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 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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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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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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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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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 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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A Recipe for Living Well-the Savannah House Plan

Have you ever looked through a cookbook with complete indecision about what to prepare? The pictures beg you to stay on that page, while you peruse the ingredients (do I have this? that?). Shopping for house plans can be like that, too. Oh, this one looks great and so does this one. Hard to choose, […]

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Brave New House

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner Building a new home takes courage.  It takes guts, perseverance and patience.  It takes vision and creativity.  It takes the desire for newness and excitement to become reality.  With this transitional home, Sterling (C-2677), by Living […]

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Traditional Transitional

“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” – Gustav Mahler Borrowing from Traditional house plans of the past and introducing new products and the lifestyles of today makes for great Traditional house plans.  Most people associate a Traditional house plan with Colonial or Georgian styles, but really, Traditional style is […]

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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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Leaving the Old Behind: The Ashford Plan

You know what a tradition is- like eating that yummy fruitcake your grandmother always made during the holidays (grimace here) or having the whole family dress alike for group photos (grin here). Perhaps some traditions are better left behind-that way, you may begin new ones. Planning for a new house is definitely an adventure, and […]

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