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Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:11:29 +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.



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.



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 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Architecture in France - What Should Tourists...

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Explore How Your House Used to Look

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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.



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.



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.



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.



Three Centuries of Cape Cod Style

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



Here's How to Read House Plans

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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...

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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.



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.



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.



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?



Vinyl Siding Unplugged - How Well Does it Play?

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



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.



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.



House Paint Colors - A Guide to Great...

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



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.



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.



Turn your students on to architecture!

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



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.



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

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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 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.



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.



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.



You think all buttresses look alike?

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



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 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Studying Architecture in the Design Studio

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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

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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.



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.



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.



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

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Why Everyone Talks About Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.



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.



All About Balusters and Balustrades

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Balustrades have not always had the architectural significance they have today. Learn about balusters and how to preserve these decorative details.



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.



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 Beaux Arts Architecture?

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



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.



5 Ideas to Energy Efficiency by Glenn Murcutt

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



A Photo Tour of Cape Cod Style Architecture

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



Does Architecture Pay? Should I be an...

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



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

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



What Style is That Roof?

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



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.



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



How Much Money do Architects Make?

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



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.



Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Architecture Lover

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



What answers the question: Where are the rooms?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected...

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



Made in the Factory, Just for You

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



Who is this Glenn Murcutt in Australia?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



Love Architecture, Hate Math?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

Students often worry about the math courses they'll need to take in college. Is all that mathematics really necessary to be an architect?



Frank Gehry Portfolio, Photos of Buildings

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



Who cares about infrastructure?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



White House Surprises

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



What Is a Cornice? Useful Decor

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



Taliesin West, Study Architecture in Arizona

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



Build Like it's 1925 - Go Bungalow

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



Is There Progress at Ground Zero?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



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

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



The Ornamentation and Modernism of Adolf Loos

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

Adolf Loos scorned nonsense, including ornamentation in architecture. Learn more about Loos, Europe's early modernist, born December 10, 1870.



What is Metabolism in Architecture?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



Where Can I Find Wright Inspired House Plans?

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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



8 Eye Candy Ideas for Your Home

2017-01-16T11:11:29Z

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.