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As the calendar year comes to a close, we recap the most popular Professional Builder articles in 2012. The following stories are ranked by the total number of unique visitors on the version of the article.

10. Getting it right: Right-sizing house plans

Professional Builder’s House Review design team presents five plans that trim the fat and focus on traffic flow, flexibility, and efficiency. READ THE STORY

9. Top 10 framing errors - and how to prevent them

An expert engineer in wood structures identifies the most common framing mistakes and offers advice on how to avoid them. READ THE STORY

8. 6 house plans that rethink single-family living

Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers. READ THE STORY

7. 21 kitchen and bath innovations from KBIS

HousingZone editors were at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show en masse to cover the latest trends and innovations in kitchen and bath design. Here are 21 product innovations that caught our eye. READ THE STORY

6. 6 paint color trends for 2012

Paint Quality Institute identifies the hot colors for 2012. READ THE STORY

5. Re-thinking the modern kitchen: 5 design concepts

Looking to add some pizzazz to your kitchen design offerings? Check out these design concepts from Professional Builder’s House Review design collaborative. READ THE STORY

4. 6 best-selling homes that hit buyers’ hot buttons

Builders share the key features behind their best-selling plans, including strong curb appeal, flexible living spaces, indoor/outdoor connections, and memorable details. READ THE STORY

3. Next-gen universal design for bathrooms and kitchens

To answer the demand for universal design, manufacturers continue to develop products for the home that help make the user’s experience safer and more comfortable. READ THE STORY

2. 5 bathroom design trends

NKBA members pinpoint the hot bathroom concepts for 2012. READ THE STORY

1. 5 kitchen design trends

NKBA members identify the top kitchen concepts for 2012. READ THE STORY