The Drawing Board

My Dearest Readers,

Today, I come to you to tell you I have been keeping a secret. A secret surprise, that is. And it’s for you!

For the past several months I have spent hours upon hours at my drawing board sketching a portfolio of home designs to share with you. There are fifty in all, and I’ve named each one for one of our fifty states.

It’s on my bucket list to visit every state at least once. I think that’s probably a popular bucket list item. I’ve been to something more than 30, up and down the east coast and east to west across the southern states. I do admit to using my imagination, pictures and scenes from tv shows as the settings for several of my designs.

As you will see, the designs have been thoughtfully crafted for the all-American family – which is as diverse as the shells on a seashore. Some designs are of big homes and some of small homes. Some have two to three stories while others are one floor. There are designs for narrow lots, wide lots, flat lots and sloped lots. But, all of the designs have my signature woven through them of carefully laid out flow and function, classy details, consideration for the budget-minded and sympathy for the builder.

Are you excited? I AM! Sooooooooo, drumroll please!!! I present to you…..MISS OHIO!

Ohio Front Elevation

Ohio First Floor

Ohio Second Floor

This is a very family oriented design, with an open living area for everyone to congregate that expands onto two outdoor living spaces, a pergola covered deck on one side and a terrace on the other, as smoothly as opening the glass doors. Can’t you see your family having summer barbeques with the kiddos running barefoot in the grass? Or how about hosting the extended family for Thanksgiving in this entertainer’s dream?

For day-to-day living, every family with kids deserves a mudroom where the sports gear and grass-stained sneakers can be contained, a laundry room where a full basket of clothes can be easily wielded, and enough pantry space to accommodate stocks of supplies after a trip to Costco or BJ’s. This plan also has the option of adding a garage off to the right either during the initial build or at a later phase.

Upstairs there is welcoming library nook on the way to three generous-sized bedrooms with ample closet space. The master suite enjoys a french balcony overlooking the terrace and its own stylish bath. The two childrens’ bedrooms share a compartmentalized bathroom.

The curbside appeal of this design is certain to be an eye-catcher. Of course, there are various options, but as shown the craftsman style with stone accents and stained wood trim details are quite attractive, whether in the country or in a cozy in-town neighborhood.

I hope you like Miss Ohio! I certainly enjoyed creating her and I’m looking forward to sharing many more sketches from my drawing board with you. Next up….Alabama!

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