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    On the Market: Expanded 17th-Century Log Cabin in Wayne – Philadelphia magazine - February 16, 2020 by admin

    For Sale/Rent

    Cherry Garth is one of the oldest houses still standing in this region. The log cabin has been embraced by both newer additions and its wooded lot.

    Take a look inside this log cabin for sale in Wayne: 1180 Radnor Hill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

    Been looking for a historic house to live in?

    They dont get much more historic than this house for sale in Wayne.

    The heart of Cherry Garth is a log cabin built by Welsh trapper John Larvis in 1648 or thereabouts. That cabin is the oldest house still in use in Montgomery County, and its also one of the oldest houses still in use in the region.

    Aerial view of original house and additions

    The original houses log walls and stone mortar add character not only to the living room within it but also to the rooms that were added onto it in a series of expansions.

    Living room

    In addition to the log-and-stone wall and fireplace, the living room boasts a beamed ceiling, hardwood floors and a hand-blown glass bay window that had originally hung in a colonial Philadelphia candy store.

    Dining room

    The dining room, in one of the early additions to the house, also contains a log-and-stone wall and fireplace.

    Sunroom

    A door from the dining room leads to a flagstone-paved sunroom that was part of a later addition. The stone half-walls add to its charm.

    Kitchen

    On the other side of the dining room, youll find a modern eat-in kitchen whose cabinetry respects the houses character. Sliding glass doors connect it to the stone-wall-framed rear patio.

    Family room

    Sliding glass doors also lead to that patio from the family room, beyond the kitchen in the newest addition to the home. The family room also has a fireplace. Above it lies the skylit master bedroom, which includes an en-suite bath. Four other bedrooms, two of which share a bath, a hall bath and a laundry room round out the upper floor.

    Staircase between dining and family rooms

    Two staircases connect the floors. One heads straight up from the dining room. The other is a spiral staircase incorporated into a passage from the dining room to the wing with the family room and master bedroom.

    This house for sale gets extra privacy from its location at the back of its acre-plus lot in Waynes boskier northern reaches. Its location makes it as convenient to King of Prussia as it is to Waynes chic town center and Regional Rail station.

    THE FINE PRINT

    BEDS:5

    BATHS:3

    SQUARE FEET:3,238

    SALE PRICE:$499,900

    OTHER STUFF:This house for sale is being sold in as-is condition.

    1180 Radnor Hill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19o87 [Jane Douglass | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

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    On the Market: Expanded 17th-Century Log Cabin in Wayne - Philadelphia magazine

    75 Awesome Sunroom Design Ideas – DigsDigs - January 21, 2020 by admin

    floor to ceiling windows allow to see even large trees from top to bottom

    We all know that sunrooms are structures that are either attached or integrated into the house to allow you enjoy the surrounding landscape. They protect from the harsh weather outside so they are perfect for any climate zone. Its a perfect place to relax while enjoying a view, reading a book, meeting with friends, or even to sleeping.

    If youre designing a house from scratch, its a great idea to include at least a small sunroom into the plan. If you already have a home, dont get upset. You can always build a sunroom extension that would even better because itd have a glass roof and a great view of your mature garden.

    There are many ways to decorate such room depending on its purpose. The most popular way is to turn into a room youd be able to gather with friends and family. In that case, you have two options. You can turn it into a living room or into a dining room. Decorating it would be the same as decorating these two rooms. Although you can add much more greenery here because itd thrive in the amount of sunlight itd get. Although youll see on pictures below that you can turn a sunroom into a gym, into an indoor pool room, into a bathroom, into a bedroom and into other rooms too. With thoughtful layout, pretty fabrics, comfy furniture, and beautiful decor accents itd become the most-used space in your house.

    The most important thing you should consider when choosing the furniture is its ability to withstand harsh conditions. Itll receive much more sunlight than in any other room so it should be well protected. For example, wood furniture need to be stained the same way as outdoor furniture, fabrics should be as durable as fabrics used outdoors, and so on.

