Interior Designers in Bangalore

Third Edition of my Masterclass on Interior Design Best Practices

November 3 it is — Just in case you missed the earlier two Masterclasses, here is another chance for you to attend this November. For those who are reading this for the first time – these masterclasses are for new home owners and folks planning to have their homes designed and done up in the coming few months. We typically cover all the things (well, almost all) that I have learnt during my Interior Design Practice over the last 10 years including expensive mistakes to avoid. The registration link below has additional details – https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/323fb7d88313461c70419073ea674206 Note that the small fee is just to ensure we get serious attendees – the idea is not to make $$ from these classes (I actually end up spending more than I charge) but to disseminate as much information on good design principles as possible I look forward to meeting you there. Cheers Nandita

Interior Design Masterclass in Bangalore Jul 27, 2019

Masterclass on Interior Design Best Practices for new Home Owners

Announcing the second edition of our “show and tell” masterclass on Interior Design Best practices for Home Makers The masterclass will be held at the state-of-the-art Residential Interior Design Experience Center situated off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Enrolment is restricted home makers expecting possession of their new homes this year. Students, Contractors & Practicing Interior Designers in Bangalore may please excuse Detailed Agenda: Common Mistakes in Residential Interior Design Linking Life Stage & Lifestyle to Interior Design Choosing the right Material for Woodwork Importance of Lighting in Interior Design. Types of Lighting Colour Selection – The concept of the Colour Wheel Furniture Placement – Optimizing space and size Refer the event links below for more details Event Link: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 Ticketing Link: (There is a small fee to ensure serious attendees): https://ticketing.eventshigh.com/checkout.jsp?eid=a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 If you have any questions then leave a comment using the link on the left. Cheers Nandita

“Save the best for last” … this is not about the song, it has everything to do with Interior Design

Interiors and Interior Design is usually the last item on the home buying list. Once the bank, builder and broker are paid off home makers end up with little for doing up their interiors. With shoestring interior budgets home makers end up compromising on the material, designs and workmanship, falling short of the dream home that they imagined. Planning the budgets for interiors hence needs to be integral to the process of home buying

Our Design Masterclass last week with university students and upcoming interior designers in Bangalore

Had the privilege of hosting the design masterclass for students of the school of Interior Design at Jain University Campus last week. A very positive experience interacting with the young breed of upcoming interior designers and giving them a glimpse of good design practices and expectations from design in the outside world. At The Studio we have been promoting the cause of lifestyle and life stage based interior design and the importance of the Persona (the user of the space) while curating interiors. No better a place than the minds of young students to instill this core thought and philosophy that will go a long way in getting Interior Design recognized as a core science in the country. Here’s a quick pic from the event Thanks Dr Sinha and the entire Jain Univ team and students for hosting us. Cheers Nandita

Doing end to end Interiors for your Home? – Here is a work schedule you should follow

A number of readers of this blog have asked questions around what work sequence one needs to follow while doing interiors for their home. We all know how painful it can be in Bangalore just to secure availability of good vendors like electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, the false roofing guy etc. Having them come in at the wrong milestone not just delays the work but also leads to rework & adds to the loads of stress that home makers are already stacked under. Given below is a step by step work schedule that I have been using for my own work, it has gone through multiple iterations and incorporates the learnings from multiple projects over the years. If you choose to follow this for your home then you will have to do one thing back for me – make sure that you provide your feedback on whether this helped you. […]

Looking for an Interior designer for your new home in Bangalore? Read on to know what you should expect from your interior designer and how you can ensure that the designer engagement delivers the value you seek.

