Living near friends can be awesome – it’s easy to coordinate backyard barbecues, and borrowing household items couldn’t be simpler. Maybe that’s why four Texas couples and tiny house enthusiasts decided to build “Bestie Row,” aka the “Llano Exit Strategy,” a string of tiny houses and a community center. The couples have been friends for decades, and decided living in the same city just wouldn’t do. The string of 400-square-foot cabins are located along the Llano River outside Austin, Texas, and architect Matt Garcia helped them create the rustic/modern/sustainable spaces. Get the whole scoop at Lighter Side of Real Estate.
If you’re not looking to create a tiny eco-friendly house, but want to incorporate sustainability into your home renovation, check out the latest installments of our Renovation Considerations series. We cover selecting carpet and hardwood floors, so you can find the perfect flooring for your remodeled space with minimal impact on the environment.
And speaking of home renovation materials, Habitat for Humanity has come up with a great way for renovators to get the materials they need, and help put roofs over other people’s heads at the same time. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore has more than 850 locations in the United States, according to a recent SunSentinal article, and you can find one near you by entering your zipcode on the ReStore page of the Habitat for Humanity website. These nonprofit home improvement stores sell everything from furniture to storm shutters and building materials, and proceeds help the organization build more homes.
In other cool renovation news, Michael Beschloss’ New York Times article on White House renovations is totally worth your time. The article contains some pretty interesting anecdotes, such as Harry Truman’s worry about crashing through the floor in one room, and Jacqueline Kennedy’s initial dislike of the White House’s look, which resulted in some pretty great restoration efforts.
And if you’re looking to get your own renovation underway, be on the lookout for a suite of new features we’ll be unveiling shortly, aimed at making your home improvement projects so, so much easier. We won’t give too much away just yet, and you can create a free, personalized project estimate with us in the meantime.
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