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6th May, 2019
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Newswire - The eternal question for any homeowner planning to build a new home is, “How much will it cost?” But asking builders how much a new home will cost, and more specifically, how much it will cost per square foot, will likely elicit a wide range of responses from low to high and somewhere in between. Cost per square foot analysis may seem like an elusive math problem, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Cost per square foot analysis is difficult for homeowners to get their arms around because it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison and there always seems to be many different answers.

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4th Mar, 2019
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Building a new home is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and selecting the perfect home design and floor plan to meet your family’s needs can be daunting, but it’s a critical step toward realizing your dream home.  

Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, a leading residential design plan company based in Oregon, offers four important pieces of advice when choosing the right floor plan for new home construction.

1. Define the Goals of Your New Home

The first step in selecting the right home design, even before purchasing a building lot, is to determine the goals of your new home and create a “wish list” of the desired spaces, features and amenities based on your lifestyle. According to McAlexander, this...

1st Feb, 2019
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Newswire —Feb. 1,2019—You are considering a new home and are stuck trying to figure out what style of living area will best work for you, your family, and the way that you live. Well ponder no further. The House Plan Company has prepared this helpful guide to the three main types of living areas and how they live.

The Vintage Layout: Separated Family and Entertaining Spaces

Formally defined spaces and separation between family and gathering spaces is the traditional approach to arranging the living area of a home. As showcased in the...

8th Jan, 2019
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Trend Spotter: Up and Coming Design Styles for 2019

With the New Year thoughts wonder to what the year will hold. It can be both uplifting as well as thought-provoking. Maybe something that you did in the old year you’d like to not have happened in the New Year. But a trend that works, that fits well and catches on, you probably want to repeat.

Same goes for home trends. The best trends can be passed on into the New Year, whether it’s the style of house, a specific layout or design element, or even a room that becomes an amenity in and of itself.

“That’s kind of what happened with garages in 2018,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “The garage became an...

4th Dec, 2018
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The need for your home to grow with you has been a long standing concern with homeowners. Moving is time consuming and expensive so without spending too much on a larger home finding ways to adapt the current space is critical.

Originally the solution for this problem was the bonus room. Smartly maximizing the additional space created by the truss system over the garage, the bonus room provided family’s with the opportunity to spread out as budget and lifestyle allowed.The pitfall with the bonus room is the need for stairs in homes that are otherwise on a single level and being tucked away over the garage can leave the room feeling detached from the rest of the house. For homeowners’ looking for a solution to their growing needs that isn’t as separated as the...

6th Nov, 2018
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If there’s one thing most homebuyers find intimidating, it’s building a house. The planning, the project management, the contractors, the blueprints, the permits, the time… it can all become overwhelming.

“It’s the one thing that always gets my clients a bit bewildered,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “They start thinking about all the little details and they get blindsided. But I always tell them, the benefits of building far outweigh all the other concerns they might have.”

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1st Oct, 2018
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It wasn’t too long ago that the only thing you did in a kitchen was prepare the next meal. Think back a couple decades and you might remember sitting in the living room while someone put the finishing touches on dinner in another part of the house, disconnected from the rest of the family. The distant sounds of pots clanging were all that was noted. And the kitchen was small and box-like in most cases.

Nowadays, the kitchen is more than a kitchen. It’s the social hub of the home, with all the amenities and features needed to entice friends and family to gather around and chat. Yes, a meal is being prepared, but it’s not hidden from sight. It’s happening right in the middle of all the buzzing activity.

“The modern home has an open floor plan,...

5th Sep, 2018
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People often use terms interchangeably when it comes to home design. No more so is this evident then when talking about modern and contemporary architecture.

“It’s the funniest thing, really,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, Inc. “In truth, the two terms are related. Parts of modern home design can mix with contemporary style and vice versa. So it’s not that people are wrong when they use those terms. They just don’t quite get the dynamics beneath the words.”

The dynamics come down to two things: defined style and a changing style.

Modern home design has characteristics that are distinctive and unchanging, for the most part. It’s not ornate or full of detail like the more elaborate style of the...

6th Aug, 2018
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Picture this: A homeowner wants to update the kitchen in his or her home, and a contractor is called. Without too much quibbling, the details are finalized and the work begins. But then things start to go wrong.

This scenario doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it often gives contractors a bad reputation when in fact the real issue is that the homeowner didn’t do the homework.

“You can do a Google search for contractors in your area, and you’ll get star ratings and reviews of names and businesses, but that’s just one part of the process,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “Homeowners have to do a little legwork to really get a feel for who or...

10th Jul, 2018
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A lot of families, big and small, crave a home life that is free of worries and troubles. They want to be able to move freely, focus on the good things, store their memories, and plan for the future. Formality is not in the cards (necessarily). Large rooms that seem to echo and reverberate with their grandeur are more ideal for entertaining than casual living.

But what is a “casual lifestyle”? Well, defining it is not as simple as just saying it’s having these rooms in a certain order or this layout in this size house.

“Casual living is about putting the spotlight on what’s important,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “The important rooms, the ones that families will use the most such as the...

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