We are certainly not wanting for good cuisine in Boca Raton. You could probably dine out for dinner every evening in Boca Raton and never tire of what we have to offer. Nevertheless, you didn’t buy that seaside home to use its impressive kitchen as a place to pour wine. Well, we’d hope not! For the proud members of the culinary cohort, here are some of the best kitchen accessories for the modern Boca home.
Vitamix Food Cycler FC-50
There’s no shame in admitting that you can’t finish your plate, but what if your plate was already leftover? You can toss it in the trash, but wait a couple of days and the smell will remind you that it’s time to trek out to the mosquito den that is your city-issued garbage can. Simply place your unused food waste in the FC-50 and it will break it down to 10% of its volume and store it safely and unobtrusively thanks to its carbon filtration system that eliminates odors. When your FC-50 is full, you now have nutrient-rich and chemical-free fertilizer for your soil! As far as modern kitchen tools go, this is useful inside and out.
In Boca Raton, we love green! It’s the year-round color many of us move here for, so why shouldn’t your home share the same shade? Not as in a new coat of paint, we can’t help you with swatches, but by making your Boca Raton home friendlier to the environment! Here are 4 tips for a green Boca home!
1. Watering Your Lawn at Night
We’ll admit, we Boca Raton homeowners can be a little vain when it comes to our lawns. Who doesn’t relish a verdant welcome whenever we return home? But with temperatures in the 80s and 90s for most of the year, your little plot of paradise will need plenty of TLC from you and the skies above. Even with our summer rains, which are almost a daily occurrence in our Boca Raton neighborhoods, our lawns can become dry and parched later in the year under the Florida sun. Take our advice and water well dark sunset. With no sun in the sky, you won’t have to contend with evaporation on both the grass and in your wallet when you get your water bill. Your lawn will thank you for it!
2. Research Solar Energy Solution
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The Boca Raton lifestyle is one of leisure and relaxation. Life carries at its own pace under our verdant canopy of palm trees. But hidden within that thick foliage is another world of creepy crawlies and critters that would like to share your beautiful Boca home as soon as the thunder and lighting come calling. Here are 5 pest control trips to try in your Boca home!
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitos and flies are an especially tiring nuisance around our fair city, especially in the legendary humidity of August. Get those pests off the dole by eliminating pockets of standing water, which are mosquito's favorite places to breed. These could be found in buckets being left out after housework, hammocks, gutters stuffed with debris, or a slump in the elevation of your lawn.
Remove All Food Waste
Did you know that a cockroach can live for days off of a single crumb? Think twice about eating that cookie on the couch! Leaving food out overnight is a juicy opportunity for our multi-legged friends. Even our faithful garbage cans are no match to keep out the tiny opportunists. If you must throw out raw items or unfinished meals, dispose of them in a plastic bag to contain the smell before dropping them in the trash can. If you love to grill during our perpetual summer, make sure the...
over the past decade, Hurricanes have been infrequent, but are still inevitable. For all residents, but especially buyers of single-family homes, it is fundamental to have a plan and the supplies needed to weather the storm. Here are 4 must-have items for your Boca home to be hurricane-ready.
Solar Powered Fan
The silver lining of a hurricane is that due to its cyclical nature and megalithic formation, the weather shortly before and immediately after is often pristine. In the Sunshine State, this means the opportunity to soak up those precious rays and take advantage of solar tech. When the power goes out, perhaps nothing makes the aftermath more uncomfortable than the dearth of air conditioning. A solar-charged fan won't change the world, but it'll make things a bit easier as you work to get things up and running.
Battery Powered or Hand Cranked Radio
Emergency services have dramatically improved with technology. The devastation of Hurricane Andrew in particular amplified the call for South Florida homes to vault towards the 21st century. Thus, the need for emergency communications is reduced, but not altogether eliminated. Hurricane first-timers experiencing their power, cable, and cell service going out at once may be safely ensconced in their home, but unable to learn what...
We pride ourselves on Boca Raton’s lifestyle of leisure. It’s certainly one of the safest cities in all of Florida, thanks to a close-knit community of neighbors, good schools, and a general sense of well-being. However, crimes of opportunity have been on the rise in some pockets of the country, and here are 4 simple home safety tips to keep your Boca home safe!
