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Engineers Explain Why the Twin Towers Collapsed...
When terrorists struck the New York Twin Towers, many people wondered why the buildings collapsed so quickly. Could the buildings have been made stronger?
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 a House?
Don't be blindsided by hidden expenses. Use these handy tips to estimate building costs for your new home - the tricks to saving money when you build.
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.
Bungalow House Pictures
From our photo gallery, pictures of bungalow houses, including Craftsman Bungalows and other popular bungaloid types.
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.
Top Home Design Software Programs
Find home design software programs that are inexpensive (or free!) and easy to use. Here are our top picks.
Ten Tools to Help You Choose the Right House...
Be lobbied by the paint companies. You deserve a sales pitch. Use these easy, free digital painting tools to try out paint colors for your house.
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.
I know that house! Traditional, yet Minimal...
Minimal Traditional describes a simple style of American home built between the World Wars. Explore the history of this style and see floor plans.
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.
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.
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
1912 - Present: Pueblo Revival Style
Pueblo Revival is a popular housing style in the American southwest. Learn about pueblo and adobe architecture. Page 35.
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.
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.
1945 - 1980s: Split-Level Ranch Style
From our picture dictionary of house styles, facts and photos for the popular Split-Level Ranch. Page 42.
1895 - 1930: American Foursquare
Is your home an American Foursquare? Here's how to identify the uniquely American style. Page 32.
1949 - 1974: Eichler Houses
Eichler houses brought mid-century modernism to the suburbs. Learn about this popular variation on Ranch style housing. Page 44.
A Dozen Popular Exterior Siding Choices
What type of material should you use when you install siding on your house? Compare these options.
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.
Color Ideas to Inspire Your Home's Exteriors
Is green too ordinary? Pink too bold? The answer depends on how you use the colors. These photo galleries in this list will help you visualize color combinations on a variety of house styles.
1915 - 1945: French Eclectic House Style
The cottage pictured above is a charming example of a home inspired by the Provincial styles of the French
1954 - Present: Geodesic Dome
The inventive Geodesic Dome by Buckminster Fuller promised to provide economical, eco-friendly housing. Learn more. Page 45.
How to Shave Dollars Off Your Home Construction...
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.
1965 - present: Builder's Colonial / Neocolonial
A Neocolonial, Neo-Colonial, or Builder's Colonial house is not colonial at all. It was not constructed
1935 - Present: Modern House Styles
What makes a house modern? Learn about modern home styles and see photos. Page 52.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1958-early 1960s: Swiss Miss Houses
Learn about Swiss Miss A-Frame houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 48.
Roof Colors
See how a muted green colors complement the roof on this Victorian home. Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for more color ideas. Page 5.
1965 - Present: Neoeclectic Houses
A Neoeclectic home can be difficult to describe because it combines many styles. The shape of the roof,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home
How to find the original building plans for your old house, with tips and resources.
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.
A Guide to the Mid-Century Homes of 1930 to 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.
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.
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.
Brick and Stone
Color scheme to complement the brick and stone on a Queen Anne house. Page 6.
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.
Architecture's Major Historic Periods and Styles
From Prehistoric to Postmodern, a whirlwind tour of architecture in the Western world, with links to historic styles and great buildings / structures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Victorian Houses 1840 to 1900
You know your house is a Victorian...but, what style is it? This handy guide to Victorian house styles has facts and photos.
5 Tips to Build the Perfect Home
Before you build, make sure you follow these five steps.
1890 - Present: Tudor House Style
Do you live in a Tudor style house? Learn about Tudor Revival architecture and see pictures. Page 28.
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.
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.
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.
Ranch-Style House Plans from 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.
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.
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.
Another Look at Columns
An introduction to the types and styles of columns found in architecture through the ages.
Old Designs in New Construction
American's love of Victorian and Country cottage homes can be satisfied with new construction. Explore the designs of old-fashioned new buildings.
How to Pick the Right Color for Your House's...
A simple how-to that tries to turn a necessary household job into a family fun event. Put color into a dull job.
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.
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.
What Is Architecture?
