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25th Dec, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Heartfield 30-400

Varied roof lines, textures, and and plenty of sparkling glass lend an intriguing, inviting look to the Craftsman-style Heartfield home plan. The exterior is a harmonious blend of stone veneer wainscoting and horizontal lap siding capped with shake-textured siding. Slender square posts flank the entry porch and support the roof.

This is a midsize, basically single-level family home. There is a possibility of a fourth bedroom and half-bath filling the attic room over the garage. That space could also be left unfinished, for use as storage.

Light flows into the vaulted entry through sidelights and a transom. This large vaulted space encompasses the dining room and living room. Boundaries are subtly delineated by square posts and high shelves. More natural light spills down through an overhead dormer in the entry, and another in the dining room.

A fireplace nestles into a window corner of the living room. An arched display niche graces the wall over the hearth. Across the room, a similar arched opening provides visual access to the kitchen. Its lower edge is rimmed by a raised counter, useful as both an eating bar and handy passthrough.

Sliders in the nook provide access to a large, partially covered patio, ideal for outdoor meals. The roomy kitchen has a large walk-in pantry and a generous supply of cabinets and counters. The nearby utility room offers more of both, and can double as a mud room. It has a built-in bench for removing soiled shoes.

The owners' suite fills the right wing; secondary bedrooms fill the left. Owners' suite features include a walk-in closet, spa tub, dual vanity, shower and private toilet.

18th Dec, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Randell Home Plan, Victorian House Plans

The Randell is a Victorian-style estate-size home. Fluted columns parade across the wide front porch of its classic front facade and a circular turret is on the left corner. Decorative corbels rim the eaves, matching triangular pediments cap the door and window above, and shutters accent multipaned windows.

Living areas provide close to 4000 square feet of space. Another 1,000 square feet are in the deep storage space and large bonus room, and nearly 1,500 more in the garage. One section of the garage could hold a motor home.

In the marble-tiled foyer, a dramatic staircase sweeps up to the left while straight ahead, two sets of columns flank the arched passageway leading into the great room. On the right, a columned archway guides guests into the elegant dining room.

The great room easily accommodates a grand piano, along with couches, easy chairs, and other furniture. Other features include a bayed nook, fireplace, and home entertainment center. On the left end, another column-flanked, arched opening leads into the large library.

The kitchen is open and roomy and linked to the stately dining room by a butler's pantry with built-in buffet. Laundry appliances are close by, in a combination utility/hobby room.

Amenities in the luxury owners' suite include a double walk-in closet, dual vanity, clawfoot tub, shower, and private toilet. An exterior door leads to the patio spa.

Three more large bedrooms are upstairs, along with a second laundry room, bonus room and deep storage room. 

4th Dec, 2017
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Featured House Plan of the Week, Traditional Home Plan, House Plan, Keizer 30-230

The Keizer is a small home with a big heart. A recessed front porch extends a warm welcoming while the brick veneer provides a look of solidity in this traditional house plan.

At the core, a roomy country kitchen flows into a spacious vaulted great room, with a peninsular counter provides suddle separation. Working in the kitchen, you can keep tabs on everything in this large living space.

The kitchen ceiling is a lofty 11 feet high transitions to a vault in the great room, and the richly glassed dining area facing the street.

Wide windows on both sides of the fireplace provide natural light. A sliding glass door on one side allows access to a rear patio, perfect for outdoor dining on warm days.

The owners’ suite is large for a home this size, completely filling the entire right side. A vaulted ceiling further adds to the sense of volume here, and a large walk-in closet creates ample storage space. Other features include a linen closet and an oversized shower. Obscured glass fills a large double window that fills the room in natural light.

Two more bedrooms plus a bathroom cluster together on the left. The large linen closet in the hallway is convenient to all three rooms.

Laundry appliances are handy but out of sight, in a passthrough utility room that connects the kitchen to the garage.

1st Dec, 2017
Articles, Blog

A new year is just around the corner, and with it comes our choice picks for home plans and designs. But we’d rather not call this list our “Best of 2017” because in truth, home plans are so varied and so unique to each design and each homeowner that to mention all the great ones, we’d need a bit more space on the page.

“And that’s a good thing,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “We’ve got so many great home designs that it’s no surprise homeowners spend hours searching for that perfect home with all the right features and all the trendy amenities.”

Of course, there are home designs that are memorable, epitomizing a unique layout, modern features and style trends that get us excited. From small floor plans packed with design features to vaulted living spaces, social kitchens and three-car garages, 2017 house plan trends have taken home buying to a whole new level. So, as we make way for the New Year, we look back at a few homes we love and the design trends that make them special.

