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Meet the most energy efficient house in Washington State—the Park Passive House.

Designed by Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney of NK Architects and built by Sloan Ritchie of Cascade Built, the home’s regal exterior belies its humble objective. According to Freshome, “sustainable features include heat pump hot water, zero VOC finishes, a heat recovery ventilator, high performance windows, 16-inches of insulation in the walls and 20+ inches in the lid, and wiring for solar.”

You can find more photos here.

Photos: Aaron Leitz



Spotted over at Make, these upcycled guitars are made from wood reclaimed from abandoned homes in Detroit.

Building on the city’s musical legacy, Wallace Detroit Guitars builds each instrument with high-quality hardware. (Prototypes were finished this summer, with sales beginning this fall.)

Turning tossed flooring into a gorgeous guitar? Music to our ears.

Photos: Wallace Detroit Guitars

Epic. That’s the only word to describe Coopers Hall, an urban taproom in Portland, Oregon.

Housed in a former auto garage, the 8,000-square-foot winery/taproom includes 44 wines—making it the most extensive on-tap wine program in the country, according to The Oregonian.

Coopers Hall is taking full advantage of the state’s recently-passed bill in the state that allows restaurants, wine shops, grocery stores and taprooms to sell on-tap wine to go in refillable bottles. The project was spearheaded by the same developer team that brought the Ace Hotel to downtown Portland. (Read more about it here.)

We can’t wait to belly up to the bar.





If you read one article on the Internet today, it should be this one from Cool Hunting.

Artist Kate Daughdrill bought a home for $600 in Detroit and turned it into a community-focused urban farms that spans eight lots. With her neighbors, Kate hosts community dinners, started a CSA, and throws seasonal art openings in the potting shed.

She calls the homestead Burnside Farm. We call it inspiring.

Images, from top: © Kate Doughdrill; David Graver; Ali Elisabeth Lapatina




How happy is your state?

Each year the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures the well-being of all 50 states. This year, for the first time, North Dakota jumped to the top, scoring the highest in work environment and physical health.

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana
  6. Vermont
  7. Colorado
  8. Hawaii
  9. Washington
  10. Iowa

Source: Gallup


Homepolish is one of those genius ideas that is best explained by its creators: “We hand pick and vet the country’s top emerging interior designers, unleashing their talents to help the world live better.”

No matter the size of your home or whether the budget is shoestring or endless, Homepolish pairs you with a designer who can remake your space.

This apartment belongs to Sasha and Terry, who, after achieving the dream of owning an apartment in downtown Manhattan, needed to bridge the good bones of the unit with their individual aesthetics. Homepolish connected them with Evelyn, who styled the rooms with elegant yet comfortable furnishings.

Another home, polished.

Photos: Homepolish

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Brooklyn has been buzzing for some time now, from Park Slope parents to Williamsburg hipsters. Now, another neighborhood is drawing the attention of homebuyers looking to invest—Gowanus.

Once one of the most polluted waterways in the country, Gowanus borders the neighborhoods of Red Hook and South Brooklyn to the west, Park Slope to the east, and Sunset Park to the south. It’s also the site of Brooklyn’s first Whole Foods grocery store, and developers are eyeing the location for a 700-unit rental project right along the canal. But beyond gourmet groceries, an influx of creative entrepreneurs, musicians, and artists has made this neighborhood popular.

We found a few properties posted on Househappy that are in or on the edge of Gowanus.

This nearly 1,000-square-foot condo features two bedrooms, two updated baths, a renovated custom kitchen, washer/dryer, wood burning fireplace, terrace, and additional basement storage, along with very low maintenance in a co-op that has just paid off their underlying mortgage.

168 Huntington St. is listed by Nielsen Sadownick Team.

This two bedroom, two bath condo features keyed elevator access directly into the apartment. An open, sun-filled layout offers 984 square feet of living space, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, washer/dryer, high ceilings, a private storage unit, and a balcony. The modern kitchen has granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

391 Dean St. is listed by Rodolfo Lucchese.

Gowanus Canal Photo: Instagram