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19th Mar, 2021

You’ve put in the time searching for your next home and you’ve decided to build. Now how do you start the design process? Do you want to create a custom home?

You decide to start by looking for house plans online and you find a plan that seems so close to the home you envisioned but there are just some elements that don’t fit your needs. What do you do? Do you keep looking? Do you settle? Can you modify the plan?

After reaching out to talk to the designer about the plan you found you learn that plan modifications are possible. And in fact is a great option for getting a design that feels customized to you without the investment of a design created from scratch.

New house plan, the Foxboro 31-153, is a one such design. Starting with the Sturnbridge 30-663 – a classic 2000 square foot Craftsman house plan – Associated Designs clients were able to tailor the design inside and out to create a unique home plan.

Foxboro 31-153 Sturnbridge 30-663

Starting with the exterior stone was added around the front facing garage and the lap siding on the second level was replaced with batt and board to give the design some farmhouse style while retaining its Craftsman roots. Shutters were added to all of the windows on the front of the home.

Diving into the floor plan, the bayed den/dining room was squared off for a more contemporary feel. The core of the first floor plan is a large, vaulted great room which was kept and expanded. The kitchen was stretched to encompass the breakfast nook, adding to the available work space and giving some space for a small corner office in the kitchen. Incorporating the outdoors was important so outside the kitchen an outdoor kitchen was added to the covered deck. A built in bar-b-que with plenty of counter space and a prep sink are great for summer evening entertaining. The main floor master suite was also kept from the original design along with the well-appointed master bathroom.

Foxboro First Floor Plan Sturnbridge First Floor Plan

The second floor plan received some more revisions. The desire to maintain a 3 bedroom floor plan was kept with one of the secondary offices serving as access to a large home office. The bonus room over the garage remained to add flexibility for future expansion or additional storage.

Foxboro Second Floor Plan Sturnbridge Second Floor Plan

One of the larger changes to the original Sturnbridge house plan was the addition of a walk-out basement. Hillside house plans are becoming more popular as people look to build where they can enjoy sweeping urban or natural views. For the Foxboro the homeowner decided to work through a finished layout for the walk-out basement so that it could be finished at a later date. Their vision for their home included a recreation room with beverage bar and two additional bedrooms to push the original 3 bedroom layout to a potential 5 bedroom house plan.

When considering plan modifications make sure to provide plenty of time for the design phase. The revision process is done in phases giving you the opportunity to see the changes reflected in the design. Building a home is an exciting process and it can be easy to start feeling anxious to see progress, to start selecting finishes, and to see walls going up. But by allotting plenty of time for the design phase you are taking steps that will ensure you are happy with the home for years to come.

Interested in learning more about plan modifications or custom home design? Check out our information pages to see how we can help with your next project.

(Note: Make sure to head over to the Foxboro's plan detail page to see a collection of photos!)

12th Mar, 2021
Articles

Over the last year the need for one or two extra rooms has become a fast growing desire for homebuyers. Those 3 or 4 bedroom house plans allow for everyone to have a place to work and sleep. Associated Designs has put together a collection of popular 4 bedroom house plans that fit over a range of sizes and styles.

Small Country House Plan – Paisley 30-852


A classic country exterior graces the front of the Paisley house plan. Inside this 1521 square foot floor plan, the entry opens up to the casual great room style living. The living room and dining room are open to each other and the c-shaped kitchen is open to the dining room. Around the corner is the main floor master suite with private full bathroom and walk-in closet. A pass-through laundry room connects the attached 2 car garage. 3 additional bedrooms are on the second floor and share a full bathroom.

Craftsman House Plan – Kokanee 31-202

A trio of textures combines to create a charming Craftsman exterior to the Kokanee home design. At 1780 square feet this 2 story house plan offers a main floor master suite that is tucked away from the great room and other bedrooms. Most of the first floor plan is filled with the great room, a cozy fireplace graces the living room which is open to the dining room. An eating bar separates the kitchen from the dining area while adding to optional seating. Upstairs are 3 additional bedrooms, one of which could serve as a guest suite with direct access to that shared compartmentalized bathroom. Added flexibility is provided with the bonus room over the garage.

1.5 Story House Plan – Ellington 30-242

A Craftsman style exterior and open floor plan make a winning combination in the 1.5. story Ellington house plan. A side entry garage makes this an ideal choice for construction on a corner lot. Inside the floor plan opens up to a great room which fills the core of the home. On the right side of the great room are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. On the opposite side of the home is the owners’ suite that features a large private bathroom complete with twin sinks, separate shower and soaking tub plus a walk-in closet. Over the garage is a fourth bedroom and half bathroom.

