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My Dream Home Idea Notebook goes everywhere I go! It has all the must-haves for our new house (measurements, colors, photos). Easy Dream House idea file tips

Residential Bathroom Code Requirements. Standard bathroom dimensions, sizes, and space requirements for showers, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, vanities. Room sizes for a full bath, half bath, water closet, powder room. Plus, ADA bathroom requirements and online tools to save time & money designing your bathroom!


If money were no object, which posh amenities would be on your wish list? Here are the things that Jim & I have talked about including in our dream home...

Without a doubt, our log home will be more like a bungalow with some interesting angles, curves & unique hardware, rather than purely straight lines and squares. But it wasn't until we started fine-tuning the details like a big wooden speakeasy door with a dentil shelf -- Arts & Crafts; prairie style windows -- Craftsman; tapered columns and wide steps on the porches -- bungalow that we even realized we were gravitating toward the Craftsman style of home architecture and decor which encompasses all of these things, and more.

Some tips for deciding on the right log home floorplan for you... based on your family's wants and needs, as well as how your family plans to utilize the spaces within your home.

If you are considering meeting with an Interior Designer, to help you fine-tune the details and features that you plan to build into your new home, here are a few things that we've learned along the way...

You can modify anything at any point in time -- from the basic floorplans you find on your own to the final set of blueprints that you and a designer create together. However, after you get so far along in the process, there are likely to be fees or significant costs to modify a set of blueprints. Here are the steps we went through to design our custom log home.

Have you given any thought to just how long those things that you're installing are going to last? I have. Recently the National Association of Home Builders -- NAHB -- shed some light on the life expectancy of common components inside a home. Have a look...

Who knew something so simple as the placement of the toilet could be so difficult? ...Not me!