Year: 2012

Types of Wood & Wood Specifications for Home Interiors

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Over the course of the last few years the maximum number of queries I’ve received from my readers has been around the type of wood to be used and the what wood specification one should look for for different interior applications. While part of the above query is answered in my earlier article on “What Material to use for Woodwork” I guess looking at the number of questions that have come in on the topic there is need for the article to be much more descriptive especially around the type of wood and their specifications. This post will try to do just that, also please read this in conjunction with the earlier post (“What Material to use for Woodwork”) Note: None of the Images below are my own – these have been downloaded either from Wikipedia or other open sources 1) TYPES OF WOOD FOR COMMON WOODWORK PLYWOOD A] PLYWOOD:  Most […]

The “What Material to use for the Kitchen Counter Top” Conundrum. How to decide between Granite, Marble, Corian, Quartz, Acrylic etc.

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A number of folks have been inquiring on what material works best for the kitchen slab. This decision has lately become more complicated due to the different variety available in the market and whether the newer materials available suit our desi style of cooking & handling. To answer this question lets look at each of the materials available and the pros & Cons of each 1. Good Old Granite: ————————————————————– By far the most popular choice, and not without reason. Granite is more or less scratch & stain proof. The only draw back with Granite is the limitation on the colours & shades available. If you are ok with the Henry Ford philosophy of “You can choose any colour as long as its black” then this is the best material for you. One would argue that granite does come in other colours, however my personal view is that the other colours in […]

Feedback from IndiaWood 2012 Exhibition Bangalore

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Folks ….some quick notes from the IndiaWood Exhibition (http://indiawood.com/) that concluded in Bangalore last month. Some interesting findings that you may find useful in your home decoration journey 1. Steel Panels:  Saw some polished steel (etched & mirror finishes) introduced & showcased for interior design needs. Interestingly the vendor (www.Mapple.co.in), who supplies stuff from Haryana is willing to cater to the Home Decor Market (versus the commercial market done by such vendors usually). These sheets have the potential to give pretty exquisite finishes 2. Prices of UV coated MDF boards down:  These are boards that have a hi gloss/ anti scratch finish (http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/343750171/high_gloss_uv_coating_mdf_board.jpg). Some vendors have been passing these off as Acrylyc boards and charging extreme prices. While these were available earlier through grey market imports, now there are reputed Indian companies offering these at a fraction of the cost 3. Ebco – As a strong contender in hardware:  Ebco (www.ebco.in) […]