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Home Design & Decor – Plan the Layout of Furniture in a New Home Using Design Software

Using HGTV's home design software - or software from other companies that offer similar options - you can plan your new house (or your remodeling) right down to the layout of your furniture. That's a great way to move forward on the new house you want or the remodeling of the house you already live in. You can also use it to plan how you want to decorate and change the house you have now, simply by rearranging the furniture, adding to it with new purchases, or taking some of it away.

Some people pay hundreds of dollars to have someone else tell them what kind of furniture and accessories to buy and where they should place those pieces for maximum effect. The problem with that is the designer is the one with the opinion that gets used, and the person who lives in the home often doesn't have much say in where things are put. It seems much more logical that the person who lives there should be the one to choose where things are placed in the home, according to his or her own taste.

If you want to make your own decisions when it comes to your furniture layout, you can get home design & décor software that will let you move things around, change things, and keep adjusting things until you feel like you have your home furniture layout just the way you want it. Then you can see about rearranging the actual furniture in your home, and you'll know whether you want to use the pieces you have, get all new ones, or simply replace a few of them.

You'll also be able to see how the arrangement would look without being required to move a lot of heavy furniture around and then move it back (or somewhere else) if you don't like where you've moved it to. That can quickly become annoying, and can result in aggravation, fatigue, and injury. Plus, you could damage the floor, walls, and/or furniture if you're not careful with what you're doing. Moving furniture and changing the layout virtually is much easier and less stressful.

Of course, it's not the same on the screen of a computer as it is in real life, so you won't get quite the same effect that you would get if you actually moved the furniture and could look at the room. However, trying the home décor & design program first is a great way to experiment if you really aren't sure what you want to do when it comes to rearranging what you already have. It's also a great way to save yourself a lot of money.

There are designers who will help you, but they change quite a lot per hour. If you can design things yourself, you can spend the money that you would have spent on a designer on the new furnishing and decorations you want in your home. That's a much better and longer-lasting investment.


Luxury Home Plans 101

Often your house is the largest asset you will ever own. You spend everyday in your home so it should fully meet all your basic needs. Luxurious homes with alluring amenities are more attainable than you think. You don't have to be a wealthy celebrity or billionaire mogul to live in a luxury home. Customized floor plans make it possible to live your dream life without breaking the bank.

While posh homes are often spacious, any size home can include gracious amenities to improve your lifestyle. Sparkling bathrooms, a fantastic family room, a functional kitchen and plenty of storage space make any home more appealing. Of course larger homes offer additional opportunities for guest rooms, a library, a recreation room, outdoor living areas and other exciting additions.

There are a variety of beautiful luxury home plans to choose from. Popular luxury home styles include Victorian, Mediterranean, European, colonial and traditional. Each type of home has its own unique design and features.

Victorian homes have multiple roofs, paned bay windows and dramatic turrets. The streets of many major cities throughout the United States are lined with lovely Victorian homes. Just as their name implies, Victorian homes named for Queen Victoria. Since the 19th century, Victorian homes have been associated with affluence and superior design. Gingerbread houses is a term often used to refer to highly decorated Victorian homes.

Mediterranean style homes emulate popular designs originating in Spain and Italy. Often you see Mediterranean homes in the south and southwestern regions of the United States. Mediterranean homes often have stucco exteriors, red tile roofs, columns and arches. Usually there are plenty of spacious outdoor living spaces such as wrought iron balconies and covered decks overlooking lush gardens.

European luxury house plans feature high ceilings, fireplaces, open rooms, French doors, gourmet kitchens, master bedroom suites and plenty of open floor space. Architectural styles included in European home plans include Tudor, Georgian, Italian and French.

Colonial homes originated in 1640 as early European settlers brought their various housing styles to America. Popular colonial home styles include Spanish colonial, Dutch colonial, French colonial, German colonial and Georgian. With clean, simple lines and quality craftsmanship, colonial homes remain a popular choice today.

Traditional homes appeal to every budget and taste. Based on a variety of architectural designs, traditional homes can be a ranch or two stories. Because of their versatility, traditional homes are easily customized to meet every possible desire. Add multiple car garages, outdoor living areas and a pool for completely gracious living.

Often contemporary homes are also consider luxury homes. With their signature oversize windows, contemporary homes offer the benefit of panoramic views from every room. Spacious contemporary house plans also include all the modern amenities discerning homeowners crave.


Modular Homes – A Home Builder’s Delight

The Advantages of Modular Homes

Modular homes sections are constructed in climate-regulated manufacturing plants, allowing builders to eliminate the expensive delays they experience whenever the weather their building sites turns against them. The time it takes to have a modular home up and in move-in condition from the moment it is ordered can be as short as ninety days, and that kind of turnaround can mean savings which a builder can pass along to a customer. Being built inside and away from the weather also means that modular homes can be ordered at any time of the year.

Discounts On Materials

Another advantage modular homes offer for builder-developers is that their materials, both for the exterior, and the interior finishing materials and appliances, can be ordered in bulk lots, at significant discounts. Yet they will be equal in quality to any of the materials or appliances used in standard homes. This is another huge savings for the builder, and eventually for the customer.

Factory Site Quality Control

One often overlooked advantage of modular homes for builder-developers is that because a modular home is manufactured in a single factory, those who are building it will be subject to the same performance standards. The end result is a home of uniform quality throughout, and both the home builder and the future home owner will benefit from knowing that.


How about the fact that going modular allows a builder to tailor his home plans to his customers' specifications? This is a terrific advantage of modular homes for builder-developers because it gives the builder the flexibility to either draw up his own plans or order homes built to an individual buyer's request. Modular homes can be created in any architectural style, and a design plan can even be changed via computer if the customer comes up with a new idea.

Unlimited Choices

Another advantage of modular homes for builder-developers is that there is literally no limit to the size or architectural detailing of these homes. From vacation cottages and log cabins to palatial multi-storey seaside retreats, of even multi-family structures, modular homes are available for every possible taste and budget. There are even some builders who now choose modular construction for their commercial office projects.

The advantages of modular homes for builder-developers have become so great that they clearly outshine any small stigma which may remain in the minds of some when they hear the term "modular home!"

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