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21st Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Florida House Plan, Home Plan, Burnside 30-657

Brick veneer along with smooth stucco to clad the bright and breezy, Florida-style Burnside.

This is not your typical rectangular floor plan. The dining room is an elongated octagon, linked to the kitchen that is open on another side to a vaulted, half-octagonal great room.

The short hallway linking the foyer to the carport is slightly angeled. The hallway that leads to the owners' suite cuts a long, bold diagonal that leads past a home office, before entry to owners' suite.

A long work island with built-in prep sink mimics the shape of the well-appointed kitchen. The conversation bar that rims the sink island segues into a raised eating bar as it angles off toward the dining room. A roomy walk-in pantry fills a larger corner.

The owners' suite is well-isolated from the gathering spaces. Luxury touches here include: a wide window bay in the sleeping area, a large walk-in closet with pull-down ironing board, and a luxury skylit bathroom with an oversized shower.

In the nearby office, which could also be a bedroom, there's an oversized closet designed for use as a sewing nook. The office and the guest room feature a jack 'n jill bathroom between them. A skylight brightens that bathroom. Another naturally illuminates the powder room, which is close to the foyer, over sized utility room, and a carport with enclosed storage at the rear.

18th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country House Plan, Traditional Home Plan, Bridgeview 31-015

Three gables along with cultured stone columns give a traditional look to the BridgeviewWide windows front and rear, fewer and smaller windows on the sides, make this design well suited to a neighborhood where lot lines run close together.

Inside, the foyer passes a den and bathroom before arriving at the great room.  In the great room, high windows flank the gas fireplace. More light flows in through a wide window at the rear that offers views across the covered patio.

The great room is fully open to a large kitchen and dining area. An eating bar rims the kitchen’s work island, where it fronts the dining room.

Three bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs, along with a large utility room and two bathrooms. The owners’ suite faetures a large walk-in closet, a bathroom with a dual vanity and a private toilet. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

14th Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Georgian House Plan, Home Plan, Myersdale 10-453, Featured House Plan of the Week

The Myersdale is a contemporary home design with nostalgic Georgian-style flavor. Classic columns with an arched brick opening highlight and support a grand entry, where two wide sidelights flank a door crowned by a half-round sunburst transom.

A partially vaulted hexagonal great room is at the core of this home. Wings extend to the right and left, then come forward, creating a recessed entry courtyard. Doors on the three-car garage face the golf cart garage on the other side.

Passing through the vaulted covered porch, you step into a partially vaulted entry. The front half of the hexagon consists of the kitchen, utility room, and a storage closet tucked under the stairs to the loft. 

The vaulted ceiling expands the volume in the great rooms naturally bright rear wall. Six wedge-shaped ceiling segments slope dramatically upward to join points at a central apex, and the three rear sections are a wall of multipaned windows. A home entertainment center and woodstove nestle into junctures on both sides of the central section. Here, a set of palladian windows over sliding French doors open onto a vaulted covered patio that wraps around the rear of the home.

Two peninsular counters nearly encircle the kitchen. Both counters are open to the great room. The right counter is longer and rimmed by a raised eating bar. Standing at the sink, you can chat with family or friends at the counter, or look across the great room to the patio and beyond.

A home office and owners' suite fill the left wing. Sliders in the bedroom access the rear, where a relaxing spa could be installed. The walk-in closet is deep. Bathroom features include: a toilet, walk-in shower, spa tub, and dual sinks.

Two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a door to the garage are in the right wing.


7th Dec, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Cedar Ridge 30-855

The Cedar Ridge dormers and inviting front porch are among the Craftsman features that lend nostalgic charm to this one-and-a-half-story cottage home plan. Multipaned windows, cultured stone wainscoting and column supports, add to the curb appeal.

Inside, the floor plan is fully attuned for today's contemporary families. The gathering spaces are filled with natural light. Windows line most of the living room’s rear wall, next to a gas fireplace that sits in the corner. The living room is open to the dining room that is windowed on two sides, and open to the kitchen. 

Standing at the kitchen sink, you can look out across the flush eating bar that has views to the the dining room, covered patio, and most of the living room. Counter space wraps around three sides of the C-shaped kitchen. Cupboards line two walls, and a large walk-in pantry offers plenty of storage.

