The understated entrance and simple lap siding create a cozy, cottage feel to the Creekside house plan. Walking along the single car garage you approach the front door which opens to an entry hall. To the right, a door opens to the utility room which links the garage. Pass the utility room door a cased opening brings you to the great room with a C-shaped kitchen. The owners' suite is also on the main floor and features a bathroom with a single vanity and large walk-in closet. The toliet comparement is separated from the owners' suite and is shared with a separate entrance from the owners' suite hallway. A staircase off the foyer leads down to the daylight basement. On the lower floor are two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom and family room with room for an optional kitchenette.
To dream is to believe that the impossible is possible. There are no boundaries, no limitations, and no drawbacks or setbacks. You can be who you want to be, build what you want to build, live where you want to live. In your dreams, your home has everything you ever desired – a great room with stone fireplace, the perfect casual entertaining space in the living room, a country kitchen, a sprawling ranch with modern touches, the perfect home theatre, a sauna. And the list goes on.
After all, home design at its heart is about imagining what could be. And every year, trends shift and new ideas emerge about what constitutes the ideal “dream home.” Lifestyles continually evolve, challenging home designers to keep up or stay ahead of the curve. There is still a growing desire for quality over quantity in the square footage of a home, but the amenities are always changing.
So how do we at Associated Designs keep up with the desires of homebuyers? Well, it’s quite simple: We ask for your input! Every year, we invite readers to complete the Home from the Heart Survey, an annual questionnaire that gets to the heart of what you want in a home. The results from the survey help designers follow current lifestyle trends so they can better understand the family’s evolving preferences. From these results, Associated Designs will create the 2017 Home from the Heart home design, reflecting how people truly envision their dream home.
Your voice, your dreams, your ideas are the expertise we are looking for because only you know what’s in your heart.
The 2017 Home from the Heart Survey takes into account some shifts in home design preferences, and some of the questions will reflect those shifts. For instance, the laundry/utilities room will add a mud hall/mud room option to the list. In the Pacific Northwest, there is always room for a mud hall to catch the rain- or snow-soaked shoes and jackets that are so common. And as electric cars become a bit more common, or at least a part of the dream, the survey includes charging stations as a garage option.
But this is just a sampling of what the survey delves into. The designers at Associated Designs are more than interested in your perspective; they are eager to make your dreams a reality. Let them hear about the amenities you’ve always wanted, the home you’ve always dreamed of. Because the ultimate goal is to gauge what you truly want – whether it’s a three-car garage, a wraparound porch or a bonus room for the kids.
So dream big. The impossible is possible.
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After completing the online survey, you can browse through hundreds of home plans at AssociatedDesigns.com. And, if you’re curious how preferences have changed over the years, you can check out an archive of past surveys on the website. Start the survey now and let the home that’s in your heart take shape.
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Simple country elegance. You'll find a vaulted great room, cozy wood stove, and secondary bedrooms with private bathrooms.
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.
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.
Garage 20-053 - A single car garage with large workshop space.
Garage 20-054 - A traditional-style 2 car garage.
Garage 20-157 - This garage houses up to 4 cars and features a second floor loft with a balcony.
Garage 20-199 - This handsome 3 car garage features a second floor efficiency apartment.
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.
“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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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 20-092 – A spacious 2 car garage with RV carport.
Garage 20-093 – a RV garage with extra room for storage or additional parking for around town vehicles.