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Sustainability and Nature Inform the Design of This Long, Slanted House

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Set beside a nature reserve, the house is deliberately camouflaged among the greenery.

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In the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, there lies a rare, sought-after pocket that’s full of trees, wildlife, and a winding stretch of a local waterway. Far more lush than other neighborhoods with equal proximity to the city center, the Gardiners Creek area is a unicorn of a locale that residents rarely want to leave. So when a young family somehow secured a lot, it called Clare Cousins Architects to imagine a new house on their prized property.

Associate architect Brett Wittingslow worked closely with Clare herself to create a forever home for the clients, who requested that sustainability and a connection to the abundant vegetation take priority in the plans. “They were quite specific in the views they wanted to capture,” Brett recounts. “There are high treetops towards the west, where the sun sets,

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Louisville Sanctuary Bluffs house could be one couple’s forever home

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When Pam Orlando Zanni moved in 2015 to Louisville, she had no intention of staying in Kentucky.

“I had moved all over the country for work when I came to Louisville,” she said. “I didn’t anticipate staying here forever, but meeting (Mark Zanni) kind of changed everything.”

They met in January 2017, just as she was prepping for a new home build.

“I was getting ready to build another house (on my own) before I met him,” she said. “My parents had just moved from Chicago to Kentucky and my dad said, ‘You don’t want to build that house — this guy is sticking around.”

Her dad was right — the couple got engaged that April and were married by July.

Brand-new build

“We each had a home to sell (to) combine our lives together,” Orlando Zanni said. “He had a

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In The Dog House: 11 Ways People Are Modifying Their Homes For Dogs

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There are certainly a lot of things to consider when buying or building a home. You want every member of your family to be comfortable and safe, and maybe that’s why people are taking their dogs into consideration when it comes to making decisions about where they live.

In fact, amenities for dogs are a more important factor for millennials looking to buy homes than plans for marriage or a human family, but people of every generation are making their living spaces more dog-friendly.

Some are even making expensive choices when it comes to building or remodeling their homes with their pups in mind. Here are eleven awesome ways people are modifying their homes to make them better for dogs.

1. Dog Showers

Dog wash stations and showers are becoming very popular, and that makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

Homeowners often

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New Jersey Lawyer Issued Almost $9 Million in PPP Loans, Bought House, Invested In Stock Market, DOJ Says

A New Jersey attorney was indicted on Tuesday with multiple counts of bank fraud for allegedly obtaining $9 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.



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Jae H. Choi of Bergen County submitted four fraudulent applications for PPP loans to four lenders on behalf of four businesses that were said to provide educational services, according to filed documents and statements made in court. He allegedly lied about the existence of hundreds of employees on the application, manipulated bank records, and falsified a driver’s license—while stating that these companies paid over $3 million in monthly wages.

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In one instance, Choi falsely claimed in an email to a lender that he told 150 of his employees that they would lose their jobs because the PPP loans had not

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The Impact of Kitchen Remodeling on House Value | Home Guides

Homeowners looking to increase their homes’ values sometimes find themselves considering which improvements are the best investments. Major home improvement and remodeling projects aren’t cheap, so realizing the best value for the dollar is vital. As a major home improvement, kitchen remodeling ranks well in terms of delivering a return on investment. Depending on the housing market and the type of improvements made, a kitchen remodel can boost a home’s resale value very nicely.

How Kitchens Fare

Though they’re expensive, major kitchen remodeling projects deliver solid cost-to-value ratios for homeowners. A February 2012 article by United Press International reports a major kitchen remodel tends to fare better than bathroom remodeling when it comes to improving home value. Kitchen remodeling returns nearly 69 percent of its cost vs. 57.2 percent for bathrooms. The National Association of Realtors also ranks a well-designed, sensible kitchen remodel as the best home interior remodeling project

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Couple receives note shaming them for their unpainted house, now hundreds have donated to help

