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July 16th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

It takes more than cottages to answer to the needs of today’s ‘baby boomers’ and Drummond House Plans is pleased to offer this plan among our many single storey models that aims to answer their specific needs.

With its 1,276 sq. ft of living space on the main floor, a 360 sq. ft., garage and materials such as brick-stone and imitation cedar shingles finishing its classic exterior, this bungalow will meet the occupants’ aging in place needs.

The entrance foyer is surprisingly roomy. The brightly lit family area in front and the master bedroom have been strategically designed with the windows placed for ease in arranging the pieces of furniture within.

The layout includes an open activities area, kitchen with island and well fenestrated dining  room that includes a triple patio door to the garden. There is a separate laundry area and a second bedroom, which can be used as a home office, and a well appointed bathroom with both corner bath and a corner shower.

The garage is accessible from the inside or outside and could easily be enlarged if required.

June 13th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

The ever increasing demand for new homes that come complete with a revenue generating “bachelor” apartment, Drummond House Plans has created plan 3717-V1, an enlarged version of the original design, plan 3717, with new features that make it even more appealing.

Enhancements include an added one bedroom apartment and a garage complete with a mezzanine towards the back for storage.
Once inside the home, the 9′ ceiling on the main floor and ample windows throughout the living area offer exceptional natural light and in the kitchen which has been moved towards the front.
The 12’ x 16’ master bedrooms, with a walk in closet, as well as the generous sizes of the other bedrooms are elements that are sure to please. Other spectacular features of this home include a full bathroom with separate 3’ x 5’ shower and a laundry chute to the main floor.

The fire place in the living room with its built ins, the storage area at the service entrance from the garage and 40% of the basement space that the owners can use as best suits them are other practical features of this home.

May 31st, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

In the near future, Drummond House Plans will be introducing plan models with the ES suffix

 

What does ES mean?

ES is short for Environmentally Superior.

We’re not just talking about the “green” respect for the environment as in the use of ecologically responsible materials and practices aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the project but also the living environment within.

 

What makes a house plan Environmentally Superior?

From the choice of local suppliers to reduce transportation of materials, and the resulting use of fuels with the inherent damage to the ozone layer, to the use of salvaged materials such as recycled drywall and paint, giving them a second life.

Optimal ventilation systems, low VOC products are designed and enhanced insulation as well as orientation that takes advantage of the passive elements of the environment surrounding the home which includes plantings outside that respect the local weather conditions and water requirements to help take the burden off  of mechanical heating and cooling systems while adding to the natural beauty of the exterior environment and the livability of the interior environment.

An ES home includes planning for the recycling of the on site waste which is an inherent part of any building project.

But there’s more…

An ES design has not only today’s comfort in mind but also looks to the future with an adaptability of design that can evolve with the occupants’ needs over the years.

A three bedroom home may no longer be practical as the owner’s become empty nesters and the need for an enlarged bathroom may arise due to mobility issues. Hallways have also been designed to accommodate special requirements that may develop over time.

The Environmentally Superior concept has a global vision of optimization of all that touches the home owner inside and out, for now and in the future.

 

In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting these exciting new designs on our site and we invite you to share your comments or questions with us.

 

May 27th, 2013
By Alexandre

When people think about environmentally respectful houses, they usually tend to picture very high-tech buildings whose components are way too expensive. Although it is true that green houses can cost a little more to build than regular houses, they also tend to sell for more: last year in California, for instance, their cost was 9% higher than regular homes. Yet, if your current home is not intrinsically green, there are easy ways to make it more environmentally friendly without spending an astronomical amount of money.

1. Program your house’s temperature

Space heating can represent up to about 45% of an American household’s utility bills. This is a huge proportion! But that is actually good news: if space heating makes up such a big fraction of your energy bills, it is likely that you can save a lot mot money if you come to grips with this issue and seek to reduce the amount of energy you use to heat (and cool) your living space!

