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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Essential Elements of the Victorian Home
Victorian architecture first emerged in the 1830's, and it continued to be one of the more popular building styles through the early twentieth century. This style is named after Queen Victoria who, as the longest reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, ruled from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian homes of her era were fanciful constructions – usually two to three stories high with elaborate interior and exterior designs. We will take an in-depth look at some of the elements unique to this architectural style.
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Designing with Light
When designing or decorating a home, it’s easy to be caught up in the colors and material choices. However, lighting is even more important than either of these considerations. Designing with light is not about the shape of your fixtures or the lamps and shades that you choose, but rather the color, placement and intensity of your lighting.
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Not So 'Grimm' Custom Contemporary
This wonderful Portland contemporary home was featured in the hit NBC series 'Grimm' - as Captain Raynard's home. The open floorplan, extensive outdoor areas and clean lines take full advantage of the home's location, which overlooks downtown Portland and the Fremont bridge.
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Building for a Specific Location: A Lake House
When you think of a lake house, what kinds of images come to mind? Many people think of lake houses as run-down shacks, or luxurious estates. The truth is, your lake house does not have to fit either of these stereotypes. It can simply be a well-designed, modestly sized home that takes advantage of the lovely view of the water.
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It's All in the Details - A Killer Bathroom Shelf Design!
A part of the Aurea home design (plan 2453), this shelving unit is extremely popular on Houzz.com and has been added to over 150,000 ideabooks! We think you'll like it too, and we also have plenty of other creative home design ideas to share.
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Easily Modify the Exterior Style of a Home to Suit a Different Style
What are the popular home exterior styles in your area? Each region has its own preferences, and unless you want your house to stick out like a sore thumb, it's wise to keep them in mind when choosing a home plan. However, it's wide to bear in mind that the exterior style of many home designs can be easily changed.
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A New Home of Our Own - We're Moving!
We have proudly called Portland home since our inception and are now looking forward to a new office location! Beginning July 21st we will be operating out of new office space at 2187 Reed Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR. This new location, not too far from the 405 and our previous location, offers enhanced creative spaces, provides much improved customer parking, and will be a place we can help bring our clients' home design dreams to life.
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The 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams
The NW Natural Street of Dreams is returning July 26th! This annual event brings custom home designs to Portland and allows guests to experience the finest custom homes the Northwest has to offer. One of our home plans will be featured in this year's Street of Dreams and it marks our 32nd appearance in the show.
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Contemporary House Plans with Warm & Inviting Interiors
Many of Mascord's contemporary house plans boast living spaces with warm and inviting interiors. These home plans offer the perfect solution when building where the weather is not always 70 degrees and sunny.
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AMDA Celebrates John Yeon & Northwest Modernist Architecture
Portland, Oregon architect John Yeon (1910-1994) had no formal architectural education, yet his style has influenced and inspired modern home plans across the country, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.
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7 House Plans with Stunning Wine Cellars & Wet Bars
Today we’re featuring Mascord house plans with stunning wine cellars and wet bars because we appreciate what a sanctuary a wine cellar and/or wet bar can be!
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An Inside Look at Craftsman House Plans [Infographic]
This infographic examines the many beloved interior features of Craftsman house plans. Learn more about the Arts & Crafts movement, Craftsman home features and take a look at one of Mascord's Craftsman-style home plans, the Halstad.
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Bungalows from Bad to Beloved: Craftsman House Plans Then & Now
Most Realtors would agree: Craftsman house plans are popular among today’s homebuyers. But that hasn’t always been the case! Here we examine the love/hate relationship that America has had with the Craftsman bungalow.
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7 Cool House Plans with Cute Rooms for Kids
When browsing home plans, what features do you prioritize? If you’re a parent, chances are that your kids’ needs pop to mind almost before your own! Here we present cute kids' rooms, culled from interiors of Mascord house plans.
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Home Designs that Let In the Light
When it comes to home plans, owners want spacious, thoughtfully designed homes that let the natural light in. Our home plan design experts create spaces that help homeowners maximize natural light year-round.
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