What You Need to Know

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.

Changing Spaces

Boomers and Millennials both want multifunctional spaces for more efficient living, according to presentations at the 2017 International Home Builder Show -- and they both like their wine!

Tiny Homes Built

Joyanna reports on a new community that's building some of our Tiny Home plans.

Boomer Home Ideas

Hanley Wood's latest idea house near Orlando, Florida, takes into account recent research about how boomers want to live as they reach retirement age.


Boyce explains that a basement can be so much more than a man cave.

Bargain Home Products

David visits Habitat for Humanity's ReStore to see what home products are currently available and discovers some bargains.

Houseplans House

Joyanna interviews Laura Fowls in the house she built with her husband based on a design from Houseplans.com.

Stock Plans History

A short history of stock house plans, from the Renaissance to today.

Favorite Plans

We asked our Hanley Wood/Houseplans.com colleagues to show us their favorite house plans and tell what features were most alluring. Here are their picks, in their own words.

What's a Good Plan?

Comfort and functionality are only part of what makes a good house plan. Here are other elements to consider.