Building Design

Have you been asked to incorporate steampunk into a home’s design but weren’t quite sure how to include the elements of this theme? Steampunk is a style that combines Victorian-era aesthetics with modern-day technology. It’s a … Read More

What is the most common finish used to clad a U.S. house?

Click here to learn about what siding choices are most popular by region, download a copy of the full Census Bureau report, and explore some of the most popular American house styles and their claddings.

Federal tax credits soon to come from the newly passed Inflation Reduction Bill aim to reduce the cost of environmentally-friendly changes and set the stage for widespread adoption, and Phius says their certified passive homes will emerge as a model for how to adapt.

Architectural detail of modern sustainable school building on Groningen Campus, Netherlands

Green building design is the process of designing and constructing buildings in a way that minimizes their environmental impact.

A house with a storm in the distance. Text overlay says "Designing A Stormproof Home."

Spring and Summer bring nasty storms, especially in the south. Some of a building designer’s responsibilities are to design a safe home. That includes storm-proof homes. Storms can cause the roof to collapse, windows to break, … Read More

If you’re a small building design firm, you know that time is of the essence. Every day counts when it comes to completing a project on schedule and under budget. Here are seven hacks to help … Read More

The inside of a home is just as important as the exterior.  Indeed, it can make or break the feel of a place and prove to be the difference between an average house and a great … Read More

Getting Started with Working Drawings on top of a set of house plans.

Working drawings are essential in the design process, and it’s easy to see why.  They provide a visual representation of how architects and engineers will approach designing your project.  In addition, working drawings allow for clear … Read More

Taking a home design from a discussion, to an idea, to blueprints is a fascinating process. Here’s how it’s done by one studio: