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Singapore Carpentry Makes Wonderful Use of Space

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.

Finishing touches

 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.


Singapore’s Intricate Interior Designs Require Planning

One would think, after looking at some of the less expensive interior design in Singapore work that it was completed by a committee, of whom, each member had an idea and decided to run with it. If that is the current thinking then good luck, because of of the most exquisite design work to have been completed in the last 20 years has been Singapore interior design.

Natural advantages

Singapore has a several advantages that other areas of the world lack. They include:

  • A location almost on the equator in the southwest Pacific where it is warm
  • A location that encourages wide, open, airy rooms and interior designs that lend themselves to the climate
  • Access to materials that cost a fortune in the West and that, honestly, make little sense where the temperature is a roaring -17-degrees C.

Singapore interior design  then can take advantage of its warmth and the year-round winds (they do switch direction about every six months) to design long, elegant rooms that feature such items as: 

  • Pastel silk sheeting, pleated at the top that not only look nice as interior design elements that seem to float in the breeze
  • Jute and other corded items that can be used as room dividers or wall hanging, thus making Singapore interior design unique
  • Indigenous wood products from which one can construct chairs or couches or desks that can then be used not only as functional piece of a room, but also as pieces that complement an interior design

 Lessons learned 

If there is one lesson to be learned from creating interior designs in Singapore and that can be used as one becomes an experienced Singapore interior designer it is this: there are many local products that are not only “green” (renewable) but which can be used in any number of ways to set a room’s design.

Take bamboo, for example. It is a member of the grass family, probably is largest and most fibrous, yet, when it is cut down and used to good effect it can become a key design element in a Singapore designer’s work.

Looking at this a little more closely. If one were to use the complete plant, except for the root (that’s the renewable part as a new bamboo plant will grow from it it), one could create a rather unique wall design that would, at once admit a breeze, while, at the same time, keep out rain and other unwanted elements.

All it would take is interweaving the bamboo leaves with the stalks and then finishing it with the proper framing and one would have a very interesting piece of Singapore design work.

Proper Design Training Needed

One thing to remember about many of the workers in this part of the world is that they still adhere very much to a caste or class system of working where an entrant to a field must spend a certain amount of time doing scut work such as digging and dragging clays and cement products to create the buildings in which the journeymen, under the direction of the master, create the intricate wall hangings and room design cues that set interior design apart in Singapore.

The final design is the work of the master craftsman who has spent years learning the trade of an interior designer in Singapore.  They are the people responsible for those wonderfully airy rooms that are functional, yet quite nicely designed.

Tips to Interior Design

Interior design is more than making a decision to replace the carpet, or repaint the walls. It requires more than close attention to detail and the effects of form. One must also take into account the depth and breadth of the room as well as the adjoining rooms.

In Singapore, Carpenter’s is changing how interior design is accomplished. While the living spaces in Singapore are unique to how one lives in Singapore, an intriguing blend of Western modernity and Asian culture. This country is among the top 20 countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita, and has a standard of living to match. As you can imagine, it’s a shopper’s heaven.

Carpenters are critical to creating a unique utilization of space that is personalized to match their clients’ daily living style. While Singapore is an urban lifestyle with high-rise flats, creating an elegant yet functional means of living is a well-developed skill of craftsmanship and Asian elegance of form. Large flats are converted into open multifunctional living spaces with modern efficiency and practicality.

Lighting and color play a strong role in how Carpenters manage to create “dream homes” for their clients. Considered a renovation contractor, Carpenters has its history in the unique ability to create beautiful Asian form in customized functional urban living areas. Cabinets help to eliminate any cutter and conceal all objects which might detract from the busy Singapore lifestyle. Use of marble as wall covering helps to keep the living spaces clean and cool from high humidity, which can cause the feeling of high temperatures.

With regard to the busy and demanding business class lifestyle, this Singapore carpenter provides the hidden utilization of space for exercise and wellness in the homes they have renovated. One would never know that behind the room divider with sleek Asian detailing, another room exists to provide the much needed wellness activities required for diminishing the stresses of the urban life. The use of soft-to-step flooring lowers and noise which may be caused during a “work out”, but blends nicely with other flooring because of the use of muted colors and textures.

When looking for tips in carpentry or interior design to create a sophisticated appearance to any room, Carpenters demonstrate impeccable task in color accents and sleek modern interior design. Mirrors are utilized to ensure comfort, style and elegance to the urban lifestyle in Singapore. The mirrors may be used as closet doors or wall covering to extend the width of the room. Track lighting helps to bring warmth to urban living spaces which can present dark living areas due to lack of windows in high-rise buildings. This renovation contractor uses the track lighting along the ceiling or under the cabinetry so as not to be limited to the confines of a central ceiling light. In some cases a fan was placed in the location of the previous ceiling light.

