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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:08:06 +0000

 



House Style Guide to the American Home

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Use this illustrated dictionary and chronological tour of photos to identify house styles and learn about influences on American home design.



A Quick Tour of Western Architectural History

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

From Prehistoric to Modern, take a tour of architecture in the Western world, with links to historic styles, great buildings, and notable structures.



Easy-to-Use Tools for Drawing Simple Floor Plans

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You don't need expensive, complicated software to draw simple floor plans. Check out these easy online drawing tools and magical mobile apps.



How Much Does It Really Cost to Build a House?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



Victorian Houses, America from 1840 to 1900

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You know your house is a Victorian...but, what style is it? This handy guide to American Victorian house styles has facts and photos.



So, You Want to Be an Architect? Here's the Scoop

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



High School Subjects to Take if You Want to...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

While still in high school, aspiring architects should plan a strong college preparatory program. Think about taking these courses.



Choose the Software Best for You

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



Home Design Software Programs for Fun and Profit

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Find home design software programs that are inexpensive (or free!) and easy to use. Here are our top picks in the changing world of DIY software.



A Dozen Popular Exterior Siding Choices

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What type of material should you use when you install siding on your house? Compare these options.



Living in Colonial America, 1600 to 1800

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Is your home a Colonial? Here's everything you need to know about American colonial architecture, including German, Dutch, French, and Spanish styles.



Architecture in France - What Should Tourists...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Visiting France? Bypass Disneyland Paris and explore the real architecture of France. Here is your starting point, with photos, features, and links.



Thanks Be to Old Style Homes in a New World

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Is your house a New England Colonial? Learn about historic houses of the northeast and find out how to identify American Colonial architecture



A Look at Queen Anne Architecture in America

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

The phrase Queen Anne suggests British royalty, but don't be confused! Here are facts about a popular American architecture during the Victorian era.



Free Tools to Pixilate Your House Paint Colors

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

How do you find the original building plans for your old house? Here are some starting points, with tips, resources, and suggestions of where to look.



Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Learn how to identify neoclassical architecture, from great buildings to modest homes, with links to examples, photos, and videos.



What did American Mid-Century Homes Look Like?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



When "Green" Architecture Is More Than a Color

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Get up-to-speed with green architecture, defined with resources for learning more about green design and sustainable building practices.



American Home Styles, 1600 to Today

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

This concise guide traces the history of residential architecture in the US and Canada, with links to facts and photos for popular home styles.



5 Tips to Build the Perfect Home

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

New home construction can be a costly puzzle. Before you build, make sure you follow these five steps.



Three Centuries of Cape Cod Style

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Is your house a Cape Cod? Learn about Cape Cod houses and find out how to identify the Cape Cod style.



Is there a right color for your home's exterior?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

These tips and resources will help you choose the best paint color combinations for the exterior siding of your house. Remember, it's just paint.



How Can 'Instant Architect' Help with Your...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Learn about the TurboFLOORPLAN Instant Architect, an older version of the DIY home design software by IMSI/Design.



The History of Architecture in Photos

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

From prehistoric to modern, here are the key periods and styles in architectural history, with links to photos and resources, and thoughts on beauty.



Explore How Your House Used to Look

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Over the years, your home may have seen many remodelings. What did it used to look like? Here are some tips on how to find out.



Most Everything You Need to Know about a...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Do you dream of designing houses? Do you need design help with your renovation? Consider a Professional Building Designer. Here's how to begin.



Here's How to Read House Plans

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You admire the plans for your new home, but do you know what the measurements and symbols mean? A home architect shares secrets.



Modernism - Picture Dictionary of Modern...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Take a photo tour of Modernist, Post-modernist, and other 20th and 21st century approaches to architectural design by visionary architects.



Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture - A Complete...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What did Frank Lloyd Wright build? This index lists all the projects that Wright completed during his lifetime, in the US and abroad.



Bungalow Homes - Photos of Traditionally Small...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

From our photo gallery, pictures of bungalow houses, including Craftsman Bungalows and other popular bungaloid types. Explore the variety.



8 Steps to Prepare for Remodeling Your Home

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Get your home improvement project off to the right start. The dream of remodeling your house may turn into a nightmare, unless you follow these steps.



9 Ideas on How to Teach Architecture to Kids

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Architecture offers a world of possibilities for classroom learning. Here is a sampling of fascinating lessons and activities for free.



Is Architecture an Idea or a Thing?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

During National Architecture Week, architects celebrate what they do and help the public better understand their profession. But what is architecture?



What Is an Architect? What Does an Architect Do?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You might be surprised at all architects do. Here are explanations and resources to help you better grasp the responsibilities of an architect.



