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10th Jan, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country Home Plan, Tradition House Design, Oakview 30-851

Oakview 30-851

Simple country elegance. You'll find a vaulted great room, cozy wood stove, and secondary bedrooms with private bathrooms.

 

New House Plan, Lodge Style Home Plan, Luxury House Design

Silverton 30-757

Elegant Lodge-style house plan with a grand entry. This plan features a luxurious owners' suite, great room with plenty of windows, a large kitchen, den, vaulted dining, screen porch and so much more.

10th Jan, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

We're releasing four new garage plans for the New Year. Take a look! You'll find a nice variety of different sizes and styles, and if you wish to see other garages we have available take a look here.

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage with Shop

Garage 20-053
 - A single car garage with large workshop space.
 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-054, 2 Car Garage

Garage 20-054 - A traditional-style 2 car garage.
 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-157, Garage with Loft

Garage 20-157 - This garage houses up to 4 cars and features a second floor loft with a balcony.

 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage Plan with Living Space

Garage 20-199 - This handsome 3 car garage features a second floor efficiency apartment.
 

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Craftsman Home Plan, Wilsonville 30-517

In some ways, the Wilsonville house plan is reminiscent of 9th century Cape Cod style, but it has a distinctly Craftsman-style flavor as well. The Cape Cod styling is evident in the lap siding and shingle cladding, along with the front gable orientation. Craftsman touches include the stone veneer wainscoting, tapered columns and multipaned window arrangements.

Inside, ithe design is contemporary. A study/home office is on the left side of the vaulted foyer, and a naturally bright dining room is on the right. Windows fill much of the dining room's two walls, and a pocket door slides open to provide access to the kitchen.

Down the hall from the entry is a vaulted great room and nook, both of which are fully open to the kitchen. A gas fireplace resides in one rear corner, with two sets of wide windows across the back wall. Both nook windows are tall, and one is an atrium door that opens onto the partially covered patio.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you look into the family gathering spaces and backyard activities across a raised eating bar. Other kitchen features include: built-in appliances and desk, plenty of counter space, and an abundance of cupboards.

The owners' suite featuress two large walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with a deep soaking tub, over-sized shower, twin vanities, dressing table, and a private toilet.

Two additional bedrooms are upstairs, along with a two-section bathroom, a roomy storage closet and a huge bonus room.

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Heartsong 10-470

The Craftsman-style Heartsong house plan is designed to meet the complex needs of a modern family, plus it's great for entertaining. The spacious and bright family room is open to the kitchen, as well as the bayed dining room.

The front facade is handsome with brick bases that support slender twin posts which frame and accents the covered porch. Gables, shutters and crown moldings draw eyes to the windows.

Entering the home, you step into a vaulted entry. Posts on the left flank the passageway into a bayed living room with a fireplace. A similar passageway on the right opens into the secondary bedroom side. Continuing straight ahead, you can enjoy art work displayed on the gallery walls that lead to the high-ceilinged family room.

This spacious family living area has yet another fireplace. Bookcases filling the wall on both sides can also be used as a home entertainment center.

A raised curved eating bar rims the front of a work island that houses the sink and dishwasher. Standing here, a person can remain fully engaged throughout the dining and family areas, while keeping an eye on activities in the back yard and patio.

Laundry appliances are mere steps away, just beyond the stairway to the bonus room. The utility room has a half-bath at the far end, and links to the garage.

The vaulted master suite features a luxurious bathroom, large walk-in closet and double door access to a private covered patio.

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Classic House Plan, Home Plan, Brentwood 30-007

Solitude and sociability. The Classic Brentwood home plan has room for both. 

Multipaned windows brighten the entry showcased by a lofty keystone-arch portico, and a wealth of multipaned windows sparkles across the brick veneer front facade. Shutters provide color contrast.

Double doors in the bright, high-ceilinged entry open into formal rooms on either side. Both dining room and living room feature stepped ceilings, crown moldings and wide bay windows. A fireplace warms the living room. Sliders connect this space to a cherry-paneled den, similarly linked to the owners' suite.

Natural light flows into the vaulted family room through three large skylights and a wall of rear windows. A fireplace is nestled into a corner by the windows.

Skylights also illuminate the vaulted kitchen, while the nook has glass on three sides. Storage and counter spaces are abundant. A large walk-in pantry is close by, and lazy susan shelving allows full access to corner cupboards. There is also a built-in desk , and the large utility room is just steps away.

The elegant owners' suite most outstanding feature is the sun-brightened exercise room with a sunken exercise tub. Other luxuries include: a double vanity, soaking tub, shower with a seat, and large walk-in closet.

Both of the secondary bedrooms feature direct access bathrooms, walk-in closets and window seats.

 

3rd Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Rothbury 60-016, Duplex Plans, Duplex Designs

Each of the Rothbury's two units look like an individual single, charming Craftsman-style cottage. In this is a duplex design only the garages share a common wall creating private and quiet living. Each two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is a mirror image.

In each unit, two gables face the street. The lower one highlights the entry porch, supported by handsome wooden columns. The posts, in turn, are supported by larger, squared bases covered with lap siding. This porch could accomodate an old-fashioned wooden swing, great for enjoying a warm, breezy afternoon.

The upper gable has a steeper slope, but nicely echoes the gable below while accentuating the multipaned windows on the second floor.

A coat closet is just inside the front door. Family gathering spaces are all on the ground floor. The living room up front flows into the dining area, which is open to the kitchen. 

Appliances are built into the galley-style kitchen. The dishwasher is right next to a kitchen sink with a window in front of it, and the refrigerator is only a step or two away. Range and oven are on the opposite side of the room.

Laundry appliances are nearby, and share space with the powder room. A covered patio is also at the rear. Each patio is private from the other unit's patio.

Upstairs, wide rectangular window bays in the bedrooms provide plenty of light and a feeling of expansiveness.

3rd Jan, 2017
Articles, Blog

Drive around any city or through any neighborhood, and you’ll find the property world’s quiet achiever – duplexes. Most times, you don’t even realize that the house you just drove by is actually two homes on a single lot. And that’s intentional. Duplexes aren’t meant to stand out, but when the design is right, they can do more and be more for families of all sizes and lifestyles. 

Home Trends Report, Duplex Housing Market

“Traditionally, duplexes are more reminiscent of a single-family home with a mirror-image layout,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “And yet in modern times, duplexes have gotten a bit of a makeover. You don’t feel like you’re on top of or right by your neighbor. Individuality is key.”

The concept of a duplex often conjures up images of young couples or college-aged adults renting cookie cutter designs that all look alike. But that’s not always the case. In fact, nowadays duplexes are built with a unique style, amenities and living spaces that appeal to everyone. They have great rooms, dens, and sometimes the common wall is between the garages. They don’t look like typical duplexes, and they have their own personality and purpose.

Duplexes, therefore, are at the heart of modern living, allowing families to grow, invest and join the real estate market without breaking the bank.

“If they’re not building it as income property,” said McAlexander, “clients are building it to move in and develop that future income potential. So it’s true that a duplex has that connotation as a rental, but nothing is ever as it seems.”

Take for example the Corydon home plan (60-008) from Associated Designs. Set on a corner lot, you won’t believe it is, in fact, two homes in one. Both units have spacious great rooms (an important facet of any modern home) and full-size garages, but that’s where the similarity ends. One unit has two stories and three bedrooms, while the other is a single-level, two-bedroom unit. The units are well separated, offering plenty of privacy. It’s ideal for families who want to keep aging parents nearby, but still want a somewhat independent life. The Corydon, therefore, is not your standard mirror-image duplex. 

“It’s becoming much more common for families to purchase two units for extended family use,” said McAlexander. “Most often that means that there is a larger home alongside a smaller one, and that’s exactly what the Corydon does.”

Of course, the majority of duplexes are built as income properties. With rising home prices and slow income growth, millennials have been slow to enter into the housing market. Duplexes are changing that, and even those properties can be unique and modern. The Kentland (60-015) looks like a fairly classic duplex in a two-level Craftsman style. Each unit has a wide, covered front porch and smaller covered rear patio. And the family living spaces are partially open to the kitchens, with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. But the occupants won’t feel like they are living in a multifamily home at all.

“The great thing about the Kentland is that while it has the mirror-image look, the living spaces are separated by the garage so privacy is easy to come by,” said McAlexander. “By renting out one unit and living in the other, millennials have the opportunity to be homeowners with the potential for additional income. And yet they won’t feel like they’re living in a duplex.”

Other duplexes hide their multifamily aspect entirely by looking exactly like a charming, two-story, single-family home. The Tupelo design (60-006) has a second floor apartment with its own private entrance. The lower unit has two bathrooms, three bedrooms and a utility room. The upper unit is smaller and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. But the exterior is a Craftsman-style design that looks like any other Craftsman single-family home.

“It’s a classic example of a home that’s more than what it seems,” said McAlexander. “The end result is that families can have their older children get a taste for independence after completing college. Just let them rent the upper unit.”

Duplexes are ubiquitous in most cities, but they aren’t what they once were. They have the potential to be both an income property as well as a way for families to evolve and grow. It’s modern living at its best and brightest. 

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