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21st Jun, 2021

Luxury House Plan Williamsburg 11-14

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Williamsburg 11-147

Natural stone and arched windows give the Williamsburg it's European flair. This unique house plan offers a luxurious floor plan and with large windows in most rooms captures lakeside, mountain, river, or any other natural views wonderfully. Designed for a sloped lot this new house plan offers a walk-out basement with a finished floor plan. On the main level the center of the home is filled with a unique hexagonal great room. Glass surrounds the great room allowing light and views in throughout the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The bedrooms on the main floor are nicely separated with the master suite filling the wing on the right side. A sliding glass door provides the vaulted master bedroom with direct access to the deck while a gas fireplace fills the corner. The private bathroom offers a spa tub, walk-in shower, dual vanities, and large walk-in closet. The other suite on the main floor could serve as a second master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, direct access to the deck, a private bathroom and walk-in closet it is almost as well appointed as the master.

The walk-out basement is filled with informal gathering spaces. A home theater and game room are at the base of the stairs. A two sided fireplace framed by cabinets separates the game room from the large recreation room which offers a second full kitchen. Around the corner is a bunk room and third full bedroom rounding out this four bedroom floor plan. Outdoor spaces frame the home along the back with a deck off the main floor and a covered patio along the basement level.

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

Small House Plan Sterling 30-990

This small house plan offers families an open, great room style living area with 4 bedrooms all in a 1 story floor plan with 1632 square feet. From the street, the Sterling is a classic ranch style home with a front loading 2 car garage. Inside the foyer is pulled forward to provide privacy between the front door and the great room. Immediately off the foyer, double doors open to either 1 of 4 bedrooms or a space that could be furnished as a den, home office, or home school room. The back of the home is filled with the great room where the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. Even in a small floor plan the owners’ suite can have a separate hallway from the other bedrooms. Accessed off the living room, the owners’ suite fills the back right corner of the floor plan and features a private bathroom and large walk-in closet.

Hyacinth 31-094

Ranch House Plan Hyacinth 31-094

This comfortable mid-sized Craftsman-inspired house plan offers plenty of separation between the owners’ suite and the other bedrooms. At 2124 square feet the 1 story floor plan offers families tons of flexibility – even the possibility of a 5th bedroom. Off the entry, double doors open to the den. The left side of the floor plan is filled with three bedrooms which share a compartmentalized bathroom with dual vanities. The core of the design is the great room. The living area features a cozy, corner fireplace and is open to the kitchen and dining room. A sliding glass door in the dining room opens the space to the covered patio. Off the dining room a short hallway leads to the owners’ suite. With direct patio access and a large, private bathroom that features a walk-in shower, twin sinks, and generously sized walk-in closet, this space is a welcomed and luxurious retreat.

Kingsbridge 31-162

Dog Trot House Plan Kingsbridge 31-162

At 3259 square feet, this single level house plan with 4 bedrooms offers a modern floor plan wrapped in a trending farmhouse exterior. Natural light is a key part of this design, with most rooms featuring a rich display of windows. The great room fills the right side of the floor plan while 3 of the 4 bedrooms are grouped in the center of the home. For those looking at 4 bedroom designs for the flexibility this is a great house plan to consider. The utility wing of the home has a separate office and the 4th bedroom which could be furnished as a den or second home office.

Laceflower 31-118

Craftsman House Plan Laceflower 31-118

The Laceflower is a classic 4 bedroom house plan with Craftsman style. This 2708 square foot floor plan is filled with trending features. First up the attached 3 car front load garage is ideal for families with older children, those with recreational vehicles, or are simply looking for the extra bay to serve as a workshop. Inside the floor plan offers a blend of informal and formal spaces. Off the vaulted entry is a formal dining room for holidays or large gatherings. The back of the home is filled with an informal great room complete with wet bar, fireplace, and breakfast nook. The bedrooms are well-separated. The owners’ suite is off a private hallway to the left of the great room and is a luxurious retreat with walk-in closet and private bathroom with separate walk-in shower and soaking tub. The 3 other bedrooms fill the right side of the floor plan and offer the flexibility to be used as hobby space, an exercise studio,  home office, or whatever else suites.

