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MARTIAN EMBASSY / by LAVA

And they’ve set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney! The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket ...

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Plinthos Pavilion / by mab architects

The Plinthos Pavilion is built using 21816 clay bricks to make a continuous floor and walls. Usually hidden perforated sides of the bricks are exposed thus creating permeable surface.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan / by MADE IN

Situated in the taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.

Triangular House, Ecuador / by WE Architecture

The starting point of the project was to create a house around a patio as we know it from a lot of colonial style housing. By triangulating the house we minimized the distances from 1 ...

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Viewpoint Emerging Dining, Chile / by Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

The project was built using wood waste bins, impregnated poles, raschel mesh, river rocks, and wire recycling. It seeks no more than resolve a request from the rural, through the material and the ...

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Category: Houses / Housing

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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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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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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Four Ways a Clean Home Raises Property Value

When you are getting your home ready to sell, it is very important to keep your home as clean as possible. You are more likely to get a high closing price for your property if you have a lot of interested buyers, and a clean home is an essential part of making your home look appealing. You get many benefits from making sure your home is clean.

Make Your Home Look Bigger

Clutter and dark lighting makes rooms in your property look tiny. Proper organization will clear clutter out of the way, and a good window cleaning will allow natural light to brighten your home. This leads to an overall appearance of a larger, more spacious house that buyers will be willing to pay more for.

Help Your Home Appear Newer

Everyone knows that newer homes sell for more money, but dirty walls and grimy corners make a home seem old and beat up. A deep cleaning from the helpful professionals at handy.com will ensure that your home is sparkling and fresh, and if you have the time, they can even add a nice new coat of paint to your walls.
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Hot Home Improvements that Devalue Your Home

Home improvement is a hot topic right now. The TV schedules are full of shows where hapless families allow a team of experts to fix all kinds of problems and undertake a program of home improvements. Mostly this works very well – not least because the homeowner doesn’t have to pay out for the work – but sometimes the ‘improvements’ can go horribly wrong.
When it comes to selling a property, home improvements can add value and make it easier to find a buyer. Some people need a quick sale (click here if you fall into this category), but making the wrong choices could seriously jeopardise your chances of making a sale.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, here are a few examples of what not to do.
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Urban Villa in Amsterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

The Power of Simple Things
Close and compact are the residences lined up along the waterside of Grote Rieteiland, an artificial island in Amsterdams hip neighbourhood Ijburg.

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Within a strict and complex set of urban rules pasel.kuenzel architects succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing.
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Villa L – Paradox of Uniting Diversity / by Powerhouse Company and RAU

Villa L

Powerhouse Company, in close collaboration with RAU, recently completed Villa L. Designed to fulfil the desires and needs of a young family, Villa L is set in the woods of central Netherlands, fully oriented towards the sun and the views on the garden. Villa L is a spatially diverse residence where every floor has its own strong identity, creating a broad spatial spectrum within a unified whole.
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