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Make your vacation home pay off

The dream of a vacation home is something many of us hope for, but owning a second home that remains vacant most of the year doesn't make much sense. If you want to be able to make the most of your investment (and still fully enjoy your time there), it is worth looking into renting your vacation home to others throughout the year.

Lessons in Florida Cracker Style from a Vacation Home

When Jim Strickland, founder at Historical Concepts, and his wife, his sister and her husband built this vacation home in WaterColor, Florida, their focus was on creating relaxed family beach traditions in a house that honored the region's unique architectural history. The house was designed by Strickland, and the intention was to create an unassuming home with the casual feel of a fishing camp. He was inspired by the indigenous architecture of the region, most notably the simple and historic "Florida cracker house" style. Here is how he designed a new home that looks and feels as though it has been passed down through several generations.

See how four compact vacation homes take on new forms for the modern age

The word "cabin" draws to mind a number of images and meanings, many of them stemming from Henry David Thoreau's stay at Walden Pond in Massachusetts. His two-year "life in the woods" was stripped to its essence and necessities (food, shelter, clothing and fuel), and to this day, cabins are associated with a roughing-it mentality, where time is spent in nature without modern conveniences.

Modern meet mountain in North Carolina

When this family of five flees their full-time home during steamy Florida summers, they are ready for some relaxed mountain time. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, their vacation home is all about gathering time for a family that includes three teenagers. Interior designer Pam McKay created spaces for entertaining and kicking back, using materials and preserving views that connect the interiors to the spectacular surroundings. More important, there are plenty of comfy spots where the family members can visit, read, nap, watch TV, have friends for sleepovers — and telecommute too.

How to prepare your house for a home swap

Trading homes for your vacation? Leave yours in great shape for your guests and help them enjoy a happy break with these 12 tips.

20 spectacular beach houses

Warm up in winter and cool off in summer with photo tours of 20 spectacular waterfront vacation homes from around the globe.

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