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17th Sep, 2015
Blog, Under Construction

The design started with wanting interior barn doors.

Tetherow 31-019, Craftsman House Plan

It's always interesting to me what sparks creativity. 

I said I wanted interior barn doors, and an extra large utility room so I could have a permanent sewing and crafting area to work in.

Tetherow 31-019, Craftsman House Plan

He said he wanted a single level home that was relaxed and easy to move around in. Oh, and within our budget.

We both wanted to take in the view, and to have a home that when someone came through the doors they were instantly comfortable.

Tetherow 31-019, Craftsman Floor Plan

 

So there it is, our future home. Single story, interior barn doors, relaxed, easy to move around in, my crafting area, and I will let you know how we did on budget later. 

The plan so far is to accent the home using reclaimed barn wood. We like rustic and imperfect. I know when it's all said and done, we'll have plenty of wrought iron, bubbled glass and I'm hoping for Amish hand planed hardwood floors.

Note the second set of barn doors on the entertainment center, yeah!

We spent time debating masonry fireplace or wood burning stove. The wood burning stove was the practical choice for a secondary heat source, but it was the dilemma of where to hang the Christmas stockings that was pulling me to the masonry fireplace. It was then I found an example of a wood burning stove with a barn wood beam mantle placed behind that made it easy to go back to the practical side of life.

Ah the kitchen. I LOVE THIS KITCHEN! I love to cook and try new recipes and the current accommodations of our cabin makes this quite challenging. This is the vision that allows me to maintain my sanity.

The building permit was applied for on Monday. Engineering of our construction documents was completed by Hill & Dale Engineering of Eugene Or. 

Rick salvaged several yards of gravel placed by the previous owner to construct a path to the river and has our building lot almost ready for excavation at the end of the month.

 

 

 

14th Sep, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Small Home Plan

Slender posts support the front porch of the roof, creating an inviting full-width porch. These features, plus the multipaned upper window sashes, give a Craftsman-style flavor to this compact contemporary two-story Bailey house plan. The front facade is symmetrical and an old-fashioned porch swing could be hung on either side of the front door.

Family living spaces are on the first floor and bedrooms are located upstairs.

On the right of the entry is a parlor with double doors that open into a room which could be used as either a den or dining room. With these doors open, the two rooms become one bright living area, windowed at both the front and back. The rear windows are French doors that provide access to the backyard.

This home plan provides plenty of space for everyone to hang out in the kitchen and not crowd the cooking. Standing at the range, you look across the eating bar into a family room that could be furnished as a casual dining table, plus a couch or a couple easy chairs.

A door in the family room provides access to the garage making it easy to unload groceries on dark, rainy or snowy days and nights.

Laundry appliances are close yet out of sight, opposite the powder room in a hallway that connects the dining room and kitchen.

The master suite is upstairs and has a long closet and a private bathroom with an oversize shower. Secondary bedrooms share a third bathroom.

10th Sep, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Contemporary Home Plan, Narrow Lot House Plan

Sunlight flows into the living and dining rooms of the contemporary Merino house plan. The living room is open to the loft above which adds to the light open feeling of the home.  The kitchen is open to the dining room which offers a sliding glass doors that access the patio. Owners' suite with a laorge walk-in closet, the utility room, a loft and two additional bedrooms are on the second floor.

8th Sep, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional House Plan, Hexagonal Home Plan, Linfield 10-322

From the front, there's no idea that the Linfield offers a hexagonal core. Once inside you'll be surprised and find yourself in a window-rich, vaulted great room where six pie-shaped sections of ceiling slope up to a lofty central apex.

This home plan is designed for construction on a down slope to the rear. The entrance is at ground level, while elevating the panoramic deck that wraps across the rear, one flight up from the ground. From the rear, it looks like a two-story house with an undeveloped daylight basement can be converted to living space as time and resources permit.

Dining and living room flow together, filling the windowed half of the great room. On one side, a masonry fireplace provides warmth and color when the days turn dark and dreary.

Standing at the cook stove in the kitchen, you face into the dining room and beyond. The kitchen also offers a lot of counter space.

Utilities are nearby, just a few steps from the vaulted entry. A deep sink is built in, along with storage cabinets over the appliances.

The owners' suite and the secondary bedrooms, have wide windows with rear views. The suite and one other bedroom also have sliding doors that provide access to the deck.

Other owners' suite amenities include: a large sitting area with fireplace, huge walk-in closet, and plush bathroom outfitted with a double vanity, shower, private water closet, and spa.

