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4th Jun, 2009
Blog, Newsletters


The advantages of homeownership don't just benefit individuals homeowners; it also has a positive impact on your community and country as well. In recognition of the incredible rewards of homeownership Associated Designs is celebrating National Homeownership Month throughout the month of June.


There is no better time to take advantage of the benefits of homeownership - interest rates are at 40-year record lows, home prices are more affordable, there is a great selection of homes and building lots on the market to choose from, and first-time home buyers can benefit from an $8,000 tax credit.

To find the answers to your questions on how to make homeownership a reality for you, contact the your local chapter of the Home Builders Association or visit one of these websites:

National Association of Home Builders/Consumer

HUD FHA Celebrates Homeownership

National Association of Realtors

This Month's Promotion

To help celebrate we are offering one of our best deals ever! Purchase reproducible masters or electronic files and receive any "minimum revision" free. Up to a $780 value. You can customize the plans to your exact specifications. Need a basement plan, slab foundation, or crawl space? Want to redesign the kitchen or master bath? How about adding a fireplace? These revisions and more can usually be completed with our minimum revision service. Key to getting started is pick a plan. Visit our website and then give us a call. We'll have one of our expert designers help you with your changes.

Photos of Completed Houses!

We asked for photos, and we were fortunate to receive photos. In fact, it's our biggest photo tour on our blog of a completed house plan yet! We invite you to tour through the completed Arborgate house plan constructed by Weston Booher of Booher Builders. This home sits in a beautiful scenic valley just outside of Springfield, Oregon. We're thrilled that our clients wanted to share their beautiful home.


The Camas plan under construction, featured on the blog, is now in the finishing stages. Trim work, doors, cabinets, and painting. We'll have new photos coming as soon as the paint dries! Everything is on track for the clients to move in by the end of this month!

If you have photos of your home under construction or completed, we'd love to see and profile them! You can email your photos to If we use your photos, be assured we'll protect your privacy and property address.

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2nd Jun, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

Yellowwood 30-728, Cottage Home Plan

Yellowwood 30-728

This shingle-style four-bedroom cottage house plan has an expansive great room on the ground floor, as well as a vaulted recreation room on the second level. A wealth of windows surrounds the fireplace in the two-story great room at its core, which is open to the dining room and spacious kitchen. The owners’ suite has a luxurious private bathroom.

Lowest Price Guarantee on all Plan Packages!

29th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Camas 30-711, Craftsman Home Plan


Nice progress on the Camas house, and things are taking shape! Exterior paint, gutters & downspouts are done and it's ready for brickwork and final concrete. Interior, the drywall is up giving the house definition ready for texture and trim work to begin. Everything is still on schedule for our clients to move in by the end of June!

Gansen Construction


21st May, 2009
Announcements, Blog


I'm Harlie, Associated Designs new office dog. I'm a 7 week old Chocolate Labrador and I'm really sweet.

I'm eyeing my new dream home, the Timerberfield. This house features a built in kennel with an accessible outdoor dog run, perfect! Associated Designs even does plan modifications, they can add the same feature to just about any house plan.

If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop by! I love people!

20th May, 2009
Blog, New Home Plans

3 car Garage 20-051

3 car Garage

This traditional garage plan can house up to 3 cars. All three garage doors are 16' wide and 10' tall.

You'll find over 45 garage plans in a variety of styles and sizes through our website. Lowest price guarantee on all plan packages.

20th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Camas 30-711, Craftsman Home Plan

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18th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans


Arborgate 30-654

This is our biggest photo tour yet (31 photos). We appreciate how much our clients wanted share their lovely home. Settled in a beautiful valley outside of Springfield Oregon, the house was constructed for our clients by Weston Booher of Booher Builders. "Please let everyone know that we love this place so much. We really appreciate their talent." spoke the clients of Rick McAlexander and Weston Booher. Bold posts highlight the vaulted porte cochere and entry of this roomy single-story Craftsman cottage house plan. At the rear, the vaulted living room flows seamlessly into a combination kitchen and bayed dining room. A generously sized utility room and mud hall is just around the corner.




Weston Booher of Booher Builders, Inc. can be reached at (541) 912-5499 fax: (541) 895-2854

15th May, 2009
Blog, Newsletters

First our apologies! Yesterday's distribution of our Home Design newsletter was a result of a programming error caused by a recent change of our website host and email server. This caused the newsletter to be distributed in an unreadable format. Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience.

Home from the Heart Results


2009 Home from the Heart

The results are in! The Heartville is Associated Designs 2009 Home from the Heart Survey plan. This year ranch-style reigned. Green building features with advanced insulation also topped the list. Great rooms favored over formal living spaces. The desire for fireplaces and woodstoves continue to decline, close to 100% from the results 10 years ago. We appreciate everyone who participated in this annual tradition.

Watch Construction of the Camas House Plan

As mentioned last month, we are privileged to profile the construction of the Camas design. This is the first home for our clients who are really enjoying the process and working with their contractor from Gansen Construction. Each week we post photographs of the progress made on the home plan blog, and the home is going up fast! If you have constructed or are working on completing one of our home plans, we'd love to profile your project as well. Simply email your photographs to Check out the "Completed Home Plans" on the blog. We've featured photos of homes completed by Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc., Regal Custom Homes, Castro Construction, and we'd love to profile yours too.

Modification Services

Find a house plan that's close, but need a few changes made? That's no problem! We provide free modification quotes. The process is easy too. Either call, email, or mail us with your ideas and/or sketches and speak with one of our designers. There is always a designer available 9-5 pacific time, Monday - Friday and you can call toll free at (800) 634-0123. They'll discuss and review your changes, and provide you with a firm quote and time frame to complete the project. Our design staff have worked with hundreds of folks across the country create the perfect home. We'd love the opportunity to help you with your home plan dreams!

New Products Available

We've increased purchasing options of our construction drawing packages. We now have a 5 set construction drawing package available as well as PDF master construction drawing files via email. With the PDF option you will find you not only save shipping costs, but you will have your construction drawings the same or by next business day.

This months' special promotion

Receive 20% off any 5 set, 8 set, Reproducible Masters, or Electronic File package when placing your order online. Use promotion code CD592 when placing your order.

13th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans



Gansen Construction A lot of progress has taken place in a week.

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8th May, 2009
Announcements, Blog

We have new house plan purchasing options available through Associated Designs!



You can now purchase a 5 set construction drawing package or opt to have a PDF master emailed. Both packages offer the advantage of less resources used, which add up to time and money savings to you, the customer! Package pricing is determined on living square footage of the home and can be found on the website's individual plan detail page.

Regardless of the package you choose, Associated Designs guarantees that if you find our house plans anywhere for less, we'll not only match the price, but we'll take give you an additional 10% off. That's our 110% Guarantee!

6th May, 2009
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

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Gansen ConstructionFraming is almost complete!

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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"


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


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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