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23rd May, 2008
Announcements, Blog

We are happy to announce that Rick McAlexander, President of Associated Designs is now a Certified Green Building Professional!

The certification is provided from the National Association of Home Builders that developed the green building guidelines in 2005. The NAHB states, "Green homes incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process to minimize environmental impact. The design, construction, and operation of a home must focus on energy and water efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, and must take the home's overall impact on the environment into account. However, many of the processes and technologies that go into a green home happen behind the scenes and behind the walls."

"I want to make sure we stay on top of current design trends, and have the knowledge to provide clients with green living options when designing their new home," says Rick. The next step for Rick is to become one of the first verifier of green building practices in the state of Oregon. He'll complete the necessary requirements in June! For more information on green building, or to see how your home scores go to

Certified Green Building Professional

22nd May, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Front Exterior

Randell 30-395

This beautiful Victorian style estate boasts a gazebo-style enclosure at left end of classically columned porch. A graceful staircase curves up left side of elegant marble-tiled, two-story foyer. A great room with fireplace & entertainment center links to library, kitchen and nook. To see plan details of this design click here.

The design of this home is a perfect example of the attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. home's. As a Tour of Homes 2003 entry, it was well received.

Steven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, General Contractor
"We are the Builder 4 U"
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Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. is a fully licensed and bonded company and has been a member of the Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lane County Home Builders Association, and has participated regularly in the Eugene area Street of Dreams annual home shows and the annual July Tour of Homes in Lane County.

21st May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Storage Plan 20-041, Garage Plan

Storage Shed 20-041

This traditional storage unit has a 6' wide by 8' tall garage door, and side door access.

19th May, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Preston House PlanFairfield House PlanColorado House Plan

Bungalow house plans with their wide, inviting front porches and open living areas, are a popular home design nationwide. Characterized by low-slung roofs, wide porches, and an informal floor plan. To view our Bungalow house plans click here.

15th May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Picardie Villa 30-676, Chateau House Plan

Picardie Villa 30-676

This chateau house plan has a fascinating facade, luxurious two-story spread designed for living large, indoors and out. Two-sided fireplaces in living room and nook can also be enjoyed from patio and game room. A porte-cochere links the interior to a patio and a garage complex that can shelter six cars.

14th May, 2008
Articles, Blog

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008 

House Plan Of The Week With Cost To Build

From: Associated Designs, Inc.

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Markham - Plan #30-575

Stone veneer bases support the tapered columns fronting this Craftsman-style bungalow home plan. Inside, the living room links to the dining room, which is open to a sunny nook and kitchen. A cozy window seat nestles into an alcove in the nook. Owners’ suite amenities include a walk-in closet and spa tub.

From the street, the Markham has the appearance of a totally symmetrical Craftsman-style bungalow with an attached porte cochere. Telling details are the stone veneer bases supporting tapered columns, exposed rafter tails where the roof joins the wall, a gabled dormer, and windows with smaller panes in their upper halves.

Inside, a conveniently placed half-bath is tucked behind the foyer’s coat closet. Double doors on the right open into a den, ideally placed for use as a home office. The foyer’s open left side leads directly into the living room.

On the living room’s left wall, a mess-free gas fireplace serves as a focal point, next to cabinetry for a home entertainment center.

The living room links to the dining room which in turn is open to the nook and kitchen. The kitchen has cupboards and counters on three sides, including a set that extends into the nook, and a roomy walk-in pantry. The nook’s wide sliding glass doors offer direct access to a covered patio, which could be screened, if desired.

Laundry appliances are right off the kitchen. The utility room has built-in cabinets and a spacious folding counter. A door there connects the room to a large storage area, tucked under the stairs.

A cozy, semi-private window seat is nestled into an alcove on the far side of the nook, across from the entry to the owners’ suite. This makes a great place to read a book, or simply daydream.

The owners’ suite is at the rear of the Markham. Amenities here include: a walk-in closet, spa tub, dual vanity, and a separately enclosed toilet and shower. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs.

