The Bioscleave House, designed by Arakawa and Gins See more pictures of home design. Photo courtesy Joke Post/Arakawa + Gins Benjamin Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." A host of tax evaders have tried to get out of the latter certainty, only to end up in prison. But refusing to die -- that just seems ludicrous, right? Not to Arakawa and Madeline Gins, a husband-and-wife team known for their architecture, art and poetry. When you go to their Web site, you are greeted by the following phrase: "We have decided not to die." Home Design Image Gallery Well, good for them, you may think as you look at the bold words. The rest of us here in the real world will keep on following the ordained pattern. But what if we didn't have to? Since Arakawa and Gins met in 1963, they have been exploring art as a way to "reverse the downhill course of human life" [source: Bernstein]. They call this pursuit "reversible destiny," which means … [Read more...] about How the Bioscleave House Works
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©2007 Publications International, Ltd. This quilt design includes traditional country images and patterns. Is there anything more comforting than the warmth of a country kitchen? Nothing can compare, except maybe a Country Cupboard quilt. Choose from wonderful blocks that depict some of our favorite memories of home, along with blocks that are timeless treasures of quilting history. Quilt all of the blocks together to make the Country Cupboard quilt design above. All of the quilt blocks described below are shown on the quilt design from left to right. Download the Country Cupboard quilt design here for a closer look at the entire Country Cupboard quilt design. Country Cupboard Quilt Design Blocks: The Churn Dash quilt block is a traditional design that hearkens back to days on the farm and the pleasure of some of the old domestic chores. The Windblown Puzzle quilt block has a versatile kinetic design like a colorful, spinning pinwheel. The Grandma's Bowls quilt block … [Read more...] about Country Cupboard Quilt Design
"Hell houses" remain alive and well, a way for churches to try to present what they see as the horrific results of a non-believing life. M. Eric Honeycutt/Getty Images If you've ever had a difficult roommate, or know what it's like to live in a poorly circulated place that turns into a swamp come summer, you probably have a very specific idea of what the term "hell house" means. For some subscribers to the Christian faith, however, a hell house is a necessary evil. The religious-themed haunted house attractions pop up this time of year among the jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treaters as a way for a certain type of Bible enthusiasts to try to scare folks into a very specific form of clean living. "We want people to be entertained, but at the same time let them know that we're all mortal and there's an afterlife to consider," says Steve Vandegriff, who teaches in Liberty University's divinity school, speaking about the Southern Baptist college's annual Scaremare. "We as Christians … [Read more...] about Christian-themed ‘Hell Houses’ Still Going Strong
This dwelling definitely qualifies as a tiny house. See more home design pictures. Stockbyte/Getty Images Imagine living in a 10 foot by 7 foot (approximately 3 meter by 2 meter) home for more than five years, by choice. That's just what Gregory Paul Johnson of Iowa City, Iowa, has done. The national 2007 average was 2,521 square feet (234.21 square meters), more than 2,400 square feet (222.97 square meters) more than Johnson's home [source: U.S. Census Bureau]. While the thought of willingly and happily giving up extra square footage might be inconceivable to many Americans, there's a new movement of people like Johnson that are choosing small spaces over larger dwellings. The small house movement is a grassroots effort of people living more simply and using less space. While tiny houses of under 100 square feet (9.29 square meters) are certainly a part of the movement, the principles don't only revolve around house size. "It's more just about the attitude of … [Read more...] about How Tiny Houses Work
Architecture is very subjective and pretty personal, but there are some styles that are more popular than others. See more real estate pictures. iStockphoto/Thinkstock If you're thinking about building a house, there's a lot to consider. Although the ranch style home popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright is still a major player, as is the two-story traditional home, recent changes in the way people view a home investment are driving innovations in home design. People are living differently from the way they did even five years ago. The economic downturn has had an impact, but greener consciences are holding sway, too. One of the biggest trends is the downsizing of the American home from a sprawling suburban mansion to something less conspicuous and more energy efficient. Losing space doesn't mean losing number of rooms, though. Where square footage in new home designs may be shrinking by as much as 15 percent, the number of rooms has stayed about the same. If you think small is … [Read more...] about What are the best-selling house plans?