House Plan Room Sizes Ideal Dimensions For Living Rooms

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By Kirya Duncan

Living rooms, once considered the formal counterpart to the dining room, are anything but formal these days. They are more relaxed now and are used as a part of daily activities in the average home; in addition, they are also considered to be family rooms these days. The names have become interchangeable to many homeowners, so this could explain the gradual shift of this space from a formal room to a casual one.

One of the most challenging aspects of designing the size and shape of livings rooms, or any room for that matter, is to provide enough wall space for furniture placement. Rectangular rooms are ideal in general due to the ease of furniture planning; whereas, square rooms present a tougher challenge due to equal length walls. Since this is the area where the family unit would spend a significant amount of time, it is important to make this room one of largest; if not the biggest room in your house.

Living rooms vary in size and are governed by the overall heated square footage of your house. For the purpose of this article, we will take into consideration the use of the living room as a formal space for guest and a so-called family room for casual daily uses.

Minimum Suggested Measurements


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Possible dimension arrangements: 11 to 12 feet in width, 15 to 16 feet in length (165 to 192 sf)

[12 ft is a better option as a minimum but if it’s not possible, try to add inches between 11 and 12 ft to maximize the width.]

Ideal sizes for use in small one story homes or two-story homes with a small footprint. Also good for a formal room where there is ample square footage for a separate and slightly larger family room.


Possible dimension arrangements: 13 to 14 feet in width, 16 to 18 feet in length (208 to 252 sf)

Ideal measurements for a family room in a small to midsize home. These dimensions are also a perfect guide for a separate formal living room in larger more luxurious homes with the additional square footage


Possible dimension arrangements: 15 to 18 feet plus in width, 20 to 22 feet plus in length (300 to 396 sf plus)

Ideal size for the purpose of a large family room in midsize to luxury homes.

These guidelines will serve you well whether you plan to build a small retirement home or you are about to plan the construction of your dream home. How you plan to use your living room will be the main governing factor along with furniture and overall square footage. It is best to have one large space rather than having two small rooms. For smaller homes, try to go with a medium to large size room instead of chopping up valuable living space. For the lucky among us who will build midsize and large homes, you have an added advantage of additional square footage. This extra area will allow for a large and small living room for formal and casual family use. Nonetheless, using the aforementioned ideal dimensions for a living room should give you an upper hand on utilizing your living space more efficient.

About the Author: Determining the appropriate scale and dimension of a living room is just one of many

home design ideas

that a building designer must consider.

Kirya J. Duncan is a building designer and the owner of Design Evolutions Inc., GA ( He specialize in custom home designs

and stock house plans.


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Selecting A Plastic Surgeon

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Submitted by: Ricardo Silva

Although plastic surgery is usually a voluntary choice, you should treat it as seriously as any other medical procedure. Here are some thoughts on selecting a plastic surgeon.

Selecting a Plastic Surgeon

If you were to be told you needed surgery to resolve a medical issue, you would take some basic steps. You would want to know exactly what was involved, the possible results and the risks of going ahead. In most cases, you would also want to get a second opinion, particularly if there were significant risks associated with the surgery. If a specialist were doing the surgery, you would undoubtedly want to know about their qualifications before agreeing to the procedure. Although plastic surgery is an elective surgery, you should treat it the same way.

The decision to improve your appearance through elective surgery should not be taken lightly. As with any surgery, you should consult with at least two plastic surgeons to get a full understanding of your options, the potential results and any risks. In making the final choice, there are some basic questions you should get answers to:

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1. Is the plastic surgeon board certified? Board certification is a sign the surgeon has undergone significant training and continues to do so. You can confirm certification for any plastic surgeon by calling the American Board of Plastic Surgery at 866-275-2267.

