Category: Eclectic Homes

How to Rent Your Downstairs Apartment

It’s becoming more common to observe that a garage or first floor of a home turned into an apartment for lease income. These types of flats are often called in-law units, named after a location for your own mother-in-law to stay when visiting. Usually an in-law unit is a studio or one bedroom that has […]

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Championing the Solar House

Based on author and teacher Anthony Denzer, a solar house — one which deliberately utilizes the energy of sunlight for heating spaces — is often considered as a product of the 1970s: “An eccentrically shaped structure using oversized sloped glass walls and also diagonal bamboo siding … an earth berm … a Volkswagen van neighboring” […]

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Portrait of a Terribly Good Neighbor

Years ago my friend Billy called me, distressed. It was summertime, and he had been feeling overwhelmed trying to take care of his lawn and gardens. Billy had been a homeowner for only a year and had been looking forward to planting heirloom tomatoes, herbs and cherry trees in the large plot the prior owner […]

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Meet 4 Standard Kinds of Home Photographers

The neighborhood has a wide selection of services and service suppliers, many united in the demand for quality photography showcasing their constructed projects. There are many ways to photograph many photographers and a home to work with. In commissioning a photographer and many factors come into play. Being aware of what type of photographer you […]

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Meet Your Get-Fit Goals Having a Dual-Use Gym

Now that it’s several weeks to the new year, it is time to reevaluate that get-healthy New Year’s resolution. How’s it really? If you are like the rest of us, it may already be a forgotten promise, but that’s OK. You still have loads of time to jump back on that bandwagon. If you are […]

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Decorated Houses Help Save a Detroit Neighborhood

Most of us decorate our front porches and lawns just for Halloween, the autumn harvest season and Christmas. But these homes in Detroit are decked out 365 days per year, thanks to the efforts of Tyree Guyton, creator and artist of The Heidelberg Project. Rather than being demolished, these mostly abandoned homes in Detroit’s oldest […]

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A London Townhouse Seduces With Luxury

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen resides in a glamorous world of neutrals. Taupes, blacks, whites and grays predominate supreme in her London home, where pinks and florals make rare appearances in blossom petals or a lipstick hue. And her frequent houseguests (Victoria and David Beckham, stepdaughters Sienna Miller and Savannah Miller, to name a few) don’t […]

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Bright Cottage in France

Lifestyle blogger Stephanie Brubaker wakes up daily to a view of a castle next door. “It’s surreal. I don’t care too much the church bells ring at 7 every day. The opinion over makes up for it,” she states. She fell in love with Beynac, France, along with the rustic cabin, La Maisonnette, nearly immediately. […]

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Berkeley Bathroom Goes Into the Light

Architect Marites Abueg’s customer was ready to part ways with her bathroom’s previous incarnation: a distance swathed in dark purple paint and heavy green tile. The homeowner needed a renovation to lighten up the space, one which would “use fair substances and simplify the plan,” states Abueg. Bathroom at a GlanceWho uses this : A […]

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Portico

A portico consists of a pair of columns that support a roof, creating a covered porch, entrance or walkway. “Portico” is an Italian word, but the style originated in ancient Greece, where porticoes and colonnades were popular gathering places. RTA Studio Residential Architects Columns were tapered in ancient Greece, which is currently considered classical style. […]

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