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Tampines GreenVines was launched during the May 2018 BTO sales exercise. It joins the cluster of BTOs sandwiched between the TPE and Tampines Avenue 9.

One of the appeals of GreenVines is that it’s situated at the corner of this cluster, so it’s not entirely surrounded by residential housing. It’s also located right across the road from Tampines Eco Green, allowing certain units to enjoy a verdant park view.

The site wasn’t entirely accessible when we visited, as many BTOs in the area are still undergoing construction. We took these site photos from the Pasir Ris Flyover.

This BTO is relatively large, with a total of 1,271 units of 3-, 4- and 5-room flats situated within 11 residential blocks. Some 4- and 5-room units come with a balcony. There are also various layout configurations for the units, so make sure you select one that best fits your needs.

What’s in the vicinity?

Transportation and Accessibility

There will be three bus stops surrounding the BTO, two of which are located along Tampines Street 62 and one along Tampines Ave 12. The bus stops are still under construction, so we don’t know what buses will be available.

The nearest MRT stations for GreenVines are Pasir Ris MRT and Tampines MRT. Both of which will take approximately 30 minutes to reach by foot, although there may be new paths open in the future to help shorten the walking distance to the stations. GreenVines is also located right next to TPE, which leads directly to neighbourhoods located at the eastern side of Singapore.

Retail and shopping

The nearest amenities are located within Tampines GreenCourt, the BTO launched during November 2017. The BTO is right beside GreenVines, and will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes by foot. Within that site is a three-storey building filled with a supermarket, retail shops and other amenities. If driving, residents can also reach Tampines Giant and Tampines IKEA located about 10 minutes away.

Schools

Nearest primary schools include Poi Ching School, Coral Primary School, Tampines North Primary School, Elias Park Primary School and Gongshang Primary School. For secondary schools, nearby ones include Meridian Secondary School and East View Secondary School.

Which unit is best?

More privacy: Corner units away from the lifts and rubbish chute areas.

641B: 220, 236, 238
641C: 244, 246
641A: 186, 188, 210, 196, 198
640B: 158, 160, 170, 172, 176, 178
640A: 146
639A: 94, 110, 112
639B: 126, 128
638B: 76, 78
638A: 64, 48, 46
637A: 06, 16
637B: 20, 22, 36, 34

Away from human activity zones: Units that do not face the playgrounds, fitness corners, roads and car parks.

641A: 212, 202
640B: 154, 180, 178
639B: 124, 122, 120
639A: 104, 102
638A: 60, 66, 68, 54, 56
638B: 84, 86, 80, 82
637B: 38, 40, 18, 20

No western sun: Units where their main areas (bedrooms and living rooms) don’t face the western sun directly. In Singapore, the western sun comes from the North-west and South-west.

641B: 218, 238, 240
641C: 246, 248, 250
641A: 188, 190, 192, 206
640B: 162, 174, 176, 172
640A: all units
639A: 90, 92, 94, 96, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116
638B: 84, 86
638A: 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 42, 44, 46
637B: 38, 40, 24, 22
637A: 02, 04, 16

What else to consider?
  • There are a handful of units that face the park. These include 08, 06 (637A); 64, 62 (638A); 96, 94 (639A); 144, 146 (640A).
  • If you’re down to units that face the roads, select the lesser of two evils if you can. Opt for units facing the Tampines Street 62 rather than units facing Tampines Ave 12 and the TPE if possible. The latter two will see significantly higher traffic.
  • The future buses stopping by GreenVines would most likely comprise feeder services that reach to the nearby MRT stations. As such, if you take the public transport often, get a unit that’s closer to the bus stops.
  • There are a few 4- and 5-room units that come with a balcony if you want one. Make sure you take a look at the Block Plan to determine if your choice unit comes with this extra space.
  • The layouts vary quite a bit, depending on the stack. Some units come with the household shelter entrance located at the kitchen, while some are located within the living room. Some master bedrooms also have an additional window. Go for the layout that suits the design you have in mind. For instance, if you prefer an L-shaped kitchen, get a unit that has the household shelter located near the foyer.
  • However, if you prefer a larger living space, go for a unit where the household shelter is located within the kitchen.

Location and sitemaps as well as floor plans are courtesy of HDB

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As the heart and hub of the home, the kitchen is one area in our renovation that we pay the most attention to. With so many things to consider, it’s sometimes inevitable that certain details get overlooked. To help you better manage your kitchen renovation, we pulled together common (and costly) mistakes homeowners tend to make when it comes to renovating their cooking space. Spare yourself the pain and remorse down the road with these tips:

Mistake 1: Thinking only about style/trends and ignoring practicality

We’ve talked about kitchen trends and styles a lot on Renonation. And while they are good to know and follow, don’t do so thoughtlessly. Always consider how your kitchen will fit in with your needs and lifestyle.

Design: Zenith Arc

Sure, open shelves may be super on-trend now, but if you have a massive cookware collection, you might want to invest in closed cabinets instead. You should also probably avoid the oh-so-chic dark kitchen trend if you have a very cramped space to work with, and go for a closed kitchen concept, rather than the trending open plan, if you’re do a lot of heavy cooking.

Ultimately, in a hardworking space like your kitchen, being practical and functional should always triumph over the latest styles. Trends may come and go, but a well-designed, efficient kitchen will serve you well for many years down the road.

Mistake 2: Overlooking inner cabinet organisation

Organising your kitchen cabinets well is really important to maximise storage efficiency. That extra rack or pull-out pantry might cost more now to your overall kitchen budget, but it will save you more than if you decide to add them on later.

Design: Architology

Here are several ideas:

  • Consider storing heavy cookware on pull-outs, as they make it easier to reach for them without causing a strain to your back.
  • Designing racks that help you separate your pot lids from your pots will also help you maximise the space inside your cabinets as you can now stack up your pots easily.
  • Add extra racks to separate your trays and pans rather than have them stacked on top of one another.
  • Go for a vertical plate rack to store your plates and cutting boards.
  • Include separate compartments in your kitchen drawers.
Mistake 3: Not planning for enough storage

Most of us tend to think we don’t need that much storage. We internalise the notion that fewer storage space means that we would naturally possess fewer things. But until we’ve lived in that space for a while, you wouldn’t realise things can just build up and accumulate without much effort.

