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26th Aug, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Home Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Azalea 31-028

Full of Craftsman-style charm the Azalea house plan is very welcoming. Upon entering the home, you step into a foyer with an extra tall, 10' ceiling. On the right is a vaulted den which could also be used as a study or home office. From there you walk-into a bright and open vaulted living room with a fireplace tucked into the corner. The bedroom wing is on the left side of the house and the owners' suite at the rear of the home. Up the set of stairs is a bonus room.

22nd Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Ellington 30-242

Four gables accented by a decorative corbel, lend an open, friendly look to the Ellington house plan. Gentle arches, Craftsman-style windows and stone veneer wainscoting all add to the curb appeal. With the exception of the bonus room over the garage, this is a single level plan.

A bright and spacious vaulted living area fills the core of this home. Sunlight flows into the living room from the rear through two windows and atrium glass doors. The doors access a patio or deck, and provide plenty of air circulation when needed.

Dining room and kitchen are next to each other, partially separated by an eating bar. Standing at the sink, you have a view of the gathering spaces as well as the patio and landscape outside. Utilities are closeby, hidden behind a pocket door and doubles as a mudroom from the garage area. 

Double doors next to a charming arched display cove open into the luxurious owners' suite. In addition to direct patio access, additional features include: a large walk-in closet, twin vanity, a spa tub awash in the soft light filtered through glass blocks, and separately enclosed shower and toilet.

Stairs from the kitchen lead up to a skylit bonus room with a half bath.

15th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Log Home Plan, Cabin Plan, House Plan, Clarkridge 30-267

The window-bright log home, the Clarkridge, is designed for construction as a cozy vacation retreat that could easily be used as a year-round residence. 

Log exteriors are noted for their ease of maintenance, and equally impressive for their natural insulating qualities. Interior walls can be as rustic or sophisticated as the owners' tastes.

The great room and kitchen flow together, creating a large great room, naturally lit by the light that flows in through six large windows and two small ones. The high ceiling is vaulted, that adds to the sense of spaciousness.

Modern and well equipped, the kitchen is large for a home with only 960 square feet of interior living space. Oven, microwave and dishwasher are built-ins, and the work island features a cooktop.

Cabinets below boost storage capacity, and the island adds more counter space. A roomy pantry is located around the corner, right past the compact combination washer/dryer. Another storage area is in the space by the rear door. Pegs here would be ideal for hanging coats, and it has a few shelves above.

A vaulted ceiling adds volume to the bedroom. It has a front-facing window, a closet, and another storage section with built-in shelves. The study could be used as another bedroom, if desired. 

The bathroom is compact but has an oversized shower, and is conveniently located for quick access through the screened porch and rear door.

8th Aug, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country House Plan, Home Plan, Heartridge 10-250

The country style Heartridge offers a very welcoming exterior flare. Elements lending to that feeling include: perky front gables with half-round windows, a wide wrap around porch, and a bank of front facing windows. Brick work adds a contemporary flavor.

Inside the home, the vaulted great room is bright and spacious.  A fireplace that separates the living area from the kitchen can be enjoyed from either room. In the kitchen, skylights provide natural light as well as the garden window and bayed nook. A small skylit covered deck is nice for outdoor dining.

An eating bar provides a place for guests or family to sit and enjoy the company in the kitchen. The walk-in pantry is close by, and utility room is tucked in a pass through space that connects to the garage.

Bay windows in the dining room and den look onto the porch. The office/den, equipped with double doors and private access to the hall bathroom, could also serve as a guest room.

A vaulted ceiling adds to the elegance of the owners' suite. Other luxury amenities include: a bayed sitting area, large walk-in closet, extra large tub and shower, and twin basins.

On the second floor, a bridge overlooks the great room and entry. The two bedrooms are large, with graceful half-round windows. Down the hall is a two section bathroom. Extra storage, or living space, could be created in the bonus room over the garage, and still more attic space is behind the bathroom.

1st Aug, 2016
Articles, Blog

As homeowners, we adapt to all sorts of changes. A college student returns and needs a place to stay; your job is now based out of the home and you need a designated office space. As the family changes, so do lifestyle preferences, space considerations, storage needs and so on. Soon enough, we start to see that it’s not just us who need to adapt. Our homes should adapt to us too. Each stage of our lives requires us to adapt, and so must our living space.

A house, therefore, isn’t just a box with a set number of rooms that never changes; it’s an opportunity.

Manor Heart 10-590

A growing trend among homeowners revolves around this idea of adaptability and flexibility; dens, offices, basements, bonus rooms and the like are flex spaces whose function can change with demand. But the ultimate goal behind these adaptable home designs is to allow families to age in place without having to periodically pack up their bags, load a moving van, and relocate to a new home.

