News Feeds (RSS) http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224125 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/aa0UhqUoYJg/ Unique Homes modern modern architecture unique homes 8 Minimalist Homes That Are Big on Style (Not on Stuff) Homes are hitting the market across the country with clean lines and bright spaces, proving you can maximize style while keeping things minimal. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:01:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/minimalist-homes-224125/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Stunning. Sleek. Neat. If these homes are any sign, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of keeping things simple, yet sophisticated.</p> <p>From Philly to Phoenix, feast your eyes on eight minimalist homes so serene, they might just have you decluttering in no time.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Philadelphia, PA</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1310-S-20th-St-Philadelphia-PA-19146/2092044161_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1310 S 20th St</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">New construction: $635,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224170" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1310-S-20th-St-Philadelphia-PA-19146/2092044161_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224170 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Philly-high-resolution-d7cc08.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://plushimage.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">PLUSH Image Corporation</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>High ceilings and a palette of neutral colors make this Philadelphia living room feel open and luminous. From the Mid-Century Modern couch to the simple side tables, furniture with exposed legs adds to the appearance of ample space. Large windows allow abundant natural light to fill the room, giving it an airy feel.</p> <p>Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/philadelphia-pa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Philadelphia</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Austin, TX</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4606-Avenue-D-Austin-TX-78751/29405103_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4606 Avenue D</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $1.35 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224169" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4606-Avenue-D-Austin-TX-78751/29405103_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224169 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Austin-Avenue-D-full-resolution-c188e1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="523" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Colt Verret.</figcaption></figure> <p>Three Edison bulbs hang above the island of this Austin kitchen, giving it a radiant, yet clean look. A slate of uniform white cabinets makes the space feel open and spotless, while a stainless-steel farmhouse sink completes the look. From the bar stools to the sliding barn door, natural wood accents complement the kitchen - without the clutter.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/austin-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Austin</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Newport Beach, CA</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/37-Rue-Fontainbleau-Newport-Beach-CA-92660/25480114_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">37 Rue Fontainbleau</a><br /> </span>For sale: $2.45 million</p> <figure id="attachment_224134" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/37-Rue-Fontainbleau-Newport-Beach-CA-92660/25480114_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224134 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-newport-bath-e68ac7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/37-Rue-Fontainbleau-Newport-Beach-CA-92660/25480114_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Set against walls of white, this minimalist chic bathroom is the perfect spot to cleanse the body and the mind. This Newport Beach space has flowing, zen-like design elements. The shower walls and double slipper tub have a sinuous look, reminiscent of the nearby Pacific Ocean.</p> <p>View more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/newport-beach-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Newport Beach</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dallas, TX</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10506-Westlawn-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26789240_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10506 Westlawn Dr</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $1.3 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224137" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10506-Westlawn-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26789240_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224137 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-dallas-dining-504c19.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10506-Westlawn-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26789240_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clean and chic, this Dallas dining room is a dream in simplicity. A modern, silver-colored chandelier provides a pop of inspiration, set against a classic backdrop of black and white. Hardwood floors and a natural wood dining table add warmth without the clutter.  </span></p> <p>Find more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dallas-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dallas</a>.</p> <h2>Chicago, IL</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/pmf,pf_pt/80836922_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2429 N Artesian Ave</a><br /> New construction: $999,000</p> <figure id="attachment_224300" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/pmf,pf_pt/80836922_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224300 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-chicago-living-room-f28e80.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Photoszopa/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Angelika Piatek Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Crisp white walls and a bold, gray-paneled fireplace anchor this bright Chicago living room. Touches of light blush tones complement the simple aesthetic, while metallic-leg, Mid-Century Modern furniture adds to the minimalist chic. Clean, geometric lines - from the crisscross rug to the modern side table - complete the look.</p> <h6><em>(Listing photos are of a similar property built by the same developer.)</em></h6> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/chicago-il/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Chicago</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Phoenix, AZ</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3434-E-Pasadena-Ave-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7833081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3434 E Pasadena Ave</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $1.5 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224367" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3434-E-Pasadena-Ave-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7833081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224367 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-phoenix-living-area-e2728b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://www.roehnerryan.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roehner+Ryan</a>. Home staging by <a href="https://localtradeaz.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Local Trade</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Ample light and simple lines provide the soothing setting for this Phoenix home. Gold- and silver-colored light fixtures add to the glow, while a bar cart doubles as a storage space. It&#8217;s also a sneaky way to stash clutter in a pinch, keeping things neat and tidy.</p> <p>Take a look at more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/phoenix-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phoenix</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Austin, TX</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1309-Meriden-Ln-Austin-TX-78703/29331718_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1309 Meriden Ln</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $4.9 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224135" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1309-Meriden-Ln-Austin-TX-78703/29331718_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224135 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-austin-meriden-bed-655437.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1309-Meriden-Ln-Austin-TX-78703/29331718_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Sleep comes easy when a bedroom is this free of distractions. To the Lone Star State we go for a glimpse at this minimalist bedroom in Austin. Classic white walls provide a soothing visual backdrop, while the patterned rug integrates a simple, chic design. Floor-to-ceiling windows elongate the space, inviting in generous amounts of light.</p> <p>Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/austin-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Austin</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Portland, OR</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5291-SE-50th-Ave-Portland-OR-97206/2091922872_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5291 SE 50th Ave</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">New construction: $524,900</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224136" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5291-SE-50th-Ave-Portland-OR-97206/2091922872_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224136 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-portland-living-e0ffaa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5291-SE-50th-Ave-Portland-OR-97206/2091922872_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The City of Roses blooms with minimalist ideas, including this living room. Long vertical lines - from the tripod lamp to the decorative wooden ladder - draw the eye upward, making the space seem larger. Touches of gray and blue add cool, soothing tones to an otherwise neutral space.</p> <p>Find more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/portland-or/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Portland</a>.</p> <h6><em>Top image by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Photoszopa/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Angelika Piatek Photography</a>. </em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Marc-Michaels Creates Stylish Minimalism</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/minimalist-kitchen-design-clean-look-and-lines-135678/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Minimalist Kitchen Design: Clean Look and Lines</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cohasset-zen-retreat-221809/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1920s Japanese Tea House Turned Zen Retreat – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aa0UhqUoYJg:AGlKgkD4gtE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aa0UhqUoYJg:AGlKgkD4gtE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/minimalist-homes-224125/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/minimalist-homes-224125/ 2018-01-19 17:01 +00:00 2018-01-20 06:01 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11978321&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz First commercial property portfolio of 2018 Barfoot & Thompson Commercial has kicked off the new year by launching a portfolio of 19 properties on the market.Agency manager John Urlich says the first Insite publication for 2018 contains a spread of properties across the Auckland... 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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-01-20 05:00 +12:00 2018-01-20 06:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224099 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6retlMIgqhc/ Home Improvement before and after decorating DIY These 4 Clever Hacks Give New Life to Household Junk All you need is a few minutes - and a few materials you already have. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/household-junk-hacks-224099/#respond Jill Regal <p>We all have a junk drawer bursting with items we can't bear to throw away. But with these simple hacks, you can turn household junk into fun and functional items for your home.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/emnB6ym6GDg?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Low-key wall hooks</h2> <p>We gotta admit: There's something charming about turning old keys into hooks for your current keys. But the real appeal? Never losing your keys again. (You're welcome.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224109" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HH_Junk-Drawer_wall-mount-1_800x800-d16a79.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>"Put a cork in it" mini planters</h2> <p>Succulents can thrive almost anywhere, including on your fridge. Our recommendation: Make several for maximum visual impact.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224112" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HH_Junk-Drawer_Succulent-2_800x800-d0eddd.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>Mint-condition earbud case</h2> <p>Some packaging is just too pretty to get rid of. Not only does this earbud case fit almost anywhere - including your purse, gym bag or nightstand drawer - it's also super easy to make.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224113" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HH_Junk-Drawer_Headphone_800x800-65530a.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>Game, set, match jar</h2> <p>Keep this match jar close to your favorite candle for some instant relaxation. Now that's a perfect match.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224114" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HH_Junk-Drawer_match-box-3_800x800-ab9d25.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids&#8217; Toys From Taking Over Your Home</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fireplace Makeover: Get a New Look in a Weekend</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-all, Game Day Is No Sweat</span></a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6retlMIgqhc:J3MRJTLSExo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6retlMIgqhc:J3MRJTLSExo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/household-junk-hacks-224099/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/household-junk-hacks-224099/ 2018-01-19 13:00 +00:00 2018-01-20 02:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11977892&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Trust account case at Harcourts' Preet & Co headed for Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal An investigation into "abnormalities" in the trust account of a 10-branch Auckland Harcourts business has been referred to the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.The case involves former agent Gurpreet or Preet Grewal and... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:54:04 +1200 2018-01-19 07:54 +12:00 2018-01-19 08:54 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223876 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/vuVDiyQr5VM/ Home Improvement decorating Malibu Fill Up on Oceanfront Eye-Candy With This Malibu Castle A contemporary mansion on a landmark site offers unobstructed views of the ocean. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:02:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/oceanfront-eye-candy-malibu-223876/#respond Jill Krasny <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are open floor plans, and then there's 23800 Malibu Crest Drive - a sprawling mansion built on the former site of Castle Kashan, a faux-Scottish castle <a href="http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_568b04b8-be20-5feb-964f-3473cc77c6e8.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">destroyed by a fire in 2007</a>. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new 5-bedroom home - measuring 10,331 square feet and </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23800-Malibu-Crest-Dr-Malibu-CA-90265/20554261_zpid"><span style="font-weight: 400;">listed for $85 million</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - lives up to the grandeur of the previous structure with panoramic ocean views, wide-open spaces and upscale amenities like an infinity pool, wine room and spa. (Its guest house is 4,407 square feet and has 2 bedrooms.)</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224006" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/The-New-Castle-49df14.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223997" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Great-room-view-04cb07.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While buyers will surely covet the home&#8217;s oceanfront perch, architect Scott Gillen insists it's the views from the main house that steal the show. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I pretty much envisioned the biggest, widest, most open space I could achieve," Gillen says of the great room that captures the view. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To avoid building walls on the first floor, he used 187 gluelam beams between the first and second floors - no load-bearing walls exist on the first floor whatsoever. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's one massive great room, and within that, I contained a living room, kitchen, dining room, library, and wine and cigar room."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223998" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Great-Room-Wide-Shot-e7229b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The great room appears to go on forever, unfolding itself as you enter - just like a movie, says Gillen, who is also a film director. "You're kind of directed to function the way that the layout's been designed," he says.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One example of the "invisible ergonomics," or flow, as Gillen calls it, is the home's lighting. "When I do a lighting plan, I usually walk through a space and place the switches in areas where you'd naturally reach for a light switch," he says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The steps of the staircase, too, rise at a particular height to fit his notion of how a person should move through the home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toward the right of the great room, the kitchen announces itself with a "striking" graphite center island, says Gillen. The background cabinets, which are taller, were done <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/un-boring-white-kitchen-201007/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">simply in white</a> and accented with small pieces of stainless steel. Things that stand out are within easy reach, he adds, while "things you don't need to see fall back in the background and somewhat blend in."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224000" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-018e85.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="752" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223999" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-view-e488a0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">color scheme</a> was chosen for its ability to not distract from the oceanfront view. "It's a very, very large kitchen, and if you made it in color, it may feel oversized and overbearing," says Gillen. "You can miss it, and you could have too much of it - that's one of the two options with open spaces." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another example of this attention to detail are the speakers, which were installed directly into the walls and drywalled over. "They have no visual appearance, but you get great sound," Gillen says. "It allows the wall to be a blank canvas."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224005" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Office-9c95d4.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the master bathroom, an 8-by-8-foot shower and tub made of solid black walnut lend warmth to the space. "When you open the doors, which are facing a creek, you get the sense of being in the open air," says Gillen. "It's inviting the outside into the house - it's the epitome of indoor-outdoor living."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The floating vanity, he notes, gives the room a sense of height and brings the eye up. "I don't want you to look down, I want you to look level. It's just fresher - not contemporary, but fresh. It's what people are asking for."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224002" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Master-Bath-42876d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224003" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Master-Bedroom-view-54b943.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><b>Let natural materials shine. </b><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gillen chose a "very specific aged oak" for the floors, along with plenty of teak and solid black walnut. By keeping the furnishings subtle, he allowed these materials to speak for themselves. </span></li> <li><b>Customize where you can. </b><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Most of the furniture is either handmade or custom to fit this specific house," says Gillen, who spent months hand-sanding the exposed beams. By sourcing 60 percent of the furniture from local outlets, he helped give the home its unique sense of place. </span></li> <li><b>Set the flow. </b><span style="font-weight: 400;">By grouping the furniture, Gillen was able to mastermind how guests move through the house. </span></li> </ul> <h6><em>Photos courtesy of UNVARNISHED.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design&#8217;s Beachfront Beauty</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 of the Biggest Kitchen Design Trends for 2018</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-with-paint-223350/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Ways to Get a Whole New Look With Just a Coat of Paint</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vuVDiyQr5VM:R_isQyaeIcA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vuVDiyQr5VM:R_isQyaeIcA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/oceanfront-eye-candy-malibu-223876/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/oceanfront-eye-candy-malibu-223876/ 2018-01-18 13:02 +00:00 2018-01-19 02:02 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n52ta3dqor3dsoltnb2ggmdrgvtwk4tk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/spectacular-church-conversions-market/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/self-build topics:things/interiors topics:things/religion structure:interiors/diy structure:interiors topics:things/victorians structure:money topics:organisations/church-of-england topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property The most spectacular church conversions on the market Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z 2018-01-18 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-18 19:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11977316&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Creditor moves on Harcourts' businesses: finance experts take charge A creditor of businesses associated with a group of Harcourts' real estate franchises in Auckland has had finance experts placed in charge.Companies Office records show Jeff Meltzer and Michael Lamacraft of Meltzer Mason share voluntary... 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A neighbour asked if they were... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:07:01 +1200 2018-01-18 07:07 +12:00 2018-01-18 08:07 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224336 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/V0vD5J2GUv0/ Tips & Advice home buying Moving relocation How to Choose the Right School: 6 Tips for Parents Find a school that makes the grade - all it takes is a little homework. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:22:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/#respond Cheryl Reid-Simons <p>If you're a parent, buying or renting a new home isn't just about where you'll tuck the kids into bed at night - it's also about where you'll send them off to school in the morning.</p> <p>So, how can you be sure your dream house feeds into your child's dream school? You're going to have to do some homework.</p> <h2>1. Go beyond the numbers</h2> <p>Every state's education department publishes an online "report card" for each district and school. But just as you wouldn't buy a house based solely on square footage or listing photos, you shouldn't select a school just for its test scores and teacher-to-student ratios.</p> <p>Dr. Steve McCammon, chief operating officer at Schlechty Center, a nonprofit that helps school districts improve student engagement and learning, cautions that most reported test scores are for English and math. They don't provide insight into arts or music programs or how well a school teaches critical thinking skills.</p> <p>The right school isn't something you can determine based on any statistics, numbers or even reputation, says Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners and writer for the Eduwonk blog.</p> <p>"Don't go where the highest test scores are or where everybody else says you should go," he says. "Different kids want different things. Go to the school that fits your kid."</p> <p>Adds Rotherham: "The most important things are what does your kid need and what does the school do to meet those needs. Whether you're talking public, private or charter, you can find excellence and mediocrity in all of those sectors."</p> <h2>2. Take a school tour</h2> <p>Just as you'd look around potential homes before signing a contract, you'll want to do the same with potential schools. Call and arrange to tour the school and observe.</p> <p>"Be suspicious of any school that isn't into letting you visit," says Rotherham. Some schools may say visitors are too disruptive, but he calls that a cop-out. "With some fairly basic norms, you can have parents and other visitors around without disrupting learning."</p> <p>Sit in on a class or two and take notes. You want to see students who are genuinely engaged, not wasting time or bored. It's OK for a classroom to have lots of talk and movement if it's all directed toward a learning goal.</p> <p>Schools should be relatively noisy places. McCammon says, "If you go into a middle school, and you hear no noises, I would be concerned that the principal is more interested in keeping order than in making sure kids are learning."</p> <p>Observe how teachers and administrators interact with the students and vice versa. Do they display mutual respect? "You don't need to be an education expert," says Rotherham.</p> <p>See if student work is on display. "A good school is a school where, regardless of grade level, student work is everywhere," McCammon says. "It means that place is about kids and their work."</p> <p>Talk to kids, too - they're the subject matter experts on their school. And if you have friends with kids in schools you're considering, ask them what they like and don't like about their schools. Kids won't try to feed you a line. "They're pretty unfiltered," Rotherham says.</p> <p>Check out the physical space, suggests National PTA President Jim Accomando. However, don't get caught up on the building's age and overlook the quality of the programs going on inside.</p> <p>Look for signs that the school community takes pride in the facility. It might not be pristine, but trash on the floors or signs of rampant vandalism are red flags. If you see something that seems off or odd, ask if there's a plan to address it.</p> <h2>3. Check out the community</h2> <p>Go to a school board meeting for clues about the district. Are parents there because their children are being honored or their work is being showcased? Or are they there because of a problem? Likewise, attend a PTA or PTO meeting, and chat with the parents there. They are likely the most involved "outsiders" and can share school challenges and successes.</p> <p>Another consideration: the makeup of the students. Chances are, if you opt for a neighborhood school, you'll find a certain similarity between your kids and their classmates, because there are probably a lot of similarities between you and your neighbors. But a school that has a diverse student body offers a big benefit.</p> <p>"We live in a diverse society," Rotherham says. "If you want to prepare your kids for what their lives are going to be like in this country going forward, it's important for them to have experience with diverse groups."</p> <p>Even if your child's school isn't particularly diverse, avenues like sports and music give them a chance to interact with students from different backgrounds.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224347" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/school2-c09d86.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Think long term</h2> <p>Today's first-grader will be heading to middle school before you know it. Unless you plan on moving relatively soon, be aware of the middle and high schools in your district.</p> <p>"If you pick a house because you love the elementary school, you'd better be psyched by the middle school and high school," Rotherham says. "Or have some kind of a plan" for post-elementary years.</p> <p>Of course, there is such a thing as planning too far ahead. The music prodigy wowing your friends at her third-grade recorder performance may decide she hates band and wants to focus on soccer by the time she hits middle school. Rest assured: If upper-level schools in your prospective district are about kids doing great work, they'll likely be a good fit.</p> <h2>5. Watch for boundary issues</h2> <p>Pay attention to the boundaries of prospective school districts. The houses across the cul-de-sac could be in a different school service area or even a different school district. And boundaries often change. To be sure, call the school district and give them the specific address you're interested in.</p> <p>Don't assume you can fudge an address or get a waiver to enroll your children in a school or a district that doesn't match your address. Things that were allowed last year may not be this year. If an individual school or district is at capacity, they will get very picky about enrollment outside of the school assigned to your home, which can lead to heartbreak if you find yourself on the wrong side of that boundary line.</p> <h2>6. Look for a place where you feel welcome</h2> <p>Whatever involvement you put into your child's school will pay off, says Accomando. "If you can be engaged at school, you will understand the pulse of what's happening there."</p> <p>He also says that doesn't mean getting sucked into a huge commitment. "You can read in your child's first-grade class. You can hand out water at a fun run or contribute something for a teacher appreciation party at the high school. And when you do, walk the halls and see what's happening."</p> <p>McCammon says good schools should welcome parents as volunteers and visitors. "Look for evidence of parents feeling comfortable and engaging with the school," he says. The principal should be someone you feel comfortable talking with if there's a problem.</p> <p>No matter how welcoming the school, it's natural to have some butterflies on the first day in a new school. Just as it takes time for a new house to feel like home, it takes time for kids to settle into a new school.</p> <p>Once they've found their way to the restroom without asking directions, made some friends and gotten to know their teacher, they'll be comfortable with their new learning home. And your research will have been well worth the effort.</p> <h6><em>Photos courtesy of Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/apartment-living-for-families-190147/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Benefits of Apartment Living for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Essential Moving Checklist</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-hunting-with-kids-176504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Tips for House Hunting With Kids</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0vD5J2GUv0:RaMVxnrsHpM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0vD5J2GUv0:RaMVxnrsHpM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/ 2018-01-17 16:22 +00:00 2018-01-18 05:22 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223097 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/TZf8Dqscw3w/ Professionals flipping home buying Home selling 3 Reasons Why a Real Estate Agent Is a House Flipper's Best Friend Renovate your concept of flipping a home by teaming up with a real estate agent. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:03:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-agents-and-flippers-223097/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Flipping houses isn't just about visualizing how to change a home; it's also about being able to actually sell the house when you're done renovating. Whether it's your first flip or your 30th, having an experienced <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">real estate agent</a> on your team can boost your likelihood of success significantly.</p> <p>Debbie Cederlind and Lora Lindberg - Seattle house-flipping pros and owners of <a href="http://www.urbansquirrelllc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Urban Squirrel</a> - say their <a href="http://www.reyerhomes.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">real estate agent, Jennifer Reyer</a>, has played a huge role in their business. The three women met back in 2010 when Reyer was helping Cederlind's daughter buy a house, and they quickly decided to team up.</p> <p>"[Debbie] rounded up Lora one day, and I said, 'Let's just look at a house,'" says Reyer. "So I took them to the worst possible house you could imagine on our first showing."</p> <p>Instead of running for the hills like Reyer expected, Cederlind and Lindberg were more excited about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renovation</a> than ever. Now seven years into their partnership, the designer duo can't imagine doing their jobs without her.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re in the business of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/embracing-the-mess-184955/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renovating</a> houses, here are three ways a real estate agent can help you become more successful.</p> <h2>1. She can negotiate</h2> <p>When you're flipping a house, your initial instinct is to think about what physical transformations the house needs to go through instead of your overall bottom line. A real estate agent can negotiate the price of a home you want to flip, which can give you more wiggle room for your renovation budget (and give you more overall profit).</p> <p>"A lot of people will ask me, 'Why don't you guys get a real estate license?' but I am more convinced than ever that she is worth every penny," says Lindberg. "She basically taught us how to flip. She's also a pretty tough negotiator, and aggressive. Debbie and I are not. We're wimps, and it&#8217;s good to have someone who can do that for us on our behalf.&#8221;</p> <h2>2. She determines if the numbers will work</h2> <p>In the beginning, Reyer explained the whole flipping process to the women of Urban Squirrel since they were new to the game. Now, they mainly work together on the buying and selling process, which involves lots of budgeting.</p> <p>Through numerous flips, Urban Squirrel has never had to lower their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/setting-your-listing-price-170573/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listing price</a>. That's in large part thanks to Reyer's expert knowledge of the Seattle market, her networking skills, and her ability to crunch numbers quickly.</p> <p>"Before we even buy a house, she helps us figure out a price point and helps figure out a price point that we need to sell it at,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;If those two numbers aren't working in the beginning, we won't pursue it.&#8221;</p> <p>Working with Reyer also holds the team accountable: They don't cut corners in the renovation just to get the job done faster or cheaper, Cederlind and Lindberg say.</p> <p>Additionally, Reyer gives the women advice on determining the most buyer-friendly solutions in their designs. That helps them in the eventual marketing and selling of the home.</p> <h2>3. She helps you reach the finish line</h2> <p>At the end of a project, a real estate agent can feel like a lifeline to a flipper. Renovation shows on TV may make it look easy, but flipping involves a lot of hard work and tiring days. If you&#8217;re doing both the renovation and the real estate work, it can feel overwhelming. A real estate agent is just starting her part of the work when you may feel like you&#8217;re absolutely spent on a project.</p> <p>"One of the many reasons we would never want to be our own agent is because at the end of a project, we're exhausted and burnt out. We've worked long hours," says Lindberg. "But then we turn it over to her, and she's fresh and excited because she's just starting."</p> <h2>Tip: Find an agent who enjoys the process</h2> <p>Of course, it also helps a renovation business to have an agent who enjoys the fast-paced work of flipping houses.</p> <p>After seven years, it's clear: Reyer is still as excited as ever to work with Urban Squirrel. She especially enjoys seeing their innovative renovations on houses with "uninhabitable," "possible teardown" or "no financing available" on the original listing. Whether they're working on a cabin, a Craftsman or a 1980s tract home, Urban Squirrel&#8217;s designs have gained a following in the Seattle area.</p> <p>"I think they're kind of magical," says Reyer.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/would-you-flip-for-flipping-194275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Would You Flip for Flipping? Secrets, Scams, and Success</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/highs-lows-of-flipping-191071/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Highs and Lows of Flipping Houses</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-buy-a-flipped-house-157539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Keys to Buying a Flipped House</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TZf8Dqscw3w:tLjfSp2I9Zo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TZf8Dqscw3w:tLjfSp2I9Zo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-agents-and-flippers-223097/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-agents-and-flippers-223097/ 2018-01-17 13:03 +00:00 2018-01-18 02:03 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gbwdsmltgbsdkztpgnwdm4lbgy4tq3dt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/french-castle-fit-indiana-jones-tale-templar-gold-nazi-insignia/ topics:things/weddings topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/france topics:things/history topics:things/wine structure:money structure:property topics:things/nazis topics:things/gold A French castle fit for an Indiana Jones tale, from Templar gold to Nazi insignia  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z Susan Springate 2018-01-17 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-17 19:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11976876&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Student's shock at landlord's question: 'How much are you willing to pay?' 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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:50:59 +1200 2018-01-17 16:50 +12:00 2018-01-17 17:50 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mqzww2drnj2dizbynbzwkyjummydk4de/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/london-named-expensive-city-europe-rent-third-year-row/ topics:places/dublin topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:places/europe topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:places/paris topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property London named 'most expensive city' in Europe to rent for third year in a row Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:01:00 Z Sophie Christie 2018-01-17 00:01 +00:00 2018-01-17 13:01 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11976420&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Harcourts data shows steep decline in house auction popularity Residential house auction's popularity is falling with Wellington numbers down 40 per cent, Auckland down by nearly a third and national numbers down nearly a quarter, according to New Zealand's largest real estate agency chain.Chris... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:48:13 +1200 2018-01-17 08:48 +12:00 2018-01-17 09:48 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/niztg5teobqwsyzwmezwkmbzgb2tm5jz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/annual-house-prices-51pcwith-no-signs-significant-corrections/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:organisations/emoov topics:organisations/land-registry topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Annual house prices up 5.1pc with 'no signs of significant corrections in the market' Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:58:59 Z Sophie Christie 2018-01-16 10:58 +00:00 2018-01-16 23:58 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n44xa4dpmnztm3bzg4yww2trnrzdkmzq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/best-new-homes-london-year/ topics:things/new-home structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/fitness The best new homes in London this year Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z 2018-01-16 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-16 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nrtds3jsguyw243nnu4hcoljnmztonjs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/average-uk-house-prices-2000-january-buyers-remain-choosy/ topics:organisations/rightmove topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty Average UK house asking prices up £2,000 in January, but buyers remain 'choosy' Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:07:33 Z Sophie Christie 2018-01-15 10:07 +00:00 2018-01-15 23:07 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gruteoluoazxa5lcnfzgs5tkg5uhknlv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/ski-resorts-will-suit-toute-la-famille/ topics:things/children topics:things/alpine-skiing storytype:standard structure:skiing topics:things/family structure:money topics:things/euro structure:property Ski resorts that will suit toute la famille Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2018-01-15 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-15 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/he3hc4zsnjttomlvmm3ww3jugq3dkndu/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/get-light-home-clever-architectural-tricks/ topics:things/windows topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/planning structure:money topics:places/london structure:property How to get more light into your home with these clever architectural tricks Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:00:00 Z Cherry Maslen 2018-01-13 14:00 +00:00 2018-01-14 03:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224314 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6tgzTUAkSvw/ Tips & Advice Down payments home buying Mortgages Personal Finance pre-approval 10 Things You Need to Do When Buying A Home Everything you need to know about buying a home - on one index card. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:52:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/#comments Harold Pollack <p>A home is often the biggest financial investment you'll make in your lifetime. In fact, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/homeowners/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a recent Zillow analysis</a> reports that the typical American homeowner has 40 percent of their wealth tied up in their home.</p> <p>Several years ago, I wrote <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/01/08/462250239/when-an-index-card-of-financial-tips-isnt-enough-this-book-is-there" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">a complete guide to financial planning</a> on one index card, which <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2017/03/09/9-money-rules-index-card/#183b35d2c098" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">went viral</a> and later became a book: "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Index-Card-Personal-Finance-Complicated/dp/0143130528/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated</a>" (co-written with Helaine Olen).</p> <p>Now, following up on my original index card, I've written a guide on buying a house. Below is the housing index card - a handy resource to print out and take with you as you look at houses or think about buying one, plus some additional advice as you contemplate making the big decision.</p> <p><a href="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/card-25c05b.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-224315" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/card-25c05b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a></p> <h2>1. Buy for the long run. Assume you'll own your home for at least five years.</h2> <p>A home is a significant investment, not to mention a linchpin of stability. According to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/sellers/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, the majority of Americans who sold their homes last year had lived in their home for at least a decade before selling.</p> <p>Some are even staying for the long haul. Almost half (46 percent) of all homeowners are like me - living in the first home we ever purchased. In short: Buy a home you want to live in - one equipped (or ready to be equipped) with the features and space you need, both now and in the future.</p> <h2>2. Buy to improve your life, not to speculate with your money.</h2> <p>Your home is more than a financial investment; it's where you sleep, eat, host friends, raise your children - it's where your life happens.</p> <p>The housing market is too unpredictable to buy a (primary) home purely because you think it will net a big short-term financial return. You will most likely be living in this home for several years, regardless of how it appreciates, so your first priority should be finding a home that will meet your needs and help you build the life you want.</p> <h2><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-224330" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow_Q3report_2017_NP_Kitchen2_722-16bc9a-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="683" />3. Focus on what's important to you. Don't be distracted by features you don't need.</h2> <p>Today's housing market is short on inventory, with <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rent-growth-catches-up-to-income-17716/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 percent fewer homes</a> on the market in November 2017 than November 2016.</p> <p>So, focus on finding a home you can afford that meets your needs - but don't get distracted by shiny features that might break your budget. Nice-to-have features often drive up the price tag for things you don't particularly value once the initial enjoyment wears off.</p> <p>Make a list of your basic needs, both for your desired home and for your desired neighborhood. Stick to finding a home that meets these needs, without buying extra stuff that adds up.</p> <h2>4. Determine a budget and stick to it. Don't look at houses above that budget.</h2> <p>It's important to set a budget early - ideally before you even start looking at homes. In today's market, especially in the more competitive markets, it's incredibly easy to go over budget - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/buyers/home-buyers-purchase/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">29 percent</a> of buyers who purchased last year did.</p> <p>The most common culprit? Location. Zillow's data indicates that urban buyers are significantly more likely to go over budget (42 percent) than suburban (25 percent) or rural (20 percent) buyers.</p> <p>There's nothing inherently wrong with that. Local schools matter, and psychologists tell us that a short commute improves your life. But be realistic about your local market and about yourself. Know what you're willing to compromise on - be it less square footage, home repairs or a different neighborhood.</p> <h2>5. A 20 percent down payment is ideal. If you can't afford that, consider a smaller down payment, or lower your budget.</h2> <p>If you can afford it, a 20 percent down payment is ideal for three reasons:</p> <ul> <li>Buyers who don't put a full 20 percent down pay a premium, most commonly in the form of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/private-mortgage-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">private mortgage insurance (PMI)</a>. This is less financially punishing than it used to be, given today's low mortgage rates. A monthly mortgage payment (with PMI) may be lower than a monthly rental payment in many markets - but still.</li> <li>Buyers who put more down upfront typically make fewer offers and buy faster than those who put less down. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/buyers-lower-payments-make-offers-17009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow research</a> found that buyers with higher down payments make 1.9 offers on average, compared to 2.4 offers for buyers with lower down payments (after controlling for market conditions).</li> <li>A higher down payment reduces your financial risk. You don't want to owe more money than your house is worth if local markets dip when you need to sell.</li> </ul> <h2>6. Keep a six-month strategic reserve after down payment. Stuff happens.</h2> <p>While a down payment is a significant expense, it's also important to build up a strategic reserve and keep it separate from your normal bank account.</p> <p>This reserve should cover six months of living expenses in case you get sick, face an unexpected expense or lose your job. A strategic reserve will not only save you from financial hardship in the event of an emergency but also provide peace of mind.</p> <p>When we accumulated a strategic reserve, my wife and I finally felt ready to build for our future. Without it, we were living from paycheck to paycheck, anxiously managing our cash flow rather than saving or budgeting.</p> <h2><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-224331" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow_Q3report_2017_TC_LivingRoom3_1523-1-4c9957-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="683" />7. Get pre-approved, and if you want to avoid uncertainty down the road, stick with a boring 30- or 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.</h2> <p>The pre-approval process requires organizing all your paperwork; documenting your income, debt and credit; and understanding all the loan options available to you. It's a bit of a pain, but it saves time later. Pre-approval also shows sellers that you're a reliable buyer with a strong financial footing. Most importantly, it helps you understand what you can afford.</p> <p>There are a variety of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/purchasing-your-new-home/mortgage-types/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mortgage types</a>, and it's important to evaluate all of them to see which is best for your family and financial situation. Those boring 30- and 15-year mortgages offer big advantages.</p> <p>The biggest is locking in your mortgage rate. In short: A 30-year fixed mortgage has a specific fixed rate of interest that doesn't change for 30 years. A 15-year fixed mortgage does the same.