Close Your Garage Door
We know how relaxed life is in the cul-de-sac. You know your neighbors well. The neighborhood kids ride their bikes in the street. No need to worry about anything it seems, so keeping the garage door open seems like a good idea. It even signals to the neighbors that you’re home and they’re welcome to stop by. But you’re not thinking about the ride-share drivers, the out-of-town workmen, or the opportunists cruising through your little piece of heaven. Many a Boca Raton resident has seen power tools, bikes, electronics, even their cars disappear thanks to an open garage door. More reason not to make it a habit of leaving it open? You could easily forget it’s still up by the time you go to bed.
Invest in a Cellular Alarm System
Unless you haven't been outside in the past 2 months, we're sure you know it's scorching hot! Aside from dehydration, sweaty clothes, and hot cars, our homes and air conditioning units are one of the biggest challenges to account for over the Boca Raton summer. When you're not venturing out to one of our local beaches or watering holes, it's important to keep things cool at home. Save time, save money, and save a little grief with these 5 tips to keep your Boca home cool!
Keep Your shades down during the day
We're not suggesting you turn your home into a windowless dungeon, but your windows are magnifiers for sunlight and can do much more to make your Florida room feel like Florida outside if you're not wary. Heavy drapes or even drawn blinds can go a long way to keep your home cool.
Utilize ceiling fans to support A/C
The A/C in your Boca home has two jobs - to create cool air and circulate it. Once your auto-set A/C turns off, it indicates that the internal temperature as a whole has reached the desired setting, not just the air coming from your ducts. Ceiling fans are incredibly inexpensive to run, and massively increase our overall air circulation at home, spelling the A/C as the sole circulator of cool air.
Hurricane season is always something to reckon with. following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, the state of Florida never looked back when it came to hurricane preparedness. thankfully, there are many public messages, available info, and helpful guides on how to protect your home and loved ones. however, there are less obvious, locally known tips and tricks that can change the outcome of a hurricane for your home and family. here are 5 lesser-known but incredibly crucial hurricane safety tips to employ this year at your Boca home.
Cut Down Your Coconuts
Other than savoring that sweet nectar and the deliciously healthy meat of this tropical fruit, cutting down your coconuts serves a very important purpose. While the gale-force winds and powerful gusts are what carry the damage of a storm to fruition, it's often the projectiles that cause most inland property damage. Aside from the storm surge and potential flash flooding, your coconuts turn to cannonballs when left on their own to sway in the wind. Be safe, and hire help if you must, but be sure to remove these excess fruits lest they turn to a destructive force with winds at their backs.
Bring In Potted Plants
Another way to prevent projectiles from destroying your and your neighbor's property is to bring in potted plants. Everything from a small plastic herb pot to a massive,...
Memorial Day is about one thing only: honoring the fallen veterans who gave their lives to secure & defend freedom. The Monday off, pool days, and barbeques with family are a testament to the space we've been afforded by the sacrifices of so many brave men & women. While much of the northeast is in the grips of a cold snap, Homeowners in Boca Raton are firing up their grills and putting on their swim gear. It's Memorial Day, and beyond the reference for our troops, it's time to spend a day outdoors with our loved ones. Here are four affordable outdoor accessories to make Memorial Day and every pool day a little better.
Citronella candles are an absolute must for any backyard event without a tightly screened-in patio. Despite its citrusy-sounding name and scent, citronella oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of the Cymbopogon family of plants, whose most notable member is lemongrass. Citronella candles are abundant and affordable, and while they aren't built for the perfect fragrance, they keep mosquitos at bay. As the sun goes down, you'll want a few of these handy to keep the fun going!
The home office took on a whole new meaning this past year. with so many of us forced to adapt our kitchen tables to workspaces, the ever-evolving complement of home office supplies and gadgets experienced a boom in innovation. However, it's often the simple solutions that go the furthest for us. Beyond expensive gizmos and new electronics, what are some of the affordable, game-changing accessories to add to our Boca Raton home offices? Check out our list below!
For those using their tablets as a display extension, digital multi-tool, or another top-of-desk purpose, the multi-angle tablet stand allows you to adapt to your eye level. This affordable, simply designed metal frame positions your tablet in a space-saving, efficiently accessible position.