Adaptable homes or floor plans are homes that feature flexible rooms such as bonus spaces and basements that can serve multiple purposes as your needs change.

“A home needs flexibility,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. “Any homeowner can buy a house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a family room. But to truly live in the home and be comfortable with it for years and years, it needs to adapt to the homeowner as their needs change. Life is rarely ever as simple as a box.”

For example, a den can be an office, a media room or a study. A bonus room can be made into a children’s playroom that transitions into a bedroom for returning college students. And as the kids move out, secondary bedrooms can serve as guest bedrooms or hobby rooms. The options are endless.

“This is what we call ‘aging in place,’ the idea that homes can be lived in longer if they could be modified and adjusted as the years go by,” said McAlexander.

The “aging in place” concept has gained prominence in the home design industry, as evidenced by Associated Designs most recent Home from the Heart Surveys. Ninety-six percent of homeowners want the option of a forever-home, and the ability to adjust the living space of that home. This trend coincides with the 95% of 2016 survey respondents who desire a single-level home, since single-level homes can be lived in longer than two-story homes.

Associated Designs’ Manor Heart home design 10-590 showcases the adaptable home concept. A single-level home with a den, a bonus room above the garage, two secondary bedrooms, extra storage, and a vaulted great room, the home is the right blend of spaces for all potential homeowners.

“There’s a little something for everyone in this home design,” said McAlexander. “The bonus room in particular has so many possibilities – from recreation room, to guest house, to home office. It can be whatever you want it to be.”

From a young family in need of a playroom, to a middle-aged couple with kids away at college, to the empty nester in need of a relaxing study and a fun hobby space, the home flexes and bends with the needs of the family. And at 2,200 square feet, it fits nicely into the national averages of what future homebuyers are looking for.

Change happens, and when it does, we make room, we adjust and we reconfigure our plans so that the change becomes an opportunity for bigger and better things. Adaptable floor plans that allow us to age with the home, to be creative with our living space, means we don’t live in a box. Like us, the home adapts – and we build a forever home. 

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28th Jul, 2016
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Yaquina 31-025

With plenty of Mediterranean charm the Yaquina is designed to fit well on a corner building lot. Gathering spaces are at the core of the home with a formal dining room towards the front and living room is towards the rear. The entire left side of the home is the owners' suite, bath and walk-in closet. A secondary bedroom and guest suite are on the right side.

25th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cape Cod House Plan, Home Plan, Clematis 10-073

Shingles on the roof and exterior of the Cape Cod Clematis give it a rustic appearance. This home design features interesting star shaped angles that is modern. The utility room and the two secondary bedrooms are the only rectangular rooms.

Entering the home, is a wide foyer with a small bathroom to one side and a coat closet on the other. The entry hall leads past the naturally bright living room, then directly into the dining room, located at the core of this home. Columns grace the dining area, adding a touch of class while delineating the space. Clerestory windows, above the vaulted dining room, fill the space in abundant, natural light.

In the adjacent diamond-shaped family room, two sets of French doors trim the fireplace and open onto a wide wrap-around deck. The eating bar separates the kitchen from the family room. Features here include a walk-in pantry, island with cooktop, dishwasher, built-in oven and microwave. The adjacent utility room has a deep sink and a counter. Garage access is close to both the utility room and the kitchen.

French doors, opposite the dining room, open into the elegant owners' suite. Luxury features here include a large walk-in closet, oversized tub, dual vanity and a private toilet.


19th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Cortez 11-011

The three-bedroom Cortez is a Mediterranean-style stucco home designed for a narrow lot with the zero lot line concept in mind. It's only 38 feet wide and has no windows on the right side.

The zero lot line concept is brought into play when additional privacy is desired along one of the building lot lines, or when a builder wishes to construct two mirror-image units in a duplex configuration. This allows each of the units to have one wide side yard instead of two narrow ones.

If desired, windows could be added, but the home is already richly glassed and naturally bright. The rear of the home has more window area than wall, facing out across a covered terrace that can be screened. Sliding glass doors provide access from the kitchen/nook area as well as the owners' suite.

From the dining room, you look into an enclosed courtyard through wide windows, crowned by an arched transom. Inside, a columned archway echoes the graceful curves of the windows and defines the areas of the dining room and the vaulted living room.

The kitchen offers plentiful counter and storage space. A powder room is centrally located, close to the front door and a walk-through utility room that opens into the garage.

Features in the owners' suite include a walk-in closet, linen storage, oversized shower, twin vanities and a private toilet. A small arched window brightens the stairwell leading upstairs to two additional bedrooms that share a jack and jill bathroom.