Design: Eightytwo

Unless you’re particularly regimented in your decluttering process, just plan for more storage when you’re doing up your kitchen. You may think you can invest in a freestanding/off-the-shelf storage piece afterward if you really need it, but the truth is, more freestanding storage pieces can end up cluttering up your kitchen even more.

Mistake 4: Not planning around the ‘work triangle’

Design: The Local Inn.terior

Pay attention to this rule if you cook often. You want an efficient cooking space that works to your advantage—not work against you. Follow the ‘work triangle’ theory, where it posits that the placement of your refrigerator, sink and stove/oven (cooking areas) in the kitchen should form a triangle. The theory recommends a distance of at least 120cm between the three points, with no obstruction in between to facilitate a smooth traffic flow. While it’s not a rule that has to be adhered to strictly, it’s a good rule to follow to maximise kitchen efficiency.

Mistake 5: Sacrificing countertop space

Design: Ju Design Studio

Like with storage, we are inclined to think we don’t need that much countertop space. Truth is, we might need more countertop space than we think. Most of us leave frequently used appliances on the countertop, leaving us with fewer countertop space than we envisioned for in the first place. And if you double up your kitchen as a home office, you might need your countertops for more than just kitchen prep work.

Mistake 6: Leaving appliance shopping for later

Don’t leave your built-in appliance shopping till later. Your interior designer or contractor would need the measurements to fit in your hob, hood, built-in oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. If you’re fitting your washing machine and dryer in your kitchen space as well, make sure you get their dimensions. If you have a coffee machine or a juicer you want to place inside an open cubby, get the dimensions so that the planned-for cubby size is big enough.

Design: Icon Interior Design

Reworking the dimensions down the renovation line would just incur higher costs for you. Plus, if you want your appliances to flush with the rest of your kitchen carpentry for a clean, neat look, get those dimensions early.

Mistake 7: Leaving kitchen furniture shopping for later

Design: The Design Abode

Besides major kitchen appliances, there are kitchen furniture that you should consider shopping for first before the renovation gets underway. This includes your bar stools and counter stools. It’s a good idea to get the measurements for them first if you want them to fit perfectly. A general rule of thumb: if it affects your kitchen measurements, buy early rather than later.

Mistake 8: Committing to not-so-practical materials

Material choice for things like your backsplash, flooring, countertops and cabinets is super crucial in a kitchen renovation. You want durable and hardy materials that can take the brunt of a hardworking space. Countertops and backsplashes should also preferably be non-porous in case of accidental spills. You also want materials that are easy to clean and wipe down after a cooking storm.

Design: Icon Interior Design

Don’t be driven solely by the aesthetics of a material. Consider its practicality in the kitchen and leave the beautiful materials for another room at home. If you can, stay away from materials like marble, cement screed or tiny tiles with too many grout lines in the kitchen. Instead, opt for materials like quartz, kompacplus, large-format tiles, and granite.

Mistake 9: Forgetting the importance of kitchen lighting

Design: Luova Project Services

In general, make sure you have both ambient and task lighting in the kitchen. Install recessed lights along passageways for general ambience or place them above work prep areas like your sink or countertops to serve as task lighting. Under-cabinet LED light strips are also useful for illuminating directly onto countertops that are blocked by the top cabinets. For illuminating your kitchen island area, consider going for pendants for visual interest. Pendants should be hung with at least a 70-cm clearance between your island top and the base of the lamp.

Mistake 10: Not having enough electrical outlets

Design: Lemonfridge Studio

When it comes to electrical outlets, think about which appliances are going to stay on your countertop and which ones are stored inside cabinets and brought out only when needed. You might need an outlet for your coffee machine, one for your rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, food processor, juicer, etc. They can add up over time, so it pays to plan for more than enough electrical outlets.

Mistake 11: Not thinking about outlet placements

Design: DB Studio

Once you’ve decided on the number of electrical outlets you’re going to have, think about where you’re going to place them. The cables shouldn’t have to stretch too much. If you’re particular about aesthetics, you might also want to come up with designs that can hide your outlets. For instance, you can consider placing them underneath your top cabinets/shelves or the sides of your cupboards to hide them from view.

Mistake 12: Considering cabinet hardware as an afterthought

Design: Carpenters 匠

Don’t leave the design of your outer cabinet hardware like your knobs and pulls as well as your inner cabinet hardware like your hinges and slides to the end. The former can significantly change the look of your kitchen, while the latter plays a key role to your kitchen’s efficiency.

Once you’ve selected the design and finishes for the rest of your cabinets, start choosing the right outer hardware to match with the rest of your design. Opt for sleek knobs and pulls if you’re going for a clean and contemporary kitchen, or more ornate, antique-looking handles if you’re after a vintage, Victorian look. Consider also the hues. A cooler kitchen would do well with stainless steel or matte-black handles, while a warmer-hued kitchen is the perfect setting for handles with a bronze or copper finish. Cabinet hardware is a great opportunity to run wild though. So even if the rest of your kitchen is a conservative space, let your hardware steal the show.

For hinges and other inner cabinet mechanisms, get quality ones that can stand the test of time. Your contractor and interior designer should advise you what to get if you’re sourcing your own, but make sure they are sturdy enough to handle the weight and height of your cabinet doors.

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Sometimes, we might end up with an apartment with a floorplan design that defines all logic; imagine landing up with a fan or an arrow-shaped HDB (hint: read this Bizarre HDB Floorplans which will leave you Flabbergasted post!).

While an unusual shaped floorplan might appear artistic and makes a killer first impression for our guests, it is at the expense of our usable space. Nevertheless, with some ingenuity and creativity, here are 10 ways for you to work that tricky odd corners and reclaim some of that odd pocket of space!

