10 Advantages of Living in a Condo #condolife #secondhome #fishing

We were recently relocated due to work, but did not want to sell our home, so we opted to purchase a condo as our second home to stay in while working.

We quickly realized how nice and convenient this is. Here are just some reasons I  love it!!

  1. While not here, we can earn money renting it out.
  2. We don’t have to do any upkeep of the lawn or anything outside of our condo.
  3. We have a pool, tennis court & lighted pier we can use.
  4. Our water and cable are included in our HOA.
  5. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
  6. Friendly neighbors
  7. Grandkids want to come visit!
  8. We have a community grill & picnic tables available all the time.
  9. It is animal-friendly.
  10. It is safe.

I love watching the wildlife here, so far we have seen a red fox, two coyotes, and tons of birds. We also have a dolphin that comes to visit our pier often. This has been such a fun experience. If you are looking for a retirement home or just a place to spend vacations, look at condos!

Lastly, the views are breathtaking. I love just sitting outside and watching the views.

Why A Garden Sunroom Room Is So Much Better Than An Extension

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There has been a topic of conversation that has taken over most of our family dinners recently. To build an extension or not to build an extension, that was the question. But then threw a curveball into the mix and it had us all umming and ahhing, “what about a garden room?”

We have to admit, the first image that popped into our head was a Wendy House, like the one we used to play in as kids. Basic, practical, functional and a space that quickly got filled with tools. Needless to say, we dismissed the idea. We were wrong to do this it seems.

Garden rooms have basically evolved into extensions, just ones that don’t have to be fixed to your home. They can sit all pretty at the bottom of your garden for instance. What’s more, you don’t need to borrow huge sums of money because you could just use your family home loans and tap into the equity you have already built up in your property. We know right!

 

Anyway, we started making a list of ways a garden room would be a better investment than an extension, and this what we came up with.

 

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A Place Of Peace

An extension certainly gives you more space in your home, but it doesn’t exactly allow you to escape because, well, you’re still in the thick of it. A garden room, however, is a home away from home; your own space and place of peace. You can run away to it. Take a book, a cup of coffee, an iPod, a notepad; whatever. There will be nothing to distract you but your garden and the beautiful outside of your home. Total and utter bliss.

An Outdoor Office

Millions and millions of people now work from home. Freelancing, entrepreneurs, flexible working conditions; there are loads of reasons why. However, working from home isn’t the easy ride people think it is because you need to have the right conditions in order to be as proactive as possible. That’s where a garden office comes in. You’ll have an inspiring setting that is nice and quiet, and you’ll be able to separate your work life from your home life.

Are You Not Entertained

All work and no play make someone a dull something. Basically, playing is just as important as working and relaxing, that’s what we’re trying to say, and what better place to play with your friends and entertain than your garden, and one with a garden room. You could slip a little kitchen out there and have garden dinner parties, or have it as a nice adult play room with comfy sofas and a projector screen for movie nights. You could make it into a games room, or a place for your kids to play their crazy and loud instruments. Your imagination is your oyster on this one. Just know that it will entertain.

Pinch More Privacy

We all love our gardens. Some of us are a little more secretive about this than others, but we all love them. The only real downside of a garden is the lack of privacy, especially if you live in a built-up area. That’s where a garden room would come in. Not only would you have somewhere inside your great outdoors to enjoy a spot of nice weather and no eyes, but the area in front of your garden room will be protected too. Perfect.

Spring Cleaning is a breeze… Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology

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I never thought I would say this but this year I am so excited about spring cleaning. I know it sounds crazy, like saying I would like for someone to rub their nails on a chalkboard, please. But really this year I have the best help to tackle those spring cleaning issues. The Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology is my secret weapon to spring cleaning this year!

I have not one but TWO, two story homes. I know, what was I thinking… But both need a good spring cleaning and both have carpet and tile. So this awesome vacuum has come to the rescue.

Here is what all is included with this vacuum:

  • Shark® Rocket® Complete vacuum with DuoClean Technology
  • Dusting Brush
  • 12” Crevice Tool
  • Pet Upholstery Tool
  • On-Board Tool Clip
  • Wall Mount
  • 30’ Cord
  • Under Appliance Wand (bonus item)

 

This Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology can literally clean your home from your ceiling to your floor. It is light weight and offers a ton of options for all of your cleaning needs! I have tried everything and love the fan cleaning option and under the furniture wand!

 

 

I am able to tote this lightweight vacuum upstairs with no problems. I use it for the stairwell and even the tile at the bottom of the stairs, this makes cleaning a breeze! It also is so easy to clean out. Each time I finish with the house or condo I just dump it out. It has a clear container so you can see how amazing it is working!

 

It is so easy to use and to move that I am able to take it to the condo each week for a good clean. Before I would have to load a big vacuum that would leave a mess in my car. This one has really been a lifesaver, not only has it helped my spring cleaning but it is going to make my summer a lot more fun!!