Architecture & Design

SALA Architects

SALA Architects designed the Life Dream Houses, now part of our Signature Plan Collection, and continually wins awards for thoughtful, site specific, energy efficient homes.

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.

Remodelista Design Awards

Highlights from the recent award program.

Shipping Container Homes

Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.

Remodelista Award Finalists

Browse the finalists in each category and vote for your favorites.

Stairs

Stairs can have multiple functions.

The Gamble House

Appreciating a great Craftsman style landmark: the Gamble House in Pasadena of 1908.

BALA Award

Craftsman Style design named Home of the Year in the Best in American Living Awards sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.

Uncommon Fences

Artfully elegant ways to create privacy.

Modern Hawaiian House

Describing the modern house by architect Vladimir Ossipoff that was put on the cover of House Beautiful magazine in 1958 -- worth studying today for its many timeless design ideas.

10 Great Courtyards

The cult of the courtyard: examples to inspire your own private outdoor space.

7 Tips for Outdoor Rooms

Ideas for creating a cozy outdoor lounging space or sleeping porch in your backyard.

Best Rustic Modern Home

Custom home design full of practical lessons replicable in any new home or remodel.

Backyard Kitchen

Landscape designer and builder Tom Stout describes this backyard makeover.

Roof Garden House

A modest suburban house blurs the boundaries between exposure and enclosure.

12 cool decks

Tucked into upper levels, these inspiring outdoor spaces provide more privacy and relaxation above the fray.

Narrow Lot Plans

Ideas for narrow lot plans that don't feel cramped.

Storybook Stle

How the popular Storybook Cottage style house can still live modern.

Design Chat: Sarah Susanka

Sarah Susanka explains her design of the Not So Big Bungalow and how it uses SIPs (structural insulated panels).

Hurricane Houses

Three new houses designed to withstand hurricanes on Galveston Island.

Villa Savoye

Katherine visits Le Corbusier's famous "machine for living" -- the Villa Savoye near Paris.

Best New Home

This compact infill home is at the forefront of progressive urban development and won best house in Fine Homebuilding's award program.

Slow Living

An architect shares his thought process as he designs a house organized around preparing and sharing meals, hunkering down in winter, and opening up to nature in summer.

Design Chat: Lee

Houseplans.com architect Nicholas Lee explains his latest ranch house, Plan 888-8, one of many designed for the Sonoma, California region.

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.