These single level 4 bedroom house plans showcase the diversity in design that this floor plan arrangement can come in. Whether you are looking for a modern farmhouse, small ranch, or spacious Craftsman home – there is a four bedroom floor plan out there for you. What to view more design options, take a look at our collection of 4 Bedroom House Plans.

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 a walk-out basement is taking advantage of the views. If you are building in a scenic area and have mountain, lake, river, or other natural beauty that surrounds your home, building on a walkout basement can help you leverage the most of your views. How do they accomplish this? Extra outdoor living space offered by creating balconies or raised decks off the main floor with equally large patio space accessed from the walk-out basement. For those who love entertaining outside this extra space could allow for outdoor kitchens, bbq patios, or fireplaces plus plenty of space for outdoor furniture.

Walkout basements also allow for extra living space such as recreation rooms or family rooms in the lower floor. Plus those with larger families or who entertain longer term guests will enjoy the possibility of additional bedrooms. Or as working from home becomes a potential long term work situation for some – the additional bedrooms in a walk-out basement could be furnished as home offices with the benefit of feeling detached from the day-to-day activities that take place on the main floor.

Modern House Plan – Carbondale 47582

The Carbondale offers homeowner’s a truly modern looking design. Angled shed roofs combined with cedar siding, stone, and panel siding create an eye-catching façade. Inside the floor plan is open. The main floor offers an flex room right off the entry that could serve as a guest room, den, home office or whatever else the homeowner needs. The owners’ suite is also on the main floor and is filled with natural light from a rich display of windows along two walls. The owners’ bath is luxurious with a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower plus twin sinks and a large walk-in closet. The walk-out basement offers an additional family room complete with beverage bar and fireplace along with two additional bedrooms. Outdoor living abounds on both levels. From the main floor a large vaulted covered deck is an extension of the great room. This is mirrored on the basement level with the family room being able to open to the large covered deck.

Craftsman House Plan – Aspen Grove 86311

The Aspen Grove is a stunning Craftsman house plan designed with a walk-out basement. From the street level the home appears to be a single level design. Many will appreciate the attached 3 car garage and great room style floor plan. Inside the entry is a home office which could serve as a guest room if preferred. The master bedroom is also on the main floor and is a luxurious retreat with private access to the back deck plus an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, dual vanities, and large walk-in closet. Off the great room a set of stairs leads down to the lower, walk-out basement floor. Additional storage is plentiful on the walk-out level. A large family room fills the core of the daylight basement floor plan along with two additional bedrooms and an exercise studio.

Ranch House Plan – Tuscan 92653

The Tuscan house plan is an adorable ranch home design. The main floor offers a popular great room style layout along with a main floor master suite. Off the main floor are two outdoor spaces. A sunroom is accessed from the dining room and is an ideal feature for those who live in hot climates or where bugs are a concern. The sunroom allows for the enjoyment of the outdoors while being shielded from the elements. Off the sunroom is a deck for when the temperatures are more comfortable. Off the foyer a staircase leads down to the basement level. The walk-out basement floor plan offers two additional bedrooms, a full bathroom, plenty of storage, plus a large family room with beverage bar. Additional outdoor living opportunities can be enjoyed off the family room which has an extensive patio created by the sunroom and deck above.

Cottage House Plan – Bayview 44361

The Bayview is a charming cottage house plan that is equally well-suited as a year round residence or as a vacation retreat. From the front porch there are two options, one is to enter straight into the kitchen the other leads you through the mud room. Either way you’ll find yourself in the great room where vaulted ceilings run through the dining and living room. A sunroom is accessed off the dining room. Filling out the main floor plan is the master bedroom complete with private bathroom and direct access to the outdoors. The walk-out basement floor plan offers two additional bedrooms – one of which is a bunk room which is great for those looking to use this design as a vacation home. A kitchenette is in the storage room off of the large family room. A screened porch is accessed from the walk-out basement adding to the sheltered outdoor living.

