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15th Feb, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, European Home Plan, European House Plan, Avalon 30-306

The Avalon is reminece of a French country estate. The steeply pitched roof lines, stone veneer facades, keystone lintels, and arched entry are all European influences. Inside, it offers spacious living quarters, ideal for families who enjoy entertaining guests.

Upon entering, you step into a two-story foyer with a balustrade curving up to the right. A den is to the right, and a large dining room is to the left. Ahead, at center, is a large living room anchored by a masonry fireplace on one end. French doors open out onto a large covered patio.

Informal living spaces cluster on the left, in a large, free-flowing space that is the family room, kitchen and nook. The open kitchen has every convenience, including a large rectangular work island rimmed by a raised eating bar on two sides. Plenty of natural light flows in through wide windows in the nook.

More light spills into the family room through windows on two sides, and a home entertainment center nestles into the rear corner, next to the fireplace.
Laundry appliances are close in a large utility room with storage cabinets and two long counters for folding clothes. This space also has a pull-down ironing board and a built-in desk facing a window.

A curved window bay expands the sitting area in the luxurious owners’ suite. Amenities abound, from the huge closet to the luxurious bathroom and a private patio with a hot tub. 

5th Feb, 2018
Blog, Under Construction


Construction Progress, Garage Plan, 20-100, Two Car Garage with Attic

Thank you Ms. S for the purchase of our Garage 20-100 design and allowing us the opportunity to follow along with the construction process.

We look forward to watching the progress, and appreciate your participation on the blog.

5th Feb, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Ranch House Plan, Featured Home Plan of the Week, Manor Heart 10-590

Bright and spacious gathering spaces fill the core of the Manor Heart, and private rooms are off to the right and left in this ranch-style home plan.

Once inside, double doors in the entry open into the den or home office. Just past the coat closet, you emerge into the naturally bright vaulted great room. Cabinets and/or bookcases flank the fireplace centered on one wall. Across the way, this room flows into the dining room, which is open to the kitchen. Sliding glass doors in the dining room open wide to offer easy access to a covered deck.

Counters and cabinets wrap around three sides of the large kitchen, encircling a wide work island rimmed on one end by a rounded conversation bar. Work surfaces and storage areas are generous along with a roomy walk-in pantry.

The owners’ suite features a large walk-in closet along with a luxurious bathroom. Amenities here include a deep soaking tub that nestles into a windowed alcove between the walk-in shower and a private toilet. Bedrooms on the other side of the house share a two-section bathroom. Nearby, the pass-through utility room links the house to a two-car garage with extra storage space. A bonus room sits above.

1st Feb, 2018
Articles, Blog

You’ve searched high and low for your first home. You’ve browsed all the realtor websites, all the neighborhoods. Nothing sparks your happiness, so instead of compromising on something existing, you are going to build your new home from the ground up.

The trick with building your starter home, of course, is being smart about what features, amenities, and styles you like and that won’t drain your pocketbook. Not an easy thing to do.

But don’t despair. We here at Associated Designs Inc., have highlighted for you three straightforward starter homes packed with all the modern features and amenities, and wrapped in time-tested exterior styles. And yes: They won’t break the bank.

“It’s common to be a little overwhelmed by all the prices and options to building your first home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “You may have to battle outsize expectations on a limited budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste, style, and features.”

Craftsman House Plan, Starter Home Plan, Bailey 30-262
The Bailey (30-262)

If you’re looking for comfort with a little charm, the Bailey craftsman-style house plan has the perfect porch-sitting atmosphere. Four sets of slender posts support the front of the roof, creating an inviting full-width front porch. Sip your morning coffee or snuggle up to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.

This house plan is a compact, contemporary, two-story home with 1,600 square feet of living space. But it’s got all the amenities and modern features. When you enter the home, you step into a small foyer with a stairway and convenient coat closet. But after that, the house opens up into a large living area with a parlor on the right and living room on the left that flows right into the kitchen.

The parlor connects with a den or dining room (your choice!) and when those double doors are open, it creates an expansive living area for those parties you have planned. The parlor’s rear windows are actually French doors that open to the backyard and create ample natural light.

The kitchen is no exception to the open feel of the home, with a large eating bar and ample room for the busy cook. A door connects the kitchen to the garage (especially convenient for unloading groceries), and a half bathroom and utility closet are to the right (also conveniently placed but out of sight). But let’s not forget there’s a whole second floor available in this house plan.

