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7th Apr, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Santa Rosa 30-800, Southwestern Home Plan

Santa Rosa 30-800

Bright tile caps the smooth stucco of this three-level Southwestern house plan, designed for construction on a slope. The living room/kitchen has a fireplace, recessed home entertainment center, and access to a wide side deck. A dining room with windows on three sides is at the rear, and offers sliding door access to a skylit covered patio.

6th Apr, 2011
Articles, Blog

The concept of a "mud room" varies from one geographic location to another. Warmer, dryer climates will not require the same amenities as cooler, damper climates. Household needs not only vary from one to another, but as families transition through life stages. An empty nesters needs will be different from a household with teenagers which will be different than a family with younger children. That being said, the first step should be a review of the needs of the household as it relates to the locale.

After reviewing what is expected of the mud room, consider the amount of available space While every home, regardless of size, should accommodate the transition from outdoor to indoor the space needs to be kept in proportion with the overall size of the home. A small home may only have room for hooks and a shelf in the laundry area while an estate can feature the full function mud room. Or, if your remodeling, you need to consider the available space and cost vs. value.

The following is a question/answer segment for the Washington Examiner

Q. Can you "repurpose" a back hall or laundry? A. Chances are if you are looking at an existing home that the space you are considering is already a mud hall. In this case your first step would be the same as if you were designing a new home, determine what you expect from the space. Is it more storage? A place for the dog? Better separation from the primary living area? Or? Next consider the available space. Reconfiguring available cabinets and closets while updating floor, wall, and counter tops may satisfy the owners' needs. If more space is needed can walls be moved or volume added to the home? In some circumstances as little as 24" (the depth of a bench or countertop) addition can make the difference. An adjacent room may have the extra footage to sacrifice or infill under an existing eave outside the home may do the trick. When designing a new home this becomes a feature of the design process.

Q. Coolest and latest features? A. Simply considering that there is a need for the space is pretty cool. And priority should be given to satisfying the basic requirements including:

Storage, which can feature cubbies, bench, lockers, hooks, shelves, shoe racks, cabinets, closets, whatever fits the owners design sense and needs. Is the owner one who likes everything behind a door and hidden from view or open and accessible. Family of eight or empty nesters? Car keys, cell phones, brief cases or back packs and ipods.

Durability and ease of cleaning. Finish selections play the biggest part in satisfying this requirement. Hard surfaces such as tile are popular but laminates are making a comeback. Higher end laminates can offer comparable durability without grout lines to worry about. I'm also seeing more stained concrete floors and countertops. A cool feature if you’re in a very wet climate is to use a sloped floor to accommodate a floor drain. It's easy when using concrete floor finish. Creating a wainscot with the hard surface will protect the walls. With cabinet finishes, avoiding highly "polished" surfaces will help preserve the new look. Again, laminates seem to offer some good durability and ease of cleaning. Painting can be an option, but look for durability and ease of repair options. If you prefer natural woods you might consider more rustic finishes that will hide the scuffs and scrapes from daily use.

Access and natural light. Of coarse locating the mud hall so that it becomes the families most convenient access is important. The mud room will fail its most important task if the family crosses through the house to get to it. And personally I prefer that every room have a natural light source. This does not necessarily mean that it needs its own window. A re-lit, or indoor window, can allow an adjacent room to share its window.

Other considerations:

Families with pets often create a space for food and water bowls or litter boxes as well as storage for pet supplies. Pet washing stations are popular with pet owners who have larger homes. Sometimes something as simple as a wash tub with counter space is enough, but I have designed homes with "dog wash stations". These include a raised platform with shower drain and hand held shower nozzle with steps to help the dog up. That same project featured direct outdoor access to a covered kennel area. These folks really loved their dogs.

Big into sports? When designing mud rooms for high mountain homes we often will work in storage for winter wear and ski gear. Some families have aspiring football, hockey or soccer players. While the traditional locker may work for these needs, you should consider extra ventilation.

Cell phones and MP3 players, hand held video games, or other traveling electronics may need a place to land in the mud hall. If space allows consider a laptop docking station with small desk for collecting bills, catalogs and miscellaneous "junk drawer" items.

Other features which have been included in a mud room include potting bench, sewing table, crafting area, gift wrapping station or canning kitchen. As much as I believe in the "Not so big house" design approach, there comes a point when you ask one room to serve to many functions. Potting plants and sewing are probably not compatible?

In regards to creating personal space for each family member. First question, is it really necessary? And then, how many family members are we talking about and what are their individual needs. A three year olds needs will be different from a high school football player, which will be different from a working adult. Is this a family of three or thirteen? Beyond baskets, cubbies, and lockers…not much new in the world storage. But a well thought out wall of cabinets can provide storage for most family needs.

25th Mar, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Fern View 30-766, Ranch Home Plan

Fern View 30-766

Slender posts provide graceful accents to the open and welcoming front porch of this ranch home plan. Light washes into the vaulted great room through wide windows that fill most of the rear wall, plus windows flanking the gas fireplace. You can keep tabs on everything from the kitchen. The owners' suite boasts a spa tub, oversized shower, and dual lav.

17th Mar, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Riverton 30-811, Ranch Style Home Plan

Riverton 30-811

While this compact ranch-style cottage is designed to sit on land that slopes down at the rear, minimal changes would allow construction on level ground. Vaulted ceilings in the great room, dining room and owners' suite increase the overall sense of spaciousness. Flames in the great room's fireplace can also be enjoyed from the kitchen.


