Depending on where you live, adding some privacy can really add to the enjoyment of your home. Here are a few great ideas for cutting down on the view & noise of neighbors.
What a hefty undertaking! This Old House always seems to be a good showcase for new products and ways to make home remodel projects much easier.
Came across this article, and although it might not apply to all situations, I believe there is something to gain from it.
Plan ahead. Will you need financing to start or finish the project? Are you going to start with your own working capital and then seek investors/financing later? (If so, brush up on these tips) Are there underlying issues beyond your expertise that might sour this great deal later on?
Here is a nice pictorial guide for residential architecture styles. A lot of homes can be a mix of two or more styles, but this article gives a good basis on the foundations of each style. So the next time you are house hunting you can impress your agent, family or friends with the answer as to what kind of house it is!