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26th Nov, 2021
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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 Designs has put together four tips and tricks that will have you reviewing floor plans like a professional designer.

Movement

A home design needs to allow for easy flow. What does that mean? The flow of a floor plan is all about movement. Is there a reason for a wall to be where it is? Are there dead ends? How rooms transition and are connected is key to a good fit.

“Measuring the natural flow of a design can be as simple as counting how many steps between the kitchen and dining room,” says McAlexander. “For instance is the dining room is a fair distance away from the kitchen, there is something wrong with the floor plan. How you move from room to room and how you move within a room matters.”

As your study floor plans, try to envision moving through the different rooms. Also give consideration to how you live in your current home. What elements do you like? If you like having your bedroom removed from the hustle and bustle of the living area then make sure the design you are looking at has a similar layout. Just as important as what you like about your current home are what elements would you change? If you dislike having your laundry room between the kitchen and garage make sure that the floor plan you are considering has it located near the bedrooms.

Outdoor Living

A frequently overlooked design feature is the outdoor space. We’ve seen over the last year a spike in the desire for outdoor living proving that living space isn’t just limited to the living room. Consider how you entertain, do you spread out and allow guests to mingle in the living room, dining room, kitchen, or backyard? If outdoor entertaining is in the mix than making sure your patio or porch is built with that functionality in mind.

“Make sure to consider how much outdoor living or entertaining space you will need,” said McAlexander. “A reoccurring piece of advice to keep in mind regardless of the space being considered is – if there is something about your current home’s outdoor space that you like, be sure your new home has the same qualities. You want to have an equally comfortable exterior when compared to the interior.”

For example if the beautiful farmhouse you are looking at offers a thin front covered porch and expansive back covered porch with outdoor kitchen. If you love grilling and preparing meals while enjoying the outdoors and can picture sunny, summer dinners with friends and family here than this feature is a good fit. If you enjoy a warm beverage on the front porch enjoying the sunrise or greeting neighbors out on a stroll you may find that thin covered space isn’t big enough for your favorite chair or porch swing. A simple modification to the floor plan may be required to make the front covered porch a more usable space.

Natural Light

Just as important as the size of the kitchen is how much natural light will shine in. A home design that does not offer ample light can feel dark and dreary. Each room should have a window as natural light has a large impact on the feel of your home.

“As you consider floor plans you want to make sure that you consider where the sun will be. A design may appear to be filled with windows but if the direction of your home or lot is not considered you may not get the full effect of those windows,” says McAlexander.

Natural light is a simple but powerful influence when it comes to long term happiness in your home. Too little light and your modern prairie home will feel like a cave so don’t forget to give special attention to windows.

Labeled Spaces

The final tip for studying floor plans is about flexibility. Many of the pre-designed floor plans you’ll find online offer a labeled floor plan telling you what each room is intended to be. Keep in mind these labels are insight from the designer about how they saw the space being used but that shouldn’t limit the potential of the room.

If you need a home office or exercise studio and the floor plan you are considering has a formal dining room you don’t see using then that space can be turned into what you need. Similarly four bedroom house plans are not just for large families. If you desire a guest room and two home offices than a four bedroom house plan could be your solution.

“Remember as you study different floor plans the design is open to interpretation, specifically your interpretation,” says McAlexander. “You can decide how that extra room should be used regardless of how the space is labeled on the floor plan.”

For more design trends and pro tips check out other great articles on our House Plan Blog!

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 income from rental property or are looking to help adult children or aging parents.

Highlighted are three trending secondary dwelling plans created by Associated Designs talented team of home designers.

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Country Iris Cottage ADU Exterior

Modern elegance blends with country simplicity to create an eye catching exterior to the Iris Cottage. At 800 square feet this backyard cottage offers an affordable design with its open floor plan and shed roof. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that opens to a clerestory, flooding the room with natural light. On warm summer days the double sliding glass door opens the great room to the large covered patio. An island with eating bar provides some visual separation between the kitchen and the living area while adding to the available seating. The ceiling drops towards the back of the cottage where two bedrooms are located that share a compartmentalized bathroom. One of the bedrooms has direct access to the full bathroom giving it the feeling of a master suite.

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Birkland Modern ADU Exterior Rendering

A trio of textures graces the front of the Birkland secondary structure. Vaulted ceilings add to the spaciousness of this otherwise tiny house plan. At 460 square feet this modern design offers a living area that can be shielded from the front door by a sliding bar door. The entry opens up immediately into the kitchen which offers ladder access to the attic that is open to the living area below. Tucked away in a hallway closet is a stacking washer and dryer which is just steps away from the vaulted bedroom.

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Craftsman Aspen Cottage Secondary Structure

A delightful blend of country and Craftsman styling work in harmony to create this charming 795 square foot accessory structure. The Aspen Cottage is a two-story accessory dwelling unit offers a pleasant separation of living and sleeping areas. On the first floor is the open great room which extends to the kitchen and is only separated by an eating bar. Steps away from the kitchen are a couple of storage closets – one of which could be utilized as a pantry. A full bathroom with corner shower is also on the main floor across from the stacking washer and dryer tucked under the staircase. On the second floor are two bedrooms with 9’ ceilings that share the homes second full bathroom.

These three charming accessory dwelling units give an idea of the diversity in style and floor plan layout. Each building jurisdiction has different requirements so it is important before starting on your own backyard cottage build to check-in with your building jurisdiction to make sure they allow secondary structures and what requirements the design will need to meet. If you fall in love with one of Associated Designs accessory dwelling designs their modification or custom design services can help you tailor the design to your property and goals. Check out the entire collection at www.AssociatedDesigns.com.

