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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 8/18/2019

A bedroom is for relaxing, so the decoration idea of a bedroom should be to relax. Although quite a number of modern bedroom designers will recommend having a sitting area, a king size bedroom, a mini office all in your bedroom, it doesnít have to be so.

Having a small bedroom can, in fact, be a blessing and help your night sleep. Since space is limited, TV set, videos, etc. that can serve as a distraction to a better night sleep wouldn't have space. Hence, the less you have to do in your bedroom, the better the chance of having a good night's sleep. This, however, doesn't mean that you cannot have a beautiful bedroom. 

Here are some excellent small bedroom decoration ideas: 

Embrace Minimalism

You can add space to your small bedroom when you concentrate only on the essentials. Since the only thing a bedroom must have is a bed, keep other accessories like gadgets, books, and pieces of furniture down.

You can engage in a sleek built in for more storage space. With built-ins, you can maximize storage which gives you plenty of storage space while you get to sleep comfortably.

Use Mirrors

Mirrors create the illusion of a bigger bedroom. You can be creative with a mirror by identifying the perfect location where it can reflect the natural light from the window. Get a body length mirror and placing it on the wall. You do not have to drill holes, although it is better to secure it with wall tacks if you are worried it will fall.

Add Storage Areas Under the Bed

If you buy a new bed, get a bed with drawers beneath for extra space. If you already have a bed, raise it so that you can use decorative bins underneath for extra space. Milk crates and some other baskets are great, and you can enjoy using them under your bed.

Live Vertically

Pressed for space? You can leverage the higher areas available. You can add a platform or a loft with storage in your bedroom. While not everyone may not be able to attempt this, it is good for people who don't mind climbing into their beds.

Invest in Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are an excellent way to solve space issues in a small bedroom. Some floating shelf ideas for small bedroom:

- A bookcase

- A laptop desk

- Replacement for your nightstand etc.

You shouldnít have to be put off by the fact that you have a small bedroom. With the following decoration ideas, you can get creative and make the best use of it.




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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 8/11/2019

Look outside your back door to your backyard area. Do you like what you see? Does it inspire you to throw a barbecue and sit around with friends and family to unwind? Backyards come in many shapes and sizes. They should be a place to sit back and relax. Create an oasis to escape the stress of everyday life without having to leave your home. Having a place to be active and play together as a family. A backyard is an arena to build memories. From playing a game of catch, water fight, tag or building a fort, all of these can happen in your backyard with some planning and elbow grease. 

Fire Pits

The atmosphere created from sitting around a fire builds relationships and connections. Making s'mores or just sitting around telling stories and laughing, fire pits bring people together. For a small patio, a metal pedestal fire pit with a grated cover will work well in these areas. The cover will protect the surroundings from fire embers. If you do not mind digging a hole in your yard, you can create an in-ground fire pit lined with stone or bricks. For a more ambitious project, build an above-ground pit by layering the stone or brick into the desired shape. Always keep in mind safety, choose an area free of any fire hazard.  

Seating Areas 

Creating a seating area is a great idea. A dedicated space that you spend quality outdoor time enjoying and makes your backyard more inviting. No matter what the size of your yard, it can turn into a place of relaxation. You want to create opportunities to have conversations. Seating should be comfortable to use but also mobile in order to change arrangements or put up out of the way of bad weather. There are different styles and materials to choose from when it comes to seating options. Seating areas on the patio, garden, poolside, fire pit and need different kinds of seating. Your local weather patterns also have a lot to do with what materials you choose. You are limited only by imagination, space, and money.

A fire pit or seating area is not the only way to create a comfortable backyard experience. A few more ideas are:

- Water feature

- Flower garden

- Vegetable garden

- Hammock

- Built-in barbeque

- Awning or pergola

- Gazebo

Go through some open houses in your area this weekend and see what others are doing in their backyards.




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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 8/4/2019

Owning your own home is a beautiful feeling. However, this feeling comes with the responsibility of maintenance. This maintenance does not apply only to appliances, but also the small problems that you tend to overlook in an apartment. When you fail to address these little problems on time in a house, however, it may result in more significant problems with a bill of a few hundred dollars turning into thousands. To prevent the worst from happening, here are small homes issues that you need to catch on time:

Faucet and pipe Leak

A leaky faucet or a slight leak in a pipe in the wall may seem like nothing to be worried about, but if left unattended, it could lead to severe damages. Failing to fix a leaky faucet at a slow drip can lead to expensive water bills as well as resulting in drain clogs and overflow. Furthermore, if a pipe in the wall has even a slight leak, neglecting it can damage the walls which can cause a serious issue that can impact your home's structure negatively.

Stain on the ceiling 

A weird blemish or damp spot on your ceiling is typically a sign of roof leakage. However, if you neglect the stain, then your ceiling could collapse because the drywall lining won't be able to hold the weight of water. In a worst-case scenario, untreated stains may result in dry rot in the roof beams which may cause structural damage and illness from mold growth.

