What You Need to Know

Marianne Cusato Book

Marianne Cusato's new book is full of good advice for anyone looking to buy, rent, or build a new home.

Building Permits

Why they're necessary, for what types of construction, and how to get them.

Reading Floor Plans

How to understand the language of home floor plans -- so that the finished home accurately reflects your dreams.

Building On Spec

Dean Gino had no building experience but found he enjoyed the process.

Floor Plan Features

The key elements to look for in a floor plan, from mud room to porch.

Design for Disaster

The recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake at American Canyon in Northern California -- which damaged the town of Napa -- prompts this article explaining what you can do to make your new or existing house safer in a quake or weather event.

Future House

Not So Big House author and architect Sarah Susanka describes how she thinks the house of the future will look and function.

Passive Design Principles

What you can learn from so-called Passive House Design -- i.e. houses with very low energy use -- and apply to the building of any home.

All About Solar

How to make going solar a smooth process.

Freegreen Plans

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

Ranch House Revival

More and more, people are starting to crave the practicality of one-story living -- and that's what ranch houses are all about.

House Plans

Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.

Aging in Place

A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.

Porch Revival

The Wall Street Journal says porches are making a comeback -- and our plan sales bear that out.

House like an Audi

New modern designs by Arch L. A. B. and what inspired them.

Garden Pools

A roundup of 10 serene garden pools to inspire the design of your outdoor living space.

Choosing a builder

Tips to help you choose the right builder for your new home.

Art Glass Windows

Using art glass for windows where you want privacy and daylight at the same time.

10 Outdoor Showers

Gardenista's favorite outdoor shower examples to inspire your own summer sprinkles.

Building Code Basics

What codes are and how are they written.

Porches

A brief history of the American porch -- for Independence Day.

Wood Fence DIY

How to build a wood privacy fence.

Fine Homebuilding Choices

Editor's Choice plans selected by Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Garden Fountains

Water features have been making a splash since Ancient Rome.

Window Options

What you need to know about types of glass, uv-resistance, cladding, dividers, and more.

Young Homebuyers

Consumer Trends expert J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of The Futures Company, describes new homebuyer profiles.

Garage Door Options

How to select the right garage door for your new home.

Log House Advice

Good advice for when you are thinking of building any style of of home. Plan 451-11

Window Types, Features

Consider window type, how the window will operate, and is it code-compliant before you buy,