Detroit Builds Cooperatively

By | 2019-05-01T16:04:40-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

  Littered with historic architecture, it's not difficult to find shining examples of craftsmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries in Detroit neighborhoods like Midtown, Indian Village or Boston-Edison. Even outside of specifically historical [...]

How The Best Landlords and Tenants Do It

By | 2019-05-01T16:01:31-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

As more rental properties appear across Michigan it is more important than ever to keep the tenants in your rental properties happy, comfortable and, most importantly, in place. Your favorite tenants are probably the ones who care for your property and pay their rent on time and possibly may just have the means to purchase and move away from your investment.

IKEA Introduces ThisAbles Project

By | 2019-05-01T15:53:04-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

With the help of 3D printers, IKEA is making furniture better for people living with disabilities. The project, dubbed ThisAbles, started off in the IKEA store with a hackathon of product engineers and disabled people [...]

Close Quarters

By | 2018-10-03T18:51:03-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

If Alexander Weyer had to put a postmark on when he decided to build a tiny home, he’d guess it started about three years ago just as most of his thoughts begin: under the stars. Weyer, an openly gay practicing astrologer and herbalist, was visiting a friend one night in Detroit, thinking about life’s grand design and how freeing it would be to downsize.

Local Domestic Violence Group Turns a ‘House into a Home’

By | 2018-10-03T20:08:46-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

The group is called Phoemale and, for anyone wondering, is pronounced just like the word "female." The unique spelling represents the words “phoenix” and “female” combined and the group celebrates women rising from the ashes. More specifically, Phoemale is a non-profit organization that enables women to empower fellow women in Metro Detroit who are rebuilding their lives after overcoming domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or homelessness.

LGBTQ Rent Versus Own: Does Marriage Matter?

By | 2018-10-03T19:02:53-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

It has been more than three years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, paving the way for the continued increase of LGBTQ married couples purchasing homes, according to the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals’ second annual LGBT Real Estate Report. NAGLREP, with more than 2,000 members, is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ trade associations.

50 Years and Counting

By | 2018-05-03T09:29:15-04:00 May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

Lack of LGBTQ Protections in Fair Housing Act Leave LGBTQ Residents Vulnerable Finding a good location, comparing rent or mortgage prices and debating whether to use professional movers or getting a self-driven truck rental should [...]

Home Guide 2018 News Hits

By | 2018-05-01T13:50:02-04:00 May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

Hagopian Cleaning Services Adds Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning Members of the community will begin to see new purple trucks on Michigan roads. Hagopian Cleaning Services, a Michigan company since 1939, is growing again. [...]

#FoodPorn Stars to Follow on Instagram

By | 2016-11-03T09:00:00-04:00 November 3rd, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS Jared Peña on learning to throw the cookbook out the window Jared Peña likes to cook from cultural experience. He's traveled to more than 50 countries, including India, Peru, Thailand, Burma, [...]

Traveling to a Home Around the World

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER When Ken Russell, a London native, spent a summer in San Francisco a little over a decade ago, the experience of exploring the city and spending time with a talented drag queen [...]

Making Detroit Feel More Like Home

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER Founder of the Heidelberg Project Tyree Guyton (center) with some of the many volunteers who donate their time and energy to cleaning up Heidelberg Street. Photo by Geronimo Patton. DETROIT - [...]

Gayborhoods

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus John Corvino and Mark Lock have been proud residents of Sherwood Forest since 2002. BTL photo: Andrew Potter For Kari Kildow, the city of Ferndale has come to mean family. [...]

House Into ‘Home’

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS While some houses may be sold on features alone (pool, garage, backyard), it takes a realtor to sell a "home," says Christopher Ayers of Shain Park Realtors in Birmingham. "A house [...]

Moving Forward To Home Sweet Home

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER James and Teddy Washington recently moved to Brightmoor. While living at their previous home they faced constant harassment and threats and say that moving to the new place is like night and [...]

The Beauty Of Natural Imperfections

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER Paul Hickman is the owner and founder of Urban Ashes, a unique furniture and frame manufacturer that employs Michigans transitional and disabled labor force to create frames and moulding from recycled and [...]

Evergreen Antiques Offers Uniqueness

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY BTL STAFF Owner Jim Cyr and partner Cindy O'Flynn BERKLEY - Love of antiques and attention to unique value is reflected in the ever-changing inventory at Evergreen Antiques. Owner Jim Cyr has been in [...]

Keepin’ Your House A Home

By | 2015-05-07T09:00:00-04:00 May 7th, 2015|Guides, Home|

By Ed English Pictured: Darin Lenhardt. Photo by Andrew Potter Two worlds are about to collide! Moving in together can be a lot like sex - if done right, it feels and looks awesome; [...]

Home Sweet Dorm

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Sarah Hunt No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate [...]

The Mainstreaming Of Gayborhoods

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

In his new book, "There Goes the Gayborhood?," Amin Ghaziani explores whether queer-dominated neighborhoods are destined to disappear as LGBTs become more accepted into mainstream culture. Drawing on a wealth of evidence - including census [...]

Bradlys: Home Decor & More

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Jerome Stuart Nichols Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradlys Home and Garden in Lansing. Photos courtesy of Bradly Rakowski Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For [...]

Flower Power 101

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus If a rose is a rose is a rose, why aren't any of yours growing? Each year gardening enthusiasts spend hundreds of dollars on plants and flowers only to have them [...]

Rebel Fleur

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus When it comes to shaping your summer garden, beauty begins with the architectural bones, says Phillip Morici of Fleurdetroit in Bloomfield Hills. "You can't have an English garden in front of [...]

Growing An Appreciation For Food

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Beyond reaping the fruits and vegetables of your labor, planting a garden offers an insight into the ways organisms interact in a community, says Tyson Gersh, president and co-founder of the [...]

Farming A Following

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Tyson Gersh is the president and co-founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. Photo: Emell Derra Adolphus We've heard just about every freaky thing the gay social app Grindr is [...]