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13th Jun, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Prichard 30-701, Ranch Home Plan

Prichard 30-701

An old fashioned porch welcomes family and friends to this contemporary version of the traditional country-style ranch house. Inside, three vaulted, interconnected gathering spaces flow together at the heart of the home, expanding the entire space front to back. Closets line one entire wall in the owners' suite, and its bathroom has a double vanity.

10th Jun, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Castor 30-450Palmyra 10-169Summerfield 30-611

The Cape Cod sytle house plan is one of America's oldest and most popular styles. This style is commonly found in coastal communities and gives the feeling of warmth and comfort, and will remain as popular today as in years to come. To view other Cape Cod style house plans click here.

6th Jun, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Brookfield 30-646, Country Home Plan

Brookfield 30-646

This large, American country farmhouse home plan update offers 5,000 square feet of living space. Natural light washes into vaulted great room through rear windows and 8 dormers. Roomy kitchen has two large work islands with raised eating & conversation bars.

3rd Jun, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Allenspark 30-700

Allenspark 30-700

A welcoming front porch is framed with stone columns along the front of this country house plan. Off the entry is a den which could be furnished as a home office or formal dining room. Natural light washes into vaulted gathering spaces through wide windows and sliding glass doors that offer easy access the covered patio of this cottage home plan. The open great room layout is ideal for those that enjoy informal living and entertaining. A raised eating bar forms a visually open boundary between the dining room and a large kitchen generously supplied with counter space. Upstairs, the recreation room has a wet bar and small bathroom. The flexibliity of this three bedroom house plan makes it popular amoung homeowners and builders alike.

3rd Jun, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Adkins 30-197
Adkins 30-197Steven W Johnson Construction Inc., Home Builder, General ContractorAdkins 30-197

Adkins 30-197

Shutters, multipaned windows, and a full front porch create a warm welcome to this country house plan. The living room featuring a fireplace, flows into the dining room then to an open kitchen. A front-facing den, open to the entry, could be used as home office.

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

2nd Jun, 2008
Announcements, Blog

Home from the Heart Results
Heartington 10-550

Heartington 10-550

In reflective or visionary moments, maybe you've considered the possibility of designing and building a home perfectly suited to your lives.

That's exactly what the staff at Associated Designs invited readers to do several months ago when we published the 2008 Home from the Heart survey. Readers like you, from all over the United States and Canada, accepted our invitation. Now we'd like to share the tallied results of that survey along with some comparisons to ten years ago.

More than half want a one-story home between 2000 and 3500 square feet. When it comes to exterior styling, the ranch-style home continues its long run as the most popular exterior style. Ten years ago the size preferences were about the same, but country-style homes were the most desired.

One Missouri reader wrote, "The ideal home for me would be a ranch-style home that is very open, with no stairs." Her preference is echoed by many. More than 60% now prefer an informal great room, where living, dining and kitchen areas flow together, while only 5% want those rooms separated. But about a quarter did ask for a combination of formal spaces and great room. Times have changed a great deal in this respect; ten years ago only half opted for the great room concept, and the other half wanted separated living, dining and family rooms.

Features that have stayed about the same over the years are the number of bedrooms (3+), the number of bathrooms (2-3), and a strong desire for the owners' suite to be well isolated from other bedrooms. More than 50% then, as now, also wanted a computer center, and around 70% still prefer their utility room adjacent to the kitchen. As for big contrasts, the desire for a fireplace or woodstove has dropped from nearly 100% to 72%.

Two Oklahoma women from different towns asked for something we hadn't listed on our survey. Both wanted the laundry room to double as a mudroom "for dogs and grandkids." As usual, we always learn a lot from our readers!

To view statistics click here. To view previous Home from the Heart survey results click here.

29th May, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Arnett 30-419McKinley 10-181Brookport 30-692

Vacation home plans come in as many styles and sizes as there are environments to situate them on. Whether you are searching for a beach house, lake house, or a cabin in the woods we have over 85 designs to choose from for your perfect piece of paradise. To view all of our vacation plans click here.

28th May, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Front Exterior


Lansford 30-314

This colonial home plan blends love of tradition with a contemporary floor plan. Family living areas are open to kitchen and span most of the richly windowed rear. Luxury master suite amenities include spa tub, over-sized shower, and walk-in closet. To view plan details click here.

The Lansford house plan built by Steven W. Johnson Construction Inc. in Eugene, OR. Steven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, Home Construction"We are the Builder 4 U"


Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. is a fully licensed and bonded company and has been a member of the Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lane County Home Builders Association, and has participated regularly in the Eugene area Street of Dreams annual home shows and the annual July Tour of Homes in Lane County.

27th May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Brookport 30-692, Craftsman Home Plan

Brookport 30-692

Inside and out, this large Craftsman house plan is a pleasure to behold. The vaulted living room is awash in natural light. Water splashing in its centrally placed water feature can be enjoyed from the living room, dining room and gourmet kitchen. Fireplaces add charm to the living room, family room and owners' suite.

23rd May, 2008
Announcements, Blog

We are happy to announce that Rick McAlexander, President of Associated Designs is now a Certified Green Building Professional!

