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30th Jun, 2015
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Home from the Heart Survey Results, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan, Heartfall 10-620


Understanding what people want in their home is what allows Associated Designs to create a collection of home designs that feature all the important elements homeowners’ desire. In an effort to gather the most accurate information, earlier this year Associated Designs, Inc. asked readers, like you, to share what features and design elements they want in their dream home in the annual 2015 Home from the Heart survey.

The 2015 Home from the Heart survey focused on every element of the home from the size to special features like green construction and aging in place. Based upon the most voted on features, Associated Designs has released the Heartfall 10-620 home plan which highlights the must-have design essentials from the survey. This design showcases the most popular results such as a walk-in shower, great room, owners’ suite on the main floor, utility room located close to the garage, a covered front porch and plenty of windows that bring in the natural light as well as gorgeous scenic views.

In the survey, Craftsman houses were the sought-after exterior home style -- a big change from the past few years when country and ranch-style homes dominated the results. A new question in this year’s survey asked building lot preference. The results showed people preferred rural lots with acreage and with the trend towards larger homes, homeowners’ will still have plenty of space to create the perfect country retreat. Past Home from the Heart surveys have shown people’s preferences ranging from 1700 to 2300 square feet. This year homeowners’ preferences have jumped up with 59% looking for homes that are 2000 square feet and larger.

Survey respondents voiced their preferences for homes with 3-bedrooms located on the main floor which coincides with the 85% who wanted to consider aging in place features. The Heartfall design features the main living areas on the left front side of the house with plenty of windows. The sleeping areas are kept close together yet with separation provided with the Owners’ suite separate hallway and the large walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom which offers plenty of privacy.  Perhaps the biggest trend in the owners’ suite area is the desire for a walk-in shower which 76% people felt that was an important feature.

Mudrooms are gaining in popularity with 52% of the respondents included this room in their list of must-haves. The Heartfall not only has a mudroom which doubles as the utility room, it satisfies both sides of the long time debate of where the utility room should be placed - as it is both close to the bedrooms and the garage.

People are still interested in additional flexible space which the Heartfall’s bonus room provides. This area can be left unfinished and used for storage or finished and be used as a media room, home office, hobby room, or whatever needs suits. 

The 2015 Home from the Heart survey captures the heart and soul of what people are dreaming about for their homes. Associated Designs' Heartfall 10-620 plan captures the trends people want in the home from their heart.


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29th Jun, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Richland 10-256

A covered porch wraps around the front of the Richland home design, conjuring up images of porch swings, rocking chairs, and enjoying lemonade. Gables, shuttered windows and wood siding add to the nostalgic image to this country home plan.

Inside, the floorplan is contemporary--low on formality and high on livability.

A bench in the vaulted entry hall is handy for removing footgear. Boots and shoes are stored underneath. The front room could be a dining room, parlor or even a home office.

The vaulted great room is bright and spacious. It features a built in entertainment center, and a corner fireplace. The sun room also has a vaulted ceiling. Studded with skylights and windowed on three sides, this area is very bright. Sliding glass doors access a deck.

Standing at the kitchen range, you can look across the angled eating bar into the sun room and great room, or out the windows to the deck and back yard. A garden window illuminates the corner sink. The walk in pantry adds storage space, and the utility room is only a few steps away.

A small powder room and a large owners' suite fill complete the remainder of the lower level. Owner suite luxuries include a walk-in closet, and a skylit bathroom with twin lavs, a soaking tub, shower and private toilet.

On the upper level, a loft overlooks the entry and great room. The upper bedrooms have window seats and share a dual compartment bathroom. A bonus room nestles under the gable that caps the garage, and there's also a long attic storage closet at the top of the stairs.

25th Jun, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Napa 30-991, Luxury Home Plan, Estate House Plan

The Napa is designed for construction on acreage with an expansive view. This country-style design features a generous assortment of gables, windows and other Craftsman features create a pleasing and handsome façade.

