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It was so close to what I would have designed myself. |
I began looking for house plans in the fall of 2006. My husband and I had just sold our home to move in and take care of my recently widowed Mother. Our youngest son was in college and also still living at home. We sold many of our things and put the rest in storage. We were living in my childhood home. We all knew we needed a layout to accommodate our new family dynamic.
We were fortunate that my late father had purchased some land years before and the area was perfect for a new home. We are in a restricted, large acre lot with extra wooded acreage behind the home site. My husband and I were looking for a home that would provide the needed space for my mother, the space for a college student, as well as the place we would enjoy retiring to.
I began searching home plans on the Internet. I found many plans but always came back to one of the first plans we found. I was looking for a split design, a large open living space and a bonus room. We found plan HPG-1855-1. It reminded me of a traditional home with a slight French style. It was so close to what I would have designed myself.
The two bedrooms on one end serve as my mother’s quarters. We did increase the size of her rooms by extending the length of the house by one foot. One room used for a sitting room and the other for her bedroom with a bath in between. This provides her with her own space without making her feel isolated. The large window with the transom on the front gives her a great deal of light and she does not feel she is sitting in a bedroom all day. In the far away future it will serve as two guest rooms and a private bath.
The openness of the living room, kitchen, breakfast nook and dining room is perfect for our extended families. Now that my mother is living with me, we are usually the home where many of the family gatherings take place. We can be in the adjoining rooms but all feel we are together. We changed the three large windows in the living room to a sliding glass door opening out to the porch. We also had the porch screened in and an additional cement patio poured out from the house. This gives even more gathering and entertaining space.
The master bedroom and bath are perfect for us. Being on the opposite end of the house ensures privacy and the spaciousness gives us the option of a sitting and TV area in our room. We did rearrange the master bath to accommodate a little larger shower and a larger tub but we still have the water closet and double sinks, which we love.
The laundry room is huge and we opted to leave out the half bath and put a built in office space where the bath and closet were on the plan. This opens the space even more. One reason we felt comfortable giving up the half bath is because we opted for the full bath in the bonus room over the garage. We finished this room and it was a perfect hideaway and bedroom for our college-aged son. He recently purchased his own home and now our grandchildren are thrilled with our bonus playroom and their own bath.
We opted for a slab foundation and vinyl siding. We are very happy with this home. We moved in our home in July of 2007. We look forward to many more years in this wonderful home!
Lexington, South Carolina
We have had a great experience with this company.|
We have had a great experience with this company. We have built 2 other house and this was by far the best plan experience and would use them again.
Shawn & Dana W.
Living in or new dream house now!|
Received my order quickly. Everything was in good condition. Excellent plans, had no issues using them at all! Easy to utilize the plans during the building process. Living in or new dream house now!
Very smooth ordering and delivery process.|
Very smooth ordering and delivery process. Had some questions before ordering and they were very helpful.
I highly recommend them!|
Bought my house plans from here and I was delighted. I made a few changes and I received the plans super fast and the staff is very professional. I highly recommend them!
Newton Grove, NC
We just looked at each other and knew that this was the plan…|
We were newlyweds living in a mobile home in a small town rural area when we felt a desire for a larger, more permanent home. We were growing concerned that our mobile home would eventually require too much upkeep and through the wisdom of our parents, felt that a site-built home would be a wiser investment. However, at our fairly young age, we were not sure how much of a home we could afford.
At first we began browsing for house plans for the future. We found ourselves wanting to change every plan we came across to fit our lives. We looked through countless books and almost gave up. We happened upon House Plan Gallery online and found our plan immediately. We just looked at each other and knew that this was the plan. It had everything we wanted to add to the other plans.
With the help of online calculators, we found that by ordering our plan ourselves and subcontracting, we could afford a home much more easily than by hiring a general contractor. Not only that, but we could build a larger, more customized home this way.
Everything came into place. We suddenly received an offer on our mobile home and with today's housing market, felt it was time to act. We found the perfect home site, began the mortgage process and everything moved very quickly from that point on. We did have to meet with contractors several times a week, but felt that by being involved in the process, our house was going to be very special and exactly what we wanted.
