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1st Jul, 2022

Spacious One Story House Plan Fern View 30-766

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Open and welcoming, the Fern View’s front porch spans the front facade of this contemporary ranch-style home. Slender posts provide graceful accents.

Having a basically rectangular footprint makes this home economical to build, heat and maintain. For young families, this makes a stunning starter home. For empty nesters it promises lower maintenance chores and costs without any downsizing of lifestyles. It could be furnished with three bedrooms or have two bedrooms and a study/home office, whichever suits.

Light spills into the vaulted entry though a sidelight plus a row of panes near the top of the door. A coat closet is on the left, just before the entry hall angles off in that direction. Double doors open into a window-bright room that could be a bedroom, home office or study.

Continue to the left and you step into the kitchen; going straight ahead brings you to the vaulted great room, after passing the bedroom and bathroom on the right. Linen and towel closets are tucked into alcoves there.

Light washes into the vaulted great room through wide windows that fill most of the rear wall, plus the slender windows flanking the fireplace. Sliding glass doors in the dining area open onto a wide patio.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across the raised eating bar into the great room, keep your eye on the patio, or enjoy watching seasonal changes outside. All appliances are built in, and a roomy walk-in pantry fills one corner. Laundry appliances are stacked right around the corner in the Fern View’s pass-through utility room, which provides access to the garage.

The owners’ suite is surprisingly luxurious for a home this size, boasting a spa tub, oversized shower and dual lav.

The Fern View 30-766 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

1st Jul, 2022
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With summer in full swing the team at The House Plan Company has put together a collection of plans that would make a fantastic addition to any backyard. Whether you are looking to up your pool side experience with the addition of a cabana or create the ultimate outdoor living room these designs are sure to make a splash!

Mountain Casita

Designed with the sunny southwest in mind the Mountain Casita design #85405 offers 1580 square feet of flexible recreation space. Five roll up doors fill the front wall allowing the design to be completely opened to the outdoors. A large, covered patio extends the sheltered outdoor living and enhances it with a grill counter. An ideal accompaniment to a swimming pool, the Mountain Casita offers a beverage bar, a full bathroom, and a steam room!

Cabana Cool

Those looking to expand their pool side game, look no further than the Cabana Cool design #30866. At 400 square feet, this cabana offers a space to escape the sun while still enjoying the outdoors. Along the back wall is a fireplace which is framed by built-ins. Around the back side of the design are two storage closets to help with pool maintenance and organization.

Corea Pavillion

The Corea Pavillion is a great design for those looking to add to their outdoor experience. This 1008 square foot design is an ideal center piece to any backyard – with or without a swimming pool. The covered space has a half wall that wraps around three sides offering a grill area and wet bar. Entertaining is easy in this space between the outdoor kitchen and firepit.

Driftwood Poolhouse

At only 456 square feet the Driftwood Poolhouse packs a big punch. A vaulted lanai is centered around a fireplace. Behind sliding barn doors, a TV cabinet is kept out of sight but easily revealed on game day for the ultimate watch party. To the side of the lanai is a bar and grill. The bar is lined by an eating bar allowing guests to mingle and chat with the grill king or mix master. Along the back is a full bathroom with a bench and shelves making the transition from the lounge to the pool easy.

Bar Hop

Looking for a poolside addition that provides an optional guest room? The search ends at the Bar Hop design. A studio space with a full bathroom and closet could serve as a detached guest room for those who enjoy entertaining but want to offer overnighters their own space. Between the studio and the large recreation room is a half bathroom with direct access to the outdoors, an excellent feature for a pool side structure, along with a storage closet. The recreation room can be opened through a roll up door on the right side. Along the side is a long counter with a sink and for those warm summer afternoons the entertaining can spill out to the outdoor kitchen which is framed by a long eating bar.

Inspired by these five stunning poolside plans? Check out The House Plan Company’s complete collection of Pool House Plans and find the perfect pairing to your outdoor retreat.

 

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
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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 tips for building in today’s market:

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

27th May, 2022

Traditional One Story Toketee House Plan

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Handsome brick graces most of the exterior of the traditional Toketee house plan. Stone accents add visual interest for those passing by. The front door is recessed adding privacy and protection from the elements.

Inside the double front door opens to a vaulted entry. Just a few steps away is a convenient coat closet and directly off the entry is a study. With its proximity to the front door along with built-in bookcase and window seat, the study would make an ideal home office. At the end of the entry the floor plan transitions to a transverse hallway.

