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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 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.

 

May 1st, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve

With its unique ‘Craftsman’ style and the use of stone, imitation cedar and angled columns to enhance the simple lines, the warm and inviting design of Marlowe 2 is hard to resist.

Once inside we are pleasantly surprised by the size of the entrance foyer closet and a conveniently located washroom/laundry area. The open, brightly lit living/dining area has a three sided fireplace which adds to the cozy feeling of this home. The kitchen with its ample storage space boasts a large island that is sure to be a favorite gathering place for family members and visitors alike.

Upstairs, a service door from the garage is perfectly aligned with the stairs to the basement.

The bedrooms are surprising not only because of their generous size but for the abundant closet space, which includes a walk-in for the master bedroom and a linen closet off of the two secondary bedrooms. The well appointed bathroom on the upper level boasts a separate 54” x 40” shower that is a much sought after feature by today’s owners.

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.

May 25th, 2012
By Deb Villeneuve

http://www.drummondhouseplans.com/information-center/latest-news.html?tx_mininews_pi1[showUid]=44

If you are not an Ontario, Canada resident, the B.C.I.N. or Building Code Identification Number will have no impact on your plan order but it means extra charges for all plans shipped to an Ontario address and/or for construction in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Since January 1st 2006, The Ontario Provincial Government’s Bill 124 has been in effect. The result is that a Building Code Identification Number must appear on all drawings being submitted for a building permit.

We fully comply with the regulation and have a valid BCIN. This is a service that we had provided without charge in the past but due to the changes that came into effect on January 1st 2012 and the additional requirements that construction must now meet with regards to energy efficiency requirements, it has meant a substantial increase in the number of hours required to produce these documents.

As a result, we have no choice but to charge for the BCIN which now includes the Energy Efficiency Design Summary and the Schedule 1.

These charges are effective immediately and will be as follows:

- House plans with or without garage and / or appartment $250.

- Multi-unit plans $350.

-All other plans $100.

I have included an exerpt from our head technologist along with links to the government sites in order to provide you with additional details and I will be happy to respond to your comments.

BCIN

The Building Code states that if an application for a building permit is made on or after Jan. 1  2012, the construction must meet the following energy efficiency requirements:Houses (Part 9 residential buildings intended for occupancy on a continuing basis during the winter months) must meet the performance level that is equal to a rating of 80 or more when evaluated in accordance with the EnerGuide Rating System (based on Hot 2000 V9.34c1,2)[1]or conform to Supplementary Standard SB-12, which is referenced in the Building Code. The alternative compliance paths set out in this Supplementary Standard were referenced in an amendment to the Building Code which came into force on Jan. 1, 2010.For more information you can visit the website of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.  Click here: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9714.aspxWhat does it mean for you?
In order to conform to the new requirements of the Supplementary Standard SB-12, and obtain your building permit we will need to adapt your house plan according to the city of construction. This service will be mandatory for any clients building a Drummond House PlaninOntario. Due to the extent of the time involved in producing the required documentation, this service will be provided at an extra cost.
January 14th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

Have you ever looked at a Drummond House Plan and had a sense of déjà vu, a sense that you have seen it before? You are not imagining things. Our plans are extremely popular and you may find publishers displaying our plans but there are many reasons why it makes sense to purchase your plan directly from Drummond House Plans.

Original Designers - As the original designers and copyright  owners of all the plans in our collection, we have ultimate control of all of our plans. Buying directly from Drummond House Plans means that your plans are straight from the source. We have exclusive access to our entire inventory of CAD drawings, and the ability to modify them quickly and cost effectively – without worry of copyright violation. We may even have a similar modified version on file that will further save you time and money. If you have a modification in mind, call our helpful support staff to discuss your project.

Knowledge - We know our plan collection inside and out! If you have questions about an element in the design – we are the professionals who are able to answer those questions for you, quickly and accurately. We support all of the plans we sell, and by purchasing direct, you have access to the original files and team of technicians and designers.

Best Value – Finally, we want to provide you, our valued customer, the best value for your dollar. If you find an identical Drummond House Plan for sale on any website authorized to sell our plans, we will happily match that pricing and reduce it by a further 10% of the published price. Before you make your purchase, simply give us a call, direct us to the site you have seen the lower advertised price and we will adjust your order accordingly.

30 Day Price Protection The Drummond Best Price Guarantee is not only at the time of purchase, but also within 30 days from the date your purchase a plan. If within 30 days from the date you purchase a plan from us, you find a lower, advertised price online for the identical plan including set type, your best price is still protected! Just contact us at 1-800-567-5267 or info@drummondhouseplans.com within the 30-day period with the details of the pricing difference. Once the price is verified, our customer service representative will happily refund the difference. The best price guarantee applies only to house plans, not ancillary products or services. For full details on our Best Price Guarantee, visit the Drummond House Plans website.

Dealing directly with Drummond House Plans simply makes sense! Order your plans confidently knowing they come from the original source, with full team support, and assurance that you are receiving the best value possible.

If you have any questions, or are ready to order your home plans, call 1-800-567-5267. We look forward to serving you!

December 29th, 2010
By Yves Carignan

Here is a message I got through the “Email your comments to our President & CEO” link on our Web site:

“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: photos@drummondhouseplans.com.  We will surely upload your house in our Photo Gallery.

Thanks again Mr. Humble and Best Wishes to all your family!

Yves Carignan

President & CEO, DrummondHousePlans.com

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!

 



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