You haven't experienced it til you've tried it. A second monitor is one of the greatest yet most obvious innovations to the modern office, ever. The second monitor is more a logical next-step in the evolution of the workspace, rather than a genuine...
The Summer is in full swing here in Boca Raton. No matter how long you've lived in your Boca home, there's always something new to learn from the experts and your neighbors alike when it comes to saving on your power bill. People moving to Boca Raton should know that cooling occupies a massive part of our power bill, even in the fall and winter months. To save on your power bill this summer, try these quick and easy tactics that make a big difference.
Keep Air Flowing and Sunlight At Bay
These are really two tips in one, but we're feeling generous. Airflow is crucial to keeping the heat off your cooling unit. Remember, your A/C/ has the responsibility to circulate cool air throughout the room until it detects the proper temperature has been reached. Ceiling, box and oscillating fans are among the most efficient appliances in your Boca Raton home, always providing more relief to your central A/C (and your family) than it could ever cost on your power bill.
You'd be surprised how much basic sunlight can heat a room, even when not shining directly through the glass. Part 2 of keeping your room cool is to maintain a healthy balance with sunlight. We're not suggesting turning your home into a dungeon, but simple solutions like temporary blackout curtains or removable window tint.
Get to Know Indoor Plants
If you ask homeowners in Boca Raton, you’d find out why we are one of the most desirable places to live in America. With year-round warm weather, a lush environment, and the beach only minutes away, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more ideal place to live. However, all the warm weather and stormy summers mean that nature comes for its toll: rain. Nature’s bounty comes at a price that can sometimes make South Florida homeownership look like a daunting endeavor. Not to worry! Here are 15 easy home improvement ideas that will prepare the Boca Raton homeowner for even the toughest season!
1. Install Gutters
Between 40 to 60 inches of rain falls on our fair city every year! How else do we have such verdant roads and parks? However, that will punish your roof and the runoff from the water can stain your newly painted stucco or flood your manicured landscaping. Ask your friends and neighbors for a referral to a good contractor who can provide you with a quote for a gutter system around your home. You definitely don’t want water infiltrating your home!
2. Buy Storm Windows or Shutters
South Florida has been lucky these past few years, but when hurricanes decide to pay us another visit they come in force! One only has to look back to the storm season of 2005, when Florida was hit by 7 hurricanes. We have had our fair share since, but we are overdue for an active season such as that one. While an expensive investment, purchasing storm windows and shutters is a home improvement step that will spare the Boca Raton homeowner from hours of aggravation of searching for and installing plywood boards (which can be in short supply) over their windows, mere hours from a storm’s landfall. Additionally, they increase...
Boca Raton truly is the city beautiful. Touches of the Mediterranean greet you from the local Publix to Highland Beach. Boca Raton homeowners do appreciate their appeal with manicured front lawns and gardens that are true labors of love. If you are planning to move to Boca Raton, or are already settled in our bucolic town, here are 5 great home gardening tips for a true Boca Raton home!
Water Your Garden at Night
Your local HOA and the city may have already made this abundantly clear, but just in case, despite Boca Raton’s effusive humidity 9 months out of the year one should always water their grass at night. Our shining sun, who is usually our best friend when it comes to drying us off after a summer thundershower, still does its best to dry out everything and everything. If you plan to water your beautiful Boca Raton garden in the middle of the day, chances are the sun will snatch that water up before your thirsty plants have their fill.
Talk to Your Neighbors
Have you seen a Boca Raton home that inspires serious garden envy? Don’t be shy and say hello to your neighbor with the green thumb. If they are not using a lawn service, chances are they will be familiar with the temperament of the soil, which plants respond best to the local climate, and much more. There...
You've done it; you've finally moved into your dream home in Boca Raton. The beautiful weather, sandy beaches, and lavish lifestyle have charmed you in and now welcome you into the community. The furniture is set, your decor is looking like paradise, but something just doesn't quite feel right. Those sliding glass doors are open, the break of dawn is shining through your window ready to awaken your senses, but you need something a little more 'lively.' Indoor plants are a common factor missing in some Boca Raton homes. While most of the natives find themselves immersed in the superficial architectures of Boca society, some acquire a more natural approach to happy living. Indoor plants can provide your new home a natural remedy to purifying the air and making the environment comfortably suitable. These top 5 indoor plants are sure to make your home the freshest living space in the community.