Light flows into the vaulted and naturally illuminated foyer through narrow sidelights and an arched multi-paned transom. Double doors on the left open into a den with a cozy sleeping alcove. Bedrooms, bathrooms and a secluded reading nook are down a hallway to the right.

Straight ahead, the foyer leads into the spacious and bright vaulted great room that is at the heart of the home. Wide window sets, stacked two high, fill most of the rear wall. The upper set is arched at the top. Shelves or cabinetry flank the wood-burning fireplace on the right.

The great room on the left is entirely open to the dining room and kitchen. Atrium doors in the dining area lead to a large screened porch.

The luxurious vaulted owners’ suite is located in a wing to itself. The owners' suite bath features a private toilet, walk-in shower, large walk-in closet, dual vanity, and a soaking tub.

25th Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

Nobody wants to have a garden that is out of sight, out of mind. When this happens, it either falls into neglect or you become so isolated in the yard that you can't keep up with what is happening inside the home when the phone rings, the doorbell dings or the dog tears up the cushions on the couch. Having a home with great garden access allows you to easily enjoy the sight and functionality of the outdoor space even on those rainy days when you are kept indoors. 

Garden Space Ideas

Bring In The View

There's nothing quite as luxurious as glass French doors or sliding panes that allow a person to step right into their garden. Doors leading off of the kitchen space or dining room allows for instant access to take a morning walk among the dew-kissed flowers or run out to grab some fresh vegetables for salad at dinner. Small stoops that lead to a winding garden path entice people to see what nature has to offer, as the path could lead to a nice sheltered place such as a small gazebo or sitting bench.

Second Floor Access Into A Natural Paradise

Remember that access to the garden doesn't have to be from the first floor of the home. A bedroom or entertainment room up on the second floor can lead to a balcony and a spiraling staircase toward your garden paradise. Incorporate landings where you can step outside and look at your lush garden from up high as you lean on the railing to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

Make Each Access Point Into A Grand Entrance

Some homes have small private courtyards with the house wrapping around the outdoor living space. When you have several entrance ways that lead into the garden, you can make each entrance unique. Incorporate different garden elements to each access point. Decide which areas are for relaxation and other areas for where people can take long walks along the garden paths. By making each entrance fun and entertaining, it will encourage you to spend more time in the outdoor space no matter what room you are in.

Bring In The Shade

It's always nice to incorporate some places into your garden to beat the heat.  Covered porches, decks and patios with pergolas can offer the right amount of shade to cool things off without enclosing the garden. Even having a trellis wall off to one side to provide shade gives a unique architectural design to your garden and your home.

22nd Jun, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, Pereza 11-075

The Pereza is a mid-size, three-bedroom Mediterranean house plan that offers both formal and informal family gathering spaces, with the kitchen at the heart of this home.

Accessible from all directions, the kitchen opens to the dining room, entry hall, family room, and a utility room that connects with the garage. Pocket doors in the passageways to the entry and dining room allow busy cooks to close off the kitchen when more privacy is necessary.

The kitchen sink faces into the family room across a raised eating bar, you to stay involved with conversations or other activities. A walk-in pantry offers storage space. Utilities are only a few steps away, in a large laundry room that has a deep sink, folding counters, cabinets, and a closet.

The formal living room and dining room are to the left and right of the entry. Both have boxed-out window bays that could be fitted with window seats. The family room is the largest gathering room in the house. Sliders at the rear open onto a screened porch than can also be accessed from the owners' suite.

Luxuries in the owners' suite include a large walk-in closet, dual vanities, corner shower and a spa tub.

17th Jun, 2015
Articles, Blog

Some people call it an attic. Other people call it a storage place at the top of the house. Some people call a private oasis. Loft spaces are getting makeovers to turn them into functional rooms with a number of different purposes. What you turn your loft space into is up to you and your "lofty" imagination. Here are several ideas on what you can do to fully enjoy the space. 

Luxury Bedroom

Bedrooms in lofts have always been popular whether it is for yourself, the kids, or as a guest room. Many loft bedrooms can have plenty of windows for natural light combined with ceiling lights and lamps. Skylights can increase the amount of natural light and add elegance and luxury to the space. 

