Is a Green Roof Right for You?
Published: June 28, 2015
If you’ve heard the buzz about green or “living” roofs, you’re probably wondering if this is truly an efficient upgrade. Green roofs may be eco-friendly, but are they difficult to maintain? Are they more or less cost effective than other energy-efficient roofing solutions? Read on to learn whether green roofs are right for your home!
We're Putting the Pedal to the Metal - Literally!
Published: June 18, 2015
The Disturbed Racing team's Top Alcohol Funny Car, co-owned by Alan Mascord, is figuratively and literally hitting the ground running, having had several successful test runs ahead of a tough first racing season ahead of them.
5 Great House Plan Features That Your Dad WIll Love
Published: June 18, 2015
Awesome Dads are great at delivering on all the things kids and mothers want. Smart Kitchens, playrooms, trampolines... but what does Dad say when you ask him what he wants?
Flooring Trends - Where Do You Stand?
Published: June 14, 2015
With so much buzz about new and inventive flooring products, it’s hard to separate the real trends from buzz-worthy fads. Which flooring materials are builders recommending, and what are homeowners actually installing? Let's take a look at some of the most popular flooring materials on the market, and see how you might put them to use.
Home Design Features That Gardeners Will Love
Published: May 31, 2015
Often, landscaping is molded around the design of a home, almost as an afterthought. What if it was the other way round - and you designed your home around your love for gardening?
Choosing the right elements for your mud room
Published: May 26, 2015
A great mud room has many great features, that makes it one of the most useful rooms in a house. Check out these awesome examples, and be inspired!
Calculating the Square Footage of Residential Homes
Published: May 20, 2015
This is an explanation of how Alan Mascord Design Associates calculates the total square footage shown on house plans and custom home designs.
Defining Features of Tudor Homes
Published: May 13, 2015
The Tudor style has been around in one form or another since the early 16th century. Although this style originated in Europe, it experienced a revival in the United States during the early 20th century and again more recently towards the end of the 20th century.
5 Tips That Will Help You Choose the Right Professionals for Your Project
Published: May 10, 2015
The key to a smooth, successful home building project is a great working relationship both your designer and your general contractor. Home building is fraught with pitfalls – plans that change, issues with suppliers, approaching deadlines and more. These tips will not only help you choose professionals you can trust, but also show you how to build a strong relationship with them.
4 Home Plans with the Midcentury Modern Look
Published: May 7, 2015
On the outside, flat roofs, square designs and multitudes of windows characterize midcentury modern design. Inside, these homes blend form and function with simple, yet versatile open floor plans. Originally hailing from the 1950s and 60s, midcentury modern home designs are becoming popular once again. Here are some of our favorite homes with the midcentury modern look!
Defining Midcentury Modern Design
Published: May 5, 2015
When discussing modern design, a number of themes come to mind, from industrial to contemporary styles. Midcentury modern design is one of those themes. In fact, many in the design world view midcentury modern as the precursor to other modern design styles.
How to Choose the Perfect Windows
Published: May 4, 2015
There’s more to windows than just the looks. A particular window style might look great with your home’s style, but will it provide enough light or ventilation to the interior of the home? What about privacy? Before you make a final decision on the window styles for your new home, we will show you some of the most important factors to consider.
6 Home Plans that the Modern Generation will Love
Published: March 15, 2015
As the millennial generation comes of age, more and more are buying and building homes. When it comes to designs, this group of people has exacting standards. They like open floor plans, innovative architectural styles, and homes that are both multi-functional and efficient. The following home plans have everything this generation desires and more!
5 Features Everyone Wants in a New Home
Published: March 12, 2015
People may disagree about the merits of granite countertops or stainless steel appliances. However, there are a few features that almost everyone would love to have in a new home. From efficient designs to outdoor living areas, here are the features that no homeowner can do without.
Essential Elements of the Victorian Home
Published: March 7, 2015
Victorian architecture first emerged in the 1830's, and it continued to be one of the more popular building styles through the early twentieth century. This style is named after Queen Victoria who, as the longest reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, ruled from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian homes of her era were fanciful constructions – usually two to three stories high with elaborate interior and exterior designs. We will take an in-depth look at some of the elements unique to this architectural style.
Designing with Light
Published: March 5, 2015
When designing or decorating a home, it’s easy to be caught up in the colors and material choices. However, lighting is even more important than either of these considerations. Designing with light is not about the shape of your fixtures or the lamps and shades that you choose, but rather the color, placement and intensity of your lighting.
Choosing the Perfect Wood for Your Home
Published: March 4, 2015
When building a new home, one of the most challenging tasks is selecting the proper wood for flooring, cabinets, trim and other elements. Not only are there color choices to think about, but also grain patterns, durability and style. There are far too many species to list here, but we can get you started with a quick look at some of the most popular woods available today.
Meeting Energy Efficiency Requirements of the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code
Published: January 5, 2015
With the adoption of the 2014 version of the code, only minor adjustments were made to the energy efficiency options which are provided to further enhance building energy performance. The code first prescribes a basic set of energy requirements in the form of thermal ratings and construction methods, and then provides a list of “additional measures”, from which two choices must be made. These choices range from relatively simple to those that are more complex, costly, or involve energy modeling or performance testing.
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.
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.