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2nd Sep, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Parkdale 30-684

Two sleek columns lend a classic European look to the ranch style Parkdale house plan that features nearly 3,000 square feet of living space.

Inside the entry, two narrow columns echo their exterior counterparts while bounding the wide passageway that links the entry and great room. Both of these areas, and the dining room, have 10-foot ceilings.

Multipaned windows are along the great room's rear wall. A gas fireplace is set between two banks of windows with transoms above. French doors that lead out onto a covered patio are also capped by a wide transom window. A home entertainment center spans most of one wall. On the other side, two decorative columns create the wide opening to the dining room. This is also a naturally bright space. Glass fills most of one wall, one side is open to the great room, and a third is open to the kitchen. Columns accent that opening too.

There is a raised eating counter that rims the kitchen's open side. Counters run along two walls, creating work and counter space. The central work island adds more of both. Built in appliances, a desk, and a walk-in pantry are nearby.

A washer/dyer, and a freezer, and a mini-bathroom are around the corner, in a walk-through utility/mud room that goes to the garage. Storage closets line the hall to the owners' suite, which fills out the rest of the left wing. In addition to patio access, the suite features two large walk-in closets, a walk-in shower, dual vanity and private toilet. Two bedrooms, a den and a bathroom are in the Parkdales right wing.

1st Sep, 2014
Articles, Blog

Green House Plan, Bungalow House Plan, Home Plan, Greenwood 70-001
Greenwood 70-001

New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade. The U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Certified Spaces ranks Oregon as sixth in the nation, behind other states like Illinois, Maryland and Virginia who have been at the forefront of sustainable building design and transforming communities for years. This update to the Oregon building code is a trend occurring in other states as well. 

By all accounts, U.S. homeowners around the country feel these changes, which affect financial and environmental aspects of a newly constructed home. Adhering to the new standards will result in significantly lower energy consumption and water use, reducing the cost of those resources over the life of the home.

Oregon, like many states, has two codes which govern energy use in home construction. The first is the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), which sets the minimum standard for construction and is modeled after the International Residential Code. In addition to the ORSC, the state has adopted the Oregon Reach Code based on the 2012 International Green Construction Code, which is voluntary like other green building programs such as Energy Star, LEED, NAHB Green, and ICC700.

Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon, is a thirty-five year veteran in the new home construction business and is an expert in building green homes. He believes it’s a smart investment to build an energy efficient home and he says the new codes are just another step toward progress for the whole industry.

“Every material used from the beginning to end should be reviewed for its impact on the environment. Lumber can be harvested from sustainable forest practices, windows can be of higher energy rating, paint can be VOC free, plumbing systems can use less water, and light bulbs can use less energy,” Rick said.  “Even the land you build on can have a role to play in sustainability of the project, such as proximity to work or ability to harness the land, solar, wind or water as a resource for livability.”

There is no question that sustainable building practices have the attention of builders and buyers alike. While it has been a hot topic for decades, the new construction codes are finally catching up with building standards practiced by most responsible builders over the last few years.

“Probably the most important trend is simple awareness,” Rick said. “Homeowners are more educated than ever about green materials and construction practices. This helps pull the technology through the trades and into the home. Just five years ago maybe one in fifty potential design clients would ask about my knowledge of green building, and now it’s one in five.”

Building an energy efficient home doesn’t require sacrifices in design or styling. For example, this two-story Bungalow house plan, known as the Greenwood Plan 70-001, was created by Associated Designs for a suburban neighborhood or a retreat setting. The plan seamlessly integrates green building features designed to meet the Energy Star Benchmark Home Standards. Rick’s team of designers has deep experience in the trade and they consider every part of a house plan as integral to the overall goal of sustainability, from insulation to roofing, electrical systems to plumbing fixtures, windows and door materials, storm water management and landscaping, roof overhangs and passive solar orientation.

Every trade involved in building homes from the foundation to landscaping have tools, products and techniques available to ‘green up’ their role in the construction process. While many across the country are adept at using best practices to create a sustainable living environment, the industry nationwide is gaining in awareness and experience, with more contractors than ever coming on board.

“Every step, from recycling the foundation forms between jobs to using drought tolerant plants, adds up to a significant overall improvement of the home’s sustainability,” Rick added. “By focusing on the types of materials like fewer chemicals, locally sourced products, environmental stewardship of suppliers, and using green products on the inside and out, the environment will be safer and the global impact will be reduced.”

Whether the homeowner is in Oregon or Mississippi, they now have choices in building methods that have an impact on the whole planet. And, with states updating building codes that require more energy efficient construction the housing industry will continue to gain more experience in sustainable building practices, offering U.S. homeowners more opportunities than ever to go green.

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26th Aug, 2014

Prairie Style House Plan, Prairie Style Floor Plan, Brookhill 30-963

The prairie-style house plan the Brookhill is perfect for those who love to entertain. Generous gathering spaces fill the main floor, illuminated with an ambundance of natural light. The sliding glass door in the dining room expands the left side of the home with the addition of the covered patio. Closed in on three sides the covered patio can be enjoyed into some of the cooler seasons. The bedrooms and utility room are all up stairs.

Below is a brief tour of this beautiful home. 

Prairie Style House Plan, Brookhill 30-963, Entry

The Foyer

Prairie Style House Plan, Brookhill 30-963, Great Room

Great Room

Prairie Style House Plan, Brookhill 30-963, Kitchen and Dining Room

Dining Room

Prairie Style House Plan, Brookhill 30-963, Kitchen

Kitchen

Prairie Style House Plan, Brookhill 30-963, Owners Suite

Owners' Suite

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Photos courtesy of Future B Homes.

25th Aug, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Vacation Home Plan, Cabin Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Cedar View 50-012

The Cedar View is a charming and delightfully unusual Craftsman-style vacation cabin. To begin with, you can't help but notice the intriguing interplay of textures and shapes.

Shake shingles contrast with smooth upright posts, decorative corbels, and a stone veneer chimney. Satiny half-round windows nestle under triangular gables on three sides.

Two sets of French doors open onto a covered porch and deck that face the street and wrap around to  most of the left side. Another four French doors accesses this side as well, for a total of eight French doors!

All eight French doors open into the bright, open two-story great room, washing this space in natural light. And more light spills down through the two large half-rounds high on the walls. A masonry fireplace adds color and warmth when needed.

This space is open to the kitchen, where a raised and curved eating bar and a lower ceiling mark the boundary. It's a long galley kitchen with a built-in desk in the nook. Standing at the kitchen sink, you look into the great room.

Laundry appliances are close at hand, hidden behind pocket doors. Just inside the back door, an entry bench fits into an alcove. Boot storage is below with coat hooks above. A coat closet is located under the stairway leading to the loft and upper bathroom.

Two bedrooms, or a studio and a bedroom, are on the main level. The larger room is vaulted and has a pass-through closet that leads to the bathroom.

This plan is well-suited for use as a vacation retreat, or a year round home for a single person or small family.

18th Aug, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Ranch House Plan, Featured Design of the Week, Cortland 10-195

Lots of outdoor living space is one of the most notable features of the country-style ranch Cortland house design.

An amazing long stretch of covered porch and deck wraps around the home. Beginning at the front steps, it flows around the right side, across the back, and links to the owners’ suite. Along the way, double doors in the family room and dining room offer access. Skylights provide the rear deck with sunlight.

Stepping into the vaulted entry, you find yourself in a naturally lit space that is open to three interconnected living areas. Soft light spills in through sidelights, while brighter light washes down from the dormer overhead.

Nearly encircling the living room, a wide octagonal window bay creates a bright and cheerful environment for entertainment or relaxation. This spacious living area flows comfortably into the dining room, where double doors open onto the covered porch.

