With a ‘granny pod,’ grandma can live in your backyard

If you are wondering how to care for your elderly parent or grandparent, the granny pod may be the solution to all of your problems.

These pre-fabricated and pre-equipped medical cottages can be installed in a backyard behind a caregiver’s home (zoning laws permitting), and hooked up to the existing sewer, water and power lines.

The prototype “granny pod” units cost up to $125,000, and has standard safety features including hand railings, defibrillators, first aid supplies, lighted floorboards and a soft floor to minimize damage from falls.

The units are equipped with interactive video an devices that monitor vital signs like blood pressure and blood glucose, and transmit real time readings to caregivers and physicians.

Though several versions now exist, the basic MEDCottage is about 12 by 24 feet, or the size of a master bedroom, has vinyl siding, double French doors (to accommodate a wheelchair and hospital equipment) and looks like a small bungalow.

Inside, it resembles a hotel suite, with living space, small kitchen and bathroom.

But the best part about these granny pods is having your parents or grandparents so close to home, where you know they will be cared for.

Often with our elderly family members, we worry about them, and want to make sure they’re doing ok. The granny pod gives us the opportunity to have our ‘granny’ very close to home.

Some people however, don’t like the idea of “warehousing” the elderly in a self-contained unit, even one that is close to family and friends.

What are your thoughts on granny pods? Rasplove with us in the comments below.


14-year-old buys old, run-down house with cash. Then completely transforms it into an unbelievable home for herself!

Willow Tufano is well beyond her years when she decided to purchase this true fixer upper. It is fair to say, she is not your normal teenager. Check out what she has done with the place!

We hope you appreciated this young woman’s ambition and creativity! If you did, please Rasplove this with your friends and loved ones so they can enjoy this story as well 🙂


Neighbors keep using man’s narrow alley so he builds a tiny blue house there as revenge

If you’ve ever found yourself in Alexandria, Virginia, you may have seen a teeny tiny blue house wedged right in between a larger white and red one — but you would’ve had too look really closely.

The two-story house is only 25 feet deep and 7 feet wide. It’s so skinny, in fact, that Ripley’s Believe It or Not once named it the narrowest house in America.

It’s referred to as the “Spite House” of Alexandria — for a pretty interesting reason.

Back in 1830, John Hollensbury built the tiny home to keep horse-drawn wagons and loiterers out of the narrow alley. Inside, you can still see the indentations where the wagon wheels would brush up against the walls.

Jack and Colleen Sammis bought the house in 1990 and have used the tiny home as a pied-à-terre ever since.

The tiny house has so many amazing features, including a fully functioning kitchen, a tiny and adorable garden, and lots of extra storage space. And Jack and Colleen did a great job decorating, considering the amount of space they have.


Mom sees tiny door behind 2-year-old’s dresser and suddenly finds herself in a creepy room

A few years ago, Sarah and Steve moved into their new home in sunny California with their 2-year-old son. Sarah, a stay-at-home mom, noticed a tiny, 4-foot-high door on the side of what would be their son’s bedroom. When they opened it, they discovered something completely unexpected (not to mention creepy) — and a new project that would take two years to complete.

The small space was a dingy old storage room with a pitched roof. It had a beat-up linoleum floor, outdated wood paneling and exposed insulation. Who knows just what exactly went on in this teeny tiny space.

Because of the odd shape and size, Sarah and Steve knew there was no way they could convert this into a functional section of their new home. So, they kept the room hidden by their son’s wooden dresser, never telling their son about the special, abandoned room. They did, however, realize the space had a lot of potential…

About a year into owning the home, Sarah and Steve decided it was finally time to do something with that secret room.

And when you see it, you’ll be stunned…

Sarah Goer is a stay-at-home mom who describes herself as a “maker.” She quilts, scrapbooks, and decorates. She is constantly keeping herself motivated to make beautiful and colorful creations.

Sarah makes these awesome quilts by hand.

She started her blog as a fun way to catalog and showcase her projects.

Craftiness runs in the family. Sarah’s son loves to help out!

When Sarah and Steve bought their new house in California, they noticed a small door off to the side of their son’s room. At the time, he was 2 years old.

Naturally, the parents were extremely curious to open said door.

That’s when they made a creepy discovery.

