Architecture & Design

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.

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.

Two Master Suites

House plans with two master suites are becoming more popular.

Howie Finalists 2015

A Selection of Finalists in the 2015 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.

SALA Architects

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.

Freegreen Plans

FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the inventory.

Lessons from Old Homes

Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.

12 Green Build Essentials

Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.

Remodelista Design Awards

Highlights from the recent award program.

Shipping Container Homes

Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.

Remodelista Award Finalists

Browse the finalists in each category and vote for your favorites.


Stairs can have multiple functions.

The Gamble House

Appreciating a great Craftsman style landmark: the Gamble House in Pasadena of 1908.

BALA Award

Craftsman Style design named Home of the Year in the Best in American Living Awards sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.

Uncommon Fences

Artfully elegant ways to create privacy.

Modern Hawaiian House

Describing the modern house by architect Vladimir Ossipoff that was put on the cover of House Beautiful magazine in 1958 -- worth studying today for its many timeless design ideas.

10 Great Courtyards

The cult of the courtyard: examples to inspire your own private outdoor space.

7 Tips for Outdoor Rooms

Ideas for creating a cozy outdoor lounging space or sleeping porch in your backyard.

Best Rustic Modern Home

Custom home design full of practical lessons replicable in any new home or remodel.

Backyard Kitchen

Landscape designer and builder Tom Stout describes this backyard makeover.

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