A curved driveway sweeps across the front, leading into the Linfield's two-car garage.

3rd Sep, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, Lexington 30-989

The Prairie-style Lexington house plan, with its hipped roof and squared column supports, looks both traditional and contemporary at once. With minor changes, this single-level design could also be wheelchair accessible.

Natural light flows into the foyer through panes of glass flanking the front door. The foyer opens directly into the great room with a corner fireplace. Windows at the rear offer a view of a covered patio and the landscape.

An eating bar rims the work island, which provides partial separation between the kitchen and great room. Both rooms are open to the dining area. The dining area offers access to the covered patio and to a den. 

Bedrooms are on the right of the foyer. Owners’ suite features include a walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom with a double vanity. The utility room is very roomy.

 

1st Sep, 2015
Articles, Blog

Baby boomers and generation Xers have had their time to dominate the world of home ownership and home design and now it is the millennials who are having a say in the way of home evolution. They have their own needs, desires and concerns that are getting to the core of what it means to be a homeowner in the 21st century. Associated Designs, a residential home design company, offers innovative home planning and design options that cater to the changing times and facets of home ownership.

Millennials and Home Design

The first thing to consider when designing or planning a home for a millennial is the integration of technology. This up and coming home buying market are the primary consumers of technology and they are looking for their homes to keep up with the times. “Smart” homes that integrate tablets, phones, audio systems, LED lighting and security features are at the forefront of this generation’s home preferences.

Next up from technology, is home efficiency. Efficiency in all types from the homes energy and water consumption to its size and layout, millennials are looking to maximize their time and their money. With carefully considered layouts, each room in the house can be multifunctional freeing the home owners’ from traditional form and function. And with careful site review, future homeowners can make sure that their new home doesn’t require more time maintaining it then they want.

Lastly millennials want flexibility in their homes. Continuing in the trend of the generation before them, millennials are looking to open great room style living to fill the center of their home. Great rooms provide multifunctional and highly sociable space that is not limited in its use. Combining work and social spaces to make them more inclusive and communal is a modern and therefore popular solution for millennial households who desire a more cohesive living space.

The millennial generation is unique and seeking homes that will cater to their highly social and active lifestyles. For these homeowners, practicality takes priority over lavish excess and versatile space is more attractive than spaces with rigid, assigned functions. The millennials are a creative and innovative generation seeking home designers who are able to work with their needs and wants in order to create homes that will reflect the values and ambitions of this up and coming generation.

As seen on Newswire
27th Aug, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Sloped Lot Home Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Berkshire 30-995

Designed for a down-sloping view lot, the Berkshire Craftsman-style house plan offers plenty of room for a family to spread out.

Natural light flows into the gathering spaces through windows that fill most of the rear wall. Atrium doors open onto an elevated deck that is ideal for outdoor dining. Covered and partially vaulted, the railed deck is also accessed from the owners’ suite.

An eating bar provides both openness and separation between the kitchen and the living/dining rooms. 

The room to the left of the entry could be a bedroom or home office, while a spacious room on the right is designed to be a media room.

Storage spaces are abundant throughout. The owners’ suite features two walk-in closets, the kitchen has a walk-in pantry, and both the attic and basement have roomy storage spaces. Covered trailer storage and boat storage are on the lower level, at the rear and side. 

 

26th Aug, 2015
Articles, Blog

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 - Led by a strong jump in single-family production, nationwide housing starts inched up 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units in July, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. This is the highest level since October 2007.

3 bedroom house plan, home plan, Creekstone 30-708

Single-family starts rose 12.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 782,000 units after an upwardly revised June reading while multifamily production fell 17 percent to 424,000 units. 

"Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result," said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. "However, builders are still reporting problems accessing land and labor."

"This month's drop in the more volatile multifamily side is a return to trend after an unusually high June," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "While multifamily production has fully recovered from the downturn, single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward."  

Regionally in July, combined single- and multifamily starts rose by 20.1 percent in the Midwest and 7.7 percent in the South. The Northeast and West posted respective losses of 27.5 percent and 3.1 percent.

After several months of permit gains, overall permits fell 16.3 percent in July. Single-family permits dipped 1.9 percent to a rate of 679,000 while multifamily permits dropped 31.8 percent to 440,000.

All four regions posted permit losses in June. The Northeast, Midwest, South and West posted respective drops of 60.2 percent, 4.6 percent, 1.7 percent and 9.9 percent.

