or two plus an office? The forward room is wonderfully flexible as life evolves and you need an office, an extra bedroom or a guest room/den.

Window boxes, a wraparound porch and pleasing roofline have country charm positively radiating from this pretty cottage. Enter via the forward vestibule or service entrance off the kitchen and appreciate the open living area. Dine bathed in light or step out back through the triple garden doors.

The open living area benefits from many useful built-in features including a large screen TV surround in the living room, built-in hutch with beverage sink in the dining room, and large eating island in the kitchen.

The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet, room for seating and private access to the 5-piece bathroom. A laundry/powder room combination provide the final convenience on the main level.

Need more? An undeveloped basement is your blank slate for additional living or entertaining space.

For more details on this plan, click here

Looking for other Cottage or Country House Plans? Check our Cottage Design Collection, Country House Design Collection or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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August 18th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3945-V1 - Suncrest 2

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Plan # 3945-V1 – Suncrest 2

 

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan #3945-V1 - Front View

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Plan #3945-V1 – Front View

This pretty little bungalow would work equally beautifully as a 4-season getaway or as a charming city home. A trio of cheerful gables puts a charming face forward. An open vestibule conveniently services front, back and garage access.

Within we find a perfect open floorplan with subtle separation of spaces. A two-sided fireplace provides warmth to the vaulted living room and social kitchen island, while the dining area nestles into a sunny alcove. The master bedroom is situated privately behind the stairs and enjoys semi-private access to a 4-piece bathroom with integrated laundry.

Upstairs, family and friends will appreciate a private bedroom level with bathroom.

In addition to the double garage, storage is plentiful in the bonus space above.
This would be a great option oriented face-forward on a lot and would be equally lovely on a corner lot.

For more details on this plan, click here

Looking for other Cottage or Waterfront House Plans? Check our Cottage and Waterfront Design Collection or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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August 14th, 2012
By Guest Post

5 Tips For Choosing Artwork for your homeSo, you’ve just bought the home of your dreams, rented a posh new uptown apartment, or completed a major addition or renovation. You’ve chosen the colors, finished the painting and moved the furniture in. Now, it’s time for decorating.

Deciding what artwork you’re going to decorate your home with is one of the most important considerations. Unless you’re an art expert or a professional interior decorator, this probably seems like a daunting task. After all, the art you select will represent a significant investment and you’ll have to live with the choices you make.

Art should complement your home’s color scheme as well as the color and pattern of nearby furniture pieces such as chairs and sofas. It should also reflect your moods and your personal taste. You might even need to consider the environment in which you live; for example, a slick urban sculpture that would be appropriate in New York City might not work well in the Deep South. Selecting the right piece of art for your home requires a thoughtful and informed approach.
Here are five tips to help you in the process:

Choose Art You Enjoy

This would seem an obvious suggestion, but it’s surprising how many people will give in to popular trends or safe classics and wind up with artwork that they don’t like. Remember, you’re the one who will have to look at it every day. Even if your tastes are offbeat and against all the rules, choose pieces that give you pleasure.

Hire a Professional

Consider hiring an art consultant to provide a professional opinion on what pieces you should consider. A professional will be educated on a wide range of art, from the latest trends to historical styles, and bring a practiced eye to coordinating factors such as room size, color and furnishings. Often, an art consultant will be attached to a local gallery where you might decide to buy many of your pieces. Do some research into the best local professionals and galleries before you decide on one.

Go Online for Ideas

Many homeowners or renters neglect the plethora of artistic resources the web has to offer. What in years past would have required a trip to the library, museum or gallery, can now be done from your comfy office chair. Go online to see what art trends are happening right now, and maybe find some great sites to purchase paintings or sculptures through.

Go With a Theme (or Maybe Not)

Think about having your art decor follow a particular theme, whether for the whole house or one room. Whether you favor Oriental, postmodern, Art Deco or medieval Gothic, following a theme can be satisfying if you really enjoy a particular period or style. Alternatively, go for an eclectic look that mixes styles. The good news is that if you feel comfortable incorporating multiple themes, you can mix together finds from thrift shops and garage sales. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

Support Your Local Starving Artist

No matter where you live, there’s certain to be local artists offering expertly done, handcrafted artwork and small, utilitarian art pieces such as chairs, frames and painted tables. Support your community and create a beautiful living space too.