It is clear to see that the offering of house plans with basements covers a wide range of styles and sizes. Each plan shares common design trends such as open floor plans and lots of outdoor spaces accessed from both levels. While many design features may be similar between these house plans, each can be tailored to the homeowners’ lifestyle making them unique home designs. To continue your search and to find more inspiration check out The House Plan Company’s collection of sloped lot house plans.

 

4th Jun, 2021
Blog, New Home Plans

Hillside House Plan Celilo 31-269

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Celilo 31-269

This stunning modern plan is designed for a sloped lot.  From the street, you easily approach the attached 3 car garage and the front covered porch. Inside the foyer has tall ceilings giving it a spacious and welcoming feel. To the left, the floor plan opens to the great room which is naturally bright from the rich display of windows plus the fireplace. The dining room is open to the great room and framed on both sides by large sliding glass doors. To the right is a BBQ patio, to the left is a vaulted covered deck overlooking views along the side of the home. At the back of the dining room is the well-appointed kitchen which is only visually separated by the center island with conversation bar. Along the back of the main floor is a den which could be furnished as a home office or as a fourth bedroom. Beyond the den is the owners' suite which boasts a private covered patio and en-suite bathroom with twin sinks, spa tub, and large walk-in shower.

This three bedroom house plan has two secondary bedrooms in the walk-out basement. Also in the lower level is a family room and large storage room.

Ideal for lots with views along the side, the Celilo offers a family centered floor plan designed to fit neatly on a hillside lot.

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 flexibility to complete the construction documents to your local building practices, codes, and site conditions.

To help get your design search underway, here are three new concept house plans!

Villa Bella 31-221

Tuscan Estate House Plan - Villa Bella 31-221

The Villa Bella is a classic Tuscan villa. It’s grand and bold exterior make an impressive first impression. The main floor is filled with formal gathering spaces. The core of the home is a large great room which can be opened to the covered patio. The kitchen is out of site but its spacious and well-appointed layout would make any home chef happy. Harkening back to an era where fireplaces where a key source of heat – many of the rooms in the Villa Bella feature a fireplace. Spaces like the office and owners’ suite feature a modern 2 sided fireplace. The second floor features three additional bedrooms, each with direct access to a full bathroom, walk-in closets, plus private fireplaces. A recreation room with covered balcony plus two large bonus rooms are also upstairs. This luxurious house plan is sure to transport you to the warm Tuscan country side.

Idyllwild 31-220

5 Bedroom Country House Plan - Idyllwild 31-220

A comfortable 2788 square foot country house plan, the Idyllwild is a great family home plan. This 5 bedroom floor plan offers informal living with a vaulted great room that fills up most of the first floor. For those who enjoy outdoor living, double sliding glass doors open the great room to the covered patio and just off the dining room another set of sliding glass door expand the room to the screened porch. The main floor master suite has a private bathroom and pass-through, walk-in closet that leads to the utility room – no walking laundry through the house! The 2 car garage provides separation between the main house and a 1 bedroom apartment that features a vaulted living room with kitchenette, stacking washer and dryer, and private covered patio. Long term guests or family members are sure to have a comfortable stay.

Cedar Edge 31-250

Cedar Edge 31-250

This 2 story house plan offers 1916 square feet of open living. Off the entry, the floor plan opens up to the right filled with a 2-story great room which is open to the dining room and kitchen. Framed by sliding glass doors both the great room and dining room can be opened to the patio spaces. Rounding out the main floor is the combination utility room and pocket office plus the main floor master suite which features a private bathroom with twin sinks plus a walk-in closet. Upstairs a loft overlooks the great room and there are two additional bedrooms. The side entry, 2 car garage allows this plan to be constructed on a corner or ally accessed lot.

The flexibility afforded by concept plans extends to the wide range of styles and sizes as seen in these new home designs. Looking for more concept plans? Check out our growing collection!

