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Small-Space Decor Inspiration, Perfect for Apartments

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Although some “apartments” would be better labeled “penthouses” or simply “the top floor of the building,” most apartment dwellers are accustomed to making the most of diminutive spaces. Whether you’re moving in to a new place or refreshing your current one, here is our favorite apartment decor inspiration we’ve discovered on Pinterest.

  1. In a unit with an open-floor plan, separate your bedroom from the rest of the apartment with a separator that doubles as a spot to mount a flat-screen T.V.
  2. If you have an attic or another oddly-shaped space, turn it into a bonus closet or storeroom.
  3. A small living room can be transformed into a cozy spot worthy of epic movie marathons with comfortable furniture and touches of unique decor.
  4. Easily turn a closet into a chic, personal workstation.
  5. A dining area can be utilized as a place to write notes and messages and display artwork with the help of a wall covered in chalkboard paint.
  6. Go onward and upwards with a bookshelf instead of devoting a large space to a traditional shelf.
  7. A narrow living room is the perfect place for intimate conversations and cocktails.
  8. If you have stairs in your apartment, the spot underneath the stairs can be turned into a comfy reading nook.
  9. This image proves that a loft can be chic, stylish, and sophisticated.
  10. If it’s just the two of you in your place, this simple table can take the place of a space-sucking dining room table.

For more inspiration and to see photos of our beautiful apartments, please visit our website or contact us.

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Simple Tips to Achive Green Living

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Green living means you are taking steps that are friendly for the planet. Simple steps can make a big difference in doing the right thing. Consider these tips that are easy and inexpensive (mostly free).

Recycle

Everyone has heard how important it is to recycle. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves the same amount of energy required to power a TV for three hours? So be sure to recycle every possible can, bottle and cardboard item you are done using.

In addition, it is possible to recycle electronics. These need to be kept out of landfills due to the toxic chemicals they contain. Often retailers take electronics for recycling. For example, a cell phone store will likely take old cell phones. A office supply store will likely take printer cartridges. You may even find that your local school takes electronics for recycling as a fundraiser.

If you recieve a package that includes peanuts or bubble wrap try to avoid putting them in the garbage. Bubble wrap is now being made out of recyleable plastics. The styrofoam peanuts will sit in a landfill for centuries without decomposing so it is worthwhile to seek recycling options.  Calling 1-800-828-2214 can help you find a place to bring them for recycling.

Purchases

Attempt to purchase local items. Not only does it help your local economy but it also reduces the amount of gas needed to transport the item from another state or country. In addition, the packaging requirements are often less for a local item than for one that has to make a cross country trek.

Remember to bring your own bags when shopping instead of using the plastic bags the store provides. If you forget to bring your own bags be sure to recycle the bags you wind up getting with your purchases.

For additional information about apartment living or how to achieve a green lifestyle contact us. Remember, you can make a difference!


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5 Ways to Promote Sustainable Homes

 

House choice on white background. Isolated 3D imageAs awareness grows towards the importance of sustainable living, sustainable homes have become a primary focus of young couples and families.  Reducing one’s carbon footprint is now attainable through easy and affordable means.  The following article will help you and your family take steps towards easily adjusting your home to fit the “green” lifestyle.

 

1. Move closer to work: according to the Context Institute, one-third of all car travel is due to commuting. If possible, work from home, and eliminate your commute completely. If you decide to move, let Wood Partners help. We allow your family to live comfortably while sustaining a earth-friendly lifestyle.

2. Ventilate with air-to-air heat exchange: Changing your ventilation to air-to-air provides fresh air and improved climate control, while also saving energy by reducing heating (and cooling) requirements. This ventilation system will save you lots of money in the long run by pre-heating fresh air coming in with waste heat from the “old” air circulating out.

3. Buy Efficient Appliances: with smarter, newer designs, like front-loading washers (they use half the water and detergent of top-loading washers), you will use less water and electricity. You can cut your household energy use by a whopping 13 percent! Fortunately, Wood Partners is already ahead of the game in using the best, most energy-efficient appliances.

4. Service Your Furnace: Just as appliances grow old and inefficient, so does your furnace.  Although cleaning and adjusting your furnace can greatly improve its efficiency, purchasing a newer model can reduce gas emissions.

A gas furnace made in the early 1970s typically has an AFUE of about 65 percent. The lowest efficiency allowed by law for new gas furnaces is 78 percent, and some new models achieve 97 percent–near-total efficiency.

5. Install Low-Flush Toilets: Switching to low-flush toilets will save money and contribute to the low-energy lifestyle. Instead of using 6 gallons per flush, you only use 1.5 gallons.

For more information on low-energy homes, contact us!


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The Real Reason Millennials Choose Apartment Rentals

iStock_000014814198XSmallMillennials can actually afford to buy homes, but many choose to rent. According to a recent article by Consumer Affairs, the younger generation is slow to embrace home ownership. Two years ago, 35 percent of Millennials said they are renting to prepare to buy a home, but only 26 percent are saying that now, according to a Fannie Mae survey. The reason they want to rent is because renting is “more affordable.” But when you dig a little deeper, the reason many Millennials ages 20 to 35 prefer apartment rentals is because they can get the amenities and luxurious lifestyle they want at a more affordable price. Most can’t afford homes in the price range that gives them granite countertops, laminate hardwood floors, access to a gym, pool or other amenities in a master-planned or upscal e community.

Renting now and buying later

According to Consumer Affairs, real estate experts predict the rate of home ownership will continue to decline even though home prices rise. Millennials often choose apartment rentals that cost less than a mortgage so they have more spending money. But they can also put that extra money aside to purchase a home down the road. Many are waiting to have children, which is often the driving force behind home ownership. The average first-time homebuyer was 31 years old in 2013, but that age may rise with so many people burdened with student loan debt.

Focusing on other priorities

Renting instead of owning gives young people the chance to focus on building careers and paying off debt before taking on a mortgage. Home buyers with a 20-percent down payment can avoid the extra private mortgage insurance payment tacked onto the loan. Most property managers of apartment rentals take care of any property maintenance, which is extremely appealing to Millennials.

As the children of baby boomers, most Millennials grew up in an era of prosperity before the recession. They were accustomed to attending new construction schools, eating at new restaurants and living in new homes. Luxury apartment rentals don’t have to sell themselves to Millennials because they are already there. The question real estate experts ponder is how long will Millennials continue to rent? As long as they can find luxurious units, this younger group may become loyal lifelong renters.

Wood Partners is a national real estate company that provides a luxurious living experience for people on all budgets. For more information about our amazing communities, contact us.