Most of the year, we entertain smaller groups of family or friends, so Craftsman house plans like ours in a fairly modest size do the job just fine. But, now that the holidays are quickly approaching, we realize the good and bad things about a smaller-sized home and what type of floor plans are best suited for those with frequent guests and those who entertain many people often.
Like mentioned before, we have one deep lot house plans, but we still had some space for a spacious patio, which we added in mid-summer. But, right from the start, the grade of our backyard was quite a bit lower than where the breakfast room patio doors opened. So, when the patio was put in, several stairs had to be constructed in order to get to the patio level below.
Halloween is one of those holidays both kids and adults really look forward to. It’s a spirited time that can be a lot of fun for everyone. But, with all things that are fun comes some risk, so I created a list of things to remember and do this Halloween so it’s safe and fun for everyone.
We have a sloping lot that slopes right to left. Although our house isn’t one of those sloping lot house plans, our lot does gradually slope, but just not enough to warrant a sloping home design. One thing we knew is that most likely to have landscaping that looks attractive and doesn’t wash away when it rains, we’re going to have to build a landscape bed, so our shrubs and flowers are contained within a walled area. Otherwise, our mulch will run off in heavier rainfalls.
Many think of summer as prime barbecue time, but in many ways, it is the least favorable time to grill. Why, you say? Well, when the temps are already too hot to bear, who wants to hang out over the grill? It can be the least desirable spot when the temps are sky-high and humidity already unbearable. With that being said, I think fall is the best time to grill. With the weather much more cooperative, a little warmth from the grill is welcomed as the cool fall air moves in. And, fall is the perfect time to shop for a grill, too. Read more
We have one of those craftsman house plans, so we knew before we even broke ground on building our new house that we wanted a simple styled fence that will look like it’s meant for the Craftsman architecture of our home. And, when choosing our siding and trim colors with our builder, we definitely wanted to choose bright white trim that will coordinate nicely with a new white fence. Read more
It’s always a very good day when the sod is going to be put in! No longer will we be worrying about muddy paw prints on our wood floors when the dogs come in, and it just makes new home designs look complete and settled in. Something tells me this time of year is a busy one for sod companies since everyone builds through the summer months. Read more
We decided to add our own patio to the exterior of our home. We really like the look of the stamped patios and our builder would just be putting in a basic concrete slab patio, which was still pretty costly. The builder’s expertise is not worrying about the exterior of your home, and I think most builders would prefer to not offer patios at all, but some people still have their builder put their patio in before they close. The only downside to not having the builder do the patio is Read more