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7th Jul, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Coronado 11-029

It really is just a few steps to the pool from virtually everywhere within the Mediterranean-style Coronado house plan.

You may get there from your family room, owners' bath, and guest suite, as well as from the entry hall. Even the stairs from the second-level bedrooms guide right down to multiple sliding doors that open onto the terrace.

The balcony at the top of the stairs also overlooks your family room and swimming area. Upper bedrooms share a bathroom that has a pocket door between compartments, giving privacy for 2 people at once. The arched window in the front bedroom forms an alcove, well suited for a desk or window seat. The back bedroom has a built-in desk. Items dropped down a chute in the large linen closet towards the top of the stairs land on the washing machine inside the utility room below.

In the kitchen, a u-shaped counter nestles into its own bay. A sizable window brightens the nook. Additional features include: an eating bar, walkin pantry, and built-in oven, microwave, cooktop and dishwasher. A pocket door offers full separation between the dining area and kitchen.

Sliding glass doors in the dining room open onto a screened patio, for outdoor dining. The family area is large, and this quiet zone also acts like a buffer between the active family living areas along and the secluded owners' suite.

Luxury amenities inside the Coronado's owners' suite include a huge walkin closet, a enclosed water closet, double lavs as well as a spa tub niche brightened by glass blocks.

1st Jul, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Belmont 30-945, Small House Plan

The Belmont is a small house plan full of country charm. From the kitchen, this ranch style home plan lets you can keep tabs on the porch and rear yard as well as any indoor activities. All of the bedrooms are on the left side of the home with an additional bedroom and bathroom tucked above the garage.

1st Jul, 2014
Articles, Blog

Garage Plans with Apartment, ADU, Granny Flat, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Backyard Cottage

Building a separate apartment unit over the garage or adding a small cottage on a single family property is becoming a popular concept, but it is certainly not a new idea. In fact, it was quite common in larger cities to see separate dwelling units in traditional and older housing districts. During the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s many people rented out their separate units for additional income. But, during the housing boom of the ‘50s and the sprawl of the ‘70s and ‘80s, local planning boards preferred trim suburban developments and began removing zoning allowances for dense housing and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Regardless of the many names associated with this concept: granny flats, backyard cottages, in-law units, carriage houses, or multi-generational homes, the idea is the same. Included with the main residence, a separate, self-sustained and complete living unit either attached or detached from the larger home setting.

As a result of the recent housing recession as well as the movement toward increased density in urban housing, city planning boards are again voting to approve laws which allow for separate dwelling units. In Portland, Oregon, recent reports show 25% of new housing permit applications included an ADU. Recent zoning changes in that area enable homeowners to build larger, more attractive units than were previously allowed, encouraging this growth trend.

There are quite a few benefits to owning an ADU, including additional cash flow to the homeowner which helps offset the mortgage, a quiet neighborhood atmosphere for the tenant, an opportunity for family members to help one another, and the potential for overall property to appreciate faster with an income-generating unit.

The idea of owning an ADU can have big advantages that last years beyond the initial closing. As children grow up, move away and have their own families, a separate unit back home can be an inviting vacation option for holiday retreats. When parents become too old to live independently, a caregiver can move into the ADU to offer daily support. Eventually, grandma could even move into the smaller cottage, while younger family members move back into the main house to help take care of her. This aging-in-place concept provides a homeowner tremendous flexibility and financial advantages throughout the life of the home.

The ADU concept has evolved into a flexible and practical option in planning for retirement living, as an economic benefit or as a feature that adds real value to a new home. While the concept of an ADU may be appealing, the challenge is finding the right house plan to complete the dream.

Rick McAlexander, president of Associated Designs of Eugene, Oregon, has created many styles of ADUs like the Garage Apartment 20-119 Plan and the Guest Cottage 30-727 Plan. Rick believes these kinds of plans provide direct benefit to a family that understands the advantages of a separate unit.

“Designed correctly, an apartment over the garage can live large with separate rooms, full bath, luxury kitchen and even a balcony that demonstrates first class accommodations. This design can also be modified for any type of family arrangement.” says Rick.

