Category Archives: Around the Home

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.

Continue reading

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:

Continue reading

Lawn Maintenance to Enhance Your Home’s Value

Now that you’ve finished building your new home plan design, maintaining a healthy lawn can be a challenge during the summer months, but ignoring that challenge can diminish your home’s “curb appeal” and even its value.

Summer’s heat, drought, and high humidity can dehydrate grass and lead to desertification, while a host of fungal diseases, like brown patch, can lead to dead turf. Protecting against these maladies can save home owners money on landscaping and yard maintenance and will help enhance the home’s value over the long term.

Continue reading

Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

archival designs | house plans | luxury home plans
Photo Credit: Gregory Butler

Just as you want your car inspected and running smoothly before heading out on a long road trip, you also want your home running efficiently before the dog days of summer truly set in. Your home may have endured some harsh elements this past winter, so you won’t want to delay getting it back into shape.

The good news is that you might be able to do much of the work yourself. Here are some key areas to keep an eye on:

Continue reading