Architecture & Design

Tiny House Trend

How and why the trend toward building tiny houses is growing.

Sunset Idea Houses

Take-away ideas from Sunset's 2013 Idea Houses at Seabrook, Wasington, designed by architect Peter Brachvogel.

Garden Sheds

A wide range of garden sheds and outbuildings to spark your imagination.

Craftsman style

Bud explains the key elements of the Craftsman style for today.

Smaller Luxury Homes

Some high-end homeowners are shaving square footage off of their new homes. But nobody will accuse them of skimping on amenities.

Entry Ideas

Ways to streamline your entry, from built-in niches to iPhone charging stations.

Colonial Style Trim

Explaining the exterior trim pieces that express Colonial style for houses.

Not So Big Houses

Sarah Susanka's secrets to a Goldilocks house that's not too big, not too small, but just right for you.

Bungalow by Susanka

Announcing Sarah Susanka's innovative new 2 bedroom 2 bath Not So Big Bungalow plan.

Heidi''s Farmhouse

This porch-oriented farmhouse plan by architect Heidi Richardson offers flexibility and appealing country charm.


Announcing the six winners in the 2014 Design Awards -- the HOWIES.

Case Study House

Describing the plan of Case Study House #3 from 1945, by William Wurster & Theodore Bernardi, that's available on

Shingle Style Houses

A new book explores historic Shingle style houses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shingle style house

A new house that's modern inside but looks as though it has always been there.

Round Houses

A short history of round houses.

Bruce Butler Cottage

A compact cottage that offers practicality and neighborly charm.

Donald MacDonald

Internationally renowned architect Donald MacDonald, who was consulting architect for the new Bay Bridge replacement span and also has several house plans in our exclusives collection, talks about the bridge design.

Julia Morgan

The late architect Julia Morgan won the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal for 2014.

Screens & Dividers

Dividing space without closing one room off from the other.

Tiny Houses

Small-house movement: living in 120 square feet.

Sea Ranch Book

Review of the newly revised edition of The Sea Ranch, by Donlyn Lyndon.

New Remodelista Book

The first book from Remodelista, the essential website for home design.

Four Cabin Plans

Four approaches to the small cottage, for weekends or year round.

Window Seats

Variations on the window seat idea.

Luxury Home Plans

True luxury should be about more than extra space and fancy materials.

Flush Baseboards

How to make the baseboard almost disappear.

Indoor Outdoor Living

Artful ways to blend indoors and outdoors in today's house designs.

3 Dining Room Tips

Why should the dining room only get used for holiday meals? Here are three other ways to make it work for you.


Why the bungalow has remained a popular American house type for more than a century.

Nature-Inspired House

House Tour: Walls of windows open to stunning mountain and bay views on one side and a serene pool courtyard on the other.

Designing A House

Architect author Lester Walker explains how to design the home of your dreams.

New Ranch Home

A new prefab house in Montana's Ruby Valley takes cues from iconic Western ranch houses and adds a few twists -- like hydraulic lifts.