One of the cheapest and most effective ways to cut down on the amount of energy that is necessary to make your home comfortable is to opt for programmable thermostats. This type of heating control system allows you to adjust your home temperature according to parameters, which you set yourself in order to have them meet your specific needs. You could, for instance, make sure that your home temperature is at 21 degrees when you get up in the morning, have it automatically go down to 17 when you leave for work and have it go back up to 21 when you come back at night. This could help you save significant amounts of energy.

2. Look for water leaks and wastes

Fresh water abounds in North America. Canada alone is home to about 20% of the world’s total fresh water resources – underground aquifers and glaciers included. This is no surprise, then, that Americans and Canadians respectively are the first and second greatest water consumers on earth. Yet, abundance of water on a given territory is no justification for careless consumption. One of the easiest ways to cut down on pointless water consumption is to look for leaks.

In the United States, it is estimated that about 10% of homes have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water every day! These wastes generally come from dripping faucets or leaking toilet flappers, for example. If all domestic leaks were fixed, about one trillion gallons of water could be saved yearly in the United States: this is equivalent to the yearly water consumption of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined, according to the EPA! Reducing your water consumption by changing your toilet or by replacing your showerhead, for instance, is also easy and not too costly.

3. Plant trees around your house

Trees are not only soothing and beautiful: they represent an effective, yet unsuspected insulation device! In fact, having mature trees all around the house can help reduce your energy consumption: when strategically located, trees act as a barrier against the cold winds of the winter as well as against the warm sun rays of the summer. Tall trees planted on the east side of your house will keep the inside air cooler in the summer between about 7 and 11 a.m., while those located on the west side will have a similar effect in the afternoon. Their presence will therefore reduce your needs for air conditioning.

4. Progressively replace your appliances

We all know it: modern appliances tend to last a more limited number of years than they used to. Whether it is due to programmed obsolescence or to the public’s desire for constant change, this limited lifespan of home appliances is an environmental curse. Yet, the next time you absolutely must replace your refrigerator or your washing machine, think about opting for an energy-efficient one. The Energy Star certification is definitely one thing you ought to be looking for: if the upfront cost of buying a certified appliance may be a little higher than normal, the long-term savings will probably make up for it sooner than you think.

5. Use eco-friendly products

The kinds of dishwashing liquid, soap, clothes detergent or window cleaning products that you use can have an immediate impact on the environment. Think about it: you take a shower every day, you clean your dishes at least once a day too and you do the laundry a few times per week… Simply put, you end up rejecting considerable amounts of cleaning agents through your water consumption every day! Making a little effort to buy green cleaning products – which can easily be identified thanks to eco-labels – for just a few extra dollars every month can contribute to making all of the activities that are carried out in your house a lot more environmentally respectful.

About the author:
Alexandre is a blogger for Standard Life, a company that offers Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA).

May 3rd, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve
Translation of  Jennifer Larocque’s original article by Deb Villeneuve

Step-families are a part of today’s reality. With more and more half-brothers and half-sisters among the millions of children throughout, harmonious family life has become a major challenge for many.
Inside the home, the logistics of shared space is of utmost importance. As little as possible must be left to chance in order to maintain harmony within the shared space that answers to the occupants’ needs.
Common living areas must take into consideration the diverse activities that will take place such as reading, talking, listening to music, playing games, and doing homework. Mealtime should ideally bring everyone together to share the day’s events and build the bonds so crucial to a family unit.
Children need their own space in which to interact with each other on their own terms. Although it is not always possible to give each child a separate bedroom, the use of color can help to define each child’s personal space.
 Here are a few house plans that may help you choose the best compromise between space requirements and budget concerns. Drummond House Plans has a collection of models which offer comfortable accommodations for today’s larger families that have features such as an attached garage, home office or media room, a second family room, a minimum of two full bathrooms, a finished basement and more…

A BEAUTIFUL AND SPACIOUS CRAFTSMAN STYLE CHALET

For larger families, how about this craftsman style home that is the perfect place to enjoy family life in the country, on the lakefront or slope side.

