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3rd May, 2021
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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.

To passersby on the street, the Generation #44964 design featured on The House Plan Company has all the appearance of a single-story cottage. But a step beneath the covered front porch and through the entryway reveals there’s much more here than meets the eye. The entryway opens into a generously sized kitchen and dining room that extends to a living room, and out through sliding doors to a covered rear porch. Back off the entryway, a side hallway leads to the private master bedroom with a luxurious master bath.

But it’s off of the kitchen where this plan flexes its versatility. The rooms beyond are an entirely separate apartment unit, with an optional door to connect to the main home, or to be left out to maintain privacy. About half as large as the main dwelling, the apartment unit is cozy and entirely self-functional, with a living room, rear-facing windows, a kitchen with dining area, full bathroom and private bedroom that sits on the opposite side of the design from the primary master bedroom. A hallway past the apartment bedroom opens out to a separate covered porch from the main residence.

Other designs, like the Darrington #89422, use a split garage concept to provide a bit of separation between main and secondary living spaces. Through the front entry, a hallway leads straight ahead to an owners’ suite with a wraparound sitting area, master bath, dual closets and double doors that open to a rear patio. The hallway branches off from the master suite to find two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. Back off of the entryway, an opening to the left reveals a vaulted living room that passes through to an open dining room and kitchen with island, plus a walk-in utility room. An exit from the dining room opens to the rear patio, where there’s more to discover than a mere detached garage. To the right of the garage, a door opens to reveal the great room of an independent secondary unit, complete with two bedrooms and a shared bath. The great room extends into a kitchen with double doors opening back out to the rear of the patio.

For those looking to build on a sloping lot, duplexes can be an effective way to maintain privacy while letting each side enjoy the benefit of rear-facing views. Plan #78627, a contemporary prairie home is ideal as an investment build, or to provide older children or aging parents with a shared yet distinct living space from the owner. Each matching unit starts with a street-facing garage and front entry to a lofty, open dining room that can easily be arranged to residents’ preferences. A kitchen with center island extends off of the dining room, while a hallway off the great room leads to a half bath. Another door opens back from the hall to the master bedroom, complete with a full bath, walk-in closet and exit to a covered rear porch that’s also accessed from a sliding great room door.

This main level space is all a couple or small family needs to feel at home. But a staircase right off the entryway leads down to a wealth of additional spaces for those extended visits from family or friends. The bottom of the stairway reveals an adaptable lower level family room with abundant storage space, two additional bedrooms and a full bath.

Designs like #77084, lodge-style craftsman spread luxury living across two floors. A grand front facade of siding, stone and shingle and multi-level truss roofing opens to an entry hallway with a den off to the left. Farther down the hallway and past a separated dining room, the hall opens to a great room with a fireplace, and exits out through double doors to a back patio and barbecue area. A rear-facing breakfast nook separates the great room from the adjoining kitchen. On the opposite wall, an open gallery hallway leads to a doorway containing the lower-level suite, complete with a full bath and walk-in closet. This space can easily function as a second master bedroom for an older relative, or to offer a bit of privacy for an extended guest. A staircase back off the entryway climbs to an upper floor loft landing, leading ahead to the primary master entry. Step straight into the bedroom, or off to the stately master bath or walk-in closet on either side. Also off of the loft landing is a second bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath. The opposite site of the landing opens to a hallway with a bonus room and laundry room on opposite ends, plus two additional bedrooms and a full bath.

There are plenty of ways to build multiple suites into one design, however. The Coronado #14909 takes a truly distinguished approach. Incorporating elements of Mediterranean and Spanish design, it places the guest suite and full bath in a poolhouse within a courtyard, separated from the main residence by a swimming pool and wraparound patio. This patio leads down past a gated entrance to the right of the guest suite to the main residence’s entry. Opening to a two-story entryway, passages lead to distinct living room, dining and kitchen spaces, as well as a two-story family room and adjoining breakfast nook. A staircase rises from the family room to a second-floor landing that’s open to the family room and entryway below. This level contains a pair of additional bedrooms, a full bath and additional closet space. Back on the main floor, double doors opposite the living and dining rooms open to the primary owners’ suite, which is separated from the master bath by a walk-in closet, and includes a private exit to the courtyard and pool.

 

 
22nd Apr, 2021
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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 are design elements to look for when looking for your next modern cottage house plan.

