3 Bed 2.5 Bath Southern Style House Plan With Wraparound Porch

Southern Style House Plan 40678 | Total Living Area: 1704 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5 | Dimensions: 62′ Wide x 32’5 Deep

With such features as a wraparound front porch and small gabled dormers, this home design evokes the charm of an old fashioned farm house.

Covered Porch – An expansive wraparound porch adds to the charm of this home while providing a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. It also features French door access to two of the bedrooms.

Foyer – This large entry is open to the living room and features columns at the entrance to the dining room.

Kitchen – The step-saving design of this kitchen will make cooking a joy for everyone in the family. It features a snack bar which will host many an informal meal.

Dining Room –Adjoining the kitchen, this room has columns that flank the opening from the foyer, forming an elegant entrance. The sliding glass door that opens onto the rear deck will invite the family to dine alfresco.

Living Room – Features a bayed area with large windows that will wash this room in natural light. The open design and generous size will make this room a gathering place for the entire family.

Master Suite – With a large walk in closet and a private bath, this stylish suite offers you a bit of respite from the everyday. Luxuriate in the corner whirlpool tub and step out feeling relaxed and renewed. A French door to the front porch invites you step outside to enjoy some fresh air.

Secondary Bedrooms – Two additional bedrooms share a full bath. The front bedroom has a bayed area that mirrors the living room’s design and the rear features a French door to the wraparound porch. These are unique touches that will be sure to please all.

This distinctive Southern Style Home Plan offers plenty of space and charm and is designed for gracious living. Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing at COOL House Plans.

3 Bedroom Traditional House Plan With 2315 Square Feet

Traditional House Plan 72238 | Total Living Area: 2315 SQ FT | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 3 | Garage Bays: 3 | Dimensions: 77′ Wide x 96′ Deep

Neighbors and passersby will compliment you on your lovely Traditional House Plan with its Craftsman details. Multicolored brick and cedar shingle siding dresses up the exterior. An eyebrow window is front and center to add a little bit of storybook appeal, and its shape echoes the arched window on the garage side. This ranch home design features a nostalgic front porch, which promotes relaxation and conversation.

Look around the rear elevation where the angled arrangement of the home appears to embrace the outside attractions. Recline on a chair by the outdoor fireplace or take a dip in your new pool if it’s on your wish list.

Walk inside to note the formal dining room on the left where you will host elegant dinners with ease. A pass-through door to the kitchen is where you will look up to see Dad carry in the turkey on a silver platter come Thanksgiving Day.

Your kitchen is separated from the rest of the living space to preserve a traditional arrangement that sets it apart from most modern homes today. Your family will gather around the island for breakfast because there is seating enough for six!

While not open to the living room, the kitchen is open to the family room. Snuggle on the couch close to the fireplace and enjoy playing board games, or pop some popcorn to watch a movie together during a restful evening.

When you are ready to entertain, the fireplace adds ambiance to the living room, and sliding glass doors open to the breezy veranda of this lakefront house plan.

The quiet master suite is well-appointed and dreamy making it an ideal retirement house plan. Soak your cares away by relaxing in the large garden tub. The sitting room is a bright and sunny area where you can enjoy a book while keeping an eye on the kids who are playing in the back yard.

Two secondary bedrooms are unusual in that they are not side-by-side. This is an unrivaled feature which makes it the ideal multi-generational home design. Each bedroom has a walk-in-closet, and bedroom 2 has a private bathroom which makes it a great option for guests.

Down the hall is a large laundry room, and the staircase leads up to the bonus room and down to the basement if you choose that option.

The bonus room can be finished with a kitchenette, closet and bathroom. This will be perfect for your teenager, live-in grandparent, or even a tenant. Imagine the income and re-sale potential that such a space will add to your home. Leave the space unfinished to save money on the original construction, and then finish the space when time and budget allows in the future.

The basement is a blank canvas of potential. Aside from storage, you may want to finish the space with a billiards room, theater, gym or anything else that has always been on your house-hunting wish list!

