Renonation.sg https://www.renonation.sg It's where renovation begins. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:43:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 14 Genius Features You Will Want for Your Small Bedroom https://www.renonation.sg/genius-features-you-will-want-for-your-small-bedroom/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:00:24 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136978

Small bedroom? No problem. From visual design tricks to space-maximising storage solutions, these genius features found in Singapore homes will make your small bedroom great again. 1. Concealed vanity chair Level 1: Eking out a vanity space by the side of the wardrobe. Level 100: Tucking in a vanity chair and having it concealed and […]

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Small bedroom? No problem. From visual design tricks to space-maximising storage solutions, these genius features found in Singapore homes will make your small bedroom great again.

1. Concealed vanity chair

Level 1: Eking out a vanity space by the side of the wardrobe.
Level 100: Tucking in a vanity chair and having it concealed and completely flush to the design of the wardrobe.

Design: Vitas Design

2. Bedside Nook

When you want to maximise closet space but still need room for a bedside table, carve out a little nook by the side of your wardrobe to make room for one.

Design: Adroit ID

3. Glass-encased Wardrobe

Walk-in wardrobes are totally possible in a small bedroom. But if you don’t like the visual bulk it takes up, enclose it with glass panels. It lends a sense of airiness and is a wonderful way to show off your wardrobe.

Design: Archiwu Interior

4. Concealed Doorway

For a streamlined look throughout your small bedroom—helps to reduce the visual clutter—hide away the entrance into your en-suite by flushing it with your wardrobe fronts. You’ll get to throw in a little extra storage space too.

Interior design and styling: Styledbypt
Renovation: Clover Space

5. Double-Duty Bedside Table

Make furniture in a small bedroom work extra hard to maximise space. This nightstand does double duty as a study desk for when the occupants need to work from home.

Design: Fuse Concept

6. Hidden Vanity

Corner storage isn’t always the easiest to make use of. Consider turning that difficult-to-use space into a hidden vanity where you can install shelves for makeup essentials.

Design: AgcDesign

7. Under-Bed Platform Storage

Going with a platform storage bed is one way to really maximise storage in your small bedroom. Think about installing a bed lift mechanism to make it easier to reach for the things you’ve stowed away under your bed.

Design: Starry Homestead

8. Mirrored Wardrobe

Mirrors = a small space’s best friend. Replace generic wardrobe fronts with mirrored panels to really bring in the light and a sense of space to your small bedroom.

Design: Proj.B Studio

9. Headboard Storage

Your headboard doesn’t just have to be a pretty face; make it also functional by incorporating storage with it. We love this minimalist one that provides room to use as a nightstand so there’s no need for extra furniture in the bedroom.

Design: Sync Interior

10. Under-Bed Lighting

Lighting is a powerful way to change up perceptions, especially in a small bedroom. Place LED strips underneath the bed and furniture and they can seem like they are “floating”, making your space feel lighter and airier.

Design: AC Vision

11. Rotating TV Wall

A rotating TV wall means you won’t need a permanent spot for your TV in the bedroom. This frees up space for extra storage, which you can incorporate to the other side of the TV wall.

Design: WEDA Studio Inc

12. Bed Surround Storage

The space above your bed is often overlooked when it comes to storage. If you are afraid that it will feel claustrophobic, leave some room and make sure you aren’t installing it too close to where you will be when you are sitting up on the bed.

Design: AkiHaus

13. Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed is the solution for you if you need your bedroom space to be more flexible and multipurpose. Once bedtime’s over, hide your bed behind stylish wardrobe fronts and then use the space for whatever you need.

Design: D’ Initial Concept

14. Concealed Vanity Storage

Don’t have room for makeup essentials? Build them over your mirror. This vanity storage opens up to reveal the mirror flanked by open shelves for storage.

Design: Charlotte’s Carpentry

 

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Design: Ethereall If you are adopting a more hands-on approach for your home renovation, then paying a visit to a tile showroom is a must, since tiling makes up a major component of the home renovation; from floor tiles in the living room, kitchen to wall tiles in the bathrooms. Furthermore, tiling costs take up the […]

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Design: Ethereall

If you are adopting a more hands-on approach for your home renovation, then paying a visit to a tile showroom is a must, since tiling makes up a major component of the home renovation; from floor tiles in the living room, kitchen to wall tiles in the bathrooms. Furthermore, tiling costs take up the bulk of your home renovation budget too! Managing the amount spent on tiles will result in significant savings for your renovation. To help you in this aspect of your renovation journey, here is a list of 10 simple things to take note of when are visiting the showroom.

1. Get your floorplan ready

Design: Story Of Us

The floorplan provides useful insights to the dimensions of your property for you to make the following decisions; whether if large format tiles are suitable and
the approximate number of tiles required to tile the area. For the calculation of surface area for wall tiling, the typical ceiling height of a HDB flat ranges from 2.8m to 2.65m while the ceiling of an EC or Condominium apartment is 2.8m onwards.

2. Set aside more tiles for wastage and backup

Design: Design 4 Space

Tiling works always involve accidental breakages and wastage. Hence, you should set aside a certain percentage for extra tiles to prevent running out of files for your home renovation. The typical percentage is around 5% and 10%, if you are using tiles with veins, such as Marble.

3. Bring along a mood board to guide your choices

Design: Elpis Interior Design

The home interior design mood board, will help you to narrow down the types of tile colors and designs suitable for a particular style or concept for your home. Remember that to note of the type of lighting

4. Take many photos for design ideas

Design: Dots ‘N’ Tots Interior Design

The tile showrooms usually have delightful miniature mockups setup to illustrate how certain tile designs can be effectively used, based on their properties and design. Therefore, they are a great source of inspirational design ideas.

5. Record down the dimensions, prices and locations where the tiles will be used

Design: Unity Id

The dimensions of the tiles will determinate the whether the tiles will be suitable to be used in certain areas of your apartment. Tag the tile code, along with its price, to the appropriate areas in the floorplan. In this way, you will be able to systematically keep track of the tiles which have been shortlisted in each area of your new abode.

6. Check with the sales consultant on the suitability of the tiles

Design: AkiHAUS

The tiles come in all shapes, dimensions and materials. Therefore, certain properties of the tiles are not suitable for usage in certain parts of the house. Sometimes, descriptions are provided next to the tiles to guide you in your selection. Nevertheless, if you are unsure, you can approach the sales consultants for assistance.

7. Request for samples

Design: The Scientist

Since the colors of the tiles may turn out differently, due to the lighting used in the tile showrooms may not be reflective of what you see in the showroom. Hence, remember to request for sample tiles, which are usually given free, for you to bring back as they provide the vital visual communication tools for you and your renovation professionals to work on your dream home.

8. Conduct stress tests

Design: The Design Abode

Aside as visual guides, sample tiles are also useful for you to determine the resiliency and strength of the tiles. You can conduct stress tests by simply scratching, staining or even dropping heavyweights to test the resilience and strength of the tiles. You should also test whether if the tiles are slippery too.

9. Follow up the choices with your renovation professionals

Design: The Scientist

Along with your floorplan and the tile samples, they provide vital tools for your renovation professionals to understand your preferences and work on incorporating these elements into your dream abode. With these at hand, they will be able to counter propose suitable and more budget-friendly alternatives.

10. Work on a budget

Design: Design NEU

Once you have determined the types of tiles, you can use the following Tile Calculator, to work out the number of tiles required, based on their dimensions.

Design: In-Expat

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8 Design Ideas for a Non-Basic Living Room https://www.renonation.sg/design-ideas-for-a-non-basic-living-room/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 02:00:05 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136765

When you think of how a living room should look like, you think of the standard arrangement of a sofa facing the TV, with possibly a coffee table in the middle and a couple of armchairs at the side, right? Not in these homes. Throwing basic-ness out of the window, they embraced non-standard designs set […]

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When you think of how a living room should look like, you think of the standard arrangement of a sofa facing the TV, with possibly a coffee table in the middle and a couple of armchairs at the side, right? Not in these homes. Throwing basic-ness out of the window, they embraced non-standard designs set to make their home stand out from the rest.

1. Home theatre

Nothing like enjoying the big screen from the comfort of your home. And there’s no better room than the living room to turn it into your personal theatre. Invest in comfy beanbags made for lazy lounging, a good projector and state-of-the-art speakers and you’re good to go. Take it up a notch with a home bar by the side, where you can whip up your favourite munchies and cocktails to accompany the latest blockbuster.

Design: D5 Studio Image

2. Flexible space

A 3.6-metre table straddles between the study and living room, where flexibility is the order of the day. The multifunctional piece functions not only as a work desk and a dinner table but is also extended fully into the living space whenever the homeowners invite a large group of people over.

Design: Arkhilite

3. Epic lepak corner

Make your home the perfect space for lounging by embedding a bed right in your living room. The cushioned zone here is recessed within a step-up platform to create a cocoon-like effect, while power points were added to the sides so there’s no reason to get out of bed if you don’t want to.

Design: Renologist

4. Platform storage

In order to create more storage in this small flat, a tall storage platform was built to take up most of the living room space. Hidden LED lights were embedded underneath the platform so it looks just like it’s floating. In view of the shorter ceiling height, foldable floor loungers were used instead of a sofa.

Design: Crescendo Interior & Lifestyle

5. The library

Bibliophiles can convert their entire living room into a library, complete with shelves and shelves of books. The minimalist design here is a feast for the eyes, with the curves of the lounge chair and hide rug juxtaposing against the straight edges of the books and shelves, while the shimmer of the epoxy painted floor lends a touch of class to the space.

Design: Three-d Conceptwerke

6. Pole dancing studio

Set on a raised platform, this versatile living room is mainly used as a pole dancing studio with mirror panels by the side and an elegant gold-plated pole installed in the middle of the space. By pulling down a mirror panel, a dining table can be set-up, effectively turning the studio into an eating area.

Design: Archilibrium Studio

7. Lofty heights

Built-in storage surrounds this living room, enveloping the space into its own little sanctuary. Part of the built-in by the window features a pop-up table so that one can take in the view while enjoying a cuppa. A loft platform was built to carve out more floor estate and to create a cosy and private dwelling spot.

Design: DistinctIdentity

8. Camping grounds

The living room in this home was created to look like the great outdoors with decals depicting mountains and a camper van adorning the walls. A tepee tent was set up atop a storage platform, flanked by beanbags and cushions for an extra dose of cosiness. Outside the platform, a wall-mounted drop-leaf table provides a casual, space-friendly dining spot.

Design: Wolf Woof

 

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Doing These 10 Renovations in an HDB Flat Will Get You In Trouble! https://www.renonation.sg/doing-these-renovations-in-an-hdb-flat-will-get-you-into-trouble/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 23:00:51 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137240

Although the HDB renovation guidelines are less stringent when they are compared to a Condominium, certain types of renovations are still off-limits. Hence, pushing ahead with these renovations will land you in trouble, since they might compromise the building’s structure and integrity, impact the external building facade or even endanger the public’s safety. Furthermore, specific […]

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Although the HDB renovation guidelines are less stringent when they are compared to a Condominium, certain types of renovations are still off-limits. Hence, pushing ahead with these renovations will land you in trouble, since they might compromise the building’s structure and integrity, impact the external building facade or even endanger the public’s safety. Furthermore, specific renovation guidelines also apply for certain HDB developments, and you can check these guidelines through My HDBPage eServices. So, here is a quick guide on the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to renovating an HDB flat.

1. Hacking structural, load-bearing, reinforced walls, columns, beams and staircases for Maisonettes

Design: Free Space Intent

Open concept home interior has finally gained mainstream popularity. However do remember that only the non-structural and non-load bearing walls can be hacked, after you have obtained the approval from the authorities. Do not even think of getting away with concealing wires by hacking partially and burying them in these structures.

What this means to you?

Look out for the thick, bold black lines in the floor plan, since they denote the structural walls which should be left untouched. Always check out the floor plan first before committing the any property purchase.