When working with an interior designer, home makers usually expect just good woodwork and carpentry. The Q&A below discusses why customers should expect more from their designers and why that is not only good for the project but also for the Home Maker – Designer engagement.
In addition good interior design can be life changing for the occupants and helps in creating a living culture that stays with the family throughout their life

The Best of Houzz 2019 Award – Thank you for all your support

Last week we were notified by the Houzz team that we have been awarded the Best of Houzz in both the Design and Service categories. The awardees are chosen by the Houzz community of which I understand a lot of the readers of this blog are members – so a big thank you to you for choosing us. The formal press release that has details of the award is below. Cheers Nandita The Studio by Nandita Manwani Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019  Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs Bangalore, India, January 25, 2019 – The Studio by Nandita Manwani has won “Best Of Design & Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 8 year old design firm founded by Bangalore’s leading Interior Designer […]

Interior Design Masterclass on Home Lighting & Automation

We are all set to host our second Residential Interior Design Masterclass – this one will be on Home Lighting and Automation. See additional details below and if you are interested in attending then please register asap as we have capacity to host not more than 10 families. Do help spread the word as well by sharing this post so that others  making their homes may benefit from this workshop. Cheers Nandita Masterclass Details: Our second Masterclass on Residential Interior Design Best Practices will cover Home Lighting and Automation. With a select audience of home-makers we will go through 1. Mood based Lighting – How lighting affects moods and illuminance 2. Types of lighting & importance of layering of lighting 3. How to make arrangement for lighting during the construction phase 4. Types of light fittings and which to use where 5. Actual hands on demo of Home Automation and […]

Taking blogging to the next level – My Interior Design Masterclass

Since now I had a big enough place at the new experience center I thought why not!!! SO…we are taking this blog to the next level by ACTUALLY inviting home makers to the experience center and doing a show and tell of residential design principles, lighting, furniture placement and all the things that we have been talking about during the last 8 years on this blog. So if you have anyone who may be interested then do encourage them to attend. The registration link is here or you could just drop me an email. There is a small registration fee just to keep the free boarders away and ensure serious attendees, the fee will cover regular chai pani type expenses and the objective is NOT to make money from the masterclass. looking at the response I might make future workshops free. This is another first that I am trying out in […]

Some Pictures of our Interior Design Experience Center in Bangalore

We recently started hosting clients at our Interior Design Experience Center and it is a whole new feeling to do an actual show and tell the Interior Design best practices that I have been speaking of all these years. Below are some initial pictures of the Experience Center Interiors. I look forward to seeing you at the center. Meetings are by appointment, feel free to call and schedule a visit CheersNandita

The 5 Elements of Interior Design and what separates good design from the not so good

A lot of people wonder what makes a well-designed home different from, well, one that is not. I have dwelled over this question for many years and have finally concluded that there are 5 key design elements that each home needs. Each of these 5 need to be blended together in balance to get that warm & nice feel that some homes have. While making their home, most home owners usually consider just 3 or 4 of these elements and most often than not find it difficult to bring these together in unison.   To dwell further into these elements let’s give you a glimpse into what goes on in a designer’s brain as she does a recon of your home to create a visual in her mind that finally leads to the design blueprint and the final output.   So …broadcasting live, right from the studio in the designer’s […]

Looking for an interior designer in Bangalore? Not sure of the value that an Interior designer may bring? … then read on

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Today’s edition of Deccan Herald hosts an article on the value that an interior designer adds to the home making process as well as tips on how to go about looking for the right designer for your home. The author has encapsulated views from prominent interior designers in Bangalore to make a comprehensive presentation. The article is available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/660901/getting-design-game-right.html , do read. It will be helpful to folks setting up or getting ready for their new home. Cheers Nandita

The Studio selected as one of the top upcoming Interior Designers in India

Thanks to all your wishes, The Studio was selected among the top upcoming interior designers in the country. The magazine in print will be available in stands next week. Do read about it here https://industry.siliconindiamagazine.com/vendor/the-studio-by-nandita-manwani-a-lifestyle-interior-design-firm-built-on-the-foundation-of-trust-cid-3799.html Glad, encouraged, thankful & deeply humbled. Cheers Nandita

New Q&A Module for you to ask your questions

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This blog today hosts over 3500 Q&A on home interiors under different posts. For some of the more popular posts there are over 500 questions underneath and the blogger tool has been found incapable to handle such volume. We therefore launched a stand alone Q&A module on www.thestudiobangalore.com yesterday that will allow you to post your question and provides a better visual interface to browse through previous answers. Will welcome your inputs and feedback on this new functionality. The Q&A module is available at https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ Cheers Nandita

