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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 the remote and seldom used outdoor living areas. Homeowners these days are looking to stretch their living outside as one seamless extension of the home. These artful transitions from inside to outside allows for bringing the indoors out when the summer sun comes out to play.

The first step to creating an outdoor paradise is determining where this space will go. There is the traditional approach that has the outdoor living area connected to the home and accessed with sliding glass or French doors. A more contemporary option is to place the outdoor space out in the yard, disconnected from the home. And then there is always choosing the best of both worlds and combining a little of each. Both of these options provide their own sets of benefits. By integrating the outdoor living with the home it can easily become an extension of the homeowner’s day to day living. Or by separating the outdoor area from the house the outdoor living is now dual purposed and can serve as a tranquil getaway or perfect party spot for friends and family.

The next thing that homeowners have to consider is the function of the outdoor living space. Will it be used strictly as another room of the home? Will it be an entertainment area for hosting parties and get-togethers with family? Perhaps it will be a play area for the kids to go outside and get their bodies moving during summer vacation? Deciding the functionality of the space allows the homeowner to hone in on the elements and amenities they want to incorporate, whether it is lounging couches for the living area, outdoor kitchens for dinner parties, or play sets for kids.

If choosing just one outdoor living space function or amenity seems limiting, Associated Design offers the gorgeous Coeur D'Alene 30-634 home plan. This exceptionally large, richly windowed, Chalet-style home plan not only features a vast and spacious interior but exemplifies outdoor living as an extension of the home and will not limit homeowner’s options. Outside of the bright and open vaulted living room, double doors on both sides flow into the large curved patio that spans the entirety of the back of the home. This beautiful space offers endless opportunity to create a functional, cozy and multi-faceted outdoor space that can be accessed and enjoyed at various points of the home. Because of the way the Coeur D’Alene patio wraps and expands across the back of the home, the space can be utilized for various purposes and is not limited to one outdoor amenity. For example, situate an outdoor dining area just steps outside the double doors off of the living room to enjoy summer barbeques on warm summer evenings. On the other side of the patio, install a play set as a way for the kids to get outside but not occupy the entirety of the patio space. Outside the owner’s suite, create a tranquil space perhaps a Jacuzzi might be the perfect touch for a relaxing couples evening. With this beautiful and opportunistic home design, your outdoor living options are anything but limited.

Outdoor living areas bring families together, welcomes friends, and becomes the perfect retreat for people after a hard day's work. Additionally, they provide opportunities for homeowners to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while staying within the comforts of their home. In order to create the most personally designed home plan based on the amount of space available, Associated Designs’ staff team is here to work hard to turn imagination into reality.

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31st Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Glenridge 10-053

Just looking at the Glenridge makes you think of sunshine. Inspired by the tropical Florida climate, this contemporary Mediterranean style home features a tile roof, a stucco exterior, and abundant arched windows. Raised planters accentuate, and add color. The side entrance to the garage is out of the line of vision from the street.

Inside, is as sunny as outside. Skylights illuminate the family room, kitchen, main bathroom and the hallway to the secondary bedrooms. A screened porch, is at the back, surrounded on three sides by a patio. Light from this bright space flows over to the dining room and family room.

Both the dining room and living room have 10 foot-high coffered ceilings and arched entrances. The dining room features three arches, and cooled by a ceiling fan.

The large kitchen features an eating bar, desk, breakfast nook, walk-in pantry, and a work island with a cooktop. A utility room with access to the garage is close by and features ample counter space for folding clothes and could function as a sewing center too.

Luxury amenities in the vaulted owners' suite include a large walk-in closet, twin basins and a soaking tub. An exterior door provides access to a basin, toilet and shower from outside that can be separated from the rest of the bathroom.

The garage features two large storage units, one accessible from the outside, handy for yard maintenance and the other is accessible from inside.

24th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, New Home Plan, Tumalo 30-996. Sloped Lot House Plan

The Tumalo is a country-style ranch home design for a downhill sloping lot. You can appreciate the view while standing on the railed, partially covered and vaulted deck at the rear, where you are elevated above ground level. 

Columns line the covered porch and walkway that wraps across most of the front. Skylights brighten the porch, the foyer, and the kitchen’s breakfast nook, which can also be accessed from the front porch through French doors.

In the foyer, to the left and through the double doors is a study. To the right leads to the nook and kitchen. Straight ahead, the foyer flows into the dining room and vaulted great room, which are partially separated by a two-sided fireplace.

An eating bar rims the work island in the kitchen. Another work island sits at the center of the kitchen, and a large walk-in pantry fills one corner. 

