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30th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan, Country Home Plan, Brookview 30-055

Gabled dormers and a covered porch give the Brookview a cozy, nostalgic country charm, and the bonus of a three-car garage not usually found in a traditional farmhouse. The third bay on the right could be easily converted into a workshop, music practice room, art studio, exercise room or you-name-it.

Light flows into the entry and stairway through a high overhead dormer, and there's a coat closet tucked under the stairs. Windows on the front and side of the home brighten the living room. The front-facing window would be a good place for a window seat.

Kitchen, family room and nook create a great room. Windows line most of the rear wall, and the sliders in the nook open onto a, partially covered patio or deck. The kitchen is efficiently designed. A large work island adds more counter space, and wall pantry expands storage capacity.

A handy powder room is right at the hub. Folks with muddy feet, can get to it without dirtying the floors, by coming in through the garage and the pass-through utility room.

The master suite has a double vanity, private toilet, a large walk-in closet, and sliding glass doors that open onto a private covered patio. Secondary bedrooms, a bathroom, and a bonus room are upstairs. 

12th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Hamilton 10-446

The Hamilton is a handsome, single-level ranch home plan. Sets of smooth, painted columns create a stately welcome, while raised brick trim rims an arched opening that highlights the entry's graceful, half-round transom. Colorful painted shutters accent multipaned windows, underscored by rows of turned brick.

This is an impressive entrance both inside and out. Light flows into the vaulted entry through the transom and sidelights. Coat closets line both sides. Standing between them, you're on the edge of a delightful, hexagonal great room that is the core of this home. Six wedge-shaped sections of ceiling enhance the sense of spaciousness by soaring to join at the central apex.

Glass fills most of the three rear walls, this room is naturally bright and offers a panoramic view. French doors at center swings out to access a covered patio. These doors are crowned by another half-round transom, similar to, but smaller than, the one over the front entry. The masonry fireplace nestled into an inner corner provides glow and warmth on winter days and nights.

A long, raised eating and conversation bar creates a boundary between the kitchen and great room. Other features include: a pantry and work island, plus plenty of counter and storage space. Utilities are close by.

The master suite is isolated from the secondary bedrooms. It features two large walk-in closets, along with an oversized shower. One of the secondary bedrooms is larger than the other, and also has a walk-in closet. These bedrooms share a bathroom, and the hallway here offers direct access to the two-car garage.

9th Dec, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

3 Car Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-081

Garage 20-081 – A classic 3 bay garage design with an extra deep bay that could allow for up to 4 cars to be stored or allow for additional work space.

Garage with Carport, Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-092

Garage 20-092 – A spacious 2 car garage with RV carport.

Garage with RV Carport, Garage Plan, RV Parking, Garage Design, Garage 20-093

Garage 20-093 – a RV garage with extra room for storage or additional parking for around town vehicles. 

8th Dec, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country House Plan, Country Home Plan, Barrington 31-058

Clean lines and plenty of natural light, the Barrington boasts a country-style exterior featuring simple lap siding and stone wainscoting. Open, great room style living makes this design perfect for growing families or for those who love to entertain. The den and bonus room add flexibility and can be adapted to fit the changing needs of families. A decorative tray ceiling in the owners' suite adds to the luxurious feel along with the large walk-in closet, dual vanities and free-standing tub in the bathroom. Two additional bedrooms are on the same side of the home as the owners' suite however they are separated from the owners' suite with their own hallway off the vaulted foyer.

 
 
5th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Calhoun 30-479

The Calhoun would be a very nice house to come home too. Stone veneer bases provide natural-looking support for wooden posts on the vaulted porch, and wooden handrails add to the Craftsman-style nostalgic and welcoming feel. 

The compact floor plan makes this home economical to build as well as to heat. The footprint of the house and garage, not including walkways or the patio, is 40 by 40 feet. Gathering spaces fill the ground level; bedrooms and a large bonus room are above.

The kitchen is at the heart of the main floor. It is separated from the living room but open to the dining room, which has sliding glass doors that access the rear patio. A generous walk-in pantry expands storage space, and the eating bar provides informal or extra seating.

A short hallway links the kitchen to the garage. On one side is a bathroom; on the other is a fully outfitted utility room.

Upstairs, the largest bedroom faces the street. It has direct bathroom access and features a walk-in closet as well. Two more bedrooms line the back wall.

The unfinished bonus room over the garage is brightened by two windows, one nestled under the peak of a charming gabled dormer. 

1st Dec, 2016
Articles, Blog

A great home design can mean different things for many homeowners because every homeowner has their own particular dream of what a home should be. Some envision a great room with vaulted ceilings. Others prefer extra space with room for a growing family. And still others appreciate the details – stone wainscoting accents, dropped wooden beams, or charming exterior window shutters. Bottom line, no one home design is better than another. What makes someone fall in love with a home is truly a personal choice.

