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Best Small Condo Design Tips by The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences

Worrying about designing your small condo unit? Well, now you shouldn’t because this article will introduce you to a lot of designing tips prepared by The Peterson Group to help you achieve your specific needs. The following tips are based on various ideas of different individuals living in a condo unit from Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta Indonesia, etc. You could apply all these to your condo or just select a tip or two.
1) Put mirrors to add more light, allure and illusion. In particular, use large mirrors to give the illusion of more space.
2) Spend a little bit of cash on a closet organization system. This will help you become more organized and save a lot of space.
3) Purchase at least two tall bookcases to arrange your small possessions that are likely to be scattered all over the place, such as books, letters, portable gadgets, etc.
4) Keep a careful eye on everything. Don’t store anything that you’re not using anymore.
5) You don’t need to be an expert to draw a floorplan, right? It doesn’t need to be complicated, just a few basic sketches will do. It can help you better manage the things you already own.
6) Try other colors. Dark brown gloss paint, along with other colors, can also make a room look bigger when combined with the right color furnishings. White is not the only option.
7) It’s possible to replace your dressers with a storage bed.
8) Having traditional freestanding dressers, cabinets and desks could occupy a large space in your condo unit, so consider getting built-ins and modular furniture systems to better utilize your space and organize all your storage needs in one compact area.
9) The excitement of furnishing your condo might trigger impulsive buying of the things you don’t actually need. Take it slow and don’t furnish it all at once. Begin with the most important things first, including a place to sleep such as a couch or a fold-down bed. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences suggest that you should live with those for some time first before adding more stuff.
10) Make sure that the furniture blends in with the color of your floor or walls to create an illusion for the eyes (e.g. using a monochromatic color scheme)
11) Consider having an expandable dining table.
12) Use the space up to the ceiling by putting some floating shelves, or own shelves that were really tall but have a small footprint. These can help you better arrange your stuff in a small space.
13) Lightweight modern furniture is in demand nowadays because they’re easy to move and pick up. You might want to put this on your list because it’ll be a lot easier for you to move things around and match different purposes. Furniture with legs is likely to be less heavy than those sitting directly on the floor.
14) If you have an extra space in your wall, you can put large paintings into it to make your place more visually fascinating. Pick the ones with cool colors to make your space look bigger.
15) Take away something old if you have something new to bring in your place. Things are not meant to last forever so be smart in handling the space in your condo. Some people tend to keep their things with them because they believe that it might come handy someday.
16) Lots of lamps may do the trick. Having fewer lamps across the area can maximize the space in your condo. This will help the light to spread around and can help draw attention to the entire space you have, giving you a feeling of a bigger space in your condo.
17) Steer clear of the things that can take up floor space.
18) Ask yourself on how you’re going to use your house. Where are you going to place your working table? The dining table? For example, put the storage of your bills, letters, and magazines to the place where you’ll be dealing with papers and other cluttering things.
19) Space limits could be your number one enemy but if you handle everything beforehand, everything will be in order. Plan carefully the things you’ll need in your condo. Your overexcitement to buy the things you thought you’ll need is most likely the reason those things might be no longer needed in the end because of the small space.
20) If you’re alone in your condo and you spend most of your time in the living room and eating there becomes a habit, then you should purchase a coffee or side table that’s really comfortable to eat from. Minimize the space used in your dining area since you’re always in the living room.
21) You shouldn’t add more chairs just for the sake of the guests who might come over in the future. The seats you have for yourself, such as a couch, reading chair, desk chair, dining chair and a stool will be enough for six to seven visitors.
22) Walk into your condo and picture the things you wanted to see first. Focus on the neat sides of things since you don’t want to see the back of your TV from that viewpoint, right?
23) Look for the things with multiple purposes, such as an ottoman with a storage, a bookshelf chair, or a sofa wall bed. Dual purpose furniture for small space could bring a lot of benefit to you.
24) Some people thought that things are less cluttered if they’re behind glass, so a glass-front or a barrister bookcases are considered an option.
25) Small furniture for smaller rooms is also recommended because your condo unit could appear capacious with the help of those.
26) If you believe in the power of transparency, then you should go for acrylic furniture.
27) Maintain cleanliness in your condo all the time because no matter what you do with the furniture, nothing will do the magic if your space is messy.
With this, The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences wishes for a better and more comfortable condo living to everyone.

