Wardrobe Design for a man’s closet

Designing the perfect wardrobe in a limited amount of space is the key to keeping your clothes well organised and always looking your best. These tips should help you plan the perfect closet.

Modular Wardrobe

As a general rule a man’s closet should be modular and divided into 2 sections, the larger area should be dedicated to hanging space and a smaller section should be given to shelves and drawers. The main hanging space can be divided in two halves (top and bottom) as nothing in a man’s closet is longer than a shirt, at the bottom of the hanging space one can plan a shoe drawer which does not need to extend beyond the height of a running shoe. The open shelves are used for casual wear like t-shirts, shorts etc. and drawers for underwear, socks etc.

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Maximise Hanging Space in your Closet

For men it’s all about hanging, provide the most amount of hanging space for jackets, shirts, pants, suits etc.

Organizing Accessories in the Cupboard

Belts, socks, ties etc. tend to get lost easily in unorganised closets. The key is to keep them visible and easily accessible. For ties and belts use efficient slide out racks. For socks and briefs use compartmentalised drawers to make sure they are all in pairs and easy to find.

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Shoe Storage

Men’s shoes tend to be simple and don’t usually extend beyond the height of your average padded running shoe, so build a show drawer across the whole closet to maximise shoe space.

Packing Away Seasonal Clothes

If your closet height is more than 7 feet add a loft area on top for seasonal clothes like sweaters and jackets.

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These basic principles can be achieved in a number of configurations, so browse through options online and find the one that suits your requirements. If you have more space some of these concepts can be extended to a walk-in-closet.

 

Budgeting your kitchen renovation

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It’s never easy to commit to a kitchen renovation. One is always concerned about the noise, disruption and the cost of renovating. While some disruption during the process is inevitable, at least when it comes to budgeting your project we can help. Here are a few tips on how to establish a renovation budget.
Identify what you want to keep
If looking to do the project within a budget one should consider re-using parts of their existing kitchen. Your oven, fridge, chimney and hob could be reused if in proper condition. If you are fine with the location of your water inlets and outlets then you can save on redoing the plumbing, and the same is true for electrical work. You might even consider reusing the original flooring.
Set priorities
What is the goal of the renovation? Do you want to Increase space, change the look and feel, or make it more functional for your changing requirements? Make a priority list of what you care about, this will help you pick and choose tasks when fitting the renovation into your budget.

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Modular Kitchen Renovation Cost Breakdown
Most modular kitchen companies will give you a rate that seems quite low, but one must note that they are only referring to the cabinets. When it comes to a holistic budget one needs to consider the cost of plumbing, electrical, tiling, painting etc.
The cost of renovating a typical 8’X 10’ size kitchen with branded materials and midrange specifications should be around Rs. 4 Lacks. The budget break down per task is as follows:
Modular cabinets: 40% (includes good quality hardware, and laminate finish)
Electrical: 17% (includes hob, chimney, fans and geyser)
Plumbing: 11% (includes kitchen sink and faucet)
Tiles: 7% (floor and walls)
Doors and Windows: 12%
False ceiling: 3% (includes recessed lights)
Kitchen Counter: 3%
Misc. civil work: 7% (includes demolition of existing kitchen, waterproofing, painting etc.)
Please note that this budget doesn’t include larger appliances such as a fridge, OTG or microwave oven.
Also it is always advisable to keep an additional 15% of the budget available for unplanned tasks that might come up once your old kitchen is removed.
This basic thumb rule guide should get you on the right track in terms of preparing a budget, you can go high end with your cabinet finishes if your budget allows it, or cut some costs down by choosing not to redo the electricals and plumbing as mentioned before.
And finally to avoid going above budget, stick to the plan
How much extra you spend is completely dependent on you, once you have decided on a reasonable number, stick to it. Making changes through the course of a project leads to cascading budget increases that will surprise you at the end.
Hope these tips help you plan your upcoming kitchen renovation.

Maximize your bathroom storage

While bathrooms are usually the smallest room in the house, they tend to have a lot of stuff in them and usually this leads to clutter, everyone would love a little more space in the bathroom, but most of us don’t have the luxury of a large apartments with ample square feet available. Here are some ideas on how to maximize storage space in smaller bathrooms and make them feel more functional and spacious.

Use narrow cabinets to fit into wasted spaces, maximize every square inch.

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Add a shelf above your sink, this can be used for placing items that are needed often.

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Use spice racks for makeup and toiletries.

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Hang your towels behind the door, why waste wall space when you can use the door.

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Increase the hanging rod space.

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Stick shelving above your door, another space that is usually wasted.