It looked like some kind of abandoned storage room that hadn’t been touched in decades. But because of the room’s awkward, pitched roof and four-foot tiny doorway, there was no way they could convert this into a functional section of their new home.

Instead of knocking down a wall to expand the room, however, Sarah and Steve had something better in mind. But for the time being, they would keep the beat-up linoleum floor, outdated wood paneling, and exposed insulation.

They kept their son’s dresser over the door to make sure he would never know it was there until the time was right.

About a year later, Sarah and Steve decided to turn the “secret room” as they now called it into their son’s fourth birthday present.

They spent the next year fixing up it up, secretly working on it while their son was in school.

Steve gutted the room and installed new drywall, wood laminate flooring, and molding. He slapped on a fresh coat of paint in a color his son would love.

Meanwhile, Sarah worked on the decor and collected the perfect items from Ikea.

The room was finally done… and it was beautiful.

On their son’s fourth birthday, they gave him clues leading him to the secret room. When he finally reached the dresser, Mom and Dad helped him push it aside.

Of course, their son was surprised and absolutely elated. What kid wouldn’t want their own super-secret place to hang or hide out in?

In “The Treasure Room,” he discovered a space just for him to play and relax — with a brand-new wood floor, bright blue walls, a big poster map, toys, books, and plenty of art supplies.

Sarah’s surprise room quickly went viral. She says her son loves to read and play with his sister in The Treasure Room.

Sarah and Steve gave their 4-year-old son a gift he will cherish for his entire childhood. They really made the most of their unexpected discovery!

It’s no wonder the secret room’s incredible transformation went viral.


13-year-old builds his own mini-house in his backyard, look inside and be impressed

Most middle schoolers probably have other things on their minds besides building houses.

But Luke Thill, a 13-year-old from Dubuque, Iowa, is unlike any other middle schooler you’ve seen before.

This talented and proactive boy has crafted his very own little house — in his parents’ backyard.

The project cost him roughly $1,500 USD — and now Luke is living his dream in his little cottage.

Come on in and have a look at what it looks like inside.

I think it’s safe to say that Luke is not like many of his 13-year-old peers. In a time of iPads, smart phones, gadgets and X Boxes, this young man decided to keep himself busy in a different and more ‘old-fashioned’ way. As he explains on his YouTube channel, his desire to build a small house grew out of feeling bored during last summer.

After some thorough researching, Luke had a pretty good idea of how he was going to put his plan into action.

The Process
It took him about a year to get the money and materials he needed to build the house. Luke mowed lawns, started a fund-raiser online and ran errands for anyone who needed help in the neighborhood to make money.

An electrician Luke was friends with helped him install the electricity in exchange for Luke cleaning his garage out, for instance.

Luke used about 75 percent recycled material, many of which were things left over from his grandma’s house. The front door of the house was a gift from an uncle’s friend.

The 89-square-foot house is 10 feet long and 5 1/2 feet wide, with electricity but no plumbing, so no water or bathroom… yet.

“I liked the minimalism,” he told The Des Moines Register. “And I wanted to have a house without a huge mortgage.”

Luke has made several video clips and posted them on online, where he talks about his project as many have grown curious about the little house.

As you can imagine, Luke also received some help from his parents, both financially and with the building itself.

But dad Greg made sure that it would be Luke himself who would pay for most of his project and also build most of it himself.

“It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” Greg told The Des Moines Register. “It teaches life lessons.”

Teenager’s Dream

The house is in many ways a teenager’s dream, an oasis where you can chill and hang out in. It has a microwave, a TV and a loft with a bed.

There’s even a barbecue and flowers at the back.

Luke usually does his homework after school at his new house and some nights during the week he gets to sleep there.

Luke already has aspirations to build another house — one that’s a little bigger for when he starts college. He also hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams:

“I want to show kids it’s possible to build at this age,” he says in one of his videos.

You can really see how proud he is about his project below.

Luke’s story is a great example of what a child can achieve with a clear goal, a strong worth ethic and support from home.

I am really impressed with this little boy’s house — I wouldn’t mind having a similar one in my backyard!


65-year old man bought run-down place for $100 and transformed it completely

Meet Richard Aiken. This 65-year-old man is a father, a husband, the recipient of two PhDs, an opera singer, an author, and seems like a great builder!

The man always wanted to live in the woods. “Too expensive,” he thought. But when a Missouri resident showed Richard this old cabin, he knew exactly what to do!

