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For people who are interested in tiny houses... there is now The Dumpster House

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/the-simple-life-in-a-dumpster/379947/
One professor left his home for a 36-square-foot open-air box, and he is happier for it. How much does a person really need?
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Photos of a nice little house in suburban Detroit.

While it's beyond the reach of most people, you can still get a lot of design ideas from this house.

http://www.freep.com/article/20131208/BLOG46/312080066/Michigan-House-Envy
The grand entry hall and the greatroom behind it are the first clue this is no ordinary house.
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Useful iPhone or iPad app for contractors and builders: Contract writer.

http://www.forconstructionpros.com/blog/11191563/mobile-app-helps-contractors-create-legal-contracts
Create legal contracts with the iQuick Contract Maker mobile app
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Interesting map showing what was the dominant period for homebuilding in each county in the United States.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/10/27/u_s_housing_map_when_most_homes_were_built_by_county.html
This post originally appeared in Business Insider. By Joe Weisenthal This is a fascinating way to visualize when various regions across the U.S. first got developed. Seth Kadish at the blog Vizual Statistix has put together this map showing when the plurality of homes in any given county were built....
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I've always been told that pre-finished hardwood flooring needs a special chemical to remove the coating, when it comes time to refinish the wood floor.

Yet what I'm finding is that people just use an ordinary floor sander to sand off the factory-applied coating. It might take more sandpaper than old-fashioned varnish or urethane, but supposedly it works. And the coating on many pre-finished flooring products is often aluminum oxide, which is also the abrasive in a lot of sandpapers.

http://hardwoodfloorsmag.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=1653&zoneid=3
For wood flooring contractors, doing a recoat on a factory-finished floor can feel like playing the slots—when you arrive ...
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Here is an excellent, long and detailed article about foam insulation used on the outside of a wall, with or without OSB for a sheathing material. This article is written by Joe Lstiburek, who is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of building science.

http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-038-mind-the-gap-eh?/view
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Angie's List seemed like a great idea, in the early days of the Internet.

But lately, I keep reading a lot of criticism about Angie's List, like how difficult it can be for a consumer to cancel their subscription. 

It seems that contractors generally don't like Angie's List, and feel that the service is nothing more than a "shakedown".

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/business/operations/should-remodelers-try-to-kill-angies-list-by-boycotting-it_o
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Why I dislike 'Angie's List:'
a.  Angie's List pays for favorable reviews of sponsored advertisers.
b.  Angie's List advertises on Rush Limbaughs vitriol spewing, racist radio program.
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Article about housing, demographics and changing consumer tastes.

" ...of the 20.1 million senior households that will attempt to sell their homes between 2015 and 2030, the University of Utah researcher Arthur C. Nelson estimates that 7.4 million won’t be able to find people to buy them..."

That could be a huge problem for the housing market.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/12/the-next-housing-crash/354689/
When the Boomers downsize, what will happen to the suburbs?
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Here's a pretty cool website for the Handy person with heavy equipment:

EverythingAttachments.com

http://www.everythingattachments.com/default.asp
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I never noticed until today, but Yahoo! now has a Homes section, with news and info about houses and housing.

http://homes.yahoo.com/

Years ago, Yahoo! was my browser homepage, but over the years their user experience kinda went downhill so I stopped going there. Since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO (she was Google's employee number 5, or something...), Yahoo has gotten noticeably better.
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This is the article that caught my attention earlier today. They describe it as a small house (I've lived in half that area), but the point is why the house was built... to "get back" at someone.

http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/montlake-spite-house-seattle-sells-231552209.html
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The Art of Manliness... a great website to read.

http://artofmanliness.com/category/manly-skills/
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Green Building Advisor, which is published by the same company that makes Fine HomeBuilding, has a good website for those interested in energy efficiency and sustainable building methods and materials.

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/
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