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When painting the interior of your home it is important to stick with a cohesive color scheme throughout the entire home (remember to keep the exterior in mind as well). Before selecting paint colors it is also important that you consider what the individual rooms will be used for since color has been proven to have an effect on our mood. Certain colors can also affect the appearance of a room in terms of how large or how small it looks and feels.



Today we share a few tips to help you select the right paint colors for the interior of your home.



If you want the room to feel energized or comfortable use warm colors such as red, yellow or orange. Warm colors tend to work well when used in rooms that host a lot of activity, such as family rooms or living rooms. Muted shades of these colors would be best as the main color as brighter paint colors can make a room feel overwhelming when they are used too much and too often. Instead, use these brighter tints of warm colors as an accent.  



Cool colors such as blue, green, and purple are ideally used to give a room a relaxing feel by creating a calming sensation. Cool colors are great options for bedrooms as well as sitting rooms but using darker shades such as deep green or navy blue can help the room feel more grounded giving the space a cozy feeling.



To give a room an open feel or to make it feel larger than it actually is, consider using lighter tints such as pale yellows, blues or even white. Because light colors have minimal visual weight our eyes are not drawn toward them as they would with more vibrant and darker shades. When painting a room keep the ceiling in mind. Using light colors for the ceiling can create the illusion that the room is taller than it is.



Since darker colors draw our eyes towards the walls they make rooms feel smaller and more intimate. If you have a home library or a study you might want to use dark colors to create a quiet, intimate atmosphere.



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The saying goes, “First impressions are lasting ones.”  Most, if not all of us, have heard this common saying which simply means that people will remember the way you appear when you first meet them, so it is important to look and act your best when you meet someone for the first time. While a property valuation provides an opinion of how much a property is worth, prospective buyers tend to value properties based on what they see and not just based on facts and figures. This can greatly hinder the sale of a property because even if a property is listed below market value, if it does not look appealing to prospects, they may shy away from the opportunity to own a potentially remarkable property.



It is therefore worthwhile for a seller to ensure that their property looks almost flawless, if not flawless, so that its appearance can match or even exceed its selling price or value.  We share a few simple improvements that can help any property be more alluring to prospective buyers.



While you may not be financially able to take on major renovations, especially if you are trying to spend as little as possible before putting the property on the market, these few simple upgrades can help a seller in getting a sale.



In the kitchen, installing countertops made from engineered stone or granite, can easily improve the aesthetic appeal of the space. Simple details such as replacing cabinet knobs or installing a new faucet for the sink can make a big difference. If you desire a bigger change consider knocking down a full or half wall to connect the kitchen to a living room to provide a more spacious feel.

In the bathroom, consider having the toilet and vanity replaced. A toilet that looks old or does not work properly is a turn-off. If you can’t afford purchasing a new toilet or the current one is still in working condition simply have it thoroughly cleaned and or replace the seat. This should make it appear as good as new. Similarly to the kitchen simple things can make a difference. Removing rust stains, updating doorknobs and cabinet knobs, and replacing faucets can make the bathroom look more welcoming.

You do not have to consider undergoing major repairs or a complete renovation to improve your home. Simply things such as repair of plumbing leaks, replacement of worn out rain gutters, replacement or repair of broken windows can go a long way in making a property more appealing.  Investing in maintenance and repairs is not only moneywise, prospective buyers tend to focus on what needs to be fixed and use these to justify negotiating a lower price.

Repaint the interior walls with neutral colors such as beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray or shades of white which will make the rooms appear lighter and bigger.

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Guests or potential buyers should enter your home and see functionality. The living room is an important room in a home so any person who has the intention to one day sell their home should bear this in mind when planning any renovation works for their living room.

Here are a few tips to consider when planning a living room renovation.

In order to plan a successful living room renovation, a lot of forethought and information need to be taken into consideration. If you are on a tight budget and you plan on making any structural changes, or your scope of work requires you to work with several professionals, proper planning is even more significant.

In home renovations, as in life, mistakes can occur. Refrain from making avoidable mistakes by not only planning beforehand but by taking your time during the renovation process. Your living room renovation should be treated as a marathon, not a sprint. In order to reap the reward of a successful renovation take your time and do not rush the process.

Ask yourself, why do I need to renovate my living room? Do you need additional space? Is your living room design outdated? Do you want to increase the value of your property for a possible sale? Knowing the ultimate goal you want to achieve with your renovation will help guide you during the planning process.

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Interior design is defined as the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building or room to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. As a home owner it is important that your home environment is healthy, while being both stylish and functional. In today’s article we share three simple interior design tips to improve your living room.

1)Repainting the walls is a rather cost effective way to uplift any room. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to bring new life into the living room. If your living room is not as large as you would like light colors will help the space appear larger. A fresh coat of paint would not only be useful for the walls. Doors, tables and other pieces of furniture can make a big difference to a room with a little touch of paint.

