HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The first few weeks of January have shown a substantial increase in calls, visits to our website and plan orders. It seems that folks are feeling the sense of relief and optimism that the New Year can bring.
Our focus at Associated Designs is to provide customer service that exceeds your expectations. During office hours you can count having your call answered by a friendly voice who will help you with your questions or connect you with the person can. If an occasional call makes it to our voicemail system, your call is returned promptly. We strive to process orders by the next business day, and provide tracking information on all construction drawing orders.
In 2009 we plan to continue making improvements to our website and home plan blog. We are working to create incentive and buyers programs, a builder directory, and the continued "Greening" of our home designs and business practice.
This month's featured plans are a good example of the variety to be found on our website. The Prichard is old-fashioned simplicity of a ranch style house plan perfect for a starter home or for empty nesters. The Viewcrest is designed for a sloped lot with plenty of elbow space and the Cascade would make a comfortable vacation retreat; both designs are well suited to take in a view. The Fairfield is a classic Craftsman style bungalow design with a detached garage.
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This traditional garage plan can house up to 3 cars. One door is 9' wide and 8' tall, while the two car garage door is 16' wide and 8' tall. This design also features a shop that can be accessed from inside or outside the garage. As well as a storage room that is accessed from double doors inside the garage.
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We hope 2009 brings you health, happiness & peace!
From all of us at Associated Designs - Rick, Debbie, Tim, Kelly & Jessica
This Craftsman garage plan features three garage doors. Two doors are 10' wide and 10' tall, while the RV door is 12' wide and 12' tall. This garage can house up to 6 cars, or 1 RV and 4 cars. One the right side of the garage is a recreation room. There is also a hobby room and full bathroom.
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This Cape Cod-flavored country cottage house plan could be a vacation retreat or a year-round home. A wide window bay brightens and expands the great room, which is open to the vaulted sun room and dining area. A raised eating bar offers partial separation between the dining room and kitchen, which is also linked to a covered rear entry.
While we will miss the sentimental value of our good old blueprint machine, the fact is it was not very friendly when it came to the environment. The chemically treated paper was not recyclable and the ammonia based development process was smelly.
With the addition of a new large format digital printer we now print on paper that is 100% recyclable. We are even starting with recycled paper which uses 30% post consumer fiber, is SFI (sustainable forestry initiative) certified and is acid free. The new printer is also a copier and scanner, so if you need copies up to 36" wide and 500' long we can do that. We can also scan and create electronic files of your plans.
In addition to greening up our printing process we are working on switching to a digital plan development process, which will substantially reduce paper consumption within our office. Most of our clients now are reviewing the early preliminary plans via email. (It's still a good idea to review the final stages of the design development using large format, scaled prints.)
Also, a number of the companies that are involved in the plan development are joining the "paperless" process. Engineers, truss manufactures, lumber yards, and a ever expanding number of contractors and trades people are now receiving plans electronically.
We welcome any ideas as to how we can continue to work toward being the most environmentally friendly design firm we can be.
Many thanks Mr. W!
Light spills into the vaulted entry of this classic European cottage home plan through sidelights and a transom. The vaulted family room flows into the nook, where it’s open to the kitchen across a long, multi-angled eating bar. Up front, a gas fireplace graces the vaulted living room. Upstairs, a railed balcony overlooks the family room and links bedrooms.
This bungalow style garage plan can house up to 5 cars. The larger two car door is 16' wide and 8' tall, while the smaller door is 9' wide and 8' tall. This garage plan also has a guest apartment on the second floor. The guest apartment features a walk-in closet with full bathroom in the bedroom. As well as a fireplace in the great room that can be enjoyed from the kitchen and nook. There is also a utility room that is accessed through the kitchen.
We are very excited that our website has a fresh new look!
The new site is more user friendly with double the number of search criteria in the advance search, the ability to view side and rear elevations, and many more new features.
One unique new feature is our "Spin-Off Plans" button. This differs from the "Similar Plans" button in that it only shows the plans that are a revision of the plan you are viewing.
Newspaper publishers now have the ability to create a custom schedule based on plans they want to feature. A publication running a feature on cabins, for instance, can now get column materials for any available cabin design right online!
Since we have added more criteria to our search options, we are still feverishly entering the elevation views and additional data. If you happen across a plan that does not feature side or rear elevations, give us a quick call or email; we'll get it entered for you!
Check out our new website and let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your feedback! Post your comments here on our blog!
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Having a compact footprint makes this beguiling Craftsman-style house plan economical to build and maintain. A raised eating bar rims the peninsular counter that bounds the kitchen, which is open to the loosely defined living and dining rooms. Wide sliding glass doors offer easy access to the covered patio at the back. The owners' suite has a large walk-in closet.
This barn design features 9 horse stall and spacious tack room. There is even a stall with a garage door for easy storage for utility vechicals. This barn also has 667 square feet of living space. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and full bathroom, which can also be accessed from the barn. There is also a full kitchen.