Decorating your home with artwork is a great joy, and can be a fine investment. Approaching the task with an eye to personal satisfaction and expression will provide dividends for many years to come.

July 14th, 2012
By Vivian Martin

New Plan Release!

 

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3507-V2 - "Celeste 6"

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Plan # 3507-V2 – “Celeste 6″

Inspired by the popular cottage 3507, this model is slightly enlarged on the main level to enhance comfort. The main floor is designed to provide all amenities on one level with an undeveloped second level for future expansion.

An entirely open activities area includes ample windows bringing light into the country kitchen and living room.  Two doors allow easy access to the charming wraparound deck.

The master bedroom enjoys semi-private access to the bathroom with soaker tub, independent shower and laundry. Plenty of storage is achieved with a 12 ft. closet totally spanning one wall. 

An insulated door to the unfinished second level allows future finishing to suit and keeps initial build costs down.

For more details on this plan, click here

Looking for other country-style, or craftsman house plans? Check our Country-Style Design Collection and Craftsman Design Collection or , or Create  a “New House Plans – Latest Trends” Alert to receive all of the latest designs direct to you by email! 

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July 7th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3276, The Tidewell

www.DrummondHousePlans.com – Plan # 3276, The Tidewell

Following a survey on our website with close to 500 respondents, consensus was a desire for available universal access or wheelchair-modified plans. We are pleased to unveil a second accessible plan. Accessible homes are not only for the comfort of the residents but also ensure visitability of the home, allowing enjoyment of the home by all!

Like plan 3275, it proposes easy access via gentle ramps at the front and rear and barrier-free thresholds. A sheltered rear 12ft x 18ft terrace is sure to extend the season for outdoor enjoyment.

Inside, the house is characterized by pleasing in-floor heating of the concrete slab floor, abundant natural light in the activities areas and 9ft ceilings throughout the ground floor. A dual-height kitchen island allows inclusive casual meals and kitchen prep areas. The bathroom is similarly appointed with dual-height vanities. Even the toilet and bathtub and shower have been carefully considered, allowing space for a wheelchair or walker and reinforced points for grab-rail support. All halls are 5 feet wide and wider doors facilitate access and movement in different rooms.

The key differences between this model and 3275: three bedrooms instead of two with bedroom one and two being larger, a larger attached garage and classical exterior rather than contemporary treatment. 

Barrier-free homes like this are exceptionally comfortable for all residents and sure to provide a home for graceful aging-in-place.

For full details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other Wheelchair Accessible,  or Single-Storey House Plans? Check our Accessible Design Collection,  Bungalow and One-Level Design Collection, or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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June 29th, 2012
By Marie-France Roger

Nowhere else in the home does design and functionality need to be more harmonious than in the kitchen. This is the most-used room of the house, one where we spend most of our leisure time, one that gets the most attention from potential buyers and where we invest most of our dollars in renovation budgets.

A kitchen renovation costs an average of $ 20,000 with a potential 73% return on this expenditure at the time of resale. A more major renovation costs an average of $58,000 and provides a recovery potential of approximately 68% of the expense, according to a study conducted in 2010-2011 in the United States.

When you spend so much money on a renovation, you want to choose the improvements that achieve multiple objectives including efficiency, functionality and beauty. Some types of upgrades are more expensive, while others are easy and relatively inexpensive.

These five kitchen renovation elements will greatly improve functionality and beauty, while allowing you to recover your maximum investment upon the resale of your home:

1. Counters

In every kitchen, the counter is an important design element and must provide foolproof functionality. Counters act as work and storage areas, and surfaces on which to present food and beverages while playing a crucial role on the overall look of the kitchen. Replacing old laminate countertops with more upscale options such as granite can improve the appearance and usability of your work surface. Even if you opt to replace the old laminate with the same product, you will improve the overall look of your kitchen.

