Furnishing a buy-to-let in Sofia!
The ground rules for renovating for successful tenanting of a residential rental property are space-light-neutral-accessorise!:
Space = value: Creating the illusion of more space (hence more rental income compared to similar apartments) is based on choosing lighter space enhancing tones for paint and flooring and even the kitchen which enhance rather than detract from the sense of space. Let’s face it most developers tend to maximise the so called ‘common areas’ and your average 120 m2 2 bed apartment is then in real terms more like 95 m2 of habitable space. Obviously with such a relatively limited amount of space you do not want to crowd the apartment with heavy dark or traditional style furnishing which may detract from the illusion of space that you are trying to create. It is a highly competitive business especially after the building boom so every small advantage you can get at design stage will help to differentiate your product i.e. your apartment at point of ‘sale’ i.e. renting to a potential tenant. If with these 4 simple steps you can create the illusion of having 10% more space than is physically there then your apartment will be chosen against a similar apartment which again on paper is offering the same or similar living space. To create this sense of space I advise knocking out as many unnecessary partition walls as possible to open up the property to allow natural light and movement and communication with the person cooking in the kitchen transforming it into a shared social activity rather than a solitary experience. Of course you have to weigh this against the odour from the kitchen which will then spread around the apartment. However with modern strong extractor hoods (absorbatori) you resolve most of this issue and in any case with hectic modern lifestyles many people nowadays whether you like it or not microwave their food or simply cook a quick snack or re-heat a takeaway, this is the hard reality of modern living! The strategic use of mirrors is also as I am sure you are aware key to creating the illusion of space. Regarding furnishing space is created by choosing glass tables over heavy wood items as it is all about allowing the onlooker’s eye to travel around the room without obstruction giving this valuable sensation of space that you need for optimum rental. The other area that affects space impression is the choice of flooring polished tiles reflect back the light, whilst lighter parquet floors also create a sense of space especially classical styles with a modern twist such as bleached oak laminate flooring. Regarding the skirting the eye should be allowed again to travel to infinity without obstruction through the wall so a trick here is to make the skirting the same colour as the wall not the floor, yes I know it is counter-intuitive but believe me it works! For wall paints light yellow/primrose is good for bedrooms cosy and fresh at the same time with green undertones to reflect back light and give a sensation of space. Very pale green is space enhancing as is very pale mauve/salmon (NOT PINK!), even the lightest of biscuit or browns can accent a specific wall for detail. The best colour for enhancing space is a very light grey almost but NOT WHITE as this rather like URULU (Ayers Rock in Australia) then allows external light to penetrate the surface of the paint then reflect back so that the walls then take on a life of their own at different times of the day reflecting back the shade and light from the source of natural light. However I heard you today with Maria and you have good ideas for the paint colours so this is obviously one of your strong points where you have a clear vision.
Light = space: More lights are better than less lights it is an affordable way of zoning a property especially when it is open plan and gives a cost effective sense of luxury to the future tenant, for this it is always good to have a zone where there is a dimmer switch to allow the occupants to change the mood of their environment. Light also refers to light tones for paint and flooring and furnishing. One trick taught to me by an architect who rented out her London property to tennis stars is to have a cream or White leather sofa s a feature in the property, don’t ask me why but it works when attracting the all important tenant you seek! Many of the furnishing and finishing points such as use of mirrors and polished Gres tiles is also mentioned in the section above. Breaking down partition walls internally also allows light to filter through the property. Darker floor & wall finishing and furnishing is OK for rental but only in large apartments with high ceiling s and lots of natural light where they will not dominate or cramp the available space but rather enhance it by making it on a more human scale. So I would recommend this for apartments with over 150 m2 in livable space where you do not face the challenge of making the property feel bigger than it really is to compensate for the size.
Neutral = mass appeal:
Tenants do not need or want to feel that your style or anybody Else’s for that matter has been imposed on them. Having neutral coordinated tones throughout the apartment helps to allow the prospective tenant to imagine living there and bringing their own accessories paintings and personal possessions into the space to make it their own. Rather than restricting and limiting your options you want to appeal to the most people possible whilst offending the least possible this is where the neutral element comes into it’s own. It may seem bland and boring not cosy or unappealing to you or I but let’s face it we are not going to live there it is a rental property a rental unit a retail business commodity that you want maximum ROI on as a result!
You have your home all snugly tight with the right amount of insulation in all the right places and you turn on the heat and the room heats up, but… the kitchen is still cold; you need a central heating system of some kind.
The central heating systems are some of the most efficient systems because they generate the heat and then pump it all over the house in the same proportions that you select. That way, the rooms that are being used gets the most heat and the rooms that are not being used gets quite a bit less or none at all depending on their usage.
The central heating system’s boiler or heating unit is contained in the garage or basement and the ducts are run under the house or through the ceiling to come out in each room and you can even add a humidifier or dehumidifier to the entire system to allow those important functions as well. That makes a very good investment in your home and may increase the sales price, if and when necessary, all that much more.
