Year: 2010

So what is the Right material to choose for Woodwork?

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So you have made your first visit to the market to decide on your interiors, visited @Home, HomeStop, Hometown, Home Center, Nolte, Veneta Cucine, checked out the neighborhood Modular Furniture & Kitchen Wala, spoken to the carpenter who did the house of so and so…….etc. etc……..Means that you are now more confused than you were when you started off, well…. welcome to home making :). In my earlier posts I have tried to help sort this very confusion offering inputs around 1. how to create a budget, 2. what to look for when you are making specialty artifacts like a sliding wardrobe & a modular kitchen. 3. good & reasonable places to shop for interiors in Bangalore. Last week while answering a number of customer queries I realized that I have yet failed to answer one of the fundamental questions that home makers have i.e. with all the choice available […]

Costing your Woodwork – Do It Yourself Tips

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“So how much will it cost”??? — Usually the first question that I get from prospects. While for exact costs you would need the detailed design & probably some professional help, doing a broad estimation is no rocket science & one can do this on her/ his own since woodwork consists of broadly 4-5 elements. 1. The Carcass: The box in other words 2. The Shutter: Called the “Palla” by our carpenter brethren 3. The Hardware: Self explanatory 4. Accessories: All the steel stuff that you will put inside the wardrobe/ box (Tie hangers etc.for wardrobe &  Bottle Pullout, Drip Tray Etc. for kitchen) 5. Labour Now that we have the elements here are the broad costs of each. Keep in mind that what I am mentioning here are thumbrule values and market rates 1. Carcass (Factory Made White Colour): Costs anywhere between INR 350 psft (frontage*) for Particle Board […]

Sliding Wardrobes – “Do it right the first time”

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Sliding door wardrobes seem to be the in thing nowadays especially because they help save valuable space in small rooms that most apartments have and look good at the same time.However when designing sliding systems there are some basic rules that need to be kept in mind & I have found most folks not adhering to these, including sellers of the so called “Imported” readymade wardrobes available in the market today. Here are the ground rules for sliding wardrobe design – this ensures longevity, ease of use as well as safety (you will know what I mean in a few moments) 1. Sliding wardrobe doors (height of 7 – 9 feet) must ALWAYS run on slide fittings having wheels on the TOP of the shutter and NOT at the BOTTOM of the shutter. This means that the door hangs and slides on wheels & runners on the TOP of the […]

Shopping for Interiors?? – Recommended places in Bangalore

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The question about which are the best places to shop for stuff for home interiors in Bangalore has surfaced in multiple discussions with friends, family and clients. Some may say that I am about to reveal a trade secret, however I am a firm believer that knowledge should be free … and available for people to make informed decisions. Money should be made from ideas and implementation of those & not from information. Before we dwell deeper here are some first principles 1. What are given below are my views on the best places that I know of. 2. I am not soliciting business for or from these folks. 3. You might end up with better places to shop than these….if you do then let me know as well 🙂 Okay….back to the meat then Shutters (ready made): For wardrobe & Kitchen: Have found Indoline to be the best in […]

So what is a modular kitchen? …. and some best practices

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I recently came across a customer who was told by his “designer” (more carpenter) that the kitchen he has made for the customer is Modular because … “see it has these steel baskets and I will also put in a magic corner”. Ha, haa I thought, this needs some explanation, why don’t I use this topic as my first post in the blog. So here goes….aaaum ganeshaya namah… With so many scrupulous and un-scrupulous designers, carpenters, interior-walas selling what they call “modular kitchens” these days it is good as a customer to know what exactly is a “Modular Kitchen”. So here it is…. 1. As the name suggests a “Modular” Kitchen consists of modules that are assembled together. Each module consisting of the Carcass (box) and the shutter is independent and can be taken in and out of the full unit separately. This also helps in repair work when the […]