Best Small Condo Design Tips by The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences

Worrying about designing your small condo unit? Well, now you shouldn’t because this article will introduce you to a lot of designing tips prepared by The Peterson Group to help you achieve your specific needs. The following tips are based on various ideas of different individuals living in a condo unit from Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta Indonesia, etc. You could apply all these to your condo or just select a tip or two.


1) Put mirrors to add more light, allure and illusion. In particular, use large mirrors to give the illusion of more space.

2) Spend a little bit of cash on a closet organization system. This will help you become more organized and save a lot of space.

3) Purchase at least two tall bookcases to arrange your small possessions that are likely to be scattered all over the place, such as books, letters, portable gadgets, etc.

4) Keep a careful eye on everything. Don’t store anything that you’re not using anymore.

5) You don’t need to be an expert to draw a floorplan, right? It doesn’t need to be complicated, just a few basic sketches will do. It can help you better manage the things you already own.

6) Try other colors. Dark brown gloss paint, along with other colors, can also make a room look bigger when combined with the right color furnishings. White is not the only option.

7) It’s possible to replace your dressers with a storage bed.

Having traditional freestanding dressers, cabinets and desks could occupy a large space in your condo unit, so consider getting built-ins and modular furniture systems to better utilize your space and organize all your storage needs in one compact area.

9) The excitement of furnishing your condo might trigger impulsive buying of the things you don’t actually need. Take it slow and don’t furnish it all at once. Begin with the most important things first, including a place to sleep such as a couch or a fold-down bed. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences suggest that you should live with those for some time first before adding more stuff.

10) Make sure that the furniture blends in with the color of your floor or walls to create an illusion for the eyes (e.g. using a monochromatic color scheme)

11) Consider having an expandable dining table.

12) Use the space up to the ceiling by putting some floating shelves, or own shelves that were really tall but have a small footprint. These can help you better arrange your stuff in a small space.

13) Lightweight modern furniture is in demand nowadays because they’re easy to move and pick up. You might want to put this on your list because it’ll be a lot easier for you to move things around and match different purposes. Furniture with legs is likely to be less heavy than those sitting directly on the floor.

14) If you have an extra space in your wall, you can put large paintings into it to make your place more visually fascinating. Pick the ones with cool colors to make your space look bigger.

15) Take away something old if you have something new to bring in your place. Things are not meant to last forever so be smart in handling the space in your condo. Some people tend to keep their things with them because they believe that it might come handy someday.

16) Lots of lamps may do the trick. Having fewer lamps across the area can maximize the space in your condo. This will help the light to spread around and can help draw attention to the entire space you have, giving you a feeling of a bigger space in your condo.

17) Steer clear of the things that can take up floor space.

18) Ask yourself on how you’re going to use your house. Where are you going to place your working table? The dining table? For example, put the storage of your bills, letters, and magazines to the place where you’ll be dealing with papers and other cluttering things.

19) Space limits could be your number one enemy but if you handle everything beforehand, everything will be in order. Plan carefully the things you’ll need in your condo. Your overexcitement to buy the things you thought you’ll need is most likely the reason those things might be no longer needed in the end because of the small space.

20) If you’re alone in your condo and you spend most of your time in the living room and eating there becomes a habit, then you should purchase a coffee or side table that’s really comfortable to eat from. Minimize the space used in your dining area since you’re always in the living room.

21) You shouldn’t add more chairs just for the sake of the guests who might come over in the future. The seats you have for yourself, such as a couch, reading chair, desk chair, dining chair and a stool will be enough for six to seven visitors.

22) Walk into your condo and picture the things you wanted to see first. Focus on the neat sides of things since you don’t want to see the back of your TV from that viewpoint, right?

23) Look for the things with multiple purposes, such as an ottoman with a storage, a bookshelf chair, or a sofa wall bed. Dual purpose furniture for small space could bring a lot of benefit to you.

24) Some people thought that things are less cluttered if they’re behind glass, so a glass-front or a barrister bookcases are considered an option.

25) Small furniture for smaller rooms is also recommended because your condo unit could appear capacious with the help of those.

26) If you believe in the power of transparency, then you should go for acrylic furniture.

27) Maintain cleanliness in your condo all the time because no matter what you do with the furniture, nothing will do the magic if your space is messy.


With this, The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums and Residences wishes for a better and more comfortable condo living to everyone.

