Plug, Play, and Live: 7 Appliances You Need At Home

 

Appliances That You Need At Home

While looking at condominiums for sale in Quezon City, you might also want to start thinking of the appliances you’ll need for your new home. Moving to a new home can be very exciting, but it can also be quite costly if you’re moving into a bare unit.

The great thing about living in a condo is that you only need a few key pieces to furnish it. Here are the 7 appliances you need to enjoy comfort and technology in your new home.

Refrigerator

Refrigerator

Imagine what your life would be like without the fridge. Not very pleasant is it? Without your trusty refrigerator, you won’t have ice for your drinks, no place to store leftovers for the next day, and no access to fresh produce without having to run to the grocery every minute of the day. You will have to buy many of your food staples like eggs, milk, butter, and cheese in very small quantities at a time or they will all just go to waste.

Electric Stove

Electric stove

Another important appliance that you need in the kitchen is the electric stove. How else are you going to whip up your culinary delights without the heat? Since most condo developments discourage the use of gas ranges for safety reasons, an electric stove makes the economical and practical alternative. Don’t forget to check the safety features of the electric stove before buying it.

Microwave

Microwave

For small food heating jobs, nothing gets the job done faster than the microwave. The great thing about having a microwave is that this nifty appliance can make popcorn, heat water, and even make a chocolate dessert in just mere minutes. You can also use it to dry up a batch of tomatoes if you ever have a hankering for sun-dried tomato pasta.

Television

Television

Every home needs some form of instant entertainment so a television should definitely be on your list of must buys. After  a long and tiring day at work or in school, you should be able to relax and enjoy watching your favorite television shows or movies.

Electric Fan

Electric Fan

In a tropical country like the Philippines, you need to have at least a couple of sturdy electric fans in your home. Why a couple? Because when summer comes, one isn’t going to be enough to cool you down. Since electric fans come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, make sure to pick out a couple that isn’t going to look tacky with your interior design.

Air Conditioner

Air conditioner

Ahhh yes, the only appliance that matters when temperatures rise in the city. Even though the air conditioner may seem like an expensive buy, there are a lot of models that are not only well built, but cost efficient as well.  Choose brands that offer warranties so you can really get the most out of your money. And with econo features, you won’t have to spend that much money on your electric bill to cool off in the summer.

Washing Machine

Washing machine

Last but definitely not the least, you need a durable, heavy duty washing machine for your condo. While most condo dwellers prefer to get their laundry done by local laundry shops for convenience, you’ll be able to save much more money doing your own load ever week. Plus, you can be sure that your extra sensitive garments are cared for the right way since you’ll be doing your own washing.

What’s your must have appliance in your home? Let us know in the comments section below.

5 Tips to Prevent Your Man Cave from Looking Like a Bat Cave

Man Cave

Thinking of buying that condo for sale along EDSA and turning it into a swanky bachelors pad?

If you’re ready to transition from a college boy lifestyle into life in the fast lane, then here are 5 tips on how you can prevent your man cave from looking like a bat cave. After all, a true gentleman knows that keeping a house isn’t just a lady’s job.

Invest in real furniture

The first thing that you should do for your modern man cave is to invest in real furniture. Gone are the days of the all around futon, because now you actually have the income and the space for real furniture. Look for practical pieces that convey your sense of style and function. If you’re working with limited space, make the most of dual purpose pieces. If budget is a concern, you can always get into refurbishing.

Keep your space clutter free

Just because you have your own condo doesn’t make it okay to turn your living area into a pig sty. Just imagine what your guests will think when they see the clutter everywhere. Go against the male stereotype and actually put effort into keeping your condo clutter free. Set aside a few minutes every morning to make sure that everything is in their rightful place before you leave for work. It’s small habits like this that will help you keep order.

Have a fully functional kitchen

Even if cooking isn’t really your thing, you need to have a fully functional kitchen to survive. Make sure to have the basics around like pots, pans, knives, plates, and whatnot. Don’t just rely on a microwave and rice cooker to get those instant meals ready. Work on creating your very own specialty dish. And the only way that you’ll be able to whip up your own culinary delights is by having a real kitchen.

