Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

“Staycations aren’t just trendy they are smart”, say experts.

Holiday season is round the corner, but everyone cannot afford a holiday, so instead of running a debt and trying to go for a holiday make sure that your time off is relaxing and fun- that is a real vacation. Same place, different mindset- that’s the challenge of a staycation.

Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

Low-Cost Staycation Ideas: Make the Most of Your Family Time

So, let’s talk about some of the best ways of making the most of your stay-at-home vacation-

Set your boundaries and budget

Approach your staycation as you would do with a regular holiday and create an activity plan and a corresponding budget. You’ll need to establish some boundaries to keep ‘real life’ from intruding while your family is on its staycation. Small staycation stint helps you strike a good work-life balance later when you are back in the real world. So it is important to decide on limits of cell-phone use and set up an out-of-office email message for the duration of your time ‘away’. However you handle your time off, it’s important to treat the time as special so that you don’t spend it as a working holiday. [Read more…]

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

If your garden looks flat this spring maybe all it needs is a little structure. With a bit of imagination and right elements, you can use garden structures such as trellises, pergolas, and sheds to enhance your garden’s design.

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

Choosing the Right Garden Structure for Your Home

No matter what structure you add to your garden make sure that not only is it beautiful but also functional. An arbor covered in fragrant climbing vines creates a memorable welcome for friends and family. A flower filled trellis screens out unsightly views, and a well- crafted pergola seamlessly extends a home’s living space. Remember the main function of a garden is to please, so whether you want to throw an awesome garden party or create a play structure for your children it should be attractive and practical. [Read more…]

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

Water is a necessity for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without water. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. In hot and dry weather, water used in outdoors can add up to fifty per cent of total usage at home. As it’s also essential so maybe you also want to save water at home and help the environment. Let’s see how we can save water in the home garden by using less amount of water.

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

How to Save Water in Your Home Garden

Watering plants

While watering your plants there are many things you can do to save water:
Use a Watering Can in place of a hose. If you do use a hose, use a trigger to manage the flow.
Water plants early in the morning or late at night so water doesn’t evaporate in the heat of the day before it can reach the roots

Leave your plants dry until they show signs of wilting because watering too often can keep roots shallow and weaken plants. [Read more…]

What Type of Infrastructure Does Urban India Need?

Urbanization is inevitable. And in a developing country like India that is wholeheartedly embracing western culture, the urban wave is coming in its full swing. However, the infrastructure of India is not able to match this boom. In a developing economy, there should be a balance between demand and supply. Though every other industry is able to maintain a satisfactory balance, infrastructure lags behind.

What Type of Infrastructure Does Urban India Need?

What Type of Infrastructure Does Urban India Need?

Infrastructure along with utilities like sanitation, power supply, water supply, sewerage and electricity must be in sync with the growing needs of urban India. Lack of efficient infrastructure to support the burgeoning population is the one of the most serious challenges faced by the ‘Urbanized India’. So, it is high time for India to realize how it can improve its state of physical and social infrastructure. [Read more…]

Optimizing Open Spaces in Indian Cities

Open space can be any open area of land that is undeveloped (has no buildings or other built structures) and is reachable to the public. Open spaces include:

  • School yards and playgrounds

  • Green spaces (lands that are partly or completely covered with trees, shrubs, grass or other vegetation). Green spaces include community gardens, parks and cemeteries.

  • Seating areas for public

  • Public Plazas

  • Vacant Lots

Open spaces provide recreational areas for residents and supports to glorify the beauty and environmental quality of neighborhoods.

Optimizing Open Space in Indian Cities

Optimizing Open Space in Indian Cities

How to Optimize Open Spaces?

Urbanization is leading to rapid decline in open spaces in our cities; we must work on enhancement of urban biodiversity and maintenance of essential ecosystem services, which is a must to ensure a sustainable future for all of us. A number of real estate developers are increasingly adopting various methods of contributing towards environment protection. Some have switched to environment-friendly technologies in construction vertical while some builders have launched their green homes that run on renewable sources of energy and cause least damage to nature. [Read more…]

From The Celebrities’ Diary: 11 Features That Lure Them

Imagine living your life with millions of fans and truckloads of cash. Isn’t it simply awesome? But what do you do with all that money after you buy the essentials? You go buy extra’s.