3rd Jun, 2021
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage 20-328

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Garage Plan with Apartment - Design 20-328

Looking to add a multifunctional outbuilding to your property? Look no further than Garage 20-328. This detached garage design offers room to store up to 2 cars and has a main floor bathroom with room to add a shower if desired. An exterior staircase leads to a nice covered deck and second floor apartment. A vaulted ceiling runs through the kitchen and great room. A single bedroom fills the left side of the second floor along with a full bathroom. Through sliding glass doors in the great room is the vaulted covered deck. Whether you are looking to live in the apartment yourself or offer it as guest or extended family accommodations the second floor apartment is sure to feel comfortable. 

3rd Jun, 2021

Craftsman House Plan Rain Song 31-245

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Rain Song 31-245

Craftsman details lend themselves to this stunning Northwest house plan. The Rain Song offers a modern floor plan with loads of flex space. Inside the foyer is welcoming and spacious. To the right, is a den whose location close to the front door would make for an ideal home office. To the left, is the formal dining room. At the end of the foyer is a hallway that traverses the home and across from that the floor plan opens to the great room. An informal family room is open to the kitchen and breakfast nook. Centered in the family room is a cozy fireplace. The left side of the home is filled with two bedrooms, one of which has a walk-in closet. The owners' suite is nicely separated from the other bedrooms and fills the right side of the home. This luxurious retreat has direct access to the back patio plus a private bathroom and dual closets. Beyond the owners' suite is the utility room which connects the home to the 2 car garage.

The second floor of this 3 bedroom house plan is where the flex space comes in. The second floor is entirely unfinished but filled with potential. The wall separating the balcony can be removed to create an opening between the first and second floors. One of the storage rooms has the option to be finished as a full bathroom with dual vanities at a later date if desired.

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 maximum privacy some duplex plans only have a shared wall between garages.

For those looking to help house family members – either adult children or aging parents – a duplex plan is a great consideration. Day to day living can feel private yet family is close at hand to help when needed.

Multi-family homes are an excellent investment for rental properties as well. Economical to build when compared to building two separate single family dwellings. Ideal for college towns or large cities where housing shortages are at a peak but space is limited. Duplexes provide opportunities for affordable housing or temporarily dwellings and share many design characteristics with townhomes – another great investment design.

With the rise in interest for home plans with dual master suites, many homeowners may be forgetting about the duplex as a solution to multi-generational housing. The benefit over finding a single family home with two master bedrooms is the privacy that is afforded to all when living in a duplex.

Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon offers a great collection of duplex house plans. And to show the range of this unsung design below are 4 best-selling duplex floor plans.

Maximum Privacy – Columbine 60-046

Cottage Duplex Plan Columbine 60-046

It is quick to see why the Columbine is a popular duplex design with both homeowners and those looking for investment opportunities. First each unit offers a different floor plan. Unit A is a 1.5 story floor plan that offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a great room style living area. While Unit B, is a 1 story design with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The only shared wall runs between the garages allowing the maximum amount of privacy between the living areas. For those looking to help aging parents the Unit B offers an ideal and charming cottage-style apartment so independence can be maintained while keeping help close at hand.

Incognito Duplex – Tupelo 60-006

Bungalow Duplex Plan Tupelo 60-006

From the street the Tupelo appears to be a large single-family Craftsman house plan. A charming covered porch frames the entrance to the main floor unit while the second unit is accessed from the side. In this floor plan the common wall is the ceiling/floor. Unit A fills the main level with a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom floor plan; while Unit B is completely on the second floor save for a small entry landing. Upstairs, Unit B’s floor plan incorporates 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an open great room. The detached garage for Unit A adds to the illusion that this is not a duplex.

Corner Lot – Corydon 60-008

Corner Lot Duplex Design - Corydon 60-008

If you are lucky to be working with a corner lot, take a look at the Corydon duplex plan. This floor plan maximizes the privacy of each unit in a non-traditional layout. Unit A is a two story floor plan with all 3 bedrooms on the upper level so that living area fills the main floor. The shared wall with Unit B runs along the great room wall. Unit B also has a great room style living area but offers a 2 bedroom floor plan with 1 bathroom. Garage space is plentiful as Unit B has a 3 car garage. For those looking to maintain the Corydon as a rental property, the second garage bay for Unit B may want to be held aside for the storage of maintenance supplies.