 

2. Extending floor area by covering over void areas for Maisonettes or loft units

Image from Straits Times

Made glamorous by the glitzy private property showrooms, mezzanine floors are popular ways for homeowners to increase their living spaces. However, these structures that cover over the void areas, especially within the maisonette or loft units, are prohibited under the HDB rules. Unfortunately, this owner of a 3-room HDB flat learnt the hard way, when he is served a fine and expensive demolition orders.

What this means to you?

If you are a proud owner of a maisonette or loft units, check with the relevant authorities if you wish to push ahead with building of mezzanine floors, even if the loft is 5 sqm or less. This is to ascertain that the usage of the structure will not compromise your property’s designed load.

 

3. Painting or installing fixtures or finishes at the external part of the building (e.g. common corridor walls and ceilings)

Design: MMJ Design Loft

HDB residents from Bedok , Ang Mo Kio and Woodlands, are known to adorn their common corridors with beautiful decorations during festivals. However, this does not mean that you should be renovating the outside of your HDB by hanging artworks or painting the common corridor walls, ceiling, laying floor finishes outside entrance door. In fact, any fixed installations have to be done within the premises of the property, and not done in the common property, like what this HDB owner Koi lover has found out.

What this means to you?

You can purchase the recess area, the space in front of your flat if you wish to extend the renovation outside of your HDB. You can check the eligibility conditions under the Sale of Recess Area Scheme.

 

4. Modifying the balcony, window and grille designs

Design: ID Gallery Interiors

Due to safety concerns, and to ensure that the HDB’s exterior does not end up with a meshed-up of Frankenstein designs, you are to leave your balcony, window grilles untouched. Examples of disallowed renovation works include:
1. Installing casement windows where the flat’s facade is facing the common corridor;
2. Replacement of full height windows or 3/4 height windows or bay windows;
3. Removal or tampering of safety railings/ grilles (internal and external) originally provided by HDB/ developers installed in the flat and/ or at the sold recess area;
4. Removal or tampering of safety railings/ grilles (internal and external) installed in the flat and/ or at full height windows (including 3/4 height and bay windows located in the utility room) during the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP);
5. Relocation of sliding door at the balcony where window installation is not allowed and;
6. Removal or replacement of sliding door different from the one originally provided at the balcony.

However, certain minor mortification works are allowed and these include painting the inner parts of the window grilles to a different colour or changing the windows to another HDB approved window type (sliding or casement) within the same size restrictions.

What this means to you?

Check with the authorities if you are unsure whether you are flouting any of the rules. You should always work with a window contractor that has been approved by the HDB or Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

 

5. Concealing exposed service ducts and pipes in bathrooms and kitchen

Image from impressiveinteriordesign

In older HDB flat designs, aesthetics were very much an afterthought and hence, the service ducts and bathrooms and kitchen pipes are usually exposed. Therefore, these white PVC-coated abominations are quite an eyesore, and hard to maintain too. One of the easiest ways to keep them from sight is to conceal them. However, enclosure of these features must be done using lightweight, non-combustible materials, and you have to provide access panel of  600 mm x 600 mm, so that they can be inspected during maintenance.

What this means to you?

If concealing the bathroom service ducts and pipes with carpentry are too much of a hassle and expensive, you can consider an unusual approach to them, by first painting them to match the wall color, and then hanging a Venetian or Bamboo blinds to hide them. This creates an unexpected design feature in the bathroom, while making it stand out from the cookie cutter designs.

 

6. Extension of the bathroom to accommodate a bathtub or spa pool

Image from Ideal Home

Arguably, the most luxurious bathroom fixtures you can get for your bathroom is a bathtub or a spa pool, where you can soak and wind down after a hard day at work. However, the HDB standard bathrooms are usually too small to accommodate a standard-sized bathroom. Furthermore, an extension of the toilet to accommodate the long bath or spa pool is illegal before first 3 years upon completion of the block. Even if you are thinking of getting a bathtub or spa pool, customized to the desired size, you must not tamper the floor slab if you want the water pipes to be concealed within the flooring, or fill the void beneath the tub with cement mortar or other materials. Proper inspection openings must be provided for future maintenance too.

What this means to you?

Use ready-made free standing HDB bathtubs or spa pools since they are able to fit into most HDB bathrooms. Ensure that the maximum width and area of extension is not more than 600mm and 0.6m2 respectively, and that the existing gas riser and its branch pipe are not enclosed in the extended bathroom.

 

7. Installation of Cast-Iron or Marble bathtub, spa pool or fish tank exceeding 600kg

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If you are thinking of getting a customized luxurious bathtub or spa pool, make sure that it does not weigh not more than 150kg. In addition, you have to keep the total weight of the bathtub or spa pool when it is used ( i.e.bathtub, faucet, water,  motor, other accessories and person included) well within the 400kg limit. Aside from bathtubs, the weight of the standing fish tanks (i.e. inclusive of fish tanks inhabitants, water, sand and accessories included), supported on a 4-legged rack), must not exceed 600kg per room. The maximum dimensions of the fish tank should not exceed more than 2m (6.5ft) length x 1m (3.2ft) width, with water depth  must be kept within 0.5m (1.6ft)

What this means to you?

Choose lightweight materials such as Acrylic or Fiberglass instead of marble or cast iron for the bathtub or spa pool, since these materials generally do not exceed 40kg. Remember to email the application to the HDB Branch for approval , prior installing the fish tank.

 

8. Installing the Household Shelters (HS) with permanent fixtures

Design: Free Space Intent

The Household Shelters (HS) are meant to protect the homeowners  during a wartime emergency, and to shield occupants from blast fragments during a bombing. Hence, the household shelter re-enforced walls, floor slab, ceiling and steel door must not be tampered with during renovation. As a result, generally any work involving hacking, using power-driven nails to install permanent fixtures in the walls, floor and ceilings, removing or covering up of the HS door notice or modifying any part of the ventilation openings and the mounting devices such as bolts and nuts is illegal.

What this means to you?

Although there are many HDB HS ideas to transform it into more than a store room, be mindful not to run foul of the regulations by sticking to the basic renovation works such as painting and using removable fixtures such as pictures, posters, free standing cabinets or shelve. In addition, ensure that the false ceilings installed just outside the HS have perforated access panels (of minimum size of 600mm x 600mm) positioned directly below each ventilation sleeve.

 

9. Running gas pipes in false ceilings or boxed-ups

Design: Space Define Interior

False ceilings are popular with home interior designers since they help to conceal ugly housing electric wires, pipes, and air-conditioning ducts. However, gas pipes are not allowed to be enclosed within the false ceilings. This is because, in the absence of the pipe sleeves or ducts, the escaped gas will accumulate within the false ceiling or boxed-ups and pose a significant safety risk. Furthermore, the nails or screws used during the installation of the ceilings or boxed-up may puncture the gas pipes and cause the gas to leak and accumulate.

What this means to you?

The renovation professionals are reminded to consult the City Gas Pte Ltd, Licensed gas service workers or Professional Engineers (PE) on the safety precaution steps to be taken to ensure that the renovation works involving the gaps pipes do not endanger the homeowners. Due to safety reasons, areas with gas pipes are prohibited from being converted into bedrooms.

 

10. Permanently sealing a planter box

Design: Versaform

Many HDB flats come with balconies and planters. Planters are scaled-down versions of a balcony to encourage homeowners to grow plants to provide some visual relief to Singapore’s high-density concrete environment. However, if you prefer to convert the planter area for other purposes, remember that installation of windows, grilles, wall screen, a structure of some form to enclose the planter or permanent sealing of the planter box to convert into a livable area is prohibited.

What this means to you?

Decking the planter box with removable wooden planks also has other practical usages too, since you will be able to check and remove stagnant water which has run-off into the planter box. This helps to prevent your planter box from becoming a potential Aedes breeding site.

 

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8 Travel-Inspired Homes to Fulfil Your Wanderlust https://www.renonation.sg/travel-inspired-homes-to-fulfil-your-wanderlust/ Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:00:31 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137238

To say that the pandemic putting a halt on all travelling plans is a huge damper is perhaps a major understatement. To ease your restless spirit, we put together 8 homes in Singapore inspired by places around the world. Taking inspiration from popular travel destinations like New York, Bali and London, these homes will hopefully […]

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To say that the pandemic putting a halt on all travelling plans is a huge damper is perhaps a major understatement. To ease your restless spirit, we put together 8 homes in Singapore inspired by places around the world. Taking inspiration from popular travel destinations like New York, Bali and London, these homes will hopefully fulfil a part of your wanderlust.

1. Place of Inspiration: Japan
Design: AkiHaus

The homeowner wanted a home that was inspired by Japanese interiors as Japan is a place he frequently travels to for work. To recreate the look in the one-bedroom apartment, AkiHaus employed a neutral palette of white, wood and black—a palette commonly associated with Japanese interiors—with the occasional greys to lend visual texture and a modern slant.

Much of the interiors were kept clean and simple, with fuss-free silhouettes and lines. An open concept was adopted to facilitate hosting and to allow light and ventilation to pass through. Storage was also maximised, as seen from the bedroom with cabinets stretching overhead across the bedhead.

Located outside the master bedroom, the originally uninspiring balcony was given a Zen-like ambience with wood decking and bamboo plants. The attached bathroom was also redesigned to create common access. A Hinoki bath bucket and stool sit by the side in the glass-enclosed modern shower, alluding to the traditional Japanese design.


2. Place of Inspiration: French and English Countryside
Design: Black N White Haus

The couple loves travelling to Europe and was particularly enamoured by the French and English countryside. They thus wanted the same feel and decorum found in the homes there for their 5-room HDB flat. Instead of incorporating everything however, Black N White Haus took on key elements while keeping the rest of the home relatively modern for more timeless appeal. This was also in view of the space—homes in the French and English countryside were often generous in size and could take on the extra detailing and ornamentation unlike our considerably smaller HDB flats.

Brass highlights and classic European elements like wainscoting walls and crown moulding ceilings showcase a discreet elegance amidst the soothing beige and cream palette. Other elements that allude to their European countryside inspiration include a custom-made ‘fireplace’ that takes centre stage in the living room, French doors with ornate handles that lead into the private spaces of the home, dark-stained teak flooring and black-and-white tiles in the kitchen.


3. Place of Inspiration: Southeast Asia
Design: Design Zage

The inspiration for their new flat came mainly from the various resorts across Southeast Asia that the couple frequently stayed in when they travelled. To evoke the same chill, tropical vibes they experienced in those resorts, they incorporated wooden beams on the ceiling, decorated the walls with wood panels bought in Bali, and created a bar dining table made from Suar wood by the window. Plants—both real and artificial—are decked out throughout the space to lend to the resort ambience.

Because resorts are never without its creature comforts, the couple turned one of their spare bedrooms into a home gym. Enclosing it behind glass panels, the space feels as much a part of the home whilst achieving enough light and privacy. To recreate the feeling of entering a luxury villa, the entrance into the master bedroom was replaced with wooden French doors adorned by a pair of Oriental brass knockers. Inside, the en-suite bathroom features similar holiday vibes decked out in woodgrain tiles with part of the flooring covered in white pebbles.


4. Place of Inspiration: Santorini
Design: First Dot Design

The homeowners wanted a holiday-themed space for their first family home, a 5-room flat in Bukit Batok. Santorini was an obvious choice, as its very name conjures an airy laidback vibe, with dazzling white walls and curved blue domes set against a charming backdrop of blue skies and the shimmering waters of the Aegean Sea.

Taking into account these features, the designer awash the interiors in a true white paint to lend a crisp and clean setting. Sky blue accents were added as a homage to Santorini’s skies and seas. In the living room, the TV wall was clad in faux bricks to reflect the Greek island’s architecture, while the curved false ceiling reflects the iconic curved domes of Santorini. In the bathroom, a pebbled tile shower wall adds to the carefree, resort feel.


5. Place of Inspiration: London
Design: M Atelier

While most would take design inspiration from the hotels or resorts they stayed in, the homeowners of this flat took inspiration from the storefronts of London, which they fell in love with during their travels there. They replicated the look in the facade of their entertainment room. Black-framed glass panels complete with gold signage was done up and made to look like an upscale London storefront.

