Five Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen Backsplash

Is your kitchen drab and uninteresting? You may not need to redo the entire room to give it new lease on life, but a fresh coat of paint and a new backsplash can do wonders. Consider one of the following materials for your kitchen’s mini-makeover. Tile Tile is one of the most timeless materials used for a backsplash. It can be found in everything from sleek white ceramic subway tiles to patterned Tuscan or vintage tiles to tinted glass and marble mosaics. The key to finding the right one is that Read more […]

Desert Living at Sky Crossing

Want to wake up to the view of the beautiful Arizona desert every morning? Now you can with Sky Crossing, the new master plan community in North Phoenix. Sky Crossing offers not only a remarkable lifestyle, but also the access to endless resort style amenities. Plus, Sky Crossing is conveniently located near all of North Phoenix’s hottest spots. Remarkable Lifestyle Inside of a gated community sits 16 neighborhoods full of elegant homes that include the canvas of the Sonoran Desert right out Read more […]

An Introduction to National Lawn Care Month

Just about everyone living in suburban areas has their own lawn. It happens to be something that has become one of the most characteristic features of living away from the big city. Regardless of where you may be living, you will have come across plenty of houses having their own lawns and grassy patches. Then again, it isn’t entirely a ‘suburban thing’ either. Although cities are often criticized as being nothing more than ‘concrete jungles’, not all areas of the city happen to be patched Read more […]

4 Home Improvements That Will Add Value to Your Home

Today more than ever, more people want to know how they can add value to their houses. They know we’re going through a real estate market slump, and they, therefore, have two options. One is on to hang onto their houses until the market improves. The other is to improve their homes and sell the house despite the slump. If you prefer the second option, here are house improvements that will add value to your home. 1. The Kitchen Families spend more time in the kitchen than anywhere else in Read more […]

5 Reasons to Move to South Dakota

It’s time for a change and you are ready to move anywhere but where you currently live. Maybe you’ve lost your job or are looking for a totally new lifestyle. For whatever reason (and of course you have at least one!) you are looking for somewhere to move. Oddly, one of the states you probably haven’t considered is South Dakota. Most people looking for a new life don’t automatically think of the Dakotas, but there are several good reasons South Dakota would be a good choice. Here are just Read more […]

My Mileage is Better Than Your Mileage

You may have heard about folks out there who describe themselves as “hypermilers”. What is that, you might ask? Well, it’s basically just someone who gets more out of a gallon of gas than the rest of us. Not a little more, though, but A LOT more – hypermilers can often nearly double the EPA listed mileage for a given car. One of the leaders in the hypermiler movement, Wayne Gerdes, can get nearly 60 mpg out of his 2005 Honda Accord (EPA est 34 mpg), and once got 127 mpg out of a Prius (EPA Read more […]

Affordable Shipping Container House in Quebec

Shipping containers are at the forefront of a new era of usefulness. Traditionally used to carry goods via cargo ship, train or truck, these steel boxes are capable of withstanding huge amounts of pressure and weight. This makes them structurally stable, fireproof, mold-proof and weather-proof. Unfortunately each has a lifespan of only 20 years for its original purpose. That means when their work is done hauling stuff, they get retired and sent to junk yards or landfills even though they are still Read more […]

Kansas City Prefab Home: A Green Gem in the Heartland

As a native of Kansas City you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn about the new green prefab achievement in my home town.  I learned about it from one of my favorite publications, Natural Home.  They did a wonderful feature on the house, which you can read in its entirety here. The 1,200 square feet house is a two-bedroom, one-bath home (remember in the eco-sphere small is good!) and is perched on stilts atop a hill. It has a wonderful view of downtown.  It was designed by architecture Read more […]

Warren Buffett Company Debuts Line of Green Prefab Homes

Warren Buffett isn’t the world’s second richest man for nothing. He has an unsurpassed knack for picking good companies in strong industries at the right price. Most things he’s touched have turned into gold. So it’s exciting to see that a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary called Clayton Homes has just launched a line of green prefab homes (called the i-house) that start at under $75,000 (or about $105 / square foot) excluding site costs and shipping. Clayton Homes is one of the largest manufactured Read more […]

A Green Modular HOM Away from Home

For a few days last week, a rustic green cabin popped up in the middle of a metropolis. Behind the iconic Pacific Design Center and in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in West Hollywood, designers and architects walked in and out of the HOM 1 manufactured home, taking a close look at the cork floors, FSC-certified walnut wood beds, and recycled glass-and-aluminum lamps. HOM 1, the $235,000, 1000-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom modular home designed by KAA Design Group, was on display Read more […]