Islander Cottage (SL1951) House Plan by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

Islander Cottage (SL1951) House Plan by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

Wow, right? I love the house, the garage AND the covered breezeway leading to both the house and the upstairs guest suite from the house. A wonderful place to live or be a guest! I like this modern farmhouse plan a lot. You can see some of the real-life images – which really helps when trying to think about how you would live in a plan…

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House Plan: Small Cottage plan TNH-SC-17B by Moser Design Group

TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group
TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group

Moser Design Group… FABULOUS house plans. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you may want to check them out! Gorgeous, timeless design. Fred and I saw this plan being built in Palmetto Bluff, SC – gorgeous! Matter of fact, you could rent it! Just noticed that you can no longer rent this house… darn, it would have been a good way to see how the plan works for you!

TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group
TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group

I love, love, love how the master bedroom/bathroom is separated by the rest of the house by a screened in porch and hallway… how wonderful, it’s like a separate little house. I love that! Unique!

TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group
TNH SC 17 B by Moser Design Group

Moser offered a few variations on the upstairs, I like option B which includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and STORAGE! I. LOVE. STORAGE! Be sure to check out the other MOSER house plans… lovely!

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House Plan: Plan TNH-SC-47A by Moser Design Group!

TNH-SC-47A Houseplan by Moser Design Group
TNH-SC-47A Houseplan by Moser Design Group

Moser Design Group has some fabulous house plans. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are located in Beaufort, SC – they have their plans online and the site is easy to navigate. I selected one that I really like. It’s 1,693 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The ceiling height downstairs is an impressive 10′, while upstairs the ceiling height is 8’6″. I love the bungalow cottage look of this house. The fabulous porch really makes it! What you don’t see is a screened porch around back… very nice!

TNH-SC-47A House Plan by Moser Design Group
TNH-SC-47A House Plan by Moser Design Group

This is an open plan with the living/dining all in one room, which would work perfectly for us! The kitchen is an impressive 12’x13′ – I cannot imagine! What a treat to have a screened porch off the kitchen. It would be nice to be able to open that door while you’re cooking in the cooler months!

TNH-SC-47A House Plan by Moser Design Group
SECOND FLOOR – TNH-SC-47A House Plan by Moser Design Group

Can I say… I love storage? Ok. I LOVE STORAGE! And there is plenty of it fit into this house plan! I’m not a packrat by any means, but it’s nice to have a place to put certain things like Christmas decorations, out of season clothing, or things that you use on occasion (luggage, etc).

Read a blip about Moser Design Group, Inc – from their website:


Over the past 20 years, Eric Moser, President of Moser Design Group, Inc. (MDG), and his staff of professionals have built a reputation as designers of fine custom residential architecture.  Their primary focus over the past decade and a half  has established the firm as a major proponent of the New Urban movement.  As a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the New Urban Guild, and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America, MDG dedicates their work to the planning and architectural fulfillment of New Urban and Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TND’s).
MDG’s involvement with New Urbanism began in Beaufort, SC in 1992 with the pioneering neighborhood of Newpoint.  Since then, they have been involved with many TND’s including Eric’s home town of Habersham in Beaufort, SC.  In 1997 Eric participated with the highly acclaimed firm, DPZ Architects in the planning charrette for Habersham.  Today it is a growing, vibrant coastal village where Eric chairs the Architectural Review Board and works closely with town founder Bob Turner in fulfilling the town plan.
Eric is a frequent consultant on charrettes across the United States for new and old towns, infill projects, hamlets, and neighborhoods. He collaborates with other professionals to plan, analyze and reintroduce the historic local and regional building patterns that made most old towns so successful and memorable. MDG has established itself as one of the most prominent providers of Traditional Neighborhood building types, ranging from 600 square foot bungalows, to manor houses to town center civic buildings.  Over time, this broad array of experience has allowed the team at MDG to refine the craft of place making. 
The firm has also been active in the Katrina and Rita recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast.  Eric was a participant of the Mississippi Renewal forum and remains very active in developing and providing emergency housing solutions for the victims of the storms.  A significant portion of that work has been the design of multiple Katrina Cottages and building relationships with manufactured and modular home companies to affect the quick delivery of dignified, permanent alternatives to FEMA trailers.  A MDG Katrina Cottage design was chosen as one of the first four plans to be engineered into a material package in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.
MDG endeavors to provide high quality authentic designs and stay involved with the growing number of New Urban projects.  The firm is also dedicated to finding new approaches to make their buildings and projects more sustainable.
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House Plan Thursday: The Sugarberry Cottage, Southern Living Plan SL-1648

HousePlan Sugarberry SL front

Sugarberry SL-1648 -An Exclusive Design for Southern Living by Moser Design Group

This Southern Living house plan, SL 1648 “Sugarberry” was built on an empty lot in our neighborhood. It blends nicely with the older homes. It is absolutely the most adorable cottage ever! We had the pleasure of watching it being built and the result was nothing short of spectacular. It has great presence for a somewhat smaller house (1714 sq. ft.).

