Ideas and Inspiration
Creating a Community From the Ground Up - Property Considerations
Creating a community as a property developer takes strategy and consideration. Check out these property considerations from Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc...Read More
The 5 Most Wanted Features in a New Home
Which lifestyle features are most requested by customers building homes like yours? Here's a few that are frequently discussed...Read More
Four Design Elements That Ensure Your Home Has Architectural Flair
Gone are the days when the basic rectangle or square was the most popular house plan design. Check out these design elements that ensure your new home has architectural dimension...Read More
Four Elements of Modern Farmhouse Design
With comfort and simplicity implemented into farmhouse design, it's only natural this style has remained a favorite. Look at some of the elements of modern farmhouse house plans...Read More
15 Ways To Spruce Up A Room
As you concentrate on finishing your interior decorating project in one room, other rooms in your house may look tired and bland in comparison to your newly designed space. So while you’re working on finishing that one incredible space, think about incorporating some of these refreshing ideas throughout your home to tie it all together...Read More
When choosing a design that’s right for you, consider your needs. Do you own at least one of everything and need a place to store all your goodies? Would the island become a catch-all or would it be a great place to prepare a meal and watch over the kids as they are doing their homework?..Read More
What You Need to Know about the Kitchen Work Triangle
Most people choose kitchens for the cabinets, the roomy counter space or the walk-in pantry, but not everyone chooses a kitchen based on its traffic flow...Read More
Why You Shouldn’t Skimp on Home Office Space
No matter where you look, you’ll find evidence that working from home is on the rise. What does all of this mean in terms buying and building a set of house plans?..Read More
Building the Ultimate Zombie Fortress
Survive the zombie apocalypse in style - The nation's best home design company shows you how to design a fortress for armageddon...Read More
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
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