Small City Spaces :: Your Guide in Making Small City Spaces Your Own

Small City Spaces

Your Guide in Making Small Places Your Own

July 23rd, 2015

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Looking for a great place to live is one of the top priorities of any person. This becomes truer and more specific if looking for a place to live involves purchasing property. There are a lot of things to consider if this is the case.

Owning your own house is a big step.  It requires not only financial capability on the onset but also commitment and responsibility in the years to come.  You don’t only consider the amount you need to close a deal but also the mortgage and maintenance costs, costs of utilities, insurance, tax, and daily living.

If you have all that under control and planned out, decide then if you want a house or a condominium.  Both properties offer advantages and disadvantages depending on your lifestyle and preferences, so it is good to list down what you are looking for so you can easily narrow down your choices.

Small Spaces

July 16th, 2015

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City spaces are typically small, that is why it takes a lot of creativeness and artistry to try and decorate the place despite its limitations. Loft spaces are the choice accommodation in recent years. It is primarily geared toward the young professionals who are usually just beginning their careers. These small city spaces are generally divided into the living area and sleeping area. If your loft is split-level, the upper level is normally made into a bedroom. The small living space is partitioned into the cooking, dining and entertaining areas. But if your loft just has one level, screen sliding doors are your best bet.

Bare Kitchen Essentials

July 9th, 2015

stove.jpgIf often take out of eat out, don’t get a range with an oven you won’t have a use for. Choose small countertop units which can be placed on a counter-top with the shelves underneath free for storage of other stuff. Doors are often left with some space behind them where a lot of stuff can be stored wisely with the use of door organizers that have several pockets for placing books and other small stuff that would otherwise eat up precious space. Install wheels under heavy stuff such as beds and heavy tables to allow you easy moving around to get at those hard to reach areas. Fold-up tables that you can stow away if not needed are good for the space underneath can be used for other purposes. Get furniture that you can roll under each other to free up space if you need them. Say a side table that fits easily under the center table or a folding table you can store under the sofa.

Water Gardens

July 2nd, 2015

container.jpgSmall city spaces can gain benefit from container based water gardens that have plants and other wildlife that are usually associated with bigger habitats. Container based-gardens can be found at home and garden centers which also sell accessories such as small waterfalls, fountains and even illumination appliances that can make it more attractive and functional. Patio�s that have at least 5 hours of sunlight are the ideal places but anywhere the sun touches would be nice. Shade in the hot afternoons is also needed for as we suffer from sunburn, so do plants. Be sure to locate your water garden within easy reach of a water source to lessen the effort of topping it up during hot days where evaporation tends take toll. Maintain the water quality with regular cleaning, making sure the water is free from pests such as insects and other nasty bugs. Water treatment solutions can be found in pet stores to lessen if not halt algae growth which becomes unsightly in such a small space.

Maximizing Your Small Space

June 25th, 2015

5.jpg Spaces above the head are usually neglected. These spaces can be used for storage, thus doubling your bedroom space. They are ideal place to store your things like VCR and books and will avoid clutter in the room. Using these vertical spaces will make it easier for you to clean the floor and does not take up much floor space because of storage units.
The walls are usually underutilized and ignored. To maximize these spaces, designers advise to mount and install hooks, shelves, cabinets and storage units on the walls. Mounting up lights will also save you space because you don’t need to place lamps in floor spaces.

Small Space – Hang stuff

June 18th, 2015

walltv.jpgThis makes sense for most small rooms do have high ceilings. This allows you to get stuff hung on the walls leaving most of the space underneath free for use. Hanging cabinets and displays takes out the clutter from already precious counter-tops. When choosing electronics goods, opt for compact appliances, say a flat screen TV which would be a good investment in such a small space. Decorating is a good way of diverting attention away from the small space, say artwork and pictures placed together on a wall collectively and highlighted by lighting that can greet your guests taking their mind off the small size of the space. Opt to get rid of stuff frequently, like that side table you are using which you haven’t used due to all the pictures you’ve placed on them. Get glass shelves that are fastened to the wall and allows light to pass through. Arrange the pictures and other display items on them allowing you to free up the space occupied by the side table you can give away or throw out.

