Our Plans are designed for energy efficiency. The idea is to broaden access to green design. Houseplans.com is excited to welcome the Green Living collection of innovative plans by FreeGreen founders David Wax and Ben Uyeda. These designs range from Contemporary to Country and Farmhouse styles. All incorporate green building materials and techniques. David and Ben are experts in the field of green design and also co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. They got their start leading Cornell University's 2005 Solar Decathlon team, which won the second place award. The competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, challenges universities from across the US and beyond to research, design and build an 800 square-foot off-grid solar home. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University and is an IT consultant for the securities and capital markets. He says: "FreeGreen was able to integrate architecture and engineering software for custom home design, which meant that we could produce green design fast." Ben holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell, where he developed an original curriculum to teach the principles of sustainable design, and lectures on sustainable design at Northeastern University. His new venture is Home Made Modern: "smart, affordable DIY design ideas for cool people who like modern home furnishings." You can follow Ben's diverse design interests on Pinterest.
House plans by HomePlanners, LLC come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and architectural styles. While farmhouse home plans and country style house plans are probably represented the most in the collection below, you’ll also find several Mediterranean, Adobe / southwestern, colonial and Victorian style designs. One thing most HomePlanners blueprints have in common is a good amount of outdoor living space. Just look at the breathtaking wrap around porches featured on some of the farmhouse and Victorian style designs below. Talk about curb appeal – whoa! What’s more, some of the Mediterranean style house plans feature a central courtyard, a design style in which all or most of the interior living spaces are connected to a central outdoor area. As you shop for the right floor plan, consider all the things you’ll need on a regular basis. For instance, if you don’t like climbing stairs, a one story house plan or a main level master floor plan might be your best bet. Likewise, if you or your spouse loves to cook, be sure to select a design that sports a big kitchen. If you have kids or frequently host parties, consider a HomePlanners design that boasts an open floor plan (i.e. an open sight line from the kitchen to the main living space).
Select Home Designs
Whether you’re looking to build a primary residence, a vacation retreat, or simply wish to add-on to an existing property, you’re sure to find the house plan that’s right for you in the collection below. House plans by Select Home Designs come in many different styles and sizes. If you’re looking to build a mountain getaway home, consider selecting a cabin or A-frame style design from the collection below. A-frame house plans get their name from their signature steep gable roof which extends entirely (or, almost entirely) to the ground, forming an “A” (which is perfect for shedding snow!). If you’re looking to build a more typical primary residence, consider selecting a ranch house plan or farmhouse home plan from the collection below. You’ll notice that many Select Home Designs feature smart open floor plans and chic details, like skylights and vaulted ceilings. If you already have a home and are simply wishing to build an auxiliary unit, a garage with apartment plan from the collection below might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Garages with apartment are perfect for anyone looking for a little extra storage space combined with a private work area (while the “apartment” can be used to house guests or renters, it can also be used as a home office or workshop).
Simply Classic Designs
House plans from Simply Classic Designs tend to be simple, open, affordable, and small to medium in size. In other words, Simply Classic Designs are… well… simply classic! As you examine the house plans below, consider your daily routine. For instance, if you see yourself cooking a lot and know you’ll need as much counter space as possible, a Simply Classic Design that sports a kitchen island is probably a wise choice. Likewise, think about the location of the master bedroom suite—do you want it featured on the main or upper level? What’s more, check out the master closet and ask yourself, “Will this offer me the amount of space I need?” There is no right answer, it’s all about what looks and feels right to you. One thing that most Simply Classic Designs offer is a decent amount of outdoor living space. You’ll notice multiple house plans with wrap around porch (awesome for curb appeal) as well as home plans with back patios (great for BBQs). Take note that most house plans on Blueprints.com can be modified to meet your exact requirements. So, if you happen to find the perfect home plan EXCEPT it doesn’t have the right number of bedrooms or baths (or you wish to change the foundation, framing, etc.), give us a call: 1-866-445-9085. We’ll more than likely be able to help you customize the plan so it’s perfect for you and your family.
At Studio Ballard, we have been working with home builders and their clients for over 20 years. Brooks Ballard started designing home plans for a local Atlanta affordable housing corporation while still a grad student at Georgia Tech. These homes were pretty straight forward bungalows for infill lots in a struggling neighborhood. But the homes there still had character and so did the residents. They wanted to make sure that the new homes being built would fit in and uplift, not detract, from their neighborhood. Studio Ballard has grown similarly to these proud neighborhoods. What were once just up and coming communities are now some of the most desirable places to live. Like our home plans, these neighborhoods have all the modern comforts and are dynamic, convenient and accessible. Our clients are typically couples who have bought into a neighborhood because they love its charm and convenience. They’ve bought that “fixer upper” on a nice street, but now realize that the bones of that structure are just too small or brittle to make right. They want to upgrade their home but not lose the character. That’s where we come in. We take the lessons from our more affordable days and apply those principles to our new plans to achieve a modern, comfortable home on a small lot without losing the character of the neighborhood. The portfolio we’ve presented to houseplans.com includes the most popular of our home plans that we’ve worked on developing over the course of the past few years. We look forward to working with you to develop these further with you.
Visbeen Architects, Inc
As principal of Visbeen Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, leads a creative team dedicated to architectural excellence. Visbeen Architects provides architectural planning and interior design services to homeowners and business owners across the nation. The firm focuses on designing and developing master-planned communities and custom residences. Inspired by custom details, craftsmanship, and the architectural styles of the past, all are designed for modern living, with open spaces, convenient kitchens, and family-friendly floor plans. The firm has been honored with numerous Best in American Living Awards as well as many more awards from the American Institute of Building Design. When you order a Visbeen Architects plan, you can expect to receive an exquisitely detailed set of construction drawings.
Weinmaster Home Design
Raise your hand if a simple design with a small to medium square footage sounds good to you… One reason you might be enthusiastically raising your hand right now is affordability. While the cost to build a house depends on many factors, such as building location and material choices, a small design with a simple layout and footprint is usually cheaper to build than a larger, more complex structure. As you browse the Weinmaster collection of house plans below, you’ll notice right away that many of these designs present open floor plans, cool vaulted ceilings, and outdoor living space—all of which help the small (or small-ish) floor plans feel larger than they actually are. While you’ll discover many house plans in the collection below that could easily be used as primary residences, you’ll also find some A-frame house plans that are simply begging to be used as rustic vacation retreats. In addition to easily shedding snow due to their steep, signature A-shaped roof, A-frame house plans also typically sport especially lavish outdoor living areas as well as large windows through which to enjoy a beautiful view. With regard to architectural styles, the Weinmaster collection runs the gamut. You’ll find everything from traditional layouts to contemporary designs below. And, remember: almost every floor plan on Blueprints.com can be modified to meet your exact requirements. So, if you come across a house plan below that’s ALMOST perfect, except it doesn’t have the right numbers of bed or baths, or the footprint is too wide for your lot, or you wish the garage featured three bays instead of two, or something else entirely, call 1-866-445-9085 to discuss. We’re here to help you get the home you’ve always dreamed of!