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Our  Favorite Useful / Insightful Blog Articles

The Mudroom

Design features that make the mudroom a great space

Top 10 Green Things to do - When Building your new Home

You should stay focused on doing the right “Green Things”

Adapting House Plans to your Needs

Good example on how to modify house plans to fit you

Small but Unique, Cheap but Nice House Plans

Discussion of how to get the most for your buck in a new home.

The Value of an Architect

One example of how an Architect  can make an ugly duckling a beautiful swan.

Home Design Ideas - Drop the Ceiling

A simple and inexpensive way to add drama and define spaces in your home.

Home Design Ideas - Split the Garage

An interesting way to deal with lots of garage space.

Custom Architect Designed House Plans for $10K?

A new leaner process for working with an Architect.

Efficient Framing for Houses

A primer on framing methods for energy efficiency.

Design Inspiration from Old Simple Houses

Learning good simple design techniques from old homes.

Revit House Plans

An illustration of how we design using the latest technology.

Vinyl Siding done Not so Ugly!

Tips for making vinyl siding look at it’s best.

Green House Plans - Keep it Simple!

Green technologies can be complex and not so green.  So keep it simple.

Defining Space in an Open Floor Plan

Tips for making your floor plan open, yet intimate.

Cool Residential Architectural Firms

Ron Brenner Architects

Great designs for clients that want the right size house.


The classic residential architecture firm.

Other House Plan Companies

Modern house plan site of Gregory La Vardera Architect

Green Places

Useful and practical information on building green

Green Home Guide

Connecting you to advice, information and green professionals

Furnishings, Accessories and Building Products

Pottery Barn

This furniture looks great in our houses

Room and Board

Furniture that is simple, yet elegant - just like us!

Crate and Barrel

Great accessories, and some good furniture too.


Over a million products for your home at manufacturer direct prices.


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