Monday, November 23, 2009

International Trade Vendor Blog

Garrell Associates, Inc. is proud to announce it’s new international trade vendor affiliate, Global Link Solutions(GSL).

In todays challenging business climate, Garrell Associates, Inc. an Award winning residential design firm, is working to strengthen ties with building product manufacturers. Our firm is reaching out to material and equipment companies that represent a high level of quality within their industry.
We have chosen to utilize GSL to implement this broad marketing strategy. Headed up by Sean Ryan and Kyle Ryan, this team's immense knowledge of the construction products industry and communication among business leaders will establish a solid foundation for a designer/vendor products program.
We will now be a “one stop shop” for exceptional home designs and the very finest building products. Garrell Associates emphasis will focus on high quality, low maintainance, green materials and systems. *Our goal is to design homes which use less energy and meet a low number (below 80) on the HERS (the home energy rating system by RESNET) while providing a durable, livable and beautiful home design for our clients and for generations to come. Also, see our vendors page and our green house plan page.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Garrell Energy Blog

Garrell Associates is dedicated to creating beautiful green home plan designs. We are registered with the EPA as an Energy Star Designer. Our official rater is Building Performance Engineering. Garrell Associates is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C.) Georgia chapter which provides a professional trade forum and continuing education programs for LEED. For your convenience we can provide a PDF file of the Energy Star plan checklist. Please contact us if you would like a quote on H.E.R.S./Energy Star consulting service for your Garrell Associates house plan design. To date, Garrell Associates (through our builder clients) have completed over 50 energy star rated homes. For your reference, our Energy Star partnership agreement number is PA-34553-20090225.

Building Performance Engineering contact information:
Bryan M. Burris (NC, SC, TN, & GA regions)
Technical Program Manager/HERS rater
Building Performance Engineering
(828) 265-4888 office
(828) 264-2333 fax

Monday, April 13, 2009

The AIBD and

Featured designers on are members of the AIBD, the American Institute of Building Design. The AIBD is a professional trade organization established in 1950. This non-profit organization is dedicated to the development, recognition, and enhancement of the profession of building design. Currently, the AIBD national president, Mr. Salvatore "Sam" Liberti, and recent Georgia state AIBD president, David Kent, are two of the designers. Michael W. Garrell, Jim Klippel, Sam Kiberti and David Kent are all C.P.B.D., certified proffessional building designers, by the National Council of Building Designer Certification. For more information go to,, and

Monday, March 30, 2009

Institute of Classic Architecture

Planet House Plans is a member and proud sponsor of the I.C.A., the Institute of Classic Architecture. The I.C.A. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture and allied arts. Through educational courses, scholarships, study abroad programs and lectures the I.C.A. promotes architecture rooted in the timeless proportions and massings established by Palladios' five books of architecture. Our classical house plans offer timeless design which will look as attractive years from now as they do today.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Blue Planet is Green

Many of our designs, like the Earth Cottage #07102, are designed specifically for passive solar design or have been built under the "Energy Star" program which is a government program helping builders and individuals construct superior energy efficient house plans. Go to or for more details.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

About Planet House Plans

Planet House Plans website is a portfolio of home plans hosted by designers. Each of our fine house plan designers offer complete customizations and changes on any of the plans on the site. Please feel free to email, phone or fax your requests to us and we will have a "quick quote" back to you usually within 24 hours. If you don't find what you're looking for please give us a call, we have over 4,000 designs on hand. Thanks for looking!