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Home Design Software for Beginners
Find home design software programs that are inexpensive (or free!) and easy to use. Here are our top picks.
Easy-to-Use Tools for Drawing Simple Floor Plans
You don't need expensive, complicated software to draw simple floor plans. Check out these easy online drawing tools.
How Much Does It Really Cost to Build Your Own...
Don't be caught by hidden expenses. Use these handy tips to estimate the cost of building your new home. Also find tips for saving money when you build.
Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Art Deco-style Christ Redeemer statue towers atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Page 3.
Choose the Right House Paint with 8 Helpful Tools
Use these easy, free digital painting tools to try out paint colors for your house.
House Styles
Use this illustrated dictionary to identify house styles and learn about home design in North America and other parts of the world. Find photos, floor plans, and helpful resources.
12 Tips to Pick the Perfect House Colors
Find paint colors for your house! These tips and resources will help you choose the best color combinations for your exterior painting project.
Update Your Home with 11 Popular Siding Choices
What type of material should you use when you install siding on your house? Compare these options.
Easter Island Statues
Enormous and mysterious, the Moai of Easter Island have haunted researchers and visitors. The ancient site was a finalist in the campaign to select the New 7 Wonders of the World. Page 12.
American Home Styles, 1600 to Today
This concise guide traces the history of residential architecture in the US and Canada, with links to facts and photos for popular home styles.
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family Church, in Barcelona is Antoni Gaudi's most ambitious work, and construction is still ongoing.
Build a Better Deck with These Top 5 Woods
To build a better deck or porch, be sure to choose a better wood. Here are our top picks for the best wood to use for decks and porches.
Architecture Timeline - Historic Periods and...
From Prehistoric to Postmodern, a whirlwind tour of architecture in the Western world, with resources to learn about historic periods and styles and fascinating facts about great buildings and structures.
Use These Color Palettes for Your Home Painting...
Are you looking for just the right color for your home painting project? Choose a color chart from this list for architecturally-tested color schemes.
5 Tips to Build the Perfect Home
Before you build, make sure you follow these five steps.
Roof Colors
Unless you plan to install a new roof, you'll want to choose paint colors that complement the color of your roof shingles. This cottage has a green roof, so the siding is painted a similar gray-green color. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 5.
1905-1930: American Bungalow
What is a bungalow? Learn about American bungalow architecture, see pictures, and find historic bungalow house plans and other great bungalow resources. Page 34.
Color Ideas to Inspire Your Home's Exteriors
Is green too ordinary? Pink too bold? The answer depends on how you use the colors. Visualize house color combinations from these galleries of photos.
How Much Money do Architects Make, Anyway?
These resources and surveys reveal the average income for architects in the United States.
14 Things Aspring Architects Should Know
Would you like to become an architect? This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in architecture.
Victorian Houses: Learn about Home Styles...
You know your house is a Victorian...but, what style is it? This handy guide to Victorian house styles has facts and photos.
Guide to Mid-Century Homes, 1930 - 1965
Explore the types of homes built in the United States that met the needs of an expanding American middle class from roughly 1930 until 1965.
1945 - 1980: Ranch Style
Easy, economical Ranch and Rambler style homes became enormously popular during the mid-twentieth century. Learn about Ranch house styles. Page 40.
1893-1920: Prairie Style
Pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie Style houses revolutionized residential architecture in the USA. Learn about the Prairie house style. Page 31.
1905-1930: Arts and Crafts (Craftsman)
Inspired by the British Arts & Crafts movement, American Craftsman houses came in many shapes and forms. Learn about Arts and Crafts and Craftsman architecture in the USA. Page 33.
1890 - Present: Tudor House Style
Do you live in a Tudor style house? Learn about Tudor Revival architecture and see pictures. Page 28.
Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home
How to find the original building plans for your old house, with tips and resources.
1895 - 1930: American Foursquare
Is your home an American Foursquare? Here's how to identify the uniquely American style. . Page 32.
How to Build or Remodel a Home on a Budget
How much will your building or remodeling project cost? Maybe less than you think! Here's how to cut costs without compromising comfort and beauty.
1945 - 1980s: Raised Ranch House Style
In this variation of the Ranch Style , the home has two stories. The lower story is at ground level or
Expert Tips on Building the Home of Your Dreams
An architect offers valuable advice and money-saving tips to help you build your dream home.
