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  • My Favourite Area at Home Part II - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    going to cover the rest 4 A functional kitchen should have ample storage space and the right stuffs within reach I took an inventory of items that should be stored in the kitchen and noted that space has to be set aside for the following needs Cooking Needs appliances such as rice cooker microwave baking ware wok pots pans Food Preparation Needs canned food preparation items utensils Food Serving Needs glasses dishes flatware linens Cleaning up Needs cleaning supplies such as detergent and tools such as brushes sponges Others Such as appliances like coffee maker juicer toaster dish rack food storage containers and so on Do note that the above list is not exhaustive With this in mind I decided on the following Wall cabinets Will store canned food glasses dishes Above counter cabinets Will store bulky items such as juicer toaster Base cabinets Will store preparation items baking ware heavy items like wok pots pans cleaning supplies and tools Drawers Will store smaller items such as utensils flatware linens storage containers Countertop Will store rice cooker microwave coffee maker and dish rack Although a countertop can also be used as a storage space I make sure that it is clutter free and only the essentials are allowed This decision was actually made after much consideration the base cabinets are reserved for items such as wok pots and pans since they are heavy I chose to store least commonly used appliances such as juicer and toaster in the above counter cabinets However frequently used small items are kept in top drawers I also discovered that dividers and trays are extremely useful in organising the items in the pull out drawers On a separate note I noted that the most ideal place for the waste bin is near the sink This is because I noticed that my mum would unusually discard food waste after processing them at the sink 5 A functional kitchen should be accident proof Cooking hob is one of the most important cooking equipment in the kitchen and also one of the most dangerous when it is not installed or used properly Therefore I took great care when I was selecting a suitable cooking hob I performed a stability test with pans on the showroom display hob before short listing the model This is actually very important since some gas rings are ill designed and not stable and therefore is very hazardous when the pots or pans do not sit well on such rings I also make it a point to select the right sized hob by ensuring that it is adequately surrounded by a worktop When there is ample clearance space for a hot pan to be rested the handle will not protrude in to the walkway and make it prone for knock overs In addition the cooking hood is installed at least 60 centimetres high so that my husband who is the tallest in the family will not be bumped into it My safety conscious husband

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  • My Favourite Area at Home Part I - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    hence I secretly made believe that she was actually a magician who whipped up delicious food in her magical cooking pot This silly belief was further reinforced since tantalizing aroma which permeated the air always sends the tummy of my family growling When I grew slightly older and finally allowed to help out in the kitchen I realised that the kitchen was actually my mum s theatre where she passionately expresses her love for the family My mum s affection is apparent whenever she zealously prepares every meal with such fine precision every ingredient has to be the freshest and of the right smell taste dose and even colour Furthermore each dish is always served piping hot and seasoned with a generous amount of tender loving care Nevertheless I always watched in absolute fascination at how the food in her trusty wok dances to the rhythm of her invisible music score Like a seasoned musical conductor my mum would skilfully orchestrate a symphony of happiness and love in her kitchen whilst cooking up a storm and eventually soak the entire home with the smell of delectable food Due to such influence I took great pains to make my kitchen functional during my home renovation This is because I want my mum to feel at home whenever she comes over I guess my tactic worked because she would offer to cook a succulent meal which never fails to make our lips smack in eager anticipation To achieve this these are the following areas which I looked into during my home renovation 1 A functional kitchen should be custom designed to suit the person using it I want my mum to feel physically at ease when she is using the kitchen Since she has a very petite built I have asked for

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  • Multi-functional and Space Saving Furniture - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    fridge sink storage hidden spaces customer support customer relationship after sales service track record kitchen counter multi functional staffing structure check list health hazardVOCs diyPlanVOCs air pollutants carpetHandover refrigeratorFreebies checklistEco friendlycolorsVisualization ToolsWalk in wardrobeWalk in WardrobesavesaveRefrigeratorinterestingtips Halloween ideas time managementkitchen selection cabinet cooking hob countertopplaninterior design cooking hoodkitchen green renovationwarranty components Risk Quality ContractorContractor renovation maintenance free budgetinterior design Cost Scope Shared Space Home Makeover LifestyleRenovation Plan Communication Tool Schedule Budget ipad source hidden costs design trendsInterview Questions measurements materials Renovation Plan country of origin carpet budget Square Rooms inspiration Home and Décor Urban Cubemistake diy green renovation choices Categories Room Design HDB Interior Design Renovation Posted by eve Multi functional and Space Saving Furniture Sep 19 2012 458 view s Interior design is not only about making your place look trendy and fashionable it is also about preparing and maximizing the physical aspects of your place for tomorrow s needs Therefore as a follow up to my Maximise Limited Space post here is another video which showcases multi functional and space optimising furniture Such Commercial Off The shelf COTs furniture is readily available in many furnishing stores In addition the advantages of getting such COTs furniture are they are

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  • Maximize Limited Space - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    free budgetinterior design Cost Scope Shared Space Home Makeover LifestyleRenovation Plan Communication Tool Schedule Budget ipad source hidden costs design trendsInterview Questions measurements materials Renovation Plan country of origin carpet budget Square Rooms inspiration Home and Décor Urban Cubemistake diy green renovation choices Categories Room Design HDB Interior Design Renovation Posted by eve Maximize Limited Space Sep 18 2012 394 view s This incredible video showcases how one can maximize the use of very limited space In fact aside from making our home visually appealing we also have to rethink on how to make a space multi dimensional So what are the lessons that we can take away from this video to fully maximize our limited apartment space Lets rethink carefully on how best to fully utilize furniture and space in terms of form and structure For instance a dining table can double up as work table for your laptop A kitchen island can be used as a bar area for entertaining guests and dining The living room sofa can be converted as beds for your guests at night With these in mind you can do away with excess furniture and save both space and money as well I realize that in a small apartment vertical and hidden spaces are storage s best friend Not sure what I mean Here are some examples For vertical storage convert the open spaces above doors walkways into cabinets or open shelves For hidden storage look for hidden spaces under beds sofas stairs and so on to maximize your storage capacity Allow ample natural light into your home to create an illusion of bigger space Also make full use of light colors neutrals or muted tones with mirror to maximize the effect Avoid compartmentalizing your rooms or spaces with contrasting dark color to make

