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  • Beach Cottages For Sale; Austria's Stunning Mountain Villas

    Photo via Automatism · A Kansas city energy plant converted into performance hall. · Look inside the Bronx's crumbling 'Castle on the Concourse'. · How much for this Montauk oceanview house? · A seductive abstraction: architecture & photography's tacit pact....

  • Handmade in LA: VVoods Bedroom Furniture

    LA-based furniture company VVOODS is the work of two design-minded Brits, Gareth Walsh and Helen Cooper, who moved to the city and instantly fell for the aged patina and graining of California old-growth wood. Gareth, a designer and professor at UCLA's Design Media Arts department, and Helen, a…

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  • Architect Visit: The Look of Things to Come

    At first glance, the unconventional shape of the Just K house in Tübingen, Germany, might lead you to assume that we've stumbled upon an architect’s folly . Designed by architects Björn Martenson, Sonja Nagel, and Jan Theissen of German-based design practice AMUNT, the house was awarded the…

  • Mortgage activity drops, but average loan at record

    Despite warmer weather, relatively stable interest rates and more homes coming on the market for sale, mortgage applications fell last week.
  • 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances

    Being confined to small cooking quarters doesn't mean being limited to subpar appliances. Yes, we've seen cooks be creative with camping stoves and fireplaces. But if you're living day to day with a tiny kitchen, there's a growing selection of compact cooking appliances that offer big performance…

  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection

    You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...

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  • Neglected Scottish Farmstead Gets a Rad Steel-Clad Redo

    Photos by Andrew Meredith/Dwell When Angelique Robb and her husband Gavin first toured the hardscrabble cluster of semi-derelict Scottish farmstead buildings that they would eventually call home, their original idea was to do the renovation themselves. "Now I wonder what...

  • Soak Up the Eccentric History of Britain's Craftiest Home

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons When England's A La Ronde first came into the hands of the National Trust, its caretakers found a cache of 476 keys that it took them four years to match to all the doors, cupboards, secret...

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  • Semi-Subterranean Digs: Modern Take on Native Pit Houses

    Modernism meets traditional environmental systems in this elegant dwelling seemingly sliced into the ground around it, drawing on geothermal advantages without forcing its residents entirely underground. Dubbed the Edgeland Residence, this project by Bercy Chen Studio rehabilitates an existing…
  • Shipping Container Co. Turns its Product into Coolest HQ Ever

    Photo via Inhabitat Serving as quite the effective advertisement, this sleek HQ built for shipping container company Royal Wolf just might be the coolest office ever to be made entirely from cargo containers. While other workplaces might feature the odd...

  • Consider reading the manual or instructions before buying

    And a Consumer Reports staff member was disappointed after buying a $100 electronic activity tracker only to find out that it transmits data to the iPhone, not to the Android phone he owns. You can avoid these kinds of post-purchase regrets by reading the product manual or instructions before…
  • 'Masterpiece of Human Creation' in Oregon Asks $15.9M

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to view the full...

  • On its 50th Birthday, a Look at the Starchitecture of the '64 World's Fair

    Photo via Wikipedia Commons On this day 50 years ago, on a 646-acre swatch of Queens, the 1964 New York World's Fair unveiled the future. Here architects built a world The Jetsons (which debuted in '62) might have encountered: disk-shaped...

  • 5 ways to save on homeowners insurance

    Home coverage isn't cheap, but there are ways to spend less.
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  • World's Most Ovular Treehouse Invites Alone Time on a Pond

    Photo via Arch Daily Built by German design firm Baumraum—no strangers to the world of avant-garde arboreal architecture—this 398-square-foot treehouse in the forests of Uslar, Germany is just about as secluded as they come. Surrounded on all sides by natural...

  • Virginia Farm with George Washington Ties Heads to Auction

    Click here to view the full photogallery. While JFK's vacation home waits for a buyer at $7.95M, another Virginia property with a presidential seal of approval is looking to change hands, this one part of Fairfield, an estate once...

  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly

    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.19 percent, up from 4.14 percent.

  • The tale of one woman's radically simplified 'built-it-myself' life

    Dee Williams lives in an 84-square-foot house with no running water and no Wi-Fi. But it's the streamlined life she chose after learning of a heart condition a decade ago -- and as she writes in her just-released memoir, she doesn't regret it.

  • Former Tenement Comes Back to Life as a '60s-Inspired Pad

    Photo via Contemporist Located in an old tenement building, this charmingly eccentric little home in Warsaw, Poland recently received a cheerful makeover at the hands of Polish firm Widawscy Studio Architektury. Due to its petite size and rather narrow build,...

  • Legendary Paul Rudolph Home is Getting a Touring Replica

    Photo via Arch Daily Modernism fans dismayed by the abnormally short lifespans of homes by late legend Paul Rudolph finally have a recent Rudolph-related development worth celebrating. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation recently announced that Rudolph's iconic Walker Guest House will...

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