Okay, here's the deal, I came across a blogger rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors for things like a DIY wood pallet bed or flooring. The arguments are compelling indeed and have made me re-think all those 'pallet projects' I've promoted over the years.
Consider the history of recycled wood pallets
They are “exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects” and bird droppings.
Every year REALTOR Magazine puts out a report called Cost vs. Value in which they advise homeowners* which remodeling projects will net the biggest turn on investment. The 2015 report can be summed up simply: less is more.
For example, a steel door replacement, can return a whopping 101.8 percent of cost–and the cost in consideration is a professional installation ($1,230 national average), so just think of the added value of a DIY installation. Continue Reading
Bigger is not always more beautiful when it comes to architecture. Nir Pearlson’s energy-wise Plan 890-1 proves it. A rather ho-hum name for Fine Homebuilding Magazine‘s top pick for Small Home Plan of 2013. So how small is it? Eight-hundred square feet, but the open living space inside makes it seem much larger than its tiny footprint.The two bedroom, one bathroom ‘garden cottage’ oozes a modern/rustic charm both inside and out.Continue Reading
Back in 1970, the former head of the Dayton-Hudson Corp., Ken Dayton and his wife, Judy commissioned Romaldo Giurgola to design a home on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN. The 8,500 sf outcome is pictured above. Last year, the home changed hands for a cool $10 million. The new owners, Cargil heir Donald C. MacMillan and wife Judy, have new plans for the home. Demolish it to make room for a bigger 9,095 sf home with a 2,085 sf guest/pool house connected via breezeway. Continue Reading
These six scenarios sound like something straight out of a Stephen KIng novel. I posit that they’re even scarier because they’re REAL. From less to most creepy (although that is totally subjective) here they are…
Number SIX on the creep-out scale: Finding out your new home is located atop a burial ground. How’d the homeowner discover this? When foundation was being dug for some remodeling and a human skull rolled out.
The property at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in the West Village of NYC, is famous for once being the home to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margret Mead, Cary Grant and John Barrymore. Also known as the Millay House, it may also be the skinniest in the city. Built in 1850, the property is a scant 9 feet wide.
But what it lacks in width it makes up for in ammenities, which include marble facades, custom millwork, and a master bath complete with a balcony that overlooks a private back garden. Continue Reading
You might be able to guess what this is just by considering the name. If you can’t, take a look at the ‘Ostrich’ in action:
The makers describe it as a sort of pillow/cushion/bed/garment hybrid. Besides a means to escape, it’s perfect for taking ‘power naps’ at our desks. Not for those prone to claustrophobia, I’m guessing.
Hi friends, I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for supporting Curbly and driving our incredible growth this year. This May, we surpassed 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time ever, and that’s a pretty big deal for us. Our Facebook page has more than 4,000 fans, and our Twitter flock is, well, OK, still a little small but we’re working on it (hint: go follow us on Twitter!).
In fact, we’re so thrilled you choose to visit us every day, we’d like to offer you a thank-you gift: a free copy of our Make It! Continue Reading