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.

The #27667 design featured on The House Plan Company is a perfect example. Created by Jandi Designs, Inc. and coming in at just under 1,700 square feet, this single-story farmhouse plan fits three bedrooms, including a separated master bedroom, two full baths and a two-car garage, around a large great room and adjoining, open kitchen and dining room. The exterior evokes the classic farmhouse of memory, complete with exterior siding, and a large front porch that is screened to the side of the front entrance, all supported by vertical wooden posts.

For those looking for slightly cozier quarters, the #76091 design created by Design Basics may be an ideal fit. The 1,600-square-foot plan tucks an owners’ suite and two additional bedrooms around a corner family room, kitchen and dining area. The plan includes an optional covered rear patio, adding some flair to this quaint wood framed plan with stick roof framing.

Some owners may prefer a bit more space to stretch out. For those farmhouse hunters, the Wesson #97194 plan by Associated Designs offers everything one could ask for, all in one story. At just over 2,400 square feet, it offers an exterior of stone, board and batten siding and shingle, beneath a combination stick and truss roof frame. Inside, vaulted ceilings provide a feeling of grandeur throughout much of the house, from the open great room, dining room and kitchen, and huge owners’ suite with master bath and full walk-in closet. A vaulted covered rear deck includes an outdoor kitchen, making for a perfect location for barbecues or dinners with guests. A guest room, adjoining bathroom and small office on the opposite side of the house could easily be converted into an apartment unit.

A signature of the classic farmhouse plan is the porch, and the #48721 plan doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Created by Legacy Home Plans, the nearly 2,300-square-foot design has a two-story floor plan with dual master suites, one on the main floor and one on the second floor, as well as a vaulted great room and kitchen, secondary bedrooms on each floor, and an attached two-car garage. But the highlight may be the covered porch that wraps completely around three sides of the home, creating an outdoor oasis to take in the scenery all around.

Finally, the Tall Cedar #30926 design by Sketch Pad House Plans recreates the idyllic feel of a farmhouse on just about any type of lot. The design has a sharp eye for detail, from its wood frame exterior and truss roofing to the exterior window shutters and covered porch supported by wooden posts. Inside, the two-story plan fits a ground-floor master bedroom, spacious kitchen, dining and living room, plus two second-floor bedrooms and a loft, all in just over 1,900 square feet.

 

 

 

 

29th Oct, 2021

With housing struggles across the country more homeowners are turning to improvement projects. Remodels, additions, and even new outbuildings help make their home and property fit better with today’s quickly changing lifestyle demands. While the concept of a detached garage is not new, homeowners’ are looking for more and more out of this otherwise humble structure.

Over the last few years a trend has emerged for garage plans that incorporate living areas; either for hobby spaces, home offices, or a place for guests or adult children to stay. As a result the design team at Associated Designs has seen a large pick up in the number of clients looking to either customize or create unique outbuildings. We will take a look at 3 best-selling detached garage plans that offer more than just room for cars.

Garage 20-189

Detached Garage Plan 20-189

Adorned with charming country and farmhouse details this detached garage plan appears to be any other 2 car garage. And the main level floor plan is designed for just that purpose with the added feature of a wash tub. However accessed from the outside under a covered stoop are a set of stairs that run up to a second floor that is built into the roof to keep the overall height of the garage down. Upstairs you’ll find an open studio with a full bathroom, wood stove, a kitchenette complete with small cooktop, under counter refrigerator, and sink. This studio offers an array of options to be used for hobbies and art projects, a spacious home office, guest suite, or space for college age children to live while attending school.

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2 Car Garage Plan 20-291

This Craftsman style detached garage offers an oversized parking area. Depending on the vehicles up to 4 cars could be stored if parked in tandem. Or the extra room could be used as storage. The covered porch on the side provides a great opportunity to set up some patio furniture for comfortable breaks when working in the yard or for guests staying in the second floor apartment. Accessed from a set of stairs that run up the back of the garage, the living area on the upper floor offers a kitchenette with sink, dishwasher, and space for a full refrigerator. The dishwasher and sink are set in an island that adds to the available counter space and helps to separate the kitchen from the dining area. A delightful display of windows lines the dining room flooding the space with natural light. Around the corner is a full bathroom and loft area.

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Garage Design 20-119

Trimmed with batt and board siding and shingles this deluxe detached garage plan could be finished with either a Craftsman or farmhouse façade. From the street two rollup doors open to reveal the 2 car garage. At the back a set of French doors open to a hobby room which could serve as a spacious storage room. A man door on the left opens into a small entry with coat closet. From the entry there are two doors to the outside and a set of stairs that climb to the upper level apartment. Designed to accommodate tiny home living year round, this apartment is fully loaded. A full kitchen with vaulted ceilings is off the entry with a small utility nook opposite. Through the kitchen the floor plan opens to a vaulted great room complete with cozy fireplace and private balcony. Off the great room is an office which could be furnished as a quant bedroom if sleeping space is preferred. Steps away is a large bathroom with dual vanities along with a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower. The larger bedroom has direct access to the shared bathroom along with a step in closet. This comfortable apartment could be lived in year round or offered to friends and family who visit for longer stretches of time.

Associated Designs has been creating quality home and garage plans for over 30 years. Check out the entire collection of garage plans to find the perfect addition to your property.