The angled roof lines and varied wall heights can give the loft space a fun and whimsical feeling as well as the opportunity to do something different with furniture and decorating. 

Desired Office Space

Turning that unused loft space into a home office can be nice quiet retreat to get some work done. The fun shape of this space can be made into a fun, hip, and relaxing space to get the creativity and ideas flowing. 

Ultimate Entertainment Spot

Set up the television, foosball table, video games, and maybe even a popcorn machine to create the ideal "all in one space" entertainment hot spot in your home. This area would be great to gather for the family to play games or watch a movie, or the fun spot to be for your kids sleep overs. 

Soothing Solitary Oasis

Sometimes you want to be by yourself when the stress of work or school sets in. Lofts are that one location in the home where they are separated from other rooms, creating a nice remote and solitary spot for you to unwind. Turn the space into a library, music room, or just a sitting room as you curl up in a big chair by the window.

12th Jun, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Grayson 30-305, Craftsman House Plan, Home Plan

The four-bedroom ranch house plan, the Grayson has many Craftsman-style touches with the tapered columns fronting the deep covered porch, and with the river rock wainscoting and column supports. Other Craftsman-inspired features include decorative roof supports and the trademark double-hung windows, each with multiple upper panes and a large single pane below.

Entering the home, you step into a vaulted entry where light washes in through sidelights and a broad transom window. Double doors on the right open into a dining room. 

Straight ahead is the spacious and bright great room. The vaulted ceiling slopes down to a richly glassed rear wall, and the fireplace is in the left corner. More light spills in through two large skylights.

The kitchen and nook are to the right, and fully open to the great room, separated by an angled work island with a raised eating counter. Standing at the kitchen sink you can see everybody and everything in the great room, nook, patio, and rear yard.

Laundry appliances are nearby, in a passthrough utility room that leads to the garage. A powder room with utility sink is convenient for wash-up after gardening or working in the garage. A stairway next to the bathroom leads to a bonus room over the garage.

Display shelves rim the highest wall of the vaulted oweners' suite. This adult retreat features a large walk-in closet, an elegant bathroom with a soaking tub, twin vanities, and oversized shower. An atrium door provides direct access to the covered patio.

12th Jun, 2015
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Living, Detached Garage Plan, Garage Design, 2 Car Garage

Garage 20-076

The Craftsman style garage design can hold up to four cars and live-in space. Each of the garage doors are 12' wide and 10' tall. On the right of the garage is a recreation room, bedroom and full bathroom which can be used as a guest cottage, hobby room, ofiice or whatever else suits.

8th Jun, 2015
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Georgian House Plan, Home Plan, Beckwith 11-128

Brick veneer arches and columns give a neoclassical Georgian flavor to the Beckwith house plan.

This plan features a vaulted, hexagonal great room that forms the core of this home. Wings on two sides extend to partially enclose the beautiful entry courtyard that fills the space between the brick veneer columns and the vaulted, double-door entry.

As you stand in the lofty entry, an art niche fits into a narrow wall section on the left. To the right, is an open passageway that leads into the great room. Pie-shaped wedges there angle up to a high central peak, and windows fill most of the three rear walls, creating a panoramic view to the outside.

At center of the great room, a spiral staircase leads to the vaulted loft. An arch-windowed dormer over the entry brings natural light to the loft that could be a library, study, sleeping loft, or whatever suits.

Back on the main level, sliding doors in the dining area open to a roomy screened porch, perfect for catching the afternoon breezes or sharing summertime meals. An angled eating bar separates the dining area from the spacious and well-appointed kitchen. Counters and cupboards wrap around four sides, and a walk-in pantry fills one corner.

The owners' suite fills the entire right wing, while two additional bedrooms and bathrooms fit neatly into the other. Skylights brighten the owners' bathroom, which features a spa tub, two vanities, a private toilet, and a shower. It also has two roomy walk-in closets.

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