News Feeds (RSS) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11908148&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy: Relaxing LVRs will not make housing affordable again &bull; Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Auckland business school. There is a growing chorus for the Reserve Bank to lift its loan-to-value restrictions on the property market, with the... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-08-22 05:00 +12:00 2017-08-22 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfyds2tugnwww2tgm5rwo4dvnmzheodi/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/uk-sees-boom-number-properties-smaller-37sqm-would-buy-micro/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property UK sees boom in number of properties smaller than 37sqm: Would you buy a ‘micro-home’? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:35:35 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-21 13:35 +00:00 2017-08-22 01:35 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mqytm5tjortdg33smm4xknjsnjugiytt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/number-uk-homemovers-falls-2pc-dampening-market-first-time/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property Number of UK homemovers falls by 2pc - dampening market for first-time buyers Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:27:34 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-21 06:27 +00:00 2017-08-21 18:27 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfrwezttom3hg4tegf2wqndhgbzgs4by/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/david-richard-attenboroughs-childhood-home-market/ topics:things/children topics:people/david-attenborough storytype:standard topics:things/family topics:things/history topics:places/kew-gardens topics:things/planet-earth-ii structure:money structure:property David and Richard Attenborough's childhood home is on the market Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:30:00 Z Joshua Gottlieb 2017-08-21 05:30 +00:00 2017-08-21 17:30 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbugsn3imrvgw2tmge4geodognwda4dv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/does-lake-districthave-resilient-house-prices-uk/ topics:places/kendal topics:places/cumbria-uk storytype:standard topics:places/lake-district topics:things/uk-property topics:things/wildlife structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Does the Lake District have the most resilient house prices in the UK? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-08-21 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-21 17:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11908181&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz 'Luck and love', or years on the social housing register Kiwis in need of a home have waited up to 4.4 years on the Government's social housing register - for those with a disability the wait has been up to 3.2 years. The numbers come amid growing concerns about the levels of homelessness... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:28:44 +1200 2017-08-21 15:28 +12:00 2017-08-21 15:28 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11908111&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Police called after chainsaw incident at historic tree at Snells beach Police have been called after a protest against a historic tree being felled turned nasty at Snells Beach north of Auckland.The protest erupted early today when contractors arrived to chop down a 25-metre Norfolk pine said to have... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:06:38 +1200 2017-08-21 12:06 +12:00 2017-08-21 12:06 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11908093&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz How a solo mum of four purchased a home in Auckland Jackie Harrison says she is one of the lucky ones. She is a solo mother of four who owns a house in Auckland.But her path to home ownership was bumpy, and she only made the leap with some innovative support.Harrison, a public... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:50:41 +1200 2017-08-21 10:50 +12:00 2017-08-21 10:50 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11907977&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz NZ's tallest apartment block: deposits taken on $14.5m penthouses Initial deposits have been paid for three penthouses, sold for $14.5 million, in the proposed and yet-to-be-built 57-level Pacifica Auckland apartment tower.Gavin Lloyd, residential projects national director of sole agent CBRE,... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:09:51 +1200 2017-08-21 07:09 +12:00 2017-08-21 07:09 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11907953&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz From $700/week in Auckland to $420/week in Dunedin Dunedin is the place to be.At least that seems to be the case for out-of-towners buying houses in the city.Linda and Casper Barnard, who live with their grand­daughter, are two of those people.Previously living on Auckland's... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:09:36 +1200 2017-08-21 06:09 +12:00 2017-08-21 06:09 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11907868&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz John Hawkes: Paradise lost for Kiwis can be paradise regained &bull; John Hawkes is a writer in retirement During my 1950s sport-obsessed youth, I had no idea we were the world's third-wealthiest country. Nor did I know we had a trove of natural resources, including the world's fourth-largest... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-08-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-08-21 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11907319&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Election 2017: Labour and National appeal to first home buyers Today we launch a series on the big election policies. We start with an area that has become one of the hot button campaign issues - housing affordability. At a glance, voters might see little difference between National and Labour's... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-08-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-08-21 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/neydmz3rnm4hm4rxhbrxezrvgnygsmzq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/rustic-retreat-suffolk-family-manor-shedding-old-image-launching/ structure:countryside-top-stories topics:events/summer-bank-holiday storytype:standard topics:things/countryside structure:art/architecture topics:things/great-estates topics:things/family structure:money structure:property Rustic retreat: A Suffolk family manor is shedding its old image by launching luxury lodges Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:30:00 Z Zoe Dare Hall 2017-08-20 05:30 +00:00 2017-08-20 17:30 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11907638&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Dream home horror: Buyer stuck with $100k in damage By Frank Chung A Sydney homeowner who bought a house only to discover more than A$100,000 (NZ$108,000) worth of damage has warned property-hunters to pay closer attention to their pre-purchase inspection reports.The buyer, who... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:26:13 +1200 2017-08-20 10:26 +12:00 2017-08-20 10:26 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11906766&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Ingham family sell luxury beach-pad A stunning waterfront home owned by the Auckland based Ingham family is on the market in Australia.Greg and Barbara Ingham, who made their fortune in chicken farming and horse racing, are selling their beachfront holiday home in... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-08-20 05:00 +12:00 2017-08-20 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mvvw43ztg53gs3llgvtxa4buofxdon3m/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/converted-public-toilet-goes-back-market-one-year-sale-16pc/ topics:things/buying-property structure:news/weird-news storytype:standard topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property Converted public toilet goes back on the market one year after sale – at a 16pc markup Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:00:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-19 12:00 +00:00 2017-08-20 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mm3dczjyozvww3tkgq3te5bxnjuwozby/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/would-banksy-make-buy-home-graffiti-latest-must-have-developers/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/new-home structure:art topics:people/banksy structure:art/artists topics:organisations/taylor-wimpey structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/london structure:property Would a Banksy make you buy a home? Graffiti is the latest must-have for developers Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:47:32 Z Andrea Marechal Watson 2017-08-19 11:47 +00:00 2017-08-19 23:47 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11905985&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland apartments, rest home wired with fire risk cable By Carla Penman An Auckland apartment block and a retirement village under construction are the latest buildings to be discovered fitted with potentially dangerous electric cabling.Worksafe is investigating Lyon Electrical Limited... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:41:45 +1200 2017-08-19 10:41 +12:00 2017-08-19 10:41 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220465 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zQSgzipAJqQ/ Celebrity Real Estate Miley Cyrus Pop stars Singers Country Girl Miley Cyrus Buys $5.8M Tennessee Mansion The 33-acre property in her birth city, Franklin, includes a pool and mini-golf course. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:45:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Miley Cyrus might be singing about &#8216;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j9zMok6two" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Malibu</a>,&#8217; but she&#8217;s done buying houses there. The Disney-actress-turned-pop-star just picked up a new $5.8-million pad in Franklin, TN.</p> <p>This is Cyrus&#8217; first home purchase in her birth state, but she&#8217;s been on a shopping spree in California over the past couple of years. In 2015, she bought a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-buys-horse-ranch-175402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">horse ranch in Hidden Hills</a>, and 2016 called for a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-malibu-bungalow-191884/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Malibu bungalow</a>.</p> <p>The latest addition to Miley&#8217;s collection is a sprawling 5-bed, 6-bath manse nestled on 33+ acres.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmmftdvwa71n50000000000-dbc345-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0kwwka717i80000000000-55de6c-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISi327j1ifss480000000000-fdf8a8-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISaxzu0vd7kv480000000000-66f0e2-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeoj3nknh2lo80000000000-6db648-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeof8w72rkci80000000000-6ec36d-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISukv60i5r31580000000000-8044a6-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6idwd1yicfi80000000000-474d08-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6ihr4ej9uno80000000000-e044dd-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISybbkvuta4ii80000000000-66ece9-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyvmuyrou6c580000000000-a79973-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq598dop2wki80000000000-6e6500-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISybffm7f1mqo80000000000-5cc792-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISiji6yegeqh580000000000-368d8b-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="691" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmulf5rrpaio80000000000-6cda37-1024x691.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2rxiio9zby480000000000-5fe1d4-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISiz6wuhlunni80000000000-79e06f-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISadguf8c6ik580000000000-8d1a64-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISizarlu6l5wo80000000000-520f85-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS27eix18y9n580000000000-036f1e-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq5d341btdto80000000000-7e869b-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0c6fv3q1q580000000000-46b28f-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq94j18mn0q480000000000-a12d43-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="553" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0ornxvxifo80000000000-6523a1-1024x553.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos from Zillow listing.</em></h6> <p>The home boasts classic Southern features including a wraparound porch and a screened-in sun room (with an indoor porch swing!). Inside the 6,869-square-foot estate, hardwood floors, a soaring stone fireplace, red brick accents and vintage exposed beams contribute to a rustic vibe.</p> <p>A pool and mini-golf course dominate the fenced-in backyard. If you&#8217;re not taking a dip in the pool, then the yard is really best experienced from a second-story deck that sits atop the sun room and overlooks the property&#8217;s private 33 acres.</p> <p>This home purchase comes hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/miley-cyrus-announces-new-album-younger-now-w496516" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miley&#8217;s announcement</a> that she&#8217;s releasing a new album &#8212; one that many are speculating might be a return to her country roots. While a home purchase is hardly definitive proof, it is another signal for fans anxiously anticipating her next move.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rachael-ray-sells-in-southampton-220023/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rachael Ray Is Selling Her Southampton Home for $4.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-childhood-home-168003/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miley Cyrus&#8217; Childhood Home Hits the Market for $5.995M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zQSgzipAJqQ:t1Lbg7AbQX4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zQSgzipAJqQ:t1Lbg7AbQX4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/ 2017-08-18 21:45 +00:00 2017-08-19 09:45 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11906349&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Pre-Christmas CBD mall opening plans flop: Precinct delays opening Plans to open Auckland's biggest new CBD shopping mall before next Christmas have flopped and most of the shops will not now open until after the festive season in 2019, according to the developer.In its annual result presentation... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:09:38 +1200 2017-08-19 09:09 +12:00 2017-08-19 09:09 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11906671&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland, Wellington in top 10 global retail rent rise chart If you thought online retailing was killing the mall, think again - two New Zealand cities have featured on a new list of the world's top 10 areas for retail rent growth.Consultants and agents CBRE said Auckland and Wellington had... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:05:58 +1200 2017-08-19 09:05 +12:00 2017-08-19 09:05 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220381 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xLnEekprm54/ Home Improvement decorating home report These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans Forget the rug - it's the flooring that really ties the room together. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:34:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become instant hits.</p> <p>Below are some of our favorite versatile flooring looks.</p> <h3>Herringbone hardwood</h3> <p>Looking to update your space but stay in line with classic elements? Look no further than herringbone hardwood.</p> <figure id="attachment_220504" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-W-18th-St-APT-18A-New-York-NY-10011/122275198_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220504 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISd40rce4kba4r1000000000-b26662.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-W-18th-St-APT-18A-New-York-NY-10011/122275198_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This traditional flooring material gets a modern update via herringbone patterns in different sizes, configurations, and finishes. Perfect for a statement-making entryway, grand hallway, or small space, a herringbone pattern is the ideal facelift for any room.</p> <figure id="attachment_220512" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220512 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/herringbone-trio-e92eee.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="223" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Herringbone can include a variety of tones and colors, or take a more monochromatic approach.</figcaption></figure> <p>One of our favorite herringbone hardwood applications is in a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-designing-coastal-home-204524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">contemporary coastal space</a>. Lightly colored hardwood with subtle distressing is the perfect candidate for a herringbone configuration - it creates soft and subtle dimension against the home&#8217;s neutral palette.</p> <figure id="attachment_220503" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Riverside-Blvd-APT-4N-New-York-NY-10069/61967282_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220503 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS1b5ya5f5hgp21000000000-ccfd2a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Riverside-Blvd-APT-4N-New-York-NY-10069/61967282_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Terrazzo</h3> <p>While not necessarily a new trend, terrazzo flooring is back and bolder than ever. One of the oldest flooring styles still in use, terrazzo is famous for its old-world look and flexible applications, from uber-modern to retro.</p> <figure id="attachment_220509" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1709-Meadowbrook-Rd-Abington-PA-19001/9900698_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220509 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISxv6i69805h1i1000000000-d67e23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1709-Meadowbrook-Rd-Abington-PA-19001/9900698_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Now, we're seeing terrazzo move toward a contemporary, yet timeless style, with a focus on its green qualities. Because terrazzo is durable and easy to maintain, it often outlasts the buildings it's installed in, making it one of the most eco-friendly materials available.</p> <figure id="attachment_220523" style="width: 794px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220523 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/terrazzo-trio-bafec2.jpg" alt="" width="794" height="173" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Colors, shapes, textures &#8212; the sky&#8217;s the limit with terrazzo flooring.</figcaption></figure> <p>Modernizing terrazzo with a neutral spin, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a bold and contrasting look</a>, or an aesthetic-specific style helps it outlast trends, too.</p> <figure id="attachment_220499" style="width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-Sandpiper-Ln-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/45237255_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220499" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISlqu37em05n3o0000000000-087206.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-Sandpiper-Ln-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/45237255_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Geometric tiles</h3> <p>While tile&#8217;s been a mainstay in homes for quite some time, the industry&#8217;s hitting the reset button on what we consider typical tile shapes and configurations.</p> <figure id="attachment_220521" style="width: 802px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220521 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tile-trio-b2a0aa.jpg" alt="" width="802" height="220" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Shaped tiles and geometric prints combine to deliver intricate patterns.</figcaption></figure> <p>In modern homes, a geometric tile floor livens things up with bold colors and patterns, or adds coziness with dark grout and interesting layouts.</p> <figure id="attachment_220500" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220500" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISphqlwlvit58s1000000000-83b33a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In a more traditional setting, geometric tiles add uniformity and character through warm, rich tones and large-format layouts.</p> <p>Looking to balance between the two extremes? Consider a neutral-colored tile in a more traditional layout.</p> <figure id="attachment_220425" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Gates-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11238/30613777_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220425 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/geometric2-6c972a.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="718" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Gates-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11238/30613777_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Acid-stained concrete</h3> <p>As homes move toward a transitional or even contemporary look, acid-stained concrete flooring is becoming a prominent theme in many metropolitan and urban areas.</p> <figure id="attachment_220502" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2218-Broadway-E-Seattle-WA-98102/49004937_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220502 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-kitchen-with-concrete-flooring-i_g-IS564lprrbl8wh1000000000-OK5k8-67aed5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2218-Broadway-E-Seattle-WA-98102/49004937_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>These chemically treated floors combine science with style to produce a unique look - marbled concrete with a sleek, glossy finish.</p> <figure id="attachment_220522" style="width: 799px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220522 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/concrete-trio-29f9cb.jpg" alt="" width="799" height="173" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Durable stained concrete creates tremendous texture and depth at a low cost.</figcaption></figure> <p>Depending on the process, this flooring can look edgy and masculine, leaning toward a modern day bachelor pad. Or, when paired with neutral tones, it&#8217;s a simple solution for a traditionally styled family home.</p> <figure id="attachment_220510" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/199-La-Rancheria-Carmel-Valley-CA-93924/19374444_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220510 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern-kitchen-with-concrete-flooring-breakfast-nook-and-cathedral-ceiling-i_g-ISx352v2jaimbf0000000000-9jVvz-c40b6f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/199-La-Rancheria-Carmel-Valley-CA-93924/19374444_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking for subtle elegance, a dramatic statement, or ultimate durability, today&#8217;s flooring options have you covered.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shiplap-for-every-room-215607/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xLnEekprm54:ZaOIjPPoy-g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xLnEekprm54:ZaOIjPPoy-g:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/ 2017-08-18 20:34 +00:00 2017-08-19 08:34 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/orztg5brgv2heytdouydqztlge2do2lh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/big-move-not-sure-painful-house-renovation-snapped-achilles/ topics:things/children structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/buying-property structure:interiors/diy topics:things/steel storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family topics:things/netball structure:money topics:things/surgery topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property The Big Move: I'm not sure which is more painful, my house renovation or my snapped Achilles tendon Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:32:59 Z Anna White 2017-08-18 15:32 +00:00 2017-08-19 03:32 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojxda2bwhfzhkzlmnbthey3lovsws5ls/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/remember-christian-lion-reunion-video-chelsea-flat-grew-market/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/african-animals editors:lauren-davidson structure:news/weird-news structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard topics:places/africa topics:places/kenya-africa structure:news structure:money topics:things/cecil-the-lion structure:property Remember Christian the lion from the reunion video? 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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:35:54 +1200 2017-08-17 11:35 +12:00 2017-08-17 11:35 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220378 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8Y7x8125znY/ Home Improvement home organization home report Renting Storage "Where Should I Keep My...?": Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:56:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/#comments Sheila Cain <p>When you&#8217;re renting, square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. It&#8217;s hard enough finding a home for your everyday must-haves, let alone bulky, infrequently used, or offseason items like snowshoes,  pool toys, and holiday decorations.</p> <p>Whatever your hobby or collection, there&#8217;s an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organizational hack</a> to help you store it. Here are some clever storage tricks for six of the toughest, bulkiest space-takers you may own.</p> <h3>Offseason wardrobe</h3> <p>Tuck those bulky winter sweaters (or shorts and flip-flops) in plastic bins under your bed. If your bed's too close to the ground, lift it up with sturdy wood blocks. Even a few extra inches create enough space for a sizable storage container.</p> <p>If elevating the bed isn&#8217;t an option, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">maximize your closet space</a> with a few sets of cascading hangers. Put blouses on one set and T-shirts on another, and you&#8217;ll most likely double your closet space.</p> <h3>Extra linens</h3> <p>Extra pillows, comforters, and bedsheets are great for guests, but not so great for your small space. Try vacuum storage bags - stack your items inside, and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the air. Your items will shrink significantly so you can store them under your bed or on a shelf.</p> <h3>Shoe collection</h3> <p>A burgeoning shoe collection can take on a life of its own if not properly corralled. Take it back to dorm-room days with an over-the-door shoe organizer. These college favorites are popular for a reason - they store a dozen pairs of shoes or more, plus scarves, baseball caps, belts, and chunky necklaces.</p> <h3>Bikes</h3> <p>Bikes can be one of the most difficult belongings to stash, especially if you don't have a deck or basement. Try installing a strong hook in the wall, and hang your bike by the front tire. Pro: It&#8217;s a great way to get the bike off the floor. Con: It still protrudes into the room.</p> <p>For a less invasive option, hang your bike flush against the wall - like you're hanging a piece of art. The hardware can be as simple as two wooden dowels that support the bike's horizontal bar. )(Just make sure you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-hang-heavy-mirror/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">anchor the supports</a> in the wall&#8217;s studs so they can hold the weight.)</p> <h3>Exercise equipment</h3> <p>An inflatable exercise ball is a great workout aid - and a real space suck. You could always deflate it, but the hassle probably isn&#8217;t worth it. So, why not get creative and make it a usable piece of furniture?</p> <p>Repurpose medium or large exercise balls as dining room chairs, and store them under the dining table when you&#8217;re done.</p> <p>No room for a dining table? The bike trick applies here, too. Install a couple of dowels high up on the wall, and set the ball there until you&#8217;re ready for a crunch session.</p> <h3>Decorations and keepsakes</h3> <p>Have a collection of things you just can't get rid of? Maybe old photo albums, holiday decorations, or crafting supplies? <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/open-shelving-solutions-192561/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Strategically placed shelves</a> are your storage lifesaver when seeking space for infrequently used items.</p> <p>There's often a wealth of unused space above and behind your hung clothing in bedroom and hallway closets. While shelves in these locations may require a footstool or flashlight to access, it won't matter if you only need the items a few times a year.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/condo,apartment_duplex_type/112563654_zpid/40.848034,-73.914042,40.732365,-74.041071_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-any-room-seem-larger-171522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Tips for Making Any Room Seem Larger</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Y7x8125znY:mrQOltuc8VU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Y7x8125znY:mrQOltuc8VU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/ 2017-08-16 22:56 +00:00 2017-08-17 10:56 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220400 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/2__4bqBNnbE/ Unique Homes floating homes 10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer an Aquatic Lifestyle These bobbing houses are a fun and stylish alternative to traditional single-family homes. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:51:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/#comments Dwell <div class="_3GsL9n4DAW5ce6n2XHwSUY"> <p>In recent years, there&#8217;s a been a surge of interest in floating homes for many reasons - mainly because they can be easily adapted for site-specific environments.</p> <div class="_3GsL9n4DAW5ce6n2XHwSUY">Ranging from a water villa with a sunken floor below the water, to a self-sustainable residence that can travel to some of the world&#8217;s most remote lakes and rivers, these new bobbing homes encourage an unconventional, water-based lifestyle.</div> <section class="_3Q64cYzwtmOFyDnafPSpR3"> <div class="_2coZlbAWd8lfQ5XRLgXvRy"> <h3>Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal</h3> <section>Accessible by a petite footbridge that leads from the bank to the upper deck, this houseboat by martinoff architekten contains upper and lower floors that are connected by an internal staircase. Inside, the living spaces are oriented towards the canal, while a continuous deck lines the entire length of the living space.</section> <section></section> <figure id="attachment_220402" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220402" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-bbef3f.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="569" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">In Hamberg, Germany, Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal is enveloped in sliding timber slats, creating a constant connection between the interior and the exterior. Photo courtesy of M.Kunze and Martinoff Architekten.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floating home on Lake Huron</h3> <p>Floating on a skeleton of steel pontoons, this prefab structure designed by MOS Architects was towed on-site, anchored and constructed in stages. Cedar envelops the interior, exterior and an enclosed exterior space. Protected by slatted rain screens, filtered light enters open voids throughout the entire structure - pragmatically reducing exposure to the natural elements.</p> <figure id="attachment_220404" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220404" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-13fd38-634x1024.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="808" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Cedar slats mark the facade of this family lake house in Ontario. Photo: Raimund Koch.</figcaption></figure> </div> </section> <h3>ParkArk in Utrecht</h3> <p>Clad in copper panels and local timber, ParkArk was designed by BYTR Architects for a young family who wanted to live beside a 17-century park in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Formerly living in a steel ship, the family desired a houseboat that had the intimacy of their last home but with a more modern design.</p> <figure id="attachment_220405" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220405" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-16978d-1024x621.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="425" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Anchored beside a wooded parkland, this houseboat in the Netherlands was designed by BYTR Architects. Photo courtesy of Stijn Poelstra and Jacqueline Knudsen.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floatwing by Friday</h3> <p>This prefabricated houseboat can be built to order and shipped to almost anywhere in the world. The made-to-order houseboats are designed to be entirely self-sustainable for up to a week at a time, enabling occupants the opportunity to take up residence in some of the world&#8217;s most remote lakes and rivers.</p> <figure id="attachment_220407" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220407" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-506c8a.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A team from the University of Coimbra in Portugal designed Floatwing. Photo: Jose Campos.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floating home in Copenhagen Harbour</h3> <p>Offering picturesque views of Copenhagen Harbour, this 750-square-foot, two-bedroom floating home was designed by Laust Nørgaard and features a dark-stained wood exterior with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. The large windows allow residents and visitors to go swimming every morning by simply jumping out the bedroom door.</p> <figure id="attachment_220408" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220408" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-8f02ab-1024x664.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="454" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Laust Nørgaard and his wife, Lisbeth Juul, drew upon their years of experience living on the water to design and build this floating home in Copenhagen Harbour. The home's minimal form and furnishings reflect the residents' desire to downsize following three years on land. Photo: Anders Hviid.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Port X on Vltava River</h3> <p>Currently floating on the banks of Prague's Vltava River, this design-centric home and event space is composed of a single deck floor and a shed roof. Designed to be mobile, added to, reduced and reproduced, the structure consists of two major modular components: the pontoon and the residential area. The technological design combines wood, laminate and CNC-cut curves.</p> <figure id="attachment_220409" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220409" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-93741b-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Created as a prototype for a serial production, Port X was designed by architects Jerry Koza and Adam Jirkal, along with engineer Tomáš Kalhaus from Atelier SAD. Photo by Tomas Soucek.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Water Villa in Amsterdam</h3> <p>The architects at Framework Studio and Studio Prototype created geometric patterns across the exterior of this floating villa that&#8217;s moored on a canal in the southwest part of Amsterdam. The timber-clad facade features a window on the top floor that can fold up by a remote-controlled shutter for additional privacy.</p> <figure id="attachment_220410" style="width: 750px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220410" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-07b067.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="422" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Water Villa features a sunken floor below the water and an atrium at the center of the house, which connects the children&#8217;s rooms in the basement with the living and dining rooms on the ground floor. Photo by Jeroen Musch.</figcaption></figure> <h3>SayBoat in the Czech Republic</h3> <p>Inspired by Le Corbusier's construction of minimalist architecture, architect Milan Řídký designed these buoyant living quarters for functionalism, spaciousness and utility. The two biggest rooms are connected by a staircase with a glass barrier, evoking the open atmosphere of a small loft.</p> <div> <figure id="attachment_220411" style="width: 750px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220411" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-33d4da-1024x768.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="563" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This full-fledged floating house was designed with features that are meant to live comfortably year-round. Photo by Richard Navara, Courtesy of Milan Řídký.</figcaption></figure> </div> <h3>&#8216;O&#8217; De Squisito houseboat</h3> <p>Expressed by horizontal slabs and floor-to-ceiling windows that float on structural catamaran beams, this dwelling designed by X-Architects is surrounded by an aquatic mise-en-scène. Inside, an upper deck contains a concealed kitchen, living room and an informal dining area, while the lower deck houses the bedrooms, bathroom and steering cabin.</p> <figure id="attachment_220412" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220412" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-c46e0b-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">X-Architects closely collaborated with Leen Vandaele, to construct a terrace with a spiral staircase that can be used as a sun deck. Photo by Ake Lindman.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Mjölk Architekti's floating home</h3> <p>This two-story, affordable residence by Mjölk Architekti floats in the heart of downtown Prague. The exterior and interior is enveloped in wood panels. The ground floor contains the kitchen, living areas and a bathroom, while the top floor houses a cozy bedroom nook with a skylight.</p> <figure id="attachment_220413" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220413" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-c84e9d-1024x686.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="469" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This project was reconstructed from an old houseboat that was anchored in the sailing club in the Smichov district. Courtesy of Mjölk architekti.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top photo by Dwell.</em></p> <p><em>This article was written by Gabrielle Golenda<span data-reactid="135"> and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/10-modern-floating-homes-that-offer-an-aquatic-lifestyle-d35efe51" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-things-about-floating-homes-214787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Things You Didn&#8217;t Know About Floating Homes &amp; Houseboats</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-floating-homes-for-sale-212797/">All Hands on Deck: 10 Unique Floating Homes for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Is Part Treehouse, Part Ship – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2__4bqBNnbE:HVewdgGFgcc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2__4bqBNnbE:HVewdgGFgcc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/ 2017-08-16 19:51 +00:00 2017-08-17 07:51 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11905244&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mortgage broker says bridging finance 'impossible' to get An Auckland mortgage broker says lending restrictions are making it "impossible" to get bridging finance through banks, making it harder for people to move houses.Bridging finance is typically used to fund a higher amount of debt... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:09:35 +1200 2017-08-16 21:09 +12:00 2017-08-16 21:09 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11905313&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Housing affordability for renters in Auckland city sees slight improvement Housing affordability has remained virtually unchanged across the country according to the latest measure from the MBIE.Affordability for renters in Auckland city improved slightly between June 2015 and March 2016, while affordability... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +1200 2017-08-16 14:00 +12:00 2017-08-16 14:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=181983 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qNQKA8ITsD4/ Home Improvement decorating home organization Storage 3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big With tiny homes and personal decluttering trends taking the world by storm, many people are learning to do more with less. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:26:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Do you have a small space in your home that you&#8217;re unsure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to be creative in your living arrangements? You&#8217;re not alone.</p> <p>Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space.</p> <h3>Paint can work wonders</h3> <p>Choosing the right paint color for your small room can instantly give the impression of more space or emphasize its cozy feel. Traditional neutrals like white, cream and light gray are great choices because they provide a clean and streamlined look, while making the room feel brighter and more expansive.</p> <p>Painting the ceiling white to draw the eye upward is an easy way to create visual openness overhead. You&#8217;ll have an airy and inviting space in no time.</p> <figure id="attachment_182000" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-living-rooms-6250126752/"><img class="wp-image-182000 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/paint-it-white-744353.jpg" alt="paint it white" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-living-rooms-6250126752/">Orlando Soria</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>On the other hand, if you want to play up the small space vibe even more, go bold with dark colors. It&#8217;s a fun and unique design choice to emphasize the smallness of a room by making a cozy den-like atmosphere with colors like black, dark gray and navy.</p> <figure id="attachment_182006" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-master-bedrooms-6636009886/"><img class="wp-image-182006 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/paint-it-black-10d419.jpg" alt="paint it black" width="550" height="725" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-master-bedrooms-6636009886/">Allison Lind</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Whether you decide to go light or dark, adding paint to your small space will help you get the effect you are going for in a quick and budget-friendly way.</p> <h3>Savvy storage</h3> <p>With tight spaces, there isn&#8217;t always room for all the storage needed for belongings, clothing, office supplies and more. By incorporating creative and flexible storage solutions, you can easily keep clutter out of sight, while still keeping everything you need handy.</p> <p>For example, the kitchen is a great place to implement clever storage. Roll-away islands and pantries create an adjustable cooking area to fit your needs.</p> <figure id="attachment_182005" style="width: 389px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/country-kitchens-5551019907/"><img class="wp-image-182005 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-storage-49556c.jpg" alt="kitchen storage" width="389" height="460" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/country-kitchens-5551019907/">Sandra Bird</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Add storage by using the space beneath your cabinets for hanging spices or wine glasses, and attaching holders to the backs of cabinet doors to keep foil and cleaning supplies neatly out of sight.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t forget about uncommon spaces like ceilings for hanging items like bicycles out of the way, or adding shelving high up in closets for rarely used items.</p> <h3>Multi-tasking furniture</h3> <p>When you have limited floor space, it&#8217;s important to make your furniture work double duty. Choose pieces that have hidden storage and multiple functions, or can be compacted and stored when not in use.</p> <figure id="attachment_182001" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-182001" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/featured2-5ab6ab.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>If you can&#8217;t fit a dresser in your bedroom, try using drawers or crates under the bed for clothing and extra linens. A pouf or leather ottoman can easily transition from a seat to a footrest or side table.</p> <p>Add function to your entryway by employing a bench with storage inside to hide extra shoes, gloves, and scarves. And if you have wall space to spare, hang a fold-down dining table.</p> <figure id="attachment_182003" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-182003 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/folding-table-3cd437.jpg" alt="folding table" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Using modular pieces that can serve different purposes or fold out of the way frees up room to make your space comfortable and livable for you and your guests.</p> <p>Limited square footage doesn&#8217;t mean you have to sacrifice function and style. Small space living is a great way to lead a simplified and streamlined life. With creative thinking, you can go from a cluttered, cramped mess to an organized and inviting space with room for all.</p> <h6><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/210-E-73rd-St-5F-New-York-NY-10021/79503953_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-any-room-seem-larger-171522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Tips for Making Any Room Seem Larger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/in-home-decor-less-is-more-175142/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Home Decor, Less Is More</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 19, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qNQKA8ITsD4:_Bs3eKgTzcg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qNQKA8ITsD4:_Bs3eKgTzcg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/ 2017-08-15 22:26 +00:00 2017-08-16 10:26 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/muzxkn3hnj2deobynfsgumlfnu2wm5bs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/inside-11-expensive-luxurious-overseas-properties-money-can/ topics:organisations/rightmove topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:things/luxury-design topics:things/luxury-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Inside 11 of the most expensive and luxurious overseas properties money can buy Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:35:39 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-15 13:35 +00:00 2017-08-16 01:35 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mvvxe4rxnbuxcologm4gy23qoe3w4ytr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/breathing-fresh-life-bowood-house-joseph-priestley-discovered/ topics:people/capability-brown topics:organisations/lansdowne topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:places/scotland structure:art/architecture topics:things/great-estates topics:things/history structure:science structure:money topics:places/wiltshire structure:property Breathing fresh life into Bowood House, where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-08-14 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-14 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m4zgc4dbgntxc3dqnyzhk5rsgnvtsmzr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/revealed-best-restoration-year-according-historic-houses-association/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:art/architecture topics:things/history structure:money structure:property Revealed: the best restoration this year, according to the Historic Houses Association Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-08-13 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-13 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220071 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/AhXLhVBwe34/ Home Improvement decorating home report 5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback If you've been yearning for the return of the conversation pit, you're not alone. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:20:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/#comments Cat Overman <p>Some home decor looks are just too good to let go. The boldly colored kitchen cabinets of the &#8217;50s are taking on a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sophisticated modern look</a>. The late &#8217;80s country kitchen look is enjoying new life - minus the gingham frills and bonneted goose motif - in today&#8217;s farmhouse chic trend, and mid-century design has taken over the home furnishing offerings of retailers at every price point. Rattan furniture and velvet upholstery, both popular in the &#8217;70s, are showing up in designer collections again.</p> <p>Our pick for the decor trend  most deserving of a second chance? The brightly colored bathroom fixtures (and sometimes even matching tile) that became popular beginning in the 1930s, and evolved from cool pastels to the much-maligned avocado and harvest gold hues of the 1970s. We&#8217;re not seeing these offered new yet, but salvage stores are a great resource if you simply must have a mint green or bubble-gum pink sink for your bathroom renovation.</p> <figure id="attachment_220367" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/71543-Tangier-Rd-Rancho-Mirage-CA-92270/18136884_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220367 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISy3lasid4uaqj0000000000-3d8344.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/71543-Tangier-Rd-Rancho-Mirage-CA-92270/18136884_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Here are some of the blast-from-the-past home decor looks designers are happy to have deja vu over.</p> <h3>&#8217;50s-style dens</h3> <p>We are loving the reemergence of the den or the basement as a gathering space. Instead of having family and friends centered around a 50-inch television in the living room, we're seeing people move toward intimate areas like listening rooms for their favorite vinyls, or casual seating in the den with headphones and their iPads. This setup is more conducive for connecting and catching up, or simply taking time for one's self - think wood paneling, updated and re-imagined bean bags in designer fabrics, and high-quality retro audio sound.</p> <p><em>– Kerrie Kelly, <a href="http://kerriekelly.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220254" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220254 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1338-42nd-Street-Basement-4-2-046f46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="360" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Brian Kellogg.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Macrame textile art</h3> <p>Macrame from the &#8217;60s and &#8217;70s, but with a whole new twist. I love the beautiful heavy knotted textile hangings as art, or the thin delicate hangings for room screens. [They can hold] hanging flower vases and even light fixtures. This time it&#8217;s all about texture with a Scandinavian vibe.</p> <p>– <em>Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, <a href="https://www.bridgetbearidesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bridget Beari Designs, Inc.</a></em></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220252" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_671446057-b6d809.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Conversation pits</h3> <p>We want big living rooms with circular, sunken conversation pits. They need custom built-in sofas, space-age floating fireplaces hanging in the middle, and plush shag carpeting deep enough to swallow your foot. Give us this dedicated zone for hanging out with friends and family, a space that isn't centered around a TV screen. Give us bold colors and wild graphic patterns on pillows. And, most importantly, give us a live-in housekeeper, because those shag carpets are a <i>nightmare</i> to keep clean.</p> <p><em>– Chris Stout-Hazard, <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">ROGER+CHRIS</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220256" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3145-N-53rd-St-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7566755_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220256 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern-living-room-with-hardwood-flooring-i_g-IShrkl9u8ljftl1000000000-34u2r-9e83fa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3145-N-53rd-St-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7566755_zpid/"> Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The home design trend from the past I&#8217;d love to see make a comeback is the conversation pit. Our technology age has created a digital life and physical separation. The classic conversation pit promotes togetherness and community. The conversational pit arrangement organically encourages people to face each other with comfortable deep seating. It also can be an advantage in design strategy, with a flexibility to promote a stylish streamlined modern feel or a casual bohemian aesthetic. Inspiring our clients to ditch the television and engage with family and friends is part of our design practice, creating space as experience.</p> <p><em>– Elena Frampton, <a href="http://www.framptonco.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Frampton Co.</a></em></p> <h3>Timelessly practical kitchen features</h3> <p>Two of our favorite features making a comeback lately are banquette seating and library ladders, especially in the kitchen. A lot of our projects are in the city, where space is at a premium. Banquette seating works great in a tight space, plus it creates additional storage opportunities under the bench. Same goes for the ladder: It&#8217;s all about space. If you don&#8217;t have to haul out a clunky ladder to access everything out of reach, you can double your kitchen&#8217;s storage capacity with cabinets or shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling.</p> <p><em>– Jeff Pelletier,  <a href="https://www.boardandvellum.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Board &amp; Vellum</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220257" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2552-2nd-Ave-W-Seattle-WA-98119/48818539_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220257 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/traditional-kitchen-with-hardwood-flooring-i_g-ISxvy79ieh3hik1000000000-dGIu4-fad662.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2552-2nd-Ave-W-Seattle-WA-98119/48818539_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Brass hardware and fixtures</h3> <p>Used in smaller doses like pull handles and faucets with a more sleek and modern shape, [brass hardware and fixtures] can really up your design game in a cool classy way. My favorite bathroom look right now is dark navy cabinets with Carrera marble quartz counters, oversized white sinks, and printed cement floor tile incorporated with brass pull handles and faucets.</p> <p><em>– Christina El Moussa, HGTV's "Flip or Flop" and <a href="http://successpatheducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">SuccessPath</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220322" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-North-Hollywood-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220322" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/transitional-full-bathroom-with-frameless-shower-rain-shower-and-stone-backsplash-i_g-ISphy342me6oz81000000000-M6oqw-313781.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-North-Hollywood-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19127-80th-Ave-W-Edmonds-WA-98026/38496651_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vw-fowlkes-cleveland-park-219710/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: VW Fowlkes&#8217; Simple-Meets-Sensual D.C. Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AhXLhVBwe34:i5Nijw-_eg4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AhXLhVBwe34:i5Nijw-_eg4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/ 2017-08-11 19:20 +00:00 2017-08-12 07:20 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/guzhc2lvozqwq2djhbvwcy3eg5rwq2br/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/big-move-turned-ugly-impractical-new-house-family-home/ topics:things/children structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/grandparents topics:things/family topics:things/planning structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property The Big Move: how I turned my ugly, impractical new house into a family home Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-08-11 11:00 +00:00 2017-08-11 23:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187516 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5sX0nVBT1_4/ Home Improvement entryways home organization 3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don't Have the Space) With a little inspiration and organization, you can create an entryway that makes coming and going a breeze. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:13:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, "places to leave your stuff." Whatever you choose to call them, these spaces are invaluable as a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys, and keep everything you&#8217;ll need for the next day right where you left it.</p> <p>Sometimes these spaces can be hard to come by, especially if you live in an apartment or studio. Without organization, shoes usually end up piled in front of the door waiting to trip an unsuspecting victim, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can clutter your home to the point of embarrassment.</p> <figure id="attachment_187525" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-187525" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISplxx1x5ve5cu1000000000-e78bd5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>But having a dedicated, organized and stylish drop zone for all of your daily needs - and to welcome your guests - is absolutely achievable, no matter the size or design of your living space.</p> <p>Try these tips to establish a functional entryway in a home of any size.</p> <h3>Make a little room</h3> <p>Since it&#8217;s generally not possible to remodel or add on to a rental apartment, you must work with what you have.</p> <p>Try a narrow console table for tight hallways as a place to drop your keys or leave your outgoing mail.</p> <p>If space is really tight and all you have is the wall behind your door, hang hooks for coats and bags so they stay off the floor.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220343" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4213-ce2892.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Another small-space trick: Temporarily remove your coat closet&#8217;s door, and add a stool or small bench inside as a place to sit and take off your shoes - and still have room for coats.</p> <p>If your apartment is inside a secure building, you may be able to leave out a basket or tray for shoes in the shared hallway.</p> <h3>Add functionality</h3> <p>A mirror can also go a long way in opening up and brightening tight areas by reflecting light and giving the illusion of more space.</p> <p>Retailers like IKEA sell modern pieces that can be modified to fit narrow spaces or hung on the wall. Measure your desired entryway space, and find furniture that will make the most of the room you have.</p> <p>Having dedicated spaces for accessories also will make your drop zone a functional center. A devoted bowl or hook to hang your keys, a folder to sort your mail, and a basket to keep your shoes in really makes a difference in the flow of your day.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220340" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4200-580cd8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Leave a message</h3> <p>Bump practicality up a notch by having a message center in your drop zone where you can pin important reminders or leave messages for family members. It&#8217;s a great way to keep everyone connected as they go in and out.</p> <p>A docking station to charge all your electronics can also be useful here. Look for compact and small accessories that will fit your space, yet serve the purpose you need.</p> <p>By customizing your drop zone with features you need that will fit your home, you&#8217;ll keep everything streamlined and easy to find when you need it.</p> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/entryways/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">entryway inspiration</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designing-tidy-stylish-entryway-167811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First Impressions: Designing a Tidy and Stylish Entryway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/feng-shui-for-your-tiny-apartment-115020/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Feng Shui for Your Tiny Apartment</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make Your Small Space Work for You</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published December 3, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:67sojDDLK24:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:67sojDDLK24:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/ 2017-08-10 19:13 +00:00 2017-08-11 07:13 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220267 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CV0of0ysyXk/ Home Improvement Designer Lookbook mid-century modern Designer Lookbook: Jessica Helgerson's Authentic Mid-Century Remodel A mid-century Portland gem by an esteemed local architect gets an update true to his original vision. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/#comments Jill Krasny <p>When Portland interior designer <a href="http://www.jhinteriordesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jessica Helgerson</a> faced the daunting task of renovating a mid-century treasure, her first question was: "What would Saul do?"</p> <p>The residence in question, the Feldman House, was designed by local architect Saul Zaik in 1956. The wood-clad home, which features a sensationally low-slung gable roof and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, was suffering from a bit of an identity crisis: The kitchen with cheap white laminate cabinets had been raised so it was not level with the adjacent floors, and the ceilings in the bathroom were taller than in the master bedroom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220316" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1167-064d9f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>And that was just the beginning. "There was a real disconnect between the front and the back of the house," Helgerson recalls. "The living room was lovely and relatively unchanged, but the back of the house got progressively funkier."</p> <p>The interior floor plan, which had been altered over the years by a series of misguided remodels, lacked cohesion and seemed to detract from Zaik's original vision - an experimental but harmonious marriage of indoor and outdoor spaces.</p> <p>Helgerson made it her mission to be authentic to that vision, "to use materials that felt of the area" and make it feel as if the home had not been remodeled. "We weren't slavishly recreating the past," she says, "but we really were trying to think about the vintage of the house, and the goal of the house, and to be respectful of that when we were designing."</p> <h3>A significantly different plan</h3> <p>Presented with three design plans, the young family who had purchased the home decided to go with "the most significantly different plan, which was the one we were advocating for," Helgerson recalls.</p> <p>That meant replacing the wooden shelves that had been removed from the living room wall, adding new windows, and overhauling the kitchen with new birch cabinetry and a custom screen that mimicked the original front door.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220304" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1235-e32457.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220307" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1336-fa804e.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="938" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220314" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1244-433367.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A mud room, which solved the problem of a front door and garage door that met in the same spot, was later added, along with a carport entry.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220305" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1280-7d23ef.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220315" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1392-253338.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220308" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1339-ca2236.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="873" /></p> <p>As the family oversaw the progress, Helgerson studied up on the little details that characterized Zaik's work - his use of brass, and how his doorjambs climb past the doors, then meet a panel. The family room, which had an awkward post in the middle, was ultimately shrunk back to its original size, which in turn allowed the master bedroom to be relocated away from the noise of the children's bedrooms. Speaking of those bedrooms, all were resurfaced to be in sync with the rest of the house.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220309" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1364-5da4cc.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220311" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1402-e39031.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="1050" /></p> <p>"We don't try to put our stamp on it," Helgerson says of the vintage home remodels she tends to take on, "but then I hear, 'Gosh, I can tell it's one of your projects.'" This time, the original architect might disagree.</p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Hire a professional.</strong> Renovating a vintage home is "tricky, and not everybody gets it," says Helgerson. "We see a lot of funny stuff."</li> <li><strong>Hold back a bit.</strong> "Some restraint is a good thing," says Helgerson, who aims to have all the materials she's picked for a home "fit into a really small bin, and all look good together when we dump it out." Even for a really big house, "ideally the palette is consistent enough that it all looks nice."</li> <li><strong>Embrace the space. </strong>"I advocate for letting spaces be &#8230; what they are," says Helgerson, who doesn't believe in painting a dark basement "sunny yellow" or trying to create a moody room in one that gets a ton of natural light. "Let spaces speak to you and dictate what they want to be."</li> </ul> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="https://www.lincolnbarbour.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lincoln Barbour</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rowland-broughton-barn-studio-217548/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton&#8217;s Aspen Barn Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mid-Century Modern Lovers Will Geek Out Over This Gem</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-price-quiz-220272/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Can You Guess the Price of These Homes?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CV0of0ysyXk:Y3aBcbDRcWo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CV0of0ysyXk:Y3aBcbDRcWo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/ 2017-08-10 13:00 +00:00 2017-08-11 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220289 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Sl6gw58VIUs/ Market Trends down payment home buying Pre-Wedding Bashes Can Put a Dent in Saving for a Home Down Payment A sobering report finds that millennials who take nine destination bachelor trips will spend up to 35% of the down payment on the median-priced home. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:00:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/partying-or-down-payment-220289/#comments Alexa Fiander <p>Destination bachelor and bachelorette parties are becoming the norm, especially among millennials who prize experiences and grew up watching &#8220;The Hangover.&#8221; While flying off to exotic locales for pre-wedding bashes can be a trip of a lifetime, big-ticket adventures can add up fast.</p> <p>A new Zillow report finds that people who attend just nine of these bashes will have spent up to $13,788, or 35 percent of a down payment on a median-price home.</p> <p>Owning a home is important to millennials, yet many of them struggle to save enough money for a down payment. To help first-time buyers, Zillow calculated how much cash is needed for a 20 percent down payment on a home, and how much of it may instead be going toward bachelor or bachelorette parties.</p> <h3>Party on</h3> <p>A destination bachelor party costs on average $1,532 ($1,106 for a bachelorette), according to wedding website, <a href="https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-guest-cost-2016" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Knot</a>. If the average person attends nine destination parties in a lifetime, they will have spent up to 34 percent of the cash needed for a down payment on the median-priced home.</p> <p>In some metro areas, like Cleveland and Pittsburgh, millennials can spend up to half (51 and 50 percent, respectively) of their future home's down payment on bachelor parties and well over a third of a down payment on bachelorette parties. However, in hot and expensive markets like San Jose or San Francisco, nine destination bachelor parties equates to only 5 or 6 percent, respectively, of the down payment on the median-priced home.</p> <h3>The wedding party</h3> <p>Bachelor and bachelorette parties are not the only expense associated with attending a wedding. On average, bridesmaids and groomsmen spend an additional $1,154 for things like wedding day attire, a gift for the bride and groom, as well as travel and accommodations for the wedding day. Guests not in the bridal party still spend $888, on average, to attend each wedding.</p> <h3>Help with budgeting</h3> <p>Buyers can use Zillow's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/house-affordability/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">affordability calculator</a> to see how much they can actually afford to spend on a home, based on their income, debts and savings. Zillow's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mortgage calculator</a> can also provide custom down payment estimates based on home price and interest rates.</p> <p>Curious where bachelor and bachelorette party expenses make up the largest portion of a down payment on a home? Check out the <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-08-10-Attending-Bachelor-Parties-Adds-Up-to-More-Than-a-Third-of-a-Down-Payment-on-a-Home" target="_blank" rel="noopener">full report here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Sl6gw58VIUs:Z3yNobA4hpw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Sl6gw58VIUs:Z3yNobA4hpw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/partying-or-down-payment-220289/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/partying-or-down-payment-220289/ 2017-08-10 12:00 +00:00 2017-08-11 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mu3dcmzwmvvdgnlngyzdkzdkgbvhmz3o/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/10ft-wide-skinny-house-worth-27m-wins-planning-approval-london/ topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/buying-property editors:lauren-davidson structure:news/weird-news structure:news/uk-news topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/planning structure:news structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Luxury 'Skinny House' worth £2.7m to be built in three-metre gap in London Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:50:42 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-08-10 09:50 +00:00 2017-08-10 21:50 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfuwgojymy3g4ntihe3g6nteou2wgmtl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/premier-league-locations-house-prices-have-risen-20-years/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:organisations/arsenal-fc topics:organisations/land-registry topics:organisations/chelsea-fc structure:football topics:things/uk-property topics:events/premier-league topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:places/stamford-bridge topics:things/house-prices topics:places/white-hart-lane structure:property Premier League locations where house prices have risen most  Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:52:48 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-10 06:52 +00:00 2017-08-10 18:52 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzuhg3rqnuzdmyjvmuzxgnzsmzxwenlk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/revealed-least-affordable-places-live-world/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:things/uk-property topics:things/income-tax structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Revealed: The most (and least) affordable places to live in the world Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-10 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-10 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnzgenlhgbwgy3tbgbxta4bsomywem3r/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/housing-market-sees-sustained-deterioration-activity-price-growth/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:things/new-home structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property Housing market sees 'sustained deterioration' in activity as price growth stalls Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-08-09 23:01 +00:00 2017-08-10 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220272 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fsg1dUwGBno/ Unique Homes Quiz: Can You Guess the Price of These Homes? Chances are you know the going rate for a home in your neighborhood, but what about the rest of the country? See if you can pick a listing price for eight homes without knowing where they are. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:52:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-price-quiz-220272/#comments Catherine Sherman Note: There is a widget embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's widget. <h6><em>Top image, as well as the first and last quiz images, from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/480-Agate-St-Laguna-Beach-CA-92651/25558490_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>More Quizzes:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-match-celebrities-to-homes-200167/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Can You Match the Celebrities to Their Homes?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-savvy-mortgage-shopper-198226/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Are You a Savvy Mortgage Shopper?</a></li> </ul> <h6></h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fsg1dUwGBno:2F7qjioTtJQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fsg1dUwGBno:2F7qjioTtJQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-price-quiz-220272/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-price-quiz-220272/ 2017-08-09 17:52 +00:00 2017-08-10 05:52 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/muytin3wnbtww5logrvxmnzqor3dgy3l/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/bookworms-buyers-amazing-home-libraries-market/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/buying-property structure:culture editors:lauren-davidson topics:events/world-book-day topics:things/retirement structure:books topics:organisations/ikea-group structure:money structure:property Bookworm buyers: These are the most amazing home libraries on the market Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:09:31 Z 2017-08-09 13:09 +00:00 2017-08-10 01:09 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220069 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/nryy3dshkt8/ Home Improvement 8 Beautiful Home Projects Using Reclaimed Wood Wood is a beautiful, evocative natural material, and when it's saved from a landfill and reused, it has even more character, history, and sustainability. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-projects-reclaimed-wood-220069/#comments Dwell <div class="_1CKMAGH1h0UwPe1djcmOLs"> <p>Reclaimed wood can be recovered from a wide variety of sources, but it most frequently comes from timber framing and decking used in old barns, factories, and warehouses. Some tell-tale signs of reclaimed wood include nail holes, manufacturer stamps, and markings. Other unique qualities, like variation and depth of color or unusual patterning, can be a result of it being stored in vessels like wine barrels, beer casks, and other containers.</p> <p>Additionally, reclaimed timber is usually cut from strong, mature trees (unlike the younger, weaker trees used today for lumber), and is less prone to splitting. Because of these aspects, many designers choose to use reclaimed wood rather than virgin timber in their projects.</p> </div> <section class="_1IIASboVqzznBVBGmmEEvb"> <div class="_38-UG1gNOdJlLMQjp_Loz5">Here are eight different projects that incorporate reclaimed wood in distinct ways.</div> <h3>Ceiling turned to walls</h3> </section> <p>Salvaged wood from multiple origins come together in this project in Buenos Aires by architects Teresa Sarmiento and Nicolas Tovo. They designed the home for their own family with the intention of celebrating recycled materials-floor boards of repurposed Brazilian pine and wall boards from the ceiling of a tenement in a local Buenos Aires neighborhood. The boards were cut down to size and oriented vertically to bring the eye upward to a clerestory window and small white beams.</p> <figure id="attachment_220075" style="width: 450px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220075" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-918f9c-732x1024.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="630" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Cristóbal Palma.</figcaption></figure> <div> <h3>Repurposed staircase</h3> <p>A small, efficient home in Seattle designed by SHED Architecture &amp; Design incorporated wood on the exterior and interior of the home, and even used salvaged wood from the residence that had previously stood on the site. Although the 100-year-old bungalow was demolished, the treads of one of its staircases were repurposed in the new home as a modern, open-riser stair that lets in light from the windows beyond.</p> <figure id="attachment_220078" style="width: 450px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220078" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-fcea7e-683x1024.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="675" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by SHED Architecture + Design.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Entryway elegance</h3> <p>Even a few pieces of salvaged lumber can have a big impact. This entryway in a Brooklyn townhouse, renovated by Bangia Agostinho Architecture, reused hemlock fir joists from the existing building structure as casework around the main entry door. The trim has a simple, modern profile, ensuring that it makes a contemporary statement. In the entryway is another repurposed piece of wood that was charred in a fire more than 100 years ago. It has since been painted and repainted - creating a unique patina and texture - and transformed into a bench.</p> <figure id="attachment_220079" style="width: 450px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220079" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-be0e42-767x1024.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="601" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Pia Ulin.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Accent wall and headboard</h3> <p>In a project in Quebec, Canada, a 1924 building was renovated by Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects. The renovation sought to modernize the apartment while preserving the historical elements - in particular, reusing wooden boards that were salvaged during demolition. The unfinished boards act as a rustic, earthy accent wall and headboard, while the surrounding white walls and crisp bed linens keep the room contemporary.</p> <figure id="attachment_220080" style="width: 450px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220080" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-46d185-683x1024.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="675" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Adrien Williams.</figcaption></figure> <h3>From flooring to doors</h3> <p>This loft in Brooklyn, New York, used almost all reclaimed, recycled, or diseased wood for everything from the flooring - salvaged from a barn constructed in the 1800s in the Allegheny Mountains in Ohio - to the doors, which were saved from a mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. Shelving, walls, and ceilings throughout the apartment are covered with wood that came from butternut trees in a blighted forest in Vermont, where worm infestations created intricate, unique patterns in the diseased wood. Although the apartment is located in New York, the different pieces of lumber inside come from all over the country.</p> <figure id="attachment_220081" style="width: 541px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220081" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-840e6d-852x1024.jpg" alt="" width="541" height="650" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Kevin Cooley.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Structural elements and beyond</h3> <p>Different types of reclaimed wood, each from different sources, steal the show in this residence in the Scottish countryside by Glasgow-based architect Andrew McAvoy of Assembly Architecture. Thick, deep oak beams were reclaimed and reused for structural elements, while the maple flooring was salvaged from an old school in the nearby rural village of Aberdeen. The reclaimed wood was a critical contributor to the goal of sustainability in the home.</p> </div> <div> <div> <figure id="attachment_220082" style="width: 450px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220082" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-e76270-748x1024.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="616" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Andrew Meredith.</figcaption></figure> <div style="text-align: left;"> <h3>Posts and beams</h3> <p>As barns become obsolete, they become fruitful sources of salvaged wood, like this house in the Catskills in Bovina, New York. Architect Kimberly Peck designed a home for a Norwegian couple that was looking for the perfect mix of warm, Scandinavian design and mid-century modern. The wood boards on the walls and the posts and beams are all reclaimed, but from different sources. The structural elements were recycled from a barn built in 1840, and the reclaimed planks on the walls were stained with a gray wash to match the other wood.</p> <figure id="attachment_220083" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220083" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-800cb1-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="333" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Torkil Stavdal.</figcaption></figure> <h3>A fine library</h3> <p>High ceilings and natural light prevent this small library that&#8217;s clad in reclaimed wood from feeling overwhelming or oppressive. The wood, a salvaged spotted gum, is a durable wood that&#8217;s native to Australia and is often used in structural, exterior, and interior applications. It ranges from a deep, reddish tone to a much lighter, almost yellow-white color. The library was part of a renovation of a family residence by Melbourne-based architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin of Andrew Maynard Architects.</p> <figure id="attachment_220084" style="width: 464px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220084" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-e3d901-732x1024.jpg" alt="" width="464" height="650" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Peter Bennetts.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>This article was written by <span data-reactid="135">Kate Reggev and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/8-beautiful-home-projects-using-reclaimed-wood-a2e764e1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <div><strong>Related:</strong></div> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rustic-homes-for-sale-219783/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rustic Homes for Sale: Farmhouses, Cabins and Country Estates</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mixing-modern-and-rustic-decor-186588/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mixing 21st-Century Modern and Rustic Decor</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shiplap-for-every-room-215607/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=nryy3dshkt8:ubBwtwFIPB8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=nryy3dshkt8:ubBwtwFIPB8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-projects-reclaimed-wood-220069/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-projects-reclaimed-wood-220069/ 2017-08-09 13:00 +00:00 2017-08-10 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njrtsnlrovrgsn3umfrdk3rxnazteylh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/merlins-beard-harry-potters-childhood-home-godrics-hollow-market/ topics:people/william-shakespeare topics:things/harry-potter storytype:standard topics:things/chickens structure:books topics:things/history topics:places/suffolk structure:money structure:film structure:property Merlin's beard! Harry Potter's childhood home in Godric's Hollow is on the market Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:10:29 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-08-09 10:10 +00:00 2017-08-09 22:10 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbrxgnzrgzudk5dcnvuw6y3egvsxaodi/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/get-can-luxury-developments-central-london-selling-like-hot/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property editors:lauren-davidson topics:things/renting-property topics:things/retirement topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:property Get them while you can: the luxury developments in central London that are selling like hot cakes Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-08-09 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-09 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oe2tiyjzgi3tkolvnzzwo2ljnfqw633w/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/does-home-make-grade-get-building-listed-historic-england/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:places/gloucestershire topics:things/planning topics:things/history topics:things/victorians topics:organisations/english-heritage topics:places/suffolk structure:money topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property Does your home make the grade? How to get your building listed by Historic England Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Nigel Richardson 2017-08-08 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-08 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220023 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/M-S60W34xaU/ Celebrity Real Estate Rachael Ray the Hamptons Rachael Ray Is Selling Her Southampton Home for $4.9M She must be cooking up plans for another home. Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:32:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/rachael-ray-sells-in-southampton-220023/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_220051" style="width: 153px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-220051" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_125621768-6d51c5-683x1024.jpg" alt="" width="153" height="230" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: Shutterstock</figcaption></figure> <p>Celebrity cook Rachael Ray and her producer husband, John Cusimano, are ready for new digs after being longtime owners in the Hamptons. The couple paid $2.1 million for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,condo,apartment_duplex,townhouse_type/32730701_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">their 3-bed, 5-bath Southampton estate</a> in 2008.</p> <p>Nearly a decade later, they are asking $4.9 million for the home, which was renovated during their ownership. In addition to being located in an exclusive Long Island zip code, the home sits adjacent to the Southampton Golf Club.</p> <p>The 3,000-square-foot pad feels airy thanks to a white and beige color scheme throughout the home.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, a kitchen designed for both functionality and entertaining awaits the future owner. Guests can sit on a conveniently placed window seat in the middle of the wraparound counters while the cook selects a bottle of wine from the island&#8217;s built-in wine rack.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10.Living-e701a4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-2ce61d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-0a2cd3-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4.Kitchen_1-7f6f94-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5.Kitchen_2-e23e6b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-ab2d99-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-1f67df-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-bcddb2-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6.Bathroom_1-557a64-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8.Bathroom_3-b900de-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-76a4f5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-77360e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-3577b4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-6adf6c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-426f32-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-f16d77-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-7396e1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-577b41-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-124041-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/16-4a55e4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens</em></h6> <p>The backyard is also designed for entertaining, with well-maintained gardens, a blue stone patio and an enormous gunite pool. 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Here's 10 rustic homes across the country. Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:36:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/rustic-homes-for-sale-219783/#comments Sharona Ott <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From the colonial cottages of the Northeast to the cedar cabins of the Northwest, rustic homes come in many shapes and sizes across the United States. W</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ith custom woodwork, exposed beams and more, these retreats embellish the landscape this country is known for. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following 10 homes provide a glimpse into a variety of rustic styles. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views.</span></p> <h3>Blue Ridge, GA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/118-Cross-Rock-Dr-Blue-Ridge-GA-30513/2093776312_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">118 Cross Rock Dr, Blue Ridge, GA<br /> </a>For sale: $315,000</p> <figure id="attachment_219990" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/118-Cross-Rock-Dr-Blue-Ridge-GA-30513/2093776312_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219990 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Blue-Ridge-GA-4a970d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/118-Cross-Rock-Dr-Blue-Ridge-GA-30513/2093776312_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom cabin is a cozy Appalachian getaway. Relax in the hot tub while taking in beautiful views or play a game of pool in the recreation room. This charming cabin has everything you need for a leisurely retreat.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blue-ridge-ga" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Blue Ridge</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Roxbury, CT</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85-Painter-Ridge-Rd-Roxbury-CT-06783/57818040_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">85 Painter Ridge Rd, Roxbury, CT</a><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/813-Golden-Willow-Ct-Myrtle-Beach-SC-29579/92415481_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> </a>For sale: $2.5 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219788" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85-Painter-Ridge-Rd-Roxbury-CT-06783/57818040_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219788 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Roxbury-CT-5d1039.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85-Painter-Ridge-Rd-Roxbury-CT-06783/57818040_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This small town has a history of attracting big names including Marilyn Monroe, who once resided in a Roxbury <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/monroe-article" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">farmhouse</a>. Nestled on over 45 pastoral acres, this 13,209-square-foot barn has been masterfully renovated to suit the desires of a creative owner. In addition to hosting over 6,000 feet of studio space, this 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home has been outfitted with western-facing walls of glass and reclaimed redwood, chestnut and cypress.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/roxbury-ct" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Roxbury</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Sagaponack, NY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Daniel's-Ln-Sagaponack-NY-11962/2094779504_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">98 Daniel&#8217;s Ln, Sagaponack, NY<br /> </a>For sale: $9.995 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219791" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Daniel's-Ln-Sagaponack-NY-11962/2094779504_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219791 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sagaponack-NY-b78427.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Daniel's-Ln-Sagaponack-NY-11962/2094779504_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Originally built in 1896, this farmhouse unites countryside and oceanside living in a prime Hamptons location. Located on 1.1 acres of rich soil, the exterior is outfitted with infrastructure for hobby farming, a pool and spa. The restored, 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom interior features original wainscoting and molding.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sagaponack-ny" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sagaponack</a>.</p> <h3>Lopez Island, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/784-Shoreland-Dr-Lopez-Island-WA-98261/61003857_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">784 Shoreland Dr, Lopez Island, WA<br /> </a>For sale: $1.399 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219790" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/784-Shoreland-Dr-Lopez-Island-WA-98261/61003857_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219790 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Lopez-Island-WA-c6a2ad.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="548" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/784-Shoreland-Dr-Lopez-Island-WA-98261/61003857_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Perched atop 4 verdant acres overlooking the Lopez Sound, this residential compound hosts two 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes with traditional Northwestern flair. Boasting multiple walls of windows and decks to take in the spectacular views, this compound feels like you&#8217;re on a private island.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/lopez-island-wa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lopez Island</a>.</p> <h3>Jackson, WY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/535-S-Indian-Springs-Dr-Jackson-WY-83001/2093463112_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">535 S Indian Springs Dr, Jackson, WY<br /> </a>For sale: $12.5 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219787" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/535-S-Indian-Springs-Dr-Jackson-WY-83001/2093463112_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219787 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Jackson-WY-c415e8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/535-S-Indian-Springs-Dr-Jackson-WY-83001/2093463112_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Situated on nearly 4 acres with a view of the Tetons and <span id="util_TextFold_toggleArea" class="">access to 10 miles of hiking and equestrian trails</span>, <span id="util_TextFold_toggleArea" class="">this cabin is an outdoor lover&#8217;s dream. </span>The <span id="util_TextFold_toggleArea" class="">10,500-square-foot retreat is full of rustic touches including hand-hewn logs, cathedral ceilings and white oak floors. It also houses a wine room, movie theater and hot tub.