What You Need to Know

Beach House

Thinking of building a new retirement or getaway home? Consider this list of must-haves from Boyce.

Steep Slope Houses

Architect Robert Nebolon shows how to maximize a steep slope (he's the designer of our exclusive Eichler-inspired house plan).

Tent Cabins

Tent cabins provide a quick way to live on your land -- Joyanna explores the options now available.

Houses With Pools

House plans that work with water features, though maybe the pool you really need is for your pet!

Buckminster Fuller's House

An early experiment in prefab design by the futurist Buckminster Fuller -- using recycled airplane parts -- offers inspiration for today.

Accessibile Homes

Design writer Cheryl Weber reports on how to make a home comfortable and safe so we can live there longer.

Permeable Landscapes

Choices in easy eco-friendly patio surfaces range from decomposed granite to recycled rubber.

Oven & Range Advice

Longtime Food Editor Jerry Di Vecchio offers tips on selecting the right cooking appliances for your new home.

Building Cost

Size Matters. Building a smaller house generally saves money for the obvious reason. BUT, there is an economy of scale in building a larger house: typically the kitchen and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms so an extra bedroom can be inexpensive square footage.


Boyce reports that photovoltaic systems for converting sunlight to electricity have become more efficient and affordable.

Salvaged Wood

David interviews a renowned Northern California woodworker for his tips on using recycled wood.

Design Chat: Brachvogel

Joyanna interviews the Bainbridge Island, Washington architects of our 479-series house plans.

Net Zero Round House

How the circular houses by modular builder Deltec are designed for super energy efficiency.

Tiny House Plans

The latest very small houses -- 192 sq. ft. -- from the Homestead Partners come in a variety of architectural styles.

Concrete Advice

What you need to know about concrete for counters and floors.

Trailer Tiny Home

Courtney reports on what it's like to "live small" in a classic Aistream trailer at Marfa, Texas.