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19th Sep, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Contemporary House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Westbrook 30-065

Raised brick planters and a lofty brick-columned portico give a sense of solidity to the Westbrook, a spacious contemporary ranch-style home that offers a wide selection of living environments. 

Sidelights and transom windows frame the door in the entrance. Entering, you find yourself in an octagonal foyer with an 11-foot tray ceiling.

The library and parlor feature 11-foot ceilings. The dining room has a step-tray ceiling that's nearly 10 feet high, and a built-in buffet/hutch.

The large kitchen features a center work island and large walk-in pantry as well as cupboards and counters on three sides. Windows brighten the area while columns mark the boundary between kitchen and vaulted family room.

French doors open on a charming side courtyard where brick columns support an overhead arbor of open beams. Another set of French doors leads to a large partially covered rear patio.

A long plant shelf spans the passageway leading to the secondary bedrooms. Each of these bedrooms has a boxed-bay window seat with storage below, and share a large bathroom with a dual vanity.

Amenities in the luxurious owners' suite include a large walk-in closet and as spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, spa tub, private toilet, and double vanity.

Utilities are centrally located in a large utility room that is easy to access from the three-car garage or the family room.

12th Sep, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch style home plan, Eastgate 31-047

Craftsman-style windows and slender columns create a warm, natural feel to the Eastgate, a compact ranch home plan. Wide windows brighten the expansive living room and dining area, open to the kitchen which features an island with eating bar and corner walk-in pantry. A single door in the dining area opens onto a partially covered patio.

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

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ridgeline 10-062, Lodge House Plan, Home Plan

The Ridgeline's contemporary floor plan may come as a delightful surprise for this log home. Stacks of peeled logs, accented by wide expanses of glass, form the exterior of this home. Corners are overlapped in the traditional scribe fit.

What's not traditional is the hexagonal shape and the naturally bright interior. Every room is richly windowed and allows for full appreciation of a view to the rear, whether is a mountain range, river or canyon. At the back sliding glass doors in the great room open onto a wide, railed deck that wraps around three sides.

A pot-bellied wood stove on a hexagonal stone hearth is at the heart of the spacious vaulted great room. Exposed roof beams sweep up to a lofty central peak over the stove.

The kitchen is in the left side, next to the great room and open to it. Range and oven face into the open space, across the eating penninsula. This compact kitchen, has plenty of counter and cupboard space, and a built-in dishwasher. Utilities are tucked into an alcove hidden by folding doors.

Both bedrooms are private, located on the far ends of the rectangular wings up front. The owners' suite has a large closet, linen storage and a private bathroom with an oversized shower. The second bedroom shares the main bathroom, which has a combined tub and shower.

A railed, vaulted covered entry porch extends a warm welcome to family and guests. Coat closets and storage space are just inside the front door.

8th Sep, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home lan, Belknap 30-771

Craftsman detailing creates nostalgic charm to the Belknap house plan. Notice the gridded window uppers and the stone veneer clad post supports. An old- fashioned wooden porch swing would be nice on the covered front porch or handsome wicker furniture would work well too.

On the main floor, formal and informal gathering spaces fill the left side. A den, utility room, half bath, and luxurious owners' suite are on the right side, along with direct access to the garage. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a study are upstairs.

The living room and den are well separated from the more relaxed family living areas at the rear. The foyer is open to the living room, while den access is around the corner to the right. The foyer takes you directly to the kitchen, while turning left at the stairs brings you into a bright and expansive two-story great room. Craftsman windows on two levels flank the fireplace.

Twin sets of continental columns line the wide opening between the great room and vaulted dining room. A sliding glass doors at the rear of the dining room offer increased air circulation, and easy access to a covered patio.

An open passageway and a long raised eating counter bound the dining room and efficient kitchen. Standing at the cooktop, you can talk to people in the dining room and see out onto the patio. The kitchen sink offers a wide view of the rear yard.

The vaulted owners' suite has windows that face the back yard, along with three slender side windows. Luxury amenities include a deep walk-in closet, dual vanity, a shower, spa tub, and totally private toilet.

6th Sep, 2016
Articles, Blog

At some point, in your journey to find the ideal home that’s right for you and your family, you’ll realize that even the most well-designed plan doesn’t have everything you want. The rooms may be too small, the kitchen without sufficient storage. There may be a bonus room, but the bonus room is set up as a den and you want a playroom and an office. All the pieces are there, but nothing is fitting the way you want it to.

Custom Home Design, Custom House Plans

There are thousands of home plans on the Internet to choose from and any one of them can be modified to fit your needs, but that’s not the only solution available. Custom designed homes are one-of-a-kind and designed from scratch, and allow for the greatest advantages in any type of lot or home size. For the homeowner, it’s the path to originality.

