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29th Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Kodiak 30-697, Log Home Plan

Kodiak 30-697

This modern log home blends rustic appeal with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a contemporary home plan. An array of windows sparkle across the view side’s central section. Its traditional A-frame shape fronts an expansive, partially vaulted great room which is open to a C-shaped kitchen.

24th Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Wethersfield 30-702, Transitional Home Plan

Wethersfield 30-702

In this transitional home plan, a two-story entry opens out into one large gathering space that fills the entire right side of the ground floor, front to back. Counters and cabinets wrap around three sides of the step-efficient C-shaped kitchen, maximizing work space and storage capacity. The owners' suite is on the ground floor, and three more bedrooms are above.

22nd Jul, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Tealwood House Plan from Associated DesignsElmhurst House Plan from Associated DesignsArgent House Plan from Associated Designs

Prairie Style House Plans

Revolutionized by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Prairie style home plan features low horizontal lines and open interior spaces. These low profile designs blend well in natural environments. To view all of our Prairie style house plans click here.

21st Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Mendocino 30-681, Mediterranean Home Plan

Mendocino 30-681

• Bold stuccoed columns highlight a trio of lofty arches that frame the front door and windows in this Mediterranean house plan
• Kitchen and nook are open to spacious living room with fireplace and high, wide windows
• Owners' suite boasts deep walk-in closet, dual vanity, spa tub, walk-in shower, private toilet

17th Jul, 2008
Announcements, Blog

Garage Plan from Associated Designs

Garage Plan Sale

From now until August 15th, all Garage Plan packages are 15% off AND free ground shipping to anywhere in the Continental United States!! Just use promotional code FSGP08 when placing your order. To view all of our garage plans click here.

16th Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Rockport 30-707, Craftsman Home Plan

Rockport 30-707

A Craftsman-style covered porch spans half of the front facade, extending from the home’s entry to the garage’s walk-in entry. The great room has a gas fireplace and is open to a dining room with sliding door access to a covered patio. The kitchen is open to the dining room, across a peninsular counter with a flush eating bar.

Photos of completed house

15th Jul, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Eagleton Home Plan from Associated DesignsAltamont Home Plan from Associated DesignsClarkridge Log Home Plan from Associated Designs

You'll find a selection of Log Home Plans available through Associated Designs. These designs are great for vacation homes, second homes or even primary residences. Many of these log homes have also been converted to conventional 2x6 framing. To search through our variety of log home designs click here.

7th Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Littlefield 30-717, European Home Plan

Littlefield 30-717

Intriguing Dufferin stone veneer covers much of this European-style home’s front facade. A richly windowed gathering space comprises the great room, kitchen and nook. The great room’s gas fireplace can be enjoyed from the visually open kitchen. A recreation room, bathroom and walk-in storage closet are upstairs, over the garage.

2nd Jul, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Esterville 30-699, Contemporary Home Plan

Esterville 30-699

Inside this transitional home, the floor plan is comfortably contemporary. A rambling array of interconnected gathering spaces fills two-thirds of the ground floor, while a well-appointed owners' suite claims most of the remainder. Two bedrooms, a bathroom and a bonus room are upstairs.

27th Jun, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Stevenson 10-502, European Home Plan

Stevenson 10-502

•Richly windowed European style home plan
•Large kitchen access sun room, dining room, and great room
•Owners' suite features large sitting area and walk-in shower

25th Jun, 2008
Announcements, Articles, Blog

The Home Builders Association of Lane County has constructed the Tazewell 30-477 Tazewell 30-477 House Plan from Associated DesignsThe Home Builders Association of Lane County has constructed the Tazewell 30-477 house plan to showcase on the Tour of Homes held July 26th through August 3rd. Associated Designs has donated design services for the HBA PAC house for 9 years. This year's HBA PAC house will highlight the use of green building techniques.

To view an article on construction of this years PAC house from On the Level, the June 2008 Newsletter of the Home Builders Association of Lane County click: hba-home-article.pdf

To view plan details of the Tazewell 30-477 click here. To view photos of this house's progress, view comments.

