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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.

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!

April 4th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

In response to a survey of 450 respondents to whom a choice of 3 different interiors was shown, on which visitors to our Internet site were also invited to comment, Drummond House Plans developed two contemporary, one storey plans that offer interiors by popular demand!

Introducing plan 3281 with its 38 foot width and 48 foot depth that boasts a 14’ x 20’ garage and sleek, contemporary roof line. Outside in front, the combination of brick and wood offers striking curb appeal that is timeless. Inside the home, the unencumbered foyer leads into an activities area which opens onto the back yard.

This plan offers many practical features including the front entrance with its 5 foot closet and access to the garage, the kitchen with ample storage space and a large, central island 80” wide x 40” deep. The abundantly fenestrated living/dining room, two comfortable bedrooms, a separate laundry area on the main floor and a well appointed bathroom with a separate 64” x 44” shower are features that are sure to please.

Other single story models with garage, including plan 3282, await your discovery!

March 28th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve


Inspired by numerous requests for the addition of a garage to our popular chalet, plan 2957, Drummond House Plans suggests this beautiful cottage with a revamped floor plan that moves the kitchen closer to an added garage.
From the outside, the addition of a garage gives plan 2957-V2 an appealing look to the front of the home while maintaining the same attractive features in back.
Significant changes have been brought to the inside appointment of the home from the relocation of the kitchen to the exceptional master suite with its private bathroom, double closets and view of the back through two glass doors.

The activities area with its ample fenestration and cathedral ceiling in the living room along with a fireplace in the living/dining rooms are features that are sure to please. The large kitchen island and a separate laundry area on the main level as well as a powder room just off of the main entrance also enhance the livability of this home.
Upstairs, two comfortable bedrooms and a separate bathroom with a shower and a hallway that opens onto a mezzanine and a bonus space that can be converted to a 4th bedroom if required.

December 4th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Our parody on the Twelve Days of Christmas continues. We dare you not to sing them out loud!

Four house plans to choose from,

Three French city planners,

Two steel-toed boots,

and a journal for my hopes and dreams!

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There are so many options but only one will do. When looking at house plans, it goes back to the priorities and wishlist you should have from your journal (remember the one from the first day of building -the one for all your hopes and dreams?) You may find yourself with a shortlist of plans that are spot on or very close to your priorities. Of course, they will also be within the local zoning parameters (third day of building).

When making your final decision for your plan, run through this checklist:

Privacy – how much and where is it required? Most new home owners prefer home plans with more privacy in the master bedroom and personal living spaces, others might need privacy in a home office space. Is it more important that these rooms are private from other occupants or neighbours? Check the placement of windows to see if they will provide adequate privacy from neighbors’ windows and yard spaces. Also consider your outdoor spaces, how you will use them and if they will have enough privacy with your selected plan.

Consider the views. Make sure your design capitalizes on your views, whether a scenic vista or a great cityscape. You may even go as far as to take a ladder to get an idea of what the actual views from an upper level will be.

Where do you want the morning sun? Take note of the way the sun tracks in relation to the plans you are considering. Do you love waking up with the sun shining in? Kitchens are also a strong consideration.  It is very common to orient the kitchen to the morning sun. Natural light plays such a strong part in mood that this is a very important consideration. Sometimes a plan you love can simply be reversed to take advantage of natural light.

Geographical and natural landscape features. Lot features including slope and mature trees will dictate the suitability of a design. Also, while choosing a plan, consider whether the lot space and features will allow for outdoor recreation space and landscaping, lawn or gardens.

Life happens. Think of your typical household flows and imagine how the design you are considering will work. Think of your daily routines and imagine how this flows in the plan you are considering. Which entry will you use? How will you deal with bringing shopping bags in? How often will you access backyard spaces and how easy is this?

Tweak your plan. As you fine-tune your decision, it is a great opportunity to address any parts that don’t quite work for you. It is far simpler to fine-tune your design before building than living with a plan that doesn’t work for you.

At Drummond House Plans, we recognize that changes are commonly required to meet your unique needs. Plans can either be customized or features from several plans or ideas can be merged in a custom design from our design team. We are accustomed to assisting in this process and look forward to your questions.

Stay tuned for all 12 days or look at the full 12 days of building series for articles you may have missed!

Happy Holidays!

May 14th, 2010
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - #2888

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - #2888

This inviting beauty would be equally at home on a country property or a generous city lot!

