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!
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!