An Upside Down House.

by Chris Gardner

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I've seen a few over the years: homes with the facade flipped, roofs in the ground, patios pointed to the skies; though, inside, things are as usual, and perfectly liveable for those of us suffering from gravity.

But this new installation in Germany is something different all together: the floors are in the air, tables hang from above, and the toilets flush towards the heavens...

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What a $69,900 Doll House Looks Like

by DIY Maven

Retired builder Peter Riches has spent 15 years building the dolls house and crafting most of the furniture inside

Peter Riches, a retired builder from Hove, Sussex, has spent the last 15 years building this miniature mansion. Oftentimes staying up until 3 am working on it, Peter made the home's shell out of plaster into which he hand-etched 32,000 bricks. If that wasn't impressive enough, he also cut the 5,000 tiles he used for roofing material.

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Hollywood's House of the Year

by DIY Maven

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Tucked in the Hollywood Hills, this 7000 square foot piece of architectural splendor, which was designed and built by Temple Home, is not only drop-dead gorgeous it's really, really smart. Packed to the rafters with top-end technology, it features 'a CinemaScope theater, 7.1-channel surround-sound, intricate TV concealment,[and] extensive automation' among other things. No word on how much moo-la it would fetch in the open market, but, as they...

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Get the Spa Smell in Your Home: Eucalyptus Cleaning Recipes

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Get the Spa Smell in Your Home: Eucalyptus Cleaning Recipes

Photo by Allen Hart

Don't you wish your house had that fresh spa smell when walked in the door? There used to be a candle that replicated that wonderful aroma, but like all good things, it was discontinued.  Not to worry, over on TipNut there are nine simple recipes involving eucalyptus that you can whip up to use as household cleaners.

Here are two to get you started and a link to the entire collection:

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Cave House

by DIY Maven

Cave House

Curt Sleeper fell in love with a cave. And then built his house into it. The 17,000 square foot cave has three chambers that are separated by cinder-block walls. The entrance is sealed with 24+  windows made of recycled sliding glass doors. Curt bought 300 of the doors for 3 bucks a piece. The cave's kitchen--yes, it has a kitchen--features granite tile counters and two ovens.

The dwelling requires a commercial-grade de-humidifier, but it...

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Supernatural Cleaning Methods: How to Rid Your Home of Ghosts.

by Chris Gardner

Supernatural Cleaning Methods: How to Rid Your Home of Ghosts.

This morning's New York Times features a different approach to DIY house cleaning: sweeping out those things which haunt your home. "

You don’t believe in ghosts? Then you are either tragically out of step with the times or possibly a slovenly spiritual housekeeper looking for an excuse to avoid tidying up. A recent Google Internet search for getting rid of ghosts yielded nearly two million hits. By comparison, a search for cleaning rain...

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The Toilet House

by DIY Maven

The Toilet House

Sim Jae-duck takes his work very seriously. He is the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. In an effort to highlight the world’s sanitation needs, he built a house shaped like a toilet. The home is named Haewoojae, which in Korean means ‘a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries.’ I’ve always thought so. If you have an urge to visit the toilet house, you’ll probably...

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How To Clean Vinyl Siding: an Eco-Friendly Way.

by Chris Gardner

"When it comes to how-to advice on cleaning vinyl siding, I'm amazed at how often the word "bleach" comes up... But think about it -- is bleach really necessary? After all, it's harmful to the environment, including your very own local waterways, flora and fauna. And not just wild fauna -- I met someone whose little dachshund was killed when a careless neighbor accidentally sprayed the pup with a bleach solution while cleaning his siding.

Here are...

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One Person Beach House

by DIY Maven

One Person Beach House
 

Unica Home sells one-person cabanas. "Designed by Mary Bloch in 1962, the beach house is a little cabin woven in natural unbarked cane on rattan frame and aluminum structure. Covered in waterproof canvas bordered with natural leather belts and back support bands, the cabin provides a bit of privacy and shelter from the world outside."And yes, they’re expensive. Together the house and the stool will run you about 6 grand. But aren’t they just the...

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This Old Box

by DIY Maven

This Old Box

Back in 2004, the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House was the home to homes of the future. The expedition was in response to 2004 being the "Year of the Built Environment." Offerings included, among others, an a-frame cardboard house made of 85% recycled materials and was 100% recyclable.

Why a cardboard house? Besides it’s low-environmental impact, its architects see the home as an affordable and mobile alternative to current temporary housing...

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Expert Advice: Stage Your House and Sell for More

by Bruno Bornsztein

If your toilet paper is laced with gold, you’re probably not the type who needs to worry about getting your home ready to sell. But if you’re like most Americans, you don’t have golden T-P, and you don’t have a ridiculous amount of money to spend on prepping your home for a sale.

Staging by Staged4More can help sell your home faster, and for a better price.


Cindy Lin, owner of Staged4More, believes staging can sell homes faster and at higher prices. And she doesn’t think it should cost you an arm a leg (or precious-metals).

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For Sale: The Most Expensive Home in the U.S.

by DIY Maven

For Sale: The Most Expensive Home in the U.S.

It should come as no surprise that the most expensive home on the market today, located on the north end of Palm Beach, FL, is owned by none other than Donald Trump. Purchased back int ‘05 for 80 million, the uber land developer has invested an additional 25 mil imbuing the French Regency-style Palace-By-The-Sea with his Donald-ness, minus the gilt obsession of his Trump Tower crib, by the look of the video tour of the home.

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