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1st Jul, 2014
Articles, Blog

Garage Plans with Apartment, ADU, Granny Flat, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Backyard Cottage

Building a separate apartment unit over the garage or adding a small cottage on a single family property is becoming a popular concept, but it is certainly not a new idea. In fact, it was quite common in larger cities to see separate dwelling units in traditional and older housing districts. During the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s many people rented out their separate units...

1st May, 2014
Articles, Blog

Urban Village, Narrow Lot House Plans

It was no surprise to seasoned home builders when the Census Bureau reported in March a newer trend of people moving closer to the city and away from the suburbs. Rick McAlexander of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has worked with hundreds of builders over the years to design houses for all types of neighborhoods. But, when Dane Butler of...

7th Apr, 2014
Articles, Blog

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360First step is to develop a list of potential candidates. Check with friends and family, trade organizations such as Lane County Home Builders Association or American Institute of Building Designers, and of coarse contractors you are considering for your project.

An internet search is another way to add to the list of candidates, and it has the added bonus...

12th Mar, 2014
Articles, Blog

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Tillamook 30-519

There’s no question that designing a new home is the perfect time for homeowners to dream up new features that will contribute to a more comfortable lifestyle. Home designer Rick McAlexander of Associated Designs in Oregon has reviewed thousands of must-have features over the years with clients who plan to...

9th Jan, 2013
Articles, Blog

Below are photos from a recent kitchen remodel design.

Part of an existing covered patio was infilled and used to expand the kitchen area by approximately 100 square feet.

"I can't tell you how happy we are with the design, and with the finished product. Thank you for your efforts on our design - you did great work!"

Associated Designs can help with your remodel. To get started, simply call our office and speak with one of our designers.

To view photos click "A Brand New Kitchen" to open post

7th Nov, 2011
Articles

A little good news for this Monday morning. The National Association of Home Builders October 21st new home sales release for the month of September.

6th Apr, 2011
Articles, Blog

The concept of a "mud room" varies from one geographic location to another. Warmer, dryer climates will not require the same amenities as cooler, damper climates. Household needs not only vary from one to another, but as families transition through life stages. An empty nesters needs will be different from a household with teenagers which will be different than a family with younger children. That being said, the first step should be a review of the needs of the household as it relates...

16th Sep, 2010
Articles, New Home Plans

Willamette 30-788, Craftsman Home Plan

Willamette 30-788

Craftsman detailing graces the front facade of this Northwest-inspired cottage home plan. Four informal gathering spaces flow together at the rear, if you count the covered patio. From the kitchen, you can keep an eye on...

31st Aug, 2010
Articles, Blog

Will he or won’t he?  With Hurricane Earl threatening the nation’s Eastern Seaboard this Labor Day, there are steps homeowners can take to weatherproof their homes that won’t break the bank.

 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance offers six pieces of essential hurricane-preparation advice, including: 
  • Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage.Will he or won’t he? With Hurricane Earl threatening the nation’s Eastern Seaboard this Labor Day, there are steps homeowners can take to weatherproof their homes that won’t break the bank. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance offers six pieces of essential...

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