Some homes are designed using truss roofs and others using rafter (stick-built) roofs Here, we’ll explain both types, the differences between the two roof systems, and answer whether – and when – one may be better than the other. A hint: as with so many things, it depends.
From lavish chandeliers and pendant lights to sconces and wall lamps, lighting your dream home can be tricky and challenging. Illuminating the home is part of its design and should figure into the building plan from the outset. We look at common lighting pitfalls and how to avoid them.
There are many contingencies to prepare for when living in a cold-climate home – or building a new one. We’ve put together this list of common considerations to ensure that you live in comfort and safety, and your current home – or new build – lasts through many winters to come.
Is it “New Year, New Home” for you? Have you designed the perfect home in your mind, with beautiful features and fixtures? While there are challenges, consider the benefits of building a home that exactly matches your lifestyle. Before you take the leap, explore our tips, which will help the process run smoothly.
What can be more convenient than multiple master bedroom suites with all the amenities? As family needs and lifestyles evolve, an increasing number of Baby Boomers and young homeowners are looking at the flexibility and functionality of multiple suites. This is a hot trend that offers families the ultimate in comfort, luxury, and privacy.
Want a more unique look in your home’s exterior facade? For sheer visual appeal and character, there’s nothing like the unconventional touch and charm that vertical siding adds to the home and its architectural features. We explore some of the ways vertical siding can enhance your home’s appearance both inside and out.
Ready to say goodbye to 2020? The new year will combine clean, modern, and sophisticated styles with function and purpose. Look for high ceilings, super-sized walk-in showers, double kitchen islands, Country and Farmhouse chic, and more. Let’s explore the design trends that will pop up in the American home in 2021.
Many of us have re-discovered outdoor living! We've also found out that there can be so much more to our outdoor living spaces than a table, a couple of chairs, and a grill. Are home improvement projects related to outdoor living near the top of your to-do list? If so, here are 13 outdoor living projects you can do to make your home more enjoyable now or what to consider adding to your dream home as an outdoor living space when planning and designing your next new build.
From having done comfort baking to sewing face masks and binge-watching TV during stay-at-home Covid-19, many of us are becoming restless. Why not take on long-avoided home projects like reorganizing spaces, perking up the interior, or freshening up the exterior. Here’s a suggested list as we shelter-in-place.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. So, when choosing a floor plan, the kitchen and surrounding space deserve your time and attention. What could you do to make the kitchen your dream kitchen? We explore today’s most popular kitchen design styles and kitchen floor plan layout ideas -- and how to make them work with your house plan.