Category: Home improvement

Mrs. Pyrrhus’s victory

31 October, 2014 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Home improvement, Just-a-Start, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

Proving that even litigation must eventually end, the legal dispute between Cambridge homeowner Shirley Graham and Cambridge non-profit Just-A-Start Corporation has finally closed; as reported in the Cambridge Chronicle (October 15, 2014): Shirley Graham before her house at 48 Kinnaird Street, Cambridge Just-A-Start cleared in Cambridge lawsuit By Erin Baldassari October 15, 2014 It was […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]

Owns and own-nots

1 July, 2005 (08:43) | Home improvement, Housing, Neighborhood |

As Harvard’s benchmark State of the Nation’s Housing reveals, and this anecdotal Washington Post article shows, the sustained runup in equity values has created striking contrasts between demographically similar households divided only by one element: the owns versus the own-nots:   Lorna Dressendorfer and Erin Call, both single women in their early thirties, work side […]