Architecture & Design

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

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 Houseplans.com 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 Houseplans.com 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.

Two Master Suites

House plans with two master suites are becoming more popular.

Howie Finalists 2015

A Selection of Finalists in the 2015 Houseplans.com Design Awards (the Howies).

Perfect Great Room

Where do you relax at home and what makes that space so compelling? What to consider as you plan the great room in your new house.

Contemporary Craftsman

The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing popularity of "Contemporary Craftsman" style -- which we can corroborate.

Smaller Luxury Home

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.

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