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Rayna’s Waffle: Chicken Coops

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Question: if you hear a truck drive up to your house and the doorbell rings, what goes through your mind if your husband says, “Oh, it’s finally here!”?

If you’re my friend, Rayna, your list of possibilities does not include a chicken coop. But a month or so ago, that’s exactly what arrived at her house. See Rayna’s husband wants to start eating fresh eggs. And Rayna can get on board with that, really she can. What she’s having a bit more trouble with is the current chicken coop’s lack of, er…charm.

Even though she probably is not going to upgrade any time soon, Rayna’s predicament got me thinking about what kind of fancy chicken coops exist out there. In the age of Houzz and Pinterest I knew I could find some good ones. Here are some of the best — which one would you choose for yourself?

This cottage-style coop created by Heather Bullard?

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Heather Bullard

This egg shaped chicken coop by Nogg?

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The space efficient — and eco-friendly — Omlet Eglu Classic?

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This clean-lined coop made by Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff (PS — it has a skylight)

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The Art of Doing Stuff

Or this modern cube by Mitchell Snyder Architecture?

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After seeing the plethora of chicken coops out there, I wouldn’t be surprised if HGTV puts on a new design show about them. Just think of how many bad puns they could come up with for the name of such a show…Feathering Your Nest…Chic(K) Coops…Home to Roost…

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Today’s Waffle: Renovating a Fire Station

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Driving home the other day I passed this fire station.

Fire Station 38

Guess what? This 2568 square foot building is for sale.


Here’s the listing description, courtesty of Colliers (click on link to see more interior shots):

Built in 1930 with a major renovation in 1987, former Fire Station #38 features architectural details reminiscent of the Mission/Spanish Revival and Neo-Classical Revival styles.  As a unique residential dwelling, former Fire Station #38 provides a chance to own a piece of Seattle history.

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Do you think it would be fun to live in a former fire station? What if money and location were not an issue and you could renovate the interior to your heart’s content?

You’d have some big open spaces to play with and super high ceilings…it’s a historical landmark, though, so any modifications you make to the exterior could not interfere with its’ “original character.”  In other words, you can’t paint it purple.

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Today’s waffle: Modern Family house vs. Up All Night house

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The ABC show, Modern Family, has received many accolades, as well it should: it’s pretty hilarious. I’ve recently caught a few episodes of Up All Night, the NBC comedy with Christina Appelgate and Will Arnett. It’s not as consistently funny as Modern Family, but I think it has potential.

But here’s the real question: which house (okay, set) do you like the best?

There are actually three houses to choose from on Modern Family, but for this waffle I’ve selected Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house (Phil is played by Ty Burrell and Claire is played by Julie Bowen). The designers seem to be going for a cozy, lived-in, Pottery Barn inspired look.

Here’s the Dunphey’s foyer.  The blue color on the stairs is Benjamin Moore’s Blue Labrador — now a very popular paint color.

Dunphy Home Modern Family, Modern Family foyer


The kitchen comes with a paneled refrigerator, what looks like black granite countertops, and plenty of wine storage.


Modern Family dining room

The living room has a comfortable vibe with lots of stripes and textures going on.

Modern Family living room



Here’s the master bedroom. I’m positive those sheets come from Pottery Barn because I almost bought them last year.

Modern Family bedroom

Modern Family bedroom

Here’s the bedroom shared by the Dunphy girls. Again, lots of color and pattern.

If the Dunphy house gets its’ design sense from Pottery Barn, then the Up All Night house is a mixture of Ikea and Room and Board — kind of a modern, retro, eclectic feel with lots of baby gear thrown in. The show follows Reagan — a producer for an Oprah-like talk show whose host is played by Maya Rudolph — and Christopher, a stay-at-home dad.

Here are a few shots of the kitchen. Those translucent cabinet doors mixed with open shelving make this room feel more contemporary.

Up All Night kitchen

Up All Night kitchen

Up All Night kitchen
Here’s the only shot I could find that shows a bit of a dining area.

The living room couch and large vertical tiles surrounding the fireplace lend a retro feel to the living room.

up all night living room

The master bedroom has a soft but tailored look.

Up all night bedroom

And finally the bathroom: lots of white tile and clean lines.

up all night bathroom

So what do you think? Which tv set best suits your own design tastes?

Sources for photos: the wonderful blog HookedonHouses, The LA Times, casasugar, and Reckless Bliss.

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Real estate waffle: Scottsdale, AZ homes

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Last month we were all set to visit my sister-in-law in Arizona for a mini family reunion.


Unfortunately, Seattle had it’s annual bizarro snow storm that week and our flight was cancelled.  So when my S-I-L requested a real estate waffle for her hometown of Scottsdale I got right to work — hey, if I can’t scope out the houses there in person the second best thing is to do some on-line snooping.

First up is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath new build listed for $3,195,00.

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This house boasts an exercise/sauna room, 3+ fireplaces, and what looks to be a pretty awesome kitchen and living room.

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It has lovely patios,

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a pool off the main living area

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and great master bedroom and bath.

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Or maybe your tastes run more modern. How about this 4 bedroom, 5 bath contemporary listed for $3,800,000?  It has a sleek kitchen,

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lots of glass and open spaces,

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a bathroom with double showers and a cool tub off a private patio,

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and some spectacular outdoor areas.

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Or would you prefer this “Tuscan inspired” 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom house listed for $3,450,000?

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It has a ginormous kitchen,

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beamed ceilings,

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both a game and a media room,

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and lots of outdoor space.

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So if the cost and location of the house were not factors, which one would you choose?

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Fantasy waffle: 2.5 million dollar Boston area homes

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Oh, if only my parents had bought me real estate for my childhood birthdays instead of books and dolls. Let’s just say that if you bought real estate 30 years ago in the Boston area, right now you’d be sitting pretty.  And speaking of pretty, check out these houses.  Which one would you choose if money and location were not a consideration?

First up is a 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath house in Brookline, MA. Built in 1900, it is listed for $2,750,000.

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This house boasts covered porches,

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an updated kitchen,

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Six — yes six — fireplaces,

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lots of marble,

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amazing woodwork,

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all on 1/2 an acre.

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Next up is another 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath house. This new build is in Newton, MA and is listed for $2,598,000.

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It has large windows,

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a sleek kitchen,

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an open floor plan,

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lots of eco-friendly features like solar hot-water,

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lovely bathrooms,

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and a big backyard.

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Last up is 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath penthouse in Back Bay — prime downtown location — listed for $2,650,000.

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It has direct elevator access to a formal entry,

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granite counters and stainless steel appliances,

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city views from the master,

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marble bath,

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and an amazing rooftop terrace with custom lightning, speakers and built-in granite grilling station.

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So what do you think? Would you chose the historic house, the high-tech new build, or the penthouse in Boston?

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