Click here to see the plan specifications and pricing for Traditional House Plan 72238 at COOL House Plans.

A Guide to Modern House Plans

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The key to your home making a lasting impression is a striking modern design. Everyone remembers a house that plays with interesting angles and sleek shapes, so making your modern house out of the ordinary is a must. Luckily, COOL House Plans offers thousands of unique modern home plan options to choose from.

Want a modern, chic looking house but have no idea where to begin? This guide to modern house plans will answer the most frequently asked questions and tell you all you need to know about the most popular types of modern house plans, specific examples of floor plans and how to select a modern home plan of your own.

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A Guide to Modern Farmhouse Plans

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Guide to Modern Farmhouse Plans

The old traditional farmhouse is making a comeback. While large families have always appreciated farmhouses for the ample space they provide, the demand for modern farmhouse plans has steadily grown ever since the modern farmhouse style became a staple of home improvement shows. But what is a modern farmhouse, and what makes one different from any other house?To learn more about what qualifies a house design as a modern farmhouse plan and why modern farmhouses are so popular, read on. We’ll also cover the benefits of choosing a modern farmhouse and some examples of modern farmhouse home plans.

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How to Get Started Searching House Plans

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Building a new house is an exciting adventure, but finding the best house plan for you and your family could be overwhelming. At COOL House Plans, we offer more than 30,000 new house designs that you can customize according to your family’s unique lifestyle. If you’re unsure about where to start, use this guide to explore your options for a new build.

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Spring Into 2020 Design Trends

(BPT) – The year is already off to a stylish start, but there are plenty more trends that will be coming into focus in the coming months. Designers around the country are exploring a dynamic mix of patterns and unexpected colors, plus creative new approaches to flooring, accents and lighting.

Here are the go-to trends making a splash in design studios and homes this spring.

Florals are blossoming

Just in time for spring, floral designs are bringing walls and furnishings to life. Floral wallpaper is coming back in a big way, turning rooms into virtual gardens. But not to worry – the latest designs are not your grandmother’s wallpaper. Intriguing, modern and sophisticated floral designs in vibrant color choices are available to suit any taste.

Biophilic design

Another great trend for spring combines people’s passions for naturally occurring aesthetics and nature, often brought to life through indoor gardens, small trees or “living walls.” These design statements allow plants and other aspects of nature to become a visual focus in any home.

It is also inspired by natural materials like wood and stone, earth tones and natural colors, and organic shapes. These elements are showcased throughout the home, including in wooden architectural beams, stone-based accent pieces and naturally colored accent walls. Yesterday’s linear furniture designs are being replaced by softer, curvier shapes that mimic forms in nature.

Naturalistic flooring

Designers and homeowners alike are making a statement in flooring that combines intriguing design with a natural flair, such as geometrically patterned flooring created from naturally beautiful hardwood.

“Patterned flooring is beginning to dominate today’s interior designs,” says Katie Allen, design and trend director at Lumber Liquidators Flooring. “It can be used in a wide variety of spaces to add texture and character to any room.”

For example, it is easier than ever to create a warm, visually exciting look in almost any home with a chevron pattern using Bellawood Engineered Hardwood Flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Each patterned plank is arranged in a custom zigzag pattern, meaning homeowners won’t be wasting time installing individually angled boards.

The handcrafted distressing of the wood also reveals the natural grain and rich brown hues, appealing to homeowners wanting a natural look.

Color your world

Along with the emphasis on nature-based color palettes comes a shift away from the neutral tones that have become popular over the last couple of years. Jewel tones like deep blues, a variety of green hues and even subtle pinks are seeing a comeback for walls, rugs, cabinets and furnishings.

Designers are often choosing strongly contrasting colors to make visually bold statements, like pink against blue, rich blue against a lighter green or any color paired with black or white.

Mix and match

Unusual juxtapositions of color are being matched by contrasting textures and materials. Architects and designers are getting creative with the interplay of materials such as marbles against woods, plus geometric patterns created by tiles used for accent walls or as a backsplash.