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/jackson-wy" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jackson</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Bostic, NC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/188-Black-Ridge-Dr-Bostic-NC-28018/2109491089_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">188 Black Ridge Dr, Bostic, NC<br /> </a>For sale: $339,900</p> <figure id="attachment_219989" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/188-Black-Ridge-Dr-Bostic-NC-28018/2109491089_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219989 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bostic-NC-e4cdcf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/188-Black-Ridge-Dr-Bostic-NC-28018/2109491089_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Local folklore <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-travel-us-lincoln-birthplace-txt-story.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">claims</a> Abraham Lincoln grew up in a Bostic cabin perched atop a hill much like this one. Whether or not the tale is true, this Yellowtop Mountain home is a quintessential rustic escape with lots of natural wood (and an indoor swing!). The property offers three levels of unobstructed mountain views and 7.4 acres of land to explore.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bostic-nc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bostic</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3 id="austin">Hartland, VT</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Brothers-Rd-Hartland-VT-05048/2094406502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">36 Brothers Rd, Hartland, VT<br /> </a>For sale: $3.985 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219785" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Brothers-Rd-Hartland-VT-05048/2094406502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219785 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hartland-VT-387741.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Brothers-Rd-Hartland-VT-05048/2094406502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Originally built in 1850, this Cape Cod-style home is a refined flavor of rustic, mixing modern comforts with historical character. The property has over 279 acres of rolling meadows, forests, four ponds, three brooks, a barn complex and miles of interior roads and trails.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/hartland-vt" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hartland</a>.</p> <h3>Egremont, MA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Shun-Toll-Rd-Egremont-MA-01230/72616007_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">65 Shun Toll Rd, Egremont, MA<br /> </a>For sale: $3.5 million<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_220006" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Shun-Toll-Rd-Egremont-MA-01230/72616007_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220006 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Egremond-MA-5fec9a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Shun-Toll-Rd-Egremont-MA-01230/72616007_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Nestled on 26 acres in the Berkshires, this country estate is comprised of two restored 18th- and 19th-century barns as well as a 4-bedroom, 7-bathroom home. The property features several outdoor spaces to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views, including a tranquil pool with a panoramic vista.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/egremont-ma" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Egremont</a>.</p> <h3>Wayzata, MN</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2870-Inner-Rd-Wayzata-MN-55391/1756302_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2870 Inner Rd, Wayzata, MN<br /> </a>For sale: $469,000</p> <figure id="attachment_219988" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2870-Inner-Rd-Wayzata-MN-55391/1756302_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219988 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Wayzata-MN-74d6dc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2870-Inner-Rd-Wayzata-MN-55391/1756302_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>A private sandy beach on Lake Minnetonka is just steps away from this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom log cabin. Combining rusticity with sleek, modern finishes, this stylish retreat also offers access to a lighted tennis court, playground, gazebo, auditorium and winter boat storage.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/wayzata-mn" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wayzata</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Milton, DE</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Graves-Farm-Rd-Milton-DE-19968/2127155188_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2 Graves Farm Rd, Milton, DE<br /> </a>For sale: $2.999 million<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_219789" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Graves-Farm-Rd-Milton-DE-19968/2127155188_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219789 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Milton-DE-696dcb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Graves-Farm-Rd-Milton-DE-19968/2127155188_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Known as Sanctuary Farm, this property spans over 300 acres along the shores of Broadkill River. Both a beach and farm retreat, the compound offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing and horseback riding. The interior of the log cabin features custom woodwork and stone finishes, complemented by an outdoor saltwater pool.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/milton-de" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Milton</a>.</p> <p><em>Lead photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Shun-Toll-Rd-Egremont-MA-01230/72616007_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <h3><strong>Related</strong>:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Pools That Will Make You Wish Every Week Were Shark Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: Tiny Home With 100-Mile Desert Views </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/waterfront-homes-under-300k-218745/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Waterfront Homes Under $300,000</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Hs5n1fQM94:86161G7YnDA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Hs5n1fQM94:86161G7YnDA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/rustic-homes-for-sale-219783/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/rustic-homes-for-sale-219783/ 2017-08-04 20:36 +00:00 2017-08-05 08:36 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219648 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NSh4affOyBY/ Market Trends home buying millennials Upsizing Upsizing on the Upswing: The Big Decision More Homeowners Are Making Downsizing? That's so 2016. Housing trends and consumer research indicate a move toward upsizing as homeowners transition to larger dwellings. Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:57:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/uptick-in-upsizing-219648/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For Rhiannon Kruse, moving to a bigger home was about facing the music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For five years, Kruse and her husband had squeezed themselves into a downtown Seattle high-rise. At 700 square feet, their home meant giving up a dresser to cram clothing into an under-the-bed storage space, and limiting the number of guests they could invite over for dinner. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even Kruse&#8217;s parents had to stay in a hotel after making the six-hour drive from Oregon to visit; there just wasn't enough space for overnight guests. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for the duo, both <a href="https://www.noteworthyproductions.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">professional entertainers</a>, the final straw may have been the makeshift recording studio they crammed into a tiny desk space, wedged between the bed and the window. It just wasn't practical for a couple that make their living as piano players, Kruse says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We had a keyboard setup and a desk and recording equipment. To play, we had to wear headphones because we were in a shared space," Kruse says. "We definitely maximized the space, but everything had to have a purpose."</span></p> <p>So when Kruse's husband broached the idea of moving into a much larger house just outside the city limits, it took a little bit of convincing - but not much. The couple fell in love with a 2,700-square-foot new construction home about 15 miles north of the heart of the city.</p> <p>They also fell in love with the idea of having a place to put a piano - an <i>actual</i> piano.</p> <p>"My grandmother had given us her grand piano. It was sitting in a storage place for two years," Kruse says. "[Now] I play a lot more at home. Probably five times as much - and when I do, it's relaxing. I don't feel suffocated."</p> <figure id="attachment_219695" style="width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219695" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-e3a2d2-e1501268761440.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Rhiannon Kruse and Jeff Coleron in front of their home on the day they moved in. Photo courtesy Rhiannon Kruse.</figcaption></figure> <h3>&#8220;People want these larger houses&#8221;</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple's story may not seem like much of an anomaly these days. They're part of an uptick in upsizing: More homeowners are opting for a bigger home and larger price tag, skipping the traditional starter home altogether. Millennials are especially part of this movement, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to Zillow research</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What's more? A new analysis of census data shows that </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">the median square footage of new homes is up 20 percent since 2000, from about </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">2,000 square feet</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to about </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">2,500 square feet</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-219697" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bigger-Homes-Smaller-Lots-654046-e1501273449646.png" alt="" width="640" height="316" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The data corresponds with what sociologists are seeing firsthand, says Brian Miller, an a</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ssociate professor of sociology at Wheaton College, just outside Chicago. Miller, who studies cities, suburban migration and culture, argues that several factors could be impacting the shift in housing trends, including the strength of the national economy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I see a lot about tiny houses and micro apartments in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York - these cities who are really grappling with housing issues and trying to fast-track 200- or 400-square-foot apartments," Miller says. "And yet the overall pattern across America is that people want these larger houses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The economy has gotten better over the last few years," he continues, with a nod to cities like Dallas, one of the hottest housing markets in the country. "It seems it's enabled people to [buy large houses] again."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Popular culture may be influencing this decision as well, Miller adds, pointing to how homes are depicted on television, in both the reality and scripted genres.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The typical home on TV is huge. Think about the 'Friends' apartments, which were impossibly large," he says. "I'm thinking of HGTV shows I've seen over the past few years, where the dining room seats 10 or 12. I don't have those parties, but if you're watching HGTV, it just seems like everything is huge."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219700" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219700 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_431016091-2ab874-e1501269673238.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Popular reality and scripted TV shows often depict larger homes as the norm.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Growing home size, guided by research</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The abundance of larger homes in popular entertainment isn't by accident. Home design shows are rooting their programming in extensive research, says Julie Link, director of research and consumer insights for Scripps Networks, which owns HGTV, the Food Network, and others. </span>The company recently conducted an in-depth, comprehensive study they called <i>Dynamics Shaping the Future of Home</i>.</p> <p>The study&#8217;s goal was to better understand what is going on in the lives and in the homes of Scripps Networks&#8217; audience in order to cater programming to them. <span style="font-weight: 400;">The network asked consumers to complete video journals, diary entries, collages, and even Pinterest boards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We don't want to be showing million-dollar homes when we're in a recession," Link adds. "We want to be reflective of what's going on in the homes of our viewers."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The results? Both surprising - and not. Younger consumers (adults between 25 and 39 years old) are beginning to prioritize space, the study found. Fifty-six percent of millennials said that having a large home is important to them, compared with 42 percent of Gen Xers and just 35 percent of baby boomers.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219702" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219702 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_568241401-14cffa-e1501269771376.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">As millennials move into larger homes, they often delay buying new furniture and decorative pieces until they find just the right item.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once young homeowners find the perfect space, many are biding their time until they find items that are multi-functional and carry meaning, Link continued. They might wait to fill an empty wall until, say, they can frame Instagram photos from a favorite trip, or afford to purchase a high-tech yoga mat that can also double as an elegant carpet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Millennials want a story behind [what they buy]. They're doing this to create a sanctuary," Link explains. "The world is a chaotic place right now, no matter what your views on politics are. [Millennials] really look inward, and they want to control something. The easiest thing for them to control is their home."</span></p> <h3>Open floor plans reflect modern lifestyles</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Add that focus on intentional buying to the shift in how homes are designed, with a nod to larger, open spaces. Gone are the days of rigid, closed-off eating spaces or television rooms. In their place are open floor plans and shared spaces, says Mary Dignan Hill, a real estate agent with John Aaroe Group in Southern California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Definitely I would say a home design trend is happening. People don't have formal dining rooms, or aren't interested in formal dining rooms anymore," says Dignan Hill. "A more casual lifestyle is becoming more common, and I can see that reflected in home design."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dignan Hill, who has worked in real estate for a decade, recently noticed more clients seeking out open floor concepts or renovating older homes to take down walls to create larger, open spaces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"People want to be able to be in their kitchen and cook, but also be with their family," she notes. "</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Where you used to have a separate kitchen, a separate dining room and a separate television room, it's all becoming one big space."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219765" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219765 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/457-image-1200x628-livingroom2-house1-7179ff-e1501280266838.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Open floor plans&#8217; popularity derives from the flexibility they provide homeowners.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Room to stretch</h3> <p>Two years after upsizing from 700 square feet into her 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home, space is still a novel idea to Kruse - and one she doesn't take for granted.</p> <p>"Now that I have the extra space, I understand it. I understand why people want to do it," she says. "I really don't miss living in the condo, and I thought I would."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She mentions the give-and-take of their old, cramped quarters: How, when she lived in the small condo, if she bought a shirt, she'd have to get rid of an old one. A new pair of shoes meant donating a worn-out pair to charity. It was a dance of space.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most importantly, her new 2,700-square-foot home - with backyard raspberry bushes, fire pit, and private recording space - just brings her peace, she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I had felt so tense living downtown," Kruse recalls. "When we finally got to space and we could stretch and everything - a lot of that tension was alleviated."</span></p> <p><em>Find out <a href="https://public.tableau.com/shared/JTRQWY654?:toolbar=no&amp;:display_count=no" target="_blank" rel="noopener">how much upsizing would cost you</a> in major U.S. metro areas.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/upsizing-your-home-217193/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your New, Bigger Space: 5 Ways to Win at Upsizing Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caring-for-upsized-yard-217971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bigger Homes and Gardens: Caring for Your New, Upsized Outdoor Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-construction-196960/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NSh4affOyBY:ugnQDC-E48E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NSh4affOyBY:ugnQDC-E48E:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/uptick-in-upsizing-219648/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/uptick-in-upsizing-219648/ 2017-08-04 16:57 +00:00 2017-08-05 04:57 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gq4xanzxonvhkyruozvgw3dkmzzdqmlw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/big-move-does-leaving-london-countryside-make-loser/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property topics:things/lawns The Big Move: does leaving London for the countryside make me a loser? Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:02:40 Z Anna White 2017-08-04 13:02 +00:00 2017-08-05 01:02 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfugmn3gnb2g2n3tg4ydmnlwobvwkm3e/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/uk-town-average-house-prices-just-70311-nine-affordable-property/ topics:places/lancashire topics:things/mortgages topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/help-to-buy topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property topics:things/first-home The UK town where average house prices are just £70,311 - and nine other affordable property spots Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:16:43 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-04 07:16 +00:00 2017-08-04 19:16 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219710 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/_9bZIL4mC4A/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook modern Designer Lookbook: VW Fowlkes' Simple-Meets-Sensual D.C. Home Solid walnut additions heat up a sleek, all-white home in historic Cleveland Park. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 23:54:16 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/vw-fowlkes-cleveland-park-219710/#respond Jill Krasny <p>In early 2011, VW Fowlkes, principal and founder of <a href="http://www.fowlkesstudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Fowlkes Studio</a> in Washington, D.C., was struggling with a conundrum.</p> <p>His clients, a husband and wife in their mid-forties, didn&#8217;t see eye to eye on the new design for their two-story, three-bedroom home in the historic Cleveland Park neighborhood.</p> <p>The husband, who works in tech, "was a committed modernist who wanted everything white and super clean," says Fowlkes. And the wife, who runs a public relations firm, "wanted everything organic and sumptuous and sensual with a natural patina. So we weren't sure how to reconcile the directions we were getting."</p> <h3>Bold patterns, rich textures</h3> <p>Choosing to tackle the kitchen first, VW chose a Mediterranean-style concrete tile that had a "timeless quality to it," he says. &#8220;The graphic print was so bold, you could do nothing else to the space and it would still feel visually rich.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219747" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/seq_01_altered-23182c.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="740" /></p> <p>The husband saw nothing modern in it, dismissing the rope-tie print as fuddy-duddy, but in the end, the pattern won out, and the solid walnut cabinet came next.</p> <p>The wife "claimed to be super picky about the kinds of grains and wood species" she liked, Fowlkes says. "She said she wanted something natural, but she didn't want it to look like a condo."</p> <p>After locating a woodworker who collected trees uprooted by Hurricane Irene, Fowlkes visited the property with his client, who walked around and chose the walnut tree of her choice for the cabinet.</p> <p>The Maryland-based woodworker placed the wood in a drying kiln for four months so it wouldn&#8217;t warp, cup, or check while crafting the cabinets. Fowlkes also reinforced the back of the slab with steel rods for additional protection against curling.</p> <p>"It's clean and modern, but it's also very sensual," Fowlkes says of the cabinets, which feature a live edge on the bottom that reflects the tree's shape. "We wanted to really express the nature of the material we were using. You can see some marks from the chainsaw at the edge where it was cut."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219741" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_4351_altered-89e953.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="420" /></p> <p>The same woodworker provided the materials for the kitchen's window seat and sliding barn door. The light pendants, made by Sundance Company, were chosen for their transparency, since they wouldn't block the view of the cabinets from the dining room. "They're not overly or self-consciously modern," Fowlkes says, adding that they were hardly expensive.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219742" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_4399_altered-8426f7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="670" /></p> <h3>Spacious room, warm accents</h3> <p>Upstairs, Fowlkes converted the tiny three bedrooms into a single master suite, which features the same walnut millwork and custom bronze hardware as the kitchen. In the closet, a little bronze hook pulls out for hanging up clothes, and the wide-plank pine floors lend warmth to the airy, white space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219746" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_4984_altered_sized-9bff3b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="806" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219739" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7_altered_sized-2355d4.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="647" /></p> <h3>Nature meets modern</h3> <p>For the bathroom, Fowlkes sourced a porcelain-style floor from Architectural Ceramics that resembles a concrete material. The bathtub and raised sinks are from Montreal-based company WETSTYLE. As with the kitchen, the plumbing fixtures have a living bronze finish that appealed to the wife's interest in nature.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219743" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_4770_altered-42e1d4.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="959" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219745" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_4845_altered_sized-e40a6a.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="922" /></p> <p>"We wanted it to feel like the whole room was a white box, and we brought in the vanity and closets almost like we'd bring in a Steinway or your grandmother's Chippendale," Fowlkes says. "They weren&#8217;t necessarily things that had always existed in the house - they&#8217;re more like furniture."</p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <p>Fowlkes explains how to achieve a streamlined look in your own home.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Protect the wood.</strong> "The trick with using slabs of solid wood is to keep it from warping or cupping," he says. "It needs to be very dry. Our slabs were in a kiln for several months." Another tip: Make sure your hinges are sturdy enough to handle the extra-thick doors.</li> <li><strong>Spend wisely.</strong> Of course you want to love your home, but <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/renovation-remodeling-budget/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">you don't have to break the bank</a> for every doorknob, drawer pull, or faucet. Noting the Brazilian slate tile in the wall of the shower, Fowlkes says, "You can use simple materials, and you can find things that'll look great and kind of recede that are inexpensive."</li> <li><strong>Hide the cable box.</strong> This is a common mistake that many homeowners make, Fowlkes says. "We forgot about them, and we had to go back and figure it out after the fact." Not fun.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-thornton-mediterranean-219098/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Summer Thornton&#8217;s Mediterranean Home Makeover</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: A 1900s Firehouse With a Modern Redesign</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kerrie-kellys-blushing-beauty-217573/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Kerrie Kelly&#8217;s Subtle, Sophisticated Drama</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=_9bZIL4mC4A:y_9Z3MSwqUI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=_9bZIL4mC4A:y_9Z3MSwqUI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/vw-fowlkes-cleveland-park-219710/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/vw-fowlkes-cleveland-park-219710/ 2017-08-03 23:54 +00:00 2017-08-04 11:54 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219849 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/70-ZUp7Ua_g/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement Summer This Pool Noodle DIY Puts Summer Refreshment Within Reach Our quick and easy tutorial shows how to make a floating cooler from common household items. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:46:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/pool-noodle-diy-219849/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Create your very own swim-up bar in the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/">backyard pool</a> with this floating cooler - perfect for those dog days of summer when you just don't feel like getting out of the water.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155640235483594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=400" width="400" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Here&#8217;s how to make this buoyant bar.</p> <h3>1. Gather some rope, a plastic bin, and a pool noodle.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219850" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/01_Cooler-06ae3f.jpeg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>2. Cut the noodle into four pieces that will cover the perimeter of the plastic bin.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219851" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/02_Cooler-b6586c.jpeg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>3. Thread the rope through the cut pool noodles, ensuring that each noodle is snug against the sides of the bin.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219853" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04_Cooler-f5a1d7.jpeg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>4. Knot a handle in the rope, leaving about a foot between the bin and the knot.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219855" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/05_Cooler-4e43de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>5. Tie noodles tightly around the plastic bin to secure.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219857" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/06_Cooler-f10972.jpeg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>6. Fill with ice and drinks to top off your day of fun in the sun!</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219860" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10_Cooler-d0e397.jpeg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <p><em>See more ideas for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/summer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">summer fun</a>!</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=70-ZUp7Ua_g:2nhLr8tV6HY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=70-ZUp7Ua_g:2nhLr8tV6HY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/pool-noodle-diy-219849/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/pool-noodle-diy-219849/ 2017-08-03 20:46 +00:00 2017-08-04 08:46 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219804 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CkXlT87t7A4/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes house of the week treehouses This Home Is Part Treehouse, Part Ship – House of the Week With five-story water views and accents from a salvaged ship, this home has served as inspiration for an acclaimed architect. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:34:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Oscar-winner-turned-environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio opens his new <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/realestate/an-idea-hits-the-beach.html?_r=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">eco-friendly resort on an island in Belize</a> next year, some of the planning will have happened on a different island, roughly 3,200 miles away. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's on Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, where the resort's architect lived in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3187-Point-White-Dr-NE-Bainbridge-Island-WA-98110/23432129_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a five-story home he calls his &#8220;treehouse tower</a>.&#8221;</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219805 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__007_20170627__DSC0951-09039b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It really spoke to me. It's really connected to the environment around it," said homeowner <a href="http://jasonmclennan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason McLennan</a>. "It has great views, great light and it has all these different levels. You can really find a space that fits your mood."</span></p> <blockquote><p>"It has great views, great light and it has all these different levels. You can really find a space that fits your mood."</p></blockquote> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219808 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__022_20170627__DSC0631-c307ad.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>While McLennan is remaining mum on <a href="http://mclennan-design.com/project/blackadore-caye/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the project with Leo</a>, he will gladly gush about the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom house, along with the surrounding lush, green landscape.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219813 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__055_20170627__DSC0749-4e0dd7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Surrounded by 200-foot-tall cedars and other trees, the home uses reclaimed wood as its base. It was built in 1978 by a different architect, who salvaged four, immense wooden posts to anchor the living space. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219814 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__061_20170627__DSC0830-487d42.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>McLennan believes that the beams are old-growth Douglas fir and date back more than 100 years, to the turn of the previous century.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219807 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__018_20170627__DSC0585-3eaa6a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The builders rescued other touches from an old ship, in a nod to the local maritime industry. Some of the windows are ship portholes, while the doorknobs are repurposed brass handles saved from an old sailing vessel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219820 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__020_20170627__DSC0780-fae67c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ground floor has an airy living space that leads to an outdoor pond, while the second level holds the main entryway and living room.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219809 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__037_20170627__DSC0654-179555.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A 12-foot-long antique leaded glass window anchors the nearby kitchen, while adjacent doors open up to a patio that offers views of Puget Sound.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219810 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__041_20170627__DSC0736-872288.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One floor up, large sliding barn doors conceal a master bedroom and private sun room. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219817 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__074_20170627__DSC0967-5c3597.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fourth and fifth floors each contain bedrooms, although in recent years, McLennan used the top floor as his home office, writing a number of books and designing buildings there.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219819 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__084_20170627__DSC0938-66e7ae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking out the window from his fifth floor office, McLennan said he found some of his deepest inspiration, drawing from the views of passing ferries or the verdant, tree-lined landscape.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219824 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__079_20170627__DSC0910-220ec6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's just nature's paradise," he said. "Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you're in a special place when you're there."</span></p> <blockquote><p>"It's just nature's paradise. Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you're in a special place when you're there."</p></blockquote> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219822 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__036_20170627__DSC0666-dba17b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home recently sold for $875,000. Leah Applewhite of Sotheby's International Realty carried the <a href="https://www.bainbridgetreetophome.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listing</a>.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>. Set decoration provided by <a href="http://www.karstentremper.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lily Karsten</a>. Plants provided by </span><a href="http://www.bainbridgebotanicals.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bainbridge Botanicals</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CkXlT87t7A4:DIhQHJNwZCg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CkXlT87t7A4:DIhQHJNwZCg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/ 2017-08-03 18:34 +00:00 2017-08-04 06:34 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hbxgqztjgbzxky3lojwwynzymzzgc4jw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/great-estates-cordon-bleu-chefs-house-housed-tudor-monarchs/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/buying-property structure:opera storytype:standard topics:things/family topics:places/winchester topics:things/history topics:things/tudors topics:organisations/english-heritage structure:money structure:property Great Estates: the Cordon Bleu chef's house that housed the Tudor monarchs Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Cherry Maslen 2017-08-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-03 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=205265 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CmkuCHWJzLg/ Unique Homes green homes Home Makers tiny homes Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels Builder Charlie Kern's customized living spaces give new meaning to the term 'mobile homes.' Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:23:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Have you ever asked yourself: &#8220;How much living space do I <em>really</em> need?&#8221;</p> <p>"A lot of people now, I think, are realizing that what it takes to live is different than what we've been told we need to live. And that's an amazing epiphany," says Charlie Kern, a Denver-based builder who designs homes made of old buses.</p> <p>Kern, who has been working with old buses for 10 years, was able to solve a personal financial problem with his knowledge about these automobiles.</p> <p>"I needed a place to live,&#8221; Kern recalls. &#8220;I wasn't going to have the money to buy a house in the foreseeable future. I knew buses. This is a lot of space. I knew I could live in one."</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4A_VSSiObj8?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Kern spent around $27,000 remodeling an old bus into a home, complete with full kitchen, bathroom, and Murphy bed. The bus operates and functions fully as a home, with gas, water, and electric.</p> <p>Thinking about his own carbon footprint, Kern decided while building the bus that he would cut off the roof and put solar panels in its place.</p> <p>As for his water supply, the bus has a 46-gallon tank, which can last him about a week with showers, washing dishes, and cooking.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-205411" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0030_jenkins-53894b.jpg" alt="_mg_0030_jenkins" width="900" height="600" /></p> <h3>Sharing the bus life</h3> <p>Now that his home is complete, Kern spends a lot of time building house buses for other people.</p> <p>"We definitely build for people that are unique. They're creative. They think outside the bus, and fundamentally they're adventurers," Kern says.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0229_jenkins-3a72ba.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0309_jenkins-2ef0bd.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0403_jenkins-a018f1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0302_jenkins-4013b0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0084_jenkins-94f960.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0033_jenkins-d6be01.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0041_jenkins-4a5843.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0126_jenkins-0a816e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0092_jenkins-07a576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Currently, four people live in Kern's custom bus homes. Kern speaks with excitement as he talks about people living their small moments - cooking meals, reading a book, or even having a fight - in a home that he built.</p> <p>In addition to being an inexpensive and green way to live, Kern says the biggest thing about living in a house bus is the freedom that comes along with it.</p> <p>"I love knowing that from where I am I could walk five or six feet, sit down in the driver's seat, start the bus up and start driving," Kern says.</p> <p><em>Don't miss out on the next Zillow video! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/Zillow?sub_confirmation=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Subscribe today</a> to see the latest.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published September 29, 2016.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rv-living-in-the-city-192180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RV Living in the City: Dodging the Rent Crisis</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-tiny-seattle-couple-175453/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Could You Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;? See How a Seattle Couple Found Room for Their Dreams</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/really-costs-live-tiny-204705/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What It Really Costs to Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CmkuCHWJzLg:mmorb0asyQc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CmkuCHWJzLg:mmorb0asyQc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/feed/ 102 https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/ 2017-08-03 00:23 +00:00 2017-08-03 12:23 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=182162 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Okyxs6W9SKI/ Unique Homes tiny homes Putting Down Roots 40 Feet Up: Life in a Fire Lookout "You don't hear sirens, you don't hear traffic. You hear us. There's nothing like that." Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:20:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/life-in-a-fire-lookout-182162/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>They saw it coming: the mushroom cloud of smoke.</p> <p>Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley were on their deck enjoying the view when Stouts Creek Fire broke out earlier this month. They&#8217;d read about moments like this - spotting a forest fire from a 40-foot-high tower - but nothing could have prepared them.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WkArlRbA9VM?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>They weren&#8217;t staffing a fire lookout, after all. They were at home.</p> <h3>Treehouse without the tree</h3> <figure id="attachment_182418" style="width: 600px" style="float:right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;"><img class="wp-image-182418" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-2-97c782-1024x683.jpg" alt="Fire Lookout-2" width="600" height="400" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Alan Colley (left) and Dabney Tompkins wouldn&#8217;t trade their life above the trees for anything.</figcaption></figure> <p>Tompkins and Colley&#8217;s lives changed course on a ferry ride several years ago. Quite literally stumbling upon a book about fire lookouts used by the U.S. Forest Service, they learned how the structures on stilts were <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2WmfDx0eq4">used to spot forest fires throughout the 20th century.</a> Now largely replaced by satellites, very few lookouts are still standing.</p> <p>Tompkins and Colley, who had downsized from their big Dallas estate to 1,400 square feet in Portland, wanted to know more.</p> <p>&#8220;It was a magical moment that the book sort of fell off the shelf to us,&#8221; Colley recalls. &#8220;We called the ranger district and said why don&#8217;t we rent this thing? That was the beginning.&#8221;</p> <p>The urbanites rented several fire lookouts before purchasing 160 acres of meadow and forest land in rural Oregon, known as Summit Prairie. With the help of a local builder and engineer, their &#8220;treehouse without the tree&#8221; was completed in 2010.</p> <p>For the first few years, it was just a weekend getaway, but those weekends quickly turned into something more.</p> <p>&#8220;About a year and half ago, we decided to be totally irresponsible and quit our jobs and move here,&#8221; Tompkins explains. &#8220;We were just going to do it for one year because we thought this might just be too isolated, too boring, too rustic. But then we got down here and we started to meet people and really enjoy the rhythm of it.&#8221;</p> <h3>Life on the prairie</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-3-a31d80-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-22-20f5c4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-4-cb3bdc-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-24-7b280e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-44-7d19c5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-45-c05be4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-46-2a4e5c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-8-69125a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-6-8c6067-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-56-83bfdb-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-54-8221e9-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-37-717ee7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Up four flights of stairs, the lookout is 388 square feet with a simple kitchen spanning the back wall and two narrow beds flanking the sides. Up a skinny wooden ladder, a &#8220;cupola&#8221; serves as a master suite - minus the bathroom.</p> <p>In fact, there&#8217;s no bathroom to be found. Historic fire lookouts never had them, and Tompkins and Colley didn&#8217;t want to obstruct their 360-degree view of the Umpqua National Forest. Instead, they created <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDaudbGtdfo">a few alternative options</a> and put the shower out on the deck.</p> <p>&#8220;My favorite time to take a shower is when we have snow outside and you have to walk barefoot through the snow on the deck,&#8221; Tompkins says. &#8220;Then you turn that hot water on and that yin and yang of hot and cold - and looking out and seeing the meadow - it&#8217;s heaven.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_182459" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-182459" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_0028-c201b0-1024x681.jpg" alt="DSC_0028" width="800" height="532" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Source: Alan Colley</figcaption></figure> <p>Without the luxuries of a typical single-family home, Tompkins and Colley find themselves retreating to the &#8220;hammock tree&#8221; or soaking in their wood-burning, spring-fed hot tub.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s quiet - so quiet it allows me to hear things I wouldn&#8217;t hear in the city,&#8221; Colley says. &#8220;There&#8217;s no urban beat. You don&#8217;t hear sirens, you don&#8217;t hear traffic - you hear us. There&#8217;s nothing like that.&#8221;</p> <p>He says the experience has brought him and Tompkins closer, as they&#8217;ve allowed each other to grow and be different.</p> <p><img style="float:right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-34-1ca3e4-683x1024.jpg" alt="Fire Lookout-34" width="300" height="450" /></p> <h3>A taste of &#8216;off the grid&#8217;</h3> <p>They&#8217;re also learning <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkwdLeFG9jQ">what it truly means to live off the grid</a>, finding you often gain more than you lose.</p> <p>&#8220;The saying we love to tell each other is &#8216;just because we live off-grid doesn&#8217;t mean we have to eat bad food.&#8217; And we have made some amazing meals,&#8221; Colley says after making a blueberry pie from scratch.</p> <p>Instead of buying organic produce from the grocery store, they have their own garden and are involved with the local farmers market.</p> <p>Of course, living off-grid has its challenges - like figuring out how to install solar panels - but the biggest challenge came as a surprise.