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Tips while designing the floor plan for your holiday home

Tips while designing the floor plan for your holiday home

Continuing with our series where we are reaching out to those who are in the process of building their Holiday Home, I felt another article was needed on the things to keep in mind when designing the floor plan or layout of the home.

Firstly I assume that the reason you are reading this blog is that you are not just interested in a holiday home which is a white

Let your holiday rental income pay your 2nd home mortgage

Let your holiday rental income pay your 2nd home mortgage


Buying your second home was perhaps the easiest part compared to what it is afterwards. With every property comes a list of expenses which cannot be avoided and your second home will be no exception.

A typical house will have the following expenses:
(i) Monthly mortgage payments
(ii) Insurance premium
(iii) Maintenance cost
(iv) Renovation or decorating costs.

These expenses come as an extra burden on the homeowner. Considering the

10 Things Holiday Home Owners Should Know About the Average Traveler

Some vacation rental owners just have the edge over the competition because they go above and beyond what’s expected of them, and wow their guests with their hospitality. Are you one of them?

Some holiday home owners just have the edge over the competition because they go above and beyond what’s expected of them, and wow their guests with their hospitality. Are you one of them?

Simply because they don’t want what’s offered in a hotel room, they choose to stay in a holiday home. So you needn’t (shouldn’t to be more precise) ape what a hotel near your property is doing

Making the Most of Holiday Home Times

Making the Most of Holiday Home Times

Holiday Home Times is the leading resource for those looking to invest in a Vacation home, Second home, Retirement home or even a farm or Plantation. The reasons for doing so can vary – including wanting a beautiful place to visit regularly to recharge your batteries or else to have a place to visit in the winters or even simpler – to own an asset that generates a steady stream …

Five Golden Rules of Home Renovation Only we will Tell you

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Home renovation is an exciting experience as you set out to realize your ideas and plans for your home; as long as you take the necessary time to explore the possibilities for your home and develop a firm plan that paves the road for a smooth process from beginning to end

So, you have moved in to your new house and you must be dying to change everything you see

Floorplanner.com – Our Review on this Online Room Design Application

FloorplannerLast month I have been working closely with an architect to get the floorplans of the building I’m about to work on. Everything came out fine. But I wanted something more. I wanted to see if the room plans were good enough to accommodate my furniture. Plus I wanted a 3D design – it’s just so appealing to the eyes and creates a good impression when you show someone how

Setting up Your Living Room – Choosing the Right Sofa and Accessorizing with Benches and Coffee Tables

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The living room which is today considered as a family room no longer holds the formal touch it used to in the earlier days, and thus is more relaxed now. Unlike the yesteryears when the living room was the formal extension of its counterpart – the dining room. As the name shifts from ‘drawing room’ to ‘living room’ this space which opens up to our guests has seen a gradual

Trend Spotting: Using the 80/20 Rule

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We often get queried as to how much color do you need to use in order to have any space looking nice while not assaulting the senses. The simplest rule to always fall back on is the 80/20 rule. This is one of the universal design rules and is used not just for interior design but for a lot of areas that play on the visual senses – a good

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 9 – The Kitchen

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This week, we look at kitchens – how the spaces in your dream kitchen should be planned.

Planning a kitchen is all about ergonomics. If you are an enthusiastic cook, you’ll know exactly what you need, and the kitchen can be designed specifically for you. This means that counter heights, storage heights and so on will be designed for you, but may not be comfortable for others. If your kitchen

Great Storage Ideas to Reduce Clutter of your Home

It won’t be wrong to say that at one point of time we always end up with too much of stuff in our homes with no space to store them. While, disposing the unwanted can be the best way forward, there will be certain things in the house will are not used  daily, but are still of value and may find usage once in a while – you just can’t

Your Guide to Buying the Right Bedsheet

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View of a Stoa Paris Bedsheet set (King Size) available at BedBathMore.com

Here is a checklist of all the things that you have to keep in mind while buying a bedsheet. Some of course are the obvious, but you would never have considered before:

THE OBVIOUS:
Material: The popular material used in making a bedsheet is cotton. Also, there are bedsheets of cotton blend and others. But, most people prefer

Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better

Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better

When it comes to our homes, we mostly spend our time and money decorating, cleaning, and maintaining the interiors of our homes, while the exterior living spaces, if not completely overlooked,  are definitely underutilized. Most homes have some type of outdoor space that can be used for rest, relaxation, or recreation. This space can vary in size from something as small as a balcony in an apartment, to a small

Smart Ideas to Re-Paint your Home

House-paintingA fresh paint job enlivens the interiors of a house and if you have a holiday home that you rent out to guests then what better time can it be than now to initiate your home painting project just before the peak season. Having said that picking the right color or a combination of colors and figuring out where best to put it and how much to use can prove

Pondok Wisata License and Other Legal Requirement to Rent Out your Property in Bali

Bali VillaYou have finally purchased the holiday home of your dreams on the beautiful island of Bali where you will spend a few months a year. For the remaining months,  you might like to rent it out and earn some return on your investment, or you could even rent out a room whilst you are staying there.  Before you jump into the rental business, it is worthwhile understanding some of the

Holiday Home Owner tips – Things to do before the Peak Season

Holiday Home Owner tips – Things to do before the Peak Season

The peak season is round the corner and it’s that time of the year when all holiday home owners need to gear up to deal with inquiries and to welcome guests. Easier said than done! Our past experiences show that while many owners have a packed calendar, there are many others who fail to garner a sizable number of inquiries, leave alone any bookings. Why? Invariably we all rely on

10 Top Searched Vacation Rental Amenities you must have

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The most important aspect, for a traveler, when choosing a vacation rental are the amenities available to them

From standard amenities, such as air conditioning, telephone, and washing machine to Jacuzzi, gazebos and barbeques (BBQ), travelers search a wide range of amenities before settling to book a holiday. Because of the wide array of amenities travelers look for, it is sometimes challenging for holiday home owners to know which amenities

Evaluating Holiday Home Guests Using Social Media before you Rent Out

 

Social media websites give holiday home owners a fair idea with whom they are dealing

Social media websites give holiday home owners a fair idea with whom they are dealing

Social media background checking is commonplace today, with many companies especially employers, using it to screen job applicants. Social media profiles are the norm where people willingly post and even sometimes over-share personal information online. So it has become inevitable that employers are tempted to snoop a little and see what information they can

In a first in Asia WMR Launches Complete Holiday Rental Management System & Channel Manager

Klik AsiaBangkok-based Web Marketing & Reservations Co., Ltd. (WMR) launched Klik, the region’s first comprehensive holiday rental management system with an integrated channel manager.

Combined with WMR’s current services –  marketing, consultancy, reservations – and with one of the largest holiday rental portfolios in Thailand – cloud-based Klik opens up a broad range of new opportunities to compete with the major players in the industry.

Launching Klik, Marc Ribail, managing director

The Secret Science of Space Planning – The Bathroom

Last week, we studied what does into designing a two-fixture bathroom. This week, let’s look at three fixture bathrooms; both small and functional, and large and luxurious.

The key design constraints remain the same – separate the wet and dry areas, ensure that there’s enough circulation space for comfort, and ensure safety.

Three-fixtures –  WC, Wash Basin & Shower

Our first plan is typically used either as a guest bathroom,

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 7 – The Bathroom

This week, we’ll look at space planning in the bathroom. The bathroom is perhaps the most technical area in the house – space is limited compared to other rooms, and there are plumbing fixtures that need specific clearances and a defined pattern of placement for convenience.

The essential fixtures a bathroom should accommodate are a water closet, a washbasin and a shower. If space permits, a bathtub is desirable, but