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24th Jun, 2022

Vacation Log House Plan Aspen 30-025

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Rustic logs frame the Aspen, a spacious vacation retreat designed to maximize appreciation of the outdoors. Windows, stacked two high, open most of the rear elevation to the view, and a wide deck spans that entire side of the home. Rain and snow slide easily off the long-lasting metal roof.

Log homes endure. Some built early in our country’s history are still in use, with updated interiors.

This one has a bright great room at center, warmed by a free-standing woodstove. The ceiling at the rear rises to two stories high near the windows. Two good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom are on the second floor, along with a wide, railed loft that overlooks the great room.

You could actually live in this house year-round. It boasts close to 2,000 square feet of interior living area, more than many homes have, and the roomy deck adds hundreds more square feet of living area when days are warm. It even has three bathrooms, one upstairs and two on the main floor.

The kitchen has plenty of cupboard and counter space, along with a work island and a large walk-in pantry. The edge of the work island that faces the great room serves as an eating and conversation bar. Potted plants flourish in the small window bay in front of the sink, and a door to the deck makes it easy to move meals outside.

Utilities are nearby, in a full-sized laundry room complete with overhead cabinets and a deep sink.

The Aspen’s owners’ suite has a full-size walk-in closet, and a private bathroom with dual vanity, tub, and linen storage.

The Aspen 30-025 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

17th Jun, 2022

House Plan with Photo Brookville 30-928

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Shake and lap siding combine with cultured stone veneer to make the Brookville a textural treat for the eyes.  This country cottage is designed for a lot that slopes down at the rear.

Family and friends will enjoy spending time together in the window-bright, wide-open gathering space at the heart of this home. Sparkling windows frame and crown a gas fireplace that serves as a focal point in the vaulted great room. This lofty space segues seamlessly into the dining room. Only a drop in ceiling height marks the transition.

Sliding doors in the dining room allow easy access to a wide, partially covered railed deck that spans much of the rear. The covered section could be screened if bugs are problematic. Kitchen workers can gaze out across the raised eating bar to watch fireplace flames or keep tabs on activities in the dining room and on the deck. Counters, cabinets, and appliances wrap around four sides of the kitchen, and a roomy pantry nestles into one corner.

Another vaulted ceiling expands the sense of spaciousness in the owners’ suite, the only ground floor bedroom. Amenities here include a deep walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom with an oversized shower.

You can overlook the vaulted great room while ascending the stairway to the upper level. Two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large bonus room are upstairs. One bedroom has a wider closet; the other bedroom is slightly larger overall.

Light spills into the Brookville’s bonus room through a street-facing multipaned window. Ceilings slope down on the left and right. This room could double as an art studio, hobby space, or exercise room while still leaving plenty of storage space along the sides.

The Brookville 30-928 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

10th Jun, 2022

Farmhouse Plan Whiskey Creek 31-143

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From the street the Whiskey Creek exudes farmhouse charm. An idyllic front covered porch if bound by a rail and a slender post. This cozy porch is an ideal place for a porch swing or a couple of chairs for those who enjoy engaging with neighbors as they pass by.

Inside the front door opens to the foyer with 11’ ceilings. Designed with privacy in mind the long entry hall ensures that the festivities in the great room are not seen from the front door. Off the foyer there are two cased openings. To the right a short hallway leads to the secondary bedrooms which are separated by a full bathroom. To the left is the formal dining room. At the back of the dining room a hallway provides a nice separation but easy access to the kitchen. This hallway has room for a hutch if desired and along with access to the walk-in pantry.

The back of the home is filled with the great room and kitchen. The great room features a fireplace framed by built-ins which can be enjoyed through the kitchen as well. The back wall is filled with windows and a sliding glass door which opens the room up to the covered patio and BBQ patio just steps away. The kitchen is well appointed, offering ample counter space along with an island.

Off the kitchen is the mud hall with space for a bench to help organize gear. Off the mud hall is the attached 2-car side entry garage along with the utility room with a unique feature, linen shelves that can be accessed from either the owner’s suite walk-in closet or the utility room.

Nicely separated from the other bedrooms, the owners’ suite is located off a long hallway off the mud hall. This quiet retreat is also removed from the busy living areas and has a luxurious private bathroom complete with walk-in shower, soaking tub, dual vanities, and a walk-in closet.

