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19th Feb, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Kelseyville 30-476

The Kelseyville offers a beautiful Craftsman-style exterior. Stone veneer wainscoting and columns draw eyes to the lower sections, while shake-textured siding and decorative supports highlight low gables on four different levels.

This multilevel plan is perfect for construction on a lot that slopes up at the rear. A two-car garage is at the lowest level. Entry and foyer are half a flight up, as are secondary bedrooms that feature a jack-n-jill bathroom.

Another half flight of steps brings you to a bright and spacious vaulted great room, where windows fill most of the rear wall. A set of atrium doors provide access to a partially covered patio. Due to the upslope, the patio is at ground level here. Double doors access a large storage area, ideal for gardening equipment, barbecue grills, etc.

The dining room is every bit as bright as the great room. Colorful flames and warmth in the gas fireplace can be enjoyed from either side.

A wide opening links the great room to a large kitchen, expanded by a sunny nook. Storage and counters wrap around three sides, and a large walk-in pantry fills one corner. Potted plants are sure to thrive in the windowed triangle in front of the sink. A long work island with built-in prep sink is at center.

Sliders in the nook lead to a covered deck, ideal for warm weather meals. 

The vaulted master suite is another half flight up. Soft light filters into the luxurious bathroom through glass blocks in the spa alcove. In front of the bedroom features a wide window seat.

 

15th Feb, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, European Home Plan, European House Plan, Avalon 30-306

The Avalon is reminece of a French country estate. The steeply pitched roof lines, stone veneer facades, keystone lintels, and arched entry are all European influences. Inside, it offers spacious living quarters, ideal for families who enjoy entertaining guests.

Upon entering, you step into a two-story foyer with a balustrade curving up to the right. A den is to the right, and a large dining room is to the left. Ahead, at center, is a large living room anchored by a masonry fireplace on one end. French doors open out onto a large covered patio.

Informal living spaces cluster on the left, in a large, free-flowing space that is the family room, kitchen and nook. The open kitchen has every convenience, including a large rectangular work island rimmed by a raised eating bar on two sides. Plenty of natural light flows in through wide windows in the nook.

More light spills into the family room through windows on two sides, and a home entertainment center nestles into the rear corner, next to the fireplace.
Laundry appliances are close in a large utility room with storage cabinets and two long counters for folding clothes. This space also has a pull-down ironing board and a built-in desk facing a window.

A curved window bay expands the sitting area in the luxurious owners’ suite. Amenities abound, from the huge closet to the luxurious bathroom and a private patio with a hot tub. 

5th Feb, 2018
Blog, Under Construction

 

Construction Progress, Garage Plan, 20-100, Two Car Garage with Attic

Thank you Ms. S for the purchase of our Garage 20-100 design and allowing us the opportunity to follow along with the construction process.

We look forward to watching the progress, and appreciate your participation on the blog.

5th Feb, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Featured Home Plan of the Week, Manor Heart 10-590

Bright and spacious gathering spaces fill the core of the Manor Heart, and private rooms are off to the right and left in this ranch-style home plan.

Once inside, double doors in the entry open into the den or home office. Just past the coat closet, you emerge into the naturally bright vaulted great room. Cabinets and/or bookcases flank the fireplace centered on one wall. Across the way, this room flows into the dining room, which is open to the kitchen. Sliding glass doors in the dining room open wide to offer easy access to a covered deck.

Counters and cabinets wrap around three sides of the large kitchen, encircling a wide work island rimmed on one end by a rounded conversation bar. Work surfaces and storage areas are generous along with a roomy walk-in pantry.

The owners’ suite features a large walk-in closet along with a luxurious bathroom. Amenities here include a deep soaking tub that nestles into a windowed alcove between the walk-in shower and a private toilet. Bedrooms on the other side of the house share a two-section bathroom. Nearby, the pass-through utility room links the house to a two-car garage with extra storage space. A bonus room sits above.

1st Feb, 2018
Articles, Blog

You’ve searched high and low for your first home. You’ve browsed all the realtor websites, all the neighborhoods. Nothing sparks your happiness, so instead of compromising on something existing, you are going to build your new home from the ground up.

The trick with building your starter home, of course, is being smart about what features, amenities, and styles you like and that won’t drain your pocketbook. Not an easy thing to do.