Guide to Colonial American House Styles, 1600 -...
Is your home a Colonial? Here's everything you need to know about American colonial architecture, including New England Colonial, German Colonial, Dutch Colonial, Georgian, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, and other styles inspired by the architecture of colonial America.
Checklist Before Remodeling Your Home
The dream of remodeling your home may turn into a nightmare, unless you plan ahead. Follow these steps to get your home improvement project on the right start.
1890-1940: Tudor Cottage
Charming cottage style houses seem to be drawn from a fairy tale, but they borrow ideas from the English Cotswolds. Learn about Tudor Cottage houses and other cottage styles. Page 29.
High School Subjects to Take if You Want to...
While still in high school, aspiring architects should plan a strong college preparatory program. Think about taking these courses.
1945 - 1980s: Split-Level Ranch Style
From our picture dictionary of house styles, facts and photos for the popular Split-Level Ranch. Page 42.
House Paint Color Guide
What color should you paint your house? Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for house paint color advice and ideas.
Tallest Buildings in the World
A comprehensive chart showing statistics of the tallest buildings in the world, with more than 100 skyscrapers compared, including several skyscrapers still under construction.
1950s - 1970: A-Frame House Style
An A-frame house with a steep, sloping roof offers pros and cons. Learn the about the interesting A-frame house style. . Page 47.
1912 - Present: Pueblo Revival Style
Pueblo Revival is a popular housing style in the American southwest. Learn about pueblo and adobe architecture. Page 35.
1690s - 1830: Georgian Colonial House Style
The young new country embraced and re-invented European Georgian architecture. Learn how to identify the Georgian Colonial houses. Page 5.
Find the Best School for Architecture
How do you choose the best a college or university for studies in architecture, design, urban design, interior design, and similar fields? This helpful page has tips, resources, and advice from professional architects.
Brick and Stone
Color scheme to complement the brick and stone on a Queen Anne house. Page 6.
Columns
An introduction to the types and styles of columns found in architecture through the ages.
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Complete Listing
What did Frank Lloyd Wright build? This index lists all the intact projects that Wright completed during his lifetime.
1600-1830: Baroque
What do imperfect pearls have to do with French Baroque building design? Learn more about a 17th century movement in art, music, and architecture. Page 8.
How To Become a Home Designer
Do you dream of designing houses? Why not consider a career as a Professional Building Designer? Here's how to begin.
1948 - 1950: Lustron Homes
After World War II, all-steel Lustron homes rolled off the assembly line. Learn the fascinating story of these pre-fab houses. Page 43.
IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro
Learn the pros and cons of TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro home design software and get shopping advice.
1890 - 1920: Mission Revival House Style
The Mission house style often mingles with Arts & Crafts ideas to create these unique and charming homes. Learn about Mission Revival architecture. . Page 30.
1780 - 1840: Federal and Adam House Styles
Do you live in a Federalist house? Learn how to identify Federal and Adam house styles and explore the history of American Federalist architecture. . Page 6.
1935 - Present: Modern House Styles
What makes a house modern? Learn about modern home styles and see photos. Page 52.
Detail Colors
Gray accents add depth to the details on this sunny yellow Victorian home in St. Augustine, Florida. Also note the touches of red. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 8.
1949 - 1974: Eichler Houses
Eichler houses brought mid-century modernism to the suburbs. Learn about this popular variation on Ranch style housing. Page 44.
Which Home Design Software is Best?
You don't have to be a computer whiz to use home design software. But beware: Follow these quick tips to find the architecture software that's right for your skills and needs.
Guide to American Bungalow Styles, 1905 - 1930
Bungalows come in many shapes and styles. Learn to recognize the various types, see pictures, and learn the history that spans from 1905-1930.
Wright's Red
What was Frank Lloyd Wright favorite color? Cherokee Red! Would Wright's red be a good color pick for your house painting project? Page 7.
1935 - 1950: Minimal Traditional
What makes a house modern? Learn about one of the most popular home styles from mid-century America and see photos. Page 39.
1876 - 1955: Colonial Revival House Styles
Is your home a Colonial Revival? Learn how to identify Colonial Revival house styles and see photos. . Page 25.