A vaulted ceiling helps distinguish the line between the family room and the flat-ceilinged dining area. French doors and a skylight brighten the whole area. A home entertainment center is in the back corner, next to an energy-efficient woodstove.

The kitchen is large, and also very bright. Bay windows create an expansive nook, while a smaller bay serves as a backdrop for a gently curved, J-shaped buffet. Standing at the kitchen sink, you look into the great room across an eating bar.

Bedrooms and utilities fill the left side of the home. The pass-through utility room is outfitted with cabinets, a deep sink, folding counter, sewing area, and storage closet.

Owners’ suite features in the Cortland include: a spa tub, walk-in shower, dual vanity, large walk-in closet, and private toilet.

 

15th Aug, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Home Plan, New House Plan, Acadia 30-961

It won’t take long to feel completely comfortable in the Acadia. Craftsman accents and an inviting array of front-facing gables welcome family and friends into this updated country style home.

Vaulted ceilings elevate the sense of volume in this medium-sized plan. The vaulting starts in the entry and goes back into the living and dining room area. Light spills into the large gathering space through windows that flank the fireplace, along with the wide sliding glass doors that offers access to the covered patio. The patio could be easily screened, if bugs are a problem, or create more living space.

The eating bar that rims the kitchen/dining counter can also double as a convenient buffet for gatherings. Counters and cabinetry wrap around the other three sides of the kitchen, and a roomy pantry fills one entire corner.

A well-appointed owners’ suite is the only main-level bedroom. It offers his and hers walk in closets, one larger than the other. Both have built-in shelves. In the owners’ bathroom, natural light washes in through a wide window over the luxurious bathtub. Other amenities include a dual vanity, linen closet, and separately enclosed toilet and shower.

Double doors on the right of the entry hall open into a home office or den that is also vaulted. An exterior door could be added, from the porch into this area, if desired for keeping business traffic separate from the rest of the home.

A passageway on the opposite side of the entry hall leads past a powder room and a utility room before linking with the 2-car garage.

Two additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and a bonus room are upstairs in the Acadia. Bonus room ceilings slope down at the sides. 

8th Aug, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Colonial House Plan, Home Plan, Estate House Plan, Luxury House Plan

The Palmary is a colonial-style house plan with traditional detailing. Its symmetrical central section has all of the right touches, from the curved and columned entry porch, to shuttered multipaned windows and attic dormers.

Inside, the layout is actually a relaxed mixture of classic style and modern amenities, starting with the stylish curved stairway that sweeps up the left-side of the lofty two-story foyer. Move past it to step-through an arch into a bright livingroom withe a wide masonry hearth.

Columns flank another arched opening leading to an elegant dining room with a stepped ceiling and applied molding detailing. Double doors on the foyer's opposite side open in to a den which connects to the owners' suite. This room might function as a home-office, computer room, or study.

Family room, kitchen and nook flow together in a bright and spacious casual living space. The kitchen offers a wealth of storage and work areas, including a central work island with a vegetable sink, plus a walkin pantry. Standing at the range, you can talk to people in the family room, gaze outside through rear windows, or view flames dance inside the fireplace. In the family room, a sizable entertainment center and small beverage bar fill one wall.

One powder room nestles in the passageway the dining room. Another reaches the far end-of a utility room that connects with the side-entry three-car garage. A second staircase provides an alternative access of the four rooms, three bathrooms, recreation and storage rooms upstairs.

Luxurious and large, the Palmary's owners' suite provides two spacious walkin closets, a Jacuzzi bath, oversized shower, privatel toilet and dual vanities.

5th Aug, 2014
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Chalet House Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Home Plan Photos

The luxury estate house plan, the Coeur D'Alene, exterior's is a richly windowed chalet-style design that is a delight to behold. Its expansive interior offers a multitude of gathering spaces, including a library, dining room, and vaulted living room. Two work islands add to the abundant counter space in the gourmet kitchen.