Open Floor Plans

Klickitat House Plan

Urban cottage, Klickitat plan 31-129, showcases a floor plan with a nice open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings in the great room add to the spacious feeling of this small 1000 square foot floor plan. The utility room also serves as a mudroom which demonstrates another key element of cottage floor plans and that is dual purposed spaces. The simple and understated exterior is charming and is in keeping with the cottage style’s simple and clean esthetics.

Incorporating Nature

Arnett House Plan

A-frame cottage, Arnett plan 30-419, illustrates this next key cottage element – embracing nature and the natural. The open floor plan incorporates lots of windows. The prow of the a-frame great room is richly glassed allowing the view to be a part of the décor. Every room in the Arnett design has a window to fill the house with as much natural light as possible. The master bedroom even offers the outdoor enthusiast a balcony for enjoying a sunrise cup of coffee or to watch the sunset over a glass of wine. Nature is a big part of the draw to the cottage house plan Arnett.

Second Floor Bedrooms

Dorset House Plan

Reminiscent of the old, English cottages – modern cottage designs that incorporate bedrooms on the second floor and designed within the roof harken back to the classic cottage floor plan. The Dorset plan 30-454 offers homeowners such a floor plan. The floor plan checks other boxes for a cottage design, an open great room style main floor filled with windows to allow natural light in. Storage is tucked in under the stairs so that no space is wasted. On the second floor are two bedrooms and a loft. The sloped ceilings down to shorter sidewalls indicate that the second floor has been tucked into what would have otherwise been attic space.

For those that feel that a cottage is closer to a vacation home than a year-round residence, you are not alone. Modern cottages encompass vacation or beach houses. They hold similar design features to the year-round residence with floor plans that are open and naturally bright, however, these plans may be larger in size or offer full second stories to accommodate large family gatherings.

Mountain Hideaway

Wind River House Plan

The Wind River house plan exemplifies the trend of larger vacation cottages. The exterior draws on bungalow or Craftsman elements that surround a spacious and open floor plan. The trend for open rooms is no exception here but where the Wind River shines is the 4 suites plus bunk room. With space for multiple families to gather in this modern farmhouse, a cottage is sure to be a place where joyful memories are made. Brining the outdoors in the great room can be opened to a side-covered deck with an outdoor fireplace.

Beach Vibes

Glenview House Plan

Demonstrating that cottage plans can offer unique floor plans, the Glenview house plan gives homeowners or vacation renters a reversed living floor plan. To capture the views of breaking waves and sunsets (or sunrises depending on your coast) the second-floor living and dining are richly windowed. A second-floor deck extends the opportunities to enjoy the coastal scenery. A second living area is on the main floor along with another bedroom. This open floor plan is ideally laid out with no wasted space.

Lakeside Retreat

Edgewater House Plan

The exterior materials that grace the front of the Edgewater design are evocative of a classic cottage. Inside the floor plan offers an experience that is far from a traditional cottage. The hexagonal great room is truly unique but captures the open and nature driven floor plan. Two sides of the great room have sliding glass doors that open the room to the deck. Each space is filled with windows allowing light to flood in. With most rooms having direct access to the outside, the Edgewater would be ideally suited to a lakeside lot or view.

The modern cottage house plan covers a wide range of sizes and layouts. But the common design trends continue to be open floor plans with plenty of natural light and rooms that can serve dual purposes. If you are feeling inspired to find your next cottage inspired house plan check out Associated Designs collection of cottage house plans.

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 offer extra room to set up home offices or remote learning spaces, and large covered patios or balconies that offer places to escape the interior of the home and enjoy outdoor living.”

Loaded with curb appeal, graceful rooflines and generous indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and provide more spaces to relax, work and entertain, southern-style home plans share commonalities with popular farmhouse designs. Simple exteriors often highlight wood, stone and brick details, while columns, shutters and porticoes signaling their inspiration from plantation architecture. Homeowners gravitate toward the spacious interiors these designs tend to incorporate, including expansive kitchens, bonus spaces and master suites with luxurious bathrooms.

The House Plan Company’s southern-style plans generating the most interest include:

Rosewood Farmhouse (Design #11228)

This symmetrical two-story home design features three-bedrooms, three and a half baths, a contemporary open floor plan with 2,435 square feet of living space and an expansive wrap around front porch framed by simple, modern columns. An outdoor kitchen housed under the covered rear porch can be screened to provide a welcome respite from seasonal weather and bugs.

