Time LIFE Dream Houses

Time LIFE Dream Houses

Regina Yunghans
Apr 22, 2009
the home's classic, cozy shingled entry on the magazine's 1994 cover

"LIFE Magazine believed that too many people, as noted architect Robert A. M. Stern has said, 'buy the house they hate the least'." Starting with Stern in 1994, LIFE commissioned 6 home designs by leading architects, with construction drawings available to everyone. We have a set of drawings for the Robert A. M. Stern home because a family member wanted to build it years ago. We've long enjoyed "walking through" the house's floorplan...

The plan has surprisingly many details, nuances, nooks and crannies for a spec design dating from the 1990's. It's a classic design that is versatile, too: the plan offers options for building two bedrooms or four. The two-bedroom design comes in at about 1,700 square feet, which is refreshing given the McMansions that are so abundant everywhere today.

Are you familiar with any Time LIFE dream house designs? Do you have any favorites or have you learned any pointers from studying their plans? For more on the Stern design, click here.

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