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30th Apr, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Featured House Plan of the Week, Craftsman Home Plan, House Plan, Hartford 10-420

Stone veneer columns and decorative roof supports draw eyes to Craftsman home plan's beautiful vaulted entry.

The Heartford's shingle siding and stone veneer wainscoting give a rustic look to this otherwise thoroughly modern home. A wealth of uniquely shaped multi-paned windows sparkles across the front and rear walls, creating gathering spaces that are naturally bright.

In the vaulted foyer, light flows in through sidelights and transom windows, while more washes down through a bank of clerestory windows above. The rear wall of the great room is almost entirely glass, as is the sidewall of the dining area. Windows flank the fireplace, and another wide window fronts the kitchen sink.

All of the gathering spaces cluster together in the central section, with the apex of the vaulted ceiling running down the middle, front to rear. The owners' suite in the left wing is a retreat, well isolated from the busy areas. Garage and secondary bedrooms are in the right wing.

The large kitchen is almost completely open to the great room. Its raised eating bar and flat, 13-foot ceiling create the boundary. Counters wrap around four sides, and storage cabinets are many. The handy work island and large walk-in pantry add more useful space.

Utilities are close by, in a pass-through room that links to the garage.

Amenities in the luxurious owners' suite include: two large walk-in closets, and a vaulted bathroom outfitted with a spa tub, oversized shower, double vanity and linen hutch.

The den/office has a stately stepped ceiling. It could be built with (or without) doors that link it to the owners' suite.

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

Featured House Plan of the Week, Cottage Home Plan, House Plan, Lindley 30-546

The Lindley is a ranch-style cottage with a slender profile allows it to fit neatly on a narrow building lot. 

Raised trim ornaments the clean-lined wooden posts that support and highlight the front porch. Board and batt siding fills the ends of the low-sloped gables, and decorative corbels underscore the gable-end projections.

Entering the home the three interconnected family gathering spaces spread out before you, creating a sense of spaciousness. A coat closet is to the right while the opposite door opens to the garage.

The living room flows into a dining area that is open to the kitchen. Each of these areas has a side window, with the sliding glass doors which access the covered patio in the dining room is the largest. Twin sets of slender wooden posts support the patio roof.

A long eating bar rims one edge of the peninsular kitchen counter. Kitchen counter space wraps around four sides, providing expansive work surfaces.  A pantry adds to the storage space, and a door at the rear opens onto a stoop. 

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a utility alcove fill the left side. The owners' suite has a large walk-in closet and private bathroom with oversized shower.

18th Apr, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Tudor Home Plan, Tudor House Plan, Featured House Plan of the Week, Walcott 30-166


Shutters and an open-beam, gabled balcony lend charm to the Walcott, a midsize Tudor-style home plan.

A unique feature of this design is that the plan's right elevation is equally attractive and a prospective homeowner could to orient the placement with the right side facing the street. 

Richly windowed on all sides, this home is naturally bright and feels open and spacious. More ambient light flows through skylights, illuminating the upper-level balcony/landing, as well as the foyer, built-in desk and hutch below. The vaulted living room also has two skylights, along with dramatic quarter-round windows on both sides of the fireplace.

Kitchen, nook and family room are minimumly separated that standing at the kitchen sink, you can easily keep tabs on everything going in this area. The half-octagonal nook is as cozy and bright, while a large work island and small pantry boost cupboard and counter space.

A large utility room and a small powder room are close by, off the hallway that to the garage.

Upstairs is the vaulted owners' suite. Amenities here include twin vanities, roomy walk-in closet, soaking tub, and an enclosed shower and toilet. The railed and covered balcony offers a refreshing and somewhat private getaway/lounging area.

Storage space lines the hallway to the secondary bedrooms and their shared bathroom.

18th Apr, 2018
Articles, Blog

When someone says, “ranch,” the first thing you think of is a large farm with a bunch of cattle and horses. But when you hear the phrase “ranch living,” you probably think of open spaces, comfortable rooms, and just the right amount of privacy.