The Singapore interior design by Carpenters can be seen in their web portfolio at their site: www.carpenters.com.sg/portfolio/, where one is a witness to the beautiful ease of angles and contrast of color, which suggest the strong Asian historical, cultural influence in their carpentry.

Choosing the perfect interior colours

You’ve moved into a new house, or you’re renovating the house you’ve lived in for years. Either way, you’re making a fresh start, including new interior design and colours. Choosing the right colours is essential, because you’re going to be living with them for years. The wrong colours can detract from the ambiance and comfort of your interior design and decoration. On the other hand, choosing the right colours can transform a house into a interior designer home that you and your family will love, and love to share.

Room size and Colour

Many modern homes have open floor plans that essentially result in a single large room, often with few or no distinctive architectural features. Darker, richer colours distinguish different living areas and create a homey atmosphere. Don’t forget interior ceilings. Although, ceilings are traditionally white or some other dark colur, you can break this rule with large room.s Especially when you home features high ceilings as well as large rooms, choosing a rich, deep colour for the ceiling can make the room cozier.

For small rooms, the main challenge is creating a sense of openness. Using too many colours in a small room can often make the space seem cramped. this does not mean that you have to be stuck with plain white walls. Painting one wall of a small room in a darker colour can often give the illusion of a larger space. Likewise, painting the ceiling a lighter colour than the walls in the room can open up the space, making it seem larger. That colour can be but need not be white.

Far-from-ordinary wallcoverings to jazz up small spaces

Left the wall in your home blank to make it appear larger? Adding visual interest will wallcoverings might do the trick better.

Owners of small homes often tread carefully when dealing with the walls in their homes. The common belief is that white walls are the answer to larger living spaces. However, adding wallcoverings can be beneficial in livening up small homes and shoebox apartments, while creating a more open feel. And, yes, you don’t have to always go for small patterns to make it appear larger.

Source from www.myplace.sg
To read up more, please visit http://www.myplace.sg/far-from-ordinary-wallcoverings-to-jazz-up-small-spaces/

15 Steps To Childproofing Your Home

As adults, our viewpoint to our surrounding is certainly different from a child’s. Before your infant starts becoming mobile, have a go at moving around the home to see a toddler’s viewpoint better, and start childproofing your home. With childproofing measures and greater vigilance, accidents at home can be prevented as much as possible.

  1. Eliminate messy, unsightly cables by binding them together and put them out of sight behind furniture.
  2. Window grills are a must in high-rise homes. Make sure you place furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing on furniture and reaching windows.
  3. Children are curious climbers. Even if your bookcase is filled to the brim, it’s important to secure the bookcase to the wall as they will try to inch their way up the bookcase.Read more at www.myplace.sg

The right interior design colour

Coasting in neutral
It’s OK to be a fan of neutrals – just choose one accent colour to add to the room. Turquoise, for example, goes with almost anything. I actually use a lot of neutrals in my collections, creating room sets with white, navy, grey and beige then adding a couple of ‘pop’ colours. I’m a potter and believe that the best neutrals are natural materials – wood, linen, clay

A little goes a long way
Distribute colours around the room in small bits and bobs such as lamps, accessories, so that there’s a nice rhythm. Everywhere you look there should be a place for your eye to rest – on a cushion or vase, or a bowl full of lemons or limes. Pattern, too, provides necessary punctuation. I love a bold patterned rug as an anchor – top it with neutral furniture

Make an impact
Want to go more hardcore? Being reckless can work just as well as having a plan, so go crazy with colour and mix it all together. When you’re about to snuff it you want to remember that poppy-orange lamp or turquoise breakfast nook, not a beige-on-beige blur send a message Colours have strong associations and communicate different things. Think about what you want to say about yourself, and your home. If you use orange you’re saying, ‘I’m happy and I love life.’ Moss green can communicate that you’re a nature lover. Turquoise is the colour of holidays by the sea; it’s happy and calming. Navy is the colour of classicism

Black and white will work for ever, and make an amazing platform on to which you can layer your single accent colour, say turquoise, lime or orange. Orange with navy is preppy, and with pink is chicer than you might imagine. Team lime green with icy silver or a zesty yellow. I’ve always been obsessed with chocolate brown as an anchor for ‘pop’ colours, especially blue, but lately I’ve been having an affair with grey. It’s one of those neutrals that harmonises perfectly with strong colours. Try it with any shade of yellow

Ones to avoid
There are no ‘no’s, except for mauve. It’s the one colour I can’t work with. And red with black is dicey territory. Red is a daring, dangerous colour, which is great, but the minute you pair it with black it can go a bit too Happy Days 1950s. Go with a mink brown instead

Pattern clash
Don’t be scared to use a bright, mural wallpaper – or two – in a small space. Mixed patterns make your house look personal. Guest bathrooms are a great place to start. It can be tucked away – something you don’t have to look at all the time if you are timid with colour – but it should be there. A house should be full of surprises

Source by Adam Bryan

The Reno Guru (Part 4 of 4)

The Reno Guru (Part 4 of 4)
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Note: all clips are not related to one another, and not in sequence.

