Siding choices should relate to the design and style of your house, as demonstrated in these examples.
Plans with good circulation make it possible to avoid bottlenecks in the main living areas.
Award-winning architect-author Duo Dickinson provides a handy checklist for analyzing designs against your wants and needs.
Enter Your Five Best Projects in the First Houseplans.com Design Awards Program -- the HOWIE Awards!
Key decisions involved in the design and construction of a new home, and when they must be made.
Bud explains the function of building codes, zoning regulations, and design review boards.
Do you want to include room for in-laws or aging parents in your new home? Here are three ways to go.
How to define the architectural program for your new house by identifying needs, wants, and dreams.
12 home maintenance tips that save money in the long run -- from architect Malcolm Davies.
Your builder develops the building cost estimate based on your house plan and the quality of finishes and fixtures you specify, and this estimate forms the basis for your loan application.
Control framing costs in the building of a new house by paying attention to standard wood and Drywall lengths.
How to control costs at the start by aiming for minimal site work and grading, and paying careful attention to the type of foundation needed.
Architect Bud Dietrich explains the seven basics steps to designing and building a new home that meets your needs and expresses who you are.
An architect explains why fixed-price and T&M contracts are not your only options when hiring a general contractor.
Contractor Paul Sorensen explains how to achieve high quality exposed concrete floors with minimal cracking.
Materials expert Rob Jones of Build Direct, an online warehouse, provides an introduction to the most popular wood floor options.
Advice and tips for planning the "kitchen living space" from Gale Steves, author of Right-Sizing Your Home.
How to finance the building of your new home: 3 basic steps and 3 important tips.
The character of your lot -- the trees, slope, connection to utilities, closeness to neighbors -- will affect your building costs. Here's what to keep in mind before you start to build.
Why customizing a ready-made house plan is more cost-effective than designing from scratch.
Resource Guide for eco-friendly home building, from awnings and solar power to low VOC paints and water conservation.