| Jun 24, 2010
They are the Rodney Dangerfields of new housing; they get no respect. Often misnamed and misunderstood, they are the exception to the rule. But for homebuyers like Jamie and Andrew Kach, they make sense.
Collectively called factory-built homes, they...
| Jul 2, 2010
Buying a new house means making lots of choices. But long before you choose between Roman and roller shades, you make the biggest decision: Should you buy a custom, spec or tract house? The choice depends on your schedule, budget and personality.
| Mar 23, 2011
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By day, Chicagoan Ted Wolff is a landscape architect. Off duty, he is a member of what he calls an invisible subculture. Known as "rail fans," "trainwatchers" or the self-deprecating term "foamers" (because they foam at the mouth when they see favorite...
| May 26, 2011
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Even though he spends his days as a service adviser for an auto dealer, Chicagoan Jerry Marichal's favorite summer pastime is checking out the area's many cruise nights. Unlike indoor car shows, where dealers peddle their wares, cruise nights are casual...
| Apr 1, 2011
Housing trends come and go, but one 1980s trend stuck like a teen to a cellphone: the open floor plan. Out were the post-World War II floor plans, with their labyrinth of rooms and narrow hallways. In were wall-less living areas that allowed Mom to keep...
| Apr 14, 2011
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It doesn't take four minutes for Rio to set itself apart from all the Ice Age movies the animators at Blue Sky made before it. A rain forest filled with parrots, macaws, cockatoos and toucans sing and dance the samba in a flying delirium of...
| Apr 21, 2011
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During the Great Depression, an unemployed veterinarian (Robert Pattinson) lands a job treating animals at a traveling circus. He also falls in love with the wife (Reese Witherspoon) of the carnival's owner (Christoph Waltz), which...
| Jul 22, 2010
"Which cow makes ice cream?" asked a little girl, while another asked, "Which animal gives cotton?"
Some are so citified, they marvel when they see gravel.
This is why we need living history farms, say the farms' managers. Families can see the animals...
| Jan 21, 2011
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By day, Martin Pinnau is an IT professional at a county-level education office. Off duty, though, he is an auto enthusiast who communes with like-minded people through the Internet.
"I was that little kid with all the Hot Wheels," Pinnau admitted. A...
| Sep 17, 2010
When it comes to new-home floor plans, the rules have changed.
"The rule is no longer 'buy as much as you can afford, and it will increase in value later.' It's 'buy what you need,'" said Kermit Baker, chief economist at the American Institute of...
| Feb 18, 2011
"Solitude," declared author Erica Jong, is "un-American." We seek the company of others.
That's easy in suburbia, where you see your neighbors while fetching the mail or mowing the lawn. But vertical living in the city can be another story.