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  • How to Decide on a Home Renovation Package - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    Plan country of origin carpet budget Square Rooms inspiration Home and Décor Urban Cubemistake diy green renovation choices Categories Room Design HDB Interior Design Renovation Posted by eve How to Decide on a Home Renovation Package Sep 16 2012 672 view s By now you should have decided on the following Whether to engage an Interior Designer or Contractor Who you are going to work with and Design theme to adopt You should also know What home renovation mistakes and trends to avoid and Actual cost of home renovation Moving on here are some more points you should take note prior deciding which renovation package to take up Remember to do some background research to find out the list of past and present renovation projects undertaken by the Company and how long it has been in the industry You can do this easily from the Company website forums and past client references Usually the rule of the thumb is longer the Company has been in the industry is better In fact this is also a form of financial viability check If the Interior Designer is also the boss of the Company and multi hats many other roles since he is the only person read one man show in the Company you might want to consider whether he has the time to manage your renovation project In fact such staffing structure is synonyms with fresh start ups Another area to look out for is whether if the Company has strategic partnership with other companies To put it simply in layman s term some Companies sub contract the actual renovation works to another company In such cases you have to remember to verify which party is your main point of contact In fact it is strongly advisable that you only liaise with

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  • Uncover Hidden Costs in Home Renovation - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    Home Renovation Sep 10 2012 1082 view s At times I see renovation projects ceased or postponed due to budgetary causes In fact it is particularly unfortunate especially when the couple has invested so much time money and efforts into the renovation project only to shelf it at the end when the scope and subsequently costs have escalated far beyond their control Other renovation projects derailed simply because the couple who got too carried away by their enthusiasm was too inexperienced and failed to uncover the hidden renovation costs As a result the budget they have set aside was unrealistic to even begin with In fact uncovering hidden costs in renovation is a major and important step So what are the hidden costs of a typical renovation project Well you should scrutinise carefully the quotation obtained from the various Interior Designers or Contractors and play close attention to the following areas Some quotation appears cheaper or more expensive due to the dimension and measurement provided Therefore always make sure that the dimension and measurement is accurate to ensure that the quotation is realistic Materials play a significant part of the budget since their costs differ For instance a cabinet might seem cheaper since it is constructed from compressed chip wood whilst a cabinet made of the durable plywood is definitely more expensive Even if the material used is the same the country of origin might influence the price For example most materials imported from China are usually cheaper than the same from Japan Ask the Interior Designer or Contractor to list down all the components inside the quotation A good example is that more expensive cabinets usually come with anti slam system and metal rollers Usually the quotation given is based on the assumption that certain conditions are being met

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  • 7 Interview Questions You Must Ask prior to engaging an Interior Designer or Contractor - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    renovation project Well one of the recommended ways is to interview the candidates and observe how they conduct themselves The purpose of an interview is for you to get to know the person you are going to work with for the entire duration of the renovation project It is also an assessment on whether if he or she is experienced enough to work on your renovation project Candidates love to present a thick stack of photos which depict many lavishly and uniquely designed homes However remember to probe deeper Ask him or her to point out the actual photos of the past projects that he or she has actually completed Never ever relay on only the photos presented by the candidate Make requests to visit the place of one or more past customers This is important since this is an indication on whether the candidate has a good working relationship with the clients that lasted even after the project has been completed It is also an opportunity for you to take a look at the workmanship of the carpentry and so on If you already have in mind what kind of interior design theme and the scope of renovation works it is important to find out from the candidate what are the similar projects that he or she has worked on in the past Artists are naturally better at certain style and this is akin to their trademark Therefore a designer who is good at decking out a place in a classic European theme will most likely find it hard to relate in Bali resort style Therefore when the candidate claims that he or she is good at any interior design most likely he or she is lying unless the portfolio has proven otherwise The candidate must posses certain level

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  • Why you should not follow certain popular interior design trends. - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    any room In addition wallpaper comes in an astonishing and dazzling range of effects patterns and texture to add warmth and character to your place However have you ever wondered whether if wallpaper is suitable for a hot and humid climate like ours Well wallpaper fades if it is exposed to direct sunlight over time and the difference in shades and pattern will be pretty obvious to the naked eye If you are a perfectionist can you stand the fact that one end of the room looks different from the other In humid conditions the wallpaper glue will also loosen and the wallpaper will start to peel and curl Unlike the stain resistant or washable wall paint wallpaper is easily soiled and damaged when you are not careful However even if you are careful your kids may find it impossible to keep their hands or pens crayons stickers and what have you off the delightfully wallpapered walls Nevertheless even if you keep spare rolls of the original wallpaper over time it may be almost impossible to match the original wallpaper in terms of colour since the original is faded and pattern when you replace the damaged wallpaper Most likely you will end up wallpapering the entire room with a new one when that happens Therefore wallpapering is generally more expensive to upkeep and also costly to replace Why Simply because you have to first strip off the existing wallpaper prior replacing with a new one This increases the time and effort and another disadvantage is that scrapping of the wallpaper may leave deep scratches and hollows on the walls Again you have to spend money to level and fill up the depressions on the walls when that happens If I were you I rather have the walls painted to save

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