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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:12:03 +0000

 



House Style Guide to the American Home

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Easy-to-Use Tools for Drawing Simple Floor Plans

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Architecture Timeline - Historic Periods and...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

From Prehistoric to Neo-modern, a whirlwind tour of architecture in the Western world, with links to historic styles and great buildings / structures.



How Much Does It Really Cost to Build a House?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Free Tools to Pixilate Your House Paint Colors

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



A Dozen Popular Exterior Siding Choices

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Home Design Software Programs for Fun and Profit

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Choose the Software Best for You

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Pilgrim Homes and Colonial Styles in New England

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Victorian Houses, America from 1840 to 1900

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Architecture in France - What Should Tourists...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Use These Color Palettes for Your Home Painting...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



15 Things Aspring Architects Should Know

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



What did American Mid-Century Homes Look Like?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



House Paint Colors - A Guide to Great...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Living in Colonial America, 1600 to 1800

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



See Your House - The Way It Used To Look

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Over the years, your home has seen many remodelings. What did it used to look like? Here's how to find out.



American Home Styles, 1600 to Today

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



When "Green" Architecture Is More Than a Color

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



The History of Architecture in Photos

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



5 Tips to Build the Perfect Home

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



A Look at Queen Anne Architecture in America

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Three Centuries of Cape Cod Style

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Bungalow Homes - Photos of Traditionally Small...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Here's How to Read House Plans

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Vinyl Siding Unplugged - How Well Does it Play?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Build a Better Deck with These Top 5 Woods

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



What Is Architecture?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

During Architecture Week (April 10-16, 2016) we celebrate the power of the architect to create an architecture of change. What's architecture?



Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture - A Complete...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Most Everything You Need to Know about a...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



9 Ideas on How to Teach Architecture to Kids

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Modernism - Picture Dictionary of Modern...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Everything You Need to Know About Architecture,...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Turn your students on to architecture!

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



How to Shave Dollars Off Your Home Construction...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Guide to American Bungalow Styles, 1905 - 1930

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



8 Steps to Prepare for Remodeling Your Home

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



American Architecture Inspired by French Style

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



9 Home Designs That Save Tons of Energy

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Who is the Father of the American Skyscraper?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

William Le Baron Jenney is associated with Chicago and the birth of the American Skyscraper, yet he was born in Massachusetts on September 25, 1832.



House Color Combinations - A Gallery

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Column Types and Styles, Ancient to Modern

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



About the Fascinating Corinthian Column

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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 an Architect? What Does an Architect Do?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



8 Eye Candy Ideas for Your Home

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Beauty is in the details, but you have to look. Even DIY projects can make your home more inviting and boost property value. Here are some ideas.



A Photo Gallery of Cape Cod Houses

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Why Everyone Talks About Frank Lloyd Wright

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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 Is a Doric Column?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Common and Popular Roof Styles and Shapes

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Why the World Trade Center Twin Towers Fell

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Architecture Glossary: The Definitions of...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Illustrated definition of the word Balustrade from our Architecture Glossary



Ranch-Style House Plans from 1950s America

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Hidden Codes: How Geometry Shapes Architecture

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Architecture begins with geometry. Find out how geometry relates to architecture and why some architects believe in principles of



What Is an Ionic Column? The Tell-All Volutes

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Where Can I Find Wright Inspired House Plans?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



The Diverse Architecture of Washington, DC

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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 a gable? Find out in the architecture...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

From our architecture dictionary, definition for the term Gable with links for learning more about gable roof styles, and references to gables in stories, books, and literature.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Made in the Factory, Just for You

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



What Is a Cornice? Useful Decor

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Build Like it's 1925 - Go Bungalow

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



What answers the question: Where are the rooms?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Architecture in Italy - Where to Begin?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



What Is Beaux Arts Architecture?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Sears Bungalows, a Sampling from 1911 to 1913

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Foursquare House Plans - Is Your Old House From...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Searching for the house plans for your American Foursquare style home? They just might be part of this group of Sears and Aladdin catalog favorites.



Is There Progress at Ground Zero?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Did 9/11 Change the Way We Build?

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Find out how post-September 11 building codes and safety laws have changed architecture.



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Antoni Gaudi, Art and Architecture Portfolio

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Everything You Need to Know about Painting Your...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



American Architecture With a Mediterranean Flair

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio, Who Gave...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Palladio, born November 30, 1508 in Padua, Italy, continues to influence the world's architecture. Who was Andrea Palladio and how did he transform building design in the Western world?



How to Fix and Preserve Old Stucco

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

All about stucco. Summary of Preservation Brief 22, US Interior Dept, includes history of stucco, guidance on repair, maintenance, tinting, and recipes for stucco mixes.



About the Usonian Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



A List of the World's Tallest Buildings

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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.



What basic components are necessary to create...

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



What is a balcony? It's all in the definition.

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

How a balcony is defined determines what it is. Here's a common definition that you can use, with cautions to what others may try to sell you.



A Turn of the Century Style Against the Machine

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



What's a bungalow? All You Need to Know

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Learn the ins and outs of bungalows and bungalow revival homes in America -- your starting point for all things bungalow.



Letters You Need to Know

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



Studying Architecture in the Design Studio

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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



9 Building Plans for Cozy, Affordable Cottages

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

Nothing says peace, tranquility, and relaxation better than a cottage. These great resources will help you plan and build your own dream cottage.



Women Architects? Not a New Concept!

2016-09-30T11:12:03Z

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