We finished our home in record time and feel unbelievably blessed. Our home is much more than we ever expected we could have. All of our contractors, inspectors, and even the appraiser fell absolutely in love with the layout of our home and wanted to know where we found our plan. Our friends and family also greatly approved and thought our home was much more costly than it actually was.
We have now been in our new home for about six months, so we are still arranging some things to our taste, but every day we feel continually grateful for the home we have. We absolutely enjoy it. Our home has room for any changes that might take place in our family and our lives.
Aaron & Janell G.
Thanks House Plan Gallery for a beautiful house plan, which has turned into a beautiful house, which has become our home, which has brought a lot of peace and comfort...|
My wife (Jenny) and I (Geof) had been living in the Lower Main Land of British Columbia (Canada). We enjoyed our work and our friends there but were really wanting to move back to North Western Alberta to own some land and enjoy the open spaces. My growing girls had always dreamed of having their own horses and this was something that was not going to happen in BC. I also longed to get back to hunting, quading, and snowmobiling, again things I'd not be able to afford in BC. A large draw was also to live closer, once again, to a favorite cousin who was one of my best friends--Robert. Robert had been a bachelor for many years and finally met the woman of his dreams. We were looking so forward to getting to know Robert and his new wife Katrin, as a couple.
Tragically, six weeks after we had moved and three days short of their one year anniversary, Robert died in his sleep. We were devastated and wondered if we had made a mistake. We almost moved back to BC, because we didn't know how we could move forward, having had such a huge loss. Slowly the healing began to take hold and we started to think again about building our dream home. Robert's widow, Katrin, told us that one of Robert's last wishes that he expressed to her was that he wanted to sell a treasured piece of land to us.
Robert and I grew up hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and playing on this beautiful property. When Katrin told us she'd like to sell this land to us, we were moved to tears and happily bought it from her. Many years earlier, Robert had cleared out an area on this property that he hoped to eventually build a log cabin on. He started building the log cabin with large sruce trees that dominated the property. He never did complete it as he just got too busy farming, but he did move the logs to his residence, just in case he would have time to work on it further. Once he passed away and even before we knew what house plan we would build, we knew where we would build the house. It would be on the spot that Robert had always dreamed of building his log cabin.
Jenny and I are not log cabin people, so that was never a question, but we wanted to somehow acknowledge Robert's dream for this part of the land. We have built our dream house and to top it off we plan to use some wood from Robert's half-built log cabin to make a mantle for our fireplace in our great room. Through our grief, the excellent design and assistance from House Plan Gallery to modify our plan has helped working through our loss a little more bearable. Many of Robert's friends and family members who have seen our house, have commented that Robert would have been so pleased to see what we've done with this property.
When we found your plans, we knew we found what we were looking for... Some of our favorite features of this home design are the spacious great room, the beautiful dormer windows at the front which let in a lot of natural light, and an amazing master bedroom and suite.
This house is not just our dream house, it is a memorial to an amazing godly man who was everyone's friend and whose influence is still being felt in so many people's lives to this day. Thanks House Plan Gallery for a beautiful house plan, which has turned into a beautiful house, which has become our home, which has brought a lot of peace and comfort...
Geof & Jenny C.
Valleyview, Alberta, Canada
It has been a dream come true...|
My husband & I were living in Oklahoma when we had our twin daughters. They came early and we didn't have any family out there so we decided that we would move back to Tennessee where all of our family lives. We purchased a small 900 sq. ft. doublewide mobile home just 1 mile from my parents and 3 miles from his parents. It was most convenient to have built-in babysitters.
After 5 years, when our daughters were walking & talking and headed for elementary school, we decided that 900 sq. ft. just wasn't big enough. We were given 9.77 acres of land by my husband's mother, and began looking through house plans online and went and bought your plan catalog.
A few house plans in there actually appealed to me, but we decided to go for the HPG-18002-1 house and find a contractor. The contractor we chose was actually my father-in-law's best friend. He agreed to build the house for cost + 10% which is unheard of now.
We were able to get nearly everything we wanted for just at $200K. Hardwoods, tile, fireplace, basement, stainless appliances, brand new front load washer & dryer on pedestals, etc.
