Happy Earth Day! Outdoor Water Conservation is Easier Than You Think.

Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 12.19.53 PMHappy Earth Day! The snow is falling and moisture seems to abound this April in Colorado, but it will not always be this way! No matter how much snow falls this Spring we still live in a dry climate and we all need to do our part to conserve water. Good thing that the Center for Resource Conservation makes it easier for all of us to save resources.

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There are many ways for home owners to conserve water & other resources outdoors:

  • Xeriscape Yard Space:  Instead of adding grass, consider lower water alternatives like gravel, mulch, cactus, and many more.
  • Order a Garden-In-A-Box: These professionally designed perennial gardens are delivered to you with plans to ensure they look amazing, decrease the water flow at your home, and add visual appeal to your yard. Order your gardens now!
  • Slow the Flow: This program helps homeowners ensuring their sprinkler system is well maintained and functioning properly. This ensures you are not using more water than your landscaping really needs. Register for a free sprinkler inspection now!
  • Stop Leaks: Make sure you don’t have any leaks from outdoor faucets or hoses by adding washers and tightening connections
  • Add Mulch: Mulch in your gardens and perennial areas will reduce evaporation and water loss
  • Take a Class: Register for a FREE class on xeriscaping your yard on May 18, 2013

For more information on how to conserve water outdoors visit the Center for Resource Conservation here. Check out their detailed article on improving different areas of your outdoor landscaping here.

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8Z’s Featured Properties!

Even though 8z Rentals is a newer company (founded in 2012), we are quickly becoming synonymous with luxury and high-end rentals. Today we are going to show you a few of our featured rentals we are especially proud of!

 #1) Valkyrie Drive

This beautiful 5 bedroom (and 4.5 bathroom) home is located in North Boulder. Its one-acre lot is surrounded by one thousand acres of open space. The Boulder Reservoir is only a short walk away, but a quick drive can take residents to the heart of downtown Boulder.

FACTS:

   3,557 Square Feet

   Located Northeast of Boulder

   $5,500/month Rental Price

 Cool Interior Features:  Spectacular 26ft tall fireplace and vaulted ceiling in the family room, stainless cooktop, double ovens, custom cabinetry, backyard view in dining room, hardwood floors throughout

 Cool Exterior Features: 1 acre lot surrounded by 1,000 acres of open space, Large front porch, outdoor Jacuzzi, breathtaking views

See it on our website: https://flrentals.appfolio.com/listings/listings/77ea8249-bc11-4b01-ba23-7b7d7f80dc8c

#2) Alpine Ave

This Eco-Luxury home is the pinnacle of smart engineering, attention to detail, and unobstructed views. For example, each floor features its own private West-facing deck with full mountain views! Where is it? In North-Central Boulder, walkable to Pearl street!

FACTS:

     4,679 Square Feet

     Located in Widners North neighborhood

     $8,500/month Rental Price

 Cool Interior Features: Open floor-plan, lots of space, bamboo floors, wireless remote blinds, built-in espresso maker, wine cellar, quartz counter-tops, rain shower

 Cool Exterior Features: private outdoor deck on each floor facing Flatiron Mountains, Rooftop deck with 360 degree views, solar panels, gray water system

 See it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdglCJdVyY

See it on our website:  https://flrentals.appfolio.com/listings/listings/9fa1c8ae-a990-4e06-88da-0c6659aa7484#pictures

#3. Iris Ave

 This beautiful and unique Newlands home is surrounded by a fenced front and back yard, in a great location, and has wonderful mountain views.  It has never been a rental before and you could be its first renters!

FACTS:

     2,823 Square Feet

     Located in Newlands neighborhood

     $3,500/month Rental Price

Cool Interior Features: Huge master suite with room for an in-home office and huge windows with mountain views, hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, vaulted ceilings.

 Cool Exterior Features: Large fenced front and back yards, stone patio for dining or entertaining, attached garage,

See it on our website: https://flrentals.appfolio.com/listings/listings/3faf5c0b-a1a6-48f2-b732-82a96ac5a0fd

Living In A Tight Space: Check Out These Ways to Increase the Functionality of Any Space!

Treehugger Home ImageWhen you think of Colorado, you don’t think of small spaces. But when you are renting sometimes you have to make the best of a tight situation. Tight can work if you know how to make your space multi-functional, clear clutter, and ensure everything has a place. We are talking about increasing functionality with less space or just the space that you have.

  • Are you are living in a tight rental space?
  • Do you want to create more space from what you already have?
  • Just want to get organized?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we want to offer you some inspiration. Take a look at this 420 sq ft apartment that can accommodate 2 guests, has 8 rooms, can host 12 for a dinner party, and includes everything you really need. This is a lofty goal, and takes some specialized furniture, but it can serve as inspiration to live with less.

Or check out this video by the big box icon, IKEA, which helps you find more space in any room.

If you are ready to increase functionality in your small space, here are 5 easy and fundamental things to think about to ensure your space works for you from www.styleathome.com

1. Remember: A tiny room doesn’t have to hold only tiny furniture.
Sometimes with a small space, people avoid large furniture thinking it will dominate the room. Not true. A large sectional can often be better than a small sofa and chair.

2. Combine like objects and purge
Don’t purchase any organizing supplies until you know precisely what needs to be stored.

3. Use mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around
Making a small space seem grand depends on maximizing light. You can do that with a glass coffee table, rather than a wood or opaque one. You can do it by tucking mirrors into corners, and by hanging art in glass frames, which create reflections. 

4. Ensure that window coverings don’t cut off light when they’re open
Hang curtains so that when they’re open, the entire pane is clear; open curtains should fall beside the window and not obscure any of it. Don’t hang curtains inside the window frame. Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window, which will add height (and some drama) to the space. 

5. Think vertically
Whether you’re hanging art or shelves, or placing furniture, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Using it is practical, providing a display space for art, for example, and it also draws the eye up, making a space feel more expansive than it actually is.