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Maximize the area above your toilet, don’t neglect this space.

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Medicine cabinets are a classic space saving item, there are quite a few designs available in the market.

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Add a long cabinet to your bathroom vanity, if you have a little space after your sink dont waste it.

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We hope these tips will help make your bathroom experience more pleasant! Let us know if you have some innovative ideas to maximise bathroom storage in the comments section.

Modular Kitchen Accessories: What to keep in mind (Part 2)

(Updated Feb 2019)

Here’s a few other modular kitchen accessories that you might want to consider when setting up a new kitchen.

Vegetable Basket pullout
A vegetable basket pullout gives you a space to keep all your fresh produce. Things like potatoes and onions will always be kept outside even if you choose to keep the rest in the fridge. Instead of keeping your vegetables in a basket on top of the counter, this just makes your space look neater.

Note: One often has a choice between wicker baskets and stainless steel baskets. While wicker looks nicer, it can be harder to clean than stainless steel. You will also need to choose whether to put a shutter on your baskets or leave them open – a shutter can help keep the dust out and the smells inside.

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Kitchen Pantry Unit
Pantry units come in a few different variations, and generally are in the form of a tall pullout with multiple shelves. The advantage of a pantry unit is that the things lying in the back of your cabinets become easier to reach, as opposed to needing to pull out all your jars in front to access the ones behind.

Note: Given the tall nature of these cabinets, you’ll still need a stepstool or a small ladder to access the upper shelves.

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Appliance Garage
Appliance garages are becoming popular in India nowadays. They can be thought of as small cabinets on your kitchen counter to keep your appliances plugged in, and pulled out whenever you want to use one. There is usually a shutter on the front of the cabinet, hence the use of the term garage.

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Drawer systems
Drawers come in many shapes and sizes in your kitchen. You can use drawers for cutlery, pots and pans, grains, flour and much more. They are often referred to as tandem boxes.

Note: The larger of these tandem boxes have weight capacities, so its important to figure out what purpose you’re going to use your drawer for. Also keep in mind that the pictures your modular kitchen company will show you usually show divisions/compartments in these drawers, but those attachments need to be purchased separately.

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Other Kitchen Accessories or Appliances
We hope these posts have helped you understand the various inbuilt accessories that you might want to include your kitchen. Of course there’s another whole set of external appliances/accessories that you need to think about. These include your stove top, oven, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, kettle, blender and perhaps more. Don’t forget about these and where they might go in your kitchen too.

If you missed the first post in this series click here Modular Kitchen Accessories Part 1

6 Home Renovations to Plan When Getting Married

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Weddings are a good time to plan your home renovations. You may want to add an extra room or storage space to accommodate a new person’s belongings, and make a few more additions to make your spouse comfortable. Here are some changes we recommend while you plan your renovation.

Start Pinterest board together (e.g. http://ow.ly/YswK4) This way you can get a sense of each others design sensibilities and go through the tough task of shortlisting designs for your home before getting started on site.

  • Extra storage units:  You may want to add an extra cupboard or cabinets to store clothes and other belongings when you get married. You may want to mount a full length mirror on the cupboard or on a swivel, with the swivel revealing shelves and hooks- ideal for your belts, bags and scarves. Position a low chest of drawers at the foot of your bed and use it to store your bed linen. Think vertically, adding shelving to walls and possibly extending them to the ceiling.
  • The master Bedroom:  Look for Bedroom design ideas to help you put together the perfect bedroom to welcome your life partner home. Apart from adding storage, you may want to shift to a bigger bed and add a dresser or walk-in closet to it. Ensure you have a dedicated bathroom attached to the room. You should also look at adding more plug points to the room as the number of chargeable devices would increase once you get married.
  • The Bathroom: Bathroom designs can be tricky to implement. If you have the space, you could go in for his and her sinks. You could also add a tub or a Jacuzzi. If you don’t feel the need to include a bathtub; you can use that extra space for a large storage cabinet instead. Walk-in showers are also popular but bathtub with shower combos offer the best of both worlds. If space is a constraint, wall-mounted cabinets and medicine cabinets are helpful too.
  • The Kitchen: You should look for modular kitchen ideas to add style to the belly of your home.  Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to provide display space and make a small kitchen feel larger. The most popular kitchen upgrade one can do before getting married is installing new state of the art energy-efficient appliances, such as a dual-fuel range with double convection ovens, a high-tech range hood, an energy star certified refrigerator and a water-saving paneled dishwasher.
  • Living Room: If at least one of you is a movie buffs, you may want a separate living room with a TV installed, to snuggle in and watch a late night flick. This space should ideally be separate from a formal drawing room that isn’t prim and proper all the time.
  • Another Bedroom: A spare bedroom is always good to have since guests visiting tend to increase after you’re married. Additionally, it could come in handy down the road when you start planning your own family. More so you can always benefit from the extra storage in this room, since there will almost certainly not be enough.

