Small 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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give 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.
If you live in a sunny part of the world, then a skylight would save you a lot of heating and cooling costs, and best of all you don’t contribute to global warming. There are manual ones and there are mechanized ones you can open or shut as you please to maintain the right amount of light and heat inside a space. There are even models that have a separate shade that rolls down to shield you from the suns not rays during the hottest times of the day. If you need privacy, install those newer ones that have opacity adjustments or chose frosted glass for a diffused effect that makes the incoming light cooler to the eye.
Use stark and contrasting colors to allow light to play around, and use natural light whenever possible. Use mirrors you place wisely to bounce light from space to space. Use your imagination when thinking of dividers such as pull up blinds or roman blinds you hang from the ceiling. let them down at night for privacy from the door. The space behind the door can be turned into a storage area with widely available door organizers you hang from them. Or get some peg hangers you can arrange in intricate designs which are actually for hanging stuff of different sizes. Love bags, use the closet door by sticking in some hooks but get your bags and arrange them so they fit the space exactly. You have an interesting wall covering and an organizer for your bags in one swoop. Fold-down show racks that swing open for access are great. They store your shoes vertically and open at an angle for access. You also get a nice display counter.
- 床。ロフトの各スペースにカーペットを敷くのは、朝一番でも夜でも足を暖かく毛で包むので、良いアイデアです。 玄関に、汚れ落しのために靴ぬぐいのマットを敷くことを忘れないで下さい。
- 壁と窓。窓の大きさと場所にもよりますが、ロフトに入る光の量を調節したり、プライバシーを守るために、ブラインドやシャッター、または薄手のカーテンを使用すると良いでしょう。 特に朝は光に溢れているロフトもありますが、中には少々暗い所もあります。
- 高い天井。ロフトには通常、導管や梁がむき出しの高い天井があります。 天井を低く見せるためには、むき出しの導管や梁を隠して濃い色で塗装して下さい。