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05

Pool House Paradise

Pool House Paradise  “For the woman who swelters in her kitchen or lolls in a drawing room, for the man who sits half his life in an office chair, an occasional swim does as much good as six months’ vacation. That weary feeling goes away for once, in the cool, quiet water. Tired men and tired women forget that stocks and cakes have fallen.”  ― Lynn Sherr, Swim: Why We Love the Water  Bring your vacation home.  Who doesn’t enjoy the freeing feeling of being in water?   Cool, refreshing, e...

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Jun
30

Low Country, Open Spaces

I was born and raised on a Carolina sea island and I carried the sunshine of the low-country, inked in dark gold, on my back and shoulders. Pat Conroy Low country homes are slightly elevated to allow those warm summer breezes to wander through open doors and drift lazily up the tall ceilings where the attic fan draws warm air and circulates a breeze throughout. Today, we have air conditioning and the doors stay closed to keep the heat (and mosquitoes) out- but the charm of low country remains, for both the interior and exterior. This home by...

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Jun
23

Open Spaces and More

Open Spaces and More   In some architectural circles, the debate might be in naming the father of modern architecture- was it Frank Lloyd Wright with his clean lines and integration of nature or was it Louis Henry Sullivan with his creation of skyscrapers? Perhaps Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is the architect you identify with as having the premier minimalist design. Function over form is the rule for all, and when you are looking for crisp, clean lines in home plans, desiring an open floor plan, this one, HPP 21343, is for you. By designer...

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Jun
14

French Country Estate

French Country Estate   Can you hear the cork popping on your chilled bottle of champagne while you consider making this beautiful French country style home your own?  This home is just shy of 3100 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, and is designed by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts Home Plans (HPP11937). With its asymmetrical design, a wandering, easy flow plan and varying roof lines, you will feel luxury and charm in this home, but it is of manageable size for comfort.   As is typical of the French Cou...

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Jun
08

Charming Relaxed Craftsman

Cozy Craftsman/2nd Home  This darling home is ideal for a second home on a lake, in the mountains or off a quiet country road.  If you’re looking for easy living with charm, this home needs to be considered.  If you prefer travelling to spending time at home, but need home to welcome you upon your returns, this is a great choice.  This two-story, 2010 square foot home, with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths is a Frank Snodgrass, of Living Concept Home Plans, design HPP-7752. Imagine the lovely afternoons or great even...

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Jun
02

Imagining, Then Choosing the Home for You

When warm summer breezes beckon you outside and bees lazily buzz from flower to flower, you might begin to think of where and when to build your next house. Then your thoughts may turn to design; which one fits my family without overbearing on resources? Which style should I choose? The French Country home is a desirable one. Also known as Country French, these houses are usually asymmetrical with varying roof lines and eaves with little or no overhang. Arched windows, stone and stucco for finishes help the home to blend in with the outside.&nb...

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May
26

Cottage House, European Style, Welcomes You Home

Cottage House, European Style, Welcomes You Home   Springtime, and your mind begins to wander. What kind of house plan should I choose?  European? Small? Large? What style? Begin here with this-a Cottage house plan, one that can be large or small, European or Craftsman, among other styles, and is usually built with warm materials such as cedar shakes and stone. This Cottage home plan by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans, HPP-8637, is that- a just right cottage that invites you inside with spacious room (2443 square feet...

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May
17

Low Country Farmhouse

Lovely Low Country Farmhouse  This endearing home is waiting for you.  Its deep and wide, covered front porch, classic in farmhouse style, wants to know when you will sit for a while with your sweet tea and a friend to chat with.  This easy, breezy feeling home, by Living Concepts House Plans architect Frank Snodgrass, with 2,932 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths, is the perfect plan for when you want to relax and slow the pace of life that can be thrust upon us. (HPP-12166)  The minute you drive into your d...

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May
11

Elegant and Traditional

Elegant Traditional Home  Elegant Simplicity.  Understated elegance.  Whatever you think of a traditional/colonial style home, you must add these words.  Gorgeous.  Elegant.  Understated perfection.  This gorgeous traditional style home (HPP-22870) by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans, can be as formal or as comfortable as you wish it to be. With 3,362 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths, you’ll love this home from day one.   From the elegant exterior of the arched window...

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May
05

Charming Craftsman Home, Efficient Square Footage

When searching for a home that is in the Craftsman Style, you will look for these characteristics: usually one story, a low roof, possibly an attic or bonus room (the latter specific to this plan), dormers (windows that project from a sloping roof), square pillars (columns) and wide eaves (where the roof overhangs) above a deep porch.   This beautiful Craftsman Home plan by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans, HPP 8190, meets that criteria and gives the homeowner a sense of welcome. The plan includes 2029 square feet of heated...

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