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Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:41:13 +0000

 



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?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Home Design Software Programs for Fun and Profit

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Choose the Software Best for You

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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.



Free Tools to Pixilate Your House Paint Colors

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



American Home Styles, 1600 to Today

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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.



5 Tips for Building the Home of Your Dreams

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Find the Original Blueprints for Your Home

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Architecture in France - What Should Tourists...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Is Neoclassical Architecture really NEW?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture - A Complete...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Here's How to Read House Plans

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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



Bungalow Homes - Photos of Traditionally Small...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



When "Green" Architecture Is More Than a Color

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Architecture in Italy - Where to Begin?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Most Everything You Need to Know about a...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



A List of the World's Tallest Buildings

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Three Centuries of Cape Cod Style

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



House Paint Colors - A Guide to Great...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Explore How Your House Used to Look

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Modernism - Picture Dictionary of Modern...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



How to Shave Dollars Off Your Home Construction...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



What answers the question: Where are the rooms?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Use These Color Palettes for Your Home Painting...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Vinyl Siding Unplugged - How Well Does it Play?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Organic Architecture and the Buildings of Frank...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Everything You Need to Know About Architecture,...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



9 Ideas on How to Teach Architecture to Kids

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



8 Steps to Prepare for Remodeling Your Home

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Build a Better Deck with These Top 5 Woods

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Guide to American Bungalow Styles, 1905 - 1930

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Why Everyone Talks About Frank Lloyd Wright

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Where Can I Find Wright Inspired House Plans?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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 Ionic Column? The Tell-All Volutes

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



What Is an Architect? What Does an Architect Do?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Column Types and Styles, Ancient to Modern

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Turn your students on to architecture!

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

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A Photo Tour of Cape Cod Style Architecture

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



9 Home Designs That Save Tons of Energy

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



What Is a Doric Column?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



How Much Money do Architects Make?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



A List of Black Architects Who Helped Build...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

Discover the rich heritage of Black architects who achieved important accomplishments in the USA, even while facing enormous obstacles.



American Architecture Inspired by French Style

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



The Diverse Architecture of Washington, DC

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Can I Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright Design?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Ranch-Style House Plans from 1950s America

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Studying Architecture in the Design Studio

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



About the Fascinating Corinthian Column

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Frank Gehry Portfolio, Photos of Buildings

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

Explore this photo gallery of great buildings by architect Frank Gehry, with information about the architecture and the architect.



Solar Houses - Designs from the 2015 Decathlon

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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?



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Historic Skyscrapers and High-Rises

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



You think all buttresses look alike?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



What Style is That Roof?

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



An Art Deco State Capitol? The People's Choice

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Walking Down Wall Street in Lower Manhattan

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

Explore the architecture of Wall Street in New York City. Here are facts and photos for famous buildings in the powerful center of finance.



Taliesin West, Study Architecture in Arizona

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's grand desert experiment in Arizona, continues to grow and change. Learn about Wright's architecture.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



The Zimmermans' New Hampshire Home is a Usonian...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

Long and low, the Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman residence in New Hampshire is a classic Usonian by Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us for a photo tour.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



House Color Combinations - A Gallery

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



Maybe Your Foursquare House Is From a Catalog

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Letters You Need to Know

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Start Me Up to Being an Architect

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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...

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Made in the Factory, Just for You

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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.



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



Know How to Fix Stucco

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



A Gallery of the World's Highest Skyscrapers

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



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

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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



The Usonian Down the Street

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

The home of Dr. Toufic Kalil in Manchester, NH shows Frank Lloyd Wright's creative use of concrete blocks. Join us for a photo tour of a classic Usonian.



White House Surprises

2017-02-24T11:41:13Z

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