Leaving friends and neighbors behind can be the toughest part of moving to a new home. These five tips will help you make connections and settle into your new community in no time. 1. Knock, knock For an extrovert, walking over to a neighbor’s home to say hello may feel like a no-brainer. But for more reserved personalities, this tried-and-true method usually requires a bit of a warmup. Start with a friendly wave as you drive by, then work your…

Most people think their real estate concerns end once they’ve closed on and moved into their new homes. But when a neighbor’s house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for you. Here are some tips for staying real estate aware. 1. Document important disclosure items For the most part, good fences make good neighbors. But sometimes the folks on the other side of the fence don’t cooperate, and unresolved neighbor conflicts tend to arise when one…

If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood. 1. Good neighbors bring cookies Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them. If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full…

The road home was a long one for Asha Mevlana, lead violinist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s West Coast tour. After a breast cancer diagnosis 18 years ago, Mevlana quit her job in public relations and moved to Los Angeles to become a professional violinist. Mevlana not only successfully went into remission but also prospered in her music career, touring with acts like Dee Snider and Gnarls Barkley. After years on the road and storage units on each coast, Mevlana decided…

There’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool during the dog days of summer. Whether you’re a floater, a diver or more of a poolside lounger, a pool is the best summer gathering spot for all your friends and family. So, grab your floaties, put on some sunscreen and get ready to take the plunge – it’s time to choose the pools where you’d most like to spend a scorching summer day! Colonial retreat or posh garden pool?…

The wheels on the bus go round and round – and then might stop for family dinner, if you’re Gabriel and Debbie Mayes. It may not be the dream for every family, but it’s the one Debbie envisioned after seeing a video on Facebook a few years ago. It featured a couple who had converted a school bus and spent all their time on the open road, exploring the country. “I immediately thought, ‘Hey, we can totally do this with…

Some people love ceiling fans – others don’t care for them. But we can probably all agree that they’re incredibly functional, especially in the heat of summer. If you don’t love the look of your ceiling fan, try updating to a more modern, sleek option. That way you get both function and fashion in your space, which is a win-win in our playbook! There’s no need to call an electrician for this project – installing a new ceiling fan is…

If you’re going to build cabins inspired by, salvaged from and built around old-growth trees, it is perhaps only fitting to do so in the aptly nicknamed Evergreen State. Every summer, Jacob Witzling, a second-grade teacher near Boston, flies the 2,400 miles from Watertown, MA, to Olympia, WA, to build whimsical cabins out of old-growth cedar, fir and hemlock. He salvages lumber from demolished buildings, upcycles appliances and incorporates fanciful geometric shapes along the way, giving the cabins an imaginative,…

A trio of treehouses in Meadows of Dan, VA, combines the nostalgia of your childhood treehouse with the sophisticated log cabin you’ve always wanted. Perched on treetops that overlook the Kibler Valley and North Carolina Piedmont, these warm, intimate spaces for two boast a private deck for savoring the exquisite views. All three treehouses offer rustic-chic interiors, but each is built to fit into its respective tree branches. The Barn Owl treehouse, aptly named for its bird’s-eye view 2,700 feet…

In 2016, Jace Carmichael and Giddi Oteo upgraded from their first van home to a 2005 Freightliner Sprinter. The new van’s from-scratch build-out allowed them to add a safe seat for their new baby, Juniper. Their goal isn’t to live in the van – it’s to live out of it. An 84-square-foot house that travels with them means this family can live sustainably on a small budget and spend quality time in places like Mexico, Big Sur, and Yosemite and…