Mt Laurel is home to 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mt Laurel has been chosen to host the 50th anniversary Southern Living Idea House. (Contributed)

Mt Laurel has been chosen to host the 50th anniversary Southern Living Idea House. (Contributed)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

MT LAUREL—Mt Laurel has received yet another recognition from Southern Living magazine. In October 2015, the town was chosen as one of Southern Living magazine’s Inspired Communities. Now, the national magazine has announced it has selected Mt Laurel as the site for its 50th anniversary Idea House.

The Idea House is a more than two decades long Southern Living tradition. Each year, the magazine gathers a team of builders, designers and landscapers to renovate or construct a home “from the ground up,” Southern Living’s website states.

From the banks of the Colorado River in Texas to the South Carolina coast, Southern Living’s Idea Houses have featured a wide breadth of architectural style in a variety of locations.

Southern Living has selected Bill Ingram as architect for the Mt Laurel Idea House. The Birmingham-based architect’s work can be seen on the shores of Lake Martin, in the Alabama countryside and amid urban Atlanta and Birmingham. Ingram’s 5,000 square-foot, stone and cedar single Lake Martin creation, built in 2011, was recognized as a “Best New Home” by Southern Living.

David Brush will join Ingram as the landscaper for the project. Brush, Mt Laurel-based landscape architect, has done work for both residential and commercial clients. Mt Laurel’s Town Builders will construct the Idea Home.

In honor of Southern Living’s 50th anniversary, interior designers will craft each room of the house to display a modern take of “each decade of the magazine’s history,” a news release from Mt Laurel read.

“For the town of Mt Laurel to be hand-picked to host the 50th anniversary Southern Living Idea House is quite an honor,” Mt Laurel Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ray Jackson wrote in the release. “Our community embodies all that Southern Living stands for by embracing a natural environment with a walkable town center, broad sidewalks, front porch friendliness, multiple parks and green spaces and leaving all the beautiful trees throughout the neighborhood.”

Jackson estimated the Idea Home will attract more than 20,000 viewers over the six months it is open to the public.

Construction on the Idea House is expected to be complete by June 2016, “in time to host tours through the rest of the year,” the news release read.

For more information about the Idea House and the Mt Laurel community, visit