Jimmy and Marilyn Curcuru have lived together in their house in the Portuguese Hill area of Gloucester, Massachusetts for more than 50 years. They raised their three children there, and previously owned a small business in the community.But in late July, the couple received an anonymous note, purportedly from a neighbor, in their mailbox. “Please paint me!” the note said, calling their house an “eyesore.”Jimmy, 71, said he was “very upset at first,” not because of what the letter said, but that whoever wrote the note “didn’t have the nerve to sign it.”He said they knew their house had fallen into disrepair, but various health issues had recently prevented him and his wife from doing large home improvements.”It was cowardly of them to write a letter like that,” Curcuru said.Their daughter posted the note on FacebookIn 2006, Curcuru had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery. His framing business was … Read More

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Arson suspected in fire at St. Paul ‘nightmare’ house where man was fatally shot a day earlier

A suspicious fire struck a home Sunday where a man was shot to death a day earlier in St. Paul, authorities said.

The blaze at the residence in the 800 block of E. Lawson Avenue, which has drawn a substantial amount of police attention this year, was being investigated as a possible arson, Fire Department personnel at the scene said.

A 37-year-old man showed up at the home about 2:20 a.m. Sunday while intoxicated and “attempted to enter the crime scene that was protected by crime scene tape and monitored by officers,” said Police Sgt. Mike Ernster.

The man was told by police to leave, but he sat down on the drive and defied the officers’ orders, Ernster said. Police arrested him and booked him in jail on suspicion of obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor.

Police left the scene about 9 a.m. only to return about two hours with

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10 interior design trends which could boost your house value by thousands

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The interior design trends which could help to boost the value of your property by thousands has been revealed in a new study — and the much-loved Scandinavian style has taken the winning spot.

Mortgage comparison website, Bankrate, entered the biggest interior design styles into Zoopla’s property search tool to calculate average house prices in England for each style, and uncover how much each one could add to the value of a home.

While Scandi style unsurprisingly came out on top (it was also named the top interior trend for 2020), other trends in the top 10 include farmhouse, rustic, vintage and bohemian.

“With the UK housing market beginning to reopen for business, buying and selling a home has hit the headlines across the world,” explains Bankrate. “With so many properties coming back onto the market, there has never been a better time to give your home

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Tobias Lear House renovation would make George Washington feel at home again – News – seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH — A master carpenter, wallpaper historian, “paint detective” and wall-covering expert form a historic preservation dream team assembled to restore the 1730s Tobias Lear House, before it opens as an inn next year.

Stephen Foster bought the Portsmouth home, which is on the National Historic Register, a year ago. It was suffering from deferred maintenance in the historic South End with its chipping exterior paint visible from every view.

The sale came with a preservation easement that requires maintaining the historic integrity of everything there now, into perpetuity. That easement was a deterrent to most buyers, but Foster has done this before.

He was featured in the Washington Post in 2014 for applying the same restorative vision, and resources, to a rundown 1763 Virginia plantation property called Wilton House, now available for short-term rentals.

A Washington, D.C. resident, Foster was sent a Portsmouth Herald article about the poor condition

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The Scott House: A $7 million renovation is now complete on ‘one of Richmond’s supreme examples of Edwardian architecture’ | Great Homes of Richmond

The Scotts, who had previously lived in a nearby townhouse, knew the firm’s principals, William Noland and Henry Baskervill, socially, and they attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Noland.

The Scotts first asked Noland & Baskervill to design a striking Norman Revival-style carriage house.  Then work shifted to the house itself.

The firm produced floorplan and elevation drawings for the house in 1907, but it continued to make design changes and detail drawings up to 1910.  The Scotts moved into the house on Dec. 10, 1910.

Although the house appears to be two stories tall from the street, it actually has three stories – and more than 18,700 square feet of living space.

A revolutionary statement

“When it was completed, the Scott House was a revolutionary architectural statement,” Novelli said.  “With its tall classical columns and light-colored stone cladding, it was a striking contrast to the medieval towers and turrets

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