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8th Sep, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New Garage Plan, Garage 20-190, Garage Design with Shop

Garage 20-190

Room for one car plus storage and a shop this compact cottage style garage design is a great addition to any property. The garage door is 9' wide and 8' tall and the bay has additional space to the right for extra storage. Double doors from the garage or a separate front exterior door leads to a generous shop space. 

6th Sep, 2017
Articles, Blog

“Utility” in its most basic definition means “a state of being useful.” So it’s no surprise that when we think of a utility room in a home, we think of the basics – laundry, ironing boards that fold down from the wall, and maybe some small cupboard space. Utility rooms, however, can be more than just useful spots to clean your clothes.

“I like to think that utility rooms are another living space in a home,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc., based in Eugene, Ore. “You can do so much more with them, so their usefulness includes organization, storage, crafting space, mudrooms and more. Nowadays, utility rooms take ‘useful’ to a whole new level.”

In fact, utility rooms can become extensions of the kitchen or elaborate mudrooms with cubby holes and hooks and nooks.

“Out of sight, out of mind was how many looked at utility rooms years ago,” said McAlexander. “But they are no longer relegated to the basement or the garage. Utility rooms are the new workhorse of home design.”

From pet-friendly spaces to convenient locations and savvy organization, utility rooms have come a long way. Designs now offer rooms that perform and catch the eye. We dig a little deeper into these design ideas with five top trends in utility rooms.

1. Hobby Home

Space is one thing in a modern utility room, especially as workstations for doing the laundry. But we’re pretty sure homeowners aren’t just doing laundry 24/7 (although it may sometimes feel that way). Homeowners are looking to make these rooms do more than just clean clothes and store cleaners. Hobbies of all kinds, such as home canning, sewing and gardening, are taken into consideration in the layout. For example, the Tetherow design (31-019) features a utility room with ample space for your favorite crafts.

“It’s probably the more popular request when it comes to utility rooms,” said McAlexander. “Home canning in particular is an add-on many ask for in a utility room design, which makes for some very unique layouts.”

2. Pet-Friendly Palace

Hobbies are one thing though; pets are quite another. They’re members of the family and as such, we want to provide them with comfort and a space all their own – which is where utility room designs come into play. Common add-ons include spaces for kitty litter boxes or food storage. But the Nottingham design (30-965) takes those add-ons to a whole new level. An extensive utility room off the garage includes a separate spot just for dogs, as well as a pet door. It’s like a stately bedroom for man’s best friend.

“Utility room design that includes pets can easily become even more extensive and elaborate,” said McAlexander. “A pet-friendly room is as essential to home design now as space for your washer and dryer, and I don’t see that trend changing anytime soon.”

3. Mudroom Must-Haves

Speaking of usefulness, there’s nothing like a spot specifically built to hold your rain boots, coats and other outdoor sundries. A mudroom, or drop zone, is probably the most common addition to a home’s utility area. Often set near the garage, a mudroom can be as subtle or as elaborate as a homebuyer wants it to be. For large families, a few cupboards and shelves help to keep all those shoes organized.

The mudroom in the Nottingham sits just off the garage and is, in its own way, an extension of the utility room area. With hooks to hang coats and backpacks, a closet to store larger gear, and a half-bath nearby, it’s the ideal way to take the day off before relaxing at home.

4. Storage Station

Organization and storage may be one of the more popular trends in the world of utility room must-haves. And we aren’t talking about simple cupboard space. Space-saving amenities such as hidden trashcans, stacked washers and dryers and countertops are all options for homebuyers to consider as they make their utility rooms beyond useful. In many ways, a utility room can mimic the kitchen in its ability to organize your things with the greatest of efficiency and ease of use. Both the Nottingham and the Tetherow design put storage in the spotlight with counter space, closets and cupboards aplenty.

“Changing lifestyles mean a lot of families nowadays want easy access to their things,” said McAlexander. “A utility room that has everything right at the homeowner’s fingertips is a big trend. The more organized you are, the more unique the organization options, the niftier that utility room becomes.”