The vaulted owners’ suite features a walk-in shower and a large walk-in closet and is well isolated from secondary bedrooms.

20th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Lynden 30-143

Multiple peaks and a lofty arched porch gives the Lynden great curb-appeal. A wrap-around planter, along with half-round windows in the door and front bay add touches of grace in this traditional home plan

The 12-foot-high entry lends to the sense of spaciousness. Double doors on the left open into a bright den or parlor expanded by a window bay that fills most of the front wall. 

An art niche nestles into the hallway leading to the kitchen and great room. Across from the kitchen, another window bay is found in the eating nook.

The kitchen features a raised eating bar that provides seating for conversation and snacking, while hiding the view of kitchen clutter. Cupboard space is generous and a large step-in pantry is next to the nook. There is plenty of counter space as well.

Natural light flows in through side and rear windows, and the sliding door at the back opens onto a patio. When the weather keeps you indoors, you can have a fire in the corner fireplace and enjoy watching the flames instead.

You'll find the bedrooms along the right. Features in the owners' suite include a large walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom that provides privacy and steam containment for toilet and shower.

Secondary bedrooms are the same in size and share access to the main bathroom. Utilities are in a pass-through that connects with the garage.

17th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, New House Plan, Laurelhurst 30-994

The Laurelhurst is an update of the Prairie-style home that originated in early 20th century. Low-pitched hipped rooflines, wide eaves and large columns lend to this style.

The open places to gather are at the rear make this home that is ideal for families that enjoy entertaining. Windows line most of the rear wall in a great room with a two-sided fireplace that is also enjoyed from the Den. The dining area has sliding glass doors that open onto a nice covered patio.

The kitchen is open to the dining room, across a work island with a cook top on one side and an eating bar on the other. Ample cupboard and counter space includes a large walk-in pantry. The media room to the right also has patio access.

A den, located right of the foyer, is in an good location for a home office. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are in the left wing. The luxurious owners’ suite features a spa tub, dual vanity, walk-in shower and walk-in closet.

13th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Multi-family Plan, Corydon 60-008

The Corydon duplex plan is designed for construction on a corner lot, or a wide lot with both front and side access. This duplex design gives each unit a large measure of privacy as the front porches are not next to each other, and garages are well-separated. 

Unit A is two stories. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located upstairs, and it has direct access to a two-car garage.

Unit B is a one-level, two-bedroom plan with an attached, direct entry one-car garage, next to a two-car garage. It would be up to the owners, which unit used this second double garage.

This design would be ideal for an owner-tenant who likes to travel. They could live in one unit, and use that extra garage to store a travel trailer or boat when they are not in use. 

Both units feature raised eating bars that rim the kitchen that are open to large great rooms. Sliding glass doors in the dining areas open to access a large joined patio that is separated by a privacy wall.

In unit A, a powder room is just inside the front door, right next to laundry appliances that hide behind folding doors. A storage closet is beneath the stairs that lead to the second floor. Upstairs, a linen closet is on the landing, just outside the bathroom. The owners' suite features a private bathroom, complete with shower.

Unit B is smaller and has a wider front porch. It features two bedrooms and a two-section bathroom. Laundry appliances are right opposite the high-efficiency kitchen.

10th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Luxury, Classical, Masonville 30-935

Gridded windows accent the front of the two-story Masonville, giving a traditional look to this luxury home. Wainscoting and gables enhance the exterior.

Bright, large gathering spaces complete two-thirds of the main floor while the luxury owners’ suite accounts for the rest. It features a large walk-in closet, an exercise room and spa tub.

Everyday living activities gravitate to the spacious kitchen, family room and nook, where natural light flows in through wide windows. One set slides open to provide patio access. A large walk-in pantry with room for a freezer is lcoated behind the kitchen.

The dining and living room flow together on the left side, and can be entered from either the great room or the foyer. In the living room, a fireplace lined by shelves is a focal point. The alcove toward the back could accommodate a grand piano.

Secondary bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large gathering room are upstairs. 

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 the night? What are the natural contours of the building lot? What is the building envelope for your lot (setbacks, easements, etc.)?

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Floor Plan, Tillamook 30-519
Tillamook 30-519

Next, think about homes you've walked through, and magazines you've looked at. What has really caught your attention to think, "this is really great" or "how nice that would be". Also, consider how you live in your home. Some additional things to think about are:

  • Do you entertain? Will you need space to move around? Formal rooms?
  • Do you live casually? Does the great room concept fit the way you live?
  • Like Contemporary? Look for clean lines and functionality.
  • Do you want your home to feel relaxed or outdoorsy? Look for a home plan that will bring the outdoors in.
  • Will you be scaling down, or looking for more room?
  • Do you want the owners' suite close to or separate from the other bedrooms?
  • Hobbies? Do you need your own room or possibly a shop?
  • Do you want your utility room close to your kitchen area, or by the bedrooms where you produce the most laundry?
  • Budget? If you’re drawn to complicated roof lines and angles, these things can add up if you are trying to maintain a tight budget.