Alder Springs (Design #67885)

Making the most of a downhill sloped lot to provide lake side or mountain views from most rooms, this five-bedroom, three and a half bath plan emphasizes a current design centered around Great Room-style living. Covered decks provide ample outdoor entertaining spaces, and a walk-out basement level features recreation, boat or garage storage in addition to the main level porte cochere.

Palatial Southern Estate (Design #35553)

A spacious classic southern plantation-inspired design that has been modernized to include both formal and informal living spaces, this plan stands out with its grand columns and a covered porch and balcony that wrap around the entire home. The 8,333 square foot three-story floorplan includes a well-appointed master bedroom with fireplace, sitting room, luxurious bathroom with access to the expansive walk-in closet, and direct access to the wrap around second floor balcony. Plans include a detached three car garage, elevator and an attic room in addition to distinct basement level spaces for entertainment.

Sea Oats (Design #41459)

An ideal lakeside vacation home, the Sea Oats plan offers a modern, open floorplan with three-bedroom suites that all feature their own private full bathrooms. Windows are generously placed throughout the home to allow natural light to stream in, while expansive covered porches provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Urban Southern Living (Design #90592)

Perfect for first-time homeowners or those living in metropolitan areas, this narrow lot design offers 1,667 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen and living space consume the main level, with bedrooms on the second, and bonus space on the third. A covered porch and balcony encourage outdoor relaxation.

“We’re seeing southern-inspired designs grow in popularity because they are well aligned with what people are looking for in this moment,” continued McAlexander. “It seems a natural evolution from the farmhouse designs that have persisted as a dominant trend.”

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2nd Apr, 2021
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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 Designs, has compiled a collection of homes ranging in all different styles and sizes that feature two master suite floor plans.

Cottage House Plan – Ashley 30-264

The Ashley house plan makes sharing space easy. The left side of the floor plan is filled with semi-formal gathering spaces. Off the foyer is the living room, filled with natural light from windows along two walls and a central fire place. Pocket doors offer optional separation between the living room and dining which are both open to the entry hall that travels through the center of the floor plan. French doors separate the kitchen with breakfast nook. The right side of the design offers two master bedrooms. Each with a private bathroom and are separated by the laundry room which connects the 2 car, side entry garage. Each master suite has a private den so if socializing isn’t desired each suite has a secluded living space. For large families the dens could be furnished as secondary bedrooms. The one story floor plan makes the Ashley an ideal design consideration for those looking to age-in-place or care for aging parents. It is easy to see that the Ashley was designed to adapt to the life stage of the homeowner.

Craftsman House Plan – Brookport 30-692

The Brookport home design is filled with luxury amenities. Immediately stepping inside you are welcomed to a grand vaulted living room with a richly windowed prow – an influence from the current a-frame and lodge style trends. Tucked into the back of the floor plan is a main floor master suite with large en-suite bathroom complete with walk-in shower, soaking tub, and large walk-in closet. On the second floor a slightly more modest yet still well-appointed suite can serve as a second master bedroom. This arrangement is ideal for returning adult children, as the split of the dual masters between the two floors allows for increased privacy. The second floor master suite has a private bathroom with walk-in closet plus a private balcony.

Unique House Plan – San Pedro 11-049

Southwest inspired San Pedro is a unique house plan with a hexagonal shaped great room at its core. Ideal for view lots, the richly windowed great room has glass on three sides. At the center is a cozy fireplace. Off the great room are two wings, each filled with a master suite. The dual master suites offer private bathrooms, walk-in closets, and direct access to the back patio.

One Story House Plan – Brookstone 31-066

An eye-catching Craftsman cottage, the Brookstone offers homeowners both style and comfort. Towards the front of the floor plan are two additional bedrooms, one of which is a suite and can serve as one of the two master suites. The other bedroom provides flexibility to either service as the 3rd bedroom or provides a private den/living room for the first suite. Towards the back of the home, the floor plan opens up to a great room. Dining and kitchen are only separated by an island. The great room is pleasantly bright from the rich display of windows along with the cozy fireplace. Off the dining room a hallway leads to the utility room plus the second owners’ suite. Each suite offers a walk-in closet and private bathroom. The layout of the Brookstone’s one story floor plan is ideal for families that may be caring for aging parents or helping adult children.

