May 2015

Chrysalis Remodel Awards

Winners in the 2015 program show innovation and diversity.

Casitas & Flex Rooms

Flexible designs include spaces that can work as home offices and/or guest suites. Here's a sampling.

Tesla Home Battery

Considering Tesla’s new Powerwall for Your Green Home? Here’s what you need to know.

Narrow Lots

How to make the most out of limited space on skinny lots.

Plans with Pergolas

The trellised outdoor space often identified with sun-splashed Italian villas and Craftsman bungalows is making a comeback.

Special Feature Kitchens

What does your dream kitchen include? Here's a collection of kitchens with special features to spark your imagination.

Top Green Materials

Sustainable builders and architects share their go-to green products and ways of working.

Inside-Out Ranch House

The latest plan by Nicholas Lee is organized around what he calls an "Inside-Out Room," with roots in Mid-Century Modern home design.

3 Ways to Build

Bud explains the three basic approaches to building: Design-Bid-Build; Design-Build; and Integrated Project Delivery.

Architect David Wiggins

Texas architect David Wiggins talks about his approach to design.

April 2015

Top Plan Features

From BBQ porches to Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, here are the top selling plan features.

Urban Farmhouse

The story of a Farmhouse style house in Austin, Texas.

House for Millenials

Boyce explains how Builder Magazine developed a show house for Gen Y buyers in 2012.


Bunkrooms aren't just for dormitories at college or camp -- they're an efficient way to pack more beds into smaller spaces.

Popular Green Home Features

Colorado architects and builders offer insights and experience on building energy-efficient homes.

Beyond Katrina Cottage

Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottage, discusses the home of the future.

how & why to build green

Joyanna explains why building green makes dollars and sense.

Interior Design Tips

Edit, simplify, work with what you have -- and maybe add a rug or pillow to freshen the look.

Ranch House Revival

A new one story farmhouse design by architect Nicholas Lee shows connections to ranch house history while bringing this classic home style up to date for modern living.

Search by Rooms

Now you can explore house plans by browsing photos of key rooms like kitchens, great rooms and master baths.

Increase Property Value

10 ways to add value to your home without spending too much.

American-Made Materials

Sourcing locally-made home products makes for a lower carbon footprint as well as easier support if needed.

March 2015

Builder-Architect Team

How builders and architects can work together for a successful project.

New Cottage Plans

Live small with style! These appealing little houses by The Homestead Partners show how.

6 New App-Driven Home Products

Six new tech-oriented home products received an enthusiastic response at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

Best Selling Plans

Building expert Boyce Thompson tells what home plan buyers are looking for.


How architects and designers are making the backsplash an essential eye-catching feature of today's open kitchen.

Home Staging

Designer and home stager Cary Nowell offers tips on making a home more appealing to prospective buyers. It's also good interior design advice for anyone wanting a less cluttered and more spacious home.

Installing a Shower

Contractor Kenny Grono explains the six steps to installing the perfect shower.

Design Flaws & Fixes

Twelve common design flaws that mar the experience of living in a home -- and how to fix them.

Tiny House Styles

There is more variety in tiny houses and micro cottages than you might expect.

February 2015

New Laminates

Laminates are hot again, with new colors and realistic wood patterns. Long used for counters and backsplashes, it's now a flooring choice as well.

12 Storage Tips

An interior design expert explains how to organize and store everything.

Barn Doors

Brightly hued hardware and a wide variety of new and recycled woods are options for today's sliding barn doors.

People's Choice 2015

Meet the winning plan in the People's Choice category, voted on by social media.

Outdoor Living Winner

The Outdoor Living winner in the 2015 Design Awards (the Howies) is by architects Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan.

Energy-Efficient Winner

Meet the house plan that won the energy-efficient category in the 2015 HOWIEs.

Kitchen, Bath Winners

Meet the winners in the Kitchen, Bath, & Outdoor Living categories of the 2015 Design Awards Program -- the HOWIEs.

HOWIE Winners 2015

Six winning designs in the 2015 HOWIEs: Small, Medium, and Large Traditional style; and Small, Medium, and Large Modern style.

Two Master Suites

House plans with two master suites are becoming more popular.

Laundry Room Primer

13 Ways to make It more functional, efficient, and fun.

January 2015

Kitchen Islands

How to create the right island for your kitchen.

Top 5 Home Features for 2015

A recent National Association of Home Builders survey asked home builders what features they are most likely to include in a typical new home this year.

Howie Finalists 2015

A Selection of Finalists in the 2015 Design Awards (the Howies).

2015 New American Home

Ideas from the 2015 New American Home.

Kit Homes

Options for energy-efficient, panelized, kit-built houses.

Faucet, Shower, Counter News

From a handsfree eco faucet to a blackboard laminate you can draw on: imaginative new products are shown at the 2015 Kitchen & Bath/International HomeBuilder Show in Las Vegas.

Cabins by Cathy Schwabe

Ideas for getaway cabins -- they could also be in-law or granny units -- from architect Cathy Schwabe.

Fireplace Options

Wood burning? Gas? Vented? Ventless? All questions to answer before selecting a fireplace for your new home.

Perfect Great Room

Where do you relax at home and what makes that space so compelling? What to consider as you plan the great room in your new house.