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This Old Victorian Reveal: 2nd Floor, Before, Design & After

This Old Victorian Reveal: 2nd Floor, Before, Design & After

Finally, finally the full reveal of the before, design and after of the upstairs floor of This Old Victorian is here! Finishing the second floor – specifically our master bedroom – really marked the culmination of this crazy five year renovation project. And I couldn’t be happier with the final result. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Ahhhh, there’s the grown up master bedroom I’ve been dreaming about – basically for an entire decade. But let’s back up and start from the very beginning. Because it’s a very good place to start!

We actually did the more dramatic and extensive renovation of our upper floor, (as compared to the ground floor), if you can believe that. While the original layout featured four bedrooms, it actually left a tremendous amount of wasted space. And with only one teeny tiny totally insufficient bathroom, it really was not practical for how we live today. So we went to work. Nearly 24 months of work to be exact. The original floor plan for our upper level is on your left, the remodel on your right.

As you can see from the plans above, we accomplished three major things with our overhaul of the upstairs:

  • Removed the second set of stairs, reclaiming a significant amount of usable floor space
  • Created an entire new kid’s bath using the fainting room off the front bedroom
  • Built a master suite, connecting unused hallways, the original bathroom & the fourth bedroom

While our new layout did result in losing a bedroom, now there is not a single square foot of wasted space and I have the master of my dreams. So everyone wins! Now for those oh so glamorous Before shots.

This space was once…scary and then became our soothing guest room.

Our master bedroom had an auspicious beginning. We filled in that archway, created a second closet and obviously that fireplace (and the pink ceiling!) had to go!

There was nothing really masterful about the original “master bath.” But it made a great walk-in closet for me!

What is now my son’s room started off the same color as the original Apt 34. How’s that for full circle?

Can you imagine a lovely vanity against that left wall and a deep soaking tub under that window?? Nope, I can hardly envision it either. But keep scrolling to see how we got there.

Here is a peek at the 2nd floor in process.

Demo of what was to become my master closet and master bath. As I mentioned in the post about our first floor, we had to take everything down to the studs to replace all of the knob and tube wiring, add in modern plumbing, add insulation (the entire house wasn’t insulated) fix rot in the framing and floors…we discovered more problems as we went of course. A renovation is often like a pandora’s box of problems!

This view looks from the stairwell back into what would become the second upstairs bathroom.

We made sure to preserve original 1860s architectural details like the arched hallway transitions and the glass transoms above each door.

What lath and plaster looks like when scraped back to its bare bones. I actually think it’s quite lovely. I’m so thrilled we were able to save the original molding and window trim.

It’s alway a good idea to lay out your floor tile pattern as a test run before the gluing begins.

Once the new floors went in, I thought we were so close. And yet we were still so far.

My master bedroom looked like this 1.0 version for the better part of two years.

And here is the complete(ish) tour of our second floor!!

As you ascend the stairs from our entry, you turn right to find two doors facing one another. One leads to our son’s room, the other to our master. This bedroom was the last space completed as its design challenges plagued me for quite some time. You can see my documentation of my master bedroom saga here.

Figuring out this bedroom is where I ran up against my design novice limitations. The layout and scale of the space just stumped me. I finally realized I needed yet another custom piece to deal with the room’s unconventional window placement so enter Lauren Nelson Design. Lauren and her team’s custom bed & amazing custom fireplace finally helped me realize the bedroom of my dreams! Lauren also sourced the exceptional, pendant light, vintage rug and an amazing refinished dresser (which you can see here) to complete the space. While I never thought I’d put a bed below a window – supposedly it’s a no no – but that is exactly what this room requires and it lives so well now. I just lay in bed and gaze lovingly at that fireplace. Swoon.

Reno tip: know your limits – Learning by trial & error is both too time consuming and $$$. You’ll save yourself time, money & marital drama if you just hire a pro when you need one.

As you move from our bedroom area, you enter a short hallway en route to the master bath. There you encounter two more doors. On one side sits a pocket door for our WC. The other pocket door leads to what was the original upstairs bath (see the before above) and is now my walk-in closet!

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I worked with California Closets to create my custom dream closet. You can see the entire story about designing my closet right here.

The end of the passthrough leads to our master bath. I won’t sugar coat it. A master bath the size of a bedroom is luxurious for sure. Two full vanities, a soaking tub and a massive walk in shower offer that spa like feel that I should probably work to appreciate more than I ever take the time to do. I think I over compensated for living in 800 sq feet with a baby and two dogs.

If you’ve been following along all this time, you’ll already know that my master bath was another ride on the struggle bus. Lighting is both my crowning jewel for this house, but also my nemesis. After multiple attempts, I think I finally got it right. You can see the story all about my major rookie lighting mistakes in our bedroom and master bath right here.

My son’s bedroom , while shoebox-shaped and smallish, still offers plenty of room for fun. Two windows allow natural light to spill in all day long. Wall-mounted shelving and a darling toddler bed from the Netherlands maximize the floor space to ensure there’s plenty of room to play – and keep the space whimsical!

The room’s curved wall long served as yet another major design conundrum, but Carter’s love of outer space finally sparked an idea. I found a set of constellation decals on Etsy and simply colored over the stars with a glow-in-the-dark marker. Now he has his own starry sky to admire as he falls asleep every night.

You can see Carter’s entire toddler room design (and his original nursery) by clicking right here.

