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2nd Jul, 2010
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Brookside 30-613  

Naturally bright contemporary country house plan with craftsman accents. The great room with gas fireplace is completely open to the kitchen and nook. This plan also features spacious main-floor owners' suite; two bedrooms, baths and bonus room upstairs.

Photo courtesy of: Future B Homes, Eugene, OR

23rd Jun, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Oakshire 30-770

Oakshire 30-770

Linked gathering spaces, awash with natural light, fill the core of this single-level shingle-style home plan with plenty of room to spread out. Standing at the kitchen sink or cook-top range, you can keep an eye on the gathering areas, both inside and out. Warmth and flames from the two-sided fireplace can be enjoyed from both the den and the great room.

3rd Jun, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Glendale 30-750, Country Home Plan

Glendale 30-750

Painted wooden shutters give this country-style home plan a nostalgic look, but at its core it has the expansive openness contemporary families want. The great room has a two-story ceiling, is richly windowed at the rear, and is totally open to the kitchen and nook. A den or home office is right inside the entry, and a screened porch is at the rear.

27th May, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Alsea 30-756, Country Style Home Plan

Alsea 30-756

Designed for a rear down slope, this country-style home is larger than it appears from the front. Spacious family living areas fill the ground floor. Bedrooms and a huge bonus room are upstairs, and an unfinished daylight basement is below. Covered decks are on levels one and two, and a covered patio is at basement level.

24th May, 2010

We'd like to share a blog post from featuring cost to build information on Clearheart house plan.

Cost to Build a House in Alabama

Carl, what will a 2,400 Ranch with 800 sq ft of non living area cost to build per sq. ft. in Birmingham AL.?
Thanks, Barry
Hi Barry,
800 sq ft of non living space is a big area that will add considerable construction cost unless you utilize an area in an unfinished basement or attic.

Since you are interested in a ranch (one level) if you build it with a basement, you will have a huge area of non living expandable space.

That’s one advantage to ranch houses, huge basements. It’s also one disadvantage as basements aren’t cheap.

On my web site page "How to Read House Plans " I have a tip in the second paragraph that tells you that one level construction costs more per sq ft than 2 story construction, one of the reasons being the cost of a large foundation.

If your (potential) lot has enough of a slope and you can afford it, you could build a walkout basement, which would be an ideal solution.

Here’s a 2400 sq ft country home plan from Associated Designs with almost 400 sq ft of non living (bonus room) in the attic area over the garage.

Stairways near the utility room lead down to the basement and up to a large bonus room over an exceptionally deep garage.

It has an old-fashioned wrap-around porch that fronts this otherwise modern country home plan. The vaulted dining room has a central apex, giving it a gazebo-like feeling. Windows fill most of the family room s rear wall, and from the kitchen sink you have a clear view of both the family room and the scenery beyond.

The Clearheart 10-410

Living Area: 2234 sq ft 76'0" x 56'4"
1st Floor: 2234 sq ft
Bonus Room: 489 sq ft
Garage: 755 sq ft
Floors: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 3 bays, 755 sq ft

I calculated the cost to build this attractive home in Birmingham, AL by using the “Cost to Build Calculator” found on my “Getting Started” page.

I used Quality Class 6 throughout except for the foundation.

Total cost as of May, 2010 including the General Contractor’s markup of $45,708 = $370,341 = $166 per sq ft.

For an owner builder, subtract the General Contractor’s markup and it drops to $145 per sq ft.

This is a rather expensive house to build due to being a one story, full basement, and many corners.

Keep in mind, that this only a rough estimate. Read "Cost Estimating" for more information.
Good luck,


12th May, 2010
Announcements, Blog, New Home Plans

Home from the Heart


Heartview 50-015

The design created from the 2010 Home from the Heart survey results is this year's Heartview plan. This years trend is a smaller more efficient single story ranch style home, and the great room concept remains as a strong desire. To see participants responded visit the 2010 Home from the Heart Survey Results page.

The Heartview's natural materials cover the exterior and natural light bathes the interior, thus connecting the inside living areas with this ranch home plan's surroundings. In the expansive great room at its heart, the kitchen is laid out along one wall, while a home entertainment center and fireplace line another. Glass in windows and doors fills most of the two exterior walls.

5th May, 2010
Blog, Newsletters

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28th Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Hillcrest 10-557, chateau home plan

Hillcrest 10-557

Families will find plenty of room for everyone and everything in this grand contemporary chateau. Classic hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings add beauty and expansiveness to the gathering spaces, formal and informal. Fireplaces nestle into corners of the living room, family room and owners' suite. A large media room is right off the family room.

23rd Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Lupine 30-747, Georgian Style Home Plan

Lupine 30-747

In this Georgian-style house plan the windows fill most of the rear wall in the living room and nook, where a gas fireplace fits neatly into one corner. A sun room and den/home office are on the opposite side of this expansive space, while the kitchen sits at its heart. The owners' suite boasts two large walk-in closets, a posh bathroom, and direct patio access.

5th Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Winterberry 30-742, European Home Plan

Winterberry 30-742

Bright and spacious European house plan features gathering spaces at its heart make the home well-suited for relaxed family living. From the large kitchen you can track goings-on in the vaulted living room and eating nook. Or gaze out the wide rear windows to observe the covered patio and beyond. The sunroom offers patio access as does the deluxe owners' suite.

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