Traditional Duplex – Toliver 60-020

Traditional Duplex Plan Toliver 60-020

For those looking for a classic duplex design look no further than the Toliver. The floor plans for both units are mirror copies of each other and the traditional common wall runs right down the center. While the design may be traditional it isn’t short of features that homeowners or renters are looking for. Each unit gets an attached 1 car garage with direct access to the living area. The main floor offers a great room style living area while 4 bedrooms are tucked away on the second floor. The master bedroom has a private bathroom and generous walk-in closet while the other three bedrooms share a second full bathroom. The Toliver shows that traditional can be comfortable.

The flexibly and range of style shows that duplex house plans are a great option for multiple stages of life. Whether you are looking for investment opportunities or to care for your family in an ever changing stage of life, a duplex design can shift with the owners’ needs. For more inspiration check out Associated Designs complete collection of Duplex or Townhome house plans.

25th May, 2021

Hillside House Plan Eagle Crest 31-223

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Eagle Crest 31-223

A rich display of windows fills the rear wall of the Eagle Crest, a hillside house plan designed to capture views along the back and side of the home. From the front a large wrap-around porch creates a welcoming first impression. The entry is actually tucked away on the side and immediately opens to the great room. The main floor is filled with living space plus two additional bedrooms and a walk-through utility room with access to the exterior allowing it to serve as a mud room. On the second floor is a loft which overlooks the great room and serves as a sitting room for the large master suite. The walk-out basement holds a recreation room with kitchenette - perfect for those who love to entertain. Also in the basement is an additional bedroom making the Eagle Crest a 4 bedroom family home plan. Along the back is a one car garage.

Whether you are looking for a year round residence that can properly capture your mountain, river or lake view or are looking for a vacation home, the Eagle Crest checks all the boxes. 

3rd May, 2021
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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.

To passersby on the street, the Generation #44964 design featured on The House Plan Company has all the appearance of a single-story cottage. But a step beneath the covered front porch and through the entryway reveals there’s much more here than meets the eye. The entryway opens into a generously sized kitchen and dining room that extends to a living room, and out through sliding doors to a covered rear porch. Back off the entryway, a side hallway leads to the private master bedroom with a luxurious master bath.

But it’s off of the kitchen where this plan flexes its versatility. The rooms beyond are an entirely separate apartment unit, with an optional door to connect to the main home, or to be left out to maintain privacy. About half as large as the main dwelling, the apartment unit is cozy and entirely self-functional, with a living room, rear-facing windows, a kitchen with dining area, full bathroom and private bedroom that sits on the opposite side of the design from the primary master bedroom. A hallway past the apartment bedroom opens out to a separate covered porch from the main residence.

Other designs, like the Darrington #89422, use a split garage concept to provide a bit of separation between main and secondary living spaces. Through the front entry, a hallway leads straight ahead to an owners’ suite with a wraparound sitting area, master bath, dual closets and double doors that open to a rear patio. The hallway branches off from the master suite to find two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. Back off of the entryway, an opening to the left reveals a vaulted living room that passes through to an open dining room and kitchen with island, plus a walk-in utility room. An exit from the dining room opens to the rear patio, where there’s more to discover than a mere detached garage. To the right of the garage, a door opens to reveal the great room of an independent secondary unit, complete with two bedrooms and a shared bath. The great room extends into a kitchen with double doors opening back out to the rear of the patio.

For those looking to build on a sloping lot, duplexes can be an effective way to maintain privacy while letting each side enjoy the benefit of rear-facing views. Plan #78627, a contemporary prairie home is ideal as an investment build, or to provide older children or aging parents with a shared yet distinct living space from the owner. Each matching unit starts with a street-facing garage and front entry to a lofty, open dining room that can easily be arranged to residents’ preferences. A kitchen with center island extends off of the dining room, while a hallway off the great room leads to a half bath. Another door opens back from the hall to the master bedroom, complete with a full bath, walk-in closet and exit to a covered rear porch that’s also accessed from a sliding great room door.

