APRIL 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 47)
Subject: APRIL 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 47)
Send date: 2014-04-01
APRIL 2014 ISSUE 47
IN FOCUS: THE COOK SPACE by Nicole Kow
Kitchens are an essential part of any home no matter the size. For some it is a place that bonding over the making of meals is done. For others it is the workshop where the chef in us emerges. But no matter the levels of interest (or lack of it), a kitchen is still somewhat the heart of the home because food always brings people together.
Whether or not cooking is an interest to the homeowner, the decision making of a kitchen layout is a vital part of homebuilding and renovation. Kitchens layouts come in an array of shapes to suit the family. Compact and minimalist or spacious and storage-friendly are just some of the thoughts and ideas which are bound to come out during the conceptualizing process.
If you are planning to makeover your kitchen or rebuild your home, these popular layouts might come in handy when deciding which kind of kitchen to have.
The two-line kitchen or galley kitchen is one of the most popular kitchen layouts seen. With cabinets lined on either side, this layout optimises the space. This type of layout is especially useful when space is a constraint and a good amount of storage is needed within the kitchen.
While it can be used in any kind of home, the double-line kitchen is especially popular in apartments and intermediate terrace homes where space is limited. The layout also makes reaching for things easy as cabinets are within close proximity from one another.
The layout of a U-shaped kitchen distinctively defines the space. It is designed much like a galley kitchen with the inclusion of an additional wall counter adjoining the two sides. Such a kitchen works more like a private cooking domain. Perfect if the cook doesn’t want to be disturbed.
However depending on the space, U-shaped kitchens can sometimes be a little claustrophobic if tailored in a compact setting. But like the galley kitchen, it is easy access to your kitchen appliances or crockery.
The layout’s name of course comes from the way the cabinets are lined up that being along two adjacent or perpendicular walls which forms an L. For homes that can do without a formal dining room or would like to include the dining within the kitchen can opt for a layout like this. With cabinets lining up along the walls, more floor space is available to accommodate a dining table.
Such a layout will require more space as compared to a double-line kitchen space. The layout promotes a communal setting allowing the kitchen to accommodate more than one cook or gives the cook a chance to have the kids within close proximity if a dining table is added in.
Probably the kitchen which requires the most space among all, the island kitchen can easily incorporate any one of the mentioned layouts especially the L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen. The island kitchen distinctively includes an unattached counter top typically located within middle of the area.
Also an inviting setting for company, the island counter can be used to prepare food while still conversing with guests or it can be used as a breakfast counter for the quick bites before heading off. Perfect for entertaining, family bonding and cooking enthusiasts, the island kitchen has multiple workspaces making it a versatile kitchen layout no matter the occasion.
IN MY OPINION: BACK ON RENOTALK by Brian Kow
It was a good meet up with Evelyn, a founding member of Renotalk, a long time online portal that has grown through leaps and bounds in the world of renovation and makeovers that I am sure is under the watchful eye of many a cyber-entrepreneur.
It has been a long time since we had made our presence on Renotalk.com however, with a nudge from Nicole to showcase our projects and the great rapport we had established with Evelyn though the years, we have embarked on using their platform to open our services to their viewers.
As we break into April, we have seen a strong trend change from the origins of the customer. I believe this may be here to stay for a while, as more existing landed property owners use their land to create, enhance and optimise potential space that has been somewhat under-utilised in the past.
Fresh off the press, our feature from Renotalk just released a couple of hours ago on their website which you can view here. Also keep a look out for Renotalk’s debut print magazine to be released this month which you will get a look at one of our Lifestyle Homes.
List Type: For Sale/For Rent
Land Size: 3900 sq. ft. (approx)
Built Up: 5600 sq. ft. (approx)
Rooms: 6+1 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, double-volume ceiling, roof-terrace, pool, elevator, 4 lot carpark
Amenities: Close proximity to Siglap Village, Siglap Centre, supermarkets and eateries
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