Learn the difference between some of the more common materials used for floorings at home

Different Types of Floors for Home (Marble, Tiles, Cement, Etc)

The type of flooring could make a significant difference in the appearance and finishing of your home. Good looking flooring could enhance the value of the home and would definitely attract unlimited compliments. Here we explore the difference options in flooring that local Singaporeans may choose to opt for in their dream homes.

 Homogeneous Tile

When in need of flooring that requires heavy duty, homogeneous tile is the best affordable alternative. Homogeneous tile could be used as both wall & floor tiles, or even as countertops. Homogeneous tiles comes with both gloss & unglazed finish, which means there is a wide selection for you to choose from!

Homogeneous tiles that comes with unglazed finish are the best alternative for flooring options because of the possibility of standing water. Some of the most popular finishes available are matte, embossed, glazed and textured ones for anti-slip.

Homogeneous tiles, similar to ceramic tiles in nature, are made of porcelain color through tile body, are the best to hide scratches or damages due to their composition if it’s an unglazed finish, for gloss wise minor scratches are inevitable

 Parquet Flooring

One of the favorites types of Hardwood flooring, parquet flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability that would rarely have for a flooring material. This type of flooring provides a long-lasting product, wear resistant surface that could be re varnished if necessary. However, certain grades of parquet flooring might darken with age and some others could shrink and expand creating gaps in the floor surface. But fret not, these expanded floor gaps can be filled up if you seek the right professional.

Laminate Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring

One of the cheapest flooring types available locally, laminate flooring is very easy to maintain. However, laminate flooring could not be re varnished and can be scratched on the surfaces easily. For installations in high-moisture rooms, laminate flooring of lower grade may not be able to last long.

Vinyl flooring provides a strong, durable surface that can resist burns, scratches, and chips. It is an excellent solution for high traffic areas, also it resembles natural woods’ surfaces and comes in a wide range of colors and designs.Vinyl flooring has grown significantly in popularity as it’s easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as parquet flooring.

Marble tiles are one of the most durable and versatile tiles to use. They can be used for your floors, walls, and hallway columns. These tiles are easily cleaned and maintained. They are also very easy to engrave with stylish textures and designs that suit your artistic tastes.

Marble tiles make an elegant foyer and come in many colours. It comes in a wide range of colours and variations and is used in such things as sculpture as well as architecture and a building material for thousands of years, but its main use is in flooring. The tiles are available in different sizes, usually around 12×12 and are easy to install.

With that being said, there might be many questions regarding the ideal type of flooring for your homes. Feel free to contact our staffs at 6635 8010 or fill in the contact form here .

Open Kitchen

What to consider before having an open kitchen at home

The spacious look of an open kitchen is easy to fall in love with. It gives you more visual space and offers the sights and smells of a delicious home-cooked meal. Open kitchens have gained popularity with new home owners, and HDB has some new BTO flats designed with an open kitchen layout for those who love the idea.

If you are one of those who want to hop onto the open kitchen bandwagon, we have put together some considerations on some things you should take note of before deciding to have an open kitchen or not.

Remember, before you hack down that wall, make sure you get the necessary approval(s) from relevant authorities first.

 

Why you would want an open kitchen:

  • Your home instantly feels more spacious with more light and air streaming in.
  • It is easier to host your guests. No more awkward lulls at the parties – whatever you need to grab is just a few steps away.
  • You are a multi-tasker. With an open kitchen, you can watch TV, read the papers and prepare meals all at the same spot.
  • With potentially less furniture, you can do something different with the space. Your very own barista counter where you could whip up fragrant coffee brews, perhaps?

A separate kitchen might be better if you:

  • Have a habit of keeping windows and the service yard door closed. Without good ventilation, the smells of cooking up a storm would always linger.
  • Find it hard to keep table tops clean and tidy. The trouble with having everything out in the open is that clutter cannot be hidden from plain sight.
  • Prefer not to have an integrated theme with the rest of your home. For a harmonious look and feel, you might need to find a theme that works for both your kitchen and living room spaces.
  • Feel that you would need to make compromises when the novelty of an open kitchen wears off. It is always wise to plan ahead and think about your family’s overall needs in the long run, as customised furniture and built-in appliances can be costly.

 

Eyeing a new BTO flat soon? Some flat layouts may have an open kitchen concept already built-in. But do not worry if it’s not for you – you can always opt for a kitchen partition wall if you like to keep things separate. Feel free to contact our interior designers with the contact form below and we’ll get back to you shortly