    With these things in mind, check the gallery of beautiful examples showing how a sunroom can be designed. Youll definitely find a lot of ideas to plan and decorate your very own room to relax. Btw, if you search for inspiration in some special interior style, we have several more posts to help you with that:

    a handing daybed is a perfect furniture choice for a sunroom

    gorgeous tiles and gorgeos vases make the interior of this indoor sunroom pool trully awesome

    even a small sunroom extension is great addition to any home (the mid-ceuntry look of this one is great)

    add glass roof and windows to a back patio and you got yourself a beautiful organgery

    super cozy sunroom filled with natural wood and a wood-burning stove

    a classic choice of seating furniture for a sunroom with colorful pillows

    contemporary narrow sunroom extension that features black shutters

    even a small sunroom extension could fit a pool where you can swim like pro

    even standard ceilings works great in sunrooms especially if there is a brick fireplace

    growing plants indoors is much better when they are able to get as much sunlight as they need

    perfect sunroom for some yoga exercises

    quite functional sunroom gym with a bunch of cool exercise machines

    screened porch design in natural colors

    spacious four seasons sunroom with skylight and jacuzzi

    sunroom is a perfect place for an indoor pool

    this screen porch addition features a ceiling fan and a fireplace so owners are able to cool down or warm up the place

    A sunroom for gatherings with lots of black and white stripes.

    Bohemian style sunroom design. Lovely combination of a red sofa, rustic wood, bare brick and a super cool floor light fixture. Great place as for dining as for reading.

    All-white Scandinavian room with a bunch of windows and a glass door.

    Gorgeous loft space with the whole wall covered with windows.

    A Sunroom That Is Perfect For A Party

    Rustic sunroom In a cottage. Lovely sky blue walls and decorations make the space cool and fun.

    Small yet cozy sunroom house extension. Perfect little nook to enjoy winter weather in warmness.

    Lovely cottage-style orangery room where owners could dine from time to time.

    Sunroom-style bedroom. Who said you need some other furniture besides a hanging bed?

    Small bohemian sunroom where owners could sleep durning hot summer days.

    A garden sunroom that brings outdoors in

    Lovely sunroom-style living room addition where kids could play.

    A Dining Room Surrounded By Windows

    Decorating a sunroom isn't that much different than decorating any other room in the house.

    A very functional sunroom design with lovely upholstery color. Two tables could solve lots of task and could be combined for large parties.

    Sunrooms are perfect places to grow some greenery. For example you can create a DIY herb garden there. Btw, white furniture, walls and floors are perfect to make the room even more brighter that it already is.

    An Amazing Sunroom With A Tree Behind The Window

    An Amazing Sunroom Porch

    An Awesome Screen Porch

    An Entertaining Sunroom

    Contemporary Sunroom

    Cool Large Sunroom

    Even sunrooms need windows treatments to protect you durning hot summer days. Although here turquoise ceiling is definitely a focal point.

    Midcentury Modern Sunroom

    Covered Porch With Lake Views

    Cozy Sunroom In A Forest

    Cozy Sunroom With A Bunch Of Planters

    Cozy Sunroom With A Hanging Sofa

    Cute Sunroom

    Gorgeous Sunroom Like Sunroom

    a conservatory externsion that features a cool pyramid-shaped glass roof

    Beautiful sunroom with a deck on it. Perfect for any season.

    Hunter Like Sunroom

    Indoor Outdoor Sunroom

    Low pitched ceiling made of glass makes any room special.

    Plantation Style Sunroom

    Really Awesome Sunroom For Gatherings

    A Living Room With A Lot Of Windows

    traditional conservatory design with a glass roof

    Small sunroom garden

    This sunroom is very well connected to the deck. Thanks to this solution all seasons are covered.

    Small yet quite cozy room.

    Working surrounded by natural light is much better then working in a cubicle.

    Simple sunroom extension of the house. Perfect for relaxing outdoors without actually being there.

    A kitchen with glass roof and floor to ceiling windows is awesome place for cooking. A gallery wall only makes it more cozy.

    It's especially great when not only walls made of glass but sunroom's roof too. Perfect place for an indoor garden.

    traditional sunroom design with two conversation zones

    Every sunroom should have a cozy daybed. So great place to relax.

    Sunroom decorated in neutral tones

    Sunroom addition with lovely sea views.

    Sunroom With A Polycarbonate Clear Roof

    Sunroom with french doors leading outside

    If you live far from your neighbours then you can build a sunroom bathroom.

    If you wonder how to decorate a sunroom - don't. If it's like a small porch, you can gather balcony decorating ideas and implement them there.