#1. Crave out a study nook

Turn the awkward pocket of space into a cosy study corner with a slim study table with drawers, complete with a stylish desk lamp. Build a half height glass partition for more privacy in a small space and even create an illusion of a bigger room.

Design: Absolook Interior Design

#2. Create a distraction

Anything that captures your attention will draw your eyes away from the awkwardly shaped room. Case in point? The strikingly luxurious, pristine white freestanding bathtub is the first thing you will notice in this arrow-shaped bathroom.

Design: Collective Designs

#3. Use all white

Covering everything with a unifying colour, such as white, will make awkward corners less conspicuous.

Design: Charlton Design

#4. Create a walk-in-wardrobe

An odd corner should not deter you from creating your dream walk-in wardrobe. Utilize every inch of your room by customizing ceiling to floor open shelf cabinet so that you can easily reach for your essentials.

Design: 3D Innovations

#5. Make it functional with plenty of storage!

Not a fan of walk-in-wardrobes? Fret not! Having an awkward corner doesn’t mean you have to leave that space wasted; it is time to get creative and get your renovation professionals to design and build some useful storage cabinets and drawers.

Design: Charlton Design

Design: DISTINCTidENTITY

#6. Jazz up with wall stencils

Sometimes, the odd corner might be too narrow for any customized storage cabinet solutions. However, instead of hiding it, you can make that wall stand out with wall stencils! Wall stencils are cheaper alternatives to designer wallpapers. They are available in an amazing combination of colors and designs.

Design: Dots n Tots Interior

#7. Disappear with mirror

A great alternative is to use a mirror to strategically make that slated wall “disappear”; the mirror also makes your room look bigger and wider too!

Design: 9 Creation

#8. Hide with ceiling to floor curtains

Curtains are excellent solutions to conceal clutters and literally keep the unsightly chaos under wraps. In addition, they are also quick fix solutions to hide odd corners. So, simply dress up that odd corner with ceiling to floor curtain to cover up!

Design: Arc Define

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When it comes to TVs, Singaporeans are spoilt for choice. And what will make you choose one TV over the other may be for the picture quality, design or the most value-for-money piece of screen technology. Speaking of value-for-money, there is LG’s range of Super UHD TVs, which are an underrated bunch.

The 2018 Super UHD TV lineup aspires to be the best in LED technology in the market.

Essentially, the Super UHDs are LED TVs which use an LED backlit display technology with quantum level colour enhancement. The 2018 Super UHD TV lineup by LG is aspiring to lead the LED technology as the best LED TV in the market with some of its upgrades, especially with the Full Array Local Dimming panels and second generation Nano Cell technology.

Besides being value-for-money, there are plenty of reasons why you should be seriously considering them as your next TV:

1. Rich and accurate colours at any angle

[LG's Super UHD TV] Rich and Accurate Colours at Any Angle - YouTube

Colours are rich and accurate in LG’s Super UHD no matter which angle you’re looking from.

One of the main technologies behind LG’s Super UHD TV is the Nano Cell Display that works on a quantum level. What this does is to provide richer and more accurate colours that are not overly saturated.

Compared to conventional LEDs, the Super UHD LED TV is able to show rich and accurate colours even from an angle.

Comparing The Colours on the LG's Super UHD TV & LED TV - YouTube

Comparing the colours on the Super UHD TV (top), which features the nano cell technology, with an LED TV (bottom).

Each colour cell on the LG Super UHD screen is just 1 nanometre (nm) compared to conventional LEDs where cells are inconsistent in sizes. LG’s uniform microscopic cells help to maximise colour reproduction to reach a greater array of colours that gives you more defined and precise images.

Each nano cell absorbs unwanted light to reduce colour fading and degradation for a better viewing experience.

Absorbing unwanted light, the nano cells reduce colour fading and degradation so there’s little impact in terms of colour vibrancy even if you’re viewing the TV from a less-than-ideal angle. This is a TV that’s made for family sharing, where everyone will get to enjoy the same picture quality no matter where they sit.

You can learn more about how the LG Nano Cell technology enhances your viewing experience from football superstar Kaka:

Football Superstar Kaka experiences the LG SUPER UHD TV with Nanocell Technology - YouTube
 

2. Crisp and clean images

The 2018 Super UHD TV models also come with Full Array Local Dimming (FALD). This feature matters because it makes the blacks in the screen look much deeper, and a deeper black means you’re getting clearer and crisper images as well as a better contrast.

Here’s a more technical explanation: Most conventional LED TVs are edge-lit, where the LEDs are located along the edge of the TV facing the centre. They can dim certain areas of the screen, but the areas are much broader and way less precise than in a FALD TV. As such, what you get with these edge-lit TVs are blacks with a tinge of grey. Not quite the same oomph as with a FALD LED TV.

In a FALD TV, there’s more control over which areas are supposed to be dark and which areas are supposed to be bright.

In FALD, there are individual LEDs spread across the back of the screen. They are lit up and dimmed by blocks or “zones”, which enables better control over the parts that are supposed to be bright and the parts that are supposed to be dark. This helps to increase shadow details, reduce light bleeding and create blacks that have more depth.

Using a phone camera, we looked at how the FALD works on the Super UHD TV. In the video below, notice how the zones of LED lights get brighter when they are closer to a part of the screen where it’s supposed to be bright, and how the zones of LED lights get darker where the screen is supposed to be dark.

LG Super UHD TV Full Array Local Dimming - YouTube

FALD in LG’s Super UHD TV

In conventional LED TVs that don’t have FALD, LEDs don’t get as bright or dark when they are supposed to. This can impact overall picture quality, and you won’t get colours that are as vibrant as with a Super UHD:

LG LED TV with No Full Array Local Dimming - YouTube

LED TV with no FALD

This FALD feature works in tandem with the Alpha 7 intelligent processor developed by LG in the Super UHD TV, which is designed to optimise picture quality by reducing noise as well as enhancing image details and colours.

