Archives For February 2014

dc493851fbf13c810ebbb4674104b0cdImagine falling asleep under the twinkling night sky without having to leave the comfort of your bedroom? Now you can with The Cosmos Bed designed by Natalia Rumyantseva a Saint Petersburg-based designer.

This futuristic bed is a white fiberglass capsule with LED lights twinkling like stars. The bed also features a built-in audio system to play music to help you fall asleep and an alarm clock to wake you up. Another highlight is the “aroma dispenser” which releases soothing therapeutic scents.

What do you think, would you want a Cosmos Bed?

Source: Fast Co.Design

Photos: Behance

Have you ever dreamed of having your own hiking trails, a private beach, waterfalls flowing into your three majestic ponds, and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains? Well, all you’ll need is to scrape together $65,000,000 and this 18,000 square foot Colorado craftsman could be yours!

Four Peaks Ranch sits on 876 acres with views of Mt. Sopris, Mt. Daly, Capital Peak, and Snowmass. The home itself includes 7 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a glass elevator, a wine room, and a even a furnished teepee. The incredible property also features 2 fireplaces, 4 fire pits, 2 full kitchens, and a brick pizza oven.

1000 Watson Divide Road, Snowmass, Colorado is listed with Hansi Brenninger of Joshua & Co.
This property post can be found in its original form on Househappy.org or view complete gallery below:

Sellers are often surprised to hear that it isn’t always big changes that get a potential buyer’s attention. Rather than admiring that expensive new bathroom, buyers are more likely to notice that the kitchen drawers don’t open properly or that the floor is scuffed. Before you spend thousands of dollars on major renovations, check out Houzz‘s checklist of inexpensive upgrades that may help sell your house:

Quick-clean the exterior and landscape. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is top notch by checking that your garage doors are working properly and gutters are clean. For your yard, cut the lawn, trim the bushes, and wipe down any lawn furniture.

Make the door and doorbell stand out. Give your doorway a fresh coat of paint and make sure that the doorbell actually rings. Even if many homeowners don’t use the front door, it is the first area prospective buyers will see up close.

Evaluate every entrance. Think about the entrances to every room and update hinges or knobs if needed.

Look down. Most people will come inside a home and wipe their feet; when they do, they’ll be noticing the flooring, so make sure your carpets are clean and your floors are polished.

Select the right scent. A musty scent is the last thing prospective buyers want to smell when they walk into a home. Find a scent that you love and use it throughout the house—a scented candle goes a long way.

Spot treat any blemishes. Fix scuff marks, fill nail holes, and paint cracks so that your walls and moldings look as good as new.

Have a place for everything. Tuck away or neatly organize things to eliminate clutter. You can always add extra storage if needed.

Check the tracks. Make sure all drawers open smoothly. Buying new tracks and tightening handles are much cheaper fixes than replacing cabinetry.

Give the appliances some elbow grease. Clean your oven, refrigerator, sink, and any other appliance that will be included in the home.

Finish with finishes. Replacing faucets, showerheads, and towel racks are low-cost updates that can brighten up a bathroom.

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

Photos: Houses for sale via Househappy.org

If the world was a popularity contest, France would be winning! According to this infographic created by MoveHub, France has surpassed the United States as the most visited country in the world with 81,400,000 annual visitors. Rounding out the top 10 is, in order, China, Spain, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Russian Federation, and Malaysia.

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Source: MoveHub

Are you getting tired of the winter weather? Wouldn’t you rather be enjoying a sunny, ocean-front property with a breathtaking view? Fortunately, we’ve compiled some of the world’s most beautiful beach houses to get you through the rest of those cold days:

Photos: MSN Travel, Australian Traveler, DesignRulz, Trendir, Ideasgn, DigsDigs. 

Did you know that nearly 21 million wooden pallets—the kind used for cargo, shipping, and storage—end up in landfills every year? According to I-Beam Design, rather than throwing them out, we could use those pallets to house 44,000 refugees using their Pallet House prototype.

With only 100 recycled pallets and about 4-5 people to help with construction, a 250 square foot Pallet House can be built in a week using only hand tools. With those calculations, one and a half years of pallet production in the United States alone could provide a home for 33 million refugees.

“Wooden shipping pallets provide an inexpensive, readily available, sustainable and highly versatile building module that empowers each family to build according to their own needs,” I-Beam says on their website. “Tarps or corrugated roofing prevent water penetration until enough locally available materials like earth, wood and thatch can be gathered to cover the exterior and fill the wall cavities for insulation. The Pallet House adapts to most climates on Earth and provides a longer lasting, more durable solution to housing some of the world’s 33 million displaced people who spend an average of 7 years in refugee camps.”

I-Beam Design is currently working on housing for people who lost their homes during the earthquake in Haiti and Pakistan.

Source: I-Beam Design

Photos: I-Beam Design

When computer and software entrepreneur Eric Chu decided to replace his single Los Angeles home with two smaller houses on the same lot, he was faced with the question of how to do this without sacrificing privacy. His architect Whitney Sander came up with the unconventional suggestion of using giant graphic stickers, similar to what they use on city busses, to cover the homes’ exterior glass walls.

Sander designed two three-story houses to fit on the modest lot (150 feet deep but only 40 feet wide), a 2,200 square foot home for Chu and his girlfriend, and a slightly larger home behind for them to rent out. The homes are barely separated by a drive-in courtyard, with huge exterior walls made almost entirely of windows facing each other. Though the stickers allow them to see out from the interior, rather than staring into their neighbor’s home, all they see is a wall of beautiful leaf graphics reflected back at them.

This article can be found in its original form at NYTimes.

Photos: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times