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25th Feb, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

Lodge Style House Plan, Home Plan, New House Plan, Spindrift 31-016, Vacation Home Plan, Cabin Plan

If you are looking for a smaller home or a vacation retreat the lodge-style Spindrift just might be a good fit. Eye-catching stick work in the porte cochere, vaulted ceiling in the living room, and the vaulted patio at the rear highlight the handsome stone veneer chimney and amplify the mountain lodge feel.

An large vaulted great room is at the heart of the home. Sliding glass doors flank the wood-burning fireplace centered on the rear wall. The doors offer easy access to the vaulted patio, which is a great place for outdoor dining and relaxation.

The L-shaped kitchen is nestled neatly into the corner left of the entry. Light flows into the kitchen through the front door’s sidelights, along with wide windows in front of the kitchen sink. A raised eating bar rims one side of the work island.

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms fill the left side. A utility room is on the right. It has a bench for shoe removal and storage, and jas access to the garage.

23rd Feb, 2016
Articles, House Plan of the Week

Southwest House Plan, Home Plan Roswell 11-086, Featured House Plan of the Week

A courtyard with a pool is at the heart of the Roswell home plan, a midsize Southwest design for families that enjoy outdoor living.

You can get to the pool and courtyard from most of the rooms on the main floor. The majority of interior-facing windows are also doors, assuring ample air circulation. A covered patio supported by columns wrap around three sides of the pool providing outdoor shade and softening the natural light inside.

This home has plenty of family living space, both formal and informal. An arched window fills most of the front living room wall, while a vaulted ceiling makes the room appear even more spacious. French doors open on a study that could serve as a home office. Columns separate the dining room from the entry foyer partially open to the second floor ceiling.

The kitchen and family room flow together. Sliders open to a screened porch at the rear of the home. The work island with cook top adds counter space, as does the eating bar. Storage space includes a wide pantry closet. The utility room and a powder room are tucked into alcoves adjacent to both the kitchen and garage.

Sliding glass doors in the owners' suite open to the patio/courtyard. Amenities include: twin vanities, a spa tub, oversized shower, walk-in closet and access to the pool area.

Upstairs are two additional bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. From the landing, you can overlook the entry or walk through French doors onto a balcony that faces the street.

18th Feb, 2016
New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, New House Plan, Greenspire 31-024

Craftsman house plan, the Greenspireis designed for construction on a rear downhill sloped building lot. The windowed walkout basement offers room to expand by finishing more space as needed.

Family gathering spaces are on the main floor, and the owners’ suite, bathrooms and a den fill out the left side. High windows flank the gas fireplace in the great room and sliding glass doors open onto a covered deck.

The dining area and kitchen are opposite the fireplace. A long wrap-around eating bar rims the kitchen’s work island. A pocket bathroom closeby is convenient to the entire main floor.

Amenities in the owners’ suite include a large walk-in closet and a deluxe bathroom with a dual vanity, spa tub, shower, and a private toilet. Two additional bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs, where they share a two-section bathroom.

A mud hall links the great room to the utility room and garage. Its bench is convenient for removing shoes, while coats can hang on the hooks above. 

16th Feb, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Rosemont 30-376

The Rosemont is a large ranch-style handsome home plan. Lap siding, stone veneer wainscoting and multipaned windows lend textural variety to the exterior, while the lines provided by gables, arches and a hipped roof add to the curb appeal. This design is a single-level home with the exception of a loft and unfinished bonus room upstairs.

The homes entry foyer is wide and naturally bright with a 12-foot ceiling. Soft light streams in through sidelights and an arched transom. Arched openings offer access to rooms on both sides, and to the spacious living room ahead.

The floor plan is very open. The foyer flows into the open dining room, which links to the living room that is open to the kitchen and nook. The ceiling here is also 12 feet, and the rear wall is well windowed, with transoms capping the ground level windows except in the bayed nook. A gas fireplace is in the corner next to the home entertainment center.

At the kitchen sink, you face into the large, bright space, and also appreciate the view outside. An eating bar rims one section of the angled island.

The kitchen also features a pantry, wine cooler, and built-in appliances. The utility room is nearby and has a deep sink and additional pantry storage. Double doors off the nook open into a study or home office.

The luxurious owners suite features a walk-in shower, spa tub, and a large walk-in closet. The two-sided fireplace can be enjoyed from both the sleeping area and the spa tub.

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

Cape Cod House Plan, Home Plan, Sherbrook 30-371

The Sherbrook offers immense charm and this Cape Cod cottage fits neatly on a fairly narrow city lot.

Living space is spread over three levels and designed with only one bedroom. this plan is ideal for emply nesters or someone who appreciates room to spread out.

