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7th Apr, 2014
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Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360First step is to develop a list of potential candidates. Check with friends and family, trade organizations such as Lane County Home Builders Association or American Institute of Building Designers, and of coarse contractors you are considering for your project.

An internet search is another way to add to the list of candidates, and it has the added bonus of allowing you to see some of the designers work.

After you've compiled your list, its time to make some phone calls. The call is to introduce yourself,  then describe the project.  Is it a new home, addition or interior remodel. as well as an approximate size or scope of the work you would like to complete. Once you have described the project ask the designer about their experience with this type of project.

Other questions should include, years of experience, familiarity with the building jurisdiction for your project and availability to begin your project. You're objective with the phone calls is to narrow down your prospects to two or three for an in depth interview.  The interview is where you and your potential building designer get to know each other.

 The relationship with your designer is as much about how well you can communicate with each other as it is about any other individual element.  The most technically skilled, creative and professional designer cannot meet your goals if they don't hear them. The short answer: Make a list of potential designers, call them and weed out the ones that don't return your call or have any experience with your type of project, meet with the designer and get to know each other, and make your selection.

7th Apr, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Eastford 30-925, Contemporary House Plan

Multipaned windows, decorative shutters and front gables put a welcoming face to the Eastford. Stone veneer wainscoting and slender posts add to the exterior appeal of this mid-size ranch house plan.

Entering via the covered patio, you step into a vaulted entry leading right to the spacious vaulted great room at the rear. But not before passing a wide opening on the left, and a hallway to the right.

The left opening accesses a room that could be a parlor or den, and links up with the kitchen through a pocket door. The hallway on the right takes you to a wing of private spaces: a bathroom, two bedrooms, and what could be a third bedroom, home office or study.

Side windows let even more light into the dining room and kitchen. A flush eating bar bounds the two spaces. Cabinets, appliances and a wide sink line four sides of the kitchen.

Sun light washes into the great room and dining room through windows that fill most of the rear wall. The dining room windows slide open, offering easy access to a covered patio, which may be screened. A fireplace is located to the right corner of the great room.

Laundry appliances are mere steps away from the bedrooms, in a convenient pass-through utility room/mud room with direct access for the Eastford’s two-car garage. The utility room comes fully furnished with plenty of cabinetry, folding tables, and a deep sink.
 


 

3rd Apr, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Craftsman House Plan, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Forest Grove 30-954

Forest Grove 30-954

Tapered stone columns line the covered porch of this two story Craftsman house plan. The dining room is at the heart of the large gathering area at the rear of the house. Divided by a set of columns, the generously windowed family room features a fireplace that can be appreciated from the kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms, utility room, and a bonus room.

31st Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, Sahalie 30-768, Vacation Home Plan

Crisp lines and window grids provide a fresh clean look to the Sahalie. This is an update of the Prairie home, one of few indigenous American architectural styles. Originating in Chicago, the style was popular in early 20th century suburbs through the entire USA and is again rising in popularity.

The wide covered porch that wraps around across the front and to the left is punctuated by four sets of slender posts arranged on squarish framed-out bases. These support a low pitched hipped roof with wide eaves, typical of the Prairie home.

Entering, you step into a bright and large gathering area that contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. Sun light, slightly muted from the porch overhang, washes in through the gridded glass in its sidelights and the front door. Still more spills in through the tall, similarly shaped doors and windows on two walls of the dining area and a shorter window in the kitchen. Families that thrive on light and openness will love this space.

A sizable work island rimmed by a raised eating bar gives partial separation between the kitchen and the rest of the room. Standing at the kitchen sink, you can stare out the window in front of you, or track activities outside. A generously-sized utility room is nearby, as-is direct-access to a rear-facing two-car garage—handy for unloading groceries securely and from the weather.

The owners' suite is at the rear. It boasts a double vanity, completely private toilet, and a sizable walkin closet. Both of the Sahalie’s secondary rooms are up front, where they share another bathroom that also offers a dual vanity. These rooms each have broad closets that fill about two-thirds of just one wall.

 

26th Mar, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Alder Creek 10-589, Hexagonal House Plan, Vacation Home Plan

Alder Creek 10-589

This ranch house plan features a hexagonal great room at its heart. Ideal for taking in whatever view your lot has to offer; the great room has windows on three sides with a sliding glass door in the center that opens into a vaulted covered patio. The owners' suite takes up one side of the house along with its generous sized walk-in closet. The side to the left of the great room features a second bedroom, utility room and your kitchen and bath.