    Gorgeous gazebo-shaped sunroom with vintage furniture.

    An awesome view can make any sunroom special

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    75 Awesome Sunroom Design Ideas - DigsDigs

    HOME PROFILE: A beautiful home for watching the sea – Wicked Local Boxford - January 21, 2020 by admin

    ADDRESS: 321 Ocean Ave., Marblehead

    BEDROOMS: 4

    BATHROOMS: 4 full; 2 half

    LIVING SPACE: 4,331 sq. ft.

    PRICE: $2,995,000

    In this seaside villa, the focus in almost every room including bathrooms is the incredible ocean views. Built in 1920 on over an acre of oceanfront property, this timeless beauty is a private oasis amidst sprawling manicured grounds with handsome masonry walkways and brick terraces. In addition to state-of-the-art systems, this magnificently restored home retains its original architectural detail throughout.

    Approaching the house is, well, delightful. Enjoy coastline rose gardens on the way to the front entrance with an extra-wide arched door (and a wooden storm door). A floor-to-ceiling wardrobe-like closet is easily overlooked given the extra-wide staircase in the foyer leading down to the main living level this has another entrance and a split staircase up to an open gallery and the bedrooms. But thats getting ahead of the story.

    On the main level

    Arched French doors from a massive side terrace open to a gigantic eat-in chefs kitchen where radiant heated porcelain tile flooring is one of many, many highlights. In this cookery the emphasis is on function and beauty: an abundance of cabinetry (including a walk-in pantry) accented with a tumbled tile backsplash, a six-burner gas Viking stove (with a griddle), SubZero refrigerator with integrated panels, and a massive center island with a round hammered copper sink. Granite countertops showcase the honed granite farmers sink.

    The breakfast nook is unforgettable. This large bump out is surrounded by almost floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. Wherever your gaze falls the huge brick paver patio, lush grounds that lead directly to lounging rocks and the beach via a private gate or the ocean itself the views are compelling and especially so when Mother Nature decides to show off.

    A laundry room with a sink and cupboards is on the way to a spacious family room. In addition to views of the beautifully landscaped front yard, this room has amazing ocean vistas and arched door access to the terrace. By the way, 12-pane windows in this room, of which there are six, are positively gorgeous. So is a striking arched window with leaded stained-glass panes. In fact, this is one of several stained-glass windows that add dashes of color in unexpected places.

    A half bathroom and access to the oversized two-car garage are bonuses.

    And then

    The more formal spaces (living, dining and sitting rooms) are astounding.

    In the grand-sized dining room, double crown molding accents exposed and detailed ceiling beams. Lighted china cabinets are nods to the past along with the huge limestone fireplace with a gas insert. Still an atrium-like and fully open space is captivating.

    This indoor space lives like an outdoor haven albeit, a sophisticated one. In addition to three sets of multi-glass pane arched windows the better to enjoy the views the sunroom has tumbled tile flooring and French doors to the terraces.

    The massive living room also has a beamed ceiling plus two multi-glass paned doors to the patio/terrace. An extraordinarily wide bay (with a matching ledge) ensures up-close-and-personal views all year long. Detailed casings on the windows and doorways arched or not add character and charm but an inglenook fireplace is the scene stealer.

    Also known as a chimney corner, this fireplace with a decorative tile surround is tucked into its own nook and has built-in seating (with storage) on both sides. The nook has a beamed ceiling just like the one in the living room.

    Two arched entrances lead to a fabulous sunroom with tumbled tile flooring and more arched windows overlooking the water.

    A nearby half bath has wide bead board wainscoting, fir flooring, deep bump boards, and another colorful stained-glass window. This one is round.

    Second story treasures

    The master suite/wing at one end of this level is memorable. In the huge sleeping chamber, a fireplace with a wood stove insert and a marble mantel has bookcases on both sides. His n hers lighted, cedar lined walk-in closets have custom inserts.

    The views are exceptional. With two exposures that include four sets of multi-pane casement windows that are practically floor-to-ceiling, this space feels like a ship on the ocean. It isnt, but the effect is magical.

    Two linen closets are on the way to the en suite bathroom that has similar views from the jetted tub and the step-in steam shower in a glass enclosure. For privacy and personal space, the commode has its own room and the L-shaped vanity has a sink in each leg.

