Building Basics

Deciphering the Hidden Language of Floor Plans

Looking at a floor plan can feel like trying to read a language that you don't understand. Learn the difference between the various lines, dashes, and abbreviations here.

Best House Plans for a Sloping Lot

Make your sloping lot work for you with a plan that maximizes the space. Explore house plans with lower-level garages, recreation rooms, and patios galore.

How to Choose the Right Foundation for Your New House

Here's what you need to know about different foundations...and which one is right for you.