Architecture & Design

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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.

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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