The Design Side

Long-time design editor Susan Bady blogs on the latest trends, ideas, and innovations in residential design

January 20, 2014

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Ga., by all means go, especially if you love 18th and 19th century architecture. I just returned from a four-day trip to this beautiful city and would return in a heartbeat.

December 19, 2013

I’ve come to the conclusion that American residential architecture, like America itself, is a melting pot. I would even argue that the true American house style is eclectic. Certainly there are many eclectic American neighborhoods.  

November 21, 2013

I’m looking forward to the new movies being released in December, particularly the next installment of “The Hobbit.” One film I doubt will be coming to a theater near you, though, is about urban planning, and I’m giving it a big thumbs-up.  

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit a group of homes that were featured in Chicago’s first GreenBuilt Home Tour. Sponsored by the U.S.

On August 8-11, the Timber Framers Guild (TFG) will hold its 2013 National Conference at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. The event has been going on since1985 and promises something for everyone — even the kids.

In the June issue of Professional Builder, I discussed the American Classic Series by Dallas-based Darling Homes. Unfortunately there was no room for photos of the homes, so I’ve included a shot of the Lantana model here.

There’s a 1920 California bungalow for sale in Los Angeles that is tiny (480 square feet) and expensive ($449,000) … and yet, very appealing.

An article that was published in The Atlantic a couple of weeks ago got me thinking about McMansions, which were ubiquitous during the housing bubble.

I recently read an article written by Bill Lurz, a former colleague at Professional Builder. Bill is now editor-in-chief of


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