Jane and her husband have finally settled down with a interior designer, Francis Poh.
On the first day of work commencement, Jane was at site, and to her amazement…

In actual fact, this is quite a common problem faced by most consumers today. Statistics from CASE show that complaints from the Singapore renovation and interior design industry is ranked number 2, in the whole nation, most of which come from dishonesty by contractors.

As a consumer, and a layman, there are a lot of technical details which were not taken into consideration, nor highlighted during the early discussion stage, be it deliberate or overlooked. And consumers may end up paying more than what was initially discussed in the contract.
This could be a common gimmick played by most contractors, where they will quote clients impossible prices, or some at cost prices, deterring and inevitably mutating this professional industry into a price war marketplace. But who would do it at cost price? Either the designer is a super greenhorn, or he is most likely going to play the “back door” game, which is additional and hidden costs.

As a consumer, always make sure the contract drafted is of comprehensive grammar, if you do not understand even a word, request for an explanation, if not to redraft it.
Many a times, interior designers may verbally promise clients various items, but are not written on the contract. You may request all the promised items to be put in black and white on another piece of contract to avoid any misunderstandings at the end of the process.

Understand your rights as a consumer, you deserve way better.

The Reno Guru (Part 3 of 4)

The Reno Guru (Part 3 of 4)
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Note: all clips are not related to one another, and not in sequence.

Jane and her husband have finally settled down with a interior designer, Francis Poh.
And they are visiting their site for the first time since commencement of works, with Francis updating on the progress and giving some tips they should take note, but…

In actual fact, a lot of consumers, who are mostly layman, do not really apprehend how a proper renovation process works. Most of them are being blindly led by their designer, and if the designer is equipped with only mild experience, project management may get out of hand easily.

As a consumer, you may request the company representative or interior designer, to guide you and update you accordingly to the work progress. Before the work commences, you may request for a detailed schedule of works, when and who will be at your site in details. Note work progress may be delayed plus minus a few days, due to maybe minor screw ups or major challenges at site, which was not foreseen during site inspection, but we give and take here and there.

Typical project progress:

Hacking and clearing works
Arrival of sand, cement and building materials
Commencement of wet works
Note wet works will take up majority of time in a renovation process, wet works for whole house typically takes 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the complexity of design.
Electrical works may take place before or after the wet works, depending on whether they are concealed or exposed.
Commencement of carpentry works
Measurement of carpentry works will take place after all wet works are done, and will be fabricated at workshop. Please note carpentry works will also take up to 2 weeks from measurement to installation, same thing, depending on the complexity of design.
Designer is to make confirm all carpentry works on detailed technical drawings way before commencement of works to facilitate the process.
Painting works
During carpentry process, painting works or other wall features eg wallpaper may commence.
Installation of carpentry
Finally after installation of all carpentry works, and the project is at the handover stage, consumer may inspect the whole site and request for a defect list, for items which are not of acceptable quality. All payments will be withheld until rectification works are fully completed and accepted by consumer.

Understand your rights as a consumer, you deserve way better.

The Reno Guru (Part 2 of 4)

The Reno Guru (Part 2 of 4)
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Jane and her husband have finally settled down with their selected interior designer, Mr Francis Poh. Not only their house is not done, Mr Francis has ran away with their money, leaving Jane, in despair.

In actual fact, these incidents do happen and are still happening nowadays, even in a well-enforced country like Singapore.

As a consumer, always check the company’s profile, history, accreditation, before making any form of payment. Cash payment or cash cheques especially, must be made only at the company’s premises to to their authorised staff, and a receipt must be received before leaving.
If possible, always cross the cheque and make payable to the company only.

In renovation, there is always a progressive payment scheme, just like paying a under construction house, you will pay concurrently with the construction progress.

The usual payment scheme is
20% down payment
45% upon commencement of works
30% upon completion of wet works/commencement of carpentry works
5% upon completion and clearing of defect list

Different Singapore Interior Design firms may have different payment schemes.
As a consumer, at any point of time, if you may feel the payment scheme is not of mutual benefit to yourself, please highlight to the company or personnel before making any formal commitment.

Consumers may also request payment scheme to follow Consumer’s Association of Singapore (CASE).

Remember, you have the right to withhold any progressive payment, if the payment and construction do not tally concurrently.

Understand your rights as a consumer, you deserve way better.