Build with Bamboo

Bamboo Technologies is now offering kit homes made from bamboo. The homes are available in Hawaii (not sure if they would be available elsewhere, and what the shipping would be for mainland orders). The homes are quite attractive, and bamboo is a very eco-friendly building choice. Homes built in Japan and Thailand from bamboo last […]

The Newest Trend in Luxury Homes: Your Own Observatory

The newest trend in luxury building seems to be having your own astronomical observatory. That’s right – observatories, complete with a dome and high powered telescope, are becoming more and more popular additions to luxury homes across the country. Some planned communities are even offering them as options in their stock home plans. Observatories do […]

A Great Update on the old Murphy Bed

Looking at increasing the efficiency of space usage in your vacation home? There’s a nifty new twist on the hide-a-bed concept. No more back breaking sofa beds. The new designs also are a great improvement on the old Murphy bed tilt-up concepts. The new design allows maximum flexibility in a minimum of space. It’s all […]

Create an Online Home Design Portfolio

Home Portfolio is a great free online service that allows you to create a design portfolio from their huge database of products when remodeling or building your second home. They cover everything from patio doors and outdoor grills to furniture and accessories for every room of your home. You can save any products you particularly […]

Make the Most Out of Your Small Kitchen

Older cottages might be blessed with many things: lake or ocean views, large lot sizes, etc., but they are often lacking in the kitchen department. Often space was limited anyway, and there was more emphasis placed on bedrooms and living rooms since the original owners probably planned on cooking outdoors more often than not. But […]

Septic Systems Explained

For a second home owner whose primary residence is in the city, suburbs or otherwise “in town”, septic systems can be a huge mystery. But for many who own vacation homes in more rural areas, septic systems are a fact of life. They can be intimidating for those who have never had to worry about […]

5 Great Interior Design Resources for Your Vacation Home has decorating & home improvement information sorted by room. is the online home of high-end Interior Design magazine.’s interior decorating portal has articles on a range of topics including decorating inspiration and holiday décor. iVillage has tons of great interior decorating articles as well as info on related topics including entertaining and […]

Top 10 Outdoor Rugs

An outdoor rug can be the perfect addition to your deck or patio. They instantly make your outdoor room seem more inviting, and can be softer under bare feet than stone or wood. Check out my top ten picks below: Tributary Mantua 7’10” x 10’10” Bayou Indoor/Outdoor Rug from Home Depot. $259. Panache Textured Weave […]