8 cool outdoor lighting ideas, including do-it-yourself examples, for summer entertaining.
Opening the world of gate possibilities in materials and styles, ready-made and custom.
A recent Wall Street Journal article reports on how architects and homeowners are reinventing the low-slung ranch house with high ceilings and luxury amenities.
A well executed courtyard makes a house memorable as well as more livable. The strong indoor-outdoor connection is a powerful lure but also the geometry of the space, its openings and wall surfaces, and paving materials play important roles. Here are some strong examples, past and present.
Boyce reports on new home products at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference.
Boyce lists the top home trends apparent at this year's Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego.
Describing the functionality and romance of porches that run around at least two sides of a house.
The newly launched Brillo home automation system from Google prompts some practical advice for selecting the right device or system for your needs.
What you need to know about reclaimed and recycled wood for new and remodeled homes, and where to find it.
Patios help the house expand. Here's a range of cool outdoor living spaces and hot amenities to help you celebrate the beginning of summer.
How planning for the sharing economy can give your new home flexibility as needs change.
Flexible designs include spaces that can work as home offices and/or guest suites. Here's a sampling.
Considering Tesla’s new Powerwall for Your Green Home? Here’s what you need to know.
The trellised outdoor space often identified with sun-splashed Italian villas and Craftsman bungalows is making a comeback.
What does your dream kitchen include? Here's a collection of kitchens with special features to spark your imagination.
Sustainable builders and architects share their go-to green products and ways of working.
The latest plan by Nicholas Lee is organized around what he calls an "Inside-Out Room," with roots in Mid-Century Modern home design.
Bud explains the three basic approaches to building: Design-Bid-Build; Design-Build; and Integrated Project Delivery.
From BBQ porches to Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, here are the top selling plan features.
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.
Colorado architects and builders offer insights and experience on building energy-efficient homes.
Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottage, discusses the home of the future.
Edit, simplify, work with what you have -- and maybe add a rug or pillow to freshen the look.
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.
Now you can explore house plans by browsing photos of key rooms like kitchens, great rooms and master baths.
Live small with style! These appealing little houses by The Homestead Partners show how.
Six new tech-oriented home products received an enthusiastic response at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.
How architects and designers are making the backsplash an essential eye-catching feature of today's open kitchen.
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.