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SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/21/2006 :  14:38:58  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know of a site in the USA, where we can find floor schemas to look at, to get ideas for our new house?


Peter Larsson
Helsingborg, Sweden

SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/21/2006 :  15:02:45  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Found this
http://www.design-house.com/


Peter Larsson
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robvolk
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USA
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Posted - 12/21/2006 :  21:31:35  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Found these on Google under "floor plans":

http://www.architecturaldesigns.com/
http://www.eplans.com/default.hwx
http://www.amazingplans.com/
http://www.coolhouseplans.com/

There were quite a few more sites too.
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SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  03:51:58  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great! Thank you very much.
It was the word "floor plan" I was unsure of.


Peter Larsson
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DonAtWork
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  06:45:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is my favorite: http://www.dreamhomesource.com/default.asp

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SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  07:34:32  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is great! Thank you all for helping out.
We (girlfriend and I) hav many hours in front of us now to spend looking for some exciting floor plan design.
I wish it was as easy as in USA to build. Here in Sweden there are regulations for everything.

Roofs must be between this and that degree tilting. Garage must never be closer then 5 feet to neighbour, and house 12 feet away. House building area must not exceed 35% of land.
And so on...


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Helsingborg, Sweden
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DonAtWork
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  10:40:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have many,many, MANY regulations here too. And they vary state by state, city by city, town by town. Congratulations on getting set to build a home

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SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  11:07:32  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
To advantage by using the site you provided is that there is an estimation for building the house (except garage). On an average, we can tell that the price for building the houses we like, are about half the price compared to build them in Sweden...


Peter Larsson
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Kristen
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  11:22:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using Punch design software. Also EstimatorXpress - not sure how relevant that will be to you, but its a VERY nifty overlay to Excel that shows you, for example, a window and you just tick boxes etc. for whether you want to render / paint / etc. the various bits - the inner/outer walls, and the bits that go round the corner towards the walls etc., and then what type of window etc. etc. It then costs the whole job for you - according to whether you will do some jobs yourself, what labour rate each of the "trades" you use charges, etc.

Also a very good book here "The Housebuilders Bible". Again, I'm sure not relevant to your country, but it is regarded hear as head & shoulders above all the other "Build a house" books because of the amount of detail it considers for all the various approaches to building.

They reckon you need something like 6 CAT5 cables to each room for a modern house ...

Ask me offline if I can help more. I've been looking into this for a while now for a "little extension" <vbg> we are planning.

Kristen
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SwePeso
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Sweden
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  11:25:09  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fiber cables, Kristen, fiber cables...

No worry. We have already covered the foundation of the information carrier in the building.
Now, "all" we need is the overall plan design.


Peter Larsson
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Kristen
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  11:38:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also seriously like the look of home automation of lighting circuits etc.

double-press the switch by your bed to put the house into "night mode". Change your mind, after it is built, about what "night mode" might be - which lights should be on, etc. If you go to bed early it can also set change central heating from Evening temperature to Night temperature.

Switch by the door can put the house into "away mode", including setting the alarm and dropping the heating by, say, 5 degrees.

Which lights should the switches in the hall turn on? "All of them" is a bit wasteful ... the switches in our house (built in the '60s) are seriously wrong to my way of thinking. 7 different switches to get the hall lights how you might want them :-(

Proper dimming of lights (i.e. the sort of dimming that saves electricity rather than just generates heat)

And so on ...

Have a look at Sonos for the wireless music too. Just a tough too expensive to be an "impulse purchase", but it is very well thought through.

Kristen
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Michael Valentine Jones
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USA
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  12:10:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Peso

This is great! Thank you all for helping out.
We (girlfriend and I) hav many hours in front of us now to spend looking for some exciting floor plan design.
I wish it was as easy as in USA to build. Here in Sweden there are regulations for everything.

Roofs must be between this and that degree tilting. Garage must never be closer then 5 feet to neighbour, and house 12 feet away. House building area must not exceed 35% of land.
And so on...


Peter Larsson
Helsingborg, Sweden


Will house plans meant for the US be even close to acceptable for building in Sweden, or are you just looking for ideas?

The US has plenty of building regulations, just maybe not as "advanced" as Sweden. Building regulations in California may have reached that level though.

Why don't you just move to the US? If you like a cooler climate, there's still plenty of space left in Alaska.





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jezemine
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Posted - 12/22/2006 :  16:40:55  Show Profile  Visit jezemine's Homepage  Reply with Quote
indeed. and in alaska you can go into the wilderness and build a log cabin with any angle roof you like!


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tiffanyyu
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  03:05:29  Show Profile  Visit tiffanyyu's Homepage  Reply with Quote
you just looking for ideas?

The US has plenty of building regulations, just maybe not as "advanced" as Sweden. Building regulations in California may have reached that level though.

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AndrewMurphy
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  04:05:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
spam per signatures?
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SwePeso
Patron Saint of Lost Yaks

Sweden
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  04:07:22  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Already reported by Kristen.


N 56°04'39.26"
E 12°55'05.63"
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Kristen
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  05:45:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad the thread was bumpd, I enjoyed re-reading it.

Hows it going Peso, you moved in yet? I guess I was on SQLTeam-vacation for most of your build
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SwePeso
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  06:09:34  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Oh yes. We bought a really nice house. That is, it was really wearn down and no previous renovating taking place.
See link here. No traffic since we live downmost in the street.



N 56°04'39.26"
E 12°55'05.63"
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Kristen
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  10:25:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What no Blog, WebCam of the build in progress, Gallery of pictures, and a full Cartesian-join of data?

Google Street Car hasn't even been down your cul-de-sac!
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Michael Valentine Jones
Yak DBA Kernel (pronounced Colonel)

USA
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  11:23:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Peso

Oh yes. We bought a really nice house. That is, it was really wearn down and no previous renovating taking place.
See link here. No traffic since we live downmost in the street.



N 56°04'39.26"
E 12°55'05.63"




Is that you in the back yard?



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