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Is it so that they can draw the classic house + sun crayon drawing?

Can you explain to me as if I were an alien why children need to grow up in houses rather than apartments or condos? This is one of those things that seems obvious to everyone else that I seem to miss. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 26, 2014 - 26 answers

 

Show me more houses!

I love reading home renovation / decoration blogs. My feedly has gone a little stale, and I'd love new ideas. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Jan 16, 2014 - 15 answers

What is it like to own an old-ish farm property with a pond and stable?

I'm currently on the market for a house, and have made a critical error in my house hunting quest - I've fallen in love with a house - which is a 1970s era home with stables, a horse paddock, and a pond. I have thus lost the ability to be objective in my assessment of said house, and so I turn to you, AskMe…. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Nov 16, 2013 - 51 answers

Look ma, no walls!

Where can I find more pictures of houses "without" walls like the ones in this link? Also, it would be awesome if I could get some names of architects that share a similar style.
posted by pakoothefakoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Mysterious Concrete Slab

I'm the new owner of a 1950-built home in Whitefish Bay, WI. While doing some landscape regrading around an addition put on sometime after the initial construction (which we think included an expansion of the basement), we discovered this mysterious concrete slab buried underneath some bushes, next to one of the basement windows. Why is it there? And is it doing something important? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 21, 2013 - 22 answers

What happens if I buy one or more incredibly cheap houses in Detroit?

I just read an article about the real estate market in Detroit and they linked to a number of houses that were for sale for less than $500. Some of them have just preposterous asking prices -- like a 3 bedroom house for $39. I know nothing about real estate and tax statuses, etc. What would happen if I were to buy, say 1-3 houses that cost no more than $200 apiece? What would be the downsides of doing something like this? I wouldn't plan on living in them, I'd just own them.
posted by nathancaswell on Jul 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Great places to rent for a young person in NYC

22 years old here and I work full time and study part time and live on my own currently. I really really want to move out of my current place. I'm supposed to be getting an increase in pay soon and as such I'm wondering what are some good parts of the city (NYC here) that have affordable rent that doesn't eat a crazy chunk of income. Assume that my maximum rent is $1200 (but I would rather go a bit less - I'm looking at value over price, but not some run down place or a place in the projects.)
posted by antgly on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 answers

How to extend WiFi to another building?

I'm looking for a way to extend home WiFi into an adjoining building, where laying cable is not an option and packaging/LOS is a concern. I'd also like to reduce equipment cost, while not compromising endpoint throughput. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Achievement Unlocked - Massive Debt

I'm becoming a first-time homeowner on Monday. What surprising things (or unexpected challenges) did you learn in your first year as a homeowner that you think it would be good for me to know? The house is in Wisconsin, in a Milwaukee suburb. Thanks so much!
posted by gerryblog on May 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Considering moving from the NE and wonder about Durham NC

We are a couple in our mid-50's and are looking for some specific things in our next move; more temperate weather than the North East where we are now; progressive thinking people, good food and a thriving food scene, ability to buy a house for less than $350K, low property taxes ( less than $5K) within driving distance (45 minutes is the max) to a major airport and open-minded people. We are both entrepreneurial and active, love the outdoors and nature and want a small yard for a garden and to be near some kind of water be it a large lake, river or coast. We are considering Portland Ore. or Durham NC. We are still working and work for ourselves. Anyone have an opinion on either or both?
posted by privatechef on Apr 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Tips on home-buying in a sellers market?

We're house hunting and have had no luck with our offers. What can we do to maximize our chances of a seller accepting our offer? [more inside]
posted by ramix on Apr 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Is it really smart to move an old house rather than build a new house?

So I've read multiple times about folks moving historic houses from their original locations to new locations. Is this a good idea financially? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Feb 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Renting Advice

I'm searching for a house to rent with some friends, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mcav on Dec 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Help us gauge the importance of school district in housing choice

The McTootsalot family has outgrown our home, and we’re looking to move this summer. We love our area (Durham, NC) so if we could we’d love to just move into a larger house down the street that could accommodate our growing clan. However, there is a caveat: schools. How much importance we should place on schools? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Where do I buy a Houseboat?

If building a house is cheaper than buying a house (if you exclude land costs) and buying a houseboat is cheaper than buying a house, could it be cost effective to have a "boat" designed and built outside London and then moor it in London to get a relatively cheap London house? I'm aware moorings are rare and can be expensive, but do you think the costs would work out? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Healing, cleaning, happy bath houses!

Bath houses and traditions around the world? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Apr 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Should we buy this house?

I'd like to hear from people who have considered buying splendid houses but have felt really weird about it. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 7, 2012 - 28 answers

Other Home Selling Channels

People trying to sell their houses are still facing bloated inventory and falling home values. And I know businesses like YouSellIt are an alternative to realtors to help sellers get their homes on the market. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 4, 2012 - 5 answers

What's like Clapham but cheaper?

Where should we buy in London? Short version: We're currently renting in Clapham (which we both really like). I work by Shepherd's Bush, he works by Tower Bridge. Minimum 2 bedroom with a budget of let's say £350k. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jan 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Hidden Rooms and 'Dead' Spaces: help me find more pictures of this sort of thing!

