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29th Apr, 2022

Vacation House Plan Lakeville 30-998

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The Lakeville house plan makes a great option for families looking to downsize their year-round residence or build a vacation getaway. At 1712 square feet the straightforward layout of this small house plan make it economical to build. From the street view, this one-story design is adorned with a stone wainscot, decorative beams, and clean horizontal lap siding. Slender columns with stone bases frame the front door and the vaulted covered porch.

Through the front door the entry is laid out as an airlock. This floor plan feature is ideal for homeowners building in climates with highly variable temperatures. The separation of the entry from the main portion of the home helps to regulate temperature swings with the coming and going from the home. Inside the airlock there is space for a bench with hooks, a coat closet plus a mechanical closet.

From the entry airlock the floor plan opens to the great room. The large, vaulted living room features a cozy corner fireplace. Off the living room a man door opens to the vaulted covered deck which extends the living to the outdoors when the weather allows. Off the living room the great room transitions to the dining area which is separated from the kitchen by a peninsular eating bar. The efficient kitchen is comfortably appointed and offers a corner step-in pantry.

The Lakeville offers flexibility to be either a two- or three-bedroom home. If only two bedrooms are needed there is nice separation between the sleeping areas with the secondary bedroom located on the left side of the floor plan. Just steps outside the room is a compartmentalize bathroom. The owners’ suite fills the back, right corner of the home and boasts a private bathroom with walk-in shower. Steps outside the owners’ suite is a den, which is the flex space and can be furnished as a third bedroom or hobby room.

The Lakeville 30-998 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

22nd Apr, 2022

Small Ranch House Plan Sandpiper 31-289

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From the street, the understated simplicity of the Sandpiper invites a second look. Slender posts frame the front door and a railing extends to mark the boundary of the covered porch; a delightful place for a porch swing or set of chairs for those who enjoy connecting with neighbors and passersby.

Inside the entry is open to the great room. A few steps in is a coat closet. The living room is inviting and features a corner fireplace which can be enjoyed from the nook which is just slightly offset from the living room. By the fireplace, French doors open to the 3-season porch which is ideal for those who love to enjoy the outdoors but may live where bugs or wind are a problem. Through the nook is the kitchen along with access to the walk-in pantry.

Off the kitchen is a hallway that traverses the home. At the end is access to the attached two car garage which is just steps away from the pass-through utility room. With access to the backyard, the utility room can serve as a mud hall keeping dirty clothes and shoes from making it through the home.

A distinctive feature of the Sandpiper is that its two bedrooms are dual master suites. While one of the suites shares access to its bathroom each suite has a walk-in closet and full bathroom.

As suggested by its name the Sandpiper would make a wonderful beach house plan or vacation getaway. Or those who are looking for a home with reduced maintenance may enjoy the Sandpiper’s floor plan as a year-round residence.

The Sandpiper 31-289 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

15th Apr, 2022

Pool House Plan Chino 31-274 with Southwest Style

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Inspired by the warm climates of the southwest or Mediterranean the Chino house plan offers alluring curb-appeal with a blend of stucco and stone. Soaring pillars frame the front door and large transom window creating an impressive and grand entrance.

Inside the foyer offers vaulted ceilings. Mirroring the double door entry, straight across the foyer another set of double doors opens to the covered patio, providing quick access to the outdoors and the focal point of the Chino design. The unique horseshoe shaped floor plan is centered around an expansive back patio with room for a pool.

The horseshoe-shaped floor plan allows for a nice separation of the living and sleeping areas. The wing that branches to the left from the foyer is filled with the great room. First you pass through the dining room which is open to the kitchen. An island with stovetop and eating bar provides some visual separation between the kitchen and dining. The kitchen is well-appointed and offers ample counter space along with a corner walk-in pantry. On the opposite side of the kitchen the floor plan opens to the living room. A fireplace is surrounded by built-ins and keeps the room cozy during those long winter days. French doors off the living room open to the patio and the pool.

The Chino’s three bedrooms fill the right wing. The bedroom closest to the foyer is adorned with a vaulted ceiling and could be furnished as a home office if desired. A few steps down the hall leads to the next secondary bedroom which offers a large walk-in closet and has direct access to a shared compartmentalized bathroom. At the end of the bedroom wing is the owners’ suite. With direct access to the back patio the owners’ suite also boasts a large private bathroom with dual vanities, a walk-in shower, and a large walk-in closet.

Designed with sunny weather in mind for those who love spending time in the outdoors either swimming or simply relaxing pool side, the Chino makes it easy to enjoy life.

The Chino 31-274 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers. 

8th Apr, 2022

Country-Style Duplex Plan Culberson 60-053

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Simple yet attention-grabbing country styling graces the front of the Culberson, a 2756 square foot duplex design. Each unit is identical, offering 1378 square feet of living with a 2-story floor plan.