Know the basics of home repair and maintenance

Men, there is nothing sexier than a man who knows how to do minor repairs. Go beyond changing a light bulb and work your way to unclogging a sink or getting your electrical fixed. Not only are you going to save cash on doing simple repairs yourself, but it’s also going to earn you some serious ‘pogi points’ with the ladies.

Keep it clean

Last but not the least, always make sure that your condo is clean. Part of growing up is knowing how to take care of your own place so it’s important that you have one day each week to do your cleaning. Vacuum the floors, put away your laundry neatly, keep your bathroom spic and span – these are all things that a real man should know how to do on a regular basis. If you have time to go out with your friends for drinks on the weekend, you have time to clean your condo.

Have any cleaning tips or home hacks that you would like to share? Don’t forget to share those tips in the section below.

Basic Problems, Basic Solutions: 8 Everyday House Problems and their DIY Solutions

Home DIY Solutions

Keeping your condo in tip top shape can be a bit of a challenge for busy moms. But don’t let the everyday clutter and sudden repairs frustrate you!

Here’s our list of 8 DIY fixes for those everyday house problems. Definitely a must read for those looking to buy a condo for sale along EDSA.

Laundry Baskets

Messy laundry room

Hate seeing your laundry baskets scattered all over the place? Keep your laundry area organized by storing those laundry baskets in a simple dresser. This way, you can just slide your laundry baskets out when you need them, and put them back in when you’re done.

Catchall

Lost items

If you’re having trouble keeping track of where you last put your keys and ID cards, set up a catchall near the entrance of your condo. Having a catchall is a great way to store those random odds and ends so you’ll always know where to look.

Kitchen Peg Boards

Limited Kitchen Cabinet Space

Unless you live in a condo with a full size kitchen, you’ll have a hard time finding storage for your kitchen essentials. One way you can add easy access kitchen storage to your unit is by utilizing the walls. Simply put up this peg board on your kitchen wall and voila! You have extra kitchen space for those pots and pans that you use every day.

Spice Jars and Spice Rack

Spice Storage

Spices can be tricky to store. While it’s common practice to store bottles of spices on a wall rack, constant exposure to sunlight has a way of affecting their scent and taste.  The solution? Store your spices behind a cabinet door. This way, it will be easy for you to find what you’re looking for, without compromising the quality of your spices.

DIY Nail Polished Key

Confusing keys

If your house keys are all identical, you’ve probably already wasted a lot of time trying to figure out which ones go where.  A nifty trick is to paint each key with a different nail polish color so that you can easily differentiate them.

Cleaning Supplies Storage

Cleaning Supplies Storage

Shower caddies can be useful everywhere. If you need a place to store your cleaning supplies and other odds and ends, a sturdy shower caddy in the laundry area can provide the perfect space saving solution.

Charging Cord

Messy Charging Cords

One way to make sure that your charging cords will always be where you left them is by attaching it to the side of your nightstand with a binder clip. This way, you’ll never lose another charging cord again.

Fluffy Pillows

Lifeless pillows

Take your flattened pillows and put it under direct sunlight for at least 3o minutes. The heat from the sun will absorb the moisture and make your pillows plump. The sun also acts as a natural disinfectant so if you need to sanitize your linens and pillows after a bout with the flu, the sun is at your disposal.

You can always make your life a lot simpler with the help of everyday household materials. Do you have any DIY home hacks that you swear by? Share your ideas by commenting below.

Part of the Family: 7 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect for Condos

English Bulldog

Buying a condo for sale along EDSA may not be that easy for dog lovers. With most condo associations discouraging pets inside the complex, you need to find a condo that will welcome not just you, but your furry baby as well.

When you’re living in a condo, every inch counts. This is why when it comes to your pets, size matters. Taking care of a pet can get a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t really have the space for it. But if you’re one of those people who can’t live without a dog in tow, it’s just a matter of choosing the right breed that will suit your living space and personality.

Here’s our top picks of dog breeds that are perfect for condo living.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

The rule of thumb is, if the dog can fit in your bag, then it can definitely fit in your condo! Weighing at around 4 pounds, the Chihuahua can win your heart over with its affectionate demeanour. It’s also considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds around so you’ll have a lot of fun training it to do tricks. The only problem is its tendency to bark incessantly, so you might want to start early training on this one.

