Architecture & Design

Smaller Luxury Homes

Smaller homes of roughly 2,600 sq. ft. or less can have mansion-like luxury with amenities like window walls, walk-in closets and pantries, mud rooms, laundries, and the use of high-end materials and finishes.


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Stock Plans History

A short history of stock plans, from the late 16th century to today.

Schindler House

Touring the Kings Road House in Los Angeles by Rudolph Schindler, which is considered an early California example of modern living.

Houses With Pools

House plans that work with water features, though maybe the pool you really need is for your pet!

New Craftsman Plans

Browse our latest plans -- with wide porches, home offices, laundries, and mudrooms -- by Home Patterns, LLC.

Books on Houses & Design

Three important new books about architectural creativity and home design provide a window into how architects think.

Buckminster Fuller's House

An early experiment in prefab design by the futurist Buckminster Fuller -- using recycled airplane parts -- offers inspiration for today.

Accessibile Homes

Design writer Cheryl Weber reports on how to make a home comfortable and safe so we can live there longer.

Bedroom Design

Tips from Arianna Huffington and sleep experts for helping make your bedroom more of a sleep aid.

Cottage Style Today

Contemporary plans by The Homestead Partners draw inspiration from architectural history.

Monticello Design Ideas

The architect president never stopped designing and many of his architectural ideas offer inspiration today.

Mid-Century Modern

Today's designers are offering new twists on the Mid-Century Modern esthetic.

Remodel Trends

The annual Chrysalis Awards provides a window into how homeowners are reshaping their living environments.

Swedish Modern Design

A brief look at Swedish modern furniture design as inspiration for spring refurbishing.

Biltmore Mansion

Though vast -- this historic Vanderbilt estate boasts 250 rooms, including 33 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens! -- it has surprisingly practical aspects that anyone building a new home can understand.