2. Lighting and ventilation

Effective lighting and ventilation in a kitchen will not only allow you to appreciate more the beauty of the room, they will provide a safer and more comfortable work environment. Under-cabinet lighting, internal cabinet lighting, task lighting and the addition of lights over the lunch counter will improve usability and beauty of your kitchen. Skylights, if operable, can assist in the removal of heat, moisture and odours while providing additional natural light. Accessories like decorative blinds with remote control, allow you to adjust the amount of light that enters your kitchen, while dressing your decor.

3. Cabinets

Upgrading your cabinets can be an expensive prospect, but well worth the investment because they serve as not only a major design element in the kitchen, but are essential to the effectiveness of cooking and convenience of all occupants. There are several options to renovate your cabinets, from total replacement with custom cabinets to simply repainting or resurfacing existing cabinets.

4. Equipment and accessories

The cabinet hardware and faucets are the jewels of your kitchen. Replacement of worn or dated materials – including knobs, handles and hinges – is a fast, easy and cost-effective way change the look of the entire room. In addition, you can improve the functionality by choosing larger pulls that are easier to use and replace the old hinges with modern varieties that close quietly and smoothly, or are completely concealed behind the cabinet door . Replacing the kitchen faucet is an easy way to freshen up the kitchen at low cost.

5. Appliances

Your car could not function without an engine and tires… Likewise a kitchen cannot accomplish its mission without proper appliances. If your appliances are more than 10 years old, chances are they getting tired and outdated. There is also a good chance they are less efficient than newer models. Kitchen appliances represent nearly 20% of the energy consumed by the average home, according Energystar.gov.

June 9th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3128-V2

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3128-V2

Modern lines, contemporary windows and a low profile create a very serene sense of home in this new release. Homeowners will appreciate the covered entry and attached garage as well as numerous amenities on one level.

The living area is bright and open allowing for inclusive social gatherings from anywhere from the living room, dining room or kitchen. Two bedrooms share discreet access to a bathroom with soaker tub and independent shower. A hall laundry closet is equally well-placed within easy reach of the bedrooms or kitchen.

Patio doors provide an easy path to the back yard and garden enjoyment. A raised basement is a blank palette awaiting your ideas for living or recreation space.

A versatile plan for families or empty nesters sure to be liveable through all of life’s stages.

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other Single-Storey or Modern Contemporary House Plans? Check our Bungalow and One-Level Design CollectionModern Contemporary Design Collection, or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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May 19th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrumondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3712

www.DrumondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3712

This home has been designed with an eye on efficient fabrication of walls offsite to allow for faster site assembly. This contemporary style home presents clean and pleasing lines finished in wood and architectural block.

The interior is consistent with the modern style and boasts an open concept with ample light. With flexible dining space, it is easy to accommodate 8 guests or more. The centre island provides further space for socialization and prep and plenty of storage. A laundry area independent of the bathroom means convenient access for daily living and chores.

A well-lit staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom level including a family bathroom with freestanding bath, and separate shower. The master bedroom is appointed with the indispensable walk-in closet and two secondary bedrooms complete the level.

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other Modern Contemporary House Plans? Check our Modern Contemporary Design Collection, or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

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April 7th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3715

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3715

This perfectly balanced modern home boasts an interior which is in perfect harmony with the exterior – bright and spacious with a confident aura.

The effective use of space is evident immediately upon entering with a spacious open foyer. This space flows effortlessly to the adjoining living room and open dining room with triple patio doors to drink in the back yard. The central kitchen with island has a decadent secret… a remarkable walk-in pantry that is nearly 6′ x 8′!

The light-bathed staircase leads the way upstairs to a generous landing and entrances to three bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom includes a seating area and 9′ x 7′ walk-in closet. The family bath ensures grooming comfort for all with a soaker tub, separate 54″ x 48″ shower and large vanity.

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other Modern Contemporary House Plans? Check our Modern Contemporary Design Collection, or use our Advanced Plan Search to find homes with specific features.

Want to receive all of our newest designs directly by email? Create  a “New House Plans – Latest Trends” Alert  and be the first to see all of our new releases!

 



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