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Home Plans

What does it take to come up with a great set of floor plans? What is the most important feature you want to emphasize in your home? How much space do you have to work with and how should all the rooms be laid out to get the biggest benefits? These questions, and many more, will arise when trying to pick out, or design, a great set of floor plans.

Purpose of Home Plans

Roof Shingles

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When the time comes for you to pick the shingles for your home there are actually many decisions to make. You may be thinking that you only have to decide what color you want but there is much more to think about.

Basement Ceiling Height

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Try adding an extra course of block to your basement wall. Why, you may ask, is because the more courses of concrete block you use in your basement the higher your ceiling is going to be. The higher your ceiling is, the more it will feel like the rest of your house, and you will still have a space in your ceiling to run wiring, plumbing and heating and air conditioning duct work.

Figure out your Basement Ceiling Height.

Bilco Basement Access Door

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During the construction of your new home there are many decisions to make. It is easy to remove options that may cost a little extra, only to regret this decision in the future. Adding a Bilco access door is one of those decisions. The convenience of a basement access, in addition to your interior steps, is a step (no pun intended) one must make during the construction of a new home.

An Entrance for the Contractor

Foundation Drain to stop a wet basement.

A foundation drain is a 4" diameter continuous length of perforated piping that runs the circumference of the basement walls. It is a very important part of the waterproofing system that should surround your house. It lays on a bed of gravel collecting the ground water that tries to force its way into your basement and will reduce the chances that you will get a wet basement.

Waterproofing system.

Attic Pull Down Steps

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Installing attic steps is not a complicated project but it does take two or three people and a couple of tools. You have to locate where you want the attic steps, and make sure that there is a space where there are no ceiling joist, or rafters are in the way. You also have to think about the path you have to travel in order to carry you item to the stairs. These stair openings are not huge, so if you tuck them in a corner, or in a closet, chances are you won’t be able to maneuver your storage items to fit up the small stair opening.

What to Consider

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