Modern Hillside House Plan – Edgefield 31-131

Sleek shed roofs create interesting angles and add to the curb appeal of the Edgefield house plan. The flexibility offered in this open floor plan make the Edgefield a great design for those looking for multiple suites. The main floor offers two suites. The one towards the front of the home is slightly smaller but offers a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. Towards the back of the floor plan you find the vaulted great room where living, dining, and kitchen are all open to each other. The informal gathering space is comfortable and can be opened to the back covered deck through two sets of sliding glass doors. The owners’ suite found at the back of the main floor is a little larger and offers a slightly more luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower and dual vanities. Depending on the situation the floor plan can be divided between floors. The lower walk-out basement level has a full family room with kitchenette plus two additional bedrooms, one of which has a walk-in closet and private bathroom giving the Edgefield it’s third master suite. There is direct access to the lower level from the covered patio and with a door blocking the stairs to the main level this portion of the home can feel separated from the living above.

 

Homes with two master suites offer flexibility for life’s many stages. Associated Designs collection of plans with dual masters shows that these homes come in a variety of styles from popular Craftsman designs to modern shed roof designs to cottages. Not only can the style of these plans vary but the size of the floor plan is flexible. Interested in making your home a dual master suite house plan? Find more inspiration with our collection of House Plans with Two Master Suites. Found the perfect plan but need to add an extra master suite? Associated Designs plan modification or custom design services can give you the two master bedroom house plan you are looking for.

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 30-663 – a classic 2000 square foot Craftsman house plan – Associated Designs clients were able to tailor the design inside and out to create a unique home plan.

Foxboro 31-153 Sturnbridge 30-663

Starting with the exterior stone was added around the front facing garage and the lap siding on the second level was replaced with batt and board to give the design some farmhouse style while retaining its Craftsman roots. Shutters were added to all of the windows on the front of the home.

Diving into the floor plan, the bayed den/dining room was squared off for a more contemporary feel. The core of the first floor plan is a large, vaulted great room which was kept and expanded. The kitchen was stretched to encompass the breakfast nook, adding to the available work space and giving some space for a small corner office in the kitchen. Incorporating the outdoors was important so outside the kitchen an outdoor kitchen was added to the covered deck. A built in bar-b-que with plenty of counter space and a prep sink are great for summer evening entertaining. The main floor master suite was also kept from the original design along with the well-appointed master bathroom.

Foxboro First Floor Plan Sturnbridge First Floor Plan

The second floor plan received some more revisions. The desire to maintain a 3 bedroom floor plan was kept with one of the secondary offices serving as access to a large home office. The bonus room over the garage remained to add flexibility for future expansion or additional storage.

Foxboro Second Floor Plan Sturnbridge Second Floor Plan

One of the larger changes to the original Sturnbridge house plan was the addition of a walk-out basement. Hillside house plans are becoming more popular as people look to build where they can enjoy sweeping urban or natural views. For the Foxboro the homeowner decided to work through a finished layout for the walk-out basement so that it could be finished at a later date. Their vision for their home included a recreation room with beverage bar and two additional bedrooms to push the original 3 bedroom layout to a potential 5 bedroom house plan.

When considering plan modifications make sure to provide plenty of time for the design phase. The revision process is done in phases giving you the opportunity to see the changes reflected in the design. Building a home is an exciting process and it can be easy to start feeling anxious to see progress, to start selecting finishes, and to see walls going up. But by allotting plenty of time for the design phase you are taking steps that will ensure you are happy with the home for years to come.

Interested in learning more about plan modifications or custom home design? Check out our information pages to see how we can help with your next project.

(Note: Make sure to head over to the Foxboro's plan detail page to see a collection of photos!)

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 style living. The living room and dining room are open to each other and the c-shaped kitchen is open to the dining room. Around the corner is the main floor master suite with private full bathroom and walk-in closet. A pass-through laundry room connects the attached 2 car garage. 3 additional bedrooms are on the second floor and share a full bathroom.

Craftsman House Plan – Kokanee 31-202

A trio of textures combines to create a charming Craftsman exterior to the Kokanee home design. At 1780 square feet this 2 story house plan offers a main floor master suite that is tucked away from the great room and other bedrooms. Most of the first floor plan is filled with the great room, a cozy fireplace graces the living room which is open to the dining room. An eating bar separates the kitchen from the dining area while adding to optional seating. Upstairs are 3 additional bedrooms, one of which could serve as a guest suite with direct access to that shared compartmentalized bathroom. Added flexibility is provided with the bonus room over the garage.

