Architecture & Design

Cool Modern House Plans for Narrow Lots

Dealing with a tight lot? You can still show off with a sleek house design.

Architectural Styles 101

Not sure how to distinguish between a Craftsman and a Colonial Revival home? Here's your cheat sheet.

The Beauty and Simplicity of Modern Home Designs

Love the sleek look of a modern home? You're not alone. Learn about this popular style.

Summer Camp at Home

Ways to bring home a summer camp vibe.

5 Lessons From Older Homes

Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.

Courtyard House Plans Then & Now

Courtyards as a residential feature go way back to the Roman atrium and beyond, and today they help a house breathe while providing private outdoor space.

What's a typical house size today?

How our understanding of common house size has changed.

Tiny House Lessons from Marfa, Texas

Courtney finds design ideas on her visit to this famous contemporary art mecca on the Texas prairie.

The Versatile Barn Idea

Use the barn idea as a springboard for the design of your new house -- the straightforward, economical organization of interior space and the simple gable roof shapes allow for flexibility and adaptability.

Wedding Patio Plans

Plan ahead! Will your new home have space for graduation parties or perhaps a summer wedding? Here's a range of designs that can accommodate family celebrations.

Design Chat: Janet Hobbs

Austin building designer Janet Hobbs explains how she works and what influences her house plans.

Award-Winning Kitchen & Bath Ideas and Other Wild Cards

A home awards program is a good place to look for current trends and the latest design ideas.