The Ashburton: Making Best Use of Inside and Out

Like the Atwell plan by Living Concepts, the Ashburton: Making Best Use of Inside and Out, realizes that the outside space is nearly as important as what’s inside. Almost. When we are prone to wander outside on a beautiful day, we do want our living area that is outside the confines of four walls to […]

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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 Florence Plan: Master Suite Up

Trapped. The little wren was trapped inside our home (briefly, flew out unharmed later). Have you ever had that feeling of being trapped in your own home? And know that you need more room? This European house-The Florence Plan: Master Suite Up by Living Concepts, reminds me of openness. It has four bedrooms, two kitchens, […]

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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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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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Little Scenes, Different Angles

Little Scenes, Different Angles Nora Jones speaks of her songs as being “little scenes, different angles.” Artists create little and big scenes all over the world- some may be visual works of art, written or musical pieces. Consider architecture as one of those scenes, with sharp angles that draw attention, mesmerizing oneself, or slopes that […]

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Barbarossa: A Craftsman Home with A Basement

No, not Barbarella, a movie with Jane Fonda, but Barbarossa, a craftsman home with a basement. This beautiful house plan by Living Concepts  has 2,764 heated square feet, three bedrooms, four full bathrooms and room for some serious recreation. An aside- the name Barbarossa actually means “surrounded by palms.” (For history buffs, it was also […]

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