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31st Jul, 2015
Articles, Blog

With the warm summer weather present, people are looking to put their outdoor spaces to good use and people are looking to create ideal outdoor areas in their new homes. Lot size is no barrier to creating a backyard paradise when careful consideration is given to how the home is laid out and orientated on the building site. Combine clever design with creative homeowners and any home can utilize any outdoors space to its fullest.

Outdoor Spaces, Coeur D'Alene 30-634

Gone are the days of...

8th Jul, 2015
Articles, Blog

Building a new home is exciting! Whether it's a lifelong dream coming true, or an endeavor you've embarked on before, there are many things to consider when starting the process.

When you've found that perfect piece of property, spend a little time there and visit the site at different times of the day. Take note of the views, traffic, neighbors, and where the flow of natural light is throughout the day, these should all be considered when you are ready to begin choosing a home plan. Are the neighbors in close proximity? Perhaps you need a plan that would allow a more private backyard patio. Do you have a terrific view that needs to be captured in the areas of the home you spend the most time? Would the bedrooms be where headlights will shine in continually through...

1st Jul, 2015
Articles, Blog

It's always nice to have a face to the name or the voice of the people we communicate with. Here's an opportunity to do just that and learn a little about us too. We introduce the team from Associated Designs:

Rick McAlexander (Owner)

Rick was born into the home design profession. Starting directly out of high school, he worked for a local home design company running errands and making good old fashion blueprints. Having learned the art of home design from time spent working with talented individuals, he started Associated Designs and grew the company from the ground...

29th Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

Home from the Heart Survey Results, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Heartfall 10-620


Understanding what people want in their home is what allows Associated Designs to create a collection of home designs that feature all the important elements homeowners’ desire. In an effort to gather the most accurate information, earlier this year Associated Designs, Inc. asked readers, like you, to share what features and design elements they want in their...

25th Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

Nobody wants to have a garden that is out of sight, out of mind. When this happens, it either falls into neglect or you become so isolated in the yard that you can't keep up with what is happening inside the home when the phone rings, the doorbell dings or the dog tears up the cushions on the couch. Having a home with great garden access allows you to easily enjoy the sight and functionality of the outdoor space even on those rainy days when you are kept indoors. 

Garden Space Ideas

Bring In The View

There's nothing quite...

17th Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

Some people call it an attic. Other people call it a storage place at the top of the house. Some people call a private oasis. Loft spaces are getting makeovers to turn them into functional rooms with a number of different purposes. What you turn your loft space into is up to you and your "lofty" imagination. Here are several ideas on what you can do to fully enjoy the space. 

Luxury Bedroom

Bedrooms in lofts have always been popular whether it is for yourself, the kids, or as a guest room. Many loft bedrooms can have plenty of windows for natural light combined...

3rd Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

We all grew up with wonder and intrigue, about what we’d find in the future. Would we find ourselves in 25 or 30 years with a household similar to what we watched growing up watching the Jetsons? Now that we’re here, things look a little different than we had anticipated, however, there are some amazing technology advances for the home that can make us feel a little closer to that futuristic daydream. The best part of it is that integrating a little smart technology in your home is probably more affordable than you might have thought, and may even save you a few dollars.

Home Technology...

27th May, 2015
Articles, Blog

Over the period of the last decade or so, we have become increasingly aware of personal health and wellness. That awareness hasn't stopped with just ourselves and our family, but has expanded to our beloved pets and of course our homes. 

Home Wellness

Improving the health of our home can contribute to our own wellness. If home is where the heart is, it’s also where the health and wellness are. Identifying a few of the factors that can add to your home's wellness is a great step in ensuring our own level of wellness within the home.

Clearing the Air

Your home...

27th May, 2015
Articles, Blog

The current decade has seen the growing trend of homeowners creating elaborate master bathroom oases in their custom homes. They are incorporating high end materials such granite counter tops, rain showers, towel warmers and double sinks. Residential design services company Associated Designs, who provides house plan designs to people across the country, has seen an increase to the amount of amenities people are willing to place into their master bathrooms. One such amenity that is on the rise as a must-have item for this room is the freestanding tub.


19th May, 2015
Articles, Blog

One of the best parts of the summer season is the long, warm days during which you can enjoy your beautiful outdoor living spaces. It seems only a decade or so ago we emerged only for barbecues and special occasions, we now find ourselves outside for common meals with or without company. We have fallen in love with a light summer meal 'al fresco' style. 

Al Fresco Dining


You’ve spent time and money to cultivate your outdoor living space to discover that you truly love relaxing and dining there. As the summer season begins to wind down each year as the days get a...

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