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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  

10th Aug, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Plainview 11-079, Featured House Plan of the Week

Three planter boxes full of color and green foliage soften the lines of the Plainview, a mid-size Mediterranean style family home with a large screened porch at the rear. 

Inside boasts an open floor plan. Posts provide definition between the entry hall and the living room and dining room -- without blocking the view or ease of movement. The rear of the dining room, sliding glass doors open to a screened porch which is also accessible from the nook. The screened porch has an exterior door to a paved patio.

Windows at the sink brighten the kitchen and provide a view through the screened porch and the yard. The rangetop is housed in a combination work island/eating bar. Cooks can watch the activities in the family room while they prepare meals. The family room is the largest, brightest room in the house. Windows trim the fireplace, and sliders at the rear open to the patio.

Secondary bedrooms are located far from the owner's suite. Both feature walk-in closets and share a two-section bathroom.

Well-isolated from the family room and kitchen, the owners' suite serves as a retreat. It features a large walk-in closet, spa tub, and double vanity. Shower and toilet are separately enclosed and accessible from the rear yard.

6th Aug, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage Plan, Garage Design, 4 Car Garage, Garage with Living Space

Garage w/Living 20-058

This cottage style detached garage plan park up to 4 cars and is a guest cottage or can be used as a vacation retreat. The two exterior side garage doors are 10' wide and 10' tall. The living space features covered front porch, great room with a 12' ceiling, full kitchen and bathroom.

Shop with Carport

Shop w/Carport 20-172

This stand-alone accessory shop plan has an attached carport which could park two cars or offer additional covered storage space. More storage is availble in the attic which is accessed from a set of pull down stairs.

2 Car Garage with Attic 20-171, Garage Plan, Garage Design

Garage w/Attic 20-171

This detached garage barn-style design has plenty of country charm. The exterior garage door is 18' wide and 7' tall and can hold up to two cars. The second level attic storage is accessible from a set of pull down stairs.

ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Guest Cottage, 2 Car Garage with Living Area

Garage w/Living 20-158

Two cars can be parked in this traditional accessory garage plan. Both exterior garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. This plan offers 780 square feet of living space with a bedroom and full bathroom that could be used as a guest cottage, recreation room, or as vacation retreat. 

Garage with Shop, 3 car garage, garage plan, garage design

Garage Plan with Shop 20-149

This traditional detached garage design and hold up to 4 cars and offers both fully enclosed parking and an attached carport. The exterior double car garage door is 16' wide and 8' tall and the single car garage door is 9' wide and 8' tall. A generous sized shop and storage room are inside on the right.

2 Car Garage with Recreation Room, 2 Story Garage Plan, Garage Design

Garage with Recreation Room 20-147

This country-style detached garage plan can hold two cars. The exterior garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. Along the back of the garage the staircase leads up to a second floor recreation room with wet bar and full bathroom. 

2 car garage with shop, Garage Plan, Garage Design

Garage with Shop 20-139

This county-style accessory garage design can hold up to two cars. The exterior garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. To the left is a generously sized attached workshop.

3 car garage with Recreation room, 2 story garage design, Garage Plan, Accessory Dwelling Unit, ADU

Garage with Recreation Room 20-095

This country-style accessory garage plan provides plenty of space for both cars and people. The vaulted garage features three bays each with 9' wide and 8' tall doors. You can either house three cars, leaving plenty of storage and workspace in the rear of the garage, or you can stack two cars in each bay to hold up to six cars! There is plenty of room to entertain with a large, vaulted recreation room which features a corner fireplace. There is also an office, hobby room, storage room and full bathroom. The second floor has vaulted loft which looks down to the recreation room below.

2 car Garage w/Carport, RV Garage, Garage Design, Garage Plan

RV Garage 20-082

This traditional garage design can hold either two cars or one car and one RV and has an covered porch. The recessed bay's door is 10' wide and 10' tall and the RV door is 10' wide and 13' tall. This garage design can be constructed as a free standing detached garage or can be attached to your existing home with an optional covered breezeway.


