Thinking of building a new retirement or getaway home? Consider this list of must-haves from Boyce.
Architect Robert Nebolon shows how to maximize a steep slope (he's the designer of our exclusive Eichler-inspired house plan).
Tent cabins provide a quick way to live on your land -- Joyanna explores the options now available.
An early experiment in prefab design by the futurist Buckminster Fuller -- using recycled airplane parts -- offers inspiration for today.
Design writer Cheryl Weber reports on how to make a home comfortable and safe so we can live there longer.
Choices in easy eco-friendly patio surfaces range from decomposed granite to recycled rubber.
Size Matters. Building a smaller house generally saves money for the obvious reason. BUT, there is an economy of scale in building a larger house: typically the kitchen and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms so an extra bedroom can be inexpensive square footage.
Boyce reports that photovoltaic systems for converting sunlight to electricity have become more efficient and affordable.
David interviews a renowned Northern California woodworker for his tips on using recycled wood.
How the circular houses by modular builder Deltec are designed for super energy efficiency.
The latest very small houses -- 192 sq. ft. -- from the Homestead Partners come in a variety of architectural styles.