Laundry facilities are close and features built-in cabinets. Direct entry to the garage is equally close, convenient for unloading groceries from the car.

The owners' suite and a den/home office are on the left side of the main floor, accessed via a foyer that runs along the right-hand stairway. Pocket doors open into the den, which also has a closet. Owners' suite features include a double vanity and a large walk-in closet.

Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs, along with a vaulted attic space for extra storage.

4th Dec, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, New House Plan,

Looking at the Elsmere, it’s easy to see yourself relaxing on an old-fashioned porch swing or a set of wicker furniture.

This traditional country-style home is suited to the needs of a growing family, or empty nesters wishing to age in place. Bright, open gathering spaces are at the home’s core, bedrooms line up along the right, and everything is on one level.

The foyer hall leads into the kitchen/great room at the rear. Before arriving there, you walk by the den, two bedrooms, a large utility room and the owners’ suite.  The den could also function as a home office, craft room, exercise room—you name it. The utility room links with the garage and has storage cabinets, a broom closet, and a long counter.

Windows fill the great room’s rear wall, and has a gas fireplace nestled in one corner.  An eating bar rims the work island that bounds the kitchen and great room. The dining room is to the left, along with a covered patio that could be screened if desired.

1st Dec, 2015
Articles, Blog

There is more than enough to think of when planning out your next home, and with so much on your plate, the future can often be overlooked. Yet, the decisions you make now are important and will affect you while growing older. Thinking about adding bars and ramps in your dream home might not sound too enticing, but there are strategic ways to implement features that will allow you to age in place that are both beautiful and subtle.

Every year Associated Designs conducts the Home from the Heart survey and this past year asked participants about aging in place and design elements they would implement in their home. The results reflect what features are essential when consider a home to age in place.

Aging In Place, Tetherow 31-019, Craftsman House Plan, 1 story home plan

Single Level

For your dream home to serve you in years to come, it is important to consider the rooms that you use on a daily basis. A single level home is an easy solution, however, if your idea of a dream home is a two story design creating a home to age in is still possible. By making sure that main living areas as well as a master suite are located on the main level, or design an interior closet that could be converted to an elevator should the future need ever arise.

Wider Everything

Something that might not seem as important now but will be later is the width of doors and hallways. The Tetherow home plan, from Associated Designs, uses this aging in place concept for when a day may come someone needs to navigate through the home with a wheelchair or walker, the wider passageways will make things much smoother. Plus the side benefit of larger doorways and wider hallways creates a spacious and open atmosphere. Also, adding width to the garage will provide additional space for car doors to open, making the transition in and out of the car during inclement weather easier.

Easy Flow

A key aging in pace feature that received a lot of support from survey participants is flush transitions between interior and exterior spaces (as well as the transition from the garage to the interior living area). Yes, ramps can be considered to be built in at the start or planned out for easy installment later, but creating a natural flow of living has been quite popular for aging in place and can be very well done. Planning out your forever home with zero-steps may be the direction you want to go, even if it’s just for the beautiful design aspect of this look.

Bathroom Access

Large curb-less walk-in showers are a popular and attractive choice even if you haven’t considered aging in place measures. Planning for a curb-less walk-in shower now will be easier than a bathroom remodel later. Additional aging in place features when considering bathroom design are chair height toilets and easy tub access. While bringing in grab bars might not be essential at the moment, planning out where they will be in the future will make a smoother transition if they ever need to be installed.

 Effortless Reach

Making sure every room and function is easy to reach really helps with aging in place. For example, having easy touch light switches and placing outlets higher throughout your home are painless adjustments that have great benefits later. Making sure areas in the home are well lit is also key to improving aging in place features. One way of increasing the amount of light in a room is by lowering window heights and installing larger windows. Adding pull-out cabinets is also something that many don’t really think about now, but makes it much easier for people to reach things as they age.

Aging in place is truly on the cutting edge and you will thank yourself later for considering this now. Implementing these details into your forever home from the beginning, or even remodeling now, won’t be a compromise your ideal attractive living space like some may think. Sitting down with a home designer to discuss including these important aspects into your home will help you see how just a little bit of planning can result in a beautiful and functional design. Having a universal approach will make anyone who comes through feel right at home. 