1.5 Story House Plan – Ellington 30-242

A Craftsman style exterior and open floor plan make a winning combination in the 1.5. story Ellington house plan. A side entry garage makes this an ideal choice for construction on a corner lot. Inside the floor plan opens up to a great room which fills the core of the home. On the right side of the great room are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. On the opposite side of the home is the owners’ suite that features a large private bathroom complete with twin sinks, separate shower and soaking tub plus a walk-in closet. Over the garage is a fourth bedroom and half bathroom.

Farmhouse Plan – Kingsbridge 31-162

What is quickly becoming a timeless style, the Kingsbridge is a classic farmhouse plan. Inspired by the dog trot house plans of warmer climates, the Kingsbridge has separated living and bedroom areas which are connected by enclosed hallways – ideal for those building in the Northwest or other wetter climates. The entry opens to one such hallway. To the right is the great room; to the left is a cluster of 3 bedrooms. The owners’ suite fills once side and offers a large walk-in closet and private bathroom with walk-in shower, soaking tub and dual vanities. Two additional bedrooms are across the hall and share another well-appointed bathroom. Through a set of French doors and down another enclosed hallway is an additional bedroom along with the laundry room and home office.

Luxury House Plan – Brookhill 30-963

Modern prairie style house plan, Brookhill offers a roomy 3109 square foot floor plan with 4 bedrooms. The main floor plan is filled with a large great room. The dining room can be opened to the covered patio with dual sliding glass doors. Along the back of the first floor is a den which provides added flexibility to this home design. This 2 story house plan has all four bedrooms on the upper level. The owners’ suite fills the left side and offers a luxurious bathroom with soaking tub, walk-in shower, twin sinks, and large walk-in closet. Down the hall are three additional bedrooms two with walk-in closets.

Feeling inspired to make your next home a 4 bedroom house? Check out our full collection of 4 bedroom house plans!

 

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.

House plans like the Joshua #93093 featured on The House Plan Company fit this trend perfectly. The modern siding and stone-facade cottage combines all the amenities of a two-story home plan, but fits it all in at under 1,000 square feet. A front door beneath a covered porch steps into a foyer that reveals an open-concept floor plan with the living room, dining area and kitchen, as well as a bedroom with closet space, a full bathroom and a laundry room all on the main level. A staircase leads up to the second-floor master suite with a master bath. Sliding doors from the suite open to one of the true gems of this plan: a second-story terrace, with space to entertain family or guests outdoors.

The Cub Creek #54439 is another great guest cottage. This one-story craftsman cottage with large front-facing windows packs the warmth of a lodge plan in a small design. An open plan dining room, kitchen and living room with fireplace offer a cozy space to unwind before retiring to two bedrooms with adjoining baths. This eye-catching design also makes a great option for those looking for their primary residence to be a tiny home.

For those wanting to keep their existing home, but build a bit of flexibility into their lot, the #57764 guest cottage plan may be the perfect solution. This two-story farmhouse design places a spacious bedroom and full bath atop a sitting room with fireplace, a kitchen with a breakfast nook and walk-in pantry, plus a laundry room, opening out to a rear-facing deck. It’s a stylish yet practical way to add space for an extended family visit, or a permanent residence for an aging relative.

Those looking to build flexibility into a single primary residence, meanwhile, are finding opportunities in unexpected places. The trend toward maximizing design efficiency has zeroed in on the adaptability of garages into office spaces or living quarters. Plan #79444 country craftsman plan typifies this trend. An exterior staircase leads to the second-floor main living area. But ground-floor entrances step into a roomy office area adjacent to the two-car garage. This space could easily be converted into a guest room, complete with a full bath and storage. A stairway leads up to the primary living and lounging areas: a master suite and secondary bedroom with ample closet space, a spacious great room that opens to a covered deck, and an adjoining kitchen and dining room.

The Windcrest #83377 farmhouse plan incorporates similar design flexibility in a cottage-style build. A ground-floor garage can be accessed from a side entrance into an adaptable open space, providing builders freedom to create a ground floor living or working area customized to an owner’s needs. Atop this open space sits a fully built-out living room, detached kitchen and spacious primary bedroom with full bath. This floor includes ample closet and attic space, perfect for storing accessories from the lower office or living area.

For those wanting to build the same flexibility into a smaller plan, the #84620 ranch design offers adaptable garage space in a single-level build. Stepping into a breakfast nook and sitting area, the design extends back beyond the kitchen to a primary bedroom with full bath. But a doorway beyond the laundry room opens to a wide garage, offering plenty of space to convert to a workshop, home office or even additional bedroom. Within a build under 700 square feet, this plan brings exceptional versatility to a design that can easily be built as an accessory structure on an already occupied lot.