    Views are only one highlight in another bedroom suite with three exposures and a wood-burning fireplace with beautiful figurines and delicate mantel carvings. Built-ins along the window wall include a credenza-like piece with eight drawers, three cupboards and corner bookcases. Decorative crown molding and gleaming hardwood flooring are additional features.

    Wide bead board wainscoting anchored by a chair rail with decorative trim and a built-in cupboard add character in the en suite bathroom with a tub/shower ensemble.

    While the third bedroom suite is as charming as the other two, the office it also makes excellent guest quarters might easily become the favorite room. First, this massive space has cork flooring, a built-in desk surrounded by open shelving and, wait for it, a built-in, step-up day bed with 12 drawers underneath. This ship-shape space no pun intended has a huge en suite bathroom with a step-in shower with a frameless glass door and wide bead board wainscoting.

    One final note. The attic has spray foam insulation but is unfinished. Aah, the potential

    Contact Steven White of William Raveis Real Estate at 781-690-6433 or 781-631-1199 or by email: steven.White1@comcast.net.

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    HOME PROFILE: Lots of living space in Old town home – Wicked Local Beverly - January 21, 2020 by admin

    Built around 1800 as a private, three-story residence and later the Nichols Funeral Home, this magnificent structure only moments to Washington and Elm streets has another exceptional feature: a huge 38,640 square-foot lot. Thats 0.8 acres in the center of town.

    ADDRESS: 45-49 Pleasant St., Marblehead

    BEDROOMS: 8

    BATHROOMS: 4 full; 1 half

    TOTAL ROOMS: 23

    LIVING SPACE: 7,483 sq. ft.

    PRICE: $2,500,000

    A fascinating past and exciting future are only two aspects of this unique property in the heart of Old Town.

    Built around 1800 as a private, three-story residence and later the Nichols Funeral Home, this magnificent structure only moments to Washington and Elm streets has another exceptional feature: a huge 38,640 square-foot lot. Thats 0.8 acres in the center of town. This includes rarely found outdoor space large enough for a pool or tennis/basketball/pickle ball court.

    Admittedly the present needs a bit of work but, frankly thats what makes this residence such an incredible opportunity. Four massive rooms on each of two floors retain many original details and features. Some are quite spectacular, too. Ancillary rooms on each level expand the living possibilities geometrically. And theres a surprise but later.

    The bottom line is that the number of ways to repurpose, reconfigure and/or redo are practically limitless. Yet with each, the results will be amazing.

    Wait 'til you see inside

    The extra-wide front door with sidelights and transom windows opens into a grand foyer with a high ceiling, fabulous millwork and a center staircase that has a coffin turn. In keeping with the stylings of the era when it was built, formal parlors/sitting rooms are on each side of the foyer. While these impressive and spacious rooms share a number of similar features like soaring ceilings, bump boards that are over 11 inches high, wide detailed chair rails, double and triple crown molding, and positively sensational six-over-six windows with 12-inch square glass panes plus richly detailed window and door casings these are almost two-inches thick, too each room has different elements that makes each one unique.

    In one front parlor with random width pine floor boards, for example, Indian shutters grace three front windows. This wonderfully proportioned room also has access to a front-to-back sun porch with a separate entrance from the street.

    The bonus is solid-wood pocket doors that open to an almost identically sized back parlor/sitting room. Here period picture rail trim enhances double crown molding and two windows that stretch to the ceiling overlook the huge yard.

    Ornate black marble fireplaces are instant and stunning focal points in two formal rooms on the other side of the foyer. Almost identical in size, as in large and well-proportioned, these rooms are also separated by solid wood pocket doors.

    Incidentally, these four spaces are ready to be spectacularly elegant once again.

    Let's keep going

    The back part of the house, which includes access to the back staircase of course, there is one currently has a half bathroom and a galley-like kitchen. A tad more contemporary than the formal rooms, this cookery needs updating and/or reconfiguring. Nevertheless, the past is very much present: some windows panes are the original glass.

    Going to the second floor via the front staircase with its curved and detailed bump boards, however, is exciting as the destination includes a fabulous front room with built-in shelving and a fireplace with a brick surround. Historic Marblehead is the view from the windows that is straight down Pleasant Street. The classic steeple on St. Michaels Episcopal Church is front and center.

