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11th Jun, 2021
Articles, Blog

Over the last year the demand for home designs that feature 4 or more bedrooms has increased. Available in a wide range of sizes and styles, the one thing common with four bedroom house plans is the flexibility.  For a family of four, the additional bedroom could be used as a home office, exercise studio, home school room, etc. If you are a young family or empty nesters those additional bedrooms offer room for storage, hobbies, or guest rooms. To showcase the wide variety that can be found with 4 bedroom floor plans here are a few of our popular 1 story designs.

Sterling 30-990

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7th Jun, 2021
Articles, Blog

Over the last few years the desire for hillside house plans has skyrocketed. With more subdivisions and city growth occurring in hillier terrain or those building on rural property looking to get the most of your lots views – homes with walk-out basements are becoming increasingly popular.

Home designs with walk-out basements come in a variety of sizes and styles. Before we dive into some of our favorite house plans with daylight basements let’s take a look at the advantages of a walk-out basement floor plan.

While construction may be tricky don’t let this scare you. By working with this unique feature in your building lot you can turn space that would otherwise be lost to the foundation into a comfortable living space. The first benefit to incorporating...

4th Jun, 2021
Articles, Home Plan Series

You may be wondering, what is a concept plan? Is this the right option for me? Associated Designs’ concept plans provide an economical alternative to having a custom home designed. If you are building in an area where there are strict building requirements, or you and your builder want the flexibility to customize the technical pieces (framing, foundation, roof) to your area’s preferred practices; a concept plan is a great option!

A concept plan provides you with the essentials of the home design – exterior elevations, floor plan(s), and roof outline. While simple sounding at first, these elements would account for 50% or more of the time spent crafting a custom home design. Starting with a concept plan helps speed up your design phase while giving you the...

26th May, 2021
Articles, Blog

You may be wondering, what is a duplex house plan? Ever consider if building a duplex is a good choice for you? Duplex plans are a great option for those looking to build for multiple families or generations in mind. Maybe you are looking for a solution that would allow you to build while offsetting the cost with additional income. Whatever the reason, a duplex design will feature 2 units with individual living space. How they are arranged can vary based upon your desire for privacy and lot configuration.

However the duplex floor plan is laid out there is a shared wall between the units. Sometimes that shared wall is one units ceiling and the other unit’s floor. Other arrangements may have the units laid out side by side with a common wall running down the middle. For...

3rd May, 2021
Articles, Blog

There are plenty of reasons to think creatively when it comes to building the perfect home plan. A dream design can be tweaked to help generate extra income as a primary residence or investment. And owners with a bit of room to spare can create spaces for beloved parents or grandparents to live in comfort while maintaining independence for the rest of the family.

Owners are increasingly eyeing plans built with the versatility of in-law suites, duplexes and multigenerational homes in mind. From cottages and farmhouses, to craftsman and hillside homes, there are numerous designs to choose from that check the boxes of adaptability and luxury.

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22nd Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog, Newsletters

We may have spent more time at home this last year but that hasn’t wavered the desire for small house plans that live large. Modern or urban cottages are still trending with those looking for their next home. Associated Designs dives into what makes a modern cottage and the different forms this style supports.

First, what is a modern cottage? When many homeowners look for a cottage plan they are looking for something that evokes a sense of nostalgia, possibly drawing on memories of a grandparent’s house or that vacation retreat to the mountains. A modern cottage blends these nostalgic elements along with original styles of old English cottages but with updated and newer design elements. While modern cottage can be translated through interior style and furnishing here...

5th Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog

Online search data reveals Southern style house plans are surging in popularity, with major search engines showing a 500% increase in searches for the design style over the past 12 months. This emerging trend has been validated by The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon that has watched five of its southern-inspired home plans grow in popularity over the past year. The designs offer a mix of modern, hillside, palatial estate, vacation home and urban living architecture.

“Southern living plans may be growing in popularity because of their eye-catching, yet simple exteriors and flexible floor plans,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “With more time being spent at home, people are looking for homes that...

2nd Apr, 2021
Articles, Blog

A recent trend in home design is the two master suite house plan. The allure of two master suites is appealing to a wide range of homeowners’. Whether you are planning for the care of elderly parents, helping out adult children returning home, looking to split housing costs, or simply need some space from your significant other – due to conflicting schedules or medical reasons, or a comfortable suite for visiting guests, there is flexibility to be found with a home that offers dual master bedrooms.   

What exactly do you get with a double master house plan? It’s a design that offers more than just a larger second bedroom, but two comfortable retreats each with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms.

To help you with your search, Associated...

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...

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...

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