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1st May, 2016
Articles, Blog

A century ago, a family on the hunt for a new home had a fairly simple way of choosing a home design: pick your favorite from the Sears & Roebuck kit home catalog and go on your merry way. Artist renderings of the homes showed you the style concept and basic structure, and they were often given specific names such as “The Hamilton” or “The Chelsea” – a testament to the artistry that went into the design. 

As the years went on, other players such as builders, developers and lumberyards joined the game and offered their services with their own design catalogs....

1st Apr, 2016
Articles, Blog

The classic American farmhouse conjures images of a simpler time, open spaces and a place to call your own. The timeless elements of the farmhouse – the steep roofs, lap siding and clean lines – can fit into any subdivision, in-fill lot or rural property.

Classic American Farmhouse, New Country Style, Fairheart 10-600

A recent study conducted by The American Institute of Architects found that 45 percent of homeowners preferred contemporary homes in 2015 (a seven-point...

4th Mar, 2016
Articles, Blog

When you have a family or begin making plans to grow your family, your needs change. This is true in all areas of your life, but especially your home. Planning your home with your family in mind is one of the most rewarding and challenging projects you will face, whether you’re building from scratch or making major improvements to a pre-existing home.

As you begin designing, each decision you make concerning layout should be made to complement your family’s daily life. In general, there are a few basic design elements that are beneficial to every family, while more customized features can be chosen based on your own family’s needs.

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1st Mar, 2016
Articles, Blog

You’ve been talking about it for weeks if not months. In your mind, the home of your dreams is so close you can open the door. You know your family’s needs and lifestyle choices; you’ve picked a location that fits those choices. You’ve talked with real estate agents, visited neighborhoods, toured countless homes, but nothing screams, “Welcome home!” You soon realize that simply touring pre-packaged home designs doesn’t give you and your family enough options. With excitement surging, you decide to build a home and take the search for a house plan online. 

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23rd Feb, 2016
Articles, House Plan of the Week

Southwest House Plan, Home Plan Roswell 11-086, Featured House Plan of the Week

A courtyard with a pool is at the heart of the Roswell home plan, a midsize...

1st Feb, 2016
Articles, Blog

A dream home doesn’t have to be a fantasy. It doesn’t have to be only wishful thinking that someday your house will have that gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a home theater with built-in surround sound, or a sauna in the backyard. Your dream home is real because you know what you want, what amenities you desire. You can see it all; picture it down to the last detail, even if it’s all in your head. But a dream home doesn’t have to be just a dream because we want to know what you’re thinking!

  

Associated Designs, a national home design firm located in Eugene, Oregon, invites readers to take...

1st Jan, 2016
Articles, Blog

With all of the focus and effort that goes into creating your dream home, the same thought can be used when considering building a detached garage on your property. Much can be done to utilize and mold this square footage into a space of functional luxury, uniquely fitting the flow of your lifestyle.

Garages - Not Just for Parking Cars
Garage 20-143: features a workbench, storage room,
powder bath, greenhouse and second floor attic space.

In addition to...

1st Dec, 2015
Articles, Blog

There is more than enough to think of when planning out your next home, and with so much on your plate, the future can often be overlooked. Yet, the decisions you make now are important and will affect you while growing older. Thinking about adding bars and ramps in your dream home might not sound too enticing, but there are strategic ways to implement features that will allow you to age in place that are both beautiful and subtle.

Every year Associated Designs conducts the Home from the Heart survey and this past year asked participants about aging in place and design elements they would implement in their home. The results reflect what features are essential when consider a home to age in...

2nd Nov, 2015
Articles, Blog

You’ve made the decision to build your dream home or you want take on the home remodel project that can turn the home that you like to the home that you love. Now you need to find someone who can help turn that dream into reality. Hiring a home designer doesn’t need to be tedious or overwhelming and if you start with a well thought out approach, it can be a smooth and exciting journey.

Custom Home Designer, Home Designs, Remodel, Plan Modifications

First off, reach out to friends or relatives who have gone through the process and ask about their experiences and who they worked with. The AIBD (...

29th Oct, 2015
Articles, Blog

Upgrading your home’s exterior by adding an outdoor living space can be an expensive endeavor but a proper outdoor living area can enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your property. Adding an outdoor patio or deck can make an attractive addition to any home and is consistently one of the number one projects for homeowners.

 

In a post-recession period, prudent spending hails supreme. Instead of putting hard earned cash in expensive room additions, the wisest homeowners will quickly invest in cost-effective exterior remodeling projects to boost the appraisal value of their home. According to...

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