Posts by Ilyce R. Glink
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces14 hrs ago
Imagine an urban parking garage, emptied of its cars and filled instead with dozens of parking-spot-size homes.
It’s the vision of a group of more than 80 students, alumni and educators from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. They have been experimenting with these car-sized homes, called SCADpads, that could be plunked into any parking garage and instantly provide housing in overpriced downtown areas of major cities.
“We’re targeting decks built in the middle of the 20th century, located in the heart of a city,” says Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at SCAD. “Many of these were built as fallout shelters and will basically be there until the end of time.”
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces13 days ago
In a small apartment in the modern center of Amsterdam, Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse parties like it’s 1938.
The owner of a historical consultancy company, Teeuwisse, 41, lives her work, forgoing most modern belongings and conveniences of the 21st century in favor of a life straight out of the 1930s.
“The only modern thing I have in my house is my computer; I need it for my work,” she said. “I also have a modern fridge, but only because I haven’t found a nice 1930s one yet and they no longer deliver ice for ice boxes.”
Teeuwisse’s obsession with the era began when she was a little girl growing up in the 1970s. She was surrounded by the decade’s aesthetic and thought, even then, that the style was, well, ugly. To find something more pleasing to her eye, she began collecting old things, first from the 1950s, then earlier as she explored history.
Building dates back to 1918
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces13 days ago
It's no secret that everyone wants to save money on cable.
Whenever Yahoo Homes posts a story (this one, or this one, or this one) offering advice on saving money on monthly bills, readers chime in with thousands of comments on how they were able to jump hurdles, dodge denials and eventually win a discount from their cable providers.
They’ve been there, done that and have the savings to prove it.
We’ve culled a few themes and choice pieces of advice that our readers have to offer. Please feel free to add more in the comments to this story, too!
1. Begin the conversation with cancellation.
Yahoo user kevinh recommended calling your cable provider and canceling your service as soon as you’ve been charged for the upcoming month. Then, just sit and wait for the company to call you back.
"[When] they call you back, you will not be contacted by a customer service rep ... [you] will be contacted by customer retention," kevinh wrote, and this department will have much better deals to offer to keep your business.
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces14 days ago
Every home has its secrets.
Whether it’s a concealed wine cellar, a sealed vault or an invisible room, these homes have some very cool secrets hiding behind bookshelves or walls.
There are numerous solutions to hide or maximize space, largely through camouflaged doors in the walls, behind kitchen cabinets and bookshelves or even under a set of stairs. Some of these spaces, like the vaults, are meant to be kept secret. After all, who would know to look for your valuables behind a built-in shoe shelf in your closet? (Well, now they would.)
Because these spaces are so invisible, they often must be activated in a way only the owner knows. The secret door can be activated by a concealed eye scanner, pulling on a certain book, twisting a candlestick or playing a certain sequence of notes on a nearby piano, according to Creative Home Engineering, a company that specializes in these rooms.
Other hidden spaces are meant to be revealed, like the Partywall, a moving unit that stores and displays your booze collection, but can also be opened to reveal a dining area with chairs.
If you want to pay off a mortgage early, should you do it gradually or all at once? An expert answersSpaces1 mth ago
Welcome to the launch of Yahoo Homes' Ask an Expert feature. Our money maven Ilyce Glink will be answering readers' home-related finance questions on subjects like mortgages, refis, and home equity or home improvement loans. Click here to submit a question. She might answer in a future post here on Yahoo Homes!
Our first question comes from Tami, a 56-year-old single woman who wants to be mortgage-free by the time she's 66:
Q: I am wondering what your opinion is about paying additional money toward my mortgage principal to pay off the balance early. Is it better to put extra money into paying off the mortgage, or should I invest that same money in another investment or 401(k)? I'd like to be able to either pay off the mortgage in 10 years at age 66 or have the funds available from other investments or my 401(k) to pay off at that time. -- Tami
- Spaces1 mth ago
Lee Marvin, the late gravelly-voiced, white-haired film star, would have been 90 today. He was born on Feb. 19, 1924.