Rick’s Craftsman style, two-car garage with apartment plan has 10-foot wide and 8-foot tall garage doors. Behind the garage is a generously-sized hobby room that adds storage or shop space. The stairs lead to a spacious apartment above that boasts over 940 square feet. The resident walks into the vaulted kitchen which includes well-appointed cabinets and countertops that share space with a convenient washer and dryer tucked away alongside a wine cooler. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and a set of double doors, leading off to a private balcony. The apartment includes an office and bedroom along with a luxury sized bathroom, including a soaking tub.

If well planned, the homeowner can actually build the garage apartment or cottage ADU first, living in it while the house is being built. Or, the property’s ADU plans can sit on the back burner for a time in the future as circumstances, time and finances permit.

At any rate, the best time to start planning for a house that includes an accessory dwelling unit is before construction begins. And that means, starting with a good house plan.

as seen at newswire.net

30th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Halsey 30-847, Small House Plan

If you’re in the market to get a newly created, frill-free compact house that includes all of the basics and then some, check out the Halsey ranch plan. Its small footprint makes it inexpensive to build, heat and maintain.

This house is similarly suitable to first time homebuyers beginning (or likely to start) a family, or empty nesters seeking to decrease maintenance duties and charges.

Grids and gables mesh harmoniously to make curb appeal. The garage door, multipaned windows and front door provide the grids. Softening the entire impact certainly are a half-round window close to the the top of front-door, and rounded louvered vents that sit just under the highs of the two low gables.

The recessed front patio opens in to a front entry, naturally illuminated by a thin side window along with the half-round in the door. Linked family living areas are straight ahead, while a left turn leads past a coat closet and into the bedroom wing.

Windows fill about 50% of a rear wall, where the living and dining areas flow together in one large and naturally bright space. Sliding glass doors while in the dining area present comfortable access to the patio, which may be covered and screened, if desired.

27th Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

3 Car Garage Plan, Three Car Garage Plan, Barn Style Garage Plan, Country Style Garage Plan, Storage Shed

Garage 20-142 This barn style country garage is ideal for parking additional cars or storing larger equipment.
 

2 Car Garage Plan, Two Car Garage Plan, Garage 20-108

Garage 20-108 A classic 2 car garage.
 

2 Car Garage, Two Car Garage, Garage Plan 20-135

Garage 20-135 This traditional 2 car garage has side door access.
2 Car Garage, Two Car Garage, Garage 10-140, Garage Design

Garage 20-140 This traditional two car garage features one single garage door opening.
 

2 Car Carport Plan, Carport Design, Carport with Storage, Carport 20-094

Carport 20-094 This 2 car carport has plenty room for storage.
 

2 Car Garage with Shop, Two Car Garage with Shop, Garage Plan 20-123

Garage with Shop Plan 20-123 This 2 car garage features a workshop and attic storage.
 

Sloped Lot Garage Plan, Garage with Recreation Room, Garage 20-115

Garage with Recreation Room 20-115 This sloped lot shingle-style Craftsman garage plan features a 2nd floor vaulted recreation room.

See full collection of available garage plans.

23rd Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Living, Garage with Apartment, 2 Car Garage, Two Car Garage, Garage 20-116, ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit

This traditional 2 car garage plan has two separate garage doors that are both 9' wide and 8' tall. To the left is a studio apartment which features a full kitchen and bathroom along with a walk-in closet.

 

20th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Daylight Basement, Home Plan, Gatsby 30-664

Craftsman details give a sentimental look to the Gatsby. From the street, this looks like a small ranch-style house, but looks can be deceiving.

Designed for construction on a down-slope to the rear, this home presents 2,100+ square feet of living space, more than a third of it in the daylight basement. Wide windows brighten each of the basement’s four rooms: family area, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The family room’s sliding glass doors lead out onto an extensive patio, partly covered by the main floor deck above.

Handsome 6x6 wooden posts, neatly trimmed out at the top and bottom, support the wide front entry porch. Three centrally positioned steps bring people to a front-door flanked by sidelights. From the inside, the door’s three glass panes near the top permit in still more light while letting insiders to determine who is outside. The stairway’s half wall escalates the foyer’s impression of expansiveness.

Wide windows complete most of the rear wall, inside the naturally bright combination living room/dining room straight-ahead of the foyer. The broadest of those expands nearly to the gas fireplace. A sliding glass door on the left slides open to offer easy access for the rear covered deck.

The kitchen is open to the dining room, divided just by a peninsular counter. A gently curved eating bar rims the counter on the dining room side. The Gatsby’s kitchen is full of both counter and space for storage, including a sizable walkin pantry. Garage accessibility, a utility room, powder room, and storage cabinet are also nearby.

