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Apartment Rental Upgrades that You Can Take With You

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Your luxury Wood Partners apartment rental will provide comfortable quarters and come with every amenity that you may need. However, as much as you make yourself at home there, it can never be completely yours because you cannot customize it. Your agreement with the property managers prevents you from making permanent changes. Fortunately, you can still make temporary upgrades that you’ll love. When your lease is up, you can take the following improvements with you. 

Add a Fireplace

Who doesn’t love the crackling glow and warmth of a fireplace, especially on a cold day? Whether your apartment already comes with this amenity is irrelevant. Ethanol fireplaces can go anywhere without the time-consuming and expensive conversion needed by a wood-burning or gas variety. Because ethanol burns cleanly, it does not need any venting. So you can put a small version on a tabletop or coffee table or hang a steel wall-mounted firebox on the wall. Consider making one a focal point in your bedroom or bath. 

Power the Shower

Turn your shower into a spa by replacing the shower heads with versions that include massage functions. Some kits even include an adjustable arm, so you can place the head higher or lower without altering the original plumbing. If you’re not handy with plumbing tools, ask the handyman of the complex to make the change for you. Don’t forget to keep the original shower fixture in a safe place so you can restore it when your lease is up. 

Add Architectural Detail

Your new apartment interior may not have the antique architectural detail that you love, so why not add your own? Antique doors, window shutters, garden gates, and medallions are readily available from salvage yards and vintage shops. Lighter details can Continue reading


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New Apartments Call for New Options: Meet Murphy


“Multiple use of space” is the mantra for apartment living. If you’re looking for ways to make your space multi-task, take a look at the Murphy (or wall) bed. These hinged beds can be folded up and stored during the day, pulled down and slept in at night. Isn’t it a tempting thought to be able to use every inch of your apartment’s square footage around the clock?

Another advantage of the Murphy bed is its comfort. Unlike a sleeper sofa or futon couch/bed, the mattress in a wall bed is kept flat, so there’s no pesky bumps, folds or bars to contend with.


William L. Murphy had a problem: he lived in a one-room apartment and he wanted to entertain. Being a problem-solving kind of guy, he took some door hinges, a door jamb from a closet and built the first wall bed. The result was so successful he applied for a patent and started the Murphy Wall Bed Company in 1900.The wall bed business took off from there and has never stopped.  Think of it, with a Murphy bed you get a bedroom PLUS one of the following:

  • Home office
  • Yoga studio
  • Playroom for kids
  • Home theater
  • Craft room
  • Teen hangout space
  • Library
  • Art studio
  • Home gym

Sold on that idea? Good, let’s look at your options. Continue reading