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Steps to Redecorating your Bedroom - Decorating your rooms is not rocket science for those who know what they want to do with their space. 

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Advanced Condo Living

Cities are currently packed with urban dwellers who come to the capitals to find good opportunities for work and perhaps to upgrade their lifestyle. Experts believe that two thirds of every country’s population is found in its urban areas. Indeed, both opportunities and challenges are presented in the cities. They are fertile ground for technology to grow, where science and art are bountiful and culture and innovation are reshaped. Leading the competitive race in urbanized civilization are the western countries which have proven time and again that they can advance before others.

Presently, however, Asian countries have shown great potential in modernized advanced living. Those which are considered already developed are Beijing, China, Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Surprisingly, their developing neighboring nations and their capital are striving to keep up. Among these are Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Taipei, Taiwan. These cities are now being flocked with opportunity seekers from different parts of the country with a little mix of foreign visitors.

Since people continue to pour in, construction of homes are also on the rise. The most appealing on the bunch of home choices, condominiums, is also on the pinnacle of its success.

Aside from the fact that it is more convenient and perhaps practical to choose condo living in the midst of the city, condominiums also offer class and sophistication most suitable for the modern lifestyle where your only complaint encompasses, say, the lack of yard, perhaps.

Real estate agent for The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, Alen Freeman states, “The competition in selling out condo units have become more exciting with the agents having a chance to choose as to whom to sell the unit to. People wanting to buy condos are just pouring in and preselling is at its highest point even when the construction is yet to be completed after 5 years or so”.

It may not entirely be a buyer’s market price wise but the race to sell has driven developers to come up with a variety of creative options to accommodate the increasing demand for more units. Various condo styles are currently available from studio units for either students or business professionals to condo fit for large families.

Moreover, today’s advanced technology has introduced smarter lifestyle for condo living. From 24/7 security protection to high quality maintenance tools and pre-furnished advanced installations, condo owners are assured that they are indeed living with the present generation.

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Condo Parking Facts

Many condo buyers think that once you own a condo unit, you also automatically own the parking space, without reviewing the terms and conditions. Although most condominiums give an entitlement to one parking space for each unit, some of those come with an additional fee. Other spaces are sold individually on a first come, first serve basis. Parking spaces are commonly considered as an exclusive amenity.

However, some condo administrations consider parking spaces as different entity from the amenities proper. They thus charge extra fee for whoever want to avail regardless if he is a tenant or not. In other times, parking spaces are sold separately from the condo unit. This means that “the title holder has absolute and complete ownership, including the right to sell, convey, or encumber the parking or garage space separate from the living unit itself. In some cases, parking and garage spaces are treated as common elements assigned by the declarant for use by a particular unit owner where no deed transfers are necessary”, as per Declaration of Convents, Conditions and Restriction or Condominium Declaration.

Indeed, regulations of parking space ownership are different on different condominium administrations. Yet, it is important for owners to know the basic guidelines in their parking spaces. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, expert in providing expatriates luxury homes and residential in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defines parking spaces as free parcels, easement parcels, exclusive easement parcels and the right to use the areas. The company may address general, limited and special rights, maintenance, and other related matters. All of these factors affect the insurability of your parking space. 

Exclusive rights declaration does not automatically mean you have the rights to sell your parking space. There are contracts where it is stipulated that “…no part of the appurtenant interests of any unit may be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of except as part of a sale, transfer or other disposition of the unit to which such interests are appurtenant”. 

