A DEAD WALRUS, A HAUNTED SWORD, AN ANTI-TANK ROCKET, AND OTHER THINGS YOU COULD FIND IN YOUR HOME DURING A RENOVATION

 

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Colin Steer, of Plymouth, England, had always noticed that his sofa sat unevenly on his living room floor, but he didn’t realize why until he decided to renovate.  When he tore up the floor, he found a 33-foot deep medieval well under his home.  Steer did what any reasonable person would do under the circumstances – he immediately moved out, sought the blessing of a priest, and burned the place to the ground, since it clearly had to be haunted.  Wait, no, he did the opposite of that.  He actually went down into the well, hauled out loads of debris, and eventually found, at the very bottom – a sword.  As of this writing, Steer is still living happily in the house, but we all know that it’s only a matter of time before the vengeful ghost of the medieval barbarian who owned that sword decides to extract his revenge.

A DEAD WALRUS, A HAUNTED SWORD, AN ANTI-TANK ROCKET, AND OTHER THINGS YOU COULD FIND IN YOUR HOME DURING A RENOVATION

“The listing for this stellar Old City condo describes it as “Miami-inspired,” which is true in the sense that it looks like the office where you go to sign a short-term lease for a Lamborghini.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If there’s any cattiness in that description, it’s just because I’m jealous.”

“The listing for this stellar Old City condo describes it as “Miami-inspired,” which is true in the sense that it looks like the office where you go to sign a short-term lease for a Lamborghini.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If there’s any cattiness in that description, it’s just because I’m jealous.”

HOW TO AIRBNB YOUR PLACE LIKE A PRO

If you haven’t skipped out on a stark hotel room and opted for the cozy, home-team advantage of an Airbnb, you might want to reconsider your on-the-road rituals. After all, Airbnb has gone above and beyond to solidify their network of eager hosts as a great way for anyone to see cities near and far as a local –– and in the comfort of a home, rather than beneath scratchy hotel sheets and fluorescent lighting. So often, we think about where to go when you’re escaping your home, but what about how you can put your house to work for you? HOW TO AIRBNB YOUR PLACE LIKE A PRO

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: HATCH

If you don’t have an app, are you even a business? In all honestly, apps, though they sound fancy and sophisticated, aren’t right for every business model. But for many, they offer a modern, unique way to interact with both current and potential customers. However, for smaller businesses, the act of building an app can be daunting…and way too expensive. Hiring an agency to perfect a digital endeavor can be a kind of business pipe dream. Luckily, there’s a DC-based startup working hard behind the scenes to bring apps down to earth and make them a possibility for all businesses –– or at least most. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: HATCH

THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD

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I was at an open house recently for some sprawling Palisades mansion with six or seven or eight bedrooms, and a family room, a living room, a sitting room, and a great room, and as I walked down yet another endless hallway, I thought, “this must be the biggest house in DC.  Also, they should give us Segways for these house tours.”  Turns out, it wasn’t even close to being the biggest house in DC. THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD

“And finally, the backyard seems as big as a baseball field – the lot’s a jaw-dropping 34,000 square feet – and there’s custom-made playground equipment back here.  If you don’t have children, you can rent it out to the neighborhood kids by the hour.  Knowing how kids like to push things, though, you’ll probably have to pay a full-time bouncer to watch the clock and then physically expel the kids when their time is up.  Don’t worry, it’ll be a good introduction to capitalism for them.”

“And finally, the backyard seems as big as a baseball field – the lot’s a jaw-dropping 34,000 square feet – and there’s custom-made playground equipment back here.  If you don’t have children, you can rent it out to the neighborhood kids by the hour.  Knowing how kids like to push things, though, you’ll probably have to pay a full-time bouncer to watch the clock and then physically expel the kids when their time is up.  Don’t worry, it’ll be a good introduction to capitalism for them.”

ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

Say this three times fast:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was collecting wood for a skyscraper?

Then go ahead and say this:

What?!

