What You Need to Know

Design Trends

Boyce identifies 5 hot home design trends, from an expanding desire for spa baths to an increasing interest in specialized storage.

Rope Swing Kitchen

Some homes swing into action, like this one. Similar, though perhaps less dramatic, touches are an easy way to personalize a house plan.

DIY Projects

A new book by one of the founders of our FreeGreen Plans shows how to build cool modern home projects like kitchen islands and storage cabinets.

New Builder Products

Boyce describes the most useful new products launched at the 2016 International Home Builder show.

Show Homes Galore

From over-the-top mansions to do-it-yourself huts: Boyce reports on the show house extravaganza at this years International Home Builder Show in Las Vegas.

Airbnb Home

Builder Magazine's latest show house includes a clever idea for first-time homeowners.

Wood Revival

Wood-themed products -- both real and representational -- were a rising trend at this year's combined Home Builders Show and Kitchen & Bath Show in Las Vegas.

Multifunctional Furniture

An interview with Ron Barth, co-founder of Resource Furniture.

Apps for Home

Boyce explains how the smart home is getting easier to manage with voice commands.

2 Famous Florida Houses

You can experience two very different 20th century approaches to house design in Florida: the eclectic Renaissance Revival style Deering mansion known as Vizcaya in Miami vs. the Machine-age esthetic of the Walker Guest house, replicated and on exhibit at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota through October 6 2016.

Best Selling Plans

Reading the tea leaves: what the top selling house plans for 2015 say about current consumer trends.

Wood Stoves

Joyanna Laughlin explains the advantages of wood stoves.

Media Rooms

How to set up a successful media room.

Frank Gehry Biography

Paul Goldberger's biography of today's most famous American architect is terrific.

Trim Tips

Good advice on window sills, "shoe" or quarter-round molding, and bead board.

Apple TV

The Apple TV device lets you add streaming capability to any television.

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