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28th Jul, 2021
Articles, Blog

Detached garage plans are a great way to enhance your property. If you love where you live but have found that you need more detached garages can offer you far more than just extra parking for your cars. For those that have recently acquired your dream property and are excited to build but need to start small garage plans with living or “shouse” (shop + house) plans may be your solution for the first phase of creating your dream property.

Shouse or garage apartments come in a variety of sizes and styles. Available with 1 story or 2 story floor plans here are some of our designer’s favorites.

Design 20-119

Garage with Luxury Apartment - Design 20-119

This two story garage plan is brimming with Craftsman charm. If you love the farmhouse look this garage is a great choice with its blend of batt and board siding with shingle accents. The main level has the 2 car garage with hobby/shop space along the back. It is well separated from the living area which fills the second floor. The stairs to the apartment have a separate entrance from the garage under the large side covered porch. The apartment is well appointed and comfortable enough for long term living or guests. At the top of the stairs a door opens and you are in the vaulted kitchen. The full kitchen offers a range and oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. A few steps away is a laundry nook with folding counter. The core of the apartment is filled with a vaulted great room which boasts a fireplace and a balcony. The vaulted bedroom is a suite with direct access to the full bathroom and a step-in closet. The vaulted office offers flexibility and can also be furnished as a second bedroom if desired. At 946 square feet there isn’t much that is left out of this luxury garage apartment.

Design 20-018

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From the outside it is difficult to tell if this country style garage is a detached garage or a small house plan making it ideal for those who would prefer to build a shouse. The three car garage offers one oversized bay and then a separate two car garage with storage along the back. While a man door connects the garage and shop space there is no direct access to the living area. Back outside a charming covered porch adorned with a rail creates a welcoming space and is ideal for some patio furniture. Inside the living area is cozy and simple. A great room with kitchenette fills most of the living area. Off the entry is a coat closet. Around the corner is a full bathroom and a single bedroom. Those looking to add a detached building that combines additional storage and guest accommodations will find those needs met in this charming detached garage design.

Design 20-350

Luxury RV Garage with 3 Bedroom Living Area

This detached garage design has it all. Smooth stucco covers most of the exterior with a stone wainscot. An oversized side entry garage can accommodate between 2 and 4 cars if parked in tandem. Along the front another large garage door opens to the vaulted RV bay. These three bays provide 2640 square feet of car storage or work shop space, ideal for the car collector or restoration hobbyist. In additional to the almost here 2700 square feet of garage space this plan offers 1941 square feet of living space. The apartment offers a main floor great room complete with fireplace and full kitchen with eating bar. A small laundry room can be found just a few steps away along with direct access to the RV garage. At the entry to the living area, a staircase leads up to the second floor where all three bedrooms are located. Towards the front of the second floor plan is a comfortable owners’ suite with fireplace and private bathroom plus walk-in closet. The third bedroom is option and could be left as a loft. This garage design is sure to be comfortable year round or as luxurious guest accommodations.

Design 20-152

Lodge Style Garage with 1 Bedroom Apartment - 20-152

This lodge inspired garage plan is a favorite of our design team and customers alike. This best-selling garage plan allows for storage of up to 3 cars. The living area is complete separate from the garage with no direct access between the two. An exterior staircase switches back to a small covered deck and the entrance to the second floor living area. Inside the floor plan offers great room style living where the great room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. The kitchen is well appointed and offers additional counter space with a center island. A wood stove is placed between the great room and dining area just to the side of the front door keeping the gathering space cozy during the cold winter months. Off the great room a sliding glass door opens to a vaulted covered balcony. Off the great room is a full bathroom and one bedroom. The 896 square foot apartment is sure to feel cozy and comfortable year round.

Associated Designs has an entire collection of garage plans to help you find the perfect detached garage, shop, or barn plan. When adding to your property taking the time to make sure the design meets all of your needs is important for being happy with the building for years to come. While Associated Designs has a large collection of garage plans, plan modification services are available to help you tailor your next garage, shop, shouse, or barn to your exact specifications.

24th Jul, 2021
New Home Plans

Garage with Apartment 20-350

Garage with 2 Story, 3 Bedroom Apartment - Design 20-350

You may have heard the term "shouse" lately and been wondering what exactly that is. A "shouse" is a shop + house plan and that is what you'll find in this new garage design! With 2640 square feet of garage that includes a bay for an RV this vaulted detached garage offers more than just room for cars. It also has a 2 story apartment that fills the left side of the floor plan. A covered porch protects the entry and provides a nice place for outdoor furniture. Inside the entry is open to the living room which features a cozy fireplace. The great room style living is popular and causual allowing people and conversations to flow freely between the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The kitchen is full sized and filled with modern applicances plus an island with flush eating bar and a pantry that is just a few steps away. Also on the main floor is a laundry room, a full bathroom, and access to the RV garage. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor. The apartment is large enough to offer a vaulted owners' suite complete with fireplace, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. If 3 bedrooms are not needed the middle room is optional and could be left as a loft.