This main level space is all a couple or small family needs to feel at home. But a staircase right off the entryway leads down to a wealth of additional spaces for those extended visits from family or friends. The bottom of the stairway reveals an adaptable lower level family room with abundant storage space, two additional bedrooms and a full bath.

Designs like #77084, lodge-style craftsman spread luxury living across two floors. A grand front facade of siding, stone and shingle and multi-level truss roofing opens to an entry hallway with a den off to the left. Farther down the hallway and past a separated dining room, the hall opens to a great room with a fireplace, and exits out through double doors to a back patio and barbecue area. A rear-facing breakfast nook separates the great room from the adjoining kitchen. On the opposite wall, an open gallery hallway leads to a doorway containing the lower-level suite, complete with a full bath and walk-in closet. This space can easily function as a second master bedroom for an older relative, or to offer a bit of privacy for an extended guest. A staircase back off the entryway climbs to an upper floor loft landing, leading ahead to the primary master entry. Step straight into the bedroom, or off to the stately master bath or walk-in closet on either side. Also off of the loft landing is a second bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath. The opposite site of the landing opens to a hallway with a bonus room and laundry room on opposite ends, plus two additional bedrooms and a full bath.

There are plenty of ways to build multiple suites into one design, however. The Coronado #14909 takes a truly distinguished approach. Incorporating elements of Mediterranean and Spanish design, it places the guest suite and full bath in a poolhouse within a courtyard, separated from the main residence by a swimming pool and wraparound patio. This patio leads down past a gated entrance to the right of the guest suite to the main residence’s entry. Opening to a two-story entryway, passages lead to distinct living room, dining and kitchen spaces, as well as a two-story family room and adjoining breakfast nook. A staircase rises from the family room to a second-floor landing that’s open to the family room and entryway below. This level contains a pair of additional bedrooms, a full bath and additional closet space. Back on the main floor, double doors opposite the living and dining rooms open to the primary owners’ suite, which is separated from the master bath by a walk-in closet, and includes a private exit to the courtyard and pool.

 

 
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 are design elements to look for when looking for your next modern cottage house plan.

Open Floor Plans

Klickitat House Plan

Urban cottage, Klickitat plan 31-129, showcases a floor plan with a nice open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings in the great room add to the spacious feeling of this small 1000 square foot floor plan. The utility room also serves as a mudroom which demonstrates another key element of cottage floor plans and that is dual purposed spaces. The simple and understated exterior is charming and is in keeping with the cottage style’s simple and clean esthetics.

Incorporating Nature

Arnett House Plan

A-frame cottage, Arnett plan 30-419, illustrates this next key cottage element – embracing nature and the natural. The open floor plan incorporates lots of windows. The prow of the a-frame great room is richly glassed allowing the view to be a part of the décor. Every room in the Arnett design has a window to fill the house with as much natural light as possible. The master bedroom even offers the outdoor enthusiast a balcony for enjoying a sunrise cup of coffee or to watch the sunset over a glass of wine. Nature is a big part of the draw to the cottage house plan Arnett.

Second Floor Bedrooms

Dorset House Plan

Reminiscent of the old, English cottages – modern cottage designs that incorporate bedrooms on the second floor and designed within the roof harken back to the classic cottage floor plan. The Dorset plan 30-454 offers homeowners such a floor plan. The floor plan checks other boxes for a cottage design, an open great room style main floor filled with windows to allow natural light in. Storage is tucked in under the stairs so that no space is wasted. On the second floor are two bedrooms and a loft. The sloped ceilings down to shorter sidewalls indicate that the second floor has been tucked into what would have otherwise been attic space.

For those that feel that a cottage is closer to a vacation home than a year-round residence, you are not alone. Modern cottages encompass vacation or beach houses. They hold similar design features to the year-round residence with floor plans that are open and naturally bright, however, these plans may be larger in size or offer full second stories to accommodate large family gatherings.

Mountain Hideaway

Wind River House Plan

The Wind River house plan exemplifies the trend of larger vacation cottages. The exterior draws on bungalow or Craftsman elements that surround a spacious and open floor plan. The trend for open rooms is no exception here but where the Wind River shines is the 4 suites plus bunk room. With space for multiple families to gather in this modern farmhouse, a cottage is sure to be a place where joyful memories are made. Brining the outdoors in the great room can be opened to a side-covered deck with an outdoor fireplace.

