• Top 5 Best Sofas for Apartment Living

    Feb 21, 2017

    Choosing the right sofa for your apartment can be tricky. A home theatre-style sectional is a little impractical, and that second-hand chesterfield isn’t going to fit in with your decor. In the hopes of helping you choose the perfect piece for your apartment, and maximize space, Timbercreek Communities has put together a list of the top 5 best sofas for apartment living.1010_first_street_sw_calgary_MLS_HID838558_ROOMlivingroom4

    1. Loveseat 

    Like a bicycle built for two, a loveseat is the perfect perch for any twosome — and it doesn’t take up too much room in your rental unit! Just be sure to remember the cozy closeness of this type of sofa. This kind of togetherness can be ideal for a couple, but not optimal for roommates. Loveseats are available in many styles and sizes. If you don’t know where to start, check out these Pinterest pins about loveseats.

    2. Pull-out couch 

    The pull-out couch is the Swiss Army knife of sofas. It's a brilliant choice because it adapts easily to your needs. Whether you have to host unexpected company, are preparing a spare room for your parents, or are just really feeling a mid-Netflix-binge nap, the pull-out couch is the perfect pick. Check out this list of the best sleeper sofas and sofa beds from Apartment Therapy.

    3. Chaise lounge

    Comfy, casual and sleek, chaise lounges are a great option for your apartment, and are usually more compact than a couch. Our favourite picks? Ikea’s lineup -- check it out here.

    4. Sofa bunk bed

    Asking friends and family to sleep on the floor when they come to visit can lead to a lonely home away from home. Host friends and family in your small space with ease with a super practical sofa bunk bed! A single sofa converts easily into two completely separate beds -- so no one has to sleep next to uncle Larry.

    5. 3-seat L-shaped sofa

    L-shaped sofas are great when you live with a roommate or a partner. They allow you both to stretch out on the sofa without getting in each other's way. They also fit beautifully into the corner of a room, leaving you with a lot of open space to put to good use. If you have the space to spare, a 3-seat L-shaped sofa is a great option. Stay on budget with one of these affordable sectional sofas from Ikea.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Making Any Rental More Energy Efficient

    Feb 20, 2017

    When it comes to energy-saving initiatives, we all win. Cutting down costs while reducing your carbon footprint can be done in many simple ways in your life. In an effort to inspire positive change for you, your wallet and the planet, the team at Timbercreek Communities has some easy tips for going green. Check out our ultimate guide to making any rental more energy efficient:

    iStock-536669192The phantom menace  

    If you’ve never heard of phantom power (or standby power), it is a mega-waste of megawatts. Your phone charger and your laptop charger are sucking up energy at an alarming rate (if left plugged in but not charging anything), not to mention other everyday devices and appliances around your home. According to HyrdoOne, you could save $150 a year just by cutting down on phantom power alone.

    Cut the lights

    Who doesn’t want a nice ambiance in their home? Brightly lit rooms can make a space feel inviting, but having several lamps on in each room of an apartment can also be really expensive and wasteful. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody's there to hear it, maybe it makes a sound, maybe it doesn’t – we’ll never really know. But we know for sure that if the lights are on in a room and no one is there to see it, that energy is getting used up for nothing. Make it a habit to flick off the lights as you leave a room, and try to keep the excess ambiance lights (lamps, twinkle lights, etc.) to a minimum.

    Waste not, want not

    If you’re one of those people who loves long, hot showers, consider the benefits of taking a shorter one. Cutting back just two or three minutes on your showers may help reduce your monthly bills by quite a bit. You’ll also be doing the world a favour since water conservation is a major issue at the moment.

    For more tips and tricks on how to make your apartment more energy efficient, check out the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s page. The team at Timbercreek Communities hopes that this information will help reduce your power bills while reducing our carbon footprint!

