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Tiny House September 13, 2017

The tiny house movement has come a long way; from the humble wooden homes to homes with lofts, chef’s kitchens, and master bedrooms. The tiny house is no longer just for those seeking to downsize, it is also for those seeking a getaway, vacation home, a place to write their first novel, a luxury that the whole family can enjoy.

Tiny homes now have kid’s bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, luxurious tubs, and huge open showers. Many of these features used to be saved for big suburban homes and now the tiny house movement is creating a line of its own luxury housing.

From the traditional wooden house to renovating a school bus, there are so many different varieties of tiny houses from which to choose these days. Many are shaped like Tudor homes, mini-mansions, modern art designs, tree houses and much more. The creativity of the tiny house has no end. These houses are truly a movement and designed to suit their owners’ unique personalities. People are finding that the old saying, “less is more”, is true for them and they are getting everything they want inside and outside their tiny house design plans.

Here is a gallery of the some of the most luxurious rooms and spaces in tiny homes today:

 

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A Great First Impression Made with These Fabulous Doors

Home and Garden September 13, 2017

The door is the entry way to your home and its design says a lot about the home dwellers and their personalities. The front doorway says a lot about tradition and also plays a part in the art of feng shui. Which is the Asian art of placement and color. Red doors have a certain meaning, sometimes it’s good luck, gold doors bring abundance and make us think about all our riches. Green doors can do the same thing. Traditional doors say that the family and the home inside is most likely traditional. Modern doors may tell us just the opposite.

The quality of your front door is also extremely important. A front door is not something you want to replace year after year. A quality door will make an entrance way stand out above others. Quality doors should also last for many years, unless the homeowners changes styles, then changing the entrance would only make sense.

As far as styles go, there are endless types and styles of doors from small simple doors, to grand and ornate doors. If you bought a home and are overwhelmed by door choices, simply think about the way you’d like to decorate the inside of the home, and that should help you choose a style of door that truly complements your home.

Below we share a gallery of beautiful quality doors that would suit many different kinds of houses, enjoy the scenery and maybe you’ll find a door just right for your house.

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How Much Could it Cost to Live in a Van Year-Round

Unusual Dwellings September 13, 2017

Van life is becoming a phenomena. People everywhere are giving up their mortgages to live in renovated vans. Those old vans who everyone thought had seen their day, are now being snatched up by your sons and and daughters with a sign hanging out that says,” home”.  There are also a lot of older adults getting into the act as well, selling most everything they own for the freedom of living on the road.

But is van life really everything it’s cracked up to be or are there some important things you should know about choosing this life before you toss out the furniture?

Cost

Just how much does it cost to live in this kind of freedom. Is freedom and mobility cheap or are there costs involved that you haven’t thought about?

Van life is becoming a huge social media subject as well, with Instagram full of people’s pics living the good life, sitting outside their van drinking out of a coconut. But let’s get into the numbers that add up to this type of lifestyle.

The Van

First you need a van and unless your parents are giving you one, you will need to buy one for yourself. A decent running van can cost you anywhere from $3000 to $6000 and these vans in this price range will most likely need work or at least a good cleaning. If you’re looking for a van that is a bit more upscale without all the handyman grease spots, you’re looking at spending over $6000 and up for a good looking van, inside and out.

Changes and Repairs

Depending on the condition of the van you purchase, your repairs could cost anywhere from a few dollars to thousands. If you happen upon a van that is road-ready and has had a recent driver who has taken well care of it, you could get off with something like a new battery, but if the van is an older model needing some TLC, you could spend up to $25,000 making repairs and remodeling.

Keeping it Legal

Remember, once you give up your home, your new home is now a vehicle and vehicles not only require maintenance but also a proper up-to-date registration and current insurance. In most areas these costs vary, but you are looking at an average yearly amount of at least $1500 and up. This cost is highly important because being insured and registered is what keeps you on the road and the cops off your back. You must also be legal and keep your driver’s license up-to-date, which ranges from about $30-50$ depending on the state.

The idea of van living is a fairytale to some and it can be a truly adventurous way of living if you’ve got, as they say, all your ducks in a row, meaning that you are organized and have all your paperwork and vehicle repairs in order.

Source: Price Check: How Much Does That Insta-Perfect #Vanlife Actually Cost

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The Tiny House: Is Downsizing Really Cheaper?

Tiny House September 13, 2017

We have heard so much about the “tiny house movement”, it is an ever evolving subject. Many people choose to move into a tiny house because they feel that they will save money, if not right away, definitely in the long run. Is it cheaper to move to a tiny house and if so, what are the forgotten costs of making this decision?

