New Plan Book

(2/12/2015) Too much water under the bridge since our last plan book was posted. We are working to correct this deficiency and hope the following will whet your appetite for new plans.

The newest plans come from the 1925 Home Builders' Blue Book by the William A. Radford company, one of the largest and most prolific plan publishers of that decade.

Winter 2015 Cover Image

We've been carrying on a love affair for years with 1920s illustrators ... especially the artists who created the illustrations for home magazines like House & Garden or House Beautiful. Posted here is the February 1921 image for House and Garden magazine featuring its "Annual Building Number." The illustration displayed here was created by H. George Brandt.

In the News

(2/13/2015) If you want to get a little design inspiration for your kitchen, check out Kitchens That'll Never Go Out of Style at Apartment Therapy. We're fans because there is so much creative thinking going on at AT, especially for small spaces like little old houses. We like the mix of modern within a vintage framework and of course we agree that the closer you stay to the original kitchen design and materials, the more staying power the kitchen design will have over time. Nothing says 1970 like avocado green and burnt orange or 2005 like cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Of course, you could just skip and go straight to our kitchen sources for inspiration too.

(2/11/2014) Over the years I've enjoyed reading articles on "new" old houses. Given the number of readers on AHS who have taken the time to inquire about building a home based on one of the plans published here, there seems to be a very healthy interest in creating a home based on vintage designs but with modern amenities. In some ways, it can be the best of both worlds. Here's a recent article from the Wall Street Journalyou might find interesting.

Gallery of 1920s Winter Illustration!

Just up is a brand new gallery of selected winter images from the late Teens and 1920s. We have more images and will be adding them now that the template is stable.

All of our images are available as hi-res files for your printing pleasure ... at a very modest cost. All images are scanned at high resolution from original sources. We've done the work, including restoration when necessary. Each individual image is available in its original size at 300 dpi for as little as $3.95 each. Email us for information.

Book Review

Finnish Log Construction

Unheralded and self-published, Finnish Log Construction—The Art, is a small 105-page book that contains the collected knowledge and wisdom of long-time preservationist, Frank Eld of Long Valley, Idaho. It's a paperback book with dozens of color pictures, descriptive illustrations, and history of the art and craftsmanship of Finnish log house architecture. We were doing some research on a local log house, never suspecting its deep historical foundation in both Scandinavian and American history.

It's a handcrafted book with heart and love for these old houses on every page. We love it and think you might find it interesting, too! More ...

Rustic Style — 1900 to 1960

One home style that was always on the radar and continues to be popular with a small group of home builders is the rustic style, most frequently expressed now as a log home. From 1900 to 1960, rustic, artistic, small houses were built at the beach and in the mountains as getaways and summer homes. More ...

Interested in more vintage house plans?

See dozens more at Bungalow Home Style with its focus on just bungalows. Is modern your style? Check out the plans at Mid Century Home Style.

Maybe you just want small ... new or old. Reducing your footprint and minimizing your lifestyle can have far reaching benefits. Small House Living is about living better with less.

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