“It’s not just about big, expensive houses or hard and difficult lots,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, Inc. “It’s about getting what you want in your home.”

In fact, most prospective homeowners have goals and dreams that are unique to them – whether it’s vaulted ceilings or a guest suite above the garage or a home office space. These unique conditions or ideas may not be found in a typical pre-designed home. So the point of custom designed homes is that you are given greater control of the design. It’s your personality, your characteristics that are put down on paper – not someone else’s.

“Oftentimes,” said McAlexander, “people gravitate to custom designed homes because they have these unique objectives that don’t fit into what they’ve seen in their Internet browsing. That’s where a custom design comes into play.”

With a designer at your back, the first step to custom design is to analyze what your needs are and what your goals as a homeowner are. This might begin with a typical search online for home plans. These home plans provide ideas and concepts that give you a place to start. In many ways, the online search is a tool that can be used not only for ideas but also for your own education. The more you know about homes, the more likely you’ll be able to explain your dreams to the designer.

A lot of times, the goals are conflicting and designers can help turn a dream into reality. During the initial discussions, the designer will ask a lot of questions that will help pinpoint exactly what it is you desire – from number of rooms to bonus rooms, to master bathroom requirements, to office space essentials.

“Asking questions evolves into more questions and follow-up questions,” said McAlexander. “More often than not, the designer wants to know what you, the homeowner, aren’t telling him because you don’t see another option or alternative. This is a common question asked of clients because the ultimate goal of a custom designed home is to put all the options on the table and piece them together into your dream home.”

Since a custom design starts with a blank piece of paper, these questions help the designer highlight an essential design or concept that you want from which the rest of the house can be designed around such as a fireplace, a vaulted living room or a large country kitchen. Other times, the design discussion will center on space, layout and room purpose. For instance, if you desire a bonus room, the question may revolve around why you want the room and what it will be used for.

“The bonus room concept has evolved over the last 10 to 15 years, but everyone uses them a little differently,” said McAlexander. “Since the home is being customized, there is a greater ability to make the room work for you. And depending on what you use it for, there may be a better approach to the design. The designer essentially becomes the puzzle master. Your ideas are the pieces to the puzzle, and when all the pieces fit, the home comes together.”

Custom designed homes are therefore not just for the dreamer who wants the big ranch house on a huge plot of land with amazing views. It’s for everyone.  Your unique ideas for a small house or a big house, on a small lot or a big lot, can be tailored to fit exactly what you’ve been dreaming of since you first started thinking about a house of your own. 

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26th Aug, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Home Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Azalea 31-028

Full of Craftsman-style charm the Azalea house plan is very welcoming. Upon entering the home, you step into a foyer with an extra tall, 10' ceiling. On the right is a vaulted den which could also be used as a study or home office. From there you walk-into a bright and open vaulted living room with a fireplace tucked into the corner. The bedroom wing is on the left side of the house and the owners' suite at the rear of the home. Up the set of stairs is a bonus room.

22nd Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Ellington 30-242

Four gables accented by a decorative corbel, lend an open, friendly look to the Ellington house plan. Gentle arches, Craftsman-style windows and stone veneer wainscoting all add to the curb appeal. With the exception of the bonus room over the garage, this is a single level plan.

A bright and spacious vaulted living area fills the core of this home. Sunlight flows into the living room from the rear through two windows and atrium glass doors. The doors access a patio or deck, and provide plenty of air circulation when needed.

Dining room and kitchen are next to each other, partially separated by an eating bar. Standing at the sink, you have a view of the gathering spaces as well as the patio and landscape outside. Utilities are closeby, hidden behind a pocket door and doubles as a mudroom from the garage area. 

Double doors next to a charming arched display cove open into the luxurious owners' suite. In addition to direct patio access, additional features include: a large walk-in closet, twin vanity, a spa tub awash in the soft light filtered through glass blocks, and separately enclosed shower and toilet.

Stairs from the kitchen lead up to a skylit bonus room with a half bath.

15th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Log Home Plan, Cabin Plan, House Plan, Clarkridge 30-267

The window-bright log home, the Clarkridge, is designed for construction as a cozy vacation retreat that could easily be used as a year-round residence. 

Log exteriors are noted for their ease of maintenance, and equally impressive for their natural insulating qualities. Interior walls can be as rustic or sophisticated as the owners' tastes.

The great room and kitchen flow together, creating a large great room, naturally lit by the light that flows in through six large windows and two small ones. The high ceiling is vaulted, that adds to the sense of spaciousness.

Modern and well equipped, the kitchen is large for a home with only 960 square feet of interior living space. Oven, microwave and dishwasher are built-ins, and the work island features a cooktop.

Cabinets below boost storage capacity, and the island adds more counter space. A roomy pantry is located around the corner, right past the compact combination washer/dryer. Another storage area is in the space by the rear door. Pegs here would be ideal for hanging coats, and it has a few shelves above.

