Architecture & Design

Houses for Infill Lots

Practical, neighborly solutions for maximizing space on tight sites.

Home Offices

Tips for achieving a home office that's perfect for the way you work.

Craftsman Kitchen

Pointers for making a contemporary Craftsman style kitchen.

Francois Levy Architect

Architect Francois Levy offers tips for energy-savvy home building.

Hollyhock House Restoration

The recent restoration of the Los Angeles landmark by Frank Lloyd Wright offers lessons for every home owner or builder.

Ranch House Revival

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.

Courtyard Houses

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.

Farmhouse Modern

A new house near Sonoma, California shows how to enjoy living in the landscape.

Vacation Home Ideas

Ways to fire up the vacation imagination.

Patio Ideas

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.

Home Ideas from Camp

Ways to bring home a summer camp vibe.

Design Chat: Laurie Clark

The architect talks about how she works.

Sharing Economy

How planning for the sharing economy can give your new home flexibility as needs change.

Small Modern Houses

Meet the innovative new Signature Plans by architect David Holowka.

Chrysalis Remodel Awards

Winners in the 2015 program show innovation and diversity.

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.

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.

Architect David Wiggins

Texas architect David Wiggins talks about his approach to design.

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.

Beyond Katrina Cottage

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

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.

New Cottage Plans

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

Tiny House Styles

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

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.

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