This lovely home located in the Coburg Hills with a stunning view of the Oregon coastal mountain range is currently on the market. Take a virtual tour of this amazing home and views by clicking here.

Chalet House Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Home Plan, Living Room, Photo

Vaulted Living Room

Chalet House Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Home Plan, Photo, Vaulted Living Room

 

Chalet House Plan, Home Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Photo, Kitchen

Gourmet Kitchen

Chalet House Plan, Home Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Owners' Suite, Photo

Owners' Suite

Chalet House Plan, View Lot House Plan, Home Plan, Coeur D'Alene 30-634, Photo, Patio

Patio

Photos courtesy: Lisa L. Hamilton of the Hamilton Realty Group

4th Aug, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carlton 30-896

Craftsman-style tapered posts give a nostalgic look to this otherwise modern cottage. These posts support the Carlton’s covered porch, which spans the front and wraps around the right. A sparkling line of multipaned windows runs across the top of the garage door.

Other Craftsman touches include stone veneer column supports and decorative gable accents, plus multipaned window uppers on three sides of the home.

Inside, the foyer segues into a hallway that cuts right down the center, splitting your house into two sides. Bedrooms and bathrooms comprise the right wing. A comfortably spacious family living area fills out the left side, behind the utility room and two-car garage up front.

Family members parking in the garage may enter the kitchen/gathering place via the utility room. People parking around the street will enter through the foyer. Its extended passageway runs by two-bedroom hallways on the right, along with coat and storage closets on the left.

Then it widens out to the central living area where natural light washes in through windows filling most of the rear wall. A gas fireplace nestles to the right rear corner, while sliding glass doors offer comfortable access to your partially covered patio on the left.

An raised eating bar rims the counter that bounds the C-shaped kitchen. Standing at the kitchen sink, you'll be able to gaze to the side and rear yards, but still scope out the gathering space by simply turning your head.

Amenities in the Carlton’s owners’ suite include a spacious walkin closet and a two-section bathroom having a dual vanity and a large shower. One linen closet is tucked in to the hall to the suite. An similar linen closet is in the hallway to the secondary bedrooms and main bathroom.

4th Aug, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Chateau House Plan, Home Plan, Fitzgerald 30-492

The exciting Fitzgerald has plenty to catch one's attention. Four gables face the front, wooden shutters emphasize most of the windows, and copper sheathing overscores the garagedoor and two upper windows. Three arched windows echo arched openings on the porch’s top edge.

In some respects, this Chateau style house plan bows to tradition. The majority of the bedrooms are upstairs, and gathering spaces are well defined. The parlor (or dining area) and living room are separated, and the kitchen is linked, yet slightly removed.

But other parts are entirely contemporary. The foyer and living room, for instance, are two stories high, and there’s a gas fire. Abundant light spills in through transom windows that crown French windows while in the parlor and foyer. The kitchen and owners’ suite are also well-designed to meet the needs of busy families.

A bayed nook expands the large kitchen, which centers around a large work island. One of the nook’s windows is actually a French door, which opens onto the rear patio. If desired, this place could possibly be roofed and screened in for insect-free outdoor dining. All appliances are built in, and a desk with shelves nestles into an alcove close to the oven and microwave.

An arched opening leads to a spacious pantry, powder room and garage, while a door in the nook gives access to a windowed utility room.

The Fitzgerald’s owners’ suite fills the entire right side. It features a large walkin closet, soaking bathtub, oversize shower, private bathroom, and twin lavs. Light beams down onto the closet’s secluded window seat through a high window.

Two more bedrooms, a distinctive, skylit three-section bathroom, plus a bonus room are upstairs.

1st Aug, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Cottage House Plan, Home Plan, Ranch House Plan, Callaway 30-641

The Callaway is actually a modern cottage with a country-Victorian flavor. The wooden posts and rails on its large front deck provide it that country-cottage look, while the interesting curved window and scallop-shingled gable fronts include dashes of sentimental Victorian flavor.

