Twelve common design flaws that mar the experience of living in a home -- and how to fix them.
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.
Brightly hued hardware and a wide variety of new and recycled woods are options for today's sliding barn doors.
Meet the winning plan in the People's Choice category, voted on by social media.
The Outdoor Living winner in the 2015 Houseplans.com Design Awards (the Howies) is by architects Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan.
Meet the house plan that won the energy-efficient category in the 2015 HOWIEs.
Meet the winners in the Kitchen, Bath, & Outdoor Living categories of the 2015 Houseplans.com Design Awards Program -- the HOWIEs.
Six winning designs in the 2015 HOWIEs: Small, Medium, and Large Traditional style; and Small, Medium, and Large Modern style.
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.
A Selection of Finalists in the 2015 Houseplans.com Design Awards (the Howies).
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.
Ideas for getaway cabins -- they could also be in-law or granny units -- from architect Cathy Schwabe.
Wood burning? Gas? Vented? Ventless? All questions to answer before selecting a fireplace for your new home.
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.
The most popular house sizes and design styles in the third quarter of 2014 for Houseplans.com.
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.