Owning your own home has long been considered a big part of the “American Dream”, and there’s a reason for that…it’s a big deal to buy your first (or second) house. It usually requires months of planning and years of saving money for what is likely the biggest purchase of your life. In 2014, my wife and I started the process of buying our first house and quickly realized it’s not as easy as looking at houses online, finding a house you love, and getting your offer accepted.
Whether you’re buying your first house or your fourth house; a fixer upper or your dream home; a rental property or weekend getaway house, the steps are almost
A few years ago, I was attending a conference, and, as I recall, not really listening to the keynote speaker. It was one of those trying to eat-lunch-and-try-to-meet-new-people-and-I-can-barely-hear-from-the-back-of-the-room sort of things.
But, in a moment of unexpected drop in the banquet room din, I caught something that sunk in. The speaker, musing on happiness, suggested that it's all those little tasks and the clutter that hang over our heads and keep joy from settling in. That knowing you have a million little tasks to do is more stressful than actually doing those tasks. And it's not the big work projects, the term papers, the spring deep cleaning that keep us down, but the little stuff that piles up and creates anxiety about when we'll get it all done.
Might I interest you in taking a free-roaming tour through a Frank Llyod Wright home that was never built? That's impossible you say? Nonsense. With all of our advances in digital mapping and 3D printing, imagining something is now almost as good as actually building it.
A little personal update: after a few years of saving, I finally bought my first home. It's an awesome Northwest Craftsman bungalow built in 1924 in a great inner southeast Portland neighborhood. We're totally in love with it.
And it needs a lot of work. Not a lot to make it livable, but to make it ours. To make it a space where we're going to live and work and welcome others for the next 30 years. Of course, as a DIY blogger, I want to do most of it myself, and thankfully, I built up a handy collection of tools from my woodworking and general tinkering efforts (and now I actually have a garage in which to put them!)
Elora Hardy grew up in the world of imaginative actualization, and when her architect parents built a home off of the "fairy mushroom house" drawn by their nine-year-old daughter, Hardy didn't realize that it was unusual. Now a innovative architect herself, Hardy is building beautiful and immersive living spaces most people couldn't dream up, out of bamboo with Bali locals in a desire to increase infrastructure with sustainable resources.
I've been dreaming about a home in the woods for years. There's something incredible about unplugging and getting back to a more simple life. My dreams really got pushed into overdrive when I stumbled across the tiny house movement, and I'm sure yours will too.
When Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser found success and bought his own Hollywood home, he ignored the sprawling mansions and purchased this, instead: a 580 square foot cabin. The space is full of clever space saving details and designed with a masculine yet sleek aesthetic the Kartheiser calls "Japanese industrial."
A long, long time ago, before the advent of blogs and Twitter and Pinterest and other cool ways to share photos with your friends and followers...back in the time of silly things like email forwards and live chat rooms, somebody built a real life version of 742 Evergreen Terrace...the house from The Simpsons.
Just in time for the Halloween season, LEGO artist Mike Doyle has completed his masterpiece, "Victorian on Mud Heap" made using only actual LEGO bricks. Its five and a half feet tall, six feet wide, and uses more than 100,000 pieces, taking more than 600 hours to complete.
This afternoon, I've been totally taken by The Burning House, a public collection of user-submitted photos that answers the question, "If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."
They're mostly creative folk, so the photos are quite nice, though there's the drawback
To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.
Toys probably don't actually go on adventures, cars can't really talk, and monsters don't actually power their world based on children's screams, but as it turns out, Pixar's floating house from Up is actually possible in the real world.
Created for the upcoming series How Hard Can it Be?, on "March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons
UglyHousePhotos.com finds and curates terrible pictures of homes from real estate listings around the Phoeniz, Arizona metropolitan area. This means these are actual houses, and folks are actually trying to sell these places.
Yesterday, they published a killer roundup of some seriously awful home offices.
Valencia, Spain-based designers Estudio Estres have created this upside-down birdhouse for bats. "Inspired by and designed to match these minute animals called bats, that suffer the dichotomy of acting as an efficient herbivore whilst being a symbol of man's most hidden fears."
We're thinking it's beautiful, very clever, and quite easy to recreate at home. A basic box birdhouse, some belts from the thrift store, and a permanent marker to add the battiness.
There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.
'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital house there.' "
U.S. based-architect Bryan Berg set out to beat his own Guinness World Record to create the world's largest structure made solely of playing cards.
Forty-four days, 4,051 decks (218,792c cards), and several near-collapses later, he's recreated a replica of the Venetian Macau, which is on display in its namesake luxury hotel and casino.