Homeowners Associations: Should You Avoid Them?
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.
Choosing Materials That Stand Up to Extreme Weather
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.
Why Outdoor Living Areas are Replacing the Traditional Front Porch
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.
How to Choose Your Dream House Plan - And Make Sure it Fits with Reality
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?
Building a Home with Lasting Value
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.
How to Create a Perfectly Balanced Home
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.
Is a Green Roof Right for You?
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!
We're Putting the Pedal to the Metal - Literally!
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.
5 Great House Plan Features That Your Dad WIll Love
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?
Flooring Trends - Where Do You Stand?
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.
Home Design Features That Gardeners Will Love
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?
Choosing the right elements for your mud room
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!
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.