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Increasing Value of A Home While Adding Style with Exterior Updates

Patio House in Toronto / by Reza Aliabadi

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential home buyers will notice, so it is necessary to make a good first impression to increase the chance of a sale. There’s a lot you can do outdoors to make your home stand out while increasing the value of the home, such as expanding your living space to the great outdoors and increasing the curb appeal with creative landscaping.

Add a Deck

If your home doesn’t already have a deck, you should consider adding one for a variety of reasons. A deck expands your living space and gives you a place to host parties and get-togethers with friends and family. Decks also make your home more visually appealing, adding dimension so your property stands out. According to the experts at Archadeck of West Portland, decks help individuals experience nature’s beauty right on their own property. Decks are typically an inexpensive addition because the materials don’t cost a lot, depending on the type of lumber used.
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Energy Efficient Home Design

House with Glass louvers, Japan / by StudioGreenBlue

Your home is a system. You can save money and improve the performance by taking measures that are cost – effective that will reduce the building loads, and then by installing systems as appliances that happen to be just the right size in order to meet those reduced loads.

The strategy that is the most effective for improving the energy efficiency of your household is to target the envelope of the home – walls, windows, attic, and doors. Once you have done that, you can improve the efficiency of the various systems, like heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can be done to make your home one that is more energy efficient:

Energy Suppliers

You might happen to live in an area where energy suppliers are still regulated. Most of us do. That means that there will typically be a single source of a type of energy in the area and that is the one that you have to use. For example, in Mobile, AL, the only supplier of electricity is Alabama Power, so that is what people have to use.

However, some states are becoming deregulated. This means that you will be have more local energy companies to choose from. This can help you to be more energy efficient. How? Well, the energy companies will want to be competitive to be able to get your business. This means that most of them will have a variety of plans and pricing options. This will allow you to get only the energy that you need as opposed to getting and using more than what is necessary.
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European Central Bank auf ARTE / by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

The striking twin tower shapes the skyline of Frankfurt’s Ostend

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The design of the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au for the new premises of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt combines the horizontal structure of the landmarked Grossmarkthalle with a twisted double tower, which rises to 185 meters. United by an entrance building, these two elements form an ensemble of special architectural significance. Featuring bridges, pathways and platforms, the glass atrium between the two highrises creates a vertical city. The semi-public and communicative functions are located in the former Grossmarkthalle. The exceptional atrium and visible steel support structure show that the ECB building belongs to an entirely new typology of skyscrapers.

The hyperboloid cut
From the beginning it was an explicit request of the ECB to create a unique, iconic building as a symbol for the European Union. A distinctive and unique building can only be achieved by a completely different kind of Geometry.
The design concept of the ECB is to vertically divide a monolithic block through a hyperboloid cut, wedge it apart, twist it and fill the newly created intermediary space with a glass atrium. The result is a very complex geometry and a multifaceted building offering a completely different appearance from each angle: massive and powerful from the South-East, slender and dynamic from the West.
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4 Ways to Create an Eating Space in a Small Home

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Having a space in your home to enjoy your meals is important. If you happen to live in an apartment or small home, you may have resorted to solutions like TV trays or everyone eating in separate rooms. Eating separately from your family can get lonely, while TV trays in the living room can lead to crumbs and food on the sofa. There are more feasible options that will define an eating area for you and your family to enjoy.

1. Split the Living Room Space in Half

The living room is typically one of the larger spaces in the home. If you can live with a little less living room space, mapping off part of it for a dining area can work. You can review sites with dining room furniture to get an idea of what would fit in the space. Going with a smaller square table with four chairs might work for a smaller family. You can use a room divider or your couch to separate the two areas.

2. Eat-In Kitchen

If you have a large kitchen, you can create a designated area for meal time. Eat-in kitchens are nice additions to a property and can improve the function of your living space. A small foldable table or even a kitchen nook and small table would work well in the corner of your kitchen while still providing optimum space for preparing meals.
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House Benz / by Ippolito Fleitz Group

House Benz is a residential design by Ippolito Fleitz Group.

When your work is your life – create a life in and around work.

Markus Benz, company director of prestigious furniture brand Walter Knoll, and his wife Susanne wished to find a Stuttgart base that would enable them to offer their business partners an alternative meeting place to the company headquarters 40 km away in Herrenberg on the edge of the Black Forest – and to live there too. The family found a property in the Kräherwald, a popular location above the city, and moved into what is known as a ‘coffee-grinder house’, typical of the 1920s. The house used to function as a doctor’s practice, so the layout was restored in line with its original purpose and with respect for the building’s structure and history. On one hand our task was to create a home environment that suited the family’s discerning aesthetic demands and offered a framework for their art collection. On the other hand, products from Walter Knoll were to be staged in an authentic and atmospheric context, far removed from trade fair and showroom presentations.
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Using Art to Inspire Your Home’s Interior Design

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Artwork can play a huge role in your home’s interior design by adding character, color, and texture to any room. The art chosen can be unique or traditional; it all depends on your preferences and how you’d like the room to look. Choosing and placing artwork goes beyond just hanging it up in any room – the right piece of art can breathe life and style into any room.

Choosing the Artwork

Choosing the right artwork for each room is all about personal preferences. Browse paintings to gain inspiration and insight as to what you’d like to see when you walk in the room. If you see a painting you like but it doesn’t match the décor in any of your rooms, buy it anyway because a painting can easily become the focal point of the room. If you want to have multiple paintings in one room, try to go with a similar style so they complement each other.
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New ferry terminal in Stockholm / by C.F. Møller

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The terminal resembles a cross between a departing ship and the surrounding area’s architecture of cranes, warehouses, etc.

“The main idea was to create a vibrant urban environment at the port with a unique urban space catering to both travelers and local residents of Stockholm with a public park on the terminal’s roof. The terminal is thereby a public attraction and an efficient traffic facility where car traffic and a fluid overlap between passenger terminal and quality urban life intertwine and become one,” says Mads Mandrup, the architect in charge of design and partner in the project.
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4 Factors That Can Negatively Affect the Value of Your Home

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If you plan to put your home on the market, it goes without saying that you want the maximum amount of money possible when it comes to reselling it. However, before you do that, you need to be aware of the factors that can negatively impact the property value of your home. From bad plumbing to mold, there are several features that can decrease the overall value of your home that you may not be aware of.

1. Negative Events

If your home has issues such as mold, sustained damage from a fire, or if it was the site of a violent crime it could make the property harder to sell.

2. Surrounding Environment

Even if your home and yard is in pristine condition, the surrounding environment can have a negative impact on the value of your house. For instance, if your neighbor’s property is surrounded by a fence which corals barking dogs, or if their property has trash, motor homes, boats, disabled cars or other unsightly vehicles and debris at the front portion of their lawns, this can decrease the value of your home.
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