Finally, there is our kid bathroom. I was rather disappointed that this bathroom did not make the cut for Domino, so I had to be sure to share it here. I so love this space. The floors, one of my first major design decisions for the renovation, are hexagon handmade tile by Fireclay set in an ombre pattern. They start dark at the doorway and transition to white as you hit the bathtub. While a touch difficult to see in this image, the tub is also surrounded by Fireclay tile, this time running in a vertical stacked pattern all the way to the ceiling to create a clean, modern look. The floating vanity really lets you appreciate the tile floor and helps the room feel a bit bigger. I intentionally did not install a backsplash for an extra clean, modern look. Three years in and the walls still look great. If I had to do it over I would do a thicker countertop slab though. Overall I just love this bright and happy space. This room is playful and young, but has the classic bones that will grow along with our four year old.

The only other upstairs space you do not see here is our guest room. In an ideal world every single corner of This Old Victorian would have been picture perfect for Domino, but real life often gets in the way. So instead the guest room served as my photo staging area – aka where I hid all my crap –  hence why it is absent in the feature. You can see our guest room here though. Although I’m now about to completely redo it. Cuz a blogger’s work is never done.

And there you have it. I hope this gives you a (more) complete picture of this epic renovation saga. There were many additional mishaps along the way. Like when our crawl space flooded and submerged our brand new furnace. Or the winter we had major rains and discovered some of the house’s windows still leaked when there was water running down our kitchen walls. I suspect such adventures are likely to never end. It comes with the 150 year old house territory.

I hope I’ve given you a realistic view into what a true restoration entails. I’ve certainly learned more than my fair share about all things interior architecture, renovation, restoration and figuring out how to turn a house into a home. I’ve leaned it’s not a quick and easy process, but really it isn’t supposed to be. Building a home that reflects both who you are and who you want to be takes time, commitment and a whole lot of patience.

But the end result is worth the wait.

For the complete tour of the first first floor of This Old Victorian,  CLICK HERE.

For the online feature in Domino magazine, CLICK HERE.

For the entire five year history of this renovation saga, CLICK HERE.

For my newest project – a complete redo of our yard CLICK HERE.


Master Bedroom
custom bed lauren nelson design /  bedding rough linen / lumbar pillow custom lauren nelson design / custom fireplace lauren nelson design / vintage rug tony kitz gallery / vintage bedside lamps almond & co / georg stool skagerakthe Marset ginger pendant ylighting / curtains the shade store / walls roman clay by portola paints /

Master Bath
tub & tub filler kohler / dancing pendant menu ylighting / walls white wisp benjamin moore / stool elsie green / tray skagerak / towel parachute / art cristina coral / 

Carter’s Room
LampsPlus Tides Pendant / Bitte Wooden Toys / Farrow & Ball Hague Blue Paint / PomPom at Home Pillow / Ferm Living blanket / Toddler Bed / Sloth print / eSale Striped Rug /  Woopsy Desk Lamp from LampsPlus / Pehr Designs Alphabet Bin / Overstock Wing Chair / Sutro Tower / Overstock Woven Basket / Room & Board dresser / Room & Board end table / Calico Corners Roman Shades  / Minted Art Print / Stacked Bookcase from Sourced By Good / Birch Coat Rack / Jennifer Ament print / custom framing Framed & Matted / Windy Chien Helix Light / Cork Globe / Throw Pillow / Lego Storage

Kid’s Bathroom
swing lamp / fireclay floor and shower tile / kohler tub and faucet / silestone counter top / custom vanity / ikea mirror  serena & lily dip dyed stool /

photography by seth smoot for domino magazine 
produced by kate berry
styled by rosy fridman

Published at Mon, 23 Dec 2019 06:53:24 +0000

A Gorgeous New Design Spot – The House

When I started Apt34 (more than 12 years ago!), the primary purpose was to gather and share inspiration created by people much more talented than I. It’s still my favorite thing to do and the primary reason I’m still here after all these years. Hence why I have a little end of the year gift for you today – a tour of what has to be my new favorite home shop in San Francisco – The House by Tracy Simmons Design. 

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You might think that San Francisco is awash in amazing home decor stores, but that’s actually far from the truth. The gems are few and far between which is why The House feels like a breath of fresh air. Chic, swoon-worthy fresh air.

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Every item in The House is hand selected by owner and highly accomplished interior designer Tracy Simmons. Many of the items she’s carrying are custom designs made exclusively for the shop. There are a variety of lovely ceramic collections speaking to the on going handmade trend, but the pieces in The House are an elevated take on the look. The ceramic fruit bowl by SIN that typically has a rustic or boho vibe in other contexts, feels elegant and refined when paired with FRAMA soaps, Aieul candles and the crisp modern fine art photography collection by my dear friend Bess Friday.

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Everything from the the yummy cashmere throws by Teixidors to the 100% non toxic fragrances from LA-based Fiele are luxurious but approachable. The custom designs from Sheldon Ceramics and one-of-a-kind vessels created by ANK Ceramics beg to be to touched and admired up close. All of the textures are so warm and inviting.

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Tracy and her team also use the space as their design studio, which almost makes the environment feel like you’re in someone’s home – where you want to drop by and stay for awhile! They always have a cup of tea or a little bubbly to offer you – and who am I to say no?!

The House is a fantastic addition to the San Francisco design scene and I feel lucky it arrived in time for holiday shopping – even if all the shopping I’m doing is for myself! With a soft opening this month, The House will celebrate its grand opening on January 16, 2020. I have a strong feeling only more gorgeousness is going to be added between now and then and I for one am so excited to have The House on my regular design shopping rotation.