23rd Jul, 2021
New Home Plans

Farmhouse Plan Fox Farm

View Lot House Plan Fox Farm Offers a Unique Floor Plan

There are so many features homeowners will love in the Fox Farm floor plan. First up is the attached 3 car, side load garage. Along the back of the garage a set of double doors opens to a large shop. Back out in the courtyard, slender columns frame the front door giving the home a welcoming, country feel. Inside the foyer offers privacy to the living space beyond that fills up the core of the home. The vaulted great room is spacious and can be opened up to the outdoors through large, double sliding glass doors on three walls. The kitchen is open to the great room with only and island with eating counter to provide some visual separation. A large pantry is just steps away with room for a stand up freezer and additional refridgerator if desired. The bedrooms are well separated in this two bedroom floor plan. The guest suite completes the left wing and offers direct patio access. The main floor master bedroom fills the right side of the home. With a private covered patio, mud hall and large, luxurious bathroom. His-and-hers bathroom each have a large walk-in closet and access to the shared central shower. If more space is needed the upper floor offers a vaulted loft which is open to the great room below plus two large storage rooms that extend over the sides of the home. With views from most of the rooms and easy access to the outdoors, the Fox Farm is a luxurious view lot house plan for those who love outdoor living.

16th Jul, 2021
Articles

The desire for floor plans that accommodate a sloped lot have risen over the last few months as witnessed by Associated Designs talented team of residential home designers. Not only is there the practical need to accommodate the features of the building lot, hillside house plans offer additional benefits like the ability to capture views or the flexibility to finish the basement level at a later date. The trend for walkout basements has been equally spread between the desire to have an unfinished walkout level or one that provides a complete floor plan layout.

Homes with walk-out basements come in a wide variety of sizes and styles and can be found in small cabin plans to luxury estate homes. To showcase the breath of these designs, Associated Designs has featured the following 4 designs to help you find inspiration and start your search for your perfect home plan!

Small House Plan – Briarton 30-339

Country House Plan - Briarton 30-339

This popular small country house plan offers homeowners a casual style great room and a three bedroom floor plan. The bedrooms are grouped on the left side of the home while the great room fills the center of the home. Vaulted ceilings run through the entry to the great room and dining room which fill the back of the floor plan. The kitchen is nicely separated from the living room but the eating bar and breakfast nook give space for family or friends to keep the cooks company. A pass-through utility room connects the 2 car side entry garage. The Briarton comes with a variety of foundation options, one of which is a walk-out basement designed for a downhill sloping lot. The walk-out basement is unfinished but the wide display of windows and the sliding glass door access to a covered patio ensures that these rooms will be filled with natural light. The unfinished walk-out basement allow homeowners to tailor this level to future needs whether that is additional bedrooms or gathering space, there is flexibility to grow in the Briarton.

Prairie House Plan – Hood River 30-947

Walk-Out Basement Floor Plan

At 2500 square feet the Hood River is a great family house plan. The main level features tall ceilings through the foyer and den that transition to vaulted ceilings in the great room. The rear wall of the great room has a large window display capturing views out the back of the home. A 3-sided fireplace can be enjoyed throughout the great room and provides some visual separation between the dining room and great room. The main floor master suite is a popular feature. A finished walkout basement offers an additional family room in the basement level along with two additional bedrooms.

Modern House Plan – Celilo 31-269

Modern House Plan - Celilo 31-269

The Celilo offers a floor plan that best fits on a side sloping lot. From the street the home appears to be a standard single level home with shed roofs. The 3 car garage offers the flexibility to use one bay for storage. Tall ceilings can be found throughout the main floor. The front of the home is filled with the great room which is framed by windows along two walls. The dining room can be opened to the outdoors along two walls. One set of double sliding glass doors opens to the vaulted covered deck along the left side of the home while a set along the right opens to the covered BBQ patio. The back of the first floor is rounded out with a den that offers the flexibility to be a home office, guest room or whatever else suites. Beyond the den is the owners’ suite which boasts a private covered patio along with an attached bathroom that offers a spa tub, dual vanities, and a walk-in closet. The walk-out basement comes with a floor plan layout that adds two bedrooms, a family room, plus large storage room. Outdoor spaces a plentiful and enhanced by the sloped lot design.

Cabin Plan – Arden 30-329

Cabin Plan Arden 30-329

A quintessential cabin design the Arden’s exterior is graced with cottage charm. Batt and board siding and an L-shaped deck create a welcoming first impression. Inside the floor plan offers informal and open living. The great room with vaulted ceiling fills the front of the home. Kitchen and nook are open to the living area and can enjoy the warmth of the wood stove while conversations flow between the living, kitchen, and nook. Towards the back of the first floor are two bedrooms. The larger room makes an ideal master bedroom with its direct access to the deck, private bathroom, and walk-in closet. On the second floor is a loft which offers flexibility to be furnished as another bedroom or second living area. On one side the loft is open to the great room below. Those looking for a great vacation home plan have their choice of foundation. Depending on where the Arden will be constructed you could build on a crawl space, slab on grade, or walk-out basement. For those looking to maximize their sloped lot the walk-out basement offered with the Arden is designed for an uphill sloping lot. With the great room filling the front of the home the walk-out basement is set up to capture any views just as well as the main level. Double doors offer direct access to the unfinished daylight basement which can be completed during the initial construction or at a later date so the home can be tailored and grow overtime.

