Stories & Projects

Show Homes

It's fun watching design shows on television, but real families often find their needs differ a bit when it comes time to build a home. Here's how two builders had to tweak show homes for everyday buyers.

Home Trends

A home awards program is a good place to look for current trends and the latest design ideas.

Tiny Cabin

An architect and his daughter worked together to build a forest retreat.

Organic Modern Home Style

The West Elm blog reports on the Austin home of Houseplans own Courtney Pittman -- it's full of interior design ideas for your new home.

Wrap-Around Porches

Describing the functionality and romance of porches that run around at least two sides of a house.

Hurricane Rebuild

Michelle Goodman and her family replaced their Hurricane Sandy-destroyed home with a bungalow by Brooks Ballard.

Farmhouse Story

An Oklahoma couple is building our Farmhouse Plan 888-1 by Nicholas Lee.

Architect Visit

Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.

New Eichler Modern Home

A fascinating blog about the building of our Eichler-inspired Plan 438-1 in Knoxville, TN

Tiny House Film

A compelling new documentary about a young couple who built a 133 sq. ft. house from scratch in Colorado.

House Building Blog

The story of building their house from Plan 479-4 designed by Peter Brachvogel & Stella Carosso.

Texas Retreat

The story of how four couples built four energy-efficient 350 sq. ft. sleeping cabins and a communal cookhouse on ten acres near Austin, Texas.

Outdoor Showers

What you need to know in order to add an outdoor shower.

New Home After Fire

How one Arizona homeowner rebuilt quickly after a devastating forest fire, using Plan 18-1048.

Raised Pool Surround

The pool was inspired by seeing Donald Judd’s pool in his house in Marfa Texas. A raised pool changes from a flat object at your feet to a 3 dimensional form that also invites sitting on it. Why not go further and add fountains. So we did.

Landscape Complete

My recent theme is not sure when a house project ends if ever…but that said we are trying hard to stop. The landscaping is complete and now its just welcoming the plants to their new home.