Families will definitely recognize the multiplicity of amenities that the designer managed to fit into  somewhat less than 1400 square feet of living space.

Family gathering spaces complete the left side; private rooms are on the right. The vaulted living room has one wide window in the front, and two thin windows on the side. The ceiling height drops and flattens toward the rear, where the living room transitiions into the dining area.

Light spills into this bright space through windows at the side and a pair of sliding glass doors at the rear that open onto a partially covered patio. Counters in the C-shaped kitchen are extended by a peninsula with a flush eating bar that bounds the dining room. Standing in the kitchen sink, it is easy to watch activities in the back-yard and around the patio.

A hall just around the corner from the Callaway's kitchen leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and a pass-through utility room that links with the garage. Broom, linen, and coat closets line the hallway, and a bank of cabinets fills the wall over the washer and dryer.

The owners' suite includes a vaulted ceiling that slopes down to the left and right, a private bathroom with a double vanity, along with a walk in closet that's surprisingly large for a house this size. Secondary rooms share the main toilet, which has a combination tub and shower.

30th Jul, 2014
Articles, Blog

Dog Friendly House Plan, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Luxury House Plan, Nottingham 30-965
Nottingham 30-965

 

There are people who own dogs and then there are dog people. We all know the difference. While the Southern states dominate in the number of dogs per capita, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Pacific Northwest lifestyle is known for integrating its dogs into every aspect of an active family life.

Dogs are no longer relegated to the back yard or the barn. They’ve moved up into the main house with the rest of the family. According a 2013 survey, almost seven in 10 U.S. households now include a pet, with 47% having a dog and 37% having a cat. The AVMA reports six out of 10 pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family.

Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs of Eugene, Oregon, validates this rising trend where new homeowners are asking for more amenities that incorporate the Northwest’s dog-loving lifestyle. Rick provides house plans for new construction and he says the requests are numerous and varied for spaces that apply to a particular breed or number of pets.

“Many homeowners today don’t want to have a chain-link dog run in the backyard or throw a dog bed in the corner of the master bedroom. My clients have specific ideas on how to incorporate their dog’s needs into the floor plan before the home is even built,” says Rick.

That’s the idea behind the Nottingham Plan 30-965, a home designed by Rick’s team. This custom floor plan includes an area devoted to caring for an active dog. The dog has its very own entryway off the garage and next to the mudroom, and areas that are totally dedicated to dog duty. The rooms have concrete or tile floors allowing for muddy paws and wet fur. There’s a generously sized washing station with a walk-up, raised shower spot, and room to customize the space specifically for the size of breed. Some homeowners even install a wall dryer to fluff up the freshly washed pooch.

In this house plan, the devoted dog room opens into the mudroom to enter the home or onto the screened porch, so the pet can dry off and relax after an active outdoor adventure. There’s even room on the porch to build a custom dog bed right under the window, so Fido can either bask in the warm light or sleep under a summer breeze.

Rick believes it’s important to keep the dog-centric areas close to the utilities and other transition space where kids are dumping their sports equipment and muddy boots. The washer and dryer are only a few steps away, making it convenient to drop off dirty dog towels on the way inside. And, it keeps everyone’s mess in the same part of the house.

With a little pre-planning, a new home can be adapted to enhance a lifestyle that includes more dog days than ever. In a dedicated dog-loving home, people are more likely to take their pet with them to the lake, the beach or even out for a walk in the rain. It makes coming home with a dirty dog easier than ever.

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21st Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Rockspring 30-897

This modern Craftsman cottage is larger than it appears. The two-story Rockspring offers four bedrooms, along with a significant bonus room above the garage. Its wideopen gathering space fills the entire right side of the house, front-to-back.

Craftsman touches give the front exterior nostalgic charm. Decorative corbels accent multiple gables, while gridded top sections brighten the windows. The welcoming front porch is highlighted by iconic tapered columns mounted on stone veneer bases.

