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31st Jul, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, European House Plan, Home Plan, Marseille 30-421

The Marseille has a decidedly European flavor. Elements include: a steeply pitched hip roof, a wrought iron balcony railing, and shutters that flank arched, multipaned windows. 

This plan is designed for construction on a side sloping building. The garage is one level below the first floor.

Families who like to entertain will delight in the large gathering spaces that fill the main floor. A dining room is to the right of the foyer, and a living room with a fireplace is to the left.

The kitchen, nook, and family room flow together at the rear. This window-rich space has a French door that opens onto a partially covered deck. Four sets of multipaned windows sparkle across the back wall, and two more border the fireplace.

In the kitchen, a raised eating bar rims the work island. Cupboards and counters line three sides of the kitchen as well, and lazy Susan shelving makes corner access a breeze.

A handy powder room is close by, and a large utility room is also close, along with a recreation room. This room is large enough to house a pool table, home entertainment center, etc.

Each of the four bedrooms upstairs has direct access to a bathroom. Bathrooms for the owners' suite and one additional bedroom are private, while the other two bedrooms share a jack-n-jill bathroom. Other owners' suite features include: a large walk-in closet, dual vanity, spa tub, private toilet, and walk-in shower.

24th Jul, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Hearthside 10-350

Solid, warm and substantial, the brick exterior of the Hearthside glories in it and the columns, keystone arches and corner quoins add to the dignified appearance.

This Craftsman home's floor plan is far from stuffy. Family living areas dominate, with a swath of informal rooms in the heart of it. The 18-foot ceiling in the foyer carries over into the street-facing, richly windowed eating nook.

In the kitchen, two islands house a cooktop, sink, dishwasher and eating bar. From the sink, you can see into the vaulted great room and enjoy the view beyond. Windows fill most of the rear wall, creating a naturally bright space. On gray days, the two-sided fireplace offers cheerful flames and warmth.

The front-facing study could be also used as a living room or guest room. A bathroom there is accessible from within, and from the hallway.

The Owner's suite and dining room both features classic coffered ceilings. In the suites bathroom, a curved glass block wall next to the spa tub rounds out the space. Other amenities include: dual vanity, large walk-in closets, and an enclosed shower and toilet.

Secondary bedrooms are in the opposite wing, as well are steps leading up to a bonus room and down to the basement. A pass-through mud room connects the house to a large three-car garage with added space for storage or workshop.

14th Jul, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New Garage Plan, Detached Garage, Garage with Recreation Room

Garage Plan 20-221

This country-style garage plan has plenty to offer. On the main floor, at the back of the 2 car bay is a large storage room with optional double doors if you would like to close this space off. A set of stairs lead to the second floor recreation room. The other uses for this space are endless. This space would also make a great guest apartment, hobby or craft room, an apartment for older children or whatever else suites your lifestyle! The beverage bar features a small kitchenette with a full sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. Two sets of closets provide additional storage and there is a full bathroom.

11th Jul, 2017
Articles, Blog

A dream home is a new possibility. It’s all of your heart’s desires in a home that you can only imagine. Maybe it has a large kitchen that connects to a vaulted great room and covered patio. Or maybe it has extra storage, a large garage, and a bonus room. But finding a home that has all of the features you’ve always wanted is daunting.

“For many, the hunt for the perfect home can be discouraging – even impossible,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “And everyone’s desires change. That’s why we have our annual Home from the Heart survey to help us build the home of your dreams.”

This year’s survey once again asked readers, like you, to share what features and design elements you want in your dream home. The survey focused on every element of the home – from the size to the style, to exterior and interior features, to the number of rooms and bonus rooms. The results of the survey allow Associated Deigns to create a collection of home designs that feature all of those wants and desires, plus a few more. Using the most voted on features, Associated Designs has created a home design that highlights the must-have design essentials from the survey. It makes the impossible, possible. 

Home from the Heart, New House Plan, Craftsman Home Plan, Heartlodge 10-640
Heartlodge 10-640


Featuring 2,678 square feet of single-floor living space, the 2017 Home from the Heart survey home – the Heartlodge design 10-640 – includes all the popular features including a gas fireplace, covered porches and patios, a great room, a utility room located close to the garage and even sun tubes for natural lighting. Everything is in a logical place, with room to spare and flexibility. As in 2016, the Craftsman and Ranch style home were neck and neck in the survey, coinciding with the continued trend toward larger home plans on rural lots with acreage. In fact, 81% of respondents preferred rural living compared to urban lots (9%). To that end, the 2017 survey home is specifically built with a large floor plan that will fit easily on a lot with acreage and a view.

