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Siding Choices

Siding choices can help you customize a plan. Often they relate to the design and style of your house, as demonstrated in these examples.

Controlling Interior Finish Costs

The way to control the costs of interior finishes is to do your homework and plan ahead.

What Makes A Well Designed House Plan?

Designs that successfully avoid common design flaws.

What's a typical house size today?

How our understanding of common house size has changed.

Shade Structures

From awnings to sails: ways to provide shelter from the summer sun.

Tiny House Lessons from Marfa, Texas

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

Design Chat: Sandi Erdman

Sandi explains how she designs and what she feels makes a good house plan.

Designs for Narrow Lots

How to make the most out of limited space on skinny lots.