Vinyl Siding Unplugged - How Well Does it Play?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Should you install vinyl siding? Builders praise it, but environmentalists raise many concerns.



What Is a Gable? Find Out in the Architecture...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Here is what you need to know about gables, with definitions and links to examples. Learn how one book changed the way we look at gables today.



Guide to American Bungalow Styles, 1905 - 1930

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Bungalows come in many shapes and styles. Learn to recognize the various types, see pictures, and learn the history that spans from 1905-1930.



A List of the World's Tallest Buildings

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

The built environment is touching the sky. Here's a chart of the tallest buildings in the world, with statistics for more than 100 skyscrapers.



Column Types and Styles, Ancient to Modern

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Your home's columns have an interesting history. Here is an introduction to the types and styles of columns found in architecture through the ages.



Everything You Need to Know About Architecture,...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

For basic facts about architecture, from famous buildings to the design of your own home, begin with these links.



About the Fascinating Corinthian Column

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What is a Corinthian column? Learn about the Corinthian Order and the Corinthian column style, with links to examples of the design is used.



Focus on Design: The Not So Spooky Italianate...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

The Italianate house style, suggesting the romantic villas of Renaissance Italy, was the most popular home built during America's early Victorian era.



Use These Color Palettes for Your Home Painting...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



House Paint Colors - A Guide to Great...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What color should you paint your house? Browse our gallery of house paint pictures for house paint color advice and ideas.



What Is a Doric Column?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What is a Doric column? Learn about the Doric Order, the Doric column style, and facts about Doric columns.



Turn your students on to architecture!

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Architecture is an interdisciplinary pursuit. Here is a suggested six week curriculum outlining architecture basics for students in upper grades.



How to Choose the Best School for Your Dream...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

How do you choose the best college or university for studying architecture and design? Explore these tips and resources from professional architects.



Build a Better Deck with These Top 5 Woods

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



How to Shave Dollars Off Your Home Construction...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



9 Home Designs That Save Tons of Energy

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Slash your utility bills and help the environment by energy-efficient design. These resources will help you save when you build or remodel your home.



Studying Architecture in the Design Studio

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Answers to your questions about careers in architecture: What's the college curriculum like? What's the Design Studio all about?



Find Out When Your House Was Built: Here's How

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



The Diverse Architecture of Washington, DC

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Architecture in America's capital, Washington, DC, showcases the international melting pot that is the nation. In these photos discover the influences of many foreign lands.



What Is an Ionic Column? The Tell-All Volutes

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What is an Ionic column? Learn about the Ionic Order, the Ionic column style, and facts about Ionic columns.



Why Everyone Talks About Frank Lloyd Wright

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Explore the life and works of Frank Lloyd Wright, born in Wisconsin, June 8, 1867. This profile is a great intro to America's most famous architect.



5 Ideas to Energy Efficiency by Glenn Murcutt

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Every homeowner can learn from Glenn Murcutt. The Australian architect provides five basic ideas for designing energy-efficient, earth-friendly homes.



Medieval Churches and Synagogues, Gothic Style

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What was the Gothic look hundreds of years ago? Explore Gothic style architecture and the ideas that transformed cathedrals in medieval Europe.



American Architecture Inspired by French Style

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



Ranch-Style House Plans from 1950s America

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

See floor plans and historic advertising flyers for Ranch houses built during the 1950s. Learn about mid-twentieth century housing in the USA.



Alas, poor Yorick! What can I do with a major...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You don't HAVE to be an architect just because you have the degree. Architecture study offers many pathways to jobs related to building and design.



About the Architect Who Inspired the Palladian...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Born in 1508, Palladio continues to influence the world's architecture. Who was Andrea Palladio and how did he transform Western building design?



You think all buttresses look alike?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Engineering and architectural design really combine over the buttress. Explore types of exterior supports, including the famous Flying Buttress.



Architecture Glossary: The Definitions of...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Illustrated definition of the word Balustrade from our Architecture Glossary



Is My Bungalow from a Catalog? An INDEX of...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Use this directory to find original floor plans and drawings for small homes and bungalows advertised in mail order catalogs and The Craftsman magazine between 1908 and 1921.



Hidden Codes: How Geometry Shapes Architecture

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Architecture begins with geometry. Find out how math relates to architecture and why some architects still believe in principles of the golden ratio.



I know that house! Traditional, yet Minimal...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Minimal Traditional describes a simple style of American home built between the World Wars. Explore the history of this style and see floor plans.



A Photo Tour of Cape Cod Style Architecture

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

See pictures of Cape Cod houses from historic Colonial Cape Cods to modern-day versions of this popular American home style.