 

24th Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Hexagonal House Plan, Panoramic View, Sloped Lot House Plans, Home Plans

Guests are wowed by Hillview, inside and out

Walking through the European style Hillview can simply take your breath away. It’s gorgeous inside and out.

Columns and a high arch frame the front porch, which is centered in front of a rising hexagonal roof with many side gables. A stone veneer colonnade spans the rear. Lower column sections bound an extensive covered terrace around the basement level that wraps across three walls of the hexagonal area. On the main floor, column tops link railings that edge a similarly wide deck.

On the main floor, arched clerestory windows crown wide multipaned windows that fill nearly all of two rear walls. A home entertainment centre and a stone veneer fireplace cover most of the third.

One side of the unusually large two-section kitchen is totally open to the great room. An eating bar rims the sink’s peninsular counter, which looks into the dining area. Another eating bar rims the central work island, which also houses a pull-up mixer and a built-in ice maker. Appliances, including a large freezer, are built in.

Double doors open into a richly windowed two-story entry leading into the hexagonal great room. The circular staircase directly ahead of the entry curves up to a vaulted loft that covers half of the great room and overlooks the other half. Hidden storage lines two loft walls.

Surfaces and cabinets wraparound two sides of the spacious butler’s kitchen, which also has a second sink and oven. A bedroom, bathroom and utility room fill out the space behind the kitchen, while the sumptuous owners’ suite uses up a lot of the right wing.

A workout room and a third bedroom extend off the big hexagonal room about the Hillview’s basement level.

17th Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Elk Lake 30-849, Vacation House Plan

Elk Lake a comfortable house for all seasons

Three handsome columns attract eyes to the Elk Lake’s front exterior. This ranch house plan is suitable to the needs of a midsized household, or empty-nesters trying to downsize from a larger home. The plan could possibly be modified for wheelchair accessibility.

Within The entry, a row of coat hooks covers the wall above a bench, handy for removing and stashing grubby footgear. Another wall is filled by a roomy coat closet. From there, you can walk into the kitchen, or proceed through it to the vaulted great room.

A small, conveniently located bathroom sits at the juncture of the kitchen, the bedroom wing, and a pass-through mudroom/laundry room that links with the backyard and two-car garage.

Appliances, cabinets and counters line two sides of the kitchen.A walk-in pantry fills one rear corner, and more storage space is tucked beneath the work island. Standing at the kitchen sink, you face into the vaulted great room across a raised eating bar.

Windows wrap-around three sides of the nook, making a naturally vibrant setting for beginning the day, sharing meals, or helping with homework. Potted plants will succeed in this shiny place too. More light washes into the kitchen through skylights.

When outside temperatures are comfortable, opening the double doors within the great room nearly doubles the available living area. Meals are easy to move out onto the vaulted patio. On cool days and nights, warmth radiates out from the corner woodstove.

Two more bedrooms, another bathroom and a large study are across the hall.

12th Mar, 2014
Articles, Blog

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Tillamook 30-519

There’s no question that designing a new home is the perfect time for homeowners to dream up new features that will contribute to a more comfortable lifestyle. Home designer Rick McAlexander of Associated Designs in Oregon has reviewed thousands of must-have features over the years with clients who plan to include as many amenities as possible when designing their new home.

While each person’s vision of their new home is as varied as the homeowners themselves, one new trend that Rick is definitely seeing is the request for a centralized mobile device charging center. This idea is akin to a clutter-catching spot for various wired devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players, E-readers and cameras. Americans own an average of 24 electronic devices per household, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and each has its own custom charging pack. All those devices need a spot to suck in electricity.

Susan Lafky is a mother of active teenagers, whose entire family is involved in multiple sports while she and her husband also work. “Everyone plugs in their chargers on the desk in the kitchen and I’m tired of trying to clean around all the wires,” she said. “And, when the kids come home, their backpacks and gear are dropped from the entry way to the dining room table. We need a real solution for all of it.”