When thinking of a typical skyscraper, most think of steel beams, concrete, and reflective metals soaring closer to the sun and holding the dreams of many as they hustle through their 9-5. One architect, however, is challenging the status-quo (as artists do), and urging the business world to think outside of their well-known, ironclad box. ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

HOMES AWAY FROM HOME: THE BEST HOUSE EXCHANGE NETWORKS

“There’s no place like home” – Dorothy said it best, while she was lost on the Yellow Brick Road in Oz. But if you watched the movie close enough, you probably notice that she managed to have some fun while she was finding her way back home, too. She met friends (if they only had a brain), danced a little, sang a lot, and uncovered a world of color. Of course, eventually she clicked her ruby red slippers back together and was able to get back to good ole’ Kansas, but the point is: time away from home can be vital to remember why home is so homey in the first place. Opportunities to do that, however, can seem few and far between, when a vacation can mean lots of money spent on travel to your destination, a place to stay, eating out…the list of expenses can seem expansive. But if you’re up for sharing, there’s another way… HOMES AWAY FROM HOME: THE BEST HOUSE EXCHANGE NETWORKS

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

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If you hear church bells ringing, it might be no more than an echo. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic –– there are plenty of places of worship untouched by DC’s growing pains. Still though, it’s only right to acknowledge that as development creeps up in unsuspecting corners, some of DC’s establishments get pushed out. That is the case as The Perla, one of DC’s developments in the works, comes to fruition in the heart of Shaw. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN

While it is hard believe after we all watched on in horror as flurries of white fell gracefully from the sky this past week, the calendar doesn’t lie: spring is here. Soon, Old Man Winter will give up on terrorizing us with blustery winds and cold fronts, and warm weather will swoop in to save our souls. Or at least, that’s the kind of hope I’ve been clinging to as I cocoon under every blanket I own night after night. Spring brings more than sunshine, blooms, open-toed shoes, and wheezing, though. It also brings one of the cities best food options out of hibernation. Yes, that’s right, with warmer weather, the cities’ wheels start turning, delicious smells start wafting through 70-degree air, and food trucks are back in season. DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN

HIGH PRICES GOT YOU DOWN? FREE HOUSES ARE EVERYWHERE-BUT THERE’S A CATCH

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We’ve all heard about free, or almost free, houses in Europe – the castles given away for nothing, the Italian villas for one Euro, etc – and somehow they don’t strike us as that unusual. Unlike the roaring US, we think of Europe as a mess of millenia-old cultures that’s constantly on the brink of utter exhaustion. In this metaphor, Europe is your elderly aunt who has to pay attendants to go on cruises with her, while America is her young vibrant niece who’s choosing between suitors. Right? Well, not so much … HIGH PRICES GOT YOU DOWN? FREE HOUSES ARE EVERYWHERE-BUT THERE’S A CATCH

CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

Baseball season is back in the District. The Washington Nationals kicked off their 2018 quest for the World Series last week and will return home to Nationals Park this Thursday, April 5. For many fans, the best part of the baseball game is the food. Eating at the ballpark is an experience all its own (there’s just something about a hot dog in summer), but it can also be pricey and less creative than other nearby options. CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

“Through the house and past the open staircase is the kitchen, which features Viking appliances and counters made of quartz, which is technically a gemstone.  Maybe having kitchen counters made of literal jewels will be the thing that finally makes you happy?  (Doubt it.)   There’s also a dining room area right off the kitchen, which would be perfect for family meals in the event that a massive solar flare ever wipes out the internet and all smartphones, tablets, and computers.”

“Through the house and past the open staircase is the kitchen, which features Viking appliances and counters made of quartz, which is technically a gemstone.  Maybe having kitchen counters made of literal jewels will be the thing that finally makes you happy?  (Doubt it.)   There’s also a dining room area right off the kitchen, which would be perfect for family meals in the event that a massive solar flare ever wipes out the internet and all smartphones, tablets, and computers.”

NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED: 5 HOUSEPLANTS YOU CAN KEEP ALIVE

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Proud or not, I’d describe myself as a trend follower. As soon as mid-century home décor items found their way onto the pages of leading brands and influencers, I found myself slowly gravitating toward modern furniture, vivid colors, and clean lines. When macramé hangings became a thing, I blindly followed without ever thinking to myself if stringy art was actually something I was into. There’s one thing though, that as trends come and go, is always a mainstay in my home –– greenery. Whether it’s a drab day in winter when I can no longer remember how the sun feels beaming upon my skin, or in the middle of summer with the light rays hitting the leaves just right, I’d go so as far to say that there are few things that can perk up a room more successfully than a good old fashioned house plant. I’ve never owned a pet, but I’m a proud plant mom, through and through. NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED: 5 HOUSEPLANTS YOU CAN KEEP ALIVE

WEEKEND HITLIST: FRIDAY 13TH EDITION

Okay, so it’s Friday the 13th and by all accounts this should be a questionable weekend to say the least, right? WRONG! This weekend is literally going to be jam packed full of insanity and I literally almost can’t take it.

I mean honestly, I blog about events for a living but I’m a total observer/introvert at heart and so I very rarely find events that are intriguing enough to get me out of bed on weekend morning… WEEKEND HITLIST: FRIDAY 13TH EDITION