Total Living Area: 2222 square feet. 1st Floor: 1700 square feet. 2nd Floor: 522 square feet. Garage: 480 square feet. Plan Width: 50' 0". Plan Depth: 67' 0". Floors: 2. Garage: 2 car. Bedrooms: 3. Baths: 2. Half Baths: 1

To estimate cost, I'll use the "cost to build" calculator on my resource #5 , “Building Costs by City & State”, on "Getting Started" on, using “average" quality and a slab foundation

Using this "shape" on the "cost to build" calculator, for the Denver - Boulder CO area, I came up with $171,288 for an owner/builder.

That’s an approximate cost of $77 per sq. ft. (Based on 2,222 sq. ft of living area)

I determined this amount by deducting the General Contractor’s Markup, equipment rental, and allowed only $2,000 for insurance.

Breakdown of Building Costs for This House. (PDF file)
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You should keep in mind that the cost to build for this example, or any house plan, can vary considerably depending quality of materials selected, and on actual bids for labor and material.

Again, the estimate for this house is an approximate one based on “average” quality materials and a slab foundation as of May, 2008.

Until you actually start getting bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), it will remain approximate.

Enjoy & "Happy Mother's Day"


13th May, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Tazewell 30-477                       Tazewell 30-477
Original Plan Modified                        Modified Plan
The Tazewell 30-477                          The Briarwood 30-690

Ever look though our house plans and find a design that is close to what you are looking for? Or find yourself liking design features on several plans, and have been collecting a portfolio of pictures and photos of that "dream home"? If either of those sound familiar than you just may want to consider our revision or custom design services. We have designers on staff that are available to help you through the process, and they've help create the perfect house plan for people through out North America. So gather those sketches, marked up review plan, and photos and give one of our designers a call at 800-634-0123 or email us at We're here to help you achieve the house of your dreams!

8th May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Barlow 30-694

Barlow 30-694

Vaulted ceilings in the foyer and great room create a sense of spaciousness in what is actually a fairly compact cottage house plan. Windows flank the gas fireplace that graces the rear of a great room with a dining area on one side. A peninsular counter/eating bar marks the boundary between the dining area and a kitchen with a roomy pantry.

7th May, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Jacksonville Exterior

Jacksonville 30-563

This home is truly amazing. Views of the coast range and the city can be enjoyed off two separate second story decks, or from the wall of windows in the family room. This design has 5389 sq ft of living space, 836 sq ft of unfinished bonus area, 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 3 half baths. The guest suite features a claw foot tub, and tiled shower. The recreation room was finished with bamboo wood flooring, full service bar, and gas fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has cherry cabinetry and a temperature controlled wine cellar. There is also a formal dining room and den. The owners' suite features a double sided fireplace, ceiling details, steam shower, and large walk-in closet. This home was finished with wrought iron railings, barrel vault and other ceiling details, recess niche's, hardwood flooring, built-ins, special lighting, and complex structured wiring and audio. Outside, the home features a built in BBQ area complete with sink, trimmed with rock work, wonderful for those special summer gatherings. To see plan details of this design click here.


Steven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, General Contractor "We are the Builder 4 U"

Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. is a fully licensed and bonded company and has been a member of the Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lane County Home Builders Association, and has participated regularly in the Eugene area Street of Dreams annual home shows and the annual July Tour of Homes in Lane County.

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6th May, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Bergstrom 30-206Bryson 30-204Glendora 30-686

With the need to build on in-fill lots, and higher density neighborhoods growing, so is the desire to find a plan that will fit on a narrow lot. On our house plans, narrow lot is defined by no more than 40' wide on a house less than 2000 square feet, no more than 50' wide on a house between 2000 - 2999 square feet, and no more than 60' wide on a house between 3000 - 4999 square feet. We have close to 100 narrow lot plans to choose from in a variety of architectural styles. To view all of our narrow lot plans click here.

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