No matter how small the space we’re talking about, a parking spot is a huge concern for condo buyers and renters. It is often the basis for disagreements, rants, and complaints. If you own a car, it is best to know all your options before deciding. Talk to the administration or your realtor before plunging into any decision. It is best to review your developer’s parking rules as a way to avoid nightmares in your condo property. 

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Condo Trends for 2016

Now that we are starting well in 2016, the first thing that comes into mind is the new trends that would define the basics of condo living for those who would be redesigning or starting a condo life this year of the monkey. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, expert in providing luxury condominiums and residences in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia has prepared the list of possible trends that would surely mark 2018 all over your condo unit.

1. Room Definition is Back

Open room concept has dominated most designs in the last decade. Large, open living/dining/kitchen areas have all but become the norm now, both in new residential construction and remodels — and as with anything that becomes normalized, it begs to be reinvented yet again. 2016’s desired floor plans will involve more walls, especially when it comes to kitchens and dining areas. For those with prewar apartments: hang tight, because your smaller rooms will feel fresh again soon.

2. Minerals Are In

While polished minerals are a bit polished looking, this year, it can become more natural looking. Homes will be filled with jaded plates and bowls and big chunks of quarts will soon be displayed on dividers. Unpolished semi-precious stones turned into door pulls.

3. Pastels Will be Used in Kitchen

When dark and gloomy kitchen were the luxury emblem, pastel colors inciting comfort and easing pressure are the new in. According to Rose Quarts review, one of the most renowned designers in Singapore, the dreamy trend is set to skyrocket. The new kitchen pastels are quiet, calm and contemplative, not saccharine. Mid-tone greys will have a big place at 2016’s kitchen table as well, providing relief from past years’ moody darks and clinical whites.

4. Short Hung Lighting Fixtures Helps the Room Look Big

Since division of rooms is set to re-establish its glory, condo rooms may appear smaller. It is vital to create a larger impression of the room. With the help of short hung chandeliers or even internally installed lighting, bigger room perspective can be highly achievable. It can also make the ceilings look taller.

5. Zen Themes are Emerging

The greatest complaint of condo owners nowadays is stress and pressure from the workplace. Designers are continuously doing extreme with the introduction of Zen inspired themes integrated in modern homes. In 2016, relaxation is possible with this comfortable setting.

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How to Go Green in Apartment Living

You’ll know when you are already in city when you see high-rise buildings and advanced modern technology. The people are also considered far more urbanized and posh in how they act, think and speak.

One more outstanding factor in urban living is the construction of different housing establishments either of condominium or apartment. Indeed, these types of dwelling are already filling the cities to accommodate the growing density of population while people stagger on and about to find better opportunities in urban dwelling.

One thing is being missed though: the growth and spurge of the environment.

When you are in the city, it seems that thriving of nature does not have a place in it. Nevertheless, no matter where we are or whatever time of the year it is, we should always consider keeping Mother Earth in shape before all the environmentalists’ warnings come true.

Doing something does not need to be too drastic. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, an expert provider of luxury homes and residential for expatriates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia, teaches us simple things we can do within our own apartments:

1. Change of Electrical Usage
In Singapore where 80% of the buildings are eco-friendly, many condo developers offer a green power locator which uses energy efficient electricity using combined heat and power as well as renewable energy. If this option is not available to you, you can simple do your part by using electricity in minimal amounts only when necessary. There is also an option to change your system into an eco-friendly one. Changing your system will typically cost you a few more cents per kilowatt hour but that can be offset by energy efficient appliances.

2. Conserve Water
Make it your goal to consume less water. In an average, a single individual wastes a bucket of water everyday. You can minimize this by using water only when necessary and utilizing water conserving tools such as smaller shower heads

3. Reduce Food Waste
According to reviews, 40% of the food ever produced in a country comes to waste everyday. Shop for only grocery items that you know you will use to reduce food waste, and opt for locally grown fresh foods.