Fiber art – like handcrafted rugs, throw pillows, blankets and wall hangings – is popular again, and will help make any room pop. Rattan and cane furniture also provide similar variety in terms of texture, color and pattern.

Brighten it up

Lighting is no longer just a way to illuminate your space, but a bold detail to add visual excitement to any room. Champagne gold lighting fixtures are one fun trend that really stands out, seen in every room from living and dining rooms to kitchens and baths.

Some of this spring’s overall trends can easily be brought to life through lighting choices, from wicker or caned pendant lamps to rounder, more organically shaped lighting fixtures.

Let your own personality and design sensibility shine through when decorating your living spaces, using these trends as inspiration.

Want to see more flooring options and ideas to help transform your home this spring? Visit LLFlooring.com to see the latest in flooring materials and designs.

Tips To Stay Warm and Safe From Carbon Monoxide

(BPT) – As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is an invisible and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm.

Recent surveys revealed more than 40% of American homes do not have CO alarms, and nearly two-thirds of homes do not comply with established CO alarm recommendations. According to the National Fire Protection Association, CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home, including the basement, and near every sleeping area.

Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning, so it’s vital to be prepared and aware! As one of America’s favorite TV first responders, actor Taylor Kinney knows the importance of practicing and maintaining proper home safety precautions, which is why he is partnering with First Alert to share important messages about home safety.

“You never think your home will be the one to catch fire, but then it happened to me,” said Kinney. “It’s the same with carbon monoxide, which is why educating the public about CO is so important. The danger CO can cause in your own home is real, and the only way people can protect themselves is with an alarm.”

Here are tips on how to avoid this preventable risk:

Hidden threat

Carbon monoxide can be produced from any fuel-burning device, such as furnaces, boilers, stoves and even cars. It is important to have appliances inspected annually and never use a generator indoors or anywhere CO can collect. Also, be mindful of the garage. Never leave a car running in a garage, even if the door is open, as fumes can leak into the home.

Know the symptoms

CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Because you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, you might not recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning, as they can be confused with those of the common cold or flu, such as nausea, headaches, dizziness and weakness.

Take action

Equipping your home with working CO alarms is the only way to detect this poisonous gas. For premium protection against both fire and CO, install combination alarms for 2-in-1 protection, such as the First Alert 10-Year Battery Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm, which eliminates battery replacements for a decade. Once installed, maintenance is key. Remember to test your alarms regularly and replace alarms at least every 10 years. If CO symptoms appear, or if an alarm sounds, move to fresh air immediately and then call 911.

Establish a family emergency plan

Knowing – and practicing – what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial. Develop a plan in case of a fire or CO incident. This includes designating an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home and, once safely outside, calling 911. If CO symptoms appear, or if an alarm sounds, get everyone outside to fresh air immediately. Once out, stay out until the home is cleared and safe to re-enter.

For more information, visit www.firstalert.com.

How To Maximize AI Usage At Home

(BPT) – As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can impact your life positively. Through a true understanding of these innovative breakthroughs, you can easily expand the usage of AI in your home and take advantage of its benefits.

This vision of life made better through AI was highlighted at the recent 2019 AI Summit | New York at which key speaker Dr. Nandhu Nandhakumar, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at the LG Technology Center of America in Silicon Valley, discussed the company’s AI innovations on improving the quality of life as well as the need for a clear direction of AI in the home in the future. LG’s vision is manifested in LG ThinQ®, LG’s brand for products and services incorporating advanced AI technologies. It aims to deliver easy, personalized, proactive and efficient solutions, bringing new intelligence to connected living.

Here are some benefits of AI you may be overlooking:

Be more secure

Some of the newest home security systems, including video doorbells, use aspects of AI to help protect your home and family more effectively.

Security systems using AI can analyze input like video surveillance to determine when something is an actual threat, since false alarms are frequent problems with many security systems, or they can activate facial recognition software to help identify someone approaching your home.

Save water

With AI, such places like your bathrooms and lawn can use smart technology to evaluate how much water is being used and avoid waste. Smart sprinklers can not only be controlled remotely, but will even monitor the weather to avoid over-watering. The latest in-home smart water systems can detect leaks and turn off the water supply to prevent flooding inside your home.

