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5th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Barn Plan Exterior

Barn Plan 20-047

Constructed by Steven W. Johnson Construction Inc, 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.

Steven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, General Contractor"We are the Builder 4U"

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1st May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

As you can see construction of the Camas house plan is moving along quite nicely. The clients are making decisions on appliance packages, doors, heating systems, hardwood, carpet, and counter tops.As you can see construction of the Camas house plan is moving along quite nicely. The clients are making decisions on appliance packages, doors, heating systems, hardwood, carpet, and counter tops. Construction is progressing quite nicely, with a tentative move-in date of June 26th.

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1st May, 2009
Announcements, Blog, New Home Plans

Home from the Heart Results

2009 Home from the Heart

Heartville 10-560

When the Associated Designs staff tallied the results of our 2009 Home from the Heart Survey, it wasn't surprising to find that families wanted to spend about $30,000 less than last year for about the same square footage. Money is tight, but dreaming hasn't downsized.

Several months ago, Associated Designs asked our readers to choose the features and layout they envisioned in their ideal home. Readers like you from all over the United States and Canada took part in our 2009 Home from the Heart Survey. Now that the survey results have been tallied, we're ready to share what we've learned. Taking it a step further, we've designed the Heartville, a home based on the survey results.

When it comes to exteriors, the ranch style home is nearly three times as popular as its closest competitor. About half want a one-story home between 1800 and 2600 square feet with a basement.

Across the board, people want more green building features, with advanced insulation topping the list. "Good insulation is very, very important," noted a woman from Utah. More than 40% want heat pumps, water efficiency, energy efficient design, advanced framing and increased use of recycled materials.

The woman from Wichita, who said she wanted a large kitchen open to the great room, echoed the sentiments of many. More than 90% prefer informal group living spaces or a great room, and 65% want their kitchen open to the larger room. As recently as ten years ago only half opted for the great room concept, while the other half wanted separated living, dining and family rooms.

This year, nearly 70% want a fireplace or woodstove, down from about 100% ten years ago. More than 60% want some outdoor living space. An Oklahoma woman noted that, "it's nice to be able step outside and enjoy the fresh air."

"Make room for work benches in garages. Men like them," wrote a Utah woman. And indeed, nearly 60% of the participants agreed, including a man from Kansas who noted, "I need shop space for equipment."

More than 80% want a main floor owners' suite that's well isolated from secondary bedrooms. That hasn't changed a bit!

 

29th Apr, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

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Rockport 30-707

Take a tour of our Rockport design below. The photos showcase the quality construction that Mike Gansen and his crew offer from Gansen Construction.

The Rockport features a Craftsman-style covered porch which spans half of the front facade, extending from the home’s entry to the garage’s walk-in entry. The great room has a gas fireplace and is open to a dining room with sliding door access to a covered patio. The kitchen is open to the dining room, across a peninsular counter with a flush eating bar.

Gansen Construction

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13th Apr, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

The construction of the Camas plan by Gansen Construction for our clients Mr. & Mrs. C is moving along quite nicely. This week the foundation was poured and floor joists set. Framing is about to begin and trusses are scheduled for delivery April 23rd.

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9th Apr, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

April 2009

We are very pleased to have our first blog post following the course of construction of one of our house plans. A modified version of the Camas design is under construction in the near by community of Junction City by Gansen Construction. This project received permit just last week and building has begun. Watch this home progress, from start to finish! This months featured plan the Glenview, has photos of the completed design on the home plan blog too. This home was built on the beautiful Oregon coast. If you are building or have built one of our house plans we'd love to feature your photos too! Simply email the photos and any comments about your home or the process to blog@associateddesigns.com.

This Month's Special Promotion

Spring is officially here, time to get building! From now through May 15th take 15% off construction drawing packages using promotion code ACD15.

8th Apr, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Progress is taking place in the construction of the Camas plan.Progress is taking place in the construction of the Camas plan. The building permit was issued late last week, the building pad is in place, and it's possible that the foundation and sub-flooring will be completed by weeks end.

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17th Mar, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

We are very excited to have our first blog post following the construction of one of our house plans.

Builder, Mike Gansen of Gansen Construction, and his clients are building a modified version of the Camas house plan in a subdivision in the near by city of Junction City. Construction is set to begin in just a few short weeks.

 

Mr. & Mrs. C will be able to share their building experience and photographs through this blog post. Friends in Rhode Island and family in California and Arizona will be able to follow the progress and even post a thought or two through their process. We hope this is the first of many interactive construction projects to be featured on our blog.

As an established and respected builder in Lane County Oregon, Mike Gansen has constructed many of our house plans, and has shared photographs of a few of his completed projects (Ridgeview & Westdale) which have been featured on our blog. We have enjoyed working with Mike and his clients over the years.

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10th Mar, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

March 2009

Home from the Heart Survey

If you haven't done so already, here's your last chance to participate in our annual "Home from the Heart" survey. The 2009 Home from the Heart Survey tally will close by the end of the week and we'll begin compiling the results and for release of this year's "Home from the Heart".

Spring is right around the corner! Time to select your new house plans and get started. Now is really a good time to build a home. Quality contractors are more available, and good prices offered on finishes and fixtures. A good start is of course a quality set of construction plans and we're here to help whether it's custom design, pre-designed home plans, or plan modification services.

This month the featured plans include the Strathmore a comfortable and welcoming Bungalow style ranch house with an open floor plan. The Belle Vista is a luxurious estate-sized Mediterranean style design. You'll find contemporary living within the walls of the Windsor's Craftsman ranch style facade. Hexagon house designs allow you to take in all your view has to offer and the McKinley is one of many that we have available on our site. There's a hexagon style plan to suite about every exterior flavor and style. To view our current hexagon style designs click here.

 

This month's special promotion:

This month special promotions are free ground shipping throughout the Continental US on any construction package purchase with promotion code FS0309. Upgrade an 8 set construction drawing package to PDF electronic format for no additional cost. You'll have to call us at 800-634-0123 M-F 9-5 Pacific Time to request this upgrade special.

3rd Mar, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Front Elevation Photo Sedgewick 30-094 House Plan

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Sedgewick 30-094

Welcoming covered porch leads into lofty two-story entry of this country house plan. Four large gathering spaces join kitchen and large patio. Utilities, large bonus room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms on second story.

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.

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