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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Could You Live in a House Without Walls?
Shigeru Ban's 1997 house without walls lets us ask ourselves, could this be a design I could live in? Explore Design Psychology with the experts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
5 Tips to Build the Perfect Home
Before you build, make sure you follow these five steps.
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.
How Much Money do Architects Make, Anyway?
These resources and surveys reveal the average income for architects in the United States.
1890 - Present: Tudor House Style
Do you live in a Tudor style house? Learn about Tudor Revival architecture and see pictures. Page 28.
1895 - 1930: American Foursquare
Is your home an American Foursquare? Here's how to identify the uniquely American style. . Page 32.
1912 - Present: Pueblo Revival Style
Pueblo Revival is a popular housing style in the American southwest. Learn about pueblo and adobe architecture. Page 35.
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.
Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home
How to find the original building plans for your old house, with tips and resources.
1965 - Present: Neoeclectic Houses
A Neoeclectic home can be difficult to describe because it combines many styles. The shape of the roof,
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 will help you visualize color combinations on a variety of house styles.
1945 - 1980s: Split-Level Ranch Style
From our picture dictionary of house styles, facts and photos for the popular Split-Level Ranch. Page 42.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1935 - Present: Modern House Styles
What makes a house modern? Learn about modern home styles and see photos. Page 52.
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.
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.
8 Different Column Types - A Photo Guide
An introduction to the types and styles of columns found in architecture through the ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1949 - 1974: Eichler Houses
Eichler houses brought mid-century modernism to the suburbs. Learn about this popular variation on Ranch style housing. Page 44.
1965 - present: Builder's Colonial / Neocolonial
A Neocolonial, Neo-Colonial, or Builder's Colonial house is not colonial at all. It was not constructed
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.
1958-early 1960s: Swiss Miss Houses
Learn about Swiss Miss A-Frame houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. . Page 48.
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.
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.
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.
1954 - Present: Geodesic Dome
The inventive Geodesic Dome by Buckminster Fuller promised to provide economical, eco-friendly housing. Learn more. Page 45.
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.
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
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.
Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Tower
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower, is now the tallest building in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Brick and Stone
Color scheme to complement the brick and stone on a Queen Anne house. Page 6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Steps to Prepare for 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.
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.
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.
1800s: Tidewater Style
Learn about Tidewater style houses and see pictures. Page 7.
1870 - 1910: Folk Victorian
Folk Victorian houses usually have these features: Square, symmetrical shape Brackets under the eaves
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.
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.
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.
1860 - 1880s: Eastlake Victorian
This colorful Victorian home in California has lacy, ornamental details. Page 21.
Architecture Glossary: The Definitions of...
Illustrated definition of the word Balustrade from our Architecture Glossary
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.
1860 - 1890: Stick Style
The house shown here is an especially fine example of Victorian Stick architecture. Designed by architect
What Is Green Architecture?
From our Architecture Glossary, definition of the green architecture with resources for learning more about green design and sustainable architecture.
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.
American Architecture Inspired by French Style
Use this handy guide to see if your house has characteristics of charming styles borrowed from France. Take a photo tour of French styles in America.
Learn How 'Home & Landscape Pro' Makes...
Learn the pros and cons of TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro home design software and get shopping advice.
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.
What is a gable - Architecture Glossary
Definition and illustration for the term GABLE: architecture glossary arttoday porches illustration triangle
A Look at Queen Anne Architecture in America
The phrase Queen Anne suggests British royalty, but don't be confused! Here are facts about a popular American architecture during the Victorian era.
How to Choose the Best School for Your Dream...
How do you choose the best college or university for studying architecture and design? Explore these tips and resources from professional architects.
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.
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.
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.
Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?
Learn how to identify neoclassical architecture and see examples of neoclassicism in architecture from great buildings to modest homes.
1861 - 1930: Shotgun House
Learn how to recognize a Shotgun Style house. Page 18.
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 - 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.
1840 - 1885: Italianate House
Picture of an Italianate style house. Page 13.
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.
What Is Architecture?
Definition of the word Architecture, with links, quotes, and resources, from our Architecture Glossary.
How to Pick the Home Design Software that's...
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.
1700 - 1860: French Colonial
Learn about the practical houses that French colonists built in the Mississippi Valley. Page 9.
1880 - 1900: Richardsonian Romanesque
Picture of a house in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Page 22.
1850 - 1870: Octagon Style
Learn about Victorian Octagon houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 15.