1975 - Present: Monolithic Dome Home
Some of the world's sturdiest homes are the storm- and earthquake-ready monolithic domes, or EcoShells. Learn more. Page 54.
How Old Is My House?
Learn how to find the age of your old house. Use these tips and resources to research the history of your home and estimate when it was built.
1825 - 1860: Greek Revival House Style
Is your house a Greek Revival? Learn to identify the style and explore the history of Greek Revival architecture. Page 10.
1930 - 1950: Art Moderne House Style
During the mid-twentieth century, these sleek homes were all the rage. Learn about the Art Moderne, or Streamline Modern, house style. Page 38.
1965 - present: Builder's Colonial / Neocolonial
A Neocolonial, Neo-Colonial, or Builder's Colonial house is not colonial at all. It was not constructed
What Is Neoclassical Architecture?
Learn how to identify neoclassical architecture and see examples of neoclassicism in architecture from great buildings to modest homes.
1965 - Present: Postmodern (Pomo) Homes
Unique, whimsical, and surprising, Postmodern houses give the impression that anything goes. The impossible is not only possible, but exaggerated. Learn more from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles in North America and Beyond. Page 53.
Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Tower
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower, is now the tallest building in the world.
1954 - Present: Geodesic Dome
The inventive Geodesic Dome by Buckminster Fuller promised to provide economical, eco-friendly housing. Learn more. Page 45.
Balanced Color
What color should you paint your house? This much red might be overpowering on a large house, but for this cozy cottage in Los Angeles, well-balanced splashes of cherry red add charm. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 12.
Bungalow House Pictures
From our photo gallery, pictures of bungalow houses, including Craftsman Bungalows and other popular bungaloid types.
House Plan Sources
Looking for plans for your dream home? Begin by exploring these options.
1955 - 1965: Alexander Houses
Real estate developers in California showed how suburban tract homes could express the spirit of modernism. Learn about Alexander Homes from the 1950s and '60s. Page 46.
Dramatic Accents
What color should you paint your house? Darker shades are best for accenting recesses, while lighter tones will highlight details that project from the wall surface. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 10.
Classic White
White is a classic choice for stately buildings like the Colonial Revival Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 9.
1965 - Present: Neoeclectic Houses
A Neoeclectic home can be difficult to describe because it combines many styles. The shape of the roof,
Subtle Colors
Author Harriet Beecher Stowe used subtle shades of green, without dramatic contrasts, for her Connecticut home. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 11.
1870 - 1910: Folk Victorian
Folk Victorian houses usually have these features: Square, symmetrical shape Brackets under the eaves
1965 - Present: Neo-Mediterranean House Styles
Does your new house have details that remind you of Spain, Italy, or Greece? Maybe it's Neo-Mediterranean. Learn about the style. Page 51.
1958-early 1960s: Swiss Miss Houses
Learn about Swiss Miss A-Frame houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. . Page 48.
1915 - 1945: French Eclectic House Style
The cottage pictured above is a charming example of a home inspired by the symmetrical Provincial style.
White House Surprises
How much do you know about America's White House - really? Check out these surprising facts.
Some Truths About Vinyl Siding
Should you install vinyl siding? Builders praise it, but environmentalists raise many concerns.
Disney's Planned Celebration
Walt Disney's vision of Utopia was realized by some of the most famous architects in the world. Join us for a photo tour of the ideal Celebration, FL.
Top 9 Free Lesson Plans & Activities
Architecture offers a world of possibilities for classroom learning. Listed here is just a sampling of fascinating lessons and activities that you can download for free and adapt to your own classroom.
Safe Methods to Remove Paint
Part 7 of Preservation Brief Number 10 from the US Department of Interior describes appropriate and safe methods to remove exterior house paint.
1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod Style
Photo of a Colonial Cape Cod house with resources for learning about the popular Cape Cod style
What is a gable - Architecture Glossary
Definition and illustration for the term GABLE: architecture glossary arttoday porches illustration triangle
Architecture Glossaries: Explaining Terms,...
Find definitions for styles, concepts, and technical words in this glossary of glossaries for architecture, design, and construction.
1885 - 1925: Neoclassical House Styles
Neoclassical was not just one style, but many. Learn how to recognize Neoclassical house styles and find out how architects returned to classical ideals. Page 26.
