No one ever complains about Hawaii. That’s one reason why Kristie Wolfe bought a piece of land there sight unseen. She went from spotting the overgrown, verdant lot on Craigslist to chatting with the owner to buying a plane ticket to clear the underbrush for building – all in the span of just two days. “It could’ve gone a lot of awful ways, but I didn’t see it until I had flown here to start building,” Wolfe said. “I had…

Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air. These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems, as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here’s how to keep your whole home cool this season. The advent of air conditioners…

Living in the country feels downright luxurious in this 200-year-old log home bordering 7 acres of National Forest Service land. Located at 585 Crystal Creek Rd in Otto, NC, the farmhouse-meets-19th-century-cabin home is available for $449,900. The home boasts a sun-soaked living room with walls of windows and a hand-built stone fireplace that leads right to the covered deck area – perfect for lazy afternoons of bird watching or enjoying the forest scenery right from the comfort of your couch. (The current…

Forget waiting 45 minutes for the delivery guy to show up. In this custom tiny home, pizzas are ready in just two minutes! Empty nesters looking to avoid the burden of a big mortgage, Robert and Rebekah Sofia embarked on a 20-month journey designing and building a 221-square-foot home in Ocklawaha, FL. Most people would balk at the idea of putting a 800-degree wood-fired pizza oven in such a small space. But with layers of plaster, cement and a heavy…

People keep showing up. Kids are racing across the suspension bridge and peeking through fairy doors. There are too many cooks to count. The Lucas family savors an afternoon together with no agenda and no timeline. Just a chance to be together in the place they love. Making memories When Kara Lucas was little, she kept busy building forts and playing pretend. But she didn’t have to use her imagination to dream up a magical place in rural Mississippi. “Even as young as 4,…

With the cost to paint a house’s exterior averaging about $2,500 nationally, homeowners longing for a new look may be considering their DIY options. You don’t need to be particularly handy to make your home’s exterior look like new. All you need is some spare time between now and summer. You can wash your house in a day, prep it in a weekend, and finish giving it a dazzling makeover over the course of a few weeks (and for about…

Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn’t have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments. Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces. Closets What matters most when sharing closet space is equality. No, you don’t need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don’t). But you should…

There’s no need to park in the mountains when the rock climbing is right at your doorstep.  At least that’s what the team at Tiny Heirloom figured when they set out to design a tiny home for an intrepid couple looking to take adventure on the road. The Portland, OR-based company combined two of the things its clients enjoyed most – fitness and being outside – into a 250-square-foot, custom-built home, said Jason Francis, creative director and co-founder at Tiny Heirloom.…

Making the decision to move can be an exciting time, whether you’re moving across town or across the country. But it can also be a milestone surrounded by uncertainty: am I making the right decision? How will my kids adjust to a new school? Will I like my new neighborhood? According to the US Census, 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016, for reasons related to housing, family, and employment. And there’s one question pretty much everyone who is thinking…

A home sold to a woman 10 miles down the road in dusty, grass-up-to-your-knees Montana. She paid $125,000 to put it in her backyard. But it wasn’t your typical prairie-land homestead – it was a double shipping container. While upcycled homes have been popular for some time, it’s rare to see two 45-foot-long shipping containers combined into a single living space. Photo by Dan Emtman. Architect and former owner Ty Kelly had the vision. Born in Livingston, MT, but living in Washington state…