Beach Vibes

Glenview House Plan

Demonstrating that cottage plans can offer unique floor plans, the Glenview house plan gives homeowners or vacation renters a reversed living floor plan. To capture the views of breaking waves and sunsets (or sunrises depending on your coast) the second-floor living and dining are richly windowed. A second-floor deck extends the opportunities to enjoy the coastal scenery. A second living area is on the main floor along with another bedroom. This open floor plan is ideally laid out with no wasted space.

Lakeside Retreat

Edgewater House Plan

The exterior materials that grace the front of the Edgewater design are evocative of a classic cottage. Inside the floor plan offers an experience that is far from a traditional cottage. The hexagonal great room is truly unique but captures the open and nature driven floor plan. Two sides of the great room have sliding glass doors that open the room to the deck. Each space is filled with windows allowing light to flood in. With most rooms having direct access to the outside, the Edgewater would be ideally suited to a lakeside lot or view.

The modern cottage house plan covers a wide range of sizes and layouts. But the common design trends continue to be open floor plans with plenty of natural light and rooms that can serve dual purposes. If you are feeling inspired to find your next cottage inspired house plan check out Associated Designs collection of cottage house plans.

5th Apr, 2021
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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 offer extra room to set up home offices or remote learning spaces, and large covered patios or balconies that offer places to escape the interior of the home and enjoy outdoor living.”

Loaded with curb appeal, graceful rooflines and generous indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and provide more spaces to relax, work and entertain, southern-style home plans share commonalities with popular farmhouse designs. Simple exteriors often highlight wood, stone and brick details, while columns, shutters and porticoes signaling their inspiration from plantation architecture. Homeowners gravitate toward the spacious interiors these designs tend to incorporate, including expansive kitchens, bonus spaces and master suites with luxurious bathrooms.

The House Plan Company’s southern-style plans generating the most interest include:

Rosewood Farmhouse (Design #11228)

This symmetrical two-story home design features three-bedrooms, three and a half baths, a contemporary open floor plan with 2,435 square feet of living space and an expansive wrap around front porch framed by simple, modern columns. An outdoor kitchen housed under the covered rear porch can be screened to provide a welcome respite from seasonal weather and bugs.

Alder Springs (Design #67885)

Making the most of a downhill sloped lot to provide lake side or mountain views from most rooms, this five-bedroom, three and a half bath plan emphasizes a current design centered around Great Room-style living. Covered decks provide ample outdoor entertaining spaces, and a walk-out basement level features recreation, boat or garage storage in addition to the main level porte cochere.

Palatial Southern Estate (Design #35553)

A spacious classic southern plantation-inspired design that has been modernized to include both formal and informal living spaces, this plan stands out with its grand columns and a covered porch and balcony that wrap around the entire home. The 8,333 square foot three-story floorplan includes a well-appointed master bedroom with fireplace, sitting room, luxurious bathroom with access to the expansive walk-in closet, and direct access to the wrap around second floor balcony. Plans include a detached three car garage, elevator and an attic room in addition to distinct basement level spaces for entertainment.

Sea Oats (Design #41459)

An ideal lakeside vacation home, the Sea Oats plan offers a modern, open floorplan with three-bedroom suites that all feature their own private full bathrooms. Windows are generously placed throughout the home to allow natural light to stream in, while expansive covered porches provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Urban Southern Living (Design #90592)

Perfect for first-time homeowners or those living in metropolitan areas, this narrow lot design offers 1,667 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen and living space consume the main level, with bedrooms on the second, and bonus space on the third. A covered porch and balcony encourage outdoor relaxation.

“We’re seeing southern-inspired designs grow in popularity because they are well aligned with what people are looking for in this moment,” continued McAlexander. “It seems a natural evolution from the farmhouse designs that have persisted as a dominant trend.”