Sticking doors

If you have sticking doors, they may not seem not like a big deal, but they are caused by expansion because too much moisture gets into your home. If your entry does not close properly, it will be difficult for you to heat a room efficiently, leading to a higher energy bill. Also, the moisture that gets into your room can lead to the growth of mold spores which are harmful to your health.

Dull hardwood flooring

"What possibly could go wrong?" is the question many homeowners ask when they notice the protective top coat of their hardwood floor has dulled or worn out. However, leaving a dull hardwood floor untreated will make it prone to discoloration and dirt, and you could possibly end up spending several thousand dollars on replacing the entire floor.

Missing or damaged caulk around the tub

If you notice some water is seeping behind your wall tiles or your tub, you need to seek the services of an experienced plumber or tile repair person as soon as possible. Leaving damaged caulk untreated can lead to dangerous mold deposits and also ruin the floors of the bathroom.

Do not ignore small signs of issues in your home and call a general contractor if you are unsure of the cause.




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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 7/28/2019

When you first start creating the list of things you need to finish to get your home ready for sale, it can seem daunting. Too much work can throw you for a loop, and you might be tempted to sell your home "as-is" instead. However, just adding a bit of curb appeal can significantly increase the value of the property. You can crack down on that list by starting with these quick and easy items can you do on a weekend by yourself for under a hundred dollars.

Street Address Numbers

One of the easiest and least expensive curb appeal upgrades are new house numbers. You want buyers driving by to see the address easily, so go for clean large numerals that are easily visible on the side of your property. You can get brass or chrome numbers for a shiny effect, or you can get wooden numbers and paint them in the color of your choice. 

Front Door and Shutters

A new front door can give your entryway a sense of welcome. You can go for a new entry entirely to improve on the existing style of your home, or you can just try out a new paint job. If you have shutters, you can refresh the paint on those as well. Check with your local paint specialist to find out what kind of paint works best. Make sure you double-check the material your door is made of before you start, or you could end up with just a peeling mess on your hands. For the best look, make sure you tape off any windows and fixtures and then clean up any remaining paint after its all dry. 

Outdoor Lighting

You don't need to replace your outdoor lights to make a difference, but you do need to give them a good shine. Take them all apart and remove the dust and bugs that build up under the glass. Switch out your light bulbs for brand new LEDs that will be brighter and better for your electrical bill. If you want to make some changes, outdoor lighting can be purchased and hung yourself for relatively cheap at your local lighting or home improvement store. If you're going to install new light fixtures, be sure to turn off the electricity at the breaker box before you start.

Landscaping

Get your whole family together for this one and start by picking any weeds and removing any dead leaves, branches, and other plant matter. Your kids may want to claim some of it for leaf-jumping piles, but make sure to clean up those piles after they have their fun. Clean up your lawn or replace a dried-out lawn with an alternate material such as mulch that is easier to take care of regularly.

Talk to your real estate agent about the best curb appeal upgrades for your home, so that you spend your money in the right place.




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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 7/21/2019

After buying a gorgeous new house your old furniture can feel a bitÖ outdated and drab. Suddenly your favorite pieces are beaten up and shabby. And the ones you thought were okay are intolerable, eyesores.

If after your move a top-to-bottom redecorating project isnít option right away, and for most of us it isnít, you donít need to feel stuck with unappealing furniture.

The truth is you just need some creativity and a few free weekends to dedicate to reworking your current pieces.

Start with the pieces that just need a facelift. Touch up scratched or scuffed paint and polish any hardware. Then experiment with their placement. Maybe the office bookcase looks better in the living room and the credenza is right at home in your bedroom. Being willing to experiment to find the most unique and best fit!

Reupholster chairs, stools or even your sofa for a whole new lease on life. If youíve never reupholstered before start with a simple project like a chair before jumping into a more advanced one (like your couch). Choose a bold new color for a statement piece or fresh neutral for a crisp, clean feel.

Add new legs to a sofa, chair or table. And yes! You can change out the legs to a couch. Add thin modern legs to update an old couch or swap out a round shape for a square-one, or vice-versa. You can even DIY a new table altogether by installing your top of choice onto a set of legs.  

You donít always have to add to your furniture to make it look fresh and new. Sometimes itís what you take away that counts. Experiment with removing hardware altogether from drawer pulls and doors from cabinets for an open shelf look. Try removing arms from a chair or the back altogether from a sofa. These last two are perfect to try if youíre already upholstering the furniture.

Add contact paper in your color or pattern of choice to update a glass top or particle board piece. There are so many options and in classy options. You can opt for faux marble print or just a sleek black. Metal furnishings can be freshened up with metallic spray paint in a new modern tone. Or go all in and refinish a natural wood piece after sanding.

Avoid dwarfing your apartment-sized furniture by arranging it away from the walls. This will create a feeling of spaciousness in the room. If you have an area rug large enough to do so arrange all of your furniture within its bounds. This makes a room feel more pulled together and will keep your furniture from slipping all over bare wooden floors.

When it is time to upgrade do so slowly over time and prioritize by its importance to your lifestyle. This could be a new mattress, couch or cool new rug. What will make the biggest difference to your lifestyle? Start there.




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