The House by Tracy Simmons Simmons Design is located at 3307 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California. The store is open from Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For our entire Retail Therapy archive (featuring stores all around the Bay Area and beyond) CLICK HERE.

photography by bess friday

Published at Fri, 20 Dec 2019 17:02:07 +0000

Apartment Living

What You Should and Should Not Do When Renting

What You Should and Should Not Do When Renting

Choosing to live in a rental property offers a lot of freedom from repairs and maintenance. Typically, tenants are not responsible for tasks like cutting the grass and fixing plumbing problems. Perhaps that’s why more than 111 million Americans have chosen renting over home ownership, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Renting provides convenience and independence, but there are limits to what you can do in a rental property. While specifics may vary from landlord to landlord, these are some of the general do’s and don’ts of renting a property.

Don’t go paint crazy

Be sure to get permission before taking on any painting projects. Image: CreativeStudio/Getty Images

“Tenants like to say, ‘I’m leaving the place better than I got it,’ and some tenants might think that blood-red accent wall they painted is much better,” says Diana Valin, CPM, owner/broker at The Rental Xperts in San Diego, CA.

However, Valin tells Freshome that this is rarely the case – at least, not from the owner’s perspective – unless the parties collaborated in advance. “The best rule of thumb for tenants wanting to change things up during their time in residence is to ask for permission – and get it in writing.”

Kristie Aylett, of Ocean Springs, MS, shared a “Tenants Gone Wild” anecdote with Freshome regarding one of her friends who is a landlord. The friend’s renter asked for permission to paint the rental unit and was told “no” . . . which the average person would interpret to mean that this is not permissible. “However, the renter then spray painted the kitchen wood cabinets and the countertops.” Yikes!

However, you can paint your furniture and personal items. In fact, you’d be surprised what you can do with a can of spray paint.

Don’t let your green thumb go wild

Customizing landscaping elements may lead to problems with your landlord. Image: Sebastian Arning/EyeEm/Getty Images

“Sometimes, a tenant thinks the conversion of your thoughtfully-laid-out landscape design into a vegetable garden is a much better use of space,” Valin says. In fact, Aylett says her landlord friend actually had a situation along these lines. “The renter wanted to be reimbursed – or at least thanked – for building a tree fort in the backyard but didn’t realize the increased liability and insurance costs it presented to the homeowners.”

However, you can grow a few plants (of the legal kind) in your unit.

Valin adds: “We want [renters] to feel they can make the property their home, but if they want to customize anything during their tenancy, communicating what they want to do and getting written authorization to do it ahead of time is the key to staying out of trouble in the end.”

Don’t make major renovations

Consult with your landlord before major changes. Image: Hero Image/Getty Images

Valin says your rental agreement should also stipulate how improvements will be handled at move-out. “The owner that didn’t know you added ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms may be thrilled to find out that you improved his/her property but won’t necessarily want to reimburse you for the installation costs and purchase costs of the fans at move-out,” she warns. If you decide to take your fans with you at move-out, you’ll be responsible for patching/texturizing and re-painting the ceilings.

Changing out your cabinet hardware is one way to customize and improve your kitchen and bathroom. However, be sure to check with your landlord first.

Don’t use a hammer for all of your projects

Consider decorating ideas that won’t damage the walls. Image: chuckcollier/Getty Images

Most landlords will let you hang a few pictures, and you can hang curtains on decorative rods. Aside from that, it’s important to carefully consider any decorating idea that involves the use of a hammer. In other words, scratch those thoughts about mounting cabinets in the bathroom, or adding architectural detail with wainscoting.

That’s not to say you can’t decorate in other ways. For example, if you have black or white appliances, you can easily update them. Consider applying stainless steel appliance covers to the dishwasher and refrigerator. These covers come in peel-and-stick or magnetic varieties and can instantly update and transform the space.

Do help to maintain the property

Maintaining the property requires some effort on your part. Image: Westend61/Getty Images

Your landlord is responsible for repairs, but you, as the tenant, are responsible for informing management when there’s something amiss in your unit. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a broken stove knob, you need to report these problems as soon as possible. If a small problem becomes a large problem and it’s deemed a result of your negligence – for example, if your unit has hardwood floors in the kitchen, you let a leaking dishwasher ruin them – you may be responsible for the repairs.

As far as household pests go, your landlord is responsible for pest control; nevertheless, you are accountable for keeping your unit clean so you won’t attract pests.

Do purchase renters insurance

Renter’s insurance protects your valuables. Image: Asbe/Getty Images

In the event of theft, fire, flood, etc., the landlord is responsible for the unit itself. However, you are responsible for your personal items, such as your furniture, clothes and electronic equipment. Also, if someone is injured in your apartment, you might be liable for medical and legal bills. Renters insurance is a wise investment because it protects you against these unforeseen circumstances – which is why it’s often required by your landlord.

What other do’s and don’ts of renting have you discovered? Please let us know in the comments.

Published at Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:00:53 +0000

Moving In: When You and Your Partner’s Tastes Don’t Match, Start Here

If you were asked to list all the reasons why your partner is perfect for you, the result would probably be a fairly lengthy tabulation. That doesn’t mean your style preferences are going to align perfectly, though. Even your ideal partner might not have the same ideal living situation as you. But you both deserve to live in a space you love. So what do you do? Whether you’re moving in together for the first time or are finally ready to make some design compromises, we have some tips and tricks.

