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4th Jan, 2022
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Although home design and building trends don’t typically experience monumental change year after year, The House Plan Company in Eugene, Oregon has recognized shifts in home buyer requests that align with nationwide trends that are expected to continue in the new year. From expanded outdoor living to finding new opportunities to reduce energy demands, to placing a greater importance on dedicated workspaces designed for spending more than just a few hours in at a time, homeowners are evaluating a variety of ways to “future proof” their homes.

“The past two years have demonstrated the need for homes to be flexible. Being able to adapt to work from home, develop hobbies, express oneself creatively, gather or find personal space—all of these needs have...

30th Dec, 2021
Front Elevation of Northwest Style House Plan Petaluma 31-011

Eye-catching and bold king posts frame the front door of the luxurious Petaluma house plan. Passing through the French entry door the vaulted foyer creates a grand first impression. Immediately to the right a coat closet offers guest a place to store their belongings. A double set of pocket doors to the left open to a cozy den with one of four fireplaces found in this floor plan. For those working from home the den would make a regal home office.

The foyer seamlessly transitions to the vaulted great room. A fireplace is framed with built-ins. Along the back of the great room, a double sliding glass door opens the room up to the vaulted rear covered patio allowing the room to completely...

23rd Dec, 2021
Front Elevation of Craftsman House Plan Winterhaven 31-303

A classic trio of lap siding, shingles, and stone blend to give the Winterhaven it’s timeless Craftsman charm. Dressed up for the winter season, this delightful one-story house plan is bound to keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy all year round.

The large, covered porch that spans the front of the home can be easily decorated with seasonal greetings along with space for a porch swing or chairs to sit and watch passersby. Framed by tapered posts the front door opens to a roomy entry furnished with a bench and coat closet. At the end of the entry the floor plan opens up to the great room.

Living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other with only visual clues...

17th Dec, 2021
Front Exterior of Modern Accessory Dwelling Design Iris Cottage 31-283

From the street view, the Iris Cottage is a modern country-inspired design. The clean lap siding combined with a rich display of windows makes this small house plan an attractive option for a variety of uses. With the demand for housing in urban areas at an all time high the Iris Cottage could be constructed as a secondary dwelling unit. Backyard cottage (granny flats, or carriage houses) have all seen increased demand as homeowners’ look to leverage their larger lots or get into the rental market. Or for those looking to escape the concrete jungle the Iris Cottage is comfortable enough to serve as...

10th Dec, 2021
Front Exterior of Craftsman Home Design Kinsale 31-142

The exterior of the Kinsale blends a classic trio of shingles, lap siding, and stone together to create an eye-catching Craftsman-inspired exterior. Tapered columns with stone bases frame the cozy front covered porch where a porch swing or patio set would be a charming addition for those who love to catch up with neighbors as they stroll by.

Stepping through the front door, the entry offers soaring 2-story ceilings creating a grand and welcoming first impression. Directly off the entry, French doors open to the den. This space offers homeowners flexibility depending on their lifestyle or life-stage. The...

3rd Dec, 2021
Articles, Blog

You have made the decision to build your dream home. Countless hours have been spent pouring over countless interior design articles and photographs. You can now see each room of your home beautifully decorated. The first step in bringing your dream home vision to life will be creating a custom floor plan that is laid out to support your lifestyle and tie these wonderfully envisioned rooms together.

Each family is unique and your home should reflect that and by investing in a custom home plan you have the opportunity to experience an unparalleled living experience. How the home transitions from the entrance to the living areas to the kitchen, or even the garage can increase convenience and overall quality of life.

Rick McAlexander, president and owner of Associated...

1st Dec, 2021
Articles, Blog

Both figuratively and literally, the open floor plan design of the Great Room has become the center of the home and what many home buyers believe they want. While it certainly can make a small home feel spacious, and it offers families the ability to stay connected while a multitude of activities take place at the same time, it can also present functional issues. How do you hide kitchen messes from view? Where can you go when you want a quiet place to read, work, or give kids space to play?

“The decision about whether or not to incorporate a Great Room really depends on the home buyer’s preferred lifestyle, and the size of home being considered,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “Great Rooms are fairly informal and have very little...

26th Nov, 2021
Articles, Blog

You’ve made the decision you want to take on a construction project. Whether or not that is your next home or a detached garage addition to your existing property, knowing how to study floor plans to determine if the design is right for you is an important tool to have.

“Whether you are looking to work with a professional designer to create a custom design or are walking through open houses, you need to evaluate each room and how the layout of the home comes together. What you are seeing may not be the ideal way the floor plan should be laid out. The key is bringing in your lifestyle and how you and your family use a space to make sure it is right for you.” – Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs.

While this may seem daunting, Associated...

5th Nov, 2021
Announcements, Articles, Blog

There has been a lot of buzz around how will urban areas continue to grow and provide an array of housing opportunities. In an effort to take a step towards solving this question many cities are looking to accessory dwellings or secondary dwellings, but what exactly is an ADU?

Secondary dwellings can come in a variety of types from attached dwellings located above a garage or in the basement level of the primary home; Associated Designs has seen a raise for detached dwellings more commonly referred to as backyard cottages, granny flats, or carriage houses. ADUs come in a range of sizes from 250 square feet tiny homes to 800 or 1000 square foot cottages. They are constructed on lots that already have a primary residence and are a great option for those looking to generate extra...

1st Nov, 2021
Articles, Blog

The farmhouse home design has long been a quaint, idyllic reminder of the very best of country living.

But as families have flocked to more urban locales in recent years, they’ve found that there are plenty of ways to combine the classic farmhouse charm with contemporary specifications.

As a contrast to the sprawling, functional farmhouses that have been a staple of rural communities, farmhouse designs in the 1,500 to 2,500 square foot range have become increasingly popular in cities and suburbs alike.

The House Plan Company has put together a collection of new, small farmhouse plans that appeal to any owner’s tastes, despite a smaller footprint.

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