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30th Nov, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan, Marlow 30-362

Gracefully arched trim crowns the Marlowe's porch, dining room window and garage openings, while two stately columns stand sentinel on either side of the porch. This handsome contemporary ranch home plan could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility.

A bright and spacious vaulted family room and kitchen are at the center of this home. The rear has more glass than wall, and two French doors access the patio. Arch-topped display shelves nestle into the wall opposite the entry to the owners' suite.

Storage and counter space are both abundant in the large, kitchen. Standing at the sink, you look into the family room across a raised eating bar. 

On the right are a walk-in pantry and a pass-through utility room that offers direct access to the garage. Natural light spills down through a skylight, and the room features a deep sink, cabinets, and a counter for folding clothes.

Arched openings in the high-ceilinged entry lead into the dining room on the right, and a study on the left. The study has a gas fireplace flanked by shelves.

Amenities in the owners' suite include patio access, a deep walk-in closet illuminated by a sun tube, and a deluxe bathroom.

Secondary bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual vanity and roomy linen closet.

24th Nov, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Mediterranean Home Plan, Summerdale 31-013

A blend of stucco and cultured stone highlights the Summerdale’s crisp clean lines. This Mediterranean-style design takes advantage of views front and rear.

A lofty portico opens to a two-story foyer, which leads to two-story living room with a fireplace. This large space is open to the great room, which in turn opens to the dining room and kitchen. A covered vaulted deck is along the rear.

A den, guest suite, and utility room complete the main floor. The den’s location, just inside the door, is ideal for a home office. The guest suite is to the rear, on the far side of the stairway. It features a walk-in closet, a two-section bathroom and access to the deck. The utility room is on one side of the hallway to the garage, across from a roomy pantry.

Family bedrooms are upstairs. The owners’ suite features a spa tub, dual vanity, private toilet and shower, and a balcony. Bedrooms three and four also have walk-in closets and private bathrooms and share a balcony.


23rd Nov, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Hillrose 30-269, Country House Plan, Ranch Home Plan

Dormers and a wide railed porch give a friendly, welcoming look and great curb appeal to the Hillrose, a midsize country-style home. Doors to the three-car garage face to the side.

Places to gather are many. Entering the home, you step into a vaulted foyer. Light flows in through the high dormer. The parlor is also full of natural light with a vaulted dormer, along with a wide bay window that fills at the front.

The vaulted family room has wide windows and a gas fireplace trimmed with cabinets on both sides. Ceiling height drops to nine feet in the dining room and kitchen. A wide window bay brightens the dining area, which is open to the kitchen.

A raised eating bar in the kitchen rims the opposite side of the large work island with a stove. Other amenities include a large walk-in pantry, built-in desk and appliances.

Utilities are close by in room outfitted with folding counters, a deep sink, cabinets, shelves and a coat closet. A half bath with a shower is linked to both the utility room and a small office or workroom with an exterior entrance.

Luxuries in the Hillrose's owners' suite include a large walk-in closet and an elegant bathroom with dual vanities, a deep soaking tub and private toilet and shower.

16th Nov, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Mirabel 30-201

The Mirabel's front exterior is a graceful blend of arched openings, interesting roof lines and intriguing windows. This four-bedroom European-style design also features a large bonus room over the garage.

Family living spaces are at the rear in an area brightened by a plenty of windows. This generously sized room feels both dramatic and relaxed. Shelves or cabinets that trim the fireplace in the sunken family room are ideal for a home entertainment center.

Two steps up is the dining area that's open to the large kitchen. French doors swing inward and provide access to a large patio.

A work island adds to the generous counter and cupboard space that wraps around three sides of the C-shaped kitchen. 

There is plenty of space in the utility room, where counters rim two walls. The end counter could house a sewing machine. If desired, a laundry chute could be installed in the upstairs linen closet.

Off the foyer is a room that could be furnished as a formal living room or a den. 

An elegant soaking tub lends a feeling of luxury to the second floor master suite. Other features include a large walk-in closet, twin lavs, and a private shower and toilet.

Left unfinished, the bonus room is great for storage. Finished, it could be another bedroom, recreation room, or you name it.

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