The second-story home office could double as a guest bedroom and has a large walk-in closet. The basement houses a recreation room with two slender side windows and French doors trimmed by sidelights and crowned by a wide transom that lead to a covered patio.

Up a half flight to the entry from the ground you enter the main floor stepping into a bright, vaulted great room with a wide window bay. Large windows fill most of three walls that look out to the street at a diagonal. The great room is open to the dining room, and is partially separated from the kitchen by a raised eating bar.

A wood stove is located in an alcove by the windows. Sliding doors lead into a skylit, vaulted sunroom, and another set of sliders lead to a vaulted, covered deck which could be screened if desired.

The utility room, pantry, linen and broom closets are next to the kitchen, as well as a full bathroom with a built-in sauna.

Half a flight up is the vaulted owners' suite featuring a luxurious bathroom. Double doors lead to a railed, vaulted deck that offers a nice front view.

5th Feb, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Home Plan, Country House Plan, Clarkdale 30-783

Gently arched openings span the Clarkdale’s wide front porch. In this country house plan's it’s easy to imagine sitting here on a nice afternoon.

Natural light flows into the entry through windows that trim the door. The living room is to the right of the entry. Straight ahead is the dining room, with sliding glass doors leading to a covered patio. 

The naturally lit family room and kitchen at the rear of this home. Shelves flank the fireplace, and sliding doors open to the patio. The kitchen’s bayed nook creates a pleasant eating area, and a raised eating bar rims the island.

The owners’ suite is also located at the rear. Features include a large walk-in closet and a bathroom with a dual vanity, private toilet, and oversized shower. A den is directly across the hall.

The mudroom and a bathroom are at the juncture of the side entry two-car garage; an ideal place to cleanup after gardening, or car maintenance.

2nd Feb, 2016
Blog, Under Construction

Here is the before picture of our rustic little cabin's kitchen. It's cute, however, that's a plywood island and the counter tops are old painted formica. I will admit I'm a mild germ-a-phobe, I always said, there is no 5 second rule in this kitchen. 

And here is the after. It's not completely done, but it's a transformation and a kitchen that I am now looking forward to spending time in. Rick has worked really hard, and has done an amazing job.

The future island top will be butcher block. Nice and durable (and cleanable).

Here is one panel of the cafe style kitchen curtains I made for the cabin. I thought that vintage fabric in a 50 year old cabin fit the bill. I'm looking forward to getting them hung. 

The siding is finished and we have a real front door now!

Meanwhile, on the new house, the under floor framing is complete.

Crisp, clear blue sky, the mountains are making an appearance.

And the lumber package has been delivered to begin framing the house. Our framers Ed Lindsten and Joe Zacharek started yesterday, and they are great at what they do! They're staying in the cabin while they do the job. I'm a little jealous, they get to enjoy the new kitchen before I do, but that's ok. 

It's getting more and more real and I need to get the ball rolling on choosing the finishes. I've been a little stressed in trying to visualize the interior look. Usually I will stumble across "the thing" that seems to make it click and get the ball rolling. I think I may have found it, and I will pick up a sample later today.

I will share that another day.

1st Feb, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Contemporary House Plan, Home Plan, Montrose 30-823, Narrow Lot House Plans

Stuccoed columns support the arched opening that frames the entry of the Montrose, a spacous contemporary narrow lot house plan. A railed covered porch spans the rest of the front façade.

Upon entering the foyer opens into the living room on the right. A small powder room hides behind the pocket door on the left of the foyer. Stairs to the second level are around the corner.

A fireplace provides a warm and cheerful focal point in the living room, which is open to the dining area. Natural light flows through high windows that trim the fireplace. The dining area is open to the kitchen, and offers direct access to a covered patio.

While in the kitchen one will never feel left out or walled in. One wider peninsular counter section fronts both the living and dining areas. This can be used as an eating bar, or double as a buffet for larger entertaining. An alternate kitchen layout angles that counter in and holds the sink there, looking into the spacious gathering area. Another option angles it in, and leaves the sink facing out a side window.

The owners’ suite is on the main floor, as well as a pass-through utility room that connects with the two-car garage. Two additional bedrooms, a loft, and a two-section bathroom are upstairs. The loft overlooks the foyer at the top of the second floor landing. This window-bright space makes a great location for a study, office space, or family room.

1st Feb, 2016
Articles, Blog

A dream home doesn’t have to be a fantasy. It doesn’t have to be only wishful thinking that someday your house will have that gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a home theater with built-in surround sound, or a sauna in the backyard. Your dream home is real because you know what you want, what amenities you desire. You can see it all; picture it down to the last detail, even if it’s all in your head. But a dream home doesn’t have to be just a dream because we want to know what you’re thinking!