3. Perfect home entertainment machine

LG’s Super UHD TV also supports most HDR (high dynamic range) content, including Advanced HDR by Technicolor, HDR10 Pro, HLG Pro and the piece de resistance, Dolby Vision. All these might just sound like a bunch of acronyms, but there are lots to love about HDR content. Not only are colours deeper and more realistic in HDR, you are also getting images that are more reflective of what the cinematographer and director want. Currently, the LG Super UHD TV offers the widest range of HDR models/formats that you can find in the market right now.

LG’s Super UHD is future-proof as it supports HDR content.

Now, not all content we see on TV now are actually HDR so you might think there’s no point getting an HDR-ready TV anyway. While there is still some way to go before everything gets converted into HDR, there has been a gradual shift towards developing HDR content. And with major streaming services like Netflix also jumping on the bandwagon with their list of HDR movies, it really doesn’t hurt to be future-proof at this point in time.

4. True cinematic sound

Having great images is great, but what’s great image without quality sound? The LG Super UHD now supports Dolby Atmos, which, for the uninitiated, is a sound technology that most cinemas use to get that immersive full 360 object-based surround sound experience. Now imagine that inside your home.

Get a three-dimensional surround sound experience with Dolby Atmos.

With Dolby Atmos, it’s a true three-dimensional sound space as even the smallest sound details are captured. You’ll get to hear up to 128 different sounds just in one scene alone!

5. Premium design

Getting a TV that looks good is probably not so important—that is, until you realise it sticks out like a sore thumb amidst your well-curated minimalist design. Thankfully, the Super UHD TV comes with a sleek and thin profile that features a near invisible bezel for a look that is both stunning and stylish.

A sleek and contemporary design.

There are also various sizes available, ranging from the 65-inch SK9500 to the 49-inch SK8000, so you will definitely find one that will fit right in your home.

Prices start from $1,899 for the SK8000 to $6,199 for SK9500. For more information, visit https://www.lg.com/sg/lgsuperuhd/main.jsp.

LG is running a Red Fair promotion till 15 August 2018. Receive an additional voucher of up to $300 when you purchase selected LG SUPER UHD TVs. For more details about this promotion, visit https://www.lg.com/sg/promotions/LGHomeEntertainmentRedFair_Jun2018

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With new TV technologies coming up fast and furious, there’s a lot to take in in regards to the TV world nowadays. To ease your confusion and to make your next TV purchase a lot easier, we break down the terminologies to know before you start your shopping:

4K

Perhaps the most common term you will hear when you’re shopping for a TV is 4K. As the latest buzzword in the TV world, it’s also known as UHD. What 4K refers to is the screen resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is in comparison to conventional HD TVs, which have a pixel resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. 4K TVs therefore have four times the amount of pixels than a conventional HD TV.

What this translates to are an increased pixel density and clearer and more detailed pictures on the screen. This however, is very much dependent on the content you’re watching. A 4K TV can only fully showcase its abilities with 4K content. There are quite a number of online streaming platforms that are already showing 4K content though, including Netflix and Amazon Video. A few YouTube channels are also playing 4K content. There will be more to come, seeing as how 4K TV is now the way to go, and it pays to have a TV that is future-proof.

LED TV

LED TVs use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate its LCD screen. Before LED TVs, LCD screens were illuminated using incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs. In comparison, LEDs can be produced much smaller and slimmer.

OLED TVs

OLED TVs use organic light emitting diodes to illuminate the TV. When electricity is applied, the OLEDs—essentially thin, light emitting films—get lit up. Because OLEDs can be controlled individually, OLED TVs are able to produce deeper blacks than their LED counterparts. They also don’t require a backlight, so they can be produced thinner and lighter. There are several brands that carry OLED TVs, although the most reputable is LG’s range of OLEDs.

QLED TVs

QLED TVs, marketed exclusively by Samsung, are essentially LED TVs but they come with an additional Quantum Dot technology (hence the ‘Q’), which is essentially a film of red and green dots added to the blue LED lights. This allows them to produce richer colours.

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Smart TV

As the standard for TV nowadays, a smart TV is basically one that has the ability to connect to the Internet to stream content online. Most sets today come with built-in Wi-Fi so you can connect to sites online.

Local dimming

Local dimming is an oft used TV marketing term for LED TVs, but it’s important to know as it correlates directly to the TV image quality. Local dimming refers to the LED TV’s ability to dim an area of the screen that needs to be dimmed, while keeping the rest of the sections bright. However, there are several kinds of local dimming. One of which is edge-lit local dimming, where LEDs are placed on the edges of the TV.

But what you want to look out for is full array local dimming, where the LEDs are arranged in a grid fashion throughout the display panel. The LEDs are switched off and on by “zones”, which means more control over the areas that need to be dimmed or brightened. This achieves a better black display and colour contrast as compared to LED TVs that have edge-lit local dimming.

Refresh Rate

Measured in Hertz (Hz), it refers to the number of times a TV changes/updates the image (frame) per second. The higher the number, the better as that means it can change and update the image faster. This is particularly important if you tend to play content with fast-motion sequences on your TV. A higher refresh rate means a smoother picture quality. In general, new and higher end 4K TVs can go up to 120 Hz, while lower-end models tend to hover around 60 Hz.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio refers to the difference between the darkness and brightness a TV can produce. A higher contrast ratio is desired for more detailed images. As there is currently no contrast ratio standard in the TV world, how one manufacturer measures contrast ratio can be very different from how another manufacturer measures them. As a buyer, just use contrast ratio to compare between models of the same brand rather than across brands. Nowadays though, you might see fewer TV manufacturers using the term to describe the level of contrast of their TVs.

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HDR (High Dynamic Range)

One of the TV features you will be hearing a lot of is HDR. It’s kind of a complicated term to understand but essentially, it’s a good thing to have. With 4K TV, you’re getting more pixels on your screen. With HDR, it’s making those extra pixels work even harder for you.