</p> <p>These typically have lower rates but higher monthly payments, since you must pay it off in half the time. Conventional fixed-rate mortgages help you manage your household budgeting because you know precisely how much you'll be paying every month for many years. They're simple to understand, and current rates are low.</p> <p>One final advantage is that they don't tempt you with a low initial payment to buy more house than you can afford.</p> <h2>8. Comparison shop to get the best mortgage.</h2> <p>Though a home is the biggest purchase many of us will ever make, most home buyers don't shop around for a mortgage (<a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/buyers/money-financing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">52 percent</a> consider only a single lender).</p> <p>I certainly didn't. This did save me some annoying phone calls and hassle, but it cost me $40 or $50 every month, for years. The difference of half a percentage point in your mortgage rate can add up to thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan. It's important to evaluate all the available options to make sure you're going with the lender who meets your needs - not just the first one you contact.</p> <p>The three most important factors to buyers are that the lender offers a loan program that caters to their specific needs (76 percent), has the most competitive rates (74 percent) and has a history of closing on time (63 percent).</p> <h2>9. Spend no more than a third of your after-tax income on housing (unless you live in an especially pricey market).</h2> <p>It's better to regret spending too little on your home than spending too much. One-third of your after-tax income is a manageable amount. This isn't always possible if you live in a place like San Francisco or New York, but it's still a good yardstick for where to be.</p> <h2>10. When getting ready to buy, always be willing to walk away.</h2> <p>Buying a home is a time-consuming, stressful but ultimately rewarding endeavor - if you end up closing on a home that meets your needs. But it's important to manage your expectations in case you don't immediately find a home you can afford with the features you need.</p> <p>Always be prepared to walk away if the sellers don't accept your offer, the home doesn't pass a rigorous inspection or the timing isn't right. Hold fast to your list of must-haves, stick to what you can afford and don't overreach or settle.</p> <p>It's no tragedy to miss out on any particular house. Remember that you're playing the long game. You want to be happy 10 years from now.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/first-time-homebuyer-mistakes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/20-percent-down-payment/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Is 20% Ideal for a Down Payment?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/resolutions-can-help-buy-home-2018-224008/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 New Year&#8217;s Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6tgzTUAkSvw:0WlZeRo8esk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6tgzTUAkSvw:0WlZeRo8esk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/ 2018-01-12 19:52 +00:00 2018-01-13 08:52 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbwtm2lumjrgw43wg5xtiyzvne2de4lc/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/grab-popcorn-home-cinema-became-hottest-ticket-town/ topics:places/lymington topics:things/interiors topics:organisations/netflix storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family structure:interiors structure:money structure:film structure:property Grab the popcorn: how the home cinema became the hottest ticket in town Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z Zoe Dare Hall 2018-01-12 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-12 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=204037 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/x3JDB_mDa-0/ Unique Homes house of the week mid-century modern A (Lazy) River Runs Through This Home – House of the Week The Mid-Century Modern marvel consists of three buildings connected by a 90-foot lap pool. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:43:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/three-pavilion-home-204037/#comments Melissa Allison <p>Welcome to tropical modernism. Built in 1968, &#8220;Woodsong&#8221; was designed to follow the contour of the palm trees around it. As a result, there are three separate buildings, with a 90-foot lap pool connecting them. You can swim from the living room pavilion to the dining pavilion, then float over to the bedroom pavilion for a nap.</p> <figure id="attachment_224250" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-224250 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/045-Twilight-2828996-large-4359dc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In Frank Lloyd Wright&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern/#organic" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organic Mid-Century Modern</a> style, architect Alfred Browning Parker wanted this home, where he lived, to amplify the property&#8217;s natural surroundings - so he kept the trees and fitted the home around them.</p> <figure id="attachment_224238" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-224238 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/032-Twilight_Pool-2828995-large-8ababe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s probably one of the finest palm gardens in south Florida,&#8221; said Gary Hecht of <a href="http://cherrymiamihomes.com/" rel="nofollow">The Cherry Group</a> at ONE Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty. He and his wife Sylvia Cherry <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3003-Seminole-St-Coconut-Grove-FL-33133/43856148_zpid/">sold the unique residence in April 2017 for $2.05 million</a>.</p> <figure id="attachment_224218" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-224218 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/010-Living_Room-2828947-large-5328d8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The living and dining pavilions include second-floor sleeping lofts that can also double as offices or libraries. The master suite pavilion is three stories high, with a den over the pool on the first floor, a bathroom surrounded by windows on the second floor, and a third level with just three walls that&#8217;s an open-air bedroom.</p> <figure id="attachment_224234" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-224234 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/028-Master_Bedroom-2828984-large-80b454.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>For added luxury, there&#8217;s also a lagoon, waterfall, sauna and cabana shower room.</p> <figure id="attachment_224246" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-224246 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/041-Twilight-2828999-large-45a1ce.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Built of Honduran mahogany and brass nails, Woodsong offers a rich warmth seldom found in newly built homes. &#8220;A smell like wood permeates the lot; you can smell it out on the street,&#8221; Hecht said.</p> <p><em>Top image by James Irwin of <a href="https://www.planomatic.com/" rel="nofollow">PlanOmatic</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published September 2, 2016.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Year: A Treehouse Tower With Water Views</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/key-west-retreat-217931/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tropical Island Retreat With Private Art Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-lazy-river-boulder-203099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Desert Mansion With a Lazy River</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=x3JDB_mDa-0:DHvGmuQx-Yo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=x3JDB_mDa-0:DHvGmuQx-Yo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/three-pavilion-home-204037/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/three-pavilion-home-204037/ 2018-01-11 20:43 +00:00 2018-01-12 09:43 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223872 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/YgUEJtYxYV8/ Unique Homes beach houses waterfront homes 10 Island Homes That Will Warm You Up This Winter Frigid weather kicking off 2018? No problem! Let these island getaways fuel your fire. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:51:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-homes-223872/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A hazy shade of winter has settled in over much of the country, but these brightly colored retreats are a good reminder that it's always sunny somewhere. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">F</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">rom Florida to Hawaii, we've got your dream destinations covered. Here are 10 island spots to fantasize about as you count down to spring.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Atlantic Beach, NC</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/101996397_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">239 Sea Dreams Dr</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $695,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223917" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/101996397_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223917 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/NC-d7969f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/101996397_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This North Carolina beach house is set on Sea Dreams Drive - fitting for a home that&#8217;s just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. The bold, blue house on a hill offers up views from sea to sound. Cathedral ceilings also give this 3-bedroom retreat the feel of a classic beach house. Bonus: There's an outdoor shower.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">View more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/atlantic-beach-nc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Atlantic Beach</a>.</span></p> <h2>Vero Beach, FL</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/692-Ocean-Rd-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/87646533_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener">692 Ocean Rd</a><br /> For sale: $12.5 million</p> <figure id="attachment_224038" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/692-Ocean-Rd-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/87646533_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224038 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vero-88cc19.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/692-Ocean-Rd-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/87646533_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean practically lap at the backyard of this Florida dream house. At more than 14,000 square feet, this home has ample space for entertaining. The first-floor master suite has its own dedicated wing and private bar; second-floor bedrooms each have their own balconies facing the ocean.</p> <p>Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/Vero-Beach-FL/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vero Beach</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dauphin Island, AL</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Dauphin-Island-AL/house_type/2092983888_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">106 Westward Ho Ct</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $399,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223913" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Dauphin-Island-AL/house_type/2092983888_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223913 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dauphin-739997.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Dauphin-Island-AL/house_type/2092983888_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>There&#8217;s sand on all sides of this waterfront home on Alabama&#8217;s Dauphin Island. The 3-bedroom beach house has both covered and open-air decks, offering views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. The interior features an open floor plan, fit for relaxing with friends after a day of swimming or beach volleyball.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Check out more homes on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dauphin-island-al/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dauphin Island</a>.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lahaina, HI</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/757423_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4809 Lower Honoapiilani Rd</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $18.75 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224022" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/757423_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224022 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/lahaina-2-22364a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/757423_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Hawaiian hideaway is all water views all the time. Glass walls slide away, opening up rooms to the ocean vistas outside. The 7-bedroom estate also boasts private waterfront land and a winding pool with waterfalls and a spa. For a more laid-back experience, a luxurious, second-floor bathtub features two built-in lounge chairs pointed at the beach. Aloha!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Explore more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/Lahaina-HI/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lahaina</a>.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key West, FL</span></h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1500-Albury-St-Key-West-FL-33040/2091952660_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1500 Albury St</a><br /> For sale: $2.19 million</p> <figure id="attachment_224041" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1500-Albury-St-Key-West-FL-33040/2091952660_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224041 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/key-west-albury-3997a8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1500-Albury-St-Key-West-FL-33040/2091952660_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Nestled in the heart of Key West, this home may look historic, but it&#8217;s brand new. A backyard pool under a canopy of palm trees is the perfect spot for cooling off on simmering Florida days. Inside, an open kitchen - with modern appliances and a built-in wine refrigerator - is primed for having guests over for dinner.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">View more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/key-west-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Key West</a>.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johns Island, SC</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Kiawah-Island-SC/110208626_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4289 Charles Freer Ln</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $4.99 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223918" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Kiawah-Island-SC/110208626_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223918 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SC-island-home-c4e91c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Kiawah-Island-SC/110208626_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This spacious South Carolina getaway offers 180-degree water views, along with a backyard dock to launch a kayak or simply watch the sun fade onto the horizon. A classic Southern-style front porch allows for relaxing outdoors on warm nights, and the backyard infinity pool is a refreshing respite when the weather heats up. For chillier nights, the screened-in sunroom features a stone fireplace and views of a large tidal creek.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Take a look at more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/johns-island-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Johns Island</a>.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">St. John, US Virgin Islands</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2102532555_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">43 Chocolate Hole</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $1.075 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_224035" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2102532555_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224035 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/USVI-2-008c89.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2102532555_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sunsets alone make this next spot, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, worth the flight. The 3,900-square-foot island retreat features panoramic views of the surrounding islands along with a poolside bar and five bedrooms. For swimmers and snorkelers, the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a just short boat ride away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/st-john-vi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">St. John</a>.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Galveston, TX</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Galveston-TX/house_type/27658431_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1502 17th St</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $360,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223914" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Galveston-TX/house_type/27658431_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223914 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/galveston-413600.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Galveston-TX/house_type/27658431_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Everything&#8217;s bigger in Texas, and this home is no different. Just three blocks from the beach, the Galveston getaway has big pops of color reminiscent of the Caribbean. An open kitchen with bold wallpaper is perfect for entertaining friends fresh from the beach (bonus: it&#8217;s got a bar with a wine fridge!), plus the master bathroom has spa-like features for unwinding after a day in the sun.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Explore more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/galveston-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Galveston</a>.</span></p> <h2>Balboa Island, CA</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2114216650_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">333 E Bay Front</a><br /> For sale: $5.4 million</p> <figure id="attachment_224013" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2114216650_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224013 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Newport-63b426.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2114216650_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Launch a boat and reel in the catch of the day from the private dock of this home on California's Balboa Island. This bayfront beauty in Newport Beach comes with a spacious front patio built to entertain (hello, outdoor refrigerator!). A master bedroom features a private deck and the requisite panoramic water views.</p> <p>See more homes on Balboa Island <a href="https://www.zillow.com/balboa-island-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <h2>Key West, FL</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1319-Eliza-St-Key-West-FL-33040/45799502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1319 Eliza St</a><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $1.625 million</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223915" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1319-Eliza-St-Key-West-FL-33040/45799502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223915 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Key-West-backyard-18422e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1319-Eliza-St-Key-West-FL-33040/45799502_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Modern upgrades abound throughout this classic Key West-style home. Though it was built in 1933, some touches are distinctly 2018: accent walls made of reclaimed wood and barn-style doors leading to the bedrooms. A canopy of palm trees surrounds the backyard pool and large deck; if you&#8217;re more in the mood to dip your toes in the sand somewhere, beaches are within walking distance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/key-west-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Key West</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaii-summer-camp-home-223624/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">An Incredible Home in Hawaii That&#8217;s as Much Fun as Summer Camp</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pool-noodle-diy-219849/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Pool Noodle DIY Puts Summer Refreshment Within Reach</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/easy-care-palm-plants-191031/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Turn Your Home Into a Tropical Oasis with Easy-Care Palm Plants</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YgUEJtYxYV8:zz-ueOGeX1Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YgUEJtYxYV8:zz-ueOGeX1Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-homes-223872/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-homes-223872/ 2018-01-11 17:51 +00:00 2018-01-12 06:51 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=206957 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DpNIA6lGgZE/ Home Improvement Best of 2016 home organization 10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life New year, same old mess? Curb your family's clutter quirks with these 10 simple organization tricks. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:31:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/#comments DorothyTheOrganizer <p>It&#8217;s the season of fresh starts, which means it&#8217;s the perfect time to rejuvenate your home organization strategy. Spoiler: It&#8217;s not as hard as you think! In fact, these stress-reducing tips will help you solve some of the most common home organization woes - simply and with minimal effort.</p> <h2>1. "I can't find it!"</h2> <p>Cutting clutter is an obvious starting point for resolving this issue. Having too much stuff can make it hard to locate items you need. Favorite shirts get lost in a crowded closet, the perfect spatula hides in the overstuffed kitchen drawer, and necessary tools float to the bottom of an unsorted toolbox.</p> <p>But getting organized may be easier than you think. Let's take those tools as an example. The garage can be one of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the messiest places</a> in the house, but this simple and easy starting point will help you get it under control.</p> <ol> <li>Hang a pegboard, and install some hooks.</li> <li>Using a marker, draw an outline around each tool to indicate its location.</li> </ol> <p>You&#8217;ll have a tool organization system that not only keeps you organized but also alerts you when the tools are missing. Plus, organizing is contagious - once you start, it spreads rapidly throughout the house.</p> <h2>2. "I left home without it (again)."</h2> <p>Have you ever walked out of the house and forgotten the birthday card for your friend? Left the set of directions to your niece's wedding on the printer? Or failed to retrieve the receipt for returning the vacuum you purchased last month?</p> <p>If only we could remind ourselves about these things before walking out the door.</p> <p>Whether the front door or mudroom is your jumping-off point each morning, you can set it up for total success. Create an organizing system with pockets that hang on the knob or over the door to hold items you&#8217;ll need before you leave for work, school or events.</p> <p>A simple door organizer usually costs under $15 either in stores or online.</p> <h2>3. "Did you wash my soccer uniform?"</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximizing-laundry-mudroom-173103/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">laundry room</a> is often the nemesis of an organized house. Here&#8217;s a laundry system that will restore household harmony and save you time: Get each family member their own laundry basket, and label it.</p> <p>Rather than placing the clean laundry on the stairs or couch and watching everyone walk by without picking up their clothes, ask them to pick up their personalized basket in the laundry room.</p> <p>There will be no lost items or mix-ups - and no more blaming you.</p> <figure id="attachment_207066" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3123-Shriver-Dr-San-Jose-CA-95132/19774062_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-207066 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/laundry-room-6b9118.jpg" alt="Courtesy of Zillow Digs." width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3123-Shriver-Dr-San-Jose-CA-95132/19774062_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>4. "Do I have to do everything?"</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/conquering-kitchen-clutter-186768/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen</a> is the pulse point of most homes. It's a high traffic area that everyone uses all through the day. We open our mail here, study for school here, use the computer here, pile our stuff here - plus, it's where the food is!</p> <p>Dedicate one part of the counter to be set up for daily routines, like a lunch-making station. Stock it with paper towels, wraps, baggies and a cutting board. You could also make a coffee and tea station, equipped with supplies like filters, strainers and sugar.</p> <p>If you create an organized space for your family to make their own lunches or coffee drinks, your life is easier. That's called delegation.</p> <h2>5. "Where&#8217;d I put the phone number for the doctor&#8217;s office?"</h2> <p>Another tip for the kitchen is one that can save a life: a household manual, in either a physical or digital form. You can create this in just a few minutes, and it costs you nothing.</p> <p>To get started, grab a binder and three-hole punch, and put all your vital information in the binder. This includes emergency contact info, the name of your family doctors and vet, school rosters, alarm codes, medications and dosages for the kids, caregiver names, the location of your wills - anything you&#8217;d need someone to know in an emergency.</p> <p>When you have a minute, make it digital. But start with step one: Simply gather important information in one place, and keep it contained.</p> <h2>6. "I can't corral these crazy cords!"</h2> <p>Phones, chargers, remotes and mismatched cords are always scattered throughout the house. The shortcut for pulling everything together? A central charging station.</p> <p>A charging station hides cords, keeps all electronic items together and can even blend in with your furniture.</p> <h2>7. "There are toys all over the place!"</h2> <p>Many parents&#8217; biggest home organization issue is the kids not picking up their toys.</p> <p>The solution here might be as simple as teaching your children organization skills early on and making it easy for them to put things in their place.</p> <p>Here's one idea that will allow you to shift from frustration to elation:</p> <ol> <li>Use bins to hold the toys. Each bin should hold toys of the same type.</li> <li>Find a picture of the toys being stored in each particular bin. For example, if you have dolls and stuffed animals in one bin, attach a picture of dolls and stuffed animals to the front of it.</li> </ol> <figure id="attachment_224147" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Great-Jones-St-APT-4-New-York-NY-10012/80382258_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224147" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kidsroom-d37da1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Great-Jones-St-APT-4-New-York-NY-10012/80382258_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>8. "Can everybody please clean up after yourself?"</h2> <p>Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone could clean up their own mess in at least one communal room? Does your bathroom come to mind? Make this a reality by creating a system that works fairly universally.</p> <p>Get each person in the house a toiletry caddy. Just like at summer camp or in a college dorm, put names on the caddies, and store them on shelves in the bathroom or, if space is really at a premium, ask folks to carry their caddies back and forth from their bedrooms.</p> <p>The bathroom stays organized, and there's an automatic tidying-up system built in after every visit.</p> <h2>9. "I have no place to really relax."</h2> <p>Clearing clutter can create a peaceful home - away from overstimulation and the demands of our external world.</p> <p>Take that idea to one room in particular: our bedrooms, which are meant to serve as a sanctuary for rest and romance. The piles of laundry, books and magazines living next to the bed nix any possibility of a calm and relaxing experience.</p> <p>Let's get the laundry and closet into a workable system and put a cap on the number of books and magazines in your personal space.</p> <p>You can start to create a peaceful space by:</p> <ul> <li>Getting rid of clothing you don&#8217;t need anymore. Box it and store it, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-for-yard-sale-197837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sell it</a> or give it away.</li> <li>Going through all the books on your bedside table (or floor), and selecting just one to read. Store the others in an alternate location. Keep just this month's magazines on your table, and either relocate, recycle or donate the rest.</li> </ul> <figure id="attachment_224148" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/235-E-72nd-St-New-York-NY-10021/31537169_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224148" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tranquilbedroom-481374.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="666" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/235-E-72nd-St-New-York-NY-10021/31537169_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>10. "I don't have time to get organized."</h2> <p>One of the top reasons for not getting organized is lack of time. It seems we devote all the energy we have to work, family, school, volunteering and other commitments.</p> <p>While many of us dream about alphabetized folders and color-coded sheets and towels, the fact remains that there is often little time in the day to organize or even clean.</p> <p>The best way to manage this issue is to reduce - and then repeat after me.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Reduce.</strong> Eliminating clutter is the No. 1 thing we can do to create more time for ourselves. When there&#8217;s less clutter, we spend less time cleaning it, less time putting it back where it belongs and less space storing it. Take just 10 minutes today, and eliminate 10 items you no longer really need.</li> <li><strong>Repeat after me.</strong> Here&#8217;s a mantra for you: Avoid perfection at all costs. Don&#8217;t get too hung up on the details. Your home doesn&#8217;t need to be perfectly organized every day. Sometimes "good enough" is all you need.</li> </ul> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/372-W-11th-St-New-York-NY-10014/31501715_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Declutter Your Way to a More Organized, Intentional Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids&#8217; Toys From Taking Over Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8220;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8221;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DpNIA6lGgZE:Lpew2id3s20:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DpNIA6lGgZE:Lpew2id3s20:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/ 2018-01-10 21:31 +00:00 2018-01-11 10:31 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzxtkyzsmj2gmmljhe4g4yttgmyge4lo/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/think-students-strapped-cash-check-luxury-student-digs-cost/ topics:things/student-finance topics:organisations/student-accommodation topics:things/renting-property topics:things/students topics:things/international-students topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property Think all students are strapped for cash? Check out these luxury student digs that cost up to £15k a year Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:02:09 Z 2018-01-10 12:02 +00:00 2018-01-11 01:02 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219869 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/4H1i-oQHYAg/ Unique Homes beach houses green homes waterfront homes William Morgan Beachside Bliss: A Florida Home Built Into a Sand Dune Covered in grass, this easy-to-miss duplex is modeled after a seashell. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:56:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sand-dune-house-219869/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>Carl Drew and his wife Jennie Malloy showed interest in a home so unusual, they were asked to do a sanity check.</p> <p>"When we first learned about it, our youngest son was in high school. We told him, 'We're coming up to Jacksonville for the weekend because we want to see this home,'" Malloy remembers. "He said, 'What? We're going to see a cave with eyes? What? Are you OK?'"</p> <p>The couple ended up buying the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Atlantic Beach duplex built <em>into</em> a sand dune</a>.</p> <p>From the street, it looks like a grassy knoll: green blades glinting in the sun, a pair of wooden staircases leading to a deck above. The front doors are barely visible through small swirls in the mound.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219892 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_032_20170526__DSC8305-73559f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p>From the beach, two horseshoe-shaped openings conceal a pair of sliding glass doors. Tall grass hides a private, sandy fire pit.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219915 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_004_20170526__DSC8083-6ff4f3.jpg" alt="" width="545" height="800" /></a></p> <p>If you blink, you'll miss the place.</p> <p>Drew wouldn't have it any other way. Having grown up in the area, he remembers scores of people driving past the lot in the 1970s to watch workers create the unique living spaces.</p> <p>As Drew tells it, when Hurricane Dora hit in 1964, the storm left behind a sand dune. The famed architect next door, <a href="http://www.williammorganarchitects.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">William Morgan</a>, saw an opportunity: build a masterpiece - a home unlike any other - by taking advantage of the canvas Mother Nature created.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hthP5-XUwPs?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>"Everybody wanted to come by and see it as it was being built," Drew said. "It was built around the concept of being environmentally sensitive: building structures into the environment and not dominating the environment."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The structure, known locally as the Dune House, has no right angles - only curves. It&#8217;s insulated by the earth around it, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219926 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_037_20170526__DSC8228-f1537d.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="800" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The interior walls, ceilings and spiral staircases are modeled after a <a href="http://earthsky.org/human-world/nautilus-shell-fibonacci-logarithmic-spiral-golden-spiral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">nautilus shell</a>, with each stair progressively narrower as you climb.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219930 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_042_20170526__DSC8186-c9a2f9.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="800" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Drew and Malloy came up from South Florida and <a href="http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-07-09/story/atlantic-beach-dune-house-purchased" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">bought the Dune House in 2012</a>, the purchase took a bit of convincing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When we first saw it, I thought, 'Oh boy. This needs some updating,' but the bones were good," said Malloy. "Carl started to look into other works by William Morgan, and the lightbulb went off, like, 'Wow, this is really neat.'" </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It&#8217;s not thinking inside the box or four corners of the box," she continued. "You&#8217;re really outside the box.&#8221;</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219904 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_051_20170526__DSC8185-c0eed1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="555" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As part of their arrangement with Morgan, the couple agreed to keep the original design, but updated some features. Out came the &#8217;70s shag carpet and in went marble floors. The pair added a Zen garden using local shells and rocks.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219875 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_007_20170526__DSC8067-4f9593.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p>Each 750-square-foot unit has a lofted bedroom space and closets built into the wood-paneled walls.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219933 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_054_20170526__DSC8257-232780.jpg" alt="" width="601" height="800" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple also splurged on custom wood decks on top of the knoll, giving them a chance to gaze at the beach vista each morning and breathe the ocean air at night.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219880 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_013_20170526__DSC8142-94accf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the process, they may have upset some of the kids nearby, though.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When we first got it, there was no deck, and so in between the two units was a straight, steep shot of grass going right down to the base. It&#8217;s a good 25-30 feet, and so the neighborhood kids would ride their bikes to the top of it and then come shooting down in between," Drew recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We had to remedy that situation pretty quickly," he said. "I think the kids weren&#8217;t happy with us, but it&#8217;s a little safer now."</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219885 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_021_20170526__DSC8166-a664f9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="514" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The grassy roof still requires plenty of maintenance. (And yes, that does involve mowing the roof.)</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219888 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_024_20170526__DSC8289-4c9bf5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After owning the place for five years, Drew and Malloy say it's had an unusual way of growing on them and their family. Even as they&#8217;ve become landlords, renting out both units, they&#8217;ve felt a sense of responsibility in passing the architect&#8217;s original vision to future generations. Of note, their youngest son has come around since they bought the property.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"H</span>e, like many teenagers, was very abrasive about it. Then a strange thing happened," Malloy recalled. "We spent some time in the Dune House, and all of a sudden he wanted to study architecture.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;It moved him in a way that we were really not expecting.&#8221;</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219938" style="max-width: 551px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/1943-beach-ave-atlantic-beach,-fl_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219938 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DuneHouse_066_20170526__DSC8346-cb2b4a.jpg" alt="" width="551" height="800" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Jennie Malloy and Carl Drew enjoy an evening by the fire.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Saying &#8216;I Do&#8217; to a Tiny Grain Silo Home</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/rustic-homes-for-sale-219783/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rustic Homes for Sale: Farmhouses, Cabins and Country Estates</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4H1i-oQHYAg:upimL88czqc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4H1i-oQHYAg:upimL88czqc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sand-dune-house-219869/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sand-dune-house-219869/ 2018-01-09 20:56 +00:00 2018-01-10 09:56 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nvxwq43dga3hc4lnoe2gyodjn5zgo2rx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/meet-hopwood-depree-la-actor-has-swapped-hollywood-crumbling/ topics:things/conservation topics:places/los-angeles storytype:standard topics:things/planning topics:things/history structure:money topics:places/hollywood structure:property topics:places/manchester Meet Hopwood Depree, the LA actor who has swapped Hollywood for his crumbling ancestral pile in Manchester Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Z Anna Tyzack 2018-01-09 07:00 +00:00 2018-01-09 20:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mfvwozzqmrzhg2lonjuwg4lsnzvxmylg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/philippa-forresters-riverside-home-starred-bbc-documentary-market/ topics:things/documentary storytype:standard topics:places/gloucestershire topics:things/countryside topics:organisations/bbc topics:places/bath structure:money topics:things/otters structure:property Philippa Forrester's riverside home, which starred in a BBC documentary, is on the market Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2018-01-09 06:00 +00:00 2018-01-09 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224008 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Q0U18IJ6ACw/ Tips & Advice home buying Mortgages Personal Finance 5 New Year's Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018 New year, new home? Whip your financial resume into shape to improve your home-buying odds. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:19:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/resolutions-can-help-buy-home-2018-224008/#comments Alexa Fiander <p>Thinking of buying a home this year? We compiled five New Year&#8217;s resolutions that can help you keep your financial resume in tiptop shape.</p> <h3>1. Avoid job hopping</h3> <p>Employment history and income are two of the biggest factors lenders look at when evaluating a mortgage application. A new job may be a good career move, but if you plan to buy a home in 2018, know that it can be a red flag to some underwriters - especially if you&#8217;re moving to a different industry.</p> <p>A steady job history and few or no gaps in employment over the past two years are ideal, as it helps lenders more easily forecast your future income.</p> <p>If you do get a new job while <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-shopping-during-winter-210494/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home shopping</a>, let your lender know as soon as possible. It doesn&#8217;t mean you won&#8217;t qualify for a mortgage - just be prepared to show extra documentation.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re moving from a commissioned or hourly job to one that&#8217;s salaried with equal or more compensation, it may help your application, as lenders often prefer borrowers to have steady, predictable paychecks.</p> <h3>2. Limit monthly subscription services</h3> <p>Monthly subscription services are certainly convenient, but they can add up. Even if you pay off your credit card every month, you could be dinged for high credit utilization if your credit report is pulled midcycle.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re thinking of buying a home this year, consider keeping your monthly subscription services to a minimum.</p> <h3>3. Build a solid credit history</h3> <p>One of the first things a lender will look at is your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-history-home-insurance-171466/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">credit history</a>. Lenders like borrowers who have a history of paying off debts, like credit cards, on time because it signals that you&#8217;re less of a risk and a responsible borrower.</p> <p>If you don&#8217;t have credit, securing a home loan may be significantly more challenging and time-consuming, but not impossible. Records of paying rent and utilities on time, as well as student loan debt or cell phone bills, can help show a potential lender that you have a history of managing monthly payments.</p> <h3>4. Check your credit</h3> <p>Your credit score can have a significant impact on your ability to buy a home. A low credit score can negatively affect how much money a lender is willing to loan you, as well as your interest rate.</p> <p>Just a few percentage point differences in an interest rate can cost you thousands over the life of a loan. Monitor your credit closely, especially for fraudulent activity, to prevent any surprises that could delay the loan application process.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re unsure of your credit score, many financial websites offer credit score monitoring, or you can get a full credit report once a year.</p> <h3>5. Avoid large purchases</h3> <p>Avoid taking on large amounts of debt - whether it&#8217;s buying a car or planning a large vacation - before buying a house, even if you&#8217;re already preapproved.</p> <p>Your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/debt-to-income-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">debt-to-income ratio</a>, or how much money you make compared to how much debt you have, can significantly affect how much money a lender is willing to give you. Keeping debts to a minimum can help make the home-buying process go a lot more smoothly.</p> <p>Just like proofreading your resume before you apply for a job, cleaning up your financial resume can help improve your chances of buying a home.</p> <p>Take advantage of online tools and resources, like our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/house-affordability/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">affordability calculator</a>, which can help you determine how much home you can afford. Our <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. And as you search for your future home, check out our extensive lender and agent reviews, which can help you find the best real estate partners for your needs.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/can-i-afford-a-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Can I Afford a House?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ask-potential-mortgage-lenders-211724/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/owning-versus-renting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Owning vs. Renting: What is the Right Decision for You?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q0U18IJ6ACw:X_hTGpzuuRA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q0U18IJ6ACw:X_hTGpzuuRA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/resolutions-can-help-buy-home-2018-224008/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/resolutions-can-help-buy-home-2018-224008/ 2018-01-08 22:19 +00:00 2018-01-09 11:19 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223288 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/vRgYlD8ucfw/ Home Improvement Appliances budget DIY Fixtures 7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling Take your kitchen forward without setting yourself back too much. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>Kitchen renovations require time and money, taking several months to complete and costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you don't have the financial resources for a full-on renovation, there are a variety of ways you can give your kitchen a new look for a lot less. From refacing cabinets to replacing lighting, a few cosmetic tweaks can give you the kitchen you've always wanted.</p> <h2>Cabinets</h2> <p>More and more homeowners are turning to kitchen refacing as an easy way to update their cabinets. Refacing involves replacing the doors, drawers and hardware and covering the entire exterior of the cabinets in a brand-new veneer. If you're happy with the layout and function of your kitchen, but aren't necessary keen on the aesthetic feel, consider cabinet refacing.</p> <p>"It's for people who have kitchens from the '70s and '80s that have solid wood cabinets," says interior designer Anna León, who has a background in kitchen refacing with Home Depot. "They can take off the original doors and put on modern doors."</p> <p>The cost, which starts at around $6,000, depends on the size of the kitchen and the materials used. With an array of options available - such as woodgrains, painted wood and pressure-fused laminate doors like Thermofoil - you can transform a kitchen's facade easily. Contemporary Thermofoil doors also come in a variety of fun looks, including glossy, matte and woodgrain.</p> <p>As opposed to a full-on kitchen gut and renovation taking several months to complete, cabinet resurfacing typically takes three to five days.</p> <p>Painting cabinets is a more affordable route to take than refacing, costing around $3,000 to $5,000 for a professional to do the job, according to León.</p> <p>Or, you can always DIY, which is the most affordable option, but is laborious and takes a great deal of time.</p> <p>"Painting cabinets is great, but it's all about the prep work," says Richmond, VA-based interior decorator Lesley Glotzl. "You have to prep and paint them perfectly or they&#8217;re going to chip or peel. You can&#8217;t cut any corners."</p> <figure id="attachment_223974" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/15112029_zpid/37.807207,-122.37834,37.698627,-122.562876_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223974 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cabinets-4660aa-e1515090465628.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1879-Funston-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94116/15112029_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Backsplash</h2> <p>Creating a new backsplash is an easy way to freshen up your kitchen. Be sure to choose a timeless material that will complement your cabinetry, and avoid mixing styles and periods. For instance, if you have '70s-era cabinetry, you won't want to pair that with something trendy like subway tile.</p> <p>If you're a confident DIYer, tile your backsplash. Or for $20, you can paint it in a bold high-gloss paint that you can easily wipe down after cooking.</p> <p>In Glotzl's home, she installed a beadboard backsplash and painted it in a high-gloss blue.</p> <p>Shiplap is an affordable and durable option as well, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/install-shiplap-wall/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">it&#8217;s not difficult to DIY</a>. Glotzl also recommends using vinyl wallpapers from companies like <a href="https://www.osborneandlittle.com/collections/wallcoverings/?CatID=261&amp;PageSize=60&amp;PageStart=60&amp;type=152&amp;page=2&amp;_=1512569716465&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Osborne &amp; Little</a> as backsplash, as they come in an array of fun textures, colors and patterns.</p> <figure id="attachment_223980" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/25746982_zpid/33.698779,-117.578688,33.58445,-117.763224_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223980 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/backsplash-2d798c-e1515091847125.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="549" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26408-Mountain-Grove-Cir-55-Lake-Forest-CA-92630/25746982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Countertops</h2> <p>For countertops, head to your local stone yard and choose a granite at the lower end of the price range. Formica - a more affordable option than natural stone - has a lot of cool countertop options in patterns like Greek key or textures like barn wood or grasscloth.</p> <p>If you're short on counter space and aren't looking to add more cabinetry, consider buying a premade island or bar-height table that you can float in the center of your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen</a>.</p> <p>Or, if you have a more contemporary kitchen, consider purchasing a stainless-steel food prep table from a restaurant supply company. Just make sure you have at least 36 inches between the cabinets and island on all sides for easy traffic flow, advises Glotzl.</p> <figure id="attachment_223982" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/49115714_zpid/47.632776,-122.290964,47.540151,-122.4755_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223982 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/countertops-fcf44b-e1515092371381.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4067-SW-Holgate-St-Seattle-WA-98116/49115714_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Shelving</h2> <p>If your cabinets don't have lip molding on the interior, remove cabinet doors to create open <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rolling-pantry-diy-tutorial-201537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shelving</a> and show off your beautiful serving dishes.</p> <p>Or, if you have an empty wall, create your own shelving system with floating shelves from a retailer such as Pottery Barn or IKEA. Just be sure you install brackets underneath the shelves if you plan on loading them up with dishes and cooking wares. Glotzl recommends Van Dyke's Restorers for shelving support.</p> <figure id="attachment_223965" style="max-width: 800px" 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-223965 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shelving-31015a-e1515084095293.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="569" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10544-Serenbe-Ln-Palmetto-GA-30268/82619849_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Lighting</h2> <p>Lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. Tear out harsh fluorescent lighting and replace it with can lights.</p> <p>Make food prep easier by having an electrician install under-cabinet halogen fixtures or ambient <a href="https://shop.lighttape.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Light Tape</a>. Over the kitchen sink is the perfect place for a statement piece like a sculptural pendant light.</p> <figure id="attachment_223815" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/40740136_zpid/42.831101,-88.484488,42.748084,-88.632116_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223815 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/lighting-2-dbc3aa-e1514397702850.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="628" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N8210-High-Ridge-Dr-Elkhorn-WI-53121/40740136_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Pulls and knobs</h2> <p>If you're going the cabinet-refacing route, you'll have plenty of new pulls and knobs to ponder. You can find them at online retailers or local shops.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re painting your cabinets - or even if you&#8217;re not - new pulls and knobs can go a long way toward creating a new look in your kitchen. This simple solution is one that works particularly well for renters.</p> <figure id="attachment_223819" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223819" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/featured_2-2573f6-e1514398515650.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="543" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Appliances and plumbing</h2> <p>Dated appliances paired with updated cabinetry will make your kitchen feel incomplete. New stainless-steel <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">appliances</a> are the finishing touch. For less than $500, you can get a new stainless-steel electric range; for less than $700, a brand-new top-freezer refrigerator.</p> <p>"Compared to everything else you have to do, it ends up feeling like pocket change," says León.</p> <p>You can easily update your faucet for under $100 (although, of course, you could spend a lot more). And a new farmhouse sink could be yours for less than $400.</p> <figure id="attachment_223816" style="max-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-223816 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/appliances-2-aac96c-e1514397914318.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="601" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-kitchen-holiday-entertaining-222672/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Most-Loved Kitchen of 2017: Did Your Fave Win?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vRgYlD8ucfw:sXW2881sJwg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vRgYlD8ucfw:sXW2881sJwg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/feed/ 18 https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/ 2018-01-08 13:00 +00:00 2018-01-09 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nzzww5lvgrww45lpobxw43ttmfwgq3tm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-prices-had-first-monthly-decline-six-months-december/ topics:things/mortgages topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/buying-property topics:organisations/nationwide storytype:standard structure:business structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property House prices had first monthly decline in six months in December Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:49:33 Z Sophie Christie 2018-01-08 09:49 +00:00 2018-01-08 22:49 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=167960 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/v3I2MuxAhtA/ Home Improvement home insurance winter Are You Covered If Snow and Ice Damage Your Home? Heavy snow and ice can cause major headaches for homeowners, from collapsed roofs to fallen trees and flooded basements. Depending on your insurance policy, you could be liable. Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:02:51 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/winter-weather-damage-167960/#comments Avvo <p><em>By Stephanie Reid, Avvo attorney and NakedLaw contributor</em></p> <p>In addition to the health and safety dangers of sub-zero temperatures, blinding snowstorms and inconspicuous ice sheets, winter weather can also be incredibly dangerous to your home. Homeowners must consider a number of winter weather issues, including legal liabilities to watch out for and knowing whether your homeowners insurance policy has you covered.</p> <h2>Winter damage culprits</h2> <p>The two main causes of wintertime home damage are snow and ice. The weight of snow can collapse a roof or damage an automobile. And when snow inevitably melts, it can cause major flooding and problems with home septic systems.</p> <p>The major problems with ice, from a homeowner's legal perspective, include <a href="http://www.avvo.com/topics/personal-injury-accidents" target="_blank" rel="noopener">slip-and-falls</a> and frozen pipelines. Ice accumulating on trees can also cause damage if <a href="http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/am-i-responsible-if-tree-limb-falls-on-neighbor-s--793385.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a tree branch falls</a> on your home &#8212; or even worse, your neighbor's home.</p> <h2>What is generally covered</h2> <p>A homeowners insurance policy typically covers damage that results directly from winter weather events. Direct damage includes <a href="http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/what-s-my-liability-as-a-landowner-if-a-tree-on-my-1822509.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">trees falling on homes</a>, roof collapse due to snow accumulation, wind damage during a blizzard, displacement due to a major power outage, and frozen or burst pipes (subject to exception).</p> <h2>What is probably not covered: negligence</h2> <p>A curveball factor can affect the damage your insurance policy covers: homeowner negligence, which means neglecting the standard care that allows your home to withstand normal winter weather. This may include factors such as:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pipes.</strong> If the insurance company believes that pipes broke because they were neglected &#8212; if the heat was off, or the pipes were not drained, for example &#8212; you may be denied coverage.</li> <li><strong>Trees.</strong> If a homeowner knew that a tree or its limbs were at risk of falling but took no steps to trim or remove them, the homeowner can be held liable if they do fall and cause damage.</li> <li><strong>Snow.</strong> If your home is damaged due to melting snow seeping through the roof, and the adjuster determines that the roof is in disrepair or is improperly installed, you will be footing the bill on your own.</li> <li><strong>Ice.</strong> Laws vary by location, but there may be rules regarding prompt snow and ice removal. In New York City, rental lease agreements generally stipulate that either the owner or the renter must clear sidewalks within four hours after snow stops falling.</li> <li><strong>Storms.</strong> Evidence that a homeowner could have done more to protect the property before or during a storm will be taken into consideration and could result in a denial of coverage.</li> </ul> <h2>What is definitely not covered: flood damage</h2> <p>The big issue to watch out for is <a href="http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/consumer-protection/earth-wind-fire-preparing-home-insurance-policy-unexpected.html">flooding</a>, which is not covered by a homeowners insurance policy. A major snowstorm followed by a warm snap often results in overworked drainage systems and flooding. If you live in a climate where this is likely to happen, flood insurance is a must.</p> <p>Also within this category is the damage that can occur when an overburdened septic system backs up into your home, causing raw sewage to flow from the drains. A flood insurance policy will likely cover this scenario, whereas a general homeowners policy will not.</p> <h2>Good neighbors</h2> <p>One common question involves damage occurring to a home caused by a tree or flooding from a neighbor's property. In those cases, the insurance company will first look into whether the neighbor was negligent or otherwise blamable in the event. If there&#8217;s no evidence of negligence, the owner of the damaged structure is then responsible for repair to that structure, but their policy will cover the damage.</p> <p>However, if the neighbor is found to be blamable in the event, the case may result <a href="http://www.avvo.com/topics/small-claims-court-for-neighbor-disputes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in a civil lawsuit</a> if the parties can&#8217;t reach a workable solution. <a href="http://www.avvo.com/find-a-lawyer" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Consult with an attorney</a> if you find yourself at such an impasse.</p> <h2>Making a claim</h2> <p>Insurance companies advise making a claim as soon as practically possible following a major weather event. This will allow the adjuster the best opportunity to assess the damage and make a factually solid determination of whether the issue is covered under the policy.</p> <p>If your damage is minimal, you may want to consider forgoing a claim to your insurer since making multiple claims can raise your premiums. If it seems likely that your issue won't cost much more than the deductible, it may be wise to cut your losses and complete the repairs without involving your insurance provider.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/things-home-insurance-doesnt-cover-164964/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Think You&#8217;re Covered? 6 Problems Your Home Insurance May Not Help With</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-prevent-falls-around-home-143168/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Make Your Home Less Prone to Falls from Ice and Snow on Walkways</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/is-your-home-ready-for-winter-163929/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is Your Home Ready to Keep You Warm This Winter?</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=v3I2MuxAhtA:mTvc3GklDXI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=v3I2MuxAhtA:mTvc3GklDXI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/winter-weather-damage-167960/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/winter-weather-damage-167960/ 2018-01-05 19:02 +00:00 2018-01-06 08:02 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223926 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/vtAH2dd8vPQ/ Tips & Advice Moving Moving tips Renting renting 101 renting home renting your home Looking for a New Apartment? Here's What You Need to Know Get ahead on your apartment search so you're not left behind. Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:58:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-search-what-to-expect-223926/#comments Erika Riggs <p>No matter what your local rental market looks like, the process of finding a place that works within your budget, timeframe and wish list can be a balancing act. Understanding the current market and typical search process can help you mitigate some of the stress involved.</p> <h2>Today&#8217;s rental market</h2> <p>In many metros, renting takes up more of people's income than in past years, largely because demand for rentals often outpaces supply, driving up prices. Growing job markets - like <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/amazon-seattle-rents-17112/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the employment boom in the Seattle metro region</a> - have contributed to a supply shortage.</p> <p>The high demand contributes to the share of income spent on rent jumping to 29.1 percent nationally, according to a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/affordability-q3-2017-17466/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">November 2017 study by Zillow Research</a>, compared to an average of 25.8 percent between 1985 and 2000. While many areas hover around that 29 percent - like Chicago (29.7 percent) and Austin, TX (29 percent), or even below like Atlanta (26 percent) - renters are spending a larger proportion of their income on rent each month than they previously did in each of those metros.</p> <p>Additionally, many renters are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent. Los Angeles renters pay the highest share of their incomes at 48.4 percent, but even places like Portland, OR (32.5 percent), New Orleans (33.2 percent) and Miami (41 percent) eat up more of renters' take-home pay than before.</p> <p>While rents have jumped in the past decade, incomes have largely not kept pace. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rent-growth-catches-up-to-income-17716/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">October and November 2017 did see income growth match rent hikes</a>, but incomes did not match rents during most of the previous five-year period.</p> <p>Not only do renters have to spend a larger share of their income to cover rent, they also often see their rent jump. Seventy-nine percent of renters who recently moved from a previous rental saw their rent jump prior to moving. Nearly six in 10 renters who have rented their current home for over a year (57 percent) have also seen their rent jump since they first moved in.</p> <p>Beyond the cost of renting, renters should expect to act quickly. Unlike buying a house, which takes 4.3 months on average, renters search for an average of 2.6 months; one-quarter (26 percent) search for less than one month.</p> <h2><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-224031" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow_Q3report_2017_TC_Kitchen3_741-1-4dc71e-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="683" />Managing your own expectations</h2> <p>In this challenging rental market, we recommend you enter your search with a full understanding of what you can afford. Not sure what that monthly figure looks like? Use a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent-affordability-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rental calculator</a> to hone in on it, and don't forget: Many landlords require first and last month's rent as well as a damage deposit. As you apply, look carefully at any additional costs; they can differ depending on the landlord.</p> <p>The first place you apply to - no matter how great it appears - may not be the one you move into. On average, renters make 4.5 contacts to landlords and turn in 2.5 applications. Look in neighborhoods adjacent to your original locale of interest to cast a wider net in your search.</p> <h2>When and how to use online tools</h2> <p>If you're like most renters, you'll be using online tools to find your next rental. While finding a rental online is far easier than driving around looking for an elusive "For Rent" sign, be cautious. If the advertised rent is several hundred dollars below the going market rate, the rental may be too good to be true. Almost one-third (32 percent) of renters indicate they had issues determining if a listing was legitimate.</p> <p>Due to the growing number of online tools, expect landlords to get back to you quickly. Three-quarters (76 percent) of contacted landlords responded in a "timely manner" - which for 72 percent of renters is within a day.</p> <p>As many renters complete their search and make initial inquiries online, how can you stand out to a potential landlord? First off, be prepared with all your paperwork (like recent pay stubs, bank statements, contact info for your employer and past landlord) when you apply. Additionally, try an easy, free tool like the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/renter-profile/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Rental Profile</a> to share your qualifications securely and give a landlord that great first impression.</p> <h2>Once you find a place</h2> <p>Most renters (68 percent) sign a 12-month lease. As you read through that lease, ensure you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/lease-and-rental-agreement-basics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">understand everything in the agreement</a>. If a detail is not in writing, it's not legally binding. Additionally, make sure you understand the financial penalties you may incur if you break your lease.</p> <p>You should also be familiar with your rights as a renter. Renter rights differ on the state and local levels; make sure the ones you're referencing accurately represent your situation.</p> <p>Despite most renters using online resources to search for their new home, most leases are still signed in person (84 percent of renters). More than half of renters (53 percent) pay their rent in person or at a bank. To understand your payment options, talk with your landlord.</p> <p>Finally, unless you're planning on renting for the foreseeable future, prepare your next search ahead of time. The number one thing renters would do differently in searching for their new home is to start their search earlier to have more time (32 percent of renters). Put a reminder in your calendar about three months before your lease ends to help you start thinking about your options. If you do stay put, you may save money in the long run - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/save-rent-money-dont-move-15831/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">landlords typically raise rents less often for renewing tenants</a>.</p> <p><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-insurance-required-win-209225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters Insurance Required: A Win-Win for Apartment Owners and Tenants</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-before-you-move-215860/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters: 5 Must-Do Tasks to Handle Before You Move</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rentals-in-most-attractive-cities-207298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rentals in the Cities Where Renters Most Wish They Lived</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vtAH2dd8vPQ:ZvSS4TXDSq8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vtAH2dd8vPQ:ZvSS4TXDSq8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-search-what-to-expect-223926/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-search-what-to-expect-223926/ 2018-01-04 21:58 +00:00 2018-01-05 10:58 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ofzhcmzwmu4g6nbvgn2giytsovtdqzlr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/uk-house-prices-grew-modest-26pc-2017-london-weakest-performing/ topics:things/mortgages topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:organisations/nationwide storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty UK house prices grew by modest 2.6pc in 2017, with London the weakest performing region Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:15:37 Z Sophie Christie 2018-01-04 08:15 +00:00 2018-01-04 21:15 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223881 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yGfC0nSechU/ Home Improvement decorating kitchens 8 of the Biggest Kitchen Design Trends for 2018 This year, designers are leaning into streamlined simplicity. Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:04:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/#comments Jill Krasny <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking for a fresh start for the new year? Consider upgrading your kitchen. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Those Shaker-style cabinets should be the first thing to go, and you'll probably want to give the dramatic paint trend a try. Here are some trends professional designers say we&#8217;ll be seeing a lot of. </span></p> <h2>1. Clean lines</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We aren&#8217;t seeing as many Shaker-style cabinets," says VW Fowlkes, principal and founder of <a href="http://www.fowlkesstudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Fowlkes Studio</a> in Washington, D.C. "They became trendy [in the &#8217;90s], and people thought the look had the right amount of clean lines, without being too plain. B</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ut more and more they're being seen as sentimental and too country." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The better option: flat-panel cabinets with minimal embellishment that look as if they came from a showroom in Germany.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223890" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8805-NE-118th-Pl-Kirkland-WA-98034/48891291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223890 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISd4gjpriyua7c1000000000-c47935.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8805-NE-118th-Pl-Kirkland-WA-98034/48891291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>2. Black cabinetry</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking of sleek kitchen cabinetry, "black is the new white," says Rebecca Van't Hull of <a href="http://oharainteriors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Martha O'Hara Interiors</a> in Minneapolis. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We&#8217;re starting to see more clients eager to break away from the all-white trend, opting for hues that are richer, bolder and darker," she notes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While black is fast becoming the new go-to, deep navy and forest green are also on the radar.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223891" style="max-width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21-Briarwood-Ln-Millerton-NY-12546/30118328_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223891" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS5q3ml75x2wwi1000000000-8ee0bb.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="688" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21-Briarwood-Ln-Millerton-NY-12546/30118328_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>3. Neutral walls</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just because cabinetry is going darker doesn't mean your walls will follow suit, says Van't Hull. "We're still seeing a lot of bright whites in warmer tones," not to mention the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-trend-beige-not-bland-223113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">occasional pop of beige</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. "One of our staples is Dovetail White by Benjamin Moore.&#8221;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <figure id="attachment_223894" style="max-width: 800px" 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-223894" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS5qfn6e9ai8dp0000000000-d4102d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="605" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10544-Serenbe-Ln-Palmetto-GA-30268/82619849_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>4. Open shelving</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Open shelves aren't going anywhere, says Fowlkes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether displaying a pretty collection of glassware or providing the illusion of space, open shelving will be all over kitchens next year.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223896" style="max-width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Avon-Pl-Cambridge-MA-02140/56437963_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223896" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS9hbpfe1qfsru0000000000-c6154f.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="688" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Avon-Pl-Cambridge-MA-02140/56437963_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>5. Fewer pendants</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"People are doing fewer pendants over islands because of the clutter," says Fowlkes. Recessed lighting, which seems to fade into the ceiling, is the preferred choice.  </span></p> <figure id="attachment_223895" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6520-NE-129th-St-Kirkland-WA-98034/2096568081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223895" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISe83c2crhzwcf1000000000-105f98.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6520-NE-129th-St-Kirkland-WA-98034/2096568081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>6. Less bling</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, less is more, Fowlkes notes. He </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">predicts fewer homeowners will opt for as many hardware accents as they have in the past. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Integral pulls on cabinet doors are becoming more common, he adds, and they're a cost-saving solution.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223893" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Fieldview-Ln-East-Hampton-NY-11937/111559201_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223893" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISqt7f0iiqo1u50000000000-66949d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Fieldview-Ln-East-Hampton-NY-11937/111559201_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>7. Brass accents</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Van't Hull still expects this trend to stay hot, and she&#8217;s incorporating brushed brass "on everything from plumbing and lighting to hardware and accessories."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223899" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-Studio-City-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223899" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS95uvnbpnukv51000000000-dbb489.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-Studio-City-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>8. Downsizing</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All those years of living in McMansions have finally caught up with us, and now homeowners are paring down their kitchens - at least in New York City, says Michael Tower, founder of Michael Tower Architecture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Functionality is still critical - you can't remove that from the design process - but people are being smarter about what they need," he says. Think doing away with massive prep spaces, dual-functioning ovens and so on. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"They're still full kitchens,&#8221; Tower says, &#8220;but maybe they don't have a grill for pancakes on Sunday morning."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223897" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/800-Krameria-St-Denver-CO-80220/13390897_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223897" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/transitional-kitchen-with-breakfast-bar-i_g-IS5y9sgzu6schg1000000000-MIimE-63ba6a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/800-Krameria-St-Denver-CO-80220/13390897_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Home Design Trends for 2018 (and 3 Fads That Need to Go)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yGfC0nSechU:O7qGG51uVIM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yGfC0nSechU:O7qGG51uVIM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/ 2018-01-03 01:04 +00:00 2018-01-03 14:04 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223701 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3h36HEzpqHw/ Unique Homes Finding home floating homes tiny homes Residential Home Types: 17 Clarifying Home Definitions What is a mansion compared to a McMansion, or a manufactured home versus a prefab home? These home definitions clear up any confusion. Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:45:25 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/residential-home-types-definitions-223701/#comments Britany Robinson <p>There are so many types of homes and houses, and some can be easily confused. Let's take a look at definitions of homes that are often mixed up, so you can be sure that you know what you're looking for.</p> <h2>What is a single-family home vs. a multifamily home?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223852" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_213445882-febdac.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="596" /></p> <p>Families come in all shapes in sizes, as do single-family homes. A single-family home is a standalone house built for one family. If a structure includes more than one collection of living spaces with separate entrances and privacy, it's a multi-family home.</p> <p>The term multi-family home can be applied to any structure with more than one independent dwelling space, from a simple duplex to a sprawling apartment building.</p> <h2>What is a duplex vs. a twin home?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223856" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_376025029-b1a528.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>The difference between a duplex and a twin home is ownership. They are both single structures with two private living spaces that share a wall. A twin home is sold as two properties on two separate lots. Alternatively, a duplex is considered one property.</p> <p>You might share a wall with the person next to you in a twin home; otherwise, the owners are free to treat their side of the structure and their lot as they wish.</p> <p>It's possible for a duplex to be sold to two separate owners - similar to a twin home - but the lot is one shared space, and therefore, owners must cooperate on decisions regarding the property.</p> <h2>What is a townhome vs. a row house?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223857" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_629334224-d487b9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Townhomes and row houses are both homes that share at least one wall with another home. A row house specifically refers to attached homes that line up along a street, in a row. Townhomes can be arranged in clusters or lines that aren't parallel to the road.</p> <h2>What is a manufactured home vs. a prefab or modular home?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223858" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_46772896-8b4c78.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="610" /></p> <p>A manufactured home is ready to be lived in when it leaves the factory. A prefabricated home is constructed in pieces which are then assembled on-site. The term modular home refers to houses that are built off-site, and placed on a permanent foundation (and includes prefab). <a href="https://www.the-homestore.com/blog/2013/03/modular-size/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">According to Andy Gianino</a>, a builder of modular homes and the author of &#8220;The Modular Home,&#8221; most modular homes are between 12 feet and 15 feet, 9 inches wide, and up to 60 feet long, which allows for transportation of the pieces via truck. A manufactured home is not a modular home because it can be moved after construction.</p> <h2>What is a mobile home vs. a motorhome or RV?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223859" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_17189542-3c7101.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A mobile home is less mobile than a motorhome or RV. Mobile homes (also called trailers) are generally placed in one location for permanent living. They come in two standard sizes: singlewide (<a href="http://realtytimes.com/advicefromagents/item/1001800-mobile-homes-single-wide-or-double-wide?rtmpage=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">typically 18 feet wide or less and 90 feet long or less</a>) and doublewide (typically 20 feet wide and 90 feet long or less).</p> <p>A motorhome or RV is a home on wheels that can be easily moved from place to place. The most common size of motorhome (Class C-25) is 23 to 25 feet long and can sleep a family of five.</p> <h2>What is a houseboat vs. a floating home?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223867" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/OtterMagic-d36419.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="578" /></p> <p>A houseboat is like a motorhome on water; it's self-propelled and can be driven like a boat. A floating home is a home on the water that floats on a foundation of logs, Styrofoam and/or concrete. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-things-about-floating-homes-214787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Floating homes</a> are permanently connected to a dock where they're hooked up to electrical and sewage.</p> <h2>What is a tiny home vs. a tiny house?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223861" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tiny-Home-8-58d52f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>A tiny home is a standalone structure, typically between 100 and 400 square feet. Most <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-traits-194949/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tiny homes</a> are built on wheels, but they aren't necessarily meant to be mobile. In most cities, the minimum size for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on a residential property is around 800 square feet. To get around these restrictions, the first tiny home builders constructed their dwellings on wheels, so they could park them on their property like an RV.</p> <p>Some say tiny homes and tiny houses are the same thing. Others argue a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-house-nation-172606/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tiny house</a> is any small living space, including RVs, vans, sheds, boats, etc. When in doubt, call the 400-square-foot-or-less structures on wheels tiny homes.</p> <h2>What is a mansion vs. a McMansion?</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223863" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_152851166-3db5dd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A mansion is a very large house; somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet. But the specifics of what qualifies vary based on opinion and location. A mansion in Manhattan might be 3,000 square feet while a house in Atlanta would need to be much bigger to qualify. A mansion is also defined by luxury: tennis courts, large open foyers, grand staircases, crystal chandeliers. A McMansion is big too, but that's not what makes it different from a mansion. "McMansion" <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/why-is-it-called-a-mcmansion-2016-9" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">is generally used</a> to describe homes with few unique characteristics. Their cookie-cutter design is usually between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet, but runs the gamut. As Brian Miller, a sociologist at Wheaton College put it <a href="https://www.citylab.com/equity/2012/04/does-word-mcmansion-actually-mean-anything/1813/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">in an interview with CityLab</a>: &#8220;You have people who would suggest that 3,000-square-foot homes are McMansions. Well, it&#8217;s 500 square feet more than the average new home, but that's a lot different from other people who are describing 10,000-square-foot homes as McMansions.&#8221;</p> <p><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architectural-styles-past-century-181954/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Popular Architectural Styles of the Past Century</a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer an Aquatic Lifestyle</a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><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=3h36HEzpqHw:qwUJ1vfsJpA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3h36HEzpqHw:qwUJ1vfsJpA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/residential-home-types-definitions-223701/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/residential-home-types-definitions-223701/ 2018-01-02 17:45 +00:00 2018-01-03 06:45 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nezhm43jmjsti5dpmq3gc4jtoe3te4lb/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/bad-news-barnes-house-prices-south-west-london-slump-centre/ topics:things/interest-rates storytype:standard topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit topics:things/stamp-duty Bad news for Barnes: House prices in south-west London slump as centre bottoms out Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:23:03 Z Isabelle Fraser 2018-01-02 14:23 +00:00 2018-01-03 03:23 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223709 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/4XJzGWLOPPw/ Tips & Advice Credit history credit rating credit reports credit scores First Time Home Buyers home buying home buying advice home buying process home buying steps Home buying tips mortgage pre-approval Mortgages How Many Credit Checks Before Closing on a Home? Throughout the approval process, push yourself to maintain your credit while lenders pull it. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:10:13 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-checks-before-closing-223709/#comments Tali Wee <p>Navigating the purchase of a home can be overwhelming for first-time buyers. Lenders require documentation of seemingly every detail of your life before granting a loan. And of course, they will require a credit check.</p> <p>A question many buyers have is whether a lender pulls your credit more than once during the purchase process. The answer is yes. Lenders pull borrowers' credit in the beginning of the approval process, and then again just prior to closing.</p> <h2>Initial credit check for preapproval</h2> <p>In the first phase of acquiring a loan, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/pre-qualification-vs-pre-approval/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pre-qualification</a>, you'll self-report financial information. Lenders want to know details such as your credit score, social security number, marital status, history of your residence, employment and income, account balances, debt payments and balances, confirmation of any foreclosures or bankruptcies in the last seven years and sourcing of a down payment. This is only a portion of the total information needed for your mortgage application.</p> <p>Once you're ready to get preapproved for a loan, lenders will verify your financial information. During this phase, lenders require documentation to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/mortgage-application-documents/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">confirm the information in your application</a> and pull your credit history for the first time. You may be required to submit a letter of explanation for each credit inquiry in recent years, such as opening a new credit card, and for any derogatory information in your history, like a missed payment.</p> <p>Once you find a home within budget and make an offer, additional or updated documentation may be required. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/glossary/underwriting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Underwriters then analyze the risk</a> of offering you a loan based on the information in your application, credit history and the property's value.</p> <h2>Second credit check at closing</h2> <p>It can take time for your offer to be accepted, and for your loan to pass underwriting. During this period from the initial credit check to closing, new credit incidents may occur on your history. Many lenders pull borrowers' credit a second time just prior to closing to verify your credit score remains the same, and therefore the risk to the lender hasn't changed. If you were late on a payment and were sent to collections, it can affect your loan. Or, if you acquired any new loans or lines of credit and used those credit lines, your debt-to-income ratio would change, which can also affect your loan eligibility.</p> <p>If the second credit check results match the first, closing should occur on schedule. If the new report is lower or concerning to the lender, you could lose the loan. Alternatively, the lender may send your application back through underwriting for a second review.</p> <p>It's important for buyers to be aware that most lenders run a final credit check before closing, so the home-buying window is a time to prudently mind your credit.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ask-potential-mortgage-lenders-211724/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choosing-most-rewarding-credit-card-179690/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Choosing (and Using) the Most Rewarding Credit Card</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-history-home-insurance-171466/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Credit History Affects Home Insurance Premiums</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4XJzGWLOPPw:R4uchaqHrPA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4XJzGWLOPPw:R4uchaqHrPA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-checks-before-closing-223709/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-checks-before-closing-223709/ 2017-12-29 18:10 +00:00 2017-12-30 07:10 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223424 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kpsND0Rsajs/ Home Improvement Cleaning home maintenance homeownership See Jane Drill This Checklist Is the Key to Taking Care of Your Home (Without the Stress) 2018 is going to be your home's cleanest, most organized year yet. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/taking-care-of-your-home-223424/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Here&#8217;s an easy way to get on top of your home maintenance checklist in the new year: Take it one small chunk at a time!</p> <p>Little steps add up to big results. And if you dedicate some time to home maintenance - two hours a week, an afternoon per month and a couple of days a year - your home will remain in tiptop shape this year.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s our easy-to-follow checklist:</p> <h2>Weekly home maintenance</h2> <p>Your weekly home maintenance ritual will be largely determined by the features of your home, but may include some of the following tasks:</p> <ul> <li>Give all your carpets a thorough vacuuming. Or, if you have hardwood floors, give them a good once-over with a large dust-mop.</li> <li>Plan to spend 30 minutes performing one small maintenance task in your yard, such as pruning a tree or shrub, painting a mailbox, or blowing leaves and debris from a garden path or sidewalk.</li> <li>Do some bathroom maintenance. Again, we&#8217;re talking about biting things off in small chunks here! Some examples: <ul> <li>Pick a drain used by a person with long hair, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clear-clogs-bathroom-drains-204459/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">clean it out</a> with a Zip-It tool.</li> <li>Spend some time repairing damaged tile grout in a shower or tub.</li> <li>Clean the mineral sediment out of a showerhead.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Freshen up your garbage disposal. Run a tray of ice cubes through it, along with some baking soda or lemon rinds, and voila! It&#8217;ll be clean and fresh again.</li> <li>Clean the outside of all appliances and the inside of one appliance per week. For instance, if you clean out the refrigerator this week, run a cleaning tablet through your dishwasher next week, and wipe out your dryer the following week.</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223799" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_683730031-3a16f2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Monthly home maintenance</h2> <p>These are the projects we all know we should do regularly but often don&#8217;t get to. Just pick an afternoon, and go for it!</p> <ul> <li>Clean the range hood and filter. This is one of those areas that we often forget about, but if you don't take care of it on a regular basis, it will become unmanageably greasy and dirty over time.</li> <li>Clean the furnace filter, and replace it if needed. This will help your furnace run efficiently, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/reduce-electric-bill-right-now-219100/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">keeping utility bills down</a>.</li> <li>Polish wood furniture, dust light fixtures and wipe down baseboards.</li> <li>Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they&#8217;re functioning and don&#8217;t need new batteries. If you have a fire extinguisher, make sure it&#8217;s fully charged.</li> <li>Visually inspect the outside of your home for problems or issues, such as loose shingles, damaged siding, insect nests, or overgrown trees or shrubbery. Make a note to correct the problems!</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223798" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_281534546-dfd756.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Yearly home maintenance</h2> <p>Schedule these tasks in a way that makes sense to you. You can do them on a seasonal basis or just schedule one or two days per year to knock everything out.</p> <p>Here are some bigger tasks to take on once a year:</p> <ul> <li>Clean and organize your garage, basement or attic. This is a maintenance task that everyone dreads doing, but it feels so good once it&#8217;s done! Plus, you&#8217;ll most likely discover some forgotten treasures to either donate to charity or sell online.</li> <li>Wash windows and window screens, and let the sunshine in! While this task is often done in the spring, you can do it any time of the year.</li> <li>Take on one major outdoor improvement project per year, and schedule a day or two to complete it. For example, you might want to install a fence, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">refinish a large deck</a>, patch up an asphalt or concrete driveway, or install raised garden beds.</li> <li>Clean out gutters, check under the eaves, remove trees or shrubbery that are encroaching on your home, and install wire grates in any holes to keep pests out.</li> <li>Freshen up one room in your home. Pick any room, and give it a mini makeover. For instance, you can repaint it, switch curtains, move the furniture, and add plants and knickknacks to give it a whole new look. If you do this with one room per year, in a few years, your whole home will look terrific!</li> </ul> <p>By following this easy checklist, you can have a wonderfully maintained home with a minimal investment of time and energy.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-updates-every-10-years-222055/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 9-to-5er&#8217;s Guide to Keeping Your House Clean</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-weatherproofing-ideas-212026/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Winter Weatherproofing Ideas That Take Just Minutes</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kpsND0Rsajs:bavx3GF0l9o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kpsND0Rsajs:bavx3GF0l9o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/taking-care-of-your-home-223424/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/taking-care-of-your-home-223424/ 2017-12-28 13:00 +00:00 2017-12-29 02:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223624 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QE4feZRkrHI/ Unique Homes beach houses modern modern home Sanctuary An Incredible Home in Hawaii That's as Much Fun as Summer Camp This 5,590-square-foot home on Hawaii's Big Island is a contemporary - and beautiful - take on summer camp. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaii-summer-camp-home-223624/#comments Dwell <p>Sunshine, island breezes, grass skirts and surfing are just some of the things that this <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/an-incredible-home-in-hawaii-thats-as-much-fun-as-summer-camp-216c96cb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">summer-camp-inspired home</a> brings to mind. Surrounded by mountain and sea views, it&#8217;s located at the foot of Pu&#8217;u Ku&#8217;ili, the Big Island's old cinder cone that&#8217;s known for being a good place for spotting whales.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223642" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-27ae25-e1513713903302.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>Western red cedar, oversized sliding doors, board-formed concrete, operable wood louvers and rope lashing contribute to the home&#8217;s laid-back, camp-like feel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223647" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-00713b-e1513714835854.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="591" /></p> <p>Designed by San Francisco-based practice Walker Warner Architects with interiors by Philpotts Interiors and landscaping by David Y Tamura Associates, the home follows the layout of traditional Hawaiian architecture and is composed of multiple structures.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223648" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-6c6f3a-e1513714965604.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p>Upon passing an entry bridge, one enters a massive green compound with six separate buildings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223652" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-68cf7a-e1513716511669.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="868" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223653" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-22edc2-e1513716676244.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p>The main building features an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that boasts high ceilings and is surrounded by a generous covered deck.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223654" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-38a2aa-e1513716793596.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="882" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223655" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-999cf8-e1513716894777.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="868" /></p> <p>Thanks to a short corridor with a seating area, this living space is connected to the master bedroom in one wing, and a studio space in another wing.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223656" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-e68a13-e1513716997539.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="871" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223657" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-bb0c13-e1513717090310.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="601" /></p> <p>In the expansive backyard, a large overhang of western red cedar shelters a tiki bar, outdoor seating lounge and an elongated pool.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223659" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-53dc06-e1513717297312.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="597" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223660" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-6e1d88-e1513717380623.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p>Next to the bar and lounge area is a barbecue/luau spot where family and friends can enjoy outdoor cooking and feasting under the shade of a Kiawe tree.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223662" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-3e6035-e1513717481748.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="483" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223669" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-1f2f75-e1513718516257.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="881" /></p> <p>Other buildings on the property include a large bathhouse with a wooden bathtub and a parking garage.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223663" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-7482c0-e1513717690944.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223664" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-f957f4-e1513717877775.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="874" /></p> <p>Marion Philpotts-Miller, who designed the interiors, used retro elements, rattan chairs, metal bed frames and summery colors including olive green and flamingo pink to create a stylish, surf-shack-inspired look.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223665" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/16-19e806-e1513717989844.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223666" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-9fd005-e1513718057138.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="863" /></p> <p>With its open design and alfresco chill zones, this home is set up perfectly to enjoy the best of Hawaii's stunning landscape and pleasantly warm weather.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223670" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-fea95b-e1513718677950.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="599" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223671" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-124c1e-e1513718755736.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><em>This article was written by Michele Koh Morollo and <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/an-incredible-home-in-hawaii-thats-as-much-fun-as-summer-camp-216c96cb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>. Check out more of their content on <a href="https://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Photos by Matthew Millman Photography.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Year: A Treehouse Tower With Water Views</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-trends-ruled-2017-223164/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Unique Home Trends That Ruled 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/easy-care-palm-plants-191031/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Turn Your Home Into a Tropical Oasis with Easy-Care Palm Plants</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QE4feZRkrHI:7TWy-3pl7jc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QE4feZRkrHI:7TWy-3pl7jc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaii-summer-camp-home-223624/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaii-summer-camp-home-223624/ 2017-12-28 13:00 +00:00 2017-12-29 02:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223136 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/B0_zfvyL3Kw/ Home Improvement DIY home maintenance home organization Kid-Friendly DIY 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids' Toys From Taking Over Your Home Conquer the clutter and reclaim the precious space you once ruled. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:00:53 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Remember the days when you could read a decorating magazine without crying? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home and evening routine, get your sanity back with these simple tips.</p> <h2>1. Reduce the clutter</h2> <p>It doesn't matter how organized you are - a surplus of toys will always ensure your house is a mess waiting to happen. Fortunately, getting kids on board with the idea of ditching their stuff is a lot easier than it sounds.</p> <p>The trick is to make it an opportunity for them to define themselves and their interests. Encourage kids to make a pile of "baby toys" to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">donate</a>, and have them set aside any toys that no longer interest them, such as action figures from a forgotten TV show. Separating these toys will help them appreciate how much they've grown and rediscover the toys they love.</p> <h2>2. Choose toys wisely</h2> <p>Since you'll probably be stuck with them for a while, it pays to be picky when it comes to buying toys. To make toys more meaningful to your child, only buy them for holidays, special occasions and rewards - don't shy away from asking relatives to do the same.</p> <p>Avoid toys that are poorly made (cheap), not age-appropriate, unnecessarily large, pointless or anything tied to a movie - unless it's that one you've been playing on repeat every day. The best toys are versatile, encourage creativity and can easily be expanded upon, such as Legos, wooden train tracks and dollhouse sets.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223439" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_221253.jpg-7a9ac0-e1513289648704.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>3. Leave some toys out of reach</h2> <p>If you're constantly finding play dough and puzzle pieces in the sofa cushions, it's time to put them on the top shelf of the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-inspiring-closet-designs-185431/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closet</a>. Designating these messy toys as "family toys" will give you more quality time with your child instead of scrubbing pen marks off the curtains.</p> <p>Also, try to set aside a tote of toys, games and puzzles for rainy days. This ensures you'll always have a trick up your sleeve for sick days or when a boring relative visits.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223443" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_221602.jpg-390dd6-e1513289808922.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>4. Set boundaries</h2> <p>If toys are already sprawled out over every available surface of your house, don't worry! You can quickly reclaim order in your household by setting a few ground rules, such as "no toys in the kitchen" or setting limits on the number of toys allowed out overnight.</p> <p>While that might seem a bit draconian, children are generally happier when they're given clear expectations and few surprises. That's why it's important to follow through and pick up every night, no matter how exhausted you feel at the time.</p> <h2>5. Give kids ownership</h2> <p>Picking up toys doesn't have to be boring. Babies, toddlers and big kids alike can have fun <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organizing</a> and picking up, just as long as it's not a negative experience. This means you should provide enough time for enjoyment without resorting to counting "1, 2, 3" or shouting empty threats.</p> <p>A great thing about setting aside extra time for picking up is that you and your child can do fun things like scoop up blocks with a blanket or deliver toys across the house via tricycle. If you make it fun enough, your kid will eventually pick up without even being asked.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223446" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_211678.jpg-b95fb1-e1513290137332.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>6. Give every toy a home</h2> <p>Without a simple organizational system, picking up can be a major headache. Don't throw everything into one big toybox; there's a better way.</p> <p>Buy a series of matching plastic bins and line them up along the wall where your child can easily put away and retrieve toys on his own. Designate one box for Legos, one for stuffed animals, one for train tracks … you get the idea.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223447" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_314291648.jpg-e1513290185733.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="580" /></p> <p>Use stacking plastic boxes for smaller toys like matchbox cars and dolls. Organize them further by storing puzzle pieces, doll clothes and other annoyances in Ziploc bags.</p> <h2>7. Hit the books</h2> <p>It's not your imagination. That pile of storybooks by the couch really is getting taller, and if you wait much longer, it will likely turn into a giant heap.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223448" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_299229.jpg-4d678b-e1513290281817.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="866" /></p> <p>Worse yet, your kid uses those books to stall and push back bedtime a little later with each passing night. That's why it's important to either keep the books in your child's room, or keep a small selection of favorites in a basket for easy retrieval.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Declutter Your Way to a More Organized, Intentional Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-for-yard-sale-197837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Tips for Organizing an Irresistible Yard Sale</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=B0_zfvyL3Kw:-qAToKbp_DQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=B0_zfvyL3Kw:-qAToKbp_DQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/ 2017-12-27 13:00 +00:00 2017-12-28 02:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223767 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/2sv6MI3VWrU/ Celebrity Real Estate bad neighbors neighbors The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons TV TV characters TV shows TV's Most and Least Desirable Neighbors for 2018 You told us which TV characters you'd like to live next to and which to avoid. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:01:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-tv-neighbors-poll-223767/#respond Lauren Thompson <p>We wanted to know which fictional TV characters Americans would most like to have as a neighbor and which ones they&#8217;d avoid.</p> <h2>Most desirable neighbors for 2018</h2> <p>Leonard Hofstadter and Penny from CBS's &#8220;The Big Bang Theory&#8221; (above) are the top choice for neighbors in 2018, earning 19 percent of the votes. The couple received strong results from voters across different genders, generations and education levels, but were slightly less popular among voters from the West.</p> <p>Leonard and Penny were neighbors when they first met, and they've remained close friends with their former roommate and current neighbor Sheldon Cooper over the years despite his interesting quirks. Plus, living next door gives Sheldon plenty of opportunities to play video games and watch sci-fi movies with Leonard and Penny's entire group of friends.</p> <p>&#8220;&#8216;The Big Bang Theory&#8217; is one of the most popular shows on TV, so it&#8217;s not surprising that American adults chose its leading couple as the most desirable neighbors for 2018,&#8221; said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow.</p> <p>The Dunphys from ABC's &#8220;Modern Family&#8221; and the Simpson family from FOX's &#8220;The Simpsons&#8221; tied for the second-most desirable neighbors, with 11 percent of the votes each. Will and Grace from NBC's revitalized sitcom of the same name rounded out the top four, earning 10 percent of the votes, followed by Jack and Rebecca Pearson from NBC's &#8220;This Is Us&#8221; (9 percent) and the Johnsons from ABC's &#8220;Black-ish<em>&#8220;</em> (5 percent).</p> <h2>Least desirable neighbors for 2018</h2> <p>Despite their popularity, the Simpsons still topped the list of least desirable neighbors with 31 percent of the votes. Adults over the age of 55 were most likely to name the family as the least desirable neighbors on the list, while fewer millennials cited the Simpsons as the least desirable neighbors in the poll.</p> <p>&#8220;It wouldn't be easy to live next to the Simpsons, who have spent nearly 30 seasons causing chaos for neighbor Ned Flanders and the rest of Springfield,&#8221; Wacksman said.</p> <p>The Lannisters from HBO's &#8220;Game of Thrones&#8221; came in second on the list of worst neighbors with 21 percent of the votes. They ranked much higher than the rest of the competitors, including Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler from &#8220;The Big Bang Theory<em>&#8220;</em> (9 percent), Olivia Pope from ABC's &#8220;Scandal&#8221; (6 percent) and the Jennings from FX's &#8220;The Americans&#8221; (5 percent).</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">When Selling a Home, the Neighbors Matter</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-list-home-for-sale-207463/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/why-i-love-my-neighbors-198065/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why I Love My Neighbors</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2sv6MI3VWrU:6JmgjOsHL7g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2sv6MI3VWrU:6JmgjOsHL7g:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-tv-neighbors-poll-223767/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-tv-neighbors-poll-223767/ 2017-12-27 08:01 +00:00 2017-12-27 21:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/onsg64dcovuxk2rwojvgq23pgmydk5dd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/one-three-home-sellers-london-doubling-money/ storytype:standard topics:organisations/emoov structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property One in three home sellers in London are doubling their money Tue, 26 Dec 2017 06:15:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-26 06:15 +00:00 2017-12-26 19:15 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nmygqnbqgrtds23bmuygkzzqgbwxi4rr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/insider-tricks-interior-designers-decorate-homes-christmas/ topics:things/flowers topics:things/christmas-decorations topics:things/interiors storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:christmas-top-stories topics:things/how-to-have-perfect-christmas topics:events/christmas-day structure:money topics:events/christmas topics:things/christmas-lights structure:property Insider tricks: how interior designers decorate their homes for Christmas Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-12-25 08:00 +00:00 2017-12-25 21:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223350 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/VGYjqhnGp8I/ Home Improvement decorating painting 3 Ways to Get a Whole New Look With Just a Coat of Paint Itching for a new look? Paint can transform so much more than just your walls. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:04:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-with-paint-223350/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Paint is easily one of the biggest home design tools at your disposal. It has the ability to take a room from dark and dingy to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/adding-character-to-a-1980s-home-222385/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">light and bright</a> - and from small and cramped to spacious and airy.</p> <p>To find out exactly how to change the look of a room with paint, we asked house-flipping pros and owners of Seattle-based <a href="http://www.urbansquirrelllc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Urban Squirrel</a>, Lora Lindberg and Debbie Cederlind, for some pointers.</p> <p>"Paint can lend a feeling you want to evoke,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;The walls are the biggest surface for the biggest impact." But you can get a new look without committing to painting a whole room.</p> <p>Here are Lindberg&#8217;s and Cederlind&#8217;s tips for transforming your space with just a little paint.</p> <h3>1. Paint your furniture</h3> <p>Your first instinct may be to look at the walls for a drastic change in your home, but painting your furniture can pack just as much punch - if not more.</p> <p>Not only is this a more renter-friendly solution, but it's also a good way to break up the monotony of furniture that came in a set or that matches the flooring.</p> <figure id="attachment_223494" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/TheDesignFirm-boards/Seaside-Cottage/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223494 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/design-firm-painted-furniture-cd69d6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/TheDesignFirm-boards/Seaside-Cottage/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Design Firm.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>"It's definitely more interesting to mix in a painted piece of furniture rather than have everything wood," says Cederlind.</p> <p>If you're a renter and aren't allowed to splash any color on the walls, go for a bold color on your furniture that will brighten up the room - particularly if you have white or off-white walls in your rental home.</p> <h3>2. Don't be afraid to paint paneling</h3> <p>If you live in an older home that has been blessed with the gift of wood paneling, it may look dark, outdated and cavernous. Although it might be tempting to rip it out and start over, Lindberg and Cederlind suggest <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">painting over the wood</a> instead.</p> <p>"We see so many houses that haven't sold because of paneling. Painting the paneling is one of the most dramatic changes you can make," says Lindberg. "Some people say it's a sin to paint wood, but a paneled room can look incredible with a lighter paint."</p> <figure id="attachment_223497" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/tyler-whitmore-boards/REC-ROOM-DESIGN_2c-BETHESDA_2c-MD/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223497 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/paneling-54a0ef.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="554" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/tyler-whitmore-boards/REC-ROOM-DESIGN_2c-BETHESDA_2c-MD/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Whitmore.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>When you choose the paint color for your wood paneling, Lindberg and Cederlind suggest painting it a muted color and saving the pops of brighter color for artwork and area rugs.</p> <h3>3. Limit bold color choices to a room or two</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Painting a dramatic color</a> in one or two smaller spaces, like a powder room or a dining room, will make them stand out and be more memorable to visitors.</p> <figure id="attachment_223750" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/490-Temperance-St-E302-Saint-Paul-MN-55101/72386038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223750 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-master-bathroom-with-french-doors-i_g-IS1zrztut3sfvb1000000000-0NsFd-15bc0c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/490-Temperance-St-E302-Saint-Paul-MN-55101/72386038_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Although adding bold color to your walls is a great way to change up your space immediately, don&#8217;t go overboard with dramatic colors.</p> <p>"The thing that drives me the craziest is painting every room a different bold color. Paint the whole house the same color, then pick one or two special rooms to get an accent, like a dining room or powder room or den," says Lindberg. "A trend I've been noticing a lot is dark walls. You definitely don't want to do that everywhere."</p> <p>This tip is especially important if you live in a home with an open concept living or dining space. The house will seem bigger and flow better when there's continuity in the paint color throughout the home, Lindberg and Cederlind say.</p> <h3>Remember: Finding the right paint color takes time</h3> <p>Whether you decide to paint your walls in just one space or all of them, make sure you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/how-to-pick-your-paint/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">choose the right color</a> before you tape off the baseboards and prep the room to paint.</p> <p>"Picking out colors is the hardest,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;We spend a lot of time getting samples and trying them physically in the room, but it's worth every penny. Don't go and get the paint chip and then buy a gallon of $60 paint. The chances of getting the color right the first time are pretty slim."</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12346-Cantura-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20027795_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Pros&#8217; Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-painting-tips-tricky-areas-201503/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 DIY Painting Tips for Tricky Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=VGYjqhnGp8I:KacwT-DDJE4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=VGYjqhnGp8I:KacwT-DDJE4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-with-paint-223350/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-with-paint-223350/ 2017-12-22 00:04 +00:00 2017-12-22 13:04 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223599 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kAOpox63RbI/ Tips & Advice donation give back non-profit volunteer 6 Ways to Use Your Home to Give Back A just as impactful - and perhaps less thought of - option is sharing your home as a force for good. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:31:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/give-back-223599/#comments Whitney Ricketts <p><img style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_378313597-9acf81-1024x684.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="501" />When it comes to giving back, most people immediately think of donating time or money to a cause. But another just as impactful - and perhaps less thought of - option is sharing your home as a force for good.</p> <p>Here are six ways to make a difference with your home.</p> <h3>1. Connect your neighbors through reading</h3> <p>Perhaps you've seen charming little structures in your neighborhood that are similar to mailboxes but filled with books. Started in 2009, the<a href="https://littlefreelibrary.org/"> Little Free Library</a> is a nonprofit that inspires a love for reading while building community. Purchase – or build – one of these book exchange boxes to place in front of your home, and fill it with books you want to share.</p> <h3>2. Host a soldier for the holidays</h3> <p>Live near a military base? Many organizations offer the opportunity to host a soldier for a holiday meal at your home. The easiest way to adopt a soldier or other member of the military is to connect with your local<a href="https://www.armymwr.com/"> U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)</a> or <a href="https://www.navymwr.org/">Navy MWR</a> resource office to check what opportunities they provide for hosting.</p> <h3>3. Share your home with a cancer patient and their family</h3> <p>Cancer patients seeking treatment may end up at hospitals and communities far from home. While many hospitals provide lodging, there's also an opportunity for hosts to step in and provide a homey place to stay.</p> <p>Programs vary from area to area, so the best place to start is connecting with your local hospital. If you're in the greater Philadelphia area, check out<a href="http://www.hostsforhospitals.org/"> Hosts for Hospitals</a> or Boston's<a href="http://hosp.org/"> Hospitality Homes</a>.</p> <h3>4. Open your home to evacuees</h3> <p>When a natural disaster strikes, entire communities are unable to return home. Launched in 2017, <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees">Airbnb Open Homes</a> is a program through which Airbnb works with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to book homes for people in need, for free. When a disaster occurs, hosts near affected areas are contacted with requests from displaced families and individuals.</p> <p>To list your home on Airbnb or learn more about the program, read through <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees">its extensive FAQs</a>.</p> <h3>5. Provide a safe place for refugees</h3> <p>Those forced to flee their country may not always have the connections and immediate financial resources to find shelter. A spare room or unused part of the house could be a great temporary solution for these refugees while they get on their feet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomforrefugees.com/">Room for Refugees</a> started in the United Kingdom and now works in the United States and Canada, too. Many other refugee resettlement services offer hosting opportunities, so research the relevant needs in your area.</p> <h3>6. Get creative</h3> <p>Your home can serve as the gathering place for all kinds of impactful work. Invite your neighbors over for dinner, or throw a<a href="https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/how-to-throw-a-progressive-dinner-party.htm"> progressive dinner party</a>. Hosting a <a href="http://deathoverdinner.org/">Death Over Dinner</a> party is a great way to talk about end-of-life care for yourself or someone you love. Other ideas include hosting a lecture series, a documentary viewing or a crafting night, all in an effort to build community right where you live.</p> <p>Related:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/">The 9-to-5er&#8217;s Guide to Keeping Your House Clean</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/breaking-home-design-rules-223106/">How Breaking Three Design Rules Made Our House Feel More Like Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-easy-holiday-crafts-223121/">Three Easy Holiday Crafts to Make You Feel Festive</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kAOpox63RbI:kHcr7nm-qmQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kAOpox63RbI:kHcr7nm-qmQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/give-back-223599/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/give-back-223599/ 2017-12-21 17:31 +00:00 2017-12-22 06:31 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223596 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qImvRfRAGZs/ Market Trends affordability data trends home trends Zillow Group Report 14 Million Households Plan to Give Their Homes to Family Move over, fine china - homes just might be the new hottest heirloom. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:09:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-to-family-members-223596/#comments Whitney Ricketts <p><img style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_486387064-1e2544-1024x684.jpg" alt="" width="466" height="311" />Americans are moving less than ever, according to Zillow's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. Just 4.2 percent of American homeowners moved between 2015 and 2016 - which is almost half the 7.7 percent rate reported in 1990.</p> <p>According to the<a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/"> Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, 86 percent of all American homeowners - defined as those who have owned their home for more than a year - have no plans to move in the next three years. Why? Those planning to stay in their homes list love of their home (58 percent) and neighborhood (45 percent) as the top reasons they don't plan to sell.</p> <p>A smaller, but still sizable, percentage of homeowners list a very generous reason for staying. Almost one-quarter (23 percent), a total of nearly 14 million households, say the reason they're not moving is because they plan to pass down their home to a family member.</p> <p>Move over, fine china - homes just might be the new hottest heirloom.</p> <p>This is good news for younger generations, who may be struggling to afford to buy their own home or living with their parents while saving up to buy one. In fact, over the past two decades, there's been a marked increase in the number of young Americans aged 18-34 living with their parents - up to 33.4 percent in 2016, compared to 27 percent in the late '70s.</p> <p>Interestingly, this increase in recent years isn't driven by younger generations who may be putting off moving out - it's driven by older millennials. Since 2012, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds living with a parent has actually started to decline, while the share of 26- to 34-year-olds living with parents continues to increase. If their parent(s) are among the households planning to pass their home down, maybe they won't ever <em>have </em>to fly the coop.</p> <p>Family financial gifts play a big role in helping people buy homes, above and beyond those generous families giving their entire home away. According to the<a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/buyers/money-financing/"> Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, 14 percent of all home buyers who purchased a home in the past 12 months used a gift from a family member or friend to help pay for the down payment. That number jumps to 20 percent for all millennial (18- to 37-year-old) home buyers.</p> <p>Related:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cities-middle-class-222090/">Why Cities Must Become Affordable for the Middle Class</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/zillow-group-report-intro-221170/">27 Stats that Sum Up the American Housing Market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-it-takes-buy-home-america-221191/">How to Actually Afford to Buy a Home in America</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qImvRfRAGZs:46zXAiOt_nM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qImvRfRAGZs:46zXAiOt_nM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-to-family-members-223596/feed/ 35 https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-to-family-members-223596/ 2017-12-21 17:09 +00:00 2017-12-22 06:09 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223707 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FRa3560Mr40/ Tips & Advice First Time Home Buyers home buying homeownership Mortgages zillow mortgage marketplace How to Get a Mortgage and Change Jobs at the Same Time Relocating for a new job can be a challenge to navigate, especially when juggling a mortgage. Review the details that matter to your lender. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:05:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-a-mortgage-with-a-new-job-223707/#comments Tali Wee <p>It's true that changing jobs can affect your loan approval, but, like most mortgage-related questions, the devil is in the details. So long as you are moving from one position to one with equal or higher income, and you are able to provide documentation of your work and income history, any changes to your loan approval chances should be minimal. The most important thing for lenders and their underwriters is ensuring you can repay the loan, and the best indicators of that are your income and history of employment.</p> <p>Lenders want to know you have reliable, steady income that is ongoing, for at least the next three years.</p> <p>If you're thinking about accepting a new job or recently moved positions, consider the ways it may hinder your mortgage acquisition.</p> <h2>What to expect when changing jobs before getting a mortgage</h2> <p>If your new job is within the same industry as your last, and if the transition earns better pay, then lenders likely will not have a concern. Promotions are looked at favorably. Even lateral moves to stronger companies offering increased salary or improved benefits are sensible business decisions that shouldn't impede <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-down-payment-options-167933/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">loan</a> acquisition.</p> <p>Your lender likely will want to ensure the longevity of your new role and confirm your new salary. Full-time positions with long-term contracts are ideal. Expect to work in your new role for at least 30 days before earning loan approval. Typically, you'll need to provide your first pay stub from the new company and disclose your offer letter confirming your salary. Be prepared for lenders to omit commission earnings from your total salary since your commission is unproven in the new role, which could affect your total loan amount.</p> <h2>How to get a mortgage with a new job</h2> <p>Avoid transitioning to a job that doesn't make financial sense, such as a lateral move for less pay, a change from full-time employee to contractor or a major industry change. Employment history showing frequent career moves could be a red flag for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-lender-close-when-making-offer-173153/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lenders</a> that you may not be able to maintain steady income.</p> <p>Another red flag for lenders is an extended gap in employment history. Chances of acquiring a mortgage may be stronger if your period of unemployment was less than six months. However, some exemptions include military service members returning from deployment or full-time students transitioning into the workforce; these paths are viewed as forms of employment.</p> <h2>How to get a home loan when relocating</h2> <p>If your new job requires you to move, you'll need to solidify living arrangements before relocating. If you don't mind renting in your new location for at least 30 days to provide lenders with your first pay stub, it's likely the least stressful solution. Extended-stay hotels are popular options while familiarizing yourself with the surrounding community and local real estate market. On condition that you're sticking to the same industry and the new role offers a financial or career advantage, the new job should not restrict quick loan acquisition in a new city.</p> <p>Alternatively, you could attempt purchasing and closing on a home in the new location before giving notice to your current job for a smooth, one-time move. If you're moving fast, understand a purchase offer takes 30-45 days to close, on average. Lenders verify employment during loan application and then again just prior to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-ready-to-close-209805/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closing</a>, so be sure to maintain employment until the sale closes.</p> <p>If you're a homeowner and need to sell while shopping for a new home, and possibly live in a rental simultaneously, finances can become demanding. Selling your current property before buying can provide cash from closing to help fund your down payment, which could boost your loan eligibility. But if you can afford carrying two mortgages for a period of time, you can purchase a home in the new location, move in directly and then work to sell the initial property remotely. Again, you'll be limited to the speed of the purchase agreement or expect to disclose your new role to the lender.</p> <h2>Can relocation packages help with home purchases?</h2> <p>Often, companies offer relocation packages that range in coverage from paying for a moving service to a generous Guaranteed Buy Out (GBO). A GBO is when the company buys your home for an average appraisal value if it does not sell in a fair timeframe. Other relocation packages might help with closing costs of your home sale or pay the real estate commission fees. If you're underwater on your home, your new employer might cover the loan difference at resale.</p> <p>Some relocation packages assist their new employees purchase a local home within a year of moving, they may buy down your interest rate or contribute to a down payment.</p> <p>Whether buying a house out of necessity or preference, acquiring a new job within the same industry for better pay likely won't prevent loan approval, but it may slow the process down by a month.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ask-potential-mortgage-lenders-211724/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/race-question-on-loan-application-196006/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Is My Lender Asking About My Race on My Loan Application?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Mortgage Misconceptions Set Straight</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FRa3560Mr40:rdUMoGQ0AWs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FRa3560Mr40:rdUMoGQ0AWs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-a-mortgage-with-a-new-job-223707/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-a-mortgage-with-a-new-job-223707/ 2017-12-20 17:05 +00:00 2017-12-21 06:05 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223635 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/mcNnweZHgFM/ Home Improvement Market Trends decorating 5 Home Design Trends for 2018 (and 3 Fads That Need to Go) Thought that all-white kitchen was timeless? Think again. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:00:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/#comments Cat Overman <p>Home design trends come and go - and in 2018, one look that&#8217;s on its way out could actually cause your home to sell for less.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a look at five design trends you&#8217;ll be seeing more of in 2018, and three it&#8217;s time to kiss goodbye (especially if one of your New Year&#8217;s resolutions is to sell your home).</p> <h2>Trending in 2018</h2> <h4>Floral prints</h4> <p>Interior design experts predict floral prints in bold, contrasting colors will make a big comeback in 2018, particularly on large billowing fabrics, like drapery, as well as chairs and throw pillows.</p> <figure id="attachment_223688" style="max-width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZE3p75HvOp/?taken-by=dwellstudio" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223688 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Capture-2384e6.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="448" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZE3p75HvOp/?taken-by=dwellstudio">DwellStudio via Instagram</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h4>Statement floors</h4> <p>Forget statement walls - 2018 will be about statement floors. From bold colored geometric tiles to soft herringbone-style hardwoods, expect to see fab floors everywhere next year, especially in bathrooms and laundry rooms. They&#8217;re a great way to make a small room pop, without adding clutter.</p> <figure id="attachment_220500" style="max-width: 700px" 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="700" height="467" /></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> <h4>Light wood cabinets</h4> <p>Homeowners are gravitating toward medium and light wood cabinets, particularly with flat fronts and clean lines. The warmth, texture and natural element wood cabinets add help make the space feel more inviting.</p> <figure id="attachment_223661" style="max-width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3050-Old-Sonoma-Rd-Napa-CA-94558/19413445_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223661" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISa9pih7crv2wj0000000000-b4f13c.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="468" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3050-Old-Sonoma-Rd-Napa-CA-94558/19413445_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h4>Warm neutrals</h4> <p>From warm reds to caramel browns to soft <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-trend-beige-not-bland-223113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">beige</a>, moodier color palettes, both on walls and in artwork, will be popular in 2018.</p> <figure id="attachment_223690" style="max-width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyLjQzHQqU/?taken-by=azford" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223690 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Capture3-837e67.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="331" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyLjQzHQqU/?taken-by=azford">Adam Ford (The Happy Tudor) via Instagram</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h4>Matte metal hardware</h4> <p>What kind of drawer pulls and light fixtures do you want with those wood cabinets? Matte metal! Homeowners are moving away from shiny silver- or gold-accented kitchen hardware - they can make the space feel cold.</p> <figure id="attachment_223668" style="max-width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/69-Carlton-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11205/30614968_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223668" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISax3abszjzjhk1000000000-ca7755.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/69-Carlton-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11205/30614968_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2 id="2017fads">2017 fads to forget</h2> <h4>All-white kitchens</h4> <p>This look has been popular for a while, but it&#8217;s on the way out, according to the Zillow Home Trend Forecast.</p> <p>Expect to see more color in kitchens next year, especially if the homeowner is planning to sell. Zillow data shows homes with blue kitchens sell for $1,800 more than homes with white kitchens.</p> <p>Adding color and texture in the kitchen can help make the space feel more inviting. "While homes with all-white kitchens can be beautiful in photos, they are hard to keep clean and they may sell for less money,&#8221; says Zillow home design expert Kerrie Kelly.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223691" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_399703069-f35b20.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /></p> <p>You&#8217;ll see designers and bloggers painting their kitchen islands navy blue or deep red (maybe even <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">purple</a>!) or using white countertops to contrast with medium or light wood cabinets.</p> <h4>Bar carts</h4> <p>While perfectly staged bar carts look beautiful, most people don&#8217;t use theirs every day. Instead, the carts take up space and collect dust.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223697" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_158300-006b68.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="786" /></p> <p>But don&#8217;t get rid of your cart just yet! Experts predict a shift toward coffee carts, which can be equally trendy, but far more practical.</p> <h4>Succulents</h4> <p>Succulents are easy to care for and relatively affordable, but so many other vibrant indoor plant options are out there. Nobody&#8217;s saying to toss out your beloved Haworthia, but do consider incorporating other plant varieties into your home - perhaps a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/easy-care-palm-plants-191031/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">palm</a> or hearty fiddle-leaf fig.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-193153" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_167096096-29edab.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /></p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/69-Carlton-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11205/30614968_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/">5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mcNnweZHgFM:hZLFD0OYdHA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mcNnweZHgFM:hZLFD0OYdHA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/feed/ 150 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/ 2017-12-20 12:00 +00:00 2017-12-21 01:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gn2dgndigj2xgylqoe2wu4tnn5ytsolt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-price-growth-expected-flatline-next-year-says-rics/ topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property House price growth expected to flatline next year, says Rics Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-20 00:01 +00:00 2017-12-20 13:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m5wwymbugjuge4jumvsw4olcmfqxcmru/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-prices-scotland-surge-southern-cities-hit-affordability/ topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:places/scotland topics:places/glasgow topics:places/aberdeen structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property House prices in Scotland surge as southern cities hit affordability wall Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-19 00:01 +00:00 2017-12-19 13:01 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223113 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RAs_M1Fn4DI/ Home Improvement decorating Design Trend: Beige That's Anything but Bland Never underestimate the transformational powers of this tried-and-true neutral. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:54:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-trend-beige-not-bland-223113/#comments Jill Krasny <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Given the interest in all things natural these days, it makes sense that beige is making a comeback. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Danish design brand Ferm Living's autumn/winter collection featured caramel-coated doors </span><a href="https://www.dezeen.com/2017/08/27/ferm-living-autumn-winter-2017-collection-taps-popular-danish-design-trends" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">framed by bubblegum-pink walls</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. E</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ven New York City designers have chosen beige for its ability to warm up interiors, and many find it reads as a natural material, not unlike marble or wood.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223604" style="max-width: 752px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Briar-Patch-Rd-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32651238_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-223604 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-master-bedroom-with-wallpaper-i_g-ISppk2gmowo2lw0000000000-o6sCu-99b287.jpg" alt="" width="752" height="445" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This East Hampton, NY home uses beige to create a serene master bedroom. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Briar-Patch-Rd-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32651238_zpid/"> Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We asked a couple of pro-beige designers to share their tips for working the color into interiors. </span></p> <h3>Select a luminous color</h3> <p>"All colors are not created equal," says New York interior designer <a href="http://gissler.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Glenn Gissler</a>, who covered his art-filled room at this fall's inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse with a terra-cotta stria wallpaper by Farrow &amp; Ball.</p> <p>"It's a way to get a very soft, sophisticated background," he says, "because the stria is a few tones of one color, so it doesn't read as flat and dull as a beige might."</p> <h3>Splurge on the paint</h3> <p>"If you're going to paint, don't cheap out on the quality of the paint," says Gissler. "If you go for simple, inexpensive paint, the only colors you can get back are the ones that are in the paint. But if you have a complex mixture, the room will have more luminosity."</p> <figure id="attachment_223118" style="max-width: 672px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223118 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GrossAndDaley_GGSH_x_09-09e557.jpg" alt="" width="672" height="1008" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Gross &amp; Daley, courtesy of Glenn Gissler Design.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Choose a grayer tone</h3> <p>"If you choose what would be a clear beige, it may look unattractive," warns Gissler. "Go toward the grayer end of the spectrum." The idea is to choose something mellow that "doesn't seem shrill when it's first painted."</p> <p>When testing a color, don&#8217;t just paint samples on the wall, where you'll only see that color in relation to the previous one, Gissler suggests. "It's better if you do it on a 2-by-2 piece of wood or board so you can hold it in various corners of the room morning, noon and night to see what it does."</p> <p>Also, remember that "LED lights can look ghoulish," Gissler says, so check your color in the context and lighting you'd normally use.</p> <h3>Keep it interesting</h3> <p>Rather than use the same neutral again and again, try to vary your palette with "an interesting mix of cool and warm neutral colors," says Kiki Dennis, a principal of New York-based firm <a href="http://www.dberke.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Deborah Berke Partners</a>.</p> <figure id="attachment_223120" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-223120" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/75thstPH_CatherineTighe_DeborahBerkePartners-eebe1d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="627" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Catherine Tighe, courtesy of Deborah Burke Partners.</figcaption></figure> <p>In a 1923 penthouse on the Upper East Side, for instance, Dennis kept the walls a cool shade of beige, while she warmed things up with curtains that had a beige undertone. "Having some variation" in your neutrals and beiges looks more modern, she says.</p> <h3>Shift into neutral</h3> <p>"People like to use neutrals because they're a great foundation for making things pop," says Dennis. They're also a flexible backdrop for those who change their art and home accents often.</p> <p>"No matter what <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-design-trends-2018-222221/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">trends are coming</a> and going," she says, "there's always some underlying amount of space where designers resort to a neutral palette," so don't be afraid to do the same.</p> <p>Think of beige as a "medium-light neutral," offers Gissler, who gravitates toward warm, natural colors. "If you're going to use beige, it needs to be part of a more complex set of values. You need darker things and lighter things … beige everything? That's a big bore."