22nd Oct, 2021

Farmhouse Plan - Boulderfield 31-147

Clean lap siding with batt and board accents in the gable ends, windows framed with charming shutters, a sleek metal roof; all the elements of the revived American farmhouse. It is also the perfect description of the exterior of the Boulderfield house plan from Associated Designs. From the exterior the design is a classic farmhouse, inside the layout is filled with trending floor plan features homeowners’ are seeking.

Greeted by a wide covered porch the Boulderfield is welcoming upon first impression. Through the front door framed by sidelights, tall 13’ ceilings grace the foyer which opens directly to the great room. Tall ceilings continue through the great room and beyond to the back covered patio. A large, double sliding glass door separates the great room from the covered patio allowing the room to open seamlessly to the outdoors when the weather is nice. With the increase in remote working and learning and time spent in our homes, blending the outdoors with the indoors has been a popular trend with homeowners’ looking to make the most out of the homes. A drop in the ceiling creates a visual transition between the great room, dining room, and kitchen in an otherwise completely open layout. Ideal for informal entertaining and living, open-concept floor plans allow for people and conversations to flow freely making sure that no one is left out of the conversation.

The well-appointed kitchen features a center island with eating bar – adding to the available seating during large parties. A large, walk-in pantry is just steps away. With a trio of windows along the front and back walls the dining room and kitchen feel airy and bright. A feature of note in the dining room is the coffee bar with built in sink.

A long standing but still popular floor plan trend is separate bedrooms. Honoring that desire, the Boulderfield’s master suite is accessed off a hallway from the dining room. French doors open to this luxurious retreat that boasts a private covered patio and deluxe bathroom complete with dual vanities, soaking tub, walk-in shower, and large walk-in shower. On the other side of the home, filling the right side of the floor plan are two jack-and-jill style bedrooms. For those not familiar with a jack-and-jill bedroom, the two bedrooms share direct access to a compartmentalized full bathroom making each room a suite. Near the secondary bedrooms, is a pocket office.

Rounding out this trending home plan is the attached 3 car garage. The side entry makes it ideal for a corner lot or a large rural property. It also hides the garage doors allowing the home to show off it’s farmhouse style without a large display of garage doors. Between the garage and living area is a large mechanical storage closet providing increased energy efficiency if the closet is finished and insulated. The one story design and open layout make the Boulderfield a design that can adapt and grow with a family through all of life’s stages.

One Story House Plan Boulderfield 31-147

15th Oct, 2021

Construction on sloped lots has seen an increase over the last year. Whether that is a result of increasingly difficult to find urban lots or a desire to capture views on rural property, with the right design you can leverage your unique hillside floor plan to capture views above and beyond the average level lot design.

Sloped Lot House Plan Sheffield 30-160

The Sheffield house plan by Associated Designs is one such design. Wrapped in a modern exterior, this eye-catching home embraces natural elements with beautiful cedar siding accents. A two car garage is accessed from the street level providing flat parking and an easy approach to the entry stairs. The entry raises you a half flight of stairs up from the driveway and inside you are greeted by a split-level layout. Not only is this a practical design solution for sloped lot homes it ensures privacy between the living area and the front door.

Choosing to head down will land you in the mud hall. This space is well appointed and designed to help organize bags, shoes, and other essentials needed before leaving the home. A drop zone is conveniently located at the base of the stairs with a built-in bench with coat hooks just steps away. A hutch adds to the available storage. From the mud hall there is access to the attached garage with ample storage towards the back. A hallway off the mud hall leads to the Sheffield’s two secondary bedrooms and a full bathroom. A long time trend with homeowners has been separated bedrooms and the Sheffield delivers by keeping the bedrooms on two different floors.

Back at the entry, the stairs that run up lead to the great room. This reverse living layout is ideal for capturing views out the front of the home that may not be visible from the street level. Soaring vaulted ceilings in the great room along with a double sliding glass door fill the space with natural light. On warm summer days the great room can be opened up to the balcony extending the living outside. Views out the front are perfectly captured and can be fully enjoyed inside or out. The great room seamlessly transitions to the dining room. Open floor plans are ideal for informal living and entertaining, with conversations flowing freely between the different spaces. An eating bar frames the edge of the comfortable sized kitchen with walk-in pantry. The upper floor is rounded out with the vaulted owners’ suite. With large windows facing the front any view out the front of the home can also be enjoyed from the comfort and quiet of the owners’ suite. The private bathroom is furnished with dual vanities, storage, and a walk-in closet.

By working with nature, the Sheffield captures views above the rest and blends nature and natural elements throughout the design. 

Lower Level Floor Plan Sheffield 31-160 Main Level Floor Plan Sheffield 31-160

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8th Oct, 2021

Modern Meadows Edge House Plan

Walking pass the Meadows Edge, you see the Craftsman accents pop through the smooth stucco and stone wainscot. Decorative details in the gable ends and slender posts that frame the front door draw you to the vaulted covered porch. As you approach the front door a covered court yard appears to the right creating a bright and welcoming first impression.

Inside the floor plan offers the latest in design trends. Tall ceilings can be found throughout the foyer and great room. Large sliding glass doors and a rich display of windows along the back wall of the great room flood the room with natural light. For those colder, cozy fall and winter days a fireplace warms the room and can be enjoyed throughout the living and dining areas. The open-style great room is a popular design choice and ideal for those who love informal living and entertaining. A beverage bar in the dining room offers cabinet space and a small prep sink – great for mixing up an evening cocktail or serving up morning coffee or tea. The generously sized kitchen is just steps away from the dining room with only an island to provide some visual separation of space.

