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10th Jan, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country Home Plan, Tradition House Design, Oakview 30-851

Oakview 30-851

Simple country elegance. You'll find a vaulted great room, cozy wood stove, and secondary bedrooms with private bathrooms.

 

New House Plan, Lodge Style Home Plan, Luxury House Design

Silverton 30-757

Elegant Lodge-style house plan with a grand entry. This plan features a luxurious owners' suite, great room with plenty of windows, a large kitchen, den, vaulted dining, screen porch and so much more.

10th Jan, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

We're releasing four new garage plans for the New Year. Take a look! You'll find a nice variety of different sizes and styles, and if you wish to see other garages we have available take a look here.

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage with Shop

Garage 20-053
 - A single car garage with large workshop space.
 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-054, 2 Car Garage

Garage 20-054 - A traditional-style 2 car garage.
 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-157, Garage with Loft

Garage 20-157 - This garage houses up to 4 cars and features a second floor loft with a balcony.

 

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage Plan with Living Space

Garage 20-199 - This handsome 3 car garage features a second floor efficiency apartment.
 

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Craftsman Home Plan, Wilsonville 30-517

In some ways, the Wilsonville house plan is reminiscent of 9th century Cape Cod style, but it has a distinctly Craftsman-style flavor as well. The Cape Cod styling is evident in the lap siding and shingle cladding, along with the front gable orientation. Craftsman touches include the stone veneer wainscoting, tapered columns and multipaned window arrangements.

Inside, ithe design is contemporary. A study/home office is on the left side of the vaulted foyer, and a naturally bright dining room is on the right. Windows fill much of the dining room's two walls, and a pocket door slides open to provide access to the kitchen.

Down the hall from the entry is a vaulted great room and nook, both of which are fully open to the kitchen. A gas fireplace resides in one rear corner, with two sets of wide windows across the back wall. Both nook windows are tall, and one is an atrium door that opens onto the partially covered patio.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you look into the family gathering spaces and backyard activities across a raised eating bar. Other kitchen features include: built-in appliances and desk, plenty of counter space, and an abundance of cupboards.

The owners' suite featuress two large walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with a deep soaking tub, over-sized shower, twin vanities, dressing table, and a private toilet.

Two additional bedrooms are upstairs, along with a two-section bathroom, a roomy storage closet and a huge bonus room.

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Heartsong 10-470

The Craftsman-style Heartsong house plan is designed to meet the complex needs of a modern family, plus it's great for entertaining. The spacious and bright family room is open to the kitchen, as well as the bayed dining room.

The front facade is handsome with brick bases that support slender twin posts which frame and accents the covered porch. Gables, shutters and crown moldings draw eyes to the windows.

Entering the home, you step into a vaulted entry. Posts on the left flank the passageway into a bayed living room with a fireplace. A similar passageway on the right opens into the secondary bedroom side. Continuing straight ahead, you can enjoy art work displayed on the gallery walls that lead to the high-ceilinged family room.

This spacious family living area has yet another fireplace. Bookcases filling the wall on both sides can also be used as a home entertainment center.

A raised curved eating bar rims the front of a work island that houses the sink and dishwasher. Standing here, a person can remain fully engaged throughout the dining and family areas, while keeping an eye on activities in the back yard and patio.

Laundry appliances are mere steps away, just beyond the stairway to the bonus room. The utility room has a half-bath at the far end, and links to the garage.

The vaulted master suite features a luxurious bathroom, large walk-in closet and double door access to a private covered patio.

9th Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Classic House Plan, Home Plan, Brentwood 30-007

Solitude and sociability. The Classic Brentwood home plan has room for both. 

Multipaned windows brighten the entry showcased by a lofty keystone-arch portico, and a wealth of multipaned windows sparkles across the brick veneer front facade. Shutters provide color contrast.

Double doors in the bright, high-ceilinged entry open into formal rooms on either side. Both dining room and living room feature stepped ceilings, crown moldings and wide bay windows. A fireplace warms the living room. Sliders connect this space to a cherry-paneled den, similarly linked to the owners' suite.

Natural light flows into the vaulted family room through three large skylights and a wall of rear windows. A fireplace is nestled into a corner by the windows.

