This Old House and The House Designers Partner for the 2018 Idea House

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This Old House, The House Designers, Union Studio, and Sweenor Builders came together to produce the 2018 Narragansett Idea House. Now, blueprints are available for interested consumers.

Situated in a historical seaside community, the Idea House’s traditional Craftsman cottage exterior fits perfectly into the beachside neighborhood it was built.

Every year, the Idea House by This Old House brings together designers and product sponsors to document the full construction of a dream home in a desirable, historical location. Projects of the recent past include the 2015 Cottage at Cloudland Station in Georgia, the 2016 Farmhouse at Emerson Green in Massachusetts, and the 2017 Beach House in Rhode Island. This year’s Idea House returned to Rhode Island, in Narragansett, with a beach-town bungalow theme and the input of a new partner, The House Designers.

For more than 15 years, The House Designers has served countless builders and future homeowners with an extensive collection of ready-to-build residential blueprints. House plans are available in a wide variety of architectural styles and collections to help customers easily find a home plan to meet their needs and budget. The House Designers embarked on a new partnership with This Old House in late 2017 to extend quality blueprints directly to their discerning fanbase, and in doing so, became involved in the latest Idea House project.

“We were very excited to partner with This Old House,” said Tammy Crosby, CEO of The House Designers. “They took the basic design elements and concepts of a Craftsman exterior and worked with the Providence-based Union Studio architectural firm and Sweenor Builders to create and draft a floor plan that expanded the original design and that fit This Old House’s vision.”

Situated in a historical seaside community, the Idea House’s traditional Craftsman cottage exterior fits perfectly into the beachside neighborhood it was built. The home offers 2,700 square feet of built-in features, a master suite on each story, two additional bedrooms upstairs, and charming, private guest quarters over the detached garage. A closer look at the floor plan reveals convenient extras including ample mudroom and pantry storage, a library with desk space, and two laundry rooms so owners and guests don’t have to carry their laundry up and down the stairs. Finally, there’s a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and open-air shower—perfect additions for a beach getaway.

This Old House teamed up with Union Studio architectural firm and Sweenor Builders who did most of the drafting and custom built-ins that ultimately brought this home from paper to reality. Having partnered with them for the 2017 Idea House, there was no question that this new project would produce another beautiful home. Construction began in April and everything was fully furnished in time for an early September open house where over a thousand visitors toured the home and property.

“It’s obvious how much thought and effort the This Old House team put into this new home, from the planning stage all the way through to the product finishes and impeccable furnishings,” said Crosby.

Complete, IRC-compliant blueprints for the 2018 Idea House can be purchased on While originally designed and outfitted for coastal New England conditions, the new house plans can be made efficient for all climates.

“By offering these blueprints, we make it possible for anybody, anywhere to build this gorgeous home to their own specifications,” said Crosby. “There’s only one 2018 Idea House, but we know that consumers across the country will resonate with this design and want it in their own dream locations.”

The House Designers offers free estimates on modifications, which are available for all of their house plans. If you’d like to purchase and/or personalize this home for your needs, you can email, live chat, or call their experienced sales team for assistance.

About The House Designers:

Established in 2001, The House Designers is one of the leading house plan providers on the web, representing the leading residential architectural firms in the United States. Offering thousands of ready-to-build blueprints in more than 60 stylistic and specialty collections, builders and consumers continue to find the perfect designs for their builds with these IRC compliant construction drawings. Also the exclusive house plan provider for Better Homes & Gardens, Professional Builder®, and This Old House®, The House Designers offers the highest standards in the industry for house plans and customer support. For more information, visit:

About Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Union Studio was founded in 2001 with the goal of making an impactful civic contribution to communities of all types through exemplary architecture and urban design. The firm served as the architects on the Concord Riverwalk project and received an Honorable Mention from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the project. The Union team embraces a traditional, pedestrian-friendly approach to design featuring vibrant, beautiful spaces that help to enrich our communal and civic life. For more information, visit:

About Sweenor Builders
Based in coastal Rhode Island, Sweenor Builders Incorporated is an award-winning builder of luxury custom homes. The firm’s portfolio features a full range of in-house design/build and interior design services, as well as collaborations with New England’s leading architects. Founded in 1989, the company has become one of Southern Rhode Island’s most sought-after builders thanks to the guiding principles of its President and CEO Jeff Sweenor. He surrounds himself with craftsman who share his passion for delivering rewarding client experiences, and quality homes that last for generations. For more information, visit:

About This Old House Ventures, LLC
This Old House Ventures, LLC, is America’s No. 1 multiplatform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including This Old House and Ask This Old House are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC, and are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. National underwriting for This Old House TV is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Marvin Windows, Lumber Liquidators, and Gorilla Glue. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Concord, MA. For more information, visit:

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