    Oh, a matching back room with an en suite loo has potential as a master suite.

    On the other side of the hallway, a similarly sized room has a carpet of pine flooring originally covered by a rug surrounded by finished oak boards. The practice was common during much of the 19th Century.

    In addition to two exposures, this room has a fireplace, but the scene stealers are two closets tucked into the four-foot (or so) wide archway that leads to a spacious dining room with two built-in china cabinets. One is tucked into a corner; the other is a server-like affair with two-over-two drawers.

    Although this level has a larger kitchen than the one on the first floor, this cookery also needs updating. Access to a delightful sunroom with eight windows and maple floor boards offers expansion options.

    The rest of this level includes an addition/annex with several very nicely sized bedrooms one has two closets an old-school bathroom with a tub/shower combination and access to a back porch. And lets not forget about the cedar closet.

    Not done yet

    Size, as in big, is certainly good news about the third floor. Currently, for example, this level has six additional rooms, the sweetest ever three-over-three windows with views down Pleasant Street and prettily detailed window and door casings. Even the bump boards have finishing trim.

    The number of options for this level is the rest of the good news and it balances out the not-so-good news, which is the low ceilings throughout the entire floor. As this home has a large attic, raising the ceilings is doable. So is making this level a master oasis and/or an any number of configurations.

    Incidentally, this home has a full basement.

    Extra, extra

    In addition to the main house, this property includes a rental/in-law/guest unit that offers all kinds of possibilities.

    Running front-to-back with a private entrance, this spacious unit can be configured for two or three bedrooms plus the usual living areas: living room, dining area and kitchen. Laundry hook ups are already in place.

    That it needs work is a given but being able to work with a blank slate means you can make this area fit your needs and desires without having to work around what exists. Nice.

    With all this space, this property could be an in-town, intergenerational family compound complete with fantastic private play space for all ages. Dont forget the really big yard!

    Contact Lisa Gallagher or Maura K. Phelan of Sagan Harborside Sothebys International Realty at 781-631-3746 or 781-706-3380 or by email: lisa.gallagher@sothebysrealty.com or maura.phelan@sothebysrealty.com.

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    Pegged Right: Making friends with my fireplace | Free – Ashland Daily Press - January 21, 2020 by admin

    Fireplace-less? Call it a bucket list, or call it what you will. I had decided it was time to end my years of living without a fireplace. I fully understand that is not exactly a hardship, but as I head into the twilight of my life, I very much wanted to be able to pull up to my fireplace and be mesmerized by flames and the luminescent, flickering coals. If the rest of the house was falling down around me, well, so be it.

    Theres a certain peacefulness to sitting before a fire, and you can never have too much peace of mind.

    In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I have had the good fortune of having fireplaces in my life.

    One was just a brick facade that was not connected to a traditional chimney or flue, and hence was not worth much of anything in the way of providing a crackling fire, or a good place to toast marshmallows in the winter. It was a lovely, dark red brick arrangement, with a wood basket and even the tools but it was just for pretending, I guess. Something to impress my guests, although they never seemed wowed after I told them it was a faux fireplace.

    But, say what you will, it did have a lovely double mantle, which I especially loved to decorate at Christmas stockings and all. The addition of a cheerful focal point and a cozy ambiance were its only contributions. I lit candles, which Id arranged on logs in the fireplace and it was close, but no cigar.

    I had a few others which are mostly part of my ancient history, then most recently I moved into my new/old house on Torrey Street. It had been my dream to spend my final years reading, sipping wine, dog curled in my lap in front of a real fireplace. A real fire with real flames and real snapping and crackling, and maybe even a tiny whiff of smoke.

    It just happened that way, but in what turned out to be an embarrassment of riches I got two fireplaces, and so I must be twice as grateful as most folks would be (and I surely am).

    One is a brick fireplace (which needs some work) which has both mantle and hearth, and the second is a stone fireplace located back in the den/sunroom/family room/rumpus room call it what you may that has a nice wide hearth on which a person might sit whilst starting the fire or toasting their marshmallows.

    I love them both, and I feel so blessed to have this bucket wish granted.