2. Has the surgeon perform the surgery on previous occasions? If so, how many times?

3. Assuming the surgeon has done the surgery before, do they have before and after pictures?

4. What are the possible results from the surgery including potential risks?

5. Where will the surgery be performed and does the surgeon have privileges at a hospital?

6. As odd as this question may sound, will the surgeon actually perform the entire surgery? Some surgeons will allow assisting physicians to take active roles.

As with any surgery, you want a plastic surgeon that is highly qualified and experienced. Surgery is a serious matter, so do not shop by price.

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Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan dies in car accident aged 50

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan dies in car accident aged 50

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Frank Ryan has died in a car accident at age 50. It is reported that the Jeep Ryan was driving crashed over the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on rocks. Lifeguards were first on the scene and unsuccessfully tried to rescue Ryan. It is thought that no other vehicle was involved in the incident.

Dr. Ryan, a celebrity in his own right, performed plastic surgery on several stars including Janice Dickinson, Gene Simmons, Shauna Sand and Adrianne Curry. He appeared on several television shows and became one of the first people to perform plastic surgery on television in 1995.

A representative for Janice Dickinson released a statement about the death of Ryan. She said “Janice is deeply, deeply anguished! She is stunned and wants the world to know what a genius Dr. Ryan was.”

Ryan was traveling with his pet dog at the time of the crash; the dog was found seriously injured in the ocean and was transported to a local veterinarian. Dr. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 A team of Australian surgeons yesterday reattached both hands and one foot to 10-year-old Perth boy, Terry Vo, after a brick wall which collapsed during a game of basketball fell on him, severing the limbs. The wall gave way while Terry performed a slam-dunk, during a game at a friend’s birthday party.

The boy was today awake and smiling, still in some pain but in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery, according to plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love.

“What we have is parts that are very much alive so the reattached limbs are certainly pink, well perfused and are indeed moving,” Mr Love told reporters today.

“The fact that he is moving his fingers, and of course when he wakes up he will move both fingers and toes, is not a surprise,” Mr Love had said yesterday.

“The question is more the sensory return that he will get in the hand itself and the fine movements he will have in the fingers and the toes, and that will come with time, hopefully. We will assess that over the next 18 months to two years.

“I’m sure that he’ll enjoy a game of basketball in the future.”

The weight and force of the collapse, and the sharp brick edges, resulted in the three limbs being cut through about 7cm above the wrists and ankle.

Terry’s father Tan said of his only child, the injuries were terrible, “I was scared to look at him, a horrible thing.”

The hands and foot were placed in an ice-filled Esky and rushed to hospital with the boy, where three teams of medical experts were assembled, and he was given a blood transfusion after experiencing massive blood loss. Eight hours of complex micro-surgery on Saturday night were followed by a further two hours of skin grafts yesterday.

“What he will lose because it was such a large zone of traumatised skin and muscle and so on, he will lose some of the skin so he’ll certainly require lots of further surgery regardless of whether the skin survives,” said Mr Love said today.

The boy was kept unconscious under anaesthetic between the two procedures. In an interview yesterday, Mr Love explained why:

“He could have actually been woken up the next day. Because we were intending to take him back to theatre for a second look, to look at the traumatised skin flaps, to close more of his wounds and to do split skin grafting, it was felt the best thing to do would be to keep him stable and to keep him anaesthetised.”

Professor Wayne Morrison, director of the respected Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and head of plastic and hand surgery at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, said he believed the operation to be a world first.

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Spectacular House Furnishings With Morris Chair Plans And Murphy Bed Plans

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Spectacular House Furnishings with Morris Chair Plans and Murphy Bed Plans


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A beautifully decorated room definitely sticks out. Even the simplest furniture, such as chairs, couches and beds, may make your room classy. You may manipulate that this elegant and stylish look comes, only when you spend money like water! Morris chair plans and Murphy bed plans have fashionable goods that cost far less than what you\’d ordinarily pay for such furniture. If you go to a showroom that are experts in well-crafted furniture a simple chair can cost more than $700. But in the event you design your own using Morris\’ chair plans you can get exactly what you would like at a small percentage of the cost.

