What You Need to Know

Driveway Gates

Opening the world of gate possibilities in materials and styles, ready-made and custom.

Moving-In Advice

How to prepare for the big day when you start living in your new home.

Interior Doors

How to select the right interior doors for your new home.

Home Trends

Boyce lists the top home trends apparent at this year's Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego.

Garage Organization

Expert organizers tell how to make your garage efficient & uncluttered.

Home Automation

The newly launched Brillo home automation system from Google prompts some practical advice for selecting the right device or system for your needs.


The teardown market is heating up again.

Extreme Weather Design

Extra things you can do to defend against flooding and high winds.

House of Clicks

Reacting to the Swedish House of Clicks

Casitas & Flex Rooms

Flexible designs include spaces that can work as home offices and/or guest suites. Here's a sampling.

Tesla Home Battery

Considering Tesla’s new Powerwall for Your Green Home? Here’s what you need to know.

Narrow Lots

How to make the most out of limited space on skinny lots.

3 Ways to Build

Bud explains the three basic approaches to building: Design-Bid-Build; Design-Build; and Integrated Project Delivery.

Top Plan Features

From BBQ porches to Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, here are the top selling plan features.

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.

Popular Green Home Features

Colorado architects and builders offer insights and experience on building energy-efficient homes.

Beyond Katrina Cottage

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

how & why to build green

Joyanna explains why building green makes dollars and sense.

Search by Rooms

Now you can explore house plans by browsing photos of key rooms like kitchens, great rooms and master baths.

Increase Property Value

10 ways to add value to your home without spending too much.

American-Made Materials

Sourcing locally-made home products makes for a lower carbon footprint as well as easier support if needed.

Builder-Architect Team

How builders and architects can work together for a successful project.

New Cottage Plans

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

6 New App-Driven Home Products

Six new tech-oriented home products received an enthusiastic response at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

Best Selling Plans

Building expert Boyce Thompson tells what home plan buyers are looking for.


How architects and designers are making the backsplash an essential eye-catching feature of today's open kitchen.

Home Staging

Designer and home stager Cary Nowell offers tips on making a home more appealing to prospective buyers. It's also good interior design advice for anyone wanting a less cluttered and more spacious home.

Installing a Shower

Contractor Kenny Grono explains the six steps to installing the perfect shower.

Design Flaws & Fixes

Twelve common design flaws that mar the experience of living in a home -- and how to fix them.

New Laminates

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.

12 Storage Tips

An interior design expert explains how to organize and store everything.

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