How the Community Thrives

Before humans lived in cities, they formed closely-knit tribes or villages where almost everyone was related or knew each other as one knew a brother or a sister. Once the city arose, the closeness remained but greatly diminished and limited within the family circle or within certain locations where small associations where established within a community. Although the genuine intimacy and complete dependence on others which existed in tribes no longer exist, a semblance of closeness remained if only to satisfy certain social demands within these communities. This is not to say they lack the sincere and real associations of ancient tribes, only that one would not go to war against a neighbor’s enemies if called upon, although a few might.

The dynamics of residential associations is one delicate subject, if not for its complexity, its propensity to turn sour especially when finances and personalities are concerned. Many neighbors have parted ways because of misunderstandings about what and how projects should be put up for a neighborhood. Having a strong leader helps; but having people who have a deep appreciation of social dynamics and the history of human relations through the millennia will help. How do we establish strong communities that can thrive in the modern setting?

1.Leaders matter only when people become leaders themselves

We cannot be leaders all at the same time. But to learn how to become a leader is necessary in appreciating how to find a leader we can respect and follow. Often, our pride prevents us from seeing things through the eyes and minds of others. This is human nature. But, as in the case of a vocal oppositionist to a giant conservatory project in Cornwall, we should tell people what prevents us from supporting an idea or a project and say so; but that when the majority has chosen and decided on a plan, he will keep quiet and go with the decision. A naysayer or doomsayer is, in effect, a leader. A true leader will do well to listen to him or her. What matters in the end, perhaps, is that we should give each other a chance to prove ourselves and our ideas so that when the time comes for us to lead, others would also allow us the opportunity.

2.People will give only when they expect something; but, sometimes, they give unconditionally

In times of crisis, people tend to give up their comfort and their belongings to help those in dire need. The community will rally behind a project or an idea once they see they can give of their time, money and effort and feel they have done a great service without expecting anything. Every strong community rejoices in the fulfillment of each and every completed event, whether a parade, a construction project, a social event or an emergency operation. Those that do not have a strong leadership tend to keep to themselves and fail to do something good for the community and for themselves. They may pay their dues and attend meetings regularly out of obligation; but their main focus is on their personal affairs. Perhaps, involving people initially in projects that can benefit them may break the ice toward doing more charitable work or social-outreach endeavors as a community.

3.Assessing and upgrading the community’s involvement according to the demands of the times

Like clubs, many neighborhood associations exist only for themselves and their immediate concerns – parking fees, monthly dues, small community projects and holiday parties. A few might involve themselves with political or social issues that influence their businesses or their neighborhood. Rarely, however, will people invite resource speakers, whether from government, from the private sector or from religious or non-religious groups, to provide a continuing technical, cultural or intellectual input for their members.

A new vision for communities is required to uplift the minds and lives of their members. That vision can be achieved with people realizing that they have a common high-stake in the progress not just in their immediate surroundings but also in outlying areas and even in the entire world. Getting to know your neighbor might be the key to getting to know a bigger world out there. The Peterson Group believes in the need to strengthen and enhance the community.

Steps to Redecorating your Bedroom

Awesome-Tumblr-Bedroom-for-GirlsDecorating your rooms is not rocket science for those who know what they want to do with their space. For others, it can be a lot of struggle to identify which stuff to go where. Some people may also be sleeping into the same bedroom layout all the time of their lives. Well, I guess it is high time to redecorate and reshuffle your stuff. Besides, the year of the monkey promises nothing but prosperity for those who are willing to welcome new things and challenges. But there’s no need to hire some professional. Anyone can do the redecoration.

Here are some of the tips the Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences listed down for you:

1. Use only Necessary Stuff

Bed. Closet. Drawer. These are the necessary items needed in bedroom. Basically, a bedroom only needs a bed to fully function but since having this alone could make the room bare, it is highly important as well to know which piece to put. With this, it can make your room look more spacious. If your room is extra tiny, use taller dressers and shelves to get more storage while taking up less room.

2. Arrange the Furniture you have First

Warning: don’t buy additional furniture before you have definite plans on what to do with the furniture that you currently have. You may regret where to put it in the end.

3. Draw it out

The best way for you to plan is to foresee the placement and arrangement of your room. Even when you don’t know how to draw a perfect blueprint, a simple sketch will do. This way, you can review your plans when you are already starting to rearrange. You can also eliminate some options that won’t work without potentially scratching your floor or walls while moving your dresser for the zillionth time (believe me, it happens).