A stairway right ahead of the entry leads to bedrooms on the second floor. The spacious coat closet nestles underneath the far end-of the stairs, near the juncture of the dining room and kitchen. To the left, a short hallway extends past a little-bathroom as well as a door to the garage before reaching the utility room along with the owners’ suite.

Sun light washes into the linked gathering space through wide windows around the external wall. More spills in at the rear, via a window over the kitchen-sink and an atrium door that leads out onto the covered patio. Counters, cupboards, appliances as well as a pantry line up along four sides of the kitchen. A flush eating bar invites interactions with relatives and buddies, while preserving curious fingers well away from the food. It’s also helpful for homework supervision.

The owners’ suite will be the only ground-level bedroom. Amenities include a large walk-in closet and a bathroom with a shower and dual vanity.

Three more bedrooms, a full bathroom and a bonus room are upstairs in the Rockspring. In the bathroom, sun light beams in through a large window over the bathtub. An doorway at the top of the steps opens to the bonus area, which has one large window on its exterior wall.

21st Jul, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Pinedale 30-228, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Ranch House Plan

A harmonious melding of Craftsman and modern functions provides Pinedale a look that is both unique and fascinating.

The home is wide profile and three-car garage are obviously reflective of recent trends. Classic Craftsman touches include: graceful geometric upper window sashes, pretty gable supports, and simple squared posts supported by tapered stone veneer bases.

At its core is a vaulted and skylit family area rimmed by wide rear windows. This really is an exceptionally bright and spacious gathering place. Potted plants thrive on the high shelf that spans openings to the foyer and dining room. Flames and warmth from your two sided gas fireplace can be enjoyed from living room, kitchen and nook.

In this kitchen, you'll need never feel isolated. A raised conversation bar is all that separates kitchen from living room, and the patio is in view too.

Counters and cabinet space are amply furnished. A large work island is at centre, with long counters, lazy Susan shelving, and two pantries wrapping around three sides. Inside the nook, a built-in desk nestles into an niche that can be hidden behind bifold doors.

Utilities are nearby in a large passthrough that connects to the garage. One of three bathrooms is down a short hallway, handy for this end-of the house. Stairs lead upstairs to a large bonus room over the garage.

The Pinedale has four bedrooms. Its guest suite could serve as a small home office, if needed, or be utilized being a hobby room. The large, luxurious owners' suite has a huge walkin closet, a sunny sitting room plus a private patio. Cozy window seats expand both secondary bedrooms.

14th Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Spanish Style House Plan, Home Plan, Santa Ana 11-148

Gently rounded arches highlight broad banks of multipaned windows that sparkle across all sides of the Spanish-style Santa Ana house plan. Stucco detailing highlights the lofty arched entry portico, along with the rest of the exterior.

Entering through the double-front doors, first appreciate the art niche right ahead. Then you can certainly decided to-go left, right, or forward. Bedrooms, bathrooms and utilities fill the wings. Light washes into the hallways through large multipaned windows.

The opening in front of you leads to the expansive vaulted great room. An instant jog to the right is another approach in to the great room, via thekitchen.

Banks of windows, stacked two high, fill most of the rear walls while in the vaulted hexagonal great room in the heart of the midsize plan. During daylight hours, natural light here is nearly as bright as outside. Sliding doors in the central rear wall section offer ready entry to cooling breezes, plus a patio that wraps across the total back of the house. A fireplace nestles into a quiet corner far from the windows.

The kitchen shares the vaulted ceiling and abundant light of the great room, but is partly separated. A wood-capped pony wall runs along an angled counter on the left, while a raised eating bar rims the sink/dishwasher peninsula to the right.

Completing the whole left wing, the owners’ suite is well-isolated in the primary living area. Features include a vaulted sleeping area with patio entry, a spacious walkin closet, as well as a private bathroom with a dual mirror and enclosed toilet. Laundry appliances are tucked away in the hallway to the suite.

Secondary rooms share two more bathrooms within the Santa Ana’s right-wing.

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