DIY: Make Your Own Mosquito Trap At Home

There’s a famous saying that if you think you are too small to impact someone’s life, try to sleep with a mosquito in the room. Maybe you wanted to read a nice book or watch a movie in silence, but the constant nagging of an otherwise harmless insect has ruined your day? Then, you should make this DIY Mosquito Trap.

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Materials required:

200 ml water

50 grams of brown sugar

1 gram of yeast

2 litre plastic bottle

Directions:

 1. Cut the plastic bottle into half.

2. Mix the brown sugar with hot water and Let it cool.

3. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.

4. Add the yeast to the mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.

4. Place the funnel part of the bottle (top half, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.

5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the colour black.)

6. Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

Enjoy your mosquito demolition mission :)

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Fancy Living the Green Living style? Here are a few Simple and Easy Tips for Green Living in your apartment to get you started.

15 Easy Green Living Tips To Incorporate Into Your Daily Life

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Most of us wish to do our bit for the environment. But if only there was a simple and easy way to do so. Well, guess what! There is in fact a simple and easy way to contribute to the environment. You’d be amazed at what a few simple green methods can do for the environment. Here are a few tips that can help you in doing your bit for the planet.

1) Recycle Your Clothes
2) Clean Fruits and Vegetables with Vinegar
3) ReCycle - Reuse - Adopt
4) Say no to plastic bags
5) Dont use plastic cups often
6) Use Vinegar for everyday household cleaning
7) Use Nitrogen to fill up car tyres
8) Save Electricity
9) Dont charge electricals off car battery
10) Look for alternate sources of electricity
11) Car pool to work
12) Print only when necessary
13) Adopt rain water harvesting
14) Use Fluorescent lamps
15) Adopt organic gardening

 

Make the switch by going ahead and incorporating these into your daily and support Green Living.

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Furnished, semi furnished & unfurnished property options on CommonFloor.com

CommonFloor.com takes search customization a notch up with yet another filter. Now scout for un-furnished, semi-furnished and fully furnished homes for rent or for purchase with the latest CommonFloor.com filter.

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Filter to select the Furnishing state of the property

If you are looking for a home where you want to bring in every single piece of furnishing as per your choice then you could look for precisely just that – an unfurnished home with the unfurnished filter option.

Example of the fully furnished property

Example of the fully furnished property

If you want basic furnishing like cupboards and kitchen cabinets but are looking to bring in your own beds, and living room furniture then the semi furnished option would work best.

Example of semi furnished property

Example of semi furnished property

And for those of you who wish to do away completely with the hassle of arranging for your own furniture look for fully furnished accommodation with the “fully furnished filter”.

Example of unfurnished property

Example of unfurnished property

How to attract butterflies during summer!

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1) Plant your butterfly garden in a sunny spot. Butterflies rarely linger in shady areas.

2) Grow plenty of nectar-rich plants such as pentas, ageratum, nicotiana, sunflower, verbena, alyssum, marigold, heliotrope, flannel flower and butterfly bush.Red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple blooms are the most popular with butterflies.

3) Avoid using poisonous pesticides and products containing Bacillus thuringiensis.

4) Place a shallow dish of muddy water in a sunny spot. You will be surprised with how many butterflies come to the ‘mud puddle’.

A look inside the US President’s Residence – The White House

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While details of palaces and castles of kings and queens filled in pages of history books have captured our imagination as children, mansions of today’s states of head are no less awe-inspiring. Whether it’s the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Élysée Palace or the Buckingham palace– each one continues to attract thousands of visitors each day.  Among this list, the house of the world’s most powerful leader is perhaps the most spoken and discussed about mansion. Every president of the United States of America since John Adams has occupied the White House, and the history of this building extends far beyond the construction of its walls. From the Ground Floor Corridor rooms, transformed from their early use as service areas, to the State Floor rooms, where countless leaders and dignitaries have been entertained, the White House is both the home of the President of the United States his family and a museum of American history.

The White House is a place where history continues to unfold. Here’s some interesting facts about The White House.

1) There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8staircases, and 3 elevators.

2) The White House has six floors—two basements, two public floors, and two floors for the First Family.

3) At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.

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4) The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.

5) With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres(a small savoury dish, typically served as an appetizer.) to more than 1,000.

6) The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.

7) For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, a jogging track, a swimming pool, a movie theatre, a billiard room, and a bowling lane.