Plywood Fakes in the Bangalore Market and a brief interaction with the Kitply Management on the same

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A few days back I happened to get an email from a senior member of the Kitply Management team acknowledging the issue of Plywood Fakes available in the market. The gentleman also mentioned some of the things that Kitply is trying to do to weed out the fakes. I am reproducing the communication below as this will be of interest to the readers of this blog. Note that this is not a recommendation nor an endorsement of Kitply’s products or the company. ——————————– From: Gaurav Goenka  Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:23 PM Subject: kitply fakes To: nanditamanwani@gmail.com Dear nandita, I write to you as a senior member of the kitply management. I happened to come across your blog and congratulate you for the wonderful work you do and respect your views that you don’t want to be associated with any product/brand and as you very rightly said it […]

Elder Friendly Home Interior Design

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This subject has been close to my heart and I had written this article a long time ago. Glad to announce that the article was featured in Deccan Herald last Friday. I have been of a firm opinion that Interior design is not just about the woodwork nor the decor but really about defining the life and lifestyle of the residing family. Making one’s home elder friendly through intelligent, insightful and practical design is one such area where the real value of residential Interior Design stands out. The detailed article is available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/627433/make-your-home-safe-elderly.html Do read and share as this is something that everyone who has an elderly person at home should know. Cheers Nandita

Organised furniture retail and the changing role of the Interior Designer

My article on whether to build furniture or to buy it from the market and how organised furniture retail will change the role of the Interior Designer published in the Bangalore edition of Deccan Herald today. Here is the link to the article on Deccanherald.com http://www.deccanherald.com/content/622540/how-do-you-like-your.html

www.thestudiobangalore relaunched: The new destination for Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes in Bangalore

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Exited to announce that after 6 months of work we launched the new website for The Studio. For those of you who are new to this blog The Studio is my own venture offering Customised Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes across Bangalore. The new website consolidates the 3 offerings from The Studio under a single umbrella (earlier we had 2 separate websites – one each for Kitchens & Wardrobes) to make it easier for customers to get a complete picture. We also have a refreshed new logo which is a combination of the Ganesha (auspiciousness) & the Swastika (beginning) signifying an auspicious new beginning:  a new home is really a beginning Happy to get your feedback on the website – do check in at https://www.thestudiobangalore.com Cheers Nandita

Chickpet & City Market Bangalore for Home Interior Shopping

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Found my way to Chikpet/ City Market today after many many years. All this while I have been doing my shopping for light fittings in and around South Bangalore, however for an an ongoing project I have been on the look out for specialty lighting hence thought of checking out what the most touted wholesale lighting market in Bangalore has to offer…all for goodness, was pleasantly surprised Most of the shops dealing in light fittings are in around BVK Iyengar Road hence the good thing is that it does not take too much googling and navigation skills to explore the market. If you plan a visit just ensure to take Uber/ Ola to get there as there is no way that you will find parking or peace of mind if you are in your own car. Back to the shopping experience and the good shops. So assuming that you are […]

Featured among the top interior designers in Bangalore

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Featured among the top Women Interior Designers in Bangalore by Nearfox Magazine :). THe original article can be found at https://nearfox.com/bangalore/e/female-interior-designers … read on,   Seven Female Interior Designers From Bangalore Who’re At The Top Of Their Game Are you conscious about the aesthetics of your home and do not want to compromise on décor? Get an interior designer on the job to have your home transformed completely. Not only will they keep your needs in mind, they’ll also customize the design, the hues, and the furniture of the house specifically according to your tastes to turn it into a real home. And as we all know, women today are leading in every creative field there is, these female interior designers from Bangalore are at the top of their game. Take a look! Sunita K Reddy One of the most accomplished interior designers based out of Bangalore, Sunita K Reddy […]

Just Launched – www.thestudiobangalore.com

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Today being an auspicious day we formally launched www.thestudiobangalore.com. It is a master site for The Studio Kitchens, The Studio Wardrobes and www.homedesignbangalore (this blog). Do also go through the Kitchens section on www.thestudiobangalore.com – this is a new website launched for the Designer Kitchen Range. Do wish me luck as I embark on this next level forward. As always would welcome your suggestions and comments on the new website. Signing off… Nandita

