There are 93 days to enjoy this summer, which means 93 chances to chase fireflies, stick your toes in the sand or tell ghost stories under starry skies. Gather up the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, and weigh in on which spaces you’d rather gather ’round on a warm summer’s night. Slate gray standalone or stone-paneled sanctuary? Slate gray standalone Stone-paneled sanctuary                             Photos from Zillow listings:…

It’s not every day that a home becomes a neighborhood draw.  If you live in the historic, tree-lined Carrollton area of New Orleans, however, you might attract a bit of a crowd when you build your home from two massive repurposed shipping containers. Becoming a neighborhood sensation wasn’t what landscape architect Seth Rodewald-Bates intended when he set out to design a home for him and his wife, Elisabeth. They’d fallen in love with the area, known for brass bands and bayou…

By Leigh Raper Savvy consumers know that companies do all kinds of things to increase the bottom line. Airlines, for instance, charge for a checked bag, while others tack on fees for extra leg room.  And cereal companies keep costs down by putting fewer flakes in the same size of box. But renters sometimes forget their landlord is running a business too – until they sign a new or renewed lease, that is. Renters may discover that while the rent seems reasonable,…

Renting offers its fair share of perks, but with great flexibility in your living arrangement comes a unique set of challenges – most of which are out of your control. Here are a few tips to help you face the top five renting woes. 1. Pest infestation Pests can be an all-too-common occurrence for renters. They can hide in your drains, in your kitchen cabinets and sometimes even on your bed. To prevent pests in the first place, experts suggest…

Whether it’s sleeping under the stars, telling ghost stories or simply enjoying the great outdoors, summer memories are best made in a treehouse. Summer’s start is the perfect time to build your own backyard treehouse. But before you grab a hammer and nails, check out these eight tips from the pros at O2 Treehouse and Nelson Treehouse and Supply. 1. Find a good tree Consider hiring an arborist to check the tree’s health and make sure it’s going to last.…

If your company has asked you to move to a new city or state for work, you’re not alone. Each year, nearly seven million people in the United States relocate because of their jobs. Before you start packing boxes, it’s important to know what your employer will and won’t offer in terms of relocation assistance, and how that could affect both your move and your pocketbook. Make no assumptions Approximately 70 percent of U.S. companies offer relocation incentives for employees…

Tiny living means having to sacrifice some space, but the Roadhaus Wedge tiny home by WheelHaus is truly an extension of the outdoors. Light and views of nearby foliage fill the small space through a wide, all-glass front door. Trapezoidal windows at the top of the house let in even more views of the wooded landscape, and a covered porch leads to an outdoor fire pit. Photo by Aaron Kraft of Krafty Photos. Inside, the high-end design details continue with rustic-style…

Ready to buy that ski cabin or lake house? Renting it out while you’re not using it is a great way to make it happen – but not so fast. Lender rules may not allow it, so here’s what you need to know. Different loans have different rules The first step to financing your vacation home is understanding what mortgages are available and their rules about renting: Primary residence loans. These loans are the most favorable, and you’ll get the lowest possible…

Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example. Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They’re recently engaged, and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and accent pieces but also his style. The active couple shares a love for food, wine and entertaining, so we…

Dream of owning a vacation home but find the idea of buying one too intimidating? It’s actually easier than you may think. Here’s a guide to help you analyze your options. 1. Match housing choices to your lifestyle Many people assume they must own a primary residence before owning a vacation home, but that’s not necessarily true. What’s really important is matching your housing choices to your lifestyle. You may live in a city and want lots of space that you can’t afford there.…