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Keller family dairy

We went to visit this beautiful farm located in **, lots of fun animals and lots of possibility in designing a shelter for animals while living comfortable....

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Family Builds Out Old Home By Lifting It Up, Up, Up – by David Hayes

Family Builds Out Old Home By Lifting It Up, Up, Up – by David Hayes

Betsy Grant and her husband Steve have wanted to own a home in the Olde Town section of Issaquah since they lived in an apartment on Front Street in 2001. Their dream came to fruition in 2014 when a property went up for sale on First Avenue Northeast — a 1,070-square-foot rambler built in the 1950s.  “We love the neighborhood. We wanted to be where we could walk places and ride our bikes all the time,” Betsy Grant said. “We found the location. Now we’re creating the house to fit our family.” With two sets of twins, the Grants needed more space for their family of six. They are increasing the...

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4 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease

4 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease

By Guest Blogger Jim Vogel There are an estimated 60,000 Americans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year, and the illness seems to be especially prominent in the senior population. As a result, many families are opening their homes to elder loved ones with Parkinson’s rather than opting for them to live on their own (which can create dangerous circumstances as the disease progresses) or in a senior care facility. The disease can make some everyday, seemingly-harmless tasks become hazardous. Chopping vegetables in the kitchen, for example, is a greater risk. Falls (anywhere in the...

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At Peace in Your Home, Part 3: An Exercise in Spatial Mindfulness

At Peace in Your Home, Part 3: An Exercise in Spatial Mindfulness

In this concluding post on the topic of home, we’d like to offer a few questions to guide you as you explore how you can create restorative spaces at home.

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At Peace in Your Home, Part 2: Spatial Mindfulness

At Peace in Your Home, Part 2: Spatial Mindfulness

The qualities and features required to create a restorative home depend on the needs of the inhabitants. In his book A Home for the Soul, architect Anthony Lawlor describes that there is often “a gap between who we are and where we live”[1].

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At Peace in Your Home, Part 1: Nesting Instincts

At Peace in Your Home, Part 1: Nesting Instincts

I had a roommate in college who would spend days at the library studying for finals. She would stop home briefly to shower and change as needed, but for the larger part of a week would dwell elsewhere. Once all of her finals were complete, she would return home in full force, immersing herself in the space she had forsaken for the demands of school. She would thoroughly clean our apartment with celebratory relief, cook piles of food to share with friends, and generally reconnect with her home

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