Murder houses, marauding rats and Martha [Weekend link clump]
October 19, 2013, 6 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Historic homes with gruesome backstories, a Washington state woman wages war against rodents and Martha Stewart pays her respects to American crafters. Plus: Bjarke Ingels gets a West Coast commission.
Romney's neighbor-irking redevelopment project in La Jolla is a go
October 18, 2013, 12:38 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Despite local opposition, Mitt Romney, your average rich dude with 23 grandchildren, is given the green light by the California Coastal Commission to bulldoze his beachfront home in La Jolla, Calif., and replace it with a mega-mansion.
Boat-dwelling couple swaps rent for slip fees, finds a new kind of freedom [Video]
September 23, 2013, 12:30 p.m. by Matt Hickman
After exhausting other sensibly priced real estate options, a Portland family settles on a vintage 43-foot Chris Craft Corinthian found on Craigslist for $14,000. They now call the cozy vessel home sweet home.
'Advanced camping' in a school bus-turned-tiny house [Video]
September 17, 2013, 12:21 p.m. by Matt Hickman
An intriguing take on moving back in with your parents: Max, in exchange for a bit of household help, resides part-time (he also has a tiny apartment in the city) on his elderly mother's rural property in a converted school bus.
A subterranean storage unit-turned-micro-apartment in Seattle [Video]
August 27, 2013, 11:21 a.m. by Matt Hickman
When most folks acquire storage units the last thing they want to do is actually move into them. Not the case with Steve Sauer who went about transforming a 182-square-foot cube in the basement of an apartment building into a habitable space.
Hank Butitta's magical school bus-to-tiny home tour [Video]
August 20, 2013, 5:15 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Follow University of Minnesota architecture grad Hank Butitta as he treks across the U.S. in an old school bus cleverly converted into a mobile tiny home with reclaimed gym flooring and room to sleep six.
Languishing landmark YMCA reborn as green housing in South L.A.
August 8, 2013, 6 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Paul R. Williams' 28th Street YMCA in South Los Angeles emerges from a LEED Gold retrofit and restoration project, historically significant identity still firmly intact and boasting a sleek new roof deck.
Creative reuse abounds in restoration of forsaken Barcelona home [Video]
April 26, 2013, 2 p.m. by Matt Hickman
A Barcelona design duo work impressive DIY restoration magic on a long-abandoned residence-turned-storehouse-turned-apartment. Just mind your step when exiting the shower-kitchen sink combo.
Dwell on wheels: Vintage trailer reborn as low-impact mobile abode
April 17, 2013, 8 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Squeeze on in for a tour of the COMET ('Cost-effective Off-Grid Mobile Eco Trailer'), a carpenter ant-ravaged 1960s Avalon camper transformed into a solar-powered mobile abode by tiny house devotee, Mariah Coz.
America's oldest indoor shopping mall to be reborn as mixed-use micro-loft complex
February 19, 2013, 11 a.m. by Matt Hickman
A 48-unit micro-apartment complex aims to revive a struggling 19th-century indoor shopping center in Providence.
In your dreams: 'Nightmare on Elm Street' house selling for $2.1M
February 6, 2013, 10:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
After gutting a neglected home with a nightmarish cinematic legacy, an L.A. homeowner has decided to sell the place where Freddy Krueger met his match for the first — but certainly not the last — time.