The certification is provided from the National Association of Home Builders that developed the green building guidelines in 2005. The NAHB states, "Green homes incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process to minimize environmental impact. The design, construction, and operation of a home must focus on energy and water efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, and must take the home's overall impact on the environment into account. However, many of the processes and technologies that go into a green home happen behind the scenes and behind the walls."

"I want to make sure we stay on top of current design trends, and have the knowledge to provide clients with green living options when designing their new home," says Rick. The next step for Rick is to become one of the first verifier of green building practices in the state of Oregon. He'll complete the necessary requirements in June! For more information on green building, or to see how your home scores go to

Certified Green Building Professional

22nd May, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Front Exterior

Randell 30-395

This beautiful Victorian style estate boasts a gazebo-style enclosure at left end of classically columned porch. A graceful staircase curves up left side of elegant marble-tiled, two-story foyer. A great room with fireplace & entertainment center links to library, kitchen and nook. To see plan details of this design click here.

The design of this home is a perfect example of the attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. home's. As a Tour of Homes 2003 entry, it was well received.

Steven W Johnson Construction, Inc., Home Builder, General Contractor
"We are the Builder 4 U"
KitchenEntry DomeStair Detail         Library

Steven W. Johnson Construction, Inc. is a fully licensed and bonded company and has been a member of the Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lane County Home Builders Association, and has participated regularly in the Eugene area Street of Dreams annual home shows and the annual July Tour of Homes in Lane County.

21st May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Storage Plan 20-041, Garage Plan

Storage Shed 20-041

This traditional storage unit has a 6' wide by 8' tall garage door, and side door access.

19th May, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

Preston House PlanFairfield House PlanColorado House Plan

Bungalow house plans with their wide, inviting front porches and open living areas, are a popular home design nationwide. Characterized by low-slung roofs, wide porches, and an informal floor plan. To view our Bungalow house plans click here.

15th May, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Picardie Villa 30-676, Chateau House Plan

Picardie Villa 30-676

This chateau house plan has a fascinating facade, luxurious two-story spread designed for living large, indoors and out. Two-sided fireplaces in living room and nook can also be enjoyed from patio and game room. A porte-cochere links the interior to a patio and a garage complex that can shelter six cars.

14th May, 2008
Articles, Blog

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008 

House Plan Of The Week With Cost To Build

From: Associated Designs, Inc.

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Markham - Plan #30-575

Stone veneer bases support the tapered columns fronting this Craftsman-style bungalow home plan. Inside, the living room links to the dining room, which is open to a sunny nook and kitchen. A cozy window seat nestles into an alcove in the nook. Owners’ suite amenities include a walk-in closet and spa tub.

From the street, the Markham has the appearance of a totally symmetrical Craftsman-style bungalow with an attached porte cochere. Telling details are the stone veneer bases supporting tapered columns, exposed rafter tails where the roof joins the wall, a gabled dormer, and windows with smaller panes in their upper halves.

Inside, a conveniently placed half-bath is tucked behind the foyer’s coat closet. Double doors on the right open into a den, ideally placed for use as a home office. The foyer’s open left side leads directly into the living room.

On the living room’s left wall, a mess-free gas fireplace serves as a focal point, next to cabinetry for a home entertainment center.

The living room links to the dining room which in turn is open to the nook and kitchen. The kitchen has cupboards and counters on three sides, including a set that extends into the nook, and a roomy walk-in pantry. The nook’s wide sliding glass doors offer direct access to a covered patio, which could be screened, if desired.

Laundry appliances are right off the kitchen. The utility room has built-in cabinets and a spacious folding counter. A door there connects the room to a large storage area, tucked under the stairs.

A cozy, semi-private window seat is nestled into an alcove on the far side of the nook, across from the entry to the owners’ suite. This makes a great place to read a book, or simply daydream.

The owners’ suite is at the rear of the Markham. Amenities here include: a walk-in closet, spa tub, dual vanity, and a separately enclosed toilet and shower. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs.

Total Living Area: 2222 square feet. 1st Floor: 1700 square feet. 2nd Floor: 522 square feet. Garage: 480 square feet. Plan Width: 50' 0". Plan Depth: 67' 0". Floors: 2. Garage: 2 car. Bedrooms: 3. Baths: 2. Half Baths: 1

To estimate cost, I'll use the "cost to build" calculator on my resource #5 , “Building Costs by City & State”, on "Getting Started" on, using “average" quality and a slab foundation

Using this "shape" on the "cost to build" calculator, for the Denver - Boulder CO area, I came up with $171,288 for an owner/builder.

That’s an approximate cost of $77 per sq. ft. (Based on 2,222 sq. ft of living area)

I determined this amount by deducting the General Contractor’s Markup, equipment rental, and allowed only $2,000 for insurance.

Breakdown of Building Costs for This House. (PDF file)
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You should keep in mind that the cost to build for this example, or any house plan, can vary considerably depending quality of materials selected, and on actual bids for labor and material.

Again, the estimate for this house is an approximate one based on “average” quality materials and a slab foundation as of May, 2008.

Until you actually start getting bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), it will remain approximate.

Enjoy & "Happy Mother's Day"


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