To the left, the hallway leads past the formal dining room and ends at the home's two secondary bedrooms. Straight ahead an arched opening frames the vaulted great room. The rear wall of the great room is filled with windows flooding the space with natural light. For those who live in areas where weather or bugs are an issue, the great room opens to a screened porch where the outdoors can be enjoyed in peace and quiet. The well-appointed kitchen is open to the great room though an eating bar helps to provide visual separation. The kitchen is a home chef’s dream with ample counter space, a center island with cooktop and a walk-in pantry. Those who enjoy slightly more formal entertaining will appreciate the separation between the kitchen and dining. After a delightful meal is enjoyed it is easy to retire to the home's sunroom where the outdoors can continue to be enjoyed.

The owners’ suite is at the end of the hallway that crosses the Toketee’s one story floor plan along with a half bathroom for guests. French doors open to the vaulted owners’ suite which is a spacious retreat that boasts direct access to the back deck, a sitting room, and private bathroom complete with twin sinks, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and large walk-in closet.

Directly across from the owners’ suite is access to the attached three car garage. Ideal for a large property or corner city lot, the garage bays are accessed from the side.

The Toketee 10-613 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

20th May, 2022

Heartfall House Plan Offers Dog Friendly Features

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Passing by the Heartfall design the Craftsman accents catch your eye. Dual front porches are framed by posts with stout stone bases and slender posts that lead your eye to the stunning beams that adorn the gable ends. The front door is protected by its own vaulted covered porch, creating a welcoming first impression to visiting family and friends.

Inside the foyer ceilings soar to 13’. The spacious entry includes a bult-in bench, making the transition from the outdoors to the inside comfortable. Just a few steps inward to access the coat closet and get your first glance at the richly windowed great room. Right off the entry hall the floor plan opens to the kitchen which offers plenty of counter space and boasts an island and step-in pantry. A transition from the 10’ ceilings help to visually separate the kitchen from the rest of the great room which features vaulted ceilings. A cozy fireplace can be enjoyed throughout the great room. Along the left wall of the great room a double sliding glass door opens to extend the space outside and onto the covered patio. The great room is framed on three sides by outdoor living spaces – ideal for those who enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. Even the dining room features a sliding glass door that opens it to one of the two covered porches seen from the street. A beverage bar in the dining room makes entertaining a breeze.

The Heartfall’s three bedrooms fill the back of the home. The owners’ suite has a separate hallway from the two secondary bedrooms and boasts a large walk-in closet, private bathroom – complete with spa, walk-in shower, and dual vanities, along with direct access to the back patio. The secondary bedrooms are also well appointed and share jack-and-jill style access to a shared compartmentalized bathroom with twin sinks.

This house plan offers a basement foundation which allows the Heartfall to grow with the homeowners as the unfinished space can be used as storage or finished at a later date to provide a family room, hobby space, or whatever else suits.

It is easy to see why the Heatfall is one of Associated Designs most popular designs. Its open great room style living and comfortable three bedrooms are appealing features, plus the floor plan is designed to accommodate four-legged family members. An optional doggy door provides quick access from the backyard to the shelter of the garage. Just a few steps inside the home the utility room cabinets account for two dog beds under the countertop and provide cubbies and storage. Stairs just outside the utility room lead to the Heartfall’s unfinished bonus room which has the potential to be finished with an additional full bathroom and second beverage bar.

The Heartfall 10-620 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

13th May, 2022

Craftsman Duplex Plan Artondale 60-059

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You can see the Craftsman influence in the exterior of the Artondale, from the use of shingles in the gable ends to the stone based columns this two story duplex plan is a treat for the eyes. The separation of the units is visible even from the street, only the wall of the two car garages is shared.

Each unit of the Artondale is identical so only one will be described.

Slender posts with wide stone bases frame the front door. The covered porch is cozy but welcoming. Inside the entry offers a coat closet just inside the front door and opens up to the living room or the staircase leading to the second floor.

The main floor is filled with the great room. Living room, dining room, and kitchen are completely open allowing people and conversations to flow between the three spaces. An eating bar extends from the kitchen providing some visual separation while adding to the available seating. A sliding glass door off the kitchen opens to the back covered patio. The hallway that extends from the great room leads beyond a storage closet to a half bathroom, laundry room, and access to the attached two car garage.

The two story floor plan has all three bedrooms on the second floor providing nice separation between the living spaces and the sleeping area. The staircase separates the owners’ suite from the two secondary bedrooms. The owners’ suite is well-appointed and decorated with a vaulted ceiling. A pocket door slides to reveal the walk-in closet and at the back of the suite is the private bathroom.

Each unit is comfortably laid out with just under 1500 square feet of living area it is easy to see why the Artondale is a great duplex design.

The Artondale 60-059 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

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