4. Reuse and Recycle
The world has started a campaign on reuse and recycle since early 1800s. We have been conserving energy equivalent to 230 million barrels of oil. Most apartments have this certain program as well. Take part on it.

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Pros and Cons of Signing Up With the Peterson Group

In the past, condominium living has been disregarded as a good investment for a variety of reasons. However, this image has since changed dramatically. As people become urbanized, so is modern lifestyle which includes the patronization to the high rise of condo living. The cost for single family homes and townhouses also has risen to great value, hence the demand for more affordable condo housing.

Real estate companies which acts as intermediary between the buyer and the seller is prevalent in cities which have a high demand of urban dwelling.  They offer different approaches to attract buyers into trusting their companies. Almost all of them are adept to business jargons and linguistics as well as on how to play the game. 

In developing Asia, one real estate company stands out above the rest.

The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences focuses on providing expatriates with dwellings in the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With years in service, TPG, as it is being called among its members and partner properties, has provided hundreds of units and unique services to hundreds of expats starting their lives in the abovementioned cities. After years of servitude, however, it seems that the Peterson Group also has their share of complaints. The following are the pros and cons in signing up with them:

1. Bespoke Services
The company claims special and unique characteristics from others through personalized and customized features and services they offer to clients.

Pro: You can customize the services you want to add in your stay such as personal chauffer, domestic maid, pet care, pet service, tutoring service among others.
Con: Complaints from other members include unsatisfactory performance from the people being hired

2. Payment Scheme
Just like in any realty services, your agent is being paid through commissions. So you do not have to pay TPG for any unit you have availed. For instances where you have taken advantage of any special service,   the payment should be directed at TPG.

Pro: in case of any trouble for special services, TPG can immediately claim responsibility
Con: complaints regarding the unit proper would be directed to the condo developer. In a lot of cases, it takes a lot of review and necessary processes before getting approved, revised, or in critical issues, refunded. 

3. Membership
Signing up with The Peterson Group does not end on the exchange of unit keys. An association is built for expatriates under TPG’s expat program where annual gathering is being observed

Pro: You can meet new friends and be with people who are in the same shoes as you are
Con: you cannot easily get rid of any connection you have with the company

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The Peterson Group Review: Home Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

The Peterson Group Review: Even though we are still far from the advent of hi-tech home modernizations we see on sci-fi movies, we are gradually nearing the easier and more advanced era through smart appliances and devices within our homes. Now that we are nearing the end of another year, we are also set to prepare for new ideas and trends that will soon enter the mainstream market. Before we change our calendars to 2016, let us take a look at some of the trends we should be expecting for the year of the monkey.

1.Texture is in
A lot of furniture in the near future may be filled with different textures of upholstery. Even the pictures on the wall may also have different textures to exude. Expect a lot of fraud fur in the markets and a settee on top of furs. It may be hard to vacuum but at least it is well coordinated with the new trend. 

2.Floral is Back
Although it may be too gay but the once outdated floral designs are back on the rack. Floral, including dark ones will soon be reinterpreted and integrated with each other. From paintings to seat covers to table displays, 2016 will be blooming with these imprints.

3.Dramatic Colors are to take the center stage
From black to brown, these different hues will soon be the choice of colors for most luxury homes. Experts even emphasize the use of color shades mostly found in caves to be the new colors of sophistication, modernization and glamour. Shiny colors will also gain attention to complement these dramatic colors. Inlaid silver linings to gold hues are to shine.

4.Blue is the New Black
Since black gets an everlasting fame, it will forever be in the trend. Yet, in 2016, black that complements all colors will soon make way to another dominating color in the wheel. Blue will soon create a big color story. From navy to indigo to denim shades, blue will be the next denominator. 

About The Peterson Group
The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences is one of the leading providers of luxury homes for expatriates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our services include special services in pet care, personal chauffer, regular domestic housework and other special requests.
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