But don’t despair. We here at Associated Designs Inc., have highlighted for you three straightforward starter homes packed with all the modern features and amenities, and wrapped in time-tested exterior styles. And yes: They won’t break the bank.

“It’s common to be a little overwhelmed by all the prices and options to building your first home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “You may have to battle outsize expectations on a limited budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste, style, and features.”

Craftsman House Plan, Starter Home Plan, Bailey 30-262
The Bailey (30-262)

If you’re looking for comfort with a little charm, the Bailey craftsman-style house plan has the perfect porch-sitting atmosphere. Four sets of slender posts support the front of the roof, creating an inviting full-width front porch. Sip your morning coffee or snuggle up to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.

This house plan is a compact, contemporary, two-story home with 1,600 square feet of living space. But it’s got all the amenities and modern features. When you enter the home, you step into a small foyer with a stairway and convenient coat closet. But after that, the house opens up into a large living area with a parlor on the right and living room on the left that flows right into the kitchen.

The parlor connects with a den or dining room (your choice!) and when those double doors are open, it creates an expansive living area for those parties you have planned. The parlor’s rear windows are actually French doors that open to the backyard and create ample natural light.

The kitchen is no exception to the open feel of the home, with a large eating bar and ample room for the busy cook. A door connects the kitchen to the garage (especially convenient for unloading groceries), and a half bathroom and utility closet are to the right (also conveniently placed but out of sight). But let’s not forget there’s a whole second floor available in this house plan.

“The bungalow has a master suite on the second floor that may seem small,” said McAlexander. “But when you add in the private bathroom with oversize shower and the long closet with ample storage, this starter home design has the best of everything.”

Starter House Plan, Cedar Ridge 30-855, Craftsman Home Plan
The Cedar Ridge (30-855)

When considering a home design or layout, the type of lot you pick may determine the type of house you build. For a narrow lot, the Cedar Ridge design is a perfect starter home that has all the amenities and features with plenty of space – and all in a 1,763-square-foot, two-story country cottage.

“The best part about this house is that it packs it all in with room to spare,” said McAlexander. “You get a fireplace, a walk-in closet for the master suite, separate bedrooms and an extra storage area upstairs, a den, and an open floor plan. Everything is where it should be, which makes for easy comfort and happy living.”

The first floor of this home design features a kitchen, living room and dining room all connected for easy flow. The U-shaped kitchen has a long eating bar and plenty of workspace with a utility room nearby (but out of sight). The owners’ suite is also down a short hallway off the living room, complete with private bath and walk-in closet. A den near the front entry can serve as a bonus room, office or whatever you desire.

The second floor features two bedrooms for the kids, another bathroom to share, and an extra storage space or attic area. For a home on a narrow lot, this design packs in all the features so you aren’t missing out anything.

Starter House Plan, Pine Creek 30-885, Shingle Style Home Plan
The Pine Creek (30-885)

For a single-story house plan that has it’s own unique charm, the Pine Creek design is a must. This home has a Cape Cod-style feel to it, and the layout puts everything within reach.

“It’s a design that just makes sense,” said McAlexander. “And for a starter home like this one to have as much to it as this one does, it’s pretty great. I’m a huge fan of the design’s ability to be both smart and comfortable.”

At close to 1,780 square feet of living space, the Pine Creek boasts an open layout with the great room, dining area and kitchen on one side of the house and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the other side of the house. Your entertaining and family gatherings won’t have to mingle with your personal space.

A comforting fireplace is the focus of the great room area, framed by a window on each side. The dining area and kitchen behind the great room open up into each other for that modern feel and easy flow for serving and entertaining. A center island in the kitchen means you have ample room to cook, chat, and share delicious meals.

Down the hallway off the kitchen is the utility room with built-in cupboards and storage space. The utility room is also connected to the garage, which means it can double as a mudroom. Further down the hallway are two secondary bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and the owners’ suite complete with walk-in closet and private bath.

“A starter home shouldn’t be a downer. You shouldn’t have to settle for less,” said McAlexander. “You may have a limited budget, but if you’re building your first home, you can still get all the amenities you want without sacrificing style.”

And that’s the ultimate point: Your first home will be exactly what you wanted. 

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