The Homes That Stay Warm in Maine Winters Without a FurnaceThere's a kind of house that will stay warm even when it's freezing outside, by combining several modern building techniques. It's the passive house concept, that uses naturally-available heat to keep the interior a pleasant 70 degrees year-round. A passive house is situated with windows that allow sunshine to warm the house, and an airtight construction with highly-insulated 15-inch thick walls. Solar panels provide what electricity the home needs. The passive houses being built in Maine have no furnaces, just a small heat pump to aid the ventilation system.Maine Public Radio talked with a family who lives in a passive home, and their power bills are the minimum charge to stay connected to the grid- $13 a month, winter and summer. A passive house must be constructed from the ground up, and costs about 10% more than traditional construction. That cost will be made up over time, but the real savings can be seen in the construction of large buildings- apartments, dorms, hospitals, etc, where the extra construction cost is negligible. Still, there are already around 100 single family passive homes in Maine, saving their occupants thousands of dollars in heating costs. -via Nag on the Lake (Image credit: GO Logic)
The Most Unique Apartment in St. Louis is For Sale​City Museum in St. Louis is a famously quirky attraction. Artist Bob Cassilly bought a defunct shoe factory and turned it into an art museum and playground by repurposing industrial equipment and structures. A generation of St. Louis kids have enjoyed the City Museum. What many people don't know is that Cassilly designed an apartment inside the building for his family, and his heirs are selling it.
This Home Was Created To Wrap Around An Apple TreeThis place is stunning.Montreal-based studio ACDF Architecture created a low-slung contemporary home that was designed to wrap around an apple tree. Even cooler, residents of the house will get a glimpse of the tree from all rooms around the living space! It’s like a modern and stylish version of a fairy grove, where cool mystical beings gather. The home also has an all-black exterior, which is quite unique compared to other homes out on the market. Additionally, ACDF Architecture designed the home for its residents to experience and enhance a deeper connection with nature. The owner of the home, who commissioned the project, wanted the apple tree to be part of his home. “The owner embraced vivid childhood memories of growing up in an orchard environment. The apple tree was symbolic of his earliest encounters with nature as a child, and of the continuity of that connection years later while picking apples with his own children,” the company explained.Image credit: ACDF Architecture #homes #architecture #interiordesign #realestate
The Evolution of Kitchen Style in the Late 20th Century​Recollection Road did a series of videos that revisit the kitchen of each decade in the mid-to-late 20th century, showing us typical decor, supplies, and gadgets. They may be just a nostalgic trip through your childhood, or they may inspire some retro design ideas. It begins with the 1950s, at the height of the suburban housewife era. The kitchen was the heart of the home, and everything about it was advertised as crucial to a perfect domestic life. New gadgets were being developed and sold constantly, and we went wild over them. That push for innovation continued in the 1960s.
This Estate In Hawaii With A Waterfall Sells For $5.75 MillionIf your place has a humongous waterfall in the backyard, you’re probably looking at a resort, not a home. Well, at least in the commoner’s homes, no one’s expecting a body of water nearby. Hell, some of us don’t even have backyards.For this 9.44-acre oceanfront estate in Hawaii, one person has successfully managed to purchase it for half its selling price. Eric Lochtefeld got it for only $5.75 million (we say only in terms of how real estate prices its properties, that’s still a lot of money for us), half of its original asking price of $12.5 million in 2020. This resort owner won it in an auction by Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions in mid-August. He and his wife, who have been living in their business establishment, the Bliss Island Resort, plan to turn it into their permanent residence. “[The property] steps away from the coastline, this property has unmatched recreational amenities in a resort-like setting,” Mr. Lochtefeld said about his purchase. The stunning estate is a great choice for the couple. Aside from the 240-foot waterfall, the property contains a tennis stadium, a 16-foot deep Olympic pool featuring a two-story waterslide, a nine-hole golf course, and a terrace with a lounging area. A home fit for people who have millions of dollars indeed.Image credit: PANAVIS
Space Saving Tips Learned from HostelsTravel, particularly group travel, involves rethinking how much space you're taking up. European and Asian hostels are popular with young travelers because they are cheap, and they are cheap because they can fit six people into a space the size of the average American hotel room. How do they do it? With some ingenious tricks, like using hooks to hang things you'd never think about at home. You can also save room by thinking like a traveler and using all the packing tips you learned by flying with carry on luggage only. Learn some tips in saving space you can use at home learned from hostels at Apartment Therapy. And if you are living in a small space, you might also want to read up on some small-space living advice learned from an experience on cruise ship.(Image credit: Sanjorgepinho)