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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.

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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

www.ArchivalDesigns.com  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.

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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.

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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.

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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 [http://www.archivaldesigns.com/store/best-selling-house-plans-0]          and learn about how you can modify your new home.

Learn more about Builders Confidence and how it works here (http://nahbnow.com/2015/07/builder-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-november-2005/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb0824)

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) ( https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/laurel-house-plan )

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) ( https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/dalmany-house-plan )

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!

(http://nahbnow.com/2015/08/how-long-does-it-take-to-build-a-single-family-home/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb0824 )

Affordability Slips as Home Values Strengthen

Today’s photos are those of Archival Designs‘ Luxury House Plan, Avanleigh Estates.

Nationwide housing affordability slipped several notches as recovering markets witnessed significant firming of home prices in the second quarter, according to theNAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released on Aug. 13. spacer

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In all, 69.3% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $64,400. This is down from the 73.7% of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter, and the first time that the measure has fallen below 70% since late 2008. Rising home prices signal the improving health in housing markets, and the median price of all new and existing U.S. homes sold in this year’s second quarter, at $202,000, was well ahead of the second quarter 2012 median price of $185,000. “Together with rising mortgage rates, this contributed to affordability slipping to the lowest level in more than four years,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

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Most and Least Affordable Metros Ranked

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While Ogden-Clearfield, Utah, was rated the nation’s most affordable major housing market for a fourth consecutive quarter, a newcomer – Utica-Rome, N.Y. – claimed the title of most affordable smaller market in the latest HOI.

Other major U.S. housing markets at the top of the affordability chart in the second quarter included Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.; Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; and Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y., in descending order.

Meanwhile, smaller markets joining Utica at the top of the affordability chart included Kokomo, Ind.; Cumberland, Md.-W.V.; Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, N.J.; and Bay City, Mich.

For a third consecutive quarter, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. held the lowest spot among major markets on the affordability chart. Other major metros at the bottom included Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.; Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.; New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J.; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; in descending order. All of the least affordable small housing markets were in California in the latest quarter. At the very bottom was Santa Cruz-Watsonville, followed by San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Salinas, Napa and Santa Rosa-Petaluma.

Builders More Confident for Fourth Consecutive Month

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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose three points to 59 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released on Thursday. This fourth consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level in nearly eight years. Of the HMI’s three component indexes, the one gauging current sales conditions rose three points to 62, while the one gauging sales expectations in the next six months gained a single point to 68 and the one gauging traffic of prospective buyers held unchanged at 45. Additionally, all but one region saw a gain in its three-month moving average HMI score in August. The Midwest and West each posted six-point increases, to 60 and 57, respectively, while the South posted a four-point gain to 54 and the Northeast held unchanged at 39. Commenting on the latest survey, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe explained, “Builder confidence continues to strengthen along with rising demand for a limited supply of new and existing homes in most local markets.”  However, he added, “This positive momentum is being slowed by the ongoing headwinds of tight credit and inadequate supplies of finished lots and labor.”

Choose from more than 400 house plan designs that we offer in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and palladian homes, English manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and colonial house plans. Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 to 14,814 sf, and Newport classic house designs range from 1500 to 5000 sf. Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world.  Please feel free to search our house designs offered.  Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one could be just for you!


DIY Wall Art Projects

It’s that time of year for a fresh start – something new – but without having to spend all our vacation money on redecorating. So here are some ideas for your crafty DIY side!  Have fun, and if you do any of these or have some ideas of your own, we’d love you to share them with us.

  • String Artwork

String Artwork

To make this tree-motif string art piece, coat a piece of plywood with black interior latex paint. Sketch a tree lightly in pencil. Begin pounding 1-inch white nails into the plywood along the design at random intervals. Tie nylon cord to the lowest, left-most nail and begin looping the cord around the surrounding nails. Keep the nylon taught at all times. Work your way up the tree and extend out to each branch, ending at the top. Tie a tight knot at the top-most nail. Finish by tying 2-inch pieces of color cording to a few nails at the tips of the branches. Display in an oversize frame, or cut and miter molding to border the plywood.

  • Keyed In

Keyed In

Unlock the secret to creative wall art with this quick and easy project. Apply white acrylic paint in vertical brushstrokes to the entire surface of a stretched canvas. While the paint is still wet, add a few thin gray lines and blend using vertical brushstrokes to create a striated appearance. When the paint is dry, use twine to tie a vintage key to the front of the canvas.

  • Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Keep vacation memories fresh with this easy and inexpensive wall art project. Cut a map to standard printer-paper size (8 1/2×11 inches). Use a word processor to create words, phrases, symbols, or photos that remind you of the special places you’ve traveled. Print your design on the map. Use spray adhesive to affix the map to a store-bought art canvas. Brush on two coats of decoupage medium, allowing the canvas to dry between applications to seal it. To give a newer map a weathered look, soak it in extra-strong coffee or black tea for an hour, then hang it up to dry.

  • Gallery-Inspired Display

Gallery-Inspired Display

A stenciled wall treatment creates a spunky backdrop for a collection of crisp white-painted frames in this living space. Several of the frames were outfitted with shelves to create display space for art and other treasures. Purchase floating shelves with keyhole screw backs, or cut lengths of medium-density fiberboard shelves to size, then secure with blind shelf supports. For quick wall art, print a favorite lyric or quote on letter-size veneer sheets – available at most crafts stores – and frame.

  • Hand-Drawn Wall Art

Hand-Drawn Wall Art

Even if your art skills are elementary, doodle on! With a marker in hand you can create one-of-a-kind wall art and unexpected updates for basic home decor in a matter of hours. Write a favorite quote, song lyric, or poem on a fabric scrap then frame, and enjoy. Draw a simple picture, then employ a blending technique to make it something truly special.

  • Love Letters

Love Letters

Practice your A, B, C’s with this quirky art piece. Prime a piece of scrap wood and paint the background the color of your choice; let dry. Scour a junk drawer for small- to medium-size items that could work as letterforms. Disassemble or rework the items as needed to create new shapes. Remember, once the pieces are painted the same color, the form will be much more recognizable. After the pieces are selected, prime and then spray-paint them with a contrasting color; let dry. Apply a second coat and, once dry, attach to the background using contact adhesive.

  • Sharpie Wall Frames

Sharpie Wall Frames

It’s hard to miss the writing on the wall with these showstopping frames sketched in black marker. Model the frame shapes after ornate versions of the real thing, using antique portrait frames for inspiration. Add diagonal lines at the corners to suggest depth. To highlight the differences in dimensions between your frames and art pieces, hang a three-dimensional sculpture or vase within one frame.

  • Wall Decals

Wall Decals

Perfect for a dorm room or rental, wall decals are a fun – and removable – way to add interest or define a space. This floor lamp and bookshelf decal gets a personalized touch when the book spines are embellished with bits of pretty scrapbook paper, held in place with double-stick tape. Decals work best on smooth walls. For a large decal like this one, begin applying the decal to the wall at the bottom of the design and work your way up. Follow package instructions for smoothing out bubbles and sealing edges.

  • Embroidered Canvases

Embroidered Canvases

Thick yarn in natural colors makes this botanical wall art a standout piece. Use crafts paint and a foam brush to paint a store-bought canvas. Sketch a botanical design into card stock. Position the card stock in the dry canvas and lightly tape the edges to secure it. Use a heavy-duty needle to poke evenly spaced holes along your design through the canvas. Remove the card stock. Thread an embroidery needle with yarn. Beginning at the back of the canvas, use the existing holes to embroider the design. Use a thinner yarn or different color to highlight various areas of the design. Frame the canvas in a weathered-look frame to continue the rustic nature theme.

  • Paint Chip Sunburst

Paint Chip Sunburst

This simple star burst can be recreated in a matter of hours. At a home center, select free paint chips in colors that coordinate with your space. Cut them into 1/2×2-inch strips. Use a compass to draw a 2-inch circle in the lower left-hand quadrant of a stretched canvas. Draw a 4-inch concentric circle around the first one (these will be your guides for applying the paint strips). Beginning in the upper right-hand quadrant of the canvas, adhere the strips to the canvas with a decoupage medium. They should appear to radiate out from the center of the penciled circles. As you work your way toward the circles, begin adding the darker strips. When you reach the 4-inch circle, attach only one end of the strip, allowing the other end to pop off the canvas to create depth. Finish in the center of the 2-inch circle with the darkest color.

  • Photo Block Collage

Photo Block Collage

Get favorite photos out of the attic or off of your digital camera and onto a wall with a photo collage. Choose images from a special vacation, shots of your garden in bloom, vintage family photos, or any other images you enjoy. Mount the photos to colorful blocks using spray adhesive. Lay out your desired pattern on the floor (we chose a heart) and use picture hanging strips to hang the blocks onto the wall.

  • Twiggy Canvas

Twiggy Canvas

Using black acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush, paint several vertical twigs and birds on a stretched canvas. Find a real twig that roughly matches the size of your hand-painted ones, then paint it with a bright color (we chose fiery orange). Hot-glue a bird, painted the same color, to the twig, and then hot-glue the twig to the canvas.

Choose from more than 400 house plan designs that we offer in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and palladian homes, English manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux, and colonial house plans.  Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 to 14,814 sf, and Newport classic house designs range from 1500 to 5000 sf.  Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world.  Please feel free to search our house designs offered.  Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one could be just for you!

Housing Market Improves = Good Monday Morning

List of Improving Housing Markets Expands to 99 in September

The number of improving housing markets across the country rose to 99 in September, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. This is up from 80 metros that were listed as improving in August and includes representatives from 33 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Markets added to the list in September include such geographically diverse locations as Tucson, Ar.; Jacksonville, Fl.; Springfield, Il.; Greenville, N.C.; and Bend, Or.

“The number of improving housing markets grew by 19 in September as 68 metros retained their spots, 31 new metros were added and just 12 dropped off the list,” noted Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Gainesville, Fl. “This solid growth is an encouraging sign that housing continues on a slow but steady recovery path that is gradually advancing from one local market to the next.”

“More metros across the country are experiencing a sustained uptick in house prices, employment and new building activity as rising consumer confidence in local market conditions pushes more people to consider a new-home purchase,” observed NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “That said, overly tight lending conditions for builders and buyers continue to slow this process considerably.”

“Combined with recent positive reports on builder confidence, housing starts and new-home sales, the September IMI adds to the growing consensus that housing is finally moving in the right direction, which in turn is spurring more potential buyers to get off the fence,” added Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman at First American Title Insurance Company.

The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metropolitan area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list.

Builder Confidence Rises for Fifth Consecutive Month

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released this week. The latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of 2006. All three HMI components posted gains in September. While the component gauging current sales conditions increased four points to 42, the component gauging sales prospects in the next six months rose eight points to 51 and the component measuring traffic of prospective buyers edged up one point to 31. Builder confidence also rose across every region of the country in September. Looking at the three-month moving average for each region, the Midwest and West each registered five-point gains, to 40 and 43, respectively, while the South posted a four-point gain to 36 and the Northeast posted a two-point gain to 30. Describing the latest HMI results, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said that “Builders across the country are expressing a more positive outlook on current sales conditions, future sales prospects and the amount of consumer traffic they are seeing through model homes than they have in more than five years,” but noted that concerns are now rising about the lack of building lots in certain markets and the increasing cost of building materials.

Housing Production Headed Higher This August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to figures released by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 19. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region for a combined 5.5% gain to 535,000 units — the best pace recorded since April of 2010. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe called the latest data “further evidence that the housing recovery is here to stay,” but noted that obstacles such as tight credit, poor appraisals and rising materials costs are constraining the pace of that recovery.  Multifamily housing production, which tends to bump up and down from month to month, declined 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 215,000 units following very strong months in June and July. Regionally, combined starts numbers were mixed, with the Midwest and South posting gains of 20.7% and 3.7%, respectively, and the Northeast and West posting respective declines of 12.6% and 4.3%. However, single-family starts rose in every region in August.  The same government report noted that Issuance of new building permits edged down one percent to a rate of 803,000 units in August following a surge in the previous month, with single-family permits holding virtually unchanged at 512,000 units and multifamily permits down 3% to 291,000 units. Regionally, combined permitting activity rose 7.9% in the Midwest and 0.7% in the South, but declined 7.7% in the Northeast and 6.4% in the West in August.

Today’s photos are that of Archival DsesignsVilla De Saye luxury house plan.

Choose from more than 400 house designs and house plans.  We offer house designs in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Some of our more popular house designs include European-inspired Georgian and Palladian homes, English Manor house plans, Tuscan-style Italian villas, French chateaux and colonial house plans.  Our Tuscan-style villas range from 1800 sf to 13,600 sf.  Our Newport classic house designs range from 1500 to 5000 square feet.  Our starter castles, mansions and estate homes are designed in the grand tradition of some of the most impressive homes in the world.  Please feel free to search our house designs or browse our photo gallery to get a sense of the many styles and types of house designs we offer. Our plans have been built around the globe, from Canada to Dubai, and one plan could be just for you!