    At first, I wasnt sure how to start the fireplace. There is a science to it, you know. You cant just throw a bunch of flammable material in there and then add a match. Wont work. Either the logs will not catch (too wet, or too large), or the papers and kindling will burn like an inferno, and it will all be over in a very short time. You might be able to toast one marshmallow, but that would be about it.

    So, under the tutelage of my youngest son, Kyle, who has a great stone fireplace in Orlando, I have learned how to start a fire, and kind of keep it going. He knows I am not exactly the Daniel Boone type. I need direction.

    First, we figured out how to open the flue and vents or whatever is in there. The flue is held open on a chain sort of operation, and requires a steady hand and a flashlight so you can see whats happening in that dark space.

    Then theres some other thing on the other side, which is more of a lever, that has to be pulled forward (or maybe it is back). I wrote down the instructions, and do refer to them. Having the house fill with soot and smoke is not something I am looking forward to, but given my inborn clumsiness, that will likely happen at some point.

    We bought some small pre-cut kindling sticks and starters and arranged them at the bottom of the grate. Next, we put a fake and highly combustible log on the bottom and built a sort of a teepee of smallish logs.

    One swipe of the match, a magical glow emanated from the fireplace, and the zen began.

    Kyle sat close to the fire in his chair and poked and prodded the flames with an old barbecue tong (no fireplace tools, yet). The flames were happily flickering on the ceiling, and across Kyles face.

    The room was quiet except for the all-out sound of the hissing, snapping and crackling. Yeah. This was what I meant! I was curled up in a blanket as content as a person could be. My terrier, Ivy Claire, was at my feet and was weaseling in as close as she could possibly get. It was a special evening, and I must say a public thanks to all my angels and saints, and, of course, to Kyle!

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    Pegged Right: Making friends with my fireplace | Free - Ashland Daily Press

    Viking to Launch Expedition Voyages Starting in January 2022 – TravelPulse - January 21, 2020 by admin

    Viking, the company with 79 river and ocean cruise ships and more on the way, will launch a new expedition division in January 2022 with a 378-passenger polar-class vessel. A sister vessel also is under construction in Norway by Fincantieris VARD for delivery in August 2022.

    The first ship, Viking Octantis, is scheduled to operate voyages to Antarctica and North Americas Great Lakes. The second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will sail to Antarctica and the Arctic.

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    The 30,150-gross-ton ships will be long and narrow, allowing them to nose into narrow inlets but also sail through the Welland Canal that connects Lakes Ontario and Erie around the Niagara Falls.

    The first Antarctic season of six departures sold out in a few months when presented to past guests, Chairman Torstein Hagen said. All expedition voyages are now available to the public for booking.

    Our guests are curious explorers. They want to continue traveling with us to familiar and iconic destinations, but they would also like to travel further, Hagen said. We began as Viking River Cruises; then we evolved into Viking Cruises with the addition of ocean cruises; today we stand singularly as Viking, offering destination-focused voyages on more than 20 rivers, five oceans and five Great Lakes, visiting 403 ports in 95 countries and on all seven continents. He later described Viking as the company that covers the most water systems on earth.

    Hagen announced the new expedition voyages at a celebratory dinner event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. At the function, the Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjeb officially and virtually named the Viking Jupiter the companys sixth ocean ship as it sailed between the Falkland Islands and Cape Horn.

    The Great Lakes program will include eight- to 13-night voyages between Milwaukee, Wis., and Thunder Bay, Ontario; Toronto and Milwaukee; and New York and Toronto. We havent been able to find arrangements to come to Chicago yet, but that may happen, Hagen said.

    He said the Great Lakes should be a very interesting place I think it has been underserved by substandard ships. Later, in a press conference, he said 88 percent of Vikings customers are from North America, and that some are reluctant to travel long distances and want to visit places theyve heard about but havent visited such as the Great Lakes.

    The new Polar Class 6 expedition vessels were described as small enough to navigate remote polar regions and the St. Lawrence River, while large enough to provide stability in rough polar seas. The straight bow is designed to reduce fuel consumption, while a dynamic positioning system lets the ship hover over the seabed without anchoring, preventing damage to pristine environments.