We polled our Freshome team to identify some different tactics you can both use. Our goal is to make it easier to design a space you both like even when your tastes don’t match. Here are our top four recommendations.

Opting for furniture with clean lines in neutral colors means you’ll choose timeless pieces – and pieces your partner is more likely to like. Image: Maginnis/Twenty20

Choose clean lines.

Look for pieces that come in natural materials, which are generally crowd pleasers, with clean lines. Clean lines don’t have to mean choosing something boring. They just mean you’re picking a piece that can integrate with a variety of different tastes. You’ll be doing yourself a favor, actually. These types of pieces have serious staying power. The Yukon Natural Coffee Table from Crate & Barrel is a prime example.

No matter how you and your partner’s tastes change through the years, furniture with clean lines will always be easy to integrate. Think similarly for your dining table, bookshelves and other furniture. You’ll be more likely to choose pieces both you and your partner will like, not just today but for years to come.

Another way to keep your space looking clean and appealing to people of varying tastes is to opt for mirrors as your artwork. When you and your partner have different tastes, choosing art can be a powderkeg. Mirrors are a great way to add visual interest to your space without having to feud over design. Plus, they’ll brighten up any room, making it feel larger.

A leather couch – like the Hamilton Leather Sofa – can serve as a neutral foundation, anchoring the room and balancing even the most eclectic tastes. Image: West Elm

Go neutral.

What a surprise. When you’re trying to choose pieces that will please people of different tastes, neutrals are best. Now, before you assume we’re telling you to whitewash your space and create something so conventional everyone’s grandma will love it, wait. Yes, neutrals are a great solution when trying to blend different tastes. But they don’t have to be boring. You can choose a neutral duvet, then layer on pillows and throws you like. It’s a whole lot easier to find smaller accent pieces both you and your partner will like. By going neutral for the larger, investment pieces, you set yourselves up with a foundation on which you can build.

If you’re moving in and looking for your first couch, remember that leather is a neutral. And, thanks to the sumptuous texture of this material, it can still be high-impact. A streamlined leather couch like the Hamilton Leather Sofa from West Elm can anchor your living space with a piece both of you like.

When it comes to your textiles, go neutral, too. Upon moving in, you might discover that color is divisive for you and your partner. You still want to give your space some visual interest, though, so look for texture. This Foil Diamonds Rug, also from West Elm, comes in a crowd-pleasing color but the varying depth of pile keeps it from looking too boring or conventional. The Fieldcrest Basketweave Linen Shower Curtain at Target relies on the texture of the weave, not the color, for its visual interest.

Lay your foundation with the classics – like hardwood floors and neutral walls – then add accent pieces to suit you and your partner’s tastes. Image: Oscar Wong/Getty Images

Follow the popular vote.

Whether you’re moving in together or have lived together for decades and are thinking about a reno, choosing fixtures and finishes can be a nightmare if your tastes don’t match. Fortunately, you have what’s popular to guide you. Choosing what most people love it not just a great way to end the debate and settle on something (finally!). It also boosts the mass appeal of your home. Not only does that mean more of your friends are likely to like it, but it also means greater resale value when you list your home.

Go to the stalwarts of good design like hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. When you and your partner can’t agree on the bulk of your home design, popular taste can guide you. Again, as with neutrals, you can follow this guide for the foundational aspects of your home. Then, add accents that are easy to change out (and easier to agree on) to add your own personal flair.

Moody paint and airy light fixtures can live together in harmony if you give them space to play together. Image: Caiaimage/Robert Daly/Getty Images

Make space.

Compromise. If one of you chooses the coffee table, let the other choose the coffee table decor. And don’t do it begrudgingly, either. You might be surprised what you come to love as pieces gain sentimental value over time.

Speaking of those sentimental pieces, be open to creating room for them in your home. If both of you are the type to treasure items, pick out a few that you really love and want to feature prominently in your home. Put them all in one place and look at them as a grouping.

What do they have in common? Where can they best be used? Creating a cozy reading nook with grandma’s old chair could serve both of you. Making a display area on a bookshelf where you can put together an eclectic collection of things that speak to you – both together and separately – can create a conversation starter in your living area. Before you assume you hate everything your partner would pick for your house, be open. Finding that middle ground can create harmony in your home – and in your home design.

What are your tips and tricks for finding that sweet spot where both partners are happy with the way the house or apartment looks? Did you make any discoveries upon moving in together that you wish you’d known before? Share with us in the comments!

Published at Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:02:37 +0000

Apartment Living

CallAssist24/7: a Modern Solution to Your Maintenance Problems

CallAssist24/7: a Modern Solution to Your Maintenance Problems

CallAssist24/7: a Modern Solution to Your Maintenance Problems

The key to running a successful apartment community is quality residents. Obtaining quality residents may be easy, but how do you retain them? CallAssist24/7 from Central Media Solution helps  apartment communities across the country do just that.

CallAssist24/7 was built specifically for the multifamily industry to meet the needs of your busy on-site and maintenance teams. Our solutions manage your calls, automate your call routing, easily create schedules for your emergency on-call maintenance team, and provide intuitive tools to manage resident and leasing inquiries so you capture every call.

Now that you know what it is, let’s talk about some of its features.

