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Green Psychology: What Pushes Our ‘Save Home Energy’ Buttons?
The real reason we resist saving energy at home may be more emotional than intellectual.
In Builders We Trust, But Still Need Lawyers
Homeowners don’t hire an attorney to review their builder’s contract because they think it would send a signal that they don’t trust him.
Attn: Home Builders—Step Away From the Focus Group
What do buyers want? Behavioralists advise home builders to forget focus groups and use other approaches.
Retirement Living in a Multi-Gen Household
Here’s a thought: After retirement, join a multi-generation household by moving in with your adult child and his or her family.
How to Plan an Emotionally Intelligent House
An emotionally intelligent house makes you feel good every day that you live in it.
The Healing Effects of Gazing at Nature
Taking a break in your workday to soak up nature’s calming effects provides crucial benefits.
Katherine’s Top 10 Reasons Why Building Smaller Is Better
Building small can put you at a level of Zen that most homeowners would envy.
Couple’s Decision-Making Ability Is Key to Project Success
A couple’s satisfaction with any home project depends on how they make decisions, not the talents of the designers they hire.
Home Wherever You Roam With Art, Familiar Objects
When we display treasured posters or photos, a new house finally feels like home.
House Love, House Lust, How We Decide to Buy
We think practicality drives our housing choices but neuroscientists say our emotions weigh in first.
Tabled Tradition: Passing Down Family Silver, China, Furniture
Fewer young people are interested in inheriting family heirlooms these days, often to the chagrin of parents and grandparents.
When There's Too Much Room for Real Togetherness
In big houses, the frequent interactions between family members that help children learn important life skills occur less frequently.
Sizing Up: Big Houses and Happiness
Will a new home purchase make you happy? Economists suggest that when your motivation is to impress others, you won’t be satisfied for long.
Bringing Kids to the Design Table
When the kids offer suggestions for the new house, design is often enriched.
House Planning: How Much Input From Kids?
When planning a new house, should the parents decide everything or can the kids participate?
Do Dogs Care About House Design?
Though man and dog have cohabitated for 12,000 years, Fido is not interested in design.
Does Your House Make You Crazy?
Many a homeowner has been driven crazy by insufficient storage where it’s needed most.
Divvying Up Family Heirlooms Takes Diplomacy
Dividing cherished family possessions is more about saying goodbye to your past than about furniture.
Bedroom Suite for Sisters
When Los Angeles architect Murray Milne designed a house for his growing family, a key concept was flexibility.
Do Children Benefit From Sharing Bedrooms With Siblings?
When siblings share bedrooms, they learn important life skills.
Katherine Test-Drives a Model Home
After a two-day stay in a furnished model townhouse in the Mosaic District, Fairfax, Virginia, Katherine still loved the house but would do a few things differently.
Katherine’s Childhood Home Adapts for Today’s Lifestyles
Returning to the suburban Washington, D.C., house where she grew up, Katherine discovers that the home, built in the late 1930s, adapts well for 21st-century buyers.
Trends: ‘And the Most Popular Home Plan Is...’
Spotting trends in best-selling home plans, Katherine guides readers through the No. 1 seller and talks popular features with its architect and other industry experts.
When a Parent Ages in Place at Your Place: Planning Beyond Design
If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes one to care for an elderly parent.
Make a Smaller House Feel Bigger (Really)
When you opt for a smaller house, you can’t have everything — but most homeowners haven’t gotten the message. But there are ways to make rooms feel bigger.
‘Smart Money’ Home Building: Hire Experience, Control Costs
In home building, “smart money” is budgeted money used wisely, getting you the best house, not the biggest with the most trophy features for the least money.
Parents Moving In? Kids Back? Read In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats
If you’re considering a granny flat for extra space, the advice in Michael Litchfield’s latest book, In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats, will get you organized.
Insights: Dan Gregory, Editor of Houseplans.com
Dan Gregory, acquisition editor of Houseplans.com, is the best in the business!
Livability: The Ultimate Take-Home Test
Livability: The Ultimate Take-Home Test
Ex-HUD Secretary’s RX for Housing: Quality
Henry Cisneros said the No. 1 issue in housing is quality of construction.
Get Inspired by Iconic Designs of Famous Architects
Dominic Bradbury’s The Iconic House will inspire you to visit houses you have never heard of.
Organize to Downsize: Here’s Where You Start
To organize your thoughts about downsizing, try the journalists’ tool for framing a story: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.
Best Planning Tool for a New House? Your Current Home
Before you build a new house, carefully assess where you live now.
Moving Day: Box Buying Tips to Send You Packing
Corrugated fiberboard boxes are cheap, green and miracles of engineering.
Real-Estate Love Is Blind, Bring Along This Reality Checklist
When I finally found the apartment of my dreams, I failed to notice any shortcomings.
You, Your Builder and, Yes, a Real Estate Prenup
With a prenup or any other contract, the sensible person consults an attorney before signing.
Sizing Up the Idea of Downsizing
Katherine and her husband took a trial run of downsizing, moving temporarily from their house in Michigan to a New York City apartment.
Architect Fees Made Simple(r)
The fee charged by an architect will be based on a percentage of construction cost, an hourly rate, or a combination of the two.
Turn a Good House Into a Great House
Hire an interior designer to help you select colors and materials to match your lifestyle.
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