Steps away from the kitchen are a large pantry and a mud hall connecting the home to the attached three car garage. A popular feature amongst contemporary homeowners is separate bedrooms and the Meadows Edge house plan has just that. The far right side of the floor plan are two secondary bedrooms which share a full, compartmentalized bathroom with dual vanities. All the way on the left side of the home, on the other side of the great room is the owners’ suite. This luxurious retreat has a private bathroom filled with twin sinks, separate soaking tub and walk-in shower, plus a large walk-in closet. Sharing the same hallway as the owners’ suite is a studio. This room is truly a flex space allowing homeowners’ to tailor the floor plan to fit their current lifestyle. If a fourth bedroom is needed the built-in shelves could be substituted for closet or dresser space. Those working from home may choose to furnish the studio as a home office or study for remote learning.

Placing important on time spent outside, the Meadows Edge design can be opened up to the back yard. The large, double sliding glass doors in the great room spill out to the covered patio. Ceiling transitions in the covered patio help to give the sense of two separate spaces – one could ideal be set up as an outdoor living room. While the vaulted patio, offering a grill area with counter could serve as the outdoor kitchen.

Experience a virtual tour of the Meadows Edge at AssociatedDesigns.com.

One Story Floor Plan Meadows Edge Home Design

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1st Oct, 2021
Articles, Blog

Large bodies of research have shown that time spent in or viewing nature can have positive effects on our brains, bodies, emotions, thoughts, and interactions with others. For home buyers looking to build, creating opportunities to incorporate nature and natural settings into the home’s design can be a great way to let the outdoors in.

“When looking at home plans, home buyers should consider how the rooms are arranged to maximize how they would like the home to interact with the outdoors,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of The House Plan Company. “For example, does the great room face the right direction for your yard or view? Do you have neighbors with outdoor spaces that might affect your master suite privacy? You also want to consider the local climate and whether you need protection from the sun, rain, snow, bugs or other elements.”

To create connection with the environment just outside the home in a natural way, The House Plan Company, a house plan marketing firm based in Eugene, Oregon recommends considering key design features including:

  • Large or floor-to-ceiling windows and doors welcome views, natural light and ventilation
  • How the orientation of the home can offer protection from the elements
  • Screened in porches or a wall of windows are well suited for locales with extreme weather or to enjoy some reprieve from bugs
  • Deep roof overhangs provide shade and the ability to comfortably be outside in varied climates
  • Use of natural materials can add both a deeper connection to nature and visual interest
  • Sliding doors provide indoor-outdoor connection and direct access to the natural landscape
  • Smaller scale home designs can increase the home’s efficiency and intimacy

Four of the most popular of The House Plan Company’s plans that let the outdoors in are:

Longview (Design #43383)

This two-story shingle-style house plan by designer Tim Thompson offers a comfortable retreat for those who want indoor and outdoor living. French doors on two sides offer easy access to a covered patio that wraps around two sides.

Odessa (Design #59772)

Offering a contemporary design with split-level living, the Odessa plan features a unique, loft-style sunroom that walks out onto a rooftop terrace with a beverage bar and built-in garden beds. Created by Drummond House Plans, the walk out access from multiple rooms on the ground level encourages homeowners to extend their living space outdoors.

Design #86187

Featuring a modern, contemporary design with clean lines, this home plan by Architectural Innovations was created to make the most of downhill or side sloped lots. A covered deck on the main floor and an enormous, covered walk-out patio from the lower level provide homeowners a variety of options to extend their outdoor living.

Heartland (Design #13048)

A family-centric open plan with a modern farmhouse design, the Heartland design features expansive wrap around covered porches with walk out access from the master bedroom, living and dining rooms. This house plan created by Ken Pieper offers a deep covered porch at the front of the house offers yet another welcoming space to gather.

Bringing the outdoors in starts with the building lot. If homebuyers are building on a large parcel or rural property, there is much more flexibility in how to orient the home to enjoy the views, as well as an opportunity to take advantage of outdoor spaces for several functions. Views can impact the room arrangement and window placement, however in traditional neighborhoods, home buyers should carefully consider how window placement and outdoor spaces are protected from neighbors for both privacy and noise.

Stressing the importance of understanding the local climate when selecting house plans, McAlexander noted, “if you’re a long-term resident of the area, you’ve most likely experienced enough to be aware of what special considerations should be taken. If you’re new to the area, look carefully at how the locals take advantage of outdoor spaces.”

 

21st Sep, 2021

The chance to have a custom home design created and constructed is an exciting opportunity, one that for many will be a once in a life time experience. The custom home design process gives you the opportunity to tailor a home to how you live, how you entertain, and your location. Making sure to take the time to consider these cornerstones will help you and your design team create a home that you will be happy with for years to come.

Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon has been offering custom design services for over 25 years. When asked to help client create the home that is locked away in the dreams, Rick will start with a review of how you live in your current home. “It is important to consider your current and past homes. There are lessons to be learned from those homes – what you liked, what you wish was different.” Taking these lessons and blending them with your current design goals will help give your home designer key insight.

Recent custom design clients, Mr. & Mrs. D, worked with Rick to create a home that would fit with their sloped lot. The resulting design is a spacious 2426 square foot single level floor plan with unique features to fit the D’s lifestyle.

To start, throughout the home wide hallways and an open floor plan allow for longevity. Planning for the future is key – whether that is for a growing family or a forever home that will age as gracefully as the homeowners’.

With the need to work from home having a space to work has shifted from an optional but nice feature to a necessary space within a home. Leaving more space for entertaining and gathering spaces, the D’s opted for a pocket office. Barn doors open to reveal this compact and efficient work space off the foyer.

