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15th Nov, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, Holyoke 31-093

The simple, clean exterior welcomes you to the Holyoke Ranch-style home plan. This single level house plan is designed to fit neatly on a corner lot. A long foyer greets you with three options. To your left are double doors that open into the den that could also be purposed as a guest room, library or home office. To the right a hallway leads you to the secondary bedrooms, a walk-through utility room and guest bathroom. Straight ahead from the foyer a cased opening brings you to the partially open great room. The living room features a corner fireplace that can also be enjoyed from the dining room. The U-shaped kitchen provides plenty of work space along with the center island which provides a boundary between the kitchen and dining room. The owners' suite has its own private hallway off the living room and amenities include a generoulsy sized walk-in closet and private bathroom.

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

Featured House Plan of the Week, Shingle-style Home Plan, Cape Cod House Plans, Ranch Home Plan, Schuyler 30-522

The Schuyler house plan takes full adavantage of having a rear view. This shingle-style Ranch home design blends right in whether built in the city or the country.

Shake-textured siding accents most of the front, and Craftsman-style windows invite admiring glances. A classic iron railing rims the front porch.

Plenty of natural light flows into the vaulted foyer through sidelights and a wide transom. Double doors on the left access a vaulted den or home office.  A narrower opening on the right links to secondary bedrooms and a bathroom.

At the far end of the foyer, a coat closet is opposite the opening into the spacious, vaulted living room. Windows fills most of the rear wall, and area is naturally bright. A gas fireplace nestles into the far corner at the window's edge. Two openings lead off the living room to the kitchen. The larger of the two opens into a dining area.

In the kitchen there's plenty of counter and cupboard space, built-in appliances, and a large walk-in pantry. Laundry appliances are nearby, in a passthrough room that connects to the three-car garage.

Luxuries in the owners' suite include: a large walk-in closet, deep soaking tub, and dual vanity. The toilet and shower can be partitioned off for privacy and steam containment.

10th Nov, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, Hyacinth 31-094

Stone based columns frame the welcoming covered porch of the Hyacinth house plan. A pleasant blend of shingles, horizontal siding and stone blend together to create the ranch-style exterior. The heart of the home is a great room with corner fireplace. To the left, a hall that leads to three additional bedrooms and a guest bathroom with dual vanity. Passing through a cased opening in the dining room is a short hall is a pass-through utility room along with a generous sized walk-in pantry. The owners' suite that has it's own patio access along with a well appointed bathroom that features a large walk-in closet, dual vanity, private toilet, and walk-in shower.

6th Nov, 2017
Articles, Blog

Duplexes have gotten a bad rap. They show up in neighborhoods with the same look, same floor plans and no room for imagination. They are often thought of as utilitarian dwellings that allow developers to squeeze more homes onto a lot. Duplexes, in other words, are practical and simple.

But it’s time to think differently and look at multi-family housing with new eyes.

Duplexes are going upscale, blending the best of single-family living with the convenience and affordability of simpler living. Large modern kitchens, vaulted ceilings and elegant gathering spaces blend with minimal shared walls and private entrances in these two duplex floor plans from Associated Designs Inc. based in Eugene, Ore.

“Duplexes can be more than just practical living,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “With amped-up square footage and upscale features and finishes, multi-family living is pretty much the best of both worlds. It’s the next level of sought-after living spaces.”

Vaulted Gathering Space

When you see this floor plan, you can put all your predetermined notions of multi-family living to bed. The Vancouver (60-031) is an attractive Craftsman-style duplex designed for construction on land with a slight upslope to the rear. The result is a split-level layout that puts the garage at ground level, a large vaulted gathering space and owners’ suite a half-flight up, and secondary bedrooms another half-flight up.

While the two interior floor plans are mirror images of each other, that’s where the similarity ends because this is not your typical duplex. Minute changes in the layout, the finishes and the interior make each unit special.

A gabled entry porch welcomes you into a vaulted living room connected to the dining room for a truly awesome gathering space lit with natural light from large Craftsman windows. Entertaining will be no hardship in this ample great room! A handy mini bathroom is just off the entryway and a utility room with extra storage space is just off the owners’ suite. The G-shaped large kitchen opens up into the dining room with a cozy breakfast eating bar.

“From the kitchen, you can keep tabs on activities in the spacious vaulted great room or day dream as you look outside to a comfy porch,” said McAlexander. “This might be one of my favorite duplex designs if only because of it’s unique layout.”

The owners’ suite is a true masterpiece, complete with vaulted ceilings and a walk-in closet. A dual vanity, linen closet and large shower highlight the master bathroom. The second level has two large bedrooms with a full bathroom in between. And at 1,871 square feet including a one-car garage for each unit, it’s multi-family living with an unusually beautiful flair.

Simply Different

The Vernon (60-019) is also not your typical, mirror-image duplex. Privacy is the key in these two 1,600-square-foot units. The unit’s entrances even face in different directions, so for all intents and purposes, each home is a very separate dwelling with only one shared wall. The second floor doesn’t share a wall at all.

“Not everything has to be the same,” said McAlexander. “In fact, with this duplex home design, both the inside and out are just a little different. They may have the same high-class materials, but the layout and the finishing touches are uniquely their own.”

For instance, the large kitchen in Unit A showcases an ample central work island and a deep storage closet to the right of the hidden laundry room. The kitchen in Unit B, on the other hand, opens to the dining room and has an ample peninsula-top that doubles as a buffet for festive gatherings. Modern appliances and fixtures coupled with ample room make the kitchen its own gathering space.

But this duplex also has room for entertaining. The dining and living rooms in each unit flow together to make one large great room filled with ample natural light. In Unit B, the dining room opens to the partially covered patio via sliding doors, while in Unit A, a door from both the dining room and the garage open onto a private patio.

Each unit has two bedrooms and a spacious owners’ suite on the second floor, but again that’s where the similarity ends. The owners’ suite in Unit B has its own vanity area and a large walk-in closet but the rest of the bathroom is shared. In Unit A, the owners’ suite has its own bathroom entirely with a linen closet and a large wall closet.

Sometimes you need to think outside the box to really see the possibilities. With these two unique duplex home designs, multi-family housing has gone to the next level of upscale living.

Have your eyes been opened yet?

 

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6th Nov, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Arnett 30-419, Cabin Plan, A-Frame Home Plan

Designed as a vacation retreat the Arnett is as charming as it is compact. Windows fill most of the A-frame rear wall, offering a panoramic views of the landscape.

This cabin plan is economical to build, heat and maintain. The footprint, including porches, is only 31 feet wide and 38 feet deep. Clean-lined batt and boards cover the exterior like while sleek twin columns support covered porches on both the front and side.

A lofty, two-story, vaulted ceiling adds to the expansive sense of openness in the great room. Warmth radiates from the wood stove. 

The kitchen is large for a home this size. It features a roomy walk-in pantry, and plenty of counter space. A raised conversation bar rims the outer edge of the angled peninsula. 

Storage closets line the hallway that leads to the front porch, bathroom, and combination utility/hobby room. Laundry appliances are behind folding doors and this space could also double as a guest room.

The sleeping area of the owners' suite could be an open-ended loft, or sectioned off behind the landing for more privacy. The bathroom boasts a luxurious spa tub.

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