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May. 7, 2013

Common Areas

By Philip Shea, Associate Editor

Evive Stations are free water fill stations that help eliminate the senseless waste caused by disposable plastic bottles. The dispensed water is free to residents, and the stations are provided at no charge to facilities. More than a free refill, Evive Stations provide complimentary unlimited bottle cleaning—no matter how many times per day, week, month or year the user goes to the station (www.evivestation.com).

Design is all the rage at new multifamily communities, and you can cater to this trend while staying original with Thrive Home Furnishings’ Mid-Century contemporary furniture. This Cleveland Sofa model is the perfect blend of modern and traditional, giving common area dwellers of all stripes something to admire—and lounge in (www.thrivefurniture.com).

Revive any tired common area with this modern, metallic Collage wallcovering by Innovations USA. It fits especially well in student housing and urban core properties. Collage is 58 percent polyester, 42 percent viscose and it passes ASTM environmental standards—which is just one more way to help build your property’s eco-friendly status (www.innovationsusa.com).

Luminous and energy-efficient, the MaxiWoody LED floodlight by iGuzzini provides direct light illumination for ground, wall and ceiling installations. It is also equipped with RGB (red, green and blue) LEDs to create special light and color effects. This product is the perfect addition to a cutting-edge community catering to younger residents, boosting nighttime curb appeal in a stark and dramatic way (www.iguzzini.com).

For a stylish outdoor setup, look no further than the Wicker line of products by LeisureCreations. This comfortable Double Chaise Lounger creates a hip boutique hotel ambiance at poolside, allowing residents to experience maximum comfort while socializing with friends and neighbors. Also available in this line of products are a love seat, coffee table and two-cushion sofa (www.leisurecreationsfurniture.com).

The gently sloped Chalet range hood by Native Trails brings an elegant silhouette into any common area kitchen. Wrought from recycled 16 gauge copper and topped with Antique or Brushed Nickel finishes, this professional grade range hood exemplifies getting away from it all through centuries-old artisan tradition. Additionally, the copper component has been proven to effectively kill bacteria, making it an exceptional surface (www.nativetrails.net).

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