Ranch-style home designs are convenient, economical to build and maintain, and particularly friendly to both young families and empty-nesters. But over the years, these classic designs have evolved and blended with other styles. From modestly-sized simple living to big layouts with a lot of space and flexibility, ranch-style homes are a popular plan at Associated Designs, Inc.

“It’s one of our top-selling plans because the options and the layouts are limitless,” said Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs. “They are designed to be about comfort, with a living wing and a sleeping wing, plenty of space, flexible rooms, and simple elegance.”

Ranch-style homes also can be influenced by other styles such as colonial and contemporary. In other words, these homes can be as unique as they are spacious. Associated Designs has a variety of ranch-style homes, but here we list the best of the best. What do these three top ranch-style home designs have in common? They are all variations on a classic.

The Ottawa: Embracing Natural Light

For this ranch-style home, abundant natural light is the theme. Windows and atrium doors fill most of the ground level front wall, bringing ample sunlight to the vaulted great room of the Ottawa (30-601).

“The high ceilings, large windows, and open floor plan certainly catch the eye,” said McAlexander. “It’s hard not to be in awe of this home’s brilliance. The poorly lit, low-ceilinged ranch homes of the past are a distant memory with the Ottawa.”

The simple rectangular layout means everything flows easily, one room to the next. The lofty and majestic great room connects to the vaulted kitchen, but not before you see the covered back patio accessible via a windowed door. A large fireplace nestles into one corner of the great room, but again.

Around the corner from the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry, small powder room, and good-sized utility room. There’s also direct access to the two-car garage. To the left of the great room are three bedrooms including a spacious owners’ suite with private bathroom and walk-in closet. This is typical of ranch-style living: separating the living are from the sleeping area for true comfort.

With all that light, this ranch-style home is perfect for both young families who need space or the retired couple who wants to relax or entertain, all while enjoying the sunlight.

The Manor Heart: Blending Traditional and Contemporary

This 2,283-square-foot home has a traditional exterior with keystone-accented stone lintels that inspired the name for this ranch-style home. Manor Heart’s (10-590) stone veneer makes it a dramatic eye-catcher. The front facade includes a porch with wrought-iron railing and stone caps on the column supports.

But let’s stop there before you start thinking this ranch-style home design is overly traditional. The exterior is a blend of both classic ranch and contemporary craftsman. And the interior is anything but traditional ranch-style living. Large gathering spaces fill its core, and private rooms are off to the right and left. The little touches inside make the Manor Heart a winner.

“The Manor Heart has this amazing bright and spacious gathering space,” said McAlexander. “Everything is in its place, and yet everything is not what it seems.”

For example, to the right of the front door is a spacious den. Its ideal as a small entertaining area, or as a home office where you can easily meet with clients and not disturb family privacy.

The rest of the home is all about space and easy living. A large U-shaped kitchen is chock full of cupboards and countertops that circle a center island. A walk-in pantry just means easier storage. The dining room opens up into a covered patio so you can entertain in the great room, dining room, kitchen and backyard, all without having to walk through a maze of walls. A bonus room above the garage is a flex space for whatever suits your fancy: playroom, craft room, storage room… the options are endless.

The Manor Heart breaks with the traditional ranch-style home once again by separating the owners’ suite to one side of the house and putting the other two bedrooms on the other side of the house, making this home ideal for anyone who likes traditional style and contemporary living blended with plenty of beauty and comfort.

The Barnhart: Simply Elegant Ranch-Style Living

The Barnhart (30-946), by far the largest of our three top ranch-style home designs at 3,815 square feet, is meant for the family that loves to entertain. It’s clean lines and uncomplicated exterior are just the icing on the cake to this well-designed home.

Instantly welcoming, the Barnhart opens up into a vaulted gathering space filled with natural light that flow effortlessly with the outdoors using a grand vaulted patio and outdoor fireplace. In fact, covered walkways and patios wrap around three sides of the home, adding even more space for outdoor living.

