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.

Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory

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.

11 responses to “About EYE ON DESIGN

  1. Hello, Dan Gregory. I am a fan of Cliff May’s. I sold my midwestern “California” ranch in 2006 to downsize to an 1899 two bedroom farmhouse. But, I still miss my long, sprawling ranch with porches, big overhangs, vaulted ceilings and uplighting….all from 1962. So, I am interested in your book that you wrote about Cliff May…in this post you say…”shown at right” regarding it… I can’t find it on this site…any clues.

    from yous

    • Hello,

      Thanks for reminding me! It’s Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House, published by Rizzoli, 2008. The photographer is Joe Fletcher and it describes how Cliff May helped develop and popularize the suburban ranch house, an emblem of the California dream. Here’s the link to it on Amazon:

      I have now added an image of the book’s cover to About Eye On Design.



  2. Sally Aberg Becom

    Greetings, Dan! Jeffrey and I have lost touch with you. It is wonderful to see what you have been up to since Sunset—the book, blog and website! I am currently heading a campaign to try and save an amazing modernist house in Pacific Grove from a wrecking ball. I would be most grateful if you could email me so I can give you a little history and then ask a few questions. I am very hopeful that you will be able to supply the answers and perhaps help confirm whether or not this home was featured in Sunset sometime between 1953 and 1960.

  3. Hi, Dan: We met several years ago when you were working at Sunset and I was doing PR for Hansgrohe and Axor. I am still representing HG, but I am in the process of merging my agency, LNC Communications, with Nora DePalma’s Building Profits. I found you through my connection to Leslie Clagett. Thanks for posting her reccos from K/BIS, as well as Michael Cannell’s from ICFF. All the best to you in this new venture.

  4. Hi,

    I came across your blog a few months ago and followed it ever since, I am quite interested in the designs and content your blog promotes. I also work for a lifestyle blog based in Toronto, http://www.vidafine.com, looking to promote lifestyle trends with a strong focus in creative gadgets and gifts from all around the world. Our brand hopes to encourage creative and innovative change towards better living.

    Please let me know whether you are interested in a link exchange or simply drop us a line with any feedback.

    Thanks and keep in touch!

    Anselm Lau

  5. Hi Dan,

    Great to hear what you have been up to recently. The Cliff May book looks great – Congratulations! Believe it or not – the BAR book, “The Place Itself” is finally ready and going on sale Nov 24th. Need to send you copy and talk with you about the celebratory event we are planning. Can you email or call me so we can discuss ? Look forward to hearing from you!

  6. hi dan, big congrats on your new venture. my new revamped bauerware cabinet hardware will be up again shortly with lots of new product. i’ll let you know when. re: kitchen and bath design question for your new site don’t hestitate to sent me questions. again, good luck to ya. lou ann bauer

  7. Dear Mr.Dan

    I am live in a country of egypt ,and I am interesting with your designes and ideas,I wich we can connecting each other so we can find suitable way to present some ideas in egyptian market more flexible and less cost.
    Ahmed Mansour

  8. Dan,

    I am writing an article for Modern in Denver Magazine about the Cliff May homes in Harvey Park. I have your beautiful book on Cliff May which mentions Harvey Park (and even has a couple of great scans of sales-pamphlets). I am wondering if you would be willing to speak with me about your insights on the neighborhood (of which I am a resident), and if you would be willing to share some of the resources that you have…

    Thanks much!


  9. d/dan,
    i just happened to bump into your site since i am into real estate advertising….i found it very interesting, especially the energy efficient structures that goes a long way in reducing carbon footprint….great job

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