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5th Apr, 2021
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Online search data reveals Southern style house plans are surging in popularity, with major search engines showing a 500% increase in searches for the design style over the past 12 months. This emerging trend has been validated by The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon that has watched five of its southern-inspired home plans grow in popularity over the past year. The designs offer a mix of modern, hillside, palatial estate, vacation home and urban living architecture.

“Southern living plans may be growing in popularity because of their eye-catching, yet simple exteriors and flexible floor plans,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “With more time being spent at home, people are looking for homes that...

2nd Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog

A recent trend in home design is the two master suite house plan. The allure of two master suites is appealing to a wide range of homeowners’. Whether you are planning for the care of elderly parents, helping out adult children returning home, looking to split housing costs, or simply need some space from your significant other – due to conflicting schedules or medical reasons, or a comfortable suite for visiting guests, there is flexibility to be found with a home that offers dual master bedrooms.   

What exactly do you get with a double master house plan? It’s a design that offers more than just a larger second bedroom, but two comfortable retreats each with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms.

To help you with your search, Associated...

19th Mar, 2021

You’ve put in the time searching for your next home and you’ve decided to build. Now how do you start the design process? Do you want to create a custom home?

You decide to start by looking for house plans online and you find a plan that seems so close to the home you envisioned but there are just some elements that don’t fit your needs. What do you do? Do you keep looking? Do you settle? Can you modify the plan?

After reaching out to talk to the designer about the plan you found you learn that plan modifications are possible. And in fact is a great option for getting a design that feels customized to you without the investment of a design created from scratch.

New house plan, the Foxboro 31-153, is a one such design. Starting with the Sturnbridge...

12th Mar, 2021
Articles

Over the last year the need for one or two extra rooms has become a fast growing desire for homebuyers. Those 3 or 4 bedroom house plans allow for everyone to have a place to work and sleep. Associated Designs has put together a collection of popular 4 bedroom house plans that fit over a range of sizes and styles.

Small Country House Plan – Paisley 30-852


A classic country exterior graces the front of the Paisley house plan. Inside this 1521 square foot floor plan, the entry opens up to the casual great room...

1st Mar, 2021
Articles, Blog

The past year has taught homeowners everywhere the value of a little extra space. With families spending more time than ever in their homes, bedrooms have been turned into offices or classrooms, while bonus rooms have been converted to living spaces for extended family.

Though the pandemic will eventually fade into memory, these home trends show signs of enduring for the long term. Numerous plans available through The House Plan Company reflect these changing preferences, with buyers increasingly placing an emphasis on flexibility and efficient, creative use of spaces. And those with room on their primary lots are taking advantage of the small house plan trend by adding modern guest houses to their property.

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20th Feb, 2021
Articles, Home Plan Series

Whether your reason for looking for a small house plan is to reduce maintenance, to ease into homeownership, or to embrace a simpler way of life; Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has 5 of America’s best small house plans.

Shed Roof House Plan – Sandstone 30-926

The Sandstone is a modern, 2 story townhouse plan that features different angled shed roofs. At 1533 square feet this design offers a main floor that is filled with a great room that features a cozy corner fireplace. A main floor master...

4th Feb, 2021
Articles

Is your perfect home plan a design with some unique features? Maybe a custom exterior or tailored floor plan features that go beyond the staple Craftsman inspired 3 bedroom home. If you are looking for a floor plan that offers something out of the ordinary, take a look at these three tending house plans.

Unique Farmhouse Plan - Kingsbridge 31-162

Inspired by the dog trot house plans of the Southeastern United States, the Kingsbridge is designed for the Northwest. A commond hallway...

2nd Feb, 2021
Articles, Blog

Country-inspired design can mean different things to different people. Depending on who you ask—builders, architects or home buyers—it may include traditional Ranch, Country and Farmhouse designs. For design purists, each of these design themes has specific elements that make them stand apart. As the popularity of home design and renovation shows has exploded over the past decade, the definition of “country-inspired” home design has been unofficially modified, and now includes interpretations that blend the different style elements.

“Often it’s a sense of nostalgia that draws people to ranch, farmhouse and country-inspired designs—whether it reminds them of where they grew up or their grandma’s house,” said Rick McAlexander,...

14th Jan, 2021
Articles, Blog

Looking to take advantage of the space you have while offering a comfortable place for friends and family to stay? Associated Designs has prepared a collection of modern guest house plans that fit a variety of needs. If your building lot has the room, adding a small guest house is a worthwhile endeavor. Take a closer look at these 5 guest cottage designs.

2-Story Guest House - Bayberry Cottage

Bayberry Cottage Rendering

Offering a total of 1382 square feet, the 2 story Bayberry Cottage is multi-functional...

5th Jan, 2021
Articles, Blog

Homebuilding offers the unique ability to create a custom living space suited to your needs and design tastes, but the process is rarely a simple one. Knowing what to plan for can ensure the end result is a home that matches your vision and will be a place you will love living in for years to come. But what are the most important things to consider before committing to a new build? What steps are overlooked or often unanticipated by homeowners interested in building for the first time?

The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon asked builders to offer advice to those interested in building a new home to help set their expectations.

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