The Essential Bangalore Home Buyer Handover Checklist – Things to check on before you take possession of your apartment/ villa from the builder – Version II

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The regular readers of this blog would have come across, in one of the earlier posts, this list of things to check on before taking full and final possession of one’s home from the builder . I was updating this checklist sometime back for my own use and felt that this is something that all of Bangalore’s home buyers can make use of. With that thought I bounced this off with folks at Deccan Herald and lo and behold I see it published on the front page of DH Homes & Interiors today :). The DH team has done a great job of putting pictures and formatting the list around different sections to make it easier and fun to read. Do take time to go through. The unedited free text of the article is below ——————————————————————————————— Villa / Apartment Interior Readiness and Handover Checklist: Things to check on BEFORE you […]

2000 FAQ’s on Home Interiors and Interior Design Best Practices

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Imagine a repository of 2000 Frequently Asked Questions and how to’s on interior design and home interiors….how cool would that be.  Well, surprise surprise, we crossed the 2000 Q&A milestone on THIS blog last week – look through the comments under each of the blog posts. The content in there put together is probably richer than whats there in the blog posts themselves. So do take time to browse through and if not all then you may find most of your questions on home interiors and design answered in there. In the unlikely event that you don’t find an answer to whats pressing on your mind, then, as always, feel free to pop it across. Keep chiming, signing off Nandita

Feedback from The ET Acetech 2015 Bangalore

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If you have been on Bangalore roads in the last couple of weeks you would not have missed the huge posters of Shahrukh Khan promoting ACE Tech 2015, in fact the newspapers have been ringing with full page ads of the exhibition as well. One wonders what has Sharukh got to do with the Construction and Interiors industry :-P, perhaps this came about via his wife who is a known Interior designer herself. A Google look up on “Gauri Khan Interior Design” throws up a 2012 Bloomberg video that says “Gauri Khan turns interior designer”… huh – how does one “turn into” an Interior Designer?? I got to go and watch that video now :-). Enough pun on the Khan Khandaan for now, back to Acetech. It has been among the largest exhibitions in the Construction and Interior design space, professionally organized and at one of the better venues (BIEC) […]

Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own

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Home Interiors and Decorators This one is for readers who have or are in the process of renting out a home. The simple tips below should help you get your home to reflect your lifestyle and your style without cashing out your wallet. This article also appeared on the home page of Deccan Herald – Homes & Interiors this morning…happy reading —————- Design & Makeover Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own While you may not be able to do much about your nosy landlord, there are lots that can be done to make your rented house reflect your lifestyle and make it feel like “home” without cashing out your credit card. Each of us has lived in a rented accommodation at some point in our life whether it be due to moving cities, the need for a bigger place or just that […]

“The Studio” – now on Facebook : A photo palate for interiors in the “Indian” context

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Thestudiobangalore Over the last few months, I realized that I have been accumulating a good number of photographs of interior work – both ongoing and finished, on my phone and nearly none had found their way to this blog. The prime culprit – the thought that I will “one day” get a good photographer to cover “finished” interiors of the entire project/s and then put the best ones out here …. a “one day” that is yet to come 🙁 There is a lot that pictures communicate, not just how good (or bad) the interiors look but also insight into what goes into creating good designs – thus initiating and invigorating the viewers’ own thoughts & ideas. What I also found was that while the western world has its  Houzz.com’s and other websites, there is hardly ANY place that has insight into home interiors in the Indian context…let me explain […]

Selecting the “right” sofa for your home. My article in Deccan Herald today

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The subject article was featured in Deccan Herald today. You can also read it at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/445623/selecting-sofas-safe-way.html. The free text is also pasted below Thank You Deccan Herald team for helping spread the light 🙂 Full leather, Half leather, Fabric, Cane, Wooden, Reclining, Sectional, Tuxedo, Chesterfield, Camelback ….whoa, the choice is almost limitless & often one is lost selecting which sofa will be “right” for one’s home. Since buying a sofa is a fair amount of investment & stays with you for almost a lifetime it’s important to do a bit of homework before choosing this companion for your home. The next few paragraphs will attempt to provide simple tips on things to consider when deciding the “right” sofa for you. Thematic Alignment:  You would have noticed some homes have a nice warm feel to them and surprisingly,  the reason for it is something that you really cannot pin point – such […]

The “missing” REAL value of an interior designer.

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Sometime back on this blog I wrote on a couple of topics, one around whether you really need an interior designer and another on the “design” element in interior design. Interestingly, last night I came across an old TED talk that takes the above expression even further The talk (it’s more of a conversation) is between Saul Wurman (the co-founder of TED) and Frank Gehry one of the legendary architects of our time. The crux of  Gehry’s talk is around the fact that most customers miss out on the real value of an architect. I feel this is something that applies equally to interior design, when the customers expect just “carpentry” while the game is really about personal expression. Gehry says & I quote “Most architects when they present their work — most of the people we know, you get up and you talk about your work, and it’s almost […]

FAQ’s on Home Interiors in the Comments Section: We crossed 1000 comments this week

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Just to let you know – we crossed the 1000 mark in comments & questions under the 25 posts on this blog. These FAQ’s on home interiors are probably as rich in information and inputs as the posts themselves and the best part is that these have come up through “live” issues & questions raised by “you”. So if you haven’t done so already then I would strongly suggest you browse through the comments section of the posts. Happy Reading NM

My New Logo – The Studio: Homes, Kitchens & Wardrobes

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Finally after long deliberations & doodling with friends and family the logo for The Studio is out…yooohoo 🙂 Based on customer needs, the brand will have 3 ranges of interior options under it 1. The Eco Range – Pocket friendly home interior packages for 2 & 3 BHK apartments 2. The Classic Range – Complete home interiors in good quality material and workmanship 3. The Studio Range – Hi End stuff – Complete Interiors or individual Wardrobes/ Kitchens As always would welcome your feedback and inputs Signing off Nandita

Home Interiors – Thumbrules for costing based on market rates in Bangalore

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While I have a similar post on “Costing your Woodwork” done earlier on this blog I got your feedback that the earlier post captures a method for costing just the woodwork and not complete interiors, also there is a need for broad thumb-rule costing that is quick and easy. For some time now I have been using some thumb-rules myself whenever I have had inquiries from customers & felt no harm in putting these in the public domain – ofcourse this will have its detractors who may have strong opinions on how “correct” is this model and its output, however having used this model myself for my projects over the last couple of years I can vouch that it gives realistic rupee value estimates that you will end up spending even when executing the work yourself, provided the assumptions and scope (also mentioned below) remain the same. Also, just like […]

A Car is not “Just” a Car – The element of “Design” in Interior Design

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The thought and the topic of this post came up during a recent drive to Ooty with my sister’s family. On a sharp turn the car felt as if it would not straighten up, kind of steering on its own & my husband (an automobile engineer by training) commented “Cars that are designed well do not over-steer & this one isn’t (…designed well)”. Don’t expect me to explain what that means as my expertise in automobile engineering is limited to being able to telephone Zakir the mechanic whenever the tyres feel plumpy or the bonnet smoky. Driving with two men who shared common interest on the subject of Cars, the discussion did move further to things that go into hi end automobile design. Here are a few that I learnt – In hi end cars all the 4 wheels turn when you turn the steering to optimize the car’s turning […]

Do You “Really” Need an Interior Designer

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Odd topic you would say, right? You will say “everyone needs a designer provided one can afford it”. You may find it odd hearing this coming from someone from the fraternity (a.k.a. me) that. 1. Not everyone who can afford a designer actually needs one & 2. Every one can actually afford an interior designer Let me explain what I mean. Over the last few years having been in this line & having met & spoken to multitudes of people making their homes I feel one can categorize home makers broadly into the following 3 groups Type 1. Folks who know exactly what they want, have the time and a deep desire to be closely involved in each aspect of home making, love spending their weekends looking out for stuff for their new home & possibly have someone or can themselves supervise daily construction. If you belong to this category […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]