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re so enmeshed in this community, as weird as that may sound, that we really have to back away and say I just want time on my meadow,&#8221; Colley says.</p> <p>From vegan potlucks with the &#8220;old hippies,&#8221; as they call the neighbors, to looking for ways to stimulate a local economy still dependent on timber, Tompkins and Colley are keeping busy.</p> <h3>The view that never gets old</h3> <p>They laugh when they think about how they used to worry about being isolated and bored.</p> <p>&#8220;Reading, cooking, hiking and splitting wood are much more entertaining to us,&#8221; Colley says. &#8220;If you&#8217;re interested in those kinds of things as a DIYer, you&#8217;re going to be fine in this situation.&#8221;</p> <p>And in the wake of a recent forest fire, they're even more thankful for the view.</p> <p>&#8220;Every day, the sun is doing something different. There&#8217;s no repetition at all,&#8221; Colley says.</p> <p>&#8220;Many mornings, we&#8217;ll get up, and the entire meadow is shrouded in fog. And then as the sun moves up into the sky, the fog starts to kind of slip into the valley,&#8221; Tompkins adds. &#8220;As you look out, it&#8217;s like you&#8217;re in an airplane where there&#8217;s just this lower level of clouds. To me, that&#8217;s magic.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-182451" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-Lookout-15-4baaad-1024x683.jpg" alt="Fire Lookout-15" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><em>Photos and video by Tom Hanny.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published August 26, 2015.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-tiny-seattle-couple-175453/">Could You Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;? 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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:18:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>Christoph Kaiser finishes his latest sketch, while Shauna Thibault chops vegetables. It&#8217;s a delicate dance in 366 square feet, but the newlyweds aren&#8217;t fazed.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s something about living in a small space that simplifies life,&#8221; Kaiser explains. &#8220;It quiets the mind, in a way.&#8221;</p> <p>The couple isn&#8217;t renting a micro-apartment, although their urban Phoenix lifestyle might make you think so. They live in a grain silo.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/csy6MzHO8O4?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>&#8220;I think there was a healthy level of skepticism from our friends and family when they found out we were going to attempt to live in a grain silo,&#8221; says Thibault. &#8220;But we love it. &#8230; It&#8217;s not just an experiment.&#8221;</p> <p>The stylist and boutique owner has always been drawn to minimalist living. And for her husband, an architect, unique dwellings pose the ultimate design challenge.</p> <p>&#8220;What can you live in and still have a sense of home?&#8221; Kaiser says. &#8220;It&#8217;s easy to cram all the parts that you need to live in something. It&#8217;s easy to build it, even - relatively speaking. &#8230; The real challenge is to end up with a piece of architecture that actually feeds your soul, as opposed to draining it.&#8221;<img class="aligncenter wp-image-202413 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_7551-4ee87d-e1469816360564.jpg" alt="IMG_7551" width="800" height="581" /></p> <p>But Kaiser didn&#8217;t wake up with the idea to turn the silo into a home. The rusted, metal cylinder was originally a Craigslist find to store his garden tools. Then, with his wedding date approaching, he started drawing up plans with his <a href="http://www.christophkaiser.com/">architecture and design firm</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Once we started, it was about an 18-month process with a few breaks in between where I would run out of money and have to make money, so I could invest some more,&#8221; Kaiser explains. &#8220;At a certain point, we were just like, &#8216;Oh my goodness, we&#8217;ve been anticipating living in this project for such a long time.'&#8221;</p> <p>Unique projects bring unique challenges - and the silo has had its fair share. With most furniture and appliances designed on a 90-degree angle, Kaiser had to figure out how to fashion a home in a curved space. He ended up building everything from the kitchen cabinets to the doors himself.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-202405 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Blog-Resized-2-144dae.jpg" alt="Blog-Resized-2" width="800" height="538" /></p> <p>A giant glass door on wheels serves as an entrypoint into the backyard, and a way to open up the space.</p> <p>&#8220;To have the benefit of outdoor space, which is an extension of the living space, is huge,&#8221; Kaiser says. &#8220;Whether you&#8217;re sitting inside and have this 10-foot-rolling door open and you just have a view you can experience &#8230; or you&#8217;re outside enjoying it directly, I think it was definitely something we considered as part of the floor plan.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;You can sit and read and, &#8216;Oh, let&#8217;s pick a few weeds,&#8217; and then bring some produce inside,&#8221; Thibault adds. &#8220;Everything is very fluid.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-202410 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Blog-Resized-3-4d8d5b.jpg" alt="Blog-Resized-3" width="800" height="749" /></p> <p>But when the couple experienced their first storm in the house, indoor-outdoor living became a little too real.</p> <p>&#8220;We had water coming in through the front door, water coming in through the radius door,&#8221; Kaiser recalls. &#8220;That was not a fun night for me, because it&#8217;s kind of my responsibility to make sure this thing actually works, and all of a sudden these things were failing.&#8221;</p> <p>The couple also had to figure out how to make a functional space for two when they don&#8217;t have rooms, per se, other than a teeny bathroom. They ended up creating a separate sleeping loft, where Thibault loves to watch movies in bed.</p> <p>&#8220;You feel like you&#8217;re at the IMAX,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You can lie in bed, and it projects arced on the wall. Subwoofers are hidden underneath the bed, so everything kind of shakes. You can watch &#8216;Jaws&#8217; in full format. It&#8217;s pretty great.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-202407 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Blog-Resized-4-715793.jpg" alt="Blog-Resized-4" width="650" height="911" /></p> <p>Kaiser says the space has brought the newlyweds closer.</p> <p>&#8220;I think there&#8217;s an intimacy that&#8217;s imposed on people when they&#8217;re in one space. You can&#8217;t find that separation,&#8221; he says. &#8220;&#8230; It makes you confront issues more, and it really brings you together.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I think we&#8217;ve learned a lot about our dynamics, and the way that we work and accomplish things,&#8221; Thibault adds. &#8220;[It&#8217;s] very coupling.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-202408 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Blog-Resized-5-1d29cb.jpg" alt="Blog-Resized-5" width="800" height="602" /></p> <p>They&#8217;ve also had to learn how to live with (a lot) less.</p> <p>&#8220;We had to do a pretty serious pare-down of our stuff to move in here, and that honestly just keeps continuing,&#8221; Thibault says. &#8220;I think he has more shoes [than I do].&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;She has more shoes,&#8221; Kaiser replies with a smile. &#8220;There&#8217;s no contest.&#8221;</p> <p>No matter how many pairs of shoes, the couple says they wouldn&#8217;t trade their out-of-the-box living experience.</p> <p>&#8220;Home can be so many things,&#8221; Kaiser says. &#8220;&#8230; The ability for people to fashion that to their own liking is a beautiful freedom that we have.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Video by Craig Schwisow and Tom Hanny. Photos by Matt Winquist; design sketch by Christoph Kaiser.</em></p> <p><em>Don't miss out on the next Zillow video! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/Zillow?sub_confirmation=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Subscribe</a> today to see the latest. </em></p> <p><em>Originally published August 3, 2016.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-waterfront-homes-200491/">Teensy Waterfront Homes for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sanctuary-an-artists-oasis-197089/">Sanctuary: An Artist&#8217;s Oasis</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/">The Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Fu5Uh_oQzp4:l-ooYZ7jr5I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Fu5Uh_oQzp4:l-ooYZ7jr5I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/feed/ 209 https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/ 2017-08-03 00:18 +00:00 2017-08-03 12:18 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/geywc3zwgeywiztvg4yxm2jqg5wgy3rz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/affordable-cities-uk-first-time-buyers/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/buying-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property The most affordable cities in the UK for first-time buyers Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:30:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-02 05:30 +00:00 2017-08-02 17:30 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/grshkz3oovqto4dpnrrtm3dlortggnrv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/life-top-luxury-homes-new-skyscrapers-around-world/ topics:places/canada structure:luxury editors:lauren-davidson topics:places/dubai topics:things/skyscrapers topics:things/new-home structure:art/architecture topics:places/singapore-asia topics:places/europe topics:people/zaha-hadid topics:places/usa topics:places/barcelona structure:money topics:people/daniel-libeskind structure:property Life at the very top: luxury homes in new skyscrapers around the world Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-08-02 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-02 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219625 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/miVQpj4jzvs/ Editors' Picks First Person flipping Home selling home staging 5 Home Staging Tips From an Expert Flipper You flipped it - now it's time to sell it. Follow these five expert tricks for a quick, full-offer sale. Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:32:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/expert-home-staging-tips-219625/#respond Christina El Moussa <p>You updated the plumbing, refinished the flooring, painted the walls. In short, your home renovation is finally finished, and you&#8217;re ready to put your flipped house on the market.</p> <p>But before you do, follow these five home staging tricks that top house flippers use - if you do, you'll likely see a quick full-offer sale coming your way!</p> <h3>Offer great curb appeal</h3> <p>Pulling up to their potential new home should be a joyful experience for buyers. Give them the great first impression they&#8217;re hoping for with <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cosmetic-update-curb-appeal-193840/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a> that conveys a genuinely warm welcome.</p> <p>Stylish house numbers, updated porch lighting, a classy door color, charming outdoor seating, flowers in bloom, and a welcome mat seem like unimportant details, but they make all the difference.</p> <p>When a house looks cared for on the outside, it lets buyers know the inside has been maintained, too.</p> <h3>Create ambiance</h3> <p>Once potential buyers step inside, give them a personal, emotional connection to the house. Remember to address all five senses:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sight.</strong> Use flattering lighting throughout the house to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/banishing-gloom-from-rooms-192293/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">brighten dark corners</a> and create playful shadows. This includes canned lighting, floor and table lamps, hanging pendants, and under-counter spot lights.</li> <li><strong>Smell.</strong> Create a very subtle, pleasant scent throughout the house by lighting scented candles or plugging in an aromatherapy diffuser. Citrus, vanilla, and lavender are perfect choices. Make sure the smell is subtle, not overbearing.</li> <li><strong>Touch.</strong> Incorporate texture through textiles that entice touching, which promotes a personal connection to a space.</li> <li><strong>Sound.</strong> Turn on quiet music, hang wind chimes, or install a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/water-features-every-yard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">water feature</a> to relax anyone touring the house.</li> <li><strong>Taste. </strong>It never hurts to have some cookies or a candy bowl ready! Also be sure to offer chilled bottled water.</li> </ul> <p>By appeasing the five senses, you&#8217;re sure to help potential buyers connect to the house.</p> <h3>Embrace floor space</h3> <p>If there&#8217;s one thing every buyer is looking for, it's square footage. Play up every inch of it for them!</p> <p>To make the house feel spacious, put breathing room around monochromatic furniture, and hang mirrors to reflect windows and room openings. Hang drapes high (or don't use them at all), place <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-big-blank-wall-190134/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">large artwork on the walls</a>, and lay down oversized area rugs.</p> <p>Choose furniture raised up on legs to create a sense of lightness, and use decorative knickknacks sparingly to increase surface space. Create a distant focal point, such as a plant at the top of the stairs or a beautiful pendant light at the end of a hallway.</p> <h3>Emphasize architectural details</h3> <p>Even if your house flip includes some quirky architectural details, it's best to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/listing-photos-your-first-showing-191519/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">show them off</a> rather than try to hide them. After all, a house's personality is part of its charm.</p> <p>For example, if there&#8217;s seemingly wasted space underneath a staircase, turn it into a reading nook. If there&#8217;s a giant fireplace, dress up the mantle and arrange furniture around it. Built-ins have a special place in everyone's heart, so if your house has them, definitely show them off!</p> <h3>Play up a lifestyle</h3> <p>Remember, you're not just selling a house, you're selling a lifestyle. This means you shouldn't forget to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/deck-out-patio-for-summer-175810/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dress up the outside areas</a>, such as the patio and backyard. If you want your buyers to feel at home, set up an outdoor dining scene, arrange lounge chairs around the pool, or hang a rope swing.</p> <p>By showing buyers the kind of life they could be enjoying, you&#8217;re showing them it&#8217;s worth paying to get it.</p> <p>Check out <a href="https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/success-path" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Success Path</a> for more tips on real estate and renovation.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7735-E-Wingtip-Way-Scottsdale-AZ-85255/7988805_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-flip-faster-216866/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sell Your Flip Faster With These Expert Tips</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-investing-success-202622/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 6 Stages of Flipping a Home</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=miVQpj4jzvs:Z3kje83ncX4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=miVQpj4jzvs:Z3kje83ncX4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/expert-home-staging-tips-219625/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/expert-home-staging-tips-219625/ 2017-08-01 17:32 +00:00 2017-08-02 05:32 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnvdsmduovyhkndwmnyheojroruww3dv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/priced-london-want-space-buy-king-commute/ topics:places/harpenden topics:things/buying-property topics:places/buckinghamshire topics:places/essex topics:places/chelmsford topics:organisations/berkeley-group topics:places/bedfordshire topics:places/hertfordshire structure:money topics:places/london topics:places/st-albans structure:property Priced out of London and want more space? Here's where to buy to be king of the commute Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-08-01 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-01 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216774 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/YSPQyMSPsic/ Editors' Picks First Person Home selling Listings 'I Wasn't Looking to Sell My Home, But for the Right Price...' Would you move if you got an offer you couldn't refuse? See how one savvy homeowner did it. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/got-an-offer-on-my-home-216774/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p><em>Francis, a Seattle homeowner, shares what it was like to sell a house without putting it on the market. As told to Jamie Birdwell-Branson.</em></p> <p>Shortly after moving into my Seattle house in 2015, I listed it on Zillow&#8217;s for-sale-by-owner pre-market feature, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/make-me-move/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Make Me Move</a>. I got everything organized and listed my home for $100,000 more than what I had just paid.</p> <p>I thought my home had a lot to offer. I played up the lot, which was giant for Seattle at about 8,000 square feet. The house was also in a really picturesque neighborhood with a great location. The real selling point of the house, though, was the excellent public school district, which I thought would speak to young families.</p> <p>I knew that I wasn't going to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/start-here/?utm_source=porchlight&amp;utm_campaign=house_ad&amp;utm_medium=banner&amp;utm_content=c_column" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sell the house</a> right away, because I didn't want to pay a capital gains tax, which you incur if you sell your primary residence before you've lived in it for two years. Knowing this, I just wanted to feel out the interest in the neighborhood and the house - just to keep a pulse on the market. If I got a wild offer, however, I figured I&#8217;d take the 15-percent capital gains hit, even knowing that it would be more complicated to deal with than just waiting the two years.</p> <p>A couple of months went by without anyone approaching me, but a few potential buyers and agents slowly started to reach out. Once the buyers started to throw serious offers my way, I thought I might need to raise my price, because I wanted to avoid selling it under the two-year mark. Eventually, I did increase the price, because I was getting too much interest. To help me determine a better price, I looked at the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-are-comps-179631/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">comps</a> to know if I was under or over the appropriate value of the home.</p> <h3><strong>Showing the home</strong></h3> <p>Out of the 20 or so hits I got over the two-year period, I showed the house to seven people. When they wanted to check it out, I set up a time for them to walk around the house for 20 minutes. During the showings, I spoke very frankly about the home&#8217;s condition. And I didn't feel the need to give a hard sell, because I had the benefit of not being in a rush to move. I could have gone either way between, "Oh yeah, I can stay here," or "I'll take the offer."</p> <p>I ended up with a cash offer, but it wasn't enough. I got another cash offer that was pretty high, but then a couple whose friends lived on the street approached me with an even better offer. We sealed the deal on the condition that closing day would be after that official two-year mark so I could avoid the capital gains tax.</p> <p>This was a pretty easy decision to make, because I knew I could buy my sister's condo. That was really the deciding factor: I knew I could take the cash offer and buy a condo at a good price, without competing in the market with everyone else. At some point, you have to say to yourself, "OK, this is enough money to feel comfortable and happy moving from this investment to another one."</p> <h3><strong>The process</strong></h3> <p>In comparison to a traditional real estate transaction, the Make Me Move experience was surprisingly straightforward. If you're not in a big rush and you find a buyer that's willing to work with you, drawing up a contract is relatively easy. If you&#8217;re hesitant to do it alone, don&#8217;t let the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/documents-needed-for-selling/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">paperwork</a> intimidate you, because it's all boilerplate and very sensible. If you've gone through buying a house once, you can handle the paperwork without any issues.</p> <p>Listing your home pre-market is a great way to test the market and buy or sell in a low-pressure way - and potentially save money.</p> <p>The best thing about selling a house on your own is that everyone can just be honest about their expectations - whether it's the buyer or the seller. For the buyer, it's more transparent if the seller is serious. And then you can say, "OK, can I afford this? And is that what I want for that price?" versus just going into a blind bidding situation.</p> <p>For the seller, you're not on any hard <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/timeline-for-selling-your-home/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">timeline</a>, and you don't have to stage a house or lose money on a mortgage for a house that's just sitting there. You can plan the logistics a little better when it's all on your terms.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-selling-home-215952/&amp;sa=U&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjpuIHDp8PUAhVP_mMKHa7rBY0QFggFMAA&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNH7Al46URP1-rCyCYynm6Fr-GwWJA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> U.S. Homeowners Spend $15,000 in Hidden Costs to Sell a House</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-consider-when-pricing-home-190620/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home to Sell</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YSPQyMSPsic:y2u5YZjC_0k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YSPQyMSPsic:y2u5YZjC_0k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/got-an-offer-on-my-home-216774/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/got-an-offer-on-my-home-216774/ 2017-07-31 13:00 +00:00 2017-08-01 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219659 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CeSD94PkXHs/ Editors' Picks Market Trends home buying home maintenance Hidden Costs of Homeownership Typically Top $9,000 a Year Prepare yourself by knowing the less-obvious costs of owning a home. Insurance, maintenance and more add up faster than you think. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:01:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/#comments Alexa Fiander <p>Buyers too often focus on a home&#8217;s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford. However, the numerous less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line.</p> <p>To help home buyers budget more accurately, Zillow and <a href="https://www.thumbtack.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Thumbtack</a> identified several common but often overlooked home expenses and calculated what homeowners around the country could expect to pay for them. The analysis also included utility cost estimates from <a href="https://myutilityscore.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">UtilityScore</a>.</p> <p>While each extra expense might seem small, they cost U.S. homeowners, on average, $9,080 a year, according to <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-07-31-Homeowners-Can-Spend-More-Than-9-000-a-Year-on-Hidden-Homeownership-and-Maintenance-Costs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the report</a>.</p> <h3>Unavoidable costs</h3> <p>Nationally, homeowners pay an average of $6,059 a year in unavoidable costs, which include homeowners insurance, property taxes and utilities. Since nearly half (47 percent) of home shoppers today are first-time buyers, many of these extra costs may come as a surprise.</p> <p>San Francisco homeowners pay the most of the metros analyzed ($13,019 on average), primarily due to the market's high home values and property taxes. Indianapolis homeowners pay the least ($4,699).</p> <h3>Maintenance expenses</h3> <p>Nearly all homeowners (96 percent) have made some kind of improvement to their homes, according to the 2016 <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends</a>. While many complete these projects themselves, those who pay professionals can expect to spend an average of $3,021 for the six most common hired home projects requested by Thumbtack users: carpet cleaning, yard work, gutter cleaning, HVAC maintenance, house cleaning and pressure washing.</p> <p>Labor costs can vary significantly by region, with Seattle homeowners paying as much as $4,052 a year on average for those six projects, while San Antonio homeowners pay an average of $1,962.</p> <h3>Budget planning</h3> <p>More than a third of buyers go over budget on a home purchase. To help buyers better understand the total cost of homeownership, Zillow Group launched <a href="https://www.realestate.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RealEstate.com</a>, a website that allows people to search by the "All-In Monthly Price" of owning that home. In addition to the mortgage, the price includes estimated property taxes, insurance, PMI, utilities, taxes, HOA fees and closing costs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219660" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RE.com-All-In-Cost-Calculator-d1a1b7.png" alt="" width="878" height="798" /></p> <p>Curious how much these hidden homeownership costs are in your area? Here's a breakdown of the metros analyzed in the report:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219661" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hidden-Costs-Homeownership-2017-blog-4bed32.png" alt="" width="873" height="1600" /></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/taking-care-new-home-guide-seasons/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Taking Care of Your New Home, Season by Season</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-is-a-home-warranty-and-do-you-need-one-128610/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Is a Home Warranty, and Do You Need One?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bundling-home-services-216459/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Can You Save Money by Bundling Home Services?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CeSD94PkXHs:4F0AW2xVcd0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CeSD94PkXHs:4F0AW2xVcd0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/ 2017-07-31 04:01 +00:00 2017-07-31 16:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mnzgm4bsnzwhk23ngrshaylqmr2hezde/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/living-old-rectory-remains-ultimate-dream-house-hunters/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:places/gloucestershire topics:places/oxfordshire structure:gardening topics:things/luxury-property structure:money topics:people/jane-austen structure:property Why living in an old rectory remains the ultimate dream for house hunters Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-07-30 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-30 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mu2to5ten5vxayttmi2gw3tknfwdkyzy/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/middle-eastern-investors-ready-pounce-central-londons-ailing/ topics:things/interest-rates storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Middle Eastern investors ready to pounce on central London's ailing property market  Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:18:57 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-29 18:18 +00:00 2017-07-30 06:18 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219656 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7ykO3U_v2Co/ Editors' Picks First Person home buying Moving relocation We Bought a Home Sight Unseen (Here's What We Learned) When eager buyers snatched up our home just 24 hours after we listed it, we didn't have the luxury of checking out open houses to find our next place. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:08:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/#respond Chris Stout-Hazard <p>"No. Absolutely not. Stop looking at those. Put your laptop away right now."</p> <p>This is how I talk to my husband, and I'm not proud of that. But having lived in three different houses during just six years of marriage, I was nervous to find him browsing real estate listings last summer. Can you blame me?</p> <p>Our moves haven't been around-the-block, either. From the booming (and baking) city of Austin, TX to the bucolic and rural village of Sharon Springs, NY to the New York City metro, we'd lugged our possessions across 2,000 miles of highways.</p> <p>Our houses had been equally disparate in style: an eco-friendly house in Austin, a 160-year-old <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/victorian-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Italianate Victorian</a> in upstate New York, and a glass box on a mountain in New Jersey with a view of the Empire State Building.</p> <p>Now it was time to move again. While we'd enjoyed our adventures, <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">our growing business</a> and desire to be close to family pointed us in another direction: Nebraska. We got our New Jersey house prepared for sale, expecting it to spend a little time on the market. Instead, it sold within 24 hours. Oops.</p> <h3>House hunting from far away</h3> <p>Forced to act fast - with no time to fly to Omaha to view properties - we dug into home listings. We narrowed options down by budget and location, looked for houses that hadn't been updated (as designers, we'd do that ourselves), and poured over each photo to pick out details.</p> <p>I printed up neighborhood maps and highlighted nearby restaurants and parks for our dog. We enlisted the help of my parents and hired a family friend as our real estate agent, sending them to tour houses on our behalf. Dad measured rooms while Mom toured the neighborhood. Any bit of information they could gather was invaluable.</p> <p>I finally walked through the house the day before closing. Roger was in New Jersey finishing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/time-saving-packing-hacks-173648/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">packing</a>, and I had driven out in advance. In person, I could see where our homework prepared me - and what remained a surprise.</p> <p>The view out the windows, the way light played through the hallways, the "aroma" of a long-clogged garbage disposal - some things simply weren't captured by the photos we'd seen. The living room was smaller. The dining room was square rather than rectangular. The smelly, grimy kitchen, which had been a "sometime next spring" <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/before-starting-home-remodel/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renovation project</a>, immediately got bumped up to the top of the list.</p> <figure id="attachment_219736" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-219736" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-small-374921.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The kitchen, before renovation</figcaption></figure> <p>All in all, we love our new home, and most of the surprises - from architectural details to friendly neighbors - have been pleasant ones.</p> <p>Would I recommend buying a house without having seen it first? I think it's doable with a little on-the-ground intelligence from people you trust. Will I do it again? Absolutely not. I've told Roger that we're never moving again. And this time - fingers crossed - I think he agrees with me.</p> <figure id="attachment_219734" style="width: 570px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219734 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/about_rc-504581.jpg" alt="" width="570" height="300" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Chris (left) and Roger have left home shopping behind and moved on to planning renovation projects.</figcaption></figure> <h3>If you&#8217;re long-distance home buying</h3> <p>Buying a house sight-unseen? Here are a few tips for lowering your stress level (a little):</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sketch it out</strong>. It's tough to wrap your head around the layout of a house from a handful of listing photos. Get a better sense of the flow by drawing a floor plan. If possible, get room dimensions to determine which furniture will have a place and what should be left behind.</li> <li><strong>Preview the views</strong>. Listing photos don&#8217;t always capture what you&#8217;ll see through the windows. For example, our dining room windows look out onto the neighbor's wood fence. Ask your real estate agent to snap photos looking through the windows and, if possible, record a short video up and down the street to help provide a sense of the surroundings.</li> <li><strong>Embrace the folder</strong>. A move brings chaos. You'll misplace your toothbrush, your phone charger, and perhaps even your smallest child. At the same time, buying a home requires lots of very important paperwork that you absolutely must produce at a moment's notice. Do yourself a favor: Go to the office supply store and buy the most obnoxiously bright, neon green document folder they sell. Put all the essential closing documents in there, and keep it handy.</li> <li><strong>Take care of yourself</strong>. The first impulse may be to drop everything to focus solely on packing and preparing for your new home. That's important, of course, but don't neglect the routine activities that make life feel "normal" for you. If you go to the gym, keep going even if you have to cut workouts short. Catch a movie or concert. Meet a friend for coffee. This is an overwhelming and demanding time, but continuing to do things you enjoy will make your move less overwhelming.</li> <li><strong>Brace for impact</strong>. Walking into an empty house, particularly after seeing carefully staged listing photos, can be disorienting. The most common reaction? "Wow, this bedroom looks so small!" The scale of unfurnished rooms is notoriously hard to judge. Don't freak out - once you get a few pieces of furniture in place, everything will feel more normal.</li> </ul> <p><em>Shopping for a home? Our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/start-here/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Home Buyers Guide</a> offers plenty of advice and tools. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-long-distance-house-hunting-209421/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Handle Long-Distance House Hunting Like a Champ</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/questions-buyers-agent-173819/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Questions to Help You Find the Right Buyer&#8217;s Agent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/long-distance-househunting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shortcuts for Long-Distance House Hunting</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7ykO3U_v2Co:1sBLLzAcFUg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7ykO3U_v2Co:1sBLLzAcFUg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/ 2017-07-28 21:08 +00:00 2017-07-29 09:08 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mnzds23douygizluonuwu4dooa2g62lc/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/grand-designs-architect-zac-monros-london-home-market/ storytype:standard topics:people/david-bowie topics:things/planning topics:things/grand-designs structure:money topics:organisations/channel-4 topics:places/london structure:property Grand Designs architect Zac Monro's London home is on the market Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-28 12:00 +00:00 2017-07-29 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzzdandboy2hm4dcoyygc2ruov3gun3o/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/look-inside-mel-gibsons-medieval-inspired-malibu-home-now-market/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:things/x-files topics:people/mel-gibson topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property topics:events/oscars Look inside Mel Gibson's Medieval-inspired Malibu home, now on the market for $17.5m Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:28:57 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-07-28 11:28 +00:00 2017-07-28 23:28 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219098 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1UZhvd28miY/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Mediterranean Designer Lookbook: Summer Thornton's Mediterranean Home Makeover Traditional gets a tropical twist in this color-infused Florida getaway. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:44:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-thornton-mediterranean-219098/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>Interior designer <a href="http://www.summerthorntondesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Summer Thornton </a>turned a newly constructed Mediterranean-style house in sunny Naples, FL into a beautiful vacation home, featuring refined decor and a soothing color palette.</p> <p>"The homeowner wanted it to feel bright, casual, and elegant, so I steered the interior design toward more traditional furnishings and a light color palette with pops of color," says Thornton of the second home."It&#8217;s on a beautiful lot that backs up to water, so they&#8217;ve got amazing, peaceful views from the lanai and pool."</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-219188 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/01_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-53f09e.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="746" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219186" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/00_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-cbf4d6.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="520" /></p> <p>Thornton was also tasked with seamlessly blending the Mediterranean architecture of the house with classic styling and relaxed, casual furnishings to create an abode that encapsulates "refined Florida elegance."</p> <p>Along with furnishing the home, the designer also helped with the interior architecture, choosing finishes throughout. And since it was a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/4-steps-to-buying-a-second-home-194367/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">second home</a>, Thornton also helped choose all the accessories, from the decorative tchotchkes down to the dishes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219205 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-bd1a8f.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="509" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219200 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-a341c7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="500" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219201" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-5becf9.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="976" /></p> <p>"The homeowner wanted a space where they could have the whole family down for holidays and gatherings," she says. "They're grandparents, and wanted their grown kids and grandchildren to feel relaxed and comfortable."</p> <p>Hailing from the Midwest, the homeowners visit the home in the winter, and they wanted to keep the decorative elements elegant and not overly tropical.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219211" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-f925e9.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219206 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-df36e5.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219202" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-ed1d9d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <p>Since the homeowner was gravitating toward a tranquil color palette of blue and white, Thornton used the color scheme throughout, from indigo fabrics to graphic wallpapers and Chinese ginger jars.</p> <p>And as a nod to Naples' gulf setting, Thornton incorporated tropical plants, like a fiddle-leaf fig tree, along with Audubon prints of herons and smaller decorative touches, like coral.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219194" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/06_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-aa54b5.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219191" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-c631da.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="970" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219193 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/05_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-0f3201.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="976" /></p> <p>"In total, I think we had more than 200 pieces of coral - about 600 pounds, I believe - and over 50 pieces of blue-and-white pottery interspersed throughout the home," she says.</p> <p>Thornton used metallic accents, wood, textured wallpapers, and natural fibers to add warmth and a layered look to the home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219209 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-73baa0.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219208 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-64fe3b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p>"A few of my favorite features include the flora and fauna hand-painted panels in the foyer, the blue-and-white Granada tile backsplash in the lanai, and the faux-bois wallpaper in one of the guest bedrooms," she says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219196 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/08_Naples_Interior_Design_Summer_Thornton-15e13e.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="976" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Look to nature for inspiration</strong>. "Too often I see homes full of beige and tan because people think it will go with anything," says Thornton. "But if you look at nature, there's a variety of tones and colors and shades found throughout. Green and blue are so prominent in nature that the eye actually sees them as a neutral." Thornton advises mixing and matching colors when choosing furniture, paint, and decorative elements.</li> <li><strong>Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. </strong>&#8220;Most homes I see are 80 percent complete," says Thornton. "They have all the furnishings, all the must-have items, but they're missing the touches that make a house feel like a home." Layering and stacking decorative accessories gives a room a finished look. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Starting a collection</a> is a good way to amass items that can add personality to your home. "Once you do, your home will feel more personal, unique, and complete," she says.</li> <li><strong>Mix your metals.</strong>"I&#8217;m a firm believer that kitchens often feel flat because everything matches too perfectly," says Thornton. "By simply changing your cabinet hardware, you create a whole new look." In this home&#8217;s kitchen, Thornton mixed three different pull styles, and used both brass and polished nickel.</li> <li><strong>Find pillows that pop.</strong>"Most of the upholstery in this home was white, so we made it pop with colorful pillows," she says. Grab your favorite pillows and textiles, and layer them on your couch or bed to give your home an effortlessly collected look.</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Photos by Brantley Photography.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Susan Jamieson&#8217;s Coastal Getaway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-vacation-home-198888/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Decorating Your Vacation Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Rebecca Van&#8217;t Hull&#8217;s Colorful Weekend Retreat</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1UZhvd28miY:RRRqOK8rPc0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1UZhvd28miY:RRRqOK8rPc0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-thornton-mediterranean-219098/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-thornton-mediterranean-219098/ 2017-07-27 21:44 +00:00 2017-07-28 09:44 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219400 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/eSa5xW_SfB0/ Unique Homes historic homes house of the week mid-century modern Mid-Century Modern Lovers Will Geek Out Over This Gem – House of the Week Practically untouched since 1957, this time capsule comes with polka dot wallpaper, a soda fountain (that still works!) and an underground tunnel. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:14:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Pour yourself a Manhattan and turn up the Sam Cooke: this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1401-Sugar-Loaf-Dr-La-Canada-Flintridge-CA-91011/20840787_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mid-century modern manse</a> is on the market for the first time in decades.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Los Angeles-area house hasn't been open to the public since it was built in 1957 (during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration, in case you're keeping track).</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219410" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219410 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-009-mls-e7bfe1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The so-called &#8220;Research House 1957&#8221; was part of a series in the Los Angeles area to showcase new ideas in modern home design, according to listing agent Sam Buchanan. This home, designed by architect John C. Lindsay, was reportedly so radical that a quarter million people flocked to Flintridge Hills, CA, to see it once it was complete.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219412" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219412 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-012-mls-5e617d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Research House 1957&#8230; has been planned and executed specifically to illustrate what the new products in the building industry can do, especially when they are put in the hands of rating experts," wrote House &amp; Patio magazine in its winter 1957 issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> "[The house] is not, perhaps, <span style="color: #000000;">properly</span> termed </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">avant-garde</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">, though its system of laminated beam construction literally fastens it to a hillside - something of a revolution in the trade," the magazine continues.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219492 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-11.59.06-AM-bc50ef.png" alt="" width="612" height="785" /></p> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/House-and-Patio-1957-1401-Sugar-Loaf-3126b8.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here to see the full feature story in &#8216;House &amp; Patio&#8217; magazine from 1957, courtesy of Sam Buchanan.</a></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perched on a hillside, the 2,935-square-foot house looks like something straight out of &#8220;I Dream of Jeannie.&#8221; The entryway carpet is a groovy olive green and is anchored by a drop-down fireplace. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219409" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219409 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-008-mls-e56951.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bathrooms are decorated with original ornate wallpaper, including one with flamingo pink polka dots. One even includes a pop-out clothes hamper and drop-down scale, thought to be innovations at the time, Buchanan said.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219421" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219421 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-022-mls-f31a8d.