The rest of the home’s design concurs towards this focal point, with the balcony adopting a similar black-framed glass panelling. Woodgrain panels lend warmth amidst the luxurious milieu, which are marked also by gilded accents, marble prints and velvet textures. A long island sits outside the kitchen to serve as the main hosting zone as well as a baking station.


6. Place of Inspiration: Morocco
Design: Fatema Design Studio

The Moroccan style is all about drama. Heavy on pattern, it is bold, luxurious and elegant, very much like this 4-room HDB flat, which is home to a family of four. You see it most evidently in the living room’s feature wall, which features tiles with intricate patterns in contrasting blue and white hues—reflecting Morocco’s surrounding seas. Adding to the drama is a Moroccan style area rug that helps to anchor the room. Next to the feature wall, a cosy corner was carved out using grey-tinted glass and mirror panels.

The home’s walls are swathed in a subdued grey, presenting the perfect milieu for the various patterns and motifs to stand out. And there is certainly no shortage of that. In the kitchen for instance, we see the honeycomb-patterned backsplash tiles stand out, while the corridor leading into the bedrooms boasts a metal geometric patterned screen on the ceiling. Even the bathroom’s shower area is tiled with similar patterns on the wall.


7. Place of Inspiration: New York
Design: Linear Space Concepts

New York lofts—previously converted warehouses—are a common design inspiration for homes in Singapore, mainly due to the appeal of how open and bright they look. Because of their history and the existing structure of the space, the lofts in New York often feature industrial details, a lot of which was also included in this new home.

There are a lot of textures in the 5-room flat, including a brick wall that stretches from a part of the living room wall into the entire walkway leading into the private areas. Complementing the bricks are a series of coloured wood planks lining the TV wall, cement screed surfaces in the dining area, wire mesh glass in the study, and a zinc sheet in the kitchen.

In the bedroom, walls were hacked between the master bedroom and the spare bedroom to create a similar open, airy feel and to form easy access to the walk-in wardrobe. Rustic woodgrain laminates line the fronts of the wardrobe to adhere to the industrial style. A custom dressing table sits in the middle of the two spaces, providing the perfect spot for getting ready in the morning.


8. Place of Inspiration: Australia
Design: The Local Inn.terior

One of the homeowners hails from Australia, which was why the inspiration for their new family home is from Down Under. Modern Australian homes are drenched in plenty of sunlight with clean and simple lines in view of their relaxed and easy-going culture and the use of natural textures and materials due to their love of nature. This was the vibe that they sought to recreate in their home.

Besides creating a flexible, open space through bi-fold doors, which had the result of keeping things looking spacious and airy, walls were also kept mainly white, save for the dining area which is awash in a pale pink. Pops of colour—including the very bright yellow front door—lend an air of cheeriness throughout the home. Wooden beams line the walkway to give the space a sort of beach shack feel.

 

To make things even more personal and less cookie-cutter, they decided to incorporate a couple of Peranakan influences throughout the home, in tribute to the other homeowner’s heritage. As such, the dry kitchen flooring was laid out in colourful Peranakan-style tiles. They pop against the light wood cabinetry, which was cleverly designed to hide a pull-out pantry and the entrance into the common bathroom.

 

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8 Things You Need to Know About Door Gates Before Installing One https://www.renonation.sg/things-you-need-to-know-about-door-gates-before-installing-one/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:00:06 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136708

Image from CNA Lifestyle These days, personalizing your apartment goes beyond redesigning the layout of your unit. When it came to jazzing up the abodes, increasingly homeowners are also making their bold, creative personal statement right at their front door. 1. What door gates are used for Design: Ehka Studio While the main entrance door […]

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These days, personalizing your apartment goes beyond redesigning the layout of your unit. When it came to jazzing up the abodes, increasingly homeowners are also making their bold, creative personal statement right at their front door.

1. What door gates are used for

Design: Ehka Studio

While the main entrance door acts as a fire safety barrier, the door gate functions as a safety barrier when the main door is left open. Leaving the door open will allow light and air currents to stream into the living area, making the room brighter and cooler. The door gates are usually made of metal.

2. There are rules governing the installation of door gates

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For HDB flat dwellers, no permits are required if you wish to replace the metal door gate. However, the metal door gates for HDB flats must adhere to the following conditions.

1. The gate width, number of panels and swing must be the same as those originally provided by HDB. The gate swing must not obstruct public escape

2. Units situated along the common corridor must allow a minimum clearance of 1m from the gate to the corridor parapet wall (when the gates open perpendicular to the corridor parapet wall)

3. Units situated adjacent to the staircase must allow a minimum clearance equivalent to the width of the staircase measured from the edge of the gate (when it opens at all angles) to the staircase railing

4. Units situated at corner end should not have gates that hit the neighbouring flat’s window

For Condominiums, owners need to seek approval from the Managing Council/Managing Agent for approval of the design and colour prior to the gate installation, to ensure that the facade of the Condo is not compromised. Otherwise, they might risk being fined or asked to remove the gate.

3. There are 3 different types of door gates

Design: The 80s Studio

Aside from the traditional door gate, variations such as privacy gates and pet-friendly gates are available for homeowners. The privacy gates are designed in such a way that the homeowners are able to enjoy some privacy while you are lounging in their living rooms. As for the pet-friendly door gates, they are designed to keep your pets within and strays away from your home. There are also hybrid designs which combine both features of privacy and pet-friendly gates.

4. The size, design the type of materials used for the door gate affect the cost

There are generally 2 sizes for the HDB gate; 3×7 feet and 4×7 feet. Single panel main door usually comes in 3×7 feet and double panel main door comes in 4×7 feet. And the sizes for the Condominium door gate varies, and are dependent on the ceiling height of the development. Generally, due to the larger amount of materials used, the bigger the size, the more expensive is the gate. Hence, Condominium door gates are more expensive than the HDB door gates. In addition, mild steel is more expensive than the wrought iron due to its more desirable properties.

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5. Type of material used for the door gate affect its durability

Design: One Last Hope Interior Design

Mild steel is a type of steel, containing around 2 % carbon content and a few additive alloy elements. It is sometimes known as low carbon steel or soft steel. Cast-iron is a brittle alloy of iron and carbon that can be readily cast in a mould. Wrought iron is a malleable form of iron, with low carbon content. Hence it is suitable for forging. The differences in their properties are due to the different amounts of carbon they contain. Hence, in terms of strength, mild steel is stronger than wrought iron and cast iron is the strongest. As for rust resistance, mild steel is less rust resistant than cast-iron but more rust resistant than wrought iron.

6. Digital locks can also be used with door gates

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It is possible to customize the door gates that use digital locks from popular brands such as Gateman, EPIC and Samsung for a keyless solution. Although most companies which offer to pre-install their “in-house” digital locks for a discount, you can choose your own brand by getting them to set aside a space, in the form of a blank metal plate, for the installation of your preferred digital lock at a minimal cost.

7. Tips for designing the perfect door gate for your family

Design: butterpaperstudio

With the advancements in the gate fabrication techniques and technology, you can have full control over the gate’s design. Nevertheless, here are some top tips you should consider when it comes to designing your own door gate.

1) Enhance the physical security through the gate design
Reduce the gaps of the door gate or use metal mesh to keep your pets and children safe within your home. If you have a cabinet next to your door entrance, consider adding a metal plate next to the cabinet to keep prying hands away.

2) Direction of the door gate matters
A 3×7 ft size gate in a single panel, gate will have to swing tn the opposite direction, to avoid clashing with the wooden door handle.

3) Add the door unit number to the door gate for better identification
You can add the unit number to your door gate through laser cut for a small fee.

4) Set aside a gap for your door viewer
Avoid blocking the door viewer by ensuring there is a gap in the door gate where your door viewer is installed.

5)  Add a splash plate to the bottom of the door gate
Add a splash plate to the bottom of the door gate to keep out water when the corridor is cleaned.

6) Gate color matters
When it comes to maintenance, glossy paint with dark grey is the easiest to maintain. Matte and satin paint absorbs light makes the gate look more elegant.

7) Make the gate insect and pest proof
You can also mount the insect net behind the door gate, to keep out the annoying mosquitoes, bugs and pests from invading your home.

 

8. Here is how the installation process is like

Design: Three-d Conceptwerke

Once you have confirmed the design and the cost of the door gate, you need to place a deposit. The vendor will arrange for a final measurement prior to the fabrication. Once the door gate is ready, the vendor will arrange for the installation within 2 weeks of confirmation. Take note that the door gate usually comes with 1 year of warranty.

 

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How to Design a Harmonious Home for Couples https://www.renonation.sg/how-to-design-a-harmonious-home-for-couples/ Tue, 06 Oct 2020 23:00:26 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136979

You’ve pledged to have and to hold, but when the other party jostles with you for the bathroom every morning, that pledge could get thrown out of the window. To potentially save your relationship, we put together a design guide to help you plan for a more harmonious home. Design: The Merry Men Interiors Communal […]

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You’ve pledged to have and to hold, but when the other party jostles with you for the bathroom every morning, that pledge could get thrown out of the window. To potentially save your relationship, we put together a design guide to help you plan for a more harmonious home.

Design: The Merry Men Interiors

Communal Space

Breakout areas: We often plan communal areas of the home for the enjoyment of everybody, but each of us needs a break every now and then. As such, include breakout areas within these communal spaces for privacy and contemplation. It could be a little reading nook by the corner or a bay seat by the window. This is especially important if you are thinking of going open concept, where there is virtually no privacy.

Design: The Design Abode

Design: The Monocot Studio

Glass dividers: If you already have a lot of private rooms in the home and prefer to feel connected to your significant other even though you are both at different areas, think about using glass dividers to separate the various parts of the home. You will still be able to see each other, yet the glass walls will lend you some privacy whenever you need.

Design: Adroit ID

Design: Zenith Arc

Kitchen

Countertop space: If you have two master chefs at home, always make sure you have enough countertop space so you can both prep at the same time. A kitchen island or a wet/dry kitchen setting can help in that. Or opt for a galley layout so you can each work on both sides of the kitchen.

Design: Amoz Boon (homeowner)

Design: Voila

Design: Fuse Concept

Extras never hurt: Getting two sinks (or one dishwasher and sink), double ovens or an additional hob can be a way to minimise conflict and waiting times when you are both at work in the kitchen. This might not be necessary if you have different cooking styles.

Design: Versaform

Organisation: Make sure there’s sufficient room between the ‘work triangle’—hob, sink and refrigerator—so you won’t clash with each other. Keep often-used items like pots and pans and cooking utensils within reach easy by displaying them out in the open.

Design: ROOOT Studio

» Read more: How and Where to Keep Everything in the Kitchen

Home Office

Keep things separated: When planning out a home office for two, make sure both you and your partner are able to have your own workspace. If you have to share a desk, separate both of your workspaces using communal items such as the printer. Or use opposite ends of the same desk so you won’t have to bump into each other while working.

Design: Weiken

Design: Space Atelier

Design: Fuse Concept

Bathroom

Sink outside: Consider having the sink outside from the shower and toilet areas so that you can both use the bathroom at the same time. Get dual sinks if you have the budget and luxury of space.

Design: Neu Konceptz

Design: Swiss Interior Design

Design: Fuse Concept

Separate shower and tub: If you both can’t decide on whether you should go with a shower stall or a bathtub, get the best of both worlds by incorporating both. Keep them separate so you can bathe simultaneously.

Design: Icon Interior Design

Design: Swiss Interior Design

» Read more: 20 Beautiful HDB Bathrooms with Bathtubs

Bedroom

Custom mattress: For a better night’s rest, get a custom his-and-hers mattress that allows you to tailor each side of the bed to suit your mattress preference. Customisation options usually include the level of firmness and the type of mattress (latex or memory foam). Also make sure you get a mattress that is able to isolate motion so you won’t be disturbed even if your partner tosses and turns on the bed.

Design: The Local Inn.terior

Walk-in wardrobe: If one person needs to get ready before the other gets out of bed, you might want to minimise disturbance in the bedroom. Plan the bedroom so that the dressing table and closet area are kept away from the sleeping zone. A walk-in wardrobe is one way to do this, and you don’t even need a big space. Small bedrooms can squeeze in a walk-in closet just the same.