Definition of the word Architecture, with links, quotes, and resources, from our Architecture Glossary.
1870 - 1910: Folk Victorian
Folk Victorian houses usually have these features: Square, symmetrical shape Brackets under the eaves
What Is a Modular Home?
Learn about modular housing and find out how modular homes differ from other types of pre-fabricated home construction.
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.
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.
1860 - 1880s: Eastlake Victorian
This colorful Victorian home in California has lacy, ornamental details. Page 21.
What answers the question: Where are the rooms?
A floor plan give you important information about your house, but it may not contain the facts you are looking for.
Mansard Roof
Learn to recognize a mansard, or French, style roof found on Second Empire buildings. Page 3.
Chalet Bungalow
Learn about the charming Swiss Chalet style of bungalow.
Bungalow With Gabled Front Porch
This colorful bungalow in Texas has a a gabled porch in front. View photos of American Bungalows and learn about bungaloid architecture. Page 26.
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.
Cape Cod House Plans Sold to Mid-Century...
See floor plans and historic advertising flyers for Cape Cod houses built during the 1950s. Learn about mid-twentieth century housing in the USA.
1880 - 1900: Richardsonian Romanesque
Picture of a house in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Page 22.
15 Things Aspring Architects Should Know
Would you like to become an architect? This page leads you to answers for some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in architecture.
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.
1880 - 1910: Chateauesque
Elaborate Chateauesque style homes reflected the tastes of a growing wealthy class of Americans. Learn more. Page 23.
Find Out When Your House Was Built: Here's How
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.
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.
A Guide to Colonial American House Styles from...
Is your home a Colonial? Here's everything you need to know about American colonial architecture, including German, Dutch, French, and Spanish styles.
1800s: Tidewater Style
Learn about Tidewater style houses and see pictures. Page 7.
1874 - 1910: Shingle Style
Picture of a Victorian Shingle house with information about the Shingle Style. Page 24.
1860 - 1890: Stick Style
The house shown here is an especially fine example of Victorian Stick architecture. Designed by architect
What Can You Really Do With Home Designer, the...
Are you tempted to try a DYI design software program like Home Designer(R) from Chief Architect? How hard is it, really? Will it really let you design your dream house? Here's the scoop.
Four Months to build a New House
Construction of a new home begins with an empty lot and forms that only suggest a finished product. Journey through the process of new construction.
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.
What Is Green Architecture?
From our Architecture Glossary, definition of the green architecture with resources for learning more about green design and sustainable architecture.
A Dozen Books to Help Build Your Small Space
Tiny homes don't have to be primitive. Many books today can get you started finding house plans and ideas for designing compact houses and cottages.
Three Centuries of Cape Cod Style Houses
Is your house a Cape Cod? Learn about Cape Cod houses and find out how to identify the Cape Cod style.
1861 - 1930: Shotgun House
Learn how to recognize a Shotgun Style house. Page 18.
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.
1850 - 1870: Octagon Style
Learn about Victorian Octagon houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 15.
Spanish Revival Bungalow
Learn about Spanish Revival bungalows and other popular bungalow styles. Page 10.
Build Your Dream Home with these Top 5 House...
These house plan catalogs include illustrations for popular house styles along with floor plans and elevation drawings. Find a house plan you like, and you can order the prints.
California Bungalow
The Bungalows that evolved in California set the standard for bungaloid architecture across the USA. Learn about the California Bungalow house style. Page 6.
1840 - 1885: Italianate House
Picture of an Italianate style house. Page 13.
Remodeling While Keeping the 19th Century Charm
How can you update a charming Victorian house without spoiling its charm? Follow this short step-by-step guide for some ideas.
Stucco-sided Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a stucco-sided bungalow. Page 8.
Sacramento Craftsman Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a craftsman bungalow in Sacramento, California. Page 7.
1700 - 1860: French Colonial
Learn about the practical houses that French colonists built in the Mississippi Valley. Page 9.
Vinyl Siding Unplugged -- How Well Does it Play?
Should you install vinyl siding? Builders praise it, but environmentalists raise many concerns.
1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod Style
Photo of a Colonial Cape Cod house with resources for learning about the popular Cape Cod style
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.