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Multiple living areas are wood-paneled, while the living room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219454" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219454 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-018-mls-a82ca9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The kitchen features a built-in can opener and pop-out toaster oven, while the original soda fountains still work.</p> <figure id="attachment_219441" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219441 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-044-mls-ea0f5a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The backyard is a &#8220;Mad Men&#8221; dream, with a mod-shaped geometric pool, hot tub and views of the surrounding mountains. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219434" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219434 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-035-mls-fc1bad.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An outdoor kitchen has bright yellow, orange, green and blue cabinets - a place where the Brady Bunch would've felt right at home.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219438" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219438 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-039-mls-d3ef64.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A number of original furnishings remain at the house, Buchanan said. A few spots were given modern upgrades about 10 years ago.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219420" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219420 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-021-mls-740cfc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>But perhaps the most unique feature, Buchanan said, is an underground tunnel built to service the elevator (yes, the elevator still works). The tunnel is 10 feet wide and more than 8 feet high - perfect for a modern wine cellar.</p> <figure id="attachment_219573" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219573" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/elevator-resized-54b697.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Sam Buchanan.</figcaption></figure> <p>The current owners had lived in the home since 1959, but the husband recently passed away at the age of 93, leading his wife to put the property up for sale. The first open house, last week, drew 500 visitors.</p> <p>&#8220;<span style="font-weight: 400;">It's been hidden away for 60 years,&#8221; Buchanan said. &#8220;I </span>know a lot of these people can't afford a $3 million dollar house, but I wanted them to see it.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_219418" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219418 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-019-mls-f52b02.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house is listed at $2.99 million - or, roughly, 245 times what the average house cost the year this place was built.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sam Buchanan of B&amp;B Properties <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1401-Sugar-Loaf-Dr,-La-Canada-Flintridge,-CA-91011_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">holds the listing</a>.</span></p> <h6><em>Top photo by <a href="http://www.susanpickering.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Susan Pickering Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/matthew-perry-la-bachelor-pad-217864/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Buy &#8216;Friends&#8217; Star Matthew Perry&#8217;s Ultimate LA Bachelor Pad</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/audrey-hepburn-former-home-217658/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hepburn, History and Hollywood Combine in Audrey&#8217;s Former Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=eSa5xW_SfB0:oC22cTzz1V4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=eSa5xW_SfB0:oC22cTzz1V4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/ 2017-07-27 17:14 +00:00 2017-07-28 05:14 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=212149 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/a1kigZm7_RE/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Meg Ryan SoHo Meg Ryan Will No Longer Be Sleeping in Soho The space exudes industrial chic, with plenty of spots to relax, from the soaking tub to the classic, comfortable living room. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:52:12 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/meg-ryan-lists-soho-loft-212149/#respond Melissa Allison <figure id="attachment_212222" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-212222 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_83721358-bd66f6.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="208" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: After five months on the market, Meg Ryan&#8217;s Soho loft has found a willing buyer. The acclaimed actress sold the home for $1.05 million less than her original ask, but unloading for $9.85 million means she can move on to her next project. Ryan <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/meg-ryan-new-york-city-loft" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">admits she is a serial renovator</a>, and if her history holds, it won't be long before she "Meg-anizes" another spot.</p> <p><strong>ORIGINAL POST 2/16/17</strong>: Rom-com darling Meg Ryan just put <a href="http://streeteasy.com/building/84-mercer-street-new_york/5th-floor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a $10.9-million price tag</a> on a SoHo loft she recently featured in <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/meg-ryan-new-york-city-loft/all" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Architectural Digest</a>.</p> <p>The home&#8217;s 4,100 square feet are structured for comfort: When you&#8217;ve got mail, you can kick back and read it in the high-ceilinged, light-filled living room. When you&#8217;re sleepless in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/soho-manhattan-new-york-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SoHo</a>, there&#8217;s a black-and-white bathroom with penny tiles and a luxurious tub perfect for a long soak. When Harry meets Sally, there&#8217;s a kitchen with a table for recreating everyone&#8217;s favorite scene.</p> <p>It&#8217;s an apartment with classic lines, from the long, windowed hallway that invites light &#8212; but not sound &#8212; into the living spaces, to the glass walls and French doors that create a private space for the formal dining room. The listing is with Barbara Hochhauser of <a href="http://www.corcoran.com/nyc/Listings/Display/3898043" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Corcoran Group Real Estate</a>.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0194-Edit-4ad081-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0019-Edit-c5d98a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0132-Edit-c607de-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0214-996247-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0097-Edit-f5db6e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0116-Edit-173746-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0199-Edit-6dd4a0-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0046-Edit-b433fd-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0053-Edit-da9385-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0068-Edit-c01976-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/170213_EJ_84_mercer_fl5_0182-Edit-71fc10-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by Evan Joseph</em></p> <p>Ryan bought the home from &#8220;The Simpsons&#8221; actor Hank Azaria in 2013 and renovated it, adding ebonized wood floors and black lacquered cabinets, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/meg-ryan-lists-soho-loft-for-10-9-million-1487257062" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Wall Street Journal reports</a>. The apartment spans the fifth floor of a building constructed in the 1880s, and has 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping area with French doors.</p> <p>Ryan, who last year directed and starred in the movie &#8220;Ithaca,&#8221; is an antiques collector. Above that long table in the kitchen hang two industrial lamps from a salvage shop in Maine. They complement exposed pipes on the ceiling, which add to the home&#8217;s factory-meets-elegance vibe. The kitchen boasts a double range, two stainless steel refrigerators and a windowed pantry.</p> <p>A master bedroom with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/exposed-brick-wall/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">exposed brick wall</a> and eight closets contribute to the industrial chic aesthetic, as do seven architectural columns, transom windows and 12-foot ceilings.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-chastain-nyc-condo-171564/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jessica Chastain Buys Leonard Bernstein&#8217;s Gorgeous Old Place</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/meryl-streep-former-townhouse-210713/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Meryl Streep&#8217;s Former NYC Townhouse Lists for $28.5M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/julia-roberts-sells-kauai-estate-208016/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Julia Roberts Takes a Bath on Kauai Estate</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=a1kigZm7_RE:wEUkiYpiMkM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=a1kigZm7_RE:wEUkiYpiMkM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/meg-ryan-lists-soho-loft-212149/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/meg-ryan-lists-soho-loft-212149/ 2017-07-27 16:52 +00:00 2017-07-28 04:52 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/grtdkztjgaywm43rnnvgqmdlnm2gs3lm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/see-world-black-white-striking-monochrome-look-home/ topics:things/zebras topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/grey topics:things/animals structure:money structure:property See the world in black and white with a striking monochrome look for your home Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-07-27 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-27 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219542 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RVkAGQzS2GU/ Unique Homes castles converted homes historic homes most expensive homes tiny homes Top 10 Most Shared Homes This Year What makes a home worthy of Internet fame? According to our social media stats, the quirkier the better! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:10:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-shared-homes-of-2017-219542/#respond Katherine Martinelli <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are certain characteristics people tend to keep an eye out for when searching for their forever homes: aesthetically pleasing design, comfortable layout, safe neighborhood, good schools. Then there are the characteristics that make certain posts go viral. Spoiler: they don't tend to have a lot in common.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These 10 homes are the most shared across our social media platforms so far this year. From superstar penthouses to the supremely quirky, you might not want to live in these homes - but chances are you will want to share them!</span></p> <h3>10. Sting's Manhattan Penthouse</h3> <h6><strong>3,907 social shares and counting<br /> </strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219570" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-selling-56m-apartment-215562/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219570 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_03-edited-96354f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Andrew Kiracofe.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People are always after glimpses into the lives of celebrities, so it's no surprise the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-selling-56m-apartment-215562/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news of Sting&#8217;s New York penthouse going on the market</a> in early May garnered so many shares</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This spacio</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">us <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile,townhouse_type/97516205_zpid/">5,417-square-foot apartment</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is located in one of the most </span><a href="http://15centralparkw.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">exclusive addresses</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the city and includes luxury features to match - like spiral staircases, a freestanding fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and a 400-foot terrace overlooking Central Park.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/manhattan-new-york-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manhattan homes</a>.</p> <h3>9. Former Masonic Lodge in New York</h3> <h6><strong>4,413 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219553" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Prospect-St-Little-Falls-NY-13365/2094270800_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219553" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Masonic-Temple-faef7f-1024x682.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Prospect-St-Little-Falls-NY-13365/2094270800_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most people wouldn't think of living in a former Masonic lodge, which is one of the factors that made </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Prospect-St-Little-Falls-NY-13365/2094270800_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> so shareable. With over 12,000-square-feet and a design reminiscent of a castle, this home has some fun details (and some quirky ones!) like a bedroom in one of the turrets and a basement with the wood floors of the original bowling alley.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Town-of-Little-Falls-NY/pmf,pf_pt/house,mobile,townhouse_type/398526_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/43.732406,-74.354096,42.723812,-76.111908_rect/8_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Falls homes</a>.</p> <h3>8. Friendly in Florida</h3> <h6><strong>4,535 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219556" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6040-Traylor-Ave-Sarasota-FL-34243/47470709_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219556" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sarasota-de2a79-1024x573.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="448" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6040-Traylor-Ave-Sarasota-FL-34243/47470709_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6040-Traylor-Ave-Sarasota-FL-34243/47470709_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This large Sarasota estate</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has a lot going on for it, like tons of space, a pool, outdoor kitchen and heated spa. But something tells us that's not why this listing got a lot of social media love. Instead of the impersonal photos typical of a home in this price range (it's going for $1.275 million), these photos feature two cheerful women posed throughout the home.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sarasota-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sarasota homes</a>.</p> <h3>7. Pennsylvania Fixer</h3> <h6><strong>5,302 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219579" style="width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219579 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/PA-Fixer-3fab75.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1209-Cambria-Ave-Windber-PA-15963/2097412126_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billed as a </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">historical home that "has been completely gutted and is waiting to be restored back to it&#8217;s original glory," </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1209-Cambria-Ave-Windber-PA-15963/2097412126_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this 12-bedroom Pennsylvania home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was a steal for someone eager to take on a true fixer upper. Clearly, someone was up for the challenge since it sold last September for $61,000.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/windber-pa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Windber homes</a>.</p> <h3>6. Catopia in Arizona</h3> <h6><strong>6,134 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219584" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219584 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeg1o8ar16pxh1000000000-1-1f10e2.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cats rank pretty highly in the social media success equation, so it shouldn't come as a big shock that </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/feline-fantasyland-217361/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this feline-friendly home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has been shared far and wide. Designed with cats in mind, the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2-bedroom Concho, AZ house</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">dubbed "Catopia" - boasts </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">cat walkways, cat turrets and a multi-level medieval cat castle. And, lucky for you (and your 9,000 cats), it's still on the market.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/concho-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Concho homes</a>.</p> <h3>5. Kentucky Collector&#8217;s Paradise</h3> <h6><strong>8,568 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219588" style="width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-S-Jefferson-St-Princeton-KY-42445/105761491_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219588 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KY-Quirky-60e0d5.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="426" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-S-Jefferson-St-Princeton-KY-42445/105761491_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Built in 1857 with bricks made on site, </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-S-Jefferson-St-Princeton-KY-42445/105761491_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this 5,000-square-foot Greek Revival</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> looks like your typical grand Southern estate from the outside. But the listing photos indicate the owners are collectors. Loosely organized by color, each room is overflowing with vintage furniture, elaborate decor and eclectic knickknacks. Sadly, the listing makes it clear the furnishings are not for sale with the house.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/princeton-ky/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Princeton homes</a>.</p> <h3>4. Pampered Ponies in Oregon</h3> <h6><strong>14,006 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219554" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16400-Jordan-Rd-Sisters-OR-97759/114334512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219554" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Oregon-9659d6-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16400-Jordan-Rd-Sisters-OR-97759/114334512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Included in our roundup of </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-expensive-listing-state-208132/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">most expensive homes in every state</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the owners of </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16400-Jordan-Rd-Sisters-OR-97759/114334512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this Oregon equestrian property</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">are asking a cool $24 million. The main house includes a movie theater, gym and massive wine cellar, while the property also features four guest "casitas" with kitchenettes, a five-bedroom guesthouse, 2,800-square-foot farm manager&#8217;s home, barn, indoor arena, office, saloon, and more.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sisters-or/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sisters homes</a>.</p> <h3>3. Wheels on the Bus in Colorado</h3> <h6><strong>21,296 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219590 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0067_jenkins-cf3950.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="600" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiny houses are all the rage, but </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Denver-based builder Charlie Kern</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has taken it a step further by converting school buses into stylish, practical and energy-efficient homes. Decked out with working kitchens and bathrooms, these tiny homes are not only affordable - they also travel with you!  </span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/denver-co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Denver homes</a>.</p> <h3>2. Texas Mannequin Mansion</h3> <h6><strong>43,871 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219591" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219591 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-23-1648c8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The description of this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">large Richmond, Texas house</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> focuses on the traditional components that make it a great listing, like the pool and four-car garage. But the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mannequin-mansion-218995/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Internet couldn't see past the mannequins</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that can be found in nearly every room from the towel-clad mannequin in the bathroom to the child mannequin riding a tricycle &#8230; on the ceiling. The homeowner is an artist, and their vision certainly comes through in the home decor.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/richmond-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Richmond homes</a>.</p> <h3>1. Surprise Sensation in South Carolina</h3> <h6><strong>64,176 social shares and counting</strong></h6> <figure id="attachment_219592" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/709-Michaelmas-Ave-Cayce-SC-29033/11213633_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219592 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VIRAL-2-1aefa9-e1501094739387.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="675" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/709-Michaelmas-Ave-Cayce-SC-29033/11213633_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You wouldn't think that a house in disrepair would end up the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/viral-zillow-listing-215742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">most-shared Zillow home listing of 2017</span></a> so far<span style="font-weight: 400;">, but thanks to some intriguing mysteries in the description that's exactly what happened. Most notably, </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/709-Michaelmas-Ave-Cayce-SC-29033/11213633_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the fixer upper</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> comes with an upstairs tenant who does not pay rent and must not be displaced. After a massive public response, the identity of the homeowner and squatter </span><a href="http://creepyhouseincayce.com/the-big-reveal/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">were finally revealed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/cayce-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cayce homes</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-popular-homes-ever-191416/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Most Popular Homes Ever on Zillow</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-outrageous-listings-2016-208678/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 of the Most Outrageous Listings of 2016</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RVkAGQzS2GU:B9lmuqWkZVw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RVkAGQzS2GU:B9lmuqWkZVw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-shared-homes-of-2017-219542/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-shared-homes-of-2017-219542/ 2017-07-26 19:10 +00:00 2017-07-27 07:10 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219505 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RcaXPBYWb9A/ Unique Homes glass houses mid-century modern modern Ranch style 10 Modern Glass Houses No One Would Throw Stones At Dwell shares their favorite glass homes that are connected with nature 24/7. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:40:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-glass-houses-219505/#respond Dwell <p>Though living in a glass house certainly isn&#8217;t for everyone, many people who look forward to their dream modern home see a vision of endless glass that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors. Check out these 10.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/just-redo-it-f78fc2e7" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">1908 Edwardian in San Francisco</a></span></p> <p>Dunbar and Astrakhan&#8217;s low-cost, high-impact tour de force is a storefront facade constructed from salvaged double-insulated window glass panels arranged in a shingle pattern.</p> <figure style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-5c20a3-768x1024.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Justin Fantl.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/steel-framed-split-level-home-in-germany-51b40e47" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Reinhold Andris&#8217; German Modernist emblem</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Architect Reinhold Andris has lived in this house in southwestern Germany since 1998. Fifteen years on, the structure remains emblematic of his modernist perspective. &#8220;It's a very open architecture,&#8221; he says, noting the near-invisible steel frame and pervasive use of glass.</p> <figure style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-c090cc-1024x1024.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Reinhold Andris Office, Walddorfhäslach.</figcaption></figure> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/glass-house-with-stunning-pacific-ocean-views-306712eb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan and Mary Finley&#8217;s retreat in Cannon Beach, OR</a></span></p> <p>Boora Architects designed a house for Ryan and Mary Finley near Cannon Beach, OR that resembles a glass prism and rises above a shallow cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 3,330-square-foot structure is topped with a green roof.</p> <figure id="attachment_219507" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219507" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-4b17e6-1024x629.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="492" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Jake Stangel.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/it-house-joshua-tree-b04b8a5a" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">iT House in Joshua Tree</a></span></p> <p>The iT House is an exploration of the couple&#8217;s architectural ideas, built with the help of friends over many weekends away from Los Angeles. It brings the precise and the cool together with the wild and untamed.</p> <figure id="attachment_219512" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219512" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-9377cc-1024x825.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="645" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Gregg Segal.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/this-couple-achieves-their-glass-house-goals-8bfab2e1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sonoma County pavillion</a></span></p> <p>Two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions are greater than a sum of their parts. The simply detailed, taut, flat-roofed home's two wings form a T-shape. One wing runs north to south, parallel to a pool, and contains the open-plan living spaces.</p> <figure id="attachment_219513" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219513" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-5f4b5d-1024x629.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="492" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Matthew Millman.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/glass-house-conversations-81fa102a" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Philip Johnson&#8217;s Glass House in New Canaan, CT</a></span></p> <p>The house that started it all: Philip Johnson&#8217;s Glass House in New Canaan. He and David Whitney used to invite great minds from the architecture, design, and art worlds to the house for evenings of discussion and debate. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, its programmers continued the invitation-only tradition.</p> <figure id="attachment_219514" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219514" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-bfc420-1024x675.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="527" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Dwell.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/home/glass-farmhouse-1b00e239" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Olson Kundig&#8217;s Oregon glass farmhouse</a></span></p> <p>Surrounded by wheat fields on a high-altitude plateau stands a small glass house and a solid, traditional barn. The owners, inspired by Philip Johnson's Glass House, wanted a refuge that opens up to the prairie and mountains.</p> <figure id="attachment_219515" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219515" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-306c68-1024x685.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Tim Bies.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/a-modern-glass-addition-in-belgium-0a49f3f4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tiny house in the Belgian forest</a></span></p> <p>Van Beek's extra space is home to her office. She works on a Tense table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga and Flow chairs by Jean Marie Massaud, both for MDF Italia.</p> <figure id="attachment_219508" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219508" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-734b6c-1024x695.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="543" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/a-home-fit-for-a-science-fiction-writer-1a584aac" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Author&#8217;s bunker-style home</a></span></p> <p>Edgeland House, built on a cliff-top lot in Austin by architect Thomas Bercy for lawyer and writer Chris Brown, is topped by a living roof that helps it blend into the landscape. The concrete, steel, and glass house is divided into two distinct public and private halves.</p> <figure id="attachment_219509" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219509" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-d76cce-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Dave Mead.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.dwell.com/collection/6133588736652107776/6133588736069120000" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mission District louvered gem</a></span></p> <p>For a San Francisco couple living on a hill overlooking the Mission District in San Francisco, glass walls were a must. Indoor louvers allow the residents to frame their view of the city, much like the aperture on a camera.</p> <figure id="attachment_219510" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219510" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-3f0a7d-1024x709.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="554" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of SB Architects.</figcaption></figure> <h6><em>Top photo by Dave Mead.</em></h6> <p><em>This article was written by <span data-reactid="135">Byron Loker and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/10-modern-glass-homes-2dfd2251" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jane-fonda-glass-house-210879/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour Jane Fonda&#8217;s Glass House in Beverly Hills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: A $27.5M Modernist Marvel in Dallas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RcaXPBYWb9A:I2d7U7Wrm_I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RcaXPBYWb9A:I2d7U7Wrm_I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-glass-houses-219505/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-glass-houses-219505/ 2017-07-26 18:40 +00:00 2017-07-27 06:40 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g5sgs3lbgnqxinjtha2ts23vnj3dgzlu/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/sale-oj-simpsons-former-miami-home-takers/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:people/oj-simpson structure:money structure:property For sale: OJ Simpson's former Miami home - but there are few takers Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:59:15 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-26 12:59 +00:00 2017-07-27 00:59 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219100 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ogSXZ4b5fns/ Home Improvement green homes home maintenance 9 Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill by up to $750 With just a few simple adjustments, you can plug into big savings on your annual utility spending. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/reduce-electric-bill-right-now-219100/#respond See Jane Drill <p>We all want to save energy and money, right? But it&#8217;s not always so easy - perhaps you don't have the time for a home energy audit, or maybe there simply isn't room in the budget for that energy-saving appliance you want.</p> <p>No worries! Here are some quick and easy ways to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reduce your home energy usage</a> right now.</p> <h3>Reduce hot water usage</h3> <p>Don't worry - you don't have to take a low-flow shower! But heating up hot water does require energy, so take the simple and painless route:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Adjust the water heater&#8217;s temperature.</strong> Lower your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/hot-water-heater-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">water heater</a> to 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). An added bonus - you&#8217;ll lower the risk of scalding accidents.</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219386 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_387282340-4fe23c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Don't overuse the dishwasher.</strong> Try to run your dishwasher only once a day or when it&#8217;s completely full. See if your utility company offers savings for running appliances at off-peak times.</li> <li><strong>Wash clothes in cold water</strong>. Most modern detergents clean clothes very well with cold water. If you have items that you really need to wash in hot water, save them up and do one hot load every few weeks.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Projected savings: </strong>Up to $250 per year, depending on the number of people in your home.</p> <h3>Turn it off</h3> <p>Little things add up! An easy way to save money on your energy bill is turning off the lights, electronics, and other energy users when you&#8217;re not using them.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219387" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_313467218-da25d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Leave a room, switch lights off.</strong> Make a habit of turning off everything in the room when you leave it - the TV, lights, your computer, etc.</li> <li><strong>Get the kids involved</strong>. Make a game out of turning off the lights instead of constantly reminding them to do it. Offer some sort of small, nonmonetary reward for remembering to turn off their bedroom lights for a week.</li> <li><strong>Install countdown timer light switches</strong>. For intermittently used rooms, such as the bathroom or laundry room, install a countdown timer <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-change-out-a-light-switch/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">light switch</a> that will turn off the lights after a specified period, so you don't ever have to worry about it.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Projected savings:<em> </em></strong>Between $100-$300 per year, depending on the number of people and rooms in your home.</p> <h3>Heating and cooling bill savings</h3> <p>Generally speaking, the furnace and air-conditioner are the big energy hogs in your home. Here are some easy ways to reduce your dependence on them - and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/green-home-updates-save-money-174357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">save money</a>!</p> <ul> <li><strong>Use windows strategically.</strong> Install heavy drapes or blinds on windows located in sunny areas of your home. Open the blinds on cold days to take advantage of the sun's warmth, and close them on warm days to block out the sun.</li> <li><strong>Install ceiling fans</strong>. This one takes a bit more effort than the others, but the payoff can be quite large. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise or downward during the summer to force cool air down into the room. Run them clockwise and upward in the winter to better distribute the warm air.</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219385" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_25092670-204c44.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="494" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Adjust the thermostat</strong>. Yes, this sounds obvious, but one of the best ways to save on heating and cooling bills is simply lowering the thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer! A <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/install-a-smart-thermostat/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">programmable thermostat</a> is ideal, but you can save money even with a traditional thermostat. In winter, lower your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for at least eight hours - when you leave for work, before you go to bed, or both - then raise it when you&#8217;re back.  If you have air-conditioning, do this in reverse come summer.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Projected savings: </strong>From 10-30 percent on your heating and cooling bills each year.</p> <p>Saving energy doesn't have to be a chore. With some very simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save big!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/install-a-smart-thermostat/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Install a Smart Thermostat to Cut Your Utility Bills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-green-changes-to-home-196909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Simple Changes for a Greener Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ogSXZ4b5fns:0bixz4O1aYU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ogSXZ4b5fns:0bixz4O1aYU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/reduce-electric-bill-right-now-219100/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/reduce-electric-bill-right-now-219100/ 2017-07-25 13:00 +00:00 2017-07-26 01:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand Rents a mixed bag across New Zealand Year on year growth in rental prices has varied across the regions but the median rent hasn't budged in the last six months, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:02:25 +1200 2017-07-25 10:02 +12:00 2017-07-25 10:02 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219395 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ewYPYHF0WXg/ Home Improvement outdoor spaces Summer 9 Pools That Will Make You Wish Every Week Were Shark Week Bust out your swim fins and sunblock. It's time to take a dip. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>We&#8217;re all bummed that <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/07/24/michael-phelps-didnt-actually-race-a-real-shark-on-tv-and-viewers-arent-happy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Phelps didn&#8217;t race a real shark</a>. Instead of heading to the beach, we&#8217;ll console ourselves during the non-viewing hours of Shark Week by splashing around somewhere we know it&#8217;s safe to go in the water: a cool and refreshing backyard pool.</p> <p>Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools - any of which would be perfect for reenacting your favorite scenes from &#8220;Jaws,&#8221; &#8220;Deep Blue Sea,&#8221; or even &#8220;Sharknado.&#8221;</p> <p>This San Juan Capistrano, CA pool, complete with diving board and slide, appears as though it were naturally formed into the stone.</p> <figure id="attachment_219403" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/30891-Silver-Leaf-Dr-San-Juan-Capistrano-CA-92675/2099598320_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219403 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/San-Juan-Capistrano-c4a9d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/30891-Silver-Leaf-Dr-San-Juan-Capistrano-CA-92675/2099598320_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Sleek and modern with clean lines, this pool looks like the perfect place for a romantic midnight swim.</p> <figure id="attachment_219398" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-swimming-pools-7776232754/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219398 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sprecht-Architects-9a01d4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="669" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-swimming-pools-7776232754/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sprecht Architects</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The high temperatures of Palm Springs, CA are no match for this ultra-stylish pool with a water feature and views of the mountains.</p> <figure id="attachment_219445" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/333-Lautner-Ln-Palm-Springs-CA-92264/95987081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219445 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Palm-Springs-d5b861.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/333-Lautner-Ln-Palm-Springs-CA-92264/95987081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Surrounded by beautiful stonework, this pool in Malibu, CA has more than enough room to host friends and family for a summer pool party.</p> <figure id="attachment_219450" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27530-Calicut-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/65242460_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219450 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Malibu-815495.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27530-Calicut-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/65242460_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Seamlessly blending into its tropical surroundings, this infinity pool in Longboat Key, FL offers a luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day.</p> <figure id="attachment_219455" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5060-Gulf-Of-Mexico-Dr-KEY-FL34228-Longboat-Key-FL-34228/2138630809_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219455 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Long-Boat-Key-FL-3e0688.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5060-Gulf-Of-Mexico-Dr-KEY-FL34228-Longboat-Key-FL-34228/2138630809_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In Kiawah Island, SC, the natural surroundings create a lush background for doing a few laps on those hot summer days.</p> <figure id="attachment_219465" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-River-Marsh-Ln-Kiawah-Island-SC-29455/68382746_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219465 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kiawah-Island-SC-aab216.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="527" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-River-Marsh-Ln-Kiawah-Island-SC-29455/68382746_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This Santa Rosa Beach, FL pool boasts its own built-in hot tub for ultimate relaxation.</p> <figure id="attachment_219471" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81-Coquina-Pl-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/108592098_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219471 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-b28b29.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81-Coquina-Pl-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/108592098_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>What could be better than your own lagoon complete with slide and waterfall? This pool in Vero Beach, FL has it all.</p> <figure id="attachment_219482" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6990-1st-St-SW-Vero-Beach-FL-32968/87647234_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219482" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/featured-pool-8543ec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6990-1st-St-SW-Vero-Beach-FL-32968/87647234_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With a classic shape and design, this Seattle, WA pool provides plenty of space to soak in the summer sun.</p> <figure id="attachment_219477" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8746-Sand-Point-Way-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/48873577_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219477 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seattle-WA-36190e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8746-Sand-Point-Way-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/48873577_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/swimming-pools/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">swimming pool design ideas</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6990-1st-St-SW-Vero-Beach-FL-32968/87647234_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/choosing-right-backyard-pool/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Choosing the Right Backyard Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: A Hawaiian Paradise With an Enormous Pool</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ewYPYHF0WXg:KLp8elFm34U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ewYPYHF0WXg:KLp8elFm34U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/ 2017-07-24 21:19 +00:00 2017-07-25 09:19 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njvg45lcnvwde33cgnwdsodrou3taojs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/want-piece-scientific-history-former-home-joseph-priestley-discovered/ storytype:standard topics:things/history structure:science structure:money topics:places/wiltshire structure:property Want a piece of scientific history? 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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:21:04 Z Sam Meadows 2017-07-24 08:21 +00:00 2017-07-24 20:21 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gr2do5jroazdgzbqhfvdg5tumnyxk4lh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-estates-inside-historic-hall-played-host-film-fashion/ structure:money topics:things/great-estates structure:property storytype:standard Great Estates: Inside the historic hall that's played host to film, fashion and music stars Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Z Boudicca Fox-Leonard 2017-07-23 06:00 +00:00 2017-07-23 18:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m5wwembrg52dmzjvm5wgk4bwovuw2mry/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/third-homes-sale-london-have-asking-prices-slashed/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property More than a third of homes for sale in London have asking prices slashed Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-22 17:00 +00:00 2017-07-23 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gbthc3rwmfvwendeozygu5jsojtdmntd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/buy-tropical-island-live-next-door-david-hasselhoff/ topics:places/barbados topics:people/idris-elba storytype:standard structure:travel topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/caribbean topics:things/baywatch topics:things/luxury-travel structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/thailand-asia structure:property Buy on this tropical island and live next door to David Hasselhoff Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Zoe Dare Hall 2017-07-22 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-22 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=155884 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ZVbu4C7wdKM/ Tips & Advice real estate agents Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent The road to homeownership can be bumpy, and it's often filled with unexpected turns and detours. That's why it makes sense to have a real estate pro help guide the way. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:31:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/understand-real-estate-agent-role-155884/#comments Mary Boone <p>The road to homeownership can be bumpy, and it's often filled with unexpected turns and detours. That's why it makes sense to have a real estate pro help guide the way.</p> <p>While real estate websites and mobile apps can help you identify houses you may be interested in, an experienced agent does much more, including:</p> <p><strong>1. Guide. </strong>Before you tour your first home, your agent will take time to learn more about your wants, needs, preferences, budget and motivation. A good real estate agent will help you narrow your search and identify your priorities.</p> <p><strong>2. Educate.</strong> You should expect your agent to provide data on the local home market and comparable sales. The home-buying process can be complicated. A good agent will explain the steps involved – in a manner that makes them understandable – and provide counsel along the way.</p> <p><strong>3. Network.</strong> An agent who is familiar with your target neighborhoods will often know about homes that are for sale – even before they're officially listed. Experienced agents tend to know other agents in the area and have good working relationships with them; this can lead to smooth transactions. Your agent may also be able to refer you to trusted professionals including lenders, home inspectors and contractors.</p> <p><strong>4. Advocate. </strong>When you work with a buyer's agent, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who's contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. If you find yourself in a situation where the same agent represents both the buyer and seller, things can get trickier, advises Scottsdale, Arizona-based real estate agent Dru Bloomfield.</p> <p>"A lot of people think they'll get a lower price by going straight to the listing agent, but that's always not true," she says. "If I was representing both the buyer and seller, I'd be hard-pressed to take a low-ball offer to the seller. But, as a buyer's agent I'd do it, because I have no emotional ties or fiduciary responsibility to the seller. Buyers should work with an agent who can fully represent them."</p> <p><strong>5. Negotiate.</strong> Your agent will handle the details of the negotiation process, including the preparation of all necessary offer and counteroffer forms. Once your inspection is done, the agent can also help you negotiate for repairs. Even the most reasonable consumers can become distraught when battling over repair requests; an agent can do "the ask" without becoming overly emotional.</p> <p><strong>6. Manage minutia.</strong> The paperwork that goes along with a real estate transaction can be exhaustive. If you forget to initial a clause or check a box, all those documents will need to be resubmitted. A good real estate agent understands the associated deadlines and details and can help you navigate these complex documents.</p> <p><strong>7. Look out.</strong> Any number of pitfalls can kill a deal as it inches toward closing; perhaps the title of the house isn&#8217;t clear, the lender hasn&#8217;t met the financing deadline or the seller has failed to disclose a plumbing problem. An experienced real estate agent knows to watch for trouble before it's too late, and can skillfully deal with challenges as they arise.</p> <p>Professional real estate agents do so much more than drive clients around to look at homes. Find an agent you trust and with whom you feel comfortable working; you're sure to benefit from their experience, knowledge of the local market and negotiation skills.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Ways Home Buyers Make Their Agent&#8217;s Job Harder</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-for-sale-by-owner-home-204781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Things to Know About Buying a &#8216;For Sale by Owner&#8217; Home</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 21, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZVbu4C7wdKM:fBqmXdHKqcg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZVbu4C7wdKM:fBqmXdHKqcg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/understand-real-estate-agent-role-155884/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/understand-real-estate-agent-role-155884/ 2017-07-21 20:31 +00:00 2017-07-22 08:31 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219245 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/pWm-bvx2OEQ/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Lena Headey mid-century modern 'Game of Thrones' Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M Winter is coming, even to this lush Los Angeles home. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:33:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fresh off her show&#8217;s much-anticipated return for Season 7, &#8220;Game of Thrones&#8221; actress Lena Headey is parting ways with her home in Sherman Oaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-CA-91423/20021784_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom mid-century modern house</a> is far from the castles of Westeros Cersei Lannister frequents in the popular HBO series. Reclaimed wood floors are laid out in a herringbone pattern, and the ceiling features prominent exposed wood beams in a charming rustic gray color.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-009-11-9-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-50ee01.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-011-12-11-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-3b19f6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-019-19-19-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-eb6764.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-014-47-14-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-4b3540.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-023-20-23-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-6000fc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-033-34-33-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-48a9dc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-044-35-44-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-4f9ad7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-007-13-7-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-c12bf4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-005-4-5-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-a5df8d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-006-2-6-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-55e571.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-052-46-52-of-53-1920x1296-300dpi-94699f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-053-1-1-of-53-1920x1282-300dpi-d96f7f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy Todd Johnson of <a href="http://www.lalightphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">LA Light Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern/">mid-century modern aesthetic</a> carries throughout the 2,900-square-foot house, with a prominent gold chandelier hanging above the living room space.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219316" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219316 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-010-15-10-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-42e53c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of <a href="http://www.lalightphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">LA Light Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An open kitchen features a mirrored backsplash and blue-and-white patterned tile, for a touch of SoCal life.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219355" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219355 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-015-28-15-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-ccbaa2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of <a href="http://www.lalightphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">LA Light Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A child's playroom opens up to the backyard, where lines of warm lights are strung above a saltwater pool. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219328" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219328 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-029-49-29-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-3f2b1b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of <a href="http://www.lalightphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">LA Light Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And in case you're wondering how Headey cared for the home&#8217;s environment when she&#8217;s spending every day on set: She's installed a low-maintenance vertical garden of succulents and drought-tolerant landscaping, according to the listing.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219350" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219350 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13035-Otsego-St-Sherman-Oaks-print-051-52-51-of-53-1920x1281-300dpi-7d35db.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of <a href="http://www.lalightphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">LA Light Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No word on whether the home &#8212; currently listed at $1.945 million &#8212; also comes with a knight in shining armor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zoe Rudolph of the John Aaroe Group holds <a href="http://aaroe.com/listings/13035-otsego-street-sherman-oaks-91423" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-former-home-for-sale-218576/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">John Legend and Chrissy Teigen&#8217;s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is For Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">I Spent Two Days in a Castle Outside NYC</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/steph-curry-lists-ca-estate-218123/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steph Curry Shoots for $3.195M for His California Estate</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pWm-bvx2OEQ:6XJIfnHkyhk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pWm-bvx2OEQ:6XJIfnHkyhk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/ 2017-07-21 17:33 +00:00 2017-07-22 05:33 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219095 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8Jw3XwwLXco/ Unique Homes ranches tiny homes waterfront homes House of the Week: Tiny Home With 100-Mile Desert Views Get the best of both worlds: sleek minimalist living on a rustic ranch. This tiny home near Santa Fe is the perfect escape from city life. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:09:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Giddy up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You don't need to be a certifiable cowboy to appreciate <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Middleton-River-Rnch-Villanueva-NM-87583/2094708731_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this gentleman's ranch</a> about an hour outside of Santa Fe.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_27_800_600-5b8000.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_28_800_600-9263d6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_1_3600_2400-11f0c0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_2_800_600-aa6c2d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_7_3600_2400-014565.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_14_800_600-df23a8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_13_3600_2400-5f1932.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_11_3600_2400-4db548.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_8_3600_2400-6f65c9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_34_800_600-2574a7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The homeowners rounded up more than 1,000 acres of land in Villanueva, NM, and built a modern, 500-square-foot home of steel and glass to shelter them from the desert sun. The house incorporates contemporary touches, with an outdoor kitchen, skylight and large windows to let in the warm sunlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having a minimalist living space on a grand piece of land is almost poetic for a place deeply rooted in big views and an outdoor lifestyle.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219122" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219122 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_15_800_600-6c2d98.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.  </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When you come out to New Mexico and you're in a place where you don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see, it really clears your brain," said Gary Bobolsky, the listing agent. "It's just kind of a way to look at the world - the way you're meant to be."</span></p> <blockquote><p>"You don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see."</p></blockquote> <figure id="attachment_219125" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219125 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_40_800_600-118a58.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home has a modern feel, and the exterior is made entirely of steel, making it resistant to the elements, Bobolsky said. The interior features a fireplace for when the temperature dips at night. There's also a full outdoor kitchen for al fresco dinners and stargazing at night.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219109" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219109 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_2_3600_2400-a3816e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hardwood floors anchor the bedroom while sliding glass doors provide bedside views of the desert landscape. A stone path meanders from the home to the Pecos River, where a private dock provides waterfront space for afternoon picnics or siestas in the sun.</span></p> <blockquote><p>"The stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night. It's so vast and the air is so clear."</p></blockquote> <figure id="attachment_219120" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219120 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_13_800_600-9743a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also includes a 4,000-square-foot shop, perfect for storing hay, rounding up horses, or keeping farming equipment safe from the elements.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219115" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219115 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_9_3600_2400-4c0b5b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it's those nighttime views, Bobolsky said, that truly make this a retreat for modern-day cowboys looking to escape city life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's in an area that's so rural that the stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night," Bobolsky added. "It's so vast and the air is so clear."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You've got 100-mile views," he continued. "It's kind of special like that."</span></p> <p>Gary Bobolsky of Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty carries <a href="http://www.sothebyshomes.com/Santa-Fe-Real-Estate/sales/0575864-Middleton-River-Ranch-Villanueva-NM-87583" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/219165139" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" title="Middleton River Ranch, Villanueva, NM" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h6><em>Video courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Fire Pit Designs to Fuel Summer Fun (Plus One You Can Build Yourself!)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ernesto-garcia-home-upgrade-215638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Before &amp; After: A Lighter, Brighter Southwestern Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Jw3XwwLXco:uV0_C82OHWQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Jw3XwwLXco:uV0_C82OHWQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/ 2017-07-21 16:09 +00:00 2017-07-22 04:09 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oi3geztggrzhm2twhfttmnzygjsdgytr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sprawling-kensington-home-chariots-fire-composer-vangelis-market/ topics:things/musicals storytype:standard topics:organisations/film-industry structure:music topics:events/proms topics:organisations/harrods structure:money structure:film structure:property The sprawling Kensington home of Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis is on the market Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-21 12:00 +00:00 2017-07-22 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/obxg2nrygaydqzlnm5rxgntlmm3dk23g/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/london-house-price-growth-slows-rate-inflation/ storytype:standard topics:things/inflation topics:places/leeds topics:places/birmingham structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/manchester London house price growth slows to the same rate as inflation Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-20 23:01 +00:00 2017-07-21 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218078 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wuwmvOGaoqs/ Tips & Advice home maintenance Home selling remodeling Small Updates, Big Return: 5 Ways to Increase Your Home's Value No matter your budget, there's always an upgrade or two that'll up the resale ante. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:57:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/#comments Lara Hale <p>Whether your home improvements are for you or potential buyers, consider their impact on your home's potential resale price before picking up your toolbox (or the phone to call a contractor).</p> <p>A brand-new kitchen or bathroom will undoubtedly wow potential buyers, but there's no guarantee you'll recoup the money you put into those pricey remodels.</p> <p>To help you navigate the choices that lead to the best <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/home-improvements-that-pay-off/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">return on investment</a>, we asked two industry experts (and one enthusiastic DIYer) to weigh in.</p> <h3>Kitchen renovations</h3> <p>"Renovating the kitchen is always the biggest way to add value to your home," says Grace Fancher, real estate agent at Kansas City firm <a href="http://sarahsnodgrass.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sarah Snodgrass</a>. "People love to cook, and everyone tends to gather in the kitchen. If you add seating, such as an island with barstools, buyers go crazy for that."</p> <p>A full remodel is a major investment, but <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/kitchen-updates-selling-home/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">smaller projects</a> make a big difference if you can't - or don't want to - go all out. "Nicer appliances really stick out to potential buyers - even if you're planning to take them with you," Fancher says.</p> <p>She also suggests replacing tired finishes with fresh, neutral materials. "You don't want to be too trendy, but you want it to look up-to-date," she says. "Everyone loves clean, white subway tiles now, but they're really a timeless look."</p> <p>Replacing dated countertops (quartz is your best bet, according to Fancher) and flooring is also worth the time and money.</p> <figure id="attachment_218917" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10544-Serenbe-Ln-Palmetto-GA-30268/82619849_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218917" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upgrade2-19173d.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="377" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10544-Serenbe-Ln-Palmetto-GA-30268/82619849_zpid/' target=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Bathroom updates</h3> <p>The smallest rooms in the house can have a big impact on its value, so Fancher suggests adding a second bathroom or upgrading existing ones so your home features at least two full baths.</p> <p>Joe Monda, co-owner of Seattle-based general contracting firm <a href="http://www.alwaysdowntown.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Promondo</a>, agrees. "People are spending more on upgrading their houses before listing them," he says. "They really want to maximize the potential house value."</p> <p>But if you're remodeling a bathroom just to put your house on the market, keep it simple. "Most people don't want to pay for upgrades, so you want it to be a neutral space that doesn&#8217;t look straight out of the big DIY warehouse stores - even if it is," says Fancher.</p> <p>She adds that an easy solution is spending a little more on details, like high-quality towel bars and upgraded hardware for those big-box store <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/install-new-bathroom-sink-vanity-204137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">vanities</a>.</p> <p>Not in a position to remodel? "Re-grouting tile, or even just using one of those grout paint pens, gives any bathroom a fresher look," says Sharyn Young, a self-proclaimed DIY addict from Minneapolis.</p> <figure id="attachment_218914" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2629-Branston-Way-Apex-NC-27539/2126939250_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218914" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upgrade1-edd075.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="354" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2629-Branston-Way-Apex-NC-27539/2126939250_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Lighting upgrades</h3> <p>"The brighter a room feels, the bigger it looks," says Fancher. "And when you're selling, you want every space to look as big as possible."</p> <p>She recommends replacing flush-mount ceiling lights with recessed and/or pendant lighting - a relatively cheap upgrade that looks modern and makes a huge impact.</p> <p>"LED lighting has changed everything," says Young. "There are so many readily available, inexpensive options now that are easy to install. I added Ikea under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen of my last house, and I was amazed at how that one simple upgrade made the space feel larger and cleaner."</p> <figure id="attachment_218918" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2220-Castro-St-San-Francisco-CA-94131/15200090_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218918" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upgrade3-54eeec.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="337" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2220-Castro-St-San-Francisco-CA-94131/15200090_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Fresh paint</h3> <p>Like lighting, a new coat of paint can also make a space feel cleaner and brighter. Stick to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">neutral shades</a>, such as light gray and beige, and if you don't have time or budget to do the whole house, start with the living areas you see when you first walk in.</p> <p>An even quicker fix is refreshing just the trim. "Beat-up, dirty trim can give buyers a subtle impression that the whole house is dingy," Fancher says. "Repainting gives a sharper look and shows the buyer that you've taken care of the house."</p> <figure id="attachment_218921" style="width: 531px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4833-Walnut-St-Oakland-CA-94619/24782335_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218921" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upgrade5-fa7d72.jpg" alt="" width="531" height="354" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4833-Walnut-St-Oakland-CA-94619/24782335_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Landscape improvements</h3> <p>"A lot of people overlook how important landscaping is, especially when you're selling in the spring or summer," says Fancher, adding that you can <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-tips-curb-appeal-194265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">increase curb appeal</a> by just putting down new, dark-colored mulch, if you don't want to spend a lot of money on planting.</p> <p>Monda suggests paying special attention to the entry. Repair or replace any damaged stepping stones, concrete paths, and porch plants, then give the front door a fresh coat of paint and add some potted plants. "You want people to be excited to walk in the door," he says.</p> <figure id="attachment_218923" style="width: 531px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5027-80th-Ave-NE-Marysville-WA-98270/2100735059_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218923" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upgrade6-bb7439.jpg" alt="" width="531" height="354" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5027-80th-Ave-NE-Marysville-WA-98270/2100735059_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/80-Crescent-St-Sag-Harbor-NY-11963/32722557_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><em>Get more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home improvement ideas</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sellers-update-your-paint-217212/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sellers: Here&#8217;s How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Prepare Your House for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/15-words-that-add-value-171182/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">15 Words That Could Add Value to Your Listing</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wuwmvOGaoqs:SLANDSzpMqY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wuwmvOGaoqs:SLANDSzpMqY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/ 2017-07-20 16:57 +00:00 2017-07-21 04:57 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218661 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xcZHXXJOzac/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Jackson Thomas Interiors' Classically Coastal Haven The Virginia-based design firm calls on color and texture to infuse this waterside gem with coastal charm. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:04:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/classically-coastal-haven-218661/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>A dated home on the James River in Williamsburg, VA was in need of a face-lift and a coastal touch to echo its waterside setting.</p> <p>The home, located in Williamsburg's beautiful Governor&#8217;s Land neighborhood, was gutted and updated with timeless materials. Wood floors were refinished in a darker stain, and the walls were painted in a creamy ivory.</p> <p>While the walls were kept neutral throughout the home, color and personality pop in the fabrics and decor, thanks to the efforts of <a href="http://www.jacksonthomasinteriors.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jackson Thomas Interiors</a>&#8216; owner and lead designer Christine Estep, and senior designer Stefanie Powell.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218686" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1099_orig-1055a1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Drawing design inspiration from interior designer <a href="http://www.barclaybutera.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Barclay Butera&#8217;s</a> coastal homes, the homeowner requested rooms filled with soothing shades of blue and white, organic textures, and brass. The homeowner also had several family antiques she wanted to incorporate.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1039_orig-0c688a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"We focused on doing more of the blue and white shades in the great room, because they really pulled in the traditional feel that the homeowner was looking for, while also tying into the water," says Estep.</p> <p>The designers layered textures like wicker, seagrass, brass, and dark woods to warm up the cool, coastal color palette.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218677" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1106_orig-338449.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p>The living room's fireplace facade was covered in a porcelain custom-blend tile with the appearance of a basket weave - a nod to the natural woven fibers used throughout the home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218674" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1101_orig-8b5800.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <h3>Good enough to eat</h3> <p>In the kitchen, existing cabinets were updated with a coat of crisp white paint and accessorized with brass bamboo hardware. <a href="https://www.cambriausa.com/designs/design-palette/Berwyn/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Berwyn from Cambria</a> quartz countertops with cool gray veining were paired with a sea-glass backsplash.</p> <p>For contrast, a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/renew-butcher-block-counter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">butcher-block countertop</a> was installed on the island, and oversized brass lanterns add drama and visual interest. Behind the cooktop, an antique tray was transformed into a piece of artwork, framed by sea-glass tile.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218684" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1056_orig-f2db23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1024_orig-20a306.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>In the neighboring dinette, a banquette upholstered in turquoise and blue fabrics ties back to the sea-glass backsplash in the kitchen, paired with a more traditional wooden table and chairs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218687" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1139_orig-99745a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Ready for guests</h3> <p>A grass-cloth wallpaper embellished with gold knots provides an elegant backdrop in the powder room. The cozy bathroom is furnished with a small <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/install-new-bathroom-sink-vanity-204137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">vanity</a>, topped with a copper sink that features a whimsical frog sculpture detail, along with a brushed-bronze faucet and mirror.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218668" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1223_orig-976cc1.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p>In the dining room, Estep covered the walls in grass cloth and introduced a deep orange to the blue-and-white color scheme to create a more formal atmosphere. Artwork collected by the homeowner adds an elegant and personal touch.</p> <p>"For the dining room, the light fixture was a big launching point, because the homeowner liked brass, and it had a very nautical feel - like a ship&#8217;s wheel," Estep adds.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218679" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1119_orig-31bf39.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <h3>Absolutely dreamy</h3> <p>In the master bedroom, all the furniture and accessories, from the window treatments to the pillows and furniture, were custom-made.</p> <p>A vibrant peacock blue is paired with a subtle blue-and-ivory paisley fabric used to upholster the headboard and cornice boards. Behind the headboard, an accent wall covered in grass cloth adds subtle texture.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218690" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1194_orig-190860.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The biggest and most dramatic renovation project was the master bathroom, which was completely gutted and designed so the homeowners could <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-to-age-with-you-184020/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">age in place</a>. Wainscoting painted in a cheery white is juxtaposed with a pearlized wallpaper by Fabricut.</p> <p>Slip-resistant tiles were installed, along with heated flooring throughout the bath and shower. Cambria quartz tops the vanity and surrounds the tub. In the shower, a mix of marble and pearlized tiles are paired with aged brass fixtures, giving the master bath a luxe look.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218688" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1164_orig-a83285.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218689" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cshp-1167_orig-885924.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Use stone scraps. </strong>A small cut of granite or marble is an affordable and easy way to dress up and customize a ready-made vanity. "You can find a piece for next to nothing and have it cut to fit," says Powell. The designers found a small remnant that they had cut to 30 inches wide for the powder room vanity.</li> <li><strong>Create cohesion with wall color. </strong>"In an open-concept home, we always suggest picking one color for common areas - the foyer, great room, corridors - to keep the space light and airy," Powell explains. "In this home, we chose a shade that was a touch down from the trim color. It really expanded the homeowner's space quite a bit."</li> <li><strong>Layer texture and colors for personality. </strong>"You can make a monochromatic color scheme exciting by changing up your patterns and textures," says Estep. "It can really make a space look unique."</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://saraharrisphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sara Harris Photography.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Susan Jamieson&#8217;s Coastal Getaway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-designing-coastal-home-204524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tips for Designing a Perfectly Timeless Coastal Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/remodeling-cape-cod-home-203553/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Remodeling a Traditional Cape Cod-Style Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xcZHXXJOzac:0Tz3HlbWDUg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xcZHXXJOzac:0Tz3HlbWDUg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/classically-coastal-haven-218661/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/classically-coastal-haven-218661/ 2017-07-20 13:04 +00:00 2017-07-21 01:04 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219081 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rYRI24Z3jI0/ Unique Homes Colonial historic homes victorian 6 Millennial Pink Homes Proving This Color Is Here to Stay Simultaneously trendy and timeless, this lovely shade of pink has long been a real estate staple and is now taking social media by storm. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:33:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/#respond Katherine Martinelli <p>If you've never heard of millennial pink, don't worry - you aren't that out of the loop. Though the term was coined last year, it's been popping up for years, and Pantone's selection of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/pantones-colors-of-the-year/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rose Quartz</a> as one of its 2016 colors of the year was just a preview of the pink craze to come (yes, there&#8217;s a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/millennialpink/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">hashtag</a>). Stars from <a href="http://us.puma.com/en_US/collections/collaborations/fenty-puma-by-rihanna" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Rihanna</a> to <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/a9626344/harry-styles-pink-suit/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Harry Styles</a> have embraced light pink hues, though it&#8217;s more about the vibe than a distinct color, and its popularity goes beyond the 20-something crowd.</p> <p>Millennial pink has put rosy-colored homes on the map as well. While painting a house pink is nothing new - several historic, stucco and adobe homes sport the hue - it&#8217;s certainly on trend.</p> <p>Check out these six homes for some millennial pink inspiration, and see what all the fuss is about.</p> <h3>Key West, FL</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/914-Grinnell-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82098898_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">914 Grinnell St, Key West, FL</a><br /> For sale: $1.43 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219091" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/914-Grinnell-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82098898_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219091" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Key-West-8fe014-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/914-Grinnell-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82098898_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Tropical color schemes are a trademark of Key West design and architecture, as embodied by this delightful revival-style duplex. Bright blue shutters pop against a pale pink exterior with white trim, while the interior bursts with cheerful, vibrant blues, yellows, greens, and – of course – more pink.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/key-west-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Key West</a>.</p> <h3>Montpelier, VT</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24-26-Loomis-St-Montpelier-VT-05602/2095634366_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">24-26 Loomis St, Montpelier, VT</a><br /> For sale: $1.8 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219090" style="width: 799px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24-26-Loomis-St-Montpelier-VT-05602/2095634366_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219090" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Vermont-7afc10-1024x684.jpg" alt="" width="799" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24-26-Loomis-St-Montpelier-VT-05602/2095634366_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>A former mayor&#8217;s home, this restored Victorian is millennial pink inside and out. With a whimsical two-tone pink façade and a few light pink rooms in the interior, the bright paint choice is architecturally on point. "We often see a color similar on Victorian homes throughout Vermont," explains listing agent David Parsons, "and I believe it has a historical precedence." Because of an increase in the number of pigments available and a reduction in the cost of paint, brightly colored homes became de rigueur in Victorian New England.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/montpelier-vt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Montpelier</a>.</p> <h3>Charleston, SC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-State-St-Charleston-SC-29401/10905126_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">18 State St, Charleston, SC 29401</a><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-State-St-Charleston-SC-29401/10905126_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> </a>For sale: $1.995 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219087" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-State-St-Charleston-SC-29401/10905126_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219087" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Charleston-e9d94e-1024x714.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="558" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-State-St-Charleston-SC-29401/10905126_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This historic home full of Southern charm proves that millennial pink is nothing new. Built around 1815, the current owners bought the pink house in 2004 and simply repainted it the same color since it worked so well. &#8220;There are many pink houses in Charleston, including one on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/charleston-sc/Rainbow-Row_att/">Rainbow Row</a> which is a block away,&#8221; explains listing agent Adam Edwards. &#8220;Pink is a longtime popular color because it helps keep the interiors cooler in the hot summer months.&#8221; Black shutters and white trim give the house an elegant, refined look.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/charleston-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Charleston</a>.</p> <h3>Seattle, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-Federal-Ave-E-Seattle-WA-98102/48818987_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">920 Federal Ave E, Seattle, WA</a><br /> For sale: $1.598 million</p> <figure id="attachment_219089" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-Federal-Ave-E-Seattle-WA-98102/48818987_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219089" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seattle-afef65-1024x682.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-Federal-Ave-E-Seattle-WA-98102/48818987_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>For a prime example of a bold millennial pink, check out this 4-bedroom, 3,080-square-foot gem close to all the action in Seattle. The exterior is painted a solid shade of warm, earthy pink called &#8220;New Pilgrim Red&#8221; and is complemented with off-white woodwork in &#8220;Navajo White.&#8221; &#8220;We had seen that on another Colonial Revival house years ago when we were just about to repaint,&#8221; owners Clint and Elizabeth Miller recall. &#8220;It looked dramatic to us and suggested a New England sort of look.&#8221;</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seattle</a>.</p> <h3>Albuquerque, NM</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1323-Narcisco-Ct-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87112/6810124_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1323 Narcisco Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM</a><br /> For sale: $430,000</p> <figure id="attachment_219086" style="width: 799px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1323-Narcisco-Ct-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87112/6810124_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219086" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Albequerque-1929df-1024x684.jpg" alt="" width="799" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1323-Narcisco-Ct-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87112/6810124_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Stucco exteriors are common in the Southwest because they&#8217;re durable and – most importantly, for a desert climate – energy efficient. This pink-hued home shows that stucco doesn't have to be drab. Here, the pink provides a dose of personality while maintaining a neutral, earthy vibe that meshes with the landscape.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/albuquerque-nm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Albuquerque</a>.</p> <h3>New Orleans, LA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/326-Warrington-Dr-New-Orleans-LA-70122/73784533_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">326 Warrington Dr, New Orleans, LA</a><br /> For sale: $249,900</p> <figure id="attachment_219088" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/326-Warrington-Dr-New-Orleans-LA-70122/73784533_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-219088" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Orleans-f494e8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/326-Warrington-Dr-New-Orleans-LA-70122/73784533_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>New Orleans is no stranger to colorful homes. In fact, this cute, single-story house is subdued in comparison to many in the Big Easy. But that's part of its appeal - and of the appeal of millennial pink in general. It manages to straddle the divide between playful and refined, youthful and classic.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/new-orleans-la/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Orleans</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-gorgeous-new-orleans-homes-sale-212555/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 New Orleans Homes to Inspire Mardi Gras Magic</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/red-white-and-blue-homes-217879/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Red, White and Blue Homes for July 4th</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-home-to-millennials-214111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Baby Boomers: Here&#8217;s How to Sell Your Home to Millennials</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rYRI24Z3jI0:R2yBYAPRGtQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rYRI24Z3jI0:R2yBYAPRGtQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/ 2017-07-19 23:33 +00:00 2017-07-20 11:33 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oztwm3lnnu4damlmom3te4looqzwe2rw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/buildings-will-crowned-best-uk/ topics:things/conservation structure:art/architecture topics:things/planning structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Which of these buildings will be crowned the best in the UK? Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:01:00 Z 2017-07-19 23:01 +00:00 2017-07-20 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219141 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wstqY2lyr3o/ Home Improvement DIY outdoor spaces DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps The perfect backdrop for summer fun is closer than you think, thanks to our step-by-step instructions. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:55:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your own fire pit</a>. This outdoor DIY project is easy to complete, and you'll be making s'mores and cuddling up by the fire in no time.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155551644633594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=400" width="400" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Get ready</h3> <p>Before you start building your backyard fire pit, you&#8217;ll need to gather some supplies: bricks for the fire pit wall, gravel, twine or string, a tape measure, a stake, a large shovel and a trowel, a tamp, and a level.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219154 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/zillow0-bf7c63-e1500502993932.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p>When purchasing bricks for the fire pit wall, go for something sturdy like retaining wall bricks or concrete pavers. Some home improvement stores even carry bricks specifically designed for fire pits. Use a layer of firebricks, which have a higher heat resistance, on the inner layer of the fire pit as an extra safety measure.</p> <p>Also, before you begin building, be sure to consult your local fire code to find out whether fire pits are allowed in your city, and, if so, how far away the fire pit has to be from a structure.</p> <p>Now that you have all your supplies and you&#8217;ve checked your local fire code, you&#8217;re ready to build!</p> <h3>1. Create a circle.</h3> <p>Pick out a spot in your yard for your fire pit (ensuring that it is located a safe distance from any structures, bushes, or trees), and insert a stake in the ground where the center of the pit will be.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219155" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-f83e2d-e1500496914973.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Tie one end of the string or twine to the stake and measure how wide you want your circle to be. Typically, a fire pit has a diameter of about 4 to 5 feet. Cut the string, and tie the other end to the handle of a trowel. With the string or twine taut, drag the sharp end of the trowel around in a circle, creating a line in the grass.</p> <h3>2. Shovel out the grass.</h3> <p>Using a large shovel, dig out the grass inside the circle.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219161" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-e1500497282714.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For safety purposes, the hole for a fire pit should be about 6 to 12 inches deep. Be sure to call 811 before you start digging to ensure there are no utility lines buried under the spot you&#8217;ve chosen.</p> <h3>3. Tamp down the dirt.</h3> <p>If you don't have a tamp, you can just use the bottom of your shovel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219165" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-a44c6b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h3>4. Make sure the circle is level.