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Apartment Living Etiquette

There has been a shift in the housing market, from the traditional stand alone houses to high-rise apartments as developers rush to meet the housing demand. Living in close proximity with others requires courtesy and a little more consideration as living space is limited. Facilities such as gardens or play areas are communal, making cooperation and tolerance crucial for this kind of lifestyle.
Here are a few tips on how to be a good neighbor.

Reach out
When you move into an apartment, reach out to your neighbors and get to know them. This is beneficial to you in many ways. You get to have a good start and common ground to face issues as they arise, as well as create a sense of community. Security is also improved as you will be better placed at identifying strangers and unwanted guests in the property.

Security
We all want to live in a safe and secure environment; however everyone has a role to play, especially when living in apartments. There may be several points of entry including the fire door which may pose as a threat to security. Getting a reputable security firm to take care of your safety will give you peace of mind, and make it difficult for thieves to get in without being noticed.

Noise levels
Apartment living can be a little bit invasive as the only thing separating one apartment from another is a wall. Noise seems to pass through rather easily, therefore avoid making loud noises at night and in the early hours of the morning. You also need to be considerate of your neighbors, by informing them well in advance when you intend on having a party or when entertaining.

Laundry
Most apartment blocks have a provision for laundry lines within the apartment while others may have other lines outside the apartment in communal areas. Some people are uncomfortable hanging their laundry outside, while others do not mind at all. This would be something to look out if you find clothes hanging outside an eye sore.

Garbage disposal
This can be a tricky issue if tenants are careless while moving their garbage from their homes to the collection point. Ensure that your garbage bags are tightly wrapped to avoid spillage. There are different dates, times and ways of collection depending on the location. Some areas have recycled garbage collection, which require tenants to separate plastics and paper from their usual trash.

Finally, be nice as living with people from different backgrounds on the same property can be challenging. Tolerance, consideration and a little common sense will go a long way into making your environment easy to live in. You do not have to become best friends, though that would help, but a little common courtesy will go a very long way.

Technology and Home Safety

Security for yourself and your family is imperative. Technology has enabled ways to make sure your family and possessions are kept safe. Here is a few tips on how to effectively secure your home:

Video monitoring
This is a great way for the owners to know what is happening in their houses whilst they are not around. Video monitoring is easy to set up and provides you with several different settings and preferences to your comfort. Today’s technology provides you with the benefit of monitoring and controlling with your personal phone or tablet. This option nowadays is available from high end to cheaper options for everyone.

Smart home systems
These are operating system technologies by which you can several different aspects of your living space are integrated and controlled by a central security system, it consists of several different motion sensors on doors, windows or even chosen spots to monitor and take action against unknown activity in your house. Smart home systems don’t only secure and monitor but also control things such as thermostats, lights, TV and more.

Electric locks
These are locks that are unlocked / locked either by a button, biometric recognition or digital code. These also make accessing home easier and faster for owners. Electric locks prove to be more reliable and are a better option as they set off alarms if tampered with.

Vigilance.
No amount of technology will protect you and your home if you are not vigilant. Be wary of who you let into your home, and train the kids not to be too friendly with anyone.
Technology has made it easier to ensure that we and our loved ones remain safe.

Benefits of Living in a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments may not be so popular among the house hunters because of the small living space but this is because they are meant for a specific target market. They are ideal for people like students, an office worker who lives alone, or a couple who have no need for too much space. They may be smaller than the multi bedroom apartments but there are some benefits that come with small spaces as listed below.

MORE AFFORDABLE
Studio apartments are generally smaller than the multi- bedroom apartments which makes them cheaper, they are also highly convenient for a person who doesn’t have a lot of stuff and is only in the market for temporary accommodation.

SAVES MONEY
Hypothetical situation, you have enough money to rent a one bedroom which can also be used to rent a nice, cozy studio apartment that is much cheaper and located in the same neighborhood. This means you get to spend less and save more for future investments.

EASY TO CLEAN
For those who don’t enjoy cleaning, a studio apartment would be an ideal living space for you. It’s much smaller which means there’s less cleaning space, everything is in the same room which is much better than cleaning from one room to another which can be taxing…sometimes.

EVERYTHING IS IN THE SAME LOCATION
Your kitchen, bedroom, living room, dining area are all within reach and that can help you multitask as well, you don’t have to worry about missing scenes from your favorite soap or a football game because you can watch TV, fold your clothes and cook at the same time.

EASY TO FURNISH.
It’s much cheaper and easier to furnish a studio apartment because limited space means less furniture and the same wall paper all over the room and you can color coordinate the way you want. It also allows you to use multi-purpose furniture such as a folding bed that is a couch by day for the guest and a bed by night. The living room table can also be used as a dining table when friends drop by and ofice desk for the late night office work.

