What You Need to Know

Siting Advice

Pointers for situating your new house on your lot from architect, author, and teacher Donlyn Lyndon, who was one of the original designers of the internationally famous community on California's north coast, known as The Sea Ranch.

Cost To Build a Plan

Ordering a Cost To Build Report (CTB) on a house plan is a good way to start assessing a project's affordability. Key features will have a major impact on the bottom line.

Subdivision Trends

Boyce explores a new community in Florida with a fresh approach to residential design.

Rainwater Harvesting

Cisterns above ground or below and other matters related to storing and using rainwater in and around the house.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Why building an accessory dwelling unit can be a smart idea -- and tips to navigate the process.

Garden Wish List

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

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.

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.