Garage w/RV Parking, 3 Car garage, Garage Design, Garage Plan

Garage w/RV Parking 20-169

This two car garage plan with RV parking has a clean stucco exterior. The 2 car garage side of this design doors are 10' wide and 8' tall. The RV Garage starts with 14' top plates and vaults upward to a center ridge. The RV door is 12' wide and 13'-6" tall.



4th Aug, 2015
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

The Hilyard's multipaned windows, nostalgic wooden handrails, wrap around porch create a welcoming country farmhouse.

This two-story house plan is great for family gatherings. It has four large connected gathering spaces: parlor, dining room, kitchen/nook, and family room. The large owners' suite and utility/mud room are also on the main floor. A powder room is just inside the entry.

A ramp up to the covered porch, creates easy access for wheelchairs. Inside the two-story entry, natural light flows in through sidelights and windows on the second level. Double doors on the right open into a parlor with a masonry fireplace with a built-in wood box.

An arched opening in the parlor leads into the dining room, which links with the kitchen through a pocket door. The kitchen is also accessible by walking straight through the entry, past the stairs, and into vaulted family room. 

From the kitchen sink, you can keep an eye on activities in the family room, nook and deck. Families and plants flourish in this bright space provide by the skylights and a wide window bay.

A relaxed sitting area expands the owners' suite, which features a roomy walk-in closet, large screened porch, and dual vanity, and a separately enclosed shower and toilet. Upstairs, a balcony overlooks the family room. One large bedroom and bath are on one side; two more rooms and another bath are on the other.


3rd Aug, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Lodge Style House Plan, Home Plan, Timberfield 30-341, Dog Friendly

A handsome porte cochere is a warm welcome to friends and family upon entering the Timberfield, a Lodge-style luxury home that is as spacious as it is well appointed.  Even the family dog is considered in this design with a spacious indoor/outdoor kennel and dog run. 

Entering the wide vaulted foyer, double doors on the left lead into a den with a pocket door that links it to two bedrooms on the left. Bookshelves fill one entire wall. If needed, this room could be used as bedroom, or a home office.

Straight ahead, an open bridge overlooks the foyer and the vaulted great room. To the right, an arched opening leads to a powder room and a set of double doors that lead to a formal dining room.

The vaulted great room is great in every sense. At the far end, transoms crown atrium doors that flank a lovely stone fireplace. Natural light washes in through another set of wide windows higher up on that same wall.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you see into the great room, though it is not entirely open to it. A T-shaped work island holds the dishwasher, a vegetable sink and a, two-sided raised eating bar. The informal family room is richly windowed and has a pellet stove. A circular staircase there leads to the luxurious owners' suite upstairs.

Features in the vaulted owners' suite include a fireplace, a balcony, and two large walk-in closets. The naturally bright bathroom has a walk-in shower, twin vanities, and an enclosed toilet. Large storage closets and a large bonus or exercise room are next to the suite.

31st Jul, 2015
Articles, Blog

With the warm summer weather present, people are looking to put their outdoor spaces to good use and people are looking to create ideal outdoor areas in their new homes. Lot size is no barrier to creating a backyard paradise when careful consideration is given to how the home is laid out and orientated on the building site. Combine clever design with creative homeowners and any home can utilize any outdoors space to its fullest.

Outdoor Spaces, Coeur D'Alene 30-634

Gone are the days of the remote and seldom used outdoor living areas. Homeowners these days are looking to stretch their living outside as one seamless extension of the home. These artful transitions from inside to outside allows for bringing the indoors out when the summer sun comes out to play.

The first step to creating an outdoor paradise is determining where this space will go. There is the traditional approach that has the outdoor living area connected to the home and accessed with sliding glass or French doors. A more contemporary option is to place the outdoor space out in the yard, disconnected from the home. And then there is always choosing the best of both worlds and combining a little of each. Both of these options provide their own sets of benefits. By integrating the outdoor living with the home it can easily become an extension of the homeowner’s day to day living. Or by separating the outdoor area from the house the outdoor living is now dual purposed and can serve as a tranquil getaway or perfect party spot for friends and family.

