What You Need to Know

Adaptive Reuse

How a dilapidated 100 year-old home iin St. Louis is being successfully converted into two town homes.

Home Offices

Tips for achieving a home office that's perfect for the way you work.

Train Depot Home

Architect Francois Levy converted a derelict train depot into his family home.

Craftsman Kitchen

Pointers for making a contemporary Craftsman style kitchen.

Planning for Change

See how this design accomodates changing lifestyles; use it to help you think about how your new home might adapt to growing children or aging in place.

Francois Levy Architect

Architect Francois Levy offers tips for energy-savvy home building.

Hollyhock House Restoration

The recent restoration of the Los Angeles landmark by Frank Lloyd Wright offers lessons for every home owner or builder.

Apartment Life

Boyce explains why building small apartment buildings makes sense.

Outdoor Kitchens

Tips for designing your outdoor cooking and entertaining space.

Staircase Primer

How to make sure your staircase suits the house and your needs.

Driveway Gates

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

Boomer Features

Features to consider including in your new home that will help you comfortably age in place.

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.

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