Colonial Revival Bungalow
Colonial Revival bungalows of the early 20th century combined simplicity with elegance. Learn about the Colonial Revival Bungalow house style. Page 25.
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.
A List of the World's Tallest Buildings
A comprehensive chart showing statistics of the tallest buildings in the world, with more than 100 skyscrapers compared, including several skyscrapers still under construction.
Simple Sacramento Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a small, simple bungalow in Sacramento, CA. Page 9.
5 Beautiful Cottage Plans
Nothing says peace, tranquility, and relaxation better than a cottage. These great resources will help you plan and build your own dream cottage.
Craftsman Bungalow in Idaho
Picture of a Craftsman Bungalow in Idaho, from our photo gallery of bungalow types and styles. Page 11.
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.
10 Free Lesson Plans for Bringing Architecture...
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.
Chicago Bungalow
Learn about the distinctive bungalow architecture of Chicago. Page 19.
What is stucco?
What is stucco? This page defines the term stucco and provides resources for learning more about stucco siding, including historic recipes for stucco mixtures.
You Have a Dream, But Where Do You Find the...
Looking for plans for your dream home? Begin by exploring these options.
Favorite Bungalow Styles
Bungalows come in many shapes and styles. Learn to recognize the various types, see pictures, and learn the history that spans from 1905-1930.
Art Moderne Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of an Art Moderne Bungalow. Page 12.
Choose the Software Best for You
You don't have to be a computer whiz to use home design software -- but follow these tips to find the software that's right for your skills and needs.
Queen Anne Bungalow?
See a bungalow that has been remodeled to resemble a Victorian Queen Anne cottage. Page 20.
Mediterranean Style Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a Mediterranean style bungalow. Page 15.
Sacramento Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a bungalow house with a rugged stone foundation. Page 16.
What's What and Who's Who in the Architecture...
Find definitions for styles, concepts, and technical words in this glossary of glossaries for architecture, design, and construction -- across the About.com network of Experts.
What Is an Architect?
You might be surprised at all architects do. Here are examples and resources to help you choose an architect for your building or design project.
Gable-Front Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a Craftsman Bungalow with a large gable facing the front. Page 24.
Earthy Sacramento Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a bungalow in Sacramento, CA painted earthy colors. Page 13.
What is a gable? Find out in the architecture...
From our architecture dictionary, definition for the term Gable with links for learning more about gable roof styles.
Craftsman Bungalow
Picture of a Craftsman Bungalow with thick, round porch pillars. Page 22.
Sacramento Bungalow Porch
This Craftsman Bungalow in Sacramento has a wide porch with square pillars. Page 14.
Craftsman Style Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of gables and rafters on a Craftsman Bungalow. Page 17.
Painted Craftsman Bungalow
Picture of a Craftsman Bungalow painted non-traditional blue. Page 23.
Craftsman Details
Photo of a bungalow house with Craftsman handiwork. Page 18.
Hip Roof, or Hipped Roof
A hip (or hipped) roof slopes down to the eaves on all four sides. Learn about roof styles, types, and details in our Picture Dictionary of Roof Styles. Page 2.
Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?
Learn how to identify neoclassical architecture and see examples of neoclassicism in architecture from great buildings to modest homes.
Pink Bungalow in Sacramento
From our photo gallery, picture of a pink California Bungalow in Sacramento, CA. Page 2.
Jerkinhead Roof
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, Connecticut has a hipped gable, or jerkinhead. Learn about roof styles, types, and details in our Picture Dictionary of Roof Styles. Page 4.
Architecture Glossary: The Definitions of...
Illustrated definition of the word Balustrade 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.
Colorful Texas Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a colorful bungalow in Texas, with facts about Craftsman architecture. Page 5.
Craftsman Cottage
This Craftsman bungalow has rustic stone details. Page 3.
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.
1650-1790: Rococo
Natural shapes and graceful lines characterize the delicate Rococo style. Learn more about Rococo architecture. Page 9.
How Much Money do Architects Make, Anyway?
These resources and surveys reveal the average income for architects in the United States.
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.
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.

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