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Top 20 Landscape Architecture Designs and Costs

By | February 23rd, 2018|Design, Landscape Architecture|

Are you planning on selling your house in the near future and are worrying about not getting a fair price? If that’s the case, you should start considering some creative staging ideas. A surefire way to improve the curb appeal of your house is to add some “make-up” to your yard. ūüėČ Now, what if you are not interested in selling? Well, you are about to find 20 landscape designs that will make your neighbors jealous of how good your home and your backyard look! […]

Top 20 Greenhouse Designs and Costs

By | February 22nd, 2018|Design, Landscape Architecture|

Growing your own vegetables becomes more and more popular nowadays considering all the people who are against GMOs. Setting up a greenhouse can often be done by a handy DIY homeowner. Having a greenhouse in your own backyard (or anywhere else on your property or ranch) will allow you to grow your own food and thus make you and your family less dependent on traditional food supply approaches such as going to the supermarket for fresh groceries. […]

Top 15 Home Design & Interior Decor Upgrades, Plus Costs

By | February 16th, 2018|Design, Home Designs, House Design, Remodeling Ideas|

Having a modern, cozy, comfortable, and beautifully-designed home is a dream of many Americans. If you are reading this, you are probably one of them! So, if you would like some ideas on how to transform your home in terms of interior design, decor, and exterior remodeling upgrades into something that you love seeing and enjoying every day, then this is your lucky day, because we’re¬†going to present the top 15 home design, decor, and improvement ideas and remodeling upgrades, along with the expected costs of these home improvements, whether you hire a pro or choose to go the DIY route. Outdoor¬†fabric used indoors Image via Dermavalife If you are feeling a bit nostalgic about the summer being over so fast, you can bring some of it into your own home by choosing outdoor fabric for your indoor furniture. The line¬†between fabrics made for outdoors and those for indoors is slowly fading away as more and more people choose the so called indoor-outdoor fabric made of synthetic materials like acrylic and polyolefin. This year’s interior design trends allow you to display woven fabric and prints in your own living room. Colors are a matter of taste. You are free to choose bold colors like red and orange or more neutral shades like beige and light blue. Prints and patterns are quite popular for armchairs, sofas, pet beds and even sheers. Speaking of sheers, the conventional types made of polyester tend to become yellowish and break down after prolonged sun exposure.¬†Outdoor fabric on the other hand is fade resistant and easy to clean. As for prices, a furniture set comprising a polyester sofa, a wooden coffee table and a lovely painting is sold for $600 on eBay. This is just an example of what you find through a simple Google search. […]

Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions & More!

By | February 15th, 2018|Design, Going Solar, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how much a new addition or a particular remodeling upgrade will cost and what value/property appreciation it will contribute to your home. By RNB Design Group Here is a list of the top 10 ideas/inspirations to make your home feel newer and more comfy by adding space and amenities that you and your family are sure to love! ūüôā […]

Small House Movement: The Cost to Build a Tiny House – What to Expect?

By | August 18th, 2017|Design, Green Home Ideas, Green Living, Tiny Houses|

"Yea, I know what a tiny house is, I live in one." Many people who wake up every day in cramped living quarters feel like they ARE living in tiny homes. But there are folks, more and more as the years trickle by, who seek out smaller spaces, wanting a simpler, more efficient life. These [...]

Top 20 Big Ticket Home Improvement Ideas and Their Costs in 2017

By | February 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Decks and Porches, Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar, Green Living, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Remodeling Ideas|

Spring is just around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time to start planning to tackle your next major home improvement project! ūüėČ With that being said, here the top 20 big ticket home improvement ideas, plus their costs including materials and professional installation. 1. Building a Garage: Detached vs. Attached There is one important consideration to take into the account: building an attached vs. a detached garage. All things being equal a detached garage will cost more to build vs. an attached one. If you opt for a detached garage, expect to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 for labor and materials. But, on top of that, you may also have to plan additional expenses for plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating, if you want to use the garage for more than just storage purposes. The average cost to build a detached garage is $40 per sq. ft. […]