Hottest Trends of 2017, Home Trends Report

Small But Mighty

At first glance, this 1,963-square-foot Craftsman cottage may seem not to have it all – but remember to never judge a book (or home) by its cover. A mix of natural materials across the front of the Brookstone (31-066) creates a charming and welcoming outdoor atmosphere, but it’s the inside that will surprise you. It’s a classic example of a common trend in 2017 to think small but carry a lot of space.

“Now here is a home trend that really packs a lot without getting too crowded,” said McAlexander. “With three bedrooms and three full baths, the Brookstone is deceptive in its greatness.”

Immediately to the left of the entry is a hallway that leads to a generous guest suite with full private bathroom and walk-in closet. Nearby is another bedroom and another full bath. At the end of the entry, the hall opens up into the great room, large C-shaped kitchen and dining room – a near perfect setup for socializing, entertaining or just relaxing with friends. The owners’ suite is separate from the other bedrooms and features a walk-in closet and roomy bathroom.

And lest you think that this home doesn’t retain its cozy, cottage style, a gas fireplace brings a touch of warming comfort. There’s also easy access to attic storage, a large two-car garage and a utility room.

Utility and Flexibility

A common trend in home plans and design in 2017 was the desire for flex space and functional utility rooms. Combined with vaulted living spaces and an open great room, the Barrington (31-058) is a classic example of this trend.

“Flex space can come in many forms,” said McAlexander. “Whether it’s a bonus room above the garage, a den near the entryway, or a simple storage room off the garage or in the basement, flexibility is a major factor for many homebuyers.”

Boasting clean lines and lots of natural light, the Barrington is a handsome, country-style home with 2,150 square feet of pleasing lines, luxurious features and vaulted style. In fact, several rooms in the house boast vaulted ceilings including a bedroom and the great room. The great room living space makes this home design perfect for growing families or homeowners who love to entertain, but it also includes a den and bonus room above the garage. Both spaces can be adapted to fit the changing needs of families, whether it’s office space, a playroom or a guest room. Just off the garage is a generous utility room with mudroom space, too, so there’s really no end to what this home can do for you. It adapts with you.

Classic Meets Modern

For many homeowners, a classic country-style home needs a little upgrade on the inside, and that’s what this trend is really all about. The charming exterior with wrap-around front porch belies the modern features and aesthetics of the interior in the Hayden (30-981). This 1,786-square-foot home is a great home for a young family or those looking to downsize because it blends the country with the modern in a seamless and timeless way.

A vaulted great room, for example, features a woodstove rather than a fireplace. A utility room off the kitchen also has a walk-in pantry, but both are separated from the kitchen and dining room by a pocket door. The social kitchen with its peninsular eating bar is indicative of modern homes, flowing from the dining room and into the great room with ease. In other words, it won’t be hard to entertain in this home! And to top it all off, the three bedrooms in the home fill the right side with an ample hallway between them. A vaulted owners’ suite adds a touch of modern luxury with private bathroom and walk-in closet. A study nook in the hallway is just another way the modern blends with the classic in the Hayden.

“The Hayden, like the Brookstone, is deceptive in its size because it really packs a lot in without being overwhelming,” said McAlexander. “But it’s the mix of modern and country that really set it apart. You get it all but don’t sacrifice on style.”

Clever Detached Garages

Enhancing properties with detached garages is one thing, but taking that garage and making into an extra living space is quite another. For many homeowners in 2017, this detached garage concept was a major plus and a common home design trend. And with that trend comes plans to match that showcase the utility factor of the garage as well as the style and comfort of a guesthouse. It’s essentially another house on the same property, and that’s pretty clever.

“Any property that can be enriched with additional storage or garage space is a great thing, but to take that and make it into living space as well is a huge win,” said McAlexander. “The options are endless when a detached garage comes into play because you can rent out the living space, use it for visitors and guests, or make it your own.”

This three-car detached garage with living space (20-199) exemplifies this concept and then goes one step further. The garage itself has ample amount of space for storage, garden tools, and your favorite gadgets. But above the garage is a vaulted great room, private bedroom, and bathroom that can be accessed from the garage or from the separate entrance. A vaulted kitchen opens up into the great room for a touch of luxury. There’s also space for a stacking washer and dryer with a small pantry in the hallway.

