Posts by Claudine Zap
- Claudine Zap at Spaces1 day ago
Ask for a tour of Dee Williams's house, and it won't take long. The 84-square-foot space is no bigger than a parking spot.
There's no running water, no Wi-Fi, the fridge is a cooler, and the toilet is compostable. Williams knows how extreme this sounds. Before she downsized, she used to worry about the mortgage on her three-bedroom home, how to outfit her kitchen with matching appliances, and the endless string of home repairs.
But in 2003, after suffering congestive heart failure in her early 40s, Williams decided to simplify. She shed most of her belongings and sold her home in Portland, Oregon.
- Spaces3 mths ago
If you’ve ever wondered what a Porsche would look like in condo form, ponder no longer. The luxury carmaker has broken ground on the Porsche Design Tower in Miami, which will cater to superrich car lovers.
The posh Porsche building is set to open in 2016. Not surprisingly, automobiles are a focus. The design features three glass elevators that will take residents to the door of their apartment without the need to exit their vehicle. Residents will park in “sky garages” right next to their living quarters.
Owners will be able to feast their eyes on their four-wheeled babies right from the living room. And, bonus, never have to worry about forgetting where they parked. (Click here or on the images above to go to a slideshow.)
- Spaces4 mths ago
For that special someone who has everything, how about a $114 million mansion inspired by the Palace of Versailles?
The astronomically priced townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side is on the market, and even comes gift-wrapped for the holidays — the façade has been adorned with a bright red bow.
The interiors are fit for royalty: They feature astounding rooms inspired by the French palace, Italian castles, and even Queens (not Marie Antoinette, but the actual New York City borough; more on that in a moment).
The 40-foot-wide building is a full six floors high and covers about 22,000 square feet, with a 2,000-square-foot roof deck, according to the real estate firm Corcoran Group, which recently listed the property. Corcoran's website also touts the building's "Central Park views, soaring 12-32 foot ceilings, palatial entertaining space," and "the finest European-imported materials."
- Spaces4 mths ago
Architect Macy Miller had a big idea: Build a tiny house.
After dealing with a messy foreclosure, the 30-year-old sought a way to have a place of her own while avoiding the mortgage trap. Her solution: Build a micro home.
"I wanted a way to escape dependency on banks without being a 'renter,'" the Idaho resident told Yahoo in an email. "I like having my own space to make my own, which is difficult to do without taking out a large mortgage."
Miller began to build a 196-square-foot house in 2011, right on a flatbed truck. The cost: $11,400. The handy Miller did most of the work herself, with advice from her friends and father as needed.
Miller did need some extra help last August: While working on her roof, she fell and broke her foot and her back in two places. She says she has since recovered from her injuries.