CallAssist24/7 Features

  • Photo sharing between the resident, the leasing office, and maintenance. This feature allows your maintenance team to assess the issue before going to the resident’s home, allowing them to arrive prepared and eliminating waste when it comes to service call time and materials. Your maintenance shows up prepared and your resident knows who to expect on their doorstep, providing a sense of security.
  • Work Orders. You can schedule work orders right from your mobile device, see who is on duty in the maintenance department, and make adjustments to the schedule.
  • “Morning Coffee Email”. When the property manager arrives at work each morning, they can review the communication log, maintenance requests, and work orders while sipping on their morning coffee. No need to track down the maintenance supervisor or comb through paper work orders.

CallAssist24/7: How it works

The best way to learn about CallAssist24/7 is to schedule a demo with your Central Media Solutions rep. They’ll be happy to walk you through the process. But, for now, here’s what you need to know.

  • CallAssist24/7 is not an app, it’s a mobile solution.
  • No need to download anything on your phone, it is as simple as sending a text message.
  • The resident calls in their issue.
  • The maintenance technician on duty receives a text message with the resident’s voicemail embedded. From there, the team creates a work order, and gets started.
  • Photos are shared back and forth, ensuring the maintenance team knows what they’re facing and the resident feels comfortable letting them into their home.
  • The work order is complete.
  • The property manager gets a concise email in the morning relaying the activity from the previous night.
  • The resident is happy with their service, happy with their community, and refers a friend.

Resident turnover is costly. Keep the great residents you have by utilizing all the tools in your toolbox. Schedule a demo today. Consider making these “smart” upgrades to obtain and retain quality residents.

Published at Wed, 31 Jul 2019 15:04:43 +0000

CallAssist24/7: A Must Have From Central Media

CallAssist24/7: A Must Have From Central Media

In the apartment business, getting and retaining quality residents is the goal. CallAssist24/7 from Central Media helps you do just that.

What exactly is CallAssist24/7?

It’s an emergency answering service and a modern solution to call management.

CallAssist24/7 Features

  • Never miss a call from a resident
  • Adjust maintenance schedules from your phone – yes, our platform works on both iPhone and Android devices
  • See your maintenance schedule and work orders all in one place
  • Photo sharing – more on that a little later

CallAssist24/7 is a streamlined communication tool that allows your residents to report an issue to the leasing office, including photos of the busted pipe or whatever their issue may be. The leasing office and the maintenance office now have all the information necessary to create a work order and schedule a repair. The resident knows when and – perhaps more importantly – who is coming to their apartment to do the repair. The maintenance team, having access to the photos sent by the resident show up prepared, allowing the repair to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. From the resident’s point of view, having a photo of the person coming to do the repair can be reassuring. Happy residents lead to long-term leasers and less turnover.

What People Are Saying About CallAssist24/7

“The training made the conversion go very smoothly. Call Assist is so easy to use, our staff caught on very quickly.”

“The ability to see all after-hours calls in one morning email has been very beneficial for the management staff to ensure all work orders are being addressed in a timely manner.”

“The administrative side to CallAssist is so wonderful. Making changes to the roster, updating on-call list – with CallAssist it’s so fast and easy, freeing the management team up to work on other tasks.”

Still not convinced? Give the page a “like” on Facebook for more information and schedule a demo with your rep today!

Published at Mon, 22 Jul 2019 14:27:16 +0000

Apartment Living

The Cheapest Residences for Rent in Accumulate Acropolis North, Pittsburgh

Ridgeville St. | Zumper in keeping with condo site Zumper, average rents for a one bedroom in accumulate acropolis arctic are hovering around $, in comparison to a $ one-bedroom median for Pittsburgh as a whole. So how does the low-end pricing on a squirrel hill arctic condo look at the moment — and what could you get for the rate? We took a glance at local listings from Zumper and house e book to find out what price range-minded house seekers can are expecting to find in the neighborhood, which, in line with stroll rating rankings, is moderately walkable, is reasonably bikeable and has first rate alteration alternate options. study on for the cheapest listings attainable at the moment. notice: fees and availability are area to exchange. Hoodline presents information-driven analysis of local happenings and developments across cities. hyperlinks covered listed here may also acquire Hoodline a commission on clicks and transactions. Ridgeville St. picture: Zumper Zumper Listed at $,month, this two-bed room, one-bathroom handle is discovered at Ridgeville St. The assemblage comes with carpeted floors. Pet owners, inquire somewhere else: This part doesn t allow cats or canine. there isn t a leasing payment appropriate for this condo. See the complete record right here. Fifth Ave. picture: Zumper picture: Zumper This two-bed room, one-bathroom apartment, established at Fifth Ave., is listed for $,ages for its rectangular toes. you ll see primary heating in the assemblage. The building offers extra space for storing, on-site laundry and storage parking. This condo is cat-informal. See the comprehensive checklist here. graceful alright St. picture: Zumper right here s a three-bed room, one-bathing room house at ravishing alright St., which, at , square feet, is going for $,month. The home has a dishwasher, hardwood ground, a fireplace and a balustrade. Neither cats nor canines are welcome. The condominium does not crave a leasing price. See the entire listing here. This sage changed into created automatically the use of local true estate statistics from Zumper and condominium book, again advised via an editor. click on right here for greater about what we re accomplishing. additionally, examine on for advertising tips for precise estate agents to showcase native bazaar competencies. obtained ideas? Go here to allotment your comments.