2)Including plants in your living room is a budget friendly way to beautify the room while adding a dash of color and texture. Not only do they add beauty but plants also help purify the air, making it easier to breathe and relax. Including plants in the home is also said to reduce stress and improve focus and creativity.

3)Rather than replacing your current pieces of furniture consider having them updated. Depending on the quality of your furniture, this can be a much more affordable option than replacing it. Give it serious consideration. Does your entire couch need to go or can a little bit of work make it as good as new while saving you money?

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Dan S. Kennedy said, “Productivity is the deliberate, strategic investment of your time, talent, intelligence, energy, resources, and opportunities in a manner calculated to move you measurably closer to meaningful goals.”

Tips For Creating A Home Office That Encourages Productivity & Efficiency

Whilst working from home provides much convenience, in order to be productive and efficient, persons are encouraged to have an appropriate work area, which allows them to create a work atmosphere, away from the house chores.

Whatever space you have to work with, limited or otherwise, it is more imperative that you feel good spending time there.  This could be a dedicated space in your kitchen, your living room or a cozy corner in your bedroom.

Today we offer some simple tips to assist you in working effectively at home: 

Choose the most appropriate furniture and fittings

 

Once the space has been identified, choose the most appropriate furniture and fittings, bearing in mind, the size of your designated office space. Your choice should be based on several conditions including your health.  If you suffer from back pain and eyestrains, consult your doctor before choosing your furniture and equipment (computer etc.).  If you are free from these health conditions, one should still choose wisely to reduce the risk of these ailments in the future.

To avoid clutter and to practice Clean Desk Policy, an office desk with draws, a filing cabinet and a few shelves, would be useful for some much needed storage space, which will definitely enhance the ambiance of your office.

Get all distractions away from your office space

Televisions, games and even household chores are common distractions. Take the television and similar devises away. Ensure your office chair is not facing areas like your kitchen where you may spot some dirty dishes staring at you..

Utilize some extra space

If there is an extra room, a garage or an area that is seldom used, dedicate that area for an office space. You may also consider adding another room if there is sufficient yard space. This will actually increase the value of your home.

Remember your space must be well lit. Ample lighting is important for every type of workspace. This helps to improve the motivation level and functionality. Working near windows, also increases your access to natural light, which has a positive effect on the body and your mind.

At Millenia Architects we are available for a free consultation at feedback@millenia.dm or call Kermecia at 767-617-6538.

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Steel framing is a construction method where steel columns and beams are assembled using a variety of fasteners usually in a rectilinear fashion to create a support for floors, roofs, etc. to purposefully construct a building. While steel frame construction is predominantly used for large, simple structures, such as garages and warehouses, there has been an increase in its usage in a wide range of other types of developments, such as offices, schools and even residential properties.

There are several distinct advantages that steel frame construction offers when compared to brick, concrete and timber constructions.

1)Because of its high strength to weight ratio structural, steel components are stronger and more durable than their concrete counterpart. The strength and flexibility of steel frames allow them to withstand the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes which are a part of our regular weather system and do create planning challenges for our region.

2)Steel frames can be easily fabricated into different sizes while still retaining the strength properties. They can be customized to bear specific loads in buildings of all different types and sizes and allows for creative and innovative designs.

3)Steel frame construction’s fire ratings can be improved and well managed, thereby reducing the risk of fire damage to the building and retarding the spread of a fire if it does occur.

4)Structural steel components are insusceptible to the harmful effects of insects and other animals. Effects which can cause significant problems for timber structures that are not properly treated.

5)Steel frames are prefabricated off-site to fit a certain specification before being sent to the construction site. Because of this they are immediately ready to be assembled. No curing times are required to add to construction periods.

6)Steel framed construction can provide competitive construction cost rates and in fact for low rise commercial construction does provide better rates than its counterparts.

If you are in the planning stages of a development and want help deciding whether steel frame construction is a good choice for you get in touch with an engineer today.

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In Western Architecture, the living room, also referred to as the family room, lounge or sitting room, is a room typically found in a residential home or an apartment for the main purpose of relaxation and socializing. The living room, being central gathering place of the home, is one of the most used rooms in the home as it serves the entire family as well as guests. Because the living room is so frequently used it is important that it is kept as well organized as possible. Here are a few organizational tips that can be used to keep your living room looking attractive and feeling comfortable:



  • Most people consider a living room to be incomplete without the presence of a coffee table. Coffee tables are low tables designed to be placed in front of the sofa or upholstered chairs around which family members and guests can gather. But what most people fail to realize is its potential to reduce clutter in the room and provide storage. While well suited for beverages and the occasional snack, the coffee table is also good for storing books, magazines, and decorative objects. Simply ensure that this is done in a well presented manner.