A vaulted ceiling adds volume to the bedroom. It has a front-facing window, a closet, and another storage section with built-in shelves. The study could be used as another bedroom, if desired. 

The bathroom is compact but has an oversized shower, and is conveniently located for quick access through the screened porch and rear door.

8th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Heartridge 10-250

The country style Heartridge offers a very welcoming exterior flare. Elements lending to that feeling include: perky front gables with half-round windows, a wide wrap around porch, and a bank of front facing windows. Brick work adds a contemporary flavor.

Inside the home, the vaulted great room is bright and spacious.  A fireplace that separates the living area from the kitchen can be enjoyed from either room. In the kitchen, skylights provide natural light as well as the garden window and bayed nook. A small skylit covered deck is nice for outdoor dining.

An eating bar provides a place for guests or family to sit and enjoy the company in the kitchen. The walk-in pantry is close by, and utility room is tucked in a pass through space that connects to the garage.

Bay windows in the dining room and den look onto the porch. The office/den, equipped with double doors and private access to the hall bathroom, could also serve as a guest room.

A vaulted ceiling adds to the elegance of the owners' suite. Other luxury amenities include: a bayed sitting area, large walk-in closet, extra large tub and shower, and twin basins.

On the second floor, a bridge overlooks the great room and entry. The two bedrooms are large, with graceful half-round windows. Down the hall is a two section bathroom. Extra storage, or living space, could be created in the bonus room over the garage, and still more attic space is behind the bathroom.

1st Aug, 2016
Articles, Blog

As homeowners, we adapt to all sorts of changes. A college student returns and needs a place to stay; your job is now based out of the home and you need a designated office space. As the family changes, so do lifestyle preferences, space considerations, storage needs and so on. Soon enough, we start to see that it’s not just us who need to adapt. Our homes should adapt to us too. Each stage of our lives requires us to adapt, and so must our living space.

A house, therefore, isn’t just a box with a set number of rooms that never changes; it’s an opportunity.


Manor Heart 10-590

A growing trend among homeowners revolves around this idea of adaptability and flexibility; dens, offices, basements, bonus rooms and the like are flex spaces whose function can change with demand. But the ultimate goal behind these adaptable home designs is to allow families to age in place without having to periodically pack up their bags, load a moving van, and relocate to a new home.

Adaptable homes or floor plans are homes that feature flexible rooms such as bonus spaces and basements that can serve multiple purposes as your needs change.

“A home needs flexibility,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “Any homeowner can buy a house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a family room. But to truly live in the home and be comfortable with it for years and years, it needs to adapt to the homeowner as their needs change. Life is rarely ever as simple as a box.”

For example, a den can be an office, a media room or a study. A bonus room can be made into a children’s playroom that transitions into a bedroom for returning college students. And as the kids move out, secondary bedrooms can serve as guest bedrooms or hobby rooms. The options are endless.

“This is what we call ‘aging in place,’ the idea that homes can be lived in longer if they could be modified and adjusted as the years go by,” said McAlexander.

The “aging in place” concept has gained prominence in the home design industry, as evidenced by Associated Designs most recent Home from the Heart Surveys. Ninety-six percent of homeowners want the option of a forever-home, and the ability to adjust the living space of that home. This trend coincides with the 95% of 2016 survey respondents who desire a single-level home, since single-level homes can be lived in longer than two-story homes.

Associated Designs’ Manor Heart home design 10-590 showcases the adaptable home concept. A single-level home with a den, a bonus room above the garage, two secondary bedrooms, extra storage, and a vaulted great room, the home is the right blend of spaces for all potential homeowners.

“There’s a little something for everyone in this home design,” said McAlexander. “The bonus room in particular has so many possibilities – from recreation room, to guest house, to home office. It can be whatever you want it to be.”

From a young family in need of a playroom, to a middle-aged couple with kids away at college, to the empty nester in need of a relaxing study and a fun hobby space, the home flexes and bends with the needs of the family. And at 2,200 square feet, it fits nicely into the national averages of what future homebuyers are looking for.

Change happens, and when it does, we make room, we adjust and we reconfigure our plans so that the change becomes an opportunity for bigger and better things. Adaptable floor plans that allow us to age with the home, to be creative with our living space, means we don’t live in a box. Like us, the home adapts – and we build a forever home. 

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28th Jul, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Yaquina 31-025

With plenty of Mediterranean charm the Yaquina is designed to fit well on a corner building lot. Gathering spaces are at the core of the home with a formal dining room towards the front and living room is towards the rear. The entire left side of the home is the owners' suite, bath and walk-in closet. A secondary bedroom and guest suite are on the right side.