Associated Designs, a national home design firm located in Eugene, Oregon, invites readers to take part in its annual Home from the Heart Survey where your dreams and ideas help their designers better understand the evolving preferences of families. From past surveys, Associated Designs has learned that lifestyles are continually evolving and what worked a couple years ago in home design may not work for the 2016 family. It is Associated Designs’ business, challenge and service to you that their house designers not only “keep up” with evolving lifestyles but actually stay ahead of the current trends.

Your voice, your dreams, your ideas are the expertise we are looking for because only you know what’s in your heart! 

Associated Designs and their designers are more than interested in your perspective; they are eager to make your dreams a reality. Each year they invite their readers to complete this survey and when the results are in, they get to work putting your ideas onto paper to create the 2016 Home from the Heart home design. So don’t hold back, dream big, and let your ideas flow. What do you want in your dream home?

PLUS!! Win a $100 Gift Certificate

To express their gratitude for you taking the time out to voice your opinions, Associated Designs has decided that one participant will be chosen at random from the completed surveys to receive a $100 gift certificate from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

After completing the Home from the Heart online survey, you can browse through hundreds of home plans at The possibilities are endless. And, if you’re curious how family home design preferences have changed over the years, you can check out their 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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25th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360

Textural variety blending with Craftsman detailing gives the Carrington house plan a pleasing and unpretentious front exterior. Shingles and foundation materials are slightly rough, while windows, doors, columns and railings are smooth and sleek. Gables on the house and garage add to the visual appeal, and the front porch offers a warm welcome.

Upon entering, you step into the foyer brightened by sidelights and a row of small windows high on the door. The right side hallway leads to a den and dining room.

Decorative columns on the left of the entry marks the passageway into a living room with a fireplace trimmed by windows. Another hallway, at the rear of the room, leads to the owners' suite, stairs, and kitchen.

A spacious, well-equipped kitchen with a large work island at center flows into the dining room. The eating bar that rims one edge is handy for meals on the run, homework supervision, and keeping folks who just want to chat.

Lazy Susan shelving in the kitchen makes the corner shelves entirely accessible, and a walk-in pantry is close by. Laundry appliances, too, are just steps away in a large pass-through room that leads to the garage. The utility room can also function as a mudroom.

A large walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom expand the Carrington's owners' suite. 

Upper bedrooms share a two-section bathroom, and a loft that could be used as a study area, play room, or hobby space. A large bonus room, along with attic storage space, is over the garage.

18th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Bellewood 30-292, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan

The Bellewood is a ranch house plan with an abundant living areas and close to 3,400 square feet of floor space. The library/den's front porch access makes it an ideal location for a home office.

Families who like to entertain will appreciate the spacious and dramatic vaulted spaces. The living room and dining room are separated by a two-sided fireplace that can be enjoyed from either room.

Natural light flows into the living room through a bank of windows topped by a clerestory windows. The dining room, sidelights trim the atrium doors, while multipaned windows crowns the entire lot.

A large butler's pantry links these formal rooms to the great room/kitchen. This room has a double sink, dishwasher, and plenty of counter space and storage.

Two work islands with raised eating bars rim the walkway that passes through the kitchen area into the great room. The smaller of the two islands has a prep sink and is near a wood-burning fireplace designed for cooking. The larger island has a built-in cook top.

Windows fill most of the great room's rear wall, almost two stories high at its apex. The windows are an intriguing and harmonious mix of rectangles, triangles and trapezoids.

Isolated from the everyday living area, the owners' suite is a quiet and well-appointed retreat. Features include a large walk-in closet, soaking tub, dual vanity and oversized shower.

Secondary bedrooms each have a roomy closet and a private bathroom. A large utility room connects to the three-car garage.

15th Jan, 2016
Blog, Under Construction

I've been remiss in keeping up to date with our progress with the construction of our house.

Here's what's been going on:

Our foundation is ready to pour.

Of course, about two days after pouring the foundation it snowed. All of this was covered in huge blankets for a few weeks until the ground was able to warm up again. We've had several flurries since then too.

The under floor framing took place this week. I hope to have a few photos of that in a couple of days.


Remember the rustic cabin I mentioned previously? Well, while everything was covered in blankets, we decided to make the cabin a little less rustic. We ordered flooring to cover the "hardwood floors" that is the plywood under floor of the cabin. And because we were going to lay a new floor, we thought, might as well replace the cabinets. (See where this is going?) AND so we don't ruin the floors replacing a couple of windows we decided to throw that into the mix too.....All during the holiday season....what were we thinking?!?!?

