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16th Oct, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Mapleton 30-506

The handsome Mapleton has a Craftsman cottage look. This home could be placed within a grove of tall oak trees, or easily blend into a suburban neighborhood.

An old-fashioned covered porch wraps around three sides of the home. You will appreciate this feature, whether the sky is filled with sunshine, clouds, rain or snow. Add gates front and back to create a secure area for toddlers and small pets.

Two large, interconnected rooms are in the front, linked by French double doors. The room closest to the street could be used as a home office, guest room, or parlor. The room has a closet and direct bathroom access, complete with shower.

A woodstove sits near the entrance to the gathering room. Walk around it to the right, and you pass along a short hallway to the kitchen. Laundry appliances hide behind folding doors on the left.

Around the woodstove to the left is the stairway to the second floor, and past that a skylit and vaulted living room, open to the kitchen and bayed dining area. A conversation bar rims the boundary side of a work island with a built-in cook top.

The Mapleton's kitchen has a raised eating bar as well. Working at the kitchen sink, you look across it into the window-bright dining bay. Counters and cupboards are in good supply, and the step-in pantry adds more storage.

Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs. The owners' suite features include a walk-in closet and a skylit bathroom with a spa tub, dual vanity, shower and a private toilet.

11th Oct, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Multi-Family Home Plan, Craftsman Style Duplex

The Torrington offers some upscale features not usually found in a duplex. Its owners might enjoy keeping one unit as a vacation retreat, while renting the other unit out. This Craftsman-style duplex's cantilevered set back is visually interesting, and the recessed porches are widely separated to enhances the privacy.

Double walls provide extra sound buffering between the two units, and an exterior wall separates the covered patios. Bedrooms are along the outer edges, thus assuring private sleeping environments as well.

Both units have identical but reversed floor plans. Standing in the entry, the living/dining area is on one side, a coat closet and passageway to the bedrooms are forward, and direct access to the garage is on the opposite side.

This duplex design boasts a lofty, vaulted living and dining area. The high ceiling creates an expansive sense of openness, with natural illumination during daylight hours. Plenty of natural light washes in through a wide windows in the front, along with a smaller dormer window higher up.

In the kitchen the ceiling is flat and an overhead plant shelf and raised eating bar marks the boundary.

Stove, sink and refrigerator is a step-efficient triangle convenient for meal preparation and clean up. Cupboards and work surfaces are plenty. Counters wrap around three sides, while a floor-to-ceiling pantry boosts additional storage space.

Another storage closet is found in the hallway to the bedrooms and a two-section bathroom. 

3rd Oct, 2017
Articles, Blog

Historically, kitchens haven’t always been luxurious, open places with breakfast bars and double islands. And they certainly weren’t rooms where people wanted to gather. They were dark and simple, often utilitarian in style – an afterthought to the home plan. They were filled with noises, messes and smells. But the modern kitchen is an indispensable component to contemporary life. Instead of welcoming guests into the living room, the kitchen is the place we chat with friends over a couple drinks or conduct business or play games with family.

“The kitchen of today serves as the hub for nearly every aspect of family life,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc., based in Eugene, Ore. “Homeowners want large kitchen plans with plenty of space for baking, cooking and hosting. It’s what makes them so fun to design really.”

In many cases, the kitchen is an extension of the great room. It’s filled with light, color and all the amenities. From walk-in pantries, expansive breakfast bars and unique layouts, these three home designs put kitchens in the spotlight.

A Bright & Open Gathering Space

If entertaining is your thing, then the Barnhart (30-946) home design has a kitchen that’s meant to be enjoyed. Complete with a plenty of storage space and a walk-in pantry, this kitchen’s white cabinetry is accented by the dark countertops and stainless steel appliances for an eye-catching space.

But it’s the location of the kitchen that truly matters in this 3,815-square-foot home design. The kitchen opens up into the great room, but it also connects with the vaulted patio. A wall of windows then brightens the entire house with natural light. Both areas have wood-burning fireplaces that serve as inviting focal points, plus the kitchen has a curved edge eating bar that doubles as a buffet.

“Depending on the weather and time of year, people can congregate in the kitchen and vaulted great room, the vaulted patio, or all three,” said McAlexander. “It’s bright, cheerful and inviting… you’d be hard-pressed to not want to show off the kitchen.”

