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The Cove House – A Jem Near Panshet Dam

By • Aug 9, 2021

This beautiful home is super easy to notice, beautiful inside and outside. Located in Panshet, India, this 170 square meters home was just finished in 2021.

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The Cove House looks stunning with its inverted roof.

Built by the talented folks of Red Brick Studio, the Cove House is nestled near the Western Ghats mountains, allowing the owners to get away from the bustling city and away into a picturesque area.

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The Cove House allows us a view towards the Panshet Dam.

Due to the way the land is near the Panshet Dam, where the home is located, the building had to be created in such a way that it embraces the environment. As the owner wished to have lots of open spaces perfect for large family gatherings and parties, the architects were adamant to deliver.

Instead of building the home on a flat area, they instead used the natural topography to hide away most of the house from view, embedding it into the ground.

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The Cove House was built for indoor-outdoor living.

The house itself features lots of wood and stone and steel, as well as huge windows. All in all, it blends outdoor and indoor living beautifully.

One of the strongest features of the house is the inverted curved roof that spans across the length of the house. The invested shape enables it to harvest rainwater which is channeled in a series of water bodies that can be used for irrigation. Instead of resting on solid walls all over, most of the roof actually lies on beautiful rows of windows.

Of course, the role of the windows is to allow lots of natural light inside the home, thus enhancing the illusion that you are part of nature inside your own home.

The outdoor stairs are also impressive, especially as they lead straight into the living room, with completely retractable and tuck-away doors.

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The doors tuck away inside the walls, allowing for them to disappear.

On the other side, there is a massive deck where the owners can also entertain friends and family.

A really beautiful feature we found to be the courtyard which leads to the entryway, where there’s lots of vegetation and boulders that were found on-site, and didn’t even need a lot of moving.

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The home features beautiful arches, leading us towards the living quarters.
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Even the bathrooms get to enjoy natural light via the massive windows.

While the pictures make this house to seem like one large open space, there are actually plenty of rooms, including a massive living room, a dining area, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Photographs: Hemant Patil

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The Camp Spirit Lake House Offers Nature, Fun, and Privacy

By • Jul 27, 2021

Up in Wisconsin, in Lac du Flambeau, sits an impressive guest house. Dubbed the Camp Spirit Lake, this house is rather impressive in design and placement, so we’re sure you’ll love it.

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Camp Spirit Lake exterior blends wood and stone beautifully.
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The entry way to the Camp Spirit Lake house features a massive covered area.

Built by Vetter Architects and Amy Carman Design, the Camp Spirit Lake house was built in 2020 and spans nearly 8000 square feet.

The lot belongs to a Chicago family and is located in the scenic Northwoods, surrounded by oaks and white pins, overlooking a beautiful lake. In fact, the whole location is a generational family retreat that consists of the main house, an artist studio, and two boathouses.

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The entry way into the Camp Spirit Lake house features a sitting area and some art, as well as tall glass walls.

This particular lake house features a large living room and kitchen, and three rooms that have their own bathrooms, dressing rooms, sitting and bed areas – everything you would expect in a boutique hotel. There’s also a generous outdoor terrace and kitchen for all those lovely days.

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The main living area features a cozy couch, a dining table and a view into the open kitchen.
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The dining area overlooks the beautiul fire place.
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The kitchen is full of wood elements, as well as gray stone as countertops.

The main level is divided into two wings – the living area and the sleeping area. The impressive design feature is the gallery corridor that leads into the bedrooms, pricing a sightline that frames nature.

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Each bedroom features a cozy bed and lots of natural light.
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The bedrooms also feature a cozy sitting area.
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The bathrooms are roomy and perfectly mix wood and stone for a clean look.

The interior is beautiful, weaving together glass and wood and stone. Ceiling to floor windows offer impressive views out into the nature.

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The bedrooms also have a small outdoor sitting area.

The kitchen is breathtaking, featuring loads of light wood, gray stone, and a massive island with bar seating. The bedrooms also feature wood accent walls and massive windows, allowing lots of natural light into the room.

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The lower area sends an invitation to bowl.
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Here, you can see darker wood tones that mix beautifully with dark leather.
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The bowling lanes permit for a friendly tournament

A breathtaking point of the house is the lower level. There you find two full-length bowling lanes, and a full-size movie screen. Then, the outdoors feature stairways leading to a dock and even an actual boat house.