What HDR does is that it improves TV contrast, the contrast between bright and dark, for a more realistic image. Most HDR-compatible TV can process 1,000 nits of brightness in contrast with standard dynamic range TVs that can only process about 300 to 500 nits of brightness. An HDR TV can also produce a 10-bit colour depth, so colour gradients on a screen are smoother. A 10-bit colour depth also includes over a billion individual colours. For comparison, most Blu-Ray videos can produce 8-bit colour. As with 4K, only by playing HDR content on an HDR-compatible TV can you fully benefit from the advantages of HDR.

There are two major formats of HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The former an open standard that is able to produce 10-bit colour, while the latter is a closed standard and can go up to 12-bit colour with the potential to reach a whopping 10,000 nits brightness (although current TVs can really only support about 4,000 nits but it pays to be future-proof!). There is also the up-and-coming HDR10+, which is available on certain Samsung models. It’s a variation of HDR10, but are closer to Dolby Vision in the sense that the format includes a dynamic metadata that allows the TV to adjust brightness levels based on the specific scene or frame so dark scenes can become darker and bright scenes can become brighter.

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Dolby Atmos

If you’re particularly particular about sound, look out for Dolby Atmos in the TVs. It’s the latest audio technology for surround sound and provides a more three-dimensional sound experience. However, the caveat is that it really only matters if you’re actually watching Dolby Atmos content and you’re accompanied by a full surround sound setup (sound bar, speakers, etc). With TVs being so slim nowadays, many aren’t capable of being fitted with speakers that produce exceptional sound.

HDMI

It stands for High Definition Media Interface, and it’s physically a cable connector but technically, it’s so much more. It’s designed to transmit high-definition audio and video signals, and most TVs come with a few HDMI inputs so you can plug in things like your sound bar or your cable box. Make sure there are sufficient number of inputs on the TV you’re buying for the number of components you will be connecting to your TV.

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To make the most of the space in your small home, create versatile, multifunctional rooms that do more than just one thing. Your kitchen could double as a home office, while your laundry room could find itself within the confines of your living space. When it comes to maximising small spaces, there are no limits. Take a leaf from these ingenious multitasking zones found within tiny homes in Singapore:

Living Room + Home Office

For most people, the living room is one of the biggest areas at home. Besides using it for watching TV, consider including your home office in this area. It helps to keep the working zone away from a restful area like your bedroom.

1. Your study table can be an extension from your TV console.

Design: EightyTwo

2. Consider carving out a space for a dedicated workstation within your communal room. Blinds provide a screen for privacy.

Design: Ehka Studio

Living Room + Dining Room

A living and dining room combination is perhaps one of the most natural pairings since they are both communal areas where people tend to gather together in.

3. No space for a separate dining zone? Double up your living room’s TV console as your dining set.

Design: I.D.I.D

Living Room + Dressing Room

A dresser for your morning rituals doesn’t have to be sequestered to a private area like your bedroom. You can consider placing it within your living room if you have the extra room to spare in this communal space. Plus, it’s a great spot to put in the final touches to your beauty regime before you step out of the house. Conceal it behind cabinet doors so that you can keep your dressing table out of sight when you have guests over.

4. A dedicated beauty station is concealed behind the doors of this living room cabinets.

Design: Design Chapterz

Living Room + Bedroom

Sometimes, due to spatial constraints, you might have to put a communal space like the living room together with a private space like the bedroom. To create a semblance of privacy for your sleeping quarters, construct glass sliding doors as dividers. They still help to retain the sense of space, while still channelling light into both zones.

5. The living room and bedroom sit in the same zone, separated only by glass sliding doors.

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

6. The headboard doubles as the TV wall in this living room and bedroom combination.

Design: Story of Us

Living Room + Laundry Room

If using your living room as your laundry room sounds like baloney, consider this: you get to watch your favourite TV show while working through your ironing pile! How’s that for a win-win?

7. The ironing board is fitted neatly into the living room cabinetry and can be pulled out when it’s time to do the ironing.

Design: Lemonfridge Studio

Kitchen + Home Office

The most hardworking space in the home is about to get even more diligent: Incorporating a home office within your kitchen works particularly if you have a large island or a counter where you can get plenty of work done. It’s a good option if you prefer a more centralised hub for your home office so you can keep one eye on your kids’ homework and the other eye on your paperwork.

8. A kitchen on one side, a home office on the other: Sharing a common counter space, the kitchen and home office are kept separated by a sheet of clear glass. It helps to keep the fumes and grease out from the home office space too.

Design: Meter Cube Interiors

9. The computer monitor is concealed within the kitchen island, popping up when the area is turned into a home office. Otherwise, the counter is mainly used as a cooking prep station.

Design: D5 Studio Image

Kitchen + Dining Room

Eat-in kitchens feel casual and homey, and are a great way to minimise time and fuss when serving meals. It’s also a space-saving solution if you double up your kitchen furniture for dining!

10. The dining table here slides out from the kitchen island during mealtimes, and can be stored back into the island after meals to employ the counter as a bar area.

Design: I.D.I.D

11. Dining for two: A drop-leaf dining table extends out from the kitchen counter. It can be used as an extra kitchen prep station when the homeowners aren’t eating from it.

Design: Space Atelier

Bedroom + Home Office

Meshing work and rest is sometimes inevitable, particularly if you don’t have a lot of room to play around. If you’re considering placing your home office within the confines of your bedroom, make sure you take steps to create different zones for answering emails versus getting that good night’s rest.

12. The space doesn’t have to perform all functions at one go. It can be a bedroom at one time, and a home office the next.

Design: The Design Practice

13. An over-the-bed table means you won’t need a separate nook for your home office. Just roll it away when you’re done and ready for sleep. Keep it at the foot of your bed as an extra décor/storage area.

Design: Dots ‘n’ Tots Interior Design

14. Make use of vertical spaces when you have limited floor estate. This desk hangs from the ceiling and features open shelves that provide a demarcation between the working area and the sleeping zone.

