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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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M House Project in Bucharest / by Marcel Luchian

M House Project in Bucharest / by  Marcel Luchian

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The architect Marcel Luchian will present the M House residential project from the town of Singera (Chisinau), Republic of Moldavia at the third edition of GIS Architecture Expo Conference.
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House N, Noordwijk / by Maxwan

After many years of hand working carefully with the client, contractor and even the gardener; Maxwan is proud to present the first official images of our villa refurbishment project HouseN, in Noordwijk – The Netherlands. We gave the whole house a subtle facelift, designed a generous extension to the living room and the kitchen, and invented a special spiral staircase. Please find attached images for your quick preview.

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Built in 1938, this Noordwijk seaside villa was originally the holiday home of a concrete factory owner. Battered and blustered by the salty sea weather over the decades, the house was in need of renovation. Besides roof replacement and basement repairs by a quality waterproofing company like Tredent Contracting, the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows were outdated and some spaces had grown too small for the clients’ requirements.
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