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Remodeling Time

Similar to the rise in new house building, remodeling is quickly growing as well.  More and more people are a choosing to remodel their homes instead of buying or building new ones. Many times upgrading or remodeling a space is a more cost effective option. The NAHB contributed several factors to this $6 billion rise in the remodeling market.

While Baby Boomers are heading towards retirement, their needs range from building a brand new accessible home to making their current home fit all of their new needs. Millennials, on the other hand, are entering the housing market with a range of expectations. A great deal of Millennials are buying older homes at a cheap price and using the rest of the budget to upgrade and remodel the home to their custom wants and needs.  Additionally, Multi-Family buildings (apartment complexes) are requesting upgrades as well. Noticing the increase in design in newer complexes influences established complexes to remodel their spaces to compete in the renting market.

Even during new construction, some home builders require a house that can be easily remodeled or extended for future growth.  Archival Designs features a plethora of expandable house plans that have the simplicity and flexibility to easily be remodeled in the future!

The Tilly– Being a Ranch Style House Plan has its advantages when it comes to versatility.  Including an unfurnished bonus space makes expanding accessible without having to build an actual add on, which will cut down on remodeling cost. .

The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

The Marymount – Featuring both an unfurnished 2nd floor bonus area and basement, expanding this house will have endless possibilities.  The possibilities do not stop there; having an open floor plan will also make remodeling more of a design upgrade than an actual building project. The open floor layout’s adaptability will allow you to simply change the purpose of most rooms.

The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
The Marymount is 2,531 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

The Pepperwood– Slightly larger than the previous house plans, The Pepperwood also includes unfinished bonus rooms, a walkout basement, and an open floor plan. This floor plan also foresees a multi-generational family’s needs by featuring a future in-law suite. Possessing these future plans with a layout already incorporated in the design will make the expanding process very easy.

The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
The Pepperwood is 2,878 with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

Your new expandable house plan could be one click away! Visit Archival Designs today!


The Time to Build is Now!

As the economy continues to move in the right direct, homeowner and builder confidence is on the rise.  The time to build the home you’ve been dreaming about is now!  The last decade has taken the economy and housing industry on a roller-coaster ride.  Fortunately, builder confidence is the highest we have seen since November 2005 (NAHB ).

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View
Dalmany House: This plan is 2,275 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The Dalmany is a stunning addition to any sub-division, and with all that room for growth and entertainment, no wonder it’s one of our best-selling house plans!

As we approach 2016, homeowners across the nation are feeling financial stability.  Archival Designs is committed to providing quality designs at an affordable price.

Old Wesley House

This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. This plans traditional style allows for an easy and fast build, a pleasant experience for you and the builder.

Old Wesley House Plan - House Plan - Ranch - Front
Old Wesley House Plan: This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

Lady La Salette House Plan:

The Lady La Salette is a ranch style house plan with 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with an optional bonus room on the second floor.  This house will be easy to grow into as your family’s need change over the years.

Lady La Salette House Plan - Country Style House Plans - Ranch Home Plans
The Lady La Salette is 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with optional bonus room on the second floor  offers a plethora of distinct house plans ranging in style and size to fit your needs! We are proud to share with you our customer’s most popular house plan picks of 2014-2015.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan:

This best-selling house plan offers 2,499 sq. ft. of comfort. This ranch style home has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining guest.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Archival Designs - Ranch Home Style
Tres Le Fleur House Plan: This best-selling house plan is 2,499 sq. ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms

The Pontarion II House Plan:

This Award winning house plan can be the home of your dreams. The Pontarion II house plan offers 4,041 sq. ft. of elegance and comfort. The striking grand room and oversized chef’s kitchen will give you plenty of space for entertaining.

Pontarion II House Plan - Luxury Home Plans - 3000 sq ft house
The Pontarion II House Plan: This award winning house plan has 4,041 Sq. Ft, 4 bedrooms, and 4 1/2 bathrooms

The Salem House Plan:

This 2-Story house plan has 2979 Sq. Ft. with a plethora of wonderful amenities. The Salem House has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and a glorious 2 story family room, which is sure to leave any guest in awe.