  • Maybe one day all appliances will be wireless, but that day is not today. The television set, sound system, computer and the list goes on can at times be a nuisance when having to deal with detangling their cords and just looking at the visual mess the cords can make. If you want to keep these cords out of sight consider tucking them under an area rug, creatively hiding them behind or underneath furniture, or putting in an outlet directly in the floor.



  • When it comes to the arrangement of your furniture be sure to use scaled pieces to create balance. The size of the pieces of furniture in the room should be relative to each other and the size of the room. Properties that are scaled similarly are more serene when used together, in addition the right balance of pieces creates a harmonious atmosphere. Also keep in mind that when the furniture in the room is out of scale, it will be noticed and the room will feel disorganized and unwelcoming.



There are many other personal touches you can to your living room to keep it well organized. Keep in mind that one of the main goals should be keeping the room clutter free.



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You once worked in a well laid-out and organized office, but now the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID19, has demanded that you work from your home to support the “Stay at Home” drive, which will assist in curbing the spread of this deadly disease.

In some cases, this situation now calls for starting a makeshift office at home.  A piece of your personal space, is now being used to create a workspace, and it may just seem like a misfit.

No need to worry, we can help you work through this and succeed in creating a comfortable workspace at home. 

Here are some vital tips on how to create an organized home workspace, which will surely contribute to an environment that will contribute immensely to your productivity.

 

Firstly and most importantly…
1. Keep it clutter free – clear your desk whenever you step out; it could be for a short break.  A clean desk policy should be a usual practice, to keep all information confidential.

2. Give everything its space – everything deserves its space and must be kept there at all times. When you have a designated space for everything, items are easier to locate, and this saves time.

When everything is in place…
3. This makes your desk a combination of inspiration and efficiency. Place a wall art or a framed client testimonial within your line of sight – when things get tough, one needs a little motivation.   You can also keep a vision board close by to remind you of your long-term goals and a calendar to keep track of important activities and appointments.  


You are inspired and motivated, now…
4. Reduce stress and improve creativity and productivity, by adding a few plants to your office space. Some plants are known to help reduce noise levels, and provide clean air.


Keep your space well lit…
5. Ample lighting is important for every type of workspace.  This improves motivation level and functionality.  Working near windows, also increases your access to natural light, which has a positive effect on how you feel.

Whether you work from home or in a formal business setting these tips can be quite useful.


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It is the Christmas season; a season many of us look forward to every year. It is the time when we spend more time with our loved ones, reflect on the year’s activities and look towards the New Year. For the Millenia Group of Companies, this past year has been very challenging with many changes, and opportunities.

Two of the most significant achievements for the Millenia Group in 2019 include: arriving at an agreement with the Office of the NAO Dominica for design and construction of 2 regional emergency shelters. The second achievement is that we have begun the process of renewal as we innovate and adapt to the changes faced in the industry and develop plans for the future that build on our strengths.

During this season, it always brings about a time for pause and reflection, so I write this Christmas message expressing my appreciation to those of you who have supported our group either directly as clients or through referrals or merely considering us through your development goals. Behind the scenes, thank you to our dedicated staff who have supported with your talents and time — designing, supervising, preparing and reviewing, and sharing your positive energy where needed. I am always humbled by your drive to make our organization better. The words “thank you” do not begin to express my gratitude.

To those of you whose expectations we did not meet this past year, we trust that 2020 will be our year to serve you with the greatest pleasure and satisfaction.

To all of you— have a wonderful season and may the peace & joy that this season brings be yours today and always.

Warm Regards,

Alistair Grell.
Executive Director

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Here are six (6) tips to help you create a workspace that is efficient, well-organized and improves productivity.

  1. Keeping your office space clutter free helps reduce stress and improves organization and efficiency. One way to ensure that your work station remains free of clutter is by clearing your desk whenever you step out. When you are going out for a break, to do a few errands or you are stepping out for the day, clear out your space.
  2. Keep everything in its place. When you have a designated space for everything, items are easier to locate. The familiarity of your workspace also removes distractions making it easier to focus and prioritize your work. 
  3. Make your desk a combination of inspiration and efficiency. Consider having wall art or client testimonials close by to inspire you and keep you motivated. You can also keep a vision board close by to remind you of your long-term goals and a calendar to keep track of important activities and appointments.  
  4. Adding a few plants to your office space or working in an area with a view of outside helps to reduce stress and improves creativity. Working near windows also increases your access to natural light which has a positive effect on how an individual feels.
  5. Ample lighting is important for every type of workspace. This improves your motivation and functionality by creating a productive atmosphere that is conducive for working.
  6. The design of your office space should reflect your company’s character. By your design choices you can communicate your brand to customers/visitors. Your choice of decor, furniture, etc. should reflect your business culture and appeal to the type of customers you want to attract. 

Whether you work from home or in a formal business setting these tips can be quite useful.

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