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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 storybook settings and natural surrounds. Cottage style house plans tend to be informal designs filled with personality. 

Two Bedroom Cottage House Plan - Branell 30-485

While cottage style homes tend to be small by nature they feature a wide varity of design features. Ranging from one or two-story floor plans the exteriors can feature materials from batt and board, to shingles, to stucco. Inside you will find open-floor plans where living room, dining room, and kitchen all blend to create an informal and enjoyable space for family and friends. Creative design solutions that allow cottage house plans to live larger than their size include built-ins, lofts - for either expanded living space or for storage, basement foundations, and multi-functional/flex rooms.

3 Bedroom Cottage Home Plan - Arden 30-329

For those looking for a unique home plan, the cottage style design is no longer religated to rural settings. Cottage plans can serve as year-round residences or as summer/secondary residences. Homeowners who enjoy the outdoors will be drawn to the large covered porches often associated with cottage house plans.

We invite you to take a look at the Cottage house plans Associated Designs has to offer.

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, vaulted covered deck catches your attention as you approach the home. Centered along the back of the deck is a large wood burning fireplace. Inside the first floor plan is filled with a grand, vaulted great room. A fireplace provides some separation between the living area and the dining room. The kichen fills the back of the great room and offers and island with eating bar and generous sized walk-in pantry which has access to under stair storage. Along the right side of the main floor are 4 bedrooms, each is a suite with private full bathroom. The upper level of this two story house plan is a recreation room, another full bathroom, plus a bunk room which offers additional flex space if the extra bedroom isn't needed.

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 suite is another popular feature of this floor plan. The master suite has a private bathroom with twin sinks and a walk-in closet. The second floor offers a loft that is open to the dining room below along with two additional bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom. Over the garage is a bonus room offering the homeowners’ additional flexibility with this floor plan.

Classic Bungalow House Plan – Cleveland 30-105

The Cleveland is an ideal small family house plan. Designed to take advantage of a narrow urban lot, the 32’ wide foot print offers a charming street view and ally access 2 car garage. This 1200 square foot house plan offers 3 bedrooms and an open great room living area. The right side of the floor plan is filled with the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The lack of division between the rooms allows the home to live large. The owners’ suite has a separate hallway from the other bedrooms and boasts a private bathroom and walk-in closet.

Best Selling House Plan – Redrock 30-636

It’s easy to see why the Redrock is a favorite of builders and homeowners’ alike. The handsome cottage exterior blends into most neighborhoods while it’s modern floor plan lives comfortably. The front load two car garage has access to the living area through a pass-through utility room. The back of the floor plan is filled with the great room – dining, living and kitchen arranged in an casual open manner. The right side of the floor plan is filled with 3 bedrooms. The two secondary bedrooms share a bathroom, while the owners’ suite is separate and fills the back of the bedroom wing and offers a private bathroom and walk-in closet.

Ranch House Plan – Andover 30-824

The Andover is a timeless ranch house plan. The front load 2 car garage has direct access through the pass-through utility room. The right side of the floor plan is filled with the great room. The living room looks out the front with a cozy fireplace along the right side, and is open to the dining room and kitchen which is only separated visually by an island. A sliding glass door off the dining room open the great room to the covered porch. This small house design offers 3 bedrooms with the owner’s suite filling the back of the bedroom hallway. A bonus room over the garage offers the option for additional space and added flexibility to the floor plan.

2 Bedroom House Plan – Klickitat 31-129

Charming cottage details grace the exterior of the Klickitat. Inside vaulted ceilings soar adding to the sense of spaciousness. The entry opens to the great room and country-style kitchen. A sliding glass door in the great room allows the space to spill to the covered patio for those that enjoy outdoor living. Two bedrooms are off the great room with the owners’ suite at the end of the hall. This charming small house plan is an ideal choice for construction as a vacation home or year-round residence.

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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

Narrow Vacation House Plan - Logsden 31-075

Looking for an A-frame house plan that doesn’t take up your entire lot or maybe you are building in a popular vacation restore and are tight on space? Look no further than the Logsden house plan. This lodge-style a-frame is a mere 34’ wide – including the side covered porch! The footprint may be narrow but the plan feels spacious. The vaulted great room is filled with windows from the a-frame prow and is furnished with a cozy fireplace for those cold, snow filled days. Along the back of the main floor are two additional bedrooms and a utility room that has direct access to the porch – great for managing dirty close from a day spent outside. The owners’ suite fills the second floor in addition to a small loft.