Well that’s not all. Equally interesting is the estimated worth of the White House. Real estate major Zillow has published one of its Zestimates, saying that the 16-bedroom, 35-bathroom single-family home located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. would be worth about $319 million on the open market. The White house is indeed one of most expensive homes around the world.

Sources :

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house

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From the winner of the CommonFloor.com Balcony tales contest….

After a flurry of over 200 balcony flicks and after much debate and deliberation, the winner of the Balcony tales contest was selected.

Padmamanasa an interior design enthusiast, an avid blogger and happy mum of two won the contest. The balcony flick Padma (as she is called by friends) shared goes on to prove that even a small space with a few simple ideas can be transformed into the most liked place of your home.

We caught up with Padma to get her views on what inspires her home decoration ideas

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” What if we cannot grow a mango tree at our tiny balcony, we have a delightful, hand-painted one on the wall for company. With all the greens & foliage in this tiny space, it is nook where we read -up, dream, do home work, generally snuggle around & watch the blue sky! .”

Q) How did you get to know of the contest?

Ans: CommonFloor & My Sunny Balcony are some of my favourite FB pages which I had been following for some time now. The moment I saw the contest details on FB, I eagerly looked in to contest page for seeing all those gorgeous balcony entries!

Q) What is the inspiration behind decorating your balcony the way you have?

Ans: I have always loved doing up my home. I was in awe of beautiful spaces & gardens even as a child. I remember spending hours together with interiors magazines which my Middle east returned older brother brought home. Currently to keep a journal of all the sunshine moments/ corners of our life, I blog at www.fortheloveofsunshinecorners.blogspot.com

Our balconies are our tiny nook/ windows to blue sky! We wanted a space to sit still, read, stare at the blue sky, dream, compost, garden – a delightful our place in all!  That inspired us to create this space

Q) Do you keep re-modelling your balcony? If yes how often do you do so and when do you intend to do it next?

Ans: Re-modelling is never planned, it is always on an impulse! I really do not know what next; I guess it my balcony will see the addition some kind of hand painted/ stained glasses framed & some wrought iron- old world kind of trellis.

Q) You have hung up a lot of things in you balcony, is there any incident behind how and where you bought them from?

Ans: I am huge fan of Dastkar & other craft exhibitions. The hanging lamps & the bells were bought from Dastkar & the Moroccan shades were picked from Fab India.

Q) I am sure the current look of your balcony has been developed over a period of time. How long did it take?

Ans: Well, yes. It is 10 years, since we made this place our home. This nook of ours has gone through multiple changes. The current look took at least 2-3 months to develop.  The wooden bench at the balcony was a prize we won at a contest from Urban Ladder!

For quite some time, I was planning to paint / draw in our balcony.  One random Saturday morning, I decided to paint a mango tree inspired by a national award winning artisan, Mr. Hussain. Artist hubby’s unused brushes & acrylic paints were borrowed. With 3 weeks of intermittent effort, we had a colourful mango tree on the wall!

Q) What is your favourite item in your balcony (among the decorations)?

Ans: Very tough one! I guess it would be every single item there!

Q) Were you expecting to win?

Ans: No!! I was busy drooling at all the gorgeous entries of the contest. People have been extremely creative & have created beautiful spaces with souls! So it came as pleasant surprise when I knew that our entry won the first prize!

Padma with her Prize at the CommonFloor.com office

Padma with her Prize at the CommonFloor.com office

Q) How did you feel on winning the prize?

Ans: I was elated to say the least! It came as a huge pleasant surprise!

Q) Was there anyone else you knew participating in the contest?

Yes, some of friends of Bangalore had entered the contest

Padma's Prize

Padma’s Prize

Q) On an average how much time do u spend in your balcony in a day?

Ans: Typically evening hours during the school days are spent in the balcony..! Weekends, with good books, are spent in the balcony

Q) Do you have any special balcony moments to share with us?

Ans: Yes, it is of rainy Bangalore evenings cuddling with babies, reading up & watching the rain drops!

Q) Any advice to balcony lovers?

Ans: No space is small to have greens, colours & compost! Plan well & create YOUR space & enjoy yourself doing it!

The other winning entries are

 

2nd Prize: " And here of course is the baby sampling mud for the first time from the ficus in the courtyard."

2nd Prize: ” And here of course is the baby sampling mud for the first time from the ficus in the courtyard.”

