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3rd May, 2021
Articles, Blog

There are plenty of reasons to think creatively when it comes to building the perfect home plan. A dream design can be tweaked to help generate extra income as a primary residence or investment. And owners with a bit of room to spare can create spaces for beloved parents or grandparents to live in comfort while maintaining independence for the rest of the family.

Owners are increasingly eyeing plans built with the versatility of in-law suites, duplexes and multigenerational homes in mind. From cottages and farmhouses, to craftsman and hillside homes, there are numerous designs to choose from that check the boxes of adaptability and luxury.

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22nd Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog, Newsletters

We may have spent more time at home this last year but that hasn’t wavered the desire for small house plans that live large. Modern or urban cottages are still trending with those looking for their next home. Associated Designs dives into what makes a modern cottage and the different forms this style supports.

First, what is a modern cottage? When many homeowners look for a cottage plan they are looking for something that evokes a sense of nostalgia, possibly drawing on memories of a grandparent’s house or that vacation retreat to the mountains. A modern cottage blends these nostalgic elements along with original styles of old English cottages but with updated and newer design elements. While modern cottage can be translated through interior style and furnishing here...

5th Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog

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...

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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1st Mar, 2021
Blog, Home Plan Series

When you hear the words cottage house, many images come to mind. From quaint cozy homes tucked along rolling country side, a vacation bungalow along the shore, or larger home packed with old world charm. The cottage house plan is versatile in many settings. 

One Story Cottage House Plan - Danville 30-284

Associated Designs collection of Cottage House Plans will bring to mind...

22nd Feb, 2021
Blog, New Home Plans

Wind River 31-241 Front Elevation

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Wind River 31-241

A metal roof, stone based columns, and tidy batt and board siding create a charming look to the lodge style house plan, Wind River. Designed for those who enjoy outdoor living this luxurious cabin plan is ideal for any mountain view, lake side, or river front property. The large side,...

12th Feb, 2021
Blog, Home Plan Series

Returning to popularity, the A-frame house plan originally held the spotlight from the mid 1950’s through 1970. What drew people to this style was the inexpensive construction and the ease of transitioning from indoor and outdoor living. Since its original glory days the A-Frame home design has been a favorite of vacation home builders and outdoor enthusiasts. The natural siding material – cedar, stone, or log – lend to vacation settings such as mountain terrain, lakesides, or coastal beaches. Looking to build a modern A frame design? Here are 4 best-selling A frame house plans.

Hillside Log House Plan - Kodiak 30-697

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9th Feb, 2021
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Parkrdige 60-035, Duplex Plan, Country-style House Plan

Parkridge 60-035

This large country-style duplex plan gives you two for the price of one. Each unit provides a three bedroom floor plan with great room style living areas. From the street, visitors are...

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