Design: EightyTwo

15. The back of the headboard extends into a study table.

Design: Studio XMSL

Bedroom + Walk-in Wardrobe

If you’ve always wanted a walk-in wardrobe but don’t have the extra room to spare, consider incorporating it within your bedroom instead. Rearrange your furniture and layout so that your walk-in closet can feel exclusive and private.

16. The bed’s headboard serves as a natural divider between the walk-in closet and the sleeping quarters.

Design: EightyTwo

17. The wardrobe itself functions as the divider between the bedroom and the walk-in closet area.

Design: UNO Interior

Bathroom + Dressing Room

A dressing or vanity table for doing your makeup and daily rituals might seem an impossible task in a small bathroom, but there are ways around it if you know how.

18. You can completely do away with a shower area if you want a dressing table within the bathroom. This only works if you have an extra bathroom at home though.

Design: Free Space Intent

19. Or you can consider going for a more petite sink area, so there’s space for a dressing table within the bathroom.

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

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Signs of Drain Files Infestation

Last weekend has been pretty eventful since the pesty drain flies, which are also known as sink, sewer and even moth flies, have invaded our master bathroom drainage system! As a result, our bathroom ceiling and shower walls were swamped with these annoying moth flies. These pests multiply extremely fast and by the evening, there were well over 40 of them resting and scurrying around!

Here is how a typical drain fly looks like;  they are actually cute looking miniature moths. Drain flies measure about 1.5 to 3 mm long.

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From our description in the opening paragraph,  it is very apparent that the drain files infestation has reached a serious state in our bathroom. We were not vigilant and as a result, we were caught off guard when these pests multiply exponentially at an alarming rate!

However, fret not! You can conduct a simple test to find out whether your bathroom, kitchen and service yard drainage has been compromised.

The Drain Test

When the drain flies infestation is in its infancy, the small number of drain files which rest in the ceiling or on walls can be easily overlooked since they are so small in numbers.

1. Cover all drainage outlets

Drain flies breed in moist, humid places where there are organic matter for them to feed on. Hence they usually breed in sinks, bathroom, kitchen and even service yard drainage outlets and in any location where moist decaying organic matter can be found.

Cover all the drain outlets and pipes with clear plastic containers coated with cooking oil. Tape these containers down on the floor with a masking tape.

 2. Wait for 2 days

Leave the drain outlets and pipes covered with the containers for 0ver 48 hours. This is to account for the 48-hour life cycle variation. One female drain fly can lay 30 to 100 eggs and the larvae will emerge within 48 hours.

Counter Clockwise from top left: Drain fly larva, pupa, and adult.
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Where there is an infestation, the drain flies can be found trapped within the containers when they emerge from their breeding grounds.

Here is what we found after covering the shower drainage for 2 days.

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How to Get Rid of the Drain Flies Infestation in 5 Simple Steps

Drain flies are surprisingly resistant; they are hard to drown since they are protected by fine water-repellent body hairs and its eggs are not affected by bleach. Extermination of this household pest means getting to the root of the problem; which is to completely remove the moist decaying organic matter which the drain flies feed on. By making their breeding area as inhospitable as possible, the drain flies will not breed.

The safest approach is to use the supplies found in the kitchen; such as the baking soda and white vinegar.

Weapons of Mass Destruction
These are you need to arm yourself with!
1. Boiling Water
2. Baking Soda*
3. White Vinegar*
4. Kitchen Scrub
5. Clear Container
6. Moth aka Naphthalene Balls*

* We used the following brands which are cheap and effective.

Images from NTUC FairPrice

Step 1. Get the Boiling Water Ready

After you have identified the sites to clean up, get ready a pot of boiling hot water. Pour the boiling water into the drainage outlet or pipes. Ensure that the sides of the drainage outlet or pipes are also soaked with the boiling water too.

Step 2. Pour the Baking Soda into the Drainage

Pour copious amount of baking soda into the drainage outlets and pipes. Scrub the sides of the drainage pipes with the kitchen scrub thoroughly. Do not forget to cover the opening of the drainage outlets and pipes with baking soda too.

The boiling water treatment will loosen up the grimy sludge at the opening, the sides of the drainage pipes and the bottom of the drain. This makes it easier for the kitchen scrub to remove the grimy sludge.

Step 3. Pour the White Vinegar into the Drainage

The explosive reaction with the white vinegar and baking soda will jolt the remaining grimy sludge loose. Pour more boiling water to rinse away the loosen grimy sludge.

By removing the food source, the drain flies will be unable to thrive. 

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Step 4. Eliminate the remaining Drain Flies with Moth Balls

Since the drain flies belong to the moth family, the easiest way to eliminate them is to use moth balls! Moth balls contain naphthalene, which is toxic, so they will kill the rest of the drain flies that emerge from their breeding ground.

Therefore, simply concentrate the moth ball vapor by covering the drainage outlet or pipes with a clear container and the moth balls; this will trap the drain flies with the deadly vapor.  Keep the outlet covered with the moth balls for at least 2 weeks to completely eliminate the drain flies.

Step 5. Biweekly Maintenance

Even when the drain flies are completely gone, you should keep the drainage outlet or pipes clean by repeating Step 1 to 3 biweekly. This will keep the grimy sludge from building up which will attract the drain flies to start breeding again.

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When it comes to buying kitchen sinks, homeowners in Singapore are usually presented with two options: under-mount or top-mount. And like with many things, there are pros and cons for both.

Are top-mount and under-mount your own choices for kitchen sinks?

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But what If we told you there was a new kitchen sink contender that was able to combine the pros of the top-mount and under-mount while eliminating the cons? What if said that this sink was more functional, more beautiful and so much easier to clean?

No, we aren’t spewing fairy tales. This new sink actually exists. It’s called the iQuartz Hachi flush mount sink and well, it’s pretty much magic.

Hachi flush mount kitchen sink

The problem with under-mount and top-mount sinks

By definition, a top-mount sink is a sink that is dropped into a countertop cut-out, with a visible rim perimeter that rests on the counter. Conversely, the rims of an under-mount sink are mounted beneath the counter, with the rest of the body hanging underneath.

