The 5 types of resource-efficient water heaters now available and how they can save you energy, water, and money.
Plans for building our Gingerbread house based on Plan 896-2, The Gifford, by Jay Shafer and his Four Lights Tiny House Company.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing popularity of "Contemporary Craftsman" style -- which we can corroborate.
Smaller homes of roughly 2,600 sq. ft. or less can have mansion-like luxury with amenities like window walls, walk-in closets and pantries, mud rooms, laundries, and the use of high-end materials and finishes.
How to build this gingerbread house based on a beach house floor plan by architect Peter Brachvogel.
Michelle Goodman and her family replaced their Hurricane Sandy-destroyed home with a bungalow by Brooks Ballard.
Three basic ways to contract with a builder -- and which way might be best for you.
Meet a young firm specializing in the design of modern houses that combine prefabricated and site-built construction for greater resource efficiency and affordability.
Marianne Cusato's new book is full of good advice for anyone looking to buy, rent, or build a new home.
SALA Architects designed the Life Dream Houses, now part of our Signature Plan Collection, and continually wins awards for thoughtful, site specific, energy efficient homes.
How to understand the language of home floor plans -- so that the finished home accurately reflects your dreams.
The recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake at American Canyon in Northern California -- which damaged the town of Napa -- prompts this article explaining what you can do to make your new or existing house safer in a quake or weather event.
Not So Big House author and architect Sarah Susanka describes how she thinks the house of the future will look and function.
What you can learn from so-called Passive House Design -- i.e. houses with very low energy use -- and apply to the building of any home.
FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the Houseplans.com inventory.
Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.
Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.
Architect Bud Dietrich explains how different budgets affect the way you outfit the same kitchen.
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.
An exciting new house by Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan that's designed for relaxation and family gatherings.
Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.
A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.
Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.
Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.
The Wall Street Journal says porches are making a comeback -- and our plan sales bear that out.
4 bedroom 3 bath modern design offers easy indoor-outdoor living and maximum flexibility.
Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.
Appreciating a great Craftsman style landmark: the Gamble House in Pasadena of 1908.