What You Need to Know

11 Plan Customization Insights

11 things you should know about house plan modifications.

Building 101

You see a beautiful home. Your house builder sees a complex design that will take lots of money and labor to build. So what should you look for to maximize your budget?

Texas Home Building Insights

Texas home building insights from Certified Professional Building Designer, Janet Hobbs.

Cost to Build

From Remodeling Magazine (our sister site) comes this detailed tool/report. Enter your location to get a regional report on what various remodeling projects typically cost and how much value they add to your home.

Cost to Build

How much will it cost to build your new home? Learn about cost-per-square-foot calculations.

Remodeling Sucks

Stuck between remodeling your existing home or building new? Here are some important considerations.

Mudroom House Plans

Here's why you need a mudroom in your new home.

Lot Orientation

You've got a lot. Now how should you place your home to get the best natural lighting and cooling?

Vacation Homes

Make your mountain vacation home a reality with these tips and tricks.

Fireproof, Flood-Proof Homes

Make sure your home is as ready as it can be for extreme weather events.

Bold Style for Narrow Lots

Dealing with a tight lot? You can still show off with a sleek house design.

Details matter

Get inspiration from Boyce Thompson's visit to a Scottish manor.


Not sure how to distinguish between a Craftsman and a Colonial Revival home? Here's your cheat sheet.

Modern Style

Love the sleek look of a modern home? You're not alone. Learn about this popular style.

Age-Appropriate Homes

Ideas from homes designed for "active adults" that are worth considering for the new house you are planning to build.

Lessons from Old Homes

Key features of older homes that could add character and comfort to the new home you're building.