One of the main differences of homeowners today versus 40 or 50 years ago is a distinct emphasis on outdoor living spaces. This trend actually hearkens back to the 17th and 18th Centuries, when large estate owners in Europe went to great lengths to cultivate manicured gardens, meticulously cropped lawns, and tranquil nature pools. Although less palatial and grand than storied aristocratic estates, homes today in the United States have witnessed a resurgence in landscape design that features mixed gardens, pronounced water features, privacy areas, outdoor living space, and more.
Check out this video documenting a build of the Trotterville Plan #984!
Which is the better choice–in terms of quality and structural integrity–for building my house:
2×4 framing or 2×6?
Actually, this is a very good question and there is a good bit of debate, amongst both builders and homeowners, as to which is the better choice and value.
From Builder Online: