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A Brooklyn Artist Adjusts to Making Art in Solitude

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lesley Dill usually works with six to eight assistants, but now she is alone with the hundreds of yards of fabric she uses for her mixed-media art.

What Will Tomorrow’s Workplace Bring? More Elbow Room, for Starters

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The pandemic may result in fundamental changes, altering how office buildings are designed. In the short term, expect more hand sanitizer and less “hot-desking.”

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York.

Author Dennis Lehane inks a deal for Westchester home

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

After putting his Playa del Rey home on the market, writer Dennis Lehane has purchased a Westchester house three miles away for $2.395 million.

Actress Abbe Lane parts with Palm Desert retreat

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In Palm Desert, singer-actress Abbe Lane and her husband, theatrical agent Perry Leff, have sold their golf course retreat for $2.91 million.

Perfect shelves and unblocked drains: 10 easy DIY tasks to transform your house quickly

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

From hanging pictures to resealing the bath, now is the time to tackle the jobs you have been ignoring – many of them much simpler than you think

While you have been stuck at home staring at the four walls and everything inside them, you may have noticed that some of what you see is broken. Small problems that may not have bothered you when you spent all day at work – a wonky curtain, a creaky door – suddenly demand your attention. But how do you fix things without professional help, armed only with limited tools and even more limited competence? We asked the experts for advice on the 10 simplest DIY tasks you can tackle right now.

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Turning Your Home Into Your Main Food Producer

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The coronavirus has led countless Americans to rethink how they cook, eat and source food, both to expand their supply and connect to community.

In Atlanta, a Major Renovation Without a Major Investment

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To turn a dated house into a family home, a designer used budget-friendly tactics, salvaging existing materials and customizing bargain furniture.

In it together: how to share space and resolve flatmate rows when you can't storm out

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

All the places you once used to escape your flatmates are closed, so how do you keep your cool? And what about when you fancy one of them?

Generation Rent is used to living in cramped spaces – and to sharing those cramped spaces with others. But as the coronavirus lockdown wears on, we’re having to spend more time than ever cooped up in them. While all those useful places we once went to escape – the pubs, cafes, gyms and even friends’ homes – are out of bounds.

Social distancing isn’t a problem for me; I’ve been practising it for years. If I could avoid my own shadow I would. However, for the less introverted and most of you who don’t reserve passing glances with long-time housemates solely for special occasions (such as when you have no choice), navigating this period might be quite difficult.

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Couple follow TV's Dick and Angel Strawbridge and buy a £339k French chateau

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In the new series of Escape to the Chateau DIY, we are introduced to a couple who renovate a sprawling 11-bedroom French property.

Kirstie Allsopp on life in lockdown: 'People think I’m a robust, gung-ho person. I’m not'

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The presenter is filming a home crafts series to help take everyone’s minds off things. She discusses privilege, pressure and her worries about Britain’s housing divide

There is a “terrible fight” going on in Kirstie Allsopp’s kitchen. Her two sons, who are 11 and 13, are making a chocolate cake. Allsopp, speaking on the phone, takes a pause to listen out. At least they’re not on screens – she has been trying, and not always succeeding, to implement a no-screens-before-6pm policy. How is that even possible? “Screaming. Threats. I haven’t resorted to physical violence yet,” she says with a laugh. (In 2018, Allsopp became notorious, briefly, for saying she had smashed her children’s iPads because they were spending too long on them.)

Allsopp, 48, has presented the property show Location, Location, Location since 2000. And there are other TV shows, including a property renovation programme, Love It Or List It. She has also become known for shows about home crafts, and is about to begin filming a lockdown crafts special for Channel 4, with a team of 11 who are arriving at her house this week. They have all been in self-isolation for a couple of weeks in preparation – the channel believes the team can travel and work safely – and Allsopp has turned her tennis court into a kind of field canteen, where they will all eat together twice a day. She is putting them all up, and somehow, she says, will all observe the physical-distancing rules (yes, her house must be huge).

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Recipe: Easiest ever chocolate cake

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This throw-it-all-in-the-food processor chocolate cake is useful for many occasions.

How long will we be working from home? What we know — and what we don't

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

When can we go back to work? No one knows. Until then, try to be good to yourself.

Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This week’s properties are in Montvale, N.J., and in Larchmont, N.Y.

This crisis has changed our experience of home – and exposed the deep pain of poor housing | Suzanne Moore

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Do you have a garden? Do you live on the 17th floor of a tower block or in a castle? Coronavirus is making old divisions sharper, clearer and more damaging than ever

How does your garden grow? My local neighbourhood app is full of people swapping compost while my Facebook feed is full of photos of daffodils – little explosions of hope and rebirth. Who can resent that? Well, quite a few people, actually; the hashtag #selfishpricks has been trending on Twitter. The selfish pricks are people who go to parks and don’t observe social distancing. This may well be selfish, but another kind of selfishness is growing alongside it, from those who fail to recognise many people don’t have outside space. To live through this pandemic is to feel this viscerally; so much inequality is being played out.

One can refuse this knowledge or fake it. Every time I see a Tory minister saying they know what it’s like being indoors all day with small kids, I catch myself thinking: “What do you actually know? Have you ever lived in a tiny flat with small kids and no garden? Do you really know what it is like not to have a tiny scrap of land where you can sit outside, set up a swing and still know you’re at home?” I lived this way with two kids until my mid-30s. The memory of acquiring a small concrete yard stays with me. To this day, I cannot garden, but to be able to sit outside is a luxury.

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How to Put Your Pantry in Order (and Stop Wasting Food)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Step one: Start by making a mess. Here’s what to do after that.

Former Lakers big man Tarik Black tests the market in Hollywood Hills

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

After two years in Hollywood Hills, former Laker Tarik Black has put his three-story home on the market for $2.195 million.

$1.8 Million Homes in California

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

An International Style house in Berkeley, a Hollywood Hills retreat and a townhouse in Redondo Beach.

Shopping for Small Desks

Monday, April 6, 2020

You don’t need a huge, hulking desk to have an efficient work space at home. Here are five that will fit almost anywhere.

We can't raise a mortgage against our £1.25m home for our holiday let barn

Monday, April 6, 2020

We need £50,000 for a second bathroom but mention ‘holiday let’ and lenders just shy away

Q My wife and I jointly own a listed manor house with a number of outbuildings including a converted barn which is used as a holiday let. We own the house and all outbuildings plus about 10 acres of land.
We were intending to add a second en-suite bathroom in the holiday let and hoping to take out a mortgage for around £50,000 to pay for the development. We wanted to raise a mortgage against our home which is valued at £1.25m. We have lived in it for three years and are mortgage free. My wife is 53 and works full time and has an annual income of £40,000. I am 61 and retired, so look after the holiday let and all our gardens. Please can you advise as to what type of mortgage options would be available? We expected to be able to get a normal residential mortgage. The payment is not dependent on the holiday let income. As soon as we mention a holiday let all standard mortgage providers shy away. I cannot understand why. We have a 100% equity in our property and only require a small mortgage over, say, 15 years.
JK

A The reason that standard mortgage providers shy away from your pretty niche proposition is quite straightforward. According to independent mortgage advisor Luther Yeates of Clifton Private Finance, “banks and building societies aren’t really set up to look at your fairly complex set-up and then work out if they can offer a solution. They’re looking at the criteria for the loans they’ve got on offer, and ticking off if you match”. Yeates explains that high-street lenders can also find it challenging to consider other less standard areas such as ex-pat mortgages, funding for property renovation and home-owner builders, as well as people looking to borrow more than the usual 3.5 times their income.

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UK house sales will collapse in 2020 as market goes into deep freeze, says study

Monday, April 6, 2020

Major analysis of coronavirus impact stresses property prices will dip only 3% and then rebound next year

House sales in the UK will collapse this year as the coronavirus pandemic puts the property market into deep freeze. But prices will fall by only 3% and will rebound next year, according to global consultancy Knight Frank.

In the first reassessment of the property market by one of the major forecasters, Knight Frank said the number of house sales in the UK would plummet from 1,175,000 last year to just 734,000 this year.

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UK house sales will collapse in 2020 as market goes into deep freeze, says study

Monday, April 6, 2020

Major analysis of coronavirus impact stresses property prices will dip only 3% and then rebound next year

House sales in the UK will collapse this year as the coronavirus pandemic puts the property market into deep freeze. But prices will fall by only 3% and will rebound next year, according to global consultancy Knight Frank.

In the first reassessment of the property market by one of the major forecasters, Knight Frank said the number of house sales in the UK would plummet from 1,175,000 last year to just 734,000 this year.

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Country diary: winning the trust of a friendly robin

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dartmoor, Devon: Though one of our most approachable birds, it has taken months to persuade this garden robin to eat out of my hand

It landed with the lightest of pressure, toes thin as fuse wire splayed on my outstretched fingers. With eyes closed, one might have mistaken the weight for the touch of falling raindrops.

There, on my upturned hand, a robin – my friendly garden robin. Dark pupils watched me as it tucked in to the seed mix on my palm, picking sunflower kernels from the pile one at a time.

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Coronavirus: First home buyers lock down Waikato home day before quarantine

Monday, April 6, 2020

A Waikato couple managed to move into their first home within hours of the national lockdown.

Construction in New York Limps Forward Despite Shutdown Order

Monday, April 6, 2020

The city is trying to enforce a stop-work order to keep workers safe. But there are exemptions, and many developers want one.

Auckland homes to be demolished to make way for Harbour Bridge cycle path

Monday, April 6, 2020

Last-minute design change means several homes will be demolished to make way for cycle ramp off Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Homes That Sold for Around $1 Million

Monday, April 6, 2020

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Flush your toilet with rain - and save bucketloads!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Making home improvements to save money is still possible with a little bit of imagination - and online ordering. Toby Walne looks at all your options.

Gardening through lockdown? Go online and support our small growers | James Wong

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Help keep independent plant suppliers afloat – and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening in these uncertain times

In uncertain times, gardening can be a powerful therapeutic tool. When distracted by fresh air and new growth – and with your hands and mind busy – it is so much easier to live in the here and now, focussing less on the things beyond your control. Yet, like many industries, the current situation is hitting small, independent growers hard. Coinciding with the crucial spring season, this period could really mean make or break for the many tiny, family-run nurseries that underpin UK horticulture. However, British mail-order plant suppliers will be able to reward your support now with plants to boost your spirits. All without you having to pass your front door.

D’Arcy and Everest has been producing some of the finest alpine plants in the world from their Cambridgeshire nursery since 1992, including some species I’ve never seen anywhere else. These are perfect if you have a bright spot with well-drained soil. This doesn’t have to be a traditional rock garden or alpine bed, as their tolerance for searing sun, poor soil and drought also makes these plants perfect for windswept roof terraces, or brightening up gravel driveways.

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In worrying times, there is nurture to be found in nature | Allan Jenkins

Sunday, April 5, 2020

From tending seedlings to digging potatoes, gardening brings comfort and healing

My column for the first Sunday in any month usually focuses on the jobs to do, the seeds to sow, depending on where we are in the growing season. But these are unusual times. So April’s column will be published next week.

I thought, instead, to explore the comfort and healing I find in gardening, whether it is digging a trench for potatoes on the plot or tending a rose in a pot on the terrace.

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