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29th Jun, 2020
Announcements, Blog

We are here to help you with your plan needs and strive to provide excellent service. 

The health and safety of you and our employees is a priority for us. The following outlines the steps we are currently taking during these times.

Our office location is open by appointment only. Most design consultations can be made over the phone and email. Appointments are reserved for the occasion where an office meeting is necessary and the following protocols will be adhered to:

  • Prior to your arrival for a scheduled meeting, surfaces will be sanitized. 
  • Staff will be wearing masks
  • In effect July 1st, the State of Oregon Governor is mandating the use of face masks inside businesses. As certain areas of our office are...
2nd Jun, 2020
Articles, Blog

A sloping lot can seem like a hurdle to building the ultimate dream home. But the right home plan can unleash the best of what nature throws one’s way. Owners embracing sloped lots have reaped the unique rewards of these distinguished sites: stunning views, light-filled living spaces and adaptable lower levels that maximize a home’s square footage. With a little creativity, builders can turn even a formidable slope into a bright hillside oasis to call home.

“To be able to have a finished, light downstairs with all the advantages of a usable space, it helps keep a smaller footprint upstairs and keep a better...

27th May, 2020
Announcements, Blog

Introducing our latest collection and plan package option, the Concept Plan. Created for those homeowners or contractors building in areas with unique building practices or building departments with strict submittal requirements; the Concept Plan provides you with the essential design – Exterior Elevations, Floor Plan(s), and Roof Outline. With this information the construction documents can be completed to area specific requirements and conditions.

The Concept Plan Package by Associated Designs provides you with the works. A PDF plus CAD Files (.dwg) provide flexibility for the file format used to create the construction documents. The license...

1st May, 2020
Articles, Blog

Over the past two decades, tastes and preferences in home design have changed drastically in many respects and very little in others. The House Plan Company dug into the archives to find the top five most popular house plan designs since the late 90s and discovered it’s a diverse collection of styles to fit varying purposes. The only common denominators among all of them, they found, was the attention to detail and open living space in the design.

“Each of my designs delivers as much detail on the exterior of the home as they do in the interior,” explained Ken Pieper, owner of Ken Pieper Signature Designs in Evergreen, Colo., whose house plans are featured on The House Plan Company. “One thing I find...

7th Apr, 2020
Blog

You’ve recently decided to build your own custom home and can’t wait to get started with the home designer whom you’ve selected. Before you begin, however, there are four essential questions to ask your designer in order to better undertand what you’re getting into and how you’ll work together to design the home of your dreams.

1. Ask About Past Projects

You may already have a specific architectural style in mind, but it’s important to find out if the...

6th Apr, 2020
Announcements, Blog

As the situation around COVID-19 rapidly evolves, we wanted to take a moment to connect with you and let you know we are taking steps to keep our employees and clients healthy and safe.

First and foremost, we are still open and here to serve you!

We will continue to strive to provide excellent service, however we ask for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. Keeping our employees healthy is a priority for us and we put measures in place there may be delays in responses for Information on a plan or order fulfillment. Rest assured we will get back to you as quickly as...

3rd Mar, 2020
Articles, Blog

These days, homeowners looking to build their forever home are thinking about more than what they need to live comfortably in the moment. They’re prioritizing home design requirements well into the future after the kids are grown and they enter retirement, or they’re planning for the possibility of taking care of elderly parents. Associated Designs shares insights about new trends in aging in place house plans and what homeowners need to consider when building a home for the future.

“Aging in place as a...

5th Feb, 2020
Articles, Blog

One of the most intimidating yet exciting endeavors to undertake as a homeowner is building a new home from the ground up. Yet it doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming process when guided through the various steps and stages by a designer and general contractor, and the benefits far outweigh the concerns.

“The most common reason why someone opts to build a home rather than buy one is that they can’t find an existing home that meets their needs. Custom construction allows a homeowner...

3rd Jan, 2020
Articles, Blog

EUGENE, ORE.— As the start of a new decade brings the promise of innovation in every aspect of our lives, home design trends are following suit with emerging trends that revolve around our need to be connected to technology, live sustainably and enjoy quality time with family friends in casual, open spaces. Three design companies from across the country, The House Plan Company, Design Basics and Tyree House Plans, share their insights on new and continuing  house plan design trends for 2020.

Prepping...

4th Dec, 2019
Articles, Blog

EUGENE, ORE.—Dec. 3, 2019—Today’s home designs incorporate a little creativity and a lot of innovation, making the most of available space in a floor plan to meet the needs of active, busy homeowners. Three nationally renowned designers share several of the innovations they’ve brought to house plans for their clients, which also serve as strong indicators of home design trends in the future.

Dual Master Suites

Not one, but two master suites. The concept of a second master suite has emerged from a variety of homeowner needs and desires, including living quarters for elderly parents...

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