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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 - 1980s: Split-Level Ranch Style
From our picture dictionary of house styles, facts and photos for the popular Split-Level Ranch. Page 42.
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.
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.
A Dozen Popular Exterior Siding Choices
What type of material should you use when you install siding on your house? Compare these options.
1949 - 1974: Eichler Houses
Eichler houses brought mid-century modernism to the suburbs. Learn about this popular variation on Ranch style housing. Page 44.
1912 - Present: Pueblo Revival Style
Pueblo Revival is a popular housing style in the American southwest. Learn about pueblo and adobe architecture. Page 35.
1895 - 1930: American Foursquare
Is your home an American Foursquare? Here's how to identify the uniquely American style. Page 32.
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.
1954 - Present: Geodesic Dome
The inventive Geodesic Dome by Buckminster Fuller promised to provide economical, eco-friendly housing. Learn more. Page 45.
1965 - present: Builder's Colonial / Neocolonial
A Neocolonial, Neo-Colonial, or Builder's Colonial house is not colonial at all. It was not constructed
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.
1965 - Present: Neoeclectic Houses
A Neoeclectic home can be difficult to describe because it combines many styles. The shape of the roof,
1935 - Present: Modern House Styles
What makes a house modern? Learn about modern home styles and see photos. Page 52.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1958-early 1960s: Swiss Miss Houses
Learn about Swiss Miss A-Frame houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 48.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home
How to find the original building plans for your old house, with tips and resources.
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.
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.
1890 - Present: Tudor House Style
Do you live in a Tudor style house? Learn about Tudor Revival architecture and see pictures. Page 28.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another Look at Columns
An introduction to the types and styles of columns found in architecture through the ages.
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.
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.
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.
1870 - 1910: Folk Victorian
Folk Victorian houses usually have these features: Square, symmetrical shape Brackets under the eaves
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.
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.
What Is Architecture?
Definition of the word Architecture, with links, quotes, and resources, from our Architecture Glossary.
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.
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.
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.
1800s: Tidewater Style
Learn about Tidewater style houses and see pictures. Page 7.
1860 - 1880s: Eastlake Victorian
This colorful Victorian home in California has lacy, ornamental details. Page 21.
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.
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.
1860 - 1890: Stick Style
The house shown here is an especially fine example of Victorian Stick architecture. Designed by architect
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.
1700 - 1860: French Colonial
Learn about the practical houses that French colonists built in the Mississippi Valley. Page 9.
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.
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.
1850 - 1870: Octagon Style
Learn about Victorian Octagon houses from our Picture Dictionary of House Styles. Page 15.
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.
1880 - 1910: Chateauesque
Elaborate Chateauesque style homes reflected the tastes of a growing wealthy class of Americans. Learn more. Page 23.
1880 - 1900: Richardsonian Romanesque
Picture of a house in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Page 22.
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.
1874 - 1910: Shingle Style
Picture of a Victorian Shingle house with information about the Shingle Style. Page 24.
Mansard Roof
Learn to recognize a mansard, or French, style roof found on Second Empire buildings. Page 3.
1861 - 1930: Shotgun House
Learn how to recognize a Shotgun Style house. Page 18.
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.
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.
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 a Modular Home?
Learn about modular housing and find out how modular homes differ from other types of pre-fabricated home construction.
Chalet Bungalow
Learn about the charming Swiss Chalet style of bungalow.
1840 - 1885: Italianate House
Picture of an Italianate style house. Page 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Revival Bungalow
Learn about Spanish Revival bungalows and other popular bungalow styles. Page 10.
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.
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.
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.
Simple Sacramento Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a small, simple bungalow in Sacramento, CA. Page 9.
Stucco-sided Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a stucco-sided bungalow. Page 8.
Craftsman Bungalow in Idaho
Picture of a Craftsman Bungalow in Idaho, from our photo gallery of bungalow types and styles. Page 11.
Art Moderne Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of an Art Moderne Bungalow. Page 12.
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 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.
Sacramento Craftsman Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a craftsman bungalow in Sacramento, California. Page 7.
Mediterranean Style Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a Mediterranean style bungalow. Page 15.
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.
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.
Chicago Bungalow
Learn about the distinctive bungalow architecture of Chicago. Page 19.
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.
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.
Pink Bungalow in Sacramento
From our photo gallery, picture of a pink California Bungalow in Sacramento, CA. Page 2.
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.
Queen Anne Bungalow?
See a bungalow that has been remodeled to resemble a Victorian Queen Anne cottage. Page 20.
Earthy Sacramento Bungalow
From our bungalow photo gallery, picture of a bungalow in Sacramento, CA painted earthy colors. Page 13.
Sacramento Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a Sacramento, CA bungalow home. Page 4.
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.
Craftsman Cottage
This Craftsman bungalow has rustic stone details. Page 3.
1650-1790: Rococo
Natural shapes and graceful lines characterize the delicate Rococo style. Learn more about Rococo architecture. Page 9.
1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod Style
Photo of a Colonial Cape Cod house with resources for learning about the popular Cape Cod style
White House Surprises
How much do you know about America's White House - really? Check out these surprising facts.
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.
Sacramento Bungalow Porch
This Craftsman Bungalow in Sacramento has a wide porch with square pillars. Page 14.
Colorful Texas Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a colorful bungalow in Texas, with facts about Craftsman architecture. Page 5.
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.
How Much Money do Architects Make, Anyway?
These resources and surveys reveal the average income for architects in the United States.
Craftsman Bungalow
Photo of a Craftsman Bungalow with a traditional low, sloping roof. Page 21.
Gable-Front Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of a Craftsman Bungalow with a large gable facing the front. Page 24.
Craftsman Details
Photo of a bungalow house with Craftsman handiwork. Page 18.
Painted Craftsman Bungalow
Picture of a Craftsman Bungalow painted non-traditional blue. Page 23.
Vinyl Siding Unplugged -- How Well Does it Play?
Should you install vinyl siding? Builders praise it, but environmentalists raise many concerns.
Craftsman Style Bungalow
From our photo gallery, picture of gables and rafters on a Craftsman Bungalow. Page 17.
1600s - mid-1800s: German Colonial
Learn about German Colonial architecture in our House Style Picture Dictionary. Page 4.
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.
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.
Bauhaus
Learn about the Bauhaus Movement in architecture. Links and photos for the work of Walter Gropius and other important Bauhaus architects. Page 4.
1625 - mid-1800s: Dutch Colonial
Learn about the brick and stone houses constructed by Dutch settlers in the American colonies. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Green Architecture?
From our Architecture Glossary, definition of the green architecture with resources for learning more about green design and sustainable architecture.
HardiePlank - What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
Learn more about cement siding and cement siding materials, commonly known as HardiePlank, HardiePanel, and HardiBoard.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Get the Wright House Plans
Do you dream of building the kind of home that Frank Lloyd Wright might have designed? Check out the house plans in this directory.
You Have a Dream, But Where Do You Find the...
Looking for plans for your dream home? Begin by exploring these options.
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.

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