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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 Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 7 – The Bathroom”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 6 – The Large Bedroom

Last week, we looked at small bedrooms; this week, we’ll go large. Bedrooms are unique spaces in a house – they are the ultimate private space. And the ultimate luxury a home can offer.

When we plan the space for a large bedroom, we should first ensure that the room has some place to sit other than the bed. At the very least, a comfortable lounging chair with an ottoman. Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 6 – The Large Bedroom”

5 Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home

Walk-In WardrobeFor most home owners, maintaining or improving property values is important even if you aren’t thinking about selling right now. By refreshing the look of your property, you can improve the capital value of your investment and also potentially increase your rental returns. If you have ever wondered why two homes that are quite similar sell for very different prices, the answer could be in the small details. We show Read the rest “5 Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 5 – The Bedroom

This week, we look at the space planning process for the bedroom. Bedroom space planning is complicated by two factors. Firstly, most of the floor area is covered by furniture, especially in smaller bedrooms. Secondly, windows and doors account for a significant proportion of the wall and partition space. We’ll examine these issues in detail and see how they affect the space planning process.

The recommended minimum sizes for bedrooms Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 5 – The Bedroom”

The Bare Minimum you need to do to earn more than Long Term leasing

Infinity poolMaking money from your vacation home should not be a stressful and time-consuming affair. The most important hurdle to overcome is the mental block with attempting to make money from what used to be an indulgence for you and your family. Things to keep in mind are that beautiful homes need continuous love and care, and this usually means spending significant amounts on upgrading the furniture, adding newer luxuries, a Read the rest “The Bare Minimum you need to do to earn more than Long Term leasing”

Turning a Profit: Managing Costs and Balancing Income

For a holiday home owner who has decided to make it a profitable venture, knowing the running costs of the property is very important.  It is perhaps the first and foremost step to preparing a holiday home business plan – even before you decide on your rental rates.

The running costs of a holiday home can vary depending on where your property is situated and how you decide to address Read the rest “Turning a Profit: Managing Costs and Balancing Income”

How time consuming will running your Holiday Rental business be?

Yes, indeed the success of your holiday home rental business will depend on how much time you will be able to put in in running it. So before you even start working on the marketing plan for your holiday home rental business, you must determine how involved you would like to be in the rental process. Renting your vacation home though not a full time job, does requires some level Read the rest “How time consuming will running your Holiday Rental business be?”

The Big Decisions: Setting Goals for your Holiday Home Business

Now that you have decided to convert your fully-furnished vacation home into a holiday home rental for guests, you will need to identify your goals and objectives of your holiday home rental business. Many owners do not take their holiday home as a business and in the long run find that their running costs far surpass their rental income.

Owners therefore need to understand that once they decide to set Read the rest “The Big Decisions: Setting Goals for your Holiday Home Business”

10 top tips to run a successful holiday home rental business

Without doubt self-catering is now the fastest-growing sector of the travel and tourism industry and today it has emerged as a fascinating area where any homeowner can let his vacation property earn for him. Having said that, once you are in the holiday home rental business, you will soon realize that it is easier to refurbish the house than to run your rental business. The holiday home rental business requires Read the rest “10 top tips to run a successful holiday home rental business”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 4 – The Dining Room

Last week, we looked at some of the essential constraints involved in designing a dining room. When a dining room is part of a bigger living room, the dynamics are slightly different. As the dining area is visible from the living area, the two spaces have to work together and look attractive, yet be suitable for the core functions. In this story, we’ll look at how we approach such spaces.Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 4 – The Dining Room”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 3: The Dining Room

This week, we look at the principles and constraints of space planning for a dining room. As a general rule, as the function of a room gets more specific, so do the design guidelines. Unlike the living room, or even the bedroom, the dining room has one function only, and so the ergonomic guidelines are very specific.

Every living unit has to have an area for dining. This may be Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 3: The Dining Room”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 2: The Living Room

Last week we looked at living room design principles. This week, we’ll look at applying those principles to our home. We’ll look at two options with shop-bought furniture, and one with bespoke furniture.

The classical layout with a 3+1+1 sofa set:

In this layout, the wall on the left becomes the focal wall. Your treatment of this wall sets the tone for the living room. You could opt for something Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 2: The Living Room”

Making a Map of Attractions near your Holiday Home in 10 Easy Steps

For travelers to book your holiday home it is important that you give them a sneak preview of the location with regard to the major attractions near your property which can keep them busy when they come there. Because a renter may be new to the location where your property is situated, knowing the places of interest can actually influence his decision-making to book your property.

So when you are Read the rest “Making a Map of Attractions near your Holiday Home in 10 Easy Steps”

Why Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner can be a Wise Decision

Robotic pool cleanerWhile having a swimming pool can add to the value of a property, cleaning it from time to time can sometimes be a real challenge. Tiny debris get collected on the floor and the side walls of the pool making it very difficult to clean and also takes a toll on the Ph of the water.

While there are several automatic cleaners (like suction and pressure side cleaners) available in Read the rest “Why Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner can be a Wise Decision”

Few Facts you Need to Know About Registering your Homestay in India

Few Facts you Need to Know About Registering your Homestay in India

We have been receiving a lot of queries from our readers on the rules and regulations to operate a homestay in India. While the Bed & Breakfast Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism has its set of rules for operating a homestay in the country, the separate regulations implemented by the individual states make it very confusing for someone who wants to start a homestay.

And it’s not surprising that Read the rest “Few Facts you Need to Know About Registering your Homestay in India”

The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 1: The Living Room

The key to an attractive house is the way its spaces are laid out. However beautifully the interiors are furnished, if the layout of rooms is not well thought through, the house will always seem lacking. So how do designers know what to do and what not to do when planning spaces? Though experience and study, there are some essential guidelines that, if followed when you plan your house, will Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 1: The Living Room”

They do it with Mirrors – Part 2

In the last post, we saw how mirrors can be used as art, either to complement existing pieces of art, or as art works themselves. In this story, we’ll see what are the other things you can do with mirrors in your homestay.

Transform Furniture

The amount of impact elements of interior design have on a room is related to the surface area they present visually. Next to the flooring, Read the rest “They do it with Mirrors – Part 2”

They do it with mirrors – Part 1

With apologies to Agatha Christie for the title, this week we’ll look at how, in your homestay, mirrors can brighten up small spaces, create an illusion of space, serve as objects d’art, and create a sense of drama and intrigue in a space.

Mirrors are now one of the cheapest and most common materials in interiors, but this wasn’t always so. Before the industrial age, quality glass was difficult to Read the rest “They do it with mirrors – Part 1”

Your Tax Obligations on a Rental Property in Australia

Once you have your dream holiday home in sight, it is important to ensure that you understand what your taxation obligations are in Australia.  There may be opportunities to structure your purchase better to minimize taxation over the life of your investment and when or if you decide to sell your property.

From a tax perspective, if you earn income in Australia you will generally be required to pay tax Read the rest “Your Tax Obligations on a Rental Property in Australia”

Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite

Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite

 

As the owner you will perfectly understand that most guests who decide to stay in a holiday home because it gives them the privacy that they would not find in a hotel. Having said that many guests stay in a holiday home because it gives them the chance to interact with a local and thus get an insight into the destination, its cuisine and other interesting facts that otherwise Read the rest “Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite”