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Storage Solutions in Your New Home Plan

Finding storage solutions for things like blankets, books, seasonal clothes and countless other items that often take over your living areas can seem challenging, especially when you build an open floor plan. But there are many practical and attractive ways to incorporate storage all throughout your home, during all stages of the building process.


Hollybrook | 2,995 SF | 4 Beds | 4 Baths
Hollybrook | 2,995 SF | 4 Beds | 4 Baths

A surprising number of people are incorporating one of the most versatile storage locations into their house plans: the mudroom. Especially for smaller homes, and ranch house plans, a mudroom can free up valuable space from day-to-day clutter. An unused coat closet may work, but overtime can become untidy and unorganized.  The main goal is for a family’s extra items to be stored logically and out of site. Consider an area by an access point, usually the garage, that can act as a drop zone for all those items that don’t need to bring into the rest of the home. Standalone storage units or pre-planned built-in cabinetry in the mudroom create a functional entrance ideal for mail, shoes, backpacks, and more that the entire family will appreciate.

Built-in Shelves

Wexford | 4,182 SF | 5 Beds | 4 Baths

Free-standing bookshelves serve a function, but built-in shelves can be “wow factors” that significantly enhance the character of a house plan. Either bordering a fireplace or large window, built-in shelves are a great investment with a dual purpose of adding storage and providing an area to display photos and décor. Archival Designs boasts a large collection of luxury home plans that incorporate built-ins not only for functionality, but also for aesthetics.  A cabinet maker or other woodworking professional can build one to fit your home’s unique dimensions. Or a local re-modeler can help you with design and installation.

Wall-Mounted Storage

Laurel | 1,999 SF | 3 Beds | 2 Baths
Laurel | 1,999 SF | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

Your walls are meant for more than just hanging pictures, paintings and mirrors. They can also function as places to hold day-to-day items like umbrellas, bags and coats near an entryway. Mounting shelves, drawers or mirrors with hooks can be functional and fun. Or get creative with unique items found at antique shops or yard sales that could serve as hanging devices, even if that is not their primary purpose. This idea can be incorporated into your residential house plan, especially within a mudroom, closet, or a play room for the kids. Just make sure you are securely and properly affixing items to your wall to avoid damage. Always use the studs in your wall or the appropriate hanging hardware. If you are unsure, have a handyman or contractor help you, especially for larger items that could cause harm to a person or damage to your home if mounted improperly.

Garage and Large Items

Holly Cottage | 1,898 SF | 3 Beds | 2 Baths
Holly Cottage | 1,898 SF | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

When there is extra space in a garage, shed, basement, large closet or even an underused room in your home, remember there are numerous shelving options to help you optimize the vertical spaces. A shelf bisecting an otherwise open closet can give you twice the space. And shelves with totes, baskets or doors are functional and can add charm to the room.

Adding storage can help breathe new life into your home. And if done well, those solutions will be long-lasting features that typically offer a solid return on your investment if you ever decide to sell your home. You can find an abundance of designer house plans that incorporate many of these storage design ideas at


Design the Ultimate Home Office

A growing trend of professionals with full-time or part-time jobs based out of their homes has increased emphasis on creating the ultimate home office.  Whether you’re designing a new floor plan, or renovating an existing space there are a few tips we’d like to share to help increase productivity and functionality in your space.

While the dining room table or living room couch are frequently used as work spaces, they are typically not the most practical areas to settle in for a long work day. Ideally, your home should have a dedicated room that serves as a home office.  Designing a home office that you visually love and function in will provide a better work-life balance, increase productivity, and make working that much more enjoyable!

Abby Glen Castle | Home Office
Abby Glen Castle | 4458 SF | 5 Beds | 5.5 Baths

Now that you’re ready to create your new work space what are some things to consider?  Below are 10 tips for designing the home office of your dreams.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects to Do This Fall

Archival Designs | Floor Plans | House Plans

When leaves start changing colors it’s a good reminder to start thinking about how to prepare your home for the upcoming change of seasons.

It may seem too early to focus on fall maintenance projects, but being proactive and preparing for cooler weather will enhance and protect one of your biggest investments: your home. The best part is that many of these projects can be done at little or no cost, and they can help you save money on your energy bills.

Here are five projects to tackle before the leaves start to fall:

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