You do wish to make sure that you meticulously choose what your furniture is made from and what goes well together. Wood is commonly used. Good wood to choose from would be cherry, white oak, maple or walnut. You might buy the basic wood from a dealer or respected mill, which makes sure that it has aged properly. You do not want to end up getting wood that has knotholes or is out of shape. It is the arms and high back that gives Morris chairs an inviting, yet formal look. These feature leather seats, as well as backs, but a comfy feeling can be brought about by different fabrics. Morris chair plans provide you with a brief understanding of the grains and natural colors of those woods that compliment the basic designs. You can find numerous pictures and drawings of Morris\’ chair plans that might help you design the best chair.

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Another posh furniture is the Murphy bed, which has a deep root of decades back. It is a product that is experiencing great demands among folks all over the world, and already has filled the master bedrooms and drawing rooms of many of the residences. You can own a beautiful custom designed bed when you use Murphy bed plans. Part of the Murphy beds is a cabinet cover that is a space saver. The bed goes in the cabinet when not being used making your room much more spacious. These modern Murphy bed plans or reasonably priced and eye-catching and very comfortable. Whenever you use Murphy bed plans you may design your own luxurious bed.

Anything regarding Morris chair plans and Murphy bed plans might be had from, where we\’re there to offer you all guidance, recommendations and personal assistance. Take it for granted that you are going to have a furnishing in your rooms that would envy any onlooker!

Leonard Barry is a furniture designer and a blogger. He writes about home furniture designs, best furniture design plans,

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UK inflation rate increases to 4%

UK inflation rate increases to 4%

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have made a statement saying the inflation rate of the United Kingdom measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 4% in January 2011. In December 2010, this figure was 3.7%. According to BBC News Online, 4% is the highest CPI that the UK has experienced since November 2008.

There are various reasons for the raised British inflation rate, including value added tax (VAT) increasing from 17.5% to 20% on January 4 and the value of crude oil rising. The inflation rate of the Retail Price Index in the country has increased to 5.1%; previously, the value was 4.8%. The CPI has now been a minimum of a percentage point higher than the intended 2% target for one year and two months.

The ONS revealed that the price of petrol per litre, which the CPI measured at £1.27 (US$2.04, €1.51) (£5.77/ Imperial gallon), was a record peak. The rising values of tobacco, alcohol, hotels, restaurants, transport and furniture are also said to have caused the increase in VAT. Between December 2010 and January 2011, the rate of the CPI increased by 0.1%, the first time that inflation rose during these two months since records commenced in 1997. The ONS have stated that “[t]wo of the main factors that had an impact on the January data are the increase in the standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 20% and the continued increase in the price of crude oil”.

Mervyn King, the current Governor of the Bank of England, has written a letter and sent it to George Osborne, the present Chancellor of the Exchequer of the British government. The letter provides an explanation for the inflation outlook and what can be done to overcome it. Within the letter, King states that the inflation is anticipated to increase to 5% within the next few months.

“The MPC’s central judgement, under the assumption that Bank rate increases in line with market expectations, remains that inflation will fall back so that it is about as likely to be above the target as below it two to three years ahead,” Mervyn King stated in the letter. “The MPC judges that attempting to bring inflation back to the target quickly risks generating undesirable volatility in output and would increase the chances of undershooting the target in the medium term.”

During the last week, the UK interest rates remained at 0.5%. The Bank of England has kept this figure at half a percent for twenty-three consecutive months.

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Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

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Poll of 100 million votes names new Seven Wonders of the World

Poll of 100 million votes names new Seven Wonders of the World

Sunday, July 8, 2007

In 1999, Bernard Weber started the New7Wonders foundation, and eight years, 200 candidates and 100 million votes later, seven man-made structures now have something in common – they all hold the title of ‘Wonder’. Weber claims he started the foundation to ensure that “everybody can decide what the new seven wonders should be and not some government, not some individuals, not some institutions.”

