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1st Feb, 2016
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A dream home doesn’t have to be a fantasy. It doesn’t have to be only wishful thinking that someday your house will have that gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a home theater with built-in surround sound, or a sauna in the backyard. Your dream home is real because you know what you want, what amenities you desire. You can see it all; picture it down to the last detail, even if it’s all in your head. But a dream home doesn’t have to be just a dream because we want to know what you’re thinking!

  

Associated Designs, a national home design firm located in Eugene, Oregon, invites readers to take part in its annual Home from the Heart Survey where your dreams and ideas help their designers better understand the evolving preferences of families. From past surveys, Associated Designs has learned that lifestyles are continually evolving and what worked a couple years ago in home design may not work for the 2016 family. It is Associated Designs’ business, challenge and service to you that their house designers not only “keep up” with evolving lifestyles but actually stay ahead of the current trends.

Your voice, your dreams, your ideas are the expertise we are looking for because only you know what’s in your heart! 

Associated Designs and their designers are more than interested in your perspective; they are eager to make your dreams a reality. Each year they invite their readers to complete this survey and when the results are in, they get to work putting your ideas onto paper to create the 2016 Home from the Heart home design. So don’t hold back, dream big, and let your ideas flow. What do you want in your dream home?

PLUS!! Win a $100 Gift Certificate

To express their gratitude for you taking the time out to voice your opinions, Associated Designs has decided that one participant will be chosen at random from the completed surveys to receive a $100 gift certificate from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

After completing the Home from the Heart online survey, you can browse through hundreds of home plans at AssociatedDesigns.com. The possibilities are endless. And, if you’re curious how family home design preferences have changed over the years, you can check out their archive of past surveys on the website.

Start the survey now and let the home that’s in your heart take shape.

START THE SURVEY

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25th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Carrington 30-360

Textural variety blending with Craftsman detailing gives the Carrington house plan a pleasing and unpretentious front exterior. Shingles and foundation materials are slightly rough, while windows, doors, columns and railings are smooth and sleek. Gables on the house and garage add to the visual appeal, and the front porch offers a warm welcome.

Upon entering, you step into the foyer brightened by sidelights and a row of small windows high on the door. The right side hallway leads to a den and dining room.

Decorative columns on the left of the entry marks the passageway into a living room with a fireplace trimmed by windows. Another hallway, at the rear of the room, leads to the owners' suite, stairs, and kitchen.

A spacious, well-equipped kitchen with a large work island at center flows into the dining room. The eating bar that rims one edge is handy for meals on the run, homework supervision, and keeping folks who just want to chat.

Lazy Susan shelving in the kitchen makes the corner shelves entirely accessible, and a walk-in pantry is close by. Laundry appliances, too, are just steps away in a large pass-through room that leads to the garage. The utility room can also function as a mudroom.

A large walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom expand the Carrington's owners' suite. 

Upper bedrooms share a two-section bathroom, and a loft that could be used as a study area, play room, or hobby space. A large bonus room, along with attic storage space, is over the garage.

18th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Bellewood 30-292, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan

The Bellewood is a ranch house plan with an abundant living areas and close to 3,400 square feet of floor space. The library/den's front porch access makes it an ideal location for a home office.

Families who like to entertain will appreciate the spacious and dramatic vaulted spaces. The living room and dining room are separated by a two-sided fireplace that can be enjoyed from either room.

Natural light flows into the living room through a bank of windows topped by a clerestory windows. The dining room, sidelights trim the atrium doors, while multipaned windows crowns the entire lot.

A large butler's pantry links these formal rooms to the great room/kitchen. This room has a double sink, dishwasher, and plenty of counter space and storage.

Two work islands with raised eating bars rim the walkway that passes through the kitchen area into the great room. The smaller of the two islands has a prep sink and is near a wood-burning fireplace designed for cooking. The larger island has a built-in cook top.

Windows fill most of the great room's rear wall, almost two stories high at its apex. The windows are an intriguing and harmonious mix of rectangles, triangles and trapezoids.

