Stories & Projects

Good Television Doesn’t Always Translate into Practical Living

It's fun watching design shows on television, but real families often find their needs differ a bit when it comes time to build a home. Here's how two builders had to tweak show homes for everyday buyers.

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.

How To Build a Tiny Cabin with Your Daughter

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

Organic Modern Home Style

The West Elm blog reports on the Austin home of Houseplans own Courtney Pittman -- it's full of interior design ideas for your new home.

Wrap-Around Porches

Describing the functionality and romance of porches that run around at least two sides of a house.

Rebuilding a Home After Hurricane Sandy

Michelle Goodman and her family replaced their Hurricane Sandy-destroyed home with a bungalow by Brooks Ballard.

They're Building Our Farmhouse Floor Plan

An Oklahoma couple is building our Farmhouse Plan 888-1 by Nicholas Lee.

Architect Visit: Olle Lundberg

Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.

They're building a Mid-Century Modern Home

A fascinating blog about the building of our Eichler-inspired Plan 438-1 in Knoxville, TN

See this film about Building a Very Small House

A compelling new documentary about a young couple who built a 133 sq. ft. house from scratch in Colorado.

They're 27, Newly Married, and Building Their First House!

The story of building their house from Plan 479-4 designed by Peter Brachvogel & Stella Carosso.

Texas Retreat for Four Couples

The story of how four couples built four energy-efficient 350 sq. ft. sleeping cabins and a communal cookhouse on ten acres near Austin, Texas.