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27th Feb, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Cabin Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Elsberry 30-265

Varied roof lines and a wrap-around porch give the Elsberry such an intriguing appearance that you can't help but take a second look.

Recessed into the roof of the covered front porch is an interesting hidden sun deck. A French door links this sunny space to the vaulted owners' suite on the second floor.

This cabin plan is particularly well suited to the needs of a couple, single, empty nesters, small family, or as a vacation get-away. The wide rear deck and front porch provide plenty of space for appreciating the out of doors.

Entering, you step directly into the heart of the home. It's only a few steps to the kitchen and the panoramic view encompasses the living room, dining room and deck. Standing in the kitchen, you've got that same great view, though a raised eating and conversation bar provides some separation.

Ceilings are high and vaulted in the living room and dining room. Sunlight flows in through wide rear windows, and a circular fireplace radiates warmth and color. Sliders in the dining area access the rear deck, and double doors lead into the den.

The main bathroom has two entries. You can get there from the den, or from a hallway on the other side that runs past a bedroom (or study), and a utility room with exterior access. This feature enables it to double as a mud room.

Another vaulted ceiling adds volume to the owners' suite upstairs. In addition to the sun deck, this space has a roomy walk-in closet, oversized shower with seat, double vanity and private toilet.

22nd Feb, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Downhill Narrow Lot Home Plan, Creekside 31-067,

The understated entrance and simple lap siding create a cozy, cottage feel to the Creekside house plan. Walking along the single car garage you approach the front door which opens to an entry hall. To the right, a door opens to the utility room which links the garage. Pass the utility room door a cased opening brings you to the great room with a C-shaped kitchen. The owners' suite is also on the main floor and features a bathroom with a single vanity and large walk-in closet. The toliet comparement is separated from the owners' suite and is shared with a separate entrance from the owners' suite hallway. A staircase off the foyer leads down to the daylight basement. On the lower floor are two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and family room with room for an optional kitchenette. 

20th Feb, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Saginaw 10-251

A spacious family room is at the heart of the Saginaw, a mid size home design with four bedrooms. The wide porch that spans the front of this ranch style home gives it a welcoming, open look.

Windows fill most of the rear wall of the family room and kitchen, the natural center of family life. Vaulted ceilings make this large space feel even larger. Flames in the fireplace brighten chilly winter evenings.

The kitchen features two work islands, one with a built in cooktop. The other could be outfitted as an eating bar along with the additional dining options of a skylit vaulted nook, and a formal dining room with bayed window seat. The living room/library has a bay window too, but no seat. It also offers a second fireplace.

The owners' suite is large and luxurious. It has another bayed window seat -- a great place to curl up with a book or magazine, well away from the busy family living area. This plan has two roomy walk in closets and a sumptuous bathroom brightened by two skylights. Other luxury amenities include: a double sized shower, twin vanities, spa tub, and a private toilet.

Four rooms are located in the left wing. All can be bedrooms, if needed by finishing the screen porch as a bedroom. The room across the hall has a built in desk. 

 

13th Feb, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Clayton 10-292

The Clayton is a spacious home. With six bedrooms and four roomy gathering spaces, this country-style is well suited to the needs of a large family.

Shuttered windows and a wide covered porch with wooden handrails add to the attractiveness of the inviting front facade. Doors to the three-car garage open on the left side, not the front.

Walking into the two-story entry, there is a parlor to the left and a stairway to the right. At the top of the stairs is a loft. Facing forward, the loft overlooks the entry, including a view of the plant shelf over the door. Facing the rear, it overlooks the vaulted great room.

Four bedrooms are upstairs, along with a two-section bathroom, and a deep attic storage area. Two of the bedrooms have small gabled dormers; the third bedroom has a larger one. The fourth bedroom boasts the largest closet.

On the main floor, the large kitchen is open to the great room and dining room. The kitchen ceiling is flat while the great room, dining room, and four-season porch all have vaulted ceilings. The kitchen's most notable feature is a jumbo-size gas grill, great for turning out mountains of burgers, pancakes, or grilled-cheese sandwiches.

