Stand along the edges of a national forest outside Jackson, WY, and you might hear the sound of elk calling out as the sun sets on the horizon. It’s a wild spot, also frequented by moose, coyotes and deer – a place that’s home to mountain peaks and marshy land. Homeowner Katherine Gwin wanted to celebrate this, yet she took a decidedly different approach: She went contemporary in the countryside, choosing a sleek style rather than the rustic approach you might find in…

The first rule of the survival condo project: Do not talk about where the survival condo project is located. If you’re lucky enough to be let in on the secret, you drive two hours from the nearest commercial airport, across the rolling plains of Kansas. The closest small town is about half an hour away, with a population of roughly 5,000 people. There are just over a dozen restaurants; about half of them are fast-food chains. At some point, you…

Gardens are wonderful places for pets. They provide entertainment, room to exercise and cool shade in the afternoon. However, many of the most common and seemingly innocuous garden plants are also poisonous to your furry friends. The apples and oranges we humans enjoy, almost all flowering bulbs and some of the most popular houseplants all share one thing in common: They are dangerously toxic to cats and dogs. Irises, bottlebrush and daylilies all pose a threat to pets. Plants ranked…

There’s nothing quite like the flamingo pink sunrise over a river – unless you compare it with the lilac sunset next to a lake or the crystal blue skies of an all-day ocean view. From New York to North Carolina and Oregon to Illinois, these homes prove that scoring a waterfront spot doesn’t have to mean sinking your budget. Albion, MI 18781 26 1/2 Mile Rd For sale: $129,900 Photo from Zillow listing. The sunset vistas from this lakefront cottage are…

Most homeowners have that one thing about their home that they wish were different. “My house would be perfect if it just had one more bathroom.” “I love my house – except for the kitchen layout.” “If I had more storage space, I could live here forever.” For some owners, their home’s fatal flaw exists outside the four walls. Maybe the house backs up to a creek that floods whenever it rains, resulting in a squishy backyard perfect for breeding…

Ready for a kitchen renovation? Anxious for a bathroom remodel? The easy part is knowing your goal for home remodeling – whether you’re trying to keep up with your growing family, add office space, or increase your home’s value. But figuring out how to plan a home renovation that doesn’t break the bank can be tricky. Here are five key steps in planning your home remodeling project. 1. Estimate home renovation costs As a general rule of thumb, you should spend no…

Whether you’re a professional real estate investor or a homeowner with dreams of renovating to update and improve your house, having a quality home renovation team you can trust is absolutely essential. After all, even if you’re planning on doing some stuff yourself, you’re not going to be able to do it all on your own. And you don’t want to end up paying top dollar for low-quality work. So, how can you be sure that you find and hire the…

Sometimes you just have to go for it. About few years ago, Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley moved from a condo in Portland to 388 square feet in rural Oregon. Their house, a 40-foot-high fire lookout, doesn’t have a street address or a bathroom. And the nearest neighbor is three miles away. “We still have that sense of ‘are we really doing this?’” Colley admits. When the couple decided to go off grid, they didn’t know a thing about solar power. But through trial and…

A polished home exterior makes for an inviting experience for any visitor or passersby, which is especially important if your home is on the market. All sellers should focus on exterior home improvements, says Tallahassee-based realtor Joe Manausa of Joe Manausa Real Estate. “Buyers are searching for homes online, and the exterior picture of your home will be the most likely culprit for somebody to reject your home,” he notes. Check out our tips to get the most curb appeal for…

If the very mention of the word yurt conjures up images of desert-worn tents in rural parts of central Asia, rest assured: Modern yurts draw their inspiration from these versatile living spaces – and make them even better. Contemporary yurts are popping up everywhere – from small-town Arkansas to Zion National Park – as open, airy homes, backcountry destinations or even weekend glamping getaways.  Below are some of our favorites. Marfa, TX Photo by Nick Simonite. Sleep under a swath of stars…