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September 18, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens Five Star Homes for 1952

by Andrea



You may recall my post last week, where I mentioned a big box of Better Homes and Gardens magazines that I scored.  I thought I missed out on the 50s box, but in the box with my 60s mags, I found this awesome house brochure.  Let’s take a look at some of the choice houses inside, shall we?


I have mentioned before my deep deep love for flat roofed houses.  Absolutely love, and not a house style that is very common here at all.  I also love the vertical wood siding on this house.  Gorgeous!



Here’s the full layout.  I also like that you come into an actual entryway with two closets (so much storage!), and that it is 1-1/2 baths.



The picture shown for this house is of the rear, and I absolutely love the large expanse of windows.



Here’s the full plan.  I find it interesting that the description makes mention that the architect specifially designed it for air-conditioning.  As I live in a part of the world where most people don’t have central air in their homes, I found it a little odd.  This design would work well for really efficient heating though, too.



The front of this house is quite interesting, as it has no windows at all.  Not a style that you see too often!  I like the sprawling ranch-yness of it’s shape.



However the back of this house looks to be nearly completely windows!  A definite style for indoor/outdoor living.  I really like this look, even though it’s pretty impractical where I live.




The full plan makes mention of the house having few walls.  However, closer examination of the plan also shows that it is a house that has a dressing room in the master bedroom.  How fantastic is that?

I would love to hear what you like/dislike about these houses!  Also – come back on Friday where I will share my favourite of the Five Star Homes for 1952.  I would move into it in a second!



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6 Responses to Better Homes and Gardens Five Star Homes for 1952

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I’d take every one of them!

    • Andrea Reply

      September 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

      You and me both, Eartha!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I second Eartha……I’d take every one of them……just wish I could find one around here to move into!

    • Andrea Reply

      September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I often wonder how hard it would be to get your hands on some of these house plans and just build your own new mid-century ranch!

  3. dkzody Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My in-laws house is built along this plan except theirs was much bigger. And, all of the homes in Fresno must have AC as our summers have many days over 100 degrees.

    • Andrea Reply

      September 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Oh yes, I realize that many places in the US are hot enough to require central air – it just seems unusual that a house would need a specific design for it!

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