" My friend Namrata Sudhindra often uses our terrace space to practice and teach yoga. Calvin, who is in love with her, often joins her in her practice. He is seen here trying to lift his leg up just like his girlfriend. Two more ways to use our urban gardens - yoga and doga. "

” My friend Namrata Sudhindra often uses our terrace space to practice and teach yoga. Calvin, who is in love with her, often joins her in her practice. He is seen here trying to lift his leg up just like his girlfriend.
Two more ways to use our urban gardens – yoga and doga. “

 

" Last summer, waiting to go out and play! "

” Last summer, waiting to go out and play! “

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CommonFloor.com launches Android app for CommonFloor Groups

  • Enables residents / owners to stay connected 24X7 through group & private messaging
  • Facilitates sharing of pictures, adding significantly to usage experience

Bangalore, May 28, 2014: CommonFloor.com, India’s leading real estate and apartment management portal today announced the launch of its Android Application for its apartment management offering, CommonFloor Groups. CommonFloor Groups is India’s largest apartment management tool with over 1 lakh gated communities and ten lakh residents using it across the country.  The ERP level tool offered by CommonFloor is a free of cost solution for gated communities to provide an efficient and user friendly private portal dedicated to enabling better communication, management and coordination amongst residents, owners (residents or non-residential landlords) and RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations).

The app has been launched to keep residents connected with their apartment communities on a 24X7 basis. Apart from offering many web based features on mobile, the app aims to add significantly to the experience of CommonFloor Groups as it enables residents to report a problem with images as soon as they witness it. In many cases, a picture adds a lot of value to the discussion. For e.g., one can click a picture of water leakage, garbage, wrong car parking or even a sleeping guard to share it with residents and RWA members who can then take quick action to resolve it.

Another significant feature the app offers is the facility to share messages in groups and sub groups along with one on one messaging between residents / owners. These features give the app a flavour of a private social network that connects neighbours with each other. Such networking is particularly useful in addressing several day to day requirements that revolve around one’s place of stay like finding a maid, finding good vendors, reviews on nearby services etc. Suggestions from neighbours can save a lot of time and effort. Other important facilities that the app offers include complaint management, ability to view personal dues, track payments, seek recommendations, view notifications and put up notices.

Mr. Vikas Malpani, Co-founder CommonFloor.com and Head – CommonFloor Groups said, “We are very excited to launch CommonFloor Groups app. As a tool, the app aims at connecting neighbours and mobile helps us unlock its true potential in terms of new usage scenarios and 24X7 connectivity. Residents can now be informed of issues, send and receive reminders for pending dues in a very effective and easy manner. We are confident that being present on mobile will make the app more engaging and meaningful for all our users. We expect a multifold increase in number of app users in the next 6 months.”

The app also makes use of Android’s push notification system to keep owners and residents updated about latest developments in the gated community. Information that is delivered through notifications includes notices, discussions, messages and complaints and addition of new members. The company is also exploring opportunities to make relevant information ‘Google Now’ friendly, going ahead. It also plans to add a host of new features in upcoming versions that will make the app more social.

To download the ‘CommonFloor Groups’ app, please go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.groups.commonfloor

 

About CommonFloor.com:

 

Launched in 2007 by Sumit Jain, Lalit Mangal and Vikas Malpani, CommonFloor.com, is an innovative online service that combines property search, apartment management and vendor management and caters to a person’s complete residential requirements.

 

From searching for an apartment to facilitating interactions within an apartment community on the ‘commonfloor’ platform, to connecting one to relevant service providers, the portal is dedicated to meeting all aspects of consumers’ needs around their home. With property listings from 120 cities, it has over 1 lakh projects listed with it. CommonFloor.com has been funded by Accel Partners and Tiger Global.

 

To know more about CommonFloor.com, please visit: http://www.commonfloor.com

 

For editorial related queries, please contact:

Ankita Dubey

+91 9886556823

ankita.dubey@commonfloor.com

 

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Mumbai Houses the Highest Number of Crorepatis!

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Observations

Bangalore

44% people seek properties below 50 Lakhs while only 6% look for properties more than 1.5 crores.

Bangalore has the highest percentage 32% looking for houses between Rs.50 Lakhs – Rs.80 Lakhs compared to other metros.

Chennai

63% people seek properties below 50 Lakhs while only 4% look for properties more than 1.5 crores.

37 %  of people are looking for houses between above Rs.50 Lakhs which is less compared to Bangalore.

Delhi- NCR

60% people seek properties below 50 Lakhs while 6% look for properties more than 1.5 crores which is higher than Chennai.

