Published: March 16, 2016
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it's time to display your green with pride! Let's take a look at who is building green and what green innovations they are using. Which States are the Greenest States? What Green Building Innovations are Most Common?
Published: March 11, 2016
Daylight savings time is almost upon us, and that means a few things for the staff here at AMDA. None of us are particularly thrilled with the idea of losing an hour of sleep, but on the bright side, this is the perfect time to think about springtime and sunshine! :)
Published: March 9, 2016
The Prairie style was pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright during the early twentieth century. Wright drew inspiration from the wide, flat landscape of the American Midwest to create buildings that not only blended with their surroundings, but also complemented them. With low rooflines with large overhangs and simplistic designs, this style – despite being more than a century old – has a lasting contemporary look that makes it at home among other, newer home styles.
Published: February 10, 2016
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, we’ve seen a few great design trends that are sure to become even more popular over the coming year. If you’re building a new home – or doing an extensive remodel – here are some of the things that you can look forward to.
Published: February 8, 2016
Published: January 29, 2016
It might be a bit late to get started on a Man Cave for Super Bowl 50, but it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about the next big game right now. Around this time next year. Here’s a quick list of the things that your Super Bowl-worthy man cave will need.
Published: November 2, 2015
Mascord House Plans for Apple TV brings the Mascord collection of house plans to your living room! Browse fantastic designs, stunning photography and full screen images with your family and choose the right design to build.
Published: October 9, 2015
As perhaps one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned custom home design companies, we at Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc have certainly satisfied many unique requirements and produced designs that have covered a lot of interesting home design concepts - but we have seldom discussed a particular concept which is extremely important in this day and age - surviving the next zombie apocalypse!
Published: October 8, 2015
It's official - we live in *the future*! October 21st, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive, to save Marty's kids from a life of crime in the movie Back to The Future 2. Of course, as home designers, we're interested to see what came to be from those "predictions" which were made almost 30 years ago - so let's take a look!
Published: September 3, 2015
Exterior photos of a hillside home completed in the Summer of 2015. A difficult site with many topographical requirements only served to enthuse the designer to produce an outstanding solution for the homeowners. As you can see, the result is a wonderful contemporary home that takes advantage of the extensive views that the location offers.
Published: September 3, 2015
A gorgeously clean example of modern 21st century living. With a more traditional exterior with hints of what you'll find inside, this contemporary home is sure to wow homeowners and visitors alike. Incorporating carefully selected materials placed with intent, each room is pure eye-candy.
Published: August 12, 2015
Build a full quarter inch scale model of a REAL home design! Choose from four designs of varying degree of difficulty - and see how your dream home looks today. Love the home? Buy the plans and BUILD IT FOR REAL!
Published: August 10, 2015
We don't like to bang our own drum, but there are many times where others bang it for us! We decided we should honor those that honor us, and those that have participated in our award winning endeavors. Here's a selection of the awards we have been honored to receive over the years...
Published: July 30, 2015
If you’ve done some research, you’ve almost certainly heard the horror stories about draconian rules and crazed association members. But is an HOA really that bad? Here are some of the pros and cons so that you can make your own decision.
Published: July 26, 2015
At some point, every homeowner – and every home – will be faced with some type of severe weather, be it wind, rain, hail or something else. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider as you choose exterior building materials for your new house.
Published: July 19, 2015
An outdoor living space is just as nice as a front porch when it comes to spending time with your family. However, since this space is to the rear of a home, it affords you more privacy and security than a front porch.
Published: July 12, 2015
If you're shopping for a home plan, you likely already have a few favorite styles in mind. Maybe you even have a short list of favorite plans or some ideas about the furnishings you'll use. But have you thought about the more practical side of things?
Published: July 9, 2015
You know what’s popular now. A quick Google search will bring up all the latest in housing trends and technology. But will those trends keep your home’s value up over the long term? If you’re working on a custom home design, here are some of the things you can safely skip.
Published: July 7, 2015
Did you know that there are three different ways to balance your home? We aren’t talking about ways to perch your home on the edge of a cliff, either! Instead, the different balance styles – symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial – refer to the way your home’s interior, exterior and furnishings are arranged.
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!