In order to better understand why we’re fawning over the flush mount sink, there’s a need to delve into the problems associated with the under-mount and top-mount.

Top-mount:

The edges of a top-mount sink rest flat on the countertop.

Compared to other sinks, top-mount sinks cost less to install. They are also flexible, in the sense that they work with all kinds of countertop, whether laminate, quartz or granite. However, top-mount sinks tend to be a breeding ground for dirt accumulation over time, particularly along the rims of the sink. And unless you’re a stickler for keeping your sink and the surrounding areas dry, algae will grow along the edges thanks to moisture retention.

Due to water retention, algae can grow along the sides of a top-mount sink.

In older designs, there is usually a very visible clear silicone along the edges of the top-mount sink. This silicone is a similar hotbed for grime and mould build-up because it tends to hold moisture.

Under-mount:

The rims of an under-mount sink cannot be seen from the countertop. They are all hidden underneath.

Source: typesofkitchensinks

Despite the high installation costs, there has been a growing interest in under-mount sinks in Singapore, mainly because they look a lot nicer. Because there is no visible rim from the counter, you get a sleeker and more streamlined look than with top-mount sinks. With under-mount sinks, clean-up is also more convenient since you can now wipe down food scraps to the sink in one clean swipe.

But the problem with under-mount sinks is that there is still a gap between the sink and the underside of the counter. Even though it’s sealed with silicone caulk, it is not filled completely and is particularly susceptible to water seepage when installation is not done well and when the silicone is not applied properly.

There is still a gap between the underside of the counter and the sink, which may trap dirt or lead to water seepage.

The result? The gap becomes a leftover food trap, building up grime, mould and bacteria over time. Water can also leak into the counter carcass, which is usually made from plywood or laminate, damaging the entire kitchen counter.

Why iQuartz’s Hachi flush mount sink should be your kitchen sink of choice

Flush mount sinks don’t have the problems associated with the top-mount and under-mount sinks. Instead, they combine the benefits of both of these sinks, making them the obvious choice for your kitchen sink:

1. More Hygienic

The flush mount sink is completely flush to the countertop.

The silicone seal in a flush mount sink is completely concealed, and the sink is level with the counter. With no hidden corners or crevices, there is little chance of water retention or getting debris and leftover food stuck to the edges of the sink. There is thus minimal risk of algae, bacterial and mould growth as a result, leaving you with a cleaner and more hygienic sink even after a period of time.

2. Easy Maintenance

The design of the flush mount sink means you get to save time during clean-up.

A sink that can reduce kitchen clean-up time? Sold! The Hachi sink is completely flush to the countertop, creating a sleek and continuous surface with no visible seams to make clean-ups a lot less stressful. No more having to dig out the dirt from sink-counter joints! And because the edges are seamlessly joined with the counter, there is also less likelihood of the sides of the sink chipping off due to wear and tear over time.

3. Modern Design

The Solo 65 Hachi flush mount sink comes with a single bowl, making it suitable even for smaller kitchens.

What we really like about the flush mount sink is that it feels and looks like a single unit with the counter. It feels extremely sleek and modern, made more so by the fact that it’s constructed using a high-grade brushed stainless steel material.

4. Handmade

The Couple flush mount sink comes with two bowls that let you soak dishes on one side while washing dishes on the other.

Because each sink is handmade to order, you know you’re receiving greater attention to detail to ensure everything is fitted together properly. What you get then is a sink that is well-made, fits to your kitchen size exactly and is quality checked.

With a huge fan base and thousands of customers, it’s safe to say that the iQuartz Hachi Flush Mount Sink is a preferred choice for many homeowners.

The Hachi Flush Mount Sink by iQuartz is available in two sizes, Couple (830x420x239mm) and Solo 65 (650x420x203mm). For more information, visit www.iquartz.com.

How to care for your stainless steel sink?

Caring for your stainless steel sink isn’t difficult.

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As mentioned earlier, the Hachi flush mount sink is made from stainless steel. And stainless steel sinks can wear off over time, getting dull or attaining scratches and hard water stains from prolonged usage over time. There is also a chance that they could rust due to environmental factors. But there are ways to remedy the problems so that your sink looks as good as new:

If it’s dull: Mix vinegar and water into a paste. Apply to entire sink. Let sit overnight. Rinse sink.

If it is scratched: Using a clean and dry cloth, rub drops of baby oil or olive oil onto the scratches.

If it gets hard water stains or turns rusty: Wipe sink dry. Mix baking soda and water until a thick paste is formed. Using a circular motion, spread mixture onto stains and rust using a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse with cool water and wipe dry.

Note: Never use a scouring pad, harsh sponge or steel wool on your stainless steel sink!

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Plot of land where Fernvale Dew is set to be located. Dated 4 July 2018

Along with BTOs in Yishun, Tampines and Toa Payoh, this BTO in Sengkang was launched during the May 2018 sales exercise. Fernvale Dew is located along Sengkang West Road, Sengkang West Avenue, and Fernvale Lane, and is within a cluster of other BTOs in the area.

BTO cluster surrounding Fernvale Dew

What’s in the area?

If you prefer a quieter estate, Fernvale Dew is probably not for you. The BTO is situated in the midst of everything. You have future industrial buildings popping up on the West, high-rise residential estates in the North and South directions and a soon-to-be-build school in the Eastern side of the estate.

Transportation and accessibility
Transportation wise, it’s a 10-15 mins walk to the nearest LRT station, Fernvale. Fernvale LRT station is 4 to 5 stops away from Sengkang MRT. There are existing bus stops in the northern and western sides of the estate, with buses going towards Serangoon, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Punggol. There are also bus stops along Fernvale Lane (southern side of the BTO) and it runs to Toa Payoh.

For drivers, you will be mainly using the TPE and SLE to reach areas like Woodlands. You can also get to the CTE easily, reaching neighbourhoods like Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Serangoon relatively quickly.