Save energy

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of AI today is in energy savings, which can be not only cost effective, but also helpful for the environment.

For example, LG ThinQ®, LG Electronics’ brand that incorporates advanced AI technologies, brings new intelligence to connected living through its smart, AI-powered appliances and electronics. On its popular line of dual inverter room air conditioners, you can seamlessly control the unit from anywhere via its smartphone application to turn off or lower the temperature before leaving the house to make any changes. You can even put your home’s HVAC system on “vacation mode” to lower costs while you are away.

This convenient and energy-saving connectivity works for a variety of the brand’s smart home appliances, including laundry machines and refrigerators.

Save money

LG ThinQ® also analyzes your family’s habits and preferences when using connected machines and devices. For example, it can adjust the cooling power of your refrigerator just before the most active time of use each day (such as after school/work and while dinner is being prepared). This leads to a more efficient home and positively impacts your bottom line.

It can also let you look inside your refrigerator to see what you need to shop for or how soon your milk expires. Using this kind of smart technology will lead to less spoiled food, saving money on grocery costs.

Save time

Through LG’s Proactive Customer Care, a service that uses artificial intelligence to deliver the most advanced customer service related to product maintenance, consumers are alerted to potential issues before they happen. It can also expedite repairs and offer useful maintenance tips, saving users time and money while keeping appliances performing at their best.

For added time saving convenience, enabled smart TVs can help you save time through bringing a higher intelligence and convenience to your living room. With the installed Google Assistant and Alexa, you can enjoy personalized entertainment and even enjoy online shopping straight from the TV. They are also ready to control your entire connected home from changing the light settings of your living space or adjusting the room temperature.

The AI platform for LG TVs is constantly evolving through its deep learning engine, and this helps the TVs learn how to properly respond to users based on voice command data. The ultimate goal of LG’s AI platform isn’t just to create a smart device that responds to users’ requests, but to analyze user behavior to offer personalized recommendations and optimal settings for unique tastes and specific environments.

Through meaningful innovations, AI intends to make daily routines simpler and more enjoyable. By better understanding users – recognizing patterns and preferences – it can anticipate user needs and proactively take action on their behalf. The more consumers use it, the better it works for them.

Such features need to be clearly communicated to users to aid in their understanding of the technology. When used well, AI enables consumers to live fully and seamlessly connected to a wide range of products in the home, all working together to make life easier. “We, as an industry, need to do a better job of educating consumers on the advantages of AI as it can be overwhelming. To do this, a clear direction in which AI needs to be headed is a must,” emphasized Dr. Nandhu.

To learn how AI can improve your daily life, visit LG.com/us/lg-thinq.

3 Things That Might Go Wrong If You Don’t Winterize Your Home

(BPT) – Fall is here, which means, like it or not, cold weather is just around the corner. While most of us would prefer not to think about turning on our heat just yet, this is actually the best time to check your heating to ensure everything is operating as it should.

Neglecting to winterize your home and letting small issues pile up can have big repercussions. Ahead of the winter season, HomeServe, a leading provider of service plans, repair and installation services for the home, wants to make sure you’re aware of three major things that may go wrong if you don’t winterize your house or neglect your heating system.

Your utility bills may skyrocket.

Utility bills often jump up in the winter due to the increased hours of darkness and the cost to heat your home.

But if your heater is on the fritz or your filters are clogged, you could be in for an even bigger surprise. Dirty filters cause your furnace to work harder, which leads to inefficiency and a shortened lifespan for your heating system. Replacing filters is often an easy task for homeowners. A yearly tune-up is an inexpensive way to help prevent a costly system breakdown in the coming months. Also, keep in mind that some warranties require annual tune-ups, so don’t let your warranty go invalid by skipping this year’s tune-up.

The threat of carbon monoxide is very real.