Farmhouse Plan – Kingsbridge 31-162

What is quickly becoming a timeless style, the Kingsbridge is a classic farmhouse plan. Inspired by the dog trot house plans of warmer climates, the Kingsbridge has separated living and bedroom areas which are connected by enclosed hallways – ideal for those building in the Northwest or other wetter climates. The entry opens to one such hallway. To the right is the great room; to the left is a cluster of 3 bedrooms. The owners’ suite fills once side and offers a large walk-in closet and private bathroom with walk-in shower, soaking tub and dual vanities. Two additional bedrooms are across the hall and share another well-appointed bathroom. Through a set of French doors and down another enclosed hallway is an additional bedroom along with the laundry room and home office.

Luxury House Plan – Brookhill 30-963

Modern prairie style house plan, Brookhill offers a roomy 3109 square foot floor plan with 4 bedrooms. The main floor plan is filled with a large great room. The dining room can be opened to the covered patio with dual sliding glass doors. Along the back of the first floor is a den which provides added flexibility to this home design. This 2 story house plan has all four bedrooms on the upper level. The owners’ suite fills the left side and offers a luxurious bathroom with soaking tub, walk-in shower, twin sinks, and large walk-in closet. Down the hall are three additional bedrooms two with walk-in closets.

Feeling inspired to make your next home a 4 bedroom house? Check out our full collection of 4 bedroom house plans!

 

1st Mar, 2021
Articles, Blog

The past year has taught homeowners everywhere the value of a little extra space. With families spending more time than ever in their homes, bedrooms have been turned into offices or classrooms, while bonus rooms have been converted to living spaces for extended family.

Though the pandemic will eventually fade into memory, these home trends show signs of enduring for the long term. Numerous plans available through The House Plan Company reflect these changing preferences, with buyers increasingly placing an emphasis on flexibility and efficient, creative use of spaces. And those with room on their primary lots are taking advantage of the small house plan trend by adding modern guest houses to their property.

House plans like the Joshua #93093 featured on The House Plan Company fit this trend perfectly. The modern siding and stone-facade cottage combines all the amenities of a two-story home plan, but fits it all in at under 1,000 square feet. A front door beneath a covered porch steps into a foyer that reveals an open-concept floor plan with the living room, dining area and kitchen, as well as a bedroom with closet space, a full bathroom and a laundry room all on the main level. A staircase leads up to the second-floor master suite with a master bath. Sliding doors from the suite open to one of the true gems of this plan: a second-story terrace, with space to entertain family or guests outdoors.

The Cub Creek #54439 is another great guest cottage. This one-story craftsman cottage with large front-facing windows packs the warmth of a lodge plan in a small design. An open plan dining room, kitchen and living room with fireplace offer a cozy space to unwind before retiring to two bedrooms with adjoining baths. This eye-catching design also makes a great option for those looking for their primary residence to be a tiny home.

For those wanting to keep their existing home, but build a bit of flexibility into their lot, the #57764 guest cottage plan may be the perfect solution. This two-story farmhouse design places a spacious bedroom and full bath atop a sitting room with fireplace, a kitchen with a breakfast nook and walk-in pantry, plus a laundry room, opening out to a rear-facing deck. It’s a stylish yet practical way to add space for an extended family visit, or a permanent residence for an aging relative.

Those looking to build flexibility into a single primary residence, meanwhile, are finding opportunities in unexpected places. The trend toward maximizing design efficiency has zeroed in on the adaptability of garages into office spaces or living quarters. Plan #79444 country craftsman plan typifies this trend. An exterior staircase leads to the second-floor main living area. But ground-floor entrances step into a roomy office area adjacent to the two-car garage. This space could easily be converted into a guest room, complete with a full bath and storage. A stairway leads up to the primary living and lounging areas: a master suite and secondary bedroom with ample closet space, a spacious great room that opens to a covered deck, and an adjoining kitchen and dining room.

The Windcrest #83377 farmhouse plan incorporates similar design flexibility in a cottage-style build. A ground-floor garage can be accessed from a side entrance into an adaptable open space, providing builders freedom to create a ground floor living or working area customized to an owner’s needs. Atop this open space sits a fully built-out living room, detached kitchen and spacious primary bedroom with full bath. This floor includes ample closet and attic space, perfect for storing accessories from the lower office or living area.