Retail and dining
In terms of shopping and retail, The Seletar Mall is less than a 10-min walk away. There is a healthy number of dining and service options in the mall, and the supermarket is NTUC Fairprice Finest. The nearest NTUC however is actually just a 5-min walk away along Jalan Kayu after passing by a Chinese temple. Walk further up and you will find popular supper spot, Jalan Kayu.

Walk towards the Southern direction of the BTO for 10 minutes, and you will find Greenwich V, another mall. The mall is smaller than The Seletar Mall, but there are also quite a number of food and dining options to choose from. The supermarket there is Cold Storage.

Education
There will be a childcare center within Fernvale Dew itself. There will also be a school located next to the estate. Existing primary schools in the area are Fernvale Primary School and Sengkang Green Primary School. The nearest secondary school is Pei Hwa Secondary School.

Which are the best units to pick?

Peace and Quiet

Choose units away from the noise of the traffic and bus stops, away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby school, and away from the hubbub of the activity zones like the childcare centre, the playgrounds and the fitness centres if you want some peace and quiet.

Seek these units out for some tranquillity:

400C: 256, 242, 244
400B: 224, 222, 240, 238
400A: 218, 220, 206, 206
401F: 348
400E: 266
401A: 274, 276
401B: 308, 310, 294, 296
401D: 312, 314, 324, 326

Privacy

Go for units at the corners, away from the lifts and refuse chute, and ones that don’t have neighbours passing by. You should also consider how close a block is from the next block. Some units are situated in blocks with nearby blocks that are too close for comfort.

These stacks have the most privacy:

400C: 246
400B: 226
400A: 200
401G: 368, 374
401F: 352, 360
401E: 342, 330
401D: 316
401B: 290
401A: 284
400E: 260, 270

No Western Sun

Having the western sun can be a good thing if it’s facing the service yard where you hang out your laundry, but not so if it’s facing the main rooms at home. In general though, avoid units that are facing the north-west and south-west directions, which are where the afternoon suns in Singapore come from.

These units are the most cooling:

401A: 284, 282, 274
401B: 308, 310, 294, 296
401D: 324, 326
401E: 330, 328, 346
401F: 348, 350, 354, 352
400A: 204, 206
400B: 234, 236

What else to consider?

One other factor to think about is whether you want to be closer to Fernvale LRT, which is important if you take the MRT to commute to work on a daily basis. In this case, you should go for blocks 401D and 401E. If you will be taking the bus, it pays to be located nearer to the bus stops. Opt for blocks 401B, 401D, 400A, 401G and 400C.

Unless you’re opting for a unit that’s further inside, there’s really no way to avoid the traffic noise since the estate is pretty much surrounded by roads. However, if you’re getting a unit along the road, you might want to opt for one facing Fernvale Lane. We think it might be quieter in the long haul, since it’s a less major road compared to Sengkang West Road and Sengkang West Avenue, both of which are used heavily by drivers to reach the expressways.

Traffic along Sengkang West Ave on a weekday evening

Traffic along Fernvale Lane on a weekday evening, a much quieter road

For units located close to the school that will soon built, it’s an option if you don’t want to be facing the traffic. However, avoid those units if you tend to spend a lot of time at home. Schools tends to be a hubbub of activity throughout the day.

If you want to have a shorter walking distance to the retail malls, go for 401C and 401E for The Seletar Mall, and 400C, 400B and 400A for Greenwich V.

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Structural beams are there for an important reason—they provide structure and make sure your home doesn’t collapse. But hey, that doesn’t mean we have to like it. For many of us living in HDB flats, particularly the newer ones, there is a chance that your home has one sticking out in your ceiling.

For some, the structural beam came along with your home; for others, it could have been a result of your decision to knock down a wall to open up the space. Whichever the case, there isn’t much you can do about it because HDB stipulates that you can’t hack it away. What else can you do then? We listed some ways to make the structural beam in your ceiling less of an eyesore:

Build a false ceiling

A false ceiling built almost level with the beam is one way to make that ceiling structure less obvious. Note that your false ceiling needs to have at least a 2.4m height clearance, so there isn’t a way to completely level it with the beam. Still, it’s enough to make it less of a distraction.

Design: ID Emboss

Turn it into an architectural piece

Here’s a mantra to adopt with structural beams: if you can’t beat it, go with it. What the designers did here was to create a curvaceous entryway with it, then painting it a flamboyant purple so that it stands out as a vivid visual statement.

Design: Free Space Intent

Build cabinets in front of it

Building cabinets right in front of the beam kill two birds with one stone: you get to hide the structure and you get extra storage. In this apartment, the cabinets in front of the structural beam mirror the ones above the feature wall, creating a beautiful symmetry and balance in this living space. We like that the cabinets came with vents too, which act like a design element but also provide natural ventilation for the things stored inside.

Design: AO Studios

Conceal it with curtains

An easy way to hide the structural beam is to use curtains. This works to separate two different spaces too. For instance, in this flat, curtains divide the en-suite bathroom from the bedroom.

Design: Arkhilite

Paint it a different colour

In this apartment, the ceiling beams were painted brown to mimic wood, creating an “exposed wooden beams” look that was characteristic of the farmhouse style the home was going for.

Design: Distinct Identity

Distract it with an interesting ceiling design

A board and batten ceiling design distracts the eye from the structural beam jutting out in the middle of the communal spaces in this flat. The long flat panel board that was placed across the beam serves to blend the structure with the rest of the ceiling design, while also providing an area for where the cove lights could be installed.

Design: Elpis Interior Design

Use it to hold your glass divider

Constructing glass dividers right underneath your beam helps to make the ceiling structure seem less obvious, while still ensuring that your space stays bright and open.

Design: UNO Interior

Camouflage it with trunking

If you’re going for the grungy, industrial look, you might want to consider using your beam as a backdrop for your exposed trunking design. Plus, it diverts attention away from the ceiling structure sticking out from your ceiling.

Design: Space Sense Studio

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