Small baby that grows, small apartment that doesn't? [more inside]
Have you seen (within the last decade) these pictures from a home design magazine? Traditional Asian (Japanese?) style - high ceilings with dark beams, large open spaces, tatami mats and paper screens, and very little else. [more inside]
How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
Home electrical wiring with voltage between neutral wires - is this normal? [more inside]
Post-Sandy, we are thinking it would be good to have an old-fashioned landline for future outages. We currently have FIOS phone, cable and internet. When we lost power, after the second day we had no home phone I guess because the battery backup died. So is there such a thing as old-fashioned landline service anymore? And who can I call to get this service from? In central NJ?
Light color paint upstairs, natural wood downstairs in older homes and apartments. Why? [more inside]
I'm a Sandy refugee, living with friends until my power's restored (latest estimate: 11/9). There's got to be a way to remotely detect that - to sniff for current in an AC plug, or detect light from a bulb or the reestablishment of my WiFi network....and then use the WiFi to let me know. The tech would be trivial. Does anything like that (aside from $$$ home monitoring set-ups) exist? Or could I rig one up?
What's the best way to find help for baby watching / around the house (for a couple of hours) for a mom with a infant? [more inside]
I'm moving into a new place! Hooray! But it harbors the scent of the last tenant. Boo. How do I fix this? [more inside]
Can you suggest a great buyer's agent in Tampa? Mr. Doodley and I are looking to move to the Central/North Tampa area (roughly from South Seminole Heights up to North Lowry Park/Manor Hills neighborhoods). [more inside]
What's the proper way to accommodate a chair rail (dado rail) when hanging items on the wall? [more inside]
Are there corners to cut that we should be cutting? What tasks do you skip, consciously or not, as a family? Washing dishes? Putting laundry away? IS THERE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING? [more inside]
Vacation home swap for Hawaii? [more inside]
I'm planning to have an in-ground pool installed in my backyard. Which would be better: a chlorine system or a salt water system? [more inside]
How did you decide where to live? How did you find the perfect place for you? [more inside]
What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
Now that my kids are getting older and wanting to use more stuff online from a wider range of devices, what can I do to keep an eye on what they're doing? [more inside]
Can you please offer insight into my projector system? I have questions with regards to projectors, screens, and installation. [more inside]
My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
Looking for a good cleaning service in Ballard, WA. [more inside]
I am allergic to something in my home. The symptoms only show up while I'm at home. I don't know what it could be. Is there something or someone that can figure out for me? [more inside]
What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool (rectangularly shaped, 3-5ft deep, chlorine or salt water)?
What are we overlooking during our preparation for cat acquisition? [more inside]
Please explain how they're going to make any money on this rehabbed house. [more inside]
Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
My asshole neighbors' pot smoke is seeping into our apartment through every crack and vent. Help. [more inside]
Are there any other people here who work from home? Care to share some anecdotes or tell us about any rituals you use to keep you motivated? [more inside]
what value is to be placed on a nice view from a home? I have the opportunity to move to a new flat with very impressive direct sea views, for a 40% increase in rent. I’m just having trouble quantifying the view. The flat is below market rate probably, and I can afford it, that’s not a problem, I feel it is a very superficial thing to spend money on. But I’m not spending on anything else. If I had kids, I feel that I wouldn’t be that bothered at all about having the view . I am a male, 33, single. I look out the window, and sure it’s nice, but does it improve my life, in any real sense? I am not really sure. If it wasn't for this view, I'd probably move to a more interesting and cuturally diverse part of town. Which has different kinds of urban views. Views?
Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
Thinking of retiring in 10 years. Where? [more inside]
We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]
Kind of a two-part question: 1) Looking for affordable, secure, climate controlled storage units north of Kansas City, and 2) dealing with the illogical sense of feeling abandoned by my parents as they talk about being unable to store my stuff in the future. (Sorry, a bit long inside) [more inside]
Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing. [more inside]
I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor. Help! [more inside]
Can you give me your best tips, tricks, and general guidance for being a stay-at-home mom of an older baby? As of next week I will be caring for our 8 month old by myself full time, and I'm scared! [more inside]
Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
I'm about to come into a large sum of money (in the $300-$500k range). I've never had a large sum of money. Looking for advice on what to do next. [more inside]
Help me floor my house! [more inside]
What types of jobs or careers would let me live in the US but travel internationally every couple of months?
What types of jobs or careers would let me live in the US but travel internationally every couple of months? [more inside]
Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
Is it possible to purchase a home with an FHA loan, rehabilitate it, and then rent it out? Also - what's it like to make an independent entry into the rental home market? [more inside]
So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
How much training is required in order to become a credible burlesque performer? [more inside]
Home energy advances. Are there any new developments I should know about as I'm about to move into an older single-family home after 13 years of living in an apartment? It is a gas/electric home with heavy tree shade.