4 Things I Hate About Our New Mascord Home
Custom home design sounds like a wonderful idea, doesn’t it? Well, it turns out that there are a few disadvantages. While I love almost everything about my home, there are a few things that I absolutely hate...Read More
Deconstructing Shipping Container Homes
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..Read More
Want a Cabin in the Woods? Check out These Four Vacation Home Plans!
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!..Read More
Does Your Home Have What It Takes to Host a Super Bowl Party?
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...Read More
Building the Ultimate Zombie Fortress
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!..Read More
The Future Is Now!
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!..Read More
Now You Really Can Build Your Dream Home Today!
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!..Read More
Homeowners Associations: Should You Avoid Them?
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...Read More
Choosing Materials That Stand Up to Extreme Weather
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...Read More
How to Choose Your Dream House Plan - And Make Sure it Fits with Reality
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?..Read More
How to Create a Perfectly Balanced Home
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...Read More
Is a Green Roof Right for You?
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!..Read More
5 Great House Plan Features That Your Dad WIll Love
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?..Read More
Defining Features of Tudor Homes
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...Read More
5 Tips That Will Help You Choose the Right Professionals for Your Project
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...Read More
4 Home Plans with the Midcentury Modern Look
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!..Read More
Defining Midcentury Modern Design
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...Read More
How to Choose the Perfect Windows
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...Read More
6 Home Plans that the Modern Generation will Love
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!..Read More
5 Features Everyone Wants in a New Home
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...Read More