3rd Mar, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Meadow Lake 30-767, Ranch Style Home Plan

Meadow Lake 30-767

The harmonious interplay of curved edges, horizontal lines and sparkling glass grids draws eyes to this modern ranch-style home plan. Living room and dining room flow together at the front, while the informal vaulted family room, kitchen and nook are open to each other at the rear. The owners' suite boasts a deluxe bathroom and deep walk-in closet.


25th Feb, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Springbrook 30-805, Craftsman, Cottage Home Plan

Springbrook 30-805

Shake-textured siding lends its eye-catching appeal to the front façade of this updated Craftsman-style cottage. Windows and a corner fireplace fill most of the rear wall in the vaulted living room, which is fully open to a richly glassed dining room. Owners' suite amenities include a roomy walk-in closet, deep soaking tub and double vanity.

22nd Feb, 2011
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

The Craftsman-style Bandon design was completed by Gansen Construction in Junction City, Oregon. Below is the photo tour of the home.

21st Feb, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Easthaven 30-778, Craftsman Style Home Plan

Easthaven 30-778

An expansive great room and linked gathering areas give a surprising sense of spaciousness to this compact Craftsman-style home. Natural light spills in through wide windows that fill most of the rear wall in the living and dining areas. A peninsular counter rimmed by a raised eating bar is all that separates the kitchen from this bright space.

9th Feb, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Sahalie 30-768, Prairie Style Home Plan

Sahalie 30-768

Crisp lines and sparkling window grids give a fresh clean look to this Prairie-style home plan. Inside, a bright and spacious gathering space comprises the living room, dining room and kitchen. The owners' suite boasts a dual vanity, totally private toilet, and large walk-in closet. Secondary bedrooms share a bathroom and have wide closets.


3rd Feb, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Ardella 30-785, Ranch Style Home Plan

Ardella 30-785

Uniquely versatile, this ranch-style plan can be seen as having five bedrooms, or as a three-bedroom home with a linked mother-in-law unit behind. A large skylight brightens the kitchen, which is partially open to both the dining room and vaulted living room. The covered porch that fronts the rear unit opens into a great room with a kitchen alcove.


24th Jan, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

West Creek 30-781, Ranch Style Home Plan

West Creek 30-781

Linked gathering spaces at the heart of this contemporary ranch-style home create a congenial environment for family living. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can keep tabs on activities outside on the partially covered patio or gaze out across the flush eating counter into the great room, where tall windows flank the fireplace.


19th Jan, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Pine Hill 30-791, Country Style Home Plan

Pine Hill 30-791

While this country-style home plan makes an ideal retreat cottage, it is equally well suited for year-round suburban living. Linked family living spaces-living room, dining room, kitchen and den-encircle the central staircase that leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper level. Generously sized outdoor living spaces wrap around three sides.


11th Jan, 2011
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Take a tour of this home completed!

January 11, 2011

Construction is in the "home" stretch on the Crestview (also known as the Barrett) hexagonal design. The clients are hoping to make the big move in February. We hope the final phase of construction goes smoothly and look forward to the final walk-through.

August 17, 2010

A lot of progess has been accomplished during the summer on the Barrett (formally referred to as the Crestview). You can begin to see just how well the hexagonal core of this design is ideal to take in all the beauty of the views from every living space through out the home.

July 22, 2010

The Barrett is the new hexagonal home plan created from the modifications that our client made to the original design, the Crestview. This beautiful home is perfect for the river view lot on which it is being built.

Associated Designs can modify any of our home designs. Whether it's simply adding another bay to the garage or using the design as a basis to create an entirely new plan; we work with clients all over the country to create the home of their dreams. With us, you are working direct with the plans original designer and knowledgable staff who are available to answer your questions when you have them.

June 7, 2010

The main floor framing has begun on the Crestview. Here are current photos showing the garage taking shape.

May 17, 2005

The current progress of the construction on the Crestview shows the walk-out basement framing and main floor joists.

May 13, 2010

We are excited for the opportunity to watch the construction of our hexagonal Crestview design. The process began when Mr & Mrs B contacted us to modify the original design for their beautiful view property along a river. Revisions made were: reversing the plan, removed the loft, added a bay window at the great room, merged the office space with the owners' suite, added a guest suite and 3 car garage bay. The basement was customized to include a recreation room, bunk room, bedroom and shop area. The exterior was changed to include additional stone and wood elements. Check back to this blog often to watch the continued progress of this beautiful home. We invite you to post comments or ask questions along the way. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. B for providing us with photograhs!

7th Jan, 2011
Blog, New Home Plans

Alder Springs 10-549 Neoclassical Georgian Home Plan, Hexagonal

Alder Springs 10-549

Hiding behind a neo-classical Georgian façade is a two-level contemporary floor plan with bright and spacious hexagonal living areas at its core. On the main floor, a covered deck wraps around the exterior of the great room, which includes a large kitchen. Below, a covered patio spans the outside of an expansive recreation room with a good-sized kitchenette.


20th Dec, 2010
Blog, New Home Plans

Hopewell 30-793

Hopewell 30-793

This charming Craftsman cottage feels spacious, yet its size and shape make it economical to build and maintain. The living room, dining room and kitchen flow together in an expansive gathering space that fills the front of the home. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms span the rear. A small covered patio nestles into an alcove just outside of the kitchen.


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