Ok, now it's time to begin looking for that perfect home plan and begin searching through the thousands of house designs available through the web. Sound or appears overwhelming? It really doesn't have to be. Most sites have advance search options which allows you to narrow down the search. Start with overall dimensions, and work your way from there. A bit of advice; think a little beyond your scope. Most pre-designed plans can be modified for example the exterior feel, adding a garage bay, adding or taking out a little width/depth, and changing a foundation are fairly simple changes to create your own perfect home plan.

Sutherlin 30-812, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan
Sutherlin 30-812

 

These days it’s easier than ever to search for home plans. From large plan brokerage sites which carry home plans from designers and architects across the country to individual design firm’s websites such as Associated Designs, the sky is the limit when it comes to searching for home plans. Regardless of where you end up browsing for plans never be afraid to ask questions, and look at the plan package options. If you customize a plan, make sure the changes are being made from the original designer and not outsourced. The original plan designer knows their plan best, and will help consult with the best way to make the changes you are considering as well as offer suggestions and guidance to the requested changes.

Another piece of advice; allow yourself the time to enjoy the process, and breathe. There are many resources and great people to assist you long the way.

6th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Charlottesville 30-650

European styling give ambiance to the elegant and spacious Charlottesville home plan. Families that love to entertain will appreciate this house, and its not hard to imagine a glowing bride descending the foyers curved staircase on her special day.

Raised stone trims the entrys stone veneer columns, accenting its lofty arch. Keystones highlight the front windows.

Inside, the staircase sweeps up along the right side of the two-story foyer. The balcony/landing overlooks the foyer and the family room, and links at one end with a large loft. Three bedrooms, a two-section bathroom, a storage closet, and a large, dormered bonus room are also located on this level.

On the main floor, walking under the balcony brings you into a bright, two-story family room with a wide-hearthed fireplace. Of the four tall multipaned windows filling most of the rear wall, the two at center open onto a partially covered patio.

The family room is open to the dining room. Natural light spills into this area through the rectangular window bay. A large work island is all that separates the dining room from the kitchen. 

Owners suite amenities include a two-section closet, large walk-in shower, and a two-sided fireplace. Flames can be enjoyed in the sleeping area and from the roomy spa tub. The deluxe guest suite is on the other side of the foyer, near the utility room, walk-in pantry, and three-car garage.

3rd Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage Plan, Garage Design, 2 Story Garage Plan, Garage with Bonus Room, Garage 20-138

Garage 20-138

This handsome Craftsman style garage plan can hold up to two cars. The single garage door is 10' wide and 9' tall and with 45' of interior depth allows two cars to be parked one behind the other. Double doors on the front open to the garage space which could be used for a shop or storage. At the back of the garage are stairs that lead up to a bonus room.

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 up. When Rick is not busy creating home plans, he enjoys hiking, skiing and the occassional mancation riding the motorcycle with friends.

Debbie McAlexander (Office Administrator & Website Manager)

Debbie's career started in the financial industry. In the early 1990's she helped start Associated Designs with her husband, Rick, as the office manager. Currently her passion is managing the website, plan marketing and she also provides customer service. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and sewing, trying new recipes, traveling and hiking.

Jessica Craig (Office Manager)

Jessica has been with Associated Designs for the last 7 years. Starting in high school, she helped fulfill orders and answer phones. After receiving a degree in economics she stepped in as office manager and oversees project scheduling, customer service and plan marketing. She likes to spend her free time running, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering with her husband and pup.

Tim Thompson (designer)

Tim has been creatively pursuing residential home design for over 20 years. It was during college that he became interested in home design. He appreciates the creative interaction with clients that brings their living needs together within each house design. Throughout the rest of the week, Tim enjoys being with his family and friends, photography, building anything in the garage, as well as kayaking, hiking and biking.

Kelly Alvord (designer)

Kelly experienced the joy of design at a young age which lead him to pursue a degree in architectural drafting. Having worked in a few different industires using his skills, Kelly found residential design the most rewarding and has been with Associated Designs for over 20 years. In his spare time, Kelly enjoys golfing, motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren

Digby - Office Greeter

Digby gives visitors a friendly greeting and protects the office from squirrels. He anxiously anticipates the arrival of UPS with the delivery of his daily treat.

30th 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 dream home in the annual 2015 Home from the Heart survey.

