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What to Look for When Buying a Condo

At one time or another, we've all been there —we've fallen for the wrong person. At first, they seemed like a perfect catch. Then, as time went on, their skeletons came out to play. Don't let the same thing happen when hunting for a home. You may be smitten with a condo at first glance but before you take the plunge, understand what will and won't work for you. This step will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. For condo buying tips, we've got the inside scoop!

Functional Dens

The first question to ask yourself is how can I make this functional? Does it have potential? Everything else can be tweaked. When buying your first condo, we highly recommend finding one with a den option. Dens are fantastic because they have so much live-in potential. Need an office, an extra guest room, or both? Dens can easily be converted to suit your needs.

To compliment the smaller space, choose items that are not bulky or obtrusive. Online retailers we work with have an impressive inventory of small-scale furniture items available that will have you enjoying your den in no time. Remember to optimize your square-footage by choosing items that serve multiple purposes (ie. sleeper couches, console-desks) or can easily be tucked away when not in use (ie. nesting side tables).

Reading Nooks

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You may not have space for a full-out library in your condo, but it is important to find a corner that you can make your own. Whether you like to knit, read, or simply lounge with a glass of wine in hand, having a special place where you can escape to after a long day will be worth the investment. Need inspiration? Check out these cozy nooks for some cozy and stylish ideas!

Ample Storage

One of the most important things to look out for when condo hunting is the amount of storage being offered. More is merrier in this case. The more storage space you have, the less clutter you create. If you are finding your condo is still lacking in ample storage space, we can help you find some great solutions!

Funky storage bins, ingenious shoe racks, and discrete dressers are just a few options that can drastically transform the state of your condo. Remember, it is not about the amount of square-footage you have, it is about how you make the square footage work for you. A proper layout is far more important.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Not everyone has the luxury of having a backyard, but that doesn't mean you can't create your own little balcony oasis. All you need is a little ingenuity, a few well-thought-out furniture pieces, and some plants to add life into your design. Lacking in inspiration? Check out the simple, yet effective designs below! | |

Studies show that among other benefits, plants are proven to reduce stress and sickness, increase productivity, clean the air, and lower background noise. What better way to relax after a long day than in a space literally created to help you relax? If you love the second design above, send us a message. Next month you may just see a DIY video on our social media channels! You can find us on Instagram and Facebook @whitedahliadesign.

Open Concept Living at the Metalworks

When condo hunting, we recommend opting for an open concept layout. While walls have their perks, they can make small spaces feel claustrophobic. Clients often come to us with the needing help in how to define spaces in an open concept layout. There is so much you can do with furniture to define areas for relaxing and gathering with friends.

Take a look at the open concept design we recently created for Metalworks Condominium in Guelph. It has everything you need to live comfortably, entertain smoothly, and think creatively — all in one room.

For more tips and tricks on condo living, shoot us a message. We would love to help your home goals come to life!


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