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One fireplace has scorch marks from ancient encampments.
Published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.
It’s easy to see why the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation of Native Americans bought this house in Scottsdale, AZ.
The stone walls bear ancient petroglyphs, including rare sculptural forms, and create sacred spaces where sunlight plays during equinoxes.
A couple from the Northwest built the home in the early 1980s — if “build” is the word for pouring concrete among Precambrian granite boulders and cutting windows to fit the unusual contours of weathered stone.
They lived there more than two decades, then sold it in the mid-2000s to the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation, which expected to use it as a retreat center but found it was too far from their community. It’s now on the market for $4.2 million.
Looking at the pile of boulders, it’s hard at first to pick out the 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home among them.
It sits on 9 acres in the Sonoran Desert and includes amenities that prehistoric people would have enjoyed — fireplaces and mountain views — plus some they would not, such as double ovens, a super-wide stainless steel refrigerator and a master suite with a combined deep tub and shower.
The guest room has a private patio entrance and a natural fireplace with scorch marks believed to have been left by Native American encampments.
These boulder formations also created the landscape of the famous Boulders Resort & Spa nearby, said Preston Westmoreland, the listing agent with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.
Warm, nature-inspired design elements convey the aesthetic of this popular style.
Published by Natalie Wise on Zillow Blog.
The Craftsman style evolved from the English Arts & Crafts movement, which was a natural turning point from the overly formal and perhaps stifling Victorian era. When brought to the United States, it became known as the “Craftsman” style, and the movement’s theme was “honesty of design.”
That honesty comes from hand-hewn items, fine workmanship, harmony with nature and simplicity of living. Traditional 1910-1930 bungalows with tapered square column porches, low eaves and shingles can be seen across the country today.
Even if your home doesn’t have an inglenook or plenty of built-in bookcases, you can still bring the honesty of design into your home by incorporating Craftsman touches into your decor.
One of the trademarks of Craftsman style is the earthy tones used inside and outside the home. Inspired by nature’s color palette, muted browns, grays, greens and amber hues are popular. Rich reds and oranges serve as brighter shades in the style.
Stained glass is another way to bring warm light and earth tones to the interior of a house. Try incorporating hanging or standing panels or stained-glass lamps. For the full effect, consider replacing a few window panels, particularly bay windows, with Craftsman-inspired stained glass.
Warm wood accents
Wood, particularly oak, is one of the major trademarks of the Craftsman style. The wood allowed true craftsmanship to come through in joinery and details. Frank Lloyd Wright, whose architecture was “eloquent and humane,” enjoyed using the natural elements of wood in unique ways, such as this lamp from his famous Taliesin III home. The warm light reflects off the warm wood to bring a comforting glow to any room.
Leaves and stylized botanical prints
Since closeness with nature is such a large part of the Craftsman heritage, anything with oak leaves, acorns, Gingko leaves or other natural elements instantly brings harmony to the room. This hand-carved sign instantly shows off Craftsman style and the handmade touch that makes it so appealing.
Copper and bronze details
Copper and oil-rubbed bronze seamlessly integrate with the warm woods of the Craftsman style. Cabinet hardware, lighting and other accessories in brighter metals can easily be replaced with these warm tones. Hand-hammered or botanical-inspired pieces that show off the workmanship and detail of the artist are especially appropriate.
Stone and brick
Stone and brick feature prominently on the outside and inside of most Craftsman homes. They are particularly important around a central fireplace, another feature of Craftsman style. But they can be incorporated into other areas, too. Garden or tabletop accents such as tall slate oil lamps are a unique touch in the same shape as Craftsman columns and add even more warm light.
Water is an important element of nature and incorporates well into Craftsman interiors. Small indoor waterfalls or tabletop rock gardens with waterfalls bring the elements of natural sounds into your home. This unique waterfall sink brings a little bit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic “Fallingwater” to any bathroom. Oil-rubbed bronze and an organic-form amber bowl are sure to be a focal point.
Built-in storage was immensely popular in Craftsman style. While your own home many not have any of these decorative storage units, you can easily create some. Use simple bookcases and storage cubbies to create the feel of built-ins (and offer extra space, too). This looks particularly great around any windows or doors.
Cultivate outdoor spaces
Well-cared for, luscious outdoor spaces with plants, stone, wood trellises and more will complete the Craftsman style for your home. Hang lights, use natural planters, and create an outdoor space that is in harmony with nature.
Whether you are renovating a classic bungalow to its former glory or just bringing a bit of nature-inspired design to your current home, the welcoming simplicity of Craftsman style is timeless.
You know what they say about the master bedroom: “This is where the magic happens.” It’s certainly a top priority for buyers—after all, this is where they’d spend a solid eight hours of their day. So, for your open house, make sure your master bedroom is a peaceful place that makes buyers wish they could snuggle up and take a nap right away.
Published by Chrystal Caruthers on realtor.com.
Here’s our checklist of everything you need to do to get your master bedroom open-house-ready.
Make the bed. You’d be surprised how many homeowners leave without making the bed. This is not your real estate agent’s job. (Unless you’re 13 years old and you hired your mom as your agent, but even then, come on!) Your bed should be made for every open house and every showing.
Create a seating vignette. If you have the space, try staging a plush chair with a small side table and reading lamp. It will allow buyers to picture themselves there, taking a much-needed timeout.
Paint a neutral color. Your real estate agent will always urge you to paint your whole house a neutral color—and this tip is more important in the master bedroom than anywhere else. Add pillows, throws, and rugs for pops of color.
Spin it to win it. A slowly rotating ceiling fan helps create a relaxing mood—but make sure to clean the blades first.
Breathe deeply. The only scent in the air should be that of a clean, fresh room. We’re not big on air fresheners, but a simple diffuser can add a subtle fragrance. A potted orchid can also add a sophisticated touch.
Light it up. Yes, you sleep in the dark, but don’t greet buyers with a dull, dim space. That single overhead light is not enough. Put a lamp in the corner and a couple next to the bed.
We said: Light it up! It’s great if you’ve got serious drapes, but please open the blackout shades before leaving the house. Buyers love natural light.
Stage the bedside tables. Ditch the unread US Weekly and tangled iPhone cables, and replace them with a simple clock, a decorative vase, and a book or two. Reading “The Liar“? Set it next to the bed. It might be that one thing that helps you connect with your buyer.
Sweep/mop/vacuum/dust. Basically, clean the bedroom from top to bottom.
Do the laundry. An overflowing hamper is unacceptable, as are (do we really need to even mention this?) dirty socks lying on the floor. Seriously: Do the laundry!
Pimp your closet. Spacious, organized closets sell homes. Make a budget to add shelving, hanging racks, and drawers—they will pay off. And if your closet is overflowing with clothes, it’s time to
purge curate. Donate unused garments, consign a few items withTheRealReal, put out-of-season clothes in storage, or even start packing for your move.
Show your bedroom who the master is. Furniture crowds a room and makes it look smaller—and buyers want large master suites. Pick out the biggest and least necessary pieces and put them in storage.
Be art smart. Decorative art helps make a room memorable. Find something that connotes relaxation, and hang it either above the headboard (if there’s space) or on a wall opposite the door to make a statement. (Note: Personal photos don’t count—tuck them away.)
Use an area rug. In rooms with hardwood floors, a large area rug adds another texture, gives visual interest, and creates a sense of warmth. Decorator’s note: The rug should flow from beneath the bed, not as an island in the middle of the room.
Hide jewelry. If you’ve been following this Open House series, you know we’re keen on safety. While your daily routine may include removing your watch and resting it on the dresser, remember, strangers will be walking through your home, sometimes unattended. Stash jewelry in a safe or take it with you when you leave for the open house.