The 2015 Home from the Heart survey focused on every element of the home from the size to special features like green construction and aging in place. Based upon the most voted on features, Associated Designs has released the Heartfall 10-620 home plan which highlights the must-have design essentials from the survey. This design showcases the most popular results such as a walk-in shower, great room, owners’ suite on the main floor, utility room located close to the garage, a covered front porch and plenty of windows that bring in the natural light as well as gorgeous scenic views.

In the survey, Craftsman houses were the sought-after exterior home style -- a big change from the past few years when country and ranch-style homes dominated the results. A new question in this year’s survey asked building lot preference. The results showed people preferred rural lots with acreage and with the trend towards larger homes, homeowners’ will still have plenty of space to create the perfect country retreat. Past Home from the Heart surveys have shown people’s preferences ranging from 1700 to 2300 square feet. This year homeowners’ preferences have jumped up with 59% looking for homes that are 2000 square feet and larger.

Survey respondents voiced their preferences for homes with 3-bedrooms located on the main floor which coincides with the 85% who wanted to consider aging in place features. The Heartfall design features the main living areas on the left front side of the house with plenty of windows. The sleeping areas are kept close together yet with separation provided with the Owners’ suite separate hallway and the large walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom which offers plenty of privacy.  Perhaps the biggest trend in the owners’ suite area is the desire for a walk-in shower which 76% people felt that was an important feature.

Mudrooms are gaining in popularity with 52% of the respondents included this room in their list of must-haves. The Heartfall not only has a mudroom which doubles as the utility room, it satisfies both sides of the long time debate of where the utility room should be placed - as it is both close to the bedrooms and the garage.

People are still interested in additional flexible space which the Heartfall’s bonus room provides. This area can be left unfinished and used for storage or finished and be used as a media room, home office, hobby room, or whatever needs suits. 

The 2015 Home from the Heart survey captures the heart and soul of what people are dreaming about for their homes. Associated Designs' Heartfall 10-620 plan captures the trends people want in the home from their heart.

 

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29th Jun, 2015
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Southwest Home Plan, House Plan, Under Construction, Northrop 30-096

Thank you Mr. L for the purchase of the Northrop 30-096 plan and allowing us the opportunity to follow along with the construction process.

We look forward to watching the progress, and appreciate your participation on the blog.

29th Jun, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Richland 10-256

A covered porch wraps around the front of the Richland home design, conjuring up images of porch swings, rocking chairs, and enjoying lemonade. Gables, shuttered windows and wood siding add to the nostalgic image to this country home plan.

Inside, the floorplan is contemporary--low on formality and high on livability.

A bench in the vaulted entry hall is handy for removing footgear. Boots and shoes are stored underneath. The front room could be a dining room, parlor or even a home office.

The vaulted great room is bright and spacious. It features a built in entertainment center, and a corner fireplace. The sun room also has a vaulted ceiling. Studded with skylights and windowed on three sides, this area is very bright. Sliding glass doors access a deck.

Standing at the kitchen range, you can look across the angled eating bar into the sun room and great room, or out the windows to the deck and back yard. A garden window illuminates the corner sink. The walk in pantry adds storage space, and the utility room is only a few steps away.

A small powder room and a large owners' suite fill complete the remainder of the lower level. Owner suite luxuries include a walk-in closet, and a skylit bathroom with twin lavs, a soaking tub, shower and private toilet.

On the upper level, a loft overlooks the entry and great room. The upper bedrooms have window seats and share a dual compartment bathroom. A bonus room nestles under the gable that caps the garage, and there's also a long attic storage closet at the top of the stairs.

25th Jun, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Napa 30-991, Luxury Home Plan, Estate House Plan

The Napa is designed for construction on acreage with an expansive view. This country-style design features a generous assortment of gables, windows and other Craftsman features create a pleasing and handsome façade.

Light flows into the vaulted and naturally illuminated foyer through narrow sidelights and an arched multi-paned transom. Double doors on the left open into a den with a cozy sleeping alcove. Bedrooms, bathrooms and a secluded reading nook are down a hallway to the right.

Straight ahead, the foyer leads into the spacious and bright vaulted great room that is at the heart of the home. Wide window sets, stacked two high, fill most of the rear wall. The upper set is arched at the top. Shelves or cabinetry flank the wood-burning fireplace on the right.

The great room on the left is entirely open to the dining room and kitchen. Atrium doors in the dining area lead to a large screened porch.

The luxurious vaulted owners’ suite is located in a wing to itself. The owners' suite bath features a private toilet, walk-in shower, large walk-in closet, dual vanity, and a soaking tub.

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