Dream House Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You're the only one to know, of course, exactly what your dream house plans are. It could be, though, that now that you've made the financial commitment, you're paralyzed by the idea of making a style decision. If this is the case, what you want to do is flip through a catalog or website of property renderings. There are countless plans and sketches of prepared "dream houses." These are stock in trade, however, not customized. Nonetheless, they'll probably be enough to regalvanize both your creativity and your certainty. Once you're sure, all you might need is an architect willing to adjust his stock blueprints to your dream house plans. The approach makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Focusing in on Your Dream House Plans

Maybe you're thinking of a Spanish Revival villa with a red-tile roof, barrel-vaulted ceiling, and arched windows. The exterior is smooth ivory stucco. Endless sun pours in the floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a flagstone terrace. There are four bedrooms, three full baths, and fireplaces in the living room and kitchen.

A Cape Cod along the Maine coast might have been in the back of your mind since your years at Bowdoin College, after all. Now's the time to put these dream house plans into reality. A large cottage is what you want--with a clapboard exterior, cross-gabled roof, stone fireplaces, deep-set dormers, a kitchen and a great room downstairs, plus a paneled office, and a full porch for the summer days.

Imagine a little stretch of central North Carolina in the middle of the rolling hill country. A white clapboard house with end chimneys and a wrap-around porch and azalea bushes sits nestled under maple and oak trees, its cross-gable roof and string of hipped dormer windows bringing light and wonderful cross ventilation to the upper floors. Downstairs a wide U-shaped kitchen faces the back of the front central staircase and opens onto both great room and dining room.

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