For those wanting to build the same flexibility into a smaller plan, the #84620 ranch design offers adaptable garage space in a single-level build. Stepping into a breakfast nook and sitting area, the design extends back beyond the kitchen to a primary bedroom with full bath. But a doorway beyond the laundry room opens to a wide garage, offering plenty of space to convert to a workshop, home office or even additional bedroom. Within a build under 700 square feet, this plan brings exceptional versatility to a design that can easily be built as an accessory structure on an already occupied lot.

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1st Mar, 2021
Blog, Home Plan Series

When you hear the words cottage house, many images come to mind. From quaint cozy homes tucked along rolling country side, a vacation bungalow along the shore, or larger home packed with old world charm. The cottage house plan is versatile in many settings. 

One Story Cottage House Plan - Danville 30-284

Associated Designs collection of Cottage House Plans will bring to mind storybook settings and natural surrounds. Cottage style house plans tend to be informal designs filled with personality. 

Two Bedroom Cottage House Plan - Branell 30-485

While cottage style homes tend to be small by nature they feature a wide varity of design features. Ranging from one or two-story floor plans the exteriors can feature materials from batt and board, to shingles, to stucco. Inside you will find open-floor plans where living room, dining room, and kitchen all blend to create an informal and enjoyable space for family and friends. Creative design solutions that allow cottage house plans to live larger than their size include built-ins, lofts - for either expanded living space or for storage, basement foundations, and multi-functional/flex rooms.

3 Bedroom Cottage Home Plan - Arden 30-329

For those looking for a unique home plan, the cottage style design is no longer religated to rural settings. Cottage plans can serve as year-round residences or as summer/secondary residences. Homeowners who enjoy the outdoors will be drawn to the large covered porches often associated with cottage house plans.

We invite you to take a look at the Cottage house plans Associated Designs has to offer.

22nd Feb, 2021
Blog, New Home Plans

Wind River 31-241 Front Elevation

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Wind River 31-241

A metal roof, stone based columns, and tidy batt and board siding create a charming look to the lodge style house plan, Wind River. Designed for those who enjoy outdoor living this luxurious cabin plan is ideal for any mountain view, lake side, or river front property. The large side, vaulted covered deck catches your attention as you approach the home. Centered along the back of the deck is a large wood burning fireplace. Inside the first floor plan is filled with a grand, vaulted great room. A fireplace provides some separation between the living area and the dining room. The kichen fills the back of the great room and offers and island with eating bar and generous sized walk-in pantry which has access to under stair storage. Along the right side of the main floor are 4 bedrooms, each is a suite with private full bathroom. The upper level of this two story house plan is a recreation room, another full bathroom, plus a bunk room which offers additional flex space if the extra bedroom isn't needed.

20th Feb, 2021
Articles, Home Plan Series

Whether your reason for looking for a small house plan is to reduce maintenance, to ease into homeownership, or to embrace a simpler way of life; Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has 5 of America’s best small house plans.

Shed Roof House Plan – Sandstone 30-926

The Sandstone is a modern, 2 story townhouse plan that features different angled shed roofs. At 1533 square feet this design offers a main floor that is filled with a great room that features a cozy corner fireplace. A main floor master suite is another popular feature of this floor plan. The master suite has a private bathroom with twin sinks and a walk-in closet. The second floor offers a loft that is open to the dining room below along with two additional bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom. Over the garage is a bonus room offering the homeowners’ additional flexibility with this floor plan.

Classic Bungalow House Plan – Cleveland 30-105

The Cleveland is an ideal small family house plan. Designed to take advantage of a narrow urban lot, the 32’ wide foot print offers a charming street view and ally access 2 car garage. This 1200 square foot house plan offers 3 bedrooms and an open great room living area. The right side of the floor plan is filled with the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The lack of division between the rooms allows the home to live large. The owners’ suite has a separate hallway from the other bedrooms and boasts a private bathroom and walk-in closet.

Best Selling House Plan – Redrock 30-636

It’s easy to see why the Redrock is a favorite of builders and homeowners’ alike. The handsome cottage exterior blends into most neighborhoods while it’s modern floor plan lives comfortably. The front load two car garage has access to the living area through a pass-through utility room. The back of the floor plan is filled with the great room – dining, living and kitchen arranged in an casual open manner. The right side of the floor plan is filled with 3 bedrooms. The two secondary bedrooms share a bathroom, while the owners’ suite is separate and fills the back of the bedroom wing and offers a private bathroom and walk-in closet.

Ranch House Plan – Andover 30-824

The Andover is a timeless ranch house plan. The front load 2 car garage has direct access through the pass-through utility room. The right side of the floor plan is filled with the great room. The living room looks out the front with a cozy fireplace along the right side, and is open to the dining room and kitchen which is only separated visually by an island. A sliding glass door off the dining room open the great room to the covered porch. This small house design offers 3 bedrooms with the owner’s suite filling the back of the bedroom hallway. A bonus room over the garage offers the option for additional space and added flexibility to the floor plan.

2 Bedroom House Plan – Klickitat 31-129

Charming cottage details grace the exterior of the Klickitat. Inside vaulted ceilings soar adding to the sense of spaciousness. The entry opens to the great room and country-style kitchen. A sliding glass door in the great room allows the space to spill to the covered patio for those that enjoy outdoor living. Two bedrooms are off the great room with the owners’ suite at the end of the hall. This charming small house plan is an ideal choice for construction as a vacation home or year-round residence.

If the simplicity of these small house plans has you feeling inspire, checkout Associated Designs full collection of small home designs.

12th Feb, 2021
Blog, Home Plan Series

Returning to popularity, the A-frame house plan originally held the spotlight from the mid 1950’s through 1970. What drew people to this style was the inexpensive construction and the ease of transitioning from indoor and outdoor living. Since its original glory days the A-Frame home design has been a favorite of vacation home builders and outdoor enthusiasts. The natural siding material – cedar, stone, or log – lend to vacation settings such as mountain terrain, lakesides, or coastal beaches. Looking to build a modern A frame design? Here are 4 best-selling A frame house plans.

Hillside Log House Plan - Kodiak 30-697

Narrow Vacation House Plan - Logsden 31-075

Looking for an A-frame house plan that doesn’t take up your entire lot or maybe you are building in a popular vacation restore and are tight on space? Look no further than the Logsden house plan. This lodge-style a-frame is a mere 34’ wide – including the side covered porch! The footprint may be narrow but the plan feels spacious. The vaulted great room is filled with windows from the a-frame prow and is furnished with a cozy fireplace for those cold, snow filled days. Along the back of the main floor are two additional bedrooms and a utility room that has direct access to the porch – great for managing dirty close from a day spent outside. The owners’ suite fills the second floor in addition to a small loft.

Small House Plan - Arnett 30-419

For those who spend more time outside than inside and find that less is more the Arnett is a charming cottage inspired A-Frame house plan. The main floor is mostly made up of the great room. Natural light spills in from the A frame wall with a sliding glass door that opens the room up to the expansive deck. Flexbility is key with small house plans and the main floor of the Arnett has a Hobby room with utility closet that can be an extra bedroom if needed. The second floor is the owners’ loft with private balcony. More flexibility is provided with an optional wall that could turn the owners’ loft into a private bedroom with separate loft.

Lodge-Style House Plan - Aspen 30-025

The lodge-style Aspen is a tried and true A Frame design. Designed for a flat lot the Aspen is at home in the mountains, along a lake or at the beach. The front of the home is unassuming and a covered porch offers guests a welcoming first impression. The entry is seamless with the great room which fills the center of the floor plan. A rich display of windows brings the outdoors in and fills the room with natural light. The country kitchen is on one side providing room to both enjoy and prepare meals. Opposite the kitchen is the main floor master suite with private access to the back deck along with a generous sized walk-in closet and private bathroom. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and a loft. Views can even be enjoyed from the second floor as each bedroom has a window looking beyond the loft.

9th Feb, 2021
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Parkrdige 60-035, Duplex Plan, Country-style House Plan

Parkridge 60-035

This large country-style duplex plan gives you two for the price of one. Each unit provides a three bedroom floor plan with great room style living areas. From the street, visitors are welcomed by charming railed and covered porch up front. The asymmetrical layout helps to provide privacy for each unit. While each offers a great room - open kitchen, dining room and living room - on the main floor, Unit A is set up so that outdoor living occurs along the back of the duplex while Unit B has a side covered patio. Both garages are accessed along the rear. Sleeping areas can be found on the upper level of this 2 story duplex design. 

Ready to explore more unique duplex plans? Check our collection of mult-family designs!

4th Feb, 2021
Articles

Is your perfect home plan a design with some unique features? Maybe a custom exterior or tailored floor plan features that go beyond the staple Craftsman inspired 3 bedroom home. If you are looking for a floor plan that offers something out of the ordinary, take a look at these three tending house plans.

