Real Estate Escrow Definition

Property escrow means placing something, including a deed or money, in the custody of a neutral third party until certain conditions are met, according to the website Realty Times. Escrow or title companies often oversee a property transaction, from initial deposit to final funding, to ensure a smooth process. Once the transaction is complete, a [...]

Salvaged Parts Form a New-Old Texas Hideaway

With its weather-beaten walls and rusted metal accents, this bucolic Texas hideaway seems to elicit generations of Western history in every crack and cranny. Yet despite its own ancestral appearance, the home is fresh — a modern prefab contrived from locally salvaged materials. The owners, a couple from Austin, purchased the property years ago but [...]

How to Soundproof a Condo

A condo makes for a wonderful house in an urban environment. Unlike detached homes, though, condos may place you in a position of being a little too up close and personal with your neighbors. When the closeness leads to the noisy enjoyment of your neighbours intruding in your enjoyment, then it may be time to [...]

Swing for the Fences

“People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I will let you know what I do. I stare out the window and await spring.” — Rogers Hornsby The wait is over! Forget Punxsutawney Phil and the vernal equinox; at America, the first crack of the bat marks the start of [...]

25 Most Bookmarked Tours of 2012

What exactly do a Northwest garage, a Pennsylvania “hobbit house” along with a rustic French cabin have in common? Not much, at first glance. However, these amazing homes compose a few of the best Tours that readers considered worthy of bookmarking last year. While each one of these homes are beautiful in their own right, [...]

Loving Efforts Restore a 1787 Farmhouse

The website of Revolutionary War–era love, tasty fox-hunt teas and formal piano recitals, this 1787 Georgian farmhouse brims with classic ambiance and charm. The house had been vacant for years when Barry Barton and David Ferrini first seen the inside on a dark winter night. “We ceased to close a door left open by the [...]

Swanky Vintage Style at Texas

Brad and Tiffany Ross believe there’s a place where Versailles, granny posh and midcentury modern can all live together. As owners of Swanky Couch, a vintage furniture dealing and styling company, they applied this decorating combination to their Frisco, Texas, home. They gutted and remodeled everything out of the bathrooms, garage and terrace to the [...]