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How to build a house out of shipping containers

Architecture hacker/maker Ben Uyeda of HomeMadeModern designed and built his house out of shipping containers in the high desert of Joshua Tree, California. And he documented the process in fascinating detail. How to Build A Shipping Container House (YouTube)
Tags: Post, Video, Design, News, Diy, Makers, California, Housing, Architecture, Homes, Houses, Joshua Tree, Ben Uyeda, Shipping Container House

For sale: charred remains of Aleister Crowley and Jimmy Page's Loch Ness home

For sale: Boleskine House, occultist Aleister Crowley's infamous digs on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland that Jimmy Page later owned. The Georgian home, sitting on 9.3 hectares (22.9 acres), burned in 2015 but the exterior walls remain. The real estate agent is open to bids over £200,000. According to the sales materials, "The opportunity now exists to restore the house and grounds to create an outstanding property subject to obtaining the necessary consents." Consents? I say, remodel a...
Tags: Post, News, Scotland, Homes, Led Zeppelin, Loch Ness, Jimmy Page, Crowley, Boleskine House, Aleister Crowley, Magick, Live Where Thou Wilt

The 20 best homes Instagram accounts

From kitchen cabinets to modernist houses, here are our top picks to follow Best for kitchen hacks @reformcphThe Danish kitchen brand updates Ikea cabinets with simple, stylish cupboard fronts in sorbet shades. Continue reading...
Tags: Instagram, Life and style, Homes, Ikea, Interiors, Gardens

Bauhaus: 100 years old but still ubiquitous in our homes today

How a revolutionary idea became our go-to way of living. Shop the look: our pick from the high streetSpending a night at the hallowed Bauhaus school in Dessau, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, was my teenage dream come true. The walls of my childhood bedroom were plastered not with posters of pop stars, but with the furniture manufacturer Vitra’s wall chart of iconic 20th-century chairs. As a design geek, growing up in a house bedecked with Laura Ashley, I found the idea of the Bauhaus thri...
Tags: Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Homes, Interiors, Bauhaus, Vitra, Josef Albers, Klein, Dessau, Albers, Marcel Breuer, Laura Ashley, Saxony Anhalt, Mart Stam

Beautifully Designed, Notable Homes in Palm Springs

Cruising through the desert city with Buick, where comparisons between houses and cars can be drawn When discussing the many places that automotive designers mine for inspiration, none seems to come up so frequently as Palm Springs. The small desert city has a giant reputation in the design world—mainly known for its many striking mid-century modern homes and civic buildings. From Richard Neutra‘s Kaufmann House, …
Tags: Design, California, Cars, Architecture, Road Trips, Homes, Interior Design, Houses, Palm Springs, Decor, Buick, Richard Neutra, Mid-century Design, Mid-Century Furniture

Manhattan Homes Linger on Market, Forcing Sellers to Cut Prices

One in 10 sellers cut prices as median time on market reached its highest level since 2012, according to the StreetEasy February Market Reports(i) New York, NY – March 21, 2019 (PRNewswire) Many sellers across the city cut prices on their homes this February as winter brought a chill to the sales market. In Manhattan, more than one in ten homes had their prices cut, and inventory increased by 11.7 percent from last year. With the share of price cuts and inventory levels high across the borou...
Tags: New York City, Radio, Brooklyn, Queens, Homes, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Brownsville, Upper Manhattan, North Brooklyn, Morningside Heights, Department of Finance, Bedford Stuyvesant, Flatiron, Real Estate News

Home sales in Southern California have slowed to the lowest level since 2008

January is typically the slowest month for home sales. This year, sales statewide in the first month were the slowest of any month since April 2008. Has the real estate market cooled in California? Yes, since price gains have slowed. On the level There might be some good news for Californians stretching to buy a home. The statewide median home price declined to $538,690 in January. The statewide median price was down 3.4 percent from $557,600 in December and up 2.1 percent in January from a revi...
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For sale: home that inspired Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights

Ponden Hall, a nine bedroom house in Stanbury, West Yorkshire, England, is considered to be the inspiration for Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and sister Anne's Wildfell Hall. The Brontës spent a great deal of time on the property in the early 1800s. Now it could be yours. Current owner and Brontë superfan Julie Akhurst and her husband have put it on the market for £1.25m. In their twenty years of ownership, they've completed a major, yet careful, renovation and opened it as a B&B for other Br...
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Builder confidence holds steady