11th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cottage Duplex Plan, Duplex Design, Philipsburg 60-030

The Philipsburg is a duplex with the charm of a country cottage. Garage walls provide privacy between units and are the only point of contact between the units, even the covered patios are completely private. Each of the two-story units are mirror images of one another.

Slender posts set on wood-framed bases highlight and support an entry porch capped by a low profile gable. Wooden siding covers a half wall that creates another secluded area in the porch section extending from the door to the outer post. The area is relaxing place to enjoy a lemonade on a summer afternoon.

Once inside, a coat closet is in an alcove hidden behind the front door. The living and dining areas are all open to the kitchen across a raised eating bar. Light flows into the living areas through wide multipaned windows on exterior wall. More streams in through a smaller window over the sink. Kitchen counters and cabinets line two walls, plus the peninsular counter/eating bar. A combination utility room and powder room is at the rear, as well as access to the covered patio.

The patio creates a cozy place to enjoy outdoor dining when the weather is warm. Walled on two sides, could easily be screened if desired.

Two bedrooms and a full bathroom with linen storage are upstairs in each of the units. Both bedrooms are expanded by rectangular window bays, which could easily be finished as cozy window seats with storage below. 

5th Jul, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Woodcliffe 30-715

The bold wooden beams of the porte cochere and entry, springs to mind is an upscale lodge, or a Northwestern-style chalet. Either designation could easily fit this one level Craftsman-style home.

Past the vaulted porte cochere is a vaulted breezeway that leads to a lofty vaulted porch. Handsome squared wooden posts support and accent the whole passageway. Entering the home, you step into a beautiful vaulted great room, that is richly windowed at the rear. A fireplace and home entertainment center line the right side wall. If you like the feel of Craftsman lodge-style, you will fall in love with the Woodcliffe.

Two of the great room's five window sets slide open to provide air flow and access to a large patio, part of which is covered and vaulted. On the left of the great room is an unusually long, multi-angled eating bar which marks the kitchen's boundary.

More light flows into the kitchen through a skylight. Working at the cook top or handy prep sink, you look into the great room and can enjoy the rear vista too. A bayed nook is at one end and a large walk-in pantry is at the other, right around the corner from a large home office with a free-standing woodstove. Counters, shelves and a desk with file drawers are all built into this skylit space, as is a closet that fills the rear wall.

Storage closets line the hallway on the right, which leads to a vaulted den and the owners' suite. Luxuries here include a double-wide walk-in closet and a skylit bathroom with a soaking tub and an oversized walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms, a vaulted family room and a double-entry bathroom are in the left wing of the home.

1st Jul, 2016
Announcements, Blog, New Home Plans

2016 Home from the Heart Survey Results

What makes up a dream home? Is it the view? The square footage? The walk-in shower or Craftsman-style kitchen? Does such a house that combines all of your dreams even exist?

Knowing the answers to these questions is what Associated Designs’ Home from the Heart survey is all about. This year’s survey once again asked readers, like you, to share what features and design elements you want in your dream home. The results of the survey allow Associated Designs to create a collection of home designs that feature all of those wants and desires.

The 2016 Home from the Heart survey focused on every element of the home – from the size to the style to special features to the number of rooms. Using the most voted on features, Associated Designs has created the Westheart 10-630 home plan that highlights the must-have design essentials from the survey. Featuring 3,135 square feet of living space in a single floor layout, the home includes all the popular features including a walk-in shower, covered front porch, great room, utility room located close to the garage, and plenty of windows for natural light and scenic views. 

2016 Home from the Heart, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Westheart 10-630
The Westheart 10-630

Unlike last year when the Craftsman house was the sought-after exterior home style, this year’s survey revealed that both the ranch and Craftsman homes were neck and neck in terms of popularity. This coincides with the continued trend toward larger, single-floor homes on rural lots with open floor plans.

Survey respondents voiced their preferences for 3 bedrooms, but as in 2015, kitchen nooks and dens remained similarly popular. Media rooms, however, lost momentum replaced by a desire for a guest suite, which climbed 10% in popularity. The Westheart home plan showcases just such a guest suite. It also keeps the owners’ suite separate from the other bedrooms for added privacy, and a luxurious owners’ bath with walk-in shower. In fact, one of the biggest trends in the survey continues to be the desire for walk-in showers in the owners’ suite, which climbed to 81%.

The Westheart design also features a great room with a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings, providing both artistic elegance and warm strength to the home. Vaulted ceilings, much like gas fireplaces, are still a must-have for homeowners.

The 2016 Home from the Heart survey is all about what you want and desire. It gives you a say in what pieces go together to make the home of your dreams. Associated Designs Westheart home design makes that dream a reality. 