5. Location, Location, Location

To expand and build on its usefulness, a utility room has to be conveniently located. Where it sits in relation to the rest of the house makes a huge difference in how it can and should be used. Commonly, a utility room is situated just off the garage with a mudroom and easy access to the kitchen and pantry as in the Nottingham design. Other convenient locations include just off the walk-in closet of the master’s suite or near a porch. This spot showcased in the Tetherow is well suited for those who want to give their hobby a special spot rather than have it tucked away in the back.

Bottom line, a utility room isn’t just for laundry anymore. It’s an essential component to any home and as with any room, it can be multifunctional. That’s where it’s true usefulness can really shine. 

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5th Sep, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Spanish Style Home Plan, Grandeza 10-136

Mediterranean influences inspire the contemporary Spanish-style Grandeza. Stucco arches and columns combine with round-arched windows and a tile roof to give the house plan a bright ambiance that is equally evocative of the American Southwest.

This home is as naturally bright inside as out. At center is a high-ceilinged, hexagonal great room where arched windows fill most of three rear walls. A patio wraps across the entire back with four access points, so it's easy to extend living outside. When the weather turns chilly, the warmth of the pellet stove will be welcome.

A spacious kitchen features counters on four sides with plenty of room for food prep, and a long, raised eating bar rims the peninsular counter nearest the dining area. A pantry nestles into an alcove created by the upper flight of a centrally located stairway.

Upstairs, French double doors in the vaulted hexagonal recreation room open onto a rear balcony. On the opposite side of the room, a V-shaped railing allows people to overlook the entry. Windowed on five sides, this bright and lofty room has a bathroom and makes a great place for rainy day play. This space could be used as a study, home office, guest room, art studio, or whatever suits.

The luxurious owners' suite fills the right wing. The skylit bathroom features a dual vanity, spa tub, linen closet, shower, and private toilet. The walk-in closet is large. Two more bedrooms share a bathroom in the left side, close to the large utility room that links the house and garage.

1st Sep, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Country Home Plan, Fairhaven 31-077

Charming, simple country elegance invites you into the Fairhaven house plan. The covered porch is a perfect place to watch the world go by. The entry opens up into a vaulted living room on the right. A cozy fireplace draws you in and the room opens up to the vaulted dining room and kitchen. To the let of the entry a hallway leads you passed the stairs to the additional bedrooms and bonus room upstairs and towards the owners' suite. Owners' suite amenities include a walk-in closet, dual vanity that is separated from the shower and toilet. 

28th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, Huntington 42-017

The Huntington's wrap-around covered porch is beautiful. Handsome exposed timbers support and highlight the lofty central gable, and the whole works is supported by tapered bases of stone. Custom-crafted windows, horizontal siding and shake shingles all add to the Craftsman-style.

You enter into a naturally bright and lofty two-story foyer. A half-round crowns the upper trio of windows and an elegant dining room is on the right. Stairs on the left lead to the secondary bedrooms and a vaulted lounge that overlooks the entry and great room. It provides access to both large bedrooms plus a sky-lit bathroom. 

A bank of windows, stacked three high at center, fills most of the vaulted great room's rear wall. The wide hearthed stone fireplace nestled into an alcove on the left can also be enjoyed from the kitchen and nook. The entry to a vaulted sunroom is next to the fireplace, entered through a glass door. Double doors there open onto a railed balcony.

The kitchen is large and open, with plenty of cupboard and counter space. Standing at the sink in the work island, you look out over a long raised eating bar into the great room. A pantry, utilities, and bathroom are a few steps away, where they are also linked to the garage.

The luxurious master suite fills most of the left wing. Features include twin walk-in closets, a spa tub, dual vanity, private toilet, and access to the sunroom.

25th Aug, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

New Garage Plan, Garage Design, Garage with Studio, Garage with Living Space, Garage 20-189

Garage 20-189

Parking for 2 cars plus a second floor studio apartment this country-style garage plan offers a little bit of everything. The garage doors are both 9' wide and 8' tall. Towards the back a small alcove including space under the staircase provide additional storage space. Separated from the garage a set of stairs lead up to the second floor living quarters. With the full bathroom, kitchenette and woodstove this space could be used for multiple uses such as a guest apartment, hobby space,  or home office.