Builder confidence remained steady in March with the Housing Market Index (HMI) at 62, on a 0-100 scale, after climbing the past two months.
Tags: Radio, New Homes, Homes, Wells Fargo, Permits, HMI, Markets & Economy, News Brief, NAHB, Randy Noel

Chris Grayling’s terrible cost to the nation | Brief letters

Chris Grayling | Otto Warmbier | Michele Hanson | Words for toilet | A Beatles BrexitThe likely cost of £2.7bn to the taxpayer due to Chris Grayling’s incompetence will ring hollow to the parents of disabled pupils in Leicestershire and across the country, who have been informed that their council can no longer provide transport to special schools and colleges post-16 due to lack of funds. The implications for these families, who already face substantial additional burdens of care due to cuts in...
Tags: Music, Politics, North Korea, The Beatles, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Disability, Asia Pacific, Homes, Chris Grayling, Kim, Interiors, Donald Trump, Brexit

Zillow thinks its iBuyer will dwarf Premier Agent within 5 years

Zillow plans to purchase an average of 5,000 homes per month for all-cash from people around the country, and the company's Homes division that oversees Zillow Offers will bring in expected annualized revenue of about $20 billion.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Homes, Zillow, Industry News, Markets & Economy, Brokerage, Select, Rich Barton, Premier Agent, Zillow Homes, Mortgage Lenders of America, iBuyer, Zillow Offers, Buyers Tools, Zillow Earnings

The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

How many towels does one person need? Should you change your sheets each week? And do you really have to clean the toilet with nothing but your rubber gloves? Experts on 10 modern domestic dilemmasDomestic questions that are burning and unanswerable in more or less equal measure are a staple of social media. This week, it was towels. Specifically, how many does an adult human need to own? The podcast host Abdul Dremali asked, and more than 2,000 Twitter replies later, he still couldn’t go shoppi...
Tags: Environment, Water, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Ethical and green living, Homes, Abdul Dremali

DIY Homes Anywhere: Backcountry Hut Company

Flat-pack houses that are built to last Conceived to design, plan and build small-scale outdoor structures in the harshest terrain, Backcountry Hut Company (co-founded by Wilson Edgar and Michael Leckie of Leckie Studio Architecture and Design) projects are design-driven, sustainable and easy to assemble. Both Edgar and Leckie dedicated years to skiing, trekking and climbing. Edgar spent years as president of the BC Mountaineering Club, while Leckie earned a …
Tags: Design, Interviews, Architecture, Homes, Sustainable, Edgar, LEED, Leckie, Michael Leckie, Huts, Backcountry Hut Company, Wilson Edgar, Pre-Fab, BC Mountaineering Club

Inside Roald Dahl's backyard writing "hut"

"It may not be pretty or tidy, and it certainly hasn't been cleaned and the floor hasn't been swept for five years at least..." In this 1982 interview, Roald Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, takes us inside his backyard writing hut in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. The hut is now part of the Roald Dahl Museum. Dahl modeled his hut on Dylan Thomas's own writing shed in Carmarthenshire, Wales. From BBC News: Although Dahl based the...
Tags: Books, Video, Design, News, Wales, Roald Dahl, BBC News, Homes, Dylan Thomas, Authors, Writers, James, Bfg, Thomas, Dylan, Charlie

Meet the 'cleanfluencers', the online gurus who like things nice and tidy

Marie Kondo may be the biggest name in decluttering, but Instagram is awash with cleaning experts with millions of followersIt may not be spring yet, but everybody’s cleaning. Or, at the very least, they are talking about it. It has only been a month since Tidying Up With Marie Kondo launched on Netflix, but the series, starring the Japanese organisation expert, has already become something of a phenomenon. It has sparked joy among some, and arguments about how many books you should have in your...
Tags: Media, Instagram, Women, Social Media, Life and style, Netflix, Digital Media, Homes, Marie Kondo, Kondo