4. Think about Function

You cannot just merely draw a layout without thinking about the functionality of it all. Think about your lifestyle. Are you the person who would want to watch the TV before drifting to sleep? Or someone who use your drawer often? Take this into great consideration

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Advanced Condo Living

Cities are currently packed with urban dwellers who come to the capitals to find good opportunities for work and perhaps to upgrade their lifestyle. Experts believe that two thirds of every country’s population is found in its urban areas. Indeed, both opportunities and challenges are presented in the cities. They are fertile ground for technology to grow, where science and art are bountiful and culture and innovation are reshaped. Leading the competitive race in urbanized civilization are the western countries which have proven time and again that they can advance before others.

Presently, however, Asian countries have shown great potential in modernized advanced living. Those which are considered already developed are Beijing, China, Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Surprisingly, their developing neighboring nations and their capital are striving to keep up. Among these are Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Taipei, Taiwan. These cities are now being flocked with opportunity seekers from different parts of the country with a little mix of foreign visitors.

Since people continue to pour in, construction of homes are also on the rise. The most appealing on the bunch of home choices, condominiums, is also on the pinnacle of its success.

Aside from the fact that it is more convenient and perhaps practical to choose condo living in the midst of the city, condominiums also offer class and sophistication most suitable for the modern lifestyle where your only complaint encompasses, say, the lack of yard, perhaps.

Real estate agent for The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, Alen Freeman states, “The competition in selling out condo units have become more exciting with the agents having a chance to choose as to whom to sell the unit to. People wanting to buy condos are just pouring in and preselling is at its highest point even when the construction is yet to be completed after 5 years or so”.

It may not entirely be a buyer’s market price wise but the race to sell has driven developers to come up with a variety of creative options to accommodate the increasing demand for more units. Various condo styles are currently available from studio units for either students or business professionals to condo fit for large families.

Moreover, today’s advanced technology has introduced smarter lifestyle for condo living. From 24/7 security protection to high quality maintenance tools and pre-furnished advanced installations, condo owners are assured that they are indeed living with the present generation.

Condo Parking Facts

Many condo buyers think that once you own a condo unit, you also automatically own the parking space, without reviewing the terms and conditions. Although most condominiums give an entitlement to one parking space for each unit, some of those come with an additional fee. Other spaces are sold individually on a first come, first serve basis. Parking spaces are commonly considered as an exclusive amenity.

However, some condo administrations consider parking spaces as different entity from the amenities proper. They thus charge extra fee for whoever want to avail regardless if he is a tenant or not. In other times, parking spaces are sold separately from the condo unit. This means that “the title holder has absolute and complete ownership, including the right to sell, convey, or encumber the parking or garage space separate from the living unit itself. In some cases, parking and garage spaces are treated as common elements assigned by the declarant for use by a particular unit owner where no deed transfers are necessary”, as per Declaration of Convents, Conditions and Restriction or Condominium Declaration.

Indeed, regulations of parking space ownership are different on different condominium administrations. Yet, it is important for owners to know the basic guidelines in their parking spaces. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, expert in providing expatriates luxury homes and residential in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defines parking spaces as free parcels, easement parcels, exclusive easement parcels and the right to use the areas. The company may address general, limited and special rights, maintenance, and other related matters. All of these factors affect the insurability of your parking space.

Exclusive rights declaration does not automatically mean you have the rights to sell your parking space. There are contracts where it is stipulated that “…no part of the appurtenant interests of any unit may be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of except as part of a sale, transfer or other disposition of the unit to which such interests are appurtenant”.

No matter how small the space we’re talking about, a parking spot is a huge concern for condo buyers and renters. It is often the basis for disagreements, rants, and complaints. If you own a car, it is best to know all your options before deciding. Talk to the administration or your realtor before plunging into any decision. It is best to review your developer’s parking rules as a way to avoid nightmares in your condo property.

The Peterson Group Review: Home Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

The Peterson Group Review: Even though we are still far from the advent of hi-tech home modernizations we see on sci-fi movies, we are gradually nearing the easier and more advanced era through smart appliances and devices within our homes. Now that we are nearing the end of another year, we are also set to prepare for new ideas and trends that will soon enter the mainstream market. Before we change our calendars to 2016, let us take a look at some of the trends we should be expecting for the year of the monkey.

