What You Need to Know

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.

Ranch House Revival

More and more, people are starting to crave the practicality of one-story living -- and that's what ranch houses are all about.

House Plans

Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.

Aging in Place

A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.

Porch Revival

The Wall Street Journal says porches are making a comeback -- and our plan sales bear that out.

House like an Audi

New modern designs by Arch L. A. B. and what inspired them.

Garden Pools

A roundup of 10 serene garden pools to inspire the design of your outdoor living space.

Choosing a builder

Tips to help you choose the right builder for your new home.

Art Glass Windows

Using art glass for windows where you want privacy and daylight at the same time.

10 Outdoor Showers

Gardenista's favorite outdoor shower examples to inspire your own summer sprinkles.

Building Code Basics

What codes are and how are they written.


A brief history of the American porch -- for Independence Day.

Wood Fence DIY

How to build a wood privacy fence.

Fine Homebuilding Choices

Editor's Choice plans selected by Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Garden Fountains

Water features have been making a splash since Ancient Rome.

Window Optiopns

What you need to know about types of glass, uv-resistance, cladding, dividers, and more.

Young Homebuyers

Consumer Trends expert J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of The Futures Company, describes new homebuyer profiles.

Garage Door Options

How to select the right garage door for your new home.

Log House Advice

Good advice for when you are thinking of building any style of of home. Plan 451-11

Window Types, Features

Consider window type, how the window will operate, and is it code-compliant before you buy,

Architect Fees

Explaining the various ways architects charge for their services.

Hive Modular Plans

Browse modern plans by the newest members of our Signature Studio.

Fitting plan to lot

How to make sure your plan takes full advantage of your lot.

Architect Nick Noyes

For architect Nick Noyes, simplicity isn't all that simple.

Top 5 Maintenance Chores

A home inspector with 40 years experience offers a must-do home maintenance list of five chores that are not onerous or time-consuming.

Decking Choices

Decking material pros and cons, from wood to plastic.

Plans by Rohan Walters

Meet Rohan Walters, the newest member of our Signature Studio, who specializes in designing houses for difficult sites.

New Save Button

New Save-From-Anywhere-Button makes it possible to file ideas, products, and other info with your saved plans -- and share everything.

New House Building Book

This book is essential for any do-it-yourselfer thinking of building a house.

Curb Appeal Secrets

An eye-catching exterior is the sum of many parts -- combining small upgrades can create a handsome facade on any budget.