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I love pretty much all about it: timeless retreat appeal, huge windows, ability to use solar paneling w/o them being too visible, fireplace nook..I would add some outside music here

I love pretty much all about it: timeless retreat appeal, huge windows, ability to use solar paneling w/o them being too visible, fireplace nook..I would add some outside music here

THIS!  This is my absolute dream home...for the moment!  Abberley Lane - Southern Living Idea Home - 2002.  It is DIVINE!

THIS! This is my absolute dream home...for the moment! Abberley Lane - Southern Living Idea Home - 2002. It is DIVINE!

Front Door transoms, low/wide front porch with easy & wide steps. Operable shutters around entire house. The brick path is to busy for me, I'd rather have a closely laid flagstone path.

Front Door transoms, low/wide front porch with easy & wide steps. Operable shutters around entire house. The brick path is to busy for me, I'd rather have a closely laid flagstone path.

Exterior: The Front | Using time-tested, durable materials with crisp lines, such as James Hardie board-and-batten siding, plank-style shutters, and a standing-seam metal roof, creates a simple silhouette that won’t tire over time.

Exterior: The Front | Using time-tested, durable materials with crisp lines, such as James Hardie board-and-batten siding, plank-style shutters, and a standing-seam metal roof, creates a simple silhouette that won’t tire over time.

Like all the cabinetry in the Cottage, the mudroom storage units were crafted by Harris Custom Cabinetry. The built-in bench, open below, handles just-shed shoes. Color is Olympic's Stormy Weather. Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Like all the cabinetry in the Cottage, the mudroom storage units were crafted by Harris Custom Cabinetry. The built-in bench, open below, handles just-shed shoes. Color is Olympic's Stormy Weather. Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

The Exterior - The 2016 Idea House - Southernliving. “When we settled on this corner property, it begged for a wraparound porch that faced both streets,” says Ingram about his Southern raised cottage. A relaxing side porch opens off the living room.

The Exterior - The 2016 Idea House - Southernliving. “When we settled on this corner property, it begged for a wraparound porch that faced both streets,” says Ingram about his Southern raised cottage. A relaxing side porch opens off the living room.

Historical Concepts is synonymous with traditional Southern architecture. Since 1982, the firm’s founder Jim Strickland and his team have been designing quality buildings that fit seamlessly into the Southern landscape. It’s no surprise that they were tapped onto the “Dream Team” to build this year’s Idea House — a timeless farmhouse.

Historical Concepts is synonymous with traditional Southern architecture. Since 1982, the firm’s founder Jim Strickland and his team have been designing quality buildings that fit seamlessly into the Southern landscape. It’s no surprise that they were tapped onto the “Dream Team” to build this year’s Idea House — a timeless farmhouse.

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