How to Work With an Architect
Use this as a guide to finding the right architect for your new home or renovation—and what to expect during the process.
Architects Share Helpful Tips From Their Own Home Renovations
These expert insights will help you navigate the dos and don’ts of the remodel process.
Do I Need to Hire a Landscape Architect?
You’re surveying your yard with trepidation, wondering: Can I actually design this myself?
Building 101: How to Navigate the Architect-Contractor-Client Relationship
Architect Cary Bernstein gives constructive advice: know what you want, who you're working with, and how much you can spend.
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor When You Have an Architect
Read this before you embark on a project working alongside a contractor and an architect.
Architects Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs on Creating a Captivating Dining Area
Hint: layered lighting can work wonders.
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor to Create Your Dream Home
Here's what you need to know before undergoing a building project with a contractor but no architect.
Material Guide: The Benefits of Building With Concrete
After an unprecedented year of earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires, a bright light has been shed on the benefits of building with...
14 Backyard Landscape Designs That Need Minimal Maintenance
These no-fuss landscaping ideas yield gardens that practically take care of themselves.
How to Recognize Different Wood Species: A Guide to the 10 Most Common Types
Read on if you want to sound like a pro at identifying some of the most common species of wood.
The Eco-Friendly Guide to Upgrading an Existing Home
The greenest home is the one you already have.
Top 10 Questions to Ask a Contractor During an Interview
Rest assured knowing your renovation project is in good hands by asking a potential contractor these key questions during an...
What it Really Means When a Home Has Good Bones
Find out how to determine whether a home has “good bones.”
Experts Reveal the Top 10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Fixer-Upper
Itching to take a crack at fixing up an old, run-down property? Read these renovation tips first.
How to Build a Fire Pit
It’s not summer without a backyard s’mores station.
The 7 Main Roof Types—and What You Need to Know About Them
Whether it’s flat, gabled, butterfly, shed, gambrel, mansard, or hipped, the shape of a roof can have serious design and...
How to Build a Floating Shelf
So you can take the perfect shelfie.
The Ultimate Guide to Prefab: 65 Resources by Location, Construction, and Price
Prefab is part of Dwell’s DNA—build a better future with our veritable tome of all things prefab.
So You Want to Put a Pond In Your Yard? Read This First
Take this to Home Depot (or your landscape architect) before you get the garden hose.
We Asked the Experts How to Work With—and Maximize—Every Inch of Space In Your Home
Interior designers and architects agree: if you’re short on square footage, your furniture needs to work overtime.
Social Media Convinced Me to Refinish a Dresser. I Lived to Tell the Tale
All it took was an orbital sander, some elbow grease, and determination to see it through.
How I Turned an Octagonal Joshua Tree House Into a Sustainable Oasis
I gave up my apartment and much of my old life in exchange for a valuable lesson—learned via sweat equity—about where our...
What You Need to Know Before You Buy the Big Skeleton
If you’re thinking about putting up Home Depot’s now iconic 12-foot skeleton this Halloween, the designer who helped bring it to...
Designing Your Home With a Photographer’s Eye
Magdalena Wosinska transformed her historic Pioneertown adobe structure into a thriving venue for inspiration and renewal,...
Building an Addition? Here’s How to Avoid Disaster
Expanding the footprint of your house might seem like a smaller project, but planning-wise, it’s as intense as doing a full reno.
Let the Sun Shine In With an Expertly-Placed Skylight
Figuring out where to punch a hole in your roof can seem daunting, but these architects have plenty of ideas, whether you’re...
How to Use Smart Tech to Help Your Garden Thrive
Is AI the future of gardening? If you use it wisely, it could be.
Your HVAC Is Kaput. Should You Recharge or Replace?
Most heating and cooling issues are predictable. Here’s how you can prepare for the worst.
Learn to Love (or Lose) the Bees in Your Home
If there are bees in your walls, don’t panic—here’s what you can do, instead.