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Types House Plans : Architectural Design

March 24, 2012

Types House Plans : Architectural Design

Apnaghar offers a huge collection of Simplex House Plans encompassing a progressive, almost avant-garde impression. Unique and Stylish are words that come to mind when describing a Simplex house plan.Clean lines, open floor plans and simple spaces are trademarks of Simplex house plans.
Building materials for a Simplex House Plan might include use of glass, steel, timbers and concrete. Geometry also plays a significant role with the Simplex house plan. Strong rectangular shapes and/or dramatic sweeping curves are identifying features of Simplex house plans. Often times, both the bold right-angles as well as dramatic spherical arcs are incorporated in a Simplex house plan.


Affordable house plans include 2- bedroom, 3- bedroom house plans  are one of the most popular house plan configurations in the country, and there’s a reason for that: two- three bedrooms allow for a wide number of options and a broad range of functionality for any home owner. A single professional may incorporate a home office into their house plan, while still leaving space for a guest room. A young couple may set up the perfect bedroom for their child while maintaining space for a study, for guests, or even for another addition to their family. For that reason, it is critical to note the location of the three bedrooms within the plan. A master suite well removed from the other bedrooms is your best bet. Carefully considering how the two-three bedrooms will be used-and may be used in the future-will ensure that your house plan selection will serve you and your family well for years to come.
A duplex house plan is for a Single-family home that is built as a single dwelling with two separate units having one kitchen & Dinning. The two units are built either side by side separated by a firewall or they may be stacked. Duplex Hose plans gives a villa look and feel in small area. If the building is in high-density areas such as busy cities or on more expensive waterfront property, this type of home can be a great investment option for the future. Apnaghar collection offers various styles, sizes and configurations available online.  You may browse our duplex  home plans with modern elevation best suited to the environment. The duplex blueprints in this collection represent the effort of dozens of  designers and architects.
South India house plans
Homes with a luxury floor plan such as large estates or mansions may contain separate guest suites, servants’ quarters, home entertainment rooms, pool houses, detached garages, and more. “Luxury” itself is not a style but a lifestyle. Styles of Luxury Home Plans available at APNAGHAR will include; Traditional House Plan, Modern House Plan, Villas House Plans, Bunglaow House pLans, Duplex Hous Plans, Exclusive House Plans. Our luxury plans starts very early, almost at 3500 sq ft and includes large home floor plans over 11,000 Sq ft. The most popular luxury homes are found in the Mediterranean home plans and European house plans design style categories. The Luxury blueprints in this collection represent the effort of dozens of home designers and architects. This guarantees a broad spectrum of architectural interpretations within this design style.
Small house plans fit big dreams of middle income group. Small house Plans that fall in this square-foot range are ideal for those looking to build a smart, flexible, cost-efficient, and energy-saving home that is no larger than what the family needs or what the plot allows. Small house plans should feel snug, not cramped – a challenging balance for designers to attain. Space-saving strategy is the foremost concept in small house plans. Small house plans are smartly built homes call for rooms that flow easily between household hotspots and perform “on demand.” For instance kitchen allows the space to function flexibly as a dining area prep space, breakfast bar, and serving buffet for larger meals. In all small home plans, judicious placement of porches and balconies is a great way to add both character and area to the home. Small house plans are intended to be economical to build. Although many small home plans are often plain and simple, this website includes hundreds of small house plans that are absolutely charming, well planned, well zoned, and a joy to live in. These small house plans may be smaller in size but are designed to live and feel large.
Two and Three-story homes suit families of any size, at any stage of life, and are often cost-efficient alternatives to sprawling one-level designs. Their flexibility stems from the way these designs vary from room placement and architectural structure of the home, accommodating multiple needs and preferences. Two & Three story plans have the advantage of a second floor to help separate bedrooms from common living spaces or other bedrooms. Three-story plans are both functional and practical have the advantage of a second floor to help separate bedrooms from common living spaces or other bedrooms.
Multi-family house plans carry the culture of joint family in it. These multi-family building plans are commonly referred to as duplexes, triplexes, apartment plans, row houses, townhouses, or condos.In these Multi-family house plans more than one family can reside under one roof with almost same facilities Multi-family house plans, and apartment floor plans are available in many architectural styles at Apnaghar. Multi family home plans make great investment property and work well where space is limited due to cost or availability. Multi-family house plan can be selected from huge variety of design styles available at Apnaghar.
Architectural Features of Bungalow House Plans:
  • Low-slung roof, often with flared roof line
  • Exposed rafters and ridge beams
  • Large wide porches, often with tapered square columns
  • Open and informal floor plans
Bungalow house plans with their wide, inviting front porches and open living areas, are a popular home design nationwide.
The bungalow house plan style, has its own luxury, utilization of space, landscaping etc. It lends itself to an easy and informal lifestyle, often coupled with well-wrought details. Bungalows make up in liveability what they lack in small house plans. A typical floor plan features an open living area, with bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms arranged for easily accessibility. The low-slung roof – often with multiple projections – gives the home a “built-in” feel on the right lot. The bungalow house plan, with its signature wide, inviting porch supported by rectangular columns, provides what amounts to an extra room, open to the street and bringing the outdoors into play in the occupants’ lifestyle.


Farmhouse is a general term for the main house of a farm. It is a type of building or house which serves a residential purpose in a rural or agricultural setting. Most often, the surrounding environment will be a farm or surrounded by landscaping garden. Farmhouse plan or farm house design are traditional home plans that recall the informality and charm of a country farm. Regional diversity provides a varied collection but all share a rural flavor. Farmhouse plan or farm house design are typically large front porches that often wrap around and occasionally extend to the rear as well. Farm house plans come in various floor plan types but are more frequent as 1 ½ or two story floor plans; however ranches are common in certain regions. Farm house plans can be found throughout the continent and do vary from modest to expansive.
 Hilly Area house plans are typically multi-level plans designed to sit on rugged, hillside lots. Although Hilly Area house plans are frequently contemporary with wide open interiors to capture views, there are many that are more traditional in character. Many Hilly Area house plans come with daylight, or walk-out basements. At Apnaghar you can find huge collection of Hilly Area house plans. We at Apnaghar also provide customized solution for Hilly Area House Plans.
Traditional house plans are blend of old fashioned house plans with modern architecture creativite or innovations. Comfortably rooted in a wide variety of Indian historical styles, Traditional house plans have a wonderfully warm and familiar feel. By using the most popular elements of Classical on old design, these one, two and three story plans offer the advantage of being instantly at home in most any setting. Exteriors encompass the entire range of siding options including brick, wood, stone and stucco as well as tasteful combinations. Interiors too are flexible enough to accommodate a broad range of traditional tastes and design desires. Welcoming front porches, gracious dining and living rooms as well as generously-proportioned kitchens, family rooms and integrated garages are all options that can be found in Traditional home designs.
A garage not only offers you practical benefits on a daily basis, it also significantly increases the overall value of your property. Apnaghar offers a huge selection of garage plans and shed plans to compliment your new building project.  Some have lofts, workshops and even full apartments incorporated into the design. Generally, the minimum recommended size of a 1-car garage is approximately 12 ft. wide and 22 ft. deep. When considering your 1-car garage design, go bigger when possible. There might be proper space for bicycles, two wheelers,  a lawnmower, garden tools, sporting equipment, etc. Garage plans with a covered porch will add charm to an otherwise plain garage-building plan. These garage designs have a covered entry way and offer variations in floor plans which may include a bathroom, shower, office, kennel, or a lap