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2nd Apr, 2021
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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 Designs, has compiled a collection of homes ranging in all different styles and sizes that feature two master suite floor plans.

Cottage House Plan – Ashley 30-264

The Ashley house plan makes sharing space easy. The left side of the floor plan is filled with semi-formal gathering spaces. Off the foyer is the living room, filled with natural light from windows along two walls and a central fire place. Pocket doors offer optional separation between the living room and dining which are both open to the entry hall that travels through the center of the floor plan. French doors separate the kitchen with breakfast nook. The right side of the design offers two master bedrooms. Each with a private bathroom and are separated by the laundry room which connects the 2 car, side entry garage. Each master suite has a private den so if socializing isn’t desired each suite has a secluded living space. For large families the dens could be furnished as secondary bedrooms. The one story floor plan makes the Ashley an ideal design consideration for those looking to age-in-place or care for aging parents. It is easy to see that the Ashley was designed to adapt to the life stage of the homeowner.

Craftsman House Plan – Brookport 30-692

The Brookport home design is filled with luxury amenities. Immediately stepping inside you are welcomed to a grand vaulted living room with a richly windowed prow – an influence from the current a-frame and lodge style trends. Tucked into the back of the floor plan is a main floor master suite with large en-suite bathroom complete with walk-in shower, soaking tub, and large walk-in closet. On the second floor a slightly more modest yet still well-appointed suite can serve as a second master bedroom. This arrangement is ideal for returning adult children, as the split of the dual masters between the two floors allows for increased privacy. The second floor master suite has a private bathroom with walk-in closet plus a private balcony.

Unique House Plan – San Pedro 11-049

Southwest inspired San Pedro is a unique house plan with a hexagonal shaped great room at its core. Ideal for view lots, the richly windowed great room has glass on three sides. At the center is a cozy fireplace. Off the great room are two wings, each filled with a master suite. The dual master suites offer private bathrooms, walk-in closets, and direct access to the back patio.

One Story House Plan – Brookstone 31-066

An eye-catching Craftsman cottage, the Brookstone offers homeowners both style and comfort. Towards the front of the floor plan are two additional bedrooms, one of which is a suite and can serve as one of the two master suites. The other bedroom provides flexibility to either service as the 3rd bedroom or provides a private den/living room for the first suite. Towards the back of the home, the floor plan opens up to a great room. Dining and kitchen are only separated by an island. The great room is pleasantly bright from the rich display of windows along with the cozy fireplace. Off the dining room a hallway leads to the utility room plus the second owners’ suite. Each suite offers a walk-in closet and private bathroom. The layout of the Brookstone’s one story floor plan is ideal for families that may be caring for aging parents or helping adult children.

Modern Hillside House Plan – Edgefield 31-131

Sleek shed roofs create interesting angles and add to the curb appeal of the Edgefield house plan. The flexibility offered in this open floor plan make the Edgefield a great design for those looking for multiple suites. The main floor offers two suites. The one towards the front of the home is slightly smaller but offers a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. Towards the back of the floor plan you find the vaulted great room where living, dining, and kitchen are all open to each other. The informal gathering space is comfortable and can be opened to the back covered deck through two sets of sliding glass doors. The owners’ suite found at the back of the main floor is a little larger and offers a slightly more luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower and dual vanities. Depending on the situation the floor plan can be divided between floors. The lower walk-out basement level has a full family room with kitchenette plus two additional bedrooms, one of which has a walk-in closet and private bathroom giving the Edgefield it’s third master suite. There is direct access to the lower level from the covered patio and with a door blocking the stairs to the main level this portion of the home can feel separated from the living above.

 

Homes with two master suites offer flexibility for life’s many stages. Associated Designs collection of plans with dual masters shows that these homes come in a variety of styles from popular Craftsman designs to modern shed roof designs to cottages. Not only can the style of these plans vary but the size of the floor plan is flexible. Interested in making your home a dual master suite house plan? Find more inspiration with our collection of House Plans with Two Master Suites. Found the perfect plan but need to add an extra master suite? Associated Designs plan modification or custom design services can give you the two master bedroom house plan you are looking for.

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
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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!

 

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