Booking a flight to Sonoma in 3, 2 … Nestled among the redwoods there sits a restored, A-frame-inspired, Mid-Century Modern cabin. The exterior is the blue-green amalgam of shallow ocean waters after a storm; the interior, a rich, warm, golden wood that glows at night. As if the creekside views, dreamy lofted bedroom and “Mad Men”-esque stand-alone fireplace weren’t enough, this home also comes with private water access, a sauna and an outdoor shower. Oh – and a 16-foot restored…

More than one billion people are living without shelter across the globe. New Story – a nonprofit building homes in the developing world – is reminded of this problem every day. “We would go and look at where kids were being born into tents with mud and sewage that would rush through the dirt floor,” says New Story CEO Brett Hagler. “We learned that they couldn’t really sleep at night, and would get sick just [because of] where they are.” When…

Talk about a midsummer night’s dream.  When Ryan Southard and his wife, Val, moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest in 2013, they wanted a retreat from the hustle and bustle of their East Coast lives. They found their perfect escape in an A-frame nestled among the evergreens of Mount Rainier National Park and dubbed their little slice of heaven the Little Owl Cabin. Photo by Ellie Lillstrom. The couple spent about a year gutting and renovating the rustic hideaway,…

They’re 2018’s biggest home trends! We’ve seen everything from an architect’s out-of-this-world getaway to a shipping container home you’ll want to double down on. So what happens when these homes go head-to-head? Pick your favorite and check out the results! Which tiny home tickles your fancy? Pizza oven tiny home Tiny home with bouldering wall Pizza oven tiny home photo by Jim Jernigan; tiny home with bouldering wall photo courtesy of Tiny Heirloom. Which treehouse would you like to climb? Tropical Hawaiian…

The idea of living in a tiny home may not appeal to you for everyday life, but if you’re in the market for a vacation home, a tiny house in a beautiful setting could be just the ticket. Compared to full-scale options, tiny vacation homes are easier to keep up and quicker to clean, which means you’re spending more time enjoying your vacation location and less time worrying about maintenance. These 10 tiny vacation houses are all 600 square feet…

Everyone has advice about the real estate market, but not all of that unsolicited information is true. So when it comes time to list your home, you’ll need to separate fact from fiction. Below we’ve identified the top five real estate myths – and debunked them so you can hop on the fast track to selling your property. Myth #1: I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling Truth: While kitchens and bathrooms can increase the value of a…

Renting often gets a bad rap. It’s true that some aspects of being a renter are less than glamorous, but it’s not all bad. In fact, the number of renters is on the rise, and the traditional mindset about renting is changing. Let’s debunk three of the most common myths about renting. 1. You’re throwing money away Many people say that paying rent is like taking your money and throwing it away. While you may not be gaining equity in a home,…

Home equity is the percentage of your home’s value that you own, and it’s key to building wealth through homeownership. Let’s take a closer look at how to build home equity without blowing your budget – and how to access it when you need it. How much equity do you have? Equity is easy to calculate when you first buy a home because it’s basically your down payment. For example, if you put $11,250 down on a $225,000 home, your down…

Getting a mortgage can be a breeze or a slog, depending on what you know about the process. To get organized and set your expectations properly, let’s debunk some common mortgage myths. 1. Lenders use your best credit scores If you’re applying for a mortgage jointly with a co-borrower, logic suggests that your lender would use the highest credit score between both of you. However, lenders take the middle of three credit scores (from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) for each borrower,…

Built-in shelves can take your room from boring to bespoke in a snap. Unfortunately, they can also come with a hefty price tag. But I’m going to share the insider secrets you need to DIY your way to rich results without breaking the bank. (Hint: The secret is starting with assembled bookcases, like the IKEA BILLY!) Check out this dramatic before and after: I still walk in sometimes and can’t even believe it’s the same room. Of course, there have…