Buying or Renting?

Does it make more sense to buy or rent a tiny house? It depends on your financial situation. Many older people find it to be a great investment and a worthwhile move, even those still raising one or two children, because they ususally have the savings or a property they already own to use as collateral or sell, in order to make the move easier and cheaper. It can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000 to build a tiny house from the ground up. Many buyers put down a very significant down payment or pay for the entire home at once. Many Millenials (the latest generation) find it simpler and cheaper to rent a tiny home because they haven’t yet built up enough savings or collateral to purchase one.

Renting or Buying Land?

Most Millenials rent land even if they buy or build their homes themselves. It is simply much cheaper to pay a price each month for your land than to buy it outright. Most land is too expensive for that, costing in the tens of thousands of dollars to purchase. Particularly when you rent a tiny home, it is often inside of a community and you pay a fee for the land that is yours. These types of tiny home situations often have a main house for cooking, showers, and the use of computers.

Live in a tiny home or rent it out?

For those who want to own a tiny home as an investment, you have a couple of choices. You can live there for a while to have the tiny house experience or you can rent it out right away. If you are the owner of a tiny house with land that you also own, it can be a good investment. By renting it out you give yourself a monthly paycheck that will be able to pay off the purchasing and/or building of the home or to use as you please if those bills do not exist. Purchasing a tiny home to rent out can be a lucrative project if you’ve already got a home of your own.

Source: Is the Tiny House Movement Worth Investing in?

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Too Cool for School: 6 Very Cool Bus Homes

Unusual Dwellings September 13, 2017

If we’re not hearing about fabulous tiny homes, we are now hearing about homes made from school buses. We’ve seen the humble version and even those are amazing. It is difficult to think about turning a school bus into a home. But when we think we have seen it all, someone uses their imagination to come up with something we’ve never seen before.

Here are 6 very cool bus homes that were built from a spark of imagination and some interesting materials. These bus homes are luxurious, intriguing, and can be used as muses for those thinking about transforming a school bus into a home. You can do almost anything you can think of and make it gorgeous. Some look like buses still and that’s pretty cool, while others you may not believe were ever school buses at all. Either way, they are all fun to view and tour.

Here are 6 of the coolest school bus homes we’ve found on the internet today:

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This schoobus home designer decided to make the kitchen the center of attention. It is truly a dreamy chef’s kitchen fully equipped for all your gourmet meals.

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This home owner uses color to brighten up this schoolbus house. It is a bit retro in style and the mix-matched pillows really do the trick in the “living room” area.

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The wood in this schoolbus house gives it that cabin flair and a very natural look for camping and traveling. The furniture and appliances are minimal which makes the wood stand out beautifully.

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This schoolbus home’s owner has used the sides of the bus to line everything up in a row. This way the center of the bus is uncluttered and used as space for walking. This is a very modern minimalist look.

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This schoolbus home is very traditionally decorated. It is almost like walking into your family’s living room space in the suburbs. With a beautifully luxurious and comfortable looking sofa, this schoolbus will make you feel right at home.

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This home has a country flair to it. This owner transformed a schoolbus into a traditional home with wooden accents and all that comes with a home in a rural area. The kitchen is beautiful and well-equipped for those who love to entertain. It is basically a country home inside of a bus.

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Glamping: Glamorous Camping, What You Need For a Great Time

Outdoors September 13, 2017

Glamping, a term that was popularized in the 21st for those who wanted the experience of camping, spending time outdoors, but not the sacrifices and the work. If you are going camping, tradionally you will want to check out camping areas, campgrounds, places where it’s safe and legal to live, cook, and sleep outside. Most traditional campgrounds will have a community center where you can get the things you forgot at home, like water, cleaning supplies, bath tissue, first aid kits, bandaids, etc. nowadays, there are campgrounds with electricity to charge phones an electrical cooking appliances, and radios, for whoever still uses those things.

But glamping, well, that is almost another subject. For people who glamp, there is a plan that must be made way ahead of time to make sure that the weekend is fabulous and work free. No sacrificing here, glamping is all about having a glamorous time, but the only difference is, you are outdoors.

Here are glamping supplies and requirements to have a memorable time communing with nature in a fabulous way:

A personal chef

Many glampers desire to have gourmet meals when they camp out. Some people love the fire and the charcoal, but a can of baked beans is not what they are looking for. The menu would read more like, roasted salmon, with saffron rice and asparagus, all done by a personal chef right in front of the glampers.

