Overlooking San Francisco Bay, this house wraps around a protected courtyard that soaks up the sunshine.
A small house in Vermont goes above code to cut energy bills by more than half.
Did Starting Small Work Out?
We revisit a house designed to grow over time.
Living Lightly on the Mountain
A small, day-lit house deep in the Tennessee woods brings one retirement couple closer to their natural surroundings.
Seamless in Missoula
A second-story addition to a classic bungalow looks as though it has been there forever.
Drawn to Detail
Designed on the fly, a master collaboration between architect and builder produces a one-of-a-kind remodel.
A little Dutch colonial gets an open plan and lots of year-round living space.
What’s the Future of Home Building?
Despite the recent blow to the housing market, to most of these industry insiders, the future looks bright
Basement and Attic Remodel Checklist
Need more living space? Use this list to see if you have affordable options under your existing roof.
What's the Difference: Programmable Thermostats
Basic vs. full feature
Understand the differences between fiber-cement, cellular PVC, and wood-composite trim.
What is the Difference
Reviving a Home’s Exterior Style
For various reasons, a house can lose track of its curb appeal. In this "Drawing Board" column, architect Roxana Vargas-Greenan recommends a number of ways to revive a home's exterior…
Dimmers for CFL and LED Lighting Fixtures
C•L Series dimmers from Lutron
Downspouts that Catch More than the Eye
Copper Downspout Cleanouts
PVC Post Wrap
A Sunset in a Wall
Heat & Glo Solaris direct-vent gas fireplace
Exotic Fusion Hardwood
Iconic Light Fixtures
Fixtures and Materials
Why Good Clients Lead to Successful Projects
I meet regularly with fellow architects and building contractors to talk about various issues of mutual interest. We often discuss the key reasons that one project is successful, but another…
Souped-Up Roof Energizes the Back of the House
Heather Washburn’s clients have a sunny backyard garden that might as well have been in the shadows. You could barely see it from the house. They asked Washburn, an architect…
The top shelf in most 8-ft.-tall closets is reserved for items that are in a kind of suspended state of storage, somewhere between the attic and the Goodwill bin. This…
A Window Seat with a Garden View
When Bill Mastin started working with Michael and Lianne, they expressed a fondness for the cozy quarters in their vintage 1920s bungalow. They needed to enlarge the house a bit…
Office Above, Tokonoma Below
The landing at the top of the stair in this San Francisco row house is flanked by an idiosyncratic wedge-shaped piece of space. Its ceiling ranges from 4 ft. to…
Stairs Taken to the Next Level
As the shape of this stair to a second-story addition unfolded, several household activities gravitated to it. Its location in the plan offered the potential for a sculptural feature bathed…
Bookshelf Divider Unites House
The rear portion of the clients’ house was split in half by a wall that created two too-small areas: one a back entry/mudroom, the other a breakfast alcove. Architect Lynn…
Tailgate: Hank Louis, Teacher
Teacher On the Navajo Nation, the founder of a Utah design-build program is crafting sustainable homes and better architects.