Published: July 21, 2016
Technology within the home includes things like surround sound home theater, massive stereos and kitchen tools like the microwave. Now they are connected!
Published: July 17, 2016
In some circles, the shipping container home trend is all the rage. It’s part of the “reuse, reduce, recycle” movement. However, some things aren’t meant to be reused
Published: July 13, 2016
If you’re in the planning or building phase of your new home, then you may not have thought about maintenance costs. Lets take a look at what you need to know.
Published: July 10, 2016
You’ve probably heard about refrigerators that warn you when the milk is getting low or kitchen tables that double as stovetops. But there are a few innovations that aren’t getting quite as much attention
Published: July 6, 2016
There are two types of contracts that builders use - “fixed price” and “cost-plus.” We’ll show you the details of both so that you can make the right choice
Published: June 29, 2016
The perfect mud room has many great features, not the least of which include storage, space for laundry and amenities like utility sinks.Check out these designs.
Published: June 23, 2016
In new home designs, tiled showers are extremely popular. Unlike traditional fiberglass showers, a tiled shower gives you the opportunity to customize to your heart’s content.
Published: June 9, 2016
What Are Builder Allowances? Pros and Cons of Builder Allowances? Find out in this quick discussion about how they are used, and their benefits.
Published: June 7, 2016
Imagine having your very own little vacation home. It doesn’t have to be in the woods. It could be a cottage on the coast, a hunting cabin or a lodge in the mountains. Whatever you’d like from your vacation home, we have house plans to match!
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
When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, there are so many little complexities that it’s easy to overlook some of the hidden factors that will drive up your rates or leave you unprotected
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.