School's out for the summer, and vacation time is here again! Are you planning a big trip this year? Maybe it's a road trip across the country, or maybe it's a cruise. Perhaps an outdoor camping getaway or you're headed to a cabin by the lake. What ever the reason, if you're leaving your home unattended for a few days or even weeks. While your house can't actually get lonely without you, it will miss your maintenance. A few things need to happen inside and out so you can rest easy while you're gone. Here are 19 things you should do before going on vacation:
Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I'm a homebody for certain, and I've learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Coziness is a must, and these DIY holiday luminaries are just that - cozy!
Buying a home can be scary. Trust me, I know... I've done it twice. But those have also been two of the best decisions of my life. So today I wanted to share some tips for ensuring that your home buying process goes as smoothly as possible.
The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.
Here's a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design.
The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own...
When it comes to people, it's what's on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin' exterior, so we're sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike - we've got you covered.
As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.
To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.
The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.
However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.
First impressions are important, and that goes for your home too. Your house number is a good place to get creative. Here are ten fun ideas to get you inspired.
Writer Etgar Keret wants a house. A skinny, four feet wide house that will be nestled in between two
This house in Portugal, designed by Aires Mateus & Associados, doesn't have any exterior windows. It does, however, have a center courtyard, which has windows & doors that open up to the heavens. It also has a below- ground living space
Oh boy, what couldn't you do with a tiny, modern home in your backyard?! Especially when the materials only cost $200.
You've probably heard the phrase "turned my house upside down" looking for something, but did you ever think you'd see it literally? Check out this Upside Down House loactaed in small village called Szymbark in Poland.
Looking to mix things up in the gingerbread house department? You're in luck! The fine folks at Hometta are offering up free downloadable plans to create a gingerbread version of their dramatic Wedge House.
You won't find this above ground pool at Sam's Club. Argentina based Andres Remy Architects designed the impeccable pool/deck combo for a family of four in Devoto, Argentina. Even the color combination of the aqua water and the warm brown wood radiate pure fabulosity.
Am I over-generalizing to say the world has two types of people, those who can sleep in dead silence, and those who sleep soundly as long as some air is moving about? I'm the latter, and my fan died in the middle of the night. Tired and desperate, I have to buy a new fan, and fast! Swizz-Style.com has an entire line of air quality controllers that
Located in Vals, Switzerland this house is, well, underground.
Houston, Texas - based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.
The plans are based on a readymade gingerbread house kit from Whole Foods, so it'll be easy to grab all the goodies you'll need, without having to buy...
Never say never, as in "You'd never catch me dead living in a trailer!" I'd gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold for
Last week MWT brought home this cute little two-story house with a request that it be remodeled for entry into a 'parade of homes' contest sponsored by the company for which he works. There was no word as to whether prizes will be given out to the best remodel, but, seriously, did I care?! Of course not! It was a teeny house just ready for a makeover! Here's the outcome:
Didn't anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than once.