The 5 types of resource-efficient water heaters now available and how they can save you energy, water, and money.
Michelle Goodman and her family replaced their Hurricane Sandy-destroyed home with a bungalow by Brooks Ballard.
Three basic ways to contract with a builder -- and which way might be best for you.
Meet a young firm specializing in the design of modern houses that combine prefabricated and site-built construction for greater resource efficiency and affordability.
How to understand the language of home floor plans -- so that the finished home accurately reflects your dreams.
The recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake at American Canyon in Northern California -- which damaged the town of Napa -- prompts this article explaining what you can do to make your new or existing house safer in a quake or weather event.
Not So Big House author and architect Sarah Susanka describes how she thinks the house of the future will look and function.
What you can learn from so-called Passive House Design -- i.e. houses with very low energy use -- and apply to the building of any home.
FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the Houseplans.com inventory.
Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.
Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.
Scott talks to Houseplans.com CEO Jamie Roche about alternatives to cookie cutter home designs.
A geriatrician offers advice for aging in place -- important to consider as you plan your new home.
Why Building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.
A roundup of 10 serene garden pools to inspire the design of your outdoor living space.