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Baths

September 17th, 2014

bathsink.jpgBathrooms don’t have to be a minimalist with many luxurious fixtures out on the market that use good materials such as brass and copper. Many of the previously lavish elements of a bath such as marble countertops and sinks can be customized to any size. When trying to lay out your fixtures use masking tape to lay them out using dimensions you took form the store to see if it hampers the door. Try to configure the shower from a corner so you maximize the space. Use large lipped sinks which can be used to store stuff. As with any space, use mirrors and skylights to allow light to play around and give it a larger look. There are also a wide variety of modular units which can be combined in any configurations that may suit the size and your taste.

Color tricks and Long Hallways

September 10th, 2014

whitefurn.jpgWant to add life to a drab space, consider coloring the walls with vibrant colors and getting your furniture in white. They will stand out and work quite well. Use long hallways as decor central, hang pictures and other stuff from them to distract people from the smallness of the space. The perspective also makes the room look bigger. Use small frames in the beginning and larger ones at the back for a perspective that looks as if they are all the same sizes. Don’t want to bother with sizes, arrange them in an irregular pattern but e sure they complement each other, say one wall with pictures of your family while the other with art. Place wall hung display units at the end of hallways to break up long halls.

There is Charm in Small Things

September 3rd, 2014

If you are used to the idea ‘the bigger, the better’, it could be truly hard for you to adjust to the idea of smaller scale anything. But thre is a lot of charm and practicality that can be taken from small spaces, small furniture, and generally smaller-scale things. Let’s look at this charm and practicality.

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Pracitcally speaking, a smaller place will mean a lot less of everything in maintenance. Lesser space means lesser cleaning, lesser area to fill, fewer things breaking down. It should also translate to lower costs. Charm-wise, there is something about streamline and to scale furntiure that are multi-functional. Not only is it earth friendly (maximizing use of resources), it is also really the epitome of making the most of what you pay for. WHat is better than getting things that serve more than one purpose?

So if you doubt that smaller places, smaller furniture, smaller gadgets, cars, etc. are charming, desirable, and better, think again.

That Plasma TV Everybody Wants

August 27th, 2014

plasma.jpglcd.jpgcrt.jpgWell, everybody wants it because it occupies less space making it ideal for small spaces but reviews are not so good on their environmental impact. Studies show that they consume even more electricity that the old CRT-tubes and they eat a lot more for the power needed to turn a gas into plasma is huge. Plasma is the fourth state of matter that can only be achieved with high electrical charges. So the next time you want to get a new set, try investing on newer LCD screen TV’s for they are the next best thing to that old tube you currently own.

Buying a sofa bed

August 20th, 2014

When utilizing a small living space, you may want to consider a sofa bed. It’s a great way to save not just on space, but on money as well. Couches and beds both cost a lot of money so why not just buy a combination of the two?

Here are a few tips on buying a sofa bed:

1. Consider first of all, of course how big the space will be. A queen sized sofa bed might be spacious, but it may also consume too much space.

2. How many people are going to sleep in it? Knowing the number of people who might sleep on it – a spouse / partner or friend might require something two people can fit comfortably in. If you’re determined to go solo, then its more economical to have a smaller one.

3. Test it out. Is it stable and sturdy?

Adorable Tiny Houses We Saw Online

August 4th, 2013

Earning money today is hard. It is hard to earn a living, hard to save and even harder to buy properties like your own house. Most people would be lucky enough to buy a small house and then do whatever they can to make it the best for them. No matter how small a house is, a house is still a house. It can still provide you shelter, raise your family there and design it the way you want. And guess what? Even smaller ones can be so adorable and dreamy too. In celebration of what some designers can do with so little space, here are some of our favorite mini houses from around the world.

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This A-Frame in Pearl Basic, Colorado makes you want to curl up next to a fireplace.

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This Amsterdam building might not be the smallest in the world, but it’s certainly in the running.

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New Orleans’ French Quarter is full of cute, colorful, dormouse-sized casas.

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Tumbleweed Tiny Houses makes, well duh, tiny houses. At 89 square-feet, Epu is the second-smallest of its houses-to-go line.

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Scared with impending disasters or unexpected accidents? No problem. This New Zealand beach hut can be hooked up to a tractor and towed away to safety.

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Designed by Texas architect Jim Poteet, this micro-home is built in an 8ft. x 40ft. shipping container.

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The Friggebod is a style of Swedish cottage that—at under 150 square feet—doesn’t even require a building permit.

Investing Through Numbers

May 31st, 2013

Investing in property is always something that needs some planning and is not a decision to be taken lightly. Whether this is a big investment or a modest one, spending wisely is always a result of good research and planning. When you are planning to buy property, there are a few guidelines to look at before starting the process.

Take a look at numbers before making any plan. Do your research and get the prices of properties and the tax rates of the area you are looking at as well as surrounding areas. Get the statistics of your desired districts schools. Now, if prices are too high, you know to look elsewhere. If you are undecided between areas, tax differences could be a deciding point. And any area where schools are rising in positive ratings is a good place to look at. These are great starting points for making any property investment plan.

Energy Saving Tips for Small Homes

May 2nd, 2013

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
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, 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.

When Going Potty is Good

April 28th, 2013

You live in a small space and you might thing that not a lot can be done for and about this. Well, while the latter is an entirely different post, the former may be untrue. There is a lot of myth and misconception about small dwellings especially the small spaces today.

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Condo dwellers will be the first to tell you that they live full and happy lives in their smaller space, that there are some things you need to adjust but that, for the most part, you can enjoy the same things that you would in a house. One such thing is having a garden. A lot thing that a garden is only possible in a house. But with some adjustment, you can actually have your pocket if green even in a condominium. Using potted plants and vegetables, having this in your balcony (if you have one) or in corners of your unit (if you don’t) is an easy, lower maintenance and equally satisfying alternative to a lawn garden.

Remember that small spaces do not necessarily mean less enjoyment.

The Disadvantages of Living in a Small Space

March 29th, 2013

There are so many things to look forward to when living in a condominium. And when we say condominium, it is often assumed that your living space is markedly smaller than what you would get living in a house. Previous posts have highlighted why this choice is fast becoming the popular one these days, why there is a lot of value in smaller living spaces, etc. But of course, to every good side there is also a bad sode. For a balanced picture, let us list those things down here today.

Living in a condominium is smaller. Yes, this is great at times, but if you are the kind that likes wide open space or likes to have lots of moving room, this is not great. If you like having parties or having people stay over, a condominium is also tough on sleep overs. You do not have a garden or pool of your own and more importantly, you do not have storage room to spare.

Living in a small space then entaild listing priorites and seeing what you can and cannot live without.

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