1.Texture is in

A lot of furniture in the near future may be filled with different textures of upholstery. Even the pictures on the wall may also have different textures to exude. Expect a lot of fraud fur in the markets and a settee on top of furs. It may be hard to vacuum but at least it is well coordinated with the new trend.

2.Floral is Back

Although it may be too gay but the once outdated floral designs are back on the rack. Floral, including dark ones will soon be reinterpreted and integrated with each other. From paintings to seat covers to table displays, 2016 will be blooming with these imprints.

3.Dramatic Colors are to take the center stage

From black to brown, these different hues will soon be the choice of colors for most luxury homes. Experts even emphasize the use of color shades mostly found in caves to be the new colors of sophistication, modernization and glamour. Shiny colors will also gain attention to complement these dramatic colors. Inlaid silver linings to gold hues are to shine.

4.Blue is the New Black

Since black gets an everlasting fame, it will forever be in the trend. Yet, in 2016, black that complements all colors will soon make way to another dominating color in the wheel. Blue will soon create a big color story. From navy to indigo to denim shades, blue will be the next denominator.

About The Peterson Group

The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences is one of the leading providers of luxury homes for expatriates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our services include special services in pet care, personal chauffer, regular domestic housework and other special requests.

Simple and Achievable Bedroom Tips

neat-girls-bedroomOur bedroom is the first place we wake up to and the last place we end up at every day. Most of us consider this place as our most favorite space. It houses our dreams and helps us with different realizations. It also provides comfort, security and privacy. It is therefore of dire importance that we treat it with high regard.

However, a lot of people take their bedrooms for granted. Clutters are everywhere and items are mismatched. They have either intended it that way or they just don’t know what to do with their things. Yet, we have to understand that a cluttered surrounding can affect the way our mind works. If you tend to complain on the way your room is being arranged without doing anything about it, you might also tend to complain on how the world works without contributing anything good.

Understanding the role of bedrooms for our growth and development, The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, expert in providing luxury homes for expatriates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia, has listed some of the most effective bedroom renovations that anyone can master. Take this as tips to organizing the room you love so much and maybe even relate it on your life as well.

1. Create Some Boundaries

Just like in any relationship, things should have boundaries. It does not literally mean that you have to isolate one thing from the other. Putting frames or lines to know where to put certain items is enough to organize your stuff.

2. Provide Extra Space Within

When space is tight, find inner rooms where you can squeeze some of the stuff that you no longer use. For example, the space beneath your bed can be used for storing shoes that you seldom use or the space beneath your drawer can be converted to a book shelf.

3. Think outside the box

It’s time to review your options when you no longer have ideas for a better room. Why not use the empty walls and hang something there? It can be a lamp post or a hanging shelf for your books. Or you can customize the usually unused corner and put a study table there.

4. Personalize it

The main point of having your own bedroom is for your own personalization. It does not make any sense if you design it based on the advices of people around you. Be bold and follow your instinct on what to put where.

How to Be Chic

Chic is in.

With this current trend, I am sure each and every one of us wants to be with the flow. From the latest style of mobile phones to our lifestyle, we all want to be tagged as chic.

The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, provider of luxury apartment and residential for expatriates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia defines chicness in simple synonyms: elegant and stylish.

This trend extends to home styles.

There are just some people who are just elegant whatever they do. Learn from them and follow their path since it is indeed hard to be where they are now.

We have asked some of them to share some secret tips and they almost immediately willingly obliged.

1. Always have a focal point

In review of the past articles featured in The Peterson Group, focal point has been given with at least one emphasis. One solitary statement of a single item can be an anchor of the rest of the objects in a room. It may already be built in or something hanged on the wall. It doesn’t matter as long as it is the first thing that the eyes can rest on upon entry. Have this and you have achieved the first step of being chic.

2. Go Organic

Stylish people are able to incorporate modernity and nature. The dull atmosphere of the cemented wall should be matched with the liveliness of a plant. Being elegant also calls out liveliness and where more can we find the source of that than from living things? A potted house plant will do.

3. Don’t forget some texture

Although mostly ignored, the texture brings depth and emphasis on the feel of the room. The room can be more interesting if you put good textures with each other. Too much on the soft side feels lifeless while too much hard textures feel cold. Balancing between polar extremes can create comfort and elegance.