“The bungalow has a master suite on the second floor that may seem small,” said McAlexander. “But when you add in the private bathroom with oversize shower and the long closet with ample storage, this starter home design has the best of everything.”

Starter House Plan, Cedar Ridge 30-855, Craftsman Home Plan
The Cedar Ridge (30-855)

When considering a home design or layout, the type of lot you pick may determine the type of house you build. For a narrow lot, the Cedar Ridge design is a perfect starter home that has all the amenities and features with plenty of space – and all in a 1,763-square-foot, two-story country cottage.

“The best part about this house is that it packs it all in with room to spare,” said McAlexander. “You get a fireplace, a walk-in closet for the master suite, separate bedrooms and an extra storage area upstairs, a den, and an open floor plan. Everything is where it should be, which makes for easy comfort and happy living.”

The first floor of this home design features a kitchen, living room and dining room all connected for easy flow. The U-shaped kitchen has a long eating bar and plenty of workspace with a utility room nearby (but out of sight). The owners’ suite is also down a short hallway off the living room, complete with private bath and walk-in closet. A den near the front entry can serve as a bonus room, office or whatever you desire.

The second floor features two bedrooms for the kids, another bathroom to share, and an extra storage space or attic area. For a home on a narrow lot, this design packs in all the features so you aren’t missing out anything.

Starter House Plan, Pine Creek 30-885, Shingle Style Home Plan
The Pine Creek (30-885)

For a single-story house plan that has it’s own unique charm, the Pine Creek design is a must. This home has a Cape Cod-style feel to it, and the layout puts everything within reach.

“It’s a design that just makes sense,” said McAlexander. “And for a starter home like this one to have as much to it as this one does, it’s pretty great. I’m a huge fan of the design’s ability to be both smart and comfortable.”

At close to 1,780 square feet of living space, the Pine Creek boasts an open layout with the great room, dining area and kitchen on one side of the house and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the other side of the house. Your entertaining and family gatherings won’t have to mingle with your personal space.

A comforting fireplace is the focus of the great room area, framed by a window on each side. The dining area and kitchen behind the great room open up into each other for that modern feel and easy flow for serving and entertaining. A center island in the kitchen means you have ample room to cook, chat, and share delicious meals.

Down the hallway off the kitchen is the utility room with built-in cupboards and storage space. The utility room is also connected to the garage, which means it can double as a mudroom. Further down the hallway are two secondary bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and the owners’ suite complete with walk-in closet and private bath.

“A starter home shouldn’t be a downer. You shouldn’t have to settle for less,” said McAlexander. “You may have a limited budget, but if you’re building your first home, you can still get all the amenities you want without sacrificing style.”

And that’s the ultimate point: Your first home will be exactly what you wanted. 

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29th Jan, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cambridge 10-045, Home Plan

The Cambridge is an exception to the rule for a compact Craftsman style home. Often, homes that feature gabled rooflines, dormer windows and a wrap around front porches can be out of reach for first time homebuyers and far too large for empty nesters.

This plan is designed for economy and efficient maintenance, making it equally well suited to the needs of singles, families with young children, or empty nesters.

Day to day living takes place in a bright, vaulted great room that faces the rear. Naturally illuminated by skylights, side windows and a high dormer, this area rarely needs additional lighting during daylight hours.

Sliding glass doors in the eating nook open onto a wide deck. Utilities are just a few steps away, tucked in the passageway to the garage.

Eight foot-high display shelves that flank the vaulted entry hall, overarch the entrance to the family room, and mark the passageway to the owners' suite. 

Amenities in the owners' suite include a large walk in closet and twin basins in a dressing area separate from the water closet and shower.


22nd Jan, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Richmond 11-048, Spanish Home Plan, Southwestern House Plans

The Richmond blends traditional and present day Spanish styling in a plan that is also elegant and informal. Traditional elements include a tile roof, arched windows, and stucco. Bold columns, a cameo window and planters overflowing with vegetation provide contemporary flare.

Vaulted ceilings offers a sense of openness in the formal living spaces found in the core of this plan. Widely spaced columns support plant shelves define the boundaries of dining room, living room and hallways. A small powder room, tucked into the passageway to the kitchen, is close to to it all.

Day to day activities take place in the large, open family room/kitchen. The diagonal cooking island creates a uniquely shaped kitchen. A vegetable sink across from the range offers increased efficiency in food preparation.

The eating bar adds more counter space. Utilities and a walk-in pantry are conveniently located between the kitchen and the garage. On the far side of the kitchen, a glass door in the nook leads to a screened porch that opens onto a terrace.

