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15th May, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

First our apologies! Yesterday's distribution of our Home Design newsletter was a result of a programming error caused by a recent change of our website host and email server. This caused the newsletter to be distributed in an unreadable format. Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience.

Home from the Heart Results

 

2009 Home from the Heart

The results are in! The Heartville is Associated Designs 2009 Home from the Heart Survey plan. This year ranch-style reigned. Green building features with advanced insulation also topped the list. Great rooms favored over formal living spaces. The desire for fireplaces and woodstoves continue to decline, close to 100% from the results 10 years ago. We appreciate everyone who participated in this annual tradition.

Watch Construction of the Camas House Plan

As mentioned last month, we are privileged to profile the construction of the Camas design. This is the first home for our clients who are really enjoying the process and working with their contractor from Gansen Construction. Each week we post photographs of the progress made on the home plan blog, and the home is going up fast! If you have constructed or are working on completing one of our home plans, we'd love to profile your project as well. Simply email your photographs to blog@associateddesigns.com. Check out the "Completed Home Plans" on the blog. We've featured photos of homes completed by Steven W. Johnson Construction, Regal Custom Homes, Castro Construction, and we'd love to profile yours too.

Modification Services

Find a house plan that's close, but need a few changes made? That's no problem! We provide free modification quotes. The process is easy too. Either call, email, or mail us with your ideas and/or sketches and speak with one of our designers. There is always a designer available 9-5 pacific time, Monday - Friday and you can call toll free at (800) 634-0123. They'll discuss and review your changes, and provide you with a firm quote and time frame to complete the project. Our design staff have worked with hundreds of folks across the country create the perfect home. We'd love the opportunity to help you with your home plan dreams!

New Products Available

We've increased purchasing options of our construction drawing packages. We now have a 5 set construction drawing package available as well as PDF master construction drawing files via email. With the PDF option you will find you not only save shipping costs, but you will have your construction drawings the same or by next business day.

This months' special promotion

Receive 20% off any 5 set, 8 set, Reproducible Masters, or Electronic File package when placing your order online. Use promotion code CD592 when placing your order.

13th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

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Gansen Construction A lot of progress has taken place in a week.

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8th May, 2009
Announcements, Blog

We have new house plan purchasing options available through Associated Designs!

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You can now purchase a 5 set construction drawing package or opt to have a PDF master emailed. Both packages offer the advantage of less resources used, which add up to time and money savings to you, the customer! Package pricing is determined on living square footage of the home and can be found on the website's individual plan detail page.

Regardless of the package you choose, Associated Designs guarantees that if you find our house plans anywhere for less, we'll not only match the price, but we'll take give you an additional 10% off. That's our 110% Guarantee!

6th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

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Gansen ConstructionFraming is almost complete!

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5th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans
Barn Plan Exterior

Barn Plan 20-047

Constructed by Steven W. Johnson Construction, this barn design features 9 horse stall and spacious tack room. There is even a stall with a garage door for easy storage for utility vechicals. This barn also has 667 square feet of living space. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and full bathroom, which can also be accessed from the barn. There is also a full kitchen.

Steve Johnson Construction "Our reputation builds with you"

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1st May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

As you can see construction of the Camas house plan is moving along quite nicely. The clients are making decisions on appliance packages, doors, heating systems, hardwood, carpet, and counter tops.As you can see construction of the Camas house plan is moving along quite nicely. The clients are making decisions on appliance packages, doors, heating systems, hardwood, carpet, and counter tops. Construction is progressing quite nicely, with a tentative move-in date of June 26th.

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1st May, 2009
Announcements, Blog, New Home Plans

Home from the Heart Results

2009 Home from the Heart

Heartville 10-560

When the Associated Designs staff tallied the results of our 2009 Home from the Heart Survey, it wasn't surprising to find that families wanted to spend about $30,000 less than last year for about the same square footage. Money is tight, but dreaming hasn't downsized.

Several months ago, Associated Designs asked our readers to choose the features and layout they envisioned in their ideal home. Readers like you from all over the United States and Canada took part in our 2009 Home from the Heart Survey. Now that the survey results have been tallied, we're ready to share what we've learned. Taking it a step further, we've designed the Heartville, a home based on the survey results.

When it comes to exteriors, the ranch style home is nearly three times as popular as its closest competitor. About half want a one-story home between 1800 and 2600 square feet with a basement.

Across the board, people want more green building features, with advanced insulation topping the list. "Good insulation is very, very important," noted a woman from Utah. More than 40% want heat pumps, water efficiency, energy efficient design, advanced framing and increased use of recycled materials.

The woman from Wichita, who said she wanted a large kitchen open to the great room, echoed the sentiments of many. More than 90% prefer informal group living spaces or a great room, and 65% want their kitchen open to the larger room. As recently as ten years ago only half opted for the great room concept, while the other half wanted separated living, dining and family rooms.

This year, nearly 70% want a fireplace or woodstove, down from about 100% ten years ago. More than 60% want some outdoor living space. An Oklahoma woman noted that, "it's nice to be able step outside and enjoy the fresh air."

"Make room for work benches in garages. Men like them," wrote a Utah woman. And indeed, nearly 60% of the participants agreed, including a man from Kansas who noted, "I need shop space for equipment."

More than 80% want a main floor owners' suite that's well isolated from secondary bedrooms. That hasn't changed a bit!

 

29th Apr, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

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Rockport 30-707

Take a tour of our Rockport design below. The photos showcase the quality construction that Mike Gansen and his crew offer from Gansen Construction.

The Rockport features a Craftsman-style covered porch which spans half of the front facade, extending from the home’s entry to the garage’s walk-in entry. The great room has a gas fireplace and is open to a dining room with sliding door access to a covered patio. The kitchen is open to the dining room, across a peninsular counter with a flush eating bar.

Gansen Construction

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13th Apr, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

The construction of the Camas plan by Gansen Construction for our clients Mr. & Mrs. C is moving along quite nicely. This week the foundation was poured and floor joists set. Framing is about to begin and trusses are scheduled for delivery April 23rd.

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Foundation Photo
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9th Apr, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

April 2009

We are very pleased to have our first blog post following the course of construction of one of our house plans. A modified version of the Camas design is under construction in the near by community of Junction City by Gansen Construction. This project received permit just last week and building has begun. Watch this home progress, from start to finish! This months featured plan the Glenview, has photos of the completed design on the home plan blog too. This home was built on the beautiful Oregon coast. If you are building or have built one of our house plans we'd love to feature your photos too! Simply email the photos and any comments about your home or the process to blog@associateddesigns.com.

This Month's Special Promotion

Spring is officially here, time to get building! From now through May 15th take 15% off construction drawing packages using promotion code ACD15.

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