Another example of a detached garage with living space plays with a farmhouse exterior and country interior (20-189). This garage boasts a guest studio space on the second floor with luxury features including a wood stove, kitchenette and full bathroom. The space can adapt to the needs of the owners – whether it’s a guest room, rental unit, or a separate living space for the college-aged teen in the family. 

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27th Nov, 2017
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Featured House Plan of the Week, Home Plan, Applegate 10-403, European Home Plans

The Applegate is a harmonious medley of arched openings, multiple roof lines and stucco detailing create a lasting first impression in this European home plan. Multipaned windows fill most of the rear, allowing full visual enjoyment of a natural setting, whether a lake, river, forest, desert, or artful landscaping. Stepped planters and covered walkway tie the house with its detached garage.

This plan is designed to blend of formal and informal living environments. Informal spaces flow together on the left, sleeping areas fill the right side, and formal rooms are at the core. Storage is found throughout the home.

Hardwood floors and high ceilings grace all of the gathering spaces, while carpeting reserved for the den and bedrooms. If needed, the den could serve as another bedroom, or be used as a home office.

Kitchen and nook are naturally bright, and the gathering room is expanded by a deep window bay. A work island adds to the plentiful work and storage space, along with a large walk-in pantry. The built-in desk and shelves are conveniently located for managing household business. Doors on two sides open onto two covered decks and the large utility room is close by.

Half walls crowned by posts provide mild separation between the dining room and living room. The dining room features a built-in hutch, and the living room is warmed by a masonry fireplace nestled between bookcases.

Another wide window bay expands the luxurious owners' suite. Other amenities, in addition to a large walk-in closet, include twin lavs, private toilet, and a walk-in shower.

15th Nov, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, Holyoke 31-093

The simple, clean exterior welcomes you to the Holyoke Ranch-style home plan. This single level house plan is designed to fit neatly on a corner lot. A long foyer greets you with three options. To your left are double doors that open into the den that could also be purposed as a guest room, library or home office. To the right a hallway leads you to the secondary bedrooms, a walk-through utility room and guest bathroom. Straight ahead from the foyer a cased opening brings you to the partially open great room. The living room features a corner fireplace that can also be enjoyed from the dining room. The U-shaped kitchen provides plenty of work space along with the center island which provides a boundary between the kitchen and dining room. The owners' suite has its own private hallway off the living room and amenities include a generoulsy sized walk-in closet and private bathroom.

13th Nov, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Shingle-style Home Plan, Cape Cod House Plans, Ranch Home Plan, Schuyler 30-522

The Schuyler house plan takes full adavantage of having a rear view. This shingle-style Ranch home design blends right in whether built in the city or the country.

Shake-textured siding accents most of the front, and Craftsman-style windows invite admiring glances. A classic iron railing rims the front porch.

Plenty of natural light flows into the vaulted foyer through sidelights and a wide transom. Double doors on the left access a vaulted den or home office.  A narrower opening on the right links to secondary bedrooms and a bathroom.

At the far end of the foyer, a coat closet is opposite the opening into the spacious, vaulted living room. Windows fills most of the rear wall, and area is naturally bright. A gas fireplace nestles into the far corner at the window's edge. Two openings lead off the living room to the kitchen. The larger of the two opens into a dining area.

In the kitchen there's plenty of counter and cupboard space, built-in appliances, and a large walk-in pantry. Laundry appliances are nearby, in a passthrough room that connects to the three-car garage.

Luxuries in the owners' suite include: a large walk-in closet, deep soaking tub, and dual vanity. The toilet and shower can be partitioned off for privacy and steam containment.

10th Nov, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, Hyacinth 31-094

Stone based columns frame the welcoming covered porch of the Hyacinth house plan. A pleasant blend of shingles, horizontal siding and stone blend together to create the ranch-style exterior. The heart of the home is a great room with corner fireplace. To the left, a hall that leads to three additional bedrooms and a guest bathroom with dual vanity. Passing through a cased opening in the dining room is a short hall is a pass-through utility room along with a generous sized walk-in pantry. The owners' suite that has it's own patio access along with a well appointed bathroom that features a large walk-in closet, dual vanity, private toilet, and walk-in shower.

6th Nov, 2017
Articles, Blog

Duplexes have gotten a bad rap. They show up in neighborhoods with the same look, same floor plans and no room for imagination. They are often thought of as utilitarian dwellings that allow developers to squeeze more homes onto a lot. Duplexes, in other words, are practical and simple.

But it’s time to think differently and look at multi-family housing with new eyes.

