Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome Summer!

Happy summer!  On this first day of post-Spring we are pleased to announce that sun is in the forecast for the next several days.  To welcome the sun (and since it has lightened our moods considerably) we are offering a sale that lasts through Labor Day.  Any purchase of $250 or more can get 20% off by using the code 'summer11'.  Shipping is still free and so is this blog.  We will be winding down the designs a bit for the next few months while we take advantage of the lack of rain to focus on our spin-off, Dragonfly Trailers.  Eager to use our hammers we've been working on building a small travel trailer.  With any luck it will be ready in time for summer camping.

Visit Istockhouseplans to review our plans and pick your favorite.  Kind of like a puppy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beneath the Maple Tree

It's been a while since Istockhouseplans has released a new plan.  Part of that is not feeling that what comes up is good enough for inclusion.  Then there's the whole bit about keeping with our new model of smaller homes.  To fill the void, we've let inspiration take hold.  A railroad building at Union Station in Portland, Oregon gave us inspiration for a multi-use building.  The structure is about 16x24', two stories and bricked out.  We thought this would make a great garage model and ran with it.  The Maple Garage G201 was born.  The building is 16x24 of garage (or shop) below.  The upstairs is 384sf of office, studio, or apartment.  The bathroom is only a half bath and the kitchen only denotes a sink.  However you are not strictly limited to what our drawings represent.  Were you to want to use the upstairs as a true living quarters, the bathroom could increase a touch and the kitchen be further decked in appliances.  The stairs are on the outside of the building which allows for true separation of uses.  Got a piece of land to squat?  Consider planting a Maple and grow from there!