Great House Plans of 2016, Home Plans,

“It’s probably what makes my job a bit tricky on occasion,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “We’ve got so many great home designs that it’s no surprise homeowners spend hours searching for that perfect home.”

But there are home designs that are memorable, epitomizing a unique style, modern features or a classic, subtle beauty that get us excited. As 2016 draws to a close, we’ve chosen five home designs of the year that stand out among the crowd for their uniqueness, amenities and usability. These are the homes we love.

The Timberline home design 31-055, a Pacific Northwest lodge with all the amenities, is a 4,400-square-foot wonder. It catches the eye simply with its sprawling grace. On the main floor, a mud hall features lots of storage and organizational cubbies to help keep family gear neat and tidy – a must during the rainy springs and icy winters of the Northwest. A butler’s pantry is another unique amenity of this home, with a microwave storage unit, shelving, a corner for a standing freezer and a prep center. The large kitchen is accessed by a pocket door in the pantry, but that feature is dwarfed by the flush 60-inch refrigerator, large stovetop and, yes, a beverage center with separate refrigerator and sink.

During holidays or when entertaining, the stepped ceiling dining room is just down the hall. And at the center of the home is a grand, vaulted great room decorated with a grid of dropped beams. The owners’ suite, just down the hall from the great room, features two walk-in closets and a private sitting area with private beverage bar. The second floor has even more storage space, two bedrooms, a large game room or bonus room and a family area. In other words, it’s grandeur in a Northwest-style lodge setting.

The Briarcliff 31-054 takes many of the great design trends of 2016 and blends them into a home of simple, country elegance. At 3,316 square feet, the home is two stories of space and comfort for a growing family. On the main floor, the great room takes the spotlight. A generous guest suite with private bath is ideal for long-term houseguests. Like the previous Pacific Northwest lodge home, this home features a mud hall that links the home to the garage and is packed with additional storage closets and a bench with hooks and cubbies for organizing family gear.

The family space – an owners’ suite and two bedrooms – is separate from the great room by virtue of being on the second floor. The owners’ suite is filled with all the amenities: a large walk-in closet, freestanding tub, dual vanities and walk-in shower. The large bonus room over the garage is great flex space that allows this home to grow with the families’ changing needs.

Every now and then, a home plan gets a delightful update and this next home is no exception. With clean lines and lots of natural light, the 2,150-square-foot Barrington home design 31-058 boasts a handsome exterior with simple lap siding and stone wainscot accents, making it a great choice for any subdivision or rural lot. Vaulted ceilings run through the center of the home in the front bedroom, foyer, den and living room. With an open, great-room style living in the rear of the home, this plan is great for growing families and homeowners with a penchant for entertaining. The den and bonus room are flexible rooms, meaning the rooms can be changed as needed.

“The owners’ suite in this home,” said McAlexander, “is the real winner here with an upgraded decorative tray ceiling in the sleeping area, a large walk-in closet, dual vanities and a free-standing soaking tub. It’s a beautiful space.”

The Larkview 31-057 is another great home design of 2016 reinvents the classic farmhouse-style plan, a common theme for much of the year. Alternating courses of lap siding create strong yet simple horizontal lines. Two stone-based pillars framing the front door are the only embellishments to the exterior, indicative of the farmhouse-style home. But the interior is a modern wonderland.

Gone are the small separated living spaces of the original farmhouse design. A large open entry draws you into the great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas all completely open to one another – allowing for freedom of movement and family connectivity. The separation that does exist is between the sleeping areas. The owners’ suite is on the main floor while the secondary bedrooms are located upstairs. Classy and simple with a modern twist, this home is truly special.

“Walking up to the last home on our list is like walking up to your vacation retreat,” said McAlexander.

An urban cottage, the McKenzie design 31-056 features charming shingled exterior and shuttered windows. Once inside the 1,798-square-foot home, the cozy entrance offers three paths. To the right is a den that could be used as a home office, guest room or any other flex space your family needs. The living area is straight ahead, while turning left leads you to a set of stairs to the second level. The choice is yours.

The open-style living area is in the back of the home with a fireplace centerpiece. But lest you think the space is being underutilized, a storage closet sits in front of the living room. The closet serves a dual purpose – its extra storage and a separation wall that creates a hallway leading to the owners’ suite. Above on the second floor, there are two additional bedrooms. The two bedrooms are not the same size however, and the larger of the two could easily be transformed into an art or craft studio.

2016 was a good year in home design, and while every home plan has something about which it can boast, these five designs have stolen our hearts… and made us excited for what great designs the New Year will bring. 

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