Area Focus: Wine and Dine in Karen

Explore Karen and discover some of the finest restaurants the leafy suburb has to offer. Sumptuous cuisines, tasty side dishes, fine wine, chilled ambiance, resplendent views, live band performances are but a few of the features

If you are a foodie or you plan on eating out sometime, here are five of the best restaurants in Karen that you should visit.

Tamambo
Situated in Karen Blixen, Tamamabo is a hotspot for the residents. It’s a cozy indoor restaurant where a band plays every Friday, with an adjacent terrace and beautiful garden which can also offer space for private dinners.

Their bar serves a variety of Tamambo cocktails to dinner snacks and is the perfect spot for watching a football match with your friends.

They serve breakfast lunch and dinner from their fusion of Tamambo and tamarind menu which includes light starters such as tender calamari with tartare sauce to smoked salmon served with horseradish dill sauce, fresh salads, seafood, vegetarian, dessert, sirloin steak, momo lamb chops from their meat menu, grilled lemon chicken, tasty side dishes a variety of the most famous wine brands, the list is endless.

Hemmingways Brassiere
Hemminways offers a classic European cuisine with a modern twist focusing on simply cooked free-range products sourced directly from Kenyan farms.

It is a must visit for barbecue and steak lovers, their sizzling steaks are well known for having a distinct char- grilled flavor roasted from the Josper Oven, first of its kind in Kenya.

Their menu also offers slow cooked pork belly, beef rib. Seafood lovers can enjoy lobsters, prawns, crabs’, spicy calamari with pomegranate and pearl barley. They also serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and has a bar.

Osteria Del Chianti
The Osteria Del Chianti is a sight to behold, it’s an elegant restaurant that boasts of a beautiful garden and chilled ambiance that sets a peaceful and calm mood especially at night.

If you want a taste of Italy, all you have to do is ring up the Osteria. Located in one of Karen’s most popular neighborhoods in Windy Ridge, this restaurant offers a mouth-watering Italian menu and has doubled its services through deliveries.

Their menu includes delicious Italian homemade pasta such as Lasagne del Fattore, ravioli with sauce, tuna pizza, fish, meat such as lamb chops, chicken breasts, dessert, cocktails etc all affordable prices.

Roast by Carnivore
This one is for the French fries and burger lovers. Roast by Carnivore is situated at The Hub, it’s a casual outdoor restaurant that offers a wide selection of spicy to regular fries, ugali fritters, roast barbecue wings as side dishes. Flame grilled hamburgers, beef, pork, chicken sandwiches, beef, pork ribs, cocktails, fresh crunchy salads and have a special kids’ menus.

Haru Restaurant
It’s a small restaurant located along Karen road that offers an extensive list of Japanese cuisine but the most popular dishes are sushi, sashimi, and tempura.
Their restaurant has a lovely, intimate feel making it an ideal place for lunch with family and friends, their staff are friendly and offer great services.

Owner’s Checklist for Pool Installation.

In ground home pool

The decision to install an in ground pool is a big step should not be taken very lightly. If you have already decided to have a pool, take some time to go through this checklist before you call the contractor in to get you a brand new pool. While this may add considerable beauty and recreation to the property, it also needs some serious considerations to be made.

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Creative Ways To Reuse Wine Bottles

Repurpose Old Wine Bottles

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Rhino Charge 2017 – Team Pink Horns

Team Pink Horns

Meet Pink Horns – an all women’s team taking part at this year’s Rhino Charge event in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road motorsport competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 checkpoints scattered over approximately 100km of rough terrain within a 10hour period. Each entrant must pledge and raise a minimum sponsorship fee of USD 15,000. Rhino Charge is one of Kenya’s leading charity sporting event; started in 1989, the event has raised billions of shillings towards protection of our wildlife and precious water tables.

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Benefits of Home Ownership

Benefits of Home Ownership

There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace….. Solomon Ortiz

Not all people value the same things in life, in fact if you were to ask this question you would get varied answers from My Car, to My Wardrobe or even My Guitar and so forth but rarely would you get an answer like ‘My Home”.

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Keep Your Home Safe From Break-Ins

Keep Your Home Safe

While the general opinion is that most break ins happen in the dead of the night while you are asleep, new statistics show that most home theft happens during the day, when everyone is either at work, school or running errands. It will not hurt to take a few precautionary measures to keep your home and possessions safe.While the truth is that we can never really be completely safe from break ins, as these things do happen, better safe than sorry.

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Small Living Spaces – Make it Work

Make Small Spaces Work

While not all of us are accorded the luxury of space, there is no reason why you should not feel like a king in your own home. No matter where you live, you will almost never have enough space. If you think there is no more room in your house, think again. Read on, and find some tips that will help you make the most out of a small living space without compromising on design and aesthetic value.

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