The cabin was completely rotten. It was so run-down, it looked dangerous!

The roof was destroyed.

The man was willing to give the cabin for free. Richard still paid $100, he saw the potential of this place.

He removed the rubble and labeled and cataloged each piece of wood. That would help him to put it back together.

The location was perfect!

Later, Richard’s family discovered a natural spring nearby.

They had to use it so, they brought bulldozers and dig out a lake, built a nice dock.

It was about time to start rebuilding the cabin.

The new owner wanted to stick to the original construction. Not as easy as it seems, though. When they reached the bedrock, Richard knew they needed to build his dream place a few feet above the ground.

White oak was used for the floor joints, shingles were made from split cedar.

Of course, an essential part of every cabin is a fireplace.

Chicken wire was used to fill the holes in the cabin.

Doors and windows were specially designed and made by a carpenter.

Nice, isn’t it?

The home is filled with natural light during the day, the candle chandelier helps to light up the place during the night.

This bed looks so perfect!

The family can cook there!

How about before-and-after picture?

It took Aiken 10 years to restore this place!

The view totally worth it!

What do you think of this cozy corner?

Would you like to have a cabin like that?

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Woman lives full-time in tiny teardrop. Peek inside to see how functional it is

When Sharon retired after a career as a pharmacist, she decided to take her life in a whole new direction. It was the nomad life for Sharon.

“I really am a gypsy at heart,” she told CheapRVliving.

Sharon lives in a 2015 T@B M@x S model teardrop trailer that she hauls with a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. The trailer, which she purchased for $15,000 plus taxes, weighs less than 1700 pounds dry and is easily pulled by her Jeep.

“It’s like it’s not there,” she says. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and go ‘Oh, you’re still there.’”

The trailer can be powered by plugging into electricity or by three solar panels that conveniently fold up into a case when she’s off-grid.
She’s had larger trailers but says she wouldn’t give up her tiny teardrop for anything. Though she can fully stand up in every part of her trailer, she said living in such a small space took some getting used to.

Her trailer includes a kitchen with a small three-in-one refrigerator that runs on propane, plug-in electricity or a battery; a sink with a cutting board cover; and a two-burner stove but she often likes to cook outside.

“The best thing about a little rig like this is it forces you to spend a lot of time about outside,” she explains. “When you’re doing this lifestyle it’s about being out in nature and enjoying other people. When you’re in a little rig you can hole up too long or you’ll get a little nuts and you got to come outside.”

The trailer includes a total of 12-feet of trailer space and is 5 feet and 9 inches at its tallest point.

It is heated by a furnace that was included with the trailer, but she also uses a propane heater if she wants to heat things up within two to three minutes.

The trailer houses the tiniest bathroom you’ve ever seen, which is essentially a small closet with a toilet that also acts as a shower, so you shower with your toilet.

“When that hot water hits you, you don’t care,” Sharon explains.

It includes a space for a CD/DVD player and has a flat screen TV.
There is seating around the edge of the trailer and a sofa that folds over into a bed, which she usually keeps down as a bed. She brings in a little wooden table to eat on. The air conditioner can be used with she’s plugged into electricity.

When it gets hot, she turns on air conditioner which can be used with she’s plugged into electricity.

The trailer also has lots of windows that open all the way with screens that bring in tons of light. There’s also an overhead fan.

Living modestly and having to the freedom to travel is just one of the benefits of living in a tiny trailer for Sharon.
She says the best part is getting to make so many new friends.

“I have never looked back. I just think that the lifestyle and the people you meet, it’s phenomenal,” she said. “It’s so much better. I’ve lived in houses, I’ve lived in condos, I’ve lived in beautiful apartments. I’ve lived in places for two or three years and I didn’t know my neighbors. I didn’t know who was across the way. Out on the road, I met so many fantastic people. You meet someone, you’ll have dinner and often times you’ll keep in touch.”

For Sharon, the nomadic life is “all good!”
You can watch the video tour of her home below.


Her grandmom’s house had been abandoned for 30 years when she decided to renovate it

A woman from Idaho inherited a home from her grandma, who passed away 30 years ago. The house hasn’t been renovated since then, so the property had a lot of marks of passing time, and there wasn’t much hope to save it. But the courage granddaughter decided to try. She wanted to renovate the home, she felt connected with. Let’s see what she has got.