About the Usonian Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Discover the simple Usonian style houses that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, and see photos of Usonian architecture.



Can I Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright Design?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Love Frank Lloyd Wright? Are you comfortable in the Prairie style? To buy an original Wright or build a look-alike, begin right here with these ideas.



What is a Clerestory Window and Why Would I...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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Made in the Factory, Just for You

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Do you live in a manufactured home? Should you buy a modular house? Explore the world of prefabs - architecture in a box, built off-site and trucked.



Organic Architecture and the Buildings of Frank...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Frank Lloyd Wright was famous for his theories on Organic Architecture, though other architects also believed in these principles. See examples here.



Does Architecture Pay? Should I be an...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Architect earnings aren't high right now. Should this worried student change his job search and career plans? Here's our advice.



How Much Money do Architects Make?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

These resources and surveys reveal the average income for architects and landscape architects in the United States.



Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Explore a photo gallery of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright with facts, resources, and extra links for even more Wright buildings and structures.



White House Surprises

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

How much do you know about America's White House - really? Check out these surprising facts.



Who is this Glenn Murcutt in Australia?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Born in London July 25, 1936, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt designs homes that conserve energy and blend with the environment. He lives simply.



Mansions, Manors, and Grand Estates in the...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Find facts and photos for some of America's most famous mansions, including Newport mansions, Gilded Age mansions, plantation homes, and grand manors.



Is Frank O. Gehry really a pain in the...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Learn about the life and works of controversial architect, Frank Gehry, born February 28, 1929. Explore links and photos, then decide what you think.



What answers the question: Where are the rooms?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

You need more than a floor plan and a picture to build a house, but a simple floor plan gives you important information, but maybe not all the facts.



Cape Cod House Plans Sold to Mid-Century...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

See floor plans and historic advertising flyers for Cape Cod houses built during the 1950s. Learn about mid-twentieth century housing in the USA.



Architecture in Italy - Where to Begin?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Traveling to Italy? Make this your starting place for exploring the country's rich architecture, with plenty of links to more info.



Learn How 'Home & Landscape Pro' Makes...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Learn the pros and cons of TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro home design software and get shopping advice.



What Is Beaux Arts Architecture?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What Is Beaux Arts? Find definitions and examples of Beaux Arts architecture in our Architecture Glossary.



Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Architecture Lover

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Find unusual and useful gifts for architects and builders, new homeowners, old house rehabbers, or anyone with a fascination for buildings and design.



A Gallery of the World's Highest Skyscrapers

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

See pictures of the world's highest skyscrapers and find facts about each building, from China to Chicago and Dubai to New York City.



What's What and Who's Who in the Architecture...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Find architectural definitions for styles, concepts, and technical words in this glossary of glossaries for architecture, design, and construction.



Who cares about infrastructure?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

What is infrastructure and who pays for it? Explore definitions of the term, how the meaning has changed, and what infrastructure may mean to you.



Letters You Need to Know

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

This list defines the most common acronyms, initials, and abbreviations used by architects, designers, engineers, and other building professionals



What Style is That Roof?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Learn about the most popular roof types in Western architecture in our Picture Dictionary of Roof Styles.



Is Your House from a Catalog? About Mail Order...

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Use these resources to find plans and information sources about Sears, Aladdin, Craftsman, and other historic mail order houses and catalog homes.



Historic Skyscrapers and High-Rises

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Explore historic skyscrapers in these pictures of tall buildings and high-rises. Compare the early days of skyscraper history with the 20th century.



Antoni Gaudi, Art and Architecture Portfolio

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Join us for a photo tour of the sensuous, surreal architecture of Spanish Modernist Antoni Gaudí.



House Color Combinations - A Gallery

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

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.



Know How to Fix Stucco

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

All about stucco. This summary of Preservation Brief 22 includes a history, repair guidance, how to maintain and tint, and recipes for stucco mixes.



Where Can I Find Wright Inspired House Plans?

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Do you dream of building the kind of home that Frank Lloyd Wright might have designed? Check out the house plans in this directory.



This Victorian Has Solar Power!

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

The historic Spring Lake Inn went solar. See how this commercial Victorian resting place reaps the benefits of New Jersey sun.



Second Empire Architecture: History and Photos

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

Explore Victorian Second Empire architecture and learn how to distinguish the style - architecture's version of the Empire Strikes Back.



Why the World Trade Center Twin Towers Fell

2016-12-08T11:08:06Z

When terrorists struck New York's Twin Towers, people wondered why the skyscrapers collapsed so quickly. Could the buildings have been made stronger?