What You Need to Know

Reading Floor Plans

It can be hard to visualize living in a home that is only a floor plan on your computer screen. Where do you look first? Here's your step-by-step guide to help you orient yourself to any layout.

Budget-Friendly Building

Building your dream home takes time, effort, and probably more money than you anticipate. These tips from experts can help you stay on budget.

Tricks of the Trade

Experienced designers know when to cut corners. That is, they can trim square footage from places you won't notice. Or make an office pull double duty. It's all about making the most with what you've got to stretch your budget and enhance livability.

Plan Modifications

Here's what you need to know about modifying your dream home.

Tiny Homes

Tiny homes aren't just for television shows. There are many reasons why you an itsy-bitsy house plan may be just what you need.

Square Footage

Tiny homes and mansions are fun to look at, but the most popular size range is actually quite sensible.

Flexible Layouts

Chances are you won't always need the same number of bedrooms. Children grow and leave (and sometimes come back), working from home may become a possibility, or maybe you just need more room for stuff. These layouts are ready for whatever life brings.

11 Plan Customization Insights

11 things you should know about house plan modifications.

Building 101

You see a beautiful home. Your house builder sees a complex design that will take lots of money and labor to build. So what should you look for to maximize your budget?

Texas Home Building Insights

Texas home building insights from Certified Professional Building Designer, Janet Hobbs.

Cost to Build

From Remodeling Magazine (our sister site) comes this detailed tool/report. Enter your location to get a regional report on what various remodeling projects typically cost and how much value they add to your home.

Cost to Build

How much will it cost to build your new home? Learn about cost-per-square-foot calculations.

Remodeling Sucks

Stuck between remodeling your existing home or building new? Here are some important considerations.

Mudroom House Plans

Here's why you need a mudroom in your new home.

Lot Orientation

You've got a lot. Now how should you place your home to get the best natural lighting and cooling?

Vacation Homes

Make your mountain vacation home a reality with these tips and tricks.