The core of the home is the open and informal great room. Vaulted ceilings run through the living room and dining room adding to the spacious feeling and naturally bright feel of the room. Helping to provide some visual separation of the kitchen is an island with flush conversation bar and a drop in the ceiling height. The great room can be opened to the outdoors where a second fireplace on the covered deck creates an outdoor living room. A few steps away is an outdoor kitchen with grill center – making entertaining and enjoying outside a breeze.

More and more families are taking their four-legged members into consideration with their home design and the D’s are no exception. Located off the utility room, with direct access to the outdoors and a covered stoop, is a dog room; space for their four-legged friends to have a place to rest, store all their treats, and when needed – even if it isn’t their idea of a good time – a bath. A door connecting the dog room to the master walk-in closet and bathroom means Fido has quick access to his favorite people; and the homeowners have a convenient way of getting loads of laundry to the utility room without having to travel through open rooms to get there.

Enjoy the photo tour below of this gorgeous new home and let us know what features you want your next home to have!

Ready to jump in and start the design process for your very own custom home but don’t know how or where to start? Associated Designs has prepared great articles on How to Choose a Home Designer, How to Study Floor Plans, and How to Select a Contractor.

7th Sep, 2021
Articles, Blog

With construction on sloped lots increasing the desire for plans that accommodate these more complicated lots is on the rise. One way to handle a lot with uphill slope is to create a split level floor plan.

A split level design spreads the living area across more than one floor. Generally the front door is elevated off the street level and the entry is blended with a staircase, half a flight to the upper level and half a flight down to the basement level. The classic split level design has been updated over time as seen in these new house plans by Associated Designs.

Sheffield 31-160

Modern Split Level House Plan - Sheffield 31-160

Wrapped in a modern exterior the Sheffield offers solutions for those building on a narrow, uphill sloping lot. The basement floor plan is at street level and offers a 2 car garage with plenty of room storage. Two secondary bedrooms plus a mud hall are also on this lower level. The entry is a half flight up from the basement level and continues up to the main floor. The main floor is filled with valued spaces. The great room has a double sliding glass door that opens to a covered balcony taking in views out the front of the home. Off the great room is the owners’ suite with private bathroom and walk-in closet. The split level design allows for 1880 square feet of living area in a compact 38’ wide design. While optimizing the size of the home the split level floor plan allows for views to be captured out the front of the home.

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Prairie Sloped Lot House Plan Staghorn 31-168

Prairie inspired Staghorn offers a flexible and open floor plan. A welcoming covered front porch frames the front door. Inside the foyer offers two directions. Down to the basement level where a mud hall and the 2 car garage with storage space can be found. A man door at the back of the garage provides access to the section of the home on a crawl space foundation. Back at the foyer, the stairs that lead up bring you to a hallway. To the left a cased opening marks the transition to the great room where living, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. An island with eating bar provides some visual separation between the dining and kitchen while adding to the available seating or place to serve up snacks while entertaining. A sliding glass door off the dining room opens to the BBQ patio. Bedrooms and a den fill the left side of the home. The owners’ suite has a private bathroom with walk-in shower, dual vanities, plus a walk-in closet. The den provides flexibility to furnish the Staghorn as a 4 bedroom floor plan if desired. Optionally this space could be used as a home office since it is just steps away from the front door.

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Vacation House Plan Snowberry 30-735

Blending Cape Cod and Craftsman influences, the Snowberry makes a great beach house plan or year round residence. Tall slender posts frame the covered porch. Inside the entry splits into a stair case. The lower floor plan is filled with a 2 car garage, storage closets, and a family room. The family room opens to a back covered patio. Options to complete a beverage bar and full bathroom are provided to add to comfort of the family room. On the main floor, the stairs lead you to the great room. Vaulted ceilings fill the living room which is filled with natural light from the rich display of windows along the back wall. A sliding glass door in the dining room opens the space to the outdoors extending the dining room outside on nice days. The C-shaped kitchen is open to the dining room with the only boundary created by the peninsular eating bar. Bedrooms fill the left side of the floor plan. The owners’ suite offers vaulted ceilings and a private bathroom with separate tub and shower plus a walk-in closet. The secondary bedroom is just a few steps down the hall. A den off the top of the entry stairs offers the option to be furnished as a 3rd bedroom if desired. The open floor plan with two living spaces makes the Snowberry a great plan to consider as a vacation home. For those who want to feel like they are on vacation year round the Snowberry is a comfortable full time residence ideal for an uphill sloping lot.

Eagle Creek 30-725

Split Level House Plan Eagle Creek 30-725

Cape Cod cottage, the Eagle Creek takes the split level floor plan to the next level. A half flight of stairs from the street level bring you to an elevated deck. Inside the floor plan opens up to the great room which is filled with windows allowing nature to be enjoyed from inside. A slight departure from convention the stairs to the different levels is off the great room instead of directly off the entry. Finishing out the main floor is a sun room along with the dining room and kitchen. From the main floor you can access three different outdoor covered spaces making this a great house plan for those who love the outdoors. From the great room, the staircase offers two directions. The first is down a half level to the secondary bedrooms and a full bathroom. Down from the bedrooms is access to an unfinished basement which contains the laundry appliances. Back at the great room, choosing to go up leads to you the half floor with the master bedroom complete with vaulted ceilings, private deck and bathroom with separate tub and shower plus dual vanities. Up from the owners’ suite the split levels ends at an observatory which would make a lovely sitting room, library, or home office.

