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Overnight Guests Coming? How to Be a Great Host

Ensure a good time for all — including yourself — by following these steps for preparing for and hosting houseguests Full Story
     Comment   August 28, 2014
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Lanie Brown, REALTOR®, Martha Turner Sotheby's
A colleague once had a cold bottle of water waiting in her car for me when she picked me up from the airport. This was such a simple, yet thoughtful, gesture after flying that I now always take water to offer when picking up guests from the airport.
August 11, 2013 at 12:51PM     
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Just a Few Things for the Dream-Home Wish List

A sunken hot tub, dedicated game room, tree house, hidden wine cellar and more. Which of these home luxuries would you like best? Full Story
     Comment   August 28, 2014
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calkelley
Um, leanoranna, you really have to attach a pic of your outdoor shower. Please, please. It sounds incredible (and a great place to wash the dog). And your cake dome - inspired!
August 28, 2014 at 3:20PM   
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lenoraanna
Hello Artistexclusive, Thanks for you comment. And, to answer your question, Shelter-Kit is a company (it's been around for some 35 - 40 years, with an excellent reputation. It's been featured in hardbound coffee table books & in various magazines as well as a story in the NYTimes) that makes post & beam kit buildings. Theses are then shipped to the customer who may either assemble the structure themselves or hire someone to do it….no building experience needed! The most amazing thing, besides the quality of wood & products used, is the fact that every board, post, nut, bolt, nail, siding, roofing, windows, doors & stairs (if having a 2nd floor) is all part of the kit. Everything is pre-cut or drilled so electricity is not needed & there is no waist. Our house is just over 3,000 square feet….3 barns, of different sizes, are combined to make the house. Shelter-Kit engineers took our ideas & brought our dream to fruition & the process was fairly quick & fun. I love our house ! FYI - Shelter-Kit ships overseas, certainly throughout the US, & Canada. They have helicoptered cabins onto high cliffs & into canyon floors. Many of their houses & cabins are delivered to islands. This is particularly cost effective for islanders because everything comes at one time, no one ever has to go back to the mainland for a "part" & there is no construction waist to clean up & dispose of. And apparently their engineers are skilled at earthquake code designs (for those who live on a fault line)!

Well, I guess I've sung their sterling praises. You can find this company online at Shelter-Kit.com, or something pretty close. Happy trails!
August 28, 2014 at 5:54PM     
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artistexclusive
Hi lenoraanna thank you so much!!! I'll check them out they sound fantastic! So happy you love your home and it turned out so well!!
August 29, 2014 at 2:56AM   
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31 True Tales of Remodeling Gone Wild

Drugs, sex, excess — the home design industry is rife with stories that will blow your mind, or at least leave you scratching your head Full Story
     Comment   August 25, 2014
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calkelley
I love my consignment shop in Palm Beach and she has had some mighty interesting stories on some of the pieces.
Like the NY couple who had a designer redo their new house - meaning the designer had put the entire house in for them, they came down and decided they didn't like it after a couple months, had the designer take everything out and went a different style. 2 mos, some of it still unused furniture - at least the consignment shop got a nice deal.
but I did hear a story (not from her) about a certain famous, now divorced person. When he was redesigning, he had a clause in his contract that the old furnishings, etc would be smashed before going into the garbage. The person was afraid that people would otherwise turn around and sell them as his.

I think I would have found a way to donate them anonymously to some needy organization.
August 25, 2014 at 1:57AM     
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calkelley
btw, we had an Ikea swing chair in our house in France. I loved that chair. So did the kitty and my son.

Hilarious stuff.
As for sides of the bed, after 15 years together, my husband and I switched (mattress was bothering me on that side and he didn't feel it) and it was fine. But ... we also switched back when we got a new mattress.
August 25, 2014 at 2:15AM   
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Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR
Kimba, your question has a much better chance of being responded to if you click above on the "advice" tab and post under "design dilemmas" topics. Best of luck!
August 30, 2014 at 12:27PM     
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Pink Fortitude, LLC
Should not have read this article over my lunch break. Was laughing to hard I almost choked on my leftover tacos! BEST. ARTICLE. EVER.
September 3, 2014 at 8:04AM     
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Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection

Quality of life is just as important as construction quality. Learn what to look for at open houses to ensure comfort in your new home Full Story
     Comment   August 24, 2014
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calkelley
- regarding floor plans -
This one has been weird for us. Before we bought our last house, our agent said 'the dining room has no natural light, no windows' as it was in the middle (sort of) and called it a unconventional floor plan. As he mentioned mannny times when we sold 18 years later (it sounded like he thought it would never sell).

But I walked into that house and fell in love.
Living and dining formal rooms - you were able to close them off (gorgeous custom glass door) from the informal rooms. So we could visit with people after dinner and not disturb the kids in the family room, dishes hid in the kitchen
The master bedroom was longish and thru a small hallway to family room with open kitchen further.
Which meant - if it was your turn to sleep in mornings, the kids sitting at the kitchen table didn't wake you.

Agents sometimes get locked into 'the ideal house' check box syndrome, impersonal and critical (not necessarily bad). And it probably does make your house easier to sell later. But frequently they totally miss the feeling that comes with the house. They don't understand the emotional connection many of us feel.

I got it when I walked in. I loved the amazing kitchen, all the solid, cherry built-ins (omg, I had to buy so much furniture when I moved to store everything), the gorgeous backyard and pool. The floor plan was an unexpected bonus.
6 people got it enough to make offers.
August 24, 2014 at 11:38PM     
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lc29
bighouse169, you bring up a good point about checking cell phone reception. My sister's new house has metal framing and foil sheathed insulation, they have to walk outside to get a cell phone signal.
We once rented a house a couple of blocks away from the 101 freeway in LA, we couldn't hear traffic noise........but, LAPD and the local news stations love their helicopters! So if there is a car chase or a big accident the copters will circle around the entire neighborhood trying to get the perfect video for the news. Morning rush hour was the worst, I'd try to catch a few extra winks after a cross country trip and the helicopters would be circling over the house. Now I live close to the beach instead of the freeway, but those stupid helicopters have followed me to fly over the beach on summer weekends, can't win!
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Amanda Rogers
Be sure to check the water source. If it's well water, get it tested. If it's municipal water, check the water quality reports and find out where the water comes from. Where I live in the California, the next town over has very hard water that is a mixture of Delta water (pollutants and pesticides have to be removed) and well water. Residents there have to get water softeners and can still have problems with the water corroding plumbing and appliances. Whereas, the town I live in gets it water straight from the mountains. It's much cleaner and doesn't have the hardness issues. Also, with the drought problems in California and other areas, make sure that the water source is reliable. Some small communities have already ran out of water making their properties worthless if they want to sell. If the house is on well water, does a nearby farm also draw from the same groundwater basin? If so, you may find yourself running out of water. It's already happened in some areas of the state.
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