The compact Alden is easy to build, heat and maintain

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Brick veneer columns add to the traditional-style Alden’s look of secure permanence. The one on the left is truly a column, supporting and accenting the porch. What looks like another column on the right is actually part of a matched set of slender wall sections flanking the garage door.

The interior living space measures in at nearly 1400 square feet. Its compact floor plan makes the home economical to build, heat, and maintain, which is equally appealing to families starting out, and empty nesters looking to downsize. With minor changes, it could be wheelchair accessible.

It doesn’t feel small inside. Entering through the covered porch, you step into a bright and spacious gathering space that fills the left side of the home, front to rear. A gas fireplace tucks into the front corner of the living room, next to a bank of multipaned windows facing the street. More light washes in through high side windows in the living room, and taller windows in the dining area.

A raised eating/conversation bar marks the boundary of the dining area and an otherwise open kitchen. Standing at the built-in cook top, family cooks can serve up informal meals and snacks directly from pots and pans to plates and bowls. The sink’s window offers a view of the partially covered patio and outdoor landscape beyond. Patio access is via sliding glass doors.

Bedrooms, bathrooms and utilities fill the right side of the Alden. The owners’ suite at the rear has a roomy walk-in closet, plus a private bathroom with a shower and dual vanity. Secondary bedrooms share the main bathroom, while laundry facilities are in the pass-through utility room that links with the two-car garage.

Visit for more information or to search our home plans. A review plan of the Alden 30-904, including floor plans, elevations, section, and artist’s conception, can be purchased for $25. Our home plan catalog, featuring more than 550 home plans, costs $15. Both are available online, by mail or phone. Add $5 s/h. Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402, (800) 634-0123.