Here’s the plan, from Southern Living House Plans:

HousePlan SugarberryCottage emoser SL

One thing different (that I love) about the house in our neighborhood… the extended the porch. See how this porch begins at the point where you walk in the door? They extended the porch to fill in that area to the left, so it goes all the way back to the kitchen sink. It’s nice, they have a porch swing on that side and it’s more private. Very sweet. The house here locally also has a fireplace on the side porch on the right, how nice would that be??!

And the upstairs…

HousePlan Sugarberry SL1648 upstairs sl

Do you have a hard time visualizing this house? Take a virtual tour on Southern Living’s House Plan site, see what it actually looks like!

This house a beautiful addition to the neighborhood, nestled amongst the grand live oak trees, with ferns planted in the front yard, it’s like something from days gone by… such charm!

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Chicken Coops & How To Raise Chickens – THE Hot Thing…

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Briar Extended Chicken Coop and Run / Image: Williams-Sonoma

Who knew that raising chickens would be the hot new thing? Well, it is. First you need to check to see if it’s OK to raise chickens where you live. If it is… they say before the chicken OR the egg is the COOP! You know raising chickens is the hot trend if Williams-Sonoma is now selling the coops! These are sweet. I would love this green one. Throw a chicken in it and it’s a deal breaker… the fear of having my hand pecked for reaching in to steal an egg is more than I would bargain for… (do you know a healthy chicken will lay one egg a day?) – I think I found us a retirement job! Fred wants chickens. I don’t… BUT, I want Fred to be happy 😉 so we can get a cool coop, he can have his chickens (away from the house) and I will put them in pretty cartons and sell them!

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This one is cool for whoever has to be the one to go get the eggs… you don’t even have to bend down!

And even Moser Design Group (who comes up with many of those awesome house plans I feature) has a chicken coop. HOT I’m telling ya!

ChickenCoop at CarltonLanding MoserDesignGroup MDGfb

{Image: from Moser Design Group Facebook, who received their image from Carlton Landing folks from Eufaula, OK}

I found a cool bit of info from Williams-Sonoma: Learn more about coops, chickens and the benefits of farm-fresh eggs!

Whew, I’m glad we found something to do when we retire. I’m pumped! Lots to think about, hee hee… Gotta run, I have big plans to make!

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House Plan Thursday… Sweet cottage!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALowcountry Cottage, Southern Living Plan SL-1121 by Moser Design Group

First of all, let me say THANK YOU TO FRED STROUD, for the endless resources he has provided for this post! I wanted {desperately} to show you photos of the interior and I wasn’t coming up with any {whine, whine} he overheard me {as I talk to myself, sigh} and said that you can RENT this house at Palmetto Bluff, so there ARE images for you to see, woohoo! Thanks Fred, you saved the day!

This is one of our favorite plans, the Lowcountry Cottage by Moser Design Group for Southern Living. We have dreamt many a dream about what furniture we would put where, how we would configure it to suit our needs, and of course to find a nice waterfront {this is a dream, so might as well dream big my friends!} lot to plop this house on!

This is another wonderfully open plan… another plan where the master is in the back of the house, making it more private. It’s not a small house as the image implies, it goes back rather far, square footage is a little over 2100 square feet. The images of the house plans are from – this plan is called the LOWCOUNTRY COTTAGE.

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You have the option of one or two bedrooms upstairs… I think I would go for the two bedroom (alternate version)… make one storage and one a guest room… We don’t need another large bathroom, I would make it a single sink vanity with maybe a linen closet built in next to it instead of a double sink…

HousePlan SL1121SF SL

Click HERE  (then select the 2 bedroom Wilson Home to see photos) to go to the Palmetto Bluff website where you can rent this cottage… it shows a few interior photos which is nice… Here’s the kitchen, the one thing I love are the windows! No cabinets above… Let that sunshine in! There are a few things I would change for us personally, but the windows are ideal!

SL1121 kitchen PalmettoBluff

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