Study: Size does indeed matter when selling a solar-powered home
January 7, 2014, 3:33 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In California, the more killowatts the merrier when it comes to a solar-equipped home's resale premium. But as a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovers, there's also significant photovoltaic ageism at play.
How life will change with 'smart' homes
December 16, 2013, 12 p.m. by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
Internet-enabled lights, appliances and thermostats could change daily life — inside and out of the house.
8 of the world's most dazzling Christmas light displays
December 12, 2013, 3:37 p.m. by Melissa Breyer
Subtle Christmas lights are so 20th century…
Why you should ditch air fresheners — even those labeled as natural
December 2, 2013, 10:29 p.m. by Starre Vartan
There are better ways to improve the way your home smells without resorting to toxins.
Pee-cycling, PBDEs and police car chicken coops [Weekend link clump]
November 23, 2013, 6:27 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Amsterdam's urine-recycling scheme, the perils of flame retardant-treated furniture, and a chicken coop crafted from a vintage French police car. Plus, Vancouver moves to ban doorknobs in new buildings.
Thermostats, hotplates and high-design bidets [Weekend link clump]
November 16, 2013, 3:30 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Philippe Starck does wireless thermostats, GE unveils one hell of a hotplate and Americans (at least those with cash to spare) finally warm up to the idea of bidets. Plus, do homeowners talk a big game when it comes to energy-efficiency?
Heated IKEA furniture assembly session mistaken for domestic dispute
November 13, 2013, 2:08 p.m. by Matt Hickman
When Swedish police arrive at an apartment after being alerted by neighbors to a possible domestic disturbance, they find a frustrated couple brandishing Allen wrenches and a set of indecipherable furniture assembly directions.
Nomadic chairs, artsy radiators and schmancy home gyms [Weekend link clump]
November 8, 2013, 6:57 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Fanciful designer radiators from Europe, a clever backpack-chair hybrid and luxury homes with gyms that put the YMCA to shame. Plus, a build-it-yourself micro-home kit for wandering tiny house enthusiasts.
Wigwams, toilet gardens and scary cinematic real estate [Weekend link clump]
November 2, 2013, 3:41 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: A super bucolic public lavatory from Japan, the inherently high-performance nature of wigwams and famous horror movie residences. Plus, homes located next to cemeteries are more valuable than those that aren't. Who knew?