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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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21st Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Florida House Plan, Home Plan, Burnside 30-657

Brick veneer along with smooth stucco to clad the bright and breezy, Florida-style Burnside.

This is not your typical rectangular floor plan. The dining room is an elongated octagon, linked to the kitchen that is open on another side to a vaulted, half-octagonal great room.

The short hallway linking the foyer to the carport is slightly angeled. The hallway that leads to the owners' suite cuts a long, bold diagonal that leads past a home office, before entry to owners' suite.

A long work island with built-in prep sink mimics the shape of the well-appointed kitchen. The conversation bar that rims the sink island segues into a raised eating bar as it angles off toward the dining room. A roomy walk-in pantry fills a larger corner.

The owners' suite is well-isolated from the gathering spaces. Luxury touches here include: a wide window bay in the sleeping area, a large walk-in closet with pull-down ironing board, and a luxury skylit bathroom with an oversized shower.

In the nearby office, which could also be a bedroom, there's an oversized closet designed for use as a sewing nook. The office and the guest room feature a jack 'n jill bathroom between them. A skylight brightens that bathroom. Another naturally illuminates the powder room, which is close to the foyer, over sized utility room, and a carport with enclosed storage at the rear.

18th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country House Plan, Traditional Home Plan, Bridgeview 31-015

Three gables along with cultured stone columns give a traditional look to the BridgeviewWide windows front and rear, fewer and smaller windows on the sides, make this design well suited to a neighborhood where lot lines run close together.

Inside, the foyer passes a den and bathroom before arriving at the great room.  In the great room, high windows flank the gas fireplace. More light flows in through a wide window at the rear that offers views across the covered patio.

The great room is fully open to a large kitchen and dining area. An eating bar rims the kitchen’s work island, where it fronts the dining room.

Three bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs, along with a large utility room and two bathrooms. The owners’ suite faetures a large walk-in closet, a bathroom with a dual vanity and a private toilet. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

14th Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Georgian House Plan, Home Plan, Myersdale 10-453, Featured House Plan of the Week

The Myersdale is a contemporary home design with nostalgic Georgian-style flavor. Classic columns with an arched brick opening highlight and support a grand entry, where two wide sidelights flank a door crowned by a half-round sunburst transom.

A partially vaulted hexagonal great room is at the core of this home. Wings extend to the right and left, then come forward, creating a recessed entry courtyard. Doors on the three-car garage face the golf cart garage on the other side.

Passing through the vaulted covered porch, you step into a partially vaulted entry. The front half of the hexagon consists of the kitchen, utility room, and a storage closet tucked under the stairs to the loft. 

The vaulted ceiling expands the volume in the great rooms naturally bright rear wall. Six wedge-shaped ceiling segments slope dramatically upward to join points at a central apex, and the three rear sections are a wall of multipaned windows. A home entertainment center and woodstove nestle into junctures on both sides of the central section. Here, a set of palladian windows over sliding French doors open onto a vaulted covered patio that wraps around the rear of the home.

Two peninsular counters nearly encircle the kitchen. Both counters are open to the great room. The right counter is longer and rimmed by a raised eating bar. Standing at the sink, you can chat with family or friends at the counter, or look across the great room to the patio and beyond.

A home office and owners' suite fill the left wing. Sliders in the bedroom access the rear, where a relaxing spa could be installed. The walk-in closet is deep. Bathroom features include: a toilet, walk-in shower, spa tub, and dual sinks.

Two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a door to the garage are in the right wing.


7th Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Cedar Ridge 30-855

The Cedar Ridge dormers and inviting front porch are among the Craftsman features that lend nostalgic charm to this one-and-a-half-story cottage home plan. Multipaned windows, cultured stone wainscoting and column supports, add to the curb appeal.

Inside, the floor plan is fully attuned for today's contemporary families. The gathering spaces are filled with natural light. Windows line most of the living room’s rear wall, next to a gas fireplace that sits in the corner. The living room is open to the dining room that is windowed on two sides, and open to the kitchen. 

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across the flush eating bar that has views to the the dining room, covered patio, and most of the living room. Counter space wraps around three sides of the C-shaped kitchen. Cupboards line two walls, and a large walk-in pantry offers plenty of storage.

Laundry facilities are close and features built-in cabinets. Direct entry to the garage is equally close, convenient for unloading groceries from the car.

The owners' suite and a den/home office are on the left side of the main floor, accessed via a foyer that runs along the right-hand stairway. Pocket doors open into the den, which also has a closet. Owners' suite features include a double vanity and a large walk-in closet.

Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs, along with a vaulted attic space for extra storage.

4th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, New House Plan,

Looking at the Elsmere, it’s easy to see yourself relaxing on an old-fashioned porch swing or a set of wicker furniture.

This traditional country-style home is suited to the needs of a growing family, or empty nesters wishing to age in place. Bright, open gathering spaces are at the home’s core, bedrooms line up along the right, and everything is on one level.

The foyer hall leads into the kitchen/great room at the rear. Before arriving there, you walk by the den, two bedrooms, a large utility room and the owners’ suite.  The den could also function as a home office, craft room, exercise room—you name it. The utility room links with the garage and has storage cabinets, a broom closet, and a long counter.

Windows fill the great room’s rear wall, and has a gas fireplace nestled in one corner.  An eating bar rims the work island that bounds the kitchen and great room. The dining room is to the left, along with a covered patio that could be screened if desired.

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