400 Years of American Houses, Visualized

400 Years of American Houses, Visualized

I just saw this little ad pop up for this poster about all of the different styles of houses over different eras in American history, and I’m buying it to hang up in my new office space. I just thought that there would likely be a few of you out there who would enjoy it and want to buy one for yourself too.

Grady

 

400 Years of American Houses, Visualized

Sweet home, homie.

From post-Medieval English to McMansions, domestic architecture in the United States is as diverse as its denizens. A new poster from Pop Chart Lab makes identifying them easier and offers a glimpse of over 300 years of design history in a single, beautifully illustrated graphic.

The Brooklyn-based poster company, founded by Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan, has earned its cred by sleuthing often overlooked information and presenting it in a beautiful way. (Co.Design detailed Pop Chart Labs’s formula for success here.) The company has tackled compendiums of basketball jerseysApple’s history, and beer, among others. There’s an insatiable thirst for infographics—someone should do a poster about that!—and Pop Chart Lab has carved itself a nice little niche.

“After the success of our two prints celebrating the architectural achievements of iconic structures around the world—The Schematic of Structure and The Splendid Structures of New York—we decided to examine the elegance of the home,” the team at Pop Chart Lab said via email.

The designers embarked on a comprehensive research project to discover the changing traits of houses—how the rooflines morphed through the decades, how architects mined the past for new styles, and how the houses we come to know today evolved from a complex lineage. Because there was an information surplus—far too much to fit into one poster—they honed in on single-family residential architecture in the United States from 1600 to today. Virginia Savage McAlester’s Field Guide to American Houses was the main reference.

Those with a knack for history might recognize the iconic Vanna Venturi house as a representative for postmodern design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater for Organic, and the Gehry Residence for Deconstructivism. And those with a razor-sharp memory might be able to ID the houses they lived in. (I grew up in a spot that’s a dead ringer for the Spanish-style ranch that’s illustrated.) Pop Chart Labs hops the poster fosters “a general appreciation and respect for American design evolution for the home over the past 400 years” and that viewers will “learn more about an interesting topic that we see in everyday life.”

Now go find out what style your house represents and purchase the poster for $29 from popchartlab.com.

17 Warren Buffett Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success and Happiness

17 Warren Buffett Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success and Happiness

If you are looking for a great follow on Twitter I highly recommend following Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett is a very helpful influence for me in two way: inspiration, motivation. I actively seek voices that encourage me to challenge myself, and to achieve. If I simply look for motivational voices I find myself listening to voices that can be disingenuous, or exhausting. I also hope to find voices that will encourage me to feel inspired to love myself and those around me, and to enjoy my life. There is plenty that could be said about the ills of vast wealth disparity, but I like prefer to start from the classic of not hating the player, but the game. Warren Buffett not only has treasure, but he himself seems to be a treasure in many ways. Feel free to share this link if you agree, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Grady

 

17 Warren Buffett Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success and Happiness

Learn valuable lessons for success and happiness from one of today’s truly great businesspeople.

It’s no secret that Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors and businesspeople in the world. However, what is not as well known is that he is also one of the happiest.

While Buffett has built remarkable wealth over the decades, his feet are still firmly planted on the ground. He still lives in the same home in Omaha, Nebraska that he purchased in 1958 for $31,500, he has a soft spot for Utz potato sticks and Cherry Coca-Cola, and he still stops by a local strip mall every once in a while to play bridge with his friends.

So, who better than Warren Buffett to learn valuable lessons on success–and happiness? Here are 17 thoughts from Warren Buffett to inspire and keep you moving forward.

1. “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.”

2. “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”

3. “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”

4. “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.”

5. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

6. “I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.”

7. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

8. “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”

9. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

10. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

11. “You know…you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.”

12. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”

13. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

14. “You will be successful if the people who you hope to have love you, do love you.”

15. “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

16. “The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.”

17. “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

 

If you’re still here then you might enjoy this 60 Minutes piece from 2011 about his family. Considering the way that his family seems to operate I think it seems likely that the fruit produced by his family show the health of the family tree.

How to make Cold Brew Coffee | Mike Cooper

How to make Cold Brew Coffee | Mike Cooper

So it’s that time of year when Real Estate is going 100 MPH, and for that reason I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging quite as much. I have had several deals that happened so fast that I didn’t have much time to sit and think about writing.

Well today I decided that it was time to start writing again, and there are several things related to Real Estate that I will be writing about. However, I decided that today it would be fun to tell you something that might be relatable even if you aren’t interested in talking about houses right now.

Have you ever heard of Cold Brew Coffee? 6 months ago I found out that I’m allergic to wheat, and when I stopped eating wheat I decided to explore other dietary changes. While I was still eating wheat I was having more and more health trouble that was just entirely frustrating. One of the worst things about this trouble was my inability to drink coffee without getting very sick and throwing up… Yeah, I know that’s gross – but on busy days when I needed something to get me going it was frustrating that I couldn’t drink coffee due to the acidity! I’ve gotten back to where I can drink moderate amounts off regular coffee, but I also discovered Cold Brew Coffee! This just means that course coffee grounds are allowed to soak in water for about 1 day in a covered container in a refrigerator, and then the grounds are filtered out. It is WAY less acidic, and it tastes much richer actually. So, since this is a page where we often talk about productivity and making things happen I figured it would be a good place to share this wonderful discovery for people who might have a similar trouble with coffee, or for people who just want to drink better coffee, with pretty minimal effort. I hope you enjoy!