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Top 5 Things To Improve Your Property When Renting 

By • Apr 2, 2021

What are the tenant's expectations from a living space

For a successful and peaceful living arrangement, it is very important for a tenant and the landlord to be in sync and respect the expectations they have of each other. A landlord looks for an honorable tenant who is responsible and financially stable and likely to be able to pay rent on time.

What are the tenant's expectations from a living space

But these expectations must be met both ways. For the prospective landlords out there, it is important to understand the needs of the renters and provide them with comfortable standards of living that attract trustworthy tenants and makes the whole transitioning into the role of a landlord, much easier.

What are the tenant’s expectations from a living space?

In advising any landlord for developing a lucrative rental property, we must understand what appeals to a tenant. These are some of the major features that a tenant seeks out in a rental property.


A prime location is always sought after. It can often justify a higher rental quote and attracts better quality tenants. Proximity to a place of employment is primary in choosing a living space. Therefore, it is wise to develop a property with rental intentions, near a concentration of offices and work districts. The location should also ensure easy access to markets, grocery stores, departmental stores, hospitals, pharmacies, restaurants, malls, theatres and other day to day necessities, entertainments and luxuries. Long commute for daily access to any of these institutions, could be a deal-breaker to many tenants.

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In building rentals for familial use, one must be able to guarantee the ease of access to school districts and healthy community space with parks and recreational pools. These properties attract young families and make for a relaxed homey living environment for prospective tenants.

Homeowners can also be liable to receiving insurance if their property undergoes destruction in case of any natural disaster. Homeowners should get their property insured in order to prevent their time and resources from getting wasted. However, before signing up for insurance, you should also be careful of the terms and conditions in the same as you might often be tricked by the insurance companies. In case you want to know more, you can get greater insights from here.

Safety and security

Location is very closely linked with safety. A safer district is more likely to motivate a desirable clientele for the landlords. Guaranteeing safety is one of the primary responsibilities that falls upon the landlord and there are several measures that can be taken to ensure the same.

Gated property and hiring security personnel is the foremost step in a safe community building. Researching crime statistics of the area where one intends to develop the property is crucial in making the right choice. In an existing property, steps can be taken such as installing efficient alarm facilities to alert in case of burglary or even fire. Installing CCTV surveillance is also of prime importance. When a tenant feels safe in a living environment they are more likely to be loyal and cooperative clients.

Move-in ready conditions

Tenants most often look for properties that are ready to move in. Rentals are usually temporary living options brought about by migratory needs and there is always a time crunch associated with finding a desired rental property. Tenants cannot be expected to wait out a time-consuming renovation project or completion of the property and are likely to lose interest and move on. It is very vital to ensure that a rental living space is fully equipped to accommodate tenants immediately before it is put on the market.

Inclusion of appliances and services offered

Not all rentals come fully furnished although furnishing a rental space may attract a larger group of younger tenants, like students or young employees, who are not equipped to undergo the hassle of furnishing and designing the living space themselves. However, furnished or not, it falls upon the landlord to ensure the availability of the basic essential appliances like a well functioning electrical design and water systems. Proper lighting and 24*7 water supply aside, it is key to ensure adequate power sources and electrical outlets on switchboards for the more digitally reliant tenant base. Adding washing machines, microwaves, oven tops, gas-lines, dish-washers, can be a great incentive for high-paying renters. It is also important to assure the quality of appliances to avoid and coordinate repairs.

As for services, tenants expect a few basic ones like parking facilities, adequate storage, elevator access, communal laundry, availability of employable labour to tend to house needs like cleaning, gardening, and so on.

Age of property, upgrades, and renovations

Tenants want to avoid the hassle of daily repair, therefore it is crucial to ensure a sturdy if not a brand new property. Timely upgrades and repairs or even undertaking dramatic renovation projects (read: Snazzy modern apartment replacing 1960s shop) help a landowner to ensure the property remains relevant and lucrative in the renting market.


Perhaps the most important thing a landlord can offer their tenants is cooperation and compassion. To keep good tenants, a landlord must hold up their end of the bargain and provide swift and efficient service, in addition to desirable living conditions. These are some of the things to keep in mind while developing a property for renting.

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