</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219167" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-af7ca7.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Get down on the ground with your level to ensure that the surface is ready for the bricks to be laid. Keep making small adjustments until it's completely level.</p> <h3>5. Add gravel.</h3> <p>Put a pretty thick layer of gravel in the fire pit (at least a couple of inches). Spread the gravel around evenly.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219169" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-795c92.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h3>6. Arrange the bricks.</h3> <p>After you've spread the gravel around, arrange your bricks in a circle and stack them in layers until the fire pit wall is at least 12 inches tall.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219171" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-747799.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For extra safety, you have the option to put an inner layer of firebricks. Though you don't need to use mortar if the bricks are heavy enough to make a sturdy stack, you can use an outdoor, fire-resistant mortar between the bricks for extra stability.</p> <h3>7. Relax and enjoy!</h3> <p>Gather a couple of Adirondack chairs, some firewood, a few friends, and campfire treats to get full use out of your new fire pit.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219173" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-a8b86b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/fire-pit/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire pit design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Fire Pit Designs to Fuel Summer Fun (Plus One You Can Build Yourself!)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/planning-diy-outdoor-movie-night-201201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wstqY2lyr3o:ybqKHGzHwn4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wstqY2lyr3o:ybqKHGzHwn4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/ 2017-07-19 22:55 +00:00 2017-07-20 10:55 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzxxe2ldge3xezbwoizwombzou4xentj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/recreation-sistine-chapel-gold-leaf-galore-eccentric-interior/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors structure:interiors structure:money structure:property A recreation of the Sistine Chapel and gold leaf galore: the most eccentric interior design for sale Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-07-19 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-19 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nnqw2ylhoi4ggntqovsgmodfgztdg33u/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-prices-continue-stall-fears-fresh-slowdown-london-could/ storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty House prices continue to stall with fears a 'fresh slowdown in London could be under way' Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:52:19 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-18 10:52 +00:00 2017-07-18 22:52 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovsxezbxnm3tm43onrrhkodngb2gqnjx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/boat-used-inchristopher-nolans-epic-film-dunkirk-has-put-market/ topics:things/buying-property structure:culture topics:things/dunkirk-film storytype:standard structure:business/business-top-stories topics:organisations/film-industry structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:film structure:property Boat used in Christopher Nolan's epic film Dunkirk has been put on the market for £425,000 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:18:16 Z Sophie Christie 2017-07-18 10:18 +00:00 2017-07-18 22:18 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfxhcobtnztg62rqonzwmnbvhf2gc2zt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/get-beaches-charm-devon-cornwall-fraction-price-gower/ topics:things/buying-property topics:places/swansea topics:places/devon storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:places/wales structure:money topics:places/cornwall structure:property Get the beaches and charm of Devon and Cornwall for a fraction of the price in Gower Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Fred Redwood 2017-07-18 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-18 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218995 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/HlTWl6YA1CU/ Unique Homes unique homes Don't Be a Dummy: This Texas Mannequin Mansion is Waiting for Y'all Everything's bigger in Texas, including one homeowner's imagination. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:52:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mannequin-mansion-218995/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Calling all aspiring Andy Warhol types: A Houston-area artist is offloading a Texas residence and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the listing is a must-see</a> (especially for mannequin lovers).</span></p> <p>Our tour starts at the gates to this private place, where a camouflaged figure waits to say howdy.</p> <figure id="attachment_219032" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219032 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-2-dfbe47.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Follow the circular driveway to the brick two-story home and make your way inside, where you can saddle up next to a cowboy at the bar. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219036" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219036 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-6-dbd628.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Venture further into the house and you'll find a doll doing its best Lionel Richie, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovo6zwv6DX4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">dancing on the ceiling</a> of the library.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219039" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219039 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-9-f539c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The master bedroom appears to have a few live-in guests, from a tie-clad mannequin manhandling a remote control to a second figure watching a blank TV screen.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219044" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-14-521c45.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home&#8217;s entertainment room features a child mannequin riding a tricycle - also on the ceiling. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219050" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219050 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-20-bb3d3f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listing agent Diana Power says she posted the home for sale about a week ago, and that since then "the phone [has been ringing] every 30 seconds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"All I can say is, it's for sale and my client is an artist," Power adds.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-3-f593a8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-19-743b2f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-12-ae323f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-29-e467b7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-23-bdba16.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-4-65cede.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-17-bd5e67.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-22-2d563c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="542" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-25-904525.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-28-3500eb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-24-5b5403.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The artist's touch is on full display in this hallway, which is covered in colorful paintings and pictures. A mannequin in a little black dress cooly stands in a doorway, ready to walk the runway.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219046" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219046 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-16-ee0e9b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="542" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dining room brings the flavor of the outdoors inside, with dried plants, a bunny rabbit hanging out near the ceiling, and, wait - </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">is that a mannequin holding a fake fish?</span></i></p> <figure id="attachment_219040" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219040 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-10-647ef6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom house will set you back $1.275 million, but does come with a pool, a 4-car garage, and a cozy creekside location. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_219064" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219064 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-34-8e19c7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plus, there's this room, which we're not sure how to describe - but Power did emphasize the homeowner's artistic qualities, and there certainly is a distinct vision at work here.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219048" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219048 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-18-218a67.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4302-Colony-West-Dr-Richmond-TX-77406/27548487_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"She's got a clothing line and she's got a jewelry line," Power adds. "She's pretty famous."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana Power of Fort Bend Real Estate holds <a href="http://www.har.com/4302-colony-west-dr/sale_78077894" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/feline-fantasyland-217361/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Love Cats? 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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:00:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/#respond Steve Asbell <p>A garden shed is more than a place to stash your shovel and lawnmower - it's a gardening workstation where you can plant and repot to your heart's content.</p> <p>Of course, if you don&#8217;t have a shed, you can always improvise. Turn a corner of the garage, balcony, or patio into the next best thing by including a potting bench and enough storage space for your gardening gear. And if you have to set up your workspace outside, keep it in a shaded space, and store your products and tools in watertight storage containers.</p> <p>Wherever you choose to make your gardening workspace, give it the same attention you'd give your home office or kitchen. Follow these tips to make it work for you.</p> <h3>Show off your garden shed</h3> <p>A shed is a utilitarian place to store stuff, of course, but it's also an opportunity to incorporate architectural interest into your garden.</p> <p>Mirror your home&#8217;s paint colors to create a harmonious effect, or turn it into a focal point by painting it a bright accent color. Just be sure that it complements your existing color scheme.</p> <figure id="attachment_218750" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2304-W-Island-Rd-Williamsburg-VA-23185/75366964_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218750" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/garden-workspace-84a7ee.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2304-W-Island-Rd-Williamsburg-VA-23185/75366964_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Give your garden shed the same amount of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-tips-curb-appeal-194265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a> you'd give your home. To avoid mowing the awkward space around your shed, give it a foundation planting, and surround it with ground covers, like mondo grass.</p> <h3>Make room for a potting bench</h3> <p>Technically, you can use any counter-height table as a potting bench, but it's all the bells and whistles that make the difference - features like potting sinks, open shelving, drawers, hooks, and even paper towel bars.</p> <p>Make your own potting bench from scratch, or repurpose an old bathroom vanity or console table for a little more character. You can also purchase a readymade potting bench from your local garden center or hardware store, but choose one built with quality wood that can withstand moisture and sunlight.</p> <figure id="attachment_218753" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-mud-rooms-5585306039/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218753 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/garden-workspace2-9a5c20.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="734" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-mud-rooms-5585306039/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Point One Architects.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Keep it clean</h3> <p>Dirt and debris are bound to turn up in your workspace, but too much will attract pests like cockroaches, silverfish, and earwigs.</p> <p>To keep your workspace tidy, wipe down your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/lawn-equipment-buying-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mower</a>, edger, shovels, and hoes with a stiff brush before putting them away, and store them by the door for easier cleanup.</p> <p>Clear the floor for easy sweeping by placing large supplies in stacking plastic bins, then label one for herbicides, one for fertilizer, and so on. Keep a large, lined kitchen trashcan around so you always have a place to put those empty plastic pots and bags.</p> <h3>Don't hoard supplies</h3> <p>Workspaces are made for working, so don't treat yours like a storage shed. Excess stuff is more than a waste of space - it makes it harder to get things done and even creates hiding places for dirt and bugs.</p> <p>Don't feel guilty about throwing away (or donating) anything that accumulates a layer of dust. Even if you think they'll prove themselves valuable someday, those old pots and decorations will never be as valuable as a functional and inspiring workspace.</p> <figure id="attachment_218755" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/809-S-Los-Robles-Ave-Pasadena-CA-91106/20861460_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218755" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/garden-workspace3-a86f52.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/809-S-Los-Robles-Ave-Pasadena-CA-91106/20861460_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Sort the small stuff</h3> <p>Once you've rid your space of clutter, make designated spaces for the things you actually use. Keep your most often used tools in a caddy so you won't have to collect them each time you head to the garden. Store the tools and tidbits you won't need for a while on a pegboard or in designated bins.</p> <p>Shelving is the traditional choice for storage, but much of that space often goes unused. To make the most of it, stack plastic organizers and bins. Depending on the size and design, they'll hold anything from potting mix to plant tags.</p> <h3>Organize the shovels and such</h3> <p>Don't settle for leaning those big shovels and rakes in a corner. Either purchase a freestanding <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/10-essential-garden-care-tools/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">garden-tool</a> rack or make your own wall rack with nothing more than two-by-fours.</p> <p>Attach one or more two-by-fours to the wall horizontally, securing them to studs for extra stability. Purchase a variety of specialized wall hooks from the hardware store, and arrange them beforehand to leave enough space for each tool. Use large hooks in sets of two to store hoses and extension cords, or even in sets of three to store string trimmers by laying them flat.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/282-Wood-Valley-Dr-Four-Oaks-NC-27524/84707684_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/cure-cluttered-garden/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Cure for a Cluttered Garden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garden-tools-to-splurge-on-198188/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Tools Every Gardener Should Splurge On</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/garden-every-type-homeowner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Garden Varieties for Every Type of Homeowner</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fLrbRK22Mnc:3XVlIWu-PMc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fLrbRK22Mnc:3XVlIWu-PMc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/ 2017-07-14 13:00 +00:00 2017-07-15 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfygoyjuhazxamdlgfwge3rwonxwsmtf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/24-carat-gold-taps-copper-tub-inside-luxurious-bathrooms-market/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors topics:things/luxury-property topics:places/london From 24-carat gold taps to a copper tub: inside the most luxurious bathrooms on the market  Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-07-14 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-14 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mfzguy3dozzwqytugn2g2y3ehazwq23i/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/inside-amsterdams-pop-up-village-social-conscience/ topics:things/migrants storytype:standard topics:places/netherlands topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis structure:money topics:things/housing-market structure:property Inside Amsterdam's pop-up village with a social conscience Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Izzy Lyons 2017-07-14 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-14 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218963 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/9mt3cNwiHpw/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors celebrities in New York Kelsey grammer 'Frasier' Star Kelsey Grammer Says Farewell to His Chelsea Home The famed television actor sells his Manhattan apartment for $7.95M. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:44:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/kelsey-grammer-2-218963/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perhaps Frasier Crane is heading back to Seattle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kelsey Grammer, the six-time Emmy Award winner who portrayed psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the hit TV shows &#8220;Frasier&#8221; and &#8220;Cheers,&#8221; has sold <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/100-11th-Ave-APT-19A-New-York-NY-10011/97502055_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his posh Manhattan pad</a> for just under $8 million.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_01-6cb72c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_02-531421.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_03-646655.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_04-6eeb11.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_05-0c4537.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_06-a19907.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_07-4b67c7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_08-2fa176.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_09-eef46e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy <a href="http://corenyc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">CORE</a>.</em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grammer bought the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo in the Chelsea neighborhood in 2010. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home offers unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">along with 11-foot ceilings. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The living room has a fireplace, wet bar and wine fridge. Motorized shades help keep the place cool and west-facing windows frame dramatic sunsets.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218974" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218974 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/100_11th_Avenue_19A_10-69f988.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Sunset from the home. Photo courtesy <a href="http://corenyc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">CORE</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and is noted for its dramatic, glassy exterior.</p> <p>Grammer <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kelsey-grammer-202517/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">first put the 3,076-square-foot home on the market last year</a>, asking $9.75 million.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No word on whether the place included a psychiatrist's couch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emily Beare and Daniel Amell of Core carried the <a href="http://corenyc.com/closed/100-eleventh-avenue-19a" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listing</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">John Legend and Chrissy Teigen&#8217;s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: This Magical Treehouse Happened By Accident</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/steph-curry-lists-ca-estate-218123/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steph Curry Shoots for $3.195M for his California Estate</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9mt3cNwiHpw:r1_0-PH0akA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9mt3cNwiHpw:r1_0-PH0akA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/kelsey-grammer-2-218963/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/kelsey-grammer-2-218963/ 2017-07-13 20:44 +00:00 2017-07-14 08:44 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218770 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/UwpJMjibw-o/ Unique Homes house of the week tiny homes treehouses House of the Week: This Magical Treehouse Happened By Accident Sleep under the stars in this fort built by one very grown-up kid. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:28:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most unique home in the land of peaches may just be a hideaway up in the treetops.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peter Bahouth never intended it to be that way. The environment, he says, had different plans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You know if you've ever been on a project where things just line up? That's what happened," the treehouse owner said. "There were seven trees that lined up exactly where they needed to be. We had no blueprints."</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9106-cae411.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9511-8252ce.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9618-dfe2aa.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9533-408bb5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9224-b9a91f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9642-cdf2e4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9666-aa0bd7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9778-4359e3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9781-e892ee.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/09V9812-8d19ac.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></h6> <p>Bahouth, an artist and photographer, relocated to Atlanta, GA nearly two decades ago, and bought a house with a undeveloped acre lot next door. The cluster of trees on the vacant land got him thinking about his carefree days as a child and the times when he would escape to his treehouse (if you could even call it that).</p> <p>"It was a board and a bush," he said, "but it's where I learned the term sovereignty. It was my place."</p> <figure id="attachment_218877" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218877 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-one-resized-169851.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So when a neighbor discarded an elaborate 24-pane antique window, Bahouth found it so beautiful and unique that he snatched it up and started looking for similar pieces at local salvage shops. That one window opened up a world of possibilities, he said, and he began to dream about re-creating his childhood sanctuary - with a grown-up twist.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218879" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218879 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-two-resized-8cd177.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before long, he&#8217;d built a treehouse of suspended structures, each connected by a network of rope bridges. There are three rooms, anchored by a </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">165-year-old Southern Shortleaf Pine tree.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218876" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218876 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-8-resized-801a72.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>The sleeping quarters has a bed on wheels, allowing him to snooze under the stars or cozy up inside during the winter months. This time of year, he loves living among the fireflies or falling asleep to the sound of owls.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">When I was a kid, I would pitch a tent in the backyard. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I just kind of like being out there,&#8221; he said. &#8220;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">You sleep really well. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's very calming and relaxing, and when you wake up in the morning, the birds are amazing.&#8221;<br /> </span></p> <p>Bahouth added vintage furnishings, a mirrored dresser and warm twinkle lights.</p> <figure id="attachment_218878" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218878 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-three-resized-77aab4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>He spent six months collecting windows to finish his fort in the forest. He rescued one of the windows from an old warehouse in Syracuse, NY, enamored by the image of large butterfly wings pressed into the window.</p> <figure id="attachment_218932" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218932 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/butterfly-window-2-resized-a28c95.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.peterbahouth.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Peter Bahouth.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The piece anchors the living space, a room adorned by antique touches and a balcony overlooking the nearby woods.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218874" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218874 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-6-resized-11d7e6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An outdoor deck makes up the third elevated structure.</span></p> <p>The idea of life in the trees has captured homeowners&#8217; imaginations across the country. Today&#8217;s treehouses come in all shapes and sizes from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-treehouse-nashville-169987/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">glass-enclosed luxury homes</a> to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/family-treehouse-191728/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">octagonal structures with fairy doors</a>.</p> <figure id="attachment_218875" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218875 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vert-7-resized-f144a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most people who visit Bahouth&#8217;s Atlanta retreat find a sanctuary in a city of nearly half a million people - a way to return to their childhood, when they could escape the real world by hiding out above it all, several feet above the ground.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think it's a simple response to a complicated world," he said. "You're very private, but you're in the city."</span></p> <h6><em>Lead photo by <a href="http://www.alexmartinezphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Martinez</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UwpJMjibw-o:L0jg89hKYpo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UwpJMjibw-o:L0jg89hKYpo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/ 2017-07-13 15:28 +00:00 2017-07-14 03:28 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217571 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7kZ1W4kMjf8/ Home Improvement Bathrooms decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Deidre Oliver's Streamlined Master Bath The Colorado designer elevated a '90s relic into a modern spa retreat with luxe lighting and elegant wood details. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/deidre-oliver-master-bath-217571/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>Designer Deidre Oliver, with Niwot, CO firm <a href="http://www.oliver-designs.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Oliver Designs</a>, transformed her neighbor's '90s master bath into a contemporary spa sanctuary with high-end plumbing and beautiful finishes.</p> <p>Oliver reconfigured the 432-square-foot bathroom&#8217;s layout to better utilize the center of the room, which had been empty, wasted space. The original layout consisted of an L-shaped vanity, above-mirror Hollywood lights, and quartz countertops.</p> <p>Along with a contemporary freestanding soaking tub by <a href="http://barclayproducts.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Barclay</a>, a beautifully designed double shower (with two entrances and a granite bench) was installed in the center of the space. "They wanted a big walk-in shower," says Oliver.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218857" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_1302-cbaa5a.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="969" /></p> <p>Walls were painted in a light gray, and the floor trim a darker gray for contrast. "Gray walls with darker gray on the trim provide a beautiful visual contrast," Oliver explains.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218853" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_0060-62e80d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="674" /></p> <p>Structurally, another window was added to bring in more light, and heated ceramic tiles reminiscent of wood were installed throughout (even in the shower) to keep the bathroom warm and cozy while bathing on cold Colorado days. The shower wall was covered in large-format tiles to give it a clean and seamless look.</p> <p>"The bathroom would've felt cold with all the tile and glass, so we contrasted with warm wood elements for balance," says Oliver. "The wood provides a perfect organic counterpoint to the crisp lines of the walls and countertops."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218856" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_0073bSM-0041d5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="857" /></p> <p>A new wood door with frosted glass gives bathers privacy, while also welcoming in natural light, and red oak cabinets were installed for the vanity, creating a "linen closet" for towels and toiletries.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218855" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_1426-eb758c.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Polished nickel <a href="https://www.atlashomewares.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Atlas Homewares</a> pulls complement the <a href="http://www.cifialusa.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cifial</a> faucets used for the sinks, bathtub, and shower head.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-218854" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_1414-a0c778.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="720" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-statement-mirrors-208660/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Decorative mirrors</a> add a hint of glamour to the vanity, while sconces from <a href="https://www.visualcomfort.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Visual Comfort</a> are hung at face height for optimal lighting when beautifying in front of the mirror.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-218851" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SBP_1328-56b94b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="673" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <ul> <li><strong> Layer your lighting.</strong> "You can&#8217;t rely on a single light source in a room," says Oliver. "Sometimes you need ambient light, and other times you need task lighting to see your face. Dimmers are good for achieving all-around light, too."</li> <li><strong> Choose large-format wall tiles. </strong>"These allow for fewer grout lines and give the shower a cleaner, more updated look," says Oliver. "And they&#8217;re much easier to clean."</li> <li><strong> Paint old oak trim.</strong> "This can really elevate and freshen up a space," says Oliver. "White is a go-to choice for people, but if you&#8217;re a bit daring, consider painting trim a much darker color than the wall color."</li> <li><strong> Balance hard and soft materials.</strong> "Anytime you can contrast hard elements - like stone, tile, countertops, and ceramic - with some wood elements, you provide a beautiful counterpoint to something that&#8217;s crisp and cool," says Oliver. "The wood really warms up the space and makes it feel more inviting.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Photography by S. 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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:18:45 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/waterfront-homes-under-300k-218745/#comments Sharona Ott <p>Finding a budget-friendly house on the water might be easier than you think. We found listings across the country that are easy on the eye and the wallet.</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re ready to land a waterfront home or just daydream, check out these 10 homes under $300,000.</p> <h3>Tahoe Vista, CA</h3> <p class="zsg-h5"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6750-N-Lake-Blvd-10F-Tahoe-Vista-CA-96148/2099704356_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6750 N Lake Blvd #10F, Tahoe Vista, CA</a></p> <p class="zsg-h5">For sale: $225,000</p> <figure id="attachment_218904" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba_lt/house_type/2099704356_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-218904 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tahoe-Vista-CA-resized-21e62a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba_lt/house_type/2099704356_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Overlooking gorgeous Lake Tahoe, this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom lakefront home is available for shared ownership, giving you 6 weeks here per year. In addition to a lakefront pool, fire pit and BBQ, the Tonopalo community offers access to a luxurious spa, workout facility, sandy beach, sail boats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and more.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tahoe-vista-ca" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tahoe Vista</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Myrtle Beach, SC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/813-Golden-Willow-Ct-Myrtle-Beach-SC-29579/92415481_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">813 Golden Willow Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC<br /> </a>For sale: $224,500</p> <figure id="attachment_218767" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/813-Golden-Willow-Ct-Myrtle-Beach-SC-29579/92415481_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218767 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Myrtle-Beach-SC-f78f30.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/813-Golden-Willow-Ct-Myrtle-Beach-SC-29579/92415481_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Perfect for family fun in the sun, this spacious lakefront home has top-rated schools nearby, according to GreatSchools.org. The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom interior includes an office and dining room, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook overlooking the lake.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/myrtle-beach-sc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Myrtle Beach</a>.</p> <h3>Bellingham, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-Eliza-Is-LOT-65-Bellingham-WA-98226/2098620156_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">0 Eliza Island LOT 65, Bellingham, WA<br /> </a>For sale: $267,000</p> <figure id="attachment_218890" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-Eliza-Is-LOT-65-Bellingham-WA-98226/2098620156_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-218890 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bellingham-WA-resized-c80e7c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="449" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-Eliza-Is-LOT-65-Bellingham-WA-98226/2098620156_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Located on Eliza Island in breathtaking Bellingham Bay, this high-bank waterfront home has sweeping mountain, sound and bay views. Custom built with an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, a large loft and spiral stairway, this home is stunning inside and out.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bellingham-wa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bellingham</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3 id="austin">Darlington, MD</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4400-Bryce-Ln-273118-Darlington-MD-21034/2094181616_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4400 Bryce Ln #273118, Darlington, MD</a><br /> For sale: $198,450</p> <figure id="attachment_218766" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4400-Bryce-Ln-273118-Darlington-MD-21034/2094181616_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218766 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Darlington-MD-26cbae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4400-Bryce-Ln-273118-Darlington-MD-21034/2094181616_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Perched atop Broad Creek, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home brings posh style to a rustic retreat. In addition to having waterfront dock access, the house includes a master suite, spacious front and back decks, and a family room perfect for entertaining.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/darlington-md" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Darlington</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Sodus, NY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5537-Centenary-Shrs-Sodus-NY-14551/61984542_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5537 Centenary Shrs, Sodus, NY<br /> </a>For sale: $157,500</p> <figure id="attachment_218763" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5537-Centenary-Shrs-Sodus-NY-14551/61984542_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218763 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sodus-NY-94b95b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5537-Centenary-Shrs-Sodus-NY-14551/61984542_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Overlooking serene Lake Ontario, this 528-square-foot cottage has a spacious deck and beachfront perfect for paddling out with kayaks. The interior features an oak kitchen, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sodus-ny" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sodus</a>.</p> <h3 id="austin">Saint Germain, WI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1583-Pine-Valley-Rd-St-Germain-WI-54558/2093889791_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1583 Pine Valley Rd, St. Germain, WI<br /> </a>For sale: $129,000</p> <figure id="attachment_218759" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1583-Pine-Valley-Rd-St-Germain-WI-54558/2093889791_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218759 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/St.-Germain-WI-9a833e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="640" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1583-Pine-Valley-Rd-St-Germain-WI-54558/2093889791_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom lakefront cabin offers access to all that Little Saint Germain Lake has to offer, including 13 miles of shoreline and numerous bays and islands to explore. The property spans 8 acres with a fire pit, playground and recreation room.</span></p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/saint-germain-wi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Saint Germain</a>.</p> <h3>Golden, MO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25391-Farm-Road-2265-Golden-MO-65658/2098590291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">25391 Farm Road 2265, Golden, MO<br /> </a>For sale: $188,950<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_218762" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25391-Farm-Road-2265-Golden-MO-65658/2098590291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218762 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Golden-MO-ac22c2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25391-Farm-Road-2265-Golden-MO-65658/2098590291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Situated on half an acre, this newly remodeled lakefront home has plenty of indoor and outdoor space to entertain. In addition to nicely landscaped grounds and multiple decks, its interior has vaulted pine ceilings and a modern kitchen.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/golden-mo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Golden</a>.</p> <h3>Rockwood, TN</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/272-Pin-Oak-Dr-Rockwood-TN-37854/81231012_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">272 Pin Oak Dr, Rockwood, TN<br /> </a>For sale: $275,000<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_218761" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1716-Parkway-Dr-N-Folsom-CA-95630/82886746_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218761 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rockwood-TN-9641c3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/272-Pin-Oak-Dr-Rockwood-TN-37854/81231012_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Boasting panoramic views of Watts Bar Lake, this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom property has abundant outdoor space to enjoy the scenery, including three decks with hammocks and a hot tub. Every bedroom and living area overlooks the lakefront, which is outfitted with a large covered dock and electric boat lift.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rockwood-tn" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rockwood</a>.</p> <h3>Reed City, MI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9011-Lake-Dr-Reed-City-MI-49677/106566391_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9011 Lake Dr, Reed City, MI<br /> </a>For sale: $155,000</p> <figure id="attachment_218764" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9011-Lake-Dr-Reed-City-MI-49677/106566391_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218764 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Reed-City-MI-916db2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9011-Lake-Dr-Reed-City-MI-49677/106566391_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Sporting a private sandy beach on beautiful Todd Lake, this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home has been updated with granite countertops and a custom wrap-around deck with sweeping lake views. Close to fishing, trails and other lakes, this home is ideal for an outdoor enthusiast.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/reed-city-mi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reed City</a>.</p> <h3 id="austin">Bay Saint Louis, MS</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10250-Bayou-View-Dr-E-Bay-Saint-Louis-MS-39520/77944372_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10250 Bayou View Dr E, Bay Saint Louis, MS<br /> </a>For sale: $159,900</p> <figure id="attachment_218765" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10250-Bayou-View-Dr-E-Bay-Saint-Louis-MS-39520/77944372_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218765 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Saint-Louis-MS-712c76.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10250-Bayou-View-Dr-E-Bay-Saint-Louis-MS-39520/77944372_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Built on an acre of land, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/">tiny home</a> packs a lot outside its small frame. With 200 feet of Breaths Bayou waterfront, this home is outfitted with a powered boat launch and RV pad. It&#8217;s surrounded by mature trees, including queen palms, oak and cedar.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bay-saint-louis-ms" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bay Saint Louis</a>.</p> <p><em>Lead photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5537-Centenary-Shrs-Sodus-NY-14551/61984542_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <h3><strong>Related</strong>:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-things-about-floating-homes-214787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Things You Didn&#8217;t Know About Floating Homes and Houseboats</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/key-west-retreat-217931/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: Tropical Island Retreat With Private Art Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dcRBCmWBBZE:M331xL1wFaE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dcRBCmWBBZE:M331xL1wFaE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/waterfront-homes-under-300k-218745/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/waterfront-homes-under-300k-218745/ 2017-07-12 23:18 +00:00 2017-07-13 11:18 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gy3dkzdvme3hi4liozvwgylhobrxgy3u/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/number-homes-market-falls-new-low-housing-market-stifled-uncertainty/ storytype:standard topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Number of homes on the market falls to a new low with housing market 'stifled' by uncertainty, says Rics Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-12 23:01 +00:00 2017-07-13 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218839 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/krLrN0IUQjE/ Home Improvement outdoor spaces 9 Fire Pit Designs to Fuel Summer Fun (Plus One You Can Build Yourself!) Spark memorable evenings with friends and family with a setup that pairs the thrill of camping with the convenience of your own backyard. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:12:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/#comments Cat Overman <p>Summer evenings are made for spending time outdoors, and what better place to gather with friends and family than around your own personal fire pit? Whether your taste runs to s&#8217;mores and ghost stories or fine wine and romance, a fire pit provides a little escape from the everyday &#8212; right in your own backyard.</p> <p>You don&#8217;t need a sprawling acreage to enjoy a fire pit&#8217;s perks, either. If you&#8217;ve got a few feet to spare, you can soon be enjoying firelight and crackling flames.</p> <p>Follow these easy steps to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">build your own backyard fire pit</a> &#8212; then check out the extra inspiration we&#8217;ve provided.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155551644633594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=400" width="400" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>To DIY for</h3> <p>This Alpharetta, GA fire pit is the perfect spot to watch the fireflies come out.</p> <figure id="attachment_218850" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/230-Atlanta-Providence-Ct-Alpharetta-GA-30004/65452710_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218850" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IStgg80ug7mik31000000000-ed49d7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/230-Atlanta-Providence-Ct-Alpharetta-GA-30004/65452710_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In the backyard of a Beverly, MA waterfront Victorian, this fire pit supplies a stunning view.</p> <figure id="attachment_218848" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Curtis-Pt-Beverly-MA-01915/59226184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218848" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS17a3rjoeee4d1000000000-4a2975.