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How to build a home for less than $50,000

Via Better Homes & Gardens

A new trend in housing, small homes!

How To Build A Home For Less Than $50,000 | Indoor | Great Home Ideas

Dreaming of owning your own home but convinced you can’t afford it? This week Adam, Jason and Pete team up for one of our biggest makes ever, literally building a home from scratch for under $50,000 – using a shipping container!

You’ll be amazed at the transformation from your ordinary shipping container into some modern, eco, masterpieces. Check out this article from Linkbeef;

23 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping Containers

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To learn more about the tiny house trend, here’s an article from the appropriate url

What Is The Tiny House Movement? Why Tiny Houses? | The Tiny Life

What are tiny houses? What is the tiny house movement? Why do people choose tiny homes and what does tiny living mean? Simply put, the trend toward tiny houses has become a social movement. People are choosing to downsize the space they live in, simplify, and live with less.



If you’re like me and the way to your heart is through your stomach then you’ll enjoy my occasional  posts about food! One thing we have here in Montreal is good food and we know how to eat well. Every once in a great while I treat myself to some good ‘ol fashion fried chicken, although I admit that it’s not too often since I try to watch the waistline:) This is an article by Ksenia Prints for Thrillist Montreal.

The Best Fried Chicken Spots in Montreal

Sign up here for our daily Montreal email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in the City of Saints. Ksenia Prints is a Montreal-based freelance writer, photographer, and chef. Follow her delicious goings-on At The Immigrant’s Table.


China’s Renminbi Is Approved by I.M.F. as a Main World Currency

This is huge news, what does this mean for the world economy and monetary policy?

Via the New York Times, by Keith Brasher


China’s Renminbi Is Approved by I.M.F. as a Main World Currency

HONG KONG – The Chinese renminbi was anointed as one of the world’s elite currencies on Monday, a milestone decision by the International Monetary Fund that underscores the country’s rising financial and economic heft. The move will help pave the way for broader use of the renminbi in trade and finance, securing China’s standing as a global economic power.

11 things that will trash your home’s value

Via Business Insider

11 things that will trash your home’s value

For many of us, a home is the biggest investment we’ll ever make – yet most Americans are clueless about their home’s value, including the things that can ruin it. From unappealing renovations to an unfortunately placed sinkhole, numerous factors can devalue your greatest investment.

Inspiration from Maria Popova’s Brainpickings

One of my favorite blogs, Brainpickings by Maria Popova, is an inspiring melange of interesting articles from a vast array of topics from science to psychology to art and design and everything in between. This is an overview of the purpose of her blog from her “about” page. I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me.


Oh hello. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings – my one-woman labor of love.




New 1,620 square foot prefab eco-home can be shipped and set up in only 3 days

Article and video by Plaidzebra

New 1,620 square foot prefab eco-home can be shipped and set up in only 3 days (Video)

“We can build homes that are fossil-fuel free and affordable. We can build homes in 30 days that are around for 300 years.”

Homes sprouting up around farms – the birth of agrihoods

This past sunday, CBS Sunday Morning, one of my all time favorite shows that I’ve been watching for over 25 years, featured an inspiring story about “Agrihoods” that is an exemplary example of sustainable real estate development. The piece features Steve Nygren,

“The Founder and President of Serenbe, a 1,000-acre sustainable community near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Serenbe is focused on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high-density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. It has been described as a model for future communities at the edge of cities or within redeveloping urban areas.” …….Via Children & Nature Network

Serenbe gives us a good glimpse at what the future of sustainable residential development will look like and I must confess, I wish this was around when my kids were young…..

Enjoy the video from CBS!


Homes sprouting up around farms

A new trend is growing around the country: call it the “agrihood,” in which suburban homes are built next to working farms. More than 200 homeowners in an Atlanta suburb are living adjacent to a 25-acre organic farm, making the journey from farm to table very short indeed.

Some interesting articles on Agrihoods;

How Agrihoods Are Making Farm-To-Table Living Hip

If you’ve ever tasted an heirloom tomato still warm from the vine or an omelet made from just-laid eggs, then you know just how good fresh can be. Now imagine living in a neighborhood where access to farm-raised produce is just steps away from your front door.

Farming merged with new homes in “agrihood”

Some recreational developers link real estate to golf courses, others to skiing, water sports or tennis courts. At the Creekside Mills at Cultus Lake, the attraction is a working farm, some of it Agricultural Reserve Land (ALR) that surrounds the 129 detached houses.

Agrihoods Give the Commune a Suburban-Living Makeover

When a new $1 billion Florida development of 2,900 homes centered around a nine-acre farm was announced recently, some journalists didn’t mask their enthusiasm for the project. “What has you most excited about new $1B agrihood near UCF?” asked the Orlando Business Journal . Because what’s not to love?


Three Tech Trends that Will Transform Real Estate


Three Tech Trends that Will Transform Real Estate – Blueprint, presented by CBRE

Technological innovation is radically changing how and where we choose to work, live and play, essentially forcing us to rethink the built environment-and our place in it. “This industrial-era concept that there is a separation between work and home is becoming increasingly less relevant.” From broad access to WiFi and the ubiquity of smartphones to …


Paradise Found: Designer Dan Pearson’s Modern Garden for a Medieval Castle

There are so many different types of homes today, but no matter what style home you live in, this much holds true, “your home is your castle”. Enjoy this article by Michelle Slatalla which features a story about an Italian castle and it’s luscious Italian landscapes.


Paradise Found: Designer Dan Pearson’s Modern Garden for a Medieval Castle – Gardenista

Three decades ago when the Italian newspaper baron Prince Carlo Caracciolo bought a crumbling medieval pile of a place called Torrecchia Vecchia (an hour’s train ride south from Rome), he intended to renovate and flip, one more entrepreneurial move in a long career that would create a massive fortune for his heirs to fight over.