English Bulldog

English bulldog

If you’re not really the high maintenance type of dog owner, this medium sized dog is the best breed to have. Since it doesn’t really like to move around much, you can both get lazy and cuddle on the couch without having to feel guilty about it. But make sure to take it out for regular walks, at least.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

One of the reasons why this breed is quite popular with condo dwellers is its natural calm. With its ability to adapt easily to new surroundings, you’ll seldom see the Cavalier King get agitated.  If you’re looking for a friendly dog that will play nice with other dogs in your complex, then this would make the perfect addition to your family.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Although this breed doesn’t need that much room to be happy, the Shih Tzu requires a whole lot of pampering from its owners. This small breed can make the perfect companion if you’re looking for a dog with energy, smarts, and of course, the looks.

Pug

Pug

Weighing in at 14 to 18 pounds, this compact breed is all sorts of adorable.  If those big eyes and adorable nose doesn’t make you fall in love with the Pug, I don’t know what will. Growing to only around 10 to 14 inches in height, the Pug is so small that you can even train it to hang out with you on your bed. Just don’t forget to give it its daily exercise if you don’t want it getting bored or depressed.

Boston Terrier

Boston terrier

This gentleman on the list will make any condo look good. But make sure to keep an eye on him because he can be a bit of trouble if left alone for long periods of time. This breed can keep its barking to itself so you don’t need to worry about the neighbours complaining.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

This breed may sound all fancy, but it can be very territorial and protective over its adopted family. This dog will only bark when there’s someone at the door so if you’re looking for a small energetic guard dog for your condo, this one might be your best bet.

Do you have any favourite dog breed you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

A Creative Studio: Brilliant Design Ideas for Studio-Type Condo Units

Studio Room Designs

Living in a studio type condo may not seem very luxurious, but it can be quite cosy if designed well. What it lacks in space makes up for its functionality and style. It can be quite a challenge to design studio condominiums for sale in Quezon City, but you can transform that small space into a home that will suit your lifestyle. All it really needs is a bit of patience, resourcefulness and a bit of creative flair.

Here’s our take on design ideas that you can easily do that will turn your studio type condo into your very own city haven.

Studio Floor Plan

Have a plan

Just like with any design project, you need to have a plan first. This way, you’ll know just how much space you have to work with. Take out the floor plan for your unit and start designating areas for the living area, dining and kitchen, and of course, the bedroom. This will act as your guide as you go through the design process.

Studio Type Room

Be smart with your stuff

Since you’ll be working with limited space, you need to be smart with your stuff. This is no time to hoard or hold on to things that you won’t use regularly so make sure to buy wisely. You can also avoid cluttering your area by picking out appliances and furniture pieces that won’t crowd your area. Go for minimalist furniture pieces that are high on functionality.

Studio Room

Choose storage wisely

Storage is a big concern for people who choose to live in studio condos. With such limited space, it can be very difficult to find a place for all your important items and assorted knick knacks. You can hang hooks on walls, use furniture pieces that double as storage space, and place stylish storage boxes under the bed and couch. The trick to getting the most out of storage is to make every square inch count.

Studio Type Glass Mirrors

Use glass windows and mirrors to your advantage

Placing mirrors around your studio condo will give it the illusion of being bigger and well ventilated. Same goes for large glass windows. Glass and mirrors are great at reflecting light, which can make rooms seem a lot spacious than they actually are. Use a variety of different sized mirrors to add visual interest to your room.

Studio Room Frames

 

Create a focal point

Having a focal point is a great way to put a unique design element into your studio condo. Going big on your wall decor may seem counterintuitive, but it can sure add a punch of color and individuality to your living space. A photo wall doesn’t just add style to your space, but it also shows off your personality.

Try not to over think it when designing your studio apartment because the more ideas you try to incorporate into your design, the more cluttered it’s going to feel. Set a theme so that you have style guide you can follow. When in doubt, just follow this simple rule: Keep it simple, light, and relaxed.