</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/adding-character-to-a-1980s-home-222385/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bringing a 1980s Relic Into the Light, Bright Modern Age</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RAs_M1Fn4DI:1MM0TBedbso:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RAs_M1Fn4DI:1MM0TBedbso:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-trend-beige-not-bland-223113/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-trend-beige-not-bland-223113/ 2017-12-18 18:54 +00:00 2017-12-19 07:54 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mn3day3dnbrw25thoj2wqn3vgjsgwytl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/lord-weymouth-want-make-longleat-global-brand/ topics:people/capability-brown topics:organisations/fortnum-and-mason topics:things/cake storytype:standard topics:people/nadiya-hussain topics:things/great-estates topics:things/animals structure:money topics:things/giraffes topics:places/wiltshire structure:property Lord Weymouth: We want to make Longleat a global brand Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:27:28 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-12-18 14:27 +00:00 2017-12-19 03:27 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nuygo2lln44g22tcmu4gcm3fnjwxazle/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/third-homes-market-have-had-asking-price-cut-average-25000/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property structure:data-story storytype:standard topics:places/stockton-on-tees topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:organisations/zoopla topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property A third of homes on the market have had asking price cut - by an average of £25,000 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:36:20 Z Sophie Christie 2017-12-18 09:36 +00:00 2017-12-18 22:36 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbrwm43hgz2hkmbqmjydc3zxoe3xc5bz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/southern-rail-chaos-hits-house-prices-along-routes/ topics:organisations/southern-rail storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property Southern Rail chaos hits house prices along the routes Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:48:03 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-17 20:48 +00:00 2017-12-18 09:48 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oa3tsmdtoq4tgndjg5zwozjwga4wu2du/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/have-non-conformists-perfect-christmas-black-tinsel-upside-down/ topics:things/christmas-decorations topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/christmas-trees structure:interiors topics:people/karl-largerfeld topics:things/how-to-have-perfect-christmas topics:events/christmas-day structure:money topics:events/christmas topics:things/christmas-lights structure:property How to have the non-conformist's perfect Christmas, from black tinsel to upside-down trees Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-12-17 07:00 +00:00 2017-12-17 20:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gqywky3vgr3gwodbg5vg4nbqm4zwcyzz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/pictures-weird-wacky-decorations-turn-tradition-head-christmas/ topics:things/mince-pies topics:things/gin topics:things/christmas-decorations topics:things/interiors topics:things/christmas-trees topics:things/wool structure:interiors topics:things/ice-cream topics:things/christmas-gift-guides topics:things/how-to-have-perfect-christmas topics:events/christmas-day topics:things/animals structure:money topics:events/christmas structure:lifestyle topics:organisations/john-lewis topics:things/christmas-lights structure:property In pictures: weird and wacky decorations to turn tradition on its head this Christmas Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:30:00 Z 2017-12-16 06:30 +00:00 2017-12-16 19:30 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223313 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/r3P8Mp0EQjM/ Unique Homes unique homes 2017's Most Favorited Home in Every State From a regal chateau to a castle on a private island, these homes won the popularity vote among Zillow users this year. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:10:11 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-favorited-homes-223313/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>It&#8217;s the most wonderful time of the year! Not only is it the holidays, but it&#8217;s that time when we look at the homes favorited most by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow</a> users (yes, we&#8217;re talking about that little heart button at the top of each listing!). In 2017, users&#8217; top picks ranged from grand mountain chateaus to modest suburban homes - and even a spooky listing that went viral. Whether they earned 200 or 2,000 favorites, these homes all have their selling points.</p> <p>So what&#8217;s the most favorited home in your state? Scroll down to find out!</p> <h2>Alabama</h2> <p><strong>598 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6605-Cedarwood-Ct-Mobile-AL-36695/51000246_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6605 Cedarwood Ct, Mobile, AL</a><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/51000246_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> </a>Our favorite features: old-growth trees, a newly remodeled kitchen</p> <figure id="attachment_223511" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6605-Cedarwood-Ct-Mobile-AL-36695/51000246_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223511 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Alabama-Faves-416685.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6605-Cedarwood-Ct-Mobile-AL-36695/51000246_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Alaska</h2> <p><strong>572 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/L53A-Whiskey-Lk-Remote-AK-99667/2095104893_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> L53A Whiskey Lake, AK<br /> </a>Why we adore this home: remote location, rustic wood interior</p> <figure id="attachment_223512" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/L53A-Whiskey-Lk-Remote-AK-99667/2095104893_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223512 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Alaska-Faves-ae7c65.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/L53A-Whiskey-Lk-Remote-AK-99667/2095104893_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Arizona</h2> <p><strong>2,736 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/976-S-Wanda-Dr-Gilbert-AZ-85296/8242111_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 976 S Wanda Dr, Gilbert, AZ</a><br /> Simple pleasures: a large backyard with no neighbors in sight</p> <figure id="attachment_223531" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/976-S-Wanda-Dr-Gilbert-AZ-85296/8242111_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223531 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Arizona-Faves-868b0a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8242111_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Arkansas</h2> <p><strong>717 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16240-Kostner-Dr-Rogers-AR-72756/70625191_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 16240 Kostner Dr, Rogers, AR</a><br /> Reason to adore this home: movie theater with built-in projector</p> <figure id="attachment_223533" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16240-Kostner-Dr-Rogers-AR-72756/70625191_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223533 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Arkansas-faves-75b6b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16240-Kostner-Dr-Rogers-AR-72756/70625191_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>California</h2> <p><strong>7,290 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/924-Bel-Air-Rd-Los-Angeles-CA-90077/20529647_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 924 Bel Air Rd, Los Angeles, CA</a><br /> The wow factor: private helipad, two fully-stocked wine cellars</p> <figure id="attachment_223535" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/924-Bel-Air-Rd-Los-Angeles-CA-90077/20529647_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223535 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/California-Faves-6eedce.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="473" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/924-Bel-Air-Rd-Los-Angeles-CA-90077/20529647_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Colorado</h2> <p><strong>2,507 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/600-Chateau-V-Evergreen-CO-80439/2096628713_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 600 Chateau V, Evergreen, CO</a><br /> Fun fact: modeled after the famous Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina</p> <figure id="attachment_223536" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/600-Chateau-V-Evergreen-CO-80439/2096628713_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223536 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Colorado-Faves-f27584.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/600-Chateau-V-Evergreen-CO-80439/2096628713_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Connecticut</h2> <p><strong>1,058 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/163-Creamery-Rd-Durham-CT-06422/2100657159_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 163 Creamery Rd, Durham, CT</a><br /> Selling points: expansive windows, surrounded by nature</p> <figure id="attachment_223537" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/163-Creamery-Rd-Durham-CT-06422/2100657159_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223537 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Connecticut-b8c5a1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2100657159_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Delaware</h2> <p><strong>604 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24908-Crooked-Stick-Way-4333-Long-Neck-DE-19966/2093875250_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 24908 Crooked Stick Way #4333, Long Neck, DE</a><br /> Selling points: dog park within walking distance, solar panels on the roof</p> <figure id="attachment_223540" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24908-Crooked-Stick-Way-4333-Long-Neck-DE-19966/2093875250_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223540 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Delaware-Faves-7b51ec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24908-Crooked-Stick-Way-4333-Long-Neck-DE-19966/2093875250_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Florida</h2> <p><strong>2,038 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11112-Ancient-Futures-Dr-Tampa-FL-33647/89747603_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">11112 Ancient Futures Dr, Tampa, FL</a><br /> Reasons to call it home: arched doorways, high ceilings, hardwood floors</p> <figure id="attachment_223357" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11112-Ancient-Futures-Dr-Tampa-FL-33647/89747603_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223357 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Florida-Faves-a53eab-e1513370669765.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="528" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11112-Ancient-Futures-Dr-Tampa-FL-33647/89747603_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Georgia</h2> <p><strong>3,056 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1055-Ada-Ave-NW-Atlanta-GA-30318/69347694_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1055 Ada Ave NW, Atlanta, GA</a><br /> What we love about it: bright hardwood floors</p> <figure id="attachment_223542" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1055-Ada-Ave-NW-Atlanta-GA-30318/69347694_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223542 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Georgia-Faves-df5a92.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="601" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1055-Ada-Ave-NW-Atlanta-GA-30318/69347694_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Hawaii</h2> <p><strong>1,546 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/72-S-Kalaheo-Ave-Kailua-HI-96734/634043_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 72 S Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI</a><br /> Where we&#8217;d rather be: this home&#8217;s poolside bar or cabana</p> <figure id="attachment_223543" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/72-S-Kalaheo-Ave-Kailua-HI-96734/634043_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223543 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hawaii-Faves-88691b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/72-S-Kalaheo-Ave-Kailua-HI-96734/634043_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Idaho</h2> <p><strong>728 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8602-W-High-Ridge-Ln-Eagle-ID-83616/2096709898_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8602 W High Ridge Ln, Eagle, ID</a><br /> Eye-catching feature: a bright red front door</p> <figure id="attachment_223360" style="max-width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8602-W-High-Ridge-Ln-Eagle-ID-83616/2096709898_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223360 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Idaho-faves-ffe6cc.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="426" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8602-W-High-Ridge-Ln-Eagle-ID-83616/2096709898_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Illinois</h2> <p><strong>1,897 favorites<br /> </strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1932-N-Burling-St-Chicago-IL-60614/2096089558_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1932 N Burling St, Chicago, IL</a><br /> Windy City wow: 25,000 square feet in the heart of downtown</p> <figure id="attachment_223362" style="max-width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1932-N-Burling-St-Chicago-IL-60614/2096089558_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223362 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IL-Faves-610fea.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="427" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1932-N-Burling-St-Chicago-IL-60614/2096089558_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Indiana</h2> <p><strong>1,383 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/community/harrison-lakes/2095745355_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> New Edition Floor Plan, Harrison Lakes, Fort Wayne, IN</a><br /> What&#8217;s warming our hearts: the fire pit and covered patio<strong><br /> </strong></p> <figure id="attachment_223544" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/community/harrison-lakes/2095745355_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223544 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Indiana-Faves-40fcbd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="433" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/community/harrison-lakes/2095745355_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Iowa</h2> <p><strong>603 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2209-E-9th-St-Des-Moines-IA-50316/812511_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2209 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA</a><br /> Things to ogle: historic character, leaded glass windows</p> <figure id="attachment_223545" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2209-E-9th-St-Des-Moines-IA-50316/812511_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223545 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Iowa-Faves-a8bad8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2209-E-9th-St-Des-Moines-IA-50316/812511_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Kansas</h2> <p><strong>652 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11613-Barton-St-Overland-Park-KS-66210/75529524_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 11613 Barton St, Overland Park, KS</a><br /> Things we love: vaulted ceilings, covered deck</p> <figure id="attachment_223546" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11613-Barton-St-Overland-Park-KS-66210/75529524_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223546 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kansas-Faves-adb597.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/75529524_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Kentucky</h2> <p><strong>832 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/324-Wilson-Downing-Rd-Lexington-KY-40517/77568248_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 324 Wilson Downing Rd, Lexington, KY</a><br /> Why we love it: newly remodeled with hardwood floors throughout</p> <figure id="attachment_223548" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/324-Wilson-Downing-Rd-Lexington-KY-40517/77568248_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223548 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kentucky-Faves-880e53.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/324-Wilson-Downing-Rd-Lexington-KY-40517/77568248_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Louisiana</h2> <p><strong>672 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1448-4th-St-New-Orleans-LA-70130/73826722_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1448 4th St, New Orleans, LA</a><br /> Fun fact: film location for a few movies</p> <figure id="attachment_223371" style="max-width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1448-4th-St-New-Orleans-LA-70130/73826722_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223371 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Faves-bdce02-e1513371774932.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="425" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1448-4th-St-New-Orleans-LA-70130/73826722_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Maine</h2> <p><strong>933 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35-Seafarer-Cv-Whiting-ME-04691/115104266_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 35 Seafarer Cv, Whiting, ME</a><br /> Standout features: private dock, fireplace</p> <figure id="attachment_223372" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35-Seafarer-Cv-Whiting-ME-04691/115104266_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223372 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Maine-Faves-b8cc93.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35-Seafarer-Cv-Whiting-ME-04691/115104266_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Maryland</h2> <p><strong>2,751 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Lincoln-Dr-LOT-1-Jessup-MD-20794/2095608650_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> Lincoln Dr LOT 1, Jessup, MD</a><br /> Why we&#8217;re mad about this MD home: 5 large bedrooms on a large lot</p> <figure id="attachment_223549" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2095608650_zpid/ "><img class="wp-image-223549 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Maryland-Faves-0163f0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Lincoln-Dr-LOT-1-Jessup-MD-20794/2095608650_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Massachusetts</h2> <p><strong>1,235 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-Old-Colony-Ave-Pembroke-MA-02359/57538107_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 22 Old Colony Avenue, Pembroke, MA</a><br /> Selling points: historic home with modern upgrades, access to a nearby pond</p> <figure id="attachment_223374" style="max-width: 667px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-Old-Colony-Ave-Pembroke-MA-02359/57538107_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223374 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Masschusetts-Faves-e5a179.jpg" alt="" width="667" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-Old-Colony-Ave-Pembroke-MA-02359/57538107_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Michigan</h2> <p><strong>1,045 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Peppers-Trl-Montague-MI-49437/24264730_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 20 Peppers Trl, Montague, MI</a><br /> This listing had us at: &#8220;tree house on the shores of Lake Michigan&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_223550" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Peppers-Trl-Montague-MI-49437/24264730_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223550 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Michigan-Faves-4af91c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.rogerwadestudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roger Wade Studio</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Minnesota</h2> <p><strong>1,827 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-Spruce-Pl-755816-Minneapolis-MN-55403/2106325126_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> Haverhill Apartments, 32 Spruce Pl, Minneapolis, MN</a><br /> The draw: restored brownstone walking distance to downtown</p> <figure id="attachment_223551" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-Spruce-Pl-755816-Minneapolis-MN-55403/2106325126_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223551 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Minnesota-Faves-e5bf88.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="439" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2106325126_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Mississippi</h2> <p><strong>543 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/706-W-Pine-St-Hattiesburg-MS-39401/91598741_zpid/" rel=""><br /> 706 W Pine St, Hattiesburg, MS</a><br /> Why we love it: old-world charm, modern upgrades, a small backyard pond</p> <figure id="attachment_223552" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/706-W-Pine-St-Hattiesburg-MS-39401/91598741_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223552 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Mississippi-Faves-4f47dd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="537" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91598741_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Missouri</h2> <p><strong>1,067 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/597-Harper-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO-63119/2818497_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 597 Harper Ave, Saint Louis, MO</a><br /> Reasons we fell in love: 100+ years old, located by a park and golf course</p> <figure id="attachment_223553" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/597-Harper-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO-63119/2818497_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223553 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Missouri-Faves-photo-credit-Jason-Fry-provided-by-photographer-9f4d27.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JasonFryPhotographerGuy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason Fry</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Montana</h2> <p><strong>1,191 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Montana's-Shelter-Is-Rollins-MT-59931/2098111845_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Montana&#8217;s Shelter Is, Rollins, MT</a><br /> The obvious reason we love it: private-island castle</p> <figure id="attachment_223554" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Montana's-Shelter-Is-Rollins-MT-59931/2098111845_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223554 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/montana-faves-1-eeb988.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="526" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Montana's-Shelter-Is-Rollins-MT-59931/2098111845_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Nebraska</h2> <p><strong>634 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2114-S-46th-St-Omaha-NE-68106/75785690_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2114 S 46th St, Omaha, NE</a><br /> Reason to &#8216;heart&#8217; this Heartland home: 19th-century charm</p> <figure id="attachment_223555" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2114-S-46th-St-Omaha-NE-68106/75785690_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223555 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Nebraska-Faves-f607c7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2114-S-46th-St-Omaha-NE-68106/75785690_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Nevada</h2> <p><strong>3,611 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1033-Tabor-Hill-Ave-Henderson-NV-89074/52213548_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1033 Tabor Hill Ave, Henderson, NV</a><br /> Favorite feature: private backyard pool for hot desert days</p> <figure id="attachment_223556" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1033-Tabor-Hill-Ave-Henderson-NV-89074/52213548_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223556 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Nevada-Faves-03b2af.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/52213548_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>New Hampshire</h2> <p><strong>956 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-S-Main-St-Newton-NH-03858/86786463_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 3 S Main St, Newton, NH</a><br /> Why we adore it: fully remodeled in 2012</p> <figure id="attachment_223557" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-S-Main-St-Newton-NH-03858/86786463_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223557 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Hampshire-Faves-4d5b57.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-S-Main-St-Newton-NH-03858/86786463_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>New Jersey</h2> <p><strong>1,298 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-Frick-Dr-Alpine-NJ-07620/87957672_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 18 Frick Dr, Alpine, NJ</a><br /> Selling point: less than 10 miles from New York City</p> <figure id="attachment_223558" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-Frick-Dr-Alpine-NJ-07620/87957672_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223558 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Jersey-Faves-92b1de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/87957672_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>New Mexico</h2> <p><strong>562 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5724-Fairfax-Dr-NW-Albuquerque-NM-87114/6694671_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 5724 Fairfax Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM</a><br /> Reason we love it: upgraded kitchen with a subway-tile backsplash</p> <figure id="attachment_223559" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5724-Fairfax-Dr-NW-Albuquerque-NM-87114/6694671_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223559 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Mexico-Faves-329034.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="539" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5724-Fairfax-Dr-NW-Albuquerque-NM-87114/6694671_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>New York</h2> <p><strong>1,769 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/635-W-42nd-St-45THFLOOR-New-York-NY-10036/2099588665_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 635 W 42nd St #45th Floor, New York, NY</a><br /> Why we love this Big Apple beauty: breathtaking river views</p> <figure id="attachment_223560" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/635-W-42nd-St-45THFLOOR-New-York-NY-10036/2099588665_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223560 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-York-Faves-57a1e6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/635-W-42nd-St-45THFLOOR-New-York-NY-10036/2099588665_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>North Carolina</h2> <p><strong>1,620 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/196-Bayview-Dr-Stumpy-Point-NC-27978/2138662558_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 196 Bayview Dr, Stumpy Point, NC</a><br /> Why we love it: historic home in a wildlife refuge</p> <figure id="attachment_223561" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/196-Bayview-Dr-Stumpy-Point-NC-27978/2138662558_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223561 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/North-Carolina-Faves-0d704a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/196-Bayview-Dr-Stumpy-Point-NC-27978/2138662558_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>North Dakota</h2> <p><strong>339 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5039-Elm-Tree-Rd-Kindred-ND-58051/66556571_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 5039 Elm Tree Rd, Kindred, ND</a><br /> Things to ogle: not one but two sunrooms</p> <figure id="attachment_223562" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5039-Elm-Tree-Rd-Kindred-ND-58051/66556571_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223562 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/North-Dakota-98a698.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/66556571_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Ohio</h2> <p><strong>1,001 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3903-Saint-Lawrence-Ave-Cincinnati-OH-45205/34243254_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 3903 Saint Lawrence Ave, Cincinnati, OH</a><br /> What we love: historic Victorian with six fireplaces</p> <figure id="attachment_223564" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3903-Saint-Lawrence-Ave-Cincinnati-OH-45205/34243254_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223564 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Ohio-Faves-dfd62f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="561" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3903-Saint-Lawrence-Ave-Cincinnati-OH-45205/34243254_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Oklahoma</h2> <p><strong>971 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/707-Martin-Cir-Sand-Springs-OK-74063/78483826_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 707 Martin Cir, Sand Springs, OK</a><br /> Why this OK home is more than okay: views of Tulsa from every floor - even the basement</p> <figure id="attachment_223565" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/707-Martin-Cir-Sand-Springs-OK-74063/78483826_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223565 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Oklahoma-Faves-28bf64.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/707-Martin-Cir-Sand-Springs-OK-74063/78483826_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Oregon</h2> <p><strong>1,529 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1135-SW-Coast-Ave-Lincoln-City-OR-97367/60363389_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1135 SW Coast Ave, Lincoln City, OR</a><br /> Why we adore this home in a word: oceanfront</p> <figure id="attachment_223566" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1135-SW-Coast-Ave-Lincoln-City-OR-97367/60363389_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223566 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Oregon-Faves-993a15.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1135-SW-Coast-Ave-Lincoln-City-OR-97367/60363389_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Pennsylvania</h2> <p><strong>1,227 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-Squirrel-Rd-Buck-Hill-Falls-PA-18323/9788272_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 122 Squirrel Rd, Buck Hill Falls, PA</a><br /> Reasons to &#8216;heart&#8217; this home: historic log and stone structure, beautiful views<strong><br /> </strong></p> <figure id="attachment_223567" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-Squirrel-Rd-Buck-Hill-Falls-PA-18323/9788272_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223567 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Pennsylvania-Faves-29f1a1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122-Squirrel-Rd-Buck-Hill-Falls-PA-18323/9788272_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Rhode Island</h2> <p><strong>611 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/252-Thatcher-St-Rumford-RI-02916/65964878_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 252 Thatcher St, Rumford, RI</a><br /> Fun fact: overlooks a country club</p> <figure id="attachment_223417" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/252-Thatcher-St-Rumford-RI-02916/65964878_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223417 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rhode-Island-Faves-845d23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/252-Thatcher-St-Rumford-RI-02916/65964878_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>South Carolina</h2> <p><strong>1,259 favorites</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/709-Michaelmas-Ave-Cayce-SC-29033/11213633_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">709 Michaelmas Ave, Cayce, SC</a><br /> Why we&#8217;ve seen this home before: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/viral-zillow-listing-215742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">viral status</a></p> <figure id="attachment_223568" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/709-Michaelmas-Ave-Cayce-SC-29033/11213633_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223568 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SC-Faves-0696d0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></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> <h2>South Dakota</h2> <p><strong>283 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2613-S-Van-Eps-Ave-Sioux-Falls-SD-57105/85829033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2613 S Van Eps Ave, Sioux Falls, SD</a><br /> Fun feature: wood-paneled accent wall</p> <figure id="attachment_223569" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2613-S-Van-Eps-Ave-Sioux-Falls-SD-57105/85829033_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223569 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SD-Faves-ff2259.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="599" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2613-S-Van-Eps-Ave-Sioux-Falls-SD-57105/85829033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Tennessee</h2> <p><strong>1,436 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2325-Golf-Club-Ln-Nashville-TN-37215/81065564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2325 Golf Club Ln, Nashville, TN</a><br /> Reason to sing about this Music City home: private recording studio</p> <figure id="attachment_223570" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2325-Golf-Club-Ln-Nashville-TN-37215/81065564_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223570 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TN-Faves-9b96e1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81065564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Texas</h2> <p><strong>4,459 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10711-Strait-Ln-Dallas-TX-75229/80510797_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 10711 Strait Ln, Dallas, TX</a><br /> Proof everything is bigger in Texas: 10 bedrooms, a bowling alley inside</p> <figure id="attachment_223571" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10711-Strait-Ln-Dallas-TX-75229/80510797_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223571 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TX-Faves-4f2d09.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="491" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/80510797_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Utah</h2> <p><strong>796 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1886-S-Geneva-Rd-Orem-UT-84058/63223251_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1886 S Geneva Rd, Orem, UT</a><br /> Luxury feature: motocross course</p> <figure id="attachment_223573" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1886-S-Geneva-Rd-Orem-UT-84058/63223251_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223573 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Utah-Faves-017c53.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1886-S-Geneva-Rd-Orem-UT-84058/63223251_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Vermont</h2> <p><strong>706 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1796-Cheney-Rd-Lowell-VT-05847/75447334_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1796 Cheney Rd, Lowell, VT</a><br /> Reason to break out the maple syrup: classic log cabin on 20 wooded acres</p> <figure id="attachment_223574" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1796-Cheney-Rd-Lowell-VT-05847/75447334_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223574 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VT-Faves-18251c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/75447334_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Virginia</h2> <p><strong>1,912 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2975-Desert-Rd-Suffolk-VA-23434/79309405_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2975 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA</a><br /> Why we love it: giant front yard for recreation, private sauna for relaxation</p> <figure id="attachment_223575" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/79309405_zpid/ "><img class="wp-image-223575 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Virginia-faves-1f939d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2975-Desert-Rd-Suffolk-VA-23434/79309405_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Washington</h2> <p><strong>2,651 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/935-Deerbrush-Dr-SE-Olympia-WA-98513/49398433_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 935 Deerbrush Dr SE, Olympia, WA</a><br /> Our favorite feature: yellow front door</p> <figure id="attachment_223576" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/935-Deerbrush-Dr-SE-Olympia-WA-98513/49398433_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223576 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WA-Faves-fc35b3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/935-Deerbrush-Dr-SE-Olympia-WA-98513/49398433_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Washington, D.C.</h2> <p><strong>1,184 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3030-Chain-Bridge-Rd-NW-Washington-DC-20016/2096606707_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 3030 Chain Bridge Rd NW, Washington, DC</a><br /> Why it caught our attention: timeless exterior, modern interior</p> <figure id="attachment_223356" style="max-width: 1024px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3030-Chain-Bridge-Rd-NW-Washington-DC-20016/2096606707_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223356 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/District-of-Columbia-Faves-a83494.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="578" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2096606707_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>West Virginia</h2> <p><strong>755 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1103-Juliana-St-Parkersburg-WV-26101/23182076_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 1103 Juliana St, Parkersburg, WV</a><br /> Why we love it: century-old columns</p> <figure id="attachment_223578" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1103-Juliana-St-Parkersburg-WV-26101/23182076_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223578 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WV-Faves-f286fb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1103-Juliana-St-Parkersburg-WV-26101/23182076_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Wisconsin</h2> <p><strong>887 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/743-N-25th-St-Milwaukee-WI-53233/40469854_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 743 N 25th St, Milwaukee, WI</a><br /> What we love: classic Queen Anne-style with a cupola</p> <figure id="attachment_223579" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/743-N-25th-St-Milwaukee-WI-53233/40469854_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223579 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Wisconsin-Faves-c21cc7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/743-N-25th-St-Milwaukee-WI-53233/40469854_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Wyoming</h2> <p><strong>391 favorites</strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2005-S-Crescent-H-Rd-Wilson-WY-83014/2097509592_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><br /> 2005 S Crescent H Rd, Wilson, WY</a><strong><br /> </strong>Why we keep staring: floor-to-ceiling glass walls you can slide open</p> <figure id="attachment_223581" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2005-S-Crescent-H-Rd-Wilson-WY-83014/2097509592_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-223581 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-01716-bcad24.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.joshfraner.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Franer</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top featured image by <a href="http://www.rogerwadestudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roger Wade Studio</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-kitchen-holiday-entertaining-222672/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Most-Loved Kitchen of 2017: Did Your Fave Win?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Year: A Treehouse Tower With Water Views</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=r3P8Mp0EQjM:zEILjO9JvUw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=r3P8Mp0EQjM:zEILjO9JvUw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img 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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:53:32 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-trends-ruled-2017-223164/#comments Lindsay Cohen <h3>#Vanlife in the fast lane</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The open road is calling, and so we must go! Articles about #vanlife were shared more than 400,000 times this year across social networks - that's double last year's number - according to online trend tracker <a href="http://buzzsumo.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Buzzsumo</a>. Interest in life on the road peaked in June (summer travel, anyone?) with many of you wondering about wanderlust.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What did you love? This story about </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">two women who left their day jobs to remodel Airstreams full-time</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/airstream-reasons-to-dream-221671/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">vintage travel trailer on a private bluff (hello, panoramic ocean views!)</span></a></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AZSOHhH26tM?start=2&#038;feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not only did you adore stories about Airstreams, but you're apparently buying other homes on-the-go, too: this year, </span><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/investing/rvs-trailers-motorhomes-airstream-winnebago/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">RV makers reported their best sales </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">ever</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. The company that makes Airstreams sold more than $2 billion in trailers and motorhomes this summer alone, adding that it can't make RVs fast enough to keep up with the demand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Interested in a life on the road? Here are </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">6 questions to ask before picking a home on wheels</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h3>Tiny living is still big</h3> <figure id="attachment_223168" style="max-width: 1000px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223168 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cover-Photo-4a94cd.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="561" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://cfredonline.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cape Fear Real Estate Directory</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Homeowners once again rolled out the welcome mat for the tiny home trend in 2017. Stories about tiny homes were shared nearly 1.8 million times on social networks this year, according to Buzzsumo. In fact, tiny homes are now so popular, there are </span><a href="http://www.moderntinyliving.com/nugget.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">starter models cheaper than some cars</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, along with luxury ones, too (this design comes </span><a href="https://www.newfrontiertinyhomes.com/tiny-house/alpha/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">with a jacuzzi tub!</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beyond traditional tiny homes on wheels, tiny living came in many shapes and sizes. </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This beachside house was built from a recycled shipping container</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, while some homeowners are even taking the tiny trend to the trees. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Atlanta treehouse</a> was one of our </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">most popular House of the Week features of the year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Want to test out a tiny home yourself? Here are </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 Tiny Homes For the Perfect Getaway</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h3>Crazy about cabins</h3> <figure id="attachment_223170" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223170 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow_Monte-Rio_8541_R1-4b1001.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.shidumelozada.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shidume Lozada</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether it's an </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">island getaway</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or a </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">mountain retreat</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, you were crazy about cabins this year! Cabin popularity peaked this summer, according to Google Trends, and remained hot all year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So what's with the spike in sharing woodsy retreats on social media? One explanation could be that more homeowners - especially young homeowners - are seeking out a space viewed as a sanctuary, said Julie Link, director of research and consumer insights at Scripps Networks Interactive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"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 and the easiest thing for them to control is their home," Link said. "Their home is feeling a certain way and it's vibing in a way that's it's peaceful and they can seek respite is really the mood of the country right now."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feeling cabin crazed? Here are </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">10 cozy cabins for $300,000 or less.</span></a></p> <h3>Madly in love with Mid-Century Modern</h3> <figure id="attachment_223171" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-223171" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sugar-Loaf-Dr-1401-aerial-001-mls-516de2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="465" /><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;">"Mad Men" may have ended in 2015, but the mid-century modern trend lives on. Interest in MCM homes peaked in May and October, with many of you </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/771-San-Diego-Rd,-Berkeley,-CA-94707_rb/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ogling this gem in Berkeley</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/a-midcentury-modern-home-in-l.a.-designed-by-richard-banta-is-for-sale-for-dollar899k-1e80f25e" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this LA mid-century modern manse</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mid-century style is so hot that online retail giant Amazon even </span><a href="http://mashable.com/2017/11/04/amazon-furniture-line-rivet/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">launched its own line of furniture</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2017, described as "distinctly mid-century modern" and "wouldn't look out of place in a West Elm catalogue." The collection features everything from </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/544D06B0-B96D-4746-B545-C6F16508157B?ingress=0&amp;visitId=5ccbedbc-58d2-4a86-b323-b450ff499aa0&amp;ref=ast_p_ei" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">metallic wall art</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/31A2081C-4613-4AD0-8939-DF96205460AA?ingress=0&amp;visitId=5ccbedbc-58d2-4a86-b323-b450ff499aa0&amp;ref=ast_p_ei" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">solutions for small spaces.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking for something distinctly MCM that&#8217;s still vintage? This </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">mid-century modern time capsule</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> hit the market for the first time in decades earlier this year. Practically untouched since it was built in the late 1950s, the 2,935-square foot house features pink polka dot paper, a working soda fountain and even an avocado-colored conversation pit.</span></p> <p>So what will 2018 bring? Pop the bubbly and make your predictions in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Top photo courtesy Todd Taylor of <a href="http://www.taylorphotographygroup.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Taylor Photography Group</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"> <strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/go-exploring-tiny-home-tow-222625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Go Exploring With This Tiny Home in Tow</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Dream Cabin</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gQ7d19yNozU:bTCtDYe6A68:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gQ7d19yNozU:bTCtDYe6A68:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-trends-ruled-2017-223164/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-trends-ruled-2017-223164/ 2017-12-15 19:53 +00:00 2017-12-16 08:53 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njzdcolooaygo2lbgvydiz3vhbygoyzy/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/four-maps-show-house-price-gulfs-within-english-regions/ topics:organisations/estate-agents structure:data-story topics:places/hartlepool storytype:standard topics:places/somerset topics:organisations/savills topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property topics:places/westminster- structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Four maps that show the house price gulfs within English regions Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:05:52 Z Ashley Kirk Rachel Connolly 2017-12-15 13:05 +00:00 2017-12-16 02:05 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223106 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/JvHQwzBCdqk/ First Person Home Improvement before and after decorating DIY entertaining furniture Living rooms painting remodeling How Breaking 3 Design Rules Made Our Home Feel More Like Us Giving outside influence the cold shoulder, we turned our dining room into an entertainment hot spot. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:35:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/breaking-home-design-rules-223106/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>"A house is a machine for living in."</p> <p>Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier made huge contributions to Modernism, urban planning and furniture design, but among all his contributions, the one thing I keep coming back to is this quote.