March 24, 2012
Structural Design and Drawings are very important for buildings as heavy
reinforced (excess steel) caused sudden failure (without any warnings) in the
buildings during Earthquake while lower side provides less strength to the
buildings. Both above cases are very dangerous to our Residence/property where
we live.
The aim of designing the building is to design buildings so that it fulfils its purpose
during its intended lifetime with adequate safety (strength and stability)
serviceability (durability and stiffness) and economy keeping in mind the quality
parameter of the materials and workmanship as per Indian standard.
Safety implies that the possibility of (partial or total) Failure/collapse of the
structure is acceptably low not only under the normal loads but also under
probable overloads such as earthquake and extreme wind.
Serviceability implies satisfactory performance of the structure under service
loads, without discomfort to the user due to excessive deflection, cracking,
vibration etc.
Economy implies satisfactory use of money (lowest cost) without compromising
the strength and quality of the building materials. This all are only possible when
we use proper structural drawings with exact reinforcement detailed showing
placing and bindings of steel and work accordingly.
On the other hand if we need any changes/alteration in future, we can do the
same without any hesitation and flip flop. (i.e. what is the steel beneath the
column and beams, Can this structure is sufficiently strong to bear this much extra
load). Because every thing is known to you and it is in your record. Otherwise we
will have to take the help of some technology to find out the quality and strength
of building, which is very costly.
Please see some photograph of buildings after Gujarat Earthquake during January
The above points must be considered before construction of residence and
offices, where your near and dear ones lives/works.

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Get your House Plans developed by Professional Architects

March 6, 2012

Why an Architect should be hired?
Apnaghar recommends that an architect should be appointed for the construction of any house as the professional help would be useful in many ways. One can clearly see and feel the difference in a house designed by an architect and one by a non-professional.
 The visual appeal of the house is much better, as it is discussed with the client beforehand and is designed by an experienced person.
Know how of the spaces and structure before hand is useful. The architect with his experience helps in dividing the spaces more efficiently as required by the client. This also ascertains that the whole space is efficiently used.
One gets to know the feel of the place and space functions. The architect is able to explain what the final look and feel of the spaces would be.
The architect acts as an invigilator of the construction and helps in reducing costs and clarifies misconceptions and bills by the contractor.
The architect helps manage construction within time and cost constraints.
 A practicing architect helps in designing the house within the constraints of building bye laws thus avoiding any illegal constructions that may create problems at the time of getting the completion certificate.
How to get to an architect?
Architects are not allowed to advertise. Hence it becomes a little tedious for an enthusiast house builder to get the apt architect. Here ApnaGhar can help you in getting the work done by professional Architects. The juice, however, is worth the squeeze. For socialites and brand conscious, one gets enough information in newspapers, yellow pages, journals and magazines regarding upbeat architects. If cost is a major factor then one can help oneself  by asking one’s friends, nears and dears, whosoever’s home one feels is appealing. This is because each architect has his own style and the feel of the spaces created is his own.
It is always worthwhile to check out on some of the works executed by the architect before hiring to ascertain that the suitability of the architects style. Architects do, however, adjust to the thinking styles of clients when the clients are certain of their requirements.
How to work with an architect?
    Hire a Licensed Architect to avoid sanctioning problems.
    Sign a contract having commitment from both sides.
    First, briefly discuss the realistic preliminary budget, description of the project.
    Aesthetic visions
    Architectural Style
    Living style
    Specifications if any
     -number of floors
     -number of bedrooms and baths
     -size of kitchen, living (approx)
    Prepare a checklist of priorities
    Let Architect review your ideas
    Allow the Architect to respond
    Try to understand language of Architect
    One can certainly ask for redesign and modifications but after finalising and once construction gets    started one should not go for any major changes.
What to expect from an architect?
 Many options till a satisfactory solution is achieved
    Check for
     -Does it meet your budget?
     -Does it suit your life –style?
    Can ask for more 3-D drawings, perspectives, models
    Furniture layout to understand the functioning of a space.
    Ask Architect to complete all drawings and details before starting construction on site.
You can contact ApnaGhar for these services. Here you find Complete Architectural solution