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Tips For Renters Part 3

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Next in our series, we provide additional pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily! Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 of tips for renters and Part 2 of tips for renters!

  1. Determine how much light you need to be happy. If you suffer from depression or seasonal dysphoria, a dark dwelling in a basement apartment is not a good idea. If light is really important, you may also want to narrow your search by dismissing any north facing windows. They do not offer much light or warmth. Also, look for rooms that don’t have overhead light fixtures. You’ll need lamps for those rooms right away.
  2. Take a look at entries and exits as they relate to moving furniture and appliances. Some properties have exceptionally small doorways and tight hallways. If you have huge furniture you may run the risk of not being able to get it inside. Keep in mind that there is often a window that might solve the problem if both panes are removed.
  3. If you don’t own much furniture and/or you have very limited space in your new place, favor properties that have built-ins. There will be less to buy and less to move. Many homes have built in desks, armoires, entertainment centers, and so on.
  4. Consider how you’re going to manage your pets. Most people just ask if dogs or cats are allowed. But, there are lifestyle decisions that are part of owning a pet. For instance, if you don’t like walking your dog three times a day, then you need a yard. If you’re gone all day, you need a doggie door. If you prefer playing in a natural setting or having some alone time with your dog, a city apartment would not be a good idea. City life requires you to leave the building, be in a busy public setting, and walk on concrete. Also, many residences have exotic animal restrictions and don’t allow bunnies, ferrets, or large fish aquariums. With any species, there is almost always an additional cost when you bring along a pet. Typically an extra deposit and sometimes even pet rent. Fido might have to get a job!

Next read guidelines #13-16.  Leave us a comment with your worst horror story about an item not fitting through the doors of your new home, and how you overcame it!

Flooring Favorites: Armstrong Global Exotics

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

The Global Exotics hardwood collection from Armstrong is a gorgeous collection of exotic woods from around the world. Ranging from the soft, subtle grain of the Cumaru to the rosewood like Sapele African Mahogany, these wood have an elegant look. These premium hardwoods have impressive hardness and durability that will add to the value of your home with their quality. The collection includes seven species, so there is one that will surely fit into your new build project or existing home décor.

The seven hardwoods in the collection are: Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood, Timborana, Santos Mahogany, Amendion, Sapele African Mahogany, Lapacho and Cumaru.

Brazilian Cherry, in natural, has a warm golden red color and subtle grain for a sophisticated feeling.

Tigerwood, in natural, has a sporadic dark grain that gives the feeling of tiger stripes. A bolder wood.

Timborana, in natural, is a light color wood. It is warm, but more creamy than golden.

Santos Mahogany, in natural, is a rich, deep red with fine graining. Feels more traditional.

Amendoim, in natural, is a light, subtle grained wood, similar to Timborana.

Sapele African Mahogany recalls rosewood with its rich, dark red with black grain.

Lapacho, in natural, is a blend of warm browns that very from golden to a more reddish tone.

Cumaru, in natural, is a golden hued wood with a subtle grain. More golden than either Amendoim or Timborana.

So if you are choosing a hardwood floor for your living room, dining room, bedroom or hall, think about selecting one of the seven exotic woods from the Armstrong Global Exotics collection. Visit Century Tile’s website to view and choose your new floor today!

Stone Creates Rich Feel in Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

This Naples hotel spa captures the best of the old and modern worlds with its beautiful stone work combined with a modern soaking pool and a comfy chaise in the corner. Can you recreate this mood in your own home? Let’s see what we can do.

To start, look at a tumbled light-toned stone such as a travertine. The soft creams, grays and beiges gain a connection with an almost white grout to mirror the walls and ceiling in this photo. While you may not be able to produce the almost magical columns moving into arched ceilings, an arch could be added to one wall to provide some curvy lines.

The soft tones of the light in this space come from the deep window wells created by walls several feet thick. Instead of this unreachable option, using glass tile or sheer curtains would reduce any glare and bring in only gentle daylight.

It’s impractical to fit a chaise in most bathrooms, but instead, a wooden bench with a white cushion provides a soft spot to rest without taking up too much room.

The final feature comes from that lovely blue pool. Get a similar feel with a nice deep spa tub to relax in and bring that blue water’s color into the room with towels and accessories.

While most of us may never have a chance to spend time in a pool like this, with a bit of imagination you can turn your bathroom into a place for you to relax and take a break from the day’s stresses in your own spa bathroom.