Skylights also illuminate the vaulted kitchen, while the nook has glass on three sides. Storage and counter spaces are abundant. A large walk-in pantry is close by, and lazy susan shelving allows full access to corner cupboards. There is also a built-in desk , and the large utility room is just steps away.

The elegant owners' suite most outstanding feature is the sun-brightened exercise room with a sunken exercise tub. Other luxuries include: a double vanity, soaking tub, shower with a seat, and large walk-in closet.

Both of the secondary bedrooms feature direct access bathrooms, walk-in closets and window seats.

 

3rd Jan, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Rothbury 60-016, Duplex Plans, Duplex Designs

Each of the Rothbury's two units look like an individual single, charming Craftsman-style cottage. In this is a duplex design only the garages share a common wall creating private and quiet living. Each two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is a mirror image.

In each unit, two gables face the street. The lower one highlights the entry porch, supported by handsome wooden columns. The posts, in turn, are supported by larger, squared bases covered with lap siding. This porch could accomodate an old-fashioned wooden swing, great for enjoying a warm, breezy afternoon.

The upper gable has a steeper slope, but nicely echoes the gable below while accentuating the multipaned windows on the second floor.

A coat closet is just inside the front door. Family gathering spaces are all on the ground floor. The living room up front flows into the dining area, which is open to the kitchen. 

Appliances are built into the galley-style kitchen. The dishwasher is right next to a kitchen sink with a window in front of it, and the refrigerator is only a step or two away. Range and oven are on the opposite side of the room.

Laundry appliances are nearby, and share space with the powder room. A covered patio is also at the rear. Each patio is private from the other unit's patio.

Upstairs, wide rectangular window bays in the bedrooms provide plenty of light and a feeling of expansiveness.

3rd Jan, 2017
Articles, Blog

Drive around any city or through any neighborhood, and you’ll find the property world’s quiet achiever – duplexes. Most times, you don’t even realize that the house you just drove by is actually two homes on a single lot. And that’s intentional. Duplexes aren’t meant to stand out, but when the design is right, they can do more and be more for families of all sizes and lifestyles. 

Home Trends Report, Duplex Housing Market

“Traditionally, duplexes are more reminiscent of a single-family home with a mirror-image layout,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “And yet in modern times, duplexes have gotten a bit of a makeover. You don’t feel like you’re on top of or right by your neighbor. Individuality is key.”

The concept of a duplex often conjures up images of young couples or college-aged adults renting cookie cutter designs that all look alike. But that’s not always the case. In fact, nowadays duplexes are built with a unique style, amenities and living spaces that appeal to everyone. They have great rooms, dens, and sometimes the common wall is between the garages. They don’t look like typical duplexes, and they have their own personality and purpose.

Duplexes, therefore, are at the heart of modern living, allowing families to grow, invest and join the real estate market without breaking the bank.

“If they’re not building it as income property,” said McAlexander, “clients are building it to move in and develop that future income potential. So it’s true that a duplex has that connotation as a rental, but nothing is ever as it seems.”

Take for example the Corydon home plan (60-008) from Associated Designs. Set on a corner lot, you won’t believe it is, in fact, two homes in one. Both units have spacious great rooms (an important facet of any modern home) and full-size garages, but that’s where the similarity ends. One unit has two stories and three bedrooms, while the other is a single-level, two-bedroom unit. The units are well separated, offering plenty of privacy. It’s ideal for families who want to keep aging parents nearby, but still want a somewhat independent life. The Corydon, therefore, is not your standard mirror-image duplex. 

“It’s becoming much more common for families to purchase two units for extended family use,” said McAlexander. “Most often that means that there is a larger home alongside a smaller one, and that’s exactly what the Corydon does.”

Of course, the majority of duplexes are built as income properties. With rising home prices and slow income growth, millennials have been slow to enter into the housing market. Duplexes are changing that, and even those properties can be unique and modern. The Kentland (60-015) looks like a fairly classic duplex in a two-level Craftsman style. Each unit has a wide, covered front porch and smaller covered rear patio. And the family living spaces are partially open to the kitchens, with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. But the occupants won’t feel like they are living in a multifamily home at all.

