Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Architectural Plans for Mr. Blandings' Type Dream House costing $12,500 . . .







This is an expanded version of one of my most popular posts ever. Click on each photo to ENLARGE.

Last summer I wrote about this 1917 architectural design for a white pine house costing $12,500.


I get many requests for the floor plans therefore I am including all of my scans including the plot plan and architectural details.

I absolutely love everything about this house. I hope someone is inspired to build it. Even though we have central air conditioning these days, I would not eliminate the sleeping porches on the second floor. Would you?


Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is one of my favorite movies. I like to think he used these plans. Let me know if you decide to build it too.

See you on the Internet, Rosemary

10 comments:

Gal Friday said...

This plan seems like the plan for the PERFECT house in every way--pantry, sewing room(!), garden porch, sleeping porch..wow! I must have missed it when you originally posted this here, since it was before I (luckily) stumbled upon your blog.
I have some old issues of Better Homes And Gardens from the 1920's and 1930's and they feature house plans like this, with the house being just right and not too large, as opposed the trend of the last few decades of McMansions.

Sabina said...

I can see why this was so popular!!

I love Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - especially the scene where Myrna Loy is explaining about all the different colors she wants everything.

Bettsi said...

Rosemary, this is lovely! Thank you for sharing the gorgeous scans. I DO want this house! And now I want to watch the movie again too!

Matt said...

Rosemary, I stumbled upon your post looking up information about Ottawa Hills. A replica of Mr. Blandings house was built in Ottawa Hills, OH, in 1948 to promote the movie. According to Wikipedia, it's still there. When I travel through the area this summer I will check it out and see if it resembles the plans you posted.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I like nothing better than checking these books out at the library and pouring over them. My daughters and I love to dream about how we would change things or keep it exactly as it is...

Kelly said...

I just found your blog.. I love this house too! It is perfect in every way. Thank you so much for posting it.

Architectural Plans said...

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Wall Flower Studio said...

One of my favourite movies! So happy to see the actual architectural renderings. Thanks for sharing this!
~ Karen

Shari Davenport said...

As a promotional for the movie, Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, which my husband and I love enough to keep permanently on our DVR and still watch whenever TCM shows it anyway, the construction industry in general, and the studio specifically, released blueprints and plans for the real house to be built in every state. The original house was actually built for the movie, and is still standing in a park in California. It was being used as park offices the last I heard. The magazine, American Builder, in some of the 1948 issues, which I happen to have, has the details in several articles of how quite a few private contractors participated in the promotion, wherein a house of the same or very similar plan, was constructed for the purpose of public viewing and promotion of the movie, and then one was raffled off to one very lucky visitor. Not all were constructed to identical plans because I think it had something to do with where the house was going to be built and how it would best fit the homesite.
This is all from memory right now, as those copies of the magazine (and many more years' worth) are put away and difficult to access. But I did read the articles several times, since as I indicated earlier, our personal interest in the movie is significant.
It was certainly built on traditional lines of Colonial Revival style, with maid's room behind the kitchen kept in some versions, and eliminated in others. It certainly was a brilliantly timed release, since the Post War housing crisis and suburban building boom was at its peak.
Love these plans. They certainly are of a very comfortable and stylish home.

Shari Davenport said...

This is not the plans to the actual house built in the movie. The one built for the movie was similar in style, but different floor plan. This plan was rendered in 1917, while Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House was released in 1948. The house for the movie was actually constructed from the ground up in a park in California, and the last I saw, had been put to use as a park office building.