First Home – Last Home – It’s Enough – The Selwyn

“He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.”- Lao Tzu Your heart beats loudly, you feel its rich pulse and thuds in your chest, your breathing might be short, and a scream or squeal just barely contained in your soul.  You have the energy of a sprinter to just dash around madly, without reserve, […]

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All Things Great and Small – Boulder Creek

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill Do small things in a great way……think about that.  Kindness in small ways, small packages offer great possibilities.  This house, too, although not great in size, is great in every other way.  The Boulder Creek (A-1883) by Frank Snodgrass […]

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The Biscayne Plan: Better with Porches!

If you were fortunate enough to grow up in a house with a screened porch, you probably heard the lament don’t let the screen door slam! And that was before the hinge was improved to prevent that. Ah, memories of running out the door and being out of sight before that happened. Open porch or […]

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The Edgewater Plan: A Cottage for Your Second Home

Some of my favorite series on Netflix list “fear” as an element in the parental guidance notes. We just finished watching the final episode of the new Lost in Space (loved it!) and I saw that word. Fear. Well, fear not here, because this plan by Living Concepts- The Edgewater Plan: A Cottage for Your […]

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Suite/Sweet Living – The Belingrath

“Cherish the fabulous, the fantastic, the beautiful, the graceful, the moments of abandon, laughter, quirkiness. Cherish the tiny incredible details, the gigantic & varied display, and the infinite depths — of life.” ― Jay Woodman What do you cherish?  Where is beautiful?  Which moments give you pause for appreciation?  Where do these events and feelings tend […]

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Hearth & Soul – The Hearthstone

Hearth & Soul– The Hearthstone The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there. – Ellie Rodriguez Hearth – a place, traditionally where a fire is/was kept for home heating or cooking.  A central area of the home.  Hearths were integral to homes and typically built of brick or stone.  […]

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The Amesbury Plan: A Mediterranean Gem (With a Guest Suite)

I write frequently that things are not always what they seem on the inside when looking from afar. For example, a house on a hill that is old, neglected even. But on closer inspection, reveals huge fireplaces, wide plank floors. A whole lotta money needed to fix it. True story for another time. This house […]

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Versailles: Elegance with Extras (a Guest Apartment)

Have you ever driven by a home, stopped to look at it and wondered…is it as elegant on the inside as it is on the outside? That is the Versailles- elegance with extras (a guest apartment). Let me explain. This house plan by Living Concepts, Versailles, has the amenities you might be looking for. A […]

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Back to the Basement – The Lucerne

“ Switzerland reminds me of the kid at high school who’s great at sports, has perfect hair, the best girlfriend, and the teachers all love him.  He’s just too perfect”. – Rick Steves Vacation Every Day There is a reason this home is called Lucerne (F-4264).   Lucerne ( a city in Switzerland), is a wonderful […]

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A Brighter Basement – The Brante-Glen

A Brighter Basement – The Brante-Glen: This home, the Brante-Glen (E-3754) has THE basement you want. With a light, bright, walk-out, open space, there won’t be creepy anything down here. With this great floor plan by Frank Snodgrass, of Living Concepts Home Plans, of 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, and over 3700 […]

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Back to the Basement: The Gatewood Plan

Once again, we are going back to the basement- the Gatewood Plan. The house plan with a full basement, that is. And here is another story about a basement. That old house I grew up in that I told you about last time? It must have been used for storage, plus room for one car […]

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A Brighter Basement: The Kipling Plan

A Brighter Basement: The Kipling Plan I grew up in a really old house with a basement. A creepy, dark non-functional basement that had these things that looked like a cross between crickets and spiders. And they would hop on you. I did not like that basement. However, the Kipling, a roomy Craftsman plan by […]

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Screen Time: Your Porch – The Arborgate

‘Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand.  Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.” – Jackson Browne, musician Screen Time:  Your Porch – The Arborgate Don’t think of screen time as something you look at on a box that projects images.  Real screen time is so […]

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Screen Time: Your Porch – The Emory

Charm: (v.) to delight greatly.  Synonyms: to please, win, captivate, allure, appeal to Seeing this home, The Emory (F-4099), by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts homes, you must feel, sense, and know this home radiates charm.  With just shy of 4100 square feet that brings you 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 10-foot ceilings, and loads of […]

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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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