“The great thing about the Kentland is that while it has the mirror-image look, the living spaces are separated by the garage so privacy is easy to come by,” said McAlexander. “By renting out one unit and living in the other, millennials have the opportunity to be homeowners with the potential for additional income. And yet they won’t feel like they’re living in a duplex.”

Other duplexes hide their multifamily aspect entirely by looking exactly like a charming, two-story, single-family home. The Tupelo design (60-006) has a second floor apartment with its own private entrance. The lower unit has two bathrooms, three bedrooms and a utility room. The upper unit is smaller and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. But the exterior is a Craftsman-style design that looks like any other Craftsman single-family home.

“It’s a classic example of a home that’s more than what it seems,” said McAlexander. “The end result is that families can have their older children get a taste for independence after completing college. Just let them rent the upper unit.”

Duplexes are ubiquitous in most cities, but they aren’t what they once were. They have the potential to be both an income property as well as a way for families to evolve and grow. It’s modern living at its best and brightest. 

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30th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan, Country Home Plan, Brookview 30-055

Gabled dormers and a covered porch give the Brookview a cozy, nostalgic country charm, and the bonus of a three-car garage not usually found in a traditional farmhouse. The third bay on the right could be easily converted into a workshop, music practice room, art studio, exercise room or you-name-it.

Light flows into the entry and stairway through a high overhead dormer, and there's a coat closet tucked under the stairs. Windows on the front and side of the home brighten the living room. The front-facing window would be a good place for a window seat.

Kitchen, family room and nook create a great room. Windows line most of the rear wall, and the sliders in the nook open onto a, partially covered patio or deck. The kitchen is efficiently designed. A large work island adds more counter space, and wall pantry expands storage capacity.

A handy powder room is right at the hub. Folks with muddy feet, can get to it without dirtying the floors, by coming in through the garage and the pass-through utility room.

The master suite has a double vanity, private toilet, a large walk-in closet, and sliding glass doors that open onto a private covered patio. Secondary bedrooms, a bathroom, and a bonus room are upstairs. 

12th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Hamilton 10-446

The Hamilton is a handsome, single-level ranch home plan. Sets of smooth, painted columns create a stately welcome, while raised brick trim rims an arched opening that highlights the entry's graceful, half-round transom. Colorful painted shutters accent multipaned windows, underscored by rows of turned brick.

This is an impressive entrance both inside and out. Light flows into the vaulted entry through the transom and sidelights. Coat closets line both sides. Standing between them, you're on the edge of a delightful, hexagonal great room that is the core of this home. Six wedge-shaped sections of ceiling enhance the sense of spaciousness by soaring to join at the central apex.

Glass fills most of the three rear walls, this room is naturally bright and offers a panoramic view. French doors at center swings out to access a covered patio. These doors are crowned by another half-round transom, similar to, but smaller than, the one over the front entry. The masonry fireplace nestled into an inner corner provides glow and warmth on winter days and nights.

A long, raised eating and conversation bar creates a boundary between the kitchen and great room. Other features include: a pantry and work island, plus plenty of counter and storage space. Utilities are close by.

The master suite is isolated from the secondary bedrooms. It features two large walk-in closets, along with an oversized shower. One of the secondary bedrooms is larger than the other, and also has a walk-in closet. These bedrooms share a bathroom, and the hallway here offers direct access to the two-car garage.

9th Dec, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

3 Car Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-081

Garage 20-081 – A classic 3 bay garage design with an extra deep bay that could allow for up to 4 cars to be stored or allow for additional work space.

Garage with Carport, Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage 20-092

Garage 20-092 – A spacious 2 car garage with RV carport.

Garage with RV Carport, Garage Plan, RV Parking, Garage Design, Garage 20-093

Garage 20-093 – a RV garage with extra room for storage or additional parking for around town vehicles. 

8th Dec, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country House Plan, Country Home Plan, Barrington 31-058

Clean lines and plenty of natural light, the Barrington boasts a country-style exterior featuring simple lap siding and stone wainscoting. Open, great room style living makes this design perfect for growing families or for those who love to entertain. The den and bonus room add flexibility and can be adapted to fit the changing needs of families. A decorative tray ceiling in the owners' suite adds to the luxurious feel along with the large walk-in closet, dual vanities and free-standing tub in the bathroom. Two additional bedrooms are on the same side of the home as the owners' suite however they are separated from the owners' suite with their own hallway off the vaulted foyer.