A Wine Sommelier

Glampers love their wine, and it must be good wine paired with their weekend’s meals. Only a sommelier, a wine expert, can serve this kind of purpose. Often the chef and wine expert are one in the same and that is when you know that you’ve lucked out as a glamper to have both rolled into one expert.

The Finest Bedding

Don’t think that glampers are sleeping in your average tent, no way. They also expect the best in bedding and tents. There are tents that are heated or cooled, whichever you may need in the moment, and as comfortable or more so, than your bedroom at home. There are specific companies that cater to this type of camping.

A Tour Guide

A glamper is not going anywhere without a tour guide. They want to have a great time and there is nothing better than having someone professional who knows the area and all the interesting things about it. Yes, a guide is a must for most glampers for they like to fill their days with history and their nights with Chardonnay.

Electricity

Glampers desire electricity of their own, not shared electricity like most basic campgrounds. The glamper doesn’t want to move from their positions if they don’t need to, there should be portable electricity right there that every one can use for their phones, tablets, ipods and electronic book readers.

WiFi

And most of all, a glamper wants WiFi, and not your general shared and slow WiFi speeds, but speeds just like the one at home. Who knows, someone may call from the office or there may be an important customer that must speak with you before the weekend is over. Fast and reliable WiFi is a must, although a glamper will sacrifice speed as long as the WiFi is somewhat reliable. Glampers never truly unplug.

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The Aqua Dam: Water Fighting Floods

Outdoors September 13, 2017

The Aqua Dam is an innovative new piece of insulation that assists in keeping flood waters  from ruining your land and your home. You can imagine, especially now during the times of tropical storms and hurricanes, this is a godsend for those who can afford it. Although the average price of the Aqua Dam is about $8300, it is well worth it if your home is worth hundreds of thousands and the land around it costing even more. A piece of equipment that can save your property from flood waters, is a bargain. Maybe in the near future there will be aqua dams that are a little more affordable for those with lower incomes.

To give you an idea of how the aqua dam works, imagine heavy tubing that is filled with water wrapped around your entire property to act as a water-filled barrier against flood waters. Water, like fire, has its good purpose along with its ability to be destructive. Here, the aqua dam is using its ability to protect your property from the damage free flowing water can do to your home.

Aqua dams are becoming popular because people are seeing that they can serve many different purposes. The U-shaped aqua dam was used for a project in Port Saint Lucie, Fl. to hold the water of three lakes back so that pipelines could be installed. Again, the Aqua Dam acted as a barrier to hold the lakes into the U-shaped form of the dams while the piping was being laid, eventually, under the rivers.

Besides there being a number of YouTube videos showing homeowners how to install and remove their aqua dams, aquadam.net also has pictorials on how to install and remove the water dams. There will be some who will think the Aqua Dam is just too expensive and unfortunately this may be true, however, the Aqua Dam has shown us a new way to protect homes and businesses from floods, and just maybe if we recognize that water can be used to protect us from water, which sounds strange but true, someone who is a little handy can maybe build an aqua dam of his/her own for less.

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15 Beautiful Artistic Wooden Table Designs

Interior Design August 31, 2017

15 Beautiful Artistic Wooden Table Designs

Nature is something most people get a great deal of joy from, and bringing the outside inside is also something that most people strive to do in their homes. Whether you prefer to have lots of plants, to grow an herb garden, or use natural fibers and materials in your home’s decor, there are many ways you can create interesting textures, shapes and colors bringing nature in. Wood is one of the most frequently used materials to warm interior design and the majestic tables seen below are a perfect example of that.

These unadulterated pieces of furniture are really pieces of art as well and things to be experienced as well as seen and talked about.

You might want to use one of these beauties as the focal point of a room and design the rest of the room’s decor around it. They are big statements for sure, and you must compliment the rest of your furniture with a piece like this.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Tora Basil and other interior designers we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more interior design, click here.

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Home Color Trends That Dominate 2017

Interior Design August 1, 2017

Every year, we are given the colors of the year for makeup and clothing. Now the world of home decorating is getting into the act by providing us with just as many trends as the beauty industry. You don’t need to redecorate your entire home to keep up with these trends; just a pillow, a set of curtains, or a throw rug, can bring you up to date on this year’s trends. We are no longer in a matchy-match world where stripes don’t get along with plaids and white and beige are the only neutrals. A lot of colors can complement one another and many different patterns can make things interesting. Below are a few home color trends that dominate the scene in 2017. Remember, you don’t need to buy a new sofa, but a few extra throw pillows can only make your home a bit more on trend this season.