Bedrooms are close together on the left. Luxury amenities in the owners' suite include a large walk-in closet, a private bathroom with two vanities and a private toilet and shower. Glass blocks form the shower stall and brighten the bathing alcove.

Each of the secondary bedrooms have direct access to a jack-n-jill bathroom. The bedroom closest to the entry porch could be outfitted with French doors and used as a den or office.

15th Jan, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Kersley 30-041, Classic Home Plan, Luxury House Plan


The Kersley's arched windows and lofty entry, keystones, corner quoins and a steeply pitched hip roof create an impression of statuesque grandeur in this Classic-style home design.

Inside, a graceful curved staircase sweeps up the right side of a wide, bright foyer that features a two-story ceiling and a hardwood floor. Arched openings lead to the formal living room, dining room, and the informal family living spaces are at the rear. Most of the main floor has 9-foot ceilings.

The fireplace in the living room is its center piece and the French doors and tray ceiling augment the sense of refinement. The dining room, with its coffered ceiling, hardwood floor and built-in buffet, is equally elegant. Family room, nook and kitchen are all open to each other. A pool room is off to the left, through raised panel doors. Roomy and bright, this area has a wet bar and sliding glass doors that open on a large patio.

In the family room, another fireplace adds color and warmth. The entertainment center houses electronic toys¬--big screened television, CD player, Blu ray,  or video games. Kitchen conveniences include a spacious walk-in pantry and a large work island with a cook top.

All four bedrooms are upstairs. Owners’ suite luxuries include a large walk-in closet, dual vanities, soaking tub, and oversized shower. The guest suite has its own bathroom, complete with shower. The other two bedrooms share a jack-n-jill bathroom.

7th Jan, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Duplex Plan, Multifamily Plans, Cartersville 60-017

The Cartersville is a two-story, three-bedroom Craftsman-style duplex design with bathrooms on both levels and plenty of separation between the units. The only shared walls are between the garages, powder rooms and patios. Each unit is mirror image of the other.

Slender wooden posts trim a welcoming front porch large enough to accommodate a porch swing or other patio furniture. The front railing adds privacy and nostalgic charm.

Step inside, you move through the entry into the living room. A coat closet is straight ahead, across from stairs that lead to the second-floor bedrooms.

The kitchen and dining room are linked at the rear, with a peninsular counter and raised eating bar between them. Counters wrap around three sides of the kitchen, while cupboards line two, and fill the space above the refrigerator as well.

Laundry appliances, a powder room, and garage access are steps away.

Wide windows at the rear and side of the dining room allow for plenty of natural light. Sliding glass doors provide easy patio access, and can be left open to increase air circulation in summer.

Three bedrooms are upstairs. Two are in the front and the owners' suite is at the back. While it shares the upper bathroom, it does have a private dressing area with a basin, and a roomy walk-in closet.

1st Jan, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Country Home Plan, Pine Hill 30-791

Country-style Pine Hill makes an ideal retreat cottage, and is equally well suited for year-round suburban living. Wooden shutters and a wrap-around front porch add nostalgic charm.

Light flows into the entry through sidelights that flank the door. The stairs directly ahead of the entry lead up to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.

On the first floor, four linked family living areas wrap around the staircase. The entry is open to the living room on the right, and a den on the left. A fireplace serves as a focal point on the living room's exterior wall.

A wide arched opening links the living room to a dining room that is expanded by a window bay. Sliding glass windows there access a large deck, down a few steps from the main floor. The dining room is open to the kitchen, where a large work island adds to the counter and cabinet space. 

Around the corner is a good-sized utility room and a powder room. In the utility room, cabinets line the wall above the appliances. The hallway leading to these rooms ends with an exterior door that leads out onto the covered porch and then on to the patio. 

The owners' suite boasts a second gas fireplace, a deep soaking tub, and a dual vanity.

1st Jan, 2018
Articles, Blog

Two home design gurus walk you through a home that needs a little updating. They show you some ideas such as how to put the finishing touches on a refurbished kitchen or a new window treatment. In the process, you see high-tech renderings of the home as it will be when all the updates are finished. Digital graphics and illustrations flash across the TV screen and you start to think to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great to have those same visuals for the new home I want?”

It seems so simple and so easy to get all the flash and tech for a construction project on reality home improvement shows. In just a few days or at the click of a button, designs are there in 3-D with virtual walk-throughs … but that’s not reality. The reality is that the design portion of your construction project will take more time and consideration than they show on TV, and any high-tech graphics will be costly. 