And just as before, a one-story home was the overwhelming winner (68%) in the survey, matching up with the 99% of respondents who were interested in a home that could age in place. The Heartlodge takes this preference and blends it with an open floor plan that allows for flexibility. For example, a second bedroom near the front of the house can serve as a guest room with private bath or a craft room when the kids move out. Additionally, there are few hallways, expansive doorways, and an owners’ suite that is separate from the larger living area for that added bit of privacy. The great room with its gas fireplace can expand to a covered porch area in good weather, making it ideal for a growing family in need of room or for those big retirement parties.

“Homebuyers are constantly thinking of the future, but an aging-in-place home shouldn’t be a cookie cutter design,” said McAlexander. “So our 2017 survey home is uniquely its own, with interior and exterior styling that flexes with the family.”

The owners’ suite in the 2017 survey home includes all the must-have features including a master bath with a walk-in shower and large walk-in closet. The walk-in amenities continue to be a popular item on the survey for the owners’ suite, much like double sinks and a towel cabinet – both of which are included in the Heartlodge.

Survey respondents also voiced their preference for 3 bedrooms, but as in 2016, great rooms and open floor plans remain similarly popular. Media rooms (16%) continue to lose momentum, replaced by a desire for an office and den (51%). The Heartlodge goes one step further and includes both a pocket office near the owner’s suite as well as a den off the front foyer. The den off the foyer doubles as a bonus room, adding to the floor plan’s flexible nature.

The vaulted great room and its gas fireplace flow into a large dining room and U-shaped kitchen. It adds both artistic elegance and style to the home while also being a great family gathering space. With no sink or stove on it, the kitchen island serves as an eating bar facing the great room, but the kitchen also features a large walk-in pantry – a popular survey item. Just off the kitchen is a great outdoor barbecue patio for warm summer days.

Finally, the 2017 Home from the Heart survey revealed a great deal about garage amenities. Survey respondents wanted a garage that could fit three cars, had extra storage and even shop space. In the survey, 43% of homeowners wanted shop space and 50% wanted the utility room near the garage. The survey also revealed that while a majority don’t need RV storage, the number that do is climbing from 13% in 2016 to 16% in 2017.

The Heartlodge puts a bit more emphasis on the garage, and at 1,484 square feet, it is everything you hoped it would be. Garage space for your RV flows well with a two-car garage. In the rear of the garage is extra space that can be used as storage, a shop area or work area. Or, if you don’t have an RV, the larger garage can become an ideal shop area for the aspiring craftsman or gardener. The garage entrance connects to the rest of the house via a mudroom – which 54% of respondents desired – plus a large utility room with counter space and cupboards.

“So you can see why the Heartlodge has a little bit of everything,” said McAlexander. “It’s a home designed with the heart in mind.”

The 2017 Home from the Heart survey is all about what you want and desire. It gives you a say in what pieces go together to make the home of your dreams. Thanks to Associated Designs 2017 survey home design, your dream home is now a reality. The impossible is possible.

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10th Jul, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Craftsman Home Plan, Braydon 60-012

The Braydon is a charming, two-story duplex that offers a lot of living area into a narrow footprint. Entry porches and rear patios are separated for maximum privacy. Each unit has three bedrooms.

Four gables face the street. The widest caps both garages, while the narrower front gable highlights the extended garage on the left. Twin gables accent the matching dormers, set further back on the main roof.

Inside, the two units are mirror images. The entry is via a recessed porch bounded by a slender post. To the right, a coat closet is just inside, near the door to the utility room. Direct garage access is also located at this juncture, as is a stairway to the second floor.

The living room expands out from the entry, and is open to the kitchen trimmed by a raised eating bar. 

Range and oven are built into the kitchen's longest counter. Sink and dishwasher are next to each other behind the eating bar. A small pantry fills the niche next to a refrigerator with overhead cabinets. The nook is naturally bright and its wide sliding glass doors open onto a covered patio.

A vaulted ceiling expands the main floor master bedroom, which has direct patio access and links to the bathroom. Two more bedrooms are upstairs, along with another full bathroom. A wide dormer expands the front bedroom in both units.

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