Linked Together

Expansive gathering spaces, inside and out, create a perfect environment for families to hang out and entertain in the Petaluma (31-011) home design. And the kitchen is no exception. The goal of this 4,680-square-foot, lodge-style home design is to make the kitchen part of the main space, like a spoke on a wheel.

“This kitchen is central to the home’s gathering space,” said McAlexander. “But it’s part of an interconnected series of beautiful rooms. When all is said and done, the main rooms connect to each other in a sort of circle.”

The vaulted great room and dining area, for example, are linked to the spacious kitchen, which is also linked to the vaulted media room. A large covered patio that extends halfway around one side of the house connects the great room to the dining room and back around again.

Meanwhile, the kitchen itself boasts a large island that can double as a buffet or breakfast bar – or just an extra cook space – with a walk-in pantry nearby.

Vaulted Luxury

Bold stone accents, graceful wood beams and smooth stucco blend seamlessly together along the front of the Delfino (31-062). Inspired by a Tuscan villa, the 3,919-square-foot home offers the latest in luxury living with plenty of space and attention to detail. Like the other two homes listed above, the Delfino boasts an open-style great room at the center of the house. But almost every room in the house has a vaulted ceiling, including the kitchen.

“Vaulted ceilings give rooms a light and airy feeling,” said McAlexander. “So in this house, you feel like there’s more freedom to move around, more space to mingle and relax. And all the natural light adds to the beauty.”

The vaulted foyer welcomes you into a vaulted great room, which flows into a vaulted dining area, which is open to the vaulted kitchen, which is linked to the vaulted piano room. It’s the perfect setup for those who love to entertain or host a piano recital. The kitchen’s large, curved island can be used as a buffet or bar for a fun, casual vibe in the midst of all the luxurious gathering spaces.

When you next invite your friends over or host a social event or have a family game night, where will you be gathering? We’re betting you’ll be in the kitchen, cozying up along the breakfast bar and nibbling on some crudités and hors d'oeuvres. Because the kitchen is no longer an afterthought; it’s bright, open and where the party begins. 

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2nd Oct, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Hills Creek 10-573, Ranch Home Plan

The Hills Creek's exterior has the classic look of a European or Prairie-style home, but the single-level interior is that of an updated ranch house plan.

Brick veneer, raised brick trim and corner quoins create an impression of solidity and permanence, while decorative corbels highlight the posts of the wide front porch.

Inside, a slender sidelight brightens the vaulted entry, where a roomy coat closet fills the left wall. A pocket door on the right conceals access to secondary bedrooms and a shared bathroom. A high plant shelf overarches the entry where it angles off to the left.

From there, passageways lead off in three directions. On the left, double doors open into a media room/study or home office. Straight ahead the kitchen, just past the high plant shelf on the right that crowns the opening into the great room.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across a raised eating bar, into the dining area, great room and patio. Wide windows fill most of the rear wall. One set opens onto a covered patio. Gridded windows, set high, trim the masonry fireplace. Shelves fill the spaces beneath them. The inner wall is designed for a media center, accessible at the rear through a closet in the bedroom on the other side of the wall.

The utility room and a well-appointed master suite fill the left wing. The large utility room sits between the kitchen and the three-car garage. The master suite amenities include a deluxe bathroom with dual vanity, private toilet and a large walk-in closet.

27th Sep, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Tudor Home Plans, Addison 30-795

The Addison's riverstone veneer, keystone arches, and three stories of living space (including the daylight basement) come together and create a truly sumptuous estate home.

Stepping through the lofty entry arch of this European-style home, you walk into a two-story foyer, naturally brightened by the high arched window over the door. An opening on the right leads to an elegant tray-ceilinged living room. The matching opening on the left flows into a stepped-ceiling dining room. A built-in buffet with a small sink is just across the hall.

Straight ahead, under an inner balcony, brings you to a large, bright family room with a two-story ceiling. Sliding glass doors open onto a spacious, fully covered rear deck. A fireplace and home entertainment center anchors one end of the family room, which flows into the nook and luxurious gourmet kitchen on the opposite side.

Counters wrap around most of the kitchen, and an eating bar rims one side of a central work island. A roomy pantry is just around the corner. Basement and second floor stairs feed off of the kitchen. Laundry appliances are closeby, as is direct garage access.

The luxurious owners' suite fills an entire wing. Amenities here include a walk-in closet, a large bathroom with curving lines, a spa tub, dual vanity, and a private toilet. Two more bedrooms, one of them a guest suite, are upstairs, along with a recreation room. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Doors in both bedrooms also open out onto a large covered veranda, great for relaxing on a nice day or enjoying the night air.

