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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 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.

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. 

6th May, 2022

Sunny Mediterranean Inspired Summerdale House Plan 31-013

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Looking for a unique home plan that is bright and cheery? Look no further than the Summerdale house plan. This two story design is embellished with Mediterranean style making each day feel as an escape to a bright and exotic locale. Bold stone columns draw your attention to the covered porch and front door while built in planters add splashes of color.

Inside the foyer is open and spacious. A small den is immediately to your left and would make an ideal home office with its proximity to the front door. The foyer transitions seamlessly to the 2-story formal living room with cozy fireplace to keep the home bright even when days grown darker and shorter. At the back of the living room, the floor plan transitions to informal space – a great room fills the back right corner of the Summerdale. The mix of formal and informal allows the Summerdale to accommodate a range of entertaining styles. The kitchen is well-appointed and offers ample counter space. A walk-in pantry is just steps away along with access to the main floor laundry room and attached two car garage.

For those who do enjoy entertaining of hosting family and friends for longer windows of time, the first floor offers a comfortable guest suite with private bathroom and large walk-in closet. There is even direct access to the back deck giving the guest suite the flexibly to serve as a second master suite.

The second floor is filled with the Summerdale’s three primary bedrooms. A loft spans across the second floor and is open to the living room below. The first two bedrooms are private suites, each with a full bathroom and walk-in closet. For those who find outdoor spaces important the shared balcony between the secondary suites is a welcomed feature. The owners’ suite completes the second-floor plan and is a luxurious retreat. Through French doors, the comfortable suite unfolds. The private en-suite boasts twin sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a large walk-in closet. Off the bedroom is a private balcony overlooking the backyard.

The Summerdale 31-013 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

1st May, 2022
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Whether you are looking to jump on the accessory dwelling unit trend or prefer the cozy living of a small house plan, designs under 1000 square feet are in high demand. The House Plan Company has put together a collection of small house plans that live large.

Sunset Key 58951

A soaring shed roof provides the opportunity for vaulted ceilings inside this modern small house plan that packs a big punch with only 952 square feet. A generous use of windows fills the home with natural light. From the front covered deck, the Sunset Key offers a narrow footprint at only 28’ wide. Through the front door you immediately step into the great room. Living room, dining, and kitchen are seamless. The first thing that catches your eye is the stunning wall of windows, ideal for soaking up any coastal, mountain, river, lake, or cityscape views. Off the kitchen a sliding glass door opens to the deck. This charming modern cabin plan is rounded out with a bedroom that offers two closets, a full bathroom, and an office.

Melia 54637

Graceful gable ends and a stone wainscot give the Melia a charming country feel. Inside the entry offers a coat closet to the right. A few steps in and the floor plan opens up to the living area. Utilizing the great room layout provides flexibility for furnishing this cozy space. Beyond the kitchen, double doors open to the main floor bedroom which has direct access to the back yard. There is also a shared bathroom at the end of the hallway along with storage built under the staircase. On the second floor there are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. All of this comfortably laid out in a floor plan that is only 943 square feet.

Hillock 34057

Looking for a barndominum plan under 1000 square feet? Look no further than the Hillock. At 992 square feet this design offers a 2 car garage on the main floor and a 2 bedroom apartment on the second. In addition to the car storage on the first floor, a half bathroom is tucked away under the stairs which are closed off from the garage. The stairs run through the middle of the living area, providing some separation between the living room and the kitchen with built-in dining area. A rich display of windows along the front insure that the living area and kitchen are filled with light. At the back of the second floor are two bedrooms laid out as jack-and-jill suites, sharing direct access to the compartmentalized bathroom. Each suite also has a private balcony.

Plan 80802

Straight out of a fairytale, Plan 80802 has an adorable cottage exterior. Slender posts frame the front door and the small covered porch. At only 781 square feet this single level design offers an open living area. The front door opens immediately into the great room. A coat closet is to the right and straight ahead a sitting area with cozy fireplace. The kitchen includes space for a breakfast nook. Beyond the kitchen is the bedroom with step-in closet along with the full bathroom.

Whether you are looking to downsize your year-round residence or wanting to add a secondary dwelling to your property, these small house plans offer comfortable floor plans and modern amenities. To continue your search check out The House Plan Company’s collection of small or tiny house plans.

 

29th Apr, 2022

Vacation House Plan Lakeville 30-998

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The Lakeville house plan makes a great option for families looking to downsize their year-round residence or build a vacation getaway. At 1712 square feet the straightforward layout of this small house plan make it economical to build. From the street view, this one-story design is adorned with a stone wainscot, decorative beams, and clean horizontal lap siding. Slender columns with stone bases frame the front door and the vaulted covered porch.

Through the front door the entry is laid out as an airlock. This floor plan feature is ideal for homeowners building in climates with highly variable temperatures. The separation of the entry from the main portion of the home helps to regulate temperature swings with the coming and going from the home. Inside the airlock there is space for a bench with hooks, a coat closet plus a mechanical closet.

From the entry airlock the floor plan opens to the great room. The large, vaulted living room features a cozy corner fireplace. Off the living room a man door opens to the vaulted covered deck which extends the living to the outdoors when the weather allows. Off the living room the great room transitions to the dining area which is separated from the kitchen by a peninsular eating bar. The efficient kitchen is comfortably appointed and offers a corner step-in pantry.

The Lakeville offers flexibility to be either a two- or three-bedroom home. If only two bedrooms are needed there is nice separation between the sleeping areas with the secondary bedroom located on the left side of the floor plan. Just steps outside the room is a compartmentalize bathroom. The owners’ suite fills the back, right corner of the home and boasts a private bathroom with walk-in shower. Steps outside the owners’ suite is a den, which is the flex space and can be furnished as a third bedroom or hobby room.

The Lakeville 30-998 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

22nd Apr, 2022

Small Ranch House Plan Sandpiper 31-289

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From the street, the understated simplicity of the Sandpiper invites a second look. Slender posts frame the front door and a railing extends to mark the boundary of the covered porch; a delightful place for a porch swing or set of chairs for those who enjoy connecting with neighbors and passersby.

Inside the entry is open to the great room. A few steps in is a coat closet. The living room is inviting and features a corner fireplace which can be enjoyed from the nook which is just slightly offset from the living room. By the fireplace, French doors open to the 3-season porch which is ideal for those who love to enjoy the outdoors but may live where bugs or wind are a problem. Through the nook is the kitchen along with access to the walk-in pantry.

Off the kitchen is a hallway that traverses the home. At the end is access to the attached two car garage which is just steps away from the pass-through utility room. With access to the backyard, the utility room can serve as a mud hall keeping dirty clothes and shoes from making it through the home.

A distinctive feature of the Sandpiper is that its two bedrooms are dual master suites. While one of the suites shares access to its bathroom each suite has a walk-in closet and full bathroom.

As suggested by its name the Sandpiper would make a wonderful beach house plan or vacation getaway. Or those who are looking for a home with reduced maintenance may enjoy the Sandpiper’s floor plan as a year-round residence.

The Sandpiper 31-289 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

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