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High Platform Beds

November 19th, 2014

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

November 12th, 2014

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.

Landscaping your Small Space

November 5th, 2014

urbangardWe’ve emphasized it again and again, green is in. Not just with respect to the building and materials used but with respect to gardens that can be grown anywhere. From pots and pans to purpose built planting boxes from garden supplies, they allow city slickers to bring in the green.
Plants have a good influence on your overall health due to their ability to produce oxygen. They also have the ability to filter the air within such confined spaces making it healthier and green is pleasing to the eye soothing those tired souls from a long day’s work. Gardening is also proven to be a stress-buster for it takes your mind away from your regular stress loads allowing you to enjoy and marvel at the beauty of nature.

Space Saving Walls

October 29th, 2014

7.jpgWalls are often ignored by home owners. They haven’t realized how much they can utilize them. You can be amazed by how much space you can save by maximizing the spaces that your walls can offer.
Installing shelves will give you more places to put your books and other ornaments. They are really not that expensive. You can use them as a place for photographs, or anything else that you can’t part with. They are a great storage space for things that you don’t really need but you want to see.
Having places for your things will make your home look tidy and make it easier for you to maintain the cleanliness of your home.

Living in Small Places

October 22nd, 2014

4.jpg Living in a small place is easier when it comes to cleaning than living in a large house. But one problem in living in a small place is designing and cramping all your things and furnitures inside.
Having open shelves installed in your walls can be space saving but will be an eye sore in seeing all those stuff in the open. However, you can attach curtains and close them to avoid seeing all those clutter. Aside from keeping you from seeing the mess, the curtains also serve as protection of the shelves from dust since open-shelves can easily accumulate dusts.

Maximizing Your Small Space

October 15th, 2014

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.

Investing Through Numbers

October 8th, 2014

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.

When Going Potty is Good

October 1st, 2014

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.

Metro Areas See Rise in Vacancies

September 24th, 2014

As the economy dips, the number of vacant properties rise due to more people losing jobs and in many metro centers, this seems to be the case. Most people who could still afford to rent in these areas are benefiting form the low rent rates but the number of vacancies is indeed rattling property owners who are having to settle for unusual terms for their many rental properties. From offering them on a daily basis for transients, bed spacing or lowering the rent all together, they are having to settle with less profits rather than see them left empty, all the while degrading without any occupants.

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.

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