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24th May, 2010

We'd like to share a blog post from featuring cost to build information on Clearheart house plan.

Cost to Build a House in Alabama

Carl, what will a 2,400 Ranch with 800 sq ft of non living area cost to build per sq. ft. in Birmingham AL.?
Thanks, Barry
Hi Barry,
800 sq ft of non living space is a big area that will add considerable construction cost unless you utilize an area in an unfinished basement or attic.

Since you are interested in a ranch (one level) if you build it with a basement, you will have a huge area of non living expandable space.

That’s one advantage to ranch houses, huge basements. It’s also one disadvantage as basements aren’t cheap.

On my web site page "How to Read House Plans " I have a tip in the second paragraph that tells you that one level construction costs more per sq ft than 2 story construction, one of the reasons being the cost of a large foundation.

If your (potential) lot has enough of a slope and you can afford it, you could build a walkout basement, which would be an ideal solution.

Here’s a 2400 sq ft country home plan from Associated Designs with almost 400 sq ft of non living (bonus room) in the attic area over the garage.

Stairways near the utility room lead down to the basement and up to a large bonus room over an exceptionally deep garage.

It has an old-fashioned wrap-around porch that fronts this otherwise modern country home plan. The vaulted dining room has a central apex, giving it a gazebo-like feeling. Windows fill most of the family room s rear wall, and from the kitchen sink you have a clear view of both the family room and the scenery beyond.

The Clearheart 10-410

Living Area: 2234 sq ft 76'0" x 56'4"
1st Floor: 2234 sq ft
Bonus Room: 489 sq ft
Garage: 755 sq ft
Floors: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 3 bays, 755 sq ft

I calculated the cost to build this attractive home in Birmingham, AL by using the “Cost to Build Calculator” found on my “Getting Started” page.

I used Quality Class 6 throughout except for the foundation.

Total cost as of May, 2010 including the General Contractor’s markup of $45,708 = $370,341 = $166 per sq ft.

For an owner builder, subtract the General Contractor’s markup and it drops to $145 per sq ft.

This is a rather expensive house to build due to being a one story, full basement, and many corners.

Keep in mind, that this only a rough estimate. Read "Cost Estimating" for more information.
Good luck,


12th May, 2010
Announcements, Blog, New Home Plans

Home from the Heart


Heartview 50-015

The design created from the 2010 Home from the Heart survey results is this year's Heartview plan. This years trend is a smaller more efficient single story ranch style home, and the great room concept remains as a strong desire. To see participants responded visit the 2010 Home from the Heart Survey Results page.

The Heartview's natural materials cover the exterior and natural light bathes the interior, thus connecting the inside living areas with this ranch home plan's surroundings. In the expansive great room at its heart, the kitchen is laid out along one wall, while a home entertainment center and fireplace line another. Glass in windows and doors fills most of the two exterior walls.

5th May, 2010
Blog, Newsletters
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28th Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Hillcrest 10-557, chateau home plan

Hillcrest 10-557

Families will find plenty of room for everyone and everything in this grand contemporary chateau. Classic hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings add beauty and expansiveness to the gathering spaces, formal and informal. Fireplaces nestle into corners of the living room, family room and owners' suite. A large media room is right off the family room.

23rd Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Lupine 30-747, Georgian Style Home Plan

Lupine 30-747

In this Georgian-style house plan the windows fill most of the rear wall in the living room and nook, where a gas fireplace fits neatly into one corner. A sun room and den/home office are on the opposite side of this expansive space, while the kitchen sits at its heart. The owners' suite boasts two large walk-in closets, a posh bathroom, and direct patio access.

5th Apr, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Winterberry 30-742, European Home Plan

Winterberry 30-742

Bright and spacious European house plan features gathering spaces at its heart make the home well-suited for relaxed family living. From the large kitchen you can track goings-on in the vaulted living room and eating nook. Or gaze out the wide rear windows to observe the covered patio and beyond. The sunroom offers patio access as does the deluxe owners' suite.

30th Mar, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Wallowa 30-737, Ranch Style Home Plan

Wallowa 30-737

Vaulted ceilings in this ranch-style house plan give an expansive feel to the entry, the study/office, and the great room/dining area at the rear. The richly windowed great room is open to the roomy kitchen across the wrap-around eating and conversation bars. A gas fireplace nestles into the great room's rear corner, while a built-in hutch fills one wall of the dining area.

18th Mar, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Springwood 30-772, single level home

Springwood 30-772

Vaulted ceilings add to the expansive sense of spaciousness in this traditional single-level home. The entry and media/study (or home office) are vaulted, along with the great room, dining area and one of the bedrooms. Raised eating and conversation bars rim the spacious kitchen, which is open to the great room. A gas fireplace nestles into a corner at the rear.

17th Mar, 2010
Announcements, Blog

New Plans Portfolio from Associated Designs

Hot off the press, our 2010 New Plans Portfolio is now available!

This mini catalog features over 75 new home and garage designs available from Associated Designs. The portfolio is available for $7.50 or free with the purchase of our Home Plan Collection for $15.00. Lowest Price Guarantee on all plan packages! Find our plans elsewhere for less, we'll not only match the price, but take an additional 10% off the package price!
10th Mar, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Bandon 30-758, Craftsman Home Plan

Bandon 30-758

While its compact footprint makes this Craftsman-accented home plan economical to build, heat and maintain, its gathering space is surprisingly open and spacious. Wide windows fill most of the room's rear wall. One window set slides open to access a covered porch ideal for outdoor dining. The owners' suite has a large walk-in closet.

16th Feb, 2010

Baltimore 10-554, Prairie Home Plan

Baltimore 10-554

In this Prairie home update, six ceiling sections sweep up to the lofty central apex of the hexagonal great room, living room and dining area. The roomy kitchen's raised eating bar rims the peninsular counter that bounds the expansive space on one side, while a gas fireplace offers color and warmth on the other. Bedrooms and utilities are at the rear.

21st Jan, 2010
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Emory front-elevation

Emory 30-319

We love receiving photographs of our house plans completed and recently received these from a very pleased customer. "We love the layout, it's perfect for two or small family. Very happy with the outcome."

The Emory is a traditional home plan featuring a window bright great room. The front facing room gives this home flexibility to use as a third bedroom or home office.

Below is a link to take a photo tour of the Emory design. Make sure to check out the fun and creative way this customer used a propeller style ceiling fan in a mural.

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12th Jan, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Harlequin 30-759, Craftsman Home Plan

Harlequin 30-759

Craftsman detailing adds its charm to this compact single-level home plan with a surprisingly spacious gathering space. The living room and dining room flow together. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can converse with folks in the dining room, keep your eye on the patio, and enjoy watching seasonal changes in the landscape beyond.

17th Dec, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

All of us at Associated Designs would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, and to wish you and your loved ones – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

4th Dec, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

River Grove 30-762, Cottage Home Plans

River Grove 30-762

A bright and spacious vaulted great room sits at the core of this midsize Craftsman cottage. A good view of the great room's gas fireplace can be had while seated at the raised, gently curved eating bar that marks the kitchen/dining area boundary. The owners' suite boasts a deep walk-in closet and large bathroom, plus direct access to the patio.

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