24th Jun, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Lauderdale House Plan from Associated DesignsCoronado House Plan from Associated DesignsVeracruz House Plan from Associated Designs

Mediterranean house plans feature stucco exteriors, tile roofs, and large arched windows. Often, homes are designed around courtyards or include verandas to compliment outdoor living. To view our Mediterranean house plans click here.

20th Jun, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Bailey 30-262 House Plan from Associated DesignsBailey 30-262 Interior Under ConstructionSteven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, General Contractor

Bailey 30-262 Front Porch Under ConstructionBailey 30-262 Interior Under ConstructionBailey 30-262 Kitchen Under Construction

Bailey 30-262

This craftsman home plan features slender posts and multipaned upper window sashes. Kitchen has a conversation bar space for folks to hang out without crowding the cooks. Doors linking dining room and parlor open to create one bright area. "We are the Builder 4 U" - Steve W. Johnson Construction, Inc.

**This post has photos of the completed house plan in comments section!

19th Jun, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Bentley House Plan from Associated DesignsPendleton House Plan from Associated Designs

Associated Designs has assembled a collection of the "Best Selling House Plans". Take a look through them, and you'll see why. This collection is updated to reflect the current trends among plan purchasers in a wide range of sizes and styles. While these designs may not be exactly what you are searching for, we have plenty of other home plans to choose from as well. Don't forget, all of our house plans can be modified!

17th Jun, 2008
Articles, Blog

By Craig Thornburrow

If you are considering a large construction project, whether it be a brand new home or an addition to a home that you already have, hiring building contractors is something that you may have to look into. Hiring building contractors is not the simplest thing to do, but it certainly is not complicated. As a matter of fact, if you know just what you are looking for then the hiring process should be rather simple.By Craig Thornburrow

If you are considering a large construction project, whether it be a brand new home or an addition to a home that you already have, hiring building contractors is something that you may have to look into. Hiring building contractors is not the simplest thing to do, but it certainly is not complicated. As a matter of fact, if you know just what you are looking for then the hiring process should be rather simple. To help you in your endeavors to get your project done right and by the right people, read on for a few things that you should take into consideration when looking into building contractors.

Consider the Amount of Experience a Contractor Has

Even if you are in the business of giving a chance to newbies in the industry, doing so when it comes to general building contractors can be a huge disaster. Everybody has to learn somewhere-that is the truth; what is also true is that many times the learning experience can result in disaster, and if you don't want that disaster to be your new addition or construction, you should probably think twice about hiring a novice.

Make sure that your prospective building contractors have a proven track record of success. Good references and even photographs of work that they have done are a small thing to ask for, and can easily ensure that you don't get into a bigger project than you can handle. Also make sure that your contractor is properly insured and licensed in your city, county and state.

Consider Building Contractors Who Can Work With Your Budget

However reputable and honest your prospective building contractors may seem, if you can not fit them into your budget, you simply cannot fit them into your budget. Many building contractors may be more than happy to make some exceptions to fit your budget, perhaps by cutting a few corners or getting supplies that are a bit more affordable than the ones that you originally requested.

Some contractors will be willing to meet your financial needs, whereas others will not. If the building contractors that you have shortlisted are not affordable, there are always more out there that will be.

Make Sure That You and Your Contractor are On the Same Page

Even if your contractor is affordable and reputable, things may not work out. Why? Let's call it creative differences. Some people cannot work well together, and you must be able to work with them to make sure that the job gets done right. If not, all of the afford ability and experience in the world won't do you any good-your project stands the chance of failing and failure can be expensive.

Whether your project is big or small, hiring building contractors can be a bigger job than the construction project itself. It doesn't have to be though. Find someone reputable, honest, and affordable and you are already ahead of the game. Also make sure that when you are talking that you feel like your building contractor understands exactly what you are looking for.

Craig Thornburrow is an acknowledged expert in his field. You can get more free advice on building contractors and specialist building contractors at

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