How to store antique furniture

An antique furniture item.

Antique furniture is a wonderful relic to have in your home. It is valuable, expensive and a treasured piece of furniture. But sometimes, we are forced to store it. There are many reasons for that – moving, traveling, downsizing, etc. Whatever the reason may be, you need to know how to store antique furniture in order to preserve it for generations to come. It is not going to be as easy as storing your living room sofa, but it is far from impossible. And, that is why we are here. Thus, if interested in how to store antique furniture, keep on reading for some tips and tricks. Read More …

Creating a basement apartment 101

Turning a basement apartment into a home

If you ask people what their ideal house is like, some answers will probably start with “as long as it’s on the beach…” or “I prefer a top-floor apartment overlooking the city”. And while people’s perceptions are different, it is clear that everyone has a vision. And whether you’ll add some antique furniture, or keep it more simple, it doesn’t matter. It’s important to have an idea. But what if the circumstances don’t allow some of the mentioned options? What if you need to go an alternative way, and live in a basement, for instance? Now, no matter how unattractive this may sound, there are so many great ways how to conduct a complete home renovation project and turn this basement into your perfect vision of a dream home.

Privacy matters in a basement apartment

Whether you are looking for a basement to turn into an apartment when preparing for moving, or you already have one, it’s important that it provides the security and privacy of a real home. It would be best if the basement had a separate entrance. If it doesn’t, but for some reason, that basement suits you, then think about making the entrance on your own. The downside is that it might add a lot to your costs, especially if you’re trying to trim them. Once you have a separate door, you should have it additionally secured. One of the ways to burglar-proof the door is to install a deadbolt lock or to reinforce the door locks that have already been installed. Replace the door if it’s already old and damaged.

Know the limits of your budget when renovating a basement apartment

Renovating is never really easy and it can be quite time-consuming. So, if you are planning to move into the basement, start working on the renovation as soon as possible. However, don’t start with anything unless you have your budget set. Converting a basement into a pleasantly liveable space will definitely require some investments. Putting numbers on paper will show where you stand regarding the budget, and how much can be done for the amount available. You also need to figure if the investment will pay off should you decide to rent out the unit once you finish it.

Renovating a basement apartment
Start with the renovations timely

Trimming costs

It’s true that you will have to hire professionals when renovating, but there are still ways to lower the expenses. For instance, you can be your own plumber and check whether the pipes are in a good state, or whether there are some leaks that need to be fixed. Also, save some money on hiring a decorator. Instead, find some tips on decorating an apartment on the Internet and you’ll surely get some interesting ideas.

Plan how to use the basement space

Once you know your budget, you can move on with the implementation of the plan. Have a blueprint of the basement space and propose your ideas to an architect, if you’re collaborating with one. The point of this step is to make the most out of the space that you have. With smart planning, even the space with the smallest square footage can turn out to be much more functional. But first, you need to free the space and find a way to remove junk on a budget and then see what you have at your disposal.

Bring in the light

You’ve probably heard many times before, that for smaller and unlit rooms, brighter colors do the trick. Apartments in the basement lack natural light, so you need to ensure that your apartment won’t stay dark, thus unwelcoming. Make sure to install more windows to let the sunlit enter the space. This will not only make the room brighter, but it will help you pass the building inspection and the legal check.

As for the selection of colors of the walls and furniture, go with neutral but brighter colors. They will create an illusion of a larger space. You would be surprised to know how much colors can affect the mood. While bright colors can lift your spirits up, darker tones can do quite the opposite.

a room in bright tones
Use bright colors for the apartment

High ceilings

Another way to make an illusion of a bigger space is by having high ceilings. Actually, it is a standard for basement apartments to be renovated in such a way that the ceiling height is 7 feet and more.

But sometimes, this kind of renovation is simply out of question, so you need to use other ways to enhance the quality of the living area. If this is your case, take a look at some of the following ideas:

  • Choose a wall to place a big piece of art which will create the illusion of a high ceiling.
  • Install thin and tall bookshelves. They always come in handy, and here they will only make the area look nicer.
  • Get lower seating. If you are a fan of ottomans, this is a perfect situation to buy one. Play with the design and texture.
  • Don’t consider bulky furniture as it will only occupy more space.

The whole idea is to make the space in the basement apartment look less restricted. The more you need to lift your head up, the larger space will seem.

Have an open-concept layout

If it is possible, make sure to remove all the walls that visually reduce space. This way, you will create a more attractive layout. Talk about this with your contractor and see whether you can pull it off. Having an airy space brings many possibilities for furnishing the place and creating a cohesive area. Without obstacles in sight, the whole apartment will look large. You can decorate it to your own taste, maybe even install a fireplace which can look very modern and attractive. Furthermore, it will help the place look warm, unlike most basement apartments which are cold.

When you start thinking about undertaking a project such as creating a basement apartment, make sure to take these pieces of advice into consideration. Hopefully, they will contribute to making the apartment look just the way you imagined.

How to prepare for the movers

Learn how best to prepare for the movers

Moving preparations are all about the timing. While some people decide to handle the entire process on their own, many people choose to hire professional moving assistance. If you already book your moving company, you probably started to plan your upcoming relocation. However, in order to prepare for the movers, there are some things you should do. Read More …

How to cut storing costs in New York?

find a way to cut storing costs in New York

Most people are dreaming to relocate to NYC. This city can offer you a lot of great opportunities. However, the costs of living in this city can be huge. Preparing for moving to NYC is also important. If you have a lot of items which you need to relocate, you should rent a storage unit. But, having a storage unit can also be expensive. That is why you need to know how to cut storing cost in NYC. In this article, we are going to present to you some useful tips and tricks what is the best option for your budget. Read More …

How to prepare furniture when moving?

How to prepare furniture when moving feature, painting, plant and lamp.

When moving house, people often forget about possibly the most important part of their home – the furniture. However, moving furniture actually takes quite a bit of consideration on your part. It does not just include asking two-three of your buddies to lug your couch. Because of its bulkiness and weight, your furniture will require particular protection. There are several steps that you need to take in order to prepare furniture when moving. Otherwise, you can end up with damaged furniture, which will simply increase the stress of the move. In case the damage is more significant, you can even end up with having to buy new furniture. Here’s how you can prepare your furniture when moving the right way.

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Senior moving tips

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When you are moving it can get really stressful. Senior moving can be even more stressful then usually. That is why you should try to inform yourself as much as possible on some tips and tricks to make the moving somewhat easier. If you do want to find the right information about senior moving, you came to the right place. We will try and provide you with some pointers on how to make your moving process stress free. The trick is to follow your own pace, you shouldn’t be in a hurry and you will get everything as it should and in a timely manner. So, let us begin. Read More …