What You Need to Know

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.

Party Season Homes

Boyce explains how a house can adapt for holiday entertaining.

Home Offices

The home as "incubator building," and other office ideas.

First House Lessons

Seven things that plans expert Aurora Zeledon learned from buying her first house.

Floating Homes & Houseboats

Tight quarters on houseboats ensure that every inch counts. Joyanna reports on adaptable ideas for landlubbers.

Kitchen& Bath Advice

David asks architect Maurice Levitch what he has learned from his many years of designing kitchens and baths.

Before Building

Boyce's interviews with people planning to build a new home provide key insights and advice for your own project.

Beyond Dining Rooms

How to plan your eating space, whether it's formal or more casual and multi-functional, with dimensions for tables, chairs, bar stools.

Architectural Hardware

Jim Cutler, of Cutler Anderson Architects, and Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, talk about the contemporary door and drawer hardware they have designed, which complements the work of their respective firms.

App Controlled House

What you need to know about these new app-controlled home features.