Two years ago I went to the Drome Valley of the Provence, which is in the heart of that county, one our South of Lyon, two hours north of Marseilles. The most gorgeous inland area of the Provence with lavender fields in bloom, poppies coming out, sun flower fields starting. Slowing rolling hills and small medieval villages situated on either side of the road.
What I did not know that this particular area was known for a very special red and white clay.
The reason for that is, of course, the weather. Even when my husband and I visited, it was hot and sunny during the day, but heavy rain storms during the night. In the morning everything was breathing, steaming, mist was lifting just the most magical climate.
But what if must do to the earth is providing it with the right ingredients for the best possible clay, white or red, though red clay is clearly the superior one.
We visited a small pottery, one of many, and that is where I first saw the ceramic egg tray . I have never seen anything like it and it just looked so nice, cute and practical at the same time. Luckily my husband speaks almost perfect French so, I asked him to find out about these lovely products.
I always thought that eggs must be kept in the fridge to keep them safe. But there and then I learned that eggs are better kept outside the fridge as the porous shells can pick up everything else from the fridge, whether its ham or cheese or meat and chicken smells.
It cannot possibly be dangerous to keep eggs in a fridge or I would have died a long time ago, but ever since, when I bought my first ceramic egg tray or egg holder from that little pottery shop in Provence , I have kept my eggs outside the fridge.
It is not only an attractive addition to our kitchen, it holds 12 eggs (6er egg trays are the other choice), but it seems to be the better way to keep your eggs at home.
And I have noticed the difference in taste. Of course this could be imaginary but it seriously does feel as if my mushroom or cheese omelette tastes better since I have our eggs outside the fridge than before.
All in all, this is one of the unique kitchen or pantry items I have ever seen and all people who have come to visit have become egg tray or egg holder. Erde Ceramica is a unique ceramics and pottery shop where the products are hand-made, hand-painted kitchen and tableware from a selection of longstanding family owned potteries in Provence and Aubagne in France and Manises near Valcenica in Spain.
Plastic piping has been used for over 60 years in a wide variety of applications. It is significantly easier to work with than traditional metal piping and can be used almost anywhere metal is and some places it cannot. There are two types of plastic piping, PVC and HDPE. If you are getting ready to begin a project that involves plumbing it may benefit you to understand the differences between the two.
PVC is a rigid plastic pipe. This makes it strong but also somewhat brittle. It can be manufactured in long lengths and large diameter making it ideal for buried piping. It can withstand large temperature extremes, all the way down to -40 degrees Celsius.
As compared to metal piping, PVC is much more resistant to the elements. It will also never run slow of become clogged because of corrosion, scale or rust build up. However it can be easily scratched if items other than fluids run through it. These scratches can catch debris as it flows past leading to a clog over time.
The first thing most people think about when building a new home is the cost. You may have seen a cost per square foot calculator of some sort on a few house plan broker sites and home designer websites showing you the averages of building a particular home in the south, north, east, and west coast. Unfortunately, the cost per square foot method (CPSFM) tends to mislead unaware homebuyers. When calculating square foot cost of say a 2,000 square foot home, you are able to compare the numbers on home builders who use this method to quote you a price to build. As you will find, the estimates can be very different.
Here are several reasons why the CPSFM is ineffective:
(1) Home styles – A country house plan with wood siding and a traditional house plan with brick at the same square footage would not cost the same to build.
If you are hunting for something that can never harm a single strand of your hair and can offer you with the same gorgeous locks that you have always dreamt of, then it is always recommended to go for a GHD ceramic flat iron. You will come across so many stylish features in this device that offer maximum comfort and hair protection while styling. Offering multiple styling options, GHD ceramic flat irons serve to address all your hair styling requirements, that too within the shortest possible time. Fast styling being the main feature of these stylers; they are highly preferred by women who have a busy schedule.
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When it comes to home dcor, there is no scarcity for the interior design objects in the modern world. However, when it comes to unique interior design objects, they will be rare to find and obviously will be very costly. Thankfully, there is a group of interior design elements which are very unique and are vey affordably priced. They are nothing but the Moroccan interior design elements. Infact, the Moroccan styled interior design is fast becoming a great trend worldwide. The Moroccan interior design has gained huge popularity since the renovation of the Riad traditional Moroccan house. You can bring the marvels of the Moroccan interior design to your home by wisely choosing the home dcor elements. Just keep on reading the article to know the 3 Moroccan interior design elements that can reveal the beauty of your home.
The Moroccan Furniture
According to expert interior designers, home dcor without unique furniture will be incomplete. The fact can be now changed as home dcor will be incomplete without the Moroccan furniture. One of the main advantages of using the Moroccan furniture in home dcor is that they offer great functionality combined with unique looks. The problem associated with most of the modern furniture is that they will have unique style but most of them will have zero usability. This disadvantage is overcome by the use of Moroccan furniture. To the added advantage, these Moroccan furniture gives great value for money. According to real estate experts, the homes decorated with Moroccan furniture will have great face value when compared to the others.