</p> <p>The challenge we all face as homeowners is in adapting our houses to our unique lifestyles instead of worrying too much about obeying tradition, design TV shows or our neighbors. And there are so many rules!</p> <p>Here are three design rules we broke when renovating the dining room in our Omaha home.</p> <figure id="attachment_223109" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223109" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/before-524071.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The dining room, pre-renovation.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Rule 1: Every home needs a dining room</h3> <p>One of the biggest pitfalls people fall into when decorating their home is being afraid to change the purpose of a room. Sure, a kitchen is always going to be a kitchen, but dining rooms, formal living rooms, and bedrooms are ripe for repurposing.</p> <p>Like many folks, we don't make much use of a dining room. While we enjoy visitors, we don't throw many formal dinner parties, and our eat-in kitchen works just fine for daily meals. Meanwhile, our living room is lovely but not particularly spacious - a piano, fireplace and stairway limit the amount of seating we can add to the room.</p> <p>Our solution was to extend the "living area" into the adjacent dining room. Suddenly, we doubled the amount of space we have for casual entertaining, while creating a spot for a flat-screen TV for watching movies. The result is a cozy, calming room that the British would call a "snug." We think that describes the space perfectly.</p> <p>This layout - and giving up a dining table to get it - may not be the right fit for every family, but it more closely aligns with our needs and could easily be switched back by the next homeowners.*</p> <h3>Rule 2: Dark colors make a room feel small</h3> <p>You've heard it from designers on TV. You've heard it from real estate agents. Neighbors. The guy working the paint counter. "<em>A dark wall color will make a room feel smaller."</em></p> <p>I have two responses to that:</p> <ol> <li>Not necessarily.</li> <li>Even if it does, is that always a bad thing?</li> </ol> <p>In many instances, a darker wall or ceiling color will have no effect at all on the perception of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-measure-your-homes-square-footage-92175/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">room size</a>. Very dark colors can, counterintuitively, make walls and ceilings appear to recede from the observer, creating the illusion that the room is deeper. So, the jury remains undecided.</p> <p>What dark rooms inarguably do is create an environment that is cozy, elegant or romantic. While your eye may initially perceive a space as smaller, it will not actually <em>be</em> any smaller. You can fit just as much furniture and as many people into the space as before. So maybe it isn't a problem at all.</p> <p>Our adjacent living room (and much of the house) has stark white walls and big windows to bring in sunlight, so we decided to paint our dining room-turned-snug in Sherwin-Williams' Tricorn Black. Nothing subtle about that, but once we filled it with artwork and furniture, everyone commented on how big the room seemed.</p> <figure id="attachment_223108" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223108" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/after-0645d3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Post-renovation, the snug provides plenty of seating space for entertaining.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Rule 3: Too much furniture in a space will make it cramped</h3> <p>As designers and furniture manufacturers, we talk with clients about furniture layouts every day, and choosing too large a sofa in their home is a recurring concern.</p> <p>While it's true that the scale of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pro-tips-furniture-timeless-style-169383/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">furniture</a> matters, you can often get away with putting more into a room than you might imagine. It's all about placement and maintaining pathways.</p> <p>Our snug is a great example of this. It measures merely 13 feet by 10½ feet, and has a wide opening to our living room, a door to our kitchen and three big windows. Into the room, we fit a 10½-foot-by-8½-foot sectional sofa, a barrel chair, three small tables, a bar cart, a large wall-mounted flat-screen TV and tons of artwork. Despite squeezing in seating for a big group of people, we haven't compromised the critical pathway running from the living room back into the kitchen.</p> <p>We absolutely love our cozy, compact lounging space and don't miss our dining room at all. Our unconventional choices may not make sense for your lifestyle, but keep them in mind as you find the best way to live in your home.</p> <p>* We're staying in our house forever, so this point is irrelevant. (See <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">previous blog posts</a> regarding me making my husband promise we&#8217;ll never move again.)</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Pros&#8217; Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-features-great-entertaining-207518/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Features That Make a Home Great for Entertaining</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JvHQwzBCdqk:dqdk6xgKEjo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JvHQwzBCdqk:dqdk6xgKEjo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/breaking-home-design-rules-223106/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/breaking-home-design-rules-223106/ 2017-12-14 17:35 +00:00 2017-12-15 06:35 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ou4xamtlnv2gwylnnjyxkn3rgbshez3s/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/10-most-viewed-properties-rightmove-year-footballers-mansion/ topics:places/cheshire topics:organisations/rightmove topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors editors:lauren-davidson topics:places/scotland topics:things/planning topics:things/luxury-property structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:organisations/knight-frank structure:property topics:places/manchester The 10 most-viewed properties on Rightmove this year: a footballer's mansion, a derelict church and a secluded island home Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:49:19 Z 2017-12-14 12:49 +00:00 2017-12-15 01:49 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nrsdo5bugu3hazdhgjvtkndpn4yw6m3v/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/0/7-best-washer-dryers/ topics:things/consumer-goods structure:property storytype:standard 7 of the best washer dryers Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 Z Telegraph Reporters 2017-12-14 00:01 +00:00 2017-12-14 13:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovwti5lnnzyg22tjgjtwm5tknjztg3dd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/slow-rental-growth-london-drags-average-uk-rents-prices-set/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/london structure:property Slow rental growth in London drags down average UK rents - but prices are set to rebound sharply Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-12-14 00:01 +00:00 2017-12-14 13:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/onygemlimfyg63lfne2g43dqoizxczlw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/housing-market-remains-sluggish-chancellors-budget-stamp-duty/ topics:events/budget storytype:standard structure:business structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty Housing market remains sluggish as Chancellor's Budget stamp duty giveaway fails to dent gloom Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-14 00:01 +00:00 2017-12-14 13:01 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222672 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/_r0lF4SAnLA/ Home Improvement entertaining kitchens The Most-Loved Kitchen of 2017: Did Your Fave Win? Skylights, a massive island, patio access -- this kitchen has it all! Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:42:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-kitchen-holiday-entertaining-222672/#comments Cat Overman <p>Most of us don&#8217;t get to cook in dream kitchens outfitted with loads of counter space, two or three ovens, an industrial-sized refrigerator, and multiple sinks for piling up the dirty dishes. But let&#8217;s escape for a moment into a sugar-scented daydream, where the dishwasher is always empty, the floors are never sticky, and nothing ever burns.</p> <p>We pitted eight gorgeous kitchens against each other to see which would get a chance at being voted 2017&#8217;s ultimate kitchen. (Keep reading to see them all!)</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a look at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-Marvista-Dr-Solana-Beach-CA-92075/16726613_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the winner</a>, a sleek, sunny modern farmhouse style kitchen in Solana Beach, CA.<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223383" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Farmhouse-2-resized-6e0dde.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" />With flat-front Shaker cabinets, granite countertops, and a wood-paneled ceiling graced with skylights, this kitchen&#8217;s clean lines create a backdrop for the special touches that make the room a winner.</p> <p>We&#8217;re talking about generous folding glass doors set in a reclaimed wood doorway that frames the view to the patio. Or how about the frosted glass doors on the upper cabinets, which blend with the gently tinted subway tile to provide the perfect hint of color?</p> <p>It&#8217;s hard to pick just one favorite feature of this room - and with something for everyone, it&#8217;s easy to see why this kitchen was voted No. 1!<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223385" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Farmhouse-2-alternate-c3d462.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><em>Want the full tour? See <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-Marvista-Dr-Solana-Beach-CA-92075/16726613_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the entire home</a>. </em></p> <h3>Missed the voting?</h3> <p><em>See all eight kitchens that competed in the tournament:</em></p> <img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Farmhouse-1-624e51-315x210.jpg" alt="Country charm"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Farmhouse-2-981280-315x210.jpg" alt="City skylights"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Traditional-2-8cf3d9-315x210.jpg" alt="Brick beauty"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Traditional-1-e89968-315x210.jpg" alt="Stone stunner"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Contemporary-1-38a570-315x210.jpg" alt="Modern minimalist"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Contemporary-2-c30737-315x209.jpg" alt="Neutral and natural"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Glam-1-3e683f-315x210.jpg" alt="French dressing"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Glam-2-6a10eb-315x210.jpg" alt="Vintage charm"> <h6><em>For more photos of the homes, check out their listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10544-Serenbe-Ln-Palmetto-GA-30268/82619849_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Country warmth</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-Marvista-Dr-Solana-Beach-CA-92075/16726613_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City skylights</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10906-80th-Pl-NE-Kirkland-WA-98034/48892252_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brick beauty</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Robertson-Dr-Sag-Harbor-NY-11963/82659787_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stone stunner</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Modern minimalist</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Fieldview-Ln-East-Hampton-NY-11937/111559201_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Neutral and natural</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26200-Ocean-View-Ave-Carmel-CA-93923/19332500_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">French dressing</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1720-Warfield-Dr-Nashville-TN-37215/41157847_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vintage charm</a></em></h6> <h3>Round 1 results</h3> <p>In the first round, skylights and a wide island won the modern farmhouse category with 62% of the vote, while a stone accent wall claimed 55% of the vote to beat a brick stove surround in the traditional kitchen category.</p> <p>With 89% of the vote, neutral tones were the clear favorite in the contemporary category, and when it came to glam kitchens, ornate accents were the clear favorite, with 81% of the vote.</p> <h3>Round 2 results</h3> <p>It was a close call in both races! The &#8220;City skylights&#8221; modern farmhouse got 54% of the vote to beat the &#8220;Stone stunner&#8221; traditional-style kitchen, and the &#8220;French dressing&#8221; glam kitchen eeked out a win against the &#8220;Neutral and natural&#8221; contemporary kitchen by just two percent.</p> <h3>Hungry for more gorgeous kitchens?</h3> <p>Check out Zillow Digs for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/kitchens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen designs in every style!</a></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li data-rid-id="133604" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen</a></li> <li data-rid-id="133604" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> <li data-rid-id="133604" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/kitchens/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=_r0lF4SAnLA:dZEZRLU6Fc8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=_r0lF4SAnLA:dZEZRLU6Fc8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-kitchen-holiday-entertaining-222672/feed/ 756 https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-kitchen-holiday-entertaining-222672/ 2017-12-13 23:42 +00:00 2017-12-14 12:42 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g5rhc4lpmfqtqnttnjswomtmortgozls/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-price-growth-dips-pulled-sluggish-london-market/ topics:things/interest-rates topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property House price growth dips as it is pulled down by sluggish London market Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:35:47 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-12 12:35 +00:00 2017-12-13 01:35 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223215 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/G1rHy-mRFio/ Unique Homes house of the week unique homes House of the Year: A Treehouse Tower With Water Views We showcase a unique home each week, but only one can win the top prize! Readers picked this waterside retreat as their favorite of 2017. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:36:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>Leave it to a celebrity architect to live in a home that was just voted our 2017 House of the Year.</p> <p>Each week, we take you inside a unique space - from a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shipping container converted into a tiny home</a> to a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">magical treehouse that happened by accident</a>. And at the end of each quarter, we ask you to vote on your favorite.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">weighed in</a> throughout the year, voting this wooded, waterside home your favorite of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/house-of-the-week/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">those featured on Porchlight</a>. Even with its August debut, it quickly earned nearly 2,500 votes.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-223227 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__022_20170627__DSC0631-aaa935.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>When we first wrote about the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3187-Point-White-Dr-NE-Bainbridge-Island-WA-98110/23432129_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">five-story home among the treetops</a>, it belonged to <a href="http://jasonmclennan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason McLennan</a>, a designer and environmentalist based on Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, WA.</p> <p>You loved McLennan&#8217;s 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom sanctuary with reclaimed wood, accents from a salvaged ship, and lush, green surroundings.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-223233 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__061_20170627__DSC0830-dced96.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>The house was built in 1978 by another architect, who salvaged four immense wooden posts to anchor the living space. The builders rescued other touches from an old ship, in a nod to the local maritime industry.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-223226 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__018_20170627__DSC0585-7c4f74.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A 12-foot-long antique leaded glass window anchors the kitchen, while adjacent doors open up to a patio that offers views of Puget Sound.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-223230 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__047_20170627__DSC0732-bbd1e9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Every floor of the five-story home has vistas of passing ships. It&#8217;s part treehouse, part ship, some might say.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-223242 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BainbridgeTreehouse__073_20170627__DSC0966-c5899a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <p>The home stands in stark contrast to last year&#8217;s winning home, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2016-196143/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a 16,000-square-foot palace with a private ski bridge in Big Sky, MT</a>. That 6-bedroom, 9-bathroom home boasted a full gym and movie theater.</p> <p>This year&#8217;s stunner sold over the summer for $875,000. Read more about the home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">our original post here</a>.</p> <p><em>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 <a href="http://www.bainbridgebotanicals.com/">Bainbridge Botanicals</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Here, and It&#8217;s Purple</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/floor-to-ceiling-windows-221110/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Homes With Jaw-Dropping Floor-to-Ceiling Windows</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G1rHy-mRFio:u0zCJNOgAiQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G1rHy-mRFio:u0zCJNOgAiQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/ 2017-12-12 03:36 +00:00 2017-12-12 16:36 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hbyggnrsonqtqmtkn44toojqgr2go2jr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/astor-family-auctioning-best-collection-sporting-art-will-ever/ structure:shooting topics:things/birds structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:art topics:things/wildlife structure:money structure:investing structure:property The Astor family is auctioning off 'the best collection' of sporting art 'that will ever come on to the market' Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-12-11 06:00 +00:00 2017-12-11 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzyws4lqnfrte3jvgr2wkzjvnrzwwmdv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/gingerbread-city-town-sugary-treats-built-world-class-architecture/ structure:art/museums topics:things/baking topics:things/cake structure:art/architecture topics:things/sugar topics:people/zaha-hadid topics:things/chocolate topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property Gingerbread City: a town of sugary treats built by world-class architecture firms Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:06:40 Z 2017-12-08 10:06 +00:00 2017-12-08 23:06 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223079 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/a-diisASfrw/ Home Improvement decorating The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Is Here, and It's Purple It's called Ultra Violet. Get the inside scoop on the selection process. Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:02:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p><strong>Editor&#8217;s note</strong>: <em>Color authority Pantone just announced its selection for the 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet, a purple shade that is sure to prompt passionate discussion among design pros and enthusiasts. Pantone says the color &#8220;communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.&#8221; </em></p> <p><em><img style="float:right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Card-7e60a8.jpg" alt="" width="244" height="357" /></em></p> <p><em>We spoke with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, about how her team selects the color of the year, and some of the color trends that will influence home decor in 2018. </em></p> <p>Pantone's annual Color of the Year selection makes an impact on the home and interiors industry - often in ways the average consumer isn&#8217;t even aware of.</p> <p>For example, Pantone's 2016 selection Rose Quartz paved the way for Millennial Pink, a blush hue that made headlines in 2017 thanks to its ubiquity in packaging, logos, and products - particularly those targeted to young female consumers.</p> <p>"That [selection] really created a spike," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of the recently released book &#8220;The Complete Color Harmony: Pantone Edition.&#8221;</p> <p>"Pink just went everywhere,&#8221; she continues. &#8220;It went viral." Pantone chose the shade because it was reminiscent of rosy cheeks and good health.</p> <p>Rose Quartz shared the 2016 Color of the Year designation with sister shade Serenity, a soft blue. The delicate colors were chosen for a balance between warm and cool, and to show that pink and blue are no longer gender specific.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-223085" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-Pinterest-4c52a9.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="518" /></p> <p>Pantone proclaimed its 2017 choice, Greenery, a symbol of new beginnings, and &#8220;illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors.&#8221; This year, perhaps influenced by Greenery, Gen Z Yellow and other vibrant sunny hues have been seen in the home and on the fashion runways.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-209036" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-greenery-15-0343-press-release-c20136.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="311" /></p> <p>"Vibrant yellow has captured attention because in every society, yellow is sunlight. It means warmth, an enveloping presence, and it makes you happy. It's a feel-good color," says Eiseman.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see whether consumers embrace Ultra Violet. Purple tends to be a divisive color. Those who love it, love it wildly; those who hate it are equally passionate. Incorporating such a shade into home design made not be for everyone.</p> <p>According to Pantone, &#8220;In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it's one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take center stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.&#8221;</p> <h3>Trends for 2018</h3> <p>Next year, in addition to Ultra Violet, expect to see a new, exciting spectrum of colors in the interior design world. Pantone's 2018 home and interiors color palettes include Playful, an array of "lollipop colors" that are perfect for a cheery kids' room.</p> <figure id="attachment_223086" style="max-width: 400px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-223086" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/pantone-color-swatches-palette-playful-release-23d39f.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="234" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Pantone&#8217;s Playful color palette offers a selection of whimsical hues.</figcaption></figure> <p>On the other end of the spectrum there is Discretion, which features natural hues and nuanced neutrals, and the Verdure palette&#8217;s quieter shades in the green and blue family.</p> <p>Eiseman also notes a newfound interest in neutrals. Beyond shades like gray, beige, off-white, camel and taupe, a new, exciting category of colors is making its way into the design world. New neutrals like "greige" (gray-beige) and blush are fun new options for the person who wants a neutral that has a little personality to it.</p> <p>"Neutrals started out in a very basic place," says Eiseman. "When you add undertones to neutrals it can be affective and sophisticated. You can add a mauve tone to gray so it's rosy, not dull and flat."</p> <p>Eiseman also recommends embracing the natural world and using neutrals that incorporate green tones.</p> <p>Since 1999, when Pantone started selecting a Color of the Year, the interest in color forecasting has grown dramatically. "It's just so interesting the way people respond to it," says Eiseman. "It really proves how exciting the subject of color it is - whether you're a designer or someone who simply loves getting a conversation going about color. It helps to unleash creativity."</p> <h3>Signals from many sources</h3> <p>From 2016's delicate pink and blue to 2017's invigorating Greenery, color trends have dramatically shifted just in a year. So how does Pantone make its predictions about what the next big thing will be?</p> <p>From art exhibits to animated movies, each year design elements from around the world guide Pantone as they forecast color trends for the year ahead.</p> <p>"Our team at Pantone is well-traveled,&#8221; Eiseman. &#8220;We go to trade shows in Paris and Milan, and while we&#8217;re there we stay in the Design District, so we get a real sense of what is in stores, worn on the street, what exhibits are being shown - and then we start to connect dots."</p> <p>In the art world, Pantone stays abreast of current exhibits for artists like <a href="http://www.davidhockney.co/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">David Hockney</a> and <a href="http://yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yayoi Kusama</a>, along with the colors that appear in their work.</p> <p>"These shows travel the world and get the buzz out and people start talking about [the art] and the way color is used," Eiseman says. "This also enters into our thinking when we are creating a forecast. Yayoi uses bright colors and polka dots, and Hockney uses saturated colors for the most part."</p> <p>Eiseman also mentions big worldwide events like the Olympic Games and international auto shows in Los Angeles and Geneva as places where Pantone observes the interplay of hues. "These are indicators of the future," she says.</p> <h3>Using color in your home</h3> <p>When selecting color for your home, many factors come into play. Here Eiseman gives her pro tips on infusing your abode with the right hues.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Inside the home, don't be afraid of defying tradition</strong>. "You create your fantasy on the inside of your home," says Eiseman. For instance, Eiseman lives in the gray Pacific Northwest, so she painted her walls in a sunny yellow to evoke a happy mood and the illusion of sun.</li> <li><strong>For your home&#8217;s exterior, choose subtle colors</strong>. Eiseman warns that painting your home an attention-grabbing color like purple could rub people the wrong way. If you love vibrant colors, paint your front door a bold hue or incorporate bright colors in your pots and plantings.</li> <li><strong>Decide on your comfort level</strong>. "What do you want your house to feel like?" asks Eiseman. "Figure out what you want your house to represent." If you want solitude, go with a calming color palette. Or if you love bold color, go all out. Each color sends a different message and evokes a different mood.</li> <li><strong>Set the mood.</strong> For a soothing environment, choose quiet colors like Pantone's Angora White or Dove Gray. For a tinge of warmth, go with Rose Water Pink or Almond Oil. Cooler neutrals include sea spray greens, dew-touched blues or a frosty lavender. Eiseman warns to not exclusively decorate with cool hues, as it can create a cold atmosphere.</li> <li><strong>Create balance</strong>. For someone who wants a more "provocative palette," Eiseman recommends seductive hues like spicy reds, hot pinks and succulent oranges - but not exclusively. To ground the vibrant colors and balance out the warmth, she recommends adding a rich chocolate, black or peacock blue.</li> </ul> <p><em>What do you think of  2018&#8217;s Color of the Year?</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-rules-avoiding-common-color-mistakes-215163/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Rules for Avoiding Common Color Mistakes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-quiz-design-instincts-215363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Color Quiz: Test Your Design Instincts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 High-Impact Spots to Use Bold Color</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=a-diisASfrw:B3NgV3ejMnY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=a-diisASfrw:B3NgV3ejMnY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2018-pantone-color-of-the-year-223079/ 2017-12-07 10:02 +00:00 2017-12-07 23:02 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223121 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/MlCJj4YzahI/ Home Improvement Christmas DIY entertaining holidays winter 3 Easy Holiday Crafts to Get You Feeling Festive These DIY projects not only provide a creative outlet but also liven up your next holiday gathering. Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:30:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-easy-holiday-crafts-223121/#comments Satinder Haer <p>Even when you&#8217;re eager to get in the spirit, the busy holiday season can make extra projects feel like a chore. That&#8217;s where these easy how-to hacks come to the rescue!</p> <p>Fun, festive and functional, these DIYs provide the perfect opportunity to spend a cozy night indoors while also crossing a few to-do&#8217;s off the list for your next holiday bash.</p> <p>Learn how to make pine cone place cards for your table setting, homemade snow globes to liven up your decor and a kid-sized gingerbread playhouse guaranteed to keep the kiddos occupied.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PDXPgv3s9o8?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Ready for a closer look at each project?</p> <h3>Tabletop welcome</h3> <p>Your guests will feel extra loved with these customizable place cards. Whether you stamp them with names or a holiday greeting, this craft brings smiles around the dinner table.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ayT0lW2nVWc?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>Snow scene</h3> <p>When a friend or family member gives the snow globe on your shelf a shake, you&#8217;ll be able to tell them you made it yourself. Insert the setting of your choice to create your own little winter wonderland in a jar.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z8XJFPmLJbA?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>Playtime starter home</h3> <p>It&#8217;s hard to get all the holiday cooking done when you have little ones that want to be entertained. 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But which one stands out most? Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:28:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/#comments Satinder Haer <p><strong>Editor&#8217;s Note:</strong> Feel free to continue to vote for your favorite homes, but our polls are closed for 2017. Check out the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-of-the-year-2017-223215/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">winning home here</a>!</p> <p>Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. Take a look at the homes, and cast your vote for the House of the Year.</p> <h3>January</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127105" data-fg="#1486cd" data-bg="#ffffff" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127105?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section></section> <section></section> <section></section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 20px; font: inherit; font-size: 80%; width: 640px; margin: 0px auto; padding-top: 10px;"><a style="color: inherit;" href="https://www.riddle.com" target="blank">Quiz Maker</a> &#8211; powered by Riddle</p> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Snow White Cottage</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Firehouse Turned Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/storybook-cottage-in-the-country-210375/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fairytale Cottage</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Farmhouse</a></p> <h3>February</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127122" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127122?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home do you love most?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>233-Year-Old Home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Mansion with a Lap Pool</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Storybook Home</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Provence-Style Mansion</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/233-year-old-home-vintage-facelift-211904/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">233-Year-Old Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/108-year-old-mansion-211615/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mansion with a Lap Pool</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architect-storybook-home-211041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Storybook Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/touch-of-provence-in-southern-ca-211542/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Provence-Style Mansion</a></p> <h3>March</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127127" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127127?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Where would you rather spend a day?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Oldest Residence in Charleston</h2> </section> <section> <h3>LA Log Cabin</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Paintbrush Stroke of Beauty</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Hawaiian Paradise</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Dallas Glass House</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/former-1600s-brothel-charleston-213225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oldest Residence in Charleston</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/la-log-cabin-for-a-modern-family-212811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LA Log Cabin</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Paintbrush Stroke of Beauty</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hawaiian Paradise</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dallas Glass House</a></p> <h3>April</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127114" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127114?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home would you pick?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Converted 1900s Firehouse</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Lighthouse Inside a House</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Historic Southern Manor</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Hobbit-Inspired Lake House</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Converted 1900s Firehouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lighthouse-inside-a-house-214557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lighthouse Inside a House</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Historic Southern Manor</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/inspired-by-hobbits-215032/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hobbit-Inspired Lake House</a></p> <h3>May</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127129" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127129?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home is calling your name?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Ocean-View Oasis</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Clock Tower Penthouse</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Buttonwood Manor</h3> </section> <section> <h3>$100 Million Mansion</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stunning-views-in-socal-215880/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ocean-View Oasis</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clock-tower-called-home-215635/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Clock Tower Penthouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-buttonwood-manor-215478/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Buttonwood Manor</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-on-billionaires-row-216343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$100 Million Mansion</a></p> <h3>June</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127132" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127132?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home do you like most?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Northwest Island Cabin</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny Shipping Container</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Tropical Creative Oasis</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Historic Home with Greenhouse</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Northwest Island Cabin</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tiny Shipping Container</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/key-west-retreat-217931/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tropical Creative Oasis</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Historic Home with Greenhouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tallest-single-family-home-217225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">World&#8217;s Tallest Single-Family Home</a></p> <h3>July</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; 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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:05:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/boise-brick-house-222902/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jacquie Dadam sees a warm future for a historic ice house near the heart of downtown Boise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When she first noticed the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1514-W-Franklin-St-Boise-ID-83702/79596515_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3,300-square-foot building</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, it was a commercial space most recently serving as an interior design studio for kitchens. She and her husband, however, cooked up a different recipe for the spot: They wanted to turn it into a single-family home with modern amenities and an industrial feel.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223043" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223043 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23_GabeBorder-ICE-House-2c0cac.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://tomhamiltonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tom Hamilton</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple, who had dabbled in home improvement projects before, set out to preserve everything from the brickwork to the 92-year-old window panes. It took them two long years (and one extensive gut renovation) to get the job done.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I don't think we'd taken on anything that historic before. It was a complete gut job, and then we just started over," Dadam said. "We also just completely redeveloped the interior of the property."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223045" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223045 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/25_GabeBorder-ICE-House-a9bfa7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.gabeborder.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gabe Border</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The exterior of the 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom building was in great shape, Dadam added, but overhauling the interior required an expert's touch. The 1925 structure is rumored to have been an </span><a href="http://www.historyofrefrigeration.com/refrigeration-history/history-of-ice-houses/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ice house</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, meaning it stored ice and food before electricity and home refrigerators were common. It had beautiful, double-layer brick walls, but restoring them to their prime would take some serious work.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223029" style="max-width: 533px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223029 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9_Karen-Krum-ICE-House-9ed109.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.karenephoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Karen E. Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo enlisted the help of an expert mason, who took nearly two months to painstakingly pull out all the crumbling mortar pieces and bring the brick back to its original glory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple tore out everything else down to the floorboards, and then set out to put in all new framing, insulation and structural beams in the living room. They were able to keep the original windows on the main floor and preserve the arched brickwork above each.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dadam and her husband brought in reclaimed wood from a local hops-drying barn to build the floors.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223026" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223026 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6A_Tom-Hamilton-ICE-House-f0c76d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://tomhamiltonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tom Hamilton</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up next: a spiral staircase to the master suite upstairs. Dadam's husband had seen one </span><a href="http://www.homemade-modern.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">online</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which had been cut by a CNC machine; he convinced the owner to share the details so the duo could build their own out of birch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The stairs were an engineering marvel. It's a work of art. It's so pretty, and it's really, really solid," Dadam said. "You walk up and you feel like you're walking up a solid wood staircase."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223023" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223023 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3A_Tom-Hamilton-ICE-House-e897a0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://tomhamiltonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tom Hamilton</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The master bedroom features built-in shelving, additional closets and exposed silver ductwork for a modern industrial feel. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_223032" style="max-width: 533px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223032 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12_Karen-Krum-ICE-House-4df1ca.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.karenephoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Karen E. Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The adjacent bathroom has subway tile and an outdoor patio overlooking the foothills of Boise. ("You can go out there and enjoy your morning coffee," Dadam added.)</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223034" style="max-width: 534px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223034 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14_GabeBorder-ICE-House-7b27f4.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.gabeborder.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gabe Border</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A narrow, original doorway on the ground floor leads to an outdoor patio. (It was too charming to discard, the couple felt.) They planted weeping hemlock and Serbian spruce trees, and put up and privacy screens to grow vines on.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's also a second, 500-square-foot building the duo built in 2016. It features a roll-up garage door &#8212; perfect for a bakery, yoga studio or even a guest house. (It is zoned for both commercial and residential uses.)</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223039" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223039 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19_Karen-Krum-ICE-House-ee2e8e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.karenephoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Karen E. Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple listed the turnkey residence at $800,000. Their favorite feature may just be the location, they said, from downtown Boise's riverfront bike path to the beautiful natural light the home gets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Early evening, I love sitting in that main living room with a glass of wine. The light starts to change, and all of the windows start to change to that beautiful blue color," Dadam said. "Everything inside starts to glow. It's so special, that time of night."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_223044" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-223044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24_GabeBorder-ICE-House-809150.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.gabeborder.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gabe Border</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I love the overall warmth of the home," she continued. "People want to stay and be there."</span></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sherri Battazzo of The Buy-Boise Real Estate Group holds </span></i><a href="https://www.icehouse1514.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">the listing.</span></i></a></p> <p><em>Top image by <a href="https://tomhamiltonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tom Hamilton</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-selling-an-unusual-home-160891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Happens When a One-Of-A-Kind Home Needs a New Owner?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/first-the-mint-now-bruce-willis-lists-his-own-private-idaho-home-64555/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First, The Mint, Now Bruce Willis Lists His Own (Private) Idaho Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pF4vrF1-I5A:sg1-2amI1WA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pF4vrF1-I5A:sg1-2amI1WA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/boise-brick-house-222902/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/boise-brick-house-222902/ 2017-12-04 20:05 +00:00 2017-12-05 09:05 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5yxanbqgvzgm4jqgvuwsy3hnq3windj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/indian-buyers-pouring-money-expensive-london-property/ topics:things/london-property storytype:standard topics:places/india structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Indian buyers pouring money into expensive London property Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:41:39 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-12-04 15:41 +00:00 2017-12-05 04:41 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/om2ws4jtgrtgc3rxgrudo3tgnzygiojz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/great-estates-heir-earl-sandwich-runs-finest-manor-house-england/ storytype:standard topics:things/great-estates structure:money topics:things/sandwiches structure:property Great Estates: how the heir to the Earl of Sandwich runs 'the finest manor house in England' Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:00:00 Z Rosalind Powell 2017-12-04 06:00 +00:00 2017-12-04 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ha3xm3tvna4himlcgnvwkz3dobrti3dd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-britains-best-self-built-homes-2017/ topics:things/self-build structure:art/architecture topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:property Revealed: Britain's best self-built homes of 2017 Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:00:00 Z 2017-12-02 14:00 +00:00 2017-12-03 03:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nzzda5lrmr3dambvhbtdozzvgu3he3rx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/uk-house-price-growth-disappoints-new-figures-show-slip-average/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/buying-property topics:organisations/nationwide storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property topics:organisations/nationwide-building-society structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty UK house price growth disappoints as new figures show slip in average prices Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:42:04 Z Sophie Christie 2017-11-30 08:42 +00:00 2017-11-30 21:42 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222932 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/I7Yj_vyGPw4/ Home Improvement decorating holidays winter The Secret to No-Fuss Holiday Decor? Use What You Already Have Holiday decorating can be as simple as dusting off your flower vases, unrolling a spool of burlap and polishing your silver. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/no-fuss-holiday-decor-222932/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>Hold your holiday decor horses! Before you purchase gobs of tinsel and piles of twinkle lights, take another look at items you already have - they may be the holiday embellishment you've been looking for.</p> <p>By hunting through your cabinets and closets, you can easily repurpose common household items into yuletide decor for your abode. Need a little inspiration? These design experts share how they style up everyday objects into festive flourishes.</p> <h3>Dig through the craft closet</h3> <p>"Bust out the burlap! I've been known to use burlap for anything from tablecloths to a Christmas tree skirt. It's so versatile and lends an organic, rustic vibe."<br /> - Brooke Wagner, <a href="http://brookewagnerdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brooke Wagner Design</a></p> <p>"Roll out brown or black butcher paper on your table like a runner. It somehow elevates everything you set on it. Plus, you can write your guests names on it in black marker (or chalk marker for black paper) instead of place cards."<br /> - Jenn Muirhead, <a href="https://www.jennifermuirheadinteriors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jennifer Muirhead Interiors</a></p> <p>"Paint a wall with chalkboard paint. It&#8217;s the perfect themed accent wall that's fun and creative, and it gets the kids involved, too."<br /> - Melissa Martin Molitor, <a href="https://www.mmmdesigns-interiors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">MMM Designs-Interiors</a></p> <figure id="attachment_222937" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-222937 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MMM-Designs-e11768.