“Reality home improvement shows aren’t based in reality at all,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc., in Eugene, Ore. “From a design perspective, watching these shows makes you think that the design and all its pieces are done right there while you are walking through the house together. But it doesn’t work like that.”

In reality, construction or home design projects are built around 2-D drawings, blueprints, and hand sketches. They are a time-consuming endeavor that takes weeks if not months to finalize. Designers take you through all the solutions, exploring every possible amenity, material, and layout to bring you the home of your dreams. Even a small townhome can be a complex project taking hours if not days of iterations and solution gathering. TV can make the construction process look like a snap. From concepts to permits to finished product, it’s all done in a matter of weeks.

“There’s this illusion of a design being done at the push of a button, as if I’ve done it instantaneously, which is not possible,” said McAlexander. “It takes hours, weeks, and even months to put all those ideas onto paper. High-tech graphics are cool, but even all the data needed to input into the computer to make those graphics is complex and time-consuming, not to mention costly.”

That doesn’t mean that the technology isn’t there to use high-tech graphics like the ones shown on reality TV. It most certainly is possible to have a 3-D rendering of your new kitchen – if you can afford it. What is hidden in the world of television is the amount of time it takes to generate those graphics and 3-D walk-throughs. You ultimately spend more time and money on creating the pretty picture than on the value of the project itself, said McAlexander.

“And this is a familiar discussion at a lot of home design firms,” he continued. “Clients walk in expecting to see a high-tech digital design with all the trimmings, and they want to see it now. If they were available as efficiently as they are portrayed in reality home improvement shows, I would advocate for them 100%. I would much rather be able to show my clients these 3-D models of the design solution and give them a virtual tour of their new home because it does help people visualize the design. But again, it’s not a simple click of the button.”

Time and costs play a factor in any construction project, but so do budgets. There’s only so much the typical homeowner is willing to spend on the design of a new home or a remodel project, and it’s usually much more tame compared to what is discussed on reality home improvement shows. On television, suppliers get special consideration. When they sign the dotted line, they know they will also get promotional exposure by virtue of their products being used on the show. The costs, therefore, are downgraded.

“There is a disconnect when it comes to budgeting for a project like the ones they show on TV,” said McAlexander. “The budgets on TV, in my opinion, are laughable because they are not steeped in reality. The actual cost of materials, design elements, fixtures, and those high-tech graphics, can be hefty. Every little detail counts.”

Reality home improvement shows are not all bad. You can still watch them and be inspired. The biggest opportunity they provide is for you to see a wide range of styles and features that you can consider for your next construction project. That unique pantry or bathroom update may be just what you’re looking for in your dream home.

Simply keep in mind those bells and whistles that make great TV have not truly found their way to the reality of current construction.

“The more time you give the design process, the happier you will be with the results,” said McAlexander. “By taking time to analyze your lifestyle and living patterns with a design professional, the space you create will serve you well in the years to come.”

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25th Dec, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Heartfield 30-400

Varied roof lines, textures, and and plenty of sparkling glass lend an intriguing, inviting look to the Craftsman-style Heartfield home plan. The exterior is a harmonious blend of stone veneer wainscoting and horizontal lap siding capped with shake-textured siding. Slender square posts flank the entry porch and support the roof.

This is a midsize, basically single-level family home. There is a possibility of a fourth bedroom and half-bath filling the attic room over the garage. That space could also be left unfinished, for use as storage.

Light flows into the vaulted entry through sidelights and a transom. This large vaulted space encompasses the dining room and living room. Boundaries are subtly delineated by square posts and high shelves. More natural light spills down through an overhead dormer in the entry, and another in the dining room.

A fireplace nestles into a window corner of the living room. An arched display niche graces the wall over the hearth. Across the room, a similar arched opening provides visual access to the kitchen. Its lower edge is rimmed by a raised counter, useful as both an eating bar and handy passthrough.

Sliders in the nook provide access to a large, partially covered patio, ideal for outdoor meals. The roomy kitchen has a large walk-in pantry and a generous supply of cabinets and counters. The nearby utility room offers more of both, and can double as a mud room. It has a built-in bench for removing soiled shoes.

The owners' suite fills the right wing; secondary bedrooms fill the left. Owners' suite features include a walk-in closet, spa tub, dual vanity, shower and private toilet.

