Set upon the shore of Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, this spectacular estate was constructed in 2008.
Elegance permeates every inch of the 6.682 square feet of this 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 6-car garage home. From the elevator and the eight custom chandeliers to the marble floors and the Swarovski crystals in the dining room ceiling, the attention to detail is astounding.
This home boasts multiple balconies with expansive views of Boca Ciega Bay and a private dock with 20,000 pound boat lift, custom pool, and fire pit.
Wake up to a stunning view from your master suite, which is outfitted with every luxury, from crown molding to his-and-hers walk-in-closets.
The 5-piece master bath includes a jetted tub and a private balcony overlooking the bay.
To see maps, details, and more photos, visit the listing for this home.
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS
This amazing, hobbit-like house was hand constructed by farmer Michael Buck with unwanted scraps and £150 of materials (about 245 USD, but 150 sounded catchier in the title).
Technically categorized as a summer house, it’s located in Mr. Buck’s garden. He spent two years gathering materials for the home and about 8 months building it. He used a technique called cob for the walls, which consists of making the walls from sand, clay, straw, water, and earth.
The purpose behind its construction was to challenge the notion that it should take a lifetime to pay for a house.
It would have been free to build, too, except that he miscalculated how much straw he would need for the thatching. He used the money to buy extra straw and nails to hold the roof in place. But everything else was gathered scraps, such as wood from a skip used for the floors and an old windshield from a truck for the windows.
It has no electricity, but there’s a wood-burning stove and a water supply from the nearby stream. It’s livable, and, in fact, is currently being rented to a local dairy farm worker who pays her rent in milk and cream.
See the whole story at The Daily Mail.
8 Great Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home:
1. Wash your house’s face
2. Freshen the paint job
3. Regard the roof
4. Neaten the yard
5. Add a color splash
6. Glam your mailbox
7. Fence yourself in
8. Maintenance is a must
To read all of the details of these suggestions, check out this article from HouseLogic:
Does your house remind you of a Halloween Haunted House?
Now that Fall is here, your house may be experiencing some expanding and contracting via its pipes, framing, glass, and even its nails. This can cause a variety of problems.
If you find you have
- Zombie Odors
- Footsteps in the Attic
- Smells of Something Burning
- Moaning and Clattering
it may be time to call your plumber, exterminator, or even your HVAC technician.
Read why here:
Can one build a house in a single day?
These guys can!
Richard Rogers, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, did.
The Royal Academy of Arts in London is currently hosting an exhibit honoring him, called Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, featuring key projects of his, as well as some previously unseen material.
In the courtyard of the Royal Academy, the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Manufactured House was constructed. In one day.
It’s really just the frame of a house, not something functionally inhabitable, but it was done to demonstrate how new building technologies can better shape mass housing.
Watch it being built in this time-lapse video:
1. Fix a leaky toilet.
2. Repair drywall holes.
3. Adjust cabinet doors.
4. Open a stuck window.
5. Stop a leaking faucet.
6. Silence door squeaks.
7. Turn off the main water line.
Find out how to solve all these common homeowner maintenance issues here:
I think this house-shaped dinner plate set would be loved by all kids.
But not just kids, also the architect, designer, or real estate agent (etc.) in all of us!
The sun-cup, house-plate, cloud-bowl, and tree-utensils are removable, but also fit snuggly into the landscaped background to keep your Little One’s meal all in one place.
See it at DOIY Design.
This custom Lutz, FL home was designed by TOTeMS Architecture.
It’s on a large lake and near wetlands, which gives it the feel of a tropical oasis. The house itself contains many large expanses of glass, allowing residents to fully experience the beautiful natural setting, even when inside.
The exterior of the house includes cypress lap siding inspired by local cypress trees and a roof made of anodized stainless steel shingles. The cypress theme carries into the interior of the home with cypress beams.
The U-shape of the home allows for 6,000 sq. ft. of living without removing any of the significant trees that were on the lot. And the landscaping is pristine, like something straight out of a magazine.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the house and gardens:
See more photos and floorplan at Home DSGN.
And this home, unfortunately, is not on the market, but you can search for your dream home at RosemarySellsTampa.com!