Could someone tell me what size hive we should build for just one family for honey harvest? I'm new to bees other than planting flowers for them. Husband knows about them but is looking for a hive plan to build his own hive.
There are two types of hives your standard 10 frame and the 8 frame hive. http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/ has the plan to build a hive. Instead of building I would just buy a starter kit that way you get every thing you need to keep the hive.
You should consider a top bar hive, also known as a garden hive. They are small, easily managed, and provide plenty of honey for a family. I have seen several for sale on the internet or you can build one yourself.