Windows line two walls of the bright four-season porch. The master suite's deep walk-in closet doubles as a passthrough connecting the two areas. Master bath features include: double vanity, shower and private toilet. The study could serve as a home office or fifth bedroom.

7th Feb, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan, Eastport 10-548

The Eastport’s nostalgic handrail-rimmed porch creates the right mix of openness and privacy. 

Window-bright gathering spaces fill the core of this contemporary ranch-style home. The vaulted entry is open to a vaulted dining room. Muted light flows in through the wide front window there. The ceiling slopes up to its apex along the center line of the home, before sloping down over the great room and kitchen at the rear. The vaulted family room to the left is open to the great room, and partially obscured by a two-sided masonry fireplace.

A raised eating bar rims counter that bounds the vaulted kitchen. Cabinets are above, and more cabinets fill all of one wall and part of another. Standing at the built-in range, you can look out into the great room and dining area. A bayed eating nook expands both the great room and kitchen, while a centrally located work island anchors the kitchen’s center.

The roomy pantry resides in one corner and is close to both the powder room and a pass-through utility room that links to the two-car garage.  Secondary bedrooms and a full bathroom are also off of the same hallway.

Double doors next to the entry open into a large, isolated owners’ suite. Features include a wide bay window, which could be outfitted as a window seat, and a deep walk-in closet. The deluxe bathroom offers a dual vanity, spa tub, separate shower and private toilet.

1st Feb, 2017
Articles, Blog

To dream is to believe that the impossible is possible. There are no boundaries, no limitations, and no drawbacks or setbacks. You can be who you want to be, build what you want to build, live where you want to live. In your dreams, your home has everything you ever desired – a great room with stone fireplace, the perfect casual entertaining space in the living room, a country kitchen, a sprawling ranch with modern touches, the perfect home theatre, a sauna. And the list goes on.

Home from the Heart

After all, home design at its heart is about imagining what could be. And every year, trends shift and new ideas emerge about what constitutes the ideal “dream home.” Lifestyles continually evolve, challenging home designers to keep up or stay ahead of the curve. There is still a growing desire for quality over quantity in the square footage of a home, but the amenities are always changing.

Home from the Heart, Craftsman House Plan, Westheart 10-630

So how do we at Associated Designs keep up with the desires of homebuyers? Well, it’s quite simple: We ask for your input! Every year, we invite readers to complete the Home from the Heart Survey, an annual questionnaire that gets to the heart of what you want in a home. The results from the survey help designers follow current lifestyle trends so they can better understand the family’s evolving preferences. From these results, Associated Designs will create the 2017 Home from the Heart home design, reflecting how people truly envision their dream home.

Your voice, your dreams, your ideas are the expertise we are looking for because only you know what’s in your heart.

The 2017 Home from the Heart Survey takes into account some shifts in home design preferences, and some of the questions will reflect those shifts. For instance, the laundry/utilities room will add a mud hall/mud room option to the list. In the Pacific Northwest, there is always room for a mud hall to catch the rain- or snow-soaked shoes and jackets that are so common. And as electric cars become a bit more common, or at least a part of the dream, the survey includes charging stations as a garage option.

But this is just a sampling of what the survey delves into. The designers at Associated Designs are more than interested in your perspective; they are eager to make your dreams a reality. Let them hear about the amenities you’ve always wanted, the home you’ve always dreamed of. Because the ultimate goal is to gauge what you truly want – whether it’s a three-car garage, a wraparound porch or a bonus room for the kids.

So dream big. The impossible is possible.                                                                                         

PLUS! Win a $100 Gift Certificate

After completing the online survey, you can browse through hundreds of home plans at AssociatedDesigns.com. And, if you’re curious how preferences have changed over the years, you can check out an archive of past surveys on the website. Start the survey now and let the home that’s in your heart take shape.

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