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Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:55:47 +0000

 



American Home Styles, 1600 to Today

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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 Style Guide to the American Home

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



How Much Does It Really Cost to Build a House?

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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.



Easy-to-Use Tools for Drawing Simple Floor Plans

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



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

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



A Quick Tour of Western Architectural History

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



How to Shave Dollars Off Your Home Construction...

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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.



A List of the World's Tallest Buildings

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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.



Foursquare Homes of Our Readers

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The simple Foursquare style home is found throughout the US. Many of our About.com readers have purchased and restored them. Here are a few examples.



What answers the question: Where are the rooms?

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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.



Home Design Software Programs for Fun and Profit

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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.



Sears Bungalows, a Sampling from 1911 to 1913

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Plans for bungalow style houses were free when you mail ordered materials from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog. Here is a sampling from 1911 to 1913.



Sears Bungalow Plans and More from 1918 to 1920

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Browse this selection of mail order house plans from Sears Roebuck and the Aladdin Company, both competing for catalog sales from 1918 to 1920.



About the Usonian Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

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



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

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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.



House Paint Colors - A Guide to Great...

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



When "Green" Architecture Is More Than a Color

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



What did American Mid-Century Homes Look Like?

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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 for Building the Home of Your Dreams

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



Free Tools to Pixilate Your House Paint Colors

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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.



Choose the Software Best for You

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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.



Can I Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright Design?

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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.



A Dozen Popular Exterior Siding Choices

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



Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture - A Complete...

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



Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home

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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.



Victorian Houses, America from 1840 to 1900

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



Is Architecture an Idea or a Thing?

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



An Art Deco State Capitol? The People's Choice

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Join us for a photo tour of Art Deco architecture and learn how the Art Deco style influenced building design around the US.



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

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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.



Thanks Be to Old Style Homes in a New World

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



Living in Colonial America, 1600 to 1800

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



Where Can I Find Wright Inspired House Plans?

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



Architecture in Italy - Where to Begin?

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



A Look at Queen Anne Architecture in America

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



Bungalow Homes - Photos of Traditionally Small...

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



Build a Better Deck with These Top 5 Woods

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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.



Most Everything You Need to Know about a...

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



Organic Architecture and the Buildings of Frank...

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



Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim

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In 2009 the Guggenheim Museum in New York City exhibited more than 200 original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings and photos. Here is a sampling.



Can a building survive the force of a Tsunami?

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What strategies do engineers and emergency responders suggest for tsunami-resistant construction? Here are the latest ideas.



Start Me Up to Being an Architect

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Don't wait until graduation day to begin your career in architecture. Know the stages to becoming an architect by following this good advice.



You Don't Have to be an Architect to Use Chief...

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Are you tempted by a DIY house design software program? How hard is it, really? Here's the scoop on Home Designer(R) from Chief Architect.



Modernism - Picture Dictionary of Modern...

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



The Future of Architecture in Today's Buildings

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To know where architecture is going, don't look at the past. Just look around you at the present. Here are some buildings that predict the future.



Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected...

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



What Is an Architect? What Does an Architect Do?

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



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

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



Ranch-Style House Plans from 1950s America

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



Use These Color Palettes for Your Home Painting...

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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.



The History of Architecture in Photos

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



What Is an Ionic Column? The Tell-All Volutes

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



House Color Combinations - A Gallery

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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.



9 Ideas on How to Teach Architecture to Kids

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



Guide to American Bungalow Styles, 1905 - 1930

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



Column Types and Styles, Ancient to Modern

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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.



8 Steps to Prepare for Remodeling Your Home

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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.



The First Woman on the Frank Lloyd Wright Team

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American architect Marion Mahony led a life of firsts, from MIT to Frank Lloyd Wright and on to an intercontinental life with Walter Burley Griffin.



Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?

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



The Diverse Architecture of Washington, DC

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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.



Paint your home a shade of green? These photos...

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Which color combinations will look best on your home? Browse these photos for ideas on how to use shades of green in your next house painting project.



Books to Help You Choose House Paint Colors

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These beautifully illustrated books will help you choose exterior paint colors for your home.



About the Fascinating Corinthian Column

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



What Is a Doric Column?