18th Dec, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Randell Home Plan, Victorian House Plans

The Randell is a Victorian-style estate-size home. Fluted columns parade across the wide front porch of its classic front facade and a circular turret is on the left corner. Decorative corbels rim the eaves, matching triangular pediments cap the door and window above, and shutters accent multipaned windows.

Living areas provide close to 4000 square feet of space. Another 1,000 square feet are in the deep storage space and large bonus room, and nearly 1,500 more in the garage. One section of the garage could hold a motor home.

In the marble-tiled foyer, a dramatic staircase sweeps up to the left while straight ahead, two sets of columns flank the arched passageway leading into the great room. On the right, a columned archway guides guests into the elegant dining room.

The great room easily accommodates a grand piano, along with couches, easy chairs, and other furniture. Other features include a bayed nook, fireplace, and home entertainment center. On the left end, another column-flanked, arched opening leads into the large library.

The kitchen is open and roomy and linked to the stately dining room by a butler's pantry with built-in buffet. Laundry appliances are close by, in a combination utility/hobby room.

Amenities in the luxury owners' suite include a double walk-in closet, dual vanity, clawfoot tub, shower, and private toilet. An exterior door leads to the patio spa.

Three more large bedrooms are upstairs, along with a second laundry room, bonus room and deep storage room. 

4th Dec, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional Home Plan, House Plan, Keizer 30-230

The Keizer is a small home with a big heart. A recessed front porch extends a warm welcoming while the brick veneer provides a look of solidity in this traditional house plan.

At the core, a roomy country kitchen flows into a spacious vaulted great room, with a peninsular counter provides suddle separation. Working in the kitchen, you can keep tabs on everything in this large living space.

The kitchen ceiling is a lofty 11 feet high transitions to a vault in the great room, and the richly glassed dining area facing the street.

Wide windows on both sides of the fireplace provide natural light. A sliding glass door on one side allows access to a rear patio, perfect for outdoor dining on warm days.

The owners’ suite is large for a home this size, completely filling the entire right side. A vaulted ceiling further adds to the sense of volume here, and a large walk-in closet creates ample storage space. Other features include a linen closet and an oversized shower. Obscured glass fills a large double window that fills the room in natural light.

Two more bedrooms plus a bathroom cluster together on the left. The large linen closet in the hallway is convenient to all three rooms.

Laundry appliances are handy but out of sight, in a passthrough utility room that connects the kitchen to the garage.

1st Dec, 2017
Articles, Blog

A new year is just around the corner, and with it comes our choice picks for home plans and designs. But we’d rather not call this list our “Best of 2017” because in truth, home plans are so varied and so unique to each design and each homeowner that to mention all the great ones, we’d need a bit more space on the page.

“And that’s a good thing,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “We’ve got so many great home designs that it’s no surprise homeowners spend hours searching for that perfect home with all the right features and all the trendy amenities.”

Of course, there are home designs that are memorable, epitomizing a unique layout, modern features and style trends that get us excited. From small floor plans packed with design features to vaulted living spaces, social kitchens and three-car garages, 2017 house plan trends have taken home buying to a whole new level. So, as we make way for the New Year, we look back at a few homes we love and the design trends that make them special.

Hottest Trends of 2017, Home Trends Report

Small But Mighty

At first glance, this 1,963-square-foot Craftsman cottage may seem not to have it all – but remember to never judge a book (or home) by its cover. A mix of natural materials across the front of the Brookstone (31-066) creates a charming and welcoming outdoor atmosphere, but it’s the inside that will surprise you. It’s a classic example of a common trend in 2017 to think small but carry a lot of space.

“Now here is a home trend that really packs a lot without getting too crowded,” said McAlexander. “With three bedrooms and three full baths, the Brookstone is deceptive in its greatness.”

Immediately to the left of the entry is a hallway that leads to a generous guest suite with full private bathroom and walk-in closet. Nearby is another bedroom and another full bath. At the end of the entry, the hall opens up into the great room, large C-shaped kitchen and dining room – a near perfect setup for socializing, entertaining or just relaxing with friends. The owners’ suite is separate from the other bedrooms and features a walk-in closet and roomy bathroom.

And lest you think that this home doesn’t retain its cozy, cottage style, a gas fireplace brings a touch of warming comfort. There’s also easy access to attic storage, a large two-car garage and a utility room.

Utility and Flexibility

A common trend in home plans and design in 2017 was the desire for flex space and functional utility rooms. Combined with vaulted living spaces and an open great room, the Barrington (31-058) is a classic example of this trend.