Like the two previous ranch-style homes, the Barnhart keeps sleeping spaces separate from the great room. The expansive owners’ suite, for example, is tucked away on one side of the house. It features two large walk-in closets with built-in dressers and a bathroom that boasts a heated tile floor, deep soaking tub, and walk-in shower. Upstairs is a bunk room, bedroom suite, and a TV loft area.

The hallway to the owners’ suite is lined with storage cabinets and runs past a small bathroom and extra large utility room before connecting with the garage. The garage also breaks a bit with the typical ranch-style home by being both large and roomy as well as additional living space. How, you ask? Walk up a flight of stairs and a vaulted bonus room or storage area is available, complete with an upper terrace for soaking in the sunshine.

“Ranch-style living is for anybody because these home designs can be as unique and various as you want them to be,” said McAlexander. “It’s our top-selling plan for a reason."

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11th Apr, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Duplex Plan, Multi-Family Designs, Carmichael 60-014

The Carmichael is a duplex, but it appears like two country cottages with adjoining garages. Each unique unit is private and spacious.

This duplex plan is designed for construction on a downhill sloping lot. A family might wish to move into one of the units, and rent out the other, or share purchase with friends or  relatives.

In the left unit the recessed, covered porch opens into a vaulted foyer where high plant shelves rim the entry on two sides. This creates a passageway into the vaulted dining room and great room.

A wider plant shelf marks the juncture of the dining room and window-bright, bayed kitchen. Counters and cupboards wrap around four sides, and a raised eating bar fronts the peninsular counter next to the dining room.

Windows fill the great room's rear wall where atrium doors open onto an elevated deck, which the master suite also accesses. Two more bedrooms and a second bathroom are upstairs.

The right unit is set further forward. One large room fills the rear. Light flows into the vaulted living room through windows that span most of the back, where a set of atrium doors lead out onto a raised deck.

Another wide window brightens the dining room, which has a flat ceiling and is fully open to the kitchen. The utility room is also on the main floor, located in a pass-through space that links with the garage. Two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a loft are upstairs.

The master suite is the only sleeping area on the main level. It features a roomy walk-in closet plus direct access to the main floor bathroom.

4th Apr, 2018
Blog, New Home Plans

New House Plan, Ranch Home Plan, Country House Plan, Wasco 31-106

The Wasco greets you with welcoming stone pillars and a cozy covered porch. Opening the front door of this Ranch-style home into a 10-foot ceiling foyer makes for a grand entrance. Once inside the double doors to the right lead to the den. The great room has wide windows to the backyard and a fireplace that can be enjoyed even from the kitchen/dining area. The kitchen has a large island and a walk-in pantry. The bedrooms are separate from the owners' suite and have their own full bath with dual sinks. The owners' suite is private and luxurious and features a soaking tub, shower, a private toilet, and a large walk-in closet. The oversized utility room is near the bedrooms and includes a craft or sewing table. The side facing garage would make a perfect fit on a corner lot.

3rd Apr, 2018
Blog, House Plan of the Week

The Springwood's open and relaxing ambiance begins before you even step inside. The covered porch of this traditional ranch-style home is a lofty 11 feet high. Inside, the vaulted entry is filled with natural light that filters in through sidelights, a transom and a window grid in the upper section of the door. 

Vaulted ceilings are generously throughout the home. Double doors to the left side of the entry, open into a vaulted study or den. And at the end of the entry hall, you walk into a spacious vaulted great room.

A gas fireplace nestles into one corner, near windows that line more than half of the wall. One in a trio of tall framed-glass panes opens out onto a partially covered patio.

The kitchen, with a 9-foot-high ceiling, is also a part of the great room separated by a lengthy eating and conversation bar. Appliances are built in, and a large walk-in pantry fits into one corner.

An arched passageway leads into the left wing, which features the deluxe owners' suite along with a pass-through utility room that links with the 3-car garage. A coffered ceiling adds a touch of elegance to the owners' suite with amenities that include its own private access to the rear patio. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom fill a wing on the opposite side of the home.

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