Architecture & Design

Changing Spaces

Boomers and Millennials both want multifunctional spaces for more efficient living, according to presentations at the 2017 International Home Builder Show -- and they both like their wine!

Modern Hawaiian House

Describing the modern house by architect Vladimir Ossipoff that was put on the cover of House Beautiful magazine in 1958 -- worth studying today for its many timeless design ideas.

Stock Plans History

A short history of stock house plans, from the Renaissance to today.

Books on Houses & Design

Four important new books about architectural creativity and home design provide a window into how architects and clients think and connect -- or not!

Craftsman Style Details

Contractor David Jackinin finds inspiration in the Craftsman style Thorsen house of 1910 in Berkeley, by Greene and Greene, which was the last landmark design by the architects of the Gamble house in Pasadena.

Home Offices

The home as "incubator building," and other office ideas.

Floating Homes & Houseboats

Tight quarters on houseboats ensure that every inch counts. Joyanna reports on adaptable ideas for landlubbers.

Interior Design Lessons

Boyce finds interiors lessons in the Art Deco house that Eliel and Loja Saarinen designed for Cranbrook Academy of Art in the late 1920s.

Kitchen& Bath Advice

David asks architect Maurice Levitch what he has learned from his many years of designing kitchens and baths.

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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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.

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.