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Which AD House Plan You Should Build Based on Your Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition

1) Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade If your favorite part of Thanksgiving Day is relaxing with your cup of coffee and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you believe that the holidays should feel cozy & chill. You don’t have time for Thanksgiving morning stress – and if anyone asks where you and your […]

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The Wilson Family: Architectural Designs Double Build Journey

In 2016, the Wilson family began the journey to build their first custom home. Almost six years later, they are settling into their second custom-built home in Georgia. Yes, you heard that right. 6 years, 2 custom builds, AND they acted as their own general contractors for each one. This impressive build journey is one […]

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Monthly Wrap Up: Architectural Designs September Top 5

Who’s ready for fall? We sure are, and we kicked off the new season with tons of incredible additions to our collection. Here’s a look at our Top 5 picks from the month of September: 1) Modern Farmhouse with Optional Game Room This gorgeous new Modern Farmhouse plan has the ultimate curb appeal and a […]

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2022 Trend Forecast: Sage Green in Home Decor

If you’ve been following the rise of Sage Green in home decor over the last year, it may come as no surprise to you that Sherwin-Williams named Evergreen Fog SW 9130 the 2022 Color of the Year. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, describes the shade as “a sophisticated wash of color for […]

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Which AD House Plan You Should Build Based on Your Favorite Fall Activity

September = Fall in our book, and we’re ready to start embracing all of our favorite seasonal traditions! It’s time to figure out which Architectural Designs House Plan is perfect for you – just choose your favorite fall activity to find out! 1) Going to a Pumpkin Patch or Carving Pumpkins If this is your […]

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Monthly Wrap Up: Architectural Designs August Top 5

Happy September! We closed out the summer months with lots of fabulous new additions to the ADHousePlans collection! Here’s a look back at our Top 5 from August as we dive into fall 1) New Exclusive Designer Collection: PGE We’re so excited to welcome a new exclusive designer to our collection! These brand new plans […]

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Client Spotlight: The Williams Family Builds Plan 14662RK

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, our clients build some seriously beautiful homes. Each and every one is unique and crafted specifically to fit the individual needs and tastes of the family building it. Since we get the amazing opportunity to follow along with some creative and inspiring client build journeys, we […]

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Architectural Designs in the Field: Georgia Client Visit

ICYMI: We took a road trip down to Georgia last month! Two members of the AD team, our Content Director David and our Chief Operating Officer Kitty, were able to visit a ton of our client’s gorgeous homes – an opportunity that’s always super exciting. After an amazing week of driving, visiting, photographing, and drone-ing they […]

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Monthly Wrap-Up: Architectural Designs House Plans July 2021 Top 5

ICYMI: We added some exciting new plans and other features to our collection in July. Here’s a look into our Top 5 from the last month: 1) New Exclusive Designer Collection: GWL We’re excited to welcome a new collection of exclusive designs to our catalogue! These fresh and attractive house plans offer a variety of […]

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Architectural Designs House Plan Spotlight: Luxury New American Home Plan #95083RW

Our stunning New American Craftsman Plan #95083RW checks every box on the “dream home” list. This incredible plan is designed with convenience and luxury in mind. Here’s a deeper look into what makes this beautiful house plan a popular member of our premium collection: Overview 3,237 Square Feet plus an optionally finished basement, adding 1,234 […]

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Plan Spotlight: Modern Farmhouse #623024DJ with Party Deck

Our brand new Modern Farmhouse Plan #623024DJ is full of amazing details. This gorgeous home plan is perfect for mid-size families who are looking for great entertaining spaces and plentiful amenities. Here’s an in-depth look at this fantastic new addition to the AD House Plans collection. Overview: 2,499 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms with Master Suite […]

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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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