11th Sep, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch Home Plan, Lamar 11-106

Brick veneer gives the Lamar house plan a look of solid permanence to the compact home with a spacious great room at its core. An arched glass block window adds a unique grace and charm to the front exterior.

This low-maintenance ranch-style home plan is ideal for young families or empty nesters. The one-level layout is easily adaptable for wheelchair accessibility.

Entering, you step into a vaulted entry with a coat closet to the right, kitchen/dining room access on the left. A pocket door slider can be closed to conceal the cooking and dining area.

The great room is vaulted, and open to the kitchen where a peninsular counter marks the boundary. Overhead, a high plant or display shelf spans the juncture, where the vaulted ceiling transitions to an eight-foot-high kitchen ceiling.

Sliding glass doors at the rear open into a screened porch, ideal for outdoor dining. Potted plants thrive in this sunny space, and it's a great place to sleep on summer nights when the air inside is too hot.

The kitchen/dining room is spacious. Plenty of room here for family and friends to hang around and chat with the cooks or clean-up crew. Utilities are close by but out of sight, tucked in a passthrough space that connects with the garage. Groceries can be unloaded safely and conveniently, moving directly from garage to kitchen.

Owners' suite amenities include: twin linen closets and a large walk-in closet. Soft light filters into the bathroom through glass blocks. Secondary bedrooms, or a bedroom and a study, share a bathroom on the opposite side of the house.

8th Sep, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New Garage Plan, Garage 20-190, Garage Design with Shop

Garage 20-190

Room for one car plus storage and a shop this compact cottage style garage design is a great addition to any property. The garage door is 9' wide and 8' tall and the bay has additional space to the right for extra storage. Double doors from the garage or a separate front exterior door leads to a generous shop space. 

6th Sep, 2017
Articles, Blog

“Utility” in its most basic definition means “a state of being useful.” So it’s no surprise that when we think of a utility room in a home, we think of the basics – laundry, ironing boards that fold down from the wall, and maybe some small cupboard space. Utility rooms, however, can be more than just useful spots to clean your clothes.

“I like to think that utility rooms are another living space in a home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc., based in Eugene, Ore. “You can do so much more with them, so their usefulness includes organization, storage, crafting space, mudrooms and more. Nowadays, utility rooms take ‘useful’ to a whole new level.”

In fact, utility rooms can become extensions of the kitchen or elaborate mudrooms with cubby holes and hooks and nooks.

“Out of sight, out of mind was how many looked at utility rooms years ago,” said McAlexander. “But they are no longer relegated to the basement or the garage. Utility rooms are the new workhorse of home design.”

From pet-friendly spaces to convenient locations and savvy organization, utility rooms have come a long way. Designs now offer rooms that perform and catch the eye. We dig a little deeper into these design ideas with five top trends in utility rooms.

1. Hobby Home

Space is one thing in a modern utility room, especially as workstations for doing the laundry. But we’re pretty sure homeowners aren’t just doing laundry 24/7 (although it may sometimes feel that way). Homeowners are looking to make these rooms do more than just clean clothes and store cleaners. Hobbies of all kinds, such as home canning, sewing and gardening, are taken into consideration in the layout. For example, the Tetherow design (31-019) features a utility room with ample space for your favorite crafts.

“It’s probably the more popular request when it comes to utility rooms,” said McAlexander. “Home canning in particular is an add-on many ask for in a utility room design, which makes for some very unique layouts.”

2. Pet-Friendly Palace

Hobbies are one thing though; pets are quite another. They’re members of the family and as such, we want to provide them with comfort and a space all their own – which is where utility room designs come into play. Common add-ons include spaces for kitty litter boxes or food storage. But the Nottingham design (30-965) takes those add-ons to a whole new level. An extensive utility room off the garage includes a separate spot just for dogs, as well as a pet door. It’s like a stately bedroom for man’s best friend.

“Utility room design that includes pets can easily become even more extensive and elaborate,” said McAlexander. “A pet-friendly room is as essential to home design now as space for your washer and dryer, and I don’t see that trend changing anytime soon.”

3. Mudroom Must-Haves

Speaking of usefulness, there’s nothing like a spot specifically built to hold your rain boots, coats and other outdoor sundries. A mudroom, or drop zone, is probably the most common addition to a home’s utility area. Often set near the garage, a mudroom can be as subtle or as elaborate as a homebuyer wants it to be. For large families, a few cupboards and shelves help to keep all those shoes organized.

