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Jan 19, 2014 12:08AM
After a while a house reaches a "state of equilibrium" ,......Just as much dirt gets tracked out as gets tracked in !!
Jan 15, 2014 7:03PM
With all the crap going on in the world today, you'd think there could be a rational answer to a subject that normal people dream of and when awakened they leave blogs like this for better ones. Being in the trades I'm sure the developer of items such as this worked through all the possible BUGS, except one. Who in the hell is going to buy something so dumb.
Jan 15, 2014 2:17PM
If your garbage can is uncovered, you are rolling out the welcome mat for mice/bugs. The former owners of my house had an uncovered garbage in the cabinet, just as pictured, and a mice problem to go along with it. 

Jan 15, 2014 1:06PM
All that these articles are intended to do is make you want to spend your money. That's what the world is all about nowadays.
Jun 28, 2013 11:12AM
First off, who needs a spotless home unless you are either OCD or have a medical condition. A clean house will suffice, life is too short for a spotless house. Didn't read the article, title made me cringe but, had to add my two cents. Good day.
Jun 28, 2013 10:48AM

With regard to the integrated or undermount sink which is worse, a lip above the counter that needs to be wiped around or an invisible edge under the lip of the undermounted sink that could possible build up nasty germs that you don't see need to be cleaned?

Jun 28, 2013 10:24AM
I bet they have a maid. that's the best way to keep the house clean
Jun 28, 2013 10:07AM
The worst article ever!!!!! :( What a waist of time!!Tell me about something that can really help me keep my house clean on daily basis, please!
Jun 28, 2013 9:58AM
Great ideas and they really work.  I designed and built a house in 1999 that had almost every one of the items in this article in it.  My dirty clothes chute system was marvelous.  I even had the clothes separated into white and colors when they went into the chute.  People raved about my stained and sealed concrete floors and I had a large star "I'm a Texan thus the star in the entry foyer".  Not enough was said about passive solar applications.  There are many passive solar items such as some simple skylights double pane windows with solar screens and hexagonal blinds on the interior.  When I lived in Taos New Mexico as a general contractor during the 80's, passive solar was a must for the construction adobe walls are great and have been used for many centuries..  
Having kids and pets were thought into the design as well and everybody was quite happy.  On the outside I had a rainwater drainage system into a large cistern and it was used to water all outside plants and grass.
Just think smart and do the additions as a house is built and you and your family will live happily ever after.  Don't even think of all these items if you're talking of remodeling.  Too costly and messy.  Buy a piece of dirt and do it from the get-go.
Jun 28, 2013 9:49AM

Who wrote this article?  Some Wall Street wife?  I thought this would be a useful, practical article to help me keep a better house.  What a disappointment.  Has MSN become a one-percenter toady?


Jun 28, 2013 9:30AM
Just don't have kids, roomates, dogs, cats, or any other living form besides fish or plants.
Jun 28, 2013 9:08AM

This article is a disappointment for anyone who has a house already built.

These are 50k mods.

Jun 28, 2013 9:02AM

All these options are for people who own a house and can afford to constantly renovate to suit their needs. What about those of us who live in apartments? Or are renting a home, so they can't make such drastic changes like installing a central vacuum... For the everyday middle class American these are damn near impossible to do. I was expecting realistic tips to help me not have to clean everyday. Guess I expected too much from msn....

Jun 28, 2013 8:52AM
What's that doo-dad on the very first slide? That looks interesting to me!

Jun 28, 2013 8:36AM
Meh, I'll just accept a less than perfect house and spend more time with my kids. 
Jun 28, 2013 8:18AM
Maybe some more economical choices would be fitting. I mean, what's wrong with using a fiberglass shower enclosure? No grout to clean, no fancy shmancy linear drains. What about corian countertops for the integrated sinks? Super easy to clean and soft scrub gets rid of minor scratches.
Jun 28, 2013 7:39AM

Easy maybe, inexpensive?  Definitely not.  If I had all the money for this crap, I'd have a maid!

Mar 22, 2013 7:16AM
I opt for the stainless steel countertop.  Check out this video example of a bar countertop where they must have used a sander and made swirl designs.  With the right lighting, it makes it look holographic!!
Very cool.


Mar 6, 2013 2:24PM

"The $1,300 chute is 10 by 10 inches and keeps your kitchen tidy by funneling items into a trash can or composting bin."


Yes, but keeping the chute clean must be a real chore....

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