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Zumper forward Ave. | Zumper need a finances-couthie new chapter? even though condo looking will also be difficult, do not anguish just yet — there are deals available. So what does an affordable fee on a apartment in accumulate acropolis South seem like nowadays — and what could you get for the cost? Per stroll ranking ratings, the neighborhood is very walkable, has some bike basement and presents abounding regional public busline alternate options. It also aspects average rents for a one bed room that hover round $, in comparison to ann $ one-bed room average for Pittsburgh as an entire. a glance at native listings in accumulate hill South by way of apartment websites Zumper and condo e-book presents an overview of what expense-aware condo seekers can expect to discover during this Pittsburgh gathering. hold a glance on the cheapest listings purchasable at this time, below. note: fees and availability are area to alternate. Hoodline presents facts-pushed evaluation of native happenings and developments throughout cities. links included in this article may also acquire Hoodline a commission on clicks and affairs. ahead Ave. supplied by way of Pixel Labs Zumper offered by means of Pixel Labs Zumper Listed at $ages, this -square-bottom one-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium, determined at ahead Ave., is .% lower than the $month median hire for a one bedroom in accumulate hill South. The constructing offers an intercom and on-website laundry. that you can also expect a walk-in closet and balk flooring in the house. Pet homeowners, inquire somewhere else: This part doesn t allow bodies or dogs. See the finished list right here. ahead Ave. supplied via Pixel Labs Zumper provided by means of Pixel Labs picture: Zumper This one-bedroom, one-bathing room residence, based at forward Ave., is listed for $ages. expect to find carpeted floors in the unit; there s additionally on-website laundry obtainable. Pets don t seem to be welcome. See the complete checklist right here. Forbes Ave. provided with the aid of Pixel Labs picture: Zumper supplied by Pixel Labs Zumper right here s a one-bedroom, one-bathing room residence at Forbes Ave., which, at rectangular feet, goes for $ages. On-site laundry is listed as a building amenit. which you could also predict to see balk floor in the condo. The condominium is cat-companionate. See the complete checklist here. This myth become created automatically using native actual estate facts from Zumper and residence book, then advised with the aid of an editor. click here for greater about what we re accomplishing. received options? Go here to share your remarks.

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Your Hassle-Free Electricity Budgeting Checklist

Your Hassle-Free Electricity Budgeting Checklist

Modern life simply isn’t possible without electricity, but power for your apartment doesn’t come for free. Monthly electric bills are an inescapable part of apartment living, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut some simple corners to lower the amount you pay. With the five tips in this hassle-free electricity budgeting checklist, you can easily lower your monthly electricity costs.

1. Switch your light bulbs

LED light bulbs have become abundant over the last few decades. There’s a simple reason for their proliferation: They use far less electricity than the incandescent light bulbs that have long provided lighting to apartments across the world. Some studies have shown that LED bulbs use a full 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs, so your electric bill might drop significantly if you make the switch. And since LED bulbs don’t use nearly as much electricity as incandescent bulbs, they can last 25 times longer, meaning you’ll replace your bulbs much less frequently.

2. Couple bulbs with motion detectors

Have you ever woken up and realized you accidentally or unnecessarily left a light bulb on overnight? You can couple your light bulbs with motion detectors to ensure that all your lights turn off when nobody is up and moving in your room, saving you money on your electric bill. These detectors have been shown to reduce electricity usage by as much as 30 percent. These motion detectors are easy to install, too: Just screw them into the light socket as though they’re actual light bulbs, and then screw the light bulbs into the detectors. 

3. Install smart home devices

Smart home devices give you additional control over various aspects of your apartment, including lighting, thermostat, and virtually any device plugged into an AC outlet. You can control most smart light bulbs from your phone, giving you full customizability when it comes to when your lights are turned on and off and, therefore, the amount of electricity you use. With a smart thermostat, you can set your heat or central air conditioning to fluctuate temperature over the course of the day to save electricity. Smart plugs allow you to remotely turn plugged-in devices on or off, and some even track how much electricity your devices use, potentially allowing you to readjust your electricity consumption to save hundreds of dollars per year.

4. Switch to power strips

If you use a power strip’s on/off switch right, you can save plenty of money. When your strip is plugged in but turned off, any devices plugged into it won’t passively use energy. In the summer, for example, your air conditioner uses electricity not just when it’s running, but when it’s merely plugged in, so if you simply turn off a power strip into which it’s plugged, it won’t passively consume energy. In turn, you’ll save money on your electric bill (whereas simply unplugging devices directly from outlets doesn’t save nearly as much money as many people have claimed).

5. Be smart with large appliances

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do right this moment to save on your electricity bill is to think about how you use bigger electric appliances such as your dishwasher, air conditioner, and dryer. Being smart with large appliances means only running the washer and dryer when you can fill the machine, running your air conditioner only on its energy-saver cycle, and only running the dishwasher when it’s completely full. Since these large devices use more electricity than your phone charger or even your TV, being conscious of how you use them can save you ample sums on your electric bill.

How do you save money on your electric bill? Sound off in the comments!

Published at Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:03:53 +0000

Why Moving With Debt Isn’t Right For Everyone

Rent payments tend to comprise a massive chunk of the average person’s budget. If you’re looking to move into your first apartment, your rent payments might feel like even more of a strain on your finances if you’re also paying off debts such as student loans, an auto loan, or credit card debt. Thus, if you’re facing a lot of debt, you might want to consider putting your paycheck toward your debt before moving into your first apartment. Here are some reasons why moving with debt isn’t right for everyone.

