Heading into our home search, my fiancé Brian and I had a lot of goals: a fixer-upper with high ceilings, a good price, a small yard, and, most importantly, a three-car garage or a place in the back for a workspace. But at the end of the search, we got a grand total of two of those things. And one was not the garage space.
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If you watch a TV show long enough, the home becomes a character in itself. You start remembering the little details of each room, what scenes happened where, and start feeling like their home is just an extension of your house. Yeah, I remember the pool in Breaking Bad and definitely the dining table. Of course, I've been to Arrested Development's model home and done morphine at Mr Robot's apartment. Here's a collection of floor plans from popular TV shows like those. You'll feel right at... home.
The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7500 housewares: actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new venture.
Mud huts are normally associated with the most basic level of just-scraping-by living: utilitarian, cheap, but hardly the height of design (or even comfort). The Nka Foundation wondered what would happen if the mud hut was modernised: same basic materials, same low cost, but 21st century techniques.
On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple — you pay money and in return you're given unfettered access to a predetermined amount of land. But how much of that land do you actually own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it? What about all the animals that may live there; do you own those too? All of these questions and more define what exactly it means to "own" a piece of land. Surprisingly, many of the answers aren't well defined from a legal standpoint as you'll soon see.
The Desert House — designed by Ken Kellogg and located in the Joshua Tree National Park — looks like a retro futuristic science fiction set outside. Inside it is the kind of place I imagine as Khaleesi's holiday home, where she goes to chill out with her dragons. I want to call this style space age medieval futurism.
The rest of the world may think of the US as a nation full of oversized people living in oversized houses, but the AIA Chicago wants to change the perception that American architecture is always too big. Its Small Projects Award (tagline: Not Everyone Needs a Skyscraper) focuses on something most other award programs neglect: tiny buildings.
The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That's why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It's tiny. It's cheap. And it's actually kind of cool-looking.
When Los Angeles's most expensive house went up for sale at $US125 million, no one expected it to go for that price in a million years. Well, someone, identified only as a "French billionaire", has bought said house for only slightly less that that figure: $US102 million. And just to rub it in, the dude paid cash.