The next thing that homeowners have to consider is the function of the outdoor living space. Will it be used strictly as another room of the home? Will it be an entertainment area for hosting parties and get-togethers with family? Perhaps it will be a play area for the kids to go outside and get their bodies moving during summer vacation? Deciding the functionality of the space allows the homeowner to hone in on the elements and amenities they want to incorporate, whether it is lounging couches for the living area, outdoor kitchens for dinner parties, or play sets for kids.

If choosing just one outdoor living space function or amenity seems limiting, Associated Design offers the gorgeous Coeur D'Alene 30-634 home plan. This exceptionally large, richly windowed, Chalet-style home plan not only features a vast and spacious interior but exemplifies outdoor living as an extension of the home and will not limit homeowner’s options. Outside of the bright and open vaulted living room, double doors on both sides flow into the large curved patio that spans the entirety of the back of the home. This beautiful space offers endless opportunity to create a functional, cozy and multi-faceted outdoor space that can be accessed and enjoyed at various points of the home. Because of the way the Coeur D’Alene patio wraps and expands across the back of the home, the space can be utilized for various purposes and is not limited to one outdoor amenity. For example, situate an outdoor dining area just steps outside the double doors off of the living room to enjoy summer barbeques on warm summer evenings. On the other side of the patio, install a play set as a way for the kids to get outside but not occupy the entirety of the patio space. Outside the owner’s suite, create a tranquil space perhaps a Jacuzzi might be the perfect touch for a relaxing couples evening. With this beautiful and opportunistic home design, your outdoor living options are anything but limited.

Outdoor living areas bring families together, welcomes friends, and becomes the perfect retreat for people after a hard day's work. Additionally, they provide opportunities for homeowners to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while staying within the comforts of their home. In order to create the most personally designed home plan based on the amount of space available, Associated Designs’ staff team is here to work hard to turn imagination into reality.

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31st Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Glenridge 10-053

Just looking at the Glenridge makes you think of sunshine. Inspired by the tropical Florida climate, this contemporary Mediterranean style home features a tile roof, a stucco exterior, and abundant arched windows. Raised planters accentuate, and add color. The side entrance to the garage is out of the line of vision from the street.

Inside, is as sunny as outside. Skylights illuminate the family room, kitchen, main bathroom and the hallway to the secondary bedrooms. A screened porch, is at the back, surrounded on three sides by a patio. Light from this bright space flows over to the dining room and family room.

Both the dining room and living room have 10 foot-high coffered ceilings and arched entrances. The dining room features three arches, and cooled by a ceiling fan.

The large kitchen features an eating bar, desk, breakfast nook, walk-in pantry, and a work island with a cooktop. A utility room with access to the garage is close by and features ample counter space for folding clothes and could function as a sewing center too.

Luxury amenities in the vaulted owners' suite include a large walk-in closet, twin basins and a soaking tub. An exterior door provides access to a basin, toilet and shower from outside that can be separated from the rest of the bathroom.

The garage features two large storage units, one accessible from the outside, handy for yard maintenance and the other is accessible from inside.

24th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, New Home Plan, Tumalo 30-996. Sloped Lot House Plan

The Tumalo is a country-style ranch home design for a downhill sloping lot. You can appreciate the view while standing on the railed, partially covered and vaulted deck at the rear, where you are elevated above ground level. 

Columns line the covered porch and walkway that wraps across most of the front. Skylights brighten the porch, the foyer, and the kitchen’s breakfast nook, which can also be accessed from the front porch through French doors.

In the foyer, to the left and through the double doors is a study. To the right leads to the nook and kitchen. Straight ahead, the foyer flows into the dining room and vaulted great room, which are partially separated by a two-sided fireplace.

An eating bar rims the work island in the kitchen. Another work island sits at the center of the kitchen, and a large walk-in pantry fills one corner. 

The vaulted owners’ suite features a walk-in shower and a large walk-in closet and is well isolated from secondary bedrooms.