Be fully prepared with our Ultimate Open House Checklists:
White walls, open shelving, rustic touches and punches of color bring the room to life.
Published by Lindsay Jackman on Zillow Blog.
This kitchen space started out as a single-car garage, but had been poorly converted to a bedroom. Carpet had been glued straight over cement. Cheap paneling had been put over the studs and was hanging off in places.
Regardless of the final use, this space was in desperate need of a little TLC. But being the largest room in the house and backing up to the living room made it the perfect spot for a kitchen where family could gather and entertain. Converting it to the heart of the home required several key phases.
First, the long wall separating this room from the living room was removed. A beam and wooden columns were used in the opening, creating a rustic vibe. The dark wood beam creates contrast and effectively frames the white kitchen.
An all-white palette was used for the new kitchen space. Floor-to-ceiling white beadboard walls went up for texture and a little vintage charm. White lower cabinets went in, along with a white farmhouse sink.
White and stainless open shelves were used in place of upper cabinets for a modern take on the traditional open shelving found in farmhouse kitchens. Open shelving in the kitchen creates a sense of airiness, and provides easy access and display space for everyday dishes and glassware.
The focal point of this kitchen is the large live-edge wood island that anchors the room. The blue-green base gives the white kitchen a welcome pop of color, and the island top not only warms up the white, but also creates a convenient and attractive workspace.
Accessories like a colorful patterned rug and vintage glassware on the shelves bring personality into the all-white room.
Now that this room is a beautiful and well-functioning kitchen, no one would ever guess it started out as a dirty and outdated garage.
See more great kitchen design ideas.
Photos by The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Consider your monthly expenses and long-term financial goals to make sure you don’t overextend yourself.
The oft-noted rule of thumb is that you should try to stick with spending a maximum of 30 percent of your income on rent. However, that rule of thumb rarely indicates whether or not that should be gross income, or net income after taxes, or if related housing expenses like utilities should be included in that 30 percent.
The reality is that how much you should spend on rent really depends on a lot of factors that are personal to the renter. And unfortunately, in many cities spending only 30 percent of your income on housing is just a pipe dream.
So how much should you spend?
The best way to determine how much you can spend on rent is to evaluate how much money you have coming in each month, and how much you have going out.
Suppose you earn $4,000 per month gross income, and your net paycheck after social security, unemployment insurance, and tax withholdings leaves you $2,800 per month in the bank.
Now subtract your car payment, gas and insurance costs, credit card payments, school loan payments, cell phone costs, gym membership, food, utilities costs, and some amount for entertainment, dates, clothing, and any and everything else you typically spend money on each month.
Now, how much is left over?
Optimally, some portion of the money left over should go into an investment account each month — even if it is only $25. (If you’re saving money at work via a 401(k) plan, that could mitigate the need to have extra money left each month to invest.)
If you have $1,800 per month left after subtracting all your expenses, then you should try to spend $1,400 or less on rent so you can save $400 per month. If you have $1,400 left over, then you can spend $1,000 on rent so you have money left over to invest.
A rental affordability calculator can help you determine what you can spend in a specific area.
Living within your means
Doing a budget might be an eye opener. You could find that you’re spending too much on coffee, dining out, or hobbies. If you spend more than you earn, your credit card balances will increase, and that can be very bad for your personal finances. You might want to work more hours to increase your income, cut spending, or get a bailout — whatever it takes to pay off the debt.
If you’re one of the lucky ones with no car payment, credit card debt, or school loan payments, and you make significantly more than you earn each month, that doesn’t mean you should spend whatever is left on rent. Try to live within your tastes and desires, while saving as much money as possible for your future and buying a home.
Spending 30 percent of your income on rent is a nice feel-good number, but it may not be feasible. The truth is, you need to look at your own personal income, spending habits and debts to get a picture of what you can afford. Make sure what you can “afford” is calculated after all your expenses and most importantly after you are socking away some money for your future.
Published by Leonard Baron of professorbaron.com on Zillow Blog.