Isolated from the everyday living area, the owners' suite is a quiet and well-appointed retreat. Features include a large walk-in closet, soaking tub, dual vanity and oversized shower.

Secondary bedrooms each have a roomy closet and a private bathroom. A large utility room connects to the three-car garage.

15th Jan, 2016
Blog, Under Construction

I've been remiss in keeping up to date with our progress with the construction of our house.

Here's what's been going on:

Our foundation is ready to pour.

Of course, about two days after pouring the foundation it snowed. All of this was covered in huge blankets for a few weeks until the ground was able to warm up again. We've had several flurries since then too.

The under floor framing took place this week. I hope to have a few photos of that in a couple of days.

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Remember the rustic cabin I mentioned previously? Well, while everything was covered in blankets, we decided to make the cabin a little less rustic. We ordered flooring to cover the "hardwood floors" that is the plywood under floor of the cabin. And because we were going to lay a new floor, we thought, might as well replace the cabinets. (See where this is going?) AND so we don't ruin the floors replacing a couple of windows we decided to throw that into the mix too.....All during the holiday season....what were we thinking?!?!?

As common with remodel, nothing ever goes as you hope. And the snowball just keeps getting bigger and bigger.....

 

Oh, did I mention that since we replaced windows, that lead to fixing the siding? This all started as a few simple upgrades to make this little place more comfortable! Such is life with remodeling.

11th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Multi family House Plan, Wynant 60-024

This cottage-style duplex design, the Wynant, features side entrances, which helps create a sense of privacy for each of the residents. The right-hand garage extends two feet closer to the street, otherwise the floor plans are mirror images.

Wooden post supports the roof of a recessed front porch that leads into the foyer. Inside, the coat closet is to the left, while a wide opening on the right takes you into the living room. A hallway that links to the bedrooms and bathrooms also leads off from the foyer.

Living room, dining room, and kitchen flow together in one large, open space. Light flows into the living room through a side window. More flows in through rear windows in the dining room and kitchen. The dining room's sliding glass doors provide access to a rear patio.

The kitchen is designed for efficiency, with its sink, stove and refrigerator all located in a step-saving triangle. A pantry adds to the available storage space, and counters wrap around three sides. 

An extra-long closet fills one wall of the owners' suite, and a walk-in closet adds even more storage space. The suite has a private bathroom with a shower.

Secondary bedrooms are down a hallway lined with a storage closet. The rooms are close, yet somewhat isolated from the owners' suite. Both bedrooms have a large window, and share the main bathroom.

Direct access to the garage is the far end of the hallway.

4th Jan, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Country Home Plan, Birmingham 10-206

The first impression when you enter the Birmingham is one of openness. In this country house plan the entry hall ceiling is two stories high with light spilling in through two windows overhead.

Once inside a few steps to the left, and you'll find yourself in a beautiful vaulted great room with a fireplace centered between two windows. This room spans the home, front to back. A wide bay window faces the street, and French doors at the back open onto a deck.

A laundry room and a powder room are close to everything, including the garage. Pull-down steps in the garage provide access to storage space overhead, and there's additional storage space on the ground level.

In the master suite, French doors open onto a private deck. Additional features include a walk-in closet and a dual vanity.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs. The landing at the top of the stairs overlooks the entry.

1st Jan, 2016
Articles, Blog

With all of the focus and effort that goes into creating your dream home, the same thought can be used when considering building a detached garage on your property. Much can be done to utilize and mold this square footage into a space of functional luxury, uniquely fitting the flow of your lifestyle.

Garages - Not Just for Parking Cars
Garage 20-143: features a workbench, storage room,
powder bath, greenhouse and second floor attic space.

In addition to providing you with storage for the car or recreational vehicles, detached garages can provide you with additional spaces for hobbies beyond mechanics. The possibilities are endless; guest suites, craft studios, green houses or the ever popular man (or woman) cave! Associated Designs, Inc., a residential design company in Eugene, Oregon, has seen an increase in demand for detached garages and buildings that can serve a multitude of functions.

