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How Long to Build My Home?

Building your dream home can be exciting and fun, but the main question on everyone’s mind is : How long will this actually take? According to The National Association of Home Builders, there are several different factors that you have to consider when building a custom home.

Region of building– The location or state of the home is a major factor. Certain areas of the country have different regulations and codes to uphold, not to mention the amount of building space the region has. For example, building in Utah can take approximately 6 months, while in New York it could take more than 9 months to complete a project.

Houses that  build faster are usually under 2500 square feet, and have a more simplistic or “boxy”floor plan. These house plans exhibit some factors that allow the build to be a little quicker:

The Laurel ( 1999 sq ft) ( )

Laurel House Plan - Home Design Plans - Cottage Style Home Plans

Laurel House Plan - Colonial Style House Plans - Expanable House Plans

The Dalmany (2275 sq ft) ( )

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - 1st Floor

An uncontrollable factor  is the shortage in labor. This will unsurprisingly delay construction mainly if construction in your area is booming.

Another factor is whether you are building a custom home or buying within a subdivision. Large Track Builders have a team of sub-contractors at their disposal. On the other hand, a custom builder is responsible for hiring all sub-contractors

Here is the National Association of Home builders blog link to see this information in depth!

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A She Shed?

As a family grows it is important that each member have their own private oasis, or get-a-way spot in the home. Children often have a playroom that grows with them or their personal bedrooms where they can express their creativity. Men have their legendary “Man Cave” where they can enjoy all their favorite pastimes. Where does mom go? Most places where she can relax are fair game to the rest of the family. Let’s face it; Until now, moms usually do not have a hide away space.
A “She Shed” is the answer to her prayers. This sweet retreat is usually detached from the house, and is found in a renovated tool or garden shed. Just like the “Man Cave”, this little bungalow of joy holds all of the hobbies and activities she loves to do. To give mom this space, you don’t necessarily need an old shed. With space on your lot, or a house plan that allows you to expand her oasis can be added. Incorporating all her beloved hobbies and decorating her space will be the fun part.. Typically, homes that have spacious outdoor living are great candidates for the “She Shed”.
The Chesterfield offers plenty of options for her “She Shed”. It can either be attached to the home, or detached. Converting an unused guest room, bonus room, or even an unfinished area will satisfy the “She Shed” need!

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Chesterfield - House Plan - Mountain Cottage - First Floor Plan





Great Designs = Buys

Have you ever wondered what makes a certain house desirable?  Think about it. What do you look for when buying a home? According to a study by the National  Association of Home Builders one of the main driving forces is the design and layout of the home!  Now of course there are a ton of other factors, but design is one of the most important factors in choosing a home, especially for people in the market for new homes.

Design is Buy

The top 3 design and layout requirements in 2015 :

The Forever Home :  With everyone still coping with the recent recession, people are looking for homes that they can grow into. Homes that are not too big, but big enough to raise a family. These homes are roughly between 2300 and 2500 square feet.  The multi generation  homes are easier to maintain esthetically and financially. The spaces and rooms can also be changed when need be.  A simple room can be a baby nursery one moment and an art studio in the next The Tres Le Fleur House Plan is the best example of a Forever Home with just 2499sqft. (

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Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Mountain Cottage - Archival Designs

Open floor plan:   No walls or limitations. These layouts offer a lot of flexibility for the ever changing family.  Having a free flowing space between the kitchen, dining area, and family/living room allows for everyone to be within distance.  The Fairhope Home Plan has a clear and open space for optimum flexibility and creativity for the homeowner (

Fairhope House Plan - Contemporary Cottage Lakefront House Plan

Fairhope House Plan - Fairhope Small House Plan Cottage Design

Outdoor Living:  Being able to connect indoor and outdoor living is remains to be prominent in choosing a house Having your own personal oasis in your backyard is exciting and cost effective in the long run. Outdoor cooking areas and pools will give the home flexibility and show that the ” party” can continue outside of the home.  The Luxor House is just one illustration of how outdoor living can play into the overall layout of a home (

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Luxor House Plan - House Plan - Texas Style - First Floor Plan

9 Tips: How To Hire the Right Builder for Your New Home

You’ve found the house of your dreams, and are ready to embark on the exciting journey of home building.  One of the most difficult decisions homeowners are faced with is choosing the dependable and skilled contractor.

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The Big Canoe House by Archival Designs – Exclusive Collection – 3,500 sq. ft.- Luxury Home Plan

Here are 9 tips that will help you choose the right contractor for your dream home.

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Single-family housing production at its highest

Single-Family starts are up 4.2% and the housing production in October reached its highest level since November 2013.

This rise of single-family starts gives the nation more certainty that the economy is improving and consumer confidence is growing.

This continued recovery will have a ripple effect to empower the overall recovery of the United States.

According to the NAHB, issuance of building permits for single-family dwellings increased 1.4 percent to 640,000 units in the month of October.

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The Humber House by Archival Designs. Spring 2015 – Newfoundland, Canada

Builder confidence is not only increasing in the United States, but also in Canada.    Archival Designs is seeing an increase in design commissions in North America, one of which is a new 10,000 sq. ft. home to be built Spring 2015 in Newfoundland, Canada.

To learn more about our custom home plan services visit or call our home plan specialists at 770-831-6363.