The owners’ suite fills out the remainer of the ground floor. Features include: a large corner shower, two lavatories, an private toilet, as well as a good-sized walk-in cabinet.

16th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Colonial House Plan, Home Plan, Edgewood 30-313

As the Edgewood’s brick exterior is clearly Colonial, its interior is completely contemporary. Bookend fireplaces bracket a totally symmetrical central section complete with a stately columned portico, keystone accented windows, plus a hipped roof with eyebrow-arched dormers. The portico’s copper roof offers a modern hint, as well as the side extensions break with tradition by barying in size.

Entering, you move right into a regal two-story foyer in which a staircase wraps around the right side. On the left, slim columns flank the broad beginning into a living room with a brick fireplace and den access. Around the right, double doors open into a large dining room. Integrated hutches fill the alcoves on both sides of the second fireplace.

A spacious, well-appointed kitchen are at the home’s core. Counters and cupboards line the walls, and the work island provides additional work and storage space. The high-capacity range offers six burners.

From the sink, you can look past the raised conversation bar into the richly windowed nook and beyond. Mirror image sliders open onto partially covered patios on two sides. Doors or short passageways link the kitchen to the family room, dining room, and office. A large utility room and three-car garage are just a few steps further.

The high-ceilinged family room is bright and spacious. Its bowed bay windows are topped by a row of transoms. Slender windows stand sentinel on both sides of the hearth, as well as a home entertainment center fills one wall.

Five rooms are upstairs, plus a bonus area and four bathrooms. A fourth fireplace warms the Edgewood’s luxury owners’ suite, which has a large walk-in closet and an elegant bathroom with a large soaking tub.

11th Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Hexagonal House Plan, Home Plan, Silvercrest 11-143

Wherever you're within the country ranch style Silvercrest house, silvery natural light washes in through lavishly glassed banks of multi-paned windows.

Outside, sunbeams dancing over the glass panes catch the light. Selecting a wide lot with a vista to the rear would maximize viewing opportunities.

Nowhere will be the indoor light more impressive than within the vaulted hexagonal great room, where two banks of glass fill all of the three rear walls.

Within the middle section, twin sets of French doors open onto a wide deck that wraps across the complete back. In the walls to the left and right, the lower window sections are about the same height as the doors, but underscored by stone veneer wainscoting. Wide transom windows crown most of the rear windows and doors.

Entering via the arched entry, you cross a transverse hallway and have a minute to appreciate family treasures in an artwork niche before moving into the great room. The hallway to the left leads to the owners’ suite and the utility room. Going right takes you past a opening to the kitchen, and to bedrooms, basement stairs, and the two-car garage.

A pony wall provides both openness and separation between your Silvercrest’s kitchen and also the remaining portion of the great room. Cooks working their culinary magic at the range could keep an eye on the entire space, as can people on the clean-up team. The sink and dishwasher are arranged along a peninsular counter rimmed by an eating bar. Amenities inside the owners’ suite include a walk-in shower, soaking tub, dual vanity and direct access for the deck. Bedrooms two and three share an interestingly arranged bathroom.

9th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, View Lot House Plan, Rosabella 11-137

The Rosabella’s rounded roof tiles and stucco exterior can’t help but stimulate the warm regions of Italy and Spain. Mild arches top window and doorway spaces, adding to the Mediterranean feel. Vibrant stucco-clad tips figure the complex entry porch, and keystones add a traditional aspect.

Access doors open in to a high-ceilinged entry where light enters via an arched transom. Moving forward you come to the highly glassed hexagonal great room. The inside is totally modern, and nowhere is the fact that more noticeable than within this bright and open space.

Curved transoms crown wide banks of glass that fill the majority of three walls. All but the windows flanking the fireplace slide-open to enable in gentle breezes, or offer access to a patio that covers the entire rear. When the weather is inviting, the patio effectively doubles the living space.

An angled pony wall bounds one aspect of the G-shaped kitchen. Entering the great room, it is possible to look over it to determine what’s cooking on the range. The sink hides behind an rasied eating bar that lines another peninsular counter. While washing-up home ware, it is possible to take the great room plus the patio as well as the scenery beyond.