Salem House Plan - Castle Style House Plan - Archival Designs - Salem - Stone Pond
The Salem House Plan This 2-Story house plan has 2,979 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms


We invite you to view our best-selling collection []          and learn about how you can modify your new home.

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How Long to Build My Home?

Building your dream home can be exciting and fun, but the main question on everyone’s mind is : How long will this actually take? According to The National Association of Home Builders, there are several different factors that you have to consider when building a custom home.

Region of building– The location or state of the home is a major factor. Certain areas of the country have different regulations and codes to uphold, not to mention the amount of building space the region has. For example, building in Utah can take approximately 6 months, while in New York it could take more than 9 months to complete a project.

Houses that  build faster are usually under 2500 square feet, and have a more simplistic or “boxy”floor plan. These house plans exhibit some factors that allow the build to be a little quicker:

The Laurel ( 1999 sq ft) ( )

Laurel House Plan - Home Design Plans - Cottage Style Home Plans

Laurel House Plan - Colonial Style House Plans - Expanable House Plans

The Dalmany (2275 sq ft) ( )

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - 1st Floor

An uncontrollable factor  is the shortage in labor. This will unsurprisingly delay construction mainly if construction in your area is booming.

Another factor is whether you are building a custom home or buying within a subdivision. Large Track Builders have a team of sub-contractors at their disposal. On the other hand, a custom builder is responsible for hiring all sub-contractors

Here is the National Association of Home builders blog link to see this information in depth!

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Multifamily Production Index Hits Highest Level Yet


Today’s photos are those of Archival Designs‘ Luxury Mansion, Ashburton.


Production of apartments and condominiums gained momentum in the second quarter of 2013, according to NAHB’s latest Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released last week. The index increased nine points to 61, which is the highest reading since its inception in 2003. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market. The three key elements on which it focuses are construction of low-rent units, construction of market-rate rental units and construction of “for-sale” units, or condominiums. In the second quarter of 2013, the MPI component tracking builder and developer perceptions of market-rate rental properties rose six points to 67, the 11th straight quarter above 50; for-sale units had a significant increase of 16 points to 58, which is the highest reading since the second quarter of 2005; and low-rent units increased five points to 60.

Meanwhile, the Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI), which measures the multifamily housing industry’s perception of vacancies, rose four points to 42. With the MVI, lower numbers indicate fewer vacancies. After peaking at 70 in the second quarter of 2009, the MVI improved consistently through 2010 and has been at a fairly moderate level since 2011. Commenting on the latest data, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said that the increased level of construction activity in the multifamily market “is needed to meet current demand and to compensate for a serious lack of new units developed during the downturn.”

Lot Shortages Holding Back Recovery, Say Builders

Findings of an NAHB survey conducted this August indicate that a shortage of buildable lots, especially in the most desirable locations, has emerged as one of the key factors that is holding back a more robust housing recovery.

A total of 59% of builders reported that the supply of lots in their markets was low or very low in the latest report. That’s up from 43% in September of last year, and it’s the largest percentage NAHB has seen since we began conducting such surveys in 1997. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe explains that one reason for this is that many residential developers left the industry, abandoned certain markets or simply stopped buying land and developing lots during the downturn. Our survey found that lot shortages tended to be especially acute in the most desirable, or “A,” locations, with 34% of builders saying that the supply of A lots was very low, compared to 18% who said so about lots in B locations and 12% who said so about lots in C locations. The shortages have translated into higher prices on those lots that builders are able to obtain. The same survey found that 34% of home builders believe the price of developed A lots is “somewhat higher” than it was a year ago, while 26% said the price was substantially higher. In comparison, 15% of builders said the price of B lots was substantially higher than a year ago, and 11% said the price of C lots was substantially higher. Of course, higher lot prices must ultimately be passed on to buyers in the form of higher house prices. NAHB ran a special press release this week calling attention to the fact that, while there is still a substantial pent-up demand for housing waiting to be unleashed, lot shortages are one of several barriers that are restraining builders from responding completely to increased demand.

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