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Gazebos, Awnings, and Canopies

Posted on July 05, 2018 by Genet Group

It’s summertime, I’ve got my hat on backwards, and it’s time to have a get-together under a gazebo. If you live in a warm and sunny place like South Florida, you know to search for all of the shade you can get. When it’s hot, it gets really hot—having a gazebo, an awning, or a canopy attached to your property can give you a space to enjoy the outdoors in the summer and springtime. If you’ve ever been interested, here’s the rundown on the different options you have for shaded settings on your property.


What’s the difference between a gazebo, awning, and a canopy? A gazebo is most like a house—”a roofed structure that offers an open view of the surrounding area, typically used for relaxation or entertainment.” An awning is most like a shade—”a sheet of canvas or other material stretched on a frame and used to keep the sun or rain off a storefront, window, doorway, or deck.” A canopy is perhaps the most vague, and could technically describe either a gazebo or awning, but is usually just a simpler version of the two—”a rooflike projection or shelter.”


What are the benefits of having a gazebo, awning, or canopy? They’re not just for summer—with outdoor structures like these, you can get year-long protection from the elements, whether it be rain or snow or sun. They make great sites for get togethers and hosting guests.  Set up a few outdoor seats (wicker furniture, lawn chairs, etc.) and chill in the shade with a glass of lemonade in hand.


How can you get one? The question is usually build or buy. While some fixtures like awnings are best bought—think of electronic retractable ones—you can easily DIY your own canopy or gazebo, with varying levels of fanciness and decor depending on your affinity for construction.  If you’re renting property, remember to speak with your landlord about any additions to the property before you make any decisions or purchases.

On-Site Gyms

Posted on July 05, 2018 by Genet Group

More and more these days, people are valuing physical health and exercise above leisure. And because of that, they are willing to pay a pretty penny to keep a gym membership or attend fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, and pilates. That’s also why one of the biggest concerns when looking for a rental property is location—how close is it to the LA Fitness you’ve got a membership at? To the YMCA? And the million dollar question (or rather, the roughly $40/month plus towel fee question): does the rental property have an on-site gym?

There are certainly plenty of benefits to renting a property that includes an on-site gym. The biggest plus? You likely won’t need an expensive membership elsewhere. If you’re in search of office space in a larger building with amenities, choosing a space with a gym can greatly improve the happiness and productivity of your employees. If you’re looking for an apartment, choosing a space with a gym can shave off the time it takes to travel to your regular off-site gym. It’s a little funny to think of how valuable convenience can be, especially when we’re talking about exercise—an activity that’s intended to push you past your comfort and into achieving goals. But the comfort of a close-by place for working out can benefit your workout as well.


There is, of course, a risk to adding an on-site gym to your list of preferences as you search for a rental property: finding the right one. On-site facilities don’t often employ a dedicated gym staff, and the “gym” could simply be a couple of cardio machines stuffed into an old room. But that’s where research and visits come into play. Find the right space for you and always know your options.