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23rd Feb, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Guest Cottage 30-727, Cottage Plan

Guest Cottage 30-727

This delightful guest cottage, makes a relaxing stay for friends and family. Enter through the double doors to the great room with a wood stove in the corner. Towards the rear of the cottage is a kitchenette, perfect for allowing guest to make there own snacks and lunches if they would like. There is also a full bathroom. Ladders on both sides of the great room access the two storage spaces above.

18th Feb, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Morgan 10-059 House Plan from Associated Designs

Morgan 10-059

Nostalgic wooden railings highlight a wide porch that wraps around to the right, while a deck spans most of the rear in this country house plan. Inside, spacious family living areas fill most of the main floor. The owners' suite, also on this floor, has its own bayed sitting area. Two or three more bedrooms and a library/loft are upstairs.

"We love it more each day"- Mr. J.C.

Thank you sending us the photograph!

12th Feb, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Russellville 30-724, Craftsman Cottage House Plan

Russellville 30-724

This single-level Craftsman cottage is only 41 feet wide, yet its vaulted family gathering area is refreshingly bright and spacious. Light spills into the vaulted kitchen through a large skylight and a window fronting the sink. It’s easy to keep your eye on everything from there, including dancing flames in the vaulted living room’s gas fireplace.

6th Feb, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Carport Plan 20-048, Garage Plans

Carport with Storage #20-048

This traditional carport can house up to two cars with additional storage on the right side. To view other garage plans available click here.

2nd Feb, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

February 2009

Home from the Heart Survey

It's time for you to participate in our annual "Home from the Heart" survey. If you've ever considered designing the home that's in your heart, here's your chance. The 2009 Home from the Heart Survey makes it fun and easy.

You and other readers are the true experts when it comes to what contemporary families really want. Some like a formal dining or living room, while others would fill that space with a home office and exercise room. For others, a great room open to the kitchen is the only gathering space they need. With ecological awareness on the rise, many more families are considering “green building” techniques and projects. But what do most people actually want?

Once we have compiled the responses, we will design a home based on the preferences that emerge. That home will be ready for publication in approximately three months. Last year resulted in the Heartington 10-550, a stately ranch style home.

 

Best Selling home plans for 2008

Our site has been updated to reflect the most popular plans for 2008. This is another way to watch the trends. We have consistent favorites such as the Arden, Palermo, Carrington, and the Tillamook. We've also seen a few come back such as the Winchester and the Kingsley. Of course, new designs have emerged. Plans such as the Stratford, Brightwood, and the Saddlebrook. For the first time a craftsman style garage plan is also included with the Best of 2008.

 

Publication Page

Have you checked out the new Publications area of our website? It's the next step in our efforts to bring additional resources to our website; your "go to" place for home building. The publication page is a collection of books we feel might be helpful in the planning and building of your new home. Check the page often, as selections often change.

 

Best prices on the web, guaranteed!

If you find one of our designs on another website for a lower price, we will not only match that price, but give you an additional 10% off the plan price. All you need to do is provide us with the web address (URL) of the website plus the plan number.

 

February's Specials

Continuing with the "Best of" theme, we've resurrected the best newsletter promotions of 2008. So now through the end of February you can:

Receive a free new plans portfolio using the promotion code NL0802 from our February 2008 newsletter.

Or

Receive a free copy of our Home Plans Collection with over 500 home plans using the promotion code of OHP08 from our October 2008 newsletter.

Or

Receive free shipping anywhere in the Continental US by using the promotion code FSM048 from our May 2008 newsletter.

Or

Take 25% off any construction drawing package using promotion code OCD08

We are looking forward to this year being the turn around year for home building. Take advantage of the market to get the best contractors, lowest material prices and greatest value from your home building experience. Start your planning now.

To subscribe to our Home Design News click here.

29th Jan, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Willow Creek 10-542, Hexagonal House Plan

Willow Creek 10-542

Side posts, king posts and struts frame the entry of this stunning contemporary home with a vaulted hexagonal living space at its core. A gas fireplace is on the left; kitchen and nook are on the right. Double atrium doors open onto a wide patio that spans the rear. The vaulted owners' suite boasts its own fireplace plus a deluxe bathroom and huge walk-in closet.

21st Jan, 2009
Articles, Blog

Castro Construction LogoAssociated Designs is pleased to profile another fine home by Castro Construction. Built in Eugene Oregon the photographs below highlight the attention to detail and quality construction. The plans on this house come from Alan Mascord Design.Associated Designs is pleased to profile another fine home by Castro Construction. Built in Eugene Oregon the photographs below highlight the attention to detail and quality construction. The plans on this house come from Alan Mascord Design. To view photos of Associated Designs plan, the Allenspark, also built by Castro Construction; click here.

Exterior


Elevation #2FoyerEntryEntry Floor Finish DetailsGreat RoomGreat Room #2FireplaceFireplace DetailsKitchen view #2Kitchen #2View from Kitchen to Great RoomView from Kitehen to Dining RoomUtilityTub FinishView from LandingUpstairs Landing

You can contact Castro Construction via email at castroconstruction@comcast.net or phone (541) 953-2518.

 

Associated Designs has the lowest price guarantee. Find any of our plans on another site, and we'll not only match the price, we'll take off an additional 10% of the plan package price. To view plans from Associated Designs click here.

14th Jan, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Allenspark House Plan from Associated Designs

Allenspark 30-700

Gilbert Castro of Castro Construction, Eugene, OR constructed the cottage style Allenspark house plan and was featured in the Lane County Home Builders Tour of Homes.

 

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Castro Construction can be reached by email at: castroconstruction@comcast.net or by phone: (541) 953-2518

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13th Jan, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

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.

This Month's Plan Special

Purchase any construction drawing package through February 15th and take 20% off. Use promotion code 09CD01 when placing your order. Don't forget Associated Designs has a lowest price guarantee. Find our plan on another website for less and we will not only match the price, we will take an additional 10% of the plan purchase price.

To subscribe to the Home Plan News click here.

8th Jan, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage Plan with Shop & Storage 20-050, Garage Plans

Garage with Shop and Storage #20-050

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.

Lowest Price Guarantee on All Plan Packages!

23rd Dec, 2008
Announcements, Blog

We hope 2009 brings you health, happiness & peace!

From all of us at Associated Designs - Rick, Debbie, Tim, Kelly & Jessica

17th Dec, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage Plan with Recreation Room 20-046

Garage Plan with Recreation Room 20-046

This Craftsman-style garage plan can house up to 4 cars. The second floor of this design is a recreation room. Both garage doors on this plan are 12' wide and 12'6" tall.

Modification services available on all plans.

9th Dec, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

RV Garage with Recreation Room 20-042, Garage Plan

RV Garage w/Recreation Room 20-042

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.

Lowest Price Guarantee on All Plan Packages!

4th Dec, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Eagle Creek 30-725, Cape Cod House Plan

Eagle Creek 30-725

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.

2nd Dec, 2008
Announcements, Articles, Blog

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.

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