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6th Nov, 2018
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If there’s one thing most homebuyers find intimidating, it’s building a house. The planning, the project management, the contractors, the blueprints, the permits, the time… it can all become overwhelming.

“It’s the one thing that always gets my clients a bit bewildered,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “They start thinking about all the little details and they get blindsided. But I always tell them, the benefits of building far outweigh all the other concerns they might have.”

Home Building, Home Buying

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1st Oct, 2018
Articles, Blog

It wasn’t too long ago that the only thing you did in a kitchen was prepare the next meal. Think back a couple decades and you might remember sitting in the living room while someone put the finishing touches on dinner in another part of the house, disconnected from the rest of the family. The distant sounds of pots clanging were all that was noted. And the kitchen was small and box-like in most cases.

Nowadays, the kitchen is more than a kitchen. It’s the social hub of the home, with all the amenities and features needed to entice friends and family to gather around and chat. Yes, a meal is being prepared, but it’s not hidden from sight. It’s happening right in the middle of all the buzzing activity.

“The modern home has an open floor plan,...

5th Sep, 2018
Articles, Blog

People often use terms interchangeably when it comes to home design. No more so is this evident then when talking about modern and contemporary architecture.

“It’s the funniest thing, really,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs, Inc. “In truth, the two terms are related. Parts of modern home design can mix with contemporary style and vice versa. So it’s not that people are wrong when they use those terms. They just don’t quite get the dynamics beneath the words.”

The dynamics come down to two things: defined style and a changing style.

Modern home design has characteristics that are distinctive and unchanging, for the most part. It’s not ornate or full of detail like the more elaborate style of the...

6th Aug, 2018
Articles, Blog

Picture this: A homeowner wants to update the kitchen in his or her home, and a contractor is called. Without too much quibbling, the details are finalized and the work begins. But then things start to go wrong.

This scenario doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it often gives contractors a bad reputation when in fact the real issue is that the homeowner didn’t do the homework.

“You can do a Google search for contractors in your area, and you’ll get star ratings and reviews of names and businesses, but that’s just one part of the process,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “Homeowners have to do a little legwork to really get a feel for who or...

23rd Jul, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Beaufort 30-630, Ranch Home Plan, Contemporary Floor Plans

Single level Beaufort is friendly to wheelchairs, home business

Three round and stately columns highlight the recessed front porch of the Beaufort. This contemporary...

17th Jul, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Mediterranean Home Plan, Velarde 11-051

While standing in the Velarde's living room, makes you feel as if you are standing outside. This bright space has a 10-foot ceiling with...

10th Jul, 2018
Articles, Blog

A lot of families, big and small, crave a home life that is free of worries and troubles. They want to be able to move freely, focus on the good things, store their memories, and plan for the future. Formality is not in the cards (necessarily). Large rooms that seem to echo and reverberate with their grandeur are more ideal for entertaining than casual living.

But what is a “casual lifestyle”? Well, defining it is not as simple as just saying it’s having these rooms in a certain order or this layout in this size house.

“Casual living is about putting the spotlight on what’s important,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs Inc. in Eugene, Ore. “The important rooms, the ones that families will use the most such as the...

9th Jul, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Duplex Design, Vancouver 60-031

The Vancouver is a unique Craftsman-style split-level...

2nd Jul, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, European Home Plan, Stonehaven 30-465

The Stonehaven's stone veneer covers most of the multigabled front facade, reflective of a...

25th Jun, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Spanish House Plans, Home Plan, Kendall 11-092

Graceful stucco columns with arched openings welcome you to the Kendall, a medium-size...

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