    To learn more about our rentals across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 14 Ingredients Every Young Professional Should Have in Their Kitchen

    Feb 14, 2017

    Whether you’ve just made the transition from school to work, or have been grinding away at the office for years, it goes without saying that young professionals today are busy multi-taskers. When it comes to making meals, keeping recipes as simple as possible is key, so is having the right foundation ingredients. To help you plan ahead, Timbercreek Communities has put together this list of 14 ingredients every young professional should have in their kitchen. Keep them on hand so that you can whip up whatever you like, without having to put too much thought into the grocery list.iStock-512525924

    Flour

    Flour is the base for so much of what we eat today --  breads, muffins, cakes, fritters, beer-battered delights and more. This glutinous staple has been a standby for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and for good reason.

    Salt

    This one speaks for itself. Salt goes well on just about any dish, and bumps up the bland ones. Just be careful you don’t overdo it — too much sodium can be detrimental to your diet. Foodies will love the many varieties of specialty salt now available in premium grocery stores like Whole Foods — they make a great finishing touch on your dish. If you’re health conscious, try some pink Himalayan salt — it contains all the minerals your body needs to thrive.

    Pepper 

    Salt’s spicy counterpart, pepper, will amp up any savoury dish to its full potential. For added freshness, arm your spice arsenal with a pepper mill and a stocked supply of peppercorns. Foodies will love experimenting with different varieties of pepper like pink and red peppercorns which taste subtly different. Health conscious people should try it with turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that becomes much more absorbable when paired with pepper.

    Tomato paste 

    Though it's not delicious on its own, this canned treasure plays a big role in many dishes - like tomato sauce, chili, curry, shepherd’s pie and stew. Check out these great ideas for what to do with leftover tomato paste.

    Lemon 

    You can’t go wrong with having a lemon handy at all times. Dressings, juices, soups and salads all incorporate this wonderful, tart fruit. Not to mention lemon water — which, according to many, is great for digestive health.

    Ginger 

    Ginger plays a starring and supporting role in many classic dishes. Curries, soups and sauces all incorporate this invigorating spice. Fresh ginger and hot water makes a great digestion enhancing tea. Be sure to keep this one in your kitchen, it's available at grocery stores in either fresh root or powder-form.

    Sugar 

    From sweets like pies, cakes and cookies, to more savoury dishes like baked ham, sugared sirloins, or eggplant parmesan, this granulated cane product comes in handy more often than you’d think.

    Garlic 

    An age-old flavour-booster, key ingredient in many recipes and wellness aide, garlic is essentially, a miracle food. Check out some great uses for it here.

    Onion 

    This layered vegetable has many uses, but is primarily used to infuse a distinct, delicious savoury flavour into anything from sandwiches and salads, to pastas and wraps.

    Vinegar 

    This thin, acidic liquid will come in handy more often than not. Whether you have malt vinegar, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, white vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or anything in between — from vinaigrettes to cleaning solutions, this ingredient is a must-have for your cupboard. Check out some of its many household uses here.

    Olive oil  

    A frying pan staple, this wholesome oil will come in handy in many instances. And remember, even though it's fattening, it’s good fat!

    Pasta 

    Cheap, quick and easy to make — a box or two of pasta should always be in your cupboard. You never know when Uncle Tony might stop by for some spaghetti.

    Soy sauce 

    Like vinegar, soy sauce plays a major role in many dishes, especially Asian dishes. It offers an umami-packed saltiness and can add a lot of depth of flavour to your recipes. Check out some great recipes for this food staple here.

    Parmesan

    Who doesn’t love cheese? Shaved parmesan is what makes a Caesar salad so delicious, and the secret ingredient that adds rich flavour to countless pasta sauces. We prefer buying good quality parmesan in block form and grating it fresh but powdered parmesan will kick up just about any savoury dish too if you’re on a budget. Be sure to keep this exquisite cheese in your fridge at all times.

