The Pembroke Plan: Possibilities

Do you remember when you graduated, high school or college? The emotions that caused tears of joy (I did it!) or relief (I’m done!). This plan by Living Concepts– The Pembroke Plan: Possibilities can evoke similar feelings, especially if you have been looking for that perfect house plan. Ah, the possibilities here! First, this is […]

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Lynbrook: The European Plan

Are you ready for a change? I was, so I started digging in my yard. Uprooting ugly bushes (I promise) and replacing them with azaleas. Maybe you are ready for a change, too. In that case, Lynbrook– the European Plan by Living Concepts is worth delving into. The home has 5831 square feet, with two […]

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The Radbourne: A Traditional Home

The Radbourne: A Traditional Home     The Explanation As I write this, it is a cool, wet, spring day. Perfect for frogs and worm-seeking birds. Yet, I know that those hot muggy days are just waiting to pop out, like the dandelions in our yard. Those months (yes, those long months) of sweat dripping […]

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The Essex- Jump on in!

“Many people cycle or swim to keep trim. But if swimming is so good for the figure, how do you explain whales?” Charles Saatchi Many moons ago, I swam a lot. Every day, in fact, the pool was open. Since then, I have swum in rivers, lakes, ponds, and my favorite- the ocean. If you love […]

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The Belvedere Plan-Commanding Inside and Out

Did you know that the word belvedere means designed to have a commanding view? Well, didn’t we both learn something new here today. And that is why the name fits perfectly. The Belvedere Plan by Living Concepts is one you cannot just walk on by without looking back. It begs you to look again and […]

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European Charm – The Coventry

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks….” – Shakespeare Based on that alone, I’m ready for this home.  Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts, has given us Coventry (E-3678), with over 4200 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, and plenty more space so we can fuel our European dreaming souls daily.  With a charming […]

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The Brantley Plan: A Traditional Home with Master Up

I recently made a loaf of Scandinavian Rye Bread. The recipe said it was dense, as it should be with grains like millet and wheat berries. And oh boy, they were not kidding. Unlike my recent baking experience, The Brantley Plan: A Traditional Home with Master Up by Living Concepts is a house plan destined […]

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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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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 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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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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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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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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