20th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Lynden 30-143

Multiple peaks and a lofty arched porch gives the Lynden great curb-appeal. A wrap-around planter, along with half-round windows in the door and front bay add touches of grace in this traditional home plan

The 12-foot-high entry lends to the sense of spaciousness. Double doors on the left open into a bright den or parlor expanded by a window bay that fills most of the front wall. 

An art niche nestles into the hallway leading to the kitchen and great room. Across from the kitchen, another window bay is found in the eating nook.

The kitchen features a raised eating bar that provides seating for conversation and snacking, while hiding the view of kitchen clutter. Cupboard space is generous and a large step-in pantry is next to the nook. There is plenty of counter space as well.

Natural light flows in through side and rear windows, and the sliding door at the back opens onto a patio. When the weather keeps you indoors, you can have a fire in the corner fireplace and enjoy watching the flames instead.

You'll find the bedrooms along the right. Features in the owners' suite include a large walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom that provides privacy and steam containment for toilet and shower.

Secondary bedrooms are the same in size and share access to the main bathroom. Utilities are in a pass-through that connects with the garage.

17th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, New House Plan, Laurelhurst 30-994

The Laurelhurst is an update of the Prairie-style home that originated in early 20th century. Low-pitched hipped rooflines, wide eaves and large columns lend to this style.

The open places to gather are at the rear make this home that is ideal for families that enjoy entertaining. Windows line most of the rear wall in a great room with a two-sided fireplace that is also enjoyed from the Den. The dining area has sliding glass doors that open onto a nice covered patio.

The kitchen is open to the dining room, across a work island with a cook top on one side and an eating bar on the other. Ample cupboard and counter space includes a large walk-in pantry. The media room to the right also has patio access.

A den, located right of the foyer, is in an good location for a home office. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are in the left wing. The luxurious owners’ suite features a spa tub, dual vanity, walk-in shower and walk-in closet.

13th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Multi-family Plan, Corydon 60-008

The Corydon duplex plan is designed for construction on a corner lot, or a wide lot with both front and side access. This duplex design gives each unit a large measure of privacy as the front porches are not next to each other, and garages are well-separated. 

Unit A is two stories. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located upstairs, and it has direct access to a two-car garage.

Unit B is a one-level, two-bedroom plan with an attached, direct entry one-car garage, next to a two-car garage. It would be up to the owners, which unit used this second double garage.

This design would be ideal for an owner-tenant who likes to travel. They could live in one unit, and use that extra garage to store a travel trailer or boat when they are not in use. 

Both units feature raised eating bars that rim the kitchen that are open to large great rooms. Sliding glass doors in the dining areas open to access a large joined patio that is separated by a privacy wall.

In unit A, a powder room is just inside the front door, right next to laundry appliances that hide behind folding doors. A storage closet is beneath the stairs that lead to the second floor. Upstairs, a linen closet is on the landing, just outside the bathroom. The owners' suite features a private bathroom, complete with shower.

Unit B is smaller and has a wider front porch. It features two bedrooms and a two-section bathroom. Laundry appliances are right opposite the high-efficiency kitchen.

10th Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Luxury, Classical, Masonville 30-935

Gridded windows accent the front of the two-story Masonville, giving a traditional look to this luxury home. Wainscoting and gables enhance the exterior.

Bright, large gathering spaces complete two-thirds of the main floor while the luxury owners’ suite accounts for the rest. It features a large walk-in closet, an exercise room and spa tub.

Everyday living activities gravitate to the spacious kitchen, family room and nook, where natural light flows in through wide windows. One set slides open to provide patio access. A large walk-in pantry with room for a freezer is lcoated behind the kitchen.

The dining and living room flow together on the left side, and can be entered from either the great room or the foyer. In the living room, a fireplace lined by shelves is a focal point. The alcove toward the back could accommodate a grand piano.

Secondary bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large gathering room are upstairs. 

8th Jul, 2015
Articles, Blog

Building a new home is exciting! Whether it's a lifelong dream coming true, or an endeavor you've embarked on before, there are many things to consider when starting the process.