The mudroom in the Nottingham sits just off the garage and is, in its own way, an extension of the utility room area. With hooks to hang coats and backpacks, a closet to store larger gear, and a half-bath nearby, it’s the ideal way to take the day off before relaxing at home.

4. Storage Station

Organization and storage may be one of the more popular trends in the world of utility room must-haves. And we aren’t talking about simple cupboard space. Space-saving amenities such as hidden trashcans, stacked washers and dryers and countertops are all options for homebuyers to consider as they make their utility rooms beyond useful. In many ways, a utility room can mimic the kitchen in its ability to organize your things with the greatest of efficiency and ease of use. Both the Nottingham and the Tetherow design put storage in the spotlight with counter space, closets and cupboards aplenty.

“Changing lifestyles mean a lot of families nowadays want easy access to their things,” said McAlexander. “A utility room that has everything right at the homeowner’s fingertips is a big trend. The more organized you are, the more unique the organization options, the niftier that utility room becomes.”

5. Location, Location, Location

To expand and build on its usefulness, a utility room has to be conveniently located. Where it sits in relation to the rest of the house makes a huge difference in how it can and should be used. Commonly, a utility room is situated just off the garage with a mudroom and easy access to the kitchen and pantry as in the Nottingham design. Other convenient locations include just off the walk-in closet of the master’s suite or near a porch. This spot showcased in the Tetherow is well suited for those who want to give their hobby a special spot rather than have it tucked away in the back.

Bottom line, a utility room isn’t just for laundry anymore. It’s an essential component to any home and as with any room, it can be multifunctional. That’s where it’s true usefulness can really shine. 

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5th Sep, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Spanish Style Home Plan, Grandeza 10-136

Mediterranean influences inspire the contemporary Spanish-style Grandeza. Stucco arches and columns combine with round-arched windows and a tile roof to give the house plan a bright ambiance that is equally evocative of the American Southwest.

This home is as naturally bright inside as out. At center is a high-ceilinged, hexagonal great room where arched windows fill most of three rear walls. A patio wraps across the entire back with four access points, so it's easy to extend living outside. When the weather turns chilly, the warmth of the pellet stove will be welcome.

A spacious kitchen features counters on four sides with plenty of room for food prep, and a long, raised eating bar rims the peninsular counter nearest the dining area. A pantry nestles into an alcove created by the upper flight of a centrally located stairway.

Upstairs, French double doors in the vaulted hexagonal recreation room open onto a rear balcony. On the opposite side of the room, a V-shaped railing allows people to overlook the entry. Windowed on five sides, this bright and lofty room has a bathroom and makes a great place for rainy day play. This space could be used as a study, home office, guest room, art studio, or whatever suits.

The luxurious owners' suite fills the right wing. The skylit bathroom features a dual vanity, spa tub, linen closet, shower, and private toilet. The walk-in closet is large. Two more bedrooms share a bathroom in the left side, close to the large utility room that links the house and garage.

1st Sep, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country Home Plan, Fairhaven 31-077

Charming, simple country elegance invites you into the Fairhaven house plan. The covered porch is a perfect place to watch the world go by. The entry opens up into a vaulted living room on the right. A cozy fireplace draws you in and the room opens up to the vaulted dining room and kitchen. To the let of the entry a hallway leads you passed the stairs to the additional bedrooms and bonus room upstairs and towards the owners' suite. Owners' suite amenities include a walk-in closet, dual vanity that is separated from the shower and toilet. 

28th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Huntington 42-017

The Huntington's wrap-around covered porch is beautiful. Handsome exposed timbers support and highlight the lofty central gable, and the whole works is supported by tapered bases of stone. Custom-crafted windows, horizontal siding and shake shingles all add to the Craftsman-style.

You enter into a naturally bright and lofty two-story foyer. A half-round crowns the upper trio of windows and an elegant dining room is on the right. Stairs on the left lead to the secondary bedrooms and a vaulted lounge that overlooks the entry and great room. It provides access to both large bedrooms plus a sky-lit bathroom. 

A bank of windows, stacked three high at center, fills most of the vaulted great room's rear wall. The wide hearthed stone fireplace nestled into an alcove on the left can also be enjoyed from the kitchen and nook. The entry to a vaulted sunroom is next to the fireplace, entered through a glass door. Double doors there open onto a railed balcony.