Small House Plan - Arnett 30-419

For those who spend more time outside than inside and find that less is more the Arnett is a charming cottage inspired A-Frame house plan. The main floor is mostly made up of the great room. Natural light spills in from the A frame wall with a sliding glass door that opens the room up to the expansive deck. Flexbility is key with small house plans and the main floor of the Arnett has a Hobby room with utility closet that can be an extra bedroom if needed. The second floor is the owners’ loft with private balcony. More flexibility is provided with an optional wall that could turn the owners’ loft into a private bedroom with separate loft.

Lodge-Style House Plan - Aspen 30-025

The lodge-style Aspen is a tried and true A Frame design. Designed for a flat lot the Aspen is at home in the mountains, along a lake or at the beach. The front of the home is unassuming and a covered porch offers guests a welcoming first impression. The entry is seamless with the great room which fills the center of the floor plan. A rich display of windows brings the outdoors in and fills the room with natural light. The country kitchen is on one side providing room to both enjoy and prepare meals. Opposite the kitchen is the main floor master suite with private access to the back deck along with a generous sized walk-in closet and private bathroom. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and a loft. Views can even be enjoyed from the second floor as each bedroom has a window looking beyond the loft.

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 welcomed by charming railed and covered porch up front. The asymmetrical layout helps to provide privacy for each unit. While each offers a great room - open kitchen, dining room and living room - on the main floor, Unit A is set up so that outdoor living occurs along the back of the duplex while Unit B has a side covered patio. Both garages are accessed along the rear. Sleeping areas can be found on the upper level of this 2 story duplex design. 

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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 traverses the lenght of the  home connecting the great room to the core where the bedrooms can be found all the way through to the 2 car garage. The richly windowed great room is a comfortable and bright place to gather. A nice separation is provided between the gathering area and the sleeping area by dividing the two with the large entry hallway.

Unique House Plan with Open Floor Plan - Heartview 50-015

At the center of the Heartview is an open, great room where living, dining, and the kitchen are seamlessly connected. Along one wall is a cozy fireplace that can be enjoyed throughout the great room. A double set of French doors allow the gathering space to spill out to the patio on warm, summer days. Bedrooms are nicely separated in individual wings. The owners' suite is private and offers a well-appointed bathroom with separate shower and tub plus dual vanities and a large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and full bathroom are in their own wing and with the utility room which connects the 2 car side entry garage.

Unique One Story House Plan - Estes Park 31-146

From the front, the Estes Park looks like a classic ranch house plan with Craftsman accents. The unqiue qualities of this design are found when taking a close look at the floor plan. First what appears like an extra car bay on the side is actually a canning room. The garage door and concrete floor make a comfortable and forgiving space for processing your favorite canning recipes. This space would also make a great space for homebrewing. Flexbility is a major feature of this floor plan, with a bonus room, recreation room, and unfinished basement level.

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, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Significant latitude is exercised when designing, allowing for less than traditional execution of the genre. Blending style elements has become more widely accepted, so we often end up with an essence of a specific style. Ultimately, home buyers should go with what makes them feel best about coming home.”

To understand how country-inspired design has evolved, how it differs from ranch and farmhouse styles, and what keeps these options in vogue, The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon asked designers and architects to weigh in.

Ken Pieper, residential designer at Ken Pieper Signature Designs noted that country and modern farmhouse designs are still a very strong request among his clients. “Main level living, referred to as ranch design, plays well when the customer has property to support the size footprint,” said Pieper. “Ranch and farmhouse designs require more space, and often result in higher costs for the buyer. I always advise my clients to select a design that speaks to their lifestyle, as ‘home’ should be a true reflection of who we are.”

What differentiates these home designs, and what do they have in common?

Ranch

Typically featuring a less complicated layout, most ranch home designs offer single level living and casual, open floor plans. Spacious patios, expansive porches, vaulted ceilings, larger windows and a relaxed layout with open kitchen are characteristics often found in ranch homes.

Country

Known for their use of simple, traditional design elements, country homes are often thought to represent an “Americana” style. The use of softer, curved lines and the incorporation of wide, wrap around porches, gabled rooflines and modest wood exteriors give way to open concept interior designs that feature large kitchens and massive great rooms.

