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
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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?
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)
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