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6 Home Plans that the Modern Generation will Love

Southwestern ranch  | <b><a href='//houseplans.co/house-plans/1246' title='House Plan 1246 - The Houston' >The Houston: </a></b><br>
This home blends contemporary style with one thing that millennial homeowners love: An open, multi-functional floor plan. In the Houston, the living room, kitchen, dining room and the outdoor living area transition together seamlessly.  | 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!

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5 Features Everyone Wants in a New Home

Open Floor Plans  | <h3>Open Floor Plans</h3>
There are many reasons why open floor plans are so popular. Combined living, dining and kitchen areas make a home feel more spacious, and they also allow natural light to flow throughout the primary living space while giving you excellent views of the outdoors from every angle. All that extra space also makes an open floor plan ideal for entertaining your guests.  | 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.

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Essential Elements of the Victorian Home

Victorian Home  | VIctorian Home - Plan 22128  | 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.

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Designing with Light

color temperature chart  | color temperature chart  | 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.

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Choosing the Perfect Wood for Your Home

Pine finish material  | <b>Pine:</b> With a yellow tone and curvy grain pattern, this wood works well for country designs – particularly those that make use of distressed or antiqued finishes.  | 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.

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Meeting Energy Efficiency Requirements of the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code

OR 2014  | Energy efficiency measures table from ORSC 2014  | 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.

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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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