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Now You See It…

This mysterious “Lucid Stead” house is an art piece by Phillip K. Smith III, nestled in the stark California desert, near Joshua Tree.

A study in reflected and projected light, it feels like a dessert mirage.

See more at Booooooom.

Palatial Mediterranean Waterfront Home for Sale in St. Pete, Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

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.

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

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.

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in FloridaPalatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

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.

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

Palatial Mediterranean for Sale on St. Pete Beach in Florida

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

The $150 Handmade House

The $150 Handmade Hobbit House

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.

The $150 Handmade Hobbit House

The $150 Handmade Hobbit House

The $150 Handmade Hobbit House

See the whole story at The Daily Mail.

8 Tips to Add Value and Curb Appeal to Your Home

8 Tips to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Image: CustomHouseNumbers.com

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:

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Is Your House a Haunted House? | Halloween Maintenance

haunted house halloween maintenance

photo: Knape/Vetta/Getty Images

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:

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

The House That Was Built in a Day

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:

Home Maintenance 101: 7 Things Every Home Owner Should Know

 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Know
When you move into your first (or second or forever) home, there are a few things you should know how to do:

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:

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.

Copyright 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Landscape Children’s Dinner Plate Set

Doiy Childrens Landscape Dinner Set

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.

Lutz Residence Combines Modern Architecture and Lush Landscaping

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:

exterior of modern lutz home with landscaping

covered patio and gardens

pool with windows surrounded by trees

lush tropical gardens with walkway

tropical gardens with fountain

wooden walkway through cypress trees

bedroom windows and veranda looking out to trees and lake

picture window

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!

Avoid Buyer’s Remorse

When you’re shopping for a home, you need to consider not just the basics (like how many bedrooms and bathrooms there are) and the frills (like granite and stainless steel), but you also need to take into account the day-to-day functionality of the home.  In other words:  how will you live in it?  What will make your daily life more comfortable?

For example, does the house you like have enough closet/storage space to keep all your clutter out of sight, which reduces stress?

The 2013 National Association of Realtors Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences talks about buyer’s remorse.  Out of the home buyers who purchased homes without certain features, over half would have paid more for:

–Central Air
–New Appliances
–Walk-in Closets
–Granite Countertops
–Hardwood Floors

Check out the stats:

Buyer's Remorse - Home Feature Survey

When interviewed buyers moved into their new homes, 53% made changes within the first 3 months.  Their improvements:

–41% changed lighting
–37% changed appliances
–34% changed landscaping
–32% added hardwood floors.

To focus specifically on the heart of the home, here are some stats about what buyer’s wanted in the kitchen, and how many of them got it:

Buyer's Preference for Home Features in Kitchens

 

And, of course, frills are important, too!  But it’s a lot easier to add granite counters where there were none, then to add in some more closet space.  So it’s up to you to decide what’s most important when buying your house.

Read more at the NAR’s REALTOR Mag.