If you are looking for a unique house plan that can accommodate your sloped lot with views out the front of the home, the look no further than split level house plans. These interesting house plans offer inviting and varied interiors with room to grow. Interested in seeing more split level house plans or split foyer floor plans? Associated Designs offers a collection of split-level designs and modification services that can help you customize any of their unique plans into your perfect home plan!

1st Sep, 2021
Articles, Blog

There are some architectural styles that stand the test of time. Ranch house plans is one of those styles. Made popular in the 1950’s, the flexibility of this iconic design style allows it to span from traditional to modern in appearance with floor plans ranging from open and contemporary to formal with clearly defined spaces.

While a ranch-style house plan can be versatile there are classic characteristics that provide some definition. Ranch floor plans tend to be single story designs with plenty of patio space and lower pitched gable roofs. Exterior materials used range from lap siding, batt and board, shingles, and stucco. Unlike some other architectural styles, such as Craftsman home designs, the ranch-style is simple and clean.

What is an iconic American house plan style, the ranch home design offers a graceful blend between indoor and outdoor spaces. The House Plan Company has prepared a showcase of 5 trending home designs that highlight the ranch-style inside and out.

Underwood – Design 33535

Wrapped in stucco and stone the Underwood design is a classic 2500 square foot ranch house plan. The exterior is eye-catching yet clean. Created by The House Plan Company design partner Design Basics, this design carries the ranch-style inside. The one story floor plan offers an open layout in the core of the home.  A rich display of windows allows the outdoors in along with the covered veranda featuring an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Bedrooms are well separated with the master bedroom on the opposite side of the floor plan from the 2 secondary bedrooms. Flexibility to grow with a family is key to ranch design and the flex room at the front of the house lives up to its name; providing the opportunity to turn the Underwood home design into a 4 bedroom floor plan if desired. If bedrooms are not needed then the flex room and additional bedrooms can be furnished as a home office, hobby room, guest room, or whatever else suites. With an attached 3 car garage the Underwood design is a great house plan for most stages of life.

Murdoch – Design 77002

At 2497 square feet, the Murdoch is truly a modern interpretation of the classic ranch style. A blend of materials on the exterior give the home design eye-catching curb appeal. Its single level floor plan and low pitched roof are true to the style. Designed by Rentfrow Designs, LLC., this stunning modern ranch house plan offers an equally modern floor plan. The attached 3 car garage is L-shaped making the home ideal for a corner lot. Inside a great room is at the heart of the home with a corner fireplace and sliding glass doors that frame the family room and dining room, natural elements and the outdoors can be enjoyed through all three spaces. The master bedroom is nicely separated from the other bedrooms and fills the back of the home. Depending on the needs of the homeowners’ the Murdoch house plan can be furnished as a 3 or 4 bedroom house plan – if the home office is used as an additional bedroom. This one story house plan with basement foundation is a great family home plan.

Heartfall – Design 95320

Graced with Northwest accents the Heartfall is a comfortable 2518 square foot ranch-style house plan. Created by Associated Designs, this 3 bedroom floor plan offers causal open concept living. For those who love the outdoors, the great room is surrounded by a wrap-around covered patio. Large sliding glass doors open the great room to the outside. A classic ranch floor plan concept is grouped bedrooms and while the owners’ suite has a separate hallway all three bedrooms fill the back of the home. Taking advantage of the space within the roof, the Heartfall offers an unfinished bonus room over the garage with the option to complete a full bathroom and wet bar.

Design 87072

With touches of Southwest charm, Design 87072 is adorned with smooth stucco and stone accents. This 2507 square foot design was created by Ahmann Designs, Inc., and showcases many classic ranch features. The single level floor plan with attached 3 car garage is filled with modern touches homeowners’ are looking for. Off the garage a mud hall offers a coat closet and bench. At the center of the home is the great room, where living room, dining room and kitchen are seamlessly open to one another. A rich display of windows along the back wall brings the outdoors in and living is extended outside under the covered porch. The homes 3 bedrooms are nicely separated. The master bedroom fills the back right corner of the floor plan while two additional bedrooms are towards the front. Wonderfully blending classic ranch-style features with contemporary design it is easy to see that plan 87072 is a favorite of homeowners’ and builders alike.

Design 67724

Traditional brick is blended with stone to create a handsome exterior to Design 67724. At 2455 square feet the floor plan is comfortable and family focused. For those who enjoy causal living but prefer more separation of space than is found in most great rooms, the family room arrangement at the core of this floor plan is for you. A wide opening between the family room and breakfast nook provides connection and easy movement between the rooms without leaving the space completely open. The formal dining room is across the hall from the kitchen. Created by The House Plan Company design partner, Design Evolutions flexibility can be found throughout the home. Starting with the study, depending on the family this could be furnished as a 4 bedroom or home office. As family needs change and evolve, the walk-out basement provides opportunities to expand the floor plan over time.

The ranch-style house plan is an iconic American architectural style but as seen in these 5 designs offers flexibility and the ability to please a wide range of preferences. From more formal floor plans to casual and informal gathering spaces to modern exteriors or design rooted in tradition. To see the full range of ranch home design check out The House Plan Company’s collection of ranch house plans for more inspiration and information about this prominent architectural style.

