I’ve always been interested in houses, floor plans, the relationship between structure and site and architectural diversity. A native Californian, I grew up in a simple gable-roofed adobe with many doors opening to long porches, like a small town train depot. I think it gave me a fixation on circulation and fresh air: there are no dead-end rooms, every in has an out, and every space connects to the outside.
I received a Ph. D. in Architectural History from U. C. Berkeley and was Sunset magazine’s senior home editor before coming to Houseplans.com. My recent book about Cliff May (published by Rizzoli, 2008) tells the story of the influential designer who helped popularized the suburban ranch house.
I think of Houseplans.com as an expanding template for affordable quality in home design. Our Project Advisors, Design Department, and huge inventory of stock plans give you a head start in the complex process of creating a new home. With Eye on Design, Get Inspired, and Looking Around – not to mention our Customizer Tool, unique specially commissioned designs, and plan collections – we want to spark your architectural imagination so that your new home is the best it can be.