But, the old standard clutter catcher, the kitchen desk, is going away, according to Patti Julber, owner of Complements Home Interiors in Bend, Oregon. She’s designing cleaner lines, sleek counters and more built-ins. “My clients are trying to de-clutter their lives and the kitchen desk acts as a big magnet for junk,” says Patti. “I’m looking to move that clutter away from the cooking and entertaining areas.”

Dump The Junk
With the kitchen no longer the preferred area for a family’s dumping spot, Rick has started to incorporate more organizational space into the classic mudroom, creating a drop zone to hide the clutter and manage loads of family stuff. He says it’s the best spot to “dump the junk”. In this space, all members of the family can find a spot to cast off backpacks and boots, car keys and laptops, phone and outerwear, school work and even the mail.  It can also work as the staging zone for carrying groceries or other items to and from the house.

 “We’re also designing new home plans with separate spaces for the laundry, away from the mudroom,” he explains. “Some people don’t want to pass dirty clothes as they walk into their home. In those plans, I put the laundry room next to the bedrooms where the clothes are.”

For Patti’s clients, she orders top quality cabinets, counters and cubbies for the mudroom to create a well-appointed room for all the stuff. “I like the entry space off the garage to have the same level of quality as the rest of the house”, she says, “so that it feels good to come home.”

Patti’s husband, Evan Julber, is used to working with Patti on her various interior design projects as well as his own commercial ventures. He says the best concept for this electronic hub is to build in a long strip of 110v outlets in the wall above the counter for the ever changing chargers and docking stations.

“We can’t predict what’s coming our way,” Evan says, “but we know it’s going to require electricity and perhaps, cable. So, it’s important when designing the area to include space for outlets, cable and enough room for the wireless router or the hub for a future smart-house.”

Mike Gansen, of Gansen Construction in Eugene, Or,  likes the Tillamook house plan from Associated Designs in part because the mudroom calls for plumbing to be built into the room’s corner with ability to expand even more into the garage. This feature allows Mike to work with the homeowner and truly customize the area, adding a cleaning station, a toilet or even a dog washing tub. “The homeowner really likes to put their stamp on this space”, Mike says, “configuring it to match their own lifestyle. It makes the final build-out unique to them.”

Whether it’s the older couple who is ready to de-clutter their well decorated living areas, or the large and busy family with an active lifestyle and loads of stuff, a well-planned entry room or mudroom is the ultimate solution.

9th Mar, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

RV Garage Plan, Garage Plan, Garage Design,

RV Garage Plan 20-131

This detached RV garage plan can house up to 4 cars or 1 RV and two cars. The larger garage door is 12' wide and 14' tall while the smaller door is 10' wide and 10' tall. Service doors are located at the front and rear of the garage with a small counter and sink next to the front door.

9th Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Vacation House Plan, Lauderdale 11-037, Home PLan

The Lauderdale is a vacation home designed to take full benefit of a breathtaking view. Built on the plot of beach or river-front land, this home lets you continue enjoying the out-of-doors even when you step inside.

Stacks of glass complete a lot of the wall space on three sides of the lofty vaulted great room. Sliding French doors on two sides open onto an awesome, statuesque colonnade that wraps for this spectacular living area and provide cross ventilation.

A large fireplace acts as a warm center point on cold days and separates the great room from the dining room. The ceiling in front of the fireplace is higher than the rest of the great room -- a full two stories up.


The u shaped kitchen is brightened by a bay window and has lots of counter space. A concise, piggyback washer/dryer combination is situated in a alcove underneath the stairs. Sliding doors open onto a small back deck shaded by a wooden arbor. This area could be screened in if so desired.

Both the lower and upper bedrooms have bathrooms and walk in closets. The upper bathroom is somewhat larger and includes a corner shower. The compartmentalized lower bathroom allows grooming activities to be performed by one person at the basin while another uses the tub or toilet in complete privacy.

3rd Mar, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Coleridge 30-251, 3 Bedrooms, View House Plan


The Coleridge's increasing archway makes a stunning first impression. Equally interesting are the fanlight and stacks of multipaned windows clustered beneath the center gable. This midsize traditional house plan has got the feel of a much bigger house, particularly in its main gathering areas.

Entering, you step right into a large lobby with a lofty 17-foot limit. Sidelights provide natural light. Two rooms, your bathrooms and a big recreation area are on the second level.

Attractive square posts draw your kitchen access. And a delightful kitchen it is. Standing at the corner sink, you've a fantastic view out windows on two sides. Potted plants will grow in the inviting space facing the drain.