This charming chalet offers 6 beautiful bedrooms, 4 of which are in the basement and 2 bathrooms with each a shower. There is a powder room on the main level and a full bathroom complete with a separate shower and double vanity to accommodate the two upstairs bedrooms.
Abundant fenestration, a large kitchen with central island along with a dining room that has enough space to seat 12 and a cathedral ceiling in the fireplace equipped family room enhance the livability of this home. The double entrances offer a large closet for the main foyer and enough room to store skis and sports accessories along with a washer and dryer at the other.
Another pleasing feature of this home is the second living room in the basement and the large covered terrace.
 A BUNGALOW WITH EUROPEAN STYLE

If you are looking for an original, 4 bedroom plan that offers abundant fenestration and the ability to fit on a narrow lot – look no further!
Outside, the striking curb appeal of this home is enhanced by the unique window style with its vertical orientation.
Once inside, the large family room is bright yet cozy with its central fire place and room for seating in whichever configuration suits your family’s needs.

In the basement, the two 11′x10′ bedrooms, shower room, laundry area and bright, workshop/storage area are features that are sure to be appreciated by the occupants.
The main level offers a kitchen/dining/living area that is bathed in natural light along with a bathroom with separate shower and two good sized bedrooms with a walk-in closet in the master bedroom where a fireplace could be installed into the existing chimney.
CONTEMPORARY STYLE FOR THE NEW FAMILY

With contemporary style, this large home offers a much sought after look with 3-4 bedrooms and a split level design with a garage the fits a relatively narrow lot
This home has a rear orientation for the well fenestrated kitchen/dining/living room area with patio doors that open onto a beautiful 19′ x 10′ covered terrace.
Inspired by plan 3407 with its more European styling,  Aldana has a comfortable entrance foyer which includes a spacious closet and space for a home office. The large island in the kitchen and walk-in pantry are features that are sure to please and the fireplace built ins in the family area are extra touches that add a special feeling to this home.

Just 4 steps from the main level is a separate laundry area/powder room and the stairwell, open to the second floor, enhances the natural lighting and creates an open ambiance.
At the top of the stairs is a superbly appointed master suite complete with corner shower and walk-in closet. Two other bedrooms and a separate bathroom share the second floor and a full basement is ready to be finished to suit the owners’ needs.

 

April 11th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

Inspired by the popular 2185 model, this version adds 2’ of depth and 3’ to the living room for perfect alignment on the left side which straightens out the projection offered the original.
Inside, the increased floor space results in a 15’ by almost 17’ living room and 10′ high ceiling with nearly two feet added to the depth  of the kitchen/living/dining room area.
The size of the master bedroom is also enlarged from 12’ to 14’ wide and 14’ deep which permits both increased size of the walk in closet and an independent shower in the bathroom that is sure to please with its generous 42” x 54” dimensions.
The two secondary bedrooms have also been somewhat enlarged.
Another noteworthy feature is that version 2185-V1 has larger bedrooms because of an increase of 6’ to the depth of plan 2185, which is the original inspiration for the series.
The choice is yours!

March 14th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

Inspired by the 3108 series of plans that features 3108-V1 with its finished basement and 3108-V2 that includes an attached garage, the designer has integrated the most popular features to offer a three bedroom version that is as functional as it is attractive.

It features a beautiful wrap around balcony, whose “L” shape shelters the two entrances to which it gives access. The service entrance, with its own closet, opens onto the kitchen and is practical in the summer months while the front entrance foyer off of the living room, with its separate door to help keep the cold out of the home, offers room to store coats and other winter accessories.

Inside, the open activities area has a central island in the kitchen. The dining room features a built in china cabinet and there is a built in entertainment unit in the living room. A triple patio door and a separate powder room /laundry are all is sure to please!