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Curtis-Pt-Beverly-MA-01915/59226184_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>You can just imagine the peace and quiet you&#8217;d get with this Duvall, WA fire pit situated among the tall trees.</p> <figure id="attachment_218849" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15114-294th-Ave-NE-Duvall-WA-98019/48752805_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218849" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS1721858mb6s01000000000-165ae0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="537" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15114-294th-Ave-NE-Duvall-WA-98019/48752805_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>More polished pits</h3> <p>You might need a bit of professional assistance (and a pretty amazing piece of property) to set yourself up with a river-rock fire pit like this one in La Jolla, CA.</p> <figure id="attachment_218858" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Dunemere-Dr-La-Jolla-CA-92037/16849313_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218858" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-patio-with-fence-i_g-IS991cox3gwa0p1000000000-Ylxnh-47fb16.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Dunemere-Dr-La-Jolla-CA-92037/16849313_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With this warm and cozy fire pit in Palo Alto, CA, you get a little extra space to set your drink.</p> <figure id="attachment_218860" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1084-Fife-Ave-Palo-Alto-CA-94301/19467919_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218860" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/traditional-patio-with-fence-i_g-IShfrezes76m3a0000000000-pwB21-1fe440.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1084-Fife-Ave-Palo-Alto-CA-94301/19467919_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This rustic Nashville fire pit brings the camping trip straight to you.</p> <figure id="attachment_218861" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/archadecknashville-boards/Decks-from-Archadeck-Nashville/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218861 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IStou8sx3xt1am0000000000-690f15.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="729" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/archadecknashville-boards/Decks-from-Archadeck-Nashville/">Archadeck of Nashville</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Sleek and modern scene-stealers</h3> <p>Even city slickers can enjoy the charms of an outdoor fire, thanks to rooftop setups like this one in Chicago.</p> <figure id="attachment_218862" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1735-N-Paulina-St-APT-613-Chicago-IL-60622/101452423_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218862" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-deck-with-throw-pillows-and-fence-i_g-ISdwler3vlv3100000000000-LPiEQ-58808b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1735-N-Paulina-St-APT-613-Chicago-IL-60622/101452423_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Gas fire pit tables deliver the warm glow of a campfire, without the smoke and ashes.</p> <figure id="attachment_218863" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/patios-7748655964/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218863" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IStkzts20bj8ze0000000000-d3d8ed.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="560" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/patios-7748655964/">Imagine Backyard Living</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The ultimate table for two - complete with compact fire pit - sets the scene for romance, day or night.</p> <figure id="attachment_218864" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-patios-7748655968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-218864" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISxvqhrcjemjze0000000000-752335.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="572" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-patios-7748655968/">Imagine Backyard Living</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/fire-pit/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire pit design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1084-Fife-Ave-Palo-Alto-CA-94301/19467919_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caring-for-upsized-yard-217971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bigger Homes and Gardens: Caring for Your New, Upsized Outdoor Space</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=krLrN0IUQjE:7NNkvLGqW8g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=krLrN0IUQjE:7NNkvLGqW8g:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/ 2017-07-12 22:12 +00:00 2017-07-13 10:12 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218693 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0PnTmCYEMaA/ Tips & Advice How to Buy a Shipping Container (for Your Next Home) Dwell shares insider tips after consulting architects, DIY home builders and shipping container experts from around the world. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:55:25 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-shipping-container-next-home-218693/#respond Dwell <p>You&#8217;ve decided to join the shipping container revolution. Your plans are drawn up, your site is prepared and your welding torch is ready to transform a discarded steel box into the durable, stylish and sustainable home of your dreams. Now what?</p> <p>To help you get started, we asked architects, DIY home builders and shipping container experts from around the world for their insider tips on <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/how-to-buy-a-shipping-container-d3845893" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">bringing home the best possible container</a> for your building needs.</p> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-218708" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-5-cc48e5-1024x503.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="491" /><em>Photo by Chris Cooper</em></h6> <div> <p><strong>The first step, they agree, is to find a reputable distributor.</strong> &#8220;Shipping companies don't want people calling them for one or 10 containers. They prefer to sell to dealers,&#8221; says Barry Naef, director of the ISBU Association (ISBU stands for intermodal steel building units, the term for containers used specifically for construction).</p> <p>He recommends checking <a href="http://www.greencubenetwork.org/shipping-container-dealers_3/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the extensive international list</a> of dealers on the Eco Green Sources website. And don't despair if you live far from the ocean. Thanks to a network of inland distribution hubs, says Naef, &#8220;there are as many [containers] in the mid-U.S. and Canada as there are at the ports, at nearly the same prices.&#8221; A dealer can help arrange for overland transport of your container via 18-wheeler truck.</p> <p>Other sourcing options exist, too. In Zambia, a local NGO supplied Tokyo-based architect Mikiko Endo with old containers it had used to transport donations (she transformed them into maternity clinic housing). In Israel, architect Galit Golany purchased a refurbished container from a prefab construction company, then fixed up the turnkey unit with timber cladding, roofing, a deck and stone base.</p> </div> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-218710" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-7-c5cb7b-682x1024.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /><em>Photo by Drew Kelly</em></h6> <p>Stephen Shoup, founder of Oakland's building Lab, agrees that <b>looking for a distributor that will do some basic modifications prior to sale is a good idea.</b></p> <p>&#8220;It's tons of fun to be standing there with a plasma cutter and a welder and be hacking into these things and pasting them back together, but if you're encountering engineering issues, then you're going to need licensed welders. That cost is much more controllable when done at the fabrication shop or shipyard,&#8221; says Shoup.</p> <p><b>Another option is to purchase a container manufactured specifically for building, like the ones from Toronto-based</b> <a href="http://www.mekaworld.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">MEKA</a><b> or</b> <a href="http://imweb.ne.jp/container/C-company.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Silhouette Spice</a><b> in Tokyo. </b>These can be cheaply transported using existing global shipping networks, but are tailor-made to meet building codes (Japan's are especially strict).</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-9-c83fc8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-6-83c4fb-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-10-f8f734-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="794" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-11-e8cb3b-1024x794.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="900" height="506" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-12-ae110c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="829" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-2-0d1c27-1024x829.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="893" height="594" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-3-009704.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>Images (in order) by: Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Teddy Yunantha, Ecocontainerhome.com, Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects, Abiboo Architects,  Jack Thompson, and Paul McCredie.</em></h6> <p><b>If you do decide to purchase a genuine seafaring container, you'll need to keep a number of factors in mind. First is size.</b> Although dimensions are generally standardized, your safest bet for projects that join multiple units is to purchase a single brand (perhaps one whose logo you fancy). Houston-based architect <a href="http://www.robdes.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Christopher Robertson</a>, who has designed both upscale residential and disaster-relief housing using containers, recommends choosing &#8220;high cubes&#8221; (HQ), which are about a foot taller than standard, because the smaller size can feel claustrophobic after installing insulation. Lengths vary from 8 to 53 feet, with 20 feet and 40 feet being the most common.</p> <p><b>Whichever you choose, Robertson cautions that the costs of transportation and modification quickly add up. </b>&#8220;There's a real misconception that building with containers is absurdly inexpensive. Unfortunately, that's not true at all,&#8221; he says.</p> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-218712 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-4-1ce4ae-807x1024.jpg" alt="" width="807" height="1024" /><em>Photo by Ike Edeani</em></h6> <p><b>Assuming you're still hooked on the many other benefits of container construction, you'll need to think about age and condition. </b>Options range from virtually unscathed &#8220;one-trippers&#8221; to eight-to-10-year-old retired containers, with varying degrees of rust, dents and warping. Your choice depends on your design goals.</p> <p>For Brook van der Linde, an artist who built a DIY container home with her husband in Asheville, cost and sustainability were more important than perfect condition. &#8220;Our goal was to use materials that were headed for the landfill. Our containers were constructed in 2005 so they had a good long life going to China and back,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>Robertson, on the other hand, sought out one-trippers for his residential project. &#8220;They're a little more expensive but they look a lot better,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;If they start having a lot of dings and rusts, you lose the aesthetic pleasure.&#8221;</p> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-218713" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-8-dd82b4-724x1024.jpg" alt="" width="565" height="800" /><em>Photo by Sergio Pucci</em></h6> <p>Although a container's history is trackable via its serial number, the best way to assess its condition is through a visual once-over prior to purchase. Arrive at the lot armed with a level to check for excessive warping and a checklist of potential problems, such as holes, dents, damaged door seals, and corrosion (a little rust is par for the course). Don't forget to use your nose, as well. The wood flooring of most containers is treated with toxic pesticides, which you'll need to seal or remove, and others may have been used to transport unpleasantly odiferous contents.</p> <p>Finally, once you've made your choice, take a deep breath. The toughest - and most enjoyable - phase of building your container home is still to come.</p> <h6><em>Top photo by Drew Kelly.</em></h6> <p><em>This article was written by <span data-reactid="135">Winifred Bird and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/how-to-buy-a-shipping-container-d3845893" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: Tiny Shipping Container, Big Style</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-checklist-176055/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Tiny Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0PnTmCYEMaA:6-NhaN1bdlw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0PnTmCYEMaA:6-NhaN1bdlw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-shipping-container-next-home-218693/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-shipping-container-next-home-218693/ 2017-07-12 17:55 +00:00 2017-07-13 05:55 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217965 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lvOwBLoDsxA/ First Person green homes home maintenance Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills Save more moola for summer fun - try these savvy energy-saving tips, and ditch the exorbitant energy bills once and for all. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/#respond Melanie Harding <p>We all enjoy being warm and cozy in the winter, and cool as a cucumber in the summer - but the energy bills that keep us there can get out of hand quickly. In fact, the average American household spends roughly $200 per month on energy bills, according to <a href="https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/12statab/prices.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">2012 U.S. Census</a> data.</p> <p>Luckily, home updates, inexpensive projects, and even minor changes in routine can create notable savings.</p> <h3>Hunt for an energy-efficient home</h3> <p>When my husband and I started our home search, we knew energy efficiency was a priority. Before we found a real estate agent, we carefully considered how many square feet we&#8217;d need to be comfortable as a family - and it wasn&#8217;t as much space as we&#8217;d thought.</p> <p>House hunting was absolutely about finding a place that looked and felt like home, but we also kept in mind practical considerations. Updated windows, modern appliances, and a sufficiently insulated attic can have big impacts on home energy use.</p> <p>We also found that some home features, such as cathedral ceilings and sun rooms, can increase energy costs. And if you&#8217;re home shopping in hot climates, keep an eye out for homes with <a href="https://energy.gov/energysaver/cool-roofs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">cool-roof</a> features to prevent the air-conditioning from working overtime.</p> <figure id="attachment_218644" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-218644" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/energy1-4ca9cf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/craftsman-home-exteriors-1897159985/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bernadette McIver</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Once we found a home we loved, we lined up a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-expect-when-youre-inspecting-100268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home inspector</a> with a great reputation. Walking through the home alongside the inspector taught us a lot about our home&#8217;s energy efficiency. We learned how our insulation levels compared to standards in our region, and the age of major appliances and equipment in the home.</p> <p>If your dream home doesn&#8217;t come with an energy-efficient <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/hot-water-heater-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">water heater</a> or updated windows, there&#8217;s no need to despair. Issues that show up during a home inspection give you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">grounds to negotiate</a> with the seller.</p> <p>In the end, our family of three chose a modern cottage (just under 800 square feet) in a great neighborhood with a large garage for hobbies and storage space. We get a lot of use out of our generous outdoor entertaining space and garage, while the modest size of our home keeps our monthly utility bills low. It&#8217;s a choice we don&#8217;t regret!</p> <h3>Assess major appliances and equipment</h3> <p>Shopping for efficient new appliances and equipment is easy, thanks to independent certification from Energy Star. Most modern appliances feature an Energy Star label that gives you a yearly estimated operating cost:</p> <figure id="attachment_217968" style="width: 457px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217968 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/energy-guide-0aee34.jpg" alt="" width="457" height="457" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Image from the <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0072-shopping-home-appliances-use-energyguide-label" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Federal Trade Commission</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Older appliances may not be as easy to assess, but you can use the U.S. Department of Energy&#8217;s <a href="https://energy.gov/energysaver/estimating-appliance-and-home-electronic-energy-use" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">appliance energy calculator</a> to estimate how much energy they use.</p> <p>With roughly <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">half of all energy expenses going to heating and cooling</a>, high-performing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment should be a priority for every homeowner. Overall efficiency, however, isn&#8217;t the only factor to consider when evaluating your heating and cooling system.</p> <p>When we initially bought our home, the previous owners installed an oversized furnace. It might&#8217;ve been a great choice for a larger home, but not ours. The furnace would inefficiently <a href="http://ductworks.com/air-conditioning/what-causes-furnace-short-cycling/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short cycle</a> during winter, ratcheting up our energy costs while causing excessive wear and tear on the furnace itself. When we replaced it with a model half the size, we saved a bundle on our monthly utility bill.</p> <h3>Try quick, energy-efficient fixes</h3> <p>Not a lot of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-home-repair-budget-215076/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dollars to put down</a> on a new HVAC system? No problem. Not every move toward energy efficiency requires an expensive home upgrade.</p> <p>There are all kinds of quick fixes that owners and renters can make to cut back on energy costs. Energy Star has <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/products/top_10_tips_renters" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">simple money saving tips</a> that anyone can put in place today.</p> <p>Easy tasks, such as replacing weather stripping on a drafty front door, <a href="http://www.ase.org/resources/efficient-laundry-wash-clothes-cold-water-save-energy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">washing laundry in cold water</a>, <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/products/ask-the-expert/saving-money-and-energy-can-be-a-breeze-%E2%80%93-with-your-ceiling-fan" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">changing your ceiling fan&#8217;s direction</a>, and using energy-efficient light bulbs, can all make an impact on your budget&#8217;s bottom line.</p> <h3>Seek expert guidance</h3> <p>Expert help doesn&#8217;t have to be expensive. Many local utility companies provide an energy audit, and they often offer them for no charge.</p> <p>We recently scheduled this kind of assessment, and when they come out, they&#8217;ll give us free advice on how to lower our energy bill even further. As a part of their visit, <a href="https://pse.com/savingsandenergycenter/Rebates/Pages/Home-energy-assessment.aspx?utm_source=digitalMarketing&amp;utm_campaign=EEPrograms&amp;utm_term=2017&amp;utm_medium=search&amp;utm_content=HEA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">they&#8217;ll update up to 20 light bulbs</a> at no cost, increasing our home&#8217;s efficiency on the spot. They offer high-performance shower heads and other free perks, too.</p> <h3>Lower your utility bill - then save a little more</h3> <p>Energy-efficient upgrades provide a whole lot of bang for your buck. In addition to lowering your monthly utility bill or making your home more comfortable in extreme weather, you might also be eligible for tax credits, rebates, and additional savings. We updated our windows and replaced our furnace by using tax credits.</p> <p>The number of programs offering additional savings can be overwhelming. Luckily, you can conduct some quick research online to ensure you&#8217;re not missing out. The U.S. Department of Energy&#8217;s <a href="https://energy.gov/savings" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">tax credits, rebates, and savings database</a> is a great place to start.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/energy-efficient-home-technology-207957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">U.S. Hot Spots for Energy-Efficient Home Technology</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-green-changes-to-home-196909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Simple Changes for a Greener Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/green-home-updates-save-money-174357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lvOwBLoDsxA:aGo-Q8R-Q8k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lvOwBLoDsxA:aGo-Q8R-Q8k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/ 2017-07-12 13:00 +00:00 2017-07-13 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzrge2jxnftw2zrqnq2wcmtborswc3dw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/rise-suburbs-london-overtaken-rest-country-sales-1m-homes/ topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry storytype:standard topics:organisations/land-registry structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty The rise of the suburbs: London to be overtaken by the rest of the country in sales of £1m homes  Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z William Montgomery Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-12 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-12 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ha4w65rtozswwnzror2go2jqgfzdgmdk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/fancy-living-next-queen-buy-luxury-home-can/ topics:things/trending structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:money structure:property Fancy living next to the Queen? Sandringham railway station transformed into luxury home - and it's for sale Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:20:28 Z Mark Molloy 2017-07-11 16:20 +00:00 2017-07-12 04:20 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216327 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/aZlLC83aVyg/ Home Improvement Appliances home maintenance How to Avoid a Water Heater Nightmare With just a little vigilance and prep (and a $15 gadget), you can keep a flooding disaster at bay. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:25:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hot-water-heater-nightmare-216327/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>A water heater isn't typically something homeowners think much about - until, of course, it fails spectacularly. <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/hot-water-heater-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Water heaters</a> warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored.</p> <h3>Disaster firsthand</h3> <p>Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior sales executive at Zillow, found out just how damaging water heaters can be.</p> <p>"My wife called and said it sounded like it was raining downstairs,&#8221; Gehrt recalls. &#8220;When she went down there, the whole basement was flooded. There were about 4 to 6 inches of water on the ground."</p> <p>Gehrt immediately went home, turned the water off, and cleaned up as much of the water as he could with his Shop-Vac.</p> <p>"It was a good gush of water. It was probably the equivalent of about three baths filling at once. That's how much water was dumping out the side of our hot water tank," he says.</p> <p>Gehrt and his wife called their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-home-insurance-claims-190921/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">homeowners insurance</a> company, which sent the restoration emergency company <a href="https://www.servpro.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">ServPro</a> to help. The professionals pumped out the water, working in the basement for about four hours. In addition to clearing out the water, they cleaned up the damage the flooding had caused.</p> <p>"They had to remove all the baseboards, because water got behind the Sheetrock,&#8221; says Gehrt. &#8220;They drilled holes in the Sheetrock every 4 to 6 inches. And then I probably had about 20 fans going in my basement for a week to dry everything out."</p> <h3>Signs of damage to come</h3> <p>Gehrt and his wife certainly didn't expect their water heater to fail on them, but looking back, there was a major sign of damage.</p> <p>"My storage room is where my furnace and hot water heater is, and I noticed that there was a little bit of water - just a tiny bit - maybe a 6-inch puddle of water in front of the hot water heater. I cleaned it up, and when I came back down about a week later, it was back," Gehrt says.</p> <p>When you see any hint of moisture or water stains around your water heater, it's a major indicator that there's something wrong with it, according to Paul Abrams, public relations director at Roto-Rooter. He says there should be absolutely no leaking in any of the joints or on the floor. Besides leaking, the water heater&#8217;s age is really the biggest determinant of the appliance failing.</p> <p>"Homeowners should be cognizant of how old the water heater is, because that often determines the period of time when there&#8217;s some danger of it failing," Abrams advises.</p> <p>Most water heaters, under the best conditions, will last about nine to 11 years, unless you live in an area with especially hard water. Typically, a plumber will note the installation date on the water heater, but you can also look at the serial number on the tank to see when it was manufactured.</p> <h3>Reasons for water heater failure</h3> <p>So, why exactly does a hot water heater fail? The water and its minerals essentially erode the container and create holes.</p> <p>"The inside of the tank is usually glass-lined, but there's steel in there. And anytime you have minerals and hard water, they&#8217;ll attack that steel and eventually rust it out from the inside," Abrams says.</p> <p>Although there are things you can do to prolong a water tank's life - such as replacing the anode rod (essentially a sacrificial rod made of magnesium, which deflects the minerals from attacking the tank) every five years, installing a water softener, and draining the sediment out of the tank once a year - the best thing you can do is set a replacement schedule.</p> <h3>Advice to homeowners</h3> <p>The restoration professionals came to Gehrt's house as soon as they could, but plenty of damage had already been done. They removed the base trim from all the doors. They cut the Sheetrock, because it had swelled up beyond repair. And the carpets, tile, and cabinets were all damaged and waterlogged.</p> <p>The amount of damage came to a whopping total of $14,000. And while the insurance covered the damage, it didn't cover appliance replacement or labor costs. A <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-is-a-home-warranty-and-do-you-need-one-128610/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">home warranty</a>, Gehrt learned after his experience, would have covered the cost of the water heater and a plumber.</p> <p>The biggest lesson Gehrt and his wife learned, however, is that there are a couple of simple things homeowners can do to prevent water heater failures and floods.</p> <p>"I spent $15 on a water sensor. It's just an alarm - a box that's 3 inches by 3 inches. It's loud, and it has a little sensor that you stick at the bottom of the tank on the ground. When the water hits it, it alerts you. If it would have alerted [my wife], she could have shut it off immediately, and we wouldn't have had all the damage that we did," Gehrt says.</p> <p>Additionally, knowing where your water shutoff is and how to turn it off is something every homeowner should know in case of an emergency. But mostly, it's all about prevention.</p> <p>"A lot of homeowners just ignore [their hot water tank]. It's like the elephant in the room. It's really easy to ignore. It's complicated, but the years go by, and something goes wrong. A lot of times, these things could have been prevented," Abrams says.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/hot-water-heater-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Water Heater Basics</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tankless-water-heaters-193655/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tankless Water Heaters: When, Why, and How to Buy One</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/repairs-during-the-first-5-years-179876/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Repairs You Might Encounter During the First 5 Years of Owning a Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aZlLC83aVyg:dF4cPia5Xjs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aZlLC83aVyg:dF4cPia5Xjs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hot-water-heater-nightmare-216327/feed/ 12 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hot-water-heater-nightmare-216327/ 2017-07-11 15:25 +00:00 2017-07-12 03:25 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217977 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CRHkws_JFXg/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling refinancing From 'Sold' to 'For Sale' and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership Whether you've lived in your home for a day or a decade, buckle up - homeownership can be a wild ride. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:00:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/4-phases-of-homeownership-217977/#comments Jennifer Lyons <p>You may live in your home for two years, or you may hunker down for two decades. But no matter how long you call it yours, you&#8217;ll likely experience these four key stages of homeownership - from the day you get your keys to the day you hand them off to your home&#8217;s new owner.</p> <p>Read on to learn more about what to expect from each phase.</p> <h3>Phase 1: Starting out</h3> <p>The "sold" sign is posted, your belongings are packed, and the day finally arrives - you get the keys to your new home. You open the front door, and possibilities abound. How will you decorate? Where will that new couch go? Which rooms will the kids choose?</p> <p>This first phase is all about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">unpacking</a>, settling in, and getting to know your new home. If you&#8217;ve <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/upsizing-your-home-217193/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">upsized from a smaller home</a>, you may be tempted to jump in and start filling all that extra space.</p> <p>And while you may be eager to make your mark on your new home's interior (or exterior), Diana Bohn, a Seattle-based agent with <a href="https://www.windermere.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Windermere Real Estate</a>, warns against <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">making extensive changes</a> to a home right after moving in.</p> <p>"It's always good to be in your home for a year or so before knocking down any walls,&#8221; she explains. &#8220;Get your furniture in there, unpack, and see how the home lives. It's hard to know how the space is going to feel until you've been there for a while. Go through all the seasons at least once."</p> <h3>Phase 2: Settling in</h3> <p>It may take you a few months to move into the second phase - or even a few years (we won't judge if you still have packed boxes gathering dust after a year or two). But this phase is when your house becomes a home, and you start enjoying your everyday life in the space.</p> <p>You've figured out where all your belongings should go, you've done the bulk of your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/decorating/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">decorating</a>, and you're getting to know your neighbors and a few local hangouts. You've likely celebrated the holidays in your home a time or two, welcomed out-of-town guests, and gotten to know (and love?) your home&#8217;s unique quirks.</p> <h3>Phase 3: Fixing up</h3> <p>If the housing market continues its current upward trend, it's likely that, after even a few years in your home, you're sitting on some equity. So what should you do with it? Phase 3 is often the time when homeowners can take advantage of equity they've gained.</p> <p>First, if you bought an older home, it may be time to update some of your home's major systems - think furnace, roof, or windows. Portland, OR-based mortgage broker Lauren Green of <a href="http://www.greenfamilymortgage.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Green Family Mortgage</a> recommends researching two options for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/heloc-home-equity-cash-refi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">financing home improvements</a>: home equity lines of credit (HELOC) and cash-out refinances.</p> <p>"Many people have no idea they can access their home&#8217;s equity,&#8221; Green says. &#8220;They think the only way to take advantage of their home's increased value is to sell it, but in reality, there are some great ways to access the equity in your home while still living in it."</p> <p>Second, after living in your home for a few years, you probably have a better idea of the renovations that would really make your home work for your lifestyle.</p> <p>"There are lots of reasons why someone may decide to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/go-bigger-or-go-to-a-new-home-185877/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">remodel instead of sell</a> and look for a new home," says Tyler Coke, project manager and business development manager at <a href="http://www.marrone2.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marrone &amp; Marrone</a>, a custom home builder and remodeler in the Bay Area. "One thing that appeals to many homeowners is the custom aspect of it. You can design and create exactly the type of space that fits your lifestyle and speaks to how you use your home."</p> <h3>Phase 4: Moving on</h3> <p>When will you know it's time to move on? And what will prompt you to move somewhere new?</p> <p>"Usually, it's some kind of transition that causes people to sell," says Bohn. "A new job, a growing family, or downsizing once the kids move out. In big cities, we're also seeing people moving from more centrally located neighborhoods to farther-flung suburbs, where their money will get them more."</p> <p>Whatever your reason for putting your home on the market, the day you sign on the dotted line and close your front door for the last time is likely to be a bittersweet moment. But change can be good, and the next time you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/home-buying/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">buy a home</a>, you'll be well-versed in all four phases and know just what you're looking for.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14-Hillside-Rd-Rye-NY-10580/32971396_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/upsizing-your-home-217193/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your New, Bigger Space: 5 Ways to Win at Upsizing Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/new-home/first-year-new-home-maintenance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your First Year in Your New Home: A DIY Maintenance Checklist</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caring-for-upsized-yard-217971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bigger Homes and Gardens: Caring for Your New, Upsized Outdoor Space</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CRHkws_JFXg:ImUNLzhDN3o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CRHkws_JFXg:ImUNLzhDN3o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/4-phases-of-homeownership-217977/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/4-phases-of-homeownership-217977/ 2017-07-10 13:00 +00:00 2017-07-11 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnzdomtfm52to4dngnytc33lg4zhcmdo/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/accidental-festival-boss-found-calling/ storytype:standard topics:things/environment topics:things/family structure:money structure:property Accidental festival boss who found his calling  Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 Z Boudicca Fox-Leonard 2017-07-10 12:00 +00:00 2017-07-11 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gyywezbunbwdq5rsofvgkyzznv2hmndd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/instagram-revival-william-morris-face-launched-thousand-tea/ topics:places/victoria-and-albert-museum topics:things/interiors storytype:standard structure:interiors topics:organisations/instagram topics:things/luxury-design topics:things/victorians topics:organisations/john-lewis The Instagram revival of William Morris, 'the face that launched a thousand tea towels' Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-07-10 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-10 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mrsxin3rmzvgc3tfhftdan3ggezgyzrt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/should-buy-worst-house-best-street-turn-ugly-duckling-swan/ topics:things/self-build topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors structure:interiors/diy storytype:standard topics:things/selling-property topics:things/grand-designs structure:money structure:property topics:things/first-home Why you should buy the worst house on the best street (and turn your ugly duckling into a swan) Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:04:08 Z Fiona Brandhorst 2017-07-09 21:04 +00:00 2017-07-10 09:04 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nnvtamdvnzrhemtwmm2gw4dngm2de3bq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/forget-spain-try-menorca-untouched-gem-mediterranean/ structure:expat storytype:standard structure:travel topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/spain structure:expat/expat-property structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/ibiza structure:property Forget mainland Spain; try Menorca, the untouched gem of the Mediterranean  Sun, 09 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Arabella Youens 2017-07-09 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-09 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218576 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Bt4TyPaOFI8/ Celebrity Real Estate Chrissy Teigen hollywood hills John Legend mid-century modern John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Former Hollywood Hills Home Is for Sale All of you may want to own this stunning mid-century modern pad. Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:35:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-former-home-for-sale-218576/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_218619" style="width: 284px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-218619" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_101246536-86e347-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="284" height="190" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo: Shutterstock</em></figcaption></figure> <p>The Southern California home that formerly belonged to the famous singer-and-model duo is on the market - but not for long (if we had to guess).</p> <p>In 2014, after seven years of ownership, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-lists-home-162334/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">unloaded the property</a> for just over asking, within weeks of putting it on the market.</p> <p>Three years later, the current owner is asking <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3023-Longdale-Ln-Los-Angeles-CA-90068/20804854_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$2.495 million for the celebrity pad</a>; nearly half a million more than they paid.</p> <p>That price tag nets you a 2,200-square foot, 3-bed, 3-bath home and a state-of-the-art recording studio. Plus, the mid-century modern gem was completely renovated by Legend and Teigen.</p> <p>While John got a studio designed acoustically for low sound out of the renovation, we imagine food-fanatic Chrissy had a hand in the sleek kitchen with custom basalt counters, teak cabinets and Thermador appliances.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="526" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0011-0c3433.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0015-cfa8d8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0022-4ef7c6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0019-fec5f7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0024-b420ab.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0028-ad343e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0033-cb06c8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0035-a36dd4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0039-59a693.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0041-1455a5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0045-7338ad.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0043-e1fce4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0047-2852ce.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="526" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0048-063ffe.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0050-4e728e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0051-322633.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="509" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0052-c653ad.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0054-a043ad.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="544" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0055-5bd8db.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0058-ecd422.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0059-96ef75.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0060-9c425d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0062-2e956d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="499" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0066-2a3c9a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0064-cde23a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0072-48557a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0077-e02bfe.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3023LongdaleDayNight.0081-89d30c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos by Adam Latham of Bel Air Photography</em></h6> <p>Hidden in a quiet cul-de-sac of Hollywood Hills, this home makes it hard to believe you&#8217;re still in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Inside the gated yard are tranquil Asian-inspired gardens, fountains and greenery.</p> <p>With such a beautifully cultivated yard, it&#8217;s easy to see why the entire home is designed to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Off the main living area, a sliding glass door leads directly to the backyard patio with a grill, several lounging areas and a tucked away hot tub. Similarly, the master suite contains two glass doors - one in the bedroom and another in the master bath, which leads to an outdoor soaking tub.</p> <p>It&#8217;s hard to imagine this serene, luxury home lasting much longer than it did the last time it was on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.heatherboydproperties.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Heather Boyd of Hilton &amp; Hyland</a> holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/alyson-hannigan-atlanta-218531/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alyson Hannigan Lists Her Atlanta Penthouse for $1.395M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/matthew-perry-la-bachelor-pad-217864/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Buy 'Friends' Star Matthew Perry's Ultimate LA Bachelor Pad</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kendall-selling-la-condo-217096/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kendall Jenner Packs it in, Listing Her LA Condo for $1.6M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Bt4TyPaOFI8:kO5Bjd7RNnU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Bt4TyPaOFI8:kO5Bjd7RNnU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-former-home-for-sale-218576/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-former-home-for-sale-218576/ 2017-07-07 20:35 +00:00 2017-07-08 08:35 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g5wwk3tdga4g23lcnrutg3jtnzzwk4jw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/experts-tell-nimbys-tory-housing-plan-could-make-rural-home/ structure:countryside-top-stories storytype:standard topics:things/countryside structure:money/money-top-stories structure:money topics:things/housing-market structure:property Experts tell Nimbys: Tory housing plan could make your rural home MORE valuable Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:56:53 Z Sam Meadows 2017-07-07 11:56 +00:00 2017-07-07 23:56 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mjrtkzrwnuywuyzqguzds43pm5vgey3d/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/one-bed-flat-chelsea-8-bed-georgian-mansion-scotland-1m-will/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard structure:business topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property A one-bed flat in Chelsea or an 8-bed Georgian mansion in Scotland: What £1m will buy you in London compared to the rest of the UK Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:01:57 Z Sophie Christie 2017-07-07 11:01 +00:00 2017-07-07 23:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfstkytrnnswg4lkoe3hez3ngqzg4odg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-price-growth-flattens-lowest-rate-since-2013/ topics:things/mortgages topics:organisations/nationwide storytype:standard topics:things/uk-economy topics:places/halifax structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices structure:business/economy structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty House price growth 'flattens' to the lowest rate since 2013 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:12:04 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-07 08:12 +00:00 2017-07-07 20:12 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfxwsndrny4xamdnhbrggmtnmrxgimbr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/finally-good-news-not-property-ladder-getting-cheaper-rent/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money structure:property Finally, some good news for those not on the property ladder: it's getting cheaper to rent Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-07-04 23:01 +00:00 2017-07-05 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovyg4ylngu3xm33wovtgqmdtnqzguz3p/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/isle-man-motor-racing-tax-breaks/ topics:places/isle-of-man topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:people/mark-cavendish structure:tax topics:things/wine topics:things/inheritance-tax topics:things/capital-gains-tax structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty There's more to the Isle of Man than motor racing and tax breaks Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-07-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-07-03 17:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=11882026&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Foodstuffs launches new Auckland supermarket chain New Zealand's biggest supermarket co-operative, Foodstuffs North Island, is launching a new small-store chain in the Auckland region with an emphasis on selling fresh produce.Chris Quin, Foodstuffs North Island chief executive,... 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