How Do I Leave My Heritage Home For a Cookie Cutter Duplex?

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Q: I need your help! My family and I currently live in an 800 square foot limestone house built in 1847. It's located on a 140 acre property, with a small hobby farm. Sadly, my husband was just posted with the military and our only option is to stay in base housing. The newer houses are nice, but they are "cookie cutter homes" with no yard and no character:

How can I make a brand new house with no originality something that we can call home, and how can we incorporate all our amazing country furnishings into this house?

Sad to be leaving,

P.S. I've attached two photos of our current home and one photo of the boring duplex:

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.