Online Building & Remodeling Inspiration – Where to Look

While writing about Adirondack architecture, the great camps and boathouses I found myself dreaming about building. Coming from a family of builders this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, it seems to be in the blood 😉

In the process I discovered some great sites to fuel my imagination. The architectural world has exploded online in recent years and there are many good sites that can not only fuel your imagination, but also provide you with high quality architectural plans if you are ready to build.

In this post I’d like to share some links to some architectural sites that I really enjoy:

MossCreek.net

I love this site! As far as rustic architecture goes I think this is the best place online to get ideas. Mosscreek is a small company based in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The beautiful place where they live seems to be a great inspiration to their work as they are experts in the design of rustic American architecture.

In addition to having a very inspiring website they also offer their services in designing custom, unique and authentic homes. Whether you are looking for detailed plans or just want to dream, I think this is the best place to start!


HousePlans.net 

I really enjoyed this site, most of the plans that I looked at included real pictures of the house, which I feel is important. They offer a selection of over 14,000 house plans and are constantly updating their archives.

Their prices are pretty good and they offer quality, detailed plans. Their plans don’t usually include an architectural stamp or plumbing/electrical details, however, they provide a great base!


AmericanClassicHomes.com

This site is fascinating! Their designs are more classic than rustic, however, many do have a rustic flare.

What I enjoy the most about this site are the 3d virtual tours. You can actually “walk” through the houses clicking where you want to go. They also include video tours that walk through real houses built with their floorpans.

For the above reasons this site is unique and definitely worth a visit:


Houzze.com

I’m sure you have already seen this popular site, however, if you haven’t it is an amazing place to find ideas and house plans.

The story on the founding of the website is interesting. As the story goes the founders of the site, Adi and Alon, were in the process of remodeling and ended up with a huge and confusing pile of magazines full of ideas. Not only was the pile of magazines hard to organize and keep track of, but the stack of referrals quickly got confusing and overwhelming.

They that ought that there had to be a better way, and as a result they decided to make a better way! Their website was conceived in order to make it easy to keep track of all of your ideas as well as find and keep track of contractors, architects, designers etc.

If you aren’t familiar with the site you really should give it a look!


Pinterest.com

I saved the best for last! There is no doubt that you are familiar with Pinterest. This is by far the best place to get ideas. Even if you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body, you will come up with amazing ideas in no time. If to the contrary you are the creative type, you will enjoy a never-ending supply of images to stoke your imagination!

Just type in something like “rustic cabins” and you will find an endless array of images!

Conclusion

The world wide web has transformed almost every aspect of our lives and building/remodeling is no exception!

Spending some time relaxing and going through some of the above sites can give you results that years ago only the most accomplished interior decorator could have put together!

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