Some of my favorite features of this home are the large master bathroom, the his & her closets in the master suite, and the wonderful basement. Also, we made just a few updates to the layout of the home including: taking the workshop out of the garage, on the main level, and used it to increase the size of our pantry/laundry room. Also we added a single garage door in the basement for a workshop. We also re-arranged one of the bathroom areas so that we could have a bigger window on that side of the house. And finally, we opened up the wall between the media room and living room and we use it as a open office...
It has been a dream come true. It's not our first house but it's OUR house. We love it! On top of all of that we have managed to pay off all of our debt (credit cards, cars, student loans) and we are now paying 1/2 mortgage payment bi-weekly. We only owe ~$200k but our house & land have already been appraised at over $325K, so we are happy about that.
Thank you for the wonderful service your company provided in the beginning so that we could manage to have a such a beautiful home now!
Cedar Hill, Tennessee
It was a WONDERFUL experience, and I can't say enough good about the house plans!|
It all started with the beautiful lot we bought. The three acre lot had a lot of character. There was a hill on one side and it was a corner lot. Next came the house plans. We knew that we wanted to build a ranch house. We looked at a lot of house plans, and when I found this plan, I had alot of questions. House Plan Gallery helped me every step of the way, and they were very nice and easy to work with. I would recommend them to everyone and if I ever were to build again I would use them in a heart beat. I love my home.
My top 3 favorite features of my house include: 1.)I love my 3-way fireplace. You can see it from so many areas in the house. You can see it from the dinning room, kitchen and the greatroom. Its a great feature that helps divide the rooms instead of a wall. 2.) I love my walk-out basement with the french doors and the two full windows. The light that comes into the windows and doors are wonderful they really brighten up the basement, and finally 3.) I love the outside of my house which is all stone, brick, shake and siding... no wood, no maintenance.
We did make some changes to the original floor plan. House Plan Gallery made it so easy and very inexpensive. When I did do the changes, they were done right and quick. I also had no problems with the city on my house plans. Everything was done right and everything was up to code. Everyone that worked on the house had no problems with the blue prints.
We upgraded the ceiling by switching to 9ft. ceilings throughout the whole house. We made the master bedroom a cathedral ceiling and we did the same in the greatroom. In our dining area we did a beautiful tray ceiling with rope lighting. We wanted our greatroom to be bigger so we took out the foyer and extended the greatroom into that area. The guys at House Plan Gallery were definately "on their game" when they realized that changes in the roof had to be made because of the changes in the greatroom.
On the right side of the house we took out the three bathrooms and only went with one. The original plan in the master bedroom had three doors. One coming in the bedroom, the closet door and the bathroom door. We eliminated the closet door. You go through the masterbath to get in the closet and can get to his and her closets. Its works out great.
If I'm getting ready for work and Tom's sleeping, I can close the door and get totally ready and not bother him. When you walk into the house from the garage there is a flex space that is on the origal floor plan. The change we made there was to take that out and put a half bathroom, it works out great. If Tom's working in the garage or we have a party out side, Tom or our guest don't have to use the masterbath room or walk across to the other side of the house. We also bumped out the french doors that come off the dining room. We put bay windows so when the french doors opened they would not interfere with the table. Our 2 favorite and most special changes we love are the three way fire place that helps divide the great room and dinning area, and the walk out basement with two full windows and french doors. So the house looks like a ranch from some angles but from others, it looks two story.
Now check this out, the outside is gorgeous. We used stone, brick, shake and siding in the house. A lot going on, but it flows. No wood is on the outside, we didn't want anything we had to do maintenance on every year or every other year. We also decided to use foam insulation. It comes out of a machine and then swells up in the wall cavity and you then shave the extra foam off. Our basement called, at first for 10 poles. We reconstructed the floor joists and now we have only 2 in the basement. The basement floor we used stamped concrete. We also used a Geothermal system to heat and cool our house.
I'm so proud of my house; I thank everyone that made this a great experience. My husband was the general contractor, he did it all, I give all the credit to him. I was very satisfied with the outcome. I would be happy to recommend anyone interested in building a new home to work with the guys at House Plan Gallery. It was a WONDERFUL experience, and I can't say enough good about the house plans!
Tom and Katelynn C.