    The ships also will carry military Zodiac vessels designed for use in harsh environments; a fleet of two-seater Arctic-tested kayaks; and two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that offer covered seating. Each ship will also feature two six-guest yellow submarines Hagen admits to being a Beatles fan that feature revolving seats and 270-degree spherical windows; at this point, plans are to have the submersible rides available with no additional fees.

    Of note are plans for an enclosed, in-ship marina called The Hangar, which will smoothly launch small excursion craft through the ships shell doors. It will have an 85-foot slipway that allows guests to embark on RIBs from a flat, stable surface inside the ship, shielded from wind and waves.

    The Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris also will be research vessels with an onboard team of scientists working on a variety of studies. Developed in consultation with Cambridge University and Vikings other academic partners, The Laboratory is designed to support a broad range of research activities. Guests will have supervised access to The Laboratory.

    Additionally, all accommodations will feature a Nordic Balcony, a sunroom that converts into an alfresco viewing platform.

    The top of the floor-to-ceiling glass can be lowered to transform the stateroom into a sheltered lookout, with an observation shelf at elbow level to stabilize binoculars or a camera.

    For additional information, call 800-2-VIKING or visit http://www.viking.com.

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    10 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the Park Hills Area – Daily Journal Online - January 12, 2020 by admin

    Three-year-old custom-built modern-day farmhouse is a 3-time award-winning Architecture & Design home nestled on a one-acre lot in Frontenac. Oversized custom pivot door, light-filled open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, floating staircase, clerestory windows, and double-sided fireplace. Kitchen has breakfast room and butlers pantry with designer fixtures, finishes, and appliances, handmade tile accent, and dual dishwashers. Main floor master hosts a huge spa-like bath with double vanities, built-in washer/dryer, free-standing tub and huge shower with steam capabilities. 3 upstairs bedrooms with en-suite baths and laundry space. Additional 700 sq ft is a future bedroom and bonus space. 2 offices on the main floor, mudroom, water closet, 10' pour walkout basement with rough-ins. Geothermal heating/cooling, automated home lighting, sound and power shades on windows. Native landscaping and passive solar light captured to make this home energy and water-efficient.

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    42 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale on the Central Coast – Lompoc Record - January 12, 2020 by admin

    Looking for TWO HOMES on one parcel? Here is your chance to live on 1 ac in a spacious main home, plus have a separate rental or guest home with its own address, master bed & bath, kitchen, living room, garage, and a separate pool house with two more guest bedrooms & bath. With approximate 5400 square feet of living space combined inside, outside you will enjoy the pool, spa, shower, patio with fireplace, kitchen, and BBQ. The yard is compete with a playground structure near the wooden bridge leading you to the two-story playhouse. Inside the main home, you will find the large kitchen with walk in pantry, living room, family room, entertaining barroom complete with refrigerated wine storage and sink. An au pair style guest room, and large master bedroom complete the 4 bed, 4 bath home.

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    BRIANA TOMKINSON: Planning to fix-and-flip? Here are five home-renovation mistakes – TheChronicleHerald.ca - January 12, 2020 by admin

    Depending on the real estate market, buying a fix-and-flip or a handyman special may seem like a good strategy to get into the housing market. Although HGTV makes it all look so easy, the reality can be complicated, expensive and risky.

    Here are five money-losing mistakes homeowners make when they renovate:

    Even professional appraisers recognize that home renovations arent just about return on investment (ROI). According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, renovations pay off in three ways:Increasing the selling price of your homeIncreasing your enjoyment of your home

    If your goal is to increase the value of the home enough to make a profit on a quick flip, gutting the kitchen, building an addition or replacing all the floors may actually end up losing you money in the end.

    Likewise, if youre renovating a house you intend to stay in, you may regret cheaping out or cutting corners on the finishing if it sours your enjoyment of your home.

    How much should you spend? According to home stager Gabrielle Grawey, it depends on the overall value of the home and what is typical within your neighbourhood.

    The budget of someones house dictates the value of the renovation, Grawey said. If youre gutting your kitchen or bath and replacing with luxury when the current value of house doesnt match that, you can expect you will lose a good part of that investment.

    Its not an investment unless you can have a reasonable expectation of making a profit. Some upgrades are more likely than others to boost your selling price.

    According to a homeowners guide produced by the appraisal institute, the renos with the best payoff for sellers are kitchen and bath upgrades, repainting, cosmetic updates to dated or worn finishings, and decluttering.