A clear budget is a clear mind

Let’s say you’re paying $1,000 per month for your one-bedroom apartment in your city’s thriving downtown area. Your utility bills might cost around $150 per month, with items like your food budget, transportation budget, and other everyday costs adding up (though by following some simple supermarket tricks, you can reel in your grocery spending without drastically altering your quality of life). That’s already likely around $1,500 per month spent on your basic costs – spending more money on debt will only cause you more stress as you adjust to living in your first apartment. Pay off those debts now to feel more at peace as you move.

Finding your first apartment will be easier

The more debt you carry, the more it impacts your credit score. When you’re looking for your first apartment, your credit score will prove a major factor in whether potential landlords will accept your application. Once you’ve mentally committed to moving into your first apartment, begin paying off your debts, whether credit card bills or student loans, as quickly as possible. 

Once paid off, you should follow credit score best practices to keep yourself in good standing. If your debts are especially large, consider pursuing a debt repayment plan to show creditors that you’re actively working to pay off your loans. As for credit card bills, financial experts and economic researchers have devised additional best practices you can easily follow to pay those off (hint: pay your lowest credit card bills first).

You’ll feel less guilty about other spending

When you live alone, you have a unique kind of sacred space. You have an apartment that’s entirely yours rather than shared with friends or family – how much better does it get? On the other hand, living alone can get lonely, so you’ll likely find yourself wanting to go out with friends a few times a week. And usually, going out requires money.

Thus, when you’re about to move into your first apartment, your social life might suffer if you’re contending with the stress of paying off debt. There’s a social learning curve that comes with living alone – how do you balance your social needs with the lack of regular interaction that family living or roommates bring? – and if you have less money to spend, you might feel more compelled to stay home than go out and be social.

How do you go about lessening the impact of debt on your life? Sound off in the comments, and feel free to share any tools you use to help with budgeting!

Published at Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:30:43 +0000

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Small Apartment in Taipei Reveals Great Storage Options

Small Apartment in Taipei Reveals Great Storage Options

All images courtesy of A Little Design.

This small apartment in Taipei, Taiwan, envisioned by A Little Design studio, ranks high in creativity. Despite a total living space of 22 square meters (236 square feet), the flat is as practical as it gets.

According to the designers, the space clearly defines all the living functions. The stairs lead the way to the upper “bedroom” but also increase the accessibility to the cabinets in the wall. A fridge and a cupboard are located under the stairs, thus expanding the kitchen.

“The sofa area behind the wardrobe is a small, cozy corner which makes up for not having a living room,” the designers further explained. “The sofa can also be used as a single bed to host a guest and the deep drawers below complement the storage.”

Specially designed for a business person permanently on the move, the apartment had to include an ingenious solution for a working space. It more than meets that requirement. First, it has a retractable table upstairs that serves as a desk. Additionally, a side table adjoins the sofa on the ground level, perfect for placing books and magazines when working. And the sofa becomes an ideal reading nook with plenty of natural light coming through the large window.

Enjoy the virtual gallery below and let us know if there are other details that you find inspiring.

Published at Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:00:33 +0000

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Published at Sat, 11 May 2019 17:00:45 +0000

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Buying Houses, Selling Houses or Rent Housing; Choose Your Accommodation Type Aptly


There always exist a quandary among populace if they move to a new place is to take up housing for rent or buy. Buying houses or searching apartment for rent can be cleared up by analyzing one’s own position. Personal circumstances are a major driving factor if you want to say finds a cottage or villa to buy or rent in Sweden. One needs to aptly reckon that choosing apartment for rent proffers you with fitting flexibility while if you decide to buy a house; you might not be able to relocate if the situation arises. One also should not rush into selling houses and then buying houses in another location as one is never aware of the environment, surrounding and neighbors; therefore it is highly advisable to first chip in for apartment for rent and tries to make oneself settled. It should be noticed without any reminders that buying houses can definitely be expensive than just rent housing. It is also imperative to reckon that renting is maintenance free and is more qualitative. Now that you have gained a fair idea as to whether or not to locate cottage or villa to buy or rent in Sweden, we shall discuss some of the vital considerations which should be prioritized. Checking in for all prerequisite amenities such as electrical outlets, phone connections, water supply, internet accessibility and other miscellaneous things as furnishings, etc. will also make sure that you get the best value for money while rent housing. Visiting the site personally before going into any type of contract is the best feasible solution out there. In this way you will get a nice acquaintance with the property and check for yourself the amenities accessible there. But before going into any type of agreement on buying houses or selling houses, it is utterly critical to read the contract paper carefully. Rent housing essentially represents a low maintenance lifestyle wherein the property owners are liable for any kind of imbursement or maintenance work. The sense of security that seeps in when apartment for rent is considered is more likely to attract populace rather than in customary non gated access in stand alone houses and this is a pretty comprehensible fact that secure and sheltered accommodations are loved by one and all. The minimal level of commitment associated with apartment for rent also acts as a driving force for renters. The social facet of the residents is also a consideration as no one likes to live isolated from the society. But still there are individuals who would like to be sure of selling their houses. Hunting for cottage or villa to buy or rent in Sweden can be a daunting task if you decide to do it yourself without taking any assistance whether from the World Wide Web or real estate agencies. It is however imperative not to rush into agreements and take into account all pertaining facets related to the property. Utilizing every resource accessible will definitely prove practical and supportive. Source: Free Articles from

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Tips For Finding Apartments For Rent

Many apartments for rent available are in our city. The standard rent may vary from $400 per month up to $1500 for a luxury suite. This price is for a one-bedroom apartment with a fully fitted kitchen and a full bathroom.

