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November 28th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

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.

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.

April 18th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

To update plan 3954 giving it a contemporary feel, the designer has developed a version that would be quite at home on a narrow lot or even in urban surroundings.
The extensive use of stone combined with siding in natural wood tones enhance the understated elegance of this home which will blend beautifully in rural or mountainous surroundings.
Inside, the first floor offers a large garage complete with workshop and storage, an 8 ½’ high ceiling and a second garage door on the rear wall with access to the back yard.
The upper floor offers an open floor plan and a surprisingly large kitchen, with island/dining/living area bathed in natural light and 8½’ high ceilings. The patio door opens onto a 16’ x 12’ terrace to which an outside staircase and a roof could easily be added.
The large, 15’ x 11’ master bedroom has ample closet space and a private bathroom with a separate shower and toilette/laundry area, functional features that enhance the urban feeling of this home.

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.


November 24th, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3131-V2, Erindale 3 – Plan # 3131-V2, Erindale 3

Sleek lines, modern windows and contemporary exterior finishes create a serene and elegant façade.

Enter to discover an enclosed foyer with closet to organize shoes and coats allowing you to step within to your own personal Zen. An open concept living and activity area benefits from subtle separation without cutting off any areas. A surprisingly generous kitchen includes an island eating bar and easily flows to the adjoining dining area.

The sleeping wing includes two bedrooms or a master plus den/office which is so popular with empty nesters or professional couples. A generous bathroom boasts a host of amenities including laundry closet, separate shower and soaker tub, and ample storage.
An unfinished basement could be developed to suit one’s tastes with additional bedrooms, media room or fitness space… or all of the above!

With a small footprint, this lovely home is easy on the budget and nurturing to the soul!

For more details on this plan, click here…

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November 3rd, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3131-V1 - Erindale 2 – Plan # 3131-V1 – Erindale 2

While sister model 3131 is very popular, we have received frequent requests for the same plan with only two bedrooms of larger size – ideal for empty nesters wanting some personal indulgences. This version delivers on that request and, in addition to the removal of a room, some further changes are made to add comfort to this model.

The exterior is finished in a Craftsman style with board and batten siding and stone accents for incredible curb appeal.

An enclosed vestibule provides ample coat storage and a bright and open activities area makes maximum use of the social spaces.

A roomy master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and the secondary bedroom can comfortably fit a double bed or study plus Murphy bed for maximum space flexibility.

A generous bathroom is full of amenities including a side-by-side laundry nook, soaker tub and independent 3 ft. x 5 ft. shower in a contemporary configuration.

Further living, recreation and storage space can be attained by finishing the basement.

For more details on this plan, click here

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June 9th, 2012
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3128-V2 - 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 7th, 2011
By Vivian Martin - Plan # 3219 - Plan # 3219

If you are looking for every comfort and generous spaces on one level, this sweet bungalow fits the bill.

You’ll love the protection of the covered front porch, generous entry and closet, and flowing floorplan. The unique kitchen layout includes loads of storage, a unique peninsula eating bar and easy access to a 12’ x 8’ covered back porch – perfect for 4-season grilling!

The master bedroom includes a generous bank of closets. It and a secondary bedroom share a 4-fixture bathroom. A tidy laundry room completes the main floor amenities.
Need more space? The plan includes an unfinished basement which can be developed as desired. Check out the related models for inspiration.

While ideal for baby boomers and empty nesters, this versatile home is efficient and suitable for all stages of life.

For more details on this plan, click here…

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March 8th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

We live in more space than we need. We’ve got media rooms, master suites, walk-in closets that can be mistaken for bedrooms, and extra living and dining areas. I grew up in a house with formal living and dining rooms that were reserved for company and holidays. I never understood that. It eventually dawned on my parents that they actually lived in about 1000 square feet, and they built their final house accordingly.

As a single 30-something, I built a 16′x24′ passive solar post and beam saltbox in New Hampshire. It had more space than I needed – full basement, two stories and a cozy reading loft on the ‘third floor.’ Utility bills were low. The sun heated it on sunny winter days, and because it was small, it did not take much wood to keep it warm at night.

My current house is about 2000 square feet, and I have raised two daughters here. The space has served us well for the last twelve years, but with one in college and the other getting ready to follow suit, it’s time to think about downsizing.

A friend of mine owns a pumice passive solar duplex, one side of which is 665 square feet. It is one bedroom with a full bath, a perfectly scaled kitchen, a living room and a storage room with a washer and dryer. The kitchen was small but complete, and the living room furniture fit in the space it was given. That is why the pumice duplex seemed so spacious.

I had this listed for sale a couple years ago, and every time I was in it, I said to myself, ‘I could live here with no kids.’ It was just enough room. If it were still for sale, I’d probably buy it.

Why do we think bigger is better? Ask yourself that as you consider the initial cost of a large home, the maintenance, cleaning requirements, utility bills, and the extra waste created by everything listed there. Do you really need more of all those things in your life?

Ecological Advantages of a smaller, more compact home

A green home is a smaller home. Compact is more eco-friendly. There are fewer materials are used to build a smaller home, which conserves energy and water. There is less waste at the construction site, saving landfill space. The footprint is smaller, taking up less precious and finite land space. Energy use is lower resulting in lower utility bills, stretching the lifespan of our natural resources.

These are actually things taken into consideration and rewarded in the various rating systems, such as LEED. A smaller, compact home will gain more points than a larger home, garnering a higher certification level.

The exception to the rule

A friend sent me an opinion piece about a 5,000 square foot home that was declared eco-friendly, because it was built with green methods and had a monthly electric bill of only $50. The point of the article was to say an ‘eco-mansion’ is not green, because it unnecessarily uses extra materials.

My friend didn’t agree. She said there is nothing wrong with a large space. She thought the green movement was going overboard to declare large homes not green.

This is a really good friend of mine, so an interesting conversation ensued. She said she and her partner need a bigger space than their 1000 sq ft home. They are both work-at-home artists, and we determined they need more studio space, not so much living space. She thought 3,000 sq ft might suit their needs, instead of separate out-buildings for studios.

There is nothing wrong with a large space as long as it’s getting used! A lot of these 5000 sq ft homes have extra living and dining areas, bedrooms that never get used, large rooms all the way around, probably useless hallways, and so on. Wasted space and materials are not eco friendly, no matter how cheap the utility bills are.

So I add that point to the idea that small homes are green homes. If you need that much space and will actually use it, then it’s not extravagant at all. But building big for the sake of building big, though, does not a green home make.

(Article source: Read full and related articles here.)

Looking for economical, efficient house plans? Drummond House Plans has a great variety of house designs to choose from and all are fully customizable. It’s easy to find a plan that fits your needs!

March 7th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

The kids have moved out, and there is a noticeable amount of extra space in the house. Walls that were once covered with movie posters are left bare, and the all too familiar sound of the stereo blasting from behind a closed bedroom door is replaced with a serene silence. There comes a time when empty nesters need to make some alterations to fit their latest lifestyle. Some choose to downsize to a new nest all together. But others wish to stay put. There’s a way to remain close to your neighbours while also making your dream home a reality. Zoomer offers the following helpful renovation ideas for transforming the home that was once meant for five into an ideal space for two.
1.    Build the ensuite bathroom you’ve always wanted. Does your master bedroom share a wall with the upstairs bathroom? Perhaps you sleep next to the empty bedroom where your son or daughter once stayed. It’s time to knock out the adjoining wall and renovate. Put in the Whirlpool bathtub you’ve always wanted but never had the space for. Expand the single sink to a double with more counter space. An ensuite bathroom renovation can provide you with the luxury hotel feeling in your everyday life, and it is also a bonus for re-sale if you decide to sell in years to come.

2.     Dedicate an entire room solely to your favourite hobby. Depending on the layout of your home—whether the extra space is upstairs, on the main floor or in the basement—consider how the space can be transformed for regular use. Maybe you have a dining room, but now you always eat meals at the kitchen table. Or perhaps a bedroom in the basement is rarely slept in. Transforming the space into a home office or library can require little construction at a low cost. Other ideas could be creating a basement workshop for the handy man or woman, or building a sunroom on the main floor for plant and garden lovers. Maybe you’ve always wanted an art studio—an entire room where you can let your creative side shine. This is the time to be selfish; renovate an entire room to revolve around what makes you happy.

3.     Get around to finishing the basement. Remember when you first moved in some 20 years ago with big plans for the unfinished basement?  It’s not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to turn the underused space into the entertainment area you’ll love. Click here for some remodelling ideas to make your basement an at-home getaway. Install a wet bar and big screen TV for the sports lounge your friends will never want to leave. Or put in a craft and sewing area with comfortable seating and plenty of trendy storage units.

4.     Convert an empty bedroom into the home gym. Here’s another quick fix with little construction work required. Motivating yourself to fit exercising into your daily routine is a lot easier when you only need to visit the room across the hall. You don’t even need to purchase a lot of heavy duty expensive machinery. Invest in one quality piece of fitness equipment—like a treadmill, a stationary bike or elliptical trainer for meeting your cardio workout requirements. From there, you’ll want some simple accessories, like dumbbell weights, a Swiss exercise ball and yoga mat, for completing your basic recommended physical activity.

5.     Update and/or expand the kitchen. Remodelling the kitchen can make a huge difference in your home. Consider replacing old appliances with something more modern. Often the best deals are available in a three-piece set—replacing your fridge, oven and dishwasher all at once. Substituting original countertops with beautiful granite also makes a grand difference and is another helpful trick for re-sale one day in the future. Click here for more kitchen renovation ideas.

Remember, when constructing your renovation plans, it is extremely important to do your homework. Work everything out ahead of time; make a budge and speak with a professional (or two or three). Hiring a contractor can save you money and time in the long run—but be sure to check licences and insurance when doing so. Get all contracts and price quotes in writing. If something doesn’t look right, don’t be afraid to ask. Be sure to apply for any permits required by your city building department.

Don’t be afraid to take the steps toward designing the perfect home for your personal needs. Make sure you are planning for the future. Keep a spare bedroom available for when children and/or grandchildren come to visit. When all the hard work is done, you will be able to enjoy the features of a new home while preserving the comfort of familiar surroundings.

(Article source: Zoomer Magazine. Read full and related articles here.)


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