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