-Grady

Really Funny Real Estate – These Real Estate Listings Are Real…

Do you need to sell your house? Or do you just need a laugh? Well if you need to sell your home I promise not to make the same mistakes in the following videos – I think you should inquire from my previous clients of mine as to their satisfaction from having worked with me. Helping people find the home in which they will raise their family, or spend their golden years is my job, and it is truly a treasure… I get to work in a very personal industry, and that may be my favorite part of my job. And it’s hard to put into words the joy I get from helping people sell their house while making sure that I honor the sentimental and financial value of their home. If you don’t need to sell or buy a home, and you just want to laugh I hope that you enjoy the videos below.

*Sorry if the misspelling joke offends you, it’s intended to make your day better.

 

Incase that wasn’t enough here are more hilairous listings compiled by Buzzfeed.

 

While looking for a house in 2013, Andy Donaldson noticed that there were some really awful property pictures out there.

While looking for a house in 2013, Andy Donaldson noticed that there were some really awful property pictures out there.

So he did the sensible thing and started a Tumblr, collecting pictures from around the world.

“I was househunting and was constantly appalled by the quality of some of the images,” he told BuzzFeed. “I stuck some on Facebook along with some snarky comments and it went down well with friends, so I started a blog.”

The site went viral that September and has had around 7 million visits to date, with the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Australia providing most of the visitors.

Donaldson, a senior digital manager, insisted all the photos are genuine and from real property sites, from South Africa to Kazakhstan. He added that among his biggest fans are estate agents themselves: “Reaction from estate agents has been universally positive, and many of them have featured the blog on their own sites as an illustration of how not to do it.”

A book is coming out based on the blog later this year. Here’s a selection, including some of Andy’s favourites:

1. Nice touch by the organisers of the firing squad to give everyone a seat.

Nice touch by the organisers of the firing squad to give everyone a seat.

2. “Bless this house” is more traditional.

"Bless this house" is more traditional.

3. Tragically, this is what happens when a Smurf bursts.

Tragically, this is what happens when a Smurf bursts.

4. If you don’t mind doing a poo in a kitchen, you probably won’t mind doing it next to a window either.

If you don't mind doing a poo in a kitchen, you probably won't mind doing it next to a window either.

5. Something awful must have happened on this toilet for the owners to have erected tidal defences.

Something awful must have happened on this toilet for the owners to have erected tidal defences.

6. This is called this the “blue room”.

This is called this the "blue room".

7. The man-sized stuffed fox from your nightmares is a unique feature.

The man-sized stuffed fox from your nightmares is a unique feature.

8. Potential buyers are advised not to think about what happens in this room when your back is turned and the light begins to fade.

Potential buyers are advised not to think about what happens in this room when your back is turned and the light begins to fade.

9. If you for some reason have to feature the tenants in your property’s picture, you could at least let them get dressed first.

If you for some reason have to feature the tenants in your property's picture, you could at least let them get dressed first.

10. Top tip: Save on expensive photography by using images provided by paranormal investigators.

Top tip: Save on expensive photography by using images provided by paranormal investigators.

11. The owners say the pool will be dredged before anyone moves in.

The owners say the pool will be dredged before anyone moves in.

12. This photo makes it completely clear which house is for sale.

This photo makes it completely clear which house is for sale.

13. “Close to local transport links.”

"Close to local transport links."

14. Never stand in line waiting for the toilet ever again.

Never stand in line waiting for the toilet ever again.

16. If you ever hide a body in your attic, maybe leave the country before the estate agent comes ‘round to take some photos.

If you ever hide a body in your attic, maybe leave the country before the estate agent comes 'round to take some photos.

17. A rare example of what architectural historians refer to as a “fertility window”.

A rare example of what architectural historians refer to as a “fertility window”.

18. “Early viewing is recommended as there has already been considerable interest. Mostly from horses.”

"Early viewing is recommended as there has already been considerable interest. Mostly from horses."

19. After weeks of waiting, the estate agent finally captures a pair of wild mattresses at a watering hole.

After weeks of waiting, the estate agent finally captures a pair of wild mattresses at a watering hole.

20. Something doesn’t look quite right about this one.

Something doesn't look quite right about this one.

21. This house comes with a WHAT IS GOING ON discount.

This house comes with a WHAT IS GOING ON discount.

22. “If he still hasn’t finished his crossword, he comes with the house.”

"If he still hasn't finished his crossword, he comes with the house."

23. Attention to detail is very important. For example, here the agent has dragged the body outside before taking the photograph.

Attention to detail is very important. For example, here the agent has dragged the body outside before taking the photograph.

24. “Don’t mind the horse — after a few days you hardly notice him.”

"Don't mind the horse — after a few days you hardly notice him."

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these wild and crazy listings 🙂

Grady Carter
Realtor®, GRI
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
Lic. #160723