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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.