Farmhouse

With floorplans often arranged around expansive, eat-in kitchens, farmhouse designs make use of clean lines, and can incorporate features such as lap siding, steep roofs and generous porches to enjoy the outdoors. Popular because of its warm, approachable style, farmhouse design generally reflects a clean, casual approach with defined lines.

What keeps these styles current? Sometimes it’s a modern twist—smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral color schemes that add a sophisticated element. Versatile traits that blend well with industrial, modern or traditional styles are also key to these designs’ popularity and longevity.

Charles Roccaforte, Texas-based owner of Charles Roccaforte’s Hill Country Plans, Inc. encourages home buyers to consider incorporation of uncommon design elements to give these styles a timeless feel. Ideas he has recommended include stucco, rock, and use of exterior heavy trusses and metal roofs.

“High pitch metal roofs, high ceilings and a pallet of materials are what continue to draw people to these styles. Roughly 75% of my plan portfolio is represented by country-inspired styles. I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon,” said Roccaforte.

 

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1st Feb, 2021
Blog

Looking to add to your property but can’t decide between that detached garage with workshop or the guest cottage? Why not combine the two? Detached garage plans with living areas are growing in popularity and it is not difficult to see why. Here are 5 of Associated Designs best-selling garage plans with extra living.

Craftsman Garage Apartment – Plan 20-119

https://associateddesigns.com/garage-plans/plan/20119

It is clear to see why this two-story garage with apartment is a popular plan. Its uncompromising floor plan offers parking for 2 cars plus extra for a hobby space – wood working, crafting, gear storage, etc. – all on the main floor. Upstairs is a charming and well-appointed living space. Your first step in the apartment is in the vaulted kitchen – fully furnished with dishwasher, sink, range/oven, and refrigerator. Across from the kitchen is a utility nook with washer and dryer plus a small folding counter. The floor plan opens to a vaulted great room complete with fireplace and access to the balcony. The office can serve as an extra bedroom if needed and the full bathroom has a generous sized walk-in shower and dual vanities. Anyone entertaining long term guests or housing family members will appreciate the well-appointed and comfortable apartment.

3-Car Garage with Second Floor Living – Plan 20-052

https://associateddesigns.com/garage-plans/plan/20052

For the car enthusiast this is an ideal garage plan. The main floor can store up to three cars inside with an additional three stored under the carport if tandem parking is not an issue. Those that like to spend their afternoons working on their cars will appreciate the main floor full bathroom. Upstairs is a one bedroom apartment. The great room offers a cozy fireplace framed with built-ins. There is a separate utility room off the well-appointed kitchen complete with eating bar. The dining nook provides access to the balcony which looks over the front of the garage. French doors inside open to a bedroom complete with walk-in closet and full bathroom.

1 Story Garage Apartment with Country Style – Plan 20-018

https://associateddesigns.com/garage-plans/plan/20018

This unique garage design offers a three car garage floor plan with single level apartment plus storage. The double car bay extends back to offer a storage corner which could easily be outfitted with benches for a workshop. A charming covered front porch shelters the entrance to the living space. A great room with kitchenette makes up most of the apartment. Down the short hallway is a full bathroom and bedroom. This design offers a great guest cottage option for those who entertain aging parents on regular basis.

Hillside Garage with Living – Plan 20-008

https://associateddesigns.com/garage-plans/plan/20008

Construction on hillside lots has skyrocketed in the last couple of years. For those with challenging sloped lots take a look at this charming Craftsman detached garage design. The basement level is the two car garage. An exterior stair case or upper level vaulted porch lead to you one of the two entrances to the studio apartment. Vaulted ceilings and an abundance of windows makes the apartment feel bright and spacious. A full kitchen with stove, sink, refrigerator, and island allow guests to feel independent of the main house.

New Farmhouse Garage with Studio Apartment – Plan 20-189

https://associateddesigns.com/garage-plans/plan/20189

Quickly climbing the best-selling ladder is Garage 20-189. Its farmhouse exterior is eye-catching. The main floor is the two car garage with storage closet and wash tub. The stairs to the studio apartment are accessed from the outside and the covered stoop can be extended for those that would prefer to connect the detached garage with a breezeway. Upstairs the studio apartment is an open-concept floor plan. A kitchenette lines the left hand side of the room while opposite is a cozy wood stove. A full bathroom is upstairs.

Looking for a unique garage apartment plan? Any of these best-selling garage apartment designs can be modified to fit your specifications. Look for the Get a Free Quote button to start talking with Associated Designs talented team of residential home designers.

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