Looking for more design inspiration for house plans with walkout basements? Check out our collection of Sloped Lot or View Lot House Plans. Tailor your search with the Advanced Search options to include specifications like number of bedrooms, square footage, style, and even walkout basement! Finding your perfect home plan has never been easier!

 

14th Jul, 2021

Mosier House Plan

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Modern Cottage Plan - Mosier 31-238

New house plan, Mosier 31-238, is a flexible modern cottage plan that lends to either a contemporary farmhouse look or rustic cabin. Whether you are looking for an urban retreat or a rural escape the Mosier is a great small house plan with flexibility to be a 2 or 3 bedroom floor plan.

From the outside, slender posts frame the welcoming front covered porch. Inside the entry hall offers space for a bench if desired with a coat closet just a few steps inside. To the left and right are two main floor bedrooms. The larger room would serve well as a main floor master bedroom as it features a private bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub. At the end of the entry hall, the floor plan opens up to the spacious and causal great room. Vaulted ceilings add to the spacious feel along with the rich display of windows along two walls in the great room. A wood stove can be enjoyed throughout the back of the home on chilly fall or winter evenings. The kitchen is completely open to the great room with only an island with flush eating bar as visual separation. Along the back of the eating nook is a generously sized walk-in pantry. This 1.5 story floor plan takes advantage of the roof space with the loft on the second floor. This vaulted room offers homeowners febrility to either furnish it as a second floor master suite, family room, hobby space, exercise studio, or whatever else suites. The primary foundation for the Mosier is an unfinished basement allowing the home to expand over time with the homeowners. With the ability to be finished at a later date additional bedrooms or gathering areas could be incorporated into the basement level or it could be left unfinished and used as storage.

For those searching for a perfect cabin plan with a garage, we've gone through and providing some recommendations. See the Mosier's plan detail page or for more detached garage plans check out our garage collection!

1st Jul, 2021
Articles, Blog

As people have spent more time at home over the past year, interest in usable, comfortable outdoor living spaces has soared. Functionality has proven to be important as many have opted to use outdoor areas as remote workspaces, classrooms, or simply to relax and connect with family and nature.

The desire to have a multi-functional outdoor space is a trend The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon has verified based on the interest in has seen in house plans with extensive or comfortable outdoor living spaces. Four of the most popular designs offer a mix of covered and open-air outdoor areas.

“When deciding on house plans, home buyers should consider how they’re most likely to use outdoor spaces—just like they would other rooms in the home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Knowing whether the space will be used for large or small gatherings or simply a quiet place to relax will aid in the decision-making process. It’s also important to consider orientation on the lot and weather patterns as they can impact the effectiveness of covered spaces.”

Increasingly, home buyers have demonstrated a desire for outdoor spaces featuring shade structures and privacy screening, and in some cases, the ability to create distinct areas that can serve multiple purposes. Whether for family gathering or to create the perfect setting for an outdoor yoga practice or Zoom call, a shift has occurred from purely entertainment to true outdoor living spaces. Luxury amenities like premium lighting, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, WiFi and comfortable furniture have also become popular when thinking about how to add to the ambiance of the space.

With options that accommodate both expansive and intimate spaces, homeowners are seeking out plans that lend themselves to comfortable outdoor living. Four of the most popular of The House Plan Company’s plans that accommodate extended outdoor living include:

Palmetto (Design #67934)

Featuring a popular farmhouse design, Palmetto offers a single level floorplan with an oversized covered patio that conveniently extends the living space of the kitchen, dining and great room. An outdoor kitchen and 9-foot ceilings make outdoor living easy, and a generous covered front porch offers homeowners yet another space to relax outdoors.

Barnhart (Design #96262)

Vaulted outdoor patios and covered walkways that wrap around three sides of this lodge-style home offer extended living options and plenty of spaces to congregate outside. The ability to incorporate a covered outdoor living room with stone fireplace offers ample entertaining and living areas that can be enjoyed year-round.

Plan (Design #35248)

This farmhouse-style design features a spacious, covered outdoor kitchen with an island that offers additional counter space and a living area with a cozy built-in fireplace. An open-air alcove adjacent to the rear porch creates another nook for relaxing, entertaining and more.

Odessa (Design #59772)

Offering a contemporary design with split-level living, the Odessa plan features a unique, loft-style sunroom that walks out onto a rooftop terrace with a beverage bar and built-in garden beds. Walk out access from multiple rooms on the ground level encourages homeowners to extend their living space outdoors.

Ultimately, location is an important consideration as it relates to planning an outdoor space. Knowing whether there is heavy sun, rainy overcast days, bugs or a mild year-round climate will affect the type of space desired and whether it is covered, open, screened or three-season enclosed.

“Just like planning for long-term use of the interior of a home, home buyers should consider how their needs may evolve,” continued McAlexander. “Transitioning from kids running about to extended family gatherings or aging in place accessibility—all of these stages of life and how they can impact how outdoor space is used are important to keep in mind.”

 

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