Place for Your Favorite Hobbies

One such example of a garage with flexible spaces for hobbies is Associated Designs Garage 20-143. What appears as a standard 2-car garage with workbench has extra rooms at the rear of the garage. Through a simple man door centered on the back wall, a hall leads past a powder bath and storage room that could be used as additional storage or as a craft/hobby studio. The surprises don’t end there. At the very back is a generously sized greenhouse for those with green thumbs to nurture starts for next year’s flower or veggie garden. Up a set of stairs on the right, leads to a second floor attic space which could be converted into a guest suite, recreation room, home gym or whatever else would suit your lifestyle!

A Man Cave that Works for You

The man cave dream is a classic one, so why not make it a reality in your very own detached garage? Create an elaborate place for leisure with a corner bar, pool table, flat screen TV and lazy boy sofa on one side; with a diamond-decked floor for your cars complete with a workshop that is any car enthusiasts’ dream, on the other. From specialty flooring, workbenches, lifts, and custom shelving, this space can feel like a high-end mechanic shop or showroom. You might want to think about the added convenience of a bathroom, not to mention optimal storage in an attic space!

A Space to Evolve with Your Family’s Needs

A popular trend with detached garages is the inclusion of additional gathering space. Recreation rooms or lofts can provide a fun place when the extended family get together to shoot some pool or play ping pong especially when the weather prohibits outside play.

For those building a home business, an office space in your garage is a great way to enjoy the benefits of working from home while providing some separation from work when you are off the clock. Plus for the occasions you entertain clients, you won’t have to worry about bringing them through your home.

Whether you are an avid outdoor adventurer or a person who looking for a warm place to enjoy hobbies, planning additional spaces into your new detached garage can transform the way you use a garage forever. Keep your goals in mind and start dreaming! 

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21st Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Florida House Plan, Home Plan, Burnside 30-657

Brick veneer along with smooth stucco to clad the bright and breezy, Florida-style Burnside.

This is not your typical rectangular floor plan. The dining room is an elongated octagon, linked to the kitchen that is open on another side to a vaulted, half-octagonal great room.

The short hallway linking the foyer to the carport is slightly angeled. The hallway that leads to the owners' suite cuts a long, bold diagonal that leads past a home office, before entry to owners' suite.

A long work island with built-in prep sink mimics the shape of the well-appointed kitchen. The conversation bar that rims the sink island segues into a raised eating bar as it angles off toward the dining room. A roomy walk-in pantry fills a larger corner.

The owners' suite is well-isolated from the gathering spaces. Luxury touches here include: a wide window bay in the sleeping area, a large walk-in closet with pull-down ironing board, and a luxury skylit bathroom with an oversized shower.

In the nearby office, which could also be a bedroom, there's an oversized closet designed for use as a sewing nook. The office and the guest room feature a jack 'n jill bathroom between them. A skylight brightens that bathroom. Another naturally illuminates the powder room, which is close to the foyer, over sized utility room, and a carport with enclosed storage at the rear.

18th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country House Plan, Traditional Home Plan, Bridgeview 31-015

Three gables along with cultured stone columns give a traditional look to the BridgeviewWide windows front and rear, fewer and smaller windows on the sides, make this design well suited to a neighborhood where lot lines run close together.

Inside, the foyer passes a den and bathroom before arriving at the great room.  In the great room, high windows flank the gas fireplace. More light flows in through a wide window at the rear that offers views across the covered patio.

The great room is fully open to a large kitchen and dining area. An eating bar rims the kitchen’s work island, where it fronts the dining room.

Three bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs, along with a large utility room and two bathrooms. The owners’ suite faetures a large walk-in closet, a bathroom with a dual vanity and a private toilet. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

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

Georgian House Plan, Home Plan, Myersdale 10-453, Featured House Plan of the Week

The Myersdale is a contemporary home design with nostalgic Georgian-style flavor. Classic columns with an arched brick opening highlight and support a grand entry, where two wide sidelights flank a door crowned by a half-round sunburst transom.

