Posts Tagged ‘home buying’

What’s a Loft?

Monday, March 17th, 2014

An example of the loft layout.

Lofts have become increasingly popular over the past few years due to their distinct appeal to certain buyers and renters. But what makes a loft? What’s the difference between a loft and an apartment? Or a loft and a studio?

Originally, lofts were cheap places for impoverished artist to live and work. Lofts originated in New York City after World War II where artists used abandoned infrastructures to begin developing these living spaces. Not only are lofts used as a living space, but they often function as a work spaces as well.

Lofts reuse and adapt abandoned spaces, often bringing residences and art to unused urban areas. One of the major benefits that lofts present to owners is the ability to be flexible with arranging the living space. Due to the open space concept there are few limitations to the feng shui of a loft’s furniture.

Difference Between a Loft and Apartment: Some believe that lofts are just unfinished apartments, but they’re more than that. While apartments allow for separation with defined rooms, lofts make the most out of the open space layout.

Difference between a Loft and Studio: Lofts and studios both fall under the same open space living concept, yet lofts offer more space than cozy studios. In addition to the size difference there are structural contrasts that differentiate the two. A final distinction between the two is the cost, lofts are generally more expensive than studios.

For more information on lofts, or to see available lofts at The Charles Realty please visit our website or Facebook page.

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Green Living

Friday, April 6th, 2012

This home is super eco-friendly and rotates with the season to let in the most light.

Buying a home is expensive and selling a home can be difficult but something that can give both buyers and sellers peace of mind is having an energy efficient home.  For buyers they’ll save themselves money in the long run, and for sellers right now being green is the big movement and it will give your home just one more advantage over the others on the market. Here are some tips make your home more energy efficient:

1) Reseal your windows

Naturally, we all need windows in our home, but they can be a big heat suck, especially in those cold months.  If life were perfect our windows would only let in light, not hot or cold air. Having your windows sealed professionally and using shades and curtains as necessary will be extremely helpful in maintaining the temperature of your home. It will save on either oil or electricity depending on the heat in your home and it, like most energy saving tactics, will save you money in the long run.

2) Buy energy efficient appliances

Most appliances today will advertise themselves as energy efficient and its almost an expected standard now, but it’s important to make sure that you are seeking out the best quality appliances. Things like washers, dryers, and refrigerators are always plugged in, so ensuring that they’re energy efficient can make a huge difference in your carbon footprint and the electrical bill!

3) Make sure everything is insulated

Good insulation is key to keeping heat in or out of your home depending on the season. Often times older homes are in major need of new insulation or may have entire walls, rooms, attics, garages, and so on that are not insulated. Having one cool room in the house may effect the temperature in your entire home, making you run the air conditioner far too often or turn up the heat frequently. Don’t let bad insulation in one room impact the energy efficiency of your home, make sure everything is well insulated even if it seems a bit excessive.

4) Get an Energy Audit for your home

An energy audit will tell you all about the energy efficiency of your home. After a home assessment and an evaluation of the basic things like insulation, hot water tanks, and your furnace you’ll receive a report about what in your home is saving energy and what improvements you can make to ensure energy efficiency.

Along with the tips listed above all the basic things still apply. Remember to recycle and compost whenever possible, replace old light bulbs with CFL’s, turn off lights when you leave a room, don’t run the water when necessary, unplug things when your not using them, and do full loads of laundry or dishes in the dishwasher. Following these guidelines you can make a difference in your wallet and in your carbon footprint!