I've recently become fascinated by (a) long-forgotten "hidden" rooms in houses and other buildings and (b) "dead space" in houses, e.g., large unfinished areas behind walls that are only perhaps discovered years later. Help me find more examples of this sort of thing -- preferably examples with pictures! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 13, 2012 - 71 answers

Searching for dream houses

I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Dec 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Where should I live next year?

Within the next month, I'm planning to move out of my studio apartment to a house with roommates. I have two housing options available and I'm not sure which one I should choose.... [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Jun 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Lodging in Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandlodgingfilter: My wife an I will be in Iceland for a week in late May and are looking for lodging. We're out of the demographic for loud noises and partying but like to get a feel of places that we visit. [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern on Apr 17, 2011 - 7 answers

How frequently does a settlement date (for a property sale) get postponed?

How common is it for settlement (on a house purchase) to be delayed? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me with mortgage tools

Are there any good tools for visualizing mortgage options? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Feb 18, 2011 - 2 answers

****ing body corporates, how do they work?

Australian home owners: please explain to me about body corporates. How much power do they have? And why do the fees vary so hugely? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find a TV documetnary on a self-building housing co-operative in the UK

I'm after a documentary I once saw about a self-building housing co-operative in the UK—or more information about the programmes. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

How can we make our dream come true, and NOT turn into a nightmare later?

What should we do now to prepare to buy a house in the next 6 - 12 months? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Strategies for REOs

Is there a recommended strategy for offering on an REO/foreclosure? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Big goals, lots of time...

Want to buy our first house... 1-2 years in the future. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 - 16 answers

What's the quickest way to buy a flat, and what obstacles might there be?

What's the quickest possible way to buy a house/flat in the UK? What obstacles are there that stop things from going this quickly? [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I create value in real estate?

Can I create value in real estate? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos on Aug 26, 2010 - 10 answers

A New York Homestead

I've been idly dreaming about building a small house someday, something along the lines of the small houses (not the tiny ones) designed by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. I'd like to know more about what this would entail in the area where I currently live. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Where to rent a group house in Hawaii?

Birthday beach house rental in Hawaii over Labor Day. Where should we stay, and where's the best place to find a beach house rental online? [more inside]
posted by timoni on Jul 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Where to stash 15 undergrads for 6 weeks? Camping is not an option.

Trying to locate housing for a group of 12-15 students working on a project in Evanston, Illinois between Aug 1st-Sept 15th. Need to think of some creative alternatives and I'm coming up short on creativity. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Is $8k worth rushing this?

How bad an idea would it be to try to buy a condo before the new homeowner credit deadline (April 30th)? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Mar 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Is it kosher to take photographs of private residences?

Is it ok to take photographs of people's houses from the street for a school project? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Feb 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Something Seems Missing...

Why do new homes in California seem to lack a fireplace? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Dec 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine?

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Aug 13, 2009 - 5 answers

How far does a tree need to be from the house?

How far does a tree need to be from the house? [more inside]
posted by fistynuts on Jul 9, 2009 - 7 answers

What's it like in Fort Erie?

What's it like in Fort Erie, Canada? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on Jun 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Lollipop Fields and Robot Makeovers?

Can anyone identify these cartoons? One about two poor kids who dream of a world made of food, then wake up to a feast in their kitchen. Another about a young couple at a future world/technology expo where they see instant houses, get groomed by robots, and ballroom dance? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte on Apr 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Am I throwing my money away on my house!?

We are concerned that we are throwing our money away on home improvments! Help! [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Apr 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Asking prices vs. assessments: WTF?

Thinking about contemplating considering looking into buying a house in the next year, and when I research properties, asking prices vs. assessed values are all screwy. Why? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Mar 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Why aren't people buying cheap houses?

Uber-cheap-houses filter: how did we get to the point where houses are selling for less than a thousand bucks and they're STILL NOT SELLING? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jan 23, 2009 - 26 answers

As a first time buyer, how should I go about purchasing my first home?

Despite the dismal outlook of the U.S. economy, I will be buying my first home within the next 6 months. I'm unsure where to start and would greatly appreciate any advice from the MeFi community. [more inside]
posted by CElijah on Jan 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Severe damp in rented house: What are our legal rights?

We rent a shared house in London. There are damp issues in a downstairs room which are known about by the landlord. We have just noticed a severe case of black mould infesting an upstairs wall. What are our legal rights as tenants? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 11, 2009 - 4 answers

You can't look in it, you can't open it - why have it?

What's with the INTERNAL bedroom windows? [more inside]
posted by InfinateJane on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

have house, will travel

What are the legalities involved in buying a house and then dismantling and removing it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 28, 2008 - 17 answers

Why are houses built with different materials

Why are houses built of wood in certain regions (U.S., U.K., Northern Europe, etc.) and of concrete and bricks in others (South America, Iberian Peninsula, Asia)? Climate would be a good explanation, except that South America and Iberian Peninsula also have very cold regions where temperatures fall below zero (Celsius) quite frequently. Examples are: the Andes, southern Brazil, Argentina, Spain. etc.
posted by dcrocha on Aug 30, 2008 - 17 answers

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