Aussie Showcases American House Plans

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New boutique site creates an unconventional approach to planning a new home.

We help [house plan buyers] navigate the options & provide additional information about design & building while they're here. isn’t a house plan site but Australian blogger Sam Crothers says it’s a refreshing and highly effective place to start a house plan search. The site, launched recently, is an independent navigational tool for house plan buyers and offers a comprehensive directory of places to purchase residential stock plans online. "The vast majority of house plan sites on are from the United States," says Sam. "The US is undoubtedly the international headquarters for pre-designed stock plans and I love presenting America’s best residential designers and architects to the world. But finding the right house plan site, and the right home design, can be overwhelming for buyers. We help them navigate the options and provide additional information about design and building while they’re here."

Sam set up after her own attempt to buy a house plan online proved unsuccessful. "There are thousands of plans out there but it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Some nights I sat in front of the computer feeling like I was at a poker machine, hitting the button for the next page and hoping the right plan would come up. You commit a lot of financial and emotional energy to building a house so you want to make sure you’ve made the right choice. Having a knowledgeable, independent guide can make all the difference."

Sam says also advocates "affordable quality" for international home buyers. "A lot of the older residential stock we have is aesthetically pleasing, well-proportioned, functional, and built to last, and I think it’s important to strive for more of that going forward."

In addition to a directory and site reviews, Houseplanology provides a wide range of building and design related information, and readers don’t need to be in the market for a house plan to find value in this section of the site. "Our library of resources is growing all the time," Sam says. "We have a range of topics including lesser known aspects of building and design. One of my specialties is Building Biology so healthy building is becoming a big part of the blog, plus we have articles coming up about traditional environmental studies like Feng Shui and Geomancy. On top of that we feature interviews with architects and people from the residential building industry, plus we cover products and services, interiors and exteriors, book reviews, building fundamentals and top 10 lists. The site has had humble beginnings but we’re building on solid foundations and there’s much more growth to come."

See Houseplanology at: .

About Sam Crothers:

Sam Crothers has a business degree and Graduate Certificate in Marketing Communication, and is currently completing the final subjects of a qualification in Building Biology. She is completely immersed in healthy homes and great design, and passionate about improving the suburban landscape.

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