Top 15 Solar Powered Home Designs, Plus their Costs, and Pros and Cons – Solar Power Ideas

By | December 16th, 2016|Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar|

Fossil fuel belongs to the past. The third millennium is, or at least can be, focused on alternative energy sources. PV solar power is one of the cheapest and most popular renewable energy sources for homes. Thanks to dramatic reductions in the cost of solar energy on a per watt basis over the last several years, the number of homes outfitted with PV solar panels has increased almost exponentially, especially in parts of the country that enjoy longer sun hour days, such as southern California. Below are just some of the reasons why you may want to consider getting a solar power system for your home: you can greatly reduce or even eliminate your energy bills entirely protect yourself against potentially-increasing energy prices increase property value protect the environment stay off the grid Solar Power System Installation Costs: In terms, of anticipated expenses, PV solar panel cost per watt have decreased from about $8 to $10 range in 2010 to about $4 per watt today. The average solar energy system size in the U.S is approximately 5 kilowatts (kW). Based on the average price of $3.57/watt, a 5kW system would cost $12,500 after tax credits. Below are some average quotes for other, differently-sized solar energy systems by size: 6kW solar energy system cost: $15,000 8kW solar energy system cost: $20,000 10kW solar energy system cost: $25,000 Now, let’s have a look at the top 15 solar powered homes in the US: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Residence Image via Solar World¬†USA This house has an impressive size and would not be suitable for urban settings. It belongs in the middle of nature surrounded by vegetation. 56 x 275W mono solar panels were installed on the rooftop in ¬†June, 2014. The system provides a total power of 15.4 kW and has SMA America inverters. ¬† The roof was sturdy enough to hold so many panels and the entire¬†job was done with aesthetics in mind. The house is built of wood and combines¬†rough straight lines with round curves. There are plenty of windows and a screened porch to make the connection between the inside and the outdoors. The house was built on a small hill thus having uneven heights. Cannon Beach, Oregon Residence Image via Inhabitat If you are looking for a design that says “these people are off the grid,” you have just found it. You don’t see this everywhere. This design screams uniqueness and it makes you think about those people who enjoy life in the middle of the woods. The curved roof didn’t pose any problems during the installation of the solar panels. The house was built with sustainable materials such as FSC certified wood, fly-ash, and reclaimed timbers. It even has a green roof that provides additional insulation, fire resistance and rainwater absorption. The grass is not very visible from this angle, but you can slightly see some plants on the top roof. The heating system relies on the 5.9kW power of the PV panels, and so does the electrical system of the house. […]

Top 20 Tiny Home Designs and their Costs – Smart Green Living Ideas

By | December 6th, 2016|Architecture, Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Green Home Ideas, Home Designs, House Design, Tiny Houses|

If you don't want or can’t afford a brand spanking new, five bedroom home that occupies 4,000 sq. ft., don’t despair! ;) There’s still a chance for you to live the American dream! Let us present the top 20 professionally designed tiny houses. It’s true that a family of four will probably have some problems [...]