With a home office overlooking the front porch, and rear deck for taking breaks, the work-at-home professional can easily mix work with pleasure. Within, one discovers the kitchen with both a casual lunch counter and dining area. The family room is warmed by a fireplace and the living room opens beneath cathedral ceiling.

On the second level, the master suite includes a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Two secondary bedrooms share a full bath with laundry chute and a light-filled mezzanine study area. Total: 2283 sq.ft.!

For more information on this plan, visit #2888.

Related plan #3813, is a slightly larger version of this house from the Drummond Country Collection.

The Drummond Country Collection includes plans which are infused with architectural elements that make country styling so appealing, from quaint dormers and balconies to gabled roofs, and other rustic New England touches.

April 10th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Drummond House Plans will once again be at the Victoria Home and Garden Show!

Visit Drummond House Plans BC Distributor and Design Consultant, Richard Martin to talk about your next project, whether it be a new house, renovation or just to get some inspiration.

This is THE BIGGEST show held on Vancouver Island – so big, it covers 3 arenas at 1767 Old Island Highway!

  • Bear Mountain Arena
  • Juan de Fuca Arena
  • Juan de Fuca Curling Arena

 Show time summary:

  • Friday, April 23                  1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24            9:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 25                9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Click on the poster below to expand for more details.

Victoria Spring 2010 Home Show

January 31st, 2010
By Marie-France Roger

For the discerning customer, this ever-popular Drummond House Plans no. W3133 does not go unnoticed, with its angled main entrance, abundant windowing (looking for a house with panoramic views, click here), its eye-catching gables and balcony, without forgetting the chimney located at the main pinnacle for more discretion and harmony on the lateral view.  To view our entire 3-Bedroom Bungalow Collection, visit our website! 

www.DrummondHousePlans.com House Plan no. W3133

www.DrummondHousePlans.com # W3133

Once inside, we can’t help but notice the original entry hall with its bench space and corner coat closet.  Next is a beautiful family room of interesting dimensions and the basement staircase next to it give this area a more open lookOriginal text and full article here…

June 12th, 2009
By Yves Carignan

In its May/June issue, Home Builder Magazine, the official magazine of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association did an interesting report about the evolution of house plans in Canada.  Judy Penz Sheluk contacted us to get our opinion about the stock plan industry and the emergence of house plans web sites.  You can read the entire article by clicking here.

Home Builder Magazine report - May/June 2009

Marie-France Roger, my partner, was the one interviewed by Mrs. Sheluk and explained that Stock House plans can be sold as is or modified to suit the customer’s needs.  We can even do a compelete custom project, on-line, by exchanging information with the customer / Builder. 

Some designer, like Mrs. Jane Cameron from Life Home Design, think that people can not be 100% satisfied with a stock plan…  Over the years more than 110 000 people can argue with that because it is the total number of stock plan we sold in the past 35 years !  However, a stock plan company must be able to do some modifications to their plans to make sure that we can serve all types of customers and this is what we do.

In the past, people who wanted to do some modifications or get a full custom design had to meet with a local designer to get a complete set of plans.  Today, we can all do it on line (we do more than 500 modified / custom house plans per year without meeting direct with the customer!) and tailor a complete design to the customer needs and then, by also contacting local engineers and/or architect during the project to complete the plans and meet the local regulations.  Customer saves time and money.  Our costs are about 1 to 3% of the total cost to build.  Get a quote right here !

If you go to a local designer with some images of a stock plans, make sure that the designer gets the copyright licencees from the original designer and work legally on your project because those plans are potected by our Canadian Copyright law.  The original designer has the total right to sue you and your designer…  Don’t get in trouble and work legally!

Drummond House Plans has some programs for local designers / drafters who would like to modifiy a plan based on our design;  it is simple, quick and not expensive !  Click here for more information.

Special thanks to Mrs. Sheluk and to Charlie Blore, Editor of Home Builder Magazine.

May 29th, 2009
By Yves Carignan

A few days ago, I got and e-mail from a friend in Alabama, Architect Bob Chatham from Chantham Design Group, who featured in a very interesting TV episode from Dany Lipford.

The video will explain you the details of a green house and also how you can be greener in your existing home ! 

Congratulations to Bob who designed the featured house of this video.  The Fairhope Green Home Project is the first house in the state to receive Gold Certification from the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program

Remember one thing if you build green,  this type of construction is a real team work !

Enjoy !

 



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