From 1978 to 2013, the average single family home grew from 1,780 to 2,660 square feet. This means more house to heat and cool, more space to clean and maintain, and more room for more stuff. And while the average house was growing, the typical family was shrinking, as the average family went from having three kids in the 1970s to two in the 2010s.
We could all benefit from having a little extra space in our homes for the things we love, without having to spend an arm and a leg on renovations. Here to make that a reality for you are these nine easy DIY storage hacks that cost under $30 each.
Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.
C'mon, you can't tell me that you don't lie awake at night, your face four inches from the ceiling because the only place your bed fits is above the kitchen sink which also acts as your shower, and think, I've made a terrible mistake.
Sure, this vintage, retro teardrop camper is utterly adorable -- but is it functional? Just wait until you see all the things it can do!
Now trending at little-sister site, The Snug: Living the simple life in tiny houses. Turns out there's some interest in downsizing but that doesn't mean the homes skimp on style, even when they're made out of upcycled shipping containers!
When you're living in cramped quarters, let key pieces work overtime.
Last year, we showed you the coolest houses money can buy under 1,000 square feet. Now, get ready to downsize even further. The tiny house movement has inspired people around the world to go greener and adopt a simpler lifestyle, but simple doesn't have to mean sacrificing your drool-worthy dream pad.
Find what works for you. The powder room is the perfect spot for vibrant shades and daring pattern combinations. A lively hue is all you need to overshadow a lack of space!
A lot of the times my students ask me, "Marko Rubel, how do you spot a real estate investment opportunity? What's the latest out there on the market?" A lot of it is all about research and, lately, there's been one popular housing trend I believe has investment potential that hasn't yet been captured.
When my mother moved from her condo into a senior retirement apartment at age 89, she was overwhelmed. So were her children. What to do with all of the stuff she had accumulated over a lifetime? Turns out, there are folks who help people with this type of move.
Home ownership is part of the American Dream and to some that means having the biggest house on the block. While the size of one's home is truly a matter of preference, it may not be a practical reality for many.
Small is better, it seems -- at least in Chapel Hill, N.C. Hitching her wagon to a national trend toward tiny homes, an architect there recently unveiled her designs for the Micropolis.
Imagine living in, and skiing out of, a house that's only 112 square feet.
I don't know why, but I've always liked the small confines of a small place. When I was a kid, I would imagine my bedroom as a trailer somewhere out in the desert. The closet was the kitchen, my desk was the kitchen table, my bed doubled as a bed and a couch. The window was the trailer window and the door was the entry to the trailer.
Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!