Steph Mickelson

Steph Mickelson is a freelance writer based in Northwest Wisconsin who specializes in real estate, building materials, and design. When she's not writing, she can be found juggling kids and coffee.
9 Bedroom Style Trends On Their Way Out In 2024, According to Realtors
RIP excessive throw pillows.
Feb 21, 2024
This Is the Best Temperature to Set Your Thermostat at This Winter
Real Estate
You want to save a little money on your heating bills in the winter — and also to be warm. Here’s how.
Dec 2, 2023
4 Ways to Know It’s Time To Replace Your Water Heater
Here’s what you need to know about water heaters in your home, including how long they typically last and signs that it might be time to buy a new one.
Oct 29, 2023
Buying a House in a Small Town Wasn’t What I Expected — It Was Better
Real Estate
Rural life has some comfy, cozy perks.
Oct 18, 2023
I Live in a Mobile Home — And It’s Great
Here are the pros and cons of mobile home life.
Sep 26, 2023
A Brief History of the Wonderfully Weird “Folding Bathtub”
Real Estate
It’s a Murphy tub, if you will.
Aug 26, 2023
The Foolproof Way to Calculate Your Home's Square Footage
You'll need a measuring tape and calculator on deck.
Aug 11, 2023
I Used My Friend as a Real Estate Agent — Here’s What I Learned
Our business relationship was different from our friendship.
Aug 7, 2023
A “Pie Safe” Might Be the Piece of Furniture Your Kitchen Is Missing
Real Estate
Here’s how to identify one.
Jul 24, 2023
I Only Go Grocery Shopping Once a Month — Here’s How I Do It
For my family of five!
Jul 1, 2023
The Time-Saving, Stress-Reducing Magic of a Master List Binder
It’s a life-changer.
Jun 18, 2023
3 Major Reasons I'm Not Renovating My Mobile Home Before Selling It
Real Estate
Here’s why we’re holding off on remodeling projects.
May 4, 2023
I Keep Seeing “Twin Home” Real Estate Listings. But What Actually Are They?
Hint: They’re not duplexes.
Mar 29, 2023
The Alleged Violent (and Possibly Pretentious) Origins of Spiral Staircases
They're a historic architectural feature.
Mar 23, 2023
Here's What You Call Those Rounded Rooms on Older Homes
According to an architect.
Feb 10, 2023
Here's How to Recycle Bubble Wrap (And 4 Fun Ways to Reuse It!)
There's a very good reason to pop all the bubbles.
Jan 28, 2023
What Is a Security Deposit, Anyway?
And how do I get it back?
Jan 6, 2023
So, You’ve Bought (or Sold) Your Home — How Does the Real Estate Agent Get Paid?
Understanding how real estate agents get paid is important for both buyers and sellers.
Jan 1, 2023
Here’s the Truth About Particle Board
Including the pros and cons of using it in your home. 
Dec 29, 2022
Heat Pump vs. Furnace: Which Is Best for Your Home?
Winter is coming, and finding the right heating system for your homes is quickly becoming a top priority. But is a furnace or a heat pump best for your home?
Nov 23, 2022
Single-Hung vs. Double-Hung Windows: What's the Difference?
Here's how to tell them apart.
Nov 21, 2022
What Is Radiator Heating — And How Does It Work?
Here's what to know.
Nov 12, 2022
Do You Own a “Hoosier Cabinet”? Here’s How to Tell
They date back to the early 1900s.
Oct 22, 2022
What Are Transom Windows, Anyway?
Here's how to spot them.
Oct 8, 2022
What Is Fiber Internet, Anyway?
Real Estate
Here's a primer.
Sep 26, 2022
Here’s How 4 Families Transformed Their Ideas of Traditional Housing
Real Estate
And what we can learn from them.
Sep 25, 2022
Here’s What “Adaptive Reuse” Means, According to an Expert
And why it matters.
Sep 16, 2022
Here’s Your No-Nonsense Guide to Renting an Apartment
Follow these steps.
Aug 28, 2022
What Is a Studio Apartment?
A tiny space with big potential.
Jul 31, 2022
The Only College Apartment Checklist You’ll Ever Need
Kiss dorm life goodbye.
Jul 13, 2022
Here’s How to Become a Home Stager
According to an expert.
Jun 24, 2022
Here Are 7 Types of Apartments and How to Identify Them
Searching for a new place? Consider putting a flex or convertible apartment on your list.
May 21, 2022
8 Types of Staircases and How to Identify Them
Could you pick a bi-furcated staircase out of a lineup?
Apr 30, 2022
The Definition of a Half-Bath — And What Makes It Different from Other Bathrooms
It has two important elements.
Apr 27, 2022