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.mmmdesigns-interiors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Melissa Martin Molitor.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>"Tie ribbon on everything! Thread it through chandeliers or banisters. Or put festive printed fabric in picture frames and scatter them throughout the house."<br /> - Katie Schroder, <a href="http://www.atelierid.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Atelier Interior Design</a></p> <h3>Scour the kitchen cupboards</h3> <p>"Place a set of teacups on a pretty tray, and fill each cup with a succulent or small flower arrangement. Or create a centerpiece by placing candles on a serving tray or cake stand."<br /> - Gita Jacobson, <a href="https://www.inthedeets.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">In The Deets</a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222992 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_554348-77673d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>&#8220;Fill a large glass serving bowl - or maybe a punch bowl or trifle bowl - with whatever seasonal item you want. Just use the same thing so it looks purposeful and pretty.&#8221;<br /> - Jenn Muirhead, <a href="https://www.jennifermuirheadinteriors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jennifer Muirhead Interiors</a></p> <p>"Take an ordinary flower vase, and stick glass ornaments inside with a string of white lights. It's a pretty display that&#8217;s simple and creative!"<br /> - Wendy Berry, <a href="http://wdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">W Design Interiors</a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222989" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_294660-e174de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="521" /></p> <h3>Ransack the fridge</h3> <p>"Dried fruit garland is still classic and sweet. Take a needle and thread to some popcorn, cranberries or dried sliced oranges, and string it up wherever you want to!"<br /> - Jenn Muirhead, <a href="https://www.jennifermuirheadinteriors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jennifer Muirhead Interiors</a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222990" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_313563-83994c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"Cut up fresh fruit and put it in a pitcher before adding flowers for a centerpiece. Throw in some cloves and cinnamon sticks for added flair. For a dash of festivity, use oranges with cloves in them for place card settings."<br /> - Christine Estep,<a href="http://www.jacksonthomasinteriors.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"> Jackson Thomas Interiors</a></p> <h3>Sift through the closet</h3> <p>"Use a vintage plaid throw as a tablecloth or runner. Or decorate a small tabletop tree with jewelry or ribbon."<br /> - Katie Schroder, <a href="http://www.atelierid.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Atelier Interior Design</a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222988" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_71878-e0ff14.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>"Repurpose one of your favorite scarves as a cozy centerpiece runner."<br /> - Gita Jacobson, <a href="https://www.inthedeets.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">In The Deets</a></p> <h3>Forage in the yard</h3> <p>&#8220;Instead of placing a star at the top of my Christmas tree, I'll take a handful of fallen sticks and tie them together at the top of the tree with a raffia bow. I'll also layer pine cones throughout my tree to balance out the glass ornaments for an organic, natural feel.<br /> - Wendy Berry, <a href="http://wdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">W Design Interiors</a></p> <p>&#8220;I gather sticks cedar branches, along with magnolia, holly, boxwood and pine. I spread them around the bases of containers or arrange them in colorful tea tins. It&#8217;s an easy way to bring in greenery without spending too much money."<br /> - Susan Jamieson, <a href="https://www.bridgetbearidesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bridget Beari Designs<br /> </a><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222991" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_455600-785dff.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>&#8220;I love to add a garland of fresh greens around my dining room chandelier and hang ornaments from it. The fresh scent mixed with holiday cooking is wonderful."</p> <p>- Jennifer Stoner, <a href="http://www.jenniferstonerinteriors.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jennifer Stoner Interiors</a></p> <h3>Look everywhere!</h3> <p>"Scatter some festive items that aren&#8217;t necessarily holiday themed. For example, we&#8217;ll set out some naturally shed antlers in the fall or a tuxedo hat around Christmas. I&#8217;ll mix in a few of these types of things that feel seasonally appropriate but aren&#8217;t necessarily traditional holiday decor."<br /> - Summer Thornton, <a href="http://www.summerthorntondesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Summer Thornton Design</a></p> <p>"Give a corner of your home a holiday touch with just a handful of tweaks. We made a sitting area more festive by adding new pillows (they needn&#8217;t have an overt holiday motif – a wintery look works just as well), some evergreen cuttings from the yard (with a few sprigs of berries), a stack of wrapped gifts, a scarf and bow for our deer, and a teddy bear found in the attic."<br /> – Chris Stout-Hazard, <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roger + Chris</a></p> <figure id="attachment_222934" style="max-width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-222934 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Chris-Stout-Hazard-c6db41.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="650" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Stout-Hazard.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>"Gather objects with a similar color scheme. I pull out all of my white and silver anything and group them together - candle holders, vases, pots, ribbon. Then I go to my neighbors' yards for magnolia and holly cuttings and get laurel out of my own yard. I just keep everything green, white and silver - jumbled together it works."<br /> - <a href="https://www.lesleyglotzl.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lesley Glotzl</a></p> <p>"Repurpose a metallic vessel into a vase for displaying rich greenery or arrangements of holiday objects. A brass champagne cooler, a bright silver trophy cup or even small copper mugs could work perfectly. Add fresh pops of red with cranberries, pomegranates, deep-red apples or even a few red roses."<br /> - Kerrie Kelly, <a href="http://kerriekelly.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a></p> <figure id="attachment_222936" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-222936 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kerrie-Kelly-aef616.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="640" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="http://kerriekelly.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kerrie Kelly.</a></figcaption></figure> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1059-Whispering-Pines-Ln-Whitefish-MT-59937/2140610224_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorate-for-holiday-impact-208876/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Decorate Simply for the Holidays (With Big Impact)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/chic-holiday-diy-187652/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Chic Holiday DIY: Fragrant Herb Chandelier and Custom Treat Bags</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-essentials-every-host-needs-207836/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Entertaining Essentials: 5 Items Every Host Needs</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I7Yj_vyGPw4:9rXR6T2R90s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I7Yj_vyGPw4:9rXR6T2R90s:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/no-fuss-holiday-decor-222932/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/no-fuss-holiday-decor-222932/ 2017-11-29 13:00 +00:00 2017-11-30 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nnttm4jwomzdm23bg52wonbsou3ww4jq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-quirky-re-imagining-english-country-home-wins-ribas/ topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry storytype:standard structure:art/architecture topics:things/planning topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:property Revealed: quirky re-imagining of English country home wins Riba's house of the year award  Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-11-28 22:00 +00:00 2017-11-29 11:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222821 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/dAMLSELdABQ/ Home Improvement decorating holidays Santa Claus 5 Holiday Looks on the Nice List Festive ideas for decking your halls this season, straight from the source. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-holiday-looks-on-the-nice-list-222821/#comments Renee Meininger <p>If Santa's decor has been on the top of your wishlist ever since he claimed <a href="https://www.zillow.com/house/santas-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his home on Zillow</a>, now you can make it happen. We highlighted five ways you can easily incorporate his holiday style into your home.</p> <p><a href="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa_House_Infographic_2017_R2-01-01-c2427b.png"><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-222969 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa_House_Infographic_2017_R2-01-01-c2427b-381x1024.png" alt="Get Santa's Look In Your Home" width="381" height="1024" /></a></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/insiders-look-santas-house-208441/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">An Insider's Look at Santa's House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/the-untold-story-of-elf-tiny-homes-222721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Untold Story of Tiny Homes, Straight From the North Pole</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorate-for-holiday-impact-208876/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Decorate Simply for the Holidays (With Big Impact)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dAMLSELdABQ:a1bXdJIME0s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dAMLSELdABQ:a1bXdJIME0s:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-holiday-looks-on-the-nice-list-222821/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-holiday-looks-on-the-nice-list-222821/ 2017-11-28 12:00 +00:00 2017-11-29 01:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222721 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/it9-mzwognQ/ Unique Homes decor holidays Santa Claus tiny homes The Untold Story of Tiny Homes, Straight From the North Pole The secret of how Santa's toymakers became the trendsetters behind some of our most popular styles. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-untold-story-of-elf-tiny-homes-222721/#comments Renee Meininger <p>Elves: They're just like us. Or is it the other way around? For instance, did you know that many of our trends originated from elf culture? It's true. Perhaps the biggest (or maybe it's the smallest) trend is the tiny home.</p> <h3>A short history of the tiny home</h3> <p>Elves didn't just invent tiny homes, they perfected them. When elves first joined Santa in the North Pole, they decided to live on-site – the traffic jams caused by migrating polar bears made the commute intolerable. So they quickly got to work building their own community on Santa&#8217;s land.</p> <p>Because the diminutive craftsmen didn't need much space, they kept their homes small: 150 square feet. While each elf added their own flair, the layouts are similar with the living area and bathroom on the main level and the bedroom in the loft. Word of these mini dwellings spread south and so began the rise of tiny homes for larger humans.</p> <h3>The design hub of the north</h3> <p>The North Pole serves as the address for many elves. Nobody quite knows how many, but when Santa claimed <a href="https://www.zillow.com/house/santas-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his home on Zillow</a>, we got a glimpse of one elf enclaves. Being the trendsetters they are, each elf had at least one statement-making feature created by their own ingenuity. These are our three favorites.</p> <h4>1. The serving cart</h4> <p>One look at those itty-bitty Moscow mule mugs on the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/styling-bar-carts-4-looks-172182/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">stylish cart</a> will make you crave a peppermint julep. Popularized by elves, bar carts like this one got their start by serving as an extension to the limited countertop space in tiny homes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222960 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Woodworker_Interior6_2291-ae9e15-1024x683.jpg" alt="Bar cart" width="1024" height="683" /></p> <h4>2. Wood panels and exposed beams</h4> <p>There's something about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shiplap-for-every-room-215607/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wood paneling</a> and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-projects-reclaimed-wood-220069/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">exposed beams</a> that make this home feel so inviting. Before it became a design choice, wood planks were the preferred siding for elf homes because of their ability to insulate from the cold, harsh climate.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222961 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gaines-House_002-d34fc1-683x1024.jpg" alt="Wood plank and exposed beams in the kitchen" width="683" height="1024" /></p> <h4>3. Yoga zone</h4> <p>Having your own <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/creating-ultimate-home-gym/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home gym</a> is a luxury reserved for those with extra space, so it's impressive this elf found room for a dedicated yoga area. While home gyms are a convenience for most, they were started by elves out of necessity due to regularly getting snowed in.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222881 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zen-House_Yoga-Mat-5b06ab-1024x682.png" alt="Yoga area" width="1024" height="682" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/insiders-look-santas-house-208441/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">An Insider&#8217;s Look at Santa&#8217;s House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/5-holiday-looks-on-the-nice-list-222821/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Holiday Looks on the Nice List</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Hobbit House Will Have You Dreaming of Middle-Earth</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=it9-mzwognQ:0ciNl0XBC_k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=it9-mzwognQ:0ciNl0XBC_k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-untold-story-of-elf-tiny-homes-222721/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-untold-story-of-elf-tiny-homes-222721/ 2017-11-28 12:00 +00:00 2017-11-29 01:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=208441 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yF4eFlC__U0/ Unique Homes Best of 2016 decorating holidays Santa Claus An Insider's Look at Santa's House Find out what went into renovating Santa's home. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/insiders-look-santas-house-208441/#comments Renee Meininger <p>When Santa claimed <a href="https://www.zillow.com/house/santas-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his home on Zillow</a>, updated the home's facts, and uploaded photos and a video walkthrough, we wanted to learn more about his house. We tracked down the people in charge of Santa's remodel - interior designer Marian Bright and general contractor Doug Fir - and asked them to spill the details.</p> <h4>What motivated you to take on this project?</h4> <p><strong>Marian Bright (MB):</strong> Santa is synonymous with the holiday season. He has inspired people around the world to change their home decor for at least one month out of the year. How could I say no to a challenge like that?</p> <p><strong>Doug Fir (DF):</strong> This is a man who appreciates fine craftsmanship and woodworking. One look at his gorgeous log home and I knew I had to get my hands on it. This was my chance to impress the jolly old elf and get on the nice list for good.</p> <h4>How did you incorporate Santa's style into his house?</h4> <p><strong>DF:</strong> I didn't want to compete with the rustic vibe of the cabin that Santa himself built. So I found ways to enhance that atmosphere with outdoor elements. I brought grandeur to the mantle with floor-to-ceiling river rock, since the fireplace is such a large part of Santa's background.</p> <p>More windows and skylights were incorporated into the new open concept design, making the home feel more spacious - especially for his many tiny guests.</p> <p><strong>MB:</strong> I wanted to meld Santa's iconic festive style with his wintery wonderland surroundings. That's why you'll find so much fresh greenery, knotty pine furniture and cozy linens all throughout. I call the look <em>Falalala Fabulous</em>.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-208446 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa_Kitchen_Table-872824.jpg" alt="Santa's Kitchen Table" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h4>Which area of the home proved to be the most challenging?</h4> <p><strong>DF:</strong> Definitely the garage, which was converted from a rinky-dink one-sleigh space to a grease monkey's dream. Not only does Santa have dedicated parking for his all-weather sleigh, but he has room to work on it, too.</p> <p>He was very specific about his needs for the area. I had to create space to accommodate a specialty lift, as well as <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style="float:right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/NTS-logo-Registered-2016-2-4d2d3d-300x118.png" alt="NORAD Tracks Santa" width="200" height="79" /></a>incorporate an intricately wired system for the Elf Launch Staff who communicate with <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">NORAD</a>* for sleigh-tracking purposes on Christmas Eve. Who knew he was such a garage enthusiast?</p> <p><strong>MB:</strong> For me, it was the living room. Doug created this masterful fireplace and I needed to match its stateliness with decor that could keep up - without overpowering the space.</p> <p>That's why I mixed in just a couple of statement pieces around that mantle: 17th-century German nutcrackers and lanterns Santa used on a camping trip with Teddy Roosevelt. Of course, Santa requested I leave room for his 4K Ultra HD Sub-Zero Edition Smart TV programmed with a Christmas documentaries setting.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222957 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Living-Room_Rudolph--c34d77-1024x683.jpg" alt="Fireplace mantle inside Santa's House" width="1024" height="683" /></p> <h4>What inspired your designs?</h4> <p><strong>MB:</strong> There were so many wonderful pieces around the home that Santa had picked up from his world travels. One item that served as my muse was an apron with a Scandinavian print that he got for Mrs. Claus in Sweden. That helped inspire some of the Nordic elements that you see in the kitchen.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222889 size-large" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen_032_v06-15cd07-1024x683.jpg" alt="Santa's House Kitchen" width="1024" height="683" /></p> <h4>What's your favorite element of the design?</h4> <p><strong>DF:</strong> Before Santa hired me, the area above the dining and living rooms was closed off. Opening it up gave the house a whole new look, with more room to breathe. So I'd have to say the lofted ceilings is my favorite feature in the house.</p> <p><strong>MB:</strong> Doug's addition of the lofted ceilings allowed me to suspend a custom-made light fixture over the dining room table. I adore that piece. I commissioned it to be modeled after the property's landscape.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-208458" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa_Vaulted_Ceiling-282fb8-e1479847413755.jpg" alt="Santa's Vaulted Ceilings" width="800" height="520" /></p> <p><strong>Want the full tour?</strong> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/house/santas-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">See more photos of Santa&#8217;s house. </a></p> <p><em>*Endorsement by the United States Department of Defense or NORAD is not intended nor implied.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/5-holiday-looks-on-the-nice-list-222821/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Holiday Looks on the Nice List</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/the-untold-story-of-elf-tiny-homes-222721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Untold Story of Tiny Homes, Straight from the North Pole</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-repairs-before-holiday-party-207284/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Home Repairs to Make Before You Host a Holiday Gathering</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 30, 2016</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yF4eFlC__U0:LkHe1P0mKos:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yF4eFlC__U0:LkHe1P0mKos:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/insiders-look-santas-house-208441/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/insiders-look-santas-house-208441/ 2017-11-28 12:00 +00:00 2017-11-29 01:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nm2tgmzqmzqtkoldga2dq23povyhc2du/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-estates-inside-largest-inhabited-castle-scotland/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:places/scotland topics:things/great-estates topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property Great Estates: inside the largest inhabited castle in Scotland Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-11-28 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-28 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfywu5bug5wwu23lgf3g6mjqoazgg5jv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/london-house-prices-now-record-145x-average-earnings-barclays/ topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:places/birmingham structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/manchester London house prices now a record 14.5x average earnings, as Barclays reveals the fastest-growing areas Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-11-28 00:01 +00:00 2017-11-28 13:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ny3wu5tigeyxmntpgjxwe3btgzuxezdi/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/watching-ashes-spectacular-homes-can-buy-australia/ topics:places/australia topics:things/yachts topics:places/sydney topics:events/the-ashes topics:things/interiors topics:places/melbourne topics:things/property-abroad structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property Watching the Ashes? These are the most spectacular homes you can buy in Australia Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z 2017-11-27 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-27 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzrdmnlqobzwq4zuhe2wonrvozug6zlc/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/british-buyers-pay-116500-premium-live-national-park/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:places/peak-district structure:money/money-top-stories topics:places/lake-district topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property topics:things/wildlife structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property British buyers pay a £116,500 premium to live in a national park  Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:01:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-11-26 00:01 +00:00 2017-11-26 13:01 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mi2di5jwonxtgnttgfsdmzlvhbrdozln/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-treasure-trove-family-home-founders-luxury-leather-brand/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:places/hertfordshire structure:money structure:property For sale: the treasure trove family home of founders of luxury leather brand Osprey  Sat, 25 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Cherry Maslen 2017-11-25 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-25 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gbutg4dqhfswm4tfmvyg42dngmzwmnle/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/colourful-homes-market/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors topics:things/family topics:places/suffolk structure:money topics:events/christmas topics:places/london structure:property The most colourful homes on the market Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z 2017-11-23 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-23 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=160891 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ScvPDt0aiZg/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling What Happens When a One-of-a-Kind Home Needs a New Owner? It's essential to have the right marketing plan, pricing strategy and real estate agent. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:46:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-selling-an-unusual-home-160891/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>When shopping for a home, it&#8217;s not uncommon to come across one that truly stands out. It's not because the home is an old fixer-upper or that it's a newly renovated home with a designer kitchen. It's a home that's architecturally significant or in some way conveys a "different" attribute. For instance, it might be a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stone-castle-in-yonkers-206921/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">castle</a>, a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/key-west-church-turned-home-206159/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">church</a> or even a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire station</a> that has been converted into one or more living spaces.</p> <p>With an unusual home, pricing and marketing can be a challenge. Here are three things to keep in mind when either buying or selling a truly unique property.</p> <h3>1. Buyers should be cautious</h3> <p>As crazy as it sounds, a would-be buyer may want to reconsider purchasing an offbeat home. While it may be a home you love, it is also an investment. A home with a unique, unchangeable structural feature will likely alienate a large portion of the market.</p> <p>If you're faced with the opportunity to purchase a unique home, don't get caught up in the excitement of it all. Think long term. Understand that when it comes time to sell, it may be a burden, particularly if you try to sell in a slow market.</p> <h3>2. When selling, don't assume buyers will love what you love</h3> <p>As the owner of an interesting or different home who is considering a sale, be aware that not everyone will have the same feeling about the home as you did when you bought the place. While you're likely to get lots of activity, showings and excitement over your property, a lot of that may simply be curious buyers, nosy neighbors or tire kickers.</p> <p>Time after time, sellers with unique homes believe that since they fell head over heels, another buyer who might feel the same. But that person could be hard to find.</p> <h3>3. Hire the right agent and have a serious marketing/pricing discussion</h3> <p>A unique home requires a unique marketing plan and pricing strategy as well as a good agent. The buyer may not even live in your local market, and instead might be an opportunist buyer open to a unique property. So you should consider advertising outside the mainstream circles. Media and press can help get the special home the attention it may need.</p> <p>The buyer may not want to live in your town but is fascinated by an old church or castle. The more you get this out there, the better your options for finding the specific buyer.</p> <p>If you get lots of action but few offers, you may need to drop the price below the comparable sales to generate interest, particularly if you really need to sell. Just like a home with a funky floor plan, on a busy intersection or with a tiny backyard, the market for your unique home is simply smaller.</p> <p>With online home listings, blogging and real estate television shows, unique homes stand out and get more exposure than ever. But selling a distinctive or offbeat property requires out-of-the-box thinking early on, and with a top agent. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Be certain to price the home right, expose it to the masses and have a strategic plan in right from the start.</p> <h6><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/109-S-Palmetto-Ave-Sanford-FL-32771/81415081_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Hobbit House Will Have You Dreaming of Middle-Earth</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/got-an-offer-on-my-home-216774/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;I Wasn&#8217;t Looking to Sell My Home, But for the Right Price&#8230;&#8217;</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs?</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> <p><em>Originally published October 10, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ScvPDt0aiZg:4XsmAlxXkSQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ScvPDt0aiZg:4XsmAlxXkSQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-selling-an-unusual-home-160891/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-selling-an-unusual-home-160891/ 2017-11-22 19:46 +00:00 2017-11-23 08:46 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222625 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/bhLjQ6pYO3Y/ Unique Homes Finding home tiny homes Go Exploring With This Tiny Home in Tow A Seattle couple pack up their lives, hit the road in a 200-square-foot camper and launch a tiny home business in Eastern Washington. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/go-exploring-tiny-home-tow-222625/#respond Dwell <p>Architect Duff Bangs and social worker Ashley Rodgers were ready to leave Seattle - and the nine-to-five grind. Taking a leap of faith, the couple quit their jobs, sold their condo and spent the past summer traveling the western United States in the <a href="https://www.modernwagonwa.com/portfolio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adventure Wagon 28</a>, a 200-square-foot tiny home with a 70-square-foot sleeping loft. Now settled in Eastern Washington, Bangs and Rodgers are continuing their business <a href="https://www.modernwagonwa.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Modern Wagon</a> with the mission of building affordable tiny homes that are ready to hit the road, and donating a portion of the proceeds to housing for the homeless.</p> <p>When designing the <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/go-exploring-with-this-tiny-home-in-tow-fe4a3500" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">prototype</a>, the couple aimed to include amenities like a bathtub, washer and dryer, and space for a yoga practice. The 28-foot trailer, carefully balanced for weight distribution, features a sloped <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-keep-long-lasting-roof-191054/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">roof</a> and angled front and rear walls for maximum living volume. The exterior is composed of aluminum composite rainscreen with pre-finished birch lining the interior and Europly cabinets.</p> <p>Bangs and Rodgers traveled nearly 11,000 miles over three months beginning in June 2017 - heading east to Chicago, back west to Colorado and Yellowstone National Park, and then south to Utah and Southern California before ending up in Eastern Washington. &#8220;We stopped at every national park we could,&#8221; says Bangs, who still lives in the prototype with fiancée Rodgers. &#8220;Living in a tiny home is better than I expected. [We] downsized from a 1,000-square-foot studio, and our lives are so much less cluttered and more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tricks-for-storage-in-small-spaces-183802/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">simplified</a>.&#8221;</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-751840-1024x678.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="569" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-5eba31-1024x569.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-4c1edf-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="694" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-de4e42-1024x694.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-79b9ec-1024x678.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photos courtesy of Modern Wagon</em></p> <p>The 13,000-pound tiny home stayed steady, even through storms in Montana and the Midwest. Says Bangs, &#8220;The entire journey has been extremely rewarding. It was pretty amazing to set a goal to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">design</a> and build such a fascinating project within our deadline and be able to have the freedom to travel for three months all while towing our home.&#8221;</p> <p>If you&#8217;re curious to hear more, check out the Modern Wagon <a href="https://modernwagonblog.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">blog</a> for an account of the design process and road trip, and the <a href="https://www.modernwagonwa.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">website</a> to get in touch with the creators.</p> <p><em>This article was written by Jenny Xie and <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/go-exploring-with-this-tiny-home-in-tow-fe4a3500" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>. Check out more of their content on <a href="https://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/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/tricky-buying-a-tiny-home-204504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Tricky Thing About Buying 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=bhLjQ6pYO3Y:yMJJH32cnsI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=bhLjQ6pYO3Y:yMJJH32cnsI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/go-exploring-tiny-home-tow-222625/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/go-exploring-tiny-home-tow-222625/ 2017-11-22 13:00 +00:00 2017-11-23 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gjtws3jxmjvtimdmnfzhgmrsnjwhcmlv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/unsquare-mile-developers-tempting-buyers-east-london/ topics:things/london-property topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:organisations/selfridges topics:places/city-of-london structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide topics:things/buy-to-let topics:organisations/amazon topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty The 'unsquare mile': how developers are tempting buyers to east London Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Fiona Brandhorst 2017-11-22 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-22 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222522 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zAGQB-bpg_k/ Home Improvement decorating fireplaces winter A Fireplace for Every Room When temperatures fall and flurries tease, there's no better hibernation haven than your own home. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-every-room-222522/#comments Amy Morby <p>Although a longtime living room fixture, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/living-rooms/how-to-choose-a-fireplace/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fireplaces</a> are a comfort best enjoyed everywhere. From bedrooms to basements and even the master bath, there&#8217;s no right or wrong way to curl up and snuggle &#8217;round the fireside.</p> <p>To spark your fireplace fancy, here&#8217;s a roundup of ideas for inviting warmth into even the unlikeliest of rooms.</p> <h3>Entryway</h3> <p>Give guests an immediate reprieve from the chill with a fireplace front and center.</p> <figure id="attachment_222538" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1788-Harrison-Way-NE-Issaquah-WA-98029/2141007966_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222538 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-e60cdb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1788-Harrison-Way-NE-Issaquah-WA-98029/2141007966_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222531" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-617-Buena-Vista-Ave-W-San-Francisco-CA-94117/80740545_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222531 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-5e2c5c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-617-Buena-Vista-Ave-W-San-Francisco-CA-94117/80740545_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Kitchen</h3> <p>Because the heart of the home ought to have a hearth to go with it.</p> <figure id="attachment_222533" style="max-width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19364-N-101st-St-Scottsdale-AZ-85255/95122752_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222533 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-f874e8.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="842" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19364-N-101st-St-Scottsdale-AZ-85255/95122752_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222546" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/247-Rutledge-Ave-Charleston-SC-29403/68397618_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222546 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-310b99.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="541" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/247-Rutledge-Ave-Charleston-SC-29403/68397618_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Dining room</h3> <p>Dress any dinner party up or down with a little fireside ambiance.</p> <figure id="attachment_222537" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1645-Shenandoah-Dr-E-Seattle-WA-98112/48706489_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222537 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/16-57cc72.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1645-Shenandoah-Dr-E-Seattle-WA-98112/48706489_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222544" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Compo-Rd-S-Westport-CT-06880/57415834_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222544 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-f5d974.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Compo-Rd-S-Westport-CT-06880/57415834_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Living room</h3> <p>A classic pairing that&#8217;s never passe, living rooms and fireplaces forever complement an evening in.</p> <figure id="attachment_222529" style="max-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-222529 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-5825c4.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/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222526" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1248-Oenoke-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/81378549_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222526 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-c0d4b2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="551" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1248-Oenoke-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/81378549_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Bedroom</h3> <p>Proceed with caution - once you burrow into bed to the tune of a fire&#8217;s cozy crackles, you might never get out.</p> <figure id="attachment_222530" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-617-Buena-Vista-Ave-W-San-Francisco-CA-94117/80740545_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222530 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-568225.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/615-617-Buena-Vista-Ave-W-San-Francisco-CA-94117/80740545_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222535" style="max-width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19364-N-101st-St-Scottsdale-AZ-85255/95122752_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222535 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-c2ce9f.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="848" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19364-N-101st-St-Scottsdale-AZ-85255/95122752_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Master bathroom</h3> <p>Luxuriating in the bath has never been <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-to-warm-up-bathroom-192576/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">toastier</a>.</p> <figure id="attachment_222528" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8805-NE-118th-Pl-Kirkland-WA-98034/48891291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222528 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-801d0b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8805-NE-118th-Pl-Kirkland-WA-98034/48891291_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222527" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1248-Oenoke-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/81378549_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222527 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-6ca089.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1248-Oenoke-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/81378549_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Home office</h3> <p>We recommend pairing this combo with a snifter of brandy and a leatherbound book.</p> <figure id="attachment_222539" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-home-offices-5134685828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222539 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-5964f1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="621" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-home-offices-5134685828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Griffin Enright Architects</a>.</figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222547" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/810-Cima-Del-Mundo-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93108/96054648_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222547 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-44308a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="521" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/810-Cima-Del-Mundo-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93108/96054648_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Patio</h3> <p>If you&#8217;re more cold-snapped than snowbound, an outdoor fireplace lends festivity without the frost.</p> <figure id="attachment_222540" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1935-Webster-St-Palo-Alto-CA-94301/19496302_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222540 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-9c7c63.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1935-Webster-St-Palo-Alto-CA-94301/19496302_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_222548" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4040-S-Lake-Shore-Dr-Harbor-Springs-MI-49740/2102885995_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222548 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-885eec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="550" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4040-S-Lake-Shore-Dr-Harbor-Springs-MI-49740/2102885995_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1248-Oenoke-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/81378549_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fireplace Makeover: Get a New Look in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY 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topics:people/robert-de-niro topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:people/buzz-aldrin topics:people/naomi-campbell structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:organisations/knight-frank topics:places/london structure:property Buy in the star-studded Halcyon Hotel and live among the ghosts of Nineties glamour Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-11-21 13:00 +00:00 2017-11-22 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzsxinlrgzrxi5bqhbywomrvgbtwgn3l/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/want-guaranteed-yet-affordable-sunshine-short-flight-uk-try/ storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/egypt structure:money structure:property Want guaranteed yet affordable sunshine a short flight from the UK? Try Egypt's Red Sea Riviera  Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Andrea Marechal Watson 2017-11-21 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-21 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222663 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/e0BjJNiokGE/ Unique Homes house of the week unique homes Remote Meditation Retreat With Rocky Mountain Views – House of the Week You'll find a dodecahedron and labyrinths - all just 10 minutes away from a busy Colorado city. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:26:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/boulder-starhouse-222663/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sometimes when searching for a place to live, you don't find the spot - the spot finds you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Such was the case for David Tresemer. The year was 1986, and Tresemer was looking to escape the hustle and bustle of burgeoning Boulder, CO. He drove 90 minutes in every direction and was eventually drawn to </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3472-Sunshine-Canyon-Dr-Boulder-CO-80302/2131386394_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an expansive spot a short drive from the city</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's so pure. It looks down on Boulder," he said. "The land really just spoke to me."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222769 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-21-5823f6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With snowcapped-mountain views and creekside trails to explore, the 105-acre setting was so inspiring that Tresemer not only built his home here but also created a spiritual retreat for the community. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The centerpiece is a 12-sided structure he calls the StarHouse, which serves as a nondenominational gathering space for everything from yoga to weddings to solstice celebrations.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222779 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-41-ff9860.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We all tend to feel a little overwhelmed by what's going on in the world, and it's important to have a place to reconnect - for silence and a deeper connection," said Tresemer's wife, Lila.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lila and David married in the StarHouse in 1995, and they've since officiated a number of weddings there. They now live in a custom-built 6,500-square-foot home on the property named MorningStar.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222916" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-03-c6a2fe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>With 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the house is bathed in warm, natural wood elements, from the walls to the ceilings to the doors.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-222762 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-04-93a186.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tresemer described the home as rustic and spiritually accented, with crystals and fountains interspersed throughout. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-222763 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-05-339713.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's a celestial mural the couple commissioned from a </span><a href="http://hikalux.weebly.com/commissions.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">local artist</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> above a fireplace, and an outdoor courtyard serves as a private meditation spot.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-222768 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-20-acbaf6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the west-facing deck on the second floor, perfect for dramatic sunsets and more, might just be the couple's favorite.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You're looking at the snowcapped mountains, and you can see the sunset or the moonset," Tresemer said. "I prefer the moonset because it's so dramatic."</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-56-7a83db.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-57-4f171e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-59-e04430.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An off-grid, 2-bedroom retreat cabin is just beyond the main house (a woman recently spent an entire week there in silent meditation).</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-222783 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-53-aafa26.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There&#8217;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">s also a historical 1904 homestead cabin on the property, along with organic gardens and other spiritual locales, including two labyrinths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A perfectly shaped dodecahedron acts as a meditation chamber, and a 20-minute walk on the property leads guests to a physician's tree - a spot for personal healing, Tresemer said.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-222781 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-46-4bd087.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-222782 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunshine_canyon-3476_large-47-e4275b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite their deep love for the home, the Tresemers decided to put it up for sale for $2.45 million (they&#8217;ve also listed the entire property for $5.2 million)</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[This spot is] already loved by many, but there's room for someone to bring their own vision and their own concept," Lila said. "We would like to see it continued by a community of people who've come to love it."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's age-related for us, and we feel there's a lot of vision and enthusiasm among the younger generations," she continued. "We would love to see them take it to the next level."</span></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roger Walker of RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut </span></i><a href="http://checkoutboulder.com/starhouse" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">carries the listing</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Photos courtesy of </span></i><a href="http://www.roblarsen.