Design: Starry Homestead

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

» Read more: 8 Ways to Squeeze a Walk-in Wardrobe in Your HDB Bedroom (No Wall Hacking Required

 

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12 Interior Design Secrets to Steal from Holiday Villas https://www.renonation.sg/interior-design-secrets-to-steal-from-holiday-villas/ Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:00:15 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=129704

Holiday villas, chalets and resorts all have that one thing in common—they make you feel like you never want to leave. So it makes sense to turn to these spaces for interior design inspiration if we want our home to feel the same way. We checked into these gorgeous villas listed on Villa Finder, a […]

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Holiday villas, chalets and resorts all have that one thing in common—they make you feel like you never want to leave. So it makes sense to turn to these spaces for interior design inspiration if we want our home to feel the same way. We checked into these gorgeous villas listed on Villa Finder, a website that lets you a book short-term stays at their villas, to find out their secrets.

1. Tub in the sleeping hub

Having a bathtub in the middle of the bedroom takes a lot of guts (and plumbing reorientation), but it will definitely make you feel like you’re swimming in luxury. This one’s pretty genius, with the tub doubling also as a headboard and nightstand.

Villa: Villa Seascape Lembongan
Location: Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

2. Conceal your entrances

Make things sleek and seamless by concealing your doorways. It’s a great tip for small spaces, since less visual clutter will definitely help your room appear more spacious. In this bedroom of a chalet in Hokkaido, the en-suite entrance is hidden behind rustic wood panels, which are also used to cover the rest of the walls in the space.

Villa: Whiskey Woods Townhouse
Location: Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

3. Separate your vanity

Who says you need to locate your bathroom vanity inside the bathroom? Have them sit right outside, which frees up space within, allow you to have an indulgent his-and-her sink, and also ensure your vanity carpentry doesn’t get exposed to too much moisture. Talk about a win-win-win!

Villa: Villa Samudra Galle
Location: Galle, Sri Lanka

4. Zoning with platforms

Platforms are great for many things, one of which is to zone out the different areas in an open space thanks to the play of different heights. In this bedroom, the sitting area, sleeping zone and the workstation are demarcated clearly thanks to the use of a platform.

Villa: Villa Sawarin
Location: Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand

5. Symmetry works—but have some leeway

Going the symmetrical route is the easiest way to make a bedroom come together quickly. But don’t go entirely identical as it will look a bit too formal. Mix things up with a different patterned cushion or by varying the décor on both sides.

Villa: Villa Mandala Rocks
Location: Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

6. Level up your kitchen island

If your kitchen is the hub of your home or you entertain often, get in a multipurpose kitchen island where you can cook, wash up and dine, all at once. Putting everything at your island frees up the rest of your kitchen for much-needed storage.

Villa: Villa Sawarin
Location: Cape Yamu, Phuket, Thailand

7. Don’t stick to conventions when choosing furniture

To make things more interesting, think out of the box when it comes to your furniture choice. We love the idea of using a long bench as a coffee table, like what was done in this villa in Bali! The best part about it is that it can also double up as extra seating when you have too many guests over.

Villa: Villa Atmo
Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

8. Staircase storage made super stylish

The space under the stairs is one way to bring in more storage to your space. But instead of going with the usual carpentry, the folks in this villa decided to make it into a cosy nook with recessed niches for displaying decor.

Villa: Magma House
Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

9. Throw in those curves

Too many lines and sharp edges in a space can make a room seem serious and cold. Invite in curves, like what this bedroom did through the use of tubular-shaped lighting, curvilinear baskets and round mirrors to soften the edges and create a more inviting space.

Villa: Magma House
Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

10. Use different lighting schemes

You don’t want to stick with just a single type of lighting in a space. Play with different types of lighting to not only help you adequately light up your room, but also create a more visually interesting space. This bedroom did so by combining recessed lights, table lamps and floor lighting together.

Villa: Magma House
Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

11. A monochromatic scheme is classic

One of the best colour schemes that can stand the test of time? Black-and-white. We love how this was used in this classic style bathroom. The ornate fixtures and furnishings look timeless rather than tacky thanks to the classic palette.

Villa: Maniumpathy
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

12. Warm things up with natural materials

This villa might have appeared too contemporary and cold if it weren’t for the use of materials like stone and wood on the surfaces of the home. If you are afraid of the upkeep, go for look-alike materials that have all the beauty without the fuss.

Villa: Villa El Cielo
Location: Hakuba, Japan

Book a stay at one of these gorgeous villas and get inspired for real on your next holiday. All villas shown here are available for booking at Villa Finder.

 

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August 2020 BTO Analysis for Costa Grove: Which Unit to Choose for this Pasir Ris BTO https://www.renonation.sg/august-2020-bto-analysis-for-costa-grove-which-unit-to-choose-for-this-pasir-ris-bto/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 02:22:06 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138161

Nature lovers heads up: BTO Costa Grove at Pasir Ris is the one to get. Launched in August 2020, this east-side BTO overlooks the verdant greenery at Pasir Ris Park. In our analysis, we provide an overview of the site and show you which are the units to get if you managed to obtain a […]

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Nature lovers heads up: BTO Costa Grove at Pasir Ris is the one to get. Launched in August 2020, this east-side BTO overlooks the verdant greenery at Pasir Ris Park. In our analysis, we provide an overview of the site and show you which are the units to get if you managed to obtain a queue number.

Costa Grove at Pasir Ris: An Overview

Our site visit on a late weekday morning found it to be a tranquil area, with low footfall. Traffic was moderately busy along Pasir Ris Drive 3. The area is surrounded by other HDB flats to the south of the site as well as Pasir Ris Park to the north.

Pasir Ris’ Costa Grove is nestled amidst Pasir Ris Park.

In terms of amenities, there will be an eating house, minimart and other retail options located within Costa Grove itself to the west of the site. The existing Pasir Ris MRT station on the East-West Line and the adjacent White Sands Mall will take approximately 8-10 mins to reach by foot. By 2029, Pasir Ris MRT will also be connected to the future Cross-Island Line.

Elias Mall is smaller mall along Pasir Ris Drive 3. It is an estimated 10-min walk away and features food and beverage outlets, several retail options as well as a U Stars supermarket.

Bus stops along Pasir Ris Drive 3 and located just outside Costa Grove take you to neighbourhoods like Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Serangoon, Bedok, Tampines.

Along Pasir Ris Drive 3. Costa Grove is to the right of the picture.

Unit Analysis for Costa Grove

Park/Sea/Unblocked Views

Views overlooking Pasir Ris Park are likely to be highly sought after. If you pick a taller unit from these stacks, you might even get a view beyond the Johor Straits to Pulau Ubin. Stacks overlooking the Api Api River will also likely be relatively unblocked, since beyond that are rows of landed estates that aren’t very tall. For stacks facing Pasir Ris Drive 3 and the existing HDB flats, pick a unit on a higher floor if you want unblocked views. We listed the how high these existing HDB flats are so you can get a better gauge.

For the prized park views, these are the best units to pick:
588C: 557, 559, 573
589B: 609
589C: 615, 617, 627, 629
590C: 677, 683, 685, 687

Privacy

Away from the lifts and the rubbish chute areas, these stacks have privacy from neighbours walking by and looking in.

587A: 501, 503, 505, 507, 511
588A: 517, 523, 525, 533
588B: 537, 539, 547, 549, 551
588C: 553, 555, 557, 567, 569
589A: 583, 585
589B: 605
589C: 617, 625, 627
590B: 657, 663
590C: 675, 687

Western Sun

The hot afternoon sun comes in either the north-west or south-west directions in Singapore, depending on the time of the year. Avoid stacks that have the main areas of the home facing these two directions if you want a cooler flat. These are the stacks to pick:

587A: 515
588A: 523, 529
588B: 543
588C: 559, 573
589A: 575
589B: 609, 611
590B: 659, 661

Other considerations:

  • Some of the blocks at Pasir Ris Grove feature staggered heights. Make sure you check out the 3D model on HDB’s website to better determine the conditions of the unit you choose.
  • There are some rental stacks within the site. These are marked by a pale-yellow colour on the HDB maps.
  • While Pasir Ris Drive 3 wasn’t overly busy during our site visit, traffic was still moderately heavy. There are some stacks (531, 533, 577, 579, 663, 665) that are very close to this road. Avoid those if you don’t want to be plagued by traffic noise.

All maps are courtesy of HDB.

Not the BTO you want? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands | Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio | Parc Residences @ Tengah | Bishan Towers | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines Opal 

 

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Unit Analysis for Parc Residences @ Tengah (August 2020 BTO) https://www.renonation.sg/unit-analysis-for-parc-residences-tengah-august-2020-bto/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:00:08 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138134

Parc Residences @ Tengah was launched during the August 2020 BTO sales exercise. It is the first BTO development launched in Park district, one of the 5 housing districts in Tengah new town. We look at what to expect in this site and see the units you should go for if you balloted for a […]

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Parc Residences @ Tengah was launched during the August 2020 BTO sales exercise. It is the first BTO development launched in Park district, one of the 5 housing districts in Tengah new town. We look at what to expect in this site and see the units you should go for if you balloted for a unit here.

Parc Residences @ Tengah Overview

Parc Residences @ Tengah is located in Tengah’s Park district. One of the highlights of the Park district is the car-free town centre that will have roads and vehicles running underground. Comprising a total of 7,200 units, the district will feature landscaped pathways connecting to the town centre and a rainforest walk—a 1.5-km long green space that will be woven through the various housing estates.

Image: HDB

Located next to Tengah MRT station (scheduled for completion in 2026) along the future Jurong Region Line (JRL), the town centre is quite some distance from Parc Residences. By our estimates, it will take approximately 15 to 20 mins to reach the town centre by foot from the BTO. This is probably why within the BTO site itself, there is a neighbourhood centre. This 3-storey neighbourhood centre will be integrated with a polyclinic and will comprise a number of retail options.

The nearest MRT stations for Parc Residences @ Tengah are Tengah Plantation and Tengah Park MRT stations, both of which are on the JRL. These stations are scheduled for completion in 2027 as part of the JRL’s second stage of progress. There will also be new bus stops constructed along Bukit Batok Road and the upcoming Tengah Drive to service the residents here.

Unit Analysis for Parc Residences @ Tengah

Traffic Noise

Avoid stacks facing Bukit Batok Road if you don’t want to live with constant noise pollution from the ongoing traffic. The road is a busy one, in all times of the day, and leads into the entrance of the PIE while also servicing several schools in the area. However, the map indicates a park buffer zone between the BTO site and Bukit Batok Road that will help alleviate some traffic noise.

The rest of the roads surrounding Parc Residences aren’t constructed yet, so we can’t know for sure. Part of Tengah Park Avenue will be a transit priority corridor, which will likely be dedicated walking and cycling lanes or dedicated bus lanes. It will thus be a relatively busy road as well. Moreover, this road leads into the neighbourhood centre within the site, so it is expected to be a flurry of activity.

For Tengah Drive, the other road bordering Parc Residences, it will likely be the main entrance into the BTO from Bukit Batok Road. As such, we can expect traffic to be relatively heavy on this road as well.

To avoid being affected by traffic noise, steer clear of these stacks:

300A: 104, 106, 108, 110
301A: 158, 160, 162, 164
301B: 174, 176, 178, 180
301C: 186, 188, 190, 192
301D: 202, 204, 206, 208
302A: 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121

Privacy

Want to maintain the privacy in your home without having neighbours peering in while they walk by? These corner units away from the lifts are your best bet:

300C: 130, 132
300D: 150
301A: 164, 166
301B: 172, 174
301D: 202, 204
302A: 107, 109
302C: 137, 139
302D: 153, 155

Western Sun

In Singapore, the western sun (afternoon sun) comes in two directions: north-west or south-west, depending on the time of the year. Avoid stacks with main rooms facing in those two directions. Instead, pick units from these cooler stacks instead:

300A: 100, 102, 112
300B: 114, 124, 126
300D: 148
301A: 168
301C: 186
301D: 202
302C: 145
302D: 147, 159

Other considerations:

  • There are places within Parc Residences that are high human activity zones, which can get quite noisy especially during the day. These include the places near the neighbourhood centre/polyclinic, the retail areas and education centre located at the north-west of the site, the common green, and the carpark, which has a number of playgrounds and fitness centres at the top. Don’t go for these stacks if you spend a lot of time at home during the day and want to avoid the noise.
  • There are some units that are facing the rubbish chute areas directly (marked by small little red squares on the map). Avoid those stacks if you don’t want to be pervaded by garbage smells or having everyone looking into your unit whenever they throw out their rubbish.