As Seen on NAHB.org
24th Aug, 2015
Blog, Under Construction

Hello, this is us, Rick and Debbie McAlexander owners of Associated Designs. Here we are on one of our favorite hikes at Tumalo Falls in Oregon.

We have begun the process of designing a new home for what we feel is a little piece of heaven on earth.

There is normally a view of Mt. Washington, Black Butte, 3 Fingered Jack, and Mt. Jefferson in the back ground, but right now we're choking in smoke from forest fires. I'll share the view again on a beautiful clear day.

While we undergo this adventure, we're living here:

A 50 year old, 800 sqare foot cabin that is on the property. Let's just say, it's rustic. Those times when I've taken care of far too many spiders for my liking, I mentally go to my hobby room or the kitchen in the new home.

We want to share the experience. The good and the challenging. 1,742 decisions already made, and only 5,831 decisions to go - haha!

 

24th Aug, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Alton 30-943

Brick veneer underscores the lap sideing and entry columns that run counterpoint to the gently arched porch opening of the Alton, a contemporary ranch-style home design that fits well on a narrow building lot..

Family gathering spaces fills most of the right side. The entry hallway leads directly into the kitchen end of it. A flush eating bar rims the work island, and the cupboards, counters and appliances wrap around two walls. A deep walk-in pantry is across the room.

Natural light flows into the linked gathering spaces through an array of windows. The dining area and great room has matching trios of glass, an atrium door, and several smaller windows. The atrium door opens to a partially covered patio. In the corner across the great room, the gas fireplace serves up instant flames.

An arched opening along the left wall of the great room leads past a storage closet to a two-section bathroom flanked by two bedrooms. The rear bedroom has a direct bathroom entry, plus a walk-in closet. Two more storage closets are outside the bathroom.

Access to the owners’ suite is through an arched opening on the left side of the entry hall. Double doors next to it open into a den that could also be a home office, hobby room, or what ever you like. Suite features include an large walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, double vanity and private toilet.

Entering via the two-car garage, you pass a powder room, a fully outfitted utility room, and coat closet, before feeding into the main entry hallway.

20th Aug, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Cottage House Plan, New Home Plan, Afton 30-993

Nostalgic Craftsman are apparent on the Afton, our newest Cottage-style home design. A graceful arched transom caps the larger window below the gable on the left. To add balance, a row of small windows runs across the garage door beneath the right side gable.

Natural light flows into the entry through a sidelite. Secondary bedrooms and a bathroom are to the left. A  coat closet is at the end of the entry hall, just before it opens into the great room at the rear of the home.

Windows fill most of the rear wall in the combination living and dining room. The gas fireplace is a warm, bright focal point on the other side. In the opposite corner, sliding glass doors access the covered patio. The step-saving kitchen is open to the great room across a peninsula eating bar. A large walk-in pantry boosts the kitchen’s storage capacity.

Well-isolated from the other bedrooms, the owners’ suite features a walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom. 

18th Aug, 2015
Articles, Blog

Incorporating a fireplace can bring both comforting and practical additions to your home. Whether you desire a fireplace unit out of heating necessity or simply to give your house a homier feel, there are a few factors to consider when selecting the type of fireplace for your home. From the three most common fireplace setups, which include woodburning, gas, and pellet stoves, some of these factors include ambiance, installation, heat production and cost effectiveness. Weighing the importance of these will help determine which unit is best for your home.

Masonry and Wood Burning Fireplace

Masonry or Wood Fireplace

Arguably the most classic fireplace set up, a woodburning unit has both its perks and downfalls. Their biggest plus is the ambiance they provide; the smell of burning wood, crackling sounds, firework-like sparks and dancing yellow and orange flames make for a particularly cozy and nostalgic feel to a home. With controlled combustion units, doors can either be left open in order to enjoy these cozy perks or they can be stocked with wood and left closed to make the most of the heat they produce. However, old houses with old masonry fireplaces aren’t very efficient. For these homes, a fireplace insert is a beneficial idea. These units are designed to fit into an existing masonry fireplace spot. These units additionally require chimney maintenance and regular cleaning. In woodburning fireplaces favor, fire wood is highly available in stores and easily harvestable by hand in more rural areas. They also serve as convenient places to burn combustible litter such as newspaper and small twigs.