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rob Larsen</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></i></p> <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/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mountain Bliss: A Creekside Cabin, Rustic Treehouse &amp; Outdoor Canopy Bed</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-denvers-aspen-estate-for-sale-156744/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rocky Mountain High: John Denver&#8217;s Aspen Estate For Sale</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=e0BjJNiokGE:_4sulmGaInU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=e0BjJNiokGE:_4sulmGaInU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/boulder-starhouse-222663/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/boulder-starhouse-222663/ 2017-11-20 22:26 +00:00 2017-11-21 11:26 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfstm4lkme2dem3dga2he2tgnzzdoztk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirement/tai-chi-falconry-ukulele-strummingretirement-villages-offeran/ topics:things/martial-arts topics:things/mindfulness storytype:standard topics:things/retirement structure:money topics:things/exercise structure:property topics:things/fitness Tai Chi, falconry or ukulele strumming? Retirement villages offer an array of experiences to try Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Jane Slade 2017-11-20 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-20 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nyyhc5bunjxtk33bnaywc3jume4hknbw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/furnish-first-home-shoestring-without-resorting-ikea/ topics:things/interiors topics:organisations/ebay storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:money structure:property topics:things/first-home How to furnish your first home on a shoestring - without resorting to Ikea Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Radhika Sanghani 2017-11-18 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-18 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222385 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Hwg0hv98qew/ Home Improvement decorating remodeling Second Story Bringing a 1980s Relic Into the Light, Bright Modern Age 1989 called - it wants its floor plan back. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/adding-character-to-a-1980s-home-222385/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>It's never easy to restore an old home, but redesigning a home built in the 1980s - an era not particularly loved for its style - requires imagination.</p> <p>Debbie Cederlind and Lora Lindberg, Seattle house-flipping pros and owners of <a href="http://www.urbansquirrelllc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Urban Squirrel</a>, recently tackled a Bothell, WA home built in 1989 that didn't have much going for it on the style front.</p> <p>"With 1980s houses, it's a challenge to put character back in,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;We started with no character, but it felt good at the end. We made it stand out and gave it some specialness that wasn't there."</p> <p>The traditional-style home had already been renovated before Cederlind and Lindberg got their hands on it, but the work was less than desirable.</p> <p>"There were some hideous paint colors on the wall,&#8221; Lindberg recalls. &#8220;You could see they were trying to inject character with super bright yellows and reds. And there was a bathroom with no windows. It was livable, but pretty ugly inside."</p> <h3>Let it breathe</h3> <p>When Cederlind and Lindberg first walked into the home, their main objective was to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brighten-dark-home-222057/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">let some much-needed light inside</a>.</p> <p>They removed a wall between the kitchen and dining room and opened up the stairwell leading down to the basement. The stairwell was long and completely closed up with a door at the top, so the designers decided to open both sides of the wall.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222686" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_03-f4bed0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"We let it breathe a little bit," Lindberg says.</p> <p>The kitchen was reimagined - taken from dark and unremarkable to sleek, light and modern, featuring a charcoal-colored island, white open shelving and a shiplap treatment. The designers also covered the appliances with paneling to make them less obvious.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222688" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_05-750b49.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>In addition to revamping the kitchen and the main bathroom, which was lightened with a rectangular exterior window and some large-piece tile work in the shower, the designers also altered the awkward layout upstairs.</p> <p>They decided to close off an outdated half wall that overlooked the living space and front entryway, then create a bedroom to replace the lofted office that previously existed there.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222694" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_11-ae0a56.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Inject character</h3> <p>The bulk of the work and style added to the home was in the basement. "The space was super creepy and weird and didn't flow well," Lindberg says.</p> <p>Out of this blank, dark and uninviting slate, the designers created two bedrooms, a library, a kitchenette and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an additional bathroom</a>. The kitchenette and bathroom feature sliding barn doors, which open up to the large living space downstairs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222698" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_36-23a8ec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The kitchenette is every bit as stylish as the full kitchen, featuring open shelving, charcoal-colored open cabinets and stone counters.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_38-721756.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222701" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_39-58b472.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>The biggest quandary the designers faced in the basement was deciding what to do with the three posts in the middle of the room. After much deliberation, they turned the posts into a built-in library, adorning it with vintage-style hanging chairs on each side suspended from beams.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222697" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_20-3cf708.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"We went around and around, and that was the trickiest thing to figure out,&#8221; Cederlind says. &#8220;But if you&#8217;re a family with kids, you want the whole basement to be a big playground.&#8221;</p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Make your kitchen flow.</strong> "Now that we're doing these open kitchens, people don't want their kitchen to look like a kitchen. They want it to flow," Cederlind says. Add artwork, pottery and other accessories to make the room feel less like a kitchen and more like the rest of your home.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Consider</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong> conversation.</strong> "We think a lot about our seating arrangements. We think about conversation and not about TV placement," Lindberg says. Face couches and chairs toward each other - not the TV - to create a cozy space for chatting with friends and loved ones.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Incorporate contrast.</strong> "You need the balance of dark and bright," Cederlind says. If you have dark hardwood floors, don't feel like you have to match your cabinetry. Creating contrast will prevent your home from looking too dark or dated.</li> </ul> <p><em>Take the full home tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_04-200733.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_03-f4bed0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_06-316d14.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_05-750b49.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_07-2814a4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_08-23ad38.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_09-8d366b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_10-ac71e7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_12-719e66.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_11-ae0a56.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_36-23a8ec.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_37-b8f096.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13817-115th-Ave-NE_Full_38-721756.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_19-93ce1c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2641-242nd-Pl-SE_Full_20-3cf708.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-bright-open-221308/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Taking a Century-Old Home From Boxed Off to Bright and Open</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rehabbing a Home? 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You can spend the night in a real-life hobbit hole. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:26:45 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>Building tiny meant dreaming big for Kristie Wolfe.</p> <p>Inspired by the &#8220;Lord of the Rings&#8221; stories she enjoyed as a child, the Idaho native set out to build a tiny home in a hillside for an unlikely client: a real-life hobbit.</p> <p>"I grew up watching the 1970s cartoon, and I've read &#8216;The Hobbit,&#8217;" Wolfe said. "I really always loved the house and the type of house that they lived in."</p> <p>Wolfe found the perfect backdrop for her Shire in the small central Washington community of Orondo. (It's not quite Middle-earth, but smack dab in the middle of the Evergreen State.) She had already built a treehouse in Hawaii; for her next project, she had her heart set on an authentic, buried hobbit hole inspired by characters from the famous "Lord of the Rings" books.</p> <p>But what the soul wants, the soil can't always deliver: The property offered million-dollar views, but getting construction equipment up to a rural hillside would prove challenging.</p> <p>"I wanted the house to be buried, to be as authentic as possible. I tried to do a lot of research, but there&#8217;s not a lot out there," Wolfe said. "I couldn&#8217;t get a concrete truck up here. We could have mixed it by hand, but it would have been really difficult. I talked to the building department, and they just said nobody&#8217;s ever done it, but you can give it a shot."</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TwFWpvtzsxo?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Wolfe relied on the construction know-how she'd picked up from her parents - her mother remodeled houses when Wolfe was a child - and brought in a backhoe to clear the land. Wolfe needed to ensure the hobbit hole could hold the foot of dirt she planned to place on the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-keep-long-lasting-roof-191054/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">roof</a>, so she used marine-grade, pressure-treated wood.</p> <p>"Any time you put dirt on top of a house, when that dirt gets wet, it&#8217;s basically having a swimming pool on top of your house," she added. "It&#8217;s a lot of weight."</p> <p>Up next: an entrance fit for a hobbit. Wolfe wanted a signature round entryway, which she created using an industrial-sized cable spool. She enlisted a local designer to craft the hinges and the opening to the 288-square-foot space. He repurposed a trailer hitch to build the door handle.</p> <p>When guests enter through the circular portal, they immediately stand in the bedroom. To the right is a fireplace, which helps heat the home in the winter, along with a woodworker's bench. To the left is the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bathroom</a>, complete with a large wooden tub.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222659" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-Looking-In-a221ce-e1510608293677.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222660" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-LR-Landscape-b82821-e1510608753311.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222661" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-Bathroom-278ff1-e1510608832655.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="558" /></p> <p>Other touches were sustainably sourced. Wolfe crafted the cordwood floor from roadside logs she gathered, chopped up and glued together. She found some furnishings on Craigslist. The cozy wood Jacuzzi bathtub came from a used furniture shop.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222676" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-Tub-Landscape-a59767-e1510614080418.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="528" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222664" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-View-c830db-e1510612181764.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>With a location so remote, Wolfe installed <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-serious-about-going-solar-186394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">solar panels</a> to generate electricity. The dirt-covered roof has the benefit of keeping the home at a cool 55 degrees year-round (the oversized fireplace comes in handy in cooler weather). Wolfe's sister, a landscaper, wove sticks and branches together to create a hobbit-style fence, greeting fans and friends alike.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222662" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobbit-House-Fence-Landscape-eccbe3-e1510609029259.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Speaking of fans, they've made this spot as beloved as the books themselves. The home is available as a vacation rental and is so popular, it's almost fully booked for the next year. Some guests come in full hobbit regalia, Wolfe said; others have used the home as a backdrop to get engaged.</p> <p>Given the home's popularity, it's no surprise that Wolfe is looking to expand. She's got two more hobbit holes planned for the same property.</p> <p>"I want to build a communal kitchen &#8230; that will look like an English-style pub," she said. "People from all over can meet, or come stay with their friends and family, and break bread together like hobbits would."</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-fairy-tale-homes-192263/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Whimsical Fairy Tale Homes</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mVsGdXwh7ig:jNmcHdiD_2Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mVsGdXwh7ig:jNmcHdiD_2Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/feed/ 19 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/ 2017-11-16 22:26 +00:00 2017-11-17 11:26 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gy4gk5luor2to4tqnnvg44lvni3dsytg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/hunt-better-value-south-france/ storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/france topics:things/planning structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property Where to hunt for better value in the south of France Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Mary Wilson 2017-11-16 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-16 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222675 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/AF7TaLqhs28/ Home Improvement flipping kitchens remodeling 5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen Brighten it, expand it, organize it - whatever it needs, your kitchen is an update away from ideal. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:09:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/#comments Luke Caldwell <p>Your kitchen is likely the most loved room in your home - and the wear and tear proves it. It's the hangout for hungry teenagers, the conversation station during the holidays and the catch-up room after a busy workday.</p> <p>A functional and appealing kitchen is important not only for your family but for your guests, too. After all, a delicious meal is only so appealing in a messy and cluttered kitchen.</p> <p>Here are five signs that your kitchen may need an upgrade.</p> <h3>1. Outdated appliances</h3> <p>Perhaps they were there when you moved in, or maybe they came with you decades ago when you bought the home. Either way, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outdated appliances</a> are usually less attractive and drain more energy than newer models on the market.</p> <p>Consider their safety, too. If you have to press a secret combination of buttons and chant a spell to light your range, it's time to upgrade to newer, safer appliances.</p> <p>When you do upgrade, consult a professional electrician to make sure everything is wired properly and up to code.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222716" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Outdated-Appliances-After-b4ae53.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h3>2. Damage and wear</h3> <p>Nobody expects your kitchen to stay in like-new condition forever, but damage beyond normal wear and tear needs addressing.</p> <p>Water damage from a leaking fridge or dishwasher can cause mold on and underneath the flooring or peeling on the countertops, floors and walls, depending on the materials.</p> <p>Cracked, peeling or chipped countertops and floors are prime spots for dangerous bacteria to reside - and hide from cleaning supplies. Even clean counters and floors with stains can cause your guests to think twice when they're invited over a second time.</p> <p>Upgrading to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/materials/budget-countertop-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">newer counters</a> made from a durable material like granite is a good investment that can last practically a lifetime.</p> <h3>3. Not enough counter space</h3> <p>If your counters are covered with appliances, utensils and food, you need an upgrade. Ideally, your counters should always be clutter-free, and everything should have an easily accessible place.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222713" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_5882_timberandlove_m-5e1c51.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Adding more counter space doesn't have to mean tearing down walls and rehauling the layout. If your floor plan allows, installing an island is a great and relatively simple way to add counter space.</p> <p>If it&#8217;s not the space but the clutter that's the problem, larger cabinets or deeper drawers will increase storage so you can reclaim your counters.</p> <h3>4. You can't find anything</h3> <p>Do you look forward to cooking or dread the time commitment? How much time is actually spent on food prep versus searching for the right utensils, appliances and dishware?</p> <p>A disorganized kitchen makes it difficult to find anything, which can cause anxiety over cooking and render your kitchen useless. A fresh design and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/kitchens/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organization strategy</a> is a worthy investment to get you eating in your own home again and enjoying the cooking process.</p> <h3>5. Your house won't sell</h3> <p>Saving for your new home is often the priority when moving. But upgrading your current kitchen before you go is an investment that may very well pay for itself.</p> <p>Home shoppers often gravitate first toward the kitchen. So, if you've been having trouble selling your home and the kitchen&#8217;s outdated - that could be the reason.</p> <p>Buyers are usually more interested in move-in ready homes that require little or no remodeling. A more appealing, upgraded kitchen can be a motivating factor for buyers, hopefully resulting in less time on the market and a better selling price.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222714" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-After-1509e7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Make the necessary upgrades when the time comes, and your kitchen will reclaim its rightful place as the heart of the home.</p> <h6><em>Photos by Timothy Riley and Luke Caldwell.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/kitchens/diy-kitchen-makeover/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Makeover for Under $5,000</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AF7TaLqhs28:W4GhOMTkckw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AF7TaLqhs28:W4GhOMTkckw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/signs-you-need-kitchen-upgrade-222675/ 2017-11-15 18:09 +00:00 2017-11-16 07:09 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojwtaylpniydg2buny4gczrwom4wy2rw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/stoke-on-trent-council-selling-homes-1/ topics:things/buying-property topics:places/stoke storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property topics:events/turner-prize structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Stoke-on-Trent Council is selling off homes for £1 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:08:53 Z Sophie Christie 2017-11-15 11:08 +00:00 2017-11-16 00:08 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222557 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lyQIwt75P54/ Unique Homes cabins Finding home log cabins 10 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less If a cabin with exposed beams, wood-plank walls and a jetted tub feels out of reach - think again. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:32:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking for a vacation home or somewhere to leave the city behind and unplug the electronics for good, there are plenty of cabins to fit even a modest budget.</p> <p>Grab your favorite flavored latte and a flannel blanket before settling in to look at these 10 cozy cabins for $300,000 or less.</p> <h3>Gore, OK</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">96077 S Redbud Ln<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $294,900</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222560" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222560 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gore-OK-a1351d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>This A-frame cabin has stellar views of crystal-clear Lake Tenkiller from the spacious back porch, and it&#8217;s just down the road from direct water access. After a long day out on the lake, you'll enjoy the open-concept living and dining space, which has plenty of natural light from the French doors and the windows that stretch nearly up to the gable. Snuggle up with a book at the end of the day in one of the bedrooms or in the bonus sleeping loft upstairs.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more homes for sale in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/gore-ok" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gore</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h3>Lake Geneva, WI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N3211-Highland-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/40747850_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">N3211 Highland Dr<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $275,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222561" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N3211-Highland-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/40747850_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222561 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Lake-Geneva-WI-35e04b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N3211-Highland-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/40747850_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Located just minutes from downtown Lake Geneva, this log cabin has all the room you need to recover from the blustery, cold Wisconsin fall and winter temperatures. This isn't your run-of-the-mill cabin - it boasts many interesting architectural details, including beautiful A-frame beams across the living room, a stone fireplace, wide-plank hardwood floors and a front door with stained glass. End the day by relaxing in the jetted tub, or enjoy the views from the master suite balcony with a hot cup of cocoa. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Find more homes in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/lake-geneva-wi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lake Geneva</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h3>Gaylord, MI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Equestrian-Ct-Gaylord-MI-49735/106569805_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">1449 Equestrian Ct<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $299,500</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222562" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Equestrian-Ct-Gaylord-MI-49735/106569805_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222562 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gaylord-MI-573d2c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Equestrian-Ct-Gaylord-MI-49735/106569805_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Surrounded by 40 acres of nature, this cabin is sure to please those wanting to completely unplug and enjoy wildlife and foliage. The cabin is spacious, modern and updated, with vaulted pine ceilings, an open-concept living and dining space, and lots of natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A large deck extends from the living room, perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of nature. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Search for more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/gaylord-mi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gaylord</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> homes. </span></p> <h3>Morganton, GA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-Appalachian-Trce-Morganton-GA-30560/2092471832_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">215 Appalachian Trce<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $195,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222563" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-Appalachian-Trce-Morganton-GA-30560/2092471832_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222563 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Morganton-GA-093070.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="501" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-Appalachian-Trce-Morganton-GA-30560/2092471832_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>This Morganton home is the quintessential cabin in the woods. It features floor-to-ceiling wood planks, a stone fireplace in the corner, a deer-horn chandelier and a porch with rocking chairs. Located minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, this cabin is perfect for those who love to hike, bike or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness.</p> <p>Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/morganton-ga/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morganton</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h3>Sevierville, TN</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3201-Stepping-Stone-Dr-Sevierville-TN-37862/81464419_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3201 Stepping Stone Dr<br /> </a>For sale: $300,000</p> <figure id="attachment_222564" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3201-Stepping-Stone-Dr-Sevierville-TN-37862/81464419_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222564 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sevierville-TN-18ecab.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3201-Stepping-Stone-Dr-Sevierville-TN-37862/81464419_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This stunning cabin in Sevierville is truly a gem of the forest. With two stories of wraparound porches, floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living area, an updated kitchen with brand new appliances and real wood on the walls, floors and ceilings, you'll be living stylishly in the middle of the woods. Enjoy the sweeping views with a glass of wine on the couch - or from the bubbling hot tub on the porch. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Find another home in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sevierville-tn/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sevierville</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h3>Bridgewater, VT</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Chateauguay-Rd-Bridgewater-VT-05034/2099132157_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">1031 Chateauguay Rd<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $299,000 </span></p> <figure id="attachment_222565" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Chateauguay-Rd-Bridgewater-VT-05034/2099132157_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222565 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bridgewater-VT-d38c41.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Chateauguay-Rd-Bridgewater-VT-05034/2099132157_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is there anything more picturesque than a cabin in the middle of Vermont? This rustic Bridgewater cabin provides the perfect space to warm up by the fire and enjoy all of those fall evenings. Wood planks and beams cover the floors, walls and ceilings, giving the space a snug, den-like feeling. Outside, a covered porch awaits your rocking chair, and a hot tub on the patio gives you a great spot to stargaze. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/bridgewater-vt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridgewater</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> homes for sale. </span></p> <h3>Turners Station, KY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1429-Zen-Forest-Rd-Turners-Station-KY-40075/2092226322_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">1429 Zen Forest Rd<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $199,900</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222566" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1429-Zen-Forest-Rd-Turners-Station-KY-40075/2092226322_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222566 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Turners-Station-KY-120bba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="546" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1429-Zen-Forest-Rd-Turners-Station-KY-40075/2092226322_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This turnkey cabin in Turners Station gives you all the luxuries of the city without any of the noise. An open, updated kitchen with new appliances is just right around the corner from your wall-mounted electric fireplace, ensuring you'll be nice and toasty when you're preparing a meal. Upstairs, the oversized skylit loft would be great for a game room - or for piling up a bunch of blankets to fall asleep under the stars. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Find more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/turners-station-ky-40075/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turners Station</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> homes. </span></p> <h3>Cleburne, TX</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">8449 Bruntsfield Loop Dr<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $240,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222567" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222567 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cleburne-TX-d8734c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may not get cold in Texas very often, but you'll have the urge to cuddle up around a bonfire by this cabin in Cleburne. With cathedral-style ceilings, a covered porch and a modern, spacious kitchen, you'll be set up to host friends and family throughout the year. Best of all, the home is located in a neighborhood known for its golf club, which is one of the best in Texas. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Search for more homes in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/cleburne-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleburne</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h3>Elk, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13-Terry-Rd-Elk-WA-99009/108181053_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">13 Terry Rd<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $300,000</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222568" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13-Terry-Rd-Elk-WA-99009/108181053_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222568 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Elk-WA-1c7f26.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13-Terry-Rd-Elk-WA-99009/108181053_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lakefront living sure looks glamorous in this Elk cabin. Nestled on a beautiful property with plentiful opportunities for wildlife sightings, this home really does have it all: a beautifully designed kitchen, spacious bedrooms, a comfy covered porch and a private walkway to the shoreline. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/elk-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> homes for sale. </span></p> <h3>Westcliffe, CO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/510-Drunk-Horse-Ln-Westcliffe-CO-81252/2092934492_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">510 Drunk Horse Ln<br /> </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">For sale: $199,900</span></p> <figure id="attachment_222606" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/510-Drunk-Horse-Ln-Westcliffe-CO-81252/2092934492_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222606 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/A-frame-resized-911c8f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/510-Drunk-Horse-Ln-Westcliffe-CO-81252/2092934492_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its quirky shape and rustic interior, this A-frame cabin in Westcliffe looks and feels like it popped out of a Wes Anderson film. Although the cabin may be small, the views from the front porch are spectacular - from the Wet Mountain Valley to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. You&#8217;ll enjoy some serious stargazing here, as Westcliffe is a certified International Dark Sky Community.</span></p> <p>Check out more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/westcliffe-co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Westcliffe</span></a> homes.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Dream Cabin</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mountain Bliss: A Creekside Cabin, Rustic Treehouse &amp; Outdoor Canopy Bed</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lyQIwt75P54:u2nio1nr8zA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lyQIwt75P54:u2nio1nr8zA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/ 2017-11-14 17:32 +00:00 2017-11-15 06:32 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ozytknbqmzugg2zrovwwo4dhmq3xazbz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-prices-accelerate-leave-london-cold/ storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property House prices accelerate but leave London in the cold Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:10:56 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-11-14 13:10 +00:00 2017-11-15 02:10 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6323/national-median-reaches-record-high?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=National+median+reaches+record+high https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6323/national-median-reaches-record-high?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=National+median+reaches+record+high National median reaches record high REINZ's October figures show price rises in every region apart from Auckland and Nelson. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 2017-11-15 00:00 +13:00 2017-11-15 00:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oqydcmlpgjttezdvnmydondnhbywgmzz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/inside-spaceship-house-highgate-longlisted-grand-designs-house/ topics:people/kate-winslet topics:things/interiors topics:things/steel storytype:standard topics:places/space topics:things/planning topics:things/grey topics:things/grand-designs structure:money topics:organisations/channel-4 structure:property Inside the 'spaceship' house in Highgate longlisted for Grand Designs: House of the Year Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:00:00 Z Cherry Maslen 2017-11-14 06:00 +00:00 2017-11-14 19:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222514 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/VZtYAA_l2uc/ Home Improvement Cleaning curb appeal home maintenance homeownership The 9-to-5er's Guide to Keeping Your House Clean When it comes to cleaning your house, it's all about dividing and conquering. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:21:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/#comments Steve Asbell <p>If cleaning the house seems like one big chore, you're probably doing it wrong. Before you put off cleaning for yet another month, here are some ways to make housework a comfortable and even enjoyable part of your daily routine.</p> <h3>Start small</h3> <p>If you begin and end each day with a little picking up, you'll never get swamped with housework again. Keeping a clean house begins with good habits like making your bed every morning and cleaning the dishes while you cook. Nobody wants to navigate through a minefield of yesterday's mess to make coffee, so never allow yourself to fall asleep with dirty dishes or a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">disheveled</a> living room.</p> <p>Before you leave for work in the morning, take one to two minutes to tidy up. That way, you can look forward to returning to a clean and stress-free house.</p> <h3>Enjoy yourself</h3> <p>Even the most reviled of household chores can be enjoyable if you have some headphones or a portable speaker. Truth be told, cleaning the house is a hidden source of me time that you'll eventually learn to love.</p> <p>For example, if you think vacuuming kind of sucks, listen to an energetic playlist of your favorite songs and sway to the music like nobody's watching. If you haven't had much time to read lately, listen to audiobooks and podcasts while you do the dishes. If you're a parent and miss watching movies and shows without singing princesses, prop up your phone or tablet and use some wireless headphones to do a little binge-watching. Yay for chores!</p> <h3>Simplify your chore list</h3> <p>Rather than making a never-ending list of unattainable projects, break it up into manageable, bite-sized pieces.</p> <p>Get a blank sheet of paper and make four columns: Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly. Everyday chores like making the bed, picking up the house and doing the dishes can go in the Daily column. Chores like vacuuming and dusting can go in either the Weekly or Monthly column, depending on what's realistic for your lifestyle. Reserve the Yearly column for big projects like cleaning the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">oven</a>, shampooing the carpet and wiping down the fan blades.</p> <p>Even if you fall behind on your chore list, seeing it all laid out on one page will reduce your anxiety and make procrastination a thing of the past.</p> <h3>Stock your cleaning caddy</h3> <p>Instead of using one caddy to store all your cleaning supplies, only fill it with what you'll use on a weekly basis: spray bottles of all-purpose cleaner and window cleaner, paper towels, a rag, dusting cloth, scrub brush, heavy-duty sponge and an old toothbrush for hard-to-reach places.</p> <p>To ensure that you'll actually use the caddy, keep it in your bathroom so it's easily accessible. Store specialty kitchen cleaning products (stainless steel and cooktop cleaners) in the kitchen, and keep big bottles of bleach, vinegar and floor cleaner in the garage. And of course, keep any cleaning products out of the reach of young children.</p> <h3>Multitask</h3> <p>Even though your sink is caked with toothpaste, soap scum and beard stubble, you still haven't found the time to clean your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-signs-time-redo-bathroom-202574/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bathroom</a> lately. Well, fellow procrastinators, here's a little secret: You can wipe the sink while you get ready in the morning! Keep a roll of paper towels underneath the sink so you can wipe the countertop and basin whenever you brush your teeth.</p> <p>To keep the shower clean, fill a hollow dish scrubber with a mixture of half dish soap and half vinegar, keep it in the shower and scrub the tiles a little every time you shower.</p> <p>To spot clean the kitchen floor and put off mopping another week, save any damp paper towels whenever you clean the kitchen counters. Before throwing them out, use them to clean up messes on the floor.</p> <h3>Aim for finished, not perfect</h3> <p>Nobody's going to go over your cleaning job with a fine-tooth comb, so don't bother sweating the small stuff. The goal is to make cleaning an attainable habit that fits in nicely with your busy lifestyle; worrying about not doing a good enough job will only make you procrastinate more.</p> <p>Another problem is biting off more than you can chew. If mopping the whole house at once seems too daunting a task for one afternoon, settle for the kitchen floor for now. You can always move on to another room if you feel the urge.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/household-chores-to-outsource-193926/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Household Chores You&#8217;re Better Off Outsourcing</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clutter-control-tiny-home-195651/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Clutter-Control Tips From Tiny Home Experts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=VZtYAA_l2uc:Bgm-7AU45Ww:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=VZtYAA_l2uc:Bgm-7AU45Ww:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/ 2017-11-13 18:21 +00:00 2017-11-14 07:21 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gruds3dggfrwwmtpgjwtc3tdovzgo3jt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/pipers-country-manor-built-founder-luxury-london-store-liberty/ topics:organisations/retail-and-consumer-industry storytype:standard topics:places/buckinghamshire topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Pipers, a country manor built by the founder of luxury London store Liberty, is on the market Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-11-13 13:00 +00:00 2017-11-14 02:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6322/october-results-a-mixed-bag?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=October+results+a+mixed+bag https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6322/october-results-a-mixed-bag?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=October+results+a+mixed+bag October results a mixed bag Harcourts figures for October show a housing market that is slowing down, but still positive for investors according to CEO Chris Kennedy. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 2017-11-14 00:00 +13:00 2017-11-14 00:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nq3ds3rqg43temtunntw2z3roq3windd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/story-unsung-war-hero-behind-trereife-park-family-bb-cornwall/ topics:things/horses topics:things/weddings topics:things/dogs storytype:standard topics:things/great-estates topics:things/family topics:events/remembrance-sunday structure:money topics:places/cornwall topics:events/world-war-one topics:events/world-war-two structure:property The story of the unsung war hero behind Trereife Park, the family b&b in Cornwall Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:30:00 Z Anna White 2017-11-12 13:30 +00:00 2017-11-13 02:30 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=202574 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/l5sAamKY--A/ Home Improvement Bathrooms Best of 2016 remodeling 9 Signs It's Time to Update Your Bathroom If a bad layout, poor lighting and leaky fixtures are getting in the way, it might be time for some changes. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:52:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-signs-time-redo-bathroom-202574/#comments Becca Milfeld <p>A bathroom should be a place of comfort - the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently during a harried morning.</p> <p>"You're going to spend time in there every day," says Sarah Hurd, part of the mother-daughter team behind Short Story Renovations, a Baltimore-area design, rehab and staging company. &#8220;You should not hate your bathroom.&#8221;</p> <p>If a bad layout, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brighten-dark-home-222057/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">poor lighting</a> and leaky fixtures are getting in the way, it might be time for some changes.</p> <p>Here are nine signs that your bathroom could use a little work.</p> <h3>1. Not photogenic</h3> <p>"It's weird how you can see in a picture what you can't see anymore with your own eyes," says Angela Hurd of Short Story Renovations.</p> <p><strong>The fix:</strong> She and her daughter, Sarah, recommend that clients take a photograph of their bathroom to get a better sense of what they might not otherwise notice. People can become blind to the discord - from a mismatched color palette to accumulated junk on the vanity counter, she says.</p> <h3>2. Outdated colors</h3> <p>Funky hues can be one of the most noticeable signs that a bathroom is out of date.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>White, gray and black palettes will lend an element of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ageless beauty</a> to any space, says Michael Merschat, an architect with high-end residential design-build firm Wentworth Inc. of Chevy Chase, MD.</p> <p>People are coming back to "that white, timeless look, be it a very modern-style white or something with a little more traditional flare," he says.</p> <figure id="attachment_222463" style="max-width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/house,condo,apartment_duplex,mobile,townhouse_type/20025219_zpid/34.177867,-118.307219,34.118911,-118.457937_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222463 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1f-663db3.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Crisp, neutral palettes can lend calm sophistication to any bathroom. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-North-Hollywood-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>3. Smells like a bathroom</h3> <p>"With some bathrooms, you walk in and they just have an old bathroom smell," Sarah Hurd notes. It&#8217;s another indication that it's time for a renovation.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Replacing a toilet's wax seal, fixing a persistent, mold-causing sink leak, or adding better ventilation to a windowless bathroom can all be sure fixes for a fresher-smelling experience.</p> <h3>4. Bad layout</h3> <p>Awkward bathroom layout is another indication that it&#8217;s time for an update. Odd arrangements, such as a toilet directly next to the bathtub, are typical in bungalows and houses built in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, when plumbing was a new phenomenon.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Installing a separate water closet can be a winning move, Merschat says. "It gives a nice bit of refinement to the room when the toilet isn&#8217;t sitting out in the middle of the space.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_222472" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11411-Brown-Trl-Tomball-TX-77377/68412570_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222472 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-e070e8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">An outside-the-box arrangement can refine an otherwise predictable space. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11411-Brown-Trl-Tomball-TX-77377/68412570_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>5. Leaks</h3> <p>When brown water stains appear on the ceiling below the bathroom, it's definitely time to make repairs and update.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Take the opportunity to put in modern fixtures that conserve water and speak to your style, Merschat advises.</p> <h3>6. Poor lighting</h3> <p>&#8220;If you're either blinded by the lights that are overhead, or it's so dim you can barely see yourself in the mirror, that's a problem," says Sarah Hurd.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Better <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-change-a-light-fixture/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">light fixtures</a> and brighter light bulbs may be the first step on your path to a bathroom redo.</p> <figure id="attachment_222464" style="max-width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1555-Monaco-Pkwy-Denver-CO-80220/13288823_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222464 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-1c641d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">New light fixtures easily brighten and modernize the space. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1555-Monaco-Pkwy-Denver-CO-80220/13288823_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>7. Stylistic relics</h3> <p>If you have wallpaper or popcorn ceilings still hanging around from decades past, your bathroom is due for an update.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Wallpaper is making a comeback, so think about using it in a new way. "We've actually redone powder rooms where we've put wallpaper on the ceiling to give it a different pop," Merschat says.</p> <h3>8. Low on storage</h3> <p>Can&#8217;t <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/organizing-undersink-storage/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">store all the things</a> you need in the bathroom? This calls for action.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>Install a larger vanity, or add shelves above the toilet. You could even knock out a wall and steal a little space from another room to create a linen closet.</p> <figure id="attachment_222470" style="max-width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12414-Milbank-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20024561_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-222470 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-d2c0c6.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Install a new vanity with broadened storage options, like open shelving. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12414-Milbank-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20024561_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>9. Time to sell</h3> <p>If you're not interested in fixing up your bathroom for yourself, do it for your home's next tenants.</p> <p><strong>The fix: </strong>A fancy new washroom can add just the right panache to spur potential buyers to action. "Redoing a bathroom that's just an eyesore within the house might make a huge difference," Merschat says.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re ready to renovate, start thinking about the look you want for your new bathroom. At Short Story Renovations, the Hurds use <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/zillow/pins/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pinterest</a> to share ideas with their clients.</p> <p>"[We] start a board that all of us can put stuff on,&#8221; Angela Hurd explains. &#8220;That way [our clients aren&#8217;t] in the dark about what we're trying to do." This practice helps everyone involved get a feel for one look and stick with it.</p> <p><em>Get started with your own <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/bathrooms/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bathroom design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3608-Beverly-Dr-Dallas-TX-75205/27201248_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-bathroom-with-personality-221764/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is Your Bathroom a Total Snooze Fest? 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