Top 15 Custom Homes, Plus their Design and Decor Elements, and Costs

By | November 21st, 2016|Architecture, Design, Home Designs, House Design|

Custom homes allow consumers to control everything from size to layout and interior design. In most cases, the buyer already owns a land lot on which the house will be built. It’s important that the architect sees the lot or at least a site plan before starting the design process. Expect to meet with him several times, because good communication between the architect and the buyer is the key for a successful collaboration. If your dream is to have a one-of-a-kind house, you have no other choice but to get a custom made home plan. You will have to pay an architect to design your plan, and then contract a builder to actually build the house. You could look for professional home builders that offer both design and build services in order to simplify the whole process. When asked “how do you want your house to look like?”, many people lack the words to enunciate their desires or they don’t even have a specific image in mind. We are going to jog your imagination by presenting 15 models of custom built home.¬†The trend is for custom builders to build high-end homes but you will find decent companies who will take a project estimated at less than $1 million. All of the following designs can be built with that sum or less. The¬†construction cost of a custom home ranges between $200 and $400 per sq. ft. depending on multiple factors such as the average price in that area, the quality of the materials, specific design requests that are tricky to build etc. The cost of hiring an architect to make the plan of the house ranges between $0.75 (western Texas) and $3.5 (southern California) per sq. ft. depending on what state you live in. Other factors that affect the price of hiring an architect relate¬†to his experience.¬†Architects can charge an hourly fee or a percentage of the value of a project (5-15%). An intern architect with 3-5 years of experience charges around $65 per hour whereas a project manager with more than 10 years of experience charges close to $100 per hour. Acacia Avenue Custom Home Image via¬†Patterson Custom Homes What better way to start the list than with a contemporary design? Built in the Corona del Mar neighborhood of Newport Beach, this custom home has 2 levels above ground, one of which is represented by the roof deck that was beautifully decorated for the taste of anyone who enjoys modern designs. This compensates for the small are of green space in front of the house, thus making it perfect for small land lots or neighborhoods¬†where houses are tightly packed. The big windows play a major role in this design that’s mainly comprised of straight long lines. This rectangular appearance is sweetened by curvy interior elements. If you take a look inside, you will notice the central concept of openness alongside¬†more transparent glass surfaces. It’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24 hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else. […]

Top 15 Garage Designs and DIY Ideas, Plus their Costs in 2016 – Smart Home Improvements

By | November 9th, 2016|Architecture, Design, Garages, Home Additions|

A garage is one of the most-commonly overlooked structures when it comes improving and remodeling a house or buying a new one. More attention is paid to the inside of the house and the garage is just something that’s supposed to exist. Because of this superficial attitude, many home owners later realize they should’ve taken a second look at the garage before making the purchase or a major home improvement decision. Luckily, it’s not difficult to build a new garage. It’s a significant investment however, which is why you have to put a lot of thought into this project. We are here to give you a hand in finding out what you really want. Let us present 15 garage plans, each with its pros and cons. The most common dissatisfaction reasons relate to the size of the garage, because you may say “it’s fine, I don’t have much stuff anyways”, until you have to actually fit everything in there. That’s often when you realize that you have a lot of stuff to store, which may force you to park the car in the driveway. ūüėČ Drive-thru garage Images via The Garage Plan Shop Here is a 4439 sq. ft. drive-thru garage on a slab foundation. The gable style roof has a truss frame. The front of the garage is made of brick whereas the other walls can be made of wood. The inside of the garage is not compartmentalized in any way. Building 1 sq. ft. of brick wall costs $ which is higher than the price of 1 sq. ft. of wooden wall. The garage can shelter 1 car and it has 2 entries at either side of the building. This design is suitable for properties with access to 2 different streets. The plan costs $500 and the cost to build is estimated at $200,000 because of its huge size. 1-Car gable roof garage Images via The Garage Plan Shop Here‚Äôs a much smaller gable style garage on slab foundation. The property measures 424 sq. ft. featuring one large door for vehicles and one smaller door for human use. There are no interior walls and the roof is built on stick framing. The design is perfect for those who want storage space and enough room to shelter a car from bad weather. There is a considerable amount of empty space left along the wall after you park the car inside. You are free to add cabinetry, a counter and even a workbench. The space can be used to open your own car repair shop if you give up on keeping your own car inside. The garage walls are made entirely of brick. You will see this design more often in European countries because Americans prefer wood as building material but why not bring some innovation into your neighborhood? The plan costs $350 and the estimated cost-to-build rises up to $22,000. Modern 1-car garage with sloped roof Images via The Garage Plan Shop This design offers 432 sq. ft. of unheated space on monolithic slab. The roof is framed with truss trusses featuring a rather contemporary design that fits modern houses. Gable style roofs are known to be perfect for rainy or snowy areas because the slope doesn‚Äôt not allow snow and/or rain to stop on top of the building. This type of roof design serves this purpose too, but not as well as gable style roofs. There‚Äôs a door dedicated to human use, which is a great idea considering the garage is not attached to the house. The walls seem to be made of a combination of wood and brick that go well together. The plan costs $250 and the construction price rises up to $24,000. […]