August 2014

Farmhouse Story

An Oklahoma couple is building our Farmhouse Plan 888-1 by Nicholas Lee.

Home Building Update

The kitchen is coming together for Sticks + Dirt blogger Laura Fowls, who is building a new home with her husband Mike and other family members.

Craftsman Modern Getaway

An exciting new house by Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan that's designed for relaxation and family gatherings.

House Plans

Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.

Remodelista Design Awards

Highlights from the recent award program.

Aging in Place

A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.

The Passive House

A new house built to the Passive House Institute US standard.

Shipping Container Homes

Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.

Coolest Driveways

9 ways to boost curb appeal.

July 2014

Porch Revival

The Wall Street Journal says porches are making a comeback -- and our plan sales bear that out.

Remodelista Award Finalists

Browse the finalists in each category and vote for your favorites.

New Modern Plan

4 bedroom 3 bath modern design offers easy indoor-outdoor living and maximum flexibility.

Architect Visit

Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.

Stairs

Stairs can have multiple functions.

House-within-the-house

Plans with secondary master suites for in-laws or long term guests.

The Gamble House

Appreciating a great Craftsman style landmark: the Gamble House in Pasadena of 1908.

Arch L. A. B.

New modern designs by Arch L. A. B. and what inspired them.

Solar Panel Primer

Pros and cons for installing solar panels.

Famous Houses

Landmark houses to consider touring on your vacation.

Garden Pools

A roundup of 10 serene garden pools to inspire the design of your outdoor living space.

BALA Award

Craftsman Style design named Home of the Year in the Best in American Living Awards sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.

Southern Curb Appeal

What gives this house its strong curb appeal.

Choosing a builder

Tips to help you choose the right builder for your new home.

New Home Locations

Counties that saw an increase in the number of building permits for single family homes.

Treehouse Tub

This outdoor soaking tub is on a balcony in the trees.

Art Glass Windows

Using art glass for windows where you want privacy and daylight at the same time.

Reclaimed Wood

The increasing availability and use of reclaimed wood for new and remodeled homes.

10 Outdoor Showers

Gardenista's favorite outdoor shower examples to inspire your own summer sprinkles.

Uncommon Fences

Artfully elegant ways to create privacy.

Building Code Basics

What codes are and how are they written.

Modern Hawaiian House

Describing the modern house by architect Vladimir Ossipoff that was put on the cover of House Beautiful magazine in 1958 -- worth studying today for its many timeless design ideas.

Porches

A brief history of the American porch -- for Independence Day.

Wood Fence DIY

How to build a wood privacy fence.

Fine Homebuilding Choices

Editor's Choice plans selected by Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Outdoor Fire

Add warmth and style to your backyard this summer with the right outdoor fireplace, fire bowl, or fire pit

June 2014

Hardworking Bathrooms

How to make compact bathrooms work harder and feel larger.

Garden Fountains

Water features have been making a splash since Ancient Rome.

Window Optiopns

What you need to know about types of glass, uv-resistance, cladding, dividers, and more.

Word Cup Inspirations

Brazil World Cup-related ideas for the home -- just for fun on a Friday.

Young Homebuyers

Consumer Trends expert J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of The Futures Company, describes new homebuyer profiles.

Obsidian Refrigerator

New black interior refrigerator and other products at PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference).

10 Great Courtyards

The cult of the courtyard: examples to inspire your own private outdoor space.

Garage Door Options

How to select the right garage door for your new home.

Log House Advice

Good advice for when you are thinking of building any style of of home. Plan 451-11

Best Energy-Smart Home

A Maine architect designs Michigan's first certified Passive House to be rooted in tradition.

7 Tips for Outdoor Rooms

Ideas for creating a cozy outdoor lounging space or sleeping porch in your backyard.

Tower Cabins

The romance of the tower as lookout, beacon, and getaway.

Top Kitchen Island Plans

Five ways to configure your kitchen island -- from recent plan sales.

Best Rustic Modern Home

Custom home design full of practical lessons replicable in any new home or remodel.