A logical decision when researching the best indoor plants for a home, the spider plant does not disappoint. Easily one of the simplest plants to tend, this arachnid in a pot produces oxygen and purifies the air by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene. Humans are blissfully ignorant to the toxins we breathe in daily, and the spider plant gives us a natural solution to air purification. Another tremendous benefit of this variant is that it does not require a lot of water. Watering this plant once a week is a sufficient amount to sustain its optimal form....
Boca Raton homes are well-renowned for their Mediterranean-style charm. It's hard not to imagine why; our exotic vibe has made South Florida a popular tourist destination, allowing visitors to partake in the beautiful allure of the Florida lifestyle. Though Boca tends to lean toward the upper echelon of societal lifestyles, its luxury exterior is not impervious to wholesomeness. Often times we all fall into the trap of having cabin fever after a workweek full of stress but making your Boca Raton home the ultimate getaway is a useful way to enjoy downtime at your pad. One primary reason that so many folks choose to leave their homes for more fun atmosphere is simply because of the decor. You won't need a degree in interior decorating to transform your home into paradise. With these simple tips, adding your own flair will be a cinch.
Utilize Light/Pastel Colors
Obviously, the first thing anyone thinks of when they think of the Sunshine State is the beach. The beach is what draws in millions of visitors a year from all over the world. In order to make your Boca home the ultimate getaway, why not bring the beach to you? A popular motif for most homes in Boca is the classic white wall with some pastel color thrown in for good measure. Florida by nature is very sunny, vibrant, and introducing lighter colors into your home will evoke the same feeling of an afternoon on the beach, or a nice, relaxing brunch by the sea. Pastel colors are also...
Going “green” is a popular way of saying environment friendly. Our contribution to the earth has been a popular debate among politicians in the past few years, and the country’s direction towards cleaner alternatives has been on the rise. With many individual homeowners looking to save more money while helping the environment, even Boca Raton luxury condos are looking to follow suit. You don’t have to cut out all your creature comforts to enjoy this way of living; in fact, many people who switch over to a more green way of living feel healthier—mentally and physically. You are probably unaware, but the minor choices we make can put us one step closer toward an eco friendly Boca home, and you’ll feel good about it, too.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Most of the cleaning products we see on the shelves are chock-full of components that are hazardous to the environment. The chemicals (the ones that are especially hard to pronounce) we use to clean our clothes, countertops, and home in general, are good candidates to blame for the damage done to the environment. You probably think those astringent-smelling ingredients...
The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming – it’s time for Spring Cleaning! Now, to the Boca homeowner, this may describe spring, summer, autumn, and winter. However, “Year-Long Cleaning” feels like non-stop chores. Nevertheless, here are our top 5 spring cleaning tips for your Boca Raton home!
#1 Change Your HVAC Filters
It’s no coincidence that Florida became more populous around the same time A/C became cheaper and more commonplace. With temperatures that can hover around 83 degrees Fahrenheit on an August night, we Boca homeowners run our HVAC systems 24-hours a day. That means constant air circulation that will clog your HVAC Filters with hair, dust, and our infamous pollen. Forgot to change your filters every three months? Prepare yourself for a bitter reminder as your electricity costs continue to creep as your central unit works harder and harder to keep your home habitable!
#2 Power Washing
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Living in coastal South Florida, one of the most hurricane-prone regions in the entire U.S., Boca Raton homeowners are well aware of what to expect from a major hurricane and the importance of emergency preparedness before one strikes.
Though many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, far fewer have considered an emergency home evacuation plan for their pets. With hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) now in full swing, and peak hurricane season (August 1 through October 31) just around the corner, now is the perfect time to address any holes in your emergency evacuation plan, including your pets. We recommend taking these simple steps to add your pets to your emergency evacuation plan to be sure that your four-legged friends are safe-and-sound if a hurricane or any other natural disaster should strike in your area.
1) Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone in the household should know how to respond during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other adults in the household and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, preventing any additional confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
2) Keep evacuation maps, pet carriers & pet supplies readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If your pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you...