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Last week Google revealed it has a secret drone delivery service in the works....
Last week Google revealed it has a secret drone delivery service in the works. Called Project Wing, it is the tech behemoth’s answer to another tech behemoth’s futuristic delivery service. Amazon’s Prime Air hopes to deliver 5-pound parcels,...
Considering Renting to Vacationers? Read This First
As a writer who specializes in interior design and architecture, I look at a lot of properties, and I’m seeing something interesting: Homeowners are remodeling and building with short-term or vacation rentals in mind. I stumbled across...
How to Add Toe Kick Drawers for More Storage
Think you’re out of storage space in your kitchen? Think again. Toe kicks, the baseboards of your cabinets, conceal unused space big enough to hold slim drawers. Of course, the narrow space doesn’t fit everything, but I have four toe kick drawers...
The Future of Smart Design: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
I’m always shocked at the amount of waste I see when visiting a typical project under construction. We all tend to accept that construction is a messy process, but stop to think for a moment about the message that a cluttered and wasteful jobsite sends...
Now Approaching the Emerald City
Greening the city doesn’t appear to be waning anytime soon. San Francisco is continuing to transform parking spaces into parks and provide tax incentives for urban agriculture. Chicago is planning to sell city-owned abandoned lots to residents for $1...
Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts
I’m not sure if Lee Iacocca sent him, but architect Karl Wanaselja spent countless hours searching car junkyards for America’s best-selling Dodge Caravan minivan. Fascinated by finding ways to use junked car parts in architectural designs for more...
4 Homes With Major Storage That Looks Great
A creative designer can hide storage in plain sight, but a bold designer brings it front and center. Many of us put a lot of thought into how we...
Houzz TV: Step Inside One Woman’s 140-Square-Foot Dream Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tKUavs9uN8 When we profiled designer Vina Lustado’s tiny house in a recent article, the response was swift. Hundreds of readers left comments, mostly praising Lustado on her efficient 140-square-foot home that she...
Houzz Tour: Prairie Grain Bin Turned Bucolic Retirement Home
The prairie structures of Great Falls, Montana, have always captivated retired art teacher Kate Morris. Driving through the undulating, grassy landscape, she imagined someday turning one of the conical metal buildings made to store grain into a...
Geek Lab: How to Build a Steampunk Cat Transit System
Cats are always looking for something to do. That’s why we developed the Steampunk Cat Transit System (CTS) for a private residence in San Francisco. The homeowners spend...
Houzz Tour: Going Off the Grid in 140 Square Feet
Once you get past the size of Vina Lustado’s $40,000 house, which is 140 square feet, two things may still surprise you. One, she designed and built the house to be her home for life. “It’s not temporary. I’m never leaving,” Lustado...
Houzz Tour: Modern Efficiency in the English Countryside
Robbie McDonald and Caroline Keenan wanted their new house, in the English village of Horsley, to be as sustainable as possible, and to use local materials to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. It was a challenge that architect Tomas Millar of...
Houzz Tour: Passive House Principles, Active Benefits in Portland
Architect Jeff Stern has spent much of his career designing ecominded houses and buildings, so when he decided to build his own home three years ago, he naturally chose an energy-efficient approach. Instead of striving for LEED...
8 Fabulous Prefab Homes Around the World
A word you hear over and over again in architecture is “envelope.” As in, the home’s envelope. A tight envelope offers improved energy efficiency. A meticulously crafted envelope reduces energy costs and leads to a home that’s more sustainable...
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