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May 23rd, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

Inspired by plan 2192, model 3128 offers a modern style and almost 175 sq. ft. of extra space in a contemporary interior that has even more conveniences.

Upon entering the main foyer, with its split level to the living area and large closet, the open feeling of this home invites us in to discover the abundantly fenestrated living/dining area that leads to a modern kitchen featuring a large 8’ x 7’ island.

The secondary bedroom is large enough to fit a double bed and the master bedroom features his and hers closets. There is a separate
5’ x 3’ shower in a bathroom that is complete with a laundry area.

May 16th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

Inspired by the popular 3281 model, this version is even roomier with its 9’ ceiling throughout the main level and 2 additional feet of depth to create a home that measures 38’ wide x 50’ deep with a 14’ x 21’ garage.

The increase in size permits several changes that include a washer/dryer on the main floor and a walk-in pantry with an enlarged kitchen island. The main activities area is well placed with its rear orientation and the walk-in closet that has been added to the master bedroom is sure to be appreciated.

The higher foundation permits larger basement windows with no window wells and the 14’ x 7’ mezzanine/storage area in the garage will increase the space available for seasonal items. The large window above the garage door enhances the natural lighting to the extra space in the garage of plan 3281-V1

October 25th, 2012
By Vivian Martin

If you like Asian decor, Japanese tansu style cabinets offer an elegant way to add storage to your home. Traditional tansu originated in ancient Japan and were designed to be portable so that they could be carried away in the event of a natural disaster. The cabinets were light weight stackable boxes, and each piece had handles for carrying. Made from woods like elm, Japanese cypress and paulownia, and adorned with simple iron hardware, tansu are prized for their natural rustic beauty. Today, tansu make excellent buffets, kitchen cabinets and dressers. They are available in antiques, reproductions and custom pieces.

Follow the slide show to see if tansu may be the style you are looking for in your space!


June 4th, 2012
By Yves Carignan

Some things can easily be discussed on a blog on a positive way;  but sometimes, we have to warn our customers about experiences we have had with some companies…

In the last months, we have had a lot of discussion with Mr. Ray Sun and his team at Quacent about the fact that they were using some of our designs and renderings without  licence or permission from usQuacent, actually is in copyright violaton for 7 of our designs which they promote on their website.  They are not allowed to use those and they act illegally against us.

Last year, more than 30 of our designs were published and promoted on Quacent and other affiliated companies’ websites and they were licenced for only 11 of those…  We kindly asked them to pay for a licence for all the designs in use and they refused…  They threatened to not buy plans from Drummond House Plans if we do not let them use our designs…  My answer was “No way” and I asked them to remove all the designs on their Quacent web sites.  I’d rather forego sales rather than dealing with someone who does not respect us.

Today, I went on their websites and noticed that they still have 7 designs from us  (Plan 2653, 2688, 3109, 3507, 3937, 3938 and 4916) that are used to promote their company!  This is copyright infringement.  Instead of paying about $700 and dealing with us honestly, they would rather use our work illegally and sell houses to the innocent public…

As I explained to them, if you open a golf equipment store and you use Tiger Woods’ image to promote your store, someone will surely come to you and say “you have 2 choices, you remove Mr. Woods’ picture from your advertising or you pay him for using his image…”  It is the same situation here; Quacent uses our image to promote their company without paying us for that.  They cannot use our image if we do not authorize  it.  Our legal advisors will probably take care of them soon but I wanted to inform you about them.

So, the only thing I want to tell you is this:  BE CAREFUL WITH THEM!  If Quacent violates the Copyright law for $700…

Sad but true…

April 10th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
Laurelhurst Kitchen by Gaspars Construction asian kitchen

The appeal of an Asian-style kitchen lies in its fundamental sense of serenity, spiced with a touch of the exotic. Materials with a strong connection to nature, smooth and harmonious lines, and an unexpected surprise or two add up to a space that exudes peace and balance yet whispers of an underlying strength. Follow the slideshow to learn how to translate the look for your kitchen.

January 9th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
huntley & co. | Spirited Refinement asian dining room

What exactly does Chinoiserie mean? In this day and age, I simply look to my pal Wikipedia to say these things as clearly as possible. Quoting from other sources, Wiki says “Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying ‘Chinese-esque’, refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration.”

So, back then, Louis XV dug it because it worked well with all that rococo stuff he loved so much, and the English garden designers based their follies upon “Chinese-esque” architecture. That’s all fine and dandy, but what does Chinoiserie mean in design today? How is it utilized? I will attempt to answer this without Wiki’s help.