 
 
25th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cape Cod House Plan, Home Plan, Clematis 10-073

Shingles on the roof and exterior of the Cape Cod Clematis give it a rustic appearance. This home design features interesting star shaped angles that is modern. The utility room and the two secondary bedrooms are the only rectangular rooms.

Entering the home, is a wide foyer with a small bathroom to one side and a coat closet on the other. The entry hall leads past the naturally bright living room, then directly into the dining room, located at the core of this home. Columns grace the dining area, adding a touch of class while delineating the space. Clerestory windows, above the vaulted dining room, fill the space in abundant, natural light.

In the adjacent diamond-shaped family room, two sets of French doors trim the fireplace and open onto a wide wrap-around deck. The eating bar separates the kitchen from the family room. Features here include a walk-in pantry, island with cooktop, dishwasher, built-in oven and microwave. The adjacent utility room has a deep sink and a counter. Garage access is close to both the utility room and the kitchen.

French doors, opposite the dining room, open into the elegant owners' suite. Luxury features here include a large walk-in closet, oversized tub, dual vanity and a private toilet.

 

19th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Cortez 11-011

The three-bedroom Cortez is a Mediterranean-style stucco home designed for a narrow lot with the zero lot line concept in mind. It's only 38 feet wide and has no windows on the right side.

The zero lot line concept is brought into play when additional privacy is desired along one of the building lot lines, or when a builder wishes to construct two mirror-image units in a duplex configuration. This allows each of the units to have one wide side yard instead of two narrow ones.

If desired, windows could be added, but the home is already richly glassed and naturally bright. The rear of the home has more window area than wall, facing out across a covered terrace that can be screened. Sliding glass doors provide access from the kitchen/nook area as well as the owners' suite.

From the dining room, you look into an enclosed courtyard through wide windows, crowned by an arched transom. Inside, a columned archway echoes the graceful curves of the windows and defines the areas of the dining room and the vaulted living room.

The kitchen offers plentiful counter and storage space. A powder room is centrally located, close to the front door and a walk-through utility room that opens into the garage.

Features in the owners' suite include a walk-in closet, linen storage, oversized shower, twin vanities and a private toilet. A small arched window brightens the stairwell leading upstairs to two additional bedrooms that share a jack and jill bathroom.

11th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cottage Duplex Plan, Duplex Design, Philipsburg 60-030

The Philipsburg is a duplex with the charm of a country cottage. Garage walls provide privacy between units and are the only point of contact between the units, even the covered patios are completely private. Each of the two-story units are mirror images of one another.

Slender posts set on wood-framed bases highlight and support an entry porch capped by a low profile gable. Wooden siding covers a half wall that creates another secluded area in the porch section extending from the door to the outer post. The area is relaxing place to enjoy a lemonade on a summer afternoon.

Once inside, a coat closet is in an alcove hidden behind the front door. The living and dining areas are all open to the kitchen across a raised eating bar. Light flows into the living areas through wide multipaned windows on exterior wall. More streams in through a smaller window over the sink. Kitchen counters and cabinets line two walls, plus the peninsular counter/eating bar. A combination utility room and powder room is at the rear, as well as access to the covered patio.

The patio creates a cozy place to enjoy outdoor dining when the weather is warm. Walled on two sides, could easily be screened if desired.

Two bedrooms and a full bathroom with linen storage are upstairs in each of the units. Both bedrooms are expanded by rectangular window bays, which could easily be finished as cozy window seats with storage below. 

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

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Woodcliffe 30-715

The bold wooden beams of the porte cochere and entry, springs to mind is an upscale lodge, or a Northwestern-style chalet. Either designation could easily fit this one level Craftsman-style home.

Past the vaulted porte cochere is a vaulted breezeway that leads to a lofty vaulted porch. Handsome squared wooden posts support and accent the whole passageway. Entering the home, you step into a beautiful vaulted great room, that is richly windowed at the rear. A fireplace and home entertainment center line the right side wall. If you like the feel of Craftsman lodge-style, you will fall in love with the Woodcliffe.

Two of the great room's five window sets slide open to provide air flow and access to a large patio, part of which is covered and vaulted. On the left of the great room is an unusually long, multi-angled eating bar which marks the kitchen's boundary.

More light flows into the kitchen through a skylight. Working at the cook top or handy prep sink, you look into the great room and can enjoy the rear vista too. A bayed nook is at one end and a large walk-in pantry is at the other, right around the corner from a large home office with a free-standing woodstove. Counters, shelves and a desk with file drawers are all built into this skylit space, as is a closet that fills the rear wall.

Storage closets line the hallway on the right, which leads to a vaulted den and the owners' suite. Luxuries here include a double-wide walk-in closet and a skylit bathroom with a soaking tub and an oversized walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms, a vaulted family room and a double-entry bathroom are in the left wing of the home.

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