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31st Aug, 2010
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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...
21st Jan, 2009
Articles, Blog

Castro Construction LogoAssociated Designs is pleased to profile another fine home by Castro Construction. Built in Eugene Oregon the photographs below highlight the attention to detail and quality construction. The plans on this house come from Alan Mascord Design.Associated Designs is pleased to profile another fine home by Castro Construction. Built in Eugene Oregon the photographs below highlight the attention to detail and quality construction. The plans on...

2nd Dec, 2008
Announcements, Articles, Blog

While we will miss the sentimental value of our good old blueprint machine, the fact is it was not very friendly when it came to the environment. The chemically treated paper was not recyclable and the ammonia based development process was smelly.

With the addition of a new large format digital printer we now print on paper that is 100% recyclable. We are even starting with recycled paper which uses 30% post consumer fiber, is SFI (sustainable forestry initiative) certified and is acid free. The new printer is also a copier and scanner, so if you need copies up to 36" wide and 500' long we can do that. We can also scan and create electronic files of your plans.

In addition to greening up our printing process we are working on switching to a digital plan...

11th Sep, 2008
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Pacifica Home Plan from Associated Designs


We are excited and honored to have our Pacifica 30-686 (aka The Summit) design featured on this year's Portland Oregon Street of Dreams. Built by Westlake Development on Mt. Scott in Portland Oregon, this house plan captured the amazing views that the hillside building lot had to offer.

Westlake's Gerald Rowlett said the feedback from visitors of this years' tour was very positive. Comments heard from visitors were "I could see myself living in this house", "A home I could kick my feet up in", and...

20th Aug, 2008
Articles, Blog

Now's the time to buy a home! The attached link is a great article provided by Lane County Home Builders Association.

We're here to help you get started! It’s a Buyer’s Market from the Lane County Home Builders Association
25th Jun, 2008
Announcements, Articles, Blog

The Home Builders Association of Lane County has constructed the Tazewell 30-477 Tazewell 30-477 House Plan from Associated DesignsThe Home Builders Association of Lane County has constructed the Tazewell 30-477 house plan to showcase on the Tour of Homes held July 26th through August 3rd. Associated Designs has donated design services for the HBA PAC house for 9 years. This year's HBA PAC house will highlight the use of green building techniques.

To view an article on construction of this years PAC house from On the...

17th Jun, 2008
Articles, Blog

By Craig Thornburrow

If you are considering a large construction project, whether it be a brand new home or an addition to a home that you already have, hiring building contractors is something that you may have to look into. Hiring building contractors is not the simplest thing to do, but it certainly is not complicated. As a matter of fact, if you know just what you are looking for then the hiring process should be rather simple.By Craig Thornburrow

If you are considering a large construction project, whether it be a brand new home or an addition to a home that you already have, hiring building contractors is something that you may have to...

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

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31st Mar, 2008
Articles, Blog

Sunday, March 30, 2008

House Plan of the Week & Cost to Build with Cost to Finish the Basement!

Note: This week, because so many people want to know the cost of a finishing a basement, I am including that as an option. You will be amazed at how much the price per sq. ft. of the entire house drops when you add the basement area!

Remember that in order for a basement to be considered “habitable space”, it must have two (2) means of ingress & egress. This can be accomplished with doors, as in a...

21st Mar, 2008
Articles, Blog

By Kathy J Thomas

The lot you own isn't just a piece of dirt on the outskirts of your hometown. It will be identified in a number of different ways depending on who wants to know. But, before you can apply for a building permit you must know how your local government identifies it. If it is a bare piece of land, (outside of a developed subdivision) it most likely will not have a situs address yet.

The identity used most by government agencies is an identifying number referred to as the Tax ID Number or the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN). You will find the APN on your deed or on your tax bill from the local Tax Collector. It...

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