Gas Fireplace

The main advantage of gas fireplaces is their convenience. Gas units can be controlled by a remote control or control unit on the wall and are easily installed in odd spaces within the home including walls and corners, whereas woodburning fireplaces are much more restricted. Additionally, while the relative cost of units (wood vs gas) is the same, gas stoves don’t have the cost of chase needed by the chimney for a wood stove. It also doesn’t have the hassle of cleaning and supplying fuel like a wood stove does. Rather, a gas fireplace functions hands free. They come in many versatile styles and many units even feature aesthetic such as fake logs to mimic the ambiance of a woodburning fireplace.

Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves, which take fuel that comes in the form of small pellets made of wood and sawdust, are an additional option for homeowners. These units don’t necessarily require a chimney because they can be ventilated through a small hole in the wall, making them easy to install anywhere, similar to the gas fire places. A downfall to these units is that pellets can be harder to come by than wood logs because they are not necessarily manufactured and sold everywhere, whereas firewood can be found almost anywhere, hand-picked or store bought. However, while pellets may be less readily available and cost slightly more than wood, they do burn longer and have easier clean up. 

 

17th Aug, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Cottage House Plan, Vacation Home Plan, Cabin Plan, Arden 30-329

The cottage-style Arden plan is designed as a vacation home, but it could be lived in as a year round residence. The kitchen, utility room, great room and nook are every bit as spacious and well appointed as those found in many primary residences. This plan also has three bathrooms - at least one more than a typical home this size.

Wooden posts support a front porch that spans most of the front exterior. A rustic wooden handrail bounds most of the porch and wraps around to enclose the long side deck too. An old-fashioned porch swing would be right at home here on the front porch.

The side deck is accessible from both the great room and one of the bedrooms. Families with small children, grandchildren or dogs could create a secure outdoor play area by simply gating this deck left of the entry.

A lofty vaulted ceiling slopes up from both sides of the great room to an apex over the entry. Windows on three sides, including four on the second level, make this a bright space. A freestanding wood stove provides warmth on chilly days.

One of the secondary bedrooms has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom with shower. The other bedroom has direct access to the main bathroom.

Side shed dormers expand the available headroom in the second floor loft, creating a space large enough for a bed and windowed sitting area. Three more windows brighten the bathroom, which features a large soaking tub/shower combination.

14th Aug, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Shingle Style House Plan, New Home Plan, Tidewater 30-997

Though smaller in size, the shingle-style Tidewater feels comfortably spacious. This design works well on a narrow building lot, and can also be considered as a vacation beach house, or as a cabin in the woods.

The living room, dining room and kitchen flow together in a great room at the heart of this home. Ceiling lines give a unique look to the interior, angling up from the front and then curving toward the two-sided gas fireplace and across the face of the kitchen. Windows fill the front and side walls.

A flush eating bar mimics the ceiling’s curves where it rims the outer edge of the kitchen’s spacious work island. Light also flows in through a side window near the walk-in pantry. Families that enjoy dining outdoors will appreciate the screened porch at the rear of the home.

Flames from the two-sided gas fireplace can also be enjoyed from the vaulted owners’ suite, which features a large walk-in closet. The suite offers access to the screened porch, an inviting space to relax on warm summer nights.

 

 
11th Aug, 2015
Announcements, Articles, Blog

ARDA Best in Working Drawings, Award Winning House Plan, Home Plans

 

Washington, D.C., Friday, August 7, 2015 – The America Institute of Building Design (AIBD) named Associated Designs Inc. as one of its top designers in the seventh annual American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) in Providence, RI. During a banquet dinner held in conjunction with the AIBD Annual Conference, Associated Designs was awarded the ARDA trophy in working drawings. The winning entries were chosen from approximately 118 finished and proposed projects submitted by 30 designers from across the nation.

Associated Designs submitted the Tillamook 30-519 home design as an example of the thoroughness and attention to detail of their construction drawings. The designers; Rick McAlexander, Tim Thompson, and Kelly Alvord have over 65 years of combined home design experience and the three have been working together from almost the beginning. It's important to Associated Designs to provide their clients and customers with the most complete set of construction drawings to help ensure construction of a quality home.

ARDA is a progression of the AIBD Annual Design Competition, which has been in existence for more than 60 years. This year’s final panel includes Hillary Gottemoeller, Hanley Wood, Washington, DC; Jaclyn Toole, Senior Program Manager, Green Building at National Association of Home Builders, Washington, DC; and the ARDA Committee Chairperson Michael Battaglia, Dayton, OH.

The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. Its members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. You can trust an AIBD member to bring a combination of talent and practical value to your project.

The winning ARDA entries are published at www.ResidentialDesignAwards.com.  

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