The vaulted owners’ suite fills the whole left-wing. Luxurious features include an interestingly shaped shower, double mirror, walk-in closet and completely private toilet. Sliding glass doors in the bedroom allow direct patio entry.

Two more rooms, a bathroom, along with a large utility room are in the right side, which links with the Rosabella’s two-car garage. A deep walkin pantry at the rear of the utility room increases the kitchen’s currently ample space for storage. Stairs to the basement are close to the garage.

4th Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

2 Story Garage Plan, Garage with Apartment, Garage 20-067

Garage with Apartment 20-067

This 2 story Craftsman garage plan can house up to two cars. Both garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. A storage room is along the back with the mechanical closet and the stairs leading to the apartment landing. Once on the second floor you will find a loft living area, kitchen and full bathroom.

2nd Jun, 2014
Announcements, Articles, Blog

Ranch House Plan, Home from the Heart, Brightheart 10-610
BRIGHTHEART 10-610

The recent uptick in the economy and growing consumer confidence has emboldened homeowners with big dreams of building larger homes. It was only two years ago when Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon, worked with home builders who ordered smaller house plans, saving money on building costs, energy bills and long term maintenance. With the recession in the rear view mirror and the wealth index on the rise, it appears that people are ready to live large again.

Associated Designs in May released the results of their annual Home from the Heart survey showing people wanting a home that’s significantly larger than previous years, at an average of 2300 square feet. Rick says he’s also seeing a significant increase in the size of homes actually being built.

 “Over the last eight months, I’m seeing a big difference in requests for house plans that include larger rooms, more specialty areas and bigger owner’s suites with luxury spas,” says Rick.

Every year for the past 20 years, Associated Designs has commissioned a survey on homeowner preferences, offering respondents the opportunity to define a specific style of home and floor plan with quality features that best reflect their desires. The company’s designers use the survey results to create a dream home design which, in theory, is the perfect home for the average family. According to Rick, the single-level Brightheart plan, released today, is their 2014 Home from the Heart.

The Brightheart plan is a single-level ranch, a clear survey winner over traditional country styling, which has prevailed in previous years. The popularity of the ranch home, with contemporary and clean lines, is a nod toward a cultural surge of all things associated with mid-century fashion, from furniture and home accessories to clothing and TV shows. But, the new ranch style is nothing like grandma’s house. Rick believes there is much to learn from the past, but much to gain by bringing things up-to-date.

“I have fond memories of growing up in a mid-century home, where my family gathered in the den to eat on TV trays and watch Gunsmoke,” Rick laughed, “But, in today’s ranch we’ve busted open those tight floor plans and added an ultra-modern kitchen with large gathering spaces.”

Where the ubiquitous 50’s ranch had low ceilings and dark spaces, the new ranch sports high, vaulted ceilings with abundant natural light washing in through multiple large windows. The light fixtures are flush mounted with carefully chosen and artfully designed chandeliers, post-modern sconces and energy efficient bulbs. Homeowners from the survey also suggested a desire for passive solar window orientation with a deep overhang and radiant heat.

One consistent result from the yearly survey is the preference for a casual but high quality lifestyle, utilizing informal living spaces and large, feature-rich kitchens opening up to friendly great rooms. The Brightheart plan demonstrates that concept perfectly with a T-shaped kitchen that’s plumbed and wired for every convenience, including a tech center tucked into an alcove near the door to the garage. The raised eating bar that fronts the kitchen’s L-shaped work island doubles as a dining room buffet.

In today’s ranch home, the transition to the outdoors is smooth and purposeful, connecting to natural spaces that are seen from the inside while easily luring the homeowner outside. In this plan, the sliding glass doors offer easy access to a covered patio, built to the same height as the living room, and offering an inviting outdoor space regardless of weather.

A perennial favorite from the survey, easily incorporated in a single-level ranch, is the owner’s suite on the main floor. And, adding to the functionality of a home on one level is a concept called “aging in place” and requested by 70% of the survey respondents. While our grandparents aged at home in spite of major modifications required to widen hallways and add wheelchair ramps, today’s ranch is taking those needs into account when the home is built.