Unique Farmhouse Plan - Kingsbridge 31-162

Inspired by the dog trot house plans of the Southeastern United States, the Kingsbridge is designed for the Northwest. A commond hallway traverses the lenght of the  home connecting the great room to the core where the bedrooms can be found all the way through to the 2 car garage. The richly windowed great room is a comfortable and bright place to gather. A nice separation is provided between the gathering area and the sleeping area by dividing the two with the large entry hallway.

Unique House Plan with Open Floor Plan - Heartview 50-015

At the center of the Heartview is an open, great room where living, dining, and the kitchen are seamlessly connected. Along one wall is a cozy fireplace that can be enjoyed throughout the great room. A double set of French doors allow the gathering space to spill out to the patio on warm, summer days. Bedrooms are nicely separated in individual wings. The owners' suite is private and offers a well-appointed bathroom with separate shower and tub plus dual vanities and a large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and full bathroom are in their own wing and with the utility room which connects the 2 car side entry garage.

Unique One Story House Plan - Estes Park 31-146

From the front, the Estes Park looks like a classic ranch house plan with Craftsman accents. The unqiue qualities of this design are found when taking a close look at the floor plan. First what appears like an extra car bay on the side is actually a canning room. The garage door and concrete floor make a comfortable and forgiving space for processing your favorite canning recipes. This space would also make a great space for homebrewing. Flexbility is a major feature of this floor plan, with a bonus room, recreation room, and unfinished basement level.

2nd Feb, 2021
Articles, Blog

Country-inspired design can mean different things to different people. Depending on who you ask—builders, architects or home buyers—it may include traditional Ranch, Country and Farmhouse designs. For design purists, each of these design themes has specific elements that make them stand apart. As the popularity of home design and renovation shows has exploded over the past decade, the definition of “country-inspired” home design has been unofficially modified, and now includes interpretations that blend the different style elements.

“Often it’s a sense of nostalgia that draws people to ranch, farmhouse and country-inspired designs—whether it reminds them of where they grew up or their grandma’s house,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Significant latitude is exercised when designing, allowing for less than traditional execution of the genre. Blending style elements has become more widely accepted, so we often end up with an essence of a specific style. Ultimately, home buyers should go with what makes them feel best about coming home.”

To understand how country-inspired design has evolved, how it differs from ranch and farmhouse styles, and what keeps these options in vogue, The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon asked designers and architects to weigh in.

Ken Pieper, residential designer at Ken Pieper Signature Designs noted that country and modern farmhouse designs are still a very strong request among his clients. “Main level living, referred to as ranch design, plays well when the customer has property to support the size footprint,” said Pieper. “Ranch and farmhouse designs require more space, and often result in higher costs for the buyer. I always advise my clients to select a design that speaks to their lifestyle, as ‘home’ should be a true reflection of who we are.”

What differentiates these home designs, and what do they have in common?

Ranch

Typically featuring a less complicated layout, most ranch home designs offer single level living and casual, open floor plans. Spacious patios, expansive porches, vaulted ceilings, larger windows and a relaxed layout with open kitchen are characteristics often found in ranch homes.

Country

Known for their use of simple, traditional design elements, country homes are often thought to represent an “Americana” style. The use of softer, curved lines and the incorporation of wide, wrap around porches, gabled rooflines and modest wood exteriors give way to open concept interior designs that feature large kitchens and massive great rooms.

Farmhouse

With floorplans often arranged around expansive, eat-in kitchens, farmhouse designs make use of clean lines, and can incorporate features such as lap siding, steep roofs and generous porches to enjoy the outdoors. Popular because of its warm, approachable style, farmhouse design generally reflects a clean, casual approach with defined lines.

What keeps these styles current? Sometimes it’s a modern twist—smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral color schemes that add a sophisticated element. Versatile traits that blend well with industrial, modern or traditional styles are also key to these designs’ popularity and longevity.

Charles Roccaforte, Texas-based owner of Charles Roccaforte’s Hill Country Plans, Inc. encourages home buyers to consider incorporation of uncommon design elements to give these styles a timeless feel. Ideas he has recommended include stucco, rock, and use of exterior heavy trusses and metal roofs.

“High pitch metal roofs, high ceilings and a pallet of materials are what continue to draw people to these styles. Roughly 75% of my plan portfolio is represented by country-inspired styles. I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon,” said Roccaforte.

 

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