Archive for the 'Cool House Designs' Category
By Yves Carignan
“I keep seeing a photo of your house plan W2957 on various house plan sites and do not feel it does justice to your design. I purchased the same plan, (in reverse) approximately 5 years ago directly from you and built overlooking Cumberland River, near Albany, KY. The house turned out gorgeous, even beyond what I had hoped for! We obviously went a little overboard but it is the most beautiful home I have seen on the river and one of the most beautiful for a vacation home I have seen in its size class. I’m sure some of the homes in the coastal areas would surpass it, but I have seen few in more rural areas look better. Each time I have seen the photo image you are using I have been tempted to contact you and possibly make some of the photos I have available to you but do not know how that works. I have some great digital pictures of the front of the home, as well as some of the back actually from the water. Just bragging, but you guys know that ultimately the magic is always in the design and whoever designed this house plan did a fantastic job! I did add a second window in the stone front similar to your larger square footage plan. Even though the small window is in the master closet I thought it added balance to the outside and I tend to be a symmetrical person. Thanks, Richard Humble”
I keep saying that Drummond House Plans have the best customers on the market and this is another proof of it ! Mr. Humble wrote this to me during the Holidays and I can tell you that I can receive that kind of e-mail everyday.
If, like Mr. Humble, you are proud of your new Drummond house, and you want to share some photos with us and the visitors on our website, All you have to do is to send them to us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will surely upload your house in our Photo Gallery.
Thanks again Mr. Humble and Best Wishes to all your family!
President & CEO, DrummondHousePlans.com
By Richard Martin - BC Distributor
Filed under: Affordable Homes,Affordable House Plans,Affordable Houses,Baby boomers,Bi-generation,British Columbia,Budget,Building materials,Cabin Designs,Cabin Plans,Canadian House Plans,Carriage House Plans,Cool House Designs,Country Style Homes,Craftsman House Plans,Garage Plans with Apartment,House plans,Mother-in-law Suites,Northwest House Plans,Residential,Small Houses,Small Project Plans,Uncategorized
Last month I received an email from a very ambitious soul in Sooke, BC asking if we had ever considered turning some of our shed designs into home plans. At first I thought she meant using the style as the basis for a home design or a Carriage House Plan, but after a number of emails and phone calls her mission was clear – tiny, tiny, tiny (tiny house plans)! Lois turned out to be a wonderful person and a really creative thinker. She wanted to embrace the idea of adding multiple dwellings on her Sooke property in accordance with new zoning which allowed for densification.
The idea of micro-living intrigued me so it was time for some research.
After much digging on the web and calling different city halls around BC, I came to understand that Lois’ idea is more than just a concept – it is now a reality. Many regions are allowing additional dwellings to be added to properties as separate living units for grandparents, renters, and the increasingly common “boomerang children”. These dwellings are sized in accordance with local building by-laws and can be as small as 300 square feet which is, amazingly, in accordance with the National Building code of Canada. Formalizing densification also addresses the issue that there were illegal (and often unsafe) dwellings being added to properties.
Still the question begs to be asked, “Why would someone want to build (or live in) a home the size of a shed?” From a user’s point of view, a tiny house would be perfect for someone needing independence, low maintenance, affordability, and safety. From a city planner’s perspective, it addresses affordable housing and densification mandates. From a landlords perspective it’s a small space to independently house a family member or generate income to help out with mortgage payments. From city hall’s perspective it is additional tax revenue. When you look at it from all of these perspectives, tiny houses make sense.
Can a person comfortably live in a space so small? One need only ask people with live-aboard boats and RV’s that very question. With careful planning and paring down to necessities, both groups of people would say “absolutely”! Of course, it may be quite challenging for a young or growing family but “living small” is an ecological and social challenge that some are happy to embrace.
For the purpose of definition, Drummond House Plans classifies a tiny house as a dwelling which is under 1100 square feet. These houses are frequently fawned over as being darned cute and amazingly efficient. These homes also have the added benefit of having a smaller carbon footprint and are ideal for areas which embrace high-density housing.
Thank you, Lois, for starting this conversation. We look forward to adding more designs to our available Drummond Tiny House Plans for people just like you.
By Richard Martin - BC Distributor
Filed under: B.C. Building Code,Baby boomers,British Columbia,Builder House Plans,Building materials,Canadian House Plans,Carriage House Plans,Coastal House Plans,Cool House Designs,Craftsman House Plans,Garage Plans with Apartment,House Designers,House Plan Customization,House plans,Housing,Multi-family house plans,Northwest architecture,Northwest House Plans,Rain Screen,Uncategorized
Northwest architecture is inspired by nature and necessity.
It is not hard to identify the nature inspiration when surrounded by towering trees, rugged landscape and amazing vistas. The Northwest response to stunning scenery is to create house designs that are in harmony with the environment. Houses are often nestled into a sloped site and the lines of Northwest house plans tend to echo the strong elements of their environment – strong vertical lines in harmony with majestic fir trees, horizontal lines to evoke the feelings of rock ledges, roof undulations to blend with the peaks on the horizon. A Northwest home design is usually clean in design, lacking excessive exterior details. When architectural accents are desired, they are usually achieved with the use of natural timber and rock to further blend the house with its surroundings. A generous use of windows creates a seamless transition between indoors and out and brings light into the interior.
So what about the necessity side of design in the Northwest? The Northwest climate is well-known for the amazing amounts of precipitation so protection of residents and the very building itself is a must. The Northwest design accommodates this by implementing medium to low sloping rooflines with generous overhangs. To take this a step further, you will notice that many Northwest designs include a covered grilling area for year-round trips to the BBQ. Additional outdoor living spaces are achieved by adding generous decks, often combining open and covered areas for year-round enjoyment.
A Northwest house has wonderful flow and functional interiors with modern amenities. Modern minimalist interior design is quite common as it helps with the laid-back lifestyle so common on the Coast. These designs are not limited to the enjoyment of “Coasties”. Although originating in the northwest, these houses can be built as a primary home or vacation home in any region of the country that has a natural vista or stunning cityscape to be enjoyed.
Drummond House Plans has a beautiful and extensive collection of Northwest house plans available for your family’s comfort. We also have a number of designs being worked on so you should visit the site regularly or sign up for new design notifications.
By Marie-France Roger
Drummond House Plans’ philosophy is that beautiful vacation designs, cabin plans and top quality house plans can be created for small budget, and still be so charming! And, that’s exactly what you’ll find in our home design collection. Drummond Plans created hundreds of great, affordable home designs available in many sizes and styles such as
Country style and Traditional, and very cool house plans for baby boomers and first-home buyers. Browse our top quality, budget-conscious and affordable house plans collection if you are searching for a primary affordable house and review our 4-Season Vacation House Plans on a Budget collection for if you are looking to build a secondary home.
Sparkling your imagination is one of the first steps before you begin building!