Airbnb acquires Denmark’s Gaest to expand in bookings for meetings and offsites

Airbnb, now valued upwards of $30 billion and inching to an IPO possibly as early as this year, has made an acquisition to continue to diversify its revenues beyond basic booking services for overnight accommodations in private homes. It has acquired Gaest, a startup out of Aarhus, Denmark that provides a marketplace-style platform for people to post and book venues in hourly or daily increments for meetings and other work-related events like offsites in Europe and elsewhere. Gaest’s team — it w...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Homes, Denmark, Airbnb, Aarhus Denmark, Mogensen, Gaest, Anders Boelskifte Mogensen, Chris Kjær Sørensen Christian Schwarz Lausten, Jonas Grau Sigtenbjerggaard, Greg Greeley Airbnb, Crunchbase Gaest, Greeley Airbnb, David Holyoke Global Head of Airbnb

Price Cuts on New Construction Homes Becoming More Common

– Nearly all of the nation’s largest housing markets saw the share of new construction homes with price cuts increase between the beginning and end of 2018 – About a quarter of all new construction homes saw a price cut in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the typical drop throughout the quarter being 2.6 percent. – The median list price after a price reduction was $389,900 at the end of the year. – The biggest price reductions at the end of the year were in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where n...
Tags: Home, Real Estate, News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Radio, Homes, Price, Chart, Zillow, Prices, Denver, Seattle Wa, Real Estate News, Zillow Group

Trulia Reports Housing Inventory Falls Nearly 5 Percent Nationwide as 2018 Closes

Hope for Buyers on the West Coast as San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County End Year with Double-Digit, Year-over-Year Gains in For-Sale Homes San Francisco, CA – Dec. 20, 2018 (PRNewswire) The number of homes for sale nationwide tumbled 4.6 percent year-over-year in the last three months of 2018 across all price categories, according to the latest Inventory and Price Watch Report from Trulia®, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters. This marks...
Tags: Real Estate, New York, News, California, San Francisco, Radio, West, Homes, San Jose, West Coast, Oakland, Zillow, Trulia, Starter Homes, Inventory, Real Estate News

Smart Speakers Make Inroads Into American Homes

Source: Statista When Amazon announced the Amazon Echo in 2014, many people laughed at the idea of voluntarily letting the world’s largest online retailer put a “listening device” in your home. And yet, the Echo, and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa with it, became a major success, pioneering the smart speaker market in the United States and internationally. According to a recent statement, Amazon shipped more than 100 million Echo devices since 2014, making it the leader in the highly contested ...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Technology, Speakers, Radio, United States, Property, Homes, Npr, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Statista, Edison Research, General Interest, Smart Speakers, Statista When Amazon

Choosing a Home – The Essentials (CAR Infographic)

Tags: Home, Real Estate, Infographic, Car, Radio, Property, Homes, General Interest

Our lock-and-leave culture: the rise of self-storage and clinging to stuff we hardly use

Moving, downsizing, long-term renovations, deceased estates and divorce are all factors in the relentlessly increasing demand for off-site storageAbout once every six weeks I go to my least happy place. It’s a massive warehouse in the industrial back blocks of Port Kembla, near Wollongong in New South Wales, housing a storage facility called Super Easy Storage. Because it is a no-frills operation, it does not offer 24-hour access like the more upmarket companies do, so I have to call ahead to sa...
Tags: UK, Australia, Life and style, Society, Australia news, New South Wales, Homes, Port Kembla, Marie Antoinette, Wollongong

U.S. Home Flips Down 12 Percent In Q3 2018 To 3.5-Year Low

Average Home Flipping Returns Drop to 6.5-Year Low; Share of Flips Sold to FHA Buyers at a More Than 10-Year Low; Share of Home Flips Purchased with Financing Decreases From 10-Year High in Q2 2018 Irvine, CA – Dec. 6, 2018 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its Q3 2018 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that a total of 45,901 U.S. single family homes and condos were flipped in the third quarter of 2018, down 12 percent from a...
Tags: Home, Real Estate, Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado, Kentucky, Alabama, Radio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Homes, Michigan, Nevada, States, Louisiana