A partially vaulted hexagonal great room is at the core of this home. Wings extend to the right and left, then come forward, creating a recessed entry courtyard. Doors on the three-car garage face the golf cart garage on the other side.

Passing through the vaulted covered porch, you step into a partially vaulted entry. The front half of the hexagon consists of the kitchen, utility room, and a storage closet tucked under the stairs to the loft. 

The vaulted ceiling expands the volume in the great rooms naturally bright rear wall. Six wedge-shaped ceiling segments slope dramatically upward to join points at a central apex, and the three rear sections are a wall of multipaned windows. A home entertainment center and woodstove nestle into junctures on both sides of the central section. Here, a set of palladian windows over sliding French doors open onto a vaulted covered patio that wraps around the rear of the home.

Two peninsular counters nearly encircle the kitchen. Both counters are open to the great room. The right counter is longer and rimmed by a raised eating bar. Standing at the sink, you can chat with family or friends at the counter, or look across the great room to the patio and beyond.

A home office and owners' suite fill the left wing. Sliders in the bedroom access the rear, where a relaxing spa could be installed. The walk-in closet is deep. Bathroom features include: a toilet, walk-in shower, spa tub, and dual sinks.

Two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a door to the garage are in the right wing.

 

7th Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Cedar Ridge 30-855

The Cedar Ridge dormers and inviting front porch are among the Craftsman features that lend nostalgic charm to this one-and-a-half-story cottage home plan. Multipaned windows, cultured stone wainscoting and column supports, add to the curb appeal.

Inside, the floor plan is fully attuned for today's contemporary families. The gathering spaces are filled with natural light. Windows line most of the living room’s rear wall, next to a gas fireplace that sits in the corner. The living room is open to the dining room that is windowed on two sides, and open to the kitchen. 

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across the flush eating bar that has views to the the dining room, covered patio, and most of the living room. Counter space wraps around three sides of the C-shaped kitchen. Cupboards line two walls, and a large walk-in pantry offers plenty of storage.

Laundry facilities are close and features built-in cabinets. Direct entry to the garage is equally close, convenient for unloading groceries from the car.

The owners' suite and a den/home office are on the left side of the main floor, accessed via a foyer that runs along the right-hand stairway. Pocket doors open into the den, which also has a closet. Owners' suite features include a double vanity and a large walk-in closet.

Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs, along with a vaulted attic space for extra storage.

4th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, New House Plan,

Looking at the Elsmere, it’s easy to see yourself relaxing on an old-fashioned porch swing or a set of wicker furniture.

This traditional country-style home is suited to the needs of a growing family, or empty nesters wishing to age in place. Bright, open gathering spaces are at the home’s core, bedrooms line up along the right, and everything is on one level.

The foyer hall leads into the kitchen/great room at the rear. Before arriving there, you walk by the den, two bedrooms, a large utility room and the owners’ suite.  The den could also function as a home office, craft room, exercise room—you name it. The utility room links with the garage and has storage cabinets, a broom closet, and a long counter.

Windows fill the great room’s rear wall, and has a gas fireplace nestled in one corner.  An eating bar rims the work island that bounds the kitchen and great room. The dining room is to the left, along with a covered patio that could be screened if desired.

1st Dec, 2015
Articles, Blog

There is more than enough to think of when planning out your next home, and with so much on your plate, the future can often be overlooked. Yet, the decisions you make now are important and will affect you while growing older. Thinking about adding bars and ramps in your dream home might not sound too enticing, but there are strategic ways to implement features that will allow you to age in place that are both beautiful and subtle.

Every year Associated Designs conducts the Home from the Heart survey and this past year asked participants about aging in place and design elements they would implement in their home. The results reflect what features are essential when consider a home to age in place.

Aging In Place, Tetherow 31-019, Craftsman House Plan, 1 story home plan

Single Level

For your dream home to serve you in years to come, it is important to consider the rooms that you use on a daily basis. A single level home is an easy solution, however, if your idea of a dream home is a two story design creating a home to age in is still possible. By making sure that main living areas as well as a master suite are located on the main level, or design an interior closet that could be converted to an elevator should the future need ever arise.