Three bedrooms on the main floor one of which, that could easily be used as a home office, has access doors to both the main entrance and the bedroom areas. The master bedroom boasts his and hers closets, one a walk-in, and a private entrance to the well appointed bathroom that includes a 5′ x 4′ shower, a double vanity and a freestanding bathtub.

 

February 28th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

From the most popular modifications to plan 3235 has evolved model 3235-V2 which our designer has developed meet the needs of many of its future buyers.The main feature is the relocation of the staircase that adds almost two feet to the width of the garage and nearly three feet to the living room’s width thus permitting the addition of a corner fireplace.

The change from three bedrooms to two offers space for a laundry area on the main floor that’s complete with storage and a counter. The kitchen’s unique styling offers ample counter space and a full width island. The bathroom boasts a larger shower and the attractive covered terrace, accessible from the dining room, is sure to please.

The curb appeal of this home is enhanced by the addition of stone work on the front face and the darker shades of doors and windows add a dramatic touch.

February 22nd, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve
Original article by Jennifer Larocque, translated by Deb Villeneuve
The bedroom is one of the areas that requires the most storage space within the home. If you are among those who are looking for unique ideas for small storage spaces, look no further|

1. A well designed head-board
This generous size headboard offers storage space on either side to help maximize space in the bedroom.



2. Made to measure
For those with creative abilities, how about designing the unit that is meets your needs perfectly with custom made storage for all of your things. This unique arrangement is not only made-to-measure but can help save and give you the pride of your personal achievement!



3. A storage wall not only offers space but separates rooms as well
This solution offers not only intimacy by separating bedroom from living room but is a great space for clothes or items which would otherwise clutter the living space.


4. A room with a view!
This original place for an extra bed is an imaginative way to increse space and make use of an otherwise lost space above the kitchen by creating a mezzanine style space. Excellent for lofts or other architectural styles with high ceilings and little floor space.



5. A relaxing little space with a dual purpose
A bench can serve not only as seating but by adding doors or drawers it becomes an attractive part of the room that offers a little oasis and storage space at the same time.



6. Organizers that are part of the room décor!
For fashioistas the open concept helps to create a feeling in the room while keeping all of the essentials convenient. This not only extends closet space but completes the room décor in a practical way. The important thig to remember if using this kind of decoration technique is to ensure that everything looks orderly to avoid a messy, unkempt feeling in the room.
Leave it to Ikea to give you all kinds of options to create the space that “fits”


7. An en suite with privacy
Separating the bathroom from the bedroom with a curtain creates the illusion of an extra room


8. A compartment for everything!
A really practical idea, pigeonholes and compartments of all sizes for everything from beautiful, little storage boxes to books, decorations and souvenirs – a novel idea for eliminating clutter.


9. A secret hiding place under the bed!
A platform with a drawer offers a modern yet practical support for the bed since we never have too much storage space and this option can offer the extra closet space that is so often needed.

 

When shopping for a new home plan, the choice of the model can impact on the amount of storage space available. Here are a few styles of Drummond House Plans that offer walk-in closets in the master bedroom, a wonderful way to get rid of unwanted clutter

This popular, country style home boasts two huge walk-in closets in the master bedroom

Here is a charming little chalet with a mezzanine and a generous walk-in closet in its single bedroom

How about this European style home with a garage and generous closet space in both bedrooms

 

October 15th, 2012
By Vivian Martin
 

Sure, we’re called the “water planet,” but remarkably little of the blue stuff — less than 1 percent — is available to us as potential drinking water. The rest is tied up in saltwater, ice caps and other less-accessible sources. That scarcity isn’t obvious to most of us in the industrialized world, where water is cheap and easy to find, but there are a billion others who aren’t as lucky. And our time of easy water may be waning too, with the U.S. Government Accountability Office predicting water shortages in 36 states by 2013.

Being water wise can cut your utility bills, reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems, and contribute to a more sustainable water future. The bathroom is the place to start since it’s the water hog in your home, accounting for more than half of the indoor water you use. Check out these water-wise plumbing fixtures that don’t compromise style or function. 

 



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