The Practical Pen Portfolio

Real Estate

A Judgment-Free Guide to Selling a House in Poor Condition (HomeLight)

Whether you inherited a house in poor condition or have let yours get a little run-down, this article walks readers through how to sell a house in poor condition without judgment.

What Real Estate Agents in 3 Different Parts of the U.S. Want You to Know about Homebuying This Year (Apartment Therapy)

Real estate agents in 3 different parts of the U.S. brought some clarity to what homebuyers can expect from the 2022 housing market.

Government Websites, Real Estate Agents, A Drive around the Block, And More Ways to Find REO Homes in Your Area (HomeLight)

Real-estate owned homes can offer a great chance at an investment property, but they also require a little extra legwork. This article shows readers how to find REO properties.

What to Look for When Touring a Home (Flyhomes)

Touring a home can be stressful, not to mention touring multiple homes (and sometimes in the same day). This guide walks readers through what to look for and how to best tours a home.


What Is a Gingerbread-Style Home? (Apartment Therapy)

This Apartment Therapy explainer dives into the architecture and history of gingerbread-style homes.

Here’s What You Call Those Rounded Rooms on Older Homes? (Apartment Therapy)

Ever wonder what those rounded rooms on older homes are called? This article details the origins and purpose of turret rooms.

Achieve a Modern Look by Incorporating a Waterfall Bathroom Faucet into Your Design (Watermark)

Brooklyn based Watermark wanted to share ways to incorporate a waterfall bathroom faucet into a bathroom design to achieve a modern look.

Designing with Perforated Ceiling Panels: 12 Elegant Examples (Arktura)

Perforated ceiling panels create a beautiful and functional ceiling. This post shows ways they can be a standout feature.

Project Spotlight: 29 Broadway (Avanti)

Avanti wanted to highlight the use of their products in the Art Deco 29 Broadway building, so this post explains how their glass partition systems were integral to the overall design.

Home Improvement

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Roof? (Flyhomes)

This article details the factors that impact how much it costs to replace a roof.

How Much Does It Actually Cost to Put Up a Fence?

This article explains how much it costs to put up a fence, including materials, style, size, and other factors.

Thermostatic Shower Valve Buying Guide (Watermark)

This guide for Watermark Designs walks the buyer through how to choose a thermostatic shower valve.

Heat Pump vs. Furnace: Which Is Best for Your Home? (Apartment Therapy)

This article explains the difference between heat pumps and furnaces and details the factors that go into making the decision for which is best for your home.

Other Stories

I Used to Want to HGTV-ify My Home, but Now I Think There’s a Better Way (Apartment Therapy)

For this article, I got to discuss how my home’s style has evolved as we’ve added three kids to our smaller space and how my desire for a perfect home is now more a desire for a functional one full of character.

I Live in a Mobile Home — And It’s Great. Here Are the Pros and Cons of Mobile Home Life (Apartment Therapy)

For the last 10 years, we’ve lived in a mobile home owned by my in-laws and rented at a *very* reasonable price. In this article, I break down the pros and cons of living in a mobile home along with how certain sacrifices make bigger and better things possible.