Ranch House Plans for 1950s America
See floor plans and historic advertising flyers for Ranch houses built during the 1950s. Learn about mid-twentieth century housing in the USA.
Queen Anne Architecture in the USA
The phrase Queen Anne suggests British royalty, but don't be confused! Here are facts about Queen Anne architecture in the United States during the Victorian era.
1650-1790: Rococo
Natural shapes and graceful lines characterize the delicate Rococo style. Learn more about Rococo architecture. Page 9.
Why the World Trade Center Towers Fell on...
When terrorists struck the New York Twin Towers, many people wondered why the buildings collapsed so quickly. Could the buildings have been made stronger?
Nature's Colors
A colorful garden inspired the paint color for this cheerful bungalow. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 4.
1800s: Tidewater Style
Learn about Tidewater style houses and see pictures. Page 7.
1925 - 1955: Monterey Revival
Monterey Revival styles brought new life to the designs of Monterey, California in the 1800s. Learn about this mix of Spanish and American Colonial dwelling. Page 37.
1600 - 1900: Spanish Colonial House Style
The earliest European homes in the American colonies were constructed by settlers from Spain. Learn how to recognize historic Spanish Colonial architecture. Page 8.
1860 - 1880s: Eastlake Victorian
This colorful Victorian home in California has lacy, ornamental details. Page 21.
Cape Cod Houses
Is your house a Cape Cod? Learn about Cape Cod houses and find out how to identify the Cape Cod style.
Eiffel Tower in Paris
See photos and learn about the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Page 13.
1880 - 1910: Queen Anne Style
Impressive details give these Victorian houses a regal air. Now wonder they're called Queen Anne! Learn about the Queen Anne style. Page 20.
Colorful Cottages
When houses are clustered close together, they create a unified color scheme. Each home is distinct, but also part of a larger picture. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 3.
1860 - 1890: Stick Style
The house shown here is an especially fine example of Victorian Stick architecture. Designed by architect
1840 - 1915: Renaissance Revival House Style
These wonderful homes imitate the Italian villas from the Renaissance era. Learn how to identify Renaissance Revival architecture. Page 14.
What Are They Building on Ground Zero?
Many years after the terrorist attacks, buildings are rising from the ashes of Ground Zero in New York City. Here's part of what you may see.
What Is Architecture?
Definition of the word Architecture, with links, quotes, and resources, from our Architecture Glossary.
Bauhaus
Learn about the Bauhaus Movement in architecture. Links and photos for the work of Walter Gropius and other important Bauhaus architects. Page 4.
Great Wall of China
Stretching for thousands of miles, the Great Wall of China protected ancient China from invaders. Learn about the Great Wall of China. Page 4.
Green House Color Combinations
Green is not just one color, but many. Which color combinations will look best on your home? Browse these pictures for ideas on how to use green colors in your house painting project.
1840-1880: Gothic Revival House (Wood)
Photo of a wood-framed Gothic Revival home with links to information about Victorian Gothic Revival and Carpenter Gothic architecture. Page 12.
1840-1880: Gothic Revival House (Masonry)
Photo of the Gothic Revival Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York with resources for learning about the Gothic Revival house style. Page 11.
Bungalow Floor Plans Index
Use this directory to find original plans and elevation drawings for Craftsman Bungalow style mail order homes built between 1908 and 1921.
1874 - 1910: Shingle Style
Picture of a Victorian Shingle house with information about the Shingle Style. Page 24.
Have Fun Choosing Colors for Your House
A simple how-to that tries to turn a necessary household job into a family fun event. Put color into a dull job.
Historic Colors
The coral and black color scheme at the historic Roseland Cottage is recreated from the original Victorian color palette. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas.
1885 - 1925: Beaux Arts
Beaux Arts was a favored style for the homes of the rich and famous. Learn about Beaux Arts architecture and see photos. Page 27.
1600s - mid-1800s: German Colonial
Learn about German Colonial architecture in our House Style Picture Dictionary. Page 4.
The Space Needle
Learn about the history and design of the futuristic Space Needle, or Seattle Center, in Seattle, Washington. Page 4.
1625 - mid-1800s: Dutch Colonial
Learn about the brick and stone houses constructed by Dutch settlers in the American colonies. Page 3.
1700 - 1860: French Colonial
Learn about the practical houses that French colonists built in the Mississippi Valley. Page 9.
