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House in Jakarta by DP+HS Architects

Designed in 2014 by DP+HS Architects, this three-storey residence is located in an opulent residential area in North Jakarta, Indonesia.

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4 Steps to Staging for an Open House

Open House With Home Buyers

Give your home the "wow" factor it needs to impress potential buyers.

Holding an open house can be a great way to get your home for sale noticed -- that is, if your home is in good condition. If not, well...

"I have personally witnessed people who have walked into a house, turned around, and walked back out," says Alice T. Chan, a professional stager in San Francisco.

If you're even thinking about selling your home, chances are you've heard of "staging," or the process of preparing a home for sale via de-cluttering, depersonalizing and neutralizing, among other techniques. If you want to avoid an open house snub similar to the one described above, staging, repairing and generally prepping your home for sale is a must in today's market.

"Buyers really want turn-key these days," Chan says. "If a buyer can actually get a loan right now, they're so strapped after they purchase a property that they literally just want to move in and live. Even if they want to make upgrades later on, they want to feel like they're getting the best value possible. So give it to them."

So how do you make your home open-house ready? Depending on your home's current condition, it can be a large,...

6 Ideas For Creating An Inviting Courtyard

6 Ideas For Creating An Inviting Courtyard

The majority of homeowners buy a house for the purpose of having their own space, including a private backyard. Designing a courtyard doesn’t have to be complicated. It does, however, need to be carefully planned before starting any of the makeover work.

A backyard can be whatever you want to make of it. I believe that creating a relaxing space to enjoy nature, BBQ with the family or read a good book, is well worth the time, energy and money it takes to design a lovely courtyard.

See six ideas for creating an inviting courtyard and turn your patio into the secret garden you’ve always dreamed of.

Location

1. The Right Location

Location is everything when you’re building the perfect backyard. Where the sun hits, the direction the wind blows and the view are all aspects to highly consider when planning out your courtyard. Depending on the size of your backyard, there may be several different spots where your courtyard could go. For example, next to the house versus the rear part of your yard.

Existing landscape should also be evaluated, including if there’s any sloping, and the soil should be properly analyzed. Sun, wind and rain are all weather conditions out of your control, but what is in your control is picking the best spot possible for your patio.

Furniture...

Basic Advice for Newlyweds On Picking Out Furniture

Newlyweds have trouble enough without having to worry about picking out furniture. In a perfect world, every newly married bride and groom has rich enough friends that the bridal shower includes teak dining tables, mahogany chests of drawers, sofas fitted with a freezer for keeping cold drinks cold, and a microwave for keeping popcorn warm. In my own experience, we had to scour every last coin we had just to get our life after marriage as comfortable and as pleasing as possible. Alas, such a perfect world is not the one into which most people marry.

Argue Now, Laugh Later

Then again, picking out your first furniture together may be one of the longest-lasting and happiest memories of your entire marriage. Of course, going shopping for furniture for the first time together as a couple can be a lot less interesting if you both share the same tastes. Fortunately, the trope that opposites attract is true often enough that very few newly wedded couples head to the furniture store with both parties in full agreement that French Provincial or Georgian or even Art Deco is the way to go. Here’s the thing to keep in mind when the debates over furniture styles start: you will one day look back on those arguments and laugh.

The point? Don’t be afraid to stake a claim for a Gate-leg table even if your so-called better half insists that his family has always been a dropleaf table family and always will be a dropleaf table family.

The Bare Necessities

You may have heard an old married couple boast that during their first year of marriage, the only furniture...

Small Kitchens, Smart Design

Clever layouts and storage solutions prove that small kitchens can be functional and fabulous.

Photo courtesy of Lowe's Creative Ideas

Storage Galore

The open shelves above and narrow cabinets on each side of the refrigerator make great use of all the available storage space in this small kitchen design. 

Going Glass

An easy way to visually expand a kitchen is to add glass. Upper glass front cabinets and pull-out pilasters for spices on each side of the range provide storage and add beauty to this smaller kitchen.

Design...

The Gallery House by DADA & Partners

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

Architecture firm DADA & Partners have designed a new house in Chattarpur, India.

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

The home, which is surrounded by a quarter-acre of land, features a palette of wood, white stucco,
and granite.

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

A swimming pool is tucked away at the side of the house.

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

Hardwood battens create a screen for the upper corridor.

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

The multi-level home has the dining room, master bedroom, and family room on the ground floor, with the upper floor providing a more relaxing lounge area, with various seating areas.

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

Gallery House by DADA & Partners

Inside, there are white walls with plenty of room...

Inside A Tiny House That Actually Has Room For Guests!!!

There are two (!!) bedrooms in a very tidy 184 square feet. 

One downside (or upside, depending how you look at it) of downsizing to a tiny house is no longer hosting overnight guests. There's simply no room for extra bodies when you're already scrambling to fit the kitchen sink. 

Meet the answer to your entertaining woes: the Hikari Box Tiny House. Made by the small space experts Shelter Wise, the home makes the most of its 184 square feet by lofting a master and guest bedroom. The "large" suite can accommodate a luxuriously-wide queen bed, and the second loft can fit a twin mattress (or a cozy reading nook if you're so inclined).

The extra bedroom doesn't mean less storage space, however. A set of Japanese "tansu" stairs also function as a large closet — not to mention a perfectly-sized cabinet for wine, like in this model. 

If you're still not sold on the tiny house lifestyle, what the Hikari may lack in space it makes up for in windows. Its name, which means "light-filled" in Japanese, comes from the 14 windows (including a skylight over each bedroom). Star-gazing from your queen-sized bed doesn't sound...

8 Buildings You Need to Know by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

From luxury residential developments to strikingly modern skyscrapers—some of which are still in the works—AD has compiled a highlights reel from the AD100 firm.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, founded by the New York–based architect, professor, writer, and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has developed a reputation for its modern interpretations of traditional building styles. The firm is best known for its massive residential projects made from time-honored materials like brick and limestone, such as the new classical 15 Central Park West or 30 Park Place, coming to Manhattan’s Financial District, both of which are documented in the new book City Living: Apartment Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (The Monacelli Press; $75). Robert A.M. Stern has, however, also made forays into skyscrapers, creating contemporary glass towers such as the obelisk-shaped Comcast Center in Philadelphia and the faceted Tour Carpe Diem in Paris, which nod to tradition in their own ways.The Clarendon, a 32-story, 400,000-square-foot residential building in Boston, just across the street from I. M. Pei’s Hancock Tower, is clad in a traditional palette of red brick and limestone.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, founded by the New York–based architect, professor, writer, and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has developed a reputation for...