    We hope you use this list to stock up on food items that will come in handy over and over again.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • The Best Air Cleaning Plants to Have in Your Home

    Feb 13, 2017

    There is nothing more important than the air we breathe. Air pollution is usually something we think of as an outdoor, environmental issue that we have little power over. What about the air inside our home? Indoor air quality is really important for good health, and something you have the power to improve. You can opt for an air purifier appliance, or go for something as simple and beautiful as an air cleaning plant. Adding one of these amazing air cleaning plants to your home will help you breath easy.

    Spider Plant

    Spider Plants are a very easy plant to grow and keep healthy. They help you stay healthy in return by filtering air pollutants such as formaldehyde and xylene. These plants like bright, direct sunlight and don’t require much watering, making them ideal for beginners and those lacking green thumbs.

    Dracaena

    There are over 40 varieties of Dracaena plants, from 3 inch cuties to towering specimens, making it easy to find the type that is right for you. They are great at scrubbing the air of pollutants such as benzene. Pet owners may want to steer clear of this plant as they can be toxic to cats and dogs.

    iStock-637281370Aloe Vera

    In addition to filtering pollutants such a formaldehyde from the air, Aloe Vera plants can offer various other health benefits. The succulent leaves are filled with a gel that's loaded with vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. Aloe vera gel is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and is great for healing wounds.

    Peace Lily

    When you give Peace Lilies a chance, they reward you with their beautiful flowers. It's easy to fall out of touch with your plants’ needs, but these guys droop a little to let you know they need water. If you take care of them, they’ll repay you by extracting carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air.

    Boston Fern

    Caring for your Boston Fern isn’t difficult, but they do require specific conditions to thrive.Keep them in a cool location, with indirect light and high humidity, and they will thrive and clean your air, while looking beautiful.

    Bamboo Palm

    The bold and beautiful Bamboo Palm thrives in bright light. They are great air filters for benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, partly because they can grow so large and leafy. They can stand anywhere between 4 to 12 feet tall, making them a dramatically lovely indoor addition.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that this list of the best air cleaning plants for your home helps to add a little beauty and a breath of fresh air to your life.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 Best Laundry Hampers for Apartment Living

    Feb 07, 2017
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    Being a renter rather than a homeowner certainly has its benefits — no mortgage, no lawn care, and no buyer’s remorse. However, being a tenant means you typically need to make the most of your time, space and money. That’s why the team at Timbercreek Communities has pulled together this quick list of the best laundry hampers for apartment living. These hampers stay out of the way, leaving you with more open space to enjoy.

    Collapsible 

    Whether your laundry journey includes a trip around the block, or a trip down the stairs, a collapsible hamper is a great option because it can easily be stored in small areas (even zipped up in your backpack), while you wait for laundry to finish. Check out these thrifty pop-up baskets from Bed Bath and Beyond – complete with a durable and ultra-convenient side pocket for detergent.

    Under-the-bed 

    Shoving items under the bed is usually a lazy approach to organization, but in this case, it’s genius. Under-the-bed hampers take all the unsightliness of laundry right out of the equation, and allow you to maximize your room space at the same time. Check out this cute, convenient and inexpensive storage box from Ikea.

    Back-of-the-door 

    There’s nothing better than a good opportunity to de-clutter your apartment. Ok, maybe weekends, beaches and chocolate take the cake, but, de-cluttering is pretty great, too! With a back-of-the-door hamper, you can free up floor space as quickly as you can hang up a coat. Check out this simple, sleek over-the-door hanging hamper from Wayfair.

    Wheeled 

    Lugging laundry around can be exhausting – give yourself (and your back) a break, and make laundry a breeze with a wheeled basket. These handy hampers are stylish, practical and will make laundry feel like less of a chore.

    Corner

    Isn’t it great when things pair together perfectly? Peas and carrots, wine and cheese — your bedroom and a corner hamper. You need one of these in your life! The Bay has a perfect option which will free up space in your bedroom and even freshen up your laundry with a special enzyme enhanced fabric lining. It’s the hamper of the future!

    We hope you find the right laundry basket for you, one that makes life a little easier and maximizes the space in your rental.

    For more information on Timbercreek’s Rental Communities in provinces all across Canada, please visit our website.

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