From your living room's TV console to your bedroom's wardrobe, there's a choice you will have to make: built-in or freestanding. There are pros and cons to each and there are no rights or wrongs, as much depend on your lifestyle needs. Some instances are better off with a custom built-in, while there are other instances where you can just purchase off the shelves. In general, built-ins are perfect if you're looking to get an exact fit for your space, while freestanding is a good option if you're wanting to create a more flexible and versatile home. In this article, we look at some of these things to help you make a more informed decision during your renovation: LIVING ROOM TV Console: Often, the living room is the area where you will set the tone and theme for the rest of your home, so going for a customised built-in TV console makes sense as you can get it to serve as that visual anchor because it's such a large piece. Plus, you can incorporate all sorts of features within it, helping … [Read more...] about Built-in or freestanding: Which to go for in your home?
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(The Philippine Star) - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. — Philippians 3:8 As I was growing up in Jamaica, my parents raised my sister and me to be “good people.” In our home, good meant obeying our parents, telling the truth, being successful in school and work, and going to church . . . at least Easter and Christmas. I imagine this definition of being a good person is familiar to many people, regardless of culture. In fact, the apostle Paul, in Philippians 3, used his culture’s definition of being good to make a greater point. Paul, being a devout first-century Jew, followed the letter of the moral law in his culture. He was born into the “right” family, had the “right” education, and practiced the “right” religion. He was the real deal in terms of being a good person according to Jewish … [Read more...] about The ultimate good
Home ownership is an exciting step of adulthood, and marks a major milestone in #adulting. That is, until you confront the unexpected costs that can take a shockingly large chunk out of your savings account. Here are five most common costs of home ownership that you may not expect, and the steps you can take to avoid them. 1) BUSTING THE RENOVATION BUDGET via GIPHY Whether you're buying a resale flat from the open market, or a brand new apartment, you'll want to make some customisations to your new home. And that means signing on a renovation package that costs tens of thousands of dollars. You'd think that the large upfront sum would be enough to cover everything you could think of, but busting the renovation budget unfortunately happens more often than not. There are many reasons why this could happen, ranging from careless mistakes or miscommunications on the part of your contractor, to finding out you need extra hacking due to unexpected modifications. For older flats, the need for … [Read more...] about 5 unexpected costs of owning a home (and ways to avoid them)
This past week, I acquired a new kitchen helper, one that can show me how to cook the perfect soft-boiled egg - five minutes for a runny yolk, then cool under cold running water - while waiting for the kettle to boil. It can also tell me the latest news, remind me of appointments and play my favourite tunes. I am talking about Google Nest Hub, the latest smart home gadget to host Google Assistant, the tech giant's increasingly ubiquitous virtual assistant. Unlike the tech giant's other Google Assistant-powered devices, such as its Google Home smart speakers, the Nest Hub has a 7-inch touchscreen mounted on a fabric stand that houses its speakers. It is a smart display, a genre of smart home devices that has sprung up in the past couple of years. Other examples include the Amazon Echo Show and Facebook Portal, both powered by Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant and unavailable in Singapore. Those who have used a Google Home smart speaker will find the Nest Hub familiar. The same "Hey … [Read more...] about Google Nest Hub a great helper at home
A typical morning for me goes like this: I wake up, get up and head straight to the kitchen for my caffeine fix. But for the past week, I have acquired a new kitchen helper, one that can show me how to cook the perfect soft-boiled egg - five minutes for a runny yolk, then cool under cold running water - while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil. By the way, it can also tell me the latest news, remind me of my appointments, and play my favourite tunes. I am, of course, talking about the Google Nest Hub, the latest smart home gadget to host the Google Assistant, the tech giant's increasingly ubiquitous virtual assistant. Unlike the tech giant's other Google Assistant-powered devices, such as the Google Home smart speakers, the Nest Hub has a 7-inch touchscreen mounted on a fabric stand that houses its speakers. It is a smart display, a genre of smart home devices that has sprung up in the past couple of years. Other examples include the Amazon Echo Show and the Facebook Portal, both of … [Read more...] about Tech review: Google Nest Hub an excellent home helper