Celebrities live a life of luxury. They own boats, jewelry, cars and other extravagant items, but the most important thing that every celebrity can own is a home. Not just a home, a ridiculously expensive house with more amenities than a New York hotel. Most celebrities just don’t own one home but more than one, all exquisitely and tastefully done lacking nothing, a luxury haven on earth. Celebrities’ awe-inspiring homes can make everyone jealous. What fan wouldn’t love to peek inside the home of his favorite star and see how they live, entertain and primp?

From The Celebrities’ Diary: 11 Features That Lure Them

From The Celebrities’ Diary: 11 Features That Lure Them

Here are a few features that one can find in almost every celebrity home-

1-Farmhouse Sinks- Celebs love the idea of farm house sinks; they are both timeless and practical. Farmhouse sinks serve as a classical kitchen focal point, and are large enough to fit bulky pots and pans. [Read more…]

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

A new home brings with it new excitement of moving in, making memories. As soon as you finalize the house, it becomes really difficult to wait for the day when you will finally move in. And if the home you choose is a fixer-upper, you want the renovation work to finish as quickly as possible. Sadly this is where a new homebuyer makes mistakes.

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

Reasons Why You Must Live in the New House before Complete Remodelling

Renovation experts advise that before rushing into the entire remodelling session, you should spend some time in the house to know it better. The remodelling we are talking about here is not the little plumbing and lighting fixture but the entire process of expanding or remodelling the house, giving it a whole new look. Whether you want an eco-friendly home renovation or to get a modern look, you need to give it some time.

Here are the few reasons, from three different perspectives, why you must heed this advice- [Read more…]

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

Much is written about the Millennials these young 20-30 somethings, what they want in life and the impact they have on the world and the world on them. The millennials are aging, and most have their own families and starting their own households later in life, later is catching up on them. It’s not a bad idea to consider how this will change their housing needs and preferences. And indeed if we focus on the 30-35 ‘Millennium Spectrum’ we will see a shift towards the suburbs.

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

Why Are Millennials Choosing the ‘Urban-Suburban’ Living In India?

The questions one can ask are-

  • Will the millennials live in the suburbs? The answer is ‘Yes’.

  • Will the suburbs have to become slightly “urban”, to accommodate changing tastes? The answer is “Maybe”.

Now the answer is millennials will live in the suburbs, but these suburbs will be self-sufficient satellite cities of major urban centers. They have realized the worth of a calm and quiet house along with the ample availability of modern amenities. The suburbs that are attracting this generation are more like cities with density, parks, amenities, things to do and for most part identities onto themselves. [Read more…]

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

It is really a curse to be a single woman who wants to make it on her own in a city, as the mind set of certain people has been wrapped up in a time zone. Then to top it all if you are seeking accommodation, the questions hurled at you can make your blood boil. People are vary of renting out accommodation to singles, and moreover to a single woman. Though there are a number of single women investing in real estate, having a good earning and a well-reputed job, the stereotyped mentality is still there in the society.

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

What is it like to be a Single Woman Home Hunting in Indian Cities?

As a single, hunting for a house in any city you face the same dilemma as your other counterparts when sought a response for questions like these- do you drink/smoke, do you come late, do you have a boyfriend, does he stay back for a night, so many questions. [Read more…]

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

If you are in your 30’s, there are some DIY tricks that you should master. So, hone up your skills and get ready to save some money; do away with the hassle of trying to find someone to do your petty, odd jobs. Whether you rent or you are a home owner, small odd jobs at home can be done by these super-simple common quick fixes that help you save time and money.

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

Home Hacks That Must Be On the List Every 30-Something Homeowner

1- Fill old picture holes- From dents to cracks, to nail holes, most cosmetic wall imperfections can be tackled with ‘spackle’. Use fine grit sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out the edges of the imperfection. Then with a putty knife fill the hole with spackle after cleaning/dusting the debris away. Do these in one clean motion, then remove the spackle from around the dent by wiping it with a damp cloth and let it dry. Then level it to match the area around by using the sandpaper and repaint. For short quick fix use white toothpaste or a soap bar (ivory), if you have white walls. [Read more…]