    The association notes that the renos that bring more joy than ROI are things like finishing a basement, adding a garage, sunroom or deck, along with fencing and landscaping. Better not to sink your money into these upgrades unless youre planning to stay a while and enjoy them.

    A rule of thumb: the longer you intend to stay in a home, the more reasonable it is to spend money renovating it. Even if the renos dont increase the value of the home by enough to cover what you spent, if you experience greater happiness while living in the home, that may be enough payoff to justify the cost.

    According to Remodeling Magazines annual survey measuring return on investment on home renovations, pretty much every major reno will probably be a money-losing one. The U.S. magazine compares the average cost for 22 common remodelling projects with the typical return upon the sale of the home in 136 American markets. In the 2019 survey, the highest ROI was for a garage door replacement, which recouped 97.5 per cent of the investment on average in other words, losing only 2.5 per cent.

    That doesnt mean theres no way to make money on a flip. If you do some of the work yourself, theres more room to profit. Local market conditions will also have an impact. In a hot housing market, a renovated house may sell more quickly or be more likely to get multiple offers, which could also boost ROI.

    If your goal in renovating is to spruce up a home for sale, your best bet is to start with the essentials: take care of basic home maintenance, repair whats broken, get the house professionally cleaned, and give the house a fresh coat of paint in neutral colours. Leave major renovations to the next owner.

    Weve all seen those older homes with vintage mid-century tiles in the bathroom (that now seem kind of awesome), different shades of cheap laminate in each bedroom, real hardwood in the hallway, carpet in one room and a brand-new Ikea kitchen. It makes you wonder, what is this houses identity, anyway?

    When it comes time to sell, patchwork renovations can be worse than no upgrades at all, said Tanya Nouwens, a RE/MAX Royal Jordan realtor and home stager.

    According to Nouwens, its crucial to keep renovations in context with the home and neighbourhood. If the whole home is in a 1980s time warp, upgrading only the kitchen or bathroom can make everything else seem shabbier.

    If the whole house is dated, renovating the kitchen draws attention to other parts that are shabby, Nouwens said. If a home is in a time period, I leave it in that time period.

    Its fun to go shopping for tile, upgrade kitchen countertops or pretty up your yard with new landscaping. Yet if you blow your budget on cosmetic upgrades and neglect essential repairs or maintenance, youll not only end up scaring away potential buyers, but you could potentially face frighteningly high repair bills later on.

    When it comes to maintaining the worth of the property, replacing the roof, updating climate-control systems, replacing windows and doors, updating electrical systems and repairing structural defects are the most important priorities, according to the appraisers institute.

    Make sure these unsexy but essential aspects of your home are in good order. Buyers will often be willing, even keen, to update an old kitchen or repaint rooms to suit their taste, but no homeowner looks forward to replacing shingles or shoring up a buckling foundation.

    Upscale master suite additionJob cost: $271,470Resale value: $136,820Cost recouped: 50.4 per cent

    Mid-range backyard patioJob cost: $56,906Resale value: $31,430Cost recouped: 55.2 per cent

    Upscale bathroom additionJob cost: $87,704Resale value: $51,000Cost recouped: 58.1 per cent

    Mid-range master suite additionJob cost: $130,986Resale value: $77,785Cost recouped: 59.4 per cent

    Upscale major kitchen remodelJob cost: $131,510Resale value: $78,524Cost recouped: 59.7 per cent

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    A ‘cave house’ blasted into the side of a mountain in Arizona is on the market for just under $1 million. Here’s a look inside. – Business Insider - January 5, 2020 by admin

    In the Mule Mountains in Bisbee, Arizona, sits a nearly 3,000-square-foot cave home.

    The home's origin dates back to 1985 when a couple, who fell in love with the area, decided to blast away at the rock on the side of a mountain to carve out a home.

    According to a video by HGTV, the couple spent 15 years working on the project. They sold it in 2018 to its current owner for $987,000. It's now back on the market for $998,500.

    The 37-acre property, which is filled with plants, trees, and natural pools, includes a two-level guest house and a small studio in addition to the cave house.

    Keep reading for a look inside the unique home.

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    A 'cave house' blasted into the side of a mountain in Arizona is on the market for just under $1 million. Here's a look inside. - Business Insider

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