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Earth Day: 10 of the most wishlisted Earth Homes to stay at for a tranquil getaway

Earth Day: 10 of the most wishlisted Earth Homes to stay at for a tranquil getaway

The Otter House in Aberdeenshire airbnb Earth Day offers people around the globe each year a chance to focus on the challenges facing the planet. And from carbon footprints to climate change, there’s no shortage of issues to tackle. Part of this focus on becoming one with nature entails Brits now adding a stay at ‘Earth Homes’ to their vision boards. Earth houses, which are built at ground level, with earth built up around or on top of them, have recently soared in popularity — in part due to their tranquil appeal, no doubt. Airbnb has seen a 20.4 per cent rise in UK guests wishlisting houses globally from 2022 to 2023. For anyone hoping to book a calming retreat in the UK’s finest spots to unplug, here are 10 of Airbnb’s most charming getaway homes to have a look at this Earth Day, from a Scottish hideaway beneath the stars to calming cave on the Causeway Coast. Hideaway Under the Stars, Moray  Hideaway Under the Stars, Moray  Airbnb This award-winning hideaway lies on the …

9 Best Indoor Security Cameras (2024): For Homes and Apartments

9 Best Indoor Security Cameras (2024): For Homes and Apartments

Not quite ready to deck out your house with window, door, and motion sensors and hire an on-call monitoring service? Don’t fret! You can still keep your home secure without messing with your wiring by going with an indoor security camera or two. Knowing you can check in when you are away from home offers peace of mind, but these cameras aren’t perfect. There’s an obvious security benefit, but you expose yourself to privacy risks. These are our favorite security cameras after rigorous testing, and we’ve also got details on what to look for when shopping for one. Be sure to check out our many other guides, including the Best Outdoor Security Cameras, Best Pet Cameras, and Best Password Managers. If you want more smart home products, we have guides on smart plugs and light bulbs, too. Updated April 2024: We added cameras from TP-Link, Arlo, Blink, AlfredCam, and Botslab, a new slide for cameras we don’t recommend, and updated prices throughout. Special offer for Gear readers: Get WIRED for just $5 ($25 off). This …

Best hard-wearing, durable paint for bannisters

Best hard-wearing, durable paint for bannisters

Painting bannisters and spindles usually require a different type of paint to standard emulsion, especially if you’re working on wood. Use a specialised paint to get the finish you’re after, and if you’re painting in a darkly lit area, which staircases often are, consider a glossier finish to help reflect what light there is around the room. Eggshell and gloss formulas are best for interior woodwork, offering a hard-wearing and durable result. Source link

‘Give us a future’: Anger as residents still not back in homes six months after Storm Babet | UK News

‘Give us a future’: Anger as residents still not back in homes six months after Storm Babet | UK News

It’s been six months since Storm Babet battered the UK but many communities are still picking up the pieces. The storm, which hit last October, caused devastating flooding, widespread power cuts and left seven people dead. In Catcliffe, a village near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, more than 200 homes were evacuated when water levels reached over six feet high. And while the water has gone, its impact is still being felt. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:40 October 2023: Storm Babet submerged hundreds of homes The residents of Sheffield Lane were among those forced to flee – and most of them still aren’t back in their homes. Instead, they’re still staying with family or living in hotels while they wait for their properties to be repaired. Chris Lloyd was led to safety in a raft by firefighters when his home became submerged by fast-rising waters. His property was so badly damaged that he won’t be back in it until June. He says flood-hit communities feel totally forgotten. Image: Catcliffe resident Chris …

‘Bonkers’ new ‘ban’ prohibits candlelit dinners in holiday holiday homes | UK | News

‘Bonkers’ new ‘ban’ prohibits candlelit dinners in holiday holiday homes | UK | News

A ban on guests in holiday rentals having dinners by candlelight or relaxing in a bath with tea lights has been blasted as “absolutely bonkers”. Official Home Office guidance says people in self-catering accommodation should not be provided with candles or tea lights and “there should be a policy in place prohibiting their use”. The document has sparked outrage, with critics saying adults should be trusted to enjoy a “romantic getaway without burning down the house”. The guidance covers accommodation including small bed and breakfasts, houses, cottages and chalets where a maximum of 10 people can sleep as well as individual flats. The document says its principles can also be applied to “holiday caravans, camping and glamping pods, bothies, lodges, shepherds’ huts, tents, tree houses and yurts”. It states: “Candles and tea lights are a common cause of fires and, sometimes, fatalities. You should not provide candles, tea lights or ethanol burners for use by guests, and there should be a policy in place prohibiting their use.” Senior Conservative MP Sir Mike Penning described the …

Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

By Sam Bourgi of CreditNews, Housing is becoming an exclusively upper-class privilege in a growing number of cities. According to a new study by Creditnews Research, in 2024, middle-class households could afford to buy an average home in just 52 of the country’s 100 largest metros. Just five years earlier, they could afford a home in 91 of the top 100 metros. The situation is far worse for lower middle-class households, as they can only afford a home in seven of the largest 100 metros. In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed. In those cities, even the upper-middle class doesn’t qualify for an average home. The study determined affordability by looking at how much income households need to earn to afford a down payment, mortgage payment, and related fees for an average home. A home is considered affordable if monthly housing and mortgage costs don’t exceed 28% …

Majorca locals ‘forced out of their homes’ as tourists move in | World | News

Majorca locals ‘forced out of their homes’ as tourists move in | World | News

Locals in Majorca are reportedly “forced out of their homes” as the popular holiday destination witnessed a surge in the number of tourists moving in.  Majorca offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and recreational activities, making it a popular destination for travellers seeking sun, sea, and relaxation in the Mediterranean. However, its popularity is taking a toll on the locals.  CEO of a Majorcan company, Ignacio Fiol of AB Capital shares how the prices of the properties have gone up substantially. According to the expert, earlier residents could afford to buy a second home on the island as the prices were comparatively low. But the times have changed now. Mr Fiol told Majorca Daily Bulletin: “There are Majorcans who aspire to have a second home elsewhere. What they could have had here (in Majorca) thirty years ago. “They have given up on having a second residence in Majorca because of the prices and displacement by ‘foreign capital’”. He added: “In Colonia Sant Jordi they are asking 300,000 euros for a 50-square metre apartment. …

Attorneys Argue That Florida Law Discriminates Against Chinese Nationals Trying to Buy Homes

Attorneys Argue That Florida Law Discriminates Against Chinese Nationals Trying to Buy Homes

An attorney asked a federal appeals court on Friday to block a controversial Florida law signed last year that restricts Chinese citizens from buying real estate in much of the state, calling it discriminatory and a violation of the federal government’s supremacy in deciding foreign affairs. Attorney Ashley Gorski, representing four Chinese nationals who live in the state, told a three-judge panel from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that “Florida is unlawfully restricting housing for Chinese people.” The law bars Chinese nationals and citizens from other countries that Florida sees as a threat from buying property near military installations and other “critical infrastructure.” She compared it to long-overturned laws from the early 20th century that barred Chinese from buying property. “It is singling out people from particular countries in a way that is anathema to the equal protection guarantees that now exist,” Gorski told the court. But Nathan Forrester, the attorney representing the state, told judges Charles Wilson, Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa that the law lines up with the Biden administration’s national security …

Indonesians leave homes near erupting volcano and airport closes

Indonesians leave homes near erupting volcano and airport closes

In this photo released by Sitaro Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD Sitaro), hot molten lava glows at the crater of Mount Ruang as it erupts in Sanguine Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. AP hide caption toggle caption AP In this photo released by Sitaro Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD Sitaro), hot molten lava glows at the crater of Mount Ruang as it erupts in Sanguine Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. AP MANADO, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities closed an airport and residents left homes near an erupting volcano Thursday due to the dangers of spreading ash, falling rocks, hot volcanic clouds and the possibility of a tsunami. Mount Ruang on the northern side of Sulawesi Island had at least five large eruptions Wednesday, causing the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation to issue its highest level alert, indicating an active eruption. The crater emitted white-gray smoke continuously during the day Thursday, reaching more than 500 meters (1,640 feet ) above the peak. People have been ordered to stay at least 6 kilometers (3.7 …

Charles Church given green light for 119 homes in north Bristol

Charles Church given green light for 119 homes in north Bristol

Charles Church, the sister brand of Persimmon Homes, has secured planning permission from South Gloucestershire Council to build 119 new homes in north Bristol. The development at Beaufort Park will feature a range of two- to five-bedroom houses, all of which will be fitted with solar panels and capacity for EV charging points. Plans also feature playgrounds and an allotment, as well as hedgerow and tree retention and planting, bird and bat boxes, log piles, wildlife ponds and dormouse-friendly planting. Persimmon Homes says the development will contribute over £2 million for local education, community, transport and highways infrastructure, with additional land provision for a potential primary school and nursery. 31 homes will be dedicated for a housing association, and will include affordable and social rent, shared ownership, and two extra care units, suitable for residents in wheelchairs. Paul Moody, MD of Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We’re very pleased to have secured permission for our Charles Church phase at Fishpool Hill, furthering our commitment to delivering for housing need in the Bristol area. “With financial …