Month: April 2019

DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 …

April 29, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit. This DIY project is easy to complete, and you'll be making s'mores around the fire in no time.  Get ready Before you begin building, consult your local fire code to see if fire pits are allowed in your city and, if so, how far away the fire pit has to be from a structure. Then, gather your supplies: Bricks for the fire pit wall Gravel Twine or string Tape measure Stake Large shovel Trowel Tamp Level When purchasing bric[…]

This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space

April 17, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Ground control to Major Tom: Here's a home unlike any other we've seen. A lifelong architect went intergalactic to find inspiration for one of his latest designs: a tiny home shaped like a lunar lander. Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams. Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overloo[…]

Sanctuary: An Astronomer’s Home Observatory

April 16, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Jonathan Fay lives a double life. By day, he works in software engineering, but once the sun goes down, he opens a window to the heavens - right in his own backyard. The amateur astronomer designed and built an observatory behind his Woodinville, Washington, home to house his 12-inch telescope. There, he gazes at planetary nebula and photographs galaxies. For Fay, having his own sanctuary is out of this world. How would you describe your sanctuary? My observatory is a place of peace where I c[…]

Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home

April 14, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Why live on the bubble when you can experience life inside it? It's an appropriate question to ponder while gazing at the forest from inside this unusual dome home in upstate New York. Made to maximize views while maintaining partial privacy, this geodesic bubble tent is equal parts glamping destination and fishbowl. It's the perfect place to observe nature without fully immersing yourself in it. Copyright 2018 Leon Cato Photography. Tucked away on a farm in Woodridge, New York, the dome is s[…]

9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed

April 10, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Have you ever ended up with a bed of dead flowers, mountains of mulch and a whopping garden center receipt? Let's do something about that, shall we? Get your gardening groove back with these nine tips. 1. Start with a clean slate There are two kinds of flower beds: those that have been well-prepared and those that are covered in weeds. Give your unplanted bed the once-over. Does it get enough sunlight? Does water tend to collect there? Have you removed all weeds, roots and rocks so your plant[…]

Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

April 10, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury - something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But an avid gardener, runner or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home. Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoo[…]

9 Homes With Dreamy Spots for April Showers

April 8, 2019 Real Estate Tips
A good spring shower leaves the earth feeling refreshed and renewed - which is not unlike a good shower in your own home. A well-designed and polished bathroom can invigorate you in the morning or relax you before bed. These 10 bathrooms in for-sale homes across the country give us that feeling of rejuvenation - and make us just the tiniest bit envious. Spa-like in the city For sale: $1.3 million This Tudor revival in Washington, D.C., is equal parts modern and traditional - and its sleek yet[…]

Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

April 4, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that’s a nice idea. Get the most out of the kitchen space you do have with these tips. Make room You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help increase your workspace. Burner covers for your stove and a large cutting board or tray can create extra counter space when you&#[…]

Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Sh…

April 4, 2019 Real Estate Tips
Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn't have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments. Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces. Closets What matters most when sharing closet space is equality. No, you don't need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don't). But you should stick to your de[…]