Wider Everything

Something that might not seem as important now but will be later is the width of doors and hallways. The Tetherow home plan, from Associated Designs, uses this aging in place concept for when a day may come someone needs to navigate through the home with a wheelchair or walker, the wider passageways will make things much smoother. Plus the side benefit of larger doorways and wider hallways creates a spacious and open atmosphere. Also, adding width to the garage will provide additional space for car doors to open, making the transition in and out of the car during inclement weather easier.

Easy Flow

A key aging in pace feature that received a lot of support from survey participants is flush transitions between interior and exterior spaces (as well as the transition from the garage to the interior living area). Yes, ramps can be considered to be built in at the start or planned out for easy installment later, but creating a natural flow of living has been quite popular for aging in place and can be very well done. Planning out your forever home with zero-steps may be the direction you want to go, even if it’s just for the beautiful design aspect of this look.

Bathroom Access

Large curb-less walk-in showers are a popular and attractive choice even if you haven’t considered aging in place measures. Planning for a curb-less walk-in shower now will be easier than a bathroom remodel later. Additional aging in place features when considering bathroom design are chair height toilets and easy tub access. While bringing in grab bars might not be essential at the moment, planning out where they will be in the future will make a smoother transition if they ever need to be installed.

 Effortless Reach

Making sure every room and function is easy to reach really helps with aging in place. For example, having easy touch light switches and placing outlets higher throughout your home are painless adjustments that have great benefits later. Making sure areas in the home are well lit is also key to improving aging in place features. One way of increasing the amount of light in a room is by lowering window heights and installing larger windows. Adding pull-out cabinets is also something that many don’t really think about now, but makes it much easier for people to reach things as they age.

Aging in place is truly on the cutting edge and you will thank yourself later for considering this now. Implementing these details into your forever home from the beginning, or even remodeling now, won’t be a compromise your ideal attractive living space like some may think. Sitting down with a home designer to discuss including these important aspects into your home will help you see how just a little bit of planning can result in a beautiful and functional design. Having a universal approach will make anyone who comes through feel right at home. 

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30th Nov, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Marlow 30-362

Gracefully arched trim crowns the Marlowe's porch, dining room window and garage openings, while two stately columns stand sentinel on either side of the porch. This handsome contemporary ranch home plan could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility.

A bright and spacious vaulted family room and kitchen are at the center of this home. The rear has more glass than wall, and two French doors access the patio. Arch-topped display shelves nestle into the wall opposite the entry to the owners' suite.

Storage and counter space are both abundant in the large, kitchen. Standing at the sink, you look into the family room across a raised eating bar. 

On the right are a walk-in pantry and a pass-through utility room that offers direct access to the garage. Natural light spills down through a skylight, and the room features a deep sink, cabinets, and a counter for folding clothes.

Arched openings in the high-ceilinged entry lead into the dining room on the right, and a study on the left. The study has a gas fireplace flanked by shelves.

Amenities in the owners' suite include patio access, a deep walk-in closet illuminated by a sun tube, and a deluxe bathroom.

Secondary bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual vanity and roomy linen closet.

24th Nov, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Mediterranean Home Plan, Summerdale 31-013

A blend of stucco and cultured stone highlights the Summerdale’s crisp clean lines. This Mediterranean-style design takes advantage of views front and rear.

A lofty portico opens to a two-story foyer, which leads to two-story living room with a fireplace. This large space is open to the great room, which in turn opens to the dining room and kitchen. A covered vaulted deck is along the rear.

A den, guest suite, and utility room complete the main floor. The den’s location, just inside the door, is ideal for a home office. The guest suite is to the rear, on the far side of the stairway. It features a walk-in closet, a two-section bathroom and access to the deck. The utility room is on one side of the hallway to the garage, across from a roomy pantry.

Family bedrooms are upstairs. The owners’ suite features a spa tub, dual vanity, private toilet and shower, and a balcony. Bedrooms three and four also have walk-in closets and private bathrooms and share a balcony.

 

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