The kitchen is large and open, with plenty of cupboard and counter space. Standing at the sink in the work island, you look out over a long raised eating bar into the great room. A pantry, utilities, and bathroom are a few steps away, where they are also linked to the garage.

The luxurious master suite fills most of the left wing. Features include twin walk-in closets, a spa tub, dual vanity, private toilet, and access to the sunroom.

25th Aug, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage with Studio, Garage with Living Space, Garage 20-189

Garage 20-189

Parking for 2 cars plus a second floor studio apartment this country-style garage plan offers a little bit of everything. The garage doors are both 9' wide and 8' tall. Towards the back a small alcove including space under the staircase provide additional storage space. Separated from the garage a set of stairs lead up to the second floor living quarters. With the full bathroom, kitchenette and woodstove this space could be used for multiple uses such as a guest apartment, hobby space,  or home office.

21st Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Home Plan, Houston 11-044

Compact yet spacious, the Houston is as economical to build and to heat. It's a fairly traditional floor plan, with bedrooms upstairs and family living spaces on the ground floor.

The Mediterranean-style front facade is completely symmetrical. At center, classic columns support a balcony that doubles as a front porch. Tile crowns the hip roof while shutters add a color.

Casual living areas are at the rear, formal spaces in the front. The family room, nook and kitchen are bright and open. A large bay window, ideal for a wide window seat, expands the family room. Sliders in the nook open onto a large screened porch.

The U-shaped kitchen has plenty of counter and cupboard space, including lazy Susan shelving that allows full use of the corner cabinets. Utilities are close by, in a pass-through to the garage. 

A small wet bar, nestled in the alcove under the stairs, is convenient to the family room and living room. The powder room is centrally located too.

The spacious owners' suite is on the upper level. Luxury amenities include a sitting room, balcony, and private bathroom with double vanity, spa, oversized shower and large walk-in closet. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom. Linen storage and another closet are in the hallway.

17th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Evelyn 30-480

The Evelyn's Craftsman-style charming porches, are gracefully inviting access points in both the front and the back.

Slender wooden columns support the porch gables, while decorative supports and handsome beams underscore their peaks. Shake-textured siding fills the apexes of the larger gables that back up the porches.

One long hallway runs through the home. The first section is an inner entry. Double doors on the left open into a den, home office, or guest room.

An arched opening marks the juncture to the next section of hallway. The gallery wall is ideal for displaying art or family photos. Arched openings on the right lead into the owners' suite and another bedroom. The opening on the left takes you to another bedroom, along with the main bathroom. All three bedrooms feature roomy walk-in closets.

Family and friends will enjoy spending time together in the combination kitchen and great room that fills the back of the home. Windows fill most of the back wall and is is naturally bright.

The kitchen spans one side wall and wraps around. Standing at the kitchen sink, you have a clear view of the backyard, as well as the great room. There's plenty of room here for a large table.

The gas fireplace across the room creates a warm, comforting focal point. Convenient, built-in shelves that line one wall can be used for books or art display.

7th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Georgian Home Plans, Southern House Plans, Lupine 30-747

Small panes of glass fill large window openings and give the Lupine an intriguing Georgian look. The pattern is echoed on the gridded garage doors, while raised brick trim rims the upper limits of the garage doors, underscores windows, and accents graceful arches on the brick veneer front facade.

This one-level plan has plenty of room for an active family. This plan could be easily adapted for wheelchair accessibility and aging in place.

Left of the entry double doors open into a vaulted dining room with a step-in closet to one side. This space flows into the vaulted living room. A 10-foot-high display shelf provides definition at the juncture of the two spaces. The living room can also be entered by proceeding straight ahead from the foyer, passing through an arched opening and under a similar display shelf there.

Windows fill most of the rear wall in the living room and nook. An arched window crowns a wide trio of windows, near a fireplace that fits neatly into one corner. A sunroom and den/home office fill out the opposite side of the of this space, while the kitchen sits at its heart.

Standing by the kitchen sink, you have a panoramic view of the entire area, as well as out to the partially covered patio. The cook top is in a central island, and a large walk-in pantry resides in one corner. A large utility room with a toilet is nearby, along with a door to the three-car garage.

Bedrooms fill the right wing of the home. The owners' suite features two large walk-in closets, a luxurious bathroom, and direct patio access. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

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