Introducing The Pop Up Pet Door™

  Pop-Up Pet Products Introduces The Pop Up Pet Door™, The Quick And Easy Way To Add A Pet Door To Any Sliding Glass Door   “The 1st Pet Door That Can Be Installed In Less Than 5 Minutes…Without Any Tools!”    Designed to accommodate a wide range of homes and pets, this economical door installs in less than five minutes providing pets with easy access to the yard and house. Pets are great, but sometimes it seems like they cause a never ending process of getting up to open the door and let the...
Tags: Pet, Cats, Dogs, Pets, Freedom, Homes, Invention, Door, Pop-up, The Pet Blog Lady, Sliding, Innovative, Renee Vanderbilt Kay, Hallmark Channel USA

Hoop dreams: backboards in backyards – in pictures

Carlos Marchand photographs basketball hoops in Queens, New York City, as a way of framing suburbia Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, New York, Sport, Life and style, World news, US news, Cities, Basketball, Homes, Queens New York City, Carlos Marchand

Home-Value Growth Slowing in Nation’s Hottest Housing Markets

– Seattle was leading the nation in home-value growth a year ago, but is now the 12th fastest-appreciating housing market and reported the greatest slowdown over the past year – Annual home-value growth is slowing in 20 of the 35 largest U.S. housing markets, with Seattle and Tampa, Fla., reporting the greatest slowdown. – U.S. home values rose 8 percent over the past year to a median of $218,000. – The rental market is also showing signs of a slowdown. Median rent across the U.S. rose 0.5 perce...
Tags: Home, Hot, Real Estate, Value, Sacramento, Atlanta, Markets, Radio, Portland, Homes, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Seattle, Market, Zillow, Columbus

June Home Prices Rose 5.7% Year Over Year; Smallest Increase Since December 2016

Inventory Declines Continue to Moderate; Number of Homes for Sale in June Down Just 6% Compared to June 2017 Seattle, WA – July 24, 2018 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) U.S. home-sale prices increased 5.7 percent year over year in June to a median of $312,700, according to Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage. This is the lowest price growth since December 2016. At the same time, the number of homes for sale in June was down just 6 percent year over year, which continue...
Tags: Real Estate, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Report, Radio, 2018, Portland, Homes, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, Redfin, Glenn Kelman, June, Cincinnati

Luxury Housing is Hot, Hot, Hot

$1 million-plus sales are up 25 percent; Demand rising on West Coast, Denver, Nashville; Stalling in New York City area Santa Clara, CA – July 12, 2018 (PRNewswire) Luxury home sales and prices are surging, according to the® June 2018 Luxury Home Index released today. The Index reveals $1 million plus home sales are up 25 percent, despite the fact it costs on average 4.6 percent more to enter the high-end market this year compared to last year*. The index analyzes the entry-level lux...
Tags: Home, Real Estate, New York, New York City, Radio, Brooklyn, Luxury, Queens, New Jersey, Property, Homes, Manhattan, Mls, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle

Buyers Are Paying a Smaller Premium for Waterfront Living

Waterfront homes sold for a 36 percent premium in the first quarter of 2018; in the second quarter of 2012, the premium was 54 percent Seattle, WA – July 10, 2018 (PRNewswire) The premium for living on the water isn’t as high it used to be. Homes along the water sold for a 36 percent premium in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The extra cost for waterfront living is at its lowest level since the second quarter of 2002, and below the average premium since 1996 of 41...
Tags: Home, Real Estate, Los Angeles, Radio, Property, Homes, San Diego, Miami, West Coast, Price, Zillow, Edge, Premium, Seattle Wa, Waterfront, San Francisco Seattle

Fiction: Flawed, Fragile, Hungry Human Bodies: A.M. Homes’s Stories Get Under the Skin

The author’s new collection, “Days of Awe,” confronts the beauty and violence of daily life with mordant wit and a focus on the flesh.
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Is It Time to Move to a Smaller Home?

" width="550" height="329" /> As housing prices continue to set new records of unaffordability, there are plenty of good reasons to consider whether it’s time to move to a smaller home. Larger houses take longer to clean and have higher maintenance costs. Unless your family size and budget can justify those obligations, switching to a smaller home might be a smart move. While the decision is ultimately a personal one, it’s helpful to know what the signs are that you’re ready to take the leap. He...
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