All maps courtesy of HDB

Not the BTO you want? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands | Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio | Costa Grove at Pasir RisBishan Towers | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines Opal 

 

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Smart Locks vs Digital Locks: Which to Buy For Your Home? https://www.renonation.sg/smart-locks-vs-digital-locks-which-to-buy-for-your-home/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:00:32 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137784

Both smart locks and digital locks have the benefit of convenience over traditional mechanical locks. Replacing your conventional lock with a smart or digital one will mean you won’t need to carry a physical key everywhere you go. Smart locks however, work a little differently from digital ones, so which to get depends on your […]

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Both smart locks and digital locks have the benefit of convenience over traditional mechanical locks. Replacing your conventional lock with a smart or digital one will mean you won’t need to carry a physical key everywhere you go. Smart locks however, work a little differently from digital ones, so which to get depends on your preference and needs. We put together a quick guide to help you understand the difference so you can better decide which to get for your home.

Is there a difference?

Which is the smart lock? The left features the Starke Starke Seamless Länge Smart Lock, which can be accessed using a mobile app. On the right, the Irisys IFP 7070 PushPull Digital Lock has facial recognition capabilities.

Yes. We tend to use the terms smart locks and digital locks interchangeably, but there is a slight difference. For digital locks to work, they require a physical interaction or proximity with the lock. The type of physical interaction differs from brand to brand.

Smart locks on the other hand are integrated with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other wireless mobile communication technologies so you can access the lock and change settings through an app on a smartphone.

Me no fancy. I just want to get a digital lock.

If you are shopping around for a digital lock, one of the first things to ask yourself is what sort of modes of access (method of entry) do you want. Depending on the brands, digital locks can have access modes through PIN codes (typing a PIN onto the keypad), security tokens (e.g. RFID card) or biometric means (fingerprint, facial recognition). You may find having a digital lock with biometric means more useful than a digital lock with just PIN code entry, especially if you live with seniors who tend to be more forgetful.

Decide if you want to install the digital lock on your gate or the door as the lock you buy will be different.

The Kaiser+ Gate Digital Lock (which has 5 whopping access modes) and the gorgeous Yale’s YDR323GN that features a sleek mirror surface for instance are designed specifically for installation on gates only.

For digital door locks, you can choose between a rim, deadbolt or a mortise digital lock. Rim locks and deadbolts are good for adding on to an existing door mechanism. If you prefer to use your existing handle or want to keep an existing deadbolt lock, a rim or a deadbolt digital lock gives you extra security. Fitted within your door and featuring a handle, mortise digital locks tend to replace your existing lock mechanism entirely.

Deadbolt digital locks like the Samsung SHP-DS510 (left) usually serve as an additional security measure to your existing lock mechanism, while mortise digital locks like the Schlage S-7800 Digital Lock (right) serve to replace your entire lock mechanism as they include a handle. The latter features a push/pull handle rather than a lever one which can be used if you have an existing long handle bar (commonly seen in new BTO flats or condominiums).

Make sure the lock you get is compatible with your gate/door before making the purchase. Some locks can only work with certain door thickness and material types. Check the measurements. You will want to make sure your existing door handles (if you don’t wish to remove them) doesn’t get in the way of your new lock. If your home is fitted with a metal grill gate, ensure there is enough allowance between the door and your gate to install the digital lock.

Look out for additional features when getting your digital look. Some we think are particularly helpful:

  • Automatic lock that will automatically lock your door once it closes. Offers more convenience than having to manually lock your door.
  • Built-in fire detection sensor/alarm that will automatically unlock your lock if it senses a high increase in temperature indoors.
  • Low battery warning system that lets you know when you need to replace your batteries so you won’t be caught in a situation of your lock not working.
  • An emergency system that allows you to power your lock externally with a battery in the event that your lock runs out of battery.

What about smart locks? What makes them smart, anyway?

Homegrown smart lock company igloohome calls smart locks “digital locks on steroids”. And they are right. Smart locks are just like digital locks, but with the additional mode of access through your smartphone and the ability to change the settings of your lock remotely.

While how it works differs slightly from brand to brand, smartphone capabilities essentially allow smart locks to do things like:

  • Unlock your lock remotely.
  • Track the ins and outs of visitors.
  • Receive notifications each time someone enters your home.
  • Provide unique one-time access codes remotely—this is particularly useful if you have say, a part-time cleaner coming in and you need to grant them a one-time access to your home.

Now, if you are looking to create a smart home setup and integrate your smart lock with your home network, make sure the smart lock you are planning to get is compatible before making that purchase because not every smart lock is able to do that independently without some form of hub or bridge. Most smart locks out there can work with your phone such as igloohome’s Smart Deadbolt 2S, but they may not be able to connect with your home network.

Using the igloohome app, you can manage the Smart Deadbolt 2S from wherever you are.

If you are looking for ones that can work with your home network, Yale has a series of Z Wave ready smart locks that can be integrated into your home hub. There are also a few smart locks by Samsung that can be integrated with Samsung SmartThings (you will need a SmartThings Hub).

Hailing from the US, popular smart lock brand August is also able to connect with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit (Google Assistant and Alexa requires an additional Wi-Fi bridge which you can purchase on the website). Installation for the smart lock itself is a little tricky because it was designed for US locks, which are usually deadbolts. If you have an existing mortise lock on your door (likely the case in Singapore), you will need to install a separate deadbolt. Read more about this homeowner’s installation experience with August here.

The actual device for the August Smart Lock pro sits at the back of your door, so no one can tell from the outside that you have a smart lock.

It all sounds very complicated. So which should I get?

If you just want the convenience of not having physical keys with you, a digital lock will suffice. Depending on the access modes and features available, you will be able to unlock your lock in a variety of ways and have useful features like helping you automatically lock your door when the door closes.

Smart locks are a step-up from that and are for those who want to use their smartphone as a key. If you regularly have visitors or part-time cleaners coming by, a smart lock is useful to provide access to your home even when you are away. The access you provide (usually a PIN code or your guest can download the same app you use to gain access) is often one-time or only accessible at a designated time you set, so when they leave your home, they won’t be able to use the same access again. Complement your smart lock with a doorbell camera for added security.

Photo: BENCE BOROS on Unsplash

For those who love all things smart home, having smart locks may seem like a no-brainer. But unless you are familiar with home automation technologies, you might have to spend some time integrating your smart lock with the rest of your home network. Even then you may not be able to fully control it through your smart home hub. In Singapore, digital locks are still the more dominant player in the market with smart locks slowly being introduced so they are still catching up with the rest of the smart home ecosystem.

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August 2020 BTO Tampines Analysis: Which Unit Should I Choose for Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines GreenOpal https://www.renonation.sg/august-2020-bto-tampines-analysis-which-unit-should-i-choose-for-tampines-greencrest-tampines-greenglade-and-tampines-greenopal/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:00:21 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138046

Three Tampines BTOs were launched during the August 2020 sales exercise. They were Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines GreenOpal. We take a look at these three sites in our analysis today and see which stacks you should consider when choosing a unit. Overview of the 3 sites: Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines GreenOpal […]

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Three Tampines BTOs were launched during the August 2020 sales exercise. They were Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines GreenOpal. We take a look at these three sites in our analysis today and see which stacks you should consider when choosing a unit.

Overview of the 3 sites: Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines GreenOpal

Tampines GreenCrest and GreenGlade are located in the Tampines North area, in close proximity to each other along Tampines Street 64. Tampines GreenOpal on the other hand, is located along the Bedok Canal, nearer to Tampines Street 92.

Currently, the main amenities for Tampines GreenCrest and GreenGlade are the trio of malls: Courts, Ikea and Giant, all of which are within walking distance. This area is also part of the Tampines North development plans, which will eventually see the construction of a Tampines North Boulevard Park, a green spine stretching from the area near Tampines GreenCrest all the way to Sun Plaza Park. This 7.5-hectare park will not only provide a green connection to the regional centre, but also contain numerous facilities and community spaces.

 


Overlooking Tampines GreenCrest and Tampines GreenGlade.

Transportation-wise, residents at Tampines GreenCrest and GreenGlade will be serviced by the Tampines North MRT on the future Cross-Island Line, a fully underground line that is expected to start construction this year and completed by 2029. Outside the MRT station, there are plans for a Tampines North Hub, a mixed-use development that will link up with the future bus interchange. There is currently no news on when the Hub will be completed. In the meantime, an interim bus interchange will be ready in 2022 to meet the demands of residents in this area first. It will be located along Tampines Street 62.

Compared to Tampines GreenCrest and Tampines GreenGlade, Tampines GreenOpal has a longer waiting time for completion. GreenOpal has an estimated completion date of 2Q2025, in comparison with GreenCrest’s 4Q2023 and GreenGlade’s 3Q2023.

Tampines GreenOpal is situated at the edge of an industrial site, in a relatively undeveloped area with few nearby amenities. It is located between Tampines West and Bedok Reservoir MRT stations, both of which are located on the Downtown Line, and will each take around 15 mins to reach by foot, assuming a clear and direct path to the stations.

Site for Tampines GreenOpal taken from Tampines Street 92.

Unit Analysis

Tampines GreenCrest

Tampines GreenCrest has a mix of 3-, 4- and 5-room flats available.

Avoid: These stacks will bear the brunt of traffic noise

Because of the site’s proximity to the entrance of the TPE, it is likely the roads surrounding GreenCrest will be relatively busy. So if you don’t want to be constantly afflicted by traffic noise, avoid these stacks that overlook the roads surrounding the BTO.

665A: 197, 203, 205, 207
665B: 227

Choose: These stacks have more privacy from nosy neighbours

If you would like to maintain your privacy and avoid having nosy neighbours looking into your flat whenever they walk past, these are the stacks to choose:

665A: 197, 199, 203, 205
665B: 215, 217, 225, 227
665C: 235, 237, 245, 247

Other considerations:

  • You don’t want to choose a stack too close to the eating house on site, since it will likely be noisy with high human traffic. Food fumes and grease might also be an issue. Avoid stacks 215, 213 and 211 if possible.
  • All stacks will have some part of the hot afternoon sun, which comes in two directions in Singapore: north-west and south-west.

 

Tampines GreenGlade

Tampines GreenGlade only comprises 4- and 5-room units.

Choose: Go for these stacks for some peace and quiet

For a quieter stack, choose a unit from a stack not facing high human activity zones (playground, fitness corners, pavilion), not facing the site reserved for a school and not overlooking the roads.

660A: 102, 104, 106
660C: 146

Choose: These stacks are facing away from the western sun, so you can come home to a cooler unit

As mentioned earlier, if you want a cooler flat, choose one that is away from the western sun, which comes in two directions in Singapore: north-west and south-west.

660A: 100, 112, 114
660B: 116, 128, 130
660C: 132, 144, 146

Other considerations:

  • Most of the stacks at Tampines GreenGlade are arranged such that they have quite a bit of privacy. But if you want even more privacy, go with a unit away from the lifts and the rubbish chutes (marked by small red squares on the map).

 

Tampines GreenOpal

Tampines GreenOpal has a mix of 3-, 4- and 5-room flats available.

Choose: These stacks are for peace and quiet

Go with stacks away from roads including the expressway and high human activity zones. The latter refers to areas like the playgrounds, fitness corners, carparks and the pavilion. In this site, it also includes areas where the future childcare centres will be as well as the site for health and medical care.

