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Richard Taylor is a residential architect based in Dublin, Ohio and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with him at Richard Taylor Residential Architects.

Stories by Richard Taylor


10 Principles of Good Home Design (and the Ugliest Car in the World)

As the housing market continues on a long, slow recovery we have a chance to “reboot” homebuilding in America.

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5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Home Renovation Project

You’ve been waiting to hear just the right magic words that will make it easy for you to finally get started on your new home or remodeling project, but that’s not going to happen until you give yourself permission to focus on you.

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Planning an Addition? Don't Forget About Proper Massing

You don’t have to be an architect to improve the design of your addition: You can help make it better if you know a little bit about the basic elements of design.

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Creating a Better Family Entry

Here are a few ideas to help you design an attractive and functional family entry and improve your daily living experience.

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Your Guide to Understanding Stairs

As familiar as we are with using stairs, we’re not nearly as familiar with how they fit into the design of a home.

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Why You Need to Get 3 Bids for Your Construction Project

Getting prices from contractors for your construction project probably scares the daylights out of you and for good reason: You don’t really know what you should be paying for the work.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Shutters for Your Home

Well-chosen and well-placed shutters can be a great finishing touch, but poorly-chosen and installed shutters can hurt a home’s appeal and value.

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Basic Home Construction Vocabulary

The “language” of architecture — especially when we’re talking about home design — doesn’t have to be difficult to understand.

A complex shape is more expensive to build.

Construction Costs: Learn the Basics

Many things affect the cost of building a typical house, but there are three big ones: size, complexity and the level of finish.

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How to Measure Your Home's Square Footage

One of the most confusing and misleading metrics in the home building and home selling business is area — the “size” of a house.

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Save Space by Ditching the Dining Room

If you’re willing to think outside the norm a bit, maybe you really don’t need a dining room.

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Want an Energy Efficient Home? Start With Good Design

If you’re not yet giving much thought to how much energy your new house is going to use, and how […]

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Before You Start Writing Big Checks, Here's How to Choose a Contractor

I hear it every time. It’s the question ten out of ten people ask me when I tell them I […]


How to Avoid The Ripple Effect and Project Creep

Two demons wait for unsuspecting homeowners, hoping for their chance to gobble up time and money on new home and […]

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How to Pick the Right Window Style for Your Home

A striped tie with a checkered shirt; tennis shoes with a tuxedo (hello John Mayer?). Or painting your house bright […]

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