Do you know how old your furnace is? Do you know how long it’s been since a professional checked it over? Carbon monoxide poses a health threat when the heating system flue, vent or chimney becomes blocked from debris or other material. During a heating system tune-up, a professional service technician can check to make sure all your vents are not blocked and are working properly. Drains and traps also need to be checked and combustion gases should be analyzed and compared to the specifications of your furnace or boiler to make sure everything is running safely. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is another smart way to help with early detection.

Water pipes can burst.

It’s not just your heating system that needs to be winterized. All too often it happens – we wake up to realize our pipes are frozen, or even worse, leaking. Before the cold sets in, make sure outside hoses are put away and water is turned off. Evaluate which pipes are at the greatest risk for freezing during cold weather. For example, if your water pipes come up from an un-insulated crawl space, or if they are in or close to an uninsulated outside wall or vent, they are more likely to freeze and burst in low temperatures. Inside pipes should be covered in insulation to keep pipes warmer longer. Pipe insulation is easy to apply and available at most hardware stores and home centers.

By having an annual tune-up in the fall, you can catch small issues now, instead of experiencing bigger problems in the dead of winter. A tune-up can also save energy, reduce heating costs and prevent a system breakdown in the coming months.

For more information on National Tune-Up Day, including a heating system check-list, visit nationaltuneupday.com.

Simple Steps To Keep Your Second Home Safe From Costly Repairs

(BPT) – Whether it’s a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That’s why it’s important to take precautions to ensure your property and belongings stay safe even when you’re not there.

Not only are vacation homes a target for thieves, but empty homes are often vulnerable to the elements and the unexpected. For example, can you imagine the damage that a water leak would cause if it remained undiscovered for weeks … or months? With a proactive approach you can keep your investment safe and give yourself important peace of mind.

To keep your second home secure, consider these smart steps:

1) Create the appearance of a lived-in home

It doesn’t matter if your home is in a well-traveled section of the city or a remote part of the forest, you want it to be secure from criminals. Vandals and robbers scout for empty homes, so one of the best ways to deter them is to make your property appear to be lived in. If they think someone is home, they’re more likely to stay away.

To create the appearance of a lived-in house, stop mail and newspaper deliveries immediately. Nothing screams “empty house” like a few weeks’ worth of papers at the front door. Next, keep the lawn mowed and trim the landscape, so the home is well maintained and doesn’t have overgrown shrubs where criminals can hide. Finally, alert a trusted neighbor that you’ll be gone, so they can keep an eye on things. Don’t know anyone nearby? Or is the property isolated? Consider hiring a property manager to check on the house periodically.

2) Consistently monitor water use

Even small water leaks can cause big damage, and if you’re not living in a home, that damage can multiply quickly. From leaks that cause terrible mold growth to burst pipes that flood entire floors, it’s easy to see why water is a top concern for owners of second homes while away. One simple solution is the Phyn Plus: Smart water assistant + shutoff. This intelligent device is installed on the main water line after the meter by an authorized Uponor Pro Squad team plumbing expert. Once installed, it uses programmed data and learns the home’s water-use habits, so it can proactively detect leaks and water problems in real time.

If a change is detected, you are alerted through a smart app on your phone, so you can take appropriate next steps. Phyn Plus will even shut off the water when an emergency is detected. You then can monitor or turn the water back on from any remote location. Learn more at www.phyn.com/installation.

3) Implement multiple security measures

Of course, you want to ensure you secure all doors, windows and other points of entry. But to really keep tabs on your second home, consider investing in a security system with an app or program for easy remote monitoring. With a live-monitor feature, you can check your home at any time. Additionally, programmable lights that turn on at set times inside give the illusion of people being home, and motion lights outdoors eliminate dark corners.

Finally, you might consider registering your home as vacant with the local police. Some cities offer a free service where an officer will come periodically to check your home while you’re away. Keep in mind this might not be available in your area and there may be a time limit for how long you can request these checks, but it’s worthwhile to call your local law enforcement and ask.

Put worries aside and keep your second home safe and secure by following these simple steps. That way you can feel confident that every time you visit your vacation property, you can enjoy it to the fullest.