5 Storage Ideas Using Spaces You Never Realised Existed in Your House

Every house has pockets which you never realised existed, but could be used to organise and store many things. This blog post talks of such pockets and how they could be used.

1) The Area under the steps: This area, often ignored, can be used for utility drawers, a small washroom, a showcase, or a small utility room for the washing machine/ ironing table. Much depends on the space available though.

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2) Wardrobe doors: These are usually unused, but hooks in the wardrobe doors could help you organise ties, belts, shoes and even clothes.

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3) Bathroom Storage: Even if you have a small bathroom, some storage area can be squeezed out to store cleaning material, towels, and other utility items.

  • The area under the sink is perfect for storing cleaning products and detergents.

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  • A ‘behind the mirror cabinet’ for extra shampoo and soap.

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  • To stock Towels and Toilet Paper.

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4) Capitalizing on ceiling height using hydraulic garment lifts: We are most often limited by height, and don’t prefer ceiling high cupboards for obvious reasons. However, these hydraulic hangers really help in using that space for hanging suits and other important clothes which you want to keep away from the clutter. You can find these hangers at Hettich.

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5) Innovative Furniture: Furniture with storage can be a big plus point especially if you live in a rented accommodation wherein you really can’t build in storage space

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  • Sofa with storage

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Things to Keep in Mind While Setting up a Nursery or Kids Room

Decorating a nursery is always very special because you are about to welcome a new and wonderful life into the house. This space should therefore be soothing, interesting, stylish, and comfortable for your little one and you; after all you both will be spending a lot of time in this room. Here’s a guide to what you need to know while putting together a happy place for your baby.

Kids Room Design:

Consider putting the crib close to the entrance so that you don’t have to walk around things or risk tripping over something when you come to watch over your baby in the middle of the night. Avoid putting the crib right next to the window. Never place a crib near anything that dangles, like a curtain or blind trimmings, as the baby can tangle itself in these.

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Kids Furniture:

  • Baby Crib: The crib should be the focal point of your baby nursery. You should invest some time and choose its Shape, finish and durability wisely. Make sure the crib does not have any sharp edges or corners.

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  • Baby Bedding: Your baby deserves a healthy environment. Look for bedding that’s soft and 100% cotton that has been produced without chemical pesticides, to keep baby’s sensitive skin protected. It’s important that you read up on SIDS before you decide upon the pillows and bedding for your baby.

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  • Changing Table: You can keep the changing table close to the crib. When the baby has wet accidents, you don’t want to carry the baby across the room so be sure you have all the essentials close at hand.

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Walls: 

  • Consider using nursery wall decals with colors that are calming and nurturing. This could also be influenced by your nursery theme. Anything goes, from flowers to butterflies, or something more modern, such as blocks or stripes. You should also consider using washable paint, so that it is easy to clean if the baby tries honing its artistic skills on them.

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Flooring:

  • Babies spend a lot of their first two years on the floor- crawling, playing, and falling. Wooden flooring is warm and appealing, but one needs to ensure it is splinter-free.  Wall-to-wall carpeting in the nursery is a good idea, even though cleaning and maintaining it can be a challenge. Choose a very low pile, a loop carpet, or commercial-grade carpet which is easier to vacuum and keep dust free. Instead of going for a wall to wall carpet, you could also cover some parts of the nursery with rugs.

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Décor:

  • You may choose to use socket covers or modern sockets that have built-in automatic shutters to stop children sticking their fingers or other objects into them.

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Windows:

  • Choose curtains and blinds without cords. If you do have cords, tie them high up and out of your child’s reach. Always open windows from the top and fit them with locks to prevent your child from opening them from the bottom. Ensure all your kids furniture is placed away from the windows as your child may be tempted to climb onto them.

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Doors:

  • Young children often end up hurting their fingers between slamming doors. Ensure all your doors have door slam stoppers to protect your child’s fingers.

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Tips for Kids Furniture:

  • Use stable furniture that won’t topple over in your child’s nursery. Remember to close drawers to prevent your child from bumping her head or trapping her fingers. Put latches on any lower drawers to prevent your baby to open them. Attach protector cushions to furniture corners so that your child doesn’t hurt himself.