Usually, you have to put a security/damage deposit in as well. Such a deposit normally is equal to half a month rental price. In some cases, utilities are included in the price, and in others, they are not. If paid separately utility costs vary depending on usage.

One of my sisters was very fortunate to find a nice apartment for rent in a very quiet building for only $550 per month. And it is only a few blocks away from where I live. In fact, she’s paying a bit more as there is an additional fee of $35 per month that goes for using the indoor underground parking. In her building, there are also some additional extras like cable TV, air conditioning and an indoor pool, that are available to tenants’ families.

Another popular type of apartment for rent that is widely available are the so-called bachelor apartments or studios. Their rent varies between $250 and $600 per month because they only consist of a large room with a modest kitchenette and bathroom facilities. And as you can guess they are really only suitable for a single person. Usually, the lowest range ones are in fact old damp and dark basement, and most of them are in such a condition that living there is a real danger. All the bugs and vermin they often host create such health hazards that it is not rare at all, the City to close them down and warn the public about such inhuman dwellings.

Unfortunately, there is another type of apartment for rent offered in our town that is even worse. In fact, they are not apartments at all, they are only rooms, usually situated in an old ex-boarding house. Places like these do often attract prostitutes, drug addicts and all types of underground world members. Apart from being very filthy and unsanitary, such dwellings are also extremely dangerous because of the people who stay there. Murders in such types of dwellings do happen on a regular basis.

Of course, there are great apartments for rent too – situated in the most prestigious areas of the city and are often with bigger size than some homes. They do usually offer top quality and of course feature additional facilities like saunas, spas, and gyms available for their tenants. Laundry and dry-cleaning along with concierge services are not a rarity at all. And all that comes at the corresponding price, that’s usually in the $2000+ per month range.

There are also people who do offer apartments for rent situated in their own Pensacola Houses for Rent. In case the house is way too big for one family only there is nothing bad in converting it into a duplex or triplex and renting out. And many people have done so. But the most important downside of those is that being, in fact, one house they have very thin inner walls that allow noise to spread easily to the other units and no one actually has any privacy there.

So as expected, there is such a wide variety of apartments for rent offered in the CityFind Article, that they can suit any rental range or family situation possible. Actually anybody can find one that suits him.

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Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Amenity Date Ideas in Austin

Done are the days of overcomplicating date night. With so
many versatile and luxurious amenity spaces just outside your door, enjoy a
night in that feels like a night out. Check out these date ideas in amenity
spaces across Austin.

The pool at Ashton Austin Apartments

Beat the Texas heat with a daytime date at the pool! Cozy up
under a cabana, soak up the sun side-by-side in lounge chairs, or marvel at the
expansive views of Lady Bird Lake from seven stories up. As the sun sets, grill
up a meal for two and enjoy each other’s company over dinner at the firepit.

Courtyard at Residences at the Domain Apartments

With a little bit of planning and a quick trip to the store, turn the courtyard at Residences at the Domain into the most romantic dining spot in the neighborhood. Relax under a canopy of twinkling lights, enjoy a glass of wine next to the firepit, and indulge in hours of conversation with your special someone.

Greenbelt Entrance at Barton Creek Landing Apartments

What better way to spend time together than with a sunset stroll along the Barton Creek Greenbelt? Lace-up your tennis shoes, grab water and see where the trail and the conversation take you. When you make it back to your apartment, cool off with a dip in the pool and celebrate a date that went the distance.

No matter how you choose to spend your time together, the unique amenity spaces at your luxury apartment home will help make it a date to remember. Learn more about amenities offered at Ashton Austin, Residences at the Domain, Barton Creek Landing, and more here.

Published at Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while
to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both
you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost
of caring for a dog
. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more,
you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways
to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a
pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of
adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even
more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated,
neutered/spayed and microchipped.

Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs
is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These
preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem.
When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a
small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one
to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance
. It really is a
shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for
a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is
significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options
for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog
food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means
your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.

Published at Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000

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Luxury Apartment Homes that Will Put All the Things You Enjoy at Your Fingertips


High quality residential living properties are available in apartment homes through a reputable realty corporation. This gives individuals the opportunity to choose a luxury apartment that will provide them with enough amenities and design choices to make life convenient and enjoyable. You can get your choice of floor plans and apartment design that will suit your needs and your tastes. Through a one, or two-bedroom apartment or a studio apartment, you can enjoy package plans that include some of the following:• Double vanities and hardwood floors• Decorative lighting• 9 ft. ceilings• Granite kitchen countertops• Stainless steel appliances• Full sized dryers and washers• Front load washers• Onsite recycling and trash• Cable and Internet• Covered parking• On-site athletic center• A non-smoking communityWhen you decide to move to a new area, some of the things you may want to consider are the convenience, fun, and the community you’ll be joining. Yes, you want your new home to be beautiful. However, you also want your new home to fit into your lifestyle. Through a studio apartment or a one or two bedroom apartment homes, you can get the convenience of having entertainment, dining and shopping within walking distance. These communities can also be geared toward a neighborly and sociable environment with offers such as residential meet-ups and events. You and your family can also be surrounded by a host of fun activities throughout the calendar year that will be enjoyable for every member of the family.Luxury apartment living can improve your standard of living and put a lot of the things you need and enjoy at your fingertips. You can live in a desirable location with one of these apartment homes that will place you within walking distance of many of your favorite indulgences. Within a short radius of your apartment property, you may be able to shop for clothes, food, and medicines, have Christmas parties at the club house, entertainment choices, and much more.

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