The modern ranch plan includes roomy hallways leading from open great rooms, curbless showers, walk-in pantries, flush levels from garage to living space, and many more features necessary for a person to call it their forever home. Keeping some flavor from the 50’s era, the contemporary ranch home now includes quality construction, energy efficient designs and highly livable spaces. It’s a new home every generation will love.

as seen at newswire.net

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

Craftsman House Plan, Ranch House Plan, Ravenden 30-712, Home Plan

Craftsman-style windows, columns, and ornamental gable finishes give their classic appeal to the Ravenden. This small ranch-style house plan offers a mixture of openness, economy and contemporary attributes that both empty nesters and young families will find applealing.

Shake-textured shingles fill the triangular gable fronts, while also incorporating visual appeal for the framed-out bases of the tapered columns. Both are Craftsman elements, as is the covered front porch. It is easy-to imagine a old-fashioned wooden porch swing hanging from the ceiling on the right end, or a few wicker chairs across the front.

Family gathering spaces are on the left side; bedrooms and bathrooms are on the right. Muted light filters into the foyer via a sidelight and three slender glass panes nearby the the top of entry door. The longish foyer leads past the coat closet and into the significant open gathering space at the rear, where the living room, dining room and kitchn flow together.

Sun light spills into the entire space through two broad window sets. The dining room's glass doors slide-open, offering easy-access to your partly covered deck. If the environment is buggy, the patio could possibly be screened in. A raised eating bar bounds a kitchen with counters on three sides and cupboards on two.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you may appreciate the ever-changing seasonal landscape outside. The door across the room opens into a utility room with a door to the Ravendenis two-car garage. This garage is naturally brighter than most, as a result of line of multipaned windows that span its front.

The owners' suite features add a roomy walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity.

29th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Duplex Plan, Kennewick 60-037

Front gables and standard railed front porches provide a country flavor to this updated duplex plan. All the Kennewick’s three-bedroom units has more living space than you may assume, which becomes noticeable as soon as you move inside. Shared walls between the two models are doubly dense, to increase privacy.

Sun light spills into the entry through a slim window next to the entrance. A bench with a strip of hooks above nestles to the entry alcove. From there, one step gives you in to a wideopen space that stretches easily in the existing room’s front window to the kitchen at the rear. A flush eating bar rims the peninsular counter that partly separates your kitchen.

More lighting washes into this large gathering space by way of a wide window in front, and also a triplet of smaller panes set at the top of the living room wall, and extensive windows in the dining area. Counters and appliances wrap around three sides of the step-efficient kitchen. A pantry is on the fourth side.

Sliding glass doors in the rear of your kitchen offer use of a covered patio, while the window in front of your kitchen sink offers a view to the rear. A bathroom is right around the corner, across from the utility room and near a door to the storage. This is most appreciated when unloading items at night or in inclement weather.

Three bedrooms and two additional bathrooms are upstairs in each the Kennewick’s units. The owners’ suite has a private toilet and a wide window that overlooks the street. Its closet spans one whole wall. Secondary rooms share another bathroom, with a linen closet as well as a combination bathtub and shower.

27th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Vacation Home Plan, Anacortes 30-936

Lines that are simple and clean create the almost symmetrical, ranch house plan the Anacortes a refreshing treat for your eyes, inside and out. Its looks is enhanced by an intriguing juxtaposition of v-shaped struts fronting a wide A-frame entry gable.

One large vaulted gathering room fills the home's heart. Some could even find it breath-taking, stepping into this house through the mirror image atrium doors. Ceilings slope up from the sides to a lofty apex that links the A-framed windows at the front to their reflective twins at the rear of the home.

At the front, a wood-burning fireplace nestles into one corner of the great room. Kitchen and dining area are at the rear, near sliding glass doors that provide access to the vaulted covered patio. Natural light washes in through wide windows in both the kitchen and dining area.

Kitchen cupboard and counter space is liberally available. Friends and family will appreciate the lengthy, multi-angled work island, that will be rimmed by a conversation/eating bar that bounds the kitchen. Stools ranged along it will function as the most popular seats in the house. Cooks involved in food generation certainly are a guaranteed draw.

Utilities, a roomy pantry and a small bathroom are in the wing to the left of the kitchen. This area also serves as being a pass-through link to the 2-car garage, which making it safe and comfortable to unload groceries at night or in inclement weather.

Three bedrooms fill the Anacortes’ right wing. Owners’ suite features include a huge walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity. The toilet and shower can be fully enclosed for privacy and steam containment. Two atrium doors offer access to a concrete walkway that wraps around to the back.
 

 

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