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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Charming Cottage Home

The concept of the “cottagecore” aesthetic has been on the rise in recent months, bringing with it plenty of inspiration for creating spaces that reflect the core principles of cottage living. This new trend seems to embody a few different ideas: a simpler way of living, integrating natural elements into the home, and curating a […]

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Monthly Wrap-Up: Best of June 2021

ICYMI: We welcomed some amazing new plans, features, and client albums this past June! Here’s a peek at five of the new additions to our collection from June: 1) Exclusive New American House Plan Favorite Feature: Laundry Access from Master Suite Our new Exclusive Plan #911011JVD delivers a symmetrical front elevation, making for great curb […]

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Monthly Wrap-Up: Best of May 2021

ICYMI: We launched tons of incredible plans last month! Here’s a quick look at five of the new and exciting additions to #ADHousePlans from May. 1) New Exclusive Designer Collection: TTL Perfect For: A Narrow Lot, Under 2,000 Sq Ft Living We introduced a new designer to our catalogue in May! This stunning collection offers […]

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Building a Barndominium: 5 Plans for the Perfect Barndo

Barndominiums, or “Barndos”, are part of a creative new housing trend that are expanding beyond their original use as a practical option for residences on farms. Use them as vacation homes, guest houses, or even apartments. As these unique homes rise in popularity, we’ve been adding Barndos of all shapes and sizes to our collection. […]

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AD Staff Picks: June 2021

We get to see tons of new house plans daily, so it’s hard not to choose a favorite every once in awhile. That’s why we’ve put together a look at our team’s favorite new plans & client photos from the month of June. A lot of amazing new designs crossed our desks these past few […]

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Hallmark Presents: A Holiday Home Plan!

Ever notice how holiday movies always seem to be set in the most romantic mountain getaways and castles? You too can build your own mountain hideaway (and it doesn’t have to involve a time machine or a genie!) Here are our top seven that could have come straight from the pages of a holiday movie […]

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As Seen Online: Get the Contents of Our Latest Home Office Plan!

Backyard office by day, she-shed by night; this dreamy bonus space can serve multiple purposes throughout your day. We want to help create your ideal workspace by highlighting some of the featured items in this popular office plan.

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A Home Office Just for You

With the growing trend of working from home, a dedicated workspace has become a necessity. Follow these tips to carve out the perfect workstation within your home.

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What is a Barndominium?

Meet the Barndominium: the latest in home style trends that is sweeping the rural nation. Although loaded with character and curb appeal, let’s take a closer look at why this style has captured so many hearts.

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Building a Custom Home (Part 2): Designing Your Home

Finding the ideal house plan can be an exciting, but daunting, task. Months, or years, of ideas and features need to be written down and organized. This article will help define your custom home goals, while keeping the bottom line in mind.

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Building a Custom Home (Part 3): Gather your Professional Team and Monitor the Process

Finding the right team of professionals is an essential step in the home building process. Choose wisely, and your trustworthy team will expertly guide you through any unexpected twists and turns during the build.

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A Helpful Guide to Reading Blueprints

Do you want to read a blueprint like a pro? Familiarize yourself with the three most common views, and build your confidence when expected to understand house plans.

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Buy a Home Plan or Hire an Architect?

Are you stuck between buying a pre-existing plan or hiring an architect to draw one for you? This article will break down the pros and cons of each, helping you feel confident in the direction you choose.

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Save Money and Time with a House Plan, and Still Make Custom Modifications!

Each decision made throughout the home building process affects the bottom line. Start off on the right foot by purchasing a cost effective stock plan.

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A Guide to Understanding Residential Building Codes (IRC)

Safety is a top priority for cities and other jurisdictions. Read on to learn more about the importance of building codes in design, construction, and maintenance of structures.

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Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Construction

Gable, mansard, gambrel, flat, shed: these funny names communicate different roof styles that are typically tied to the Architectural style of the home. But what happens beneath the shingles and chimneys? Read on to discover the two roofing methods used in construction today.

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Can You Modify the Exterior Style of a House Plan?

“Don’t judge a house plan by its exterior”, said the discarded house plan due to its outdated exterior. Remember, the inside, or floor plan, is the most important factor when searching for the perfect home plan.

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Farmhouse, Bungalow, or Craftsman Style Homes: Build Your Dream Home

The architecture that creates some of your favorite home styles has a long and rich history. Learn more about some of the most popular home styles being built today.

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Love Ranch, Cottage, or Cape Cod Homes? Choosing the Right House Plan.

Each home has a style; and often, a combination of more than one style. This article will provide a brief history and description of the ranch, shingle, cottage, and Cape Cod style of homes.

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Modern, Contemporary, Mountain, Prairie: Choosing the Right House Plan for Styles You Love

Welcome back! Join us as we dive deeper into the key-features and a bit of the architectural history behind modern, contemporary, Prairie, mountain, and Florida-style homes.

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Considering Building a House? Top 5 Benefits of Building vs Buying

Trying to decide whether you should be building a custom home or buy an existing one? Learn why building a new home is gaining in popularity for homeowners looking for a new residence.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Home Builder

Your best friend’s second cousin built a custom home with foundation issues, which took 2 years longer then projected, and doubled the budget. Don’t let this happen to you! Follow these tips when choosing the right builder for your custom home.

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Start a Pinterest Board for your Custom Home

Sifting through countless online house plans with little direction on your style preference is a definite burn-out strategy. Fear not! A Pinterest board will build inspiration and guide your search criteria in a productive direction.

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Most Popular Home Styles of 2019

Architectural trends come and go, some lasting longer than others. This article reviews the 3 most popular styles seen by Architectural Designs in recent years.

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Benefits of a Garden Shed

Don’t leave your garden tools scattered throughout the garage. Incorporate a garden shed into your backyard design and reap the benefits year round.

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Questions when Buying Land

Know the questions to ask when buying land to ensure a smooth build process with less hiccups along the way.

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