Slender posts frame the front door and the boundary of the covered porch. Inside the entry is laid out to offer privacy to the main floor great room. To the left a door leads to the attached 2 car garage and straight ahead is the laundry room. A cased opening to the left (for unit A) leads to the living area.

Living room, dining room, and kitchen are seamlessly open to each other. Windows along two walls fill the living room with natural light. At the back of the great room is the kitchen. The peninsular eating bar adds to the available seating while providing some visual separation. Off the kitchen is access to the back covered porch and hallway that leads to the main floor owners’ suite. The owners’ suite boasts a walk-in closet and private bathroom.

Offering nice separation of space, the 3-bedroom units have two additional bedrooms on the second floor. Separating the bedrooms is a full bathroom and linen closet.

The units in the Culberson duplex are nicely separated with the shared wall primarily between the garages.

The Culberson 60-053 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

1st Apr, 2022

Unique Farmhouse Plan Fox Farm 31-263

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The Fox Farm is a unique house plan wrapped in a charming farmhouse exterior. From the street, shingles and horizontal lap siding create a handsome exterior. Some of this plan’s unique qualities are visible from the outside. The courtyard style driveway that accesses the 3-car garage along with the small covered side porch are just a sample of some of the special floor plan features.

Approaching the front door, the front covered porch is lined with slender posts. Inside the foyer is roomy, offering two closets to the left and right. Straight ahead a hallway leads to the homes most unique feature, the hexagonal shaped great room. Double sliding glass doors are on three walls of the great room allowing the space to transition outside to the covered patio on warm summer days. In one corner of the great room is the well-appointed kitchen with center island and extra-large pantry with room for a separate freezer.

An opening at the back of the kitchen leads to a hallway that pasts a mud hall with storage closets and a half bathroom which has direct access to the covered patio. Those who plan to add a pool or who enjoy spending as much time outside as possible will appreciate the direct access. At the end of the hallway, a door separates the rest of the hallway which leads to the guest suite and attached 3 car garage. The guest suite has a sliding glass door allowing easy access to the outside along with a walk-in closet and private bathroom.

For maximum privacy, the owners’ suite is in a private wing that fills the right side of the floor plan. The spacious suite has a private covered patio and a luxurious en-suite. His-and-her bathrooms share the large walk-in shower, but each has individual vanities and walk-in closets. Just off the private owner’s bathroom is a mud hall with access to the front yard.

The outdoors is close at hand from each room in this uniquely laid out hexagonal house plan.

The Fox Farm 31-263 is created by Associated Designs, Inc.’s talented team of residential home designers.

1st Apr, 2022
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Springtime is when many are inspired to find their first or next home. Maybe you have decided you want to build and after searching house plans or garage plans on The House Plan Company website, you’ve found a plan that nearly checks all the boxes. Perhaps you would prefer more of an open-concept living area – providing some slight separately of space – over the popular great room style layout. Maybe you want to add a mud hall to help organize coats and shoes. Whatever the changes are that will make a great floor plan perfect for you and your family, meeting with a professional designer or architect is the next important step in your design and build journey.

“At first glance, a house plan or accessory structure may meet most of a homeowner’s expectations, but more often than not a few modifications to the design may needed” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs whose designs are featured on The House Plan Company. “A design professional is best suited to make any adjustments to a home plan, and it’s important to find the right one who can translate what a homeowner wants into the plan.”

The first tip in selecting a design professional to customize your house plan is experience. A professional with experience in home design, as well as expertise in the particular style of home you want to build, is a good indicator of a successful outcome.

“In addition to experience, personality plays a key role in selecting the right design professional,” said McAlexander. “The designer or architect is a critical partner in helping to realize your dream home and therefore compatibility is an important aspect of the relationship for communicating exactly what you want in your home or garage design.”

Next tip, making sure you find a design professional you feel comfortable talking with. A professional designer should be your partner, collaborator, sounding board and idea generator. They need to be able to understand who you are and what you want and translate it into the design of your new home, which ultimately is a reflection of your personality and lifestyle. The right design professional should offer ideas and suggestions and solve problems, rather than simply follow your instructions. The entire process should be collaborative in nature in order to arrive at the perfect design.

Tip #3, ask the designer about their process. The way each designer or architect works is unique to their firm. With customizations to a plan, it is important to ask if there are review stages, if there is a limit to the number of revisions, and what the design professional timeframes are. It is important to understand the process and the timing before getting started.

“With the right designer collaborating with you through each step of the planning and design process, you’ll be that much closer to making your dream home a reality,” said McAlexander.

In the end, a professional designer with experience and the right personality can help you build the home of your dreams and make it a fun, easy and inspiring journey. 

 

 

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