Architecture School Rankings
Which architecture school is best? Find school rankings from the newest DesignIntelligence report, America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.
1880 - 1910: Chateauesque
Elaborate Chateauesque style homes reflected the tastes of a growing wealthy class of Americans. Learn more. Page 23.
Free Architecture Courses
Hundreds of colleges and universities around the world offer free downloads of popular courses in architecture, urban design, and engineering. Check out the best of the best.
1840 - 1885: Italianate House
Picture of an Italianate style house. Page 13.
1861 - 1930: Shotgun House
Learn how to recognize a Shotgun Style house. Page 18.
What Is a Balustrade? What is a Baluster?
Illustrated definition of the word Balustrade from our Architecture Glossary
Jazzy Colors
You might quickly tire of green and pink, but it does attract shoppers to the antique shop located inside this bungalow in St. Augustine, Florida. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 2.
1855 - 1885: Second Empire (Mansard) House Style
Photo of a Victorian Second Empire, or mansard, style house with links for learning more about the style. Page 16.
What Is a Usonian?
Discover the simple Usonian style houses that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, and see photos of Usonian architecture.
1880 - 1900: Richardsonian Romanesque
Picture of a house in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Page 22.
Build to Save Energy
Slash your utility bills and help the environment through energy-efficient design. These resources will help you save energy when you build a new house or remodel the home you have now.
Le Corbusier, Leader of the International Style
Le Corbusier pioneered modernism in architecture and laid the foundation for Bauhaus, or the International Style. Here are facts about Le Corbusier's life and works with links to resources for learning more about the architecture of le Corbusier
850 BC-476 AD: Classical
From our picture dictionary of architecture history, an introduction to Classical architecture. Page 3.
1850 - 1870: Octagon Style
Learn about Victorian Octagon houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 15.
Top 10 Trends In Home Design
Architects, engineers, and designers are creating new housing styles to accommodate the way we live and think today. Look for these top home design trends.
Philip Johnson's Glass House
The glass house designed by Philip Johnson has been called one of the world's most beautiful and yet least functional homes. Here are facts and resources from our photo gallery of modern houses. Page 3.
1600s - 1740: New England Colonial
The Stanley-Whiteman house is a wonderful example of architecture in colonial New England. Learn about the New England Colonial house style. Page 2.
Casa Vicens
Casa Vicens in Barcelona is an early example of Antoni Gaudi's flamboyant work. Page 2.
What Is an Architect?
Definition for the word architect with examples and resources to help you select an architect for your building and design project.
Frank Lloyd Wright, America's Most Famous...
Your starting place for exploring the life and works of America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, with links to photos, quotes, resources, and a master index of all his works.
Top 10 Buildings of the Modern Era
During the 20th century, architects revolutionized the way we think about buildings and design. Our readers call these buildings the greatest of the modern era. Find information and photos.
Why Hire a Pro?
You are building a new home. Do you need an architect? Explore the pros and cons, and learn about cost-saving alternatives.
What is a Modular Home?
Learn about modular housing and find out how modular homes differ from other types of pre-fabricated home construction.
Minimal Traditional House Plans for 1940s-1950s...
Minimal Traditional describes a simple style of American home built between the World Wars. Explore the history of Minimal Traditional houses and see floor plans.
Postmodernism
Learn the ideas that lead to postmodernism in architecture, and see famous postmodern buildings. Page 17.
What Is HardiPlank? What Is HardiPanel? What Is...
Learn more about cement siding and cement siding materials, commonly known as HardiPlank and HardiPanel.
1730-1925: Neoclassicism
The rise of Neoclassicism brought us stately buildings that resemble the temples and monuments of Classical Greece and Rome. Learn about Neoclassicism in architecture. Page 10.
International Style
One of the most famous examples of the International Style is the United Nations Secretariat building. The smooth glass slab dominates New York's skyline along the East River. . Page 6.
Yellow and Gold House Colors
Sunny yellow and gold colors will give nearly any house an aura of warmth. Yellows are also highly adaptable, harmonizing well with brick and stone. Browse these house paint color pictures for ideas on how to use yellow and gold colors in your house painting project.
What is a Manufactured Home?
Do you live in a manufactured home? Should you purchase one? Find out what we mean when we call a home manufactured.

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