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14th Jan, 2022

Unique Split Level House Plan Ossage 31-295

A delightful blend of horizontal siding, stone accents, and vertical cedar siding blend to give the Ossage a truly modern look. Opposing shed roofs add to the visual interest of this house plan designed for an uphill sloping lot.

From the street the home appears to have three partial levels. The two-car garage – located under the main living area – is front facing towards the street. From stairs either accessed from the back of the garage or from the driveway, the main living area is about a half flight of stairs up from the street level.

A vaulted covered porch greets family and friends. Inside the alcove layout of the foyer offers privacy from the front door to the living area that fills most of this level. To the left of the front door is a coat closet and there is enough space in the foyer to add a bench if desired. Through the cased opening on the right, the floor plan opens to the vaulted great room.

The informal yet open great room offers soaring vaulted ceilings and a floor plan layout that allow people and conversations to move freely between the living area, dining room, and kitchen. In the corner is a cozy gas stove to bring in extra warmth and light on colder winter days. The island with built-in eating bar offers some visual separation between the kitchen and the rest of the great room.

Through a cased opening off the great room is a short hallway with the step-in pantry, a full bathroom, plus a flex room. The flex room could be furnished as a home office, exercise studio, guest suite, or whatever else suites.

The stairs to both the garage level and the second floor are grouped together near the foyer. Upstairs is the second-floor laundry room just steps away from the owners’ suite which boasts a private bathroom with dual vanities and a walk-in closet.

The Ossage is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

 

 

7th Jan, 2022
Articles, House Plan of the Week

Victorian House Plan Gibson 10-030

Soaring roof planes, double chimney, ginger bread details blend to give the Gibson its distinct Victorian style. While Victorian is an architectural style that many find to belong to yesteryear it is making a comeback with their unique and bold exteriors.

A large L-shaped covered porch greets you from the street and is large enough to support patio furniture or a porch swing for those who enjoy catching up with neighbors as they pass by. Inside the front door opens to a spacious, two-story foyer. To the right, a staircase sweeps up to the second floor where all three bedrooms are tucked away from the bustle of the living areas. To the left, the foyer opens up to the living room which is naturally bright from the window bay. A cozy two-sided fireplace can be enjoyed from the living room or the dining room which is just on the other side of the pocket door. For mor formal dinners, a built-in buffet is nearby.

At the back of the dining room is the kitchen which is open to the family room with only a conversation bar to provide some visual separation. The Gibson’s second fireplace is in the family room and can be enjoyed throughout the nook and kitchen as well.

This two-story house plan has all three bedrooms on the upper floor. At the top of the stairs a balcony runs in front of the jack-and-jill suite bedrooms which share access to a full, compartmentalized bathroom. Between the two bedrooms is a storage closet along with a separate laundry chute making it a breeze to send the wash down to the first floor utility room. The rest of the second floor is filled with the owners’ suite. Filled with natural light from the three bay windows, the owners’ suite offers a comfortable sized walk-in closet (with pull down attic access for additional storage) and a full private bathroom featuring a spa tub, separate shower, and twin sinks.

Completing the Gibson house plan is the attached 2-car carport. For those looking to build in areas with more inclement weather, the carport could easily be modified to an enclosed garage.

The Gibson is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. To learn more about the Petaluma visit www.AssociatedDesigns.com.

4th Jan, 2022
Articles, Blog

Although home design and building trends don’t typically experience monumental change year after year, The House Plan Company in Eugene, Oregon has recognized shifts in home buyer requests that align with nationwide trends that are expected to continue in the new year. From expanded outdoor living to finding new opportunities to reduce energy demands, to placing a greater importance on dedicated workspaces designed for spending more than just a few hours in at a time, homeowners are evaluating a variety of ways to “future proof” their homes.

“The past two years have demonstrated the need for homes to be flexible. Being able to adapt to work from home, develop hobbies, express oneself creatively, gather or find personal space—all of these needs have proven to be important considerations,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Green building is also enjoying a resurgence in popularity as more homeowners are asking what can be done to improve energy efficiency and to ensure the home is ‘solar ready’.”

Some of the major home design trends to watch in 2022 include:

Sustainability Matters

A priority for homeowners who want to live by their sustainability-minded values, a push to achieve higher energy standards will continue to influence building and buying decisions. The House Plan Company’s Wheatland 74801 plan blends modern farmhouse style featuring an open, family-centered floor plan designed to offer energy compliant, cost-conscious living.

Vintage is the New Modern

As younger homeowners seek the familiarity and comfort, their design choices are reflecting those of their family homes, though with a modern twist. For a blend of past and present, Plan 28039 offers a three-bedroom ranch with an open concept floor plan. A large bonus room over the garage offers flexibility to customize its finish.

Space for Mind and Body

In addition to looking for flexibility in a floor plan and dedicated home offices, homeowners want retreat spaces to unwind and meditate or to exercise. Whether a home offers a fourth bedroom, a basement level or a bonus room, flex space is key. The Telluride Gable FB 36193 plan offers convenient main level living with separate spaces on basement and second floor levels.

Functionality for Fido

Pet friendly features continue to be in demand, whether design elements are as simple as having the ability to accommodate a dining nook for food and water bowls, creating a cozy alcove under the stairs, or dedicating an entire room to our pet friends. The Wesson 97194 plan features a dedicated “dog room” with direct access to and from the outdoors.

The biggest lesson learned over the past year? Consider future needs alongside current needs. Home buyers are encouraged to give thought to how they might see themselves living in their home under evolving conditions. While anticipating a global pandemic, shelter in place or remote work may have been impossible to imagine or plan for in 2019, considering how a home might be lived in five to 10 years in the future is important.

When asked what building decisions could start to generate traction in 2022 and beyond, McAlexander noted that “as the concept of net zero housing advances, we will likely see increased interest in these types of homes. That said, achieving net zero is not something that can be done without specific site considerations and adaptation. It will require participation by a large number of specialties to be implemented.”

 

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