Let’s say one chooses to design and build a house in Singapore; that it happens to be one of the better choices you can make because of the carpentry talent that is available is just an added plus.
Homes in Singapore are usually typified by long, open rooms with seemingly few support walls. They are there as Singapore carpenters are among the best in the world. They have a long tradition to live up to and additions they make to it must add, not detract from that tradition.
Just One Example
Let’s look at one example of the carpentry in Singapore. The room, in question, seems to be a long, seamless room with no visible supports to get in the way of the open feel. One is justified in asking how do they do that? The answer is, quite naturally, great carpentry. The carpentry in Singapore is almost invisible to the untrained eye, but it is there.
Looking down this seemingly unencumbered room, one wonders which beams are the support beams and how do they make the room as open as they do and the answer is in the walls and ceilings.
How It Comes Together
In this room, the master carpenter has already looked at the architect’s plans (yes they exist even in Singapore – homes just don’t spring out of the ground undesigned). And, once the master carpenter in Singapore sees the work that needs to be done, he does the following:
- Working with his journeymen, the master carpenter, who also acts as the primary subcontractor, ensures that the ground upon which the home will be built is level. If not, the apprentices come in and level the ground to the master’s liking
- Next, the master carpenter in Singapore runs a series of square lines, assuring they are level. He then has his crew build the forms in which they will lay the concrete pad.
- The form also holds a major support piece of each wall. Running on 18-inch centers, the carpenters of Singapore erect the number of supports that will be needed to support the second floor or ceiling of the room.
- When the cement has dried and cured, the lower pieces of the forms are cut away, leaving only the major side support elements.
- At this point, the master Singapore carpenter determines how many ceiling or upper floor support joists will be needed and his instructs his crew to hang the joist supports and joists that bring the room together
- Meantime, the apprentices are handing wallboard, under the direction of the journeymen which will be covered with an enameled paint for longevity. The panels are also treated.
- At this point, the floor is trued and levels and the floor covering, likely to be some form of enamel of faux enamel is laid.
And, voila, two-thirds of a room that seems to have no support – but which is actually quite well built by the carpenters of Singapore has not come together. All that remains is either finishing the room as a single or as the bottom of a two-story house. This is done using paneling and filler.
With this complete, the renovation contractor moves in and, working with your architect’s plans finds all the pieces you want to bring the room together. He even has the right to ask the carpenters to relay the floor if you want wood to match your counter tops.
If this seems like a very intricate dance, it is, but it is one that works quite well and produces some of the best architectural and housing work in the world.