 

13th Aug, 2021
New Home Plans

New House Plan - Telluride 31-225

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Stately Traditional House Plan - Telluride 31-225

Handsome brick graces the exterior of the Telluride, a new house plan with strong traditional style. The interior however offers a modern floor plan layout. Inside the entry offers tall ceilings giving it a spacious and grand feeling. Straight ahead the floor plan opens to the great room with vaulted celiings and a fireplace that can also be enjoyed from the kitchen. Off the nook is a bright and cheery sun room, ideal for climates where heat or bugs are of concern. Back towards the entry is a home office. The Telluride's floor plan offers 3 bedrooms, all access off a common hallway. Step through double doors into the owners' suite which has a private bathroom, his-and-hers walk-in closets. The owners' suite bathroom is luxurious with dual vanities, walk-in shower and spa tub. Beyond the bedrooms a long laundry room connects the 3 car garage and also serves as a mudroom. Above the garage is a bonus room with half bathroom, ideal for a game room, exercise studio, or whatever else suites.

12th Aug, 2021
Articles, Blog, New Home Plans

What is a Concept Plan?

Your search for your next home design has lead you to that perfect plan but it is a concept plan. You find your self wondering what makes that different and if the design that has the perfect floor plan and exterior is still right for you. 

Associated Designs recently added Concept House Plans to its collection. Here is why and what you can expect to receive.

First when you consider the value of a pre-designed plan compared to a custom design the savings are huge! Concept plans continue in that tradition but with added flexibility. Creating a plans elevations and floor plans accounts for 50% or more of the custom design process and fees, by starting your journey with a Concept Plan your project is now halfway through the design phase at a fraction of cost (both time and money). With design portion completed, the completion of the construction documents can begin and with a Concept Plan they can be finished to your regional building practices and codes.

New Concept Plan - Ithaca 31-102

Concept Plan Ithaca 31-102

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A new addition to the Concept Plan Collection is the Ithaca 31-102. This 2 story floor plan is wrapped in a charming cottage-inspired Cape Cod exterior. An elevated covered front porch greets visitors and is an ideal place for a porch swing or set of chairs for those who enjoy interacting with neighbors. Inside the spacious foyer opens to the living room with cozy fireplace. The open layout of the living spaces allows conversations and people to transition easily between living room, kitchen, and dining room. Back off the foyer a set of double doors opens to the den which could be furnished as a home office, guest room, study or whatever else suites the homeowners' lifestyle. Along the back of the first floor plan is a mud room adding to the storage options. Upstairs you can find all 3 bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet. The owners' suite has a private bathroom with dual vanities. Steps away is the utility room conveniently located near the bedrooms where most of the laundry is generated. Completing the second floor plan is a play room for families with smaller children. If a play room is not needed this could be furnished as a 4th bedroom, hobby room, or exercise studio.

5th Aug, 2021
Articles, Blog

On the rise this summer is the search for modern cottage design. In the past, the cottage house plan was typically a small house plan without an attached garage. But today’s home plan buyers are looking for a fresh twist on this staple architectural style. Larger floor plans and attached garages are a few of the newer trends.

The allure of the cottage house plan may be the casual floor plan layouts or the exteriors which can easily be blended with other favorites such as farmhouse or Craftsman styles. A cottage design tends to evoke a sense of nostalgia either from fond memories of a grandparents house or summer days vacationing in remote and woodsy locations. Whatever your reason for loving this style or seeking it for your next build, The House Plan Company has put together a collection of popular modern cottage house plans.

Alamance – Design #34376

This farmhouse inspired cottage house plan is spacious at 2838 square feet. A featured plan by Dowds Design Group – this 1.5 story floor plan is filled with trending design features. Starting outside the farmhouse inspiration can be seen in the slender columns that frame a comfortable and welcoming front porch. Batt and board siding accented with shingles and decorative gables create an eye-catching first impression. Inside the main floor plan is open. A great room fills the core of the design. Double sliding glass doors open the great room to the outdoor living room – another hit design trend. Those seeking to enjoy the outdoors more will love this space that also features a grill area and an expansive uncovered deck ideal for patio furniture. Back inside the bedrooms are well separated. The left side of the home is where you will find two jack-and-jill suites, each with a walk-in closet, private water closet, and shared shower. The owners’ suite fills the right side of the floor plan and boasts direct access to the back patio, a private bathroom with twin sinks and separate tub and shower, plus a large walk-in closet that has direct access to the laundry room. It even has an attached 2 car side entry garage. The upper floor leaves flexibility for the homeowner to expand the floor plan of the Alamance as life changes. The home office could easier be a den or family room with the unfinished space later completed to provide additional bedrooms or a hobby room.

Cleveland – Design #55771

Brimming with bungalow charm this modern cottage design is a more traditional size at 1242 square feet. By Associated Designs, Inc. – this small house plan offers a traditional 3 bedroom floor plan. A cozy covered porch greets family and friends and provides space for a small furniture set for those who enjoy the ability to catch up with neighbors or other passersby. Inside the floor plan is open allowing conversations and people to flow freely between the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Off the kitchen is the owner’s suite which offers a walk-in closet and private bathroom. On the same side of the floor plan but accessed off the entry are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. Towards the back of this single level floor plan is the pass-through utility room connecting the home to the attached 1 car, rear loading garage with storage. The rear loading garage along with the homes narrow width of 32’ make it an ideal urban cottage for construction on a lot with ally access.

Joshua 2 – Design # 31586

The only architectural style present in the exterior of the Joshua 2 is modern. This bold design by Drummond House Plans is equally well suited for an urban lot or rural property. Wherever you build this small cabin plan it is designed to taken in views along the back and side of the home. Elevated from the street, the front door and covered porch make a welcoming first impression. Inside the foyer is designed as an airlock for both environmental stability in the house and privacy. There is room for a bench and a coat closet. Through the pocket door the floor plan opens up to the great room where conversations and people can transition with ease between the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Only an island with eating bar provides some visual separation of the space between the dining room and kitchen. A sliding glass door along the back of the dining room opens the terrace allowing for an outdoor dining area during warm summer days. The floor plan offers two bedrooms, one on the main floor the other upstairs. The second floor bedroom is the master suite with private bathroom and balcony. The Joshua 2 is full of trending floor plan features and is a modern cottage plan with garage you don’t want to skip over.

