The Best Small Home Plan of 2013

by DIY Maven

Bigger is not always more beautiful when it comes to architecture.  Nir Pearlson's energy-wise Plan 890-1 proves it. A rather ho-hum name for Fine Homebuilding Magazine's top pick for Small Home Plan of 2013. So how small is it? Eight-hundred square feet, but the open living space inside makes it seem much larger than its tiny footprint. The two bedroom, one bathroom 'garden cottage' oozes a modern/rustic charm both inside and out....

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For Sale: The Skinniest House in NYC

by DIY Maven

created at: 10/26/2011

The property at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in the West Village of NYC, is famous for once being the home to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margret Mead, Cary Grant and John Barrymore. Also known as the Millay House, it may also be the skinniest in the city. Built in 1850, the property is a scant 9 feet wide.

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Why We SHOULD NOT Be Using Pallets in Our Interiors

by DIY Maven

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Okay, here's the deal, a blogger by the name of Nick went on a rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors. His argument is compelling indeed and has made me re-think all those 'pallet projects' I've promoted over the years. 

First he points out the history of rescued pallets.

  • They are "exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects" and bird droppings.

Then he brings up E. coli &

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Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 05/31/2011

Hi friends, I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for supporting Curbly and driving our incredible growth this year. This May, we surpassed 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time ever, and that's a pretty big deal for us. Our Facebook page has more than 4,000 fans, and our Twitter flock is, well, OK, still a little small but we're working on it (hint: go follow us on Twitter!). 

In fact, we're so thrilled you choose to visit us every day, we'd like to offer you a thank-you gift: a free copy of our Make It! Hardware Store Decor PDF (a $9.99) value. Yep. All you have to do is use the link below to download it (hurry, this link will expire at 3pm CST on May 31st):

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Server Problems Yesterday

by Bruno Bornsztein

You probably noticed we had some ongoing server problems yesterday (still lingering today). I just wanted to apologize and explain; it's due to an outage with our hosting provider (Heroku), which apparently was experiencing a denial-of-service attack. 

In general things, should be back to normal today. If you get an error on any page, just try re-loading it, and make sure you add the 'www.' part to the front of the URL. Meanwhile, I'm...

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New Yorker Cover Painted on an iPhone.

by Chris Gardner

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The June 1st, 2009 cover of the New Yorker was created entirely (well, minus the text copy) with the Brushes app on an Apple iPhone 3G. From the New Yorker: ""I got a phone in the beginning of February, and I immediately got the program so I could entertain myself," says Colombo, who first published his drawings in The New Yorker in 1994. Colombo has been drawing since he was seven, but he discovered an advantage of digital drawing on a...

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Curbly Registration Changes

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly is more than just a blog; it's a community. From the start, Curbly has been different from other sites because we allow people to sign up and write blog posts that appear on our the front page along with those from our featured writers.

But lately, we've received more spam, self-promotional, and off-topic posts than good ones. And too many of the new user registrations are incomplete or inactive.

So, to preserve the high quality and integrity of the Curbly community, we're making new registrations available by invitation only, starting now. We'll also begin marking old, incomplete, and inactive user profiles for deletion (don't worry, you'll be notified before your account is deleted). In conjunction, we're turning off most advertisements for logged-in users.

From now on, to become a part of the Curbly community, you'll need to be invited by an existing member. We also have an invitation wait-list for people who want in, but don't know an existing member.

I want to encourage the involvement that makes Curbly different and special, and hope this move helps filter out the bad apples, while letting the community continue to grow.

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Check out the new Curbly Forums!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Sometimes you have a question, comment, or idea that doesn't really make sense as a blog post. The brand-spanking-new Curbly forums are the perfect place for that sort of thing. Right now, the first 50 people to participate on the Introduce Yourself thread will be entered into a random drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card!* All you have to do is stop in and say hello!

 

The new Curbly Forums!

 

* One winner will be chosen at random. For complete rules, click here...

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