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



8 Secrets for More Storage in Your Home

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Increase the storage in your home by building, compartmentalizing, and buying space-saving furnishing. Here are some tips to get you started.



Letters You Need to Know

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



What are all the Hardie Boards I keep hearing...

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Learn more about cement siding and cement siding materials, commonly known as HardiePlank, HardiePanel, and HardiBoard.



What kind of house is a McMansion?

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What do we mean when we call a house a McMansion? Learn about the term, and what it means for you as you build your own home.



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

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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.



5 Reasons to Love Cristo Redentor - New Wonders...

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Voters around the world chose these Wonders of the World as the greatest man-made structures built since ancient times. See photos and find facts.



What is Metabolism in Architecture?

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Learn about Metabolist architecture, a futuristic urban design that influenced postwar Japan and 20th century modern architecture in the 1960s.



Safe Room - What Is a Safe Room?

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Safe rooms provide security and protection during catastrophic events. Learn more and find resources and construction plans for safe rooms. The moat around your castle has gone high-tech.



American Architecture Inspired by French Style

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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.



A Dozen Books to Help Build Your Small Space

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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.



Everything You Need to Know About Architecture,...

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



Hidden Codes: How Geometry Shapes Architecture

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



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

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

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



Sears Bungalows for Sale, 1921 Catalog House...

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By 1921, the bungalow style home appeared in mail order catalogs from many vendors, including Chicago's Sears, Roebuck & Company. Here is a sampling.



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

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



9 Home Designs That Save Tons of Energy

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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.



Bungalow Floor Plans in the Sears Catalog, 1915...

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Browse a selection of pages from Sears Roebuck Company's Modern Home mail order catalogs, circa 1915 to 1917 - from Chicago to your doorstep.



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

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



American Architecture With a Mediterranean Flair

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The traditions of many cultures blend in fanciful Spanish house styles, popular in the U.S. from 1915 to about 1940. Learn more from these photos.



Aladdin Pre-Cut Homes from Aladdin - The Hudson

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Historic advertisement and floor plan for an Aladdin mail order pre-cut house kit in the American foursquare style.



What Is a Cornice? Useful Decor

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The cornice is the uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof. See an example from a building in Madrid, Spain.



Solar Houses - Designs from the 2015 Decathlon

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Check out these solar homes designed by 14 student teams competing in the 2015 USDOE Solar Decathlon. What are they learning about architecture, engineering, and sustainability?



What basic components are necessary to create...

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Does all architecture derive from only three elements found in a primitive form? Explore Marc-Antoine Laugier's 18th century architectural theories.



What shade of blue should you paint your house?

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Browse these house paint color ideas on using blue colors in your house painting project. Sometimes the best ideas come from the mistakes of others.



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

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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.



Women Architects? Not a New Concept!

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Architecture is traditionally a male profession, but the women listed here overcame obstacles to become world famous for their achievements.



The Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachuse...

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Photos of the Bauhaus style Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts



Everything You Need to Know about Painting Your...

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Tips, techniques, and tools for painting house exteriors, interior rooms, and solving common paint problems. Also, color schemes and paint finishes.



Buying Bungalows from Catalogs, 1908 to 1909

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The bungalow style home appeared in mail order catalogs from Chicago's Sears, Roebuck & Company and the West Coast-based Ye Planry. Here is a sampling.



Is There Progress at Ground Zero?

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Years after the terrorist attacks, buildings are rising from the ashes of Ground Zero in New York City. Here's part of what you may see.



Fanlight -- Not a Light and Not a Fan

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From our Architecture Glossary, definition and illustration for the term FANLIGHT.



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

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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.



A Turn of the Century Style Against the Machine

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A brief discussion of Art Nouveau and Jugendstil architecture circa 1900 will get you up-to-speed with this decorative design used in architecture.



Made in the Factory, Just for You

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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.



Build Like it's 1925 - Go Bungalow

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Buy reproductions of original Bungalow house plan catalogs, find bungalow plans online, and find resources for bungalow facts and photos.



13 Great Gift Ideas for Fans of Frank

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These Frank Lloyd Wright gift ideas meet every budget, ranging from a few dollars to millions. The Master Architect himself often went over budget.