‘Amazingly Open’ Tiny House in Wyoming Changes the Form of Wee Abodes


By now, we all know that the tiny-house movement is anything but tiny—in fact it’s downright huge. It’s become a widespread obsession among many designers, along with the public looking to shed the unnecessary trappings of our modern life.

After all, the thinking goes, we’ve all become used to the idea of homes that are really, really small—now let’s see what we can do with the form and function of those tiny spaces.

The latest example: this tiny house located in Sheridan, WY (for now). The wood-sided home on wheels is on the market for $61,000, and it’s a mere 229 square feet. But inside it feels pretty darn roomy. Welcome to the open-concept tiny home. Read more.

Can #TinyHomes Solve America’s #Homeless Problem?


Four cities in the Pacific Northwest are proving the case for living super-small — and their experiments can teach the rest of us a thing or two about building real community.

In 2001, a group of homeless people In Portland, Oregon, set up a campsite under a downtown bridge. The city didn’t have enough shelter space to accommodate its homeless population, and as the camp attracted more and more people, authorities began regular sweeps, clearing away tents and sleeping bags — which inevitably cropped right back up. Then something less predictable happened. A group of community leaders and activists teamed up with those living at the camp and hatched a plan: make the tent village permanent by developing a community of tiny homes for homeless people. Read more.

9 Things to Purge Before You Move


A new home means a fresh start: new paint, a new bedroom, even a fresh take on arranging your old furniture.

But your new space won’t feel so wonderful if it’s weighed down with junk you didn’t bother ditching during the move. Now’s the time to purge your home—and we’re not talking about just sifting through stacks of magazines while you binge on Netflix.

“Your possessions should have three purposes: function, aesthetic purpose, or sentimental value,” says Christina Giaquinto, a professional organizer in Franklin Lakes, NJ. “Pick up each item in your home, and ask yourself, ‘Why do I have this item? What does this item do for me?'”

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The Threat Hiding in Swimming Pools: Is It in Yours?


Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to pool season, but you might want to think twice this year before diving in. There’s something scary lurking in those placid blue-green waters.

The culprit, it turns out, is a particularly virulent microscopic parasite known as Cryptosporidium, also known as “Crypto.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s rising to epidemic levels in America’s pools and hot tubs. It has led to all sorts of unpleasant, even dangerous illnesses. And, just in case you’re not sufficiently alarmed/grossed out yet, its rise is linked to the increase in fecal matter found in your bubbling backyard oasis.

OK, let’s take a step back. What the heck is all that waste matter doing in your pool in the first place? Easy. The excrement in question comes from toddlers having accidents or trace amounts on any swimmer, from humans to pets (hey, what’s the dog doing in the pool again?). Read more.

Summer Alert – 5 things to know about Legionnaires’ disease after local pool/spa closure

According to the CDC, the warm water found in hot tubs can become contaminated if it is not sufficiently cleaned or disinfected. The agency recommends that users ask these questions: What was the most recent health inspection score for the hot tub? Are disinfectant and pH levels checked at least twice per day? Are disinfectant and pH levels checked more often when the hot tub is being used by a lot of people?

Are the following maintenance activities performed regularly: removal of the slime or biofilm layer by cleaning; replacement of the water filter according to manufacturer’s recommendations; replacement of spa water? 
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How to Clean Dryer Vents (and What Can Happen If You Don’t)


If your clothes take forever and a day to dry, it might be high time you learned how to clean the dryer vents. Ask yourself, honestly, when was the last time you did it. Maybe never? No, we’re not talking about the screen inside the dryer. We’re talking about the silver tube that carries all that hot, wet air outside.

These vents can get clogged with lint, which will keep your dryer from functioning properly. As a result, the dryer will not only take longer to dry clothes, it will also jack up your electric bill and your risk of a house fire. It’s kind of a lose-lose-lose proposition. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are about 2,900 dryer fires a year, and they cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of those fires? Failure to clean dryer vents

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Home Sales Expected to Soar Through 2018: What Buyers Need to Know


By now just about every would-be buyer out there knows there simply aren’t enough homes for sale these days to appease the hordes of competition. But despite the shortages, rising prices, and bidding wars, more homes are expected to be sold this year than in more than a decade. In 2017, the number of sales of existing homes (which have previously been lived in) is expected to rise about 3.5%, to 5.64 million, according to the midyear forecast from the National Association of Realtors®. The group predicts that existing-home purchases will rise an additional 2.8% in 2018, to 5.8 million.

“The combination of the stock market being at record highs, 16 million new jobs created since 2010, pent-up household formation, and rising consumer confidence are giving more households the assurance and ability to purchase a home,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement. “However, prices are still rising too fast in many areas and are outpacing incomes.” Read more.