963B: 620, 622
963C: 640, 642, 644, 646, 648, 650, 652
963D: 656, 666
965A: 672, 674, 676, 678
965B: 696, 698
965D: 724, 726, 728, 730, 732

Choose: These stacks are facing away from the hot west sun

963C: 640, 642, 654
965B: 692, 694, 696 (Note: The west sun is facing stacks 692 and 694, but these stacks are likely blocked by the neighbouring blocks. 696 has the eastern sun facing it.)

Choose: These stacks have more privacy away from your nosy neighbours

963A: 600, 612, 614
963B: 618, 632, 634, 636, 638
963C: 644, 652, 654
963D: 658, 660, 666
965A: 668, 670, 684, 686
965B: 696
965C: 704, 706
965D: 720, 722, 736, 738

Other considerations:

  • Stacks at Blk 965C are likely to be susceptible to vehicular noise from the PIE.
  • Stacks 620 and 622 from Blk 963B have park views.
  • Units at stacks 600, 602, 614, 632, 634, 636 and 638 on the lower floors (below 7th floor) are likely to be blocked from the western sun by the carpark at Blk 963. Units at stacks 676, 678, 680, 682, 704, 706, 716, and 718 on the lower floors (below 7th floor) are likely to be blocked from the western sun by the carpark at Blk 965.

All maps are courtesy of HDB.

Not the BTO you want? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands | Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio | Costa Grove at Pasir RisBishan Towers | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Parc Residences @ Tengah 

 

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6 Common Mistakes Newbie Homeowners Make In Their Choice of Tiles https://www.renonation.sg/common-mistakes-newbie-homeowners-make-in-their-choice-of-tiles/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:00:32 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136041

Design: Lemonfridge Studio The types of tiles used can either make or break a renovation project. Hence it is critical that you choose the right type of tiles for your abode. In general, there are 11 types of tiles. At one end of the spectrum, there are ubiquitous tiles such as ceramic and porcelain tiles, and […]

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Design: Lemonfridge Studio

The types of tiles used can either make or break a renovation project. Hence it is critical that you choose the right type of tiles for your abode. In general, there are 11 types of tiles. At one end of the spectrum, there are ubiquitous tiles such as ceramic and porcelain tiles, and the other end, there are luxurious tiles such as the marble and granite tiles. There are also decorative tiles include tiles such as the mosaic, glass, resin and metal tiles, and natural stone tiles such as the limestone, travertine and quarry tiles to choose from. In addition, homeowners should be aware that different types of tiles have different properties, and these determine their suitability to be used in certain areas of the home. Nevertheless, most homeowners chose tiles based on colour, design and style. In fact, here are some of the most common mistakes which homeowners make when they choose their tiles.

1. Not checking for the degree of dirt and stain resistance

Design: The Local Innterior

The key to having a low maintenance abode is to use dirt and stain-resistant tiles. The resistance against stain depends on the tiles’ capacity to repel moisture,  high resistance against dust and household stains can be easily kept clean with common cleaners. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are generally dirt and stain-resistant.

2. Not opting for slip or skid-resistant tiles in kitchen and bathrooms

Design: Linear Space Concepts

Certain tiles come with different level of slip resistance and these are a must when you have younger children, elderly or disabled at home. The slip-resistant properties are made through the use of various glazes, glaze additives, and even surface patterns. As glazed tiles are vulnerable to slips compared to unglazed tiles, they should not be used in places where the floor can get wet. Aside from the glaze and surface patterns, the size of the tiles, grout joint distance, and degree of the slope of the floor will impact the slip resistance of the tiles. The terms R9-R13 indicate the level of the anti-slip properties; the higher the value, the less slippery the tile is.

3. Not using colour fast tiles in balcony or living room

Design: Free Space Intent

The colours of the ceramic tiles are fired directly into the clay or glazed surfaces. This results in colour permanence where the colours do not fade easily when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, colour fast tiles help to maintain a pristine look for a long time. Hence, they are recommended in places such as balconies and living rooms, where the floors or walls are potentially exposed to strong direct sunlight.

4. Forgetting to use large format tiles to achieve the jointless look

Design: In-Expat

Large-format tiles in sizes of 60×60 cm or 75×75 cm, create clean, uniform surfaces and makes the joints less visible. However, they are not suitable for small areas since you will end up with an ugly tile layout, with 1 large tile surrounded by narrow strips of the other remaining tiles.

5. Not matching the grout colour with the tiles

Design: LU+C Studio

Although the large tile format will minimise the grout lines, they will still show up when you use a mismatched colour for the grout lines. The most suitable way to choose the grout colour is to consider whether if you want to match, complement, or contrast the tile colours. A matching grout colour will make the tiles look bigger than they really are, while a contrasting colour will amplify the lines and break the tile design up.

6. Not getting extra tiles after the renovation ends

Design: Free Space Intent

Having extra tiles at hand can come in handy when you need to replace damaged tiles after your renovation ends. As each batch of tiles varies slightly in terms of the colour, tone and prints, you should keep a couple of tiles as a backup, in case you need to use them in future.

 

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10 Design Inspo to Steal from Real Scandinavian Homes https://www.renonation.sg/design-inspo-to-steal-from-real-scandinavian-homes/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:00:20 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136436

The Scandinavian design is chic, timeless and often practical too. If you are sourcing around for inspo to create your very own Scandi sanctuary, there’s no better place to get inspired than from real Scandinavian homes. 1. Shelf Envy Here’s a Scandinavian lesson in curating your open shelves: stick to just a few colour palette […]

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The Scandinavian design is chic, timeless and often practical too. If you are sourcing around for inspo to create your very own Scandi sanctuary, there’s no better place to get inspired than from real Scandinavian homes.

1. Shelf Envy

Here’s a Scandinavian lesson in curating your open shelves: stick to just a few colour palette and store like with like. Keeping things minimal, this under-the-stairs open shelving mixed transparent glassware with pretty blue and white ceramics.

Photos: Pernille Kaalund
Styling: Heyhome

2. Big Reflections

Oversized mirrors were used to adorn empty walls in this Stockholm apartment. A very rental friendly option, since you won’t need to put holes in the walls. Not only do the mirrors lend a big design statement, they also help to reflect the light, brightening up the interiors.

Photos: Erik Lefvander
Interior design: Oscar Properties

3. Small but Mighty

Small spaces aren’t just the purview of homes in Singapore; they are also a characteristic of many apartments in the Scandinavian cities. In this apartment’s small bedroom, the bed takes up most of the floor estate. Entrance into the bedroom is by two sliding doors providing access on either side of the room. The wardrobe was built over the bed to maximise storage and features circular cut-outs for handles, lending a small but interesting detail to the space.

 

Photos: Henrik Nero
Interior design: Note Design Studio

4. Mixing Metals

This eat-in kitchen features a mainly monochrome palette, but it doesn’t feel sterile or cold thanks to the addition of the copper pendant light hanging over the dining table. Despite being at odds with the shiny chrome of the cooker hood, it works in the space because of the similar glossy finish.

Photo: Fantastic Frank

5. Black, Bold and Beautiful

For folks with black windows, consider painting the sides of the windows the same shade of dark and keep the rest of your walls light. This accentuates your view and turns the area into a focal point. Great if you are on the fence about dark interiors but still want some drama in your home.

Photo: Wrede

6. Cosy Corner

This Stockholm apartment’s kitchen features a tiny seating nook at a corner, taking advantage of the window view and the sunlight streaming in. Definitely possible in a BTO kitchen if you extend it all the way to the service yard. Also side note: Loving the refreshing mix of open shelves and upper kitchen cabinets!

Photos: Alvhem

7. Waste Not, Want Not

Not one to waste space, this kitchen opted for a column of pull-out drawers, which provide the perfect catchall for pantry staples as well as other odds and ends that can’t seem to fit anywhere else in the kitchen.

Photo: Alvhem

8. Brass Elements

The grey and white palette here is made elegant thanks to the brass and gilded accents decked out throughout the space as well as the period features on the ceiling and the wall panelling. It doesn’t feel dated at all because the base colour and furniture choice remain modern. Notice also the globe pendants that seem to mirror both the coffee and dining tables!

Photos: Wrede

9. Hold On

Gorgeous blue cabinets aside, check out those kitchen cabinet handles. We love that they opted to mix and match different ones, which may be a really tiny detail but makes things a lot more interesting in this space. The same antique brass finish helps to tie things together. The pop of rattan is so unexpected in this room, but really works to lend warmth and tactility.

Photos: Wrede

10. Chalk Things Up

Chalkboard walls aren’t just for to-do lists. Add a little ledge and you can use it to put up your favourite frames and knick-knacks. Set at the back of this living room, this chalkboard display adds plenty of personality to the space.

Photos: Mia Mortensen
Interior design: Roon & Rahn

 

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August 2020 BTO Analysis: Which Unit to Choose for Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands https://www.renonation.sg/august-2020-bto-analysis-which-unit-to-choose-for-champions-bliss-and-urbanville-woodlands/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:18:24 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137770

There were two BTOs launched in Woodlands during the August 2020 BTO sales exercise: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands. This analysis will briefly compare both sites while also looking at which are the best units to choose from either BTOs. Site Overview: Champions Bliss VS UrbanVille @ Woodlands We visited both sites on a […]

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There were two BTOs launched in Woodlands during the August 2020 BTO sales exercise: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands. This analysis will briefly compare both sites while also looking at which are the best units to choose from either BTOs.

Site Overview: Champions Bliss VS UrbanVille @ Woodlands

We visited both sites on a weekday morning, and found Champions Bliss to be a quieter part of Woodlands. Nestled amidst other residential clusters and several schools, it’s located right beside Woodlands South MRT on the Thomson-East Coast Line. The bus stop servicing the area only has feeder services.

Site for Champions Bliss.

Along Woodlands Ave 1. A relatively quiet road, although it will likely get busier when the area becomes more developed.

Amenities-wise, it’s a 7-min walk to Vista Point, a two-storey neighbourhood centre which houses a wet market, food court and a Giant supermarket. There’s also a Fairprice supermarket at Champions Court BTO, a 5-min walk from Champions Bliss. The upcoming Champions Green BTO, which sits right next to Champions Bliss, will also house a few retail options within the site.

The future Woodlands Integrated Healthcare Campus is located just down the road from Champions Bliss, situated behind Woodlands South MRT station. It is slated for completion only in 2022 and will likely create a livelier area around the precinct once built.

Champions Bliss also sits relatively close to the Sembawang Air Base (the east of the site). So you might experience some aviation noise; something you need to be aware of if you choose to get a unit here.

UrbanVille @ Woodlands is a much busier area. Located next to Woodlands Regional Centre and shopping mall Causeway Point, it is adjacent to a busy traffic junction and an industrial cluster that caters to several biomedical and pharmaceutical businesses among others. The area surrounding UrbanVille will also be a site of exciting changes in the future with a mix of commercial and residential buildings coming up. The “white development” listed on the HDB map for instance will likely be reserved for a mixed-use development.

Woodlands Ave 2 is a busy arterial road.

Woodlands Ave 5. The industrial cluster to the right.

The site that UrbanVille sits on will eventually be connected to the upcoming Woodlands North Coast area (envisioned to be a waterfront, mixed-use precinct for clean and light manufacturing companies) through a new linkway stretching across Admiralty Park. Within UrbanVille, there will also be a 2-storey building housing several retail options, an eating house and a supermarket.

Site for UrbanVille @ Woodlands.

Woodlands MRT station is close by, although it will take approximately 8 to 10 mins to reach the station by foot from UrbanVille. When the amenities come up, there might be a shorter route to the station. The station is an interchange for both the new Thomson-East Coast Line as well as the existing North-South Line.

For a shorter waiting time, Champions Bliss comes up top with an estimated completion date set for 3Q2024, compared to UrbanVille’s 2Q2026. But if amenities and extra convenience are what you’re after, then UrbanVille @ Woodlands is the obvious choice.

