Archives For January 2014

Porsche-Design-Tower-BuildingGiving door-to-door a new meaning, The Porche Design Tower in Miami, Florida will feature 132 units, each with their own private garage in the sky.

“You don’t have to leave your car until you are inside your apartment,” said Porsche Design Group CEO Juergen Gessler. Instead, residents––and their vehicles––can soar up to 60 stories above the Atlantic in a glass elevator and park directly in their own 2-4 car garage.

The $560 million project is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by 2016. Available floor plans in the cylindrical tower (most of which include their own private pool) range from 4,252 square feet to the 16,915 square foot, $32.5 million tri-plex penthouse.

For more information on The Porche Design Tower, visit Invest in Miami or check out additional photos below.

Source: Invest in Miami

Images: Invest in Miami

Aptly named the “Arc House,” this unique East Hampton home is now on the market for the first time ever. The 5,173 square foot residence stands under the Steelmaster Arch which spans 20’x60′ at a height of 16′, and was built with a stunning combination of glass, steel, stone, and wood.

The home, designed by award-winning architect Maziar Behrooz, includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a NEFF kitchen, and Bulgarian limestone throughout the living room and dining room. Other highlights include the 1,000 bottle wine room, 4 car garage, gym, dry sauna, and a beautiful staircase to the lower level that is cantilevered off a cement wall with Oregon black walnut treads. Behrooz, who is known for his sustainable designs, also included Geo-Thermal heating and windows made of ultra-efficient thermal Unilux & Fin glass.

50 Green Hollow Road, East Hampton, New York is listed by David Zazula with Halstead Property and is on the market for $3,950,000.

This property post can be found in its original form on Househappy.org or view complete gallery below:

Photos: Maziar Behrooz Architecture

As home values began to rebound following the foreclosure crisis, the number of multi-million dollar homes in California climbed to a record high last year. According to reports from DataQuick, there was a 47% increase (4,500) in properties sold for $2-3 million, a 31% increase in homes sold for $3-4 million, and a 29% increase in homes sold for $4-5 million.

The majority of luxury home sales occurred in 25 cities along the California coast including Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, and Los Gatos. California’s most expensive sale last year was an 8 bedroom, 14 bathroom beachfront mansion in Malibu for $74.5 million.

The luxury-home market “responds to its own set of economic factors,” said John Walsh, President of DataQuick. Rather than traditional factors, things like initial public offerings, stock-market performance, and investment decisions can play a greater role.

Check out some of our favorite luxury homes for sale in California (below), or visit Househappy.org to view more properties.

This article can be found in its original form on Bloomberg.

Images: Househappy.org

medium_e5334f5e-cc6a-409e-bf04-0d845d7f0021Remodeling spending is expected to jump in 2014 as the housing market steadies and homeowners begin to look at adding value to their homes. The following five areas are where homeowners are expected to spend the most remodeling dollars this year:

Bathrooms: An updated bathroom can be a huge advantage when selling a home. Furthermore, remodeling a bathroom is often one of the less expensive rooms to make over. Homeowners are likely to recoup 72.5% of the cost at resale according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report.

Kitchens: Even a minor kitchen remodel (replacement of cabinet fronts, oven and cooktop, countertops, sink and faucet, and flooring) is shown to recoup 82.7% at resale.

Exterior Updates: After kitchens and baths, landscaping projects are high on the remodeling list for homeowners, said Liza Hausman, Houzz’s Vice President of Community. Many people choose to create outdoor entertainment spaces to add more usable square footage to their existing home.

Age-in-place improvements: Remodeling the first floor to create a master bedroom and bath is a common way for retirees to reconfiguring their space to prepare for the years ahead.

Additions: Adding on a family room, expanding the kitchen, or building a master suite are all more expensive projects and will be lucrative for contractors and designers in 2014. Large additions were shown to recoup 68.8% of their cost at resale.

This article can be found in its original form on MarketWatch.

Photo: Househappy.org

Introducing the world’s first open-source platform for residential architecture!