40%  of people are looking for houses between above Rs.50 Lakhs which is higher compared to Chennai.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad has the highest number 69% people seek properties below 50 Lakhs compared to all the metros.

It is also observed that 5% of people are looking for properties above Rs.1.5 Crores which is higher than that of Chennai.

Mumbai

Mumbai has the highest number of property seekers 11% who seek property more than Rs.1.5 Crores.

Mumbai also has about 58% people who seek properties less than Rs.50 Lakhs which is higher than Bangalore.

Pune

Pune has the second highest number 23% people seek properties between Rs.50 Lakhs – Rs.80 Lakhs compared to all the metros.

It is also observed that just 2% of people are looking for properties above Rs.1.5 Crores which is the least among all metros.

Insights

1) Mumbai houses higher crore patis  than other metros with more than 11% seekers showing interest in purchasing property worth more than 1.5 Crores.

2) The Upper middle class population rising among Bangaloreans qualify to afford properties worth above 50 Lakhs compared to other metros.

3) Hyderabadis may be still disinterested in expensive properties as whooping 69% prefer properties below 50 Lakhs.

5 Easy Tips That Could Get You Closer To Your Neighbour!

Love Thy Neighbours

Haven’t you always felt that the famous quote “Love thy neighbour” is easier said than done? Almost every one of us knows this phrase but how many of us really like and engage with our neighbours? Having a good neighbourhood is very necessary, not only to feel safe in the locality, but also to stay connected with the outside world. He/she proves to be a very good companion, especially if you are living alone and in today’s dog eat dog world where it is tough to trust anybody. So on that premise lets go ahead and know how you can be a good neighbour, with the help of these 5 easy tips listed below.

1) Be Social

It might be true that you would like to spend whatever time you have, after the busy office schedule all by yourself at home. However, it is also important to be on friendly terms with your neighbour, as he/she will be the first one you can approach, when you are in a fix at home. So, whenever you get time, talk to your neighbour and don’t hesitate to invite them over for dinner. Even a little smile off and on would break the ice and make you more approachable to socialize.

2) Be Understanding

Be ready to help your neighbours whenever they are in a problem. Empathize with their situation and help them in the he best possible way that you can. In addition,control the sound of television and if you play some instrument, make sure that you have a sound-proof basement for that. Keep your pets in your property only and keep your lawn clean. All these things help maintain healthy relations with your neighbours.

3) Live and Let Live

Nobody likes it if someone is being nosy. into their life,Right? We all like our space and do not like it when somebody gets into it. Similarly ensure that in your enthusiasm of becoming a good neighbour, you do not turn into a nosy and over indulgent one. Mind your own business and don’t participate in gossips and understand that you should always live and let live.

4) Regularly interact With Your Neighbours

Make a sincere attempt to have regular interactions with your neighbours and ask them if there is something you can do for them. In case you have a problem, sort it out amicably, rather than indulging in a fight.This helps build a more friendly and helpful neighbourhood.

5) Respect Their Privacy

Consider your neighbour’s lifestyle and be understanding about the way they live. Don’t visit them at hour of the day that you want or every time you feel like and be overindulgent. Remember, there is a fine line between being friendly and intruding into a person’s life. You should never ever cross this line.

So do take these easy steps in the direction of creating a meaningful relationship with your neighbours and you would be amazed to see the great results you can achieve with just a few simple initiatives.

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Top 10 Rental Localities in Bangalore- 2013 v/s 2014

Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in India and is known as the ‘Information Technology (IT) capital of the country’. It has also been referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. During the 1990s, Bangalore gained this reputation based on a concentration of firms specializing in research and development, electronics and software production which brought all the global majors here to set up their offices. These offices are set up mainly around Electronic City, Whitefield, ITPL, Outer ring road and Bannerghatta road. Since most of the IT majors set up their base here, the demand for houses around these areas also increased. Here’s are the top 10 places that people searched for rent in 2013.
1200x627  top 10 localitiesAs times passed and since the traffic density in Bangalore got higher, so did people change their preferences in 2014 about the houses they searched for online. Whitefield emerged as the most searched location for rent. In fact the number of property seekers looking for accommodation in Indiranagar rose by a whopping 79% from 2013 to 2014.   This spectacular increase has been attributed to presence and evolution of IT hub near around that region. Marathalli, was a close second. However, not all markets witnessed an increase. Saturated markets like BTM layout for instance registered a decline of 7% in search activity.

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