Archives: House Plans

Farmers Porch On Colonial Style House

By Todd Fratzel on Curb Appeal, Decks & Porches, House Plans

Farmers Porch When I designed our new house my wife only had a couple of must haves. The biggest wish on her list was a full length farmers porch. I was skeptical at first because I wasn’t exactly sure how our large colonial style home would look with such a large porch on it. As…

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Colonial Home Exterior Design Features

By Todd Fratzel on Design, House Plans

Colonial Home Design Recently a friend of ours shared a photo he took of our home last fall. I wanted to share it here and point out some of the design features of our colonial home. When it comes to two story homes the colonial style is by far the most cost effective type of…

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Top 10 Things To Consider In A New House Plan

By Todd Fratzel on House Plans

New House Plan Considerations Seeing that I have recently finished building our new home I thought I’d share some insights into the design of a new home. There are many new house plans available today and the sky’s the limit on features and styles. The biggest problem with the design process is once we’ve decided…

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Ranch Style Home Floor Plan

By Todd Fratzel on House Plans

The Ranch Style home that we’re getting ready to build that I mentioned in the Total House Construction Series – Foundation To Finish has a rather large footprint for a ranch style home. The house has a living square footage of 2,348 with only two bedrooms. 2,348 square feet may not sound like much but…

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New Construction Square Foot Costs

By Todd Fratzel on Home Improvement Cost Savings, House Plans

Every day someone asks me what is the average square foot cost for new home construction. Or they ask can you build me a house for $150 a square foot. The answer is, it depends! Trying to set a standard square foot cost for new home construction is like trying to say there is a…

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Custom Colonial House Plans

By Todd Fratzel on House Plans

Colonial Style Home With Farmer’s Porch Lately I’ve had a few people ask me where I got the plans for our new home. The answer is simple, I designed the house myself (with lots of input from my wife!). Anyway, after thinking about it for quite some time I’ve decided that I’d be willing to…

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Farmers Porch Design Drawing

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, House Plans

I’ve been quite surprised at the number of folks finding my blog the last couple of weeks searching for information about building a farmers porch. So, in an effort to share some of the knowledge I have about these great porches I’ve attached some of the details from my own farmers porch. As you can…

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