Architecture Firms Design Floor Plans

There are a number of reasons to hire a professional architect. For people that are looking at building a custom home, the floor plans that are drafted by architectural firms offer the flexibility to add exactly what a person wants in their ideal living quarters. Whether it is a dedicated home theater room complete with tiered seating or an oversized…

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A Guide to Mantel Shelves

A fireplace mantel can be different things to different people. At holiday time, it can be the place where you hang your stockings with care with hopes of waking up to something other than lumps of coal. It can also be a shelf for displaying your family photos and decorative pieces. Or the mantel can underscore a large mirror or…

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Five Principles of Green Home Design

A green home minimizes the negative impact on its environment through its home design. Here are a few considerations an architect takes into account when designing a green home: 1. Site: Evaluations and analysis of access, slope, ledge, soil, bodies of water, and vegetation in order to limit the home’s impact on the site environment. This includes the site location…

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Improvements in Conservatory Design

The modern conservatory is almost unrecognizable from the original models, both in terms of appearance and the quality of the structure itself. Over the years, developments in construction and advanced methods of treating glass have led to vast improvements when it comes to the comfort and the durability of a conservatory. It was often the case that the early wave…

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The Pros and Cons of Purchasing Stock House Plans

“Stock Plans” are building plans which you can order from a magazine, catalog or website. Some builders offer such pre-designed plans. Though not custom designed for you, homes built from these types of plans can be nice and quite appealing. However, given the time and expense of building a home (which is a custom process by its nature) many would…

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Advantages Of West Facing House Plans

West facing house plans are ideal for people who like enjoying the setting sun. If you are wondering what a west facing house is, this is a house that is located on a plot with a road on the west side. One of the main advantages of the design is that it allows you to enjoy the warm evening sun.…

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Design Psychology: Fabrics

From a riot of color in bold chintzes to the gentle rustle of taffeta, fabrics influence our mental attitude in many subtle and not so subtle ways. Playful patterns make us smile, while mixing prints and solids can present a paradox of dynamic energy. No matter which effect you’re looking for, you’ll want to choose the right fabric colors, patterns,…

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Advantages Of North Facing House Plans

North facing houses are ideal for all members of the family. Researchers have found that magnetic forces of the earth are usually generated from the North Pole; therefore, if your house faces north, your house will receive a lot of positive vibes through the entrance door that faces north. There’s a belief that north represents water elements and since water…

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Free Bathroom Remodeling Catalogs for Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to finding your dream home design, free bathroom remodeling catalogs are the perfect easy way to get inspired and find plenty of ideas for renovating your new bathroom design. You will get a sense of the best styles that matches your home size and the theme you are looking for. That’s why nowadays when looking for a…

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How to Make Your House Look Bigger From the Street

As an Architect, in designing new homes for clients, they first come to me with standard tastes you would see on any house in any neighborhood. What I try to do is to expand their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what they’re trying to do, without spending a lot more money. Part of that is to make their house…

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