Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal Site
Traditional architecture, new building methods, and rainwater collection combine to lessen a home’s imprint on its sensitive coastal site.
Budget Bungalow Update
A young couple with a growing family updates their humble house with a pitch-perfect blend of pragmatism and delight.
Ground Source Heat Pumps and Air Source Heat Pumps: Are They as Energy Efficient and Green as Advertised?
Learn how heat pumps work and whether they make sense for you.
Craftsman Mastery: Channeling the Greene Brothers
A new house builds on the tradition forged by America’s greatest Arts and Crafts architects.
A Breezy Porch in Summer, and Heated Living Space in Winter
Removable window sashes and a weather-ready floor provide a well-insulated room in the winter and a breezy porch in the summer.
Two Home Offices Double the Utility of a Bungalow
A new home for a young family includes two home offices under one familiar roof.
A Rooftop Deck on an Urban House
Creative indoor and outdoor living space connect this modern home to its natural, urban surroundings.
Choose a Quality Entry Door
A hard look at the features and components that enhance a front door's energy efficiency, durability, and aesthetics.
Super Energy Efficient Home in a Cold Climate
With the help of energy-modeling software, a pair of architects prove that well-designed, functional, and predictable performance is possible on a budget.
A Small House That's Designed to Float
A 433-sq.-ft. houseboat showcases nine strategies that can make any small house live large
Home-Office Design Guidelines
Make the most of a small space by getting furniture and cabinet dimensions right.
What is the Difference
Paint-Grade Trim: Finger-jointed pine, poplar, or MDF
When you’re selecting paint-grade trim, you can choose among several options. My favorite material to work with is one that’s dry and straight, and comes in long lengths. Sure, it’s…
What's the Difference: Painting Drop Cloths
Plastic, canvas, and alternative materials all have pros and cons when it comes to protecting your job site while painting.
Spray-Foam Sealant: Latex vs. polyurethane
No matter how tightly a house is built, it will have gaps—around windows, ceiling fixtures, chimneys, vents, and plumbing penetrations. Sealing these openings is an essential part of building an…
The Best Seat in the House
This story is true. The names have been changed because I want to remain married. There aren’t too many running arguments in our house aside from the usual “It’s your…
Enhance Style with the Right Entry Door
As the focal point of the house, it's important for the entry door to be appropriate to the house style.
Heat Pump, Schmeat Pump
If homebuilders had a magic appliance that could provide an endless supply of inexpensive and environmentally friendly energy, then we would have an excuse to keep building homes without paying…
A Slow Economy Doesn’t Change the Rules of Bidding
If you’re a homeowner, now is a terrific time to build or renovate. The punishing economy has left its mark on a lot of builders, and if you’re ready to…