For the superstitious, it's anathema to renovate (and also marry, swim, or hang wet laundry overnight) during the 7th month of the Lunar calendar, and that's because of the 'Hungry Ghost Festival' - a yearly period between 1st -29th August when it's believed that hordes of wandering spirits will emerge from hell to haunt the world of the living. However, does that make the 7th lunar month a bad time to get started on building your new home? Well, not according to the interior designers whom we spoke to about common myths surrounding the matter and Singapore's renovation industry. Here's what we found out from them. MYTH 1: THE HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL IS A BAD TIME TO START RENOVATING False. We have all heard someone say that getting a new start during the Hungry Ghost Festival will invite bad luck into your home or that the noisy work will disturb the spirits but if you aren't into these beliefs, there's actually a significant advantage to starting your renovation in August. According to … [Read more...] about The biggest 7th month myths about home renovation, debunked
The cost of renovating Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home was 2.4 million pounds (S$4.1 million), Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday (Jun 25).The sum, taken from the annual taxpayer-funded allowance to the royal family, paid for the conversion of Frogmore Cottage to a single dwelling while the royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid for the fittings and furnishings."The property had not been subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate," said Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse."Outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long term future of the property," he said as the royal household published the annual Sovereign Grant report which details official income and expenditure of Queen Elizabeth and her household.The 19th century Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the queen's Windsor Castle estate, became the … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan’s home renovation cost taxpayers S$4.1m
If you're renovating for the first time, there's plenty to puzzle over, from budgeting matters to the myriad of design features to consider for your home's new look. And so, the last thing you need is even more confusing renovation jargon. Fortunately, we have got the perfect solution: A handy cheat sheet of commonly-used renovation terms in Singapore. Use it the next time you're on a site visit or discussing ideas with your interior designer! 1. SUB-CONTRACTOR You probably already know the difference between contractors and interior designers as well as what they do (if you don't, read this), but what about sub-contractors? Like contractors, they are in charge of handling specific renovation works on the ground (e.g. plumbing, masonry, air-conditioning), but only the ones that an interior designer or contractor can't do. So, think of them as third-party specialists who are called in for special jobs! 2. LOAD-BEARING WALL Not every wall in your home is the same. While some can be torn … [Read more...] about Do you know these home renovation terms used in Singapore?
Lighting is often something that’s overlooked until the final stages of one's home renovation. The range of lighting options is huge and can quickly become overwhelming. How do you get it right?Proper lighting enhances the decorating scheme in every room of your home. The right lighting transforms the space, creating a specific ambience depending on the type of light and bulb chosen. Lighting in your home can be as simple or as sophisticated as you wish - it's all about creating the right mood and doing so in the best possible style. Here’s what you need to know.There are three different types of lighting:GENERALGeneral lighting pretty much means the lighting source which provides the area’s main illumination. Typically located in the centre of the room in a symmetrical and even placement, its purpose is to ensure the entire room well-lit. Bulbs used for this type of lighting are often downlights and fluorescent lights.TASKTask lighting focuses light on … [Read more...] about How to choose the right lighting for your home
If there's someone who knows a thing or two about turning an empty apartment into a stylish retreat, it's Charlotte's Carpentry director James Lim. Be it an Insta-worthy contemporary abode or an industrial-inspired couple's nest, James and his firm has helped many a client achieve their dream home. However, it was not only until earlier this year that the seasoned designer finally got the chance to work on an abode that he can call his own. To get the lowdown on his renovation journey, we spoke to James himself about his ideas and how they were brought to life in his 4-room HDB flat at Bukit Batok. ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY James (J): As you may already know, I am the founder of Charlotte's Carpentry. I've been in the home renovation line since 2009, and I share this house with my family, which consists of my wife and my young son. We also have a domestic helper staying with us. ABOUT HIS HOME'S NEW LOOK J: About the look of the house, I'd say that it's modern contemporary with a … [Read more...] about How a designer brought masculine chic to his 4-room HDB home