Architecture & Design

Cost To Build a Plan

Ordering a Cost To Build Report (CTB) on a house plan is a good way to start assessing a project's affordability. Key features will have a major impact on the bottom line.

Subdivision Trends

Boyce explores a new community in Florida with a fresh approach to residential design.

Tiny Cabin

An architect and his daughter worked together to build a forest retreat.

Porches, Pergolas

David asks Ron Sakal and Sallie Hood of The Homestead Partners about their outdoor-oriented home designs.

Bungalows by Brooks Ballard

The designer explains what makes a good bungalow plan.

Flexible House

Lessons in flexibility inspired by the most famous modern Dutch house, designed by Gerrit Rietveld for Truus Schröder, in Utrecht, of 1924.


Bunkrooms aren't just for dormitories at college or camp -- they're an efficient way to pack more beds into smaller spaces.

Modern Prefab Components

Lydia explains the differences between several eco-savvy prefab building systems.

Wright's Robie House

Boyce finds design inspiration in Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie house in Chicago of 1906, considered one of the last great examples of his Prairie style.

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.

Two Master Suites

House plans with two master suites are becoming more popular.