 
 
5th Dec, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Calhoun 30-479

The Calhoun would be a very nice house to come home too. Stone veneer bases provide natural-looking support for wooden posts on the vaulted porch, and wooden handrails add to the Craftsman-style nostalgic and welcoming feel. 

The compact floor plan makes this home economical to build as well as to heat. The footprint of the house and garage, not including walkways or the patio, is 40 by 40 feet. Gathering spaces fill the ground level; bedrooms and a large bonus room are above.

The kitchen is at the heart of the main floor. It is separated from the living room but open to the dining room, which has sliding glass doors that access the rear patio. A generous walk-in pantry expands storage space, and the eating bar provides informal or extra seating.

A short hallway links the kitchen to the garage. On one side is a bathroom; on the other is a fully outfitted utility room.

Upstairs, the largest bedroom faces the street. It has direct bathroom access and features a walk-in closet as well. Two more bedrooms line the back wall.

The unfinished bonus room over the garage is brightened by two windows, one nestled under the peak of a charming gabled dormer. 

1st Dec, 2016
Articles, Blog

A great home design can mean different things for many homeowners because every homeowner has their own particular dream of what a home should be. Some envision a great room with vaulted ceilings. Others prefer extra space with room for a growing family. And still others appreciate the details – stone wainscoting accents, dropped wooden beams, or charming exterior window shutters. Bottom line, no one home design is better than another. What makes someone fall in love with a home is truly a personal choice.

Great House Plans of 2016, Home Plans,

“It’s probably what makes my job a bit tricky on occasion,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “We’ve got so many great home designs that it’s no surprise homeowners spend hours searching for that perfect home.”

But there are home designs that are memorable, epitomizing a unique style, modern features or a classic, subtle beauty that get us excited. As 2016 draws to a close, we’ve chosen five home designs of the year that stand out among the crowd for their uniqueness, amenities and usability. These are the homes we love.

The Timberline home design 31-055, a Pacific Northwest lodge with all the amenities, is a 4,400-square-foot wonder. It catches the eye simply with its sprawling grace. On the main floor, a mud hall features lots of storage and organizational cubbies to help keep family gear neat and tidy – a must during the rainy springs and icy winters of the Northwest. A butler’s pantry is another unique amenity of this home, with a microwave storage unit, shelving, a corner for a standing freezer and a prep center. The large kitchen is accessed by a pocket door in the pantry, but that feature is dwarfed by the flush 60-inch refrigerator, large stovetop and, yes, a beverage center with separate refrigerator and sink.

During holidays or when entertaining, the stepped ceiling dining room is just down the hall. And at the center of the home is a grand, vaulted great room decorated with a grid of dropped beams. The owners’ suite, just down the hall from the great room, features two walk-in closets and a private sitting area with private beverage bar. The second floor has even more storage space, two bedrooms, a large game room or bonus room and a family area. In other words, it’s grandeur in a Northwest-style lodge setting.

The Briarcliff 31-054 takes many of the great design trends of 2016 and blends them into a home of simple, country elegance. At 3,316 square feet, the home is two stories of space and comfort for a growing family. On the main floor, the great room takes the spotlight. A generous guest suite with private bath is ideal for long-term houseguests. Like the previous Pacific Northwest lodge home, this home features a mud hall that links the home to the garage and is packed with additional storage closets and a bench with hooks and cubbies for organizing family gear.

The family space – an owners’ suite and two bedrooms – is separate from the great room by virtue of being on the second floor. The owners’ suite is filled with all the amenities: a large walk-in closet, freestanding tub, dual vanities and walk-in shower. The large bonus room over the garage is great flex space that allows this home to grow with the families’ changing needs.

Every now and then, a home plan gets a delightful update and this next home is no exception. With clean lines and lots of natural light, the 2,150-square-foot Barrington home design 31-058 boasts a handsome exterior with simple lap siding and stone wainscot accents, making it a great choice for any subdivision or rural lot. Vaulted ceilings run through the center of the home in the front bedroom, foyer, den and living room. With an open, great-room style living in the rear of the home, this plan is great for growing families and homeowners with a penchant for entertaining. The den and bonus room are flexible rooms, meaning the rooms can be changed as needed.