4. Bring your Personal Style

Copying too much may feel that you are no longer in control of your own home.  The most important part of being chic is you stand out as yourself. Put an item which signifies who you are, perhaps a personal preference of an item. It may even be better if you choose all the items by yourself.

5. Chic People Never Fail at Surprises

As mentioned in the prior warning, too much perfection is not good when it comes to design. Instead, allow the unexpected, or even the weird things to creep into your space. You might be surprised at how stylish that can be.

Which Houseplant Does Not Mind a Little Neglect?

Most people living in cities and in luxury condominiums are busy and although they have the intention of keeping their homes neat and tidy and all their belongings taken care of, you can’t expect them to stay at home as frequently as intended.

The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, Jakarta, Indonesia expert in finding luxury condominiums and apartments for expatriates in Singapore, , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hong Kong, understand this concern. Wouldn’t it be great if some of your belongings wouldn’t be too high maintenance?

There are some key solutions to most of the problems though.

Furniture and appliances can stay in their position and can be cleaned after you arrive. For the damaged ones, you can easily replace them. Pet care can be arranged. Developed and urbanized cities have their own pet nurseries where you can drop off your beloved fur pals and fetch them later after work. Only one problem remains. Who would water the plants?

Let us get some points straight first. Even the most indestructible plant can wither and die with over neglect and when entirely ignored. However, just like some people who have long endurance and can withstand extreme conditions, even to the point of neglect, plants also have stronger specie among them.

  • Bromeliad

At the sight of it, this pretty and sturdy plant truly is a strong plant. With hard leaves and petals, this plant resembles a pineapple and even came from the same bromeliacaea family. It can withstand temperature up to 70 degrees which is very suitable as home plants.

  • Cast-Iron Plant

This sturdy plant has lived up to its name as it can live in a wide range of temperature, can survive poor or low lighting and spotty watering. Warnings from botanic experts even state that this dark-leaved stunner wants to be left alone which can be very beneficial to its busy owners.

  • Prayer Plant

This plant can grow into thick foliage even when ignored with only enough water to go by. It can be pretty handful for owners who would not want a tiny forest to grow into the room but it is very reliable for those who want some bushy shrub even without time to create one.

  • Kalanchoe

For flower lovers, there are also available pretty plants that only require little care to bloom into a beauty. In many reviews, Kalanchoe is called succulent since it absorbs moist and water once it is fed. The moist within it can also last a long time.


Condo Review: Legalities and Jargons

AgentHave you ever looked into a contract and hesitate on the terms just because you do not understand what it means? No worries. You are not alone. There are a vast expanse of vocabularies and terminologies that only a few chosen specialties know.

In the world of property and realty rights, there are also jargons which may mean another thing to another forte. The Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences, leading provider of luxury apartments and residential for expatriates in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong, guides us through the common jargons and legalities used in the field of condo ownership.

•             Administrator.

He is mostly the building manager who explains policies, intervenes when there is a conflict between tenants, and approves permits.

•             Agent

Although not all condos have an agent, The Peterson Group appoints one for each of our client. You can directly contact him for special service request even when you are already a long-time client.

•             Annual General Meetings (AGM).

This is vital for condo owners to hear reports from administrators (such as the review of association dues, etcetera) elect a new board, and deal with any pressing issues.

•             Association Dues.

This is also called contributions or, colloquially, condo fees and used to pay services including electricity bills, salary of the security personnel and cleaning crews and repairs.

•             Bylaws.

This fancy word is synonymous to procedures and regulations.

•             Caveat.

In case of any delinquency, say when a unit owner neglect to pay association dues, the condo corporation has the right to file a caveat which is defined as a warning or notice against the title. Don’t take caveats lightly: these can be enforced the same way as a bad mortgage.

•             Common Property/Elements.

These are the areas and facilities that everyone has the right to use: elevators, lobbies, gym, swimming pool, spas, playgrounds, garden paths, etc. It also includes the plot of land that the entire condominium building stands on. Some condominiums will have function halls that you can use for parties, but you’ll need to reserve the area.

•             Estoppel Certificate.

This is a certificate given by the Condominium Corporation that shows the status of your payment of Association Dues.  Owners should take hold of this to ensure that you have no arrears.

•             Special Resolution.

Important community decisions such as enacting or amending bylaws, or transferring or leasing common property, needs the agreement of a majority of not less than 75% of the total population.