Duplexes are going upscale, blending the best of single-family living with the convenience and affordability of simpler living. Large modern kitchens, vaulted ceilings and elegant gathering spaces blend with minimal shared walls and private entrances in these two duplex floor plans from Associated Designs Inc. based in Eugene, Ore.

“Duplexes can be more than just practical living,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “With amped-up square footage and upscale features and finishes, multi-family living is pretty much the best of both worlds. It’s the next level of sought-after living spaces.”

Vaulted Gathering Space

When you see this floor plan, you can put all your predetermined notions of multi-family living to bed. The Vancouver (60-031) is an attractive Craftsman-style duplex designed for construction on land with a slight upslope to the rear. The result is a split-level layout that puts the garage at ground level, a large vaulted gathering space and owners’ suite a half-flight up, and secondary bedrooms another half-flight up.

While the two interior floor plans are mirror images of each other, that’s where the similarity ends because this is not your typical duplex. Minute changes in the layout, the finishes and the interior make each unit special.

A gabled entry porch welcomes you into a vaulted living room connected to the dining room for a truly awesome gathering space lit with natural light from large Craftsman windows. Entertaining will be no hardship in this ample great room! A handy mini bathroom is just off the entryway and a utility room with extra storage space is just off the owners’ suite. The G-shaped large kitchen opens up into the dining room with a cozy breakfast eating bar.

“From the kitchen, you can keep tabs on activities in the spacious vaulted great room or day dream as you look outside to a comfy porch,” said McAlexander. “This might be one of my favorite duplex designs if only because of it’s unique layout.”

The owners’ suite is a true masterpiece, complete with vaulted ceilings and a walk-in closet. A dual vanity, linen closet and large shower highlight the master bathroom. The second level has two large bedrooms with a full bathroom in between. And at 1,871 square feet including a one-car garage for each unit, it’s multi-family living with an unusually beautiful flair.

Simply Different

The Vernon (60-019) is also not your typical, mirror-image duplex. Privacy is the key in these two 1,600-square-foot units. The unit’s entrances even face in different directions, so for all intents and purposes, each home is a very separate dwelling with only one shared wall. The second floor doesn’t share a wall at all.

“Not everything has to be the same,” said McAlexander. “In fact, with this duplex home design, both the inside and out are just a little different. They may have the same high-class materials, but the layout and the finishing touches are uniquely their own.”

For instance, the large kitchen in Unit A showcases an ample central work island and a deep storage closet to the right of the hidden laundry room. The kitchen in Unit B, on the other hand, opens to the dining room and has an ample peninsula-top that doubles as a buffet for festive gatherings. Modern appliances and fixtures coupled with ample room make the kitchen its own gathering space.

But this duplex also has room for entertaining. The dining and living rooms in each unit flow together to make one large great room filled with ample natural light. In Unit B, the dining room opens to the partially covered patio via sliding doors, while in Unit A, a door from both the dining room and the garage open onto a private patio.

Each unit has two bedrooms and a spacious owners’ suite on the second floor, but again that’s where the similarity ends. The owners’ suite in Unit B has its own vanity area and a large walk-in closet but the rest of the bathroom is shared. In Unit A, the owners’ suite has its own bathroom entirely with a linen closet and a large wall closet.

Sometimes you need to think outside the box to really see the possibilities. With these two unique duplex home designs, multi-family housing has gone to the next level of upscale living.

Have your eyes been opened yet?


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6th Nov, 2017
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Featured House Plan of the Week, Arnett 30-419, Cabin Plan, A-Frame Home Plan

Designed as a vacation retreat the Arnett is as charming as it is compact. Windows fill most of the A-frame rear wall, offering a panoramic views of the landscape.

This cabin plan is economical to build, heat and maintain. The footprint, including porches, is only 31 feet wide and 38 feet deep. Clean-lined batt and boards cover the exterior like while sleek twin columns support covered porches on both the front and side.

A lofty, two-story, vaulted ceiling adds to the expansive sense of openness in the great room. Warmth radiates from the wood stove. 

The kitchen is large for a home this size. It features a roomy walk-in pantry, and plenty of counter space. A raised conversation bar rims the outer edge of the angled peninsula. 

Storage closets line the hallway that leads to the front porch, bathroom, and combination utility/hobby room. Laundry appliances are behind folding doors and this space could also double as a guest room.

The sleeping area of the owners' suite could be an open-ended loft, or sectioned off behind the landing for more privacy. The bathroom boasts a luxurious spa tub.

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