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27th Jun, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional House Plan, Home Plan, Chivington 30-260

The traditional-style Chivington design offers an intriguing front facade with hipped roof lines with clipped ends and tall slender porch posts. This mid-sized home is well-designed to meet the needs of a busy modern family.

The entry and great room, offers a striking two-story ceiling which creates an expansive sense of volume. Entering, you pass double doors on the left that open into the living room. This bright space also has another door that leads to the powder room, stairs and eating nook.

Informal living spaces fill most of the rear, where the great room, nook and kitchen flow together. Wide windows, stacked two high, provide plenty of natural light. A two-sided direct vent gas fireplace offers minimal separation of space between the nook and great room area.

Ceiling height drops to eight feet in the nook and kitchen. Counters wrap around three sides, extending in a long peninsula that could function as an eating bar. A walk-in pantry boosts storage space, and wide sliders in the bayed nook leads to the patio.

Laundry appliances are close at hand, in a large utility room outfitted with cabinets, deep sink and a wide counter. Connected to the garage as well as the kitchen, this space also serves as a mud room.

Amenities in the master suite include: a large walk-in closet, two sinks, a soaking tub, and separately enclosed shower and toilet. Three more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs.

20th Jun, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch Home Plan, Fern View 30-766

Slender posts provide graceful accents to the front porch that spans the front of the Fern View, a contomporary ranch-style house plan.

A mostly rectangular footprint this home is economical to build, heat and maintain. This home suites well for young families as a starter home or empty nesters looking to downsize and have a home that is simpler to maintain. This home can be furnished with three bedrooms, or have two bedrooms and a study/home office, whichever suits.

Light flows into the vaulted entry though a sidelight along with a row of panes near the top of the door. A coat closet is on the left, just before the entry hall angles off in that direction. Double doors open into a bright room that could be a bedroom, home office or study.

Continue to the left leads you to the kitchen; going straight ahead takes you to the vaulted great room, after passing the bedroom and bathroom on the right. 

Light spills into the great room through wide windows that fill most of the rear wall, plus the slender windows flanking the gas fireplace. Sliding glass doors in the dining area open onto a wide deck.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across the raised eating bar into the great room,  or keep your eye on the patio. All appliances are built in, and a roomy walk-in pantry fills one corner. Laundry appliances are right around the corner in the pass-through utility room, and provides accesses the garage.

The owners' suite is luxurious boasting a spa tub, oversized shower and dual lav.

13th Jun, 2016
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Prairie Style House Plan, Home Plan, Crownpoint 30-790

Frank Lloyd Wright is the acknowledged master of the Prairie house, one of the few indigenous American styles. The Crownpoint is a contemporary Prairie-style home design that features low-pitched roof lines, wide eaves, and bold squared porch support columns.

Upon entering the home, you pass double doors that lead into what could be a used as a dining room, parlor, or home office. A conveniently located powder room is nearby, bedrooms are to the left, and the great room is ahead and slightly to the right.

The great room at the heart of the home is open to the kitchen and nook as well. The G-shaped kitchen, an array of counters, cupboards, and built-in appliances wrap around all four sides. From at or near the kitchen sink, informal meals and snacks to family and friends seated along the raised eating bar, enjoy the gas fireplace, or keep track of activities on the partially covered patio.

A good-sized utility room is around the corner, along with access to a two-car garage. The bench by the door is designed for shucking off footwear, which can then be stowed out of sight beneath the seat. A shelved storage closet lines the hallway to a guest suite.

In the spacious owners' suite, features include a walk-in shower, private toilet, two vanities, a deep walk-in closet, and direct patio access. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom that has a combination tub and shower.

7th Jun, 2016
Blog, Under Construction

It's been awhile since I have posted the progress of the new house and to say I'm excited about it is an understatement though it feels rather surreal to me at times.

Here is the entry or Porte corchere (carport). It's stately and solid looking.

The underside is stunning. I LOVE IT!

Early on I touched on superstitions. The discovery of a nesting robin in essentially our great room door way had me doing a bit more research for the meaning. A nest with eggs indicates a blest household, or the creation of happy household promises. I have to say, I like this a lot. 

The roof is felted. As soon as a few vents and our wood stove chiminey are in place, the metal roofing can go on.

Looking in from the back porch.

The before photo of my future kitchen! Looking forward to cooking and entertaining here. We have some fun things planned here. Shaker style hickory cabinets, a Thermador cook top, a red painted island with copper vegetable sink, and a 5 drawer Kitchen Aid refrigerator. I love the light we found to hang over the island! This will be the kitchen of my dreams! 

Coming soon, I'll show you some of the selections we've made for the house!

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