The Whiskey Creek 31-143 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

3rd Jun, 2022

Hideaway Cabin Plan

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Simple batt and board siding grace the exterior of the Hideaway cabin plan. The front covered porch has a vaulted ceiling allowing additional windows to fill the front of the home pouring in natural light.

Inside the front door opens immediately into the great room, where the vaulted ceiling continues. To the left is the living area where a cozy corner wood stove keeps the home comfortable on chill winter evenings. To the right are the dining area and kitchen. An angled island provides some visual separation between the dining room and the kitchen while adding to the available counter space.

Just around the corner, off the kitchen, a hallway leads back to the main floor bedrooms but first leads past the utility room. Designed to function as a mud hall, the utility room’s passthrough design provides direct access to the side yard. At the end of the hall is the owners’ suite with a private bathroom and a large walk-in closet. The owners’ suite also boasts direct access to the outdoors.

Back in the great room a staircase along the back wall leads up to the unfinished loft allowing the Hideaway to be tailored to the homeowner’s lifestyle. Depending on the foundation the home is built on, the under-stair storage could serve as a pantry to the nearby kitchen. Or if built on a basement, the basement access stairs run under the stairs leading to the loft.

The Hideaway 31-082 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

1st Jun, 2022
Articles, Blog

For those building in today’s market, the process of getting a project off paper and under construction can be daunting—regardless of the size of the build and whether it’s a first venture into a construction project or not. Considerations from the availability of designers and architects to builders and construction supplies can impact not only how soon a project may be started, but how long it will take to complete.

“Even if you are fortunate enough to find your perfect plan, engineering and permitting will usually take several months,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Depending on the specific building jurisdiction, it is possible that other professionals will also need to participate in the process. Surveyors, land use, mechanical contractors, designers, and roof truss manufacturers are just a few of the professionals that may need to be involved, so it's critical to recognize the process will take time.”

Leveraging pre-designed plans will help save time and offer a starting point to fit your needs, but Eugene, Oregon based The House Plan Company also recommends the following home building tips:

1. Plan ahead

It seems obvious, but the key to staying on budget is planning ahead. A detailed plan can make or break any project. When it comes to planning for new construction, there's so many different areas to consider. First, the budget is obviously a huge factor that will guide the entire process. Next, the plot of land or location brings zoning, obstructions, utility lines, and permits into the picture. Mapping out your house plan process overall comes in phases and sectioning out the details and needs of each specific phase of building your dream home. Lastly, a team of professionals is important to have to understand each phase of the process and where their expertise will come in. 

2. Give Each Phase Time.

The decision to build can be exciting, but do not let the desire to see immediate progress make you rush your project. Once you have selected a plan consult with an HPC expert to help guide you through the plan package selection. When your order is complete and plans are in hand, along with the appropriate copyright release, it is a good idea to consult with local building professionals. Your contractor, building department officials, or design professional can help guide you through the next steps.

If your project requires customizing a pre-designed plan keep in mind that designers are experiencing greater work volumes than they have previously, and seasonal fluctuations are no longer the norm. So, it is important to get the revision process started early. Also plan on having supplemental design information prepared before applying for permits. This may include site plans, structural engineering, or other site studies.

Just like during their design and architectural counterparts, builders' schedules are also often booked out well in advance. Although some may still be willing to assist with the design phase, don't be surprised if builders push out meetings to review your project until you have plans in hand.

3. Have Patience.

When navigating the design and building process, ask lots of questions, but also be prepared to have patience throughout the process. Unexpected or unplanned delays can unfortunately be part of the process.

4. Be Prepared.

As resources become commodities in today’s market, the cost of construction has been on the rise and has the potential to push you beyond your budget. If this is the case, having plans finished and a construction team lined up may put you in a better position to move ahead when construction material pricing levels off.

5. Enjoy the Process!

Every project has its challenges, but don’t forget that building should be a fun, exciting process. Smile and remember that in the end, you will move into your new dream home or outfit a detached garage or shop.

McAlexander says the question homeowners often neglect to ask vendors during the build and design process but should, is “do you have the skills and expertise to meet my project goals?”

“That is not to say every project needs to be treated as a work of art, but if you’re building your forever home on the dream lot, careful planning and meticulous execution will result in a lifetime of enjoyment. With that in mind, it is important to find professionals with extensive experience,” McAlexander concluded.

Contact us today to learn more about how our house plans and expertise can help guide you to building the perfect new home.

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