21st Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Home Plan, Houston 11-044

Compact yet spacious, the Houston is as economical to build and to heat. It's a fairly traditional floor plan, with bedrooms upstairs and family living spaces on the ground floor.

The Mediterranean-style front facade is completely symmetrical. At center, classic columns support a balcony that doubles as a front porch. Tile crowns the hip roof while shutters add a color.

Casual living areas are at the rear, formal spaces in the front. The family room, nook and kitchen are bright and open. A large bay window, ideal for a wide window seat, expands the family room. Sliders in the nook open onto a large screened porch.

The U-shaped kitchen has plenty of counter and cupboard space, including lazy Susan shelving that allows full use of the corner cabinets. Utilities are close by, in a pass-through to the garage. 

A small wet bar, nestled in the alcove under the stairs, is convenient to the family room and living room. The powder room is centrally located too.

The spacious owners' suite is on the upper level. Luxury amenities include a sitting room, balcony, and private bathroom with double vanity, spa, oversized shower and large walk-in closet. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom. Linen storage and another closet are in the hallway.

17th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Evelyn 30-480

The Evelyn's Craftsman-style charming porches, are gracefully inviting access points in both the front and the back.

Slender wooden columns support the porch gables, while decorative supports and handsome beams underscore their peaks. Shake-textured siding fills the apexes of the larger gables that back up the porches.

One long hallway runs through the home. The first section is an inner entry. Double doors on the left open into a den, home office, or guest room.

An arched opening marks the juncture to the next section of hallway. The gallery wall is ideal for displaying art or family photos. Arched openings on the right lead into the owners' suite and another bedroom. The opening on the left takes you to another bedroom, along with the main bathroom. All three bedrooms feature roomy walk-in closets.

Family and friends will enjoy spending time together in the combination kitchen and great room that fills the back of the home. Windows fill most of the back wall and is is naturally bright.

The kitchen spans one side wall and wraps around. Standing at the kitchen sink, you have a clear view of the backyard, as well as the great room. There's plenty of room here for a large table.

The gas fireplace across the room creates a warm, comforting focal point. Convenient, built-in shelves that line one wall can be used for books or art display.

7th Aug, 2017
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Georgian Home Plans, Southern House Plans, Lupine 30-747

Small panes of glass fill large window openings and give the Lupine an intriguing Georgian look. The pattern is echoed on the gridded garage doors, while raised brick trim rims the upper limits of the garage doors, underscores windows, and accents graceful arches on the brick veneer front facade.

This one-level plan has plenty of room for an active family. This plan could be easily adapted for wheelchair accessibility and aging in place.

Left of the entry double doors open into a vaulted dining room with a step-in closet to one side. This space flows into the vaulted living room. A 10-foot-high display shelf provides definition at the juncture of the two spaces. The living room can also be entered by proceeding straight ahead from the foyer, passing through an arched opening and under a similar display shelf there.

Windows fill most of the rear wall in the living room and nook. An arched window crowns a wide trio of windows, near a fireplace that fits neatly into one corner. A sunroom and den/home office fill out the opposite side of the of this space, while the kitchen sits at its heart.

Standing by the kitchen sink, you have a panoramic view of the entire area, as well as out to the partially covered patio. The cook top is in a central island, and a large walk-in pantry resides in one corner. A large utility room with a toilet is nearby, along with a door to the three-car garage.

Bedrooms fill the right wing of the home. The owners' suite features two large walk-in closets, a luxurious bathroom, and direct patio access. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

4th Aug, 2017
Blog, New Home Plans

 

View Lot House Plan, A Frame Home Plan, New House Plan, Alpenview 31-003

Appreciating the view and the bonus of all the natural light that floods into the living area makes our new Alpenview house plan ideal for a building lot with a view. This lodge-style house plan has a large covered porch that greets you and provides for a sheltered entrance. To the left of the front door is a set of stairs, one side leads to the basement and the other side leads to the second floor. The entry immediately flows into the large great room with bench seats along the windows. The owners' suite is off the great room and has its own access to the large deck. The suites amenities include a soaking tub, dual vanity, and a large walk-in closet. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms. 

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