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26th Aug, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Home Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Azalea 31-028

Full of Craftsman-style charm the Azalea house plan is very welcoming. Upon entering the home, you step into a foyer with an extra tall, 10' ceiling. On the right is a vaulted den which could also be used as a study or home office. From there you walk-into a bright and open vaulted living room with a fireplace tucked into the corner. The bedroom wing is on the left side of the house and the owners' suite at the rear of the home. Up the set of stairs is a bonus room.

22nd Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Ellington 30-242

Four gables accented by a decorative corbel, lend an open, friendly look to the Ellington house plan. Gentle arches, Craftsman-style windows and stone veneer wainscoting all add to the curb appeal. With the exception of the bonus room over the garage, this is a single level plan.

A bright and spacious vaulted living area fills the core of this home. Sunlight flows into the living room from the rear through two windows and atrium glass doors. The doors access a patio or deck, and provide plenty of air circulation when needed.

Dining room and kitchen are next to each other, partially separated by an eating bar. Standing at the sink, you have a view of the gathering spaces as well as the patio and landscape outside. Utilities are closeby, hidden behind a pocket door and doubles as a mudroom from the garage area. 

Double doors next to a charming arched display cove open into the luxurious owners' suite. In addition to direct patio access, additional features include: a large walk-in closet, twin vanity, a spa tub awash in the soft light filtered through glass blocks, and separately enclosed shower and toilet.

Stairs from the kitchen lead up to a skylit bonus room with a half bath.

15th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Log Home Plan, Cabin Plan, House Plan, Clarkridge 30-267

The window-bright log home, the Clarkridge, is designed for construction as a cozy vacation retreat that could easily be used as a year-round residence. 

Log exteriors are noted for their ease of maintenance, and equally impressive for their natural insulating qualities. Interior walls can be as rustic or sophisticated as the owners' tastes.

The great room and kitchen flow together, creating a large great room, naturally lit by the light that flows in through six large windows and two small ones. The high ceiling is vaulted, that adds to the sense of spaciousness.

Modern and well equipped, the kitchen is large for a home with only 960 square feet of interior living space. Oven, microwave and dishwasher are built-ins, and the work island features a cooktop.

Cabinets below boost storage capacity, and the island adds more counter space. A roomy pantry is located around the corner, right past the compact combination washer/dryer. Another storage area is in the space by the rear door. Pegs here would be ideal for hanging coats, and it has a few shelves above.

A vaulted ceiling adds volume to the bedroom. It has a front-facing window, a closet, and another storage section with built-in shelves. The study could be used as another bedroom, if desired. 

The bathroom is compact but has an oversized shower, and is conveniently located for quick access through the screened porch and rear door.

8th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Heartridge 10-250

The country style Heartridge offers a very welcoming exterior flare. Elements lending to that feeling include: perky front gables with half-round windows, a wide wrap around porch, and a bank of front facing windows. Brick work adds a contemporary flavor.

Inside the home, the vaulted great room is bright and spacious.  A fireplace that separates the living area from the kitchen can be enjoyed from either room. In the kitchen, skylights provide natural light as well as the garden window and bayed nook. A small skylit covered deck is nice for outdoor dining.

An eating bar provides a place for guests or family to sit and enjoy the company in the kitchen. The walk-in pantry is close by, and utility room is tucked in a pass through space that connects to the garage.

Bay windows in the dining room and den look onto the porch. The office/den, equipped with double doors and private access to the hall bathroom, could also serve as a guest room.

A vaulted ceiling adds to the elegance of the owners' suite. Other luxury amenities include: a bayed sitting area, large walk-in closet, extra large tub and shower, and twin basins.

On the second floor, a bridge overlooks the great room and entry. The two bedrooms are large, with graceful half-round windows. Down the hall is a two section bathroom. Extra storage, or living space, could be created in the bonus room over the garage, and still more attic space is behind the bathroom.

1st Aug, 2016
Articles, Blog

As homeowners, we adapt to all sorts of changes. A college student returns and needs a place to stay; your job is now based out of the home and you need a designated office space. As the family changes, so do lifestyle preferences, space considerations, storage needs and so on. Soon enough, we start to see that it’s not just us who need to adapt. Our homes should adapt to us too. Each stage of our lives requires us to adapt, and so must our living space.

A house, therefore, isn’t just a box with a set number of rooms that never changes; it’s an opportunity.

Manor Heart 10-590

A growing trend among homeowners revolves around this idea of adaptability and flexibility; dens, offices, basements, bonus rooms and the like are flex spaces whose function can change with demand. But the ultimate goal behind these adaptable home designs is to allow families to age in place without having to periodically pack up their bags, load a moving van, and relocate to a new home.

Adaptable homes or floor plans are homes that feature flexible rooms such as bonus spaces and basements that can serve multiple purposes as your needs change.

“A home needs flexibility,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “Any homeowner can buy a house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a family room. But to truly live in the home and be comfortable with it for years and years, it needs to adapt to the homeowner as their needs change. Life is rarely ever as simple as a box.”

For example, a den can be an office, a media room or a study. A bonus room can be made into a children’s playroom that transitions into a bedroom for returning college students. And as the kids move out, secondary bedrooms can serve as guest bedrooms or hobby rooms. The options are endless.

“This is what we call ‘aging in place,’ the idea that homes can be lived in longer if they could be modified and adjusted as the years go by,” said McAlexander.

The “aging in place” concept has gained prominence in the home design industry, as evidenced by Associated Designs most recent Home from the Heart Surveys. Ninety-six percent of homeowners want the option of a forever-home, and the ability to adjust the living space of that home. This trend coincides with the 95% of 2016 survey respondents who desire a single-level home, since single-level homes can be lived in longer than two-story homes.

Associated Designs’ Manor Heart home design 10-590 showcases the adaptable home concept. A single-level home with a den, a bonus room above the garage, two secondary bedrooms, extra storage, and a vaulted great room, the home is the right blend of spaces for all potential homeowners.

“There’s a little something for everyone in this home design,” said McAlexander. “The bonus room in particular has so many possibilities – from recreation room, to guest house, to home office. It can be whatever you want it to be.”

From a young family in need of a playroom, to a middle-aged couple with kids away at college, to the empty nester in need of a relaxing study and a fun hobby space, the home flexes and bends with the needs of the family. And at 2,200 square feet, it fits nicely into the national averages of what future homebuyers are looking for.

Change happens, and when it does, we make room, we adjust and we reconfigure our plans so that the change becomes an opportunity for bigger and better things. Adaptable floor plans that allow us to age with the home, to be creative with our living space, means we don’t live in a box. Like us, the home adapts – and we build a forever home. 

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