Bungalow House Pictures
From our photo gallery, pictures of bungalow houses, including Craftsman Bungalows and other popular bungaloid types.
White House Surprises
How much do you know about America's White House - really? Check out these surprising facts.
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.
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.
Mansard Roof
Learn to recognize a mansard, or French, style roof found on Second Empire buildings. Page 3.
1880 - 1910: Chateauesque
Elaborate Chateauesque style homes reflected the tastes of a growing wealthy class of Americans. Learn more. Page 23.
1650-1790: Rococo
Natural shapes and graceful lines characterize the delicate Rococo style. Learn more about Rococo architecture. Page 9.
Turn your students on to architecture!
Architecture is an interdisciplinary pursuit. Here is a suggested six week curriculum outlining architecture basics for students in upper grades.
1625 - mid-1800s: Dutch Colonial
Learn about the brick and stone houses constructed by Dutch settlers in the American colonies. Page 3.
All about the Romantic Italianate House Style:
The Italianate house style, suggesting the romantic villas of Renaissance Italy, are the most popular homes built during the Victorian era.
8 Websites for Learning Architecture for Free...
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.
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.
1874 - 1910: Shingle Style
Picture of a Victorian Shingle house with information about the Shingle Style. Page 24.
Designing a More Beautiful Mud Hut
Students at the Adobe Alliance are discovering ancient building techniques of African earth domes. But can they be designed to look beautiful?
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.
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.
Bauhaus
Learn about the Bauhaus Movement in architecture. Links and photos for the work of Walter Gropius and other important Bauhaus architects. Page 4.
Why Study Architecture? Many Career Paths
Architecture offers many different career paths. Learn about the jobs related to buildings and design.
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.
1600s - mid-1800s: German Colonial
Learn about German Colonial architecture in our House Style Picture Dictionary. Page 4.
What Is a Modular Home?
Learn about modular housing and find out how modular homes differ from other types of pre-fabricated home construction.
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?
Some Truths About Vinyl Siding
Should you install vinyl siding? Builders praise it, but environmentalists raise many concerns.
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.
Board and Batten - Definition
What do we mean when we talk about board and batten architecture? Answers here.
1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod Style
Photo of a Colonial Cape Cod house with resources for learning about the popular Cape Cod style
850 BC-476 AD: Classical
From our picture dictionary of architecture history, an introduction to Classical architecture. Page 3.
What Is a Parapet?
Definition for the word parapet with examples of how parapets are used in architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Vision
Discover the simple Usonian style houses that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, and see photos of Usonian architecture.
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.
Postmodernism
Learn the ideas that lead to postmodernism in architecture, and see famous postmodern buildings. Page 17.
5 Sites to Find Frank Lloyd Wright Style House...
Do you dream of building the kind of home that Frank Lloyd Wright might have designed? Check out the house plans in this directory.
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.
3,050 BC-900 BC: Ancient Egypt
Discover the marvels of engineering that began in Ancient Egypt, even before the great pyramids of Giza. Page 2.
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.
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.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
Learn more about cement siding and cement siding materials, commonly known as HardiPlank and HardiPanel.
1925-1937: Art Deco
Jazzy details and Egyptian shapes gave Art Deco buildings a modern flare early in the twentieth century. Learn about Art Deco architecture. Page 13.
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.
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.
527 AD-565 AD: Byzantine
Byzantine architecture is rooted in the Roman Empire, East and West. Learn more about the history, characteristics, and examples. Page 4.
Rustic Homes of Early America: The Colonial...
Is your house a New England Colonial? Learn about historic colonial houses in New England and find out how to identify New England Colonial architecture
1905-1930: Neo-Gothic
In the early 20th century, skyscraper architects found inspiration from medieval Gothic cathedrals. Learn about Neo-Gothic architecture. Page 12.
Modernism
An introduction to modernist ideas in architecture, with a look at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University by I.M. Pei.
What Is Antebellum Architecture?
What do we mean when we talk about Antebellum architecture and Antebellum homes? Find the meaning of the term with examples.
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.
What Is an Ionic Column?
What is an Ionic column? Learn about the Ionic Order, the Ionic column style, and facts about Ionic columns.
What Are Those Letters after Your Architect's...
Architects, engineers, builders, and home designers often wear a string of letters after their names. What do initials like AIA and RA really mean? Before you hire a building professional, check out this helpful list of important architecture acronyms.
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