Purple in the Dining Room

Dining room colors are becoming more vivid and bright, and purple is the perfect color to add a little pizzazz to your own dining room. If you want to go big, you can reupholster the chairs in a plush purple, but if you want to go small, purple flowers as a centerpiece is a great and economical idea. A nice throw rug underneath your table in purple is also another idea that will give you the benefit of the richness of purple without totally redecorating.

Deep Red

The color deep red adds a lovely spark to a living room. You can paint the back of a bookshelf, invest in a red coffee table or side tables. Even something as small as a red vase or red candles all around the room, will make your living space really jazzy. Posters and art prints with deep red in them also adds a nice touch to your space, and they are also economical choices to bring this trendy color into your home.

Turquoise in the Family Room or Den

Turquoise is a bold color and totally on trend this season. There are many ways to add turquoise to your home. The use of ottomans, throw pillows on the sofa, a multi-colored rug with turquoise in it, will also do the trick to add that bit of magic to a family room or den area. If you want to go all out, a turquoise armchair is a wonderful investment.

Plum in the Bedroom

The bedroom is a place where we not only sleep but for many people it becomes the oasis of the home. Plum is a beautiful color to add to your bedroom ambiance. A few plum throw pillows , curtains, or bedside lamp in plum, will change the look of your bedroom in minutes. Particularly if you have decorated in neutral colors, such as white, black, tan, beige, or gray especially complements the color plum.

Windsor Pink in a Guest Bedroom or Kid’s Room

Windsor pink is a soft muted pink that can really complement any room in the house. A child’s room or guest room are two great options. It is a color on trend because it is a shade of pink that can act as a neutral shade and go with just about any other color you have in your home. Windsor Pink is a bit nostalgic and reminds us of colors, and shades of this color, from decades ago.

Source: These 18 Color Trends are Dominating 2017

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Tiny House Communities

Tiny House August 1, 2017

No one needs to share the news that the tiny house has become extremely popular due to its level of creativity and economics. You can make a tiny house out of just about anything these days, and this is another reason why they have become so popular. There are a multitude of tiny houses built solely from salvaged materials. So it would make sense that there would soon be communities full of tiny houses. All over the world there are tiny house communities, some have a main house where everyone shares the kitchen and showers, and often the WiFi. Here we share tiny house communities where all the residents have decided to take advantage of this new trend, which is a trend that is not going anywhere.

From Washington, DC, America’s capital, to Portland, Oregon, there are tiny house communities where the residents act as a huge family by helping each other with food, cooking, communal showers and WiFi sharing. In these communities there are also people who are the DIY crew that assist in keeping everything working and also act as help when other tiny house dwellers want to add-on or change the construction of their house. For example, Some tiny homes in a community are not built as mobile homes and then choose to become mobile. And it also works the other way around. Some dwellers in a community begin their tiny house lives wanting the freedom to move around and then enter a community they love and decide to stay. Either way, tiny house communities are a great way to live because you always have the support of others who know exactly what the pros and cons are of tiny house dwellers.

Below is a list of a tiny house communities and an eclectic tiny house hotel. We hope to inspire you, if living in a tiny house and/or a tiny house community is a dream of yours.

Boneyard Studios in Washington, D.C.

Boneyard Studios in D.C. are proving that a tiny house community can exist in an urban environment. This community now acts as a model of what this type of community could be in an urban setting.

Community First, in Austin, Texas

Community First is a part of what is being called Tiny Austin. The people in Austin, Texas have embraced the tiny house lifestyle and they know how this type of living can assist us in becoming a green planet again. Community First is 27 aces of tiny houses, mobile homes, and RV living.

Quixote Village, Mt. Olympia, Washington

Mt. Olympia is a beautiful area of the States and a perfect place for a tiny house community. Quixote Village used to be a group of self-governed tiny house dwellers. Now it consists of 30 homes, a communal space with showers and a community garden.

Caravan Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, the “keep Portland Weird” town has fully embraced the tiny house community. Caravan Tiny House Hotel is a gorgeous community of rentals One purpose of this community of rentals is to show others what tiny house living could be like if they chose to live that way permanently.

Second Wind in Ithaca, NY

Second Wind is a growing tiny house village that was designed by Carmen Guidi. The motivation was to help the homeless. Volunteers built  a group of six tiny homes and shortly afterwards, the residents moved in. This was in 2014. Second Wind is seeking to expand the village as they continue to receive funding.

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