High Platform Beds

June 11th, 2015

2.jpg Bed designers are now switching from conventional beds to high platform beds. Instead of using box springs that are bulky, they now design beds that are durable and are sleeker than the beds that we know back then.
Platform beds are functional and can serve as a bed frame and a dresser at the same time. It can save you money by spending less on furnitures and will also save you space. Platform beds usually offer drawers where you can store your things. They are perfect for house owners that want to obtain a simple look and at the same time, will conserve space.

Energy Saving Tips for Small Homes

June 4th, 2015

A growing number of people are giving up their large homes in favor of a smaller abode. This may be seen as a cost cutting measure but it is also a practical move particularly if only two people are occupying the house.

Living in a small home has many benefits. For one thing, the spaces you’re going to clean every day are minimal. Secondly, it won’t make the occupants feel so alone and lonely unlike when two people are residing in a huge house. Thirdly and perhaps the major advantage is you can save on your electricity bills moving onwards.

Areas where homeowners can enjoy energy savings are in the use of lighting fixtures, heating systems and other electrical appliances.

In terms of lighting, the trick is in positioning them properly such that they provide sufficient light and make the room look bigger. In the kitchen, for instance, positioning the light at the top of the cabinet facing the ceiling is recommended instead of putting it below which is what many normally do.

For the
laundry room
, using an Energy Star-qualified washer and one with a front loading system is a good move. Front loading washers utilize about 18 to 25 gallons of water only per load compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard washing machine. Also, an Energy Star-qualified washer uses less energy.

Occupants of small homes can take advantage of natural light as well in heating their home particularly during cold weather. All you need is to open your drapes to let the light in during the day and close them in the evening to keep the warmth. By using this strategy, you won’t need to use your heating system longer at night to give you the warmth that you and your family require.

On hot days, having a smaller abode is indeed an advantage as cooling the rooms will take a shorter time. When the appropriate temperature is achieved, you can then simply lower your thermostat and you won’t have to use your air conditioning system longer as well.

An important thing to remember is to ensure that doorways and windows are properly sealed so there’s no chance for warm or cold air to escape from your home.

In the kitchen, make sure to use the right size of pan for the food and hob. Always use lids to keep in the heat and for faster cooking. Most importantly, cook just enough food and boil just enough water that you can consume.

About the guest author:

Meg is a writer and green advocate who contributes blog posts focusing on the use of renewable energy sources on behalf of Albertaenergyproviders.com.

Why Small May Not Be Terrible

May 28th, 2015

A lot of people are turned off over the thought of living in a small home or a small condominium because, well, of the word “small”. Not a lot of people really see any value in living in or owning a place that has a limited surface area. But small homes and condominiums may not necessarily be a bad thing. There are some things to consider that may highlight the positives of living in a small space.


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if you are single, a couple without children, or even a single parent or a one child couple, a small space may be the place for you. Why? there is less to take care of. you will not spend time or money cleaning and repairing and maintaining a lot because there wont be a lot, literally. Coziness is great for a small family or a singleton. There is a charm in moving easily from one place to another easily in your home. Finally, financially and practically speaking, it is just easier to maintain a small home.

So if you are any of the above, maybe a small home is a thing to consider.

Small City Spaces

May 21st, 2015

earthy.jpgGive your space a warm look with earth-tone colors that mimic nature which is not only pleasing and soothing to the eyes but makes the room look larger. Lighter colors make small spaces larger and they also allow lighting to reflect allowing them to play around as the shadows and sun’s rays bounce off them. Be sure to mix and match colors and not stick with one solid colors, there is also paint that turns out like it has worn down for a couple of years softening the shades and hues. Check out magazines and online catalogs of paint colors so you get the whole picture on new products that can have the appeal and color combinations you want.

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