Paperhouses is seeking to make residential architecture more accessible to the general public by providing free downloadable blueprints online. Founded by architect Joana Pacheco, Paperhouses boasts an impressive list of designs from world-class architects, along with a directory of resources including suppliers, contractors, and materials to get your building started.

“My goal is to put architecture within reach, which means to destitute high-end design of its price tag and forbidden aura, and to engage people in their own project,” said Pacheco. “Universal access via free licensing is the only process which simultaneously makes knowledge accessible, democratic, and amenable to a diversity of production.”

At present, the site lists 12 participating architects including Chilean studio Panorama,  2012’s RIBA Manser Medal winner Christian Pottgiesser, and Carl Turner Architects, winner of the One off House Architect of the Year. The provided designs can be downloaded and modified to the end-user’s own specifications, or to accommodate a user’s needs according to topology, atmosphere, ecological concerns, or additional material considerations.

Check out some of the available designs below:

Source: Paperhouses, ArchDaily

Images: Paperhouses

From established businesses like Google and Facebook to young startups like Househappy, the tech industry has built a reputation for being a fun, lucrative, and increasingly coveted career choice for young professionals. Fortunately, the tech industry also has a high demand for labor. In fact, according to US News & World Report, the tech industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing fields between 2012 and 2022; however, despite already high employment numbers, there are certainly established hubs within the industry. If you’re looking for a high paying tech job, you may want to consider moving to one of these top 10 tech towns:

1. Silicon Valley, California (Includes Cupertino, Fremont, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, San Mateo, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley.)
Average salary: $109,000, up 7% in last year

2. Baltimore, Maryland/ Washington, D.C.
Average salary: $98,000, up 0% in last year

3. Los Angeles, California
Average salary: $96,000, up 4% in last year

4. Seattle, Washington
Average salary: $95,000, up 1% in last year

5. Boston, Massachusetts 
Average salary: $95,000, up 0% in last year

6. New York, New York
Average salary: $94,000, up 5% in last year

7. Denver, Colorado
Average salary: $93,000, up 3% in last year

8. Houston, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, down 2% in last year

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Average salary: $92,000, up 8% in last year

10. Austin, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, up 3% in last year

Source: Forbes

Image: Househappy.org

For years now, rumors of an Apple-made watch have been floating around the internet. Ever since 2008 when Steve Wozniak “let slip” that company’s future could lie in an iWatch, technology and design enthusiasts have continued to speculate about how such a product might look and function.

Last week, front-end developer and UI designer Todd Hamilton threw his own version into the mix; The design, which largely resembles a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone, is based on a mock-up by Thomas Bogner.

“It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself,” Hamilton says on his personal blog. “However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use…I decided to take a stab at the problem and create a more user friendly concept. I wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.”

Hamilton’s version is a simple band with a curved touchscreen display, a single home button on the left, and volume control on the right. The lock screen is a black and white interface displaying the time, date, and button to activate Siri. Possible actions largely mimic that of the iPhone––tap to use Siri, swipe up to unlock, or pull down to view notifications.

“While I was designing this I found myself pretending what it would be like to use swiping gestures on my wrist,” he writes, encouraging readers to do the same to get a feel for how the product would feel to use.

The homescreen (or springboard) has four app icons vertically stacked with a page controller on the right. Users would swipe up or down to move between pages and press the home button to return to the lockscreen.

Hamilton’s comprehensive mock-up also includes his ideas for a health and fitness app (think Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike Fuel), along with his thoughts on how the iWatch will get its data (“tethered to the iPhone over Bluetooth, providing a data connection through your existing plan”); however, the most interesting part of his design is probably the animated “use case” which walks you through the hypothetical Phone app and gives a real sense of how the product might actually look and feel as you were using it:

iWatch Concept from Todd Hamilton on Vimeo.

What do you think of his design? Would you make any changes or are you already sold on Hamilton’s iWatch?

For more information on Todd Hamilton or to view his original post visit ToddHam.com

Images: Todd Hamilton