Known for playing tough guys in detective shows, war flicks and westerns, Marvin’s defining role (or at least one of them) was drunk wreck, philanderer and gold prospector Ben Rumson in “Paint Your Wagon,” a film that is part Western and part musical.
Apparently, Marvin took his debaucherous role seriously and even carried on his Rumson-like antics off the site, according to a family selling the home where Marvin stayed while filming “Paint Your Wagon” in Baker City, Ore.
Marvin lived in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 2595 Main during the summer of 1968 and he managed to dust up quite a bit of attention while there. Urban legends still surround his stay: Some say he rode his motorcycle up the front steps, through the house and out the back door. He partied at the yellow Victorian with co-star Clint Eastwood. All this led to substantial damage to the home, but the owners apparently didn’t care because they were handsomely compensated, the listing says.
- Spaces2 mths ago
50 years ago today, The Beatles arrived in the U.S., bringing with them the first wave of the British Invasion.
Though they were household names in the U.K., and had their first U.S. No. 1 single with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” they weren’t sure how they would be received in the U.S.
Any fears were quickly squashed when a crowd of somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 greeted their flight at JFK Airport in New York. Two days later, they made their famous appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
Americans became obsessed with the band, but also British culture itself, and that obsession still sticks around today (it was even amplified by the Royal Wedding and the 2012 London Olympics). You can find British Invasion designs, particularly Britain’s Union Jack flag, planted in homes throughout the U.S. even across the world.
See how the British Invasion design aesthetic continues to invade homes around the world.
Feb. 5: On the anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s start, tips for building a bird houseSpaces2 mths ago
On this day 78 years ago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist named Ding Darling dropped his pen and took up the podium to call conservationists to action by forming the National Wildlife Federation.
The momentous occasion was marked in one of Darling’s cartoons, which “features an army of hunters, anglers, gardeners, biologists and children storming the nation’s Capitol. At the fore, men armed with fishing rods and shotguns pluck a figure dubbed “Congress” from the Capitol dome” the NWF writes on its website.
“I’ve always been sympathetic to conservation,” the figure squeals.
“Sympathy is not enough,” the crowd cries. “What we want is ACTION.”
That is in fact what Daring was doing at the time, pulling together some 1,500 people to attend the first North American Wildlife Conference, which took place over the first week of February 1936.
Today, the NWF boasts more than 4 million supporters and has expanded to one of the largest conservation groups in the world.
- Spaces2 mths ago
Famed Finnish architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto was born on this day 116 years ago.
Aalto was known for marrying practicality and aesthetics in his designs during his 50-year career, and his furniture is widely regarded as the predecessor to IKEA.
Aalto was one of the earliest Nordic Modernists and Functionalists. He first gained international fame for the design of the Paimio Sanatorium—a hospital designated for the treatment of tuberculosis before antibiotics were used to treat the disease. He weaved the principles of functionalism into the design and made the hospital user-friendly to patients. He painted the walls dark green to avoid the glare of the lights, which he kept out of the prone patient’s line of sight. He added balconies that staffers could roll patients out onto from their beds. He and his wife, Aino, also an architect, designed everything for the building, down to the furniture.
- Spaces2 mths ago
It’s every homeowner’s dream: a home that cleans itself.
For 99-year-old Frances Gabe, that dream became a reality. On this day 30 years ago in 1984, Gabe filed a patent with 68 different devices to create a self-cleaning home in Newberg, Ore.
She built the cinder-block home in a remote area, surrounded by pine trees along a rural road.
Each of the rooms in her home is outfitted with a sprinkler-like rotating nozzle that sprays soapy water all over the rooms, rinses them and then blows them dry. The floors are sloped slightly toward the walls, where small drains carry the excess water off.
Her kitchen cabinets washes the dishes, similar to dishwasher, and her closet washes and dries her clothes, similar to a washing machine. Her bathtub, sink and toilet also clean themselves, and her bookshelves dust themselves.