Roof height in the living room 's almost as high as in the foyer, and multipaned windows fill all of the rear wall. This blend produces an exceedingly bright and substantial gathering space. Situated, the direct-vent gas fireplace serves as an attractive center point, particularly on gray days and dark evenings when it is most needed.

The Coleridge's master suite is well-isolated from the busyness of the kitchen, as well as from music in the secondary bedrooms. Its private bathroom boasts a large walk-in closet, dual vanity and enclosed shower and toilet.
Its exclusive bathroom boasts a large walkin closet, dual vanity and enclosed shower and toilet.

24th Feb, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Southwest Home Plan, Florida House Plan, Pasadena 11-140

Pasadena lets the sunshine in

Named the Pasadena, this house can’t help but evoke its namesake area is sunny Southern California. Its tile roof and stuccoed exterior might also put viewers at heart of the Mediterranean, Florida, or even the American Southwest.

While bathing the inside in sun light, Sparkle is added by dozens of wide windows to all or any edges of the outside.

The court is accessed by more French doors in the sitting section of the Pasadena’s posh owners’ room. Closets with folding doors fill one full wall of the package, and that’s in addition to the huge walk in closet off of the toilet.

A transverse hall reductions over the room facing the entry. At its proper end, the stairs are accessed by the hallway, living area and home. A big study and an exceptionally spacious owners’ collection are to the left. The family room is nearly straight-ahead from the access, and you can reach the kitchen via this route also.

Stirring containers there, you face into a window-brilliant space with French doors in the rear that open into what could possibly be a workout room, atrium, sewing room, or whatever suits. French doors in both family room and exercise room improve air circulation and offer quick access to an extensive courtroom.

Upstairs, three more rooms and a two-section toilet cluster around the loft. The leading bedroom offers arch-topped French doors that open onto an ornamental iron patio.

18th Feb, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Classic House Plan, New Home Plan, Hampshire 30-799

Ranch Style Hampshire is ideal for family living

Smooth keystone arches and daring corner quoins provide a vintage change for ranch house plan the Hampshire. The tips are modern and enhance aftereffect of the vast and inviting covered deck. That is basically an one-story house with a storage area above the garage.

Where modest light pours in through thin panes of glass on both sides of the doorway entering, you move into an entry. A broad opening to the right leads into a room that might be equipped whilst the dining room or possibly a studio.

Cabinets and counter space have been in supply along two kitchen walls, and the useful stove/function area gives still more space. Just past your kitchen a hall takes you past a couple of stairs leads down to the properties walk-out basement.

The flame creates a radiant and cozy emphasis that friends and family may enjoy from anywhere in the fantastic area in addition to some aspects of your kitchen.

Rooms class together around the left-side, and storage cabinets line the hallway. Homeowners' package features in the Hampshire add a walk-in closet and a deluxe owners' bathroom with a dual counter plus a walk-in shower.

17th Feb, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Handsome Redmond suits modern household

Wooden handrails, posts and shades give a traditional look to the Redmond, a country house plan made to meet up with the requirements of a contemporary family. All on-one level, this plan may easily be designed for wheelchair accessibility.

Attractive rectangular columns indicate the space's boundaries.

Home and living room are of the piece. The drain is made into an angled island with an elevated eating bar. Array, sink and freezer cluster together in a small triangle, making an effective, step-keeping work area. The nook is expanded by a bright window bay, and sliding-glass doors add to the day light. When sunshine is an issue fires in the gas fire add warmth and color.

The pantry and utility room are nearby, located in a passthrough area that links to the garage. Two bedrooms are also in this side, along with the main bathroom.

Standing within the access, you encounter into the dining room. Triple sliders fill all the rear wall, brightening the entire space. The covered patio is ideal for outdoor dining, and might be screened if desired.

When kids are little, getting the den so close makes it well suited for use as a nursery.

12th Feb, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Prairie style house plan, new home plan, craftsman house plan, Hood River 30-947

Hood River 30-947

Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs provided inspiration for this bright and airy Prairie style house plan. High ceilings overarch the living spaces, from the entry right through the center to the rear. Stacked windows in the vaulted great room fill most of the rear wall. A gas fireplace is on one side, and the opposite side is open to the kitchen and dining area.

 

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