Touches of Chinoiserie became popular in the states in the 60′s (see Betty’s recent living room makeover on “Mad Men”), its ornate characteristics were mixed the with clean lines of more modern pieces. The resurgence of Hollywood Regency’s popularity in recent years (see Kelly Wearstler’s work, pre-eighties fascination she’s on lately) has brought with it many touches of Chinoiserie. For instance:

PATTERN: Asian-inspired floral fabrics, wallpapers, and rugs. Birds are a welcome addition to these prints, as are cherry blossom branches.

PORCELAIN: Fine porcelain ceramics, from vases to lovely jar and gourd shaped lamps

COLOR: Bold reds, Sleek Black, Rich Jewel-tone Blues

DETAILS: Touches of Gilt in patterns and details such as hardware

FINISHES: Touches of Gloss – Take those shabby chic pieces, sand the heck out of them, and have them lacquered for a sleeker look.

SHAPE- For example, pagoda-shaped light fixtures, jar-shaped lamps.

STYLE: Cane and Chinese Chippendale Chairs, Large Lacquered Armoires, Chinese Garden Stools.

ARTWORK: Asian paintings and prints are perfect Chinoiserie accents.

Obviously, this is the tip of the iceberg. I think the examples below can do a much better job of showing you the Chinoiserie accents I’m talking about.

If you are a real fan of Chinoiserie design, you may also wish to visit the Blog – “Chinoiserie Chic“. Beth Connolly is truly passionate about this style of interior design.

June 4th, 2011
By Vivian Martin - Plan #2085-V2 - Plan #2085-V2

Designed from the very popular plan 2085, this version includes a modified “modern contemporary” style exterior. The low-slung roofline and geometric lines of the windows and cladding all create a very gentle Zen-like statement.

Inside, an open, flowing interior creates a spacious feeling in the activities areas. The right unit includes a laundry area in the bathroom (thus sacrificing a bit of bedroom space) while the second unit allows for a more spa-like atmosphere with spa tub. The master bedrooms enjoy private bathroom access and separation from the secondary bedroom thanks to the placement of the bathroom.

Well-separated patio placement allows a more intimate outdoor space for each unit. Additional recreation or living space can be added by developing the basement.

For more details on this plan, click here

An alternate version, 2085-V1 is a more traditional exterior and includes an alternate interior.

Looking for other modern contemporary or semi-detached house plans? Check our Modern and Contemporary Design Collection and Townhouse and Semi-detached 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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May 28th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

New DrummondHousePlans Release!

At only 34 feet wide, this striking modern contemporary lives large. A wide covered porch greets guest and the enclosed vestibule opens to jaw-dropping staircase open to the second floor. Off the entry is a flexible space ideal for an office, den or guest room. A beautiful galley-style kitchen includes an 8 foot long island which is open to both the dining room and the adjoining covered deck. Family and friends can cozy up to the fireplace in the family room or enjoy excellent backyard views.

A discreet laundry/powder room is conveniently located down a short flight of stairs and next to the garage access.
Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts a private bathroom with oversize shower and walk-in closet. Two secondary bedrooms share another bathroom.

This home provides graceful space and comfort for all!

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other modern contemporary or narrow lot home  plans? Check our Narrow Lot House Plan Plan Collection or Modern and Contemporary Design Collectionor Create  a “New House Plans – Latest Trends” Alert to receive all of the latest designs direct to you by email! 

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May 14th, 2011
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3280 - Plan # 3280

This serene geometric bungalow has virtually all the floorplan features sought by new home buyers – a two car garage, three bedrooms, open living areas, loads of storage, a grand fireplace, an expansive open kitchen with island, dual social areas and laundry on the main floor.

One can also appreciate the flexible nature of this plan. It is easily adapted to 2 bedrooms plus and office/den and the plan includes a full basement to allow development of further living spaces and storage.

For more details on this plan, click here…

Looking for other one-storey or contemporary house plans? Check our Bungalow and One-Level House Plan Collection or Modern and Contemporary Collectionor Create  a “New House Plans – Latest Trends” Alert to receive all of the latest designs direct to you by email! 

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March 27th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

What are some ways to describe an Asian style interior? The words serene, peaceful, and Zen immediately come to mind. Although Asian design could be described as a fusion of styles, there are distinct recognizable elements which are associated with this type of decor. Let’s see how some talented Houzz designers created bathrooms inspired by the Far East.

View this idea book for inspiration…


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