Unit Analysis for Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands

Champions Bliss

West Sun

In Singapore, the west sun comes from two directions: north-west and south-west, depending on the time of the year. If you want to come home to a cooler flat in the evening, these are the stacks in Champions Bliss to look out for:

562A: 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120
562B: 126, 128, 142, 144
562C: 146, 148, 150, 152, 158, 160, 162, 164, 166

Privacy

Value your privacy and don’t want to neighbours poking their heads into your flat when they walk by? Choose corner units like these:

562A: 106, 120, 122
562B: 130, 140, 142
562C: 152, 166

Other considerations:

  • There are several stacks located near and facing a future bus bay towards the south of the site. You may wish to avoid stacks 100, 102, 122, and 124 as it can get quite noisy or dusty with buses moving in and out.

UrbanVille @ Woodlands

West Sun

Similarly for UrbanVille @ Woodlands, if you want cooler flats away from the hot afternoon sun, look out for stacks that don’t have the main rooms facing the north-west or south-west directions:

907B: 123, 125, 127, 129, 131
907C: 147, 149, 151, 153, 155, 157, 159, 161
908A: 175, 177, 179, 181, 183, 185
908B: 199, 201
909A: 325, 327
909B: 337, 339

Privacy

If you don’t want your neighbours looking into your home while walking by, look out for these stacks:

907A: 101, 111, 115, 117
907B: 133, 137, 139
907C: 143, 145, 147, 161, 169
908A: 173, 185, 187, 193
908B: 195, 201, 203
909A: 301, 315, 321, 325
909B: 329
909C: 345, 347, 353

Other considerations:

  • Note that all the blocks at UrbanVille @ Woodlands are staggered. As such, it’s best to see the 3D modelling provided by HDB to get a more accurate assessment of your unit’s condition. For instance, a unit on a high floor might still get the hot afternoon sun even though it’s not north-west or south-west facing if the stack next to it is a shorter one than the stack the unit is on.
  • Avoid stacks facing the roads directly to reduce the impact of traffic pollution. Our site visit found both Woodlands Ave 5 and Woodlands Ave 2 to be very busy roads, with a number of heavier vehicles passing through. The rest of the roads surrounding UrbanVille aren’t constructed yet so we can’t know for sure. However, judging by the future density of commercial buildings in the area, they will most likely be busy roads as well.

All maps courtesy of HDB.

Choosing a unit in another BTO? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Parc Residences @ Tengah | Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio | Costa Grove at Pasir RisBishan Towers | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines Opal 

 

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How to Keep Your Kitchen (Constantly) Clean and Clutter-Free https://www.renonation.sg/how-to-keep-your-kitchen-constantly-clean-and-clutter-free/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:00:38 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=134910

Keeping your kitchen—possibly one of the most important areas of the home—clean and clutter-free at all times isn’t an impossible task. All you need are the right design solutions, renovation tips and a little organisation know-how. Here’s what you need to do. Narrow down what you will be keeping on your countertops Countertops = major […]

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Keeping your kitchen—possibly one of the most important areas of the home—clean and clutter-free at all times isn’t an impossible task. All you need are the right design solutions, renovation tips and a little organisation know-how. Here’s what you need to do.

Narrow down what you will be keeping on your countertops

Countertops = major clutter zone in the kitchen. So the number one rule to a clutter-free kitchen is to keep your countertops free from clutter. Make a list and streamline what you think should be on the countertops and keep everything else stowed away. Your list should include what is used every day, what needs to be reached out for, and what are too much trouble to haul in and out of the cabinets.

Design: Earth Interior Design

Here are what I would place on my countertops:

  • Dish drainer
  • Cooking utensils – Organise them into a neat container.
  • Everyday oils and spices like salt and pepper – Instead of their original packaging which would make things look too distracting, transfer them into glass bottles for a consistent look.
  • Paper towels – If you reach out for them often. But consider using a wall-mounted paper holder that will free up some countertop space.
  • Kettle
  • Everyday appliances like the coffee machine
  • Stand mixer – Since it’s too heavy to haul in and out of cabinets. But only keep it on the counters if it’s beautiful!

Hide the rest of your appliances inside your cabinets or build an appliance garage—a designated spot for your appliances hidden away from sight but still within easy reach.

Design: Charlotte’s Carpentry

In terms of storage, definitely plan for cabinets over open shelves

Design: Ehka Studio

Open shelves have been incredibly popular, but if you are going for the clutter-free look, don’t consider them. While they make it easier to reach for things, your wares will always be on display. So you will always have to be tidying your shelves to make sure things don’t look cluttered. Unless you are Marie Kondo—my guess is not—then keep to closed cabinets.

If you really must go for open shelves (no judgement, I am a huge fan of them), then be prepared for extra work. Keep wares on open shelving to a very limited colour palette or group items together in containers and canisters for organisation.

Design: Authors • Interior & Styling

Choose easy-to-clean materials

Design: Fuse Concept

Save the headache and get it right from the start by choosing easy-to-clean materials.

Cabinet laminates: Avoid glossy laminates as they can show fingerprints easily. They are particularly obvious if you go for darker colours.

Backsplash: Tiles with their grouting can be a pain to clean. Consider large-format tiles that will minimise grout lines. Glass, or quartz if you have the budget for it, are easy to clean as well.

Countertops: Quartz or stainless steel are our go-to materials. They are hardy and don’t stain easily.

In general, avoid textured surfaces that can be hard to clean. Their uneven surfaces can also trap dust and grime.

Always do a quick de-cluttering at the end of the day

Design: Erstudio Design

Make it a habit to do a quick de-cluttering at the end of the day. A little bit each day goes a long way, and will make your weekly or bi-weekly kitchen deep-clean less of a chore. Here are some things you can do at the end of each day:

  • If you have unwashed dishes, wash them or either store them in the dishwasher. Don’t leave them out in the sink.
  • Keep washed and dried dishes and serving wares back into cabinets.
  • Do a quick wipe down of your kitchen flooring with floor wipes. Similarly, for your countertops.
  • Take out whatever doesn’t belong in the kitchen.
  • Rinse and wring wet cloths and sponges so that they can be air dried effectively.
  • Stow away whatever is left out on the countertops that shouldn’t be there.

Minimise décor

Decorations can add a ton of personality to your kitchen, but they can also add clutter. So instead of décor, consider decorating your kitchen in other ways like selecting a beautiful backsplash or splurging on ornate handles and knobs.

Minimise décor as they are the perfect spot for dust and grease to settle since you are not likely to clean them often. If you really want to decorate, double your décor as clever storage or organising solutions instead. That way, you get to maximise and beautify space at the same time!

Design: Linear Space Concepts

Keep refrigerators free from children’s drawings, touristy magnets or endless to-do lists as they can make your entire kitchen appear messy. Relocate them outside or keep them in a less conspicuous spot within your kitchen.

Purge one-hit wonders

Here’s an easy one. Give away or sell appliances, tools or gadgets that you’ve bought on a whim and have no use for them after that one time. Yes, I’m talking about that funky looking egg yolk separator. Yes, I am also talking about the garlic press. Keep to multipurpose gadgets or appliances that actually get used in the kitchen.

Manage your fridge and pantry frequently

Your kitchen isn’t truly clean and clutter-free if the insides of your refrigerator and pantry are a mess of forgotten and expired foods. Besides the potential of making you sick, it’s also food wastage. So before you head to the supermarkets, always do a clean-out to see what you have and to use them up first before buying more. Planning meals beforehand can also help to reduce wastage.

Design: Arte Living Design Studio

Always clean up spills, crumbs and other grime immediately to keep your refrigerator running efficiently and to keep your pantry free from pests. Deep clean your pantry and refrigerator at least once every other month by pulling everything out and wiping down the shelves with an all-purpose cleaner.

In terms of organisation, use clear containers and pull-out trays to house similar items together so you can see where everything is easily. For instance, dairy like cheese, yogurt and butter can be stored together in the refrigerator. In the pantry, you will want to store canned food in one section and grains like pasta and rice in another section. How you decide on your categories depends on your lifestyle and food habits and that of your family’s.

Where to store everything in the refrigerator so that your food can last for longer.

 

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August 2020 BTO Analysis for Bishan Towers: Which Unit to Choose? https://www.renonation.sg/august-2020-bto-analysis-for-bishan-towers-which-unit-to-choose/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 01:48:46 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137541

Despite its proximity to the entrance of an expressway, Bishan Towers BTO, launched in August 2020, has its merits. In our analysis, we take a look at the site and see what unit you should go for if you balloted for a flat here. Site Overview We visited the site for Bishan Towers on a […]

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Despite its proximity to the entrance of an expressway, Bishan Towers BTO, launched in August 2020, has its merits. In our analysis, we take a look at the site and see what unit you should go for if you balloted for a flat here.

Site Overview

We visited the site for Bishan Towers on a weekday morning. Situated at the edge of a residential cluster, the site had low footfall, although traffic was heavy as it is next to a busy road (Braddell Road) that sits at the entrance of an expressway (CTE). We recorded average noise levels of about 70 dB.

Site for Bishan Towers.

The site is next to Braddell Road and the entrance into the CTE.

Across Kallang River, there is a train depot and a heavy vehicle carpark. We didn’t hear any noise in relation to that during our site visit but these are potentially noise-emitting sites you should be aware of.

View of Kallang River.

We also spotted several leisure cyclists in the area, who were making use of the park connector stretching along the Kallang River. It provides a link from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to the Marina Reservoir area.

Amenities wise, the nearest ones are down the road along Bishan Street 11 at Blks 150, 151 and 152. There, you will find a supermarket, a wet market, a couple of coffee shops and other retail options. Alternatively, cross an overhead bridge and walk for about 10 mins to reach popular hawker centre, Toa Payoh Lor 8 Market and Food Centre.

There is no nearby MRT station. Bishan MRT station will take an estimated 18 to 20 mins to reach by foot. It’s therefore more convenient to use the feeder service. The nearest bus stops are along Bishan Street 11 and along Braddell Road. The latter is very comprehensive, with buses taking you to areas like Toa Payoh, Serangoon, Paya Lebar, Siglap, Tampines, Telok Blangah, Tai Seng, Orchard, Clementi, and Bedok.

Unit Analysis

Unblocked views

There are several stacks in Bishan Towers with unblocked views, which are prized for having better vista as well as breezier interiors. Here are the ones to go for:

Blk 156A (33 storeys tall):

  • 104, 106 (Go with a unit above the 21st floor because Blk 156 opposite has about 21 storeys)
  • 100, 102 (Go with a unit above 27th floor. The block in front is staggered.)
  • 110, 108 (Facing BCA Academy, which isn’t a very tall building—approximately 10 storeys high by our own estimates.)

Blk 156B (staggered block – 25/33 storeys tall):

  • 112, 114, 116, 118 (Get a unit above the 4-storey carpark.)
  • 128
  • 130, 132 (Facing BCA Academy.)

Privacy

No more nosy neighbours walking by and peeking into your flat in these stacks:

Blk 156A:

  • 100, 102, 104 and 110

Blk 156B:

  • 130, 132
  • 26th and 27th floors: 112 (these units are along the access to 26-storey roof garden however)
  • 28th to 33rd floors: 112 (these floors have no access to the 26-storey roof garden)

West Sun

In Singapore, the west sun comes in two directions: north-west and south-west, depending on the time of the year. It’s generally best to avoid units with the main areas of the home facing these two directions if you want a cooler flat when you return in the evening. These stacks at Bishan Towers don’t face these two directions. However, because they are facing east, you will likely get the morning sun:

Blk 156A:

  • 108 and 110

Blk 156B:

  • 130 and 132

Other factors to consider:

  • Stack 132 is located relatively close to the cycling ramp. You might want to avoid the lower floor units for this stack if you don’t want to be disturbed by cycling traffic.
  • Thanks to the position of the carpark, there are no stacks on the site that directly next to Braddell Road. However, the carpark is only four storeys high. So the rest of the floors aren’t buffered by an extra building in front. If you are opting for a higher floor unit on stacks 112, 114, 116 and 118, you are likely to still be subjected to the traffic noise on this arterial road.
  • Stacks 100 and 102 are facing the 2-storey structure listed on the map as a site for future amenities. We don’t know what these amenities are, but the area will likely be a high human activity zone.