Nominated structures had to be built or discovered before the year 2000, and out of the 200 nominations, only twenty-one were left by the early part of last year. Voting had been taking place for six months, but only recently did voting result in server crashes, causing the foundation to encourage text message voting.

The results were announced at a ceremony hosted by Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley and Bollywood star Bipasha Basu in Lisbon, Portugal. Out of the twenty-one, the following seven were announced as the new ‘Wonders of the World’:

Although the foundation had large amounts of public support, UNESCO, the United Nations cultural program, distanced themselves from the project, saying it had “no link whatsoever” to the project. UNESCO currently keeps tabs on 851 places in its ‘World Heritage Sites‘ program.

Left out of the Seven are the Pyramids of Giza, to which a respected Egyptian antiquities expert replied that the pyramids are a “symbol of the genius of the ancient people.” The foundation announced that the pyramids would have “honorary status” with the seven. The pyramids were the only remaining of the original Seven Wonders.

Weber claims that now that the man-made wonders have been chosen he has a new task: choosing the seven natural wonders of the world. He says he will start his new project immediately.

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How Is Verizon Fi Os Tv Service Different From Satellite Tv?

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By Russell Blanc

Are you a satellite TV subscriber that has been hearing all the buzz in the press about the Verizon FiOS TV system? Lots of people that have satellite TV service are switching to Verizon FiOS TV service because it has a much clearer, sharper picture, better features, and it’s more reliable than traditional satellite TV. Verizon FiOS is a relatively new offering from Verizon and it’s the first 100% fiber optic digital TV service ever to be introduced. Verizon FiOS digital Television is clearer than cable and more reliable than satellite.

So if you have satellite TV service now you’re probably wondering how exactly Verizon FiOS digital TV service is different from the service that you’re getting. For one thing the fiber optic cables that the Verizon FiOS network uses deliver a picture that satellite can never match. The Verizon FiOS technology creates a digital TV picture that is sharper than most people could imagine outside of a theater. Even if you don’t have a high definition TV, you can get an ultra sharp digital picture that is a big step up from regular TV. If you want to make the most out of your TV watching time and want to have the house where everyone hangs out to watch TV then you need to have Verizon FiOS Television service.

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One of the main complaints that customers have about satellite TV service is that the satellite receiver has to be pointed in a certain direction and if the receiver is moved or isn’t in exactly the right spot then the receiver doesn’t get a signal. Another common complaint is that there are a lot of outside factors that can affect the receiver, and when the weather is bad or there are storms, the satellite service could be down for hours meaning that they can’t get any type of signal at all. That will never happen with the super fast, reliable Verizon FiOS fiber optic digital TV service. The Verizon FiOS service provides a continuous digital feed of TV, Internet and phone service for customers.

Some people like the convenience of satellite TV service or want to have access to certain channels that are not available through cable TV service but you will see that there is nothing more convenient than the Verizon FiOS TV service because once it’s installed you don’t have to worry about it again. You also will get access to a lot more channels than those offered by most cable companies and you also can get features like on demand movies and TV shows, the Verizon FiOS digital DVR, and additional savings on other Verizon FiOS services like digital phone and ultra fast Internet service.

If you have DSL Internet service in addition to your satellite TV service and you switch to Verizon FiOS TV service you can also get high speed Verizon FiOS Internet service. Verizon FiOS Internet service is the fastest Internet service on the market today. You can get Verizon FiOS that has a top speed of 30 mega bytes per second, nearly 3 times faster than the fastest speed available with satellite provided Internet service.

About the Author: Russell Blanc manages an information resource and guide to Verizon FiOS and

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Monday, November 29, 2004

Digest for 29 November-5 December 2004

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Articles dated 29 November to 5 December 2004 are included in the compilation below. Their status in the current proposed review policy at time of compilation is noted next to each date of articles of some length, with articles only in development being listed at bottom.

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