As common with remodel, nothing ever goes as you hope. And the snowball just keeps getting bigger and bigger.....


Oh, did I mention that since we replaced windows, that lead to fixing the siding? This all started as a few simple upgrades to make this little place more comfortable! Such is life with remodeling.

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

Duplex Plan, Multi family House Plan, Wynant 60-024

This cottage-style duplex design, the Wynant, features side entrances, which helps create a sense of privacy for each of the residents. The right-hand garage extends two feet closer to the street, otherwise the floor plans are mirror images.

Wooden post supports the roof of a recessed front porch that leads into the foyer. Inside, the coat closet is to the left, while a wide opening on the right takes you into the living room. A hallway that links to the bedrooms and bathrooms also leads off from the foyer.

Living room, dining room, and kitchen flow together in one large, open space. Light flows into the living room through a side window. More flows in through rear windows in the dining room and kitchen. The dining room's sliding glass doors provide access to a rear patio.

The kitchen is designed for efficiency, with its sink, stove and refrigerator all located in a step-saving triangle. A pantry adds to the available storage space, and counters wrap around three sides. 

An extra-long closet fills one wall of the owners' suite, and a walk-in closet adds even more storage space. The suite has a private bathroom with a shower.

Secondary bedrooms are down a hallway lined with a storage closet. The rooms are close, yet somewhat isolated from the owners' suite. Both bedrooms have a large window, and share the main bathroom.

Direct access to the garage is the far end of the hallway.

4th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Country Home Plan, Birmingham 10-206

The first impression when you enter the Birmingham is one of openness. In this country house plan the entry hall ceiling is two stories high with light spilling in through two windows overhead.

Once inside a few steps to the left, and you'll find yourself in a beautiful vaulted great room with a fireplace centered between two windows. This room spans the home, front to back. A wide bay window faces the street, and French doors at the back open onto a deck.

A laundry room and a powder room are close to everything, including the garage. Pull-down steps in the garage provide access to storage space overhead, and there's additional storage space on the ground level.

In the master suite, French doors open onto a private deck. Additional features include a walk-in closet and a dual vanity.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs. The landing at the top of the stairs overlooks the entry.

1st Jan, 2016
Articles, Blog

With all of the focus and effort that goes into creating your dream home, the same thought can be used when considering building a detached garage on your property. Much can be done to utilize and mold this square footage into a space of functional luxury, uniquely fitting the flow of your lifestyle.

Garages - Not Just for Parking Cars
Garage 20-143: features a workbench, storage room,
powder bath, greenhouse and second floor attic space.

In addition to providing you with storage for the car or recreational vehicles, detached garages can provide you with additional spaces for hobbies beyond mechanics. The possibilities are endless; guest suites, craft studios, green houses or the ever popular man (or woman) cave! Associated Designs, Inc., a residential design company in Eugene, Oregon, has seen an increase in demand for detached garages and buildings that can serve a multitude of functions.

Place for Your Favorite Hobbies

One such example of a garage with flexible spaces for hobbies is Associated Designs Garage 20-143. What appears as a standard 2-car garage with workbench has extra rooms at the rear of the garage. Through a simple man door centered on the back wall, a hall leads past a powder bath and storage room that could be used as additional storage or as a craft/hobby studio. The surprises don’t end there. At the very back is a generously sized greenhouse for those with green thumbs to nurture starts for next year’s flower or veggie garden. Up a set of stairs on the right, leads to a second floor attic space which could be converted into a guest suite, recreation room, home gym or whatever else would suit your lifestyle!

A Man Cave that Works for You

The man cave dream is a classic one, so why not make it a reality in your very own detached garage? Create an elaborate place for leisure with a corner bar, pool table, flat screen TV and lazy boy sofa on one side; with a diamond-decked floor for your cars complete with a workshop that is any car enthusiasts’ dream, on the other. From specialty flooring, workbenches, lifts, and custom shelving, this space can feel like a high-end mechanic shop or showroom. You might want to think about the added convenience of a bathroom, not to mention optimal storage in an attic space!

A Space to Evolve with Your Family’s Needs

A popular trend with detached garages is the inclusion of additional gathering space. Recreation rooms or lofts can provide a fun place when the extended family get together to shoot some pool or play ping pong especially when the weather prohibits outside play.

For those building a home business, an office space in your garage is a great way to enjoy the benefits of working from home while providing some separation from work when you are off the clock. Plus for the occasions you entertain clients, you won’t have to worry about bringing them through your home.

Whether you are an avid outdoor adventurer or a person who looking for a warm place to enjoy hobbies, planning additional spaces into your new detached garage can transform the way you use a garage forever. Keep your goals in mind and start dreaming! 

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