FOR A BILLION DOLLARS, YOU COULD BE THE PROUD OWNER OF…NOTHING?

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When news broke last week that an exclusive property in Beverly Hills had hit the market for $1 billion, imaginations ran wild with speculation.  A spec house in this neighborhood is asking $500 million, and with a 40 seat theater, a four lane bowling alley, an indoor nightclub, and a jellyfish aquarium, it’s hard to imagine the property that would be worth twice as much.  (The $500 million house also has a moat surrounding the house – a literal, medieval-style, water-filled moat – which begs the question of, does it also have a drawbridge?  And who, exactly, are they worried is going to charge up there with pitchforks and torches?) FOR A BILLION DOLLARS, YOU COULD BE THE PROUD OWNER OF…NOTHING?

THESE HOUSES ARE MADE OUT OF TRASH, AND IN THE FUTURE YOURS WILL BE TOO

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In the future, everything will be made of garbage.  Your flying car, your personal companionship robot, even the house you live in.  That’s because we’re making way too much garbage to deal with, and once the ocean’s full, we’re going to have to figure out something to do with all this trash.  You may not have noticed, but it’s already started: container homes are only a thing because it was cheaper to discard all the steel shipping containers that brought Chinese imports across the Pacific than to ship the empty ones back. THESE HOUSES ARE MADE OUT OF TRASH, AND IN THE FUTURE YOURS WILL BE TOO

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

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Keeping tabs on a city like DC can seem daunting ­–– there are so many moving parts to keep track of and so much that’s changing on a regular basis. And while your commute home might be filled with more “When did that open?” and “Has that always been there?” moments than you’d like to admit, one thing’s for sure: It’s easy to stay interested in this humble abode we like to call home. One of the most exciting and buzzed about developments on DC’s calendar as of lately is The Parks at Walter Reed. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

INSIDE LEBRON JAMES’ $23 MILLION LA MANSION

As you might have heard, if you don’t live in a remote mountain cabin with no internet, Lebron James has taken his talents to Los Angeles.  Lebron (yes, I’m going to refer to him by his first name) is arguably the most popular athlete on the planet, and one of the richest, too.  His Nike deal is rumored to be worth a billion dollars, and the NBA contract he just signed is for $153 million over four years;  that breaks down to about half a million dollars per game, or ten grand per minute.  What kind of house does a guy like this buy when he moves to one of the most luxurious cities in the world?  A pretty nice one. INSIDE LEBRON JAMES’ $23 MILLION LA MANSION

THE BEST RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE AROUND: AIA’S 2018 HOUSING AWARDS

Some people try to pretend like they’re not interested in real estate –– like  a home is simply about a roof over their heads, nothing more. But, put those same uninterested folks in the midst of a house well built, decorated, and maintained and you can see their energy shift. Their productivity shine. Their mood lifted. The fact is, the space you’re in matters –– and that’s why there are awards and recognitions galore for the spaces that inspire.  One of the most respected voices in the industry belongs to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which gives prestigious awards out annually. Recently, the AIA noted their picks for 2018’s Housing Awards, acknowledging the most notable residential projects built in the last year. THE BEST RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE AROUND: AIA’S 2018 HOUSING AWARDS

A BORED MAILMAN SPENT 65,000 HOURS BUILDING THIS WACKY PALACE BY HAND

 

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A boring job will make a man do crazy things.  At an office job I once had, I made a 16 X 12 pan of “bootleg tiramisu” out of free snacks from the break room:  smashed Twinkies, instant coffee, and vanilla yogurt.  I never thought the pure hopeless nihilism of that would ever be surpassed, but this exotic palace built from stones a bored mailman picked up on his route every day might take the crown. A BORED MAILMAN SPENT 65,000 HOURS BUILDING THIS WACKY PALACE BY HAND

HOW TO SAVE SPACE IN YOUR KITCHEN

You don’t have to live in a tiny apartment to be space-challenged. Any part of your home or apartment can give you trouble this way, whether due to the layout of the room, the types of belongings you have or any other reason.

In my home, built in 1952, my kitchen’s layout was the problem. One wall has cabinets, a sink and the fridge. The facing wall has more cabinets and the stove. One short wall has a door to the outside, and the other has, well … nothing. HOW TO SAVE SPACE IN YOUR KITCHEN