Design #20627

If you are looking for a mid-size modern cottage plan with Craftsman charm, take a look at Design #20627 from Legacy Homes. From the street, tall gable ends sore and blended with batt and board siding, and shingles give this design a distinct Craftsman flavor. Slender columns frame the front door creating a cozy covered porch to welcome family and friends. Inside the entry is open to the great room which fills most of the main floor plan. Family room with corner fireplace is open to the dining room which is separated visually with some interior posts. Along the back of the dining room and eating bar frames the transition to the kitchen. The main floor master bedroom fills the back of the floor plan. Built-into the roof the 1.5 story home plan has two additional bedrooms on the upper floor that share a full bathroom. A unique feature of this floor plan is the covered patio that serves as a breezeway connecting this charming 1997 square foot cottage plan to the 2 car garage.  Those living in windy environments will appreciate the full wall with windows that run along the right side of the patio.

 

These featured plans showcase the diversity that is offered with modern cottage house plans. Wither you are looking for a roomier floor plan for a family of four to live in as a primary residence or a smaller cabin retreat there is sure to be a cottage design that will meet your design goals for your next build. To see more great modern cottage plans with (or without) a garage check out The House Plan Company’s collection of modern and cottage style designs.

 

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28th Jul, 2021
Articles, Blog

Detached garage plans are a great way to enhance your property. If you love where you live but have found that you need more detached garages can offer you far more than just extra parking for your cars. For those that have recently acquired your dream property and are excited to build but need to start small garage plans with living or “shouse” (shop + house) plans may be your solution for the first phase of creating your dream property.

Shouse or garage apartments come in a variety of sizes and styles. Available with 1 story or 2 story floor plans here are some of our designer’s favorites.

Design 20-119

Garage with Luxury Apartment - Design 20-119

This two story garage plan is brimming with Craftsman charm. If you love the farmhouse look this garage is a great choice with its blend of batt and board siding with shingle accents. The main level has the 2 car garage with hobby/shop space along the back. It is well separated from the living area which fills the second floor. The stairs to the apartment have a separate entrance from the garage under the large side covered porch. The apartment is well appointed and comfortable enough for long term living or guests. At the top of the stairs a door opens and you are in the vaulted kitchen. The full kitchen offers a range and oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. A few steps away is a laundry nook with folding counter. The core of the apartment is filled with a vaulted great room which boasts a fireplace and a balcony. The vaulted bedroom is a suite with direct access to the full bathroom and a step-in closet. The vaulted office offers flexibility and can also be furnished as a second bedroom if desired. At 946 square feet there isn’t much that is left out of this luxury garage apartment.

Design 20-018

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From the outside it is difficult to tell if this country style garage is a detached garage or a small house plan making it ideal for those who would prefer to build a shouse. The three car garage offers one oversized bay and then a separate two car garage with storage along the back. While a man door connects the garage and shop space there is no direct access to the living area. Back outside a charming covered porch adorned with a rail creates a welcoming space and is ideal for some patio furniture. Inside the living area is cozy and simple. A great room with kitchenette fills most of the living area. Off the entry is a coat closet. Around the corner is a full bathroom and a single bedroom. Those looking to add a detached building that combines additional storage and guest accommodations will find those needs met in this charming detached garage design.

Design 20-350

Luxury RV Garage with 3 Bedroom Living Area

This detached garage design has it all. Smooth stucco covers most of the exterior with a stone wainscot. An oversized side entry garage can accommodate between 2 and 4 cars if parked in tandem. Along the front another large garage door opens to the vaulted RV bay. These three bays provide 2640 square feet of car storage or work shop space, ideal for the car collector or restoration hobbyist. In additional to the almost here 2700 square feet of garage space this plan offers 1941 square feet of living space. The apartment offers a main floor great room complete with fireplace and full kitchen with eating bar. A small laundry room can be found just a few steps away along with direct access to the RV garage. At the entry to the living area, a staircase leads up to the second floor where all three bedrooms are located. Towards the front of the second floor plan is a comfortable owners’ suite with fireplace and private bathroom plus walk-in closet. The third bedroom is option and could be left as a loft. This garage design is sure to be comfortable year round or as luxurious guest accommodations.

Design 20-152

Lodge Style Garage with 1 Bedroom Apartment - 20-152

This lodge inspired garage plan is a favorite of our design team and customers alike. This best-selling garage plan allows for storage of up to 3 cars. The living area is complete separate from the garage with no direct access between the two. An exterior staircase switches back to a small covered deck and the entrance to the second floor living area. Inside the floor plan offers great room style living where the great room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. The kitchen is well appointed and offers additional counter space with a center island. A wood stove is placed between the great room and dining area just to the side of the front door keeping the gathering space cozy during the cold winter months. Off the great room a sliding glass door opens to a vaulted covered balcony. Off the great room is a full bathroom and one bedroom. The 896 square foot apartment is sure to feel cozy and comfortable year round.

Associated Designs has an entire collection of garage plans to help you find the perfect detached garage, shop, or barn plan. When adding to your property taking the time to make sure the design meets all of your needs is important for being happy with the building for years to come. While Associated Designs has a large collection of garage plans, plan modification services are available to help you tailor your next garage, shop, shouse, or barn to your exact specifications.

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