I found this post on house sizes by country via Radiolab, and it asks: How much space is enough? That depends of course on how big your family is and what you do (my parents knocked down walls and built additions to their house because they needed space to dance). I live in a small studio apartment, which I think is perfectly at the moment, so I agree with what the author of the post, Lindsay Wilson says here: "In my mind if you have decent ceiling heights, good windows, clever storage and not too much stuff a little space can go a long way."
I called my brother and told him I was thinking about living alone. "Really?" he responded. "I mean, I would never want to live alone, but I guess some people like it."
Thinking about buying your first home? Here's one couple's story about everything they had to go through, starting with the house hunt, going through the closing process, and finally hiring a general contractor to remodel their home.
As someone who lives in a small studio apartment, I'm always interested in reading about people who live in tiny spaces.
Atlantic Cities looks at the metro areas in the U.S. where homes are least affordable for middle class families (or families earning the median income in the area)—San Francisco being the worst, according to an analysis by real estate site Trulia. New York, of course, also makes it near the top of the list, but New York is a city of renters (and I imagine San Francisco is one too). Where is the housing stock most affordable for median earners? Cities in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan make the list, which you can see in full below.
A coastal community like The Rockaways would certainly be vulnerable when the next one comes around. How much sense does it make to rebuild everything?
Intelligent Life magazine says that hotels used to mimic wealthy homes, and ideal homes now look like hotels (the nice ones, of course).
Craigslist is the website to search if you’re looking for a date who charges by the hour or a job that’s actually an unpaid internship. But it’s also a great place to find investment properties listed by motivated sellers; in my case a two bedroom, one bathroom condo in Phoenix, Arizona that I bought in June 2011 for less than the cost of a used Kia.
The Stranger has a nice in-depth, 6,000-word story on the developers who are building affordable microhousing units in Seattle, and the residents who are fighting against it.
Sometimes you fall down an Internet rabbit hole, and that rabbit hole is about Japanese toilets.
I adore this story about four 39-year-old men who met at NYU, became best friends, and have lived together for nearly two decades.