Monday, November 8, 2010

My New House???

No, I'm not moving anytime soon.  The Shack and I are still happily together on our quiet (usually) cul-de-sac.  However, someday I really want to build a house on some land that my grandparents bought in the very early 1960s, that my dad now owns.  I already have the location picked out, although, I won't be able to do anything until Dad retires from deer hunting (I want to build just about where his stand is).  Let me describe the location to give you an idea.  Dad has 80 acres of land with beautiful rolling hills.  The land is very wooded (more so every year...Dad has to have an oasis set up for the deer!).  The location I have chosen is atop a hill in the center of the land.  About 200 feet from the location I have chosen is a pond, which is hidden by trees, which I would clean out so that I could see the pond.  You can't see the location from the road, and you can't see it from any of the property lines either.  Complete secluded bliss.  Not only that, but there is a wild prairie hay meadow just behind the piece of pasture land that I want to build on.  I want to clear out the fence row, so that I can see the beautiful prairie wild flowers each spring in the meadow.  Ah, it's my calming happy place.

I think that I may have chosen the house plan that I would build there.  Lots of floor-to-ceiling windows to let all of nature's beauty in.  Of course, it's a mid-century ranch plan.  I don't know that I would live in anything else.

I found this Celotex Book of Today's New Homes in the same box of magazines that I found all of those pictures of Harry S Truman in. (Did you know that "S" was Truman's middle name?  His parent's couldn't settle on which family member he would be named after, and as both names started with an "S", they simple named him Harry S Truman.  There is no period after the S as it is not his initial, it's his complete middle name).

Anyway, I believe that the booklet dates to 1955, and the 22 homes contained in it are even better than the ones in the booklet I shared last week.  I finally found one that I think I could live in forever.

This house, plan number 48, has everything that I am looking for.  I would probably rearrange the kitchen a little, but that's no big deal.  Doesn't it look great with those long, low lines? (You can click on the photos to see them larger).  I may also have to find a way to change the carport into a 2 car garage.  Still the floor plan is great, in my opinion.

The three bedrooms are all spacious, which is usually a challenge to find in a mid-century home plan, two bathrooms, the place where the stairs to the basement are located is large enough to change into a utility room, and the family area is large enough to put a small kitchen table, and a love seat and a chair.  I'm fairly certain that I would do away with the fence around the front terrace.  The whole idea of a house in such a secluded location is that you can see nature, especially with those enormous windows / sliding doors.

I may try to share more of these floor plans.  My collection is growing, and they're all so interesting!  Have a great Monday!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful place and love the house plans!

  2. Can I have your house when you build it? =)

  3. I found your blog via 1950s atomic ranch house. These plans are really impressive. I posted not so long ago about the possibility of building my house on my blog. I found some plans online but these are gorgeous - I reckon I could live in that house forever too!
    Love, love, love it.

    (if you're interested, that post was here -

  4. Interesting tidbit about President Harry Truman.

    If you like 1950's houses, you would surely like the Dymaxion round house designed by Buckminster Fuller. There is one prototype left and it's at the Henry Ford museum. Really neat.


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