Screen Time: Your Porch – The Woodhaven Plan

Screen Time: Your Porch – The Woodhaven Plan (An aside- for the next few weeks, we will be focusing on home plans like the Woodhaven that share a certain feature. The title should make it obvious-  currently it’s the screen porch, an invaluable commodity whether you live North or South, East or West. Future blogs […]

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Ivystone, A European Home with Extras

A European Home with Extras-extra what? Like extra cream in your coffee or sugar in your tea, anything “extra” can define a product. The Ivystone, a European home with extras, is one you will want to explore. At 4123 square feet, the house plan by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts, has two stories with four […]

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Worth It – The Traditional Beckworth

Worth It – The Beckworth Contrary to what a certain song indicates, one is not the loneliest number.  Singularity is not alone or ‘just one’.  Singularity is strong and solid and comfortable in its own being.  Think of what is singular – what is just one?  The Statue of Liberty, the GRAND Canyon, The Eiffel […]

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Good Bones Good Start – the Normandy

Good Bones  Good Start – the Normandy This ‘good bones – good start’ plan is Normandy (B-2497).  Frank Snodgrass, of Living Concepts House Plans, has brought you the base, the guide, for your 3,900 square foot, 2-story, 3 bed, 3.5 bath Traditional style home.  If you chose to make this your own, there is plenty […]

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The Baymar, a Craftsman Cottage

The Baymar, a Craftsman Cottage I recently made plans for a beach trip next year. Why so early? Because you need to plan ahead. The bigger the event (weddings and reunions, for example), the more thought needs to go into the project. Similarly, when you are planning for your new home, you will want to […]

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The Fincastle Plan, European Old World Design

The Fincastle Plan, European Old World Design Spoiler alert– do not read this paragraph if you are still watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. I just finished Collection 8 and Peter, from Scotland, won. The youngest ever plus the first Scottish winner. And I was thinking, because Scotland reminds me of moors and […]

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Carrington: Traditional Excellence Right Here

Carrington: Traditional Excellence “So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow glazed with rainwater beside the white chickens” – William Carlos Williams This is one of my favorite poems – not written in the format Mr. Williams did, but you get the idea.  So much depends…….. Houses are like that too.  So much depends……on making the […]

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French Country – Dreaming The Dunkirk

Bienvenue a la Maison – French Country awaits you Dunkirk – French Style I have been dreaming, like many,  of just wanting to run away from these wild days of late and be somewhere new.  Over said 18 months, I have seen more Hallmark Channel movies than I should admit.  One of my favorites takes […]

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The Promenade Plan, A Bungalow Home

The Promenade Plan, A Bungalow Home Some things are just better left to the experts. Need to drywall a room in your house? Oh, they make it look so easy on the DIY network-but, no, it isn’t. Want to cut your own hair? Yup, I’ve done that, too. (Still waiting for it to grow out). […]

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The Traditional Home: the Brickmoore Plan

The Traditional Home: the Brickmoore Plan I recently went to the beach. When I was there, the sun would peek out every now and then from the cloud cover. Coastal areas can be like that- a bit of gloom then full of light, especially when the sun has set and the moon casts its guiding […]

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Farmhouse Fabulous – The Westcott

Farmhouse Fabulous – The Westcott This fabulous farmhouse style home by Living Concepts Frank Snodgrass, the Westcott (C-2604), brings both cottage and craftsman features into one great plan.  Cottage does not equate with small and cute.  Cottage associates with warm building materials of cedar shake, brick, stucco, stone and solid wood beams.  Craftsman brings you […]

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Oh La La Lamare Cottage Perfection

   Lamare Cottage Perfection This lamare plan is cottage perfection.  Maybe a lesson learned over the last 12 months has been to cherish family and friends.  Likewise, perhaps you learned that vacations are not always on our time schedule either.  The world has a way of throwing curves.  Consequently,  gambling with the timelines or effects of […]

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The Boddington, Your European Home

The Boddington, Your European Home The Olympics have started, and I am not getting much done at home. Glued to the TV, in fact. You know how that is-you hold your breath until the swimmer touches the side of the pool or the diver (gasp!) completes that inward three and a half somersault. Or that […]

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The Faircrest, a Low Country Home

The Faircrest, a Low Country Home Sometimes you want all that hustle and bustle inside your home because it is filled with joyful noise. Like kids laughing and playing. Then, some days, you just want to take your cup of coffee or tea and sit outside, listening to the squirrel and chickadee chatter. You can […]

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It’s not in the rough, this is a diamond plan

As a huge aficionado of jewels, most specifically diamonds, I look at stones as beautiful possibilities and open options.   As I plan my jewelry designs, quality and purchases (down to devilish details), it matters to me that what I purchase means something to me.  With big purchases of any sort, I deal with my needs […]

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The Ledoux- a Summit of Your Own

The G 7 Summit recently took place in Cornwall (if you have ever watched Outlanders or Poldark, you know how beautiful the scenery can be). Eight world leaders gathered for three days to discuss global issues and (hopefully) make major decisions on how to make the world a better, safer place. Summit- meeting. But a […]

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The Perfect Combination- the Turgon House Plan

Eric Carle, a much-loved children’s author and illustrator, recently passed away. If you have ever read to children, then you know that his books were cherished by children and adults, with stories that still resonate. He used the perfect combination of vibrant colors, texture and words to convey his message, such as The Very Hungry […]

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