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1st May, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

                            Home from the Heart Survey

Fairheart 10-600, Ranch House Plan, Contemporary Home Plan

Fairheart 10-600 - The 2013 Home from the Heart survey home

What do families want in their homes? It changes a little every year, but much greater differences evolve over the course of a decade. Results just in from Associated Designs' 2013 Home from the Heart Survey show this to be true.

Ten years ago, people yearned for larger homes. The 2000-3000 square foot home was the most popular. This year, 1400-1800 square feet rated the highest, perhaps reflecting the economic realities of the times.

Style preferences have changed a great deal as well. In 2003, the contemporary exterior came out on top, followed closely by the nostalgic country-style home. This year, ranch-style homes were the most preferred, indicating a major comeback for this old favorite. The Craftsman-style home ranked second with 21 percent, actually quite close to the 25 percent it rated in 2003.

When it comes to floor plans, contemporary families appear to want more openness in their gathering spaces. Only 17 percent asked for formal living areas, down from about 50 percent ten years ago. More than 90 percent asked that their kitchen be open to the family room, as opposed to less than 60 percent back then. On the other hand, more than 90 percent now want the owners' suite isolated from the secondary bedrooms, up from 70 percent in 2003. A high preference for its location on the main floor held steady over time.

The desire for a woodstove or fireplace has dropped from 90 percent to about 75 percent. And it's notable, but not surprising, that computer centers have shot up from around 45 percent to around 65 percent. Green building practices were barely talked about in 2003. Now, most families are considering including at least some of these options in their plans.

Newspaper readers, Facebook and Twitter followers, like yourself from all over the United States participated in this survey. We send out a hearty "thank you" to all who did so. Your fresh input is invaluable for keeping our home designs in tune with what real families really want.

View the Home from the Heart survey results

25th Apr, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Alden 30-904, Traditional House Plan, Small Home Plan

Alden 30-904

This single story, traditional home plan has a spacious-feeling, this compact home is perfect for young families or empty nesters. The home features a window-bright, wide-open living room, dining room, and kitchen. Utilities in pass-through connected to garage and also close to bedrooms.

17th Apr, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Bonus Room 20-060, Garage Plans, Craftsman

Garage with Bonus Room 20-060

This Craftsman-style garage plan can house up to two cars. Both garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. At the back of the garage there is a generous shop area and upstairs is a bonus room.

15th Apr, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Halsey 30-847, Ranch Home Plan, Traditional House Plan

Halsey 30-847

This ranch house plan features a compact single-story design, thrifty to build and maintain. Kitchen with long eating bar; open to dining and living rooms. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms cluster together in the left wing.

3rd Apr, 2013
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Claredon 30-564

Oakridge 30-761

Larkspur 30-880

This gallery of completed home plans were constructed by Future B Homes of Eugene, OR and showcases their quality construction.

Photos courtesy of Future B Homes

3rd Apr, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Living 20-080, Craftsman Garage Plan, Hobby, Loft

Garage w/Living 20-020

This Craftsman garage plan can park up to two cars. Both doors are the same size at 10' wide and 8' tall. In the back is a hobby room with a work bench, sink and mechanical room. Two sets of stairs access the second floor. During raining days the second floor can be access from the hobby room, or if the weather is pleasant there is a set of stairs that runs along the outside of the garage. On the second floor there is a loft with space for a sink, cook top and refrigerator. There is also an office and full bathroom.

26th Mar, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Georgetown 10-576, Hexagonal House Plan, Contemporary Home Plans

Georgetown 10-576

This contemporary Georgian home has a stunningly bright and lofty hexagonal core. Stacked multipaned glass sections crown the tall windows that fill most of the great room’s three rear walls. A luxurious owners’ suite and home office fill the entire left wing, while the right wing is devoted to secondary bedrooms and a roomy garage.

21st Mar, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Glen Eden 50-017, Craftsman House Plan, Cabin Home Plan

Glen Eden 50-017          

Metal roofing adds its crisp, clean lines to this charming Craftsman update. Most rooms are richly glassed and have vaulted ceilings, so the house seems much more spacious than its size would indicate. In the great room, the gas fireplace serves as an inviting focal point. Counters and built-ins wrap around three sides of the country-style kitchen.


12th Mar, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Bakersfield 10-582, Ranch Home Plan, House Plan

Bakersfield 10-582

Brick veneer, corner quoins, Craftsman windows, and a trio of gables blend harmoniously to create this inviting front façade. The home’s free-flowing great room fills most of the richly glassed rear, and is partially open to the kitchen across a curved eating bar. Both the dining area and the luxurious owners’ suite offers direct access to the covered patio.

5th Mar, 2013
Blog, New Home Plans

Rimrock 30-817, Mediterranean House Plan, Townhome plan

Rimrock 30-817

Narrow where it fronts the street, this Mediterranean-style townhome is actually quite large. It’s two stories high, and extends quite a ways back. The living room, dining area and kitchen flow together in a wide-open space, which links with a large, partially covered patio. Double doors open into the owners’ suite, which has a roomy walk-in closet.

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