The stilt house’s views are amazing… if you can reach the house

Thursday, 25 September, 2014

Roost House, concept by Benoit Challand

If a house latched to a cliff face along the Australian coast isn’t your thing, perhaps a house, sitting on stilts, located in the Highlands of Scotland, might be? Such is the Roost House, a concept created by French visual artist Benoit Challand.

Access would be by way of a retractable vertiginous ladder, something that would enhance security I imagine, as I doubt there’d be too many burglars game to trying to break in.

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Home on the sea, a cliff above the sea

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Cliff House, design concept by Modscape

At this stage the Cliff House, as conceived by Australian prefabricated home designer Modscape is a concept, but what a concept it is.

Provided there were no concerns with how securely the structure was latched to the cliff face, the home would make for a spectacular vantage point, regardless of the weather. In fact the worse the weather, the better it would be… imagine sitting out a storm in such a building?

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How do I sell my house if the sitting tenant is a ghost?

Monday, 27 January, 2014

Is your house subject to strange creaking noises? Sudden, inexplicable, drops in temperature? And, most spine tingling of all, blurry reflections in windows and mirrors? If so, it could be your place is haunted.

That may not be a big deal for you though, if one, you don’t believe in paranormal phenomena, and/or two, you don’t actually intend to reside in said property, but rather rent it out to someone else, or move the problem sideways, as it were.

If though, you, or a would-be leaseholder suspects an otherworldly presence is in residence, and like it or lump it, the issue does concern some people, it turns out there are a couple of things you can do to addresss the problem.

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Living in the middle of nowhere may be ok, but it’s not for everyone

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013

The pros and cons, and there are equal servings of both, of living in the middle of nowhere. Brian Fey, who moved into the depths of a Mexican forest almost ten years ago, outlines the ups and downs of the experience.

I will never run out of work or projects. There is a lot of land. I can make art, reproduce plants, and implement any vision I have energy for.

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Hong Kong’s cubicle apartments, not for working in, for living

Friday, 1 March, 2013

Photo by Society for Community Organization

I’ve pointed out small Hong Kong apartments before but here is a collection of photos taken from the ceilings of these so-called cubicle apartments. I’m sure I’ve seen cubicles in workplaces that are larger.

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Don’t look to Generation Y to drive economic recovery

Monday, 27 August, 2012

Some food for thought. The pace of US economic recovery, which has been relatively tentative to date (go read about QE3), may depend a lot on the purchasing intentions of Millennials, or Generation Y, people born between 1980 and 2000, give or take, who so far seem to be showing little interest in making big purchases, such as cars and houses.

All of these strategies share a few key assumptions: that demand for cars within the Millennial generation is just waiting to be unlocked; that as the economy slowly recovers, today’s young people will eventually want to buy cars as much as their parents and grandparents did; that a finer-tuned appeal to Millennial values can coax them into dealerships. Perhaps. But what if these assumptions are simply wrong? What if Millennials’ aversion to car-buying isn’t a temporary side effect of the recession, but part of a permanent generational shift in tastes and spending habits? It’s a question that applies not only to cars, but to several other traditional categories of big spending – most notably, housing. And its answer has large implications for the future shape of the economy – and for the speed of recovery.

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What happens to empty homes? They become forgotten houses

Thursday, 3 May, 2012

The sounds of an abandoned house’s long absent occupants render “Forgotten”, a short film by Michael Cameneti, undeniably haunting.

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Everything else is getting smaller so why shouldn’t homes as well?

Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

If smartphones have have effectively shrunk the size of computers, and I’m thinking of the desktop devices of say ten years ago, then it’s time we considered applying the same proportions to our homes. And it’s not as if people are struggling to live reasonably comfortably in spaces that are the size of the average garden shed either…

Beijing architect Dai Haifei seems quite happy living in an egg shaped shelter, while Jay Schafer – a designer of tiny, portable houses – lives in an approximately 31 square metre (100 square feet) home.

Meanwhile for those also wishing to eat in small spaces, converted food carts are becoming increasingly diverse dining and entertaining venues.

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Home comings in photos and words

Monday, 25 January, 2010

Creative professionals reminisce about the dwellings – which range from caravans to farmhouses – where they spent their childhood.

I had been away from this state for over 20 years, and it took a great deal of courage to make the trip from Yosemite to visit 50 Villa Street. I tried not to think of what it might look like. Unbidden, images of decay arose, or perhaps an apartment building standing where I used to play.

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The A to Z of Alphabet city’s houses

Monday, 4 January, 2010

Curious and bizarre, designs for 26 “dream houses” fashioned on letters of the alphabet, by Scott Teplin.

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