The farm was built in 1970.

Despite the fact that the house is not very large, it cost her a lot of efforts to renovate it. Here are the pictures of the first stage of restoration.

The structure of the building was changed. One of the walls was destroyed by moisture, so they had to rebuild it. However, the house’s general condition was good enough.

The house was transformed not only inside. Now it looks totally different.

Here is how it looks inside now. It is hard to believe that it is the same building! It looks wonderful.
I am ready to move in.

This kitchen is very functional, so preparing food will be a real pleasure.

The living room is a very good place to relax and take a rest.

One day during the renovation, a tiny kitty came to the home. The owners decided to keep, and now it lives in this house too.

The bedroom is the smallest but the most comfortable room in the house.

This room offers a wonderful view from the window. The kitty also likes it :-).

I would like to live in such a place. And what do you think?


This ‘Birdhouse’ tiny home has 3-stories, each one is more magnificent than the next

Most tiny homes are super compact and often times on wheels. The ‘Birdhouse,’ though, isn’t like most tiny homes.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the 400-square-foot ‘tiny home’ is one of the most unique we’ve ever come across. Built in the 1920’s, the tall, narrow home is actually an expanded garage. However, today — it’s a modern, elegant home full of functionality.

The three-story home is just 10-feet wide and 15-feet long.

From the street view, The Birdhouse is very unassuming. The neutral-colored exterior gives no hint as to what is hidden inside. Let’s take a look.

Through the entryway, the main floor features an eccentrically decorate seating area.

Large windows provide tons of natural light during the daytime, while the unique light fixtures provide artificial light at night. From this view, you can have a sneak peek at the shower to the right and the ‘bathroom sink’ area near the front door.

The sink near the front door serves as the ‘bathroom sink.’ It features a vanity mirror, plus drawers and cupboards for storage.

Since the house is only 10-feet-wide, getting creative with space was a necessity.

The shower and toilet are located in two separate ‘rooms’ near the seating area.

In the rear of the home, you’ll find two staircases. First, let’s head upstairs.

A large window and mirror at the back of the Birdhouse home, give the illusion of a longer space.

The sleeping loft is surprising large for the 400-square-foot home.

Tall ceilings and large windows help make the room feel open and airy. The loft is large enough for a queen-size bed, dresser, and a couple small tables.

Making our way down to the lowest floor, walk down the winding black staircase to access the kitchen and dining area.


The kitchen boasts a dorm-size fridge, sink, toaster oven, and stovetop.

Enjoy a nice homecooked meal at the bar-style dining table.

The bottom floor features a beautifully patterned carpet versus the dark hardwood located on the top two floors.

If the weather is nice, double the entertaining space by opening up the wooden French doors.

The kitchen and dining area open up to a small backyard with patio.

In addition to the backyard, there is plenty of space out front to relax, read a book, or dine al fresco.

This charming Birdhouse tiny home is by far one of the most adorable and creative houses in all of North Carolina. Tiny living never looked so appealing.Source

A giant snake is hiding in plain sight in this backyard — do you see it?

This photo was shared on Facebook by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, an organization that helps Australians remove snakes from their homes and backyards. They share the picture to highlight how tough their job is, but their Facebook followers played a strangely enjoyable game of “Where’s Waldo” — with a snake instead of Waldo, obviously.

SPOT THE SNAKE!Alright guys it's time for another spot the snake, top points for the species too!I'll post the answer tomorrow!!Lockie

Posted by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 on Montag, 21. August 2017

We’ve written before about sneaky snakes hiding in items of clothing and even sneakier snakes hiding in plain sight, but some snakes — like the one in this photo — could be serious contenders the World Hide and Seek Championship. We really struggled to find the snake, but if you watch the video above, all will be revealed.


The snake catchers later revealed that the snake in the picture was a coastal carpet python, which the Australia Zoo describes as a “beautiful non-venomous” snake who is a “very familiar face for locals who live near Australia Zoo.” The carpet python “may grow to reach lengths of up to 3.5 metres.” And they’re “usually active at night and spends most of the day coiled up in a tree or rafter, or stretched out basking in an open area.”

“Carpet pythons,” they added, “can be found in habitats ranging from tropical rainforest in the north-east of Australia to arid and coastal regions. Pythons from different habitats tend to have their own unique colouration.”