Why Using a Professional to Design Common Areas is Just Common Sense

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A building’s lobby is a welcoming area for visitors, potentials buyers and renters. It often serves as an introduction to the interior esthetic of the property and should reflect the quality of the units. As such, a lobby and other common areas like party rooms or lounges can add value to a property or detract from it depending on its overall appearance and how well it is maintained.
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As the expression goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Think about the last time you checked into a hotel or visited a friend’s condo. It is likely that you formed your opinion of the suite and the service as soon as you walked in the front entrance. Businesses that take the opportunity to put their best foot forward on common space design are at a clear advantage over their competitors.

Common areas usually serve a specific purpose, whether it is to check in with concierge, wait for a friend or colleague, grab a coffee and read the paper, watch a movie, or host a family gathering. With a clear goal for the space in mind, identifying furnishing and décor elements that are functional and durable while also being modern and à la mode is key.

High traffic areas can pose unique challenges because elements like chair fabrics, wall paint and area rugs may wear long before a table, lamp or wall art go out of fashion. This is where the help of a professional interior designer can help you to make strategic decisions that will help extend the life of certain purchases and update others so that you can maximize your budget while always delivering a fresh and inviting feel to your common spaces.

Whether you are looking to completely redesign your hotel lobby or breakfast bar, or update a condo party room or retirement home respite suite, Custom Home Interiors has the people, the products, and the solutions to deliver a vision that will make a positive and lasting impression on guests and tenants.

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Advantages of Buying Smaller Euro-Style Appliances

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In Europe, where living spaces in major cities are smaller, generally, so too are appliances. They not only reflect a long tradition of shopping in the markets daily, cooking fresh food, an hanging laundry on a line, but also more recently a continent’s response to increasing energy prices and global temperatures.

North America is catching on, and although we may not all have the time to shop and cook fresh every day, there are still plenty of other reasons to go euro when it comes to appliances.

Save Money

Smaller appliances usually mean a smaller purchase price and less taxes, especially when compared to larger models of the same brand. The money you save on reducing the size of your appliances could be spent on upgrading to a better model, or on additional furnishings and offerings that increase the appeal of your home.
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Conserve Energy

North Americans have the biggest refrigerators in the world. They became a status symbol of sorts in the 80’s and used to store a week’s worth of food for families of all sizes. The sad truth is that refrigerators consume more energy than any other household appliance because they run day and night.

Reducing the size of everyone’s fridge alone can impact global warming. Imagine what we could do by reducing the size of all of our household appliances.

Create Space

With the size of living spaces shrinking due to population growth in and around urban centres, it will become increasingly important to design homes with furnishing and appliances that maximize every inch of space so that comfort and functionality are not compromised in any way. Euro-style appliances are smaller and sleeker than traditional North American counterparts. They fit perfectly into a single or dual occupant space and lifestyle, which are now the two largest household segments in Canada.

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Six Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

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The cost of heating a home can often be more frightful than the weather outside. Instead of letting rising energy costs send a shiver down your spine this winter, consider some of these energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter.

  1. Move Furniture Away from Vents

If your furniture is in front of or on top of heating vents, it is likely that your rooms are not getting the maximum heat potential. Take a tour of the house and rearrange any pieces of furniture that could be posing an issue and see if the flow of heat improves and the room feels warmer without having to turn up the thermostat.

  1. Snuggle Up in Quality Linens and Blankets

1498aaUsing the same sheets year round might not be the best approach for the climate you live in. Materials that breathe well might be perfect in the summer, but when the temperatures drop, you want to make sure your bedding traps enough of your body heat to keep your warm through the night without having to employ a hot water bottle. Working with our team to create fine custom linens and blankets for your home will ensure style is not sacrificed for comfort when designing any room in a house.

  1. Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces can be installed in minutes, often on the same day as purchased. Installation and operating costs of an electric fireplace are a mere fraction of their wood burning and gas counterparts. At about $0.18 per hour at maximum output, you can heat a room for about $50-$80 a year. We choose Dimplex® for our projects. They carry a wide carry a wide array of top-quality designs with an unparalleled selection of styles, accents and finishes to suit any style and application.

  1. Cover Wood Floors and Tiles with Area Rugs

According to the National Energy Foundation, uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. Using area rugs not only prevents this loss of energy and keeps toes warm, it is also an easy way to pull together the look of a room, muffle the sound of heavy heels and talking.

  1. Reverse the Ceiling Fan Direction with Heat

If you have ceiling fans that your normally use to circulate cool air it the summer, try reversing the fan direction when you have the heat on in the winter. Since warm air rises, this will push the warm rising air back down to the floor where you still need it. You will waste less energy and require less of your heating system.

  1. Keep Heat in and Cold Out with Premium Window Coverings

hunter_douglas_shades_architellaWindows are known to let drafts in and heat out; and with it your money goes wafting through the cracks. Choosing the right window coverings can save a homeowner plenty of money by keeping heat inside and cold out. Hunter Douglas’ highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades can make a big energy savings at the window.

These energy-efficient tips will do more than save you money each winter, they are a great way to update a home with new technology and modern designs that give a home fresh appeal.  Ask one of our experts about custom solutions to warm up your home or project.

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Custom Home Interiors works with industry professional to provide leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation, fireplaces, window treatments and fittings for commercial and residential projects.

We publish a quarterly newsletter containing links to bi-monthly blog posts & other relevant industry news. Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.

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