“Flex space can come in many forms,” said McAlexander. “Whether it’s a bonus room above the garage, a den near the entryway, or a simple storage room off the garage or in the basement, flexibility is a major factor for many homebuyers.”

Boasting clean lines and lots of natural light, the Barrington is a handsome, country-style home with 2,150 square feet of pleasing lines, luxurious features and vaulted style. In fact, several rooms in the house boast vaulted ceilings including a bedroom and the great room. The great room living space makes this home design perfect for growing families or homeowners who love to entertain, but it also includes a den and bonus room above the garage. Both spaces can be adapted to fit the changing needs of families, whether it’s office space, a playroom or a guest room. Just off the garage is a generous utility room with mudroom space, too, so there’s really no end to what this home can do for you. It adapts with you.

Classic Meets Modern

For many homeowners, a classic country-style home needs a little upgrade on the inside, and that’s what this trend is really all about. The charming exterior with wrap-around front porch belies the modern features and aesthetics of the interior in the Hayden (30-981). This 1,786-square-foot home is a great home for a young family or those looking to downsize because it blends the country with the modern in a seamless and timeless way.

A vaulted great room, for example, features a woodstove rather than a fireplace. A utility room off the kitchen also has a walk-in pantry, but both are separated from the kitchen and dining room by a pocket door. The social kitchen with its peninsular eating bar is indicative of modern homes, flowing from the dining room and into the great room with ease. In other words, it won’t be hard to entertain in this home! And to top it all off, the three bedrooms in the home fill the right side with an ample hallway between them. A vaulted owners’ suite adds a touch of modern luxury with private bathroom and walk-in closet. A study nook in the hallway is just another way the modern blends with the classic in the Hayden.

“The Hayden, like the Brookstone, is deceptive in its size because it really packs a lot in without being overwhelming,” said McAlexander. “But it’s the mix of modern and country that really set it apart. You get it all but don’t sacrifice on style.”

Clever Detached Garages

Enhancing properties with detached garages is one thing, but taking that garage and making into an extra living space is quite another. For many homeowners in 2017, this detached garage concept was a major plus and a common home design trend. And with that trend comes plans to match that showcase the utility factor of the garage as well as the style and comfort of a guesthouse. It’s essentially another house on the same property, and that’s pretty clever.

“Any property that can be enriched with additional storage or garage space is a great thing, but to take that and make it into living space as well is a huge win,” said McAlexander. “The options are endless when a detached garage comes into play because you can rent out the living space, use it for visitors and guests, or make it your own.”

This three-car detached garage with living space (20-199) exemplifies this concept and then goes one step further. The garage itself has ample amount of space for storage, garden tools, and your favorite gadgets. But above the garage is a vaulted great room, private bedroom, and bathroom that can be accessed from the garage or from the separate entrance. A vaulted kitchen opens up into the great room for a touch of luxury. There’s also space for a stacking washer and dryer with a small pantry in the hallway.

Another example of a detached garage with living space plays with a farmhouse exterior and country interior (20-189). This garage boasts a guest studio space on the second floor with luxury features including a wood stove, kitchenette and full bathroom. The space can adapt to the needs of the owners – whether it’s a guest room, rental unit, or a separate living space for the college-aged teen in the family. 

As seen on Newswire
27th Nov, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Home Plan, Applegate 10-403, European Home Plans

The Applegate is a harmonious medley of arched openings, multiple roof lines and stucco detailing create a lasting first impression in this European home plan. Multipaned windows fill most of the rear, allowing full visual enjoyment of a natural setting, whether a lake, river, forest, desert, or artful landscaping. Stepped planters and covered walkway tie the house with its detached garage.

This plan is designed to blend of formal and informal living environments. Informal spaces flow together on the left, sleeping areas fill the right side, and formal rooms are at the core. Storage is found throughout the home.

Hardwood floors and high ceilings grace all of the gathering spaces, while carpeting reserved for the den and bedrooms. If needed, the den could serve as another bedroom, or be used as a home office.

Kitchen and nook are naturally bright, and the gathering room is expanded by a deep window bay. A work island adds to the plentiful work and storage space, along with a large walk-in pantry. The built-in desk and shelves are conveniently located for managing household business. Doors on two sides open onto two covered decks and the large utility room is close by.

Half walls crowned by posts provide mild separation between the dining room and living room. The dining room features a built-in hutch, and the living room is warmed by a masonry fireplace nestled between bookcases.

Another wide window bay expands the luxurious owners' suite. Other amenities, in addition to a large walk-in closet, include twin lavs, private toilet, and a walk-in shower.

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