What You Need to Know

Marble Countertops

Consider leftover pieces of marble and granite for smaller kitchen or bath countertops; they're usually less expensive than new stone slabs.

Google's Project Sunroof

It calculates your solar energy savings. Plug your address into this new Web app to find out what your roof can do for you.

Getaway Spaces

Ideas for creating the perfect personal retreat, no matter what you call it.

Pet-Friendly Design

How to make home life easier for you and your pets.

Winterizing Your Home

A checklist for getting your home ready for winter.

Flooring Options

Pros and cons of laminate, engineered wood, floating, and hardwood flooring.

Roofing Choices

What you need to know about the basic types of roofing, from composition shingle to standing seam metal.

El Nino Effects

Predictions about weather effects of El Niño and what you can do about them.

Net-Zero Home

Boyce looks at the trade-offs between super energy-efficiency and livability in his analysis of Pure Blue, Brookfield Home's latest energy-efficient demonstration home.

Adaptive Reuse

How a dilapidated 100 year-old home iin St. Louis is being successfully converted into two town homes.

Home Offices

Tips for achieving a home office that's perfect for the way you work.

Train Depot Home

Architect Francois Levy converted a derelict train depot into his family home.

Craftsman Kitchen

Pointers for making a contemporary Craftsman style kitchen.

Planning for Change

See how this design accomodates changing lifestyles...Time for a teen suite or a "snoritorium"?! Ideas to help you think about how your new home might adapt to growing children or aging in place.

Francois Levy Architect

Architect Francois Levy offers tips for energy-savvy home building.

Hollyhock House Restoration

The recent restoration of the Los Angeles landmark by Frank Lloyd Wright offers lessons for every home owner or builder.

Apartment Life

Boyce explains why building small apartment buildings makes sense.

Outdoor Kitchens

Tips for designing your outdoor cooking and entertaining space.

Staircase Primer

How to make sure your staircase suits the house and your needs.

Driveway Gates

Opening the world of gate possibilities in materials and styles, ready-made and custom.

Boomer Features

Features to consider including in your new home that will help you comfortably age in place.

Moving-In Advice

How to prepare for the big day when you start living in your new home.

Interior Doors

How to select the right interior doors for your new home.

Home Trends

Boyce lists the top home trends apparent at this year's Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego.

Garage Organization

Expert organizers tell how to make your garage efficient & uncluttered.

Home Automation

The newly launched Brillo home automation system from Google prompts some practical advice for selecting the right device or system for your needs.


The teardown market is heating up again.

Extreme Weather Design

Extra things you can do to defend against flooding and high winds.

House of Clicks

Reacting to the Swedish House of Clicks

Casitas & Flex Rooms

Flexible designs include spaces that can work as home offices and/or guest suites. Here's a sampling.

Tesla Home Battery

Considering Tesla’s new Powerwall for Your Green Home? Here’s what you need to know.

Narrow Lots

How to make the most out of limited space on skinny lots.

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