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.
Not So Big House author and architect Sarah Susanka describes how she thinks the house of the future will look and function.
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.
FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the Houseplans.com inventory.
Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.
Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.
Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.
A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.
Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.
A roundup of 10 serene garden pools to inspire the design of your outdoor living space.
Gardenista's favorite outdoor shower examples to inspire your own summer sprinkles.
What you need to know about types of glass, uv-resistance, cladding, dividers, and more.
Good advice for when you are thinking of building any style of of home. Plan 451-11
Consider window type, how the window will operate, and is it code-compliant before you buy,