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Most of the furniture you install in this room should have storage space to store toys and books. Toy storage should always be covered with a lid so that the toys don’t gather dust, as babies tend to put toys in the mouth very often.

Keeping these points in mind, we really hope you enjoy setting up your nursery and welcome the little one.

P.S: If you’d like to get a baby or kids room built or renovated, and are looking for help, feel free to reach out to us at (http://buildingblox.in/form)

7 Kitchen Design Ideas to Best Utilize Your Space

A kitchen reflects your personality and style. Want to know how organised a person is? Just take a look at their kitchen.

The one common grievance everyone has at home is that ‘there isn’t enough space’. Thanks to innovations in kitchen design, today we have a number of kitchen hardware options in the market that help us organize ourselves and also save space. If you’re designing a new modular kitchen, or renovating your old one here are some tips for you.

  • Pull Out Cabinets– Pull out cabinets organize, de-clutter and help utilize every inch of your cabinet space. You can easily access 100% of your cabinet space without kneeling or stooping, and also get heavier items from your cabinets with minimal effort. It’s best to place pull out cabinets below the kitchen counters and push up cabinets overhead, to make things more accessible and provide better ergonomics of working within the kitchen.pull out cabinet
  • Corner Sink/Wash Casket– The kitchen corner is often the toughest space to utilize, whether its inside the cabinets or on top of the counter. A corner kitchen sink, though often more expensive than a straight one, can be a good way to utilise the corner. Corner sinks are now being manufactured in India by brands such as Nirali, and are easily available. Corner sinks also add a unique visual appeal to your kitchen.

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  • Magic Corners– Magic corners have also made a significant impact on how corners are used, these days. With these circular shelves pivoting around a rod, all you need to do is swivel, and things kept at the far end come to the front. There are L-Shaped variations to these as well, wherein the front part is pulled out and a side shelf magically appears.

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  • Dish Drying Cabinet– Having a dish drying rack over the sink makes life very convenient as the water falls into the sink straight. The rack can be concealed with a wooden front cabinet cover, like the rest of the shelves in the kitchen, so that it blends with the rest of the kitchen design. Thus the utensils can be dried without making the Kitchen look cluttered and compromising the design.

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  • Piped Gas (Instead of cylinders to save on space)- If you live in an area where gas pipelines are available, you may want to consider getting a connection as it saves on space and is safer to use. However, if you don’t have that option, you could create a rack outside the house, to place the cylinders and connect it to your burner via a pipe.
  • Drawer Systems/Organizers– What could be more delightful than finding the potato peeler exactly when you require it? Modern kitchen drawer fittings transform cluttered drawers of cutlery, cooking spoons,or snacks, into an organizers delight!There are also plenty of attachments that can help you organise your pots and pans so you don’t have to sift through 10 of them before finding the one you’re looking for. Imagine the difference this could make to your cooking routine.

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  • Wine Glass Holders– Keep your stemware protected and sorted using a Hanging Wine Glass Rack. The rack, which is easy to install, is placed on the ceiling of the cabinet and helps save shelf space the glasses would have otherwise taken up. If you’re wondering, these attachments are fairly easy to clean as well.

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We will keep updating this list from time to time, to help you organise your kitchen better. In the interim, do share your ideas with us in the comments section.

Update 16 feb 2019

Here are some more innovative ways to maximize storage efficiency in your kitchen.

 

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Add hooks to any free areas to create hanging space for your pots and pans. This might be under the top cabinets or above the window.

 

 

Use the tops of your cabinets

Put rarely used crockery and cutlery into fill-up bins and store them above your upper cabinets.

 

 

Put in a shelf above your window

Window walls are usually wasted, add a shelf to make the most of the space.

 

Add shelves to your splash wall

Use the space between above and lower cabinets to store glasses and other small containers.

Hope you find these tips useful, we will be back with more shortly!

Be sure to leave your comments and suggestions.

Entertainment hub by Studio Wood

Designer’s Name:  Studio wood

Designer’s Email:  hello.swc@gmail.com

Designer’s Website: studiowood.co.in

Studio Wood was asked to construct an entertainment hub for a family of 3 on the terrace of a 2600 sq.ft plot. The design was born keeping in mind orientation, climate and comfort.

The north-south direction of the plot ensured less heat gain. So in order to receive thermal comfort open-able clearstory windows were installed at the bottom, to allow cross-ventilation.

To give the area an open and fresh appeal, the terrace was landscaped and a controlled micro-climate was created, using plants, water bodies and sunshades.

Materials: Exposed brick fused with exposed concrete and a lot of light.

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