“The owners’ suite in this home,” said McAlexander, “is the real winner here with an upgraded decorative tray ceiling in the sleeping area, a large walk-in closet, dual vanities and a free-standing soaking tub. It’s a beautiful space.”

The Larkview 31-057 is another great home design of 2016 reinvents the classic farmhouse-style plan, a common theme for much of the year. Alternating courses of lap siding create strong yet simple horizontal lines. Two stone-based pillars framing the front door are the only embellishments to the exterior, indicative of the farmhouse-style home. But the interior is a modern wonderland.

Gone are the small separated living spaces of the original farmhouse design. A large open entry draws you into the great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas all completely open to one another – allowing for freedom of movement and family connectivity. The separation that does exist is between the sleeping areas. The owners’ suite is on the main floor while the secondary bedrooms are located upstairs. Classy and simple with a modern twist, this home is truly special.

“Walking up to the last home on our list is like walking up to your vacation retreat,” said McAlexander.

An urban cottage, the McKenzie design 31-056 features charming shingled exterior and shuttered windows. Once inside the 1,798-square-foot home, the cozy entrance offers three paths. To the right is a den that could be used as a home office, guest room or any other flex space your family needs. The living area is straight ahead, while turning left leads you to a set of stairs to the second level. The choice is yours.

The open-style living area is in the back of the home with a fireplace centerpiece. But lest you think the space is being underutilized, a storage closet sits in front of the living room. The closet serves a dual purpose – its extra storage and a separation wall that creates a hallway leading to the owners’ suite. Above on the second floor, there are two additional bedrooms. The two bedrooms are not the same size however, and the larger of the two could easily be transformed into an art or craft studio.

2016 was a good year in home design, and while every home plan has something about which it can boast, these five designs have stolen our hearts… and made us excited for what great designs the New Year will bring. 

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28th Nov, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Corbin 10-020

A large wrap-around porch welcomes visitors to the country-style Corbin home plan, a mid-size home that offers plenty of informal and formal living spaces.

This home's main living areas are found on the ground floor if they wish, including the owners' suite.  The second floor features two additional bedrooms for children, visiting grandchildren, or other guests.

A custom-shaped eating bar provides partial separation between the kitchen and the family room. The family room, dining room, nook, and kitchen are vaulted to the second floor and are a wash in natural light from a wealth of windows. The second floor landing forms a bridge that overlooks the family room to the back, and the dining room and entryway to the front.

Holiday and formal gatherings can spread out in the spacious dining room and parlor. The parlor has a brick fireplace and is brightened by a wide bay window. A second fireplace warms the family room.

A utility room and powder room are convenient to the kitchen and the two-car garage.

The owners' suite features access to the deck, and the bathroom features a walk-in closet, raised spa, and private toilet and shower. The upstairs bathroom, central to the two big bedrooms, has two vanity sinks. The vaulted front bedroom has a half-round window above.

21st Nov, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, European House Plan, Home Plan, Marcellus 10-301

Lofty gables, Palladian windows and brick detailing create curb appeal in the European Marcellus house plan. This design is a large bright home with a wide range of living areas and plenty of storage space.

Windows fill most of the rear. Formal rooms are at center, everyday living spaces are on the right, and the master suite and vaulted office is off to the left. A small more private covered patio is off the master suite.

In the foyer and family room, a two-story ceiling creates the sense of spaciousness. Standing at the second floor landing, you overlook activities in the rooms below. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, an unfinished bonus room and a large walk-in storage closet are upstairs. One bedroom is vaulted and has its own vanity. The other, which could be a guest room, has direct access to a two-section bathroom.

In the vaulted family room, a fireplace is right next to a built-in entertainment center. Another fireplace, lined by bookshelves, is in the living room. A built-in desk nestles into an alcove close to the basement stairs, and the small powder bathroom is close to everything.

Working in the kitchen, you need never feel isolated because the kitchen sink faces into the nook and family room. On the exterior wall, windows between counter and cupboard provide natural light. A large utility room and a walk-in pantry are close to both kitchen and garage.

Amenities in the master suite include a spa tub, twin basins, a his'n'hers walk-in closet, and a large walk-in shower with multiple showerheads.

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