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Building for a Specific Location: A Lake House

Lake House  | Building for a Specific Location: A Lake House

Published: September 12, 2014

When you think of a lake house, what kinds of images come to mind? Many people think of lake houses as run-down shacks, or luxurious estates. The truth is, your lake house does not have to fit either of these stereotypes. It can simply be a well-designed, modestly sized home that takes advantage of the lovely view of the water.

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The Burbank - An Elegant Contemporary Home

  | The Burbank - An Elegant Contemporary Home

Published: August 8, 2014

If you love contemporary designs and modern living, then this week's featured house plan is one you'll want to look at closely. The Burbank, a 2737-square-foot home with a spacious three-car garage and three bedrooms, is an excellent choice for families who value versatility, spaciousness and organization.

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The Somerset - An Attractive, Versatile and Beautifully Planned Home Design

  | The Somerset - An Attractive, Versatile and Beautifully Planned Home Design

Published: August 1, 2014

Versatile, attractive, and perfectly planned, the Somerset is one of our popular house plans that will meet your family's needs today and in years to come. A combination of open spaces and secluded areas make it ideal for family living. At 2204 square feet, it gives you space to explore new options and welcome family members into your space.

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It's All in the Details - A Killer Bathroom Shelf Design!

  | It's All in the Details - A Killer Bathroom Shelf Design!

Published: July 24, 2014

A part of the Aurea home design (plan 2453), this shelving unit is extremely popular on Houzz.com and has been added to over 150,000 ideabooks! We think you'll like it too, and we also have plenty of other creative home design ideas to share.

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Easily Modify the Exterior Style of a Home to Suit a Different Style

  | Easily Modify the Exterior Style of a Home to Suit a Different Style

Published: July 21, 2014

What are the popular home exterior styles in your area? Each region has its own preferences, and unless you want your house to stick out like a sore thumb, it's wise to keep them in mind when choosing a home plan. However, it's wide to bear in mind that the exterior style of many home designs can be easily changed.

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The Bucklebury Studio

  | The Bucklebury Studio

Published: July 18, 2014

Picture a snow-covered cottage in the woods, with a roofline that peaks up just over the tree tops and a beautiful stone chimney that blends into the natural scenery. This is the Bucklebury Studio, an attractively designed cottage for one or two. Its compact design is ideal for simple living or a retreat away from home, and its attractive exterior reminds you of woodsy cottages from fairy tales.

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Why You Shouldn't Seek Specifications for Colors You Find in Digital Images

  | why you shouldn't seek color info for colors you see in digital images  | Why You Shouldn't Seek Specifications for Colors You Find in Digital Images

Published: July 15, 2014

When designing the home of your dreams, you want to be absolutely sure that everything you choose and order is the exact color it should be. You spent a lot of time meticulously choosing colors that coordinate perfectly, and you deserve them to be exactly what you expect. Here's one way to help ensure you're satisfied with the final results.

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A New Home of Our Own - We're Moving!

Portland, Oregon | Source: Wikimedia Commons  | Source: Wikimedia Commons  | A New Home of Our Own - We're Moving!

Published: July 11, 2014

We have proudly called Portland home since our inception and are now looking forward to a new office location! Beginning July 21st we will be operating out of new office space at 2187 Reed Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR. This new location, not too far from the 405 and our previous location, offers enhanced creative spaces, provides much improved customer parking, and will be a place we can help bring our clients' home design dreams to life.

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The 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams

Plan 2473 - The Rutledge  | The 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams

Published: July 10, 2014

The NW Natural Street of Dreams is returning July 26th! This annual event brings custom home designs to Portland and allows guests to experience the finest custom homes the Northwest has to offer. One of our home plans will be featured in this year's Street of Dreams and it marks our 32nd appearance in the show.

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Contemporary House Plans with Warm & Inviting Interiors

The Aurea House Plans 2453  | <a href="http://houseplans.co/house-plans/2453/" title="The Aurea House Plan 2453">The Aurea House Plan 2453</a>: This modern angled house hugs the landscape with its low-slung roofline, sprawling layout, and use of natural materials. Inside, vaulted beam ceilings, a fireplace, stone walls, and a surfeit of built-ins create a welcome feeling. For those who like lots of room, this plan is perfect—it includes a luxurious master suite, a quiet library, a gym and a sauna.   | Contemporary House Plans with Warm & Inviting Interiors

Published: June 25, 2014

Many of Mascord's contemporary house plans boast living spaces with warm and inviting interiors. These home plans offer the perfect solution when building where the weather is not always 70 degrees and sunny.