When you've found that perfect piece of property, spend a little time there and visit the site at different times of the day. Take note of the views, traffic, neighbors, and where the flow of natural light is throughout the day, these should all be considered when you are ready to begin choosing a home plan. Are the neighbors in close proximity? Perhaps you need a plan that would allow a more private backyard patio. Do you have a terrific view that needs to be captured in the areas of the home you spend the most time? Would the bedrooms be where headlights will shine in continually through the night? What are the natural contours of the building lot? What is the building envelope for your lot (setbacks, easements, etc.)?

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Floor Plan, Tillamook 30-519
Tillamook 30-519

Next, think about homes you've walked through, and magazines you've looked at. What has really caught your attention to think, "this is really great" or "how nice that would be". Also, consider how you live in your home. Some additional things to think about are:

  • Do you entertain? Will you need space to move around? Formal rooms?
  • Do you live casually? Does the great room concept fit the way you live?
  • Like Contemporary? Look for clean lines and functionality.
  • Do you want your home to feel relaxed or outdoorsy? Look for a home plan that will bring the outdoors in.
  • Will you be scaling down, or looking for more room?
  • Do you want the owners' suite close to or separate from the other bedrooms?
  • Hobbies? Do you need your own room or possibly a shop?
  • Do you want your utility room close to your kitchen area, or by the bedrooms where you produce the most laundry?
  • Budget? If you’re drawn to complicated roof lines and angles, these things can add up if you are trying to maintain a tight budget.

Ok, now it's time to begin looking for that perfect home plan and begin searching through the thousands of house designs available through the web. Sound or appears overwhelming? It really doesn't have to be. Most sites have advance search options which allows you to narrow down the search. Start with overall dimensions, and work your way from there. A bit of advice; think a little beyond your scope. Most pre-designed plans can be modified for example the exterior feel, adding a garage bay, adding or taking out a little width/depth, and changing a foundation are fairly simple changes to create your own perfect home plan.

Sutherlin 30-812, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan
Sutherlin 30-812


These days it’s easier than ever to search for home plans. From large plan brokerage sites which carry home plans from designers and architects across the country to individual design firm’s websites such as Associated Designs, the sky is the limit when it comes to searching for home plans. Regardless of where you end up browsing for plans never be afraid to ask questions, and look at the plan package options. If you customize a plan, make sure the changes are being made from the original designer and not outsourced. The original plan designer knows their plan best, and will help consult with the best way to make the changes you are considering as well as offer suggestions and guidance to the requested changes.

Another piece of advice; allow yourself the time to enjoy the process, and breathe. There are many resources and great people to assist you long the way.

6th Jul, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Charlottesville 30-650

European styling give ambiance to the elegant and spacious Charlottesville home plan. Families that love to entertain will appreciate this house, and its not hard to imagine a glowing bride descending the foyers curved staircase on her special day.

Raised stone trims the entrys stone veneer columns, accenting its lofty arch. Keystones highlight the front windows.

Inside, the staircase sweeps up along the right side of the two-story foyer. The balcony/landing overlooks the foyer and the family room, and links at one end with a large loft. Three bedrooms, a two-section bathroom, a storage closet, and a large, dormered bonus room are also located on this level.

On the main floor, walking under the balcony brings you into a bright, two-story family room with a wide-hearthed fireplace. Of the four tall multipaned windows filling most of the rear wall, the two at center open onto a partially covered patio.

The family room is open to the dining room. Natural light spills into this area through the rectangular window bay. A large work island is all that separates the dining room from the kitchen. 

Owners suite amenities include a two-section closet, large walk-in shower, and a two-sided fireplace. Flames can be enjoyed in the sleeping area and from the roomy spa tub. The deluxe guest suite is on the other side of the foyer, near the utility room, walk-in pantry, and three-car garage.

3rd Jul, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage Plan, Garage Design, 2 Story Garage Plan, Garage with Bonus Room, Garage 20-138

Garage 20-138

This handsome Craftsman style garage plan can hold up to two cars. The single garage door is 10' wide and 9' tall and with 45' of interior depth allows two cars to be parked one behind the other. Double doors on the front open to the garage space which could be used for a shop or storage. At the back of the garage are stairs that lead up to a bonus room.

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