Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as planners call them. Other familiar names include tiny houses, in-law apartments, and granny flats. While common in early American history, ADUs somehow fell out of fashion in the mid-1900s. Whether or not a homeowner has considered adding an ADU in the past, the benefits are sure to intrigue
One doesn’t have to be a baby boomer to consider their home’s accessibility for aging in place. In fact, it’s never too soon to consider renovations that lend themselves to optimal convenience and minimal maintenance at any age – especially with budgets slimmer in retirement.
Energy efficiency isn’t simply a noble ambition. It can also help homeowners retain more of their paycheck come tax time. This is because an important income tax credit can offset some of the cost of eco-friendly home improvements and equipment purchases. But there’s one caveat. The extension of this tax credit ends December 31, 2016.
There’s a reason we love Fridays, and there’s a reason we love Monday a little less. Friday means home, which translates into family, downtime, and an end to work stress – if only for a few days. But coming home to a space that’s less than Feng Shui-esque defeats the whole purpose. So what can we do to make our home a stress-free zone?
Have you pondered the perks of home automation or “disaster-proofing”? If so, you’re not alone. In fact the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released the results of its 10th annual Home Design Trends Survey, which ranks both improvements under its top residential design trends for the coming decade.