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AMDA Celebrates John Yeon & Northwest Modernist Architecture

Aubrey R Watzek House 2  | AMDA Celebrates John Yeon & Northwest Modernist Architecture

Published: June 16, 2014

Portland, Oregon architect John Yeon (1910-1994) had no formal architectural education, yet his style has influenced and inspired modern home plans across the country, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Barnsley: Craftsman Home with Vaulted Great Room, Fireplace & More!

The Barnsley Craftsman House Plans 21125  | The Barnsley: Craftsman Home with Vaulted Great Room, Fireplace & More!

Published: June 6, 2014

The Barnsley design is a lovely example of our Craftsman house plans. It features a low-pitched, gabled roof with deeply overhanging eaves—a very Craftsman touch.

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7 House Plans with Stunning Wine Cellars & Wet Bars

The Chatham Plan 2472  | <a href="http://houseplans.co/house-plans/2472/" title="The Chatham House Plan 2472">The Chatham House Plan 2472</a>: The Chatham’s wine cellar is compartmentalized for easy organization. Its location just off the kitchen makes it easy for chefs to select excellent wine pairings.  | 7 House Plans with Stunning Wine Cellars & Wet Bars

Published: May 28, 2014

Today we’re featuring Mascord house plans with stunning wine cellars and wet bars because we appreciate what a sanctuary a wine cellar and/or wet bar can be!

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An Inside Look at Craftsman House Plans [Infographic]

An Inside Look at Craftsman House Plans  | An Inside Look at Craftsman House Plans [Infographic]

Published: May 22, 2014

This infographic examines the many beloved interior features of Craftsman house plans. Learn more about the Arts & Crafts movement, Craftsman home features and take a look at one of Mascord's Craftsman-style home plans, the Halstad.

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Mascord Top 10: Ranch House Plans

The Westfall House Plan 1250  | <a href="http://houseplans.co/house-plans/1250/" title="The Westfall House Plan 1250">The Westfall House Plan 1250</a>: The Westfall combines the beauty of the Craftsman period with the functionality of a ranch to create an elegant living space. The Westfall boasts a columned front porch, and a wide-open “family triangle,” including a vaulted great room with exposed beams. This plan offers room to spread out, with an office, a den, a three-car garage, and a covered back porch.   | Mascord Top 10: Ranch House Plans

Published: May 19, 2014

There’s plenty to love about ranch homes—they’re functional, great for growing families, and excellent for aging in place. Check out our top ten best selling ranch house plans.

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The Harrisburg: Stunning, Prairie-style Contemporary House Plan

The Harrisburg Home Plans 1412  | The Harrisburg: Stunning, Prairie-style Contemporary House Plan

Published: May 14, 2014

The Harrisburg is a stunning example of Prairie and contemporary home design, with multiple wings and vaulted ceilings in many rooms. Let’s take an imaginary tour of this lovely, roomy home.

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Bungalows from Bad to Beloved: Craftsman House Plans Then & Now

The Hendrick Craftsman House Plans 2467  | Bungalows from Bad to Beloved: Craftsman House Plans Then & Now

Published: April 28, 2014

Most Realtors would agree: Craftsman house plans are popular among today’s homebuyers. But that hasn’t always been the case! Here we examine the love/hate relationship that America has had with the Craftsman bungalow.

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The Avondale: Craftsman-style Ranch House Plan with Stone Accents

The Avondale Craftsman-style Ranch House Plans 1149C  | The Avondale: Craftsman-style Ranch House Plan with Stone Accents

Published: April 21, 2014

You want it all: a beautiful home with a flexible floor plan that can gracefully support you into your golden years. This week’s featured house plan, the Avondale, is the perfect fit! This ranch house plan with Craftsman styling is single-story, making it perfect for aging in place.

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7 Cool House Plans with Cute Rooms for Kids

The Clearfield House Plan 2374   | <a href="http://houseplans.co/house-plans/2374/" title="The Clearfield House Plan 2374">The Clearfield House Plan 2374</a>: The Craftsman-inspired Clearfield home plan includes this bedroom, outfitted here to create the perfect little girl’s room. Note the built-in corner bookcase, which makes it a snap to store kids’ toys and books.   | 7 Cool House Plans with Cute Rooms for Kids

Published: April 10, 2014

When browsing home plans, what features do you prioritize? If you’re a parent, chances are that your kids’ needs pop to mind almost before your own! Here we present cute kids' rooms, culled from interiors of Mascord house plans.

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The Freewater: Spacious Narrow House Plan with Craftsman Charm

House Plan 22200: The Freewater  | The Freewater: Spacious Narrow House Plan with Craftsman Charm

Published: March 24, 2014

This week’s featured home, The Freewater, falls into the “narrow house plans” category. This house plan's Craftsman-lodge style complements outdoor views and promotes indoor/outdoor living whether you’re in the city or the country.

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