All maps courtesy of HDB.

Not the BTO you want? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands | Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio | Costa Grove at Pasir Ris | Parc Residences @ Tengah | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines Opal 

 

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August 2020 BTO Analysis: Which Unit to Choose for Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio https://www.renonation.sg/august-2020-bto-analysis-which-unit-to-choose-for-kebun-baru-edge-at-ang-mo-kio/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 02:03:04 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137521

Like Dakota One, Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio was similarly popular in the August BTO launch, attracting almost 12 first-time applicants for their five-room flats. And it’s no wonder, seeing as the estate is surrounded by parks as well as two MRT stations set on two different lines. We take a quick look […]

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Like Dakota One, Kebun Baru Edge at Ang Mo Kio was similarly popular in the August BTO launch, attracting almost 12 first-time applicants for their five-room flats. And it’s no wonder, seeing as the estate is surrounded by parks as well as two MRT stations set on two different lines. We take a quick look at the site and delve deeper to see which unit to pick if you manage to get a queue number for this BTO.

Site Overview

Our site visit on a weekday morning found the place to be enveloped in nature sounds, thanks to its proximity to the tail end of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. While there is little foot traffic, there is plenty of traffic noise as the site also has Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, a major road, bordering it. Our sound metre logged an average of 65dB over a 5-min period.

The nearest MRT stations to Kebun Baru Edge BTO are Mayflower and Bright Hill MRT stations, both of which are on the Thomson-East Coast Line. Bright Hill station will eventually be linked to the future Cross Island Line. You will need about 10 to 15 mins to reach the stations on foot. They were initially scheduled to open under the second stage at the end of this year, although the recent pandemic situation might cause some delay to the works slightly.

Buses are very comprehensive in the area. The nearest bus stops have buses that take you to neighbourhoods Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Thomson, Holland Village and Hougang. There are also buses that reach places in the south (Harbourfront), north (Woodlands) as well as areas in town.

Main amenities are located at Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, which is an estimated 10-min walk away, although there are several eateries and supermarkets around the area in the other BTO developments. You can also reach Sembawang Hills Food Centre by foot, which will take you approximately 13 mins. For nature lovers, it’s a walking distance to parks like Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Lower Peirce Reservoir and MacRitchie TreeTop Park.

Unit Analysis: Which Unit to Choose?

Unblocked Views

For a breezier flat, you will want to look for a unit that has unblocked views. There are several stacks that will enjoy relatively unblocked views:

246A: 101 (This stack is overlooking a 6-storey carpark. Any unit higher than that should be able to enjoy unblocked views.)
246A: 109 (This stack overlooks Blk 260B, which is 26 storeys high. So topmost storeys in the 29-floor Kebun Baru Edge will be able to enjoy unblocked views.)
246A: 103 (This stack is angled to face a gap between buildings. However the nearby 12-storey blocks, 245 and 244, might be slightly obstructing the view. As such, go with a higher floor (anything above 12) in this stack.)

Note that for Blk 246B, stacks are in a variation of heights. Stacks 125, 127, 129 and 131 are 4 storeys high; stacks 121, 123, 133 and 135 are 23 storeys high; stacks 111, 113, 115, 117 and 119 are 29 storeys high.

246B: 117
246B: 119, 121, 123 (Unblocked views and a bonus view of the park for the higher floors.)
246B: 133 and 135 (Overlooking the 4-storey carpark. Get a unit on the higher floors for unblocked views.)

West Sun

The hot afternoon comes from two directions in Singapore: north-west and south-west, depending on the time of the year. Avoid stacks with the main rooms (living room, bedroom) facing these directions if you don’t want to come home in the evening to a baked oven. These units will be cooler, although some might have the morning sun streaming in:

246A: 103 (Might be blocked by the blocks at 246B)
246B: 115 and 117 (Possible morning sun)
246B: 129 and 131

Privacy from neighbours

Don’t like nosy neighbours stealing a glance inside your flat when they walk by? These units are your best picks for privacy:

246A: 103 and 107 (There is a link bridge to carpark at 5th storey.)
246B (All available floors): 111, 129, 131, 133, 135
246B (From 5th floor onwards): 123 (5th and 6th floors have access to the roof garden so neighbours might still walk by.)
246B (From 24th floor onwards): 119 (24th and 25th floors have access to the roof garden so neighbours might still walk by.)

Other considerations:

  • Avoid stacks facing onto Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 if you don’t want to be disturbed by the loud traffic noise. This road can get quite busy during the peak periods.
  • Stack 119 faces the bus stop directly. There are quite a few buses that ply the area so it can get quite noisy.
  • Avoid stacks facing onto the carparks, both the one within the site and the one at Blk 260 if you don’t want to be subjected to fumes and a lack of privacy.
  • There is a playground and an adult fitness station on top of the 4-storey carpark. For privacy, you might want to avoid getting a unit on the same level if your stack faces the carpark directly.

Not the BTO you want? See our unit analyses for the other BTOs that were launched in August 2020: Champions Bliss and UrbanVille @ Woodlands | Parc Residences @ Tengah | Costa Grove at Pasir RisBishan Towers | Dakota One at Geylang | Keat Hong Verge at Choa Chu Kang | Tampines GreenCrest, Tampines GreenGlade and Tampines Opal 

 

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Open Kitchen vs Closed Kitchen: Which Should You Choose? https://www.renonation.sg/open-kitchen-vs-closed-kitchen-which-should-you-choose/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 23:00:19 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=135973

Designs: UNO Interior and Versaform Should you go with the trendy open kitchen or the timeless closed kitchen? We put together a quick guide to help you figure out which layout better fits your needs and lifestyle. Privacy Open kitchens with their lack of walls and doors have zero privacy. So if you don’t want […]

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Designs: UNO Interior and Versaform

Should you go with the trendy open kitchen or the timeless closed kitchen? We put together a quick guide to help you figure out which layout better fits your needs and lifestyle.

Privacy

Open kitchens with their lack of walls and doors have zero privacy. So if you don’t want to be disturbed while you cook, opt for a closed kitchen.

Design: Fatema Design Studio

Because there’s no privacy, you will likely hear everything going on in the kitchen, whether it’s the low hum of the refrigerator or the loud whirring of the mixer. You also can’t hide any mess with no walls. With an open kitchen, you will have to be prompt about clearing countertops or keeping your sink free from piled up dirty dishes.

Space

An open kitchen works well in small homes. The absence of walls can make your space appear more spacious and will also invite more light which also has the effect of making your space look bigger.

If you have multiple cooks working in the kitchen at any one time, an open kitchen is a better layout for you as you are likely to have more walkway space to move about.

Design: Voila

However, a closed kitchen has the advantage over an open kitchen in terms of storage space. More walls mean you can build more cabinets, full-height storage and shelving.

Design: Lemonfridge Studio

Social Interactions

Behind closed doors, a closed kitchen can feel isolated from the rest of the home, so it isn’t the best layout if you like the idea of preparing meals and cooking while conversing and mingling with your guests or the rest of your family.

Design: The Design Abode

By incorporating an island in the middle, an open kitchen offers a friendly, open vibe that is just as perfect for informal get-togethers as it is for regular day-to-day interactions with the rest of the people at home. Have your guests mingle around hors d’oeuvres while you cook up the main course. Supervise homework time while you prep lunch. Or stay connected with your partner in the kitchen even as you are both doing different tasks.

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

Safety

If you need to cook while looking after your kids, an open kitchen lets you keep a clear sight of them at all times. It also keeps them within earshot, so you know what is going on and where they are.

Design: HYLA Architects

But an open layout also means your kids can get into the kitchen at any time. Grubby little hands getting hold of knives and appliances when you are not looking can dangerous. A solution to this is to have bi-fold doors that let you open up or closed off your kitchen depending on your needs.

Design Considerations

With an open kitchen, you have to be a lot more conscious about your design choices and colours. It needs to be able to sit well with the neighbouring rooms. You want your palette to be consistent or at least cohesive for a better visual flow throughout your home.

Design: The Monocot Studio

If you like to have distinct spaces at home, a closed kitchen is great for you. Behind walls, you get to be more experimental since it won’t affect your overall home design as much. A closed kitchen also has the added advantage of feeling cosier. Add in a little eat-in corner to create a warm, homey ambience.

Design: Design 4 Space

» Read more: 19 Cosy Eat-in Kitchens in Singapore Homes

Budget

The kitchen is one of the most expensive parts of the home to renovation. Materials, carpentry work and appliances can really add up. So, if you are looking to turn an existing closed kitchen into an open one or vice versa, it can really add to your renovation costs.

Tearing down or putting up walls adds to structural costs as well as extra plumbing or electrical charges. Stick with what you have if you have a tight budget. You might end up liking your open or closed layout.

Alternatively, there are solutions without having to make any structural changes. With an open kitchen, install bi-fold doors or glass walls that will help to keep it close when you want it to. For closed kitchen layouts, doing up a separate dry kitchen area outside your existing closed kitchen gives you an open kitchen area that you can use as a communal hub.

Design: The Local Inn.terior

» Read more: The Great Divide – 7 Wet and Dry Kitchen Ideas in Singapore

Open or closed? Which kitchen layout will you be going for?

 

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A Guide to Choosing a Shower Screen: Frame, Frameless, Aluminium Frame, Stainless Steel Frame, Sliding Door, and Double Acting Door https://www.renonation.sg/the-guide-for-choosing-shower-screen/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:00:33 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=137400

In order to separate toilets and showers, the shower screen is the popular choice. Even in public housing, shower screen has become the mainstream. There are many types and styles of shower screens. In this article, we will show you how to choose the best shower screen and the installation precautions. Interior Design: The Interior […]

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In order to separate toilets and showers, the shower screen is the popular choice. Even in public housing, shower screen has become the mainstream. There are many types and styles of shower screens. In this article, we will show you how to choose the best shower screen and the installation precautions.

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Framed Shower Screen VS Frameless Shower Screen

There are two types of shower screens mainly, the framed and frameless. The advantage of a framed shower screen is that it has frame support, which does not require high environmental requirements. The frameless shower screen is more transparent. The sight will not be obstructed by the frame, therefore, to have more sense of space.

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Sliding door VS double-acting door

The shower screen doors on the market can be divided into two categories, namely sliding door and double acting door. There are single, double, and triple sliding doors. The advantage of sliding door is that it does not use up much space. However, if you install a double sliding door in a small bathroom, it makes you inconvenient to enter and exit. 2/3 of the triple sliding door can be opened for in and out.

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The space requirement for installing a sliding door is relatively large. It is necessary to consider the problem that water will drop to the floor along with the glass door after the shower when the door is opened. However, it is more convenient to clean the double-acting door than the sliding door as the dirt will not accumulate on the rails. But some overlapping areas are still difficult to clean.

Aluminium frame VS stainless steel frame

The frames of the framed shower screen are made of two major materials, which are aluminium and stainless steel. The aluminium frame is relatively cheap and lightweight, but it will cause rust when used for a long time. Compared with aluminium, stainless steel is denser, heavier, harder, and stronger against acid and alkali. Pay attention to the grade of stainless steel when purchasing, because different grades of stainless steel have different physical properties. If you choose grade 304 stainless steel, you are worry-free.

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However, there are still some 304 stainless steels on the market that contain impurities and may cause slight rust. It can be cleaned simply by using stainless steel descaling detergent.

Water test

Remember to take the water test after installing the shower screen. Dry the outer periphery of the fixed part of the shower screen first, and then spray water to all the edges of the fixed screen. Wait for thirty minutes to observe whether there is water leakage outside the shower screen.

Tips from the renovation consultant

When installing the shower screen, pay attention to whether the frame will be attached to the window.

  1. When installing the shower screen, pay attention to whether the frame will be attached to the window as shown in the figure above. Although there is no problem with this method of installation, if you consider installing an exhaust fan or thermo ventilator on the window, you must arrange the installation location before the installation. Moreover, because the aluminium window will be slightly indented, there is a chance of water splashing out during use.
  2. If you find the final price different from the quoted price, it may because there are beams or connection points at the bathroom ceiling that incur extra fee for special treatment.

 

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