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Pet-Friendly Design

How to make home life easier for you and your pets.

Patio Lighting

8 cool outdoor lighting ideas, including do-it-yourself examples, for summer entertaining.

6 Most Famous Houses

The top landmark houses to tour as you think about building your dream house.

Gingerbread Tiny House

Plans for building our Gingerbread house based on Plan 896-2, The Gifford, by Jay Shafer and his Four Lights Tiny House Company.

Gingerbread Beach House

How to build this gingerbread house based on a beach house floor plan by architect Peter Brachvogel.

Coolest Driveways

9 ways to boost curb appeal.

Architect Visit

Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.

Treehouse Tub

This outdoor soaking tub is on a balcony in the trees.

Word Cup Inspirations

Brazil World Cup-related ideas for the home -- just for fun on a Friday.

Tower Cabins

The romance of the tower as lookout, beacon, and getaway.

Floating House

The story of a novel floating house designed by architect Robert Nebolon, who is one of our Houseplans.com Signature Designers.

Sleeping Porches

Get ready for summer by rolling your bed outside!


Explore this cool treehouse -- perhaps the ultimate in sustainability? You can sway, er, stay there!

Architect's Wish List

Have a better relationship with your home and neighbors this year with these forward-thinking ideas

Living Rooms

Start a tradition by jumping into the new year.

Paper Table Runners

Quick ideas for a festive holiday centerpiece.

Holiday Table Decor

Floral arrangement ideas for the holiday tabletop.

Glassybaby Holiday Votives

Glass votives in a huge array of colors to brighten your holiday.

Legos and Lanterns

New design-oriented gift ideas.

Gingerbread Cabin

A gingerbread cabin you can build -- based on our exclusive Sea Ranch Cottage plans.

Home Gift Ideas

A range of architecture-inspired gifts for holiday giving.

Toy Block Colosseum

For Your Holiday Shopping List -- Some of My Favorite Things.

Souvenir Building Collection

Visit the home and miniature building collection of Lucia Howard & David Weingarten, founders of Ace Architects

Recyced Window House

A retreat built entirely of recycled and scavenged materials by two artists.

Pumpkin House Numbers

How to give a Halloween twist to your street address by carving the street number into pumpkins.

Brazil House Film

For Your Dream House File. A fluffy Persian cat takes us on a tour of this remarkable modern house by Sao Paolo architect Marcio Kogan.

Bathroom Mirror Window

Providing the utility needed for a small bathroom without sacrificing ventilation and view.

Guideboat Style

This new retail concern sellis replicas of 19th century guide boats along with contemporary outdoor gear in a restored lumber yard at Mill Valley, CA.

Dog House Design

Winners of Sunset's dog house competition -- submissions from readers.

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