What You Need to Know

Roof Trusses

What you need to know about prefabricated roof trusses, exposed or hidden.

Bungalows by Brooks Ballard

The designer explains what makes a good bungalow plan.

Garden Wish List

A recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects lists the garden/outdoor living features that homeowners desire.

Garage Organization

Expert organizers tell how to make your garage efficient & uncluttered.

Prefab Homes

Joyanna interviews an architect and a builder to find out what you need to know about prefabrication.

Flexible House

Lessons in flexibility inspired by the most famous modern Dutch house, designed by Gerrit Rietveld for Truus Schröder, in Utrecht, of 1924.

Live Edge Wood

David explains what live edge wood is, and how to use it.


Bunkrooms aren't just for dormitories at college or camp -- they're an efficient way to pack more beds into smaller spaces.

New Bath

Cheryl reports on the latest bath trends chronicled by the author of The New Bathroom Idea Book.

Modern Prefab Components

Lydia explains the differences between several eco-savvy prefab building systems.

Bathroom radiant heat

Contractor Keny Grono explains the best way to warm up your bathroom.

Wright's Robie House

Boyce finds design inspiration in Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie house in Chicago of 1906, considered one of the last great examples of his Prairie style.

Home Trends

From more voice control to smaller home designs, Boyce reports on what's hot this year.

In-Law Units

An introduction to granny units, including a tour of our Plan 507-1 by Larson Shores Architects.

Transitional Styles

Boyce reports on the blending of Traditional and Modern elements as the big new style trend in home building.

New Home Products

Boyce walked the miles of aisles at the International Home Builder Show in Orlando to find the latest products and trends you need to know about as you plan your new home.