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Kitchen is where hearts meet – know this before kitchen renovation

This article will try to provide resources for you to derive the right cost for a well-planned kitchen to meet your budget and needs. Let’s start with the most common offer in social media that offers kitchen at S$ 70  per square foot or some S$ 1,000 for a 10-foot run top hung and floor cabinet, which by the way do not include worktop. This is what you will get in the offer; Swing doors often with cheap laminate at less than Normal S$25 with limited colours, all inner cabinet are in white PVC covering.     Accompanied by normal hinges with soft closing effects     For the kitchen design probably you will get something like this;   Designs like this are rather dated and non-exciting       The offer gives the homeowners swings door concept which looks ordinary, for the floor cabinet the contractor will probably throw in one section of 3 drawers on the floor cabinet no more than 400mm with normal drawer tracks. For the wall cabinet, he will probably offer you swing doors cabinets with max two internal selves and 1 pull up glass door for dish dryer. This design often looks rather dated with nothing to shout about and expect some broken doors after one year or so as the hinges used are the normal quality type. The long-held saying still holds true within the renovation industry “You pay for what you get,” so if you started to ask for a better design or cabinet hardware the cost goes back to the industry standard after much time spent in the shop discussing about the design and material preference. So what should new or existing owners do to get what he or she wants like? I recommend be a smart customer by doing the following quick and interesting ways that will save you many regrets later;
  1. Research on your design preference:
2.  Determine your own budget Try our check out cart without buying with any design you pick from Postofixe kitchen designs. Steps are;
  • Go to our kitchen sample page
  • Select from 11 design kitchen design ideas
  • Register a free account
  • Make your desired changes to the size of the kitchen and modular kitchen cabinets using the drag and drop method
  • Exit to cart to see the price of the products by clicking “X” on the top right-hand corner
Tips – You can now approach the rest of the home design and budgeting without buying within the Postofixe room samples pages. This will give you a rough gauge of the budget you might need, please allow for cost in the area of flooring, demolition if you would like to change the layout of your rooms. The budget calculated will allow you to plan how you would like to finance your renovation with various renovation loans providers. 3.  Determine what you want to put into the kitchen This will also determine the additional cost you would need to spend to buy additional kitchen appliances and organiser you like to customise it to your needs.

Material that is available for kitchen cabinet

The common material used in Singapore kitchen are:
  • Plywood is the most common use by carpenters in Singapore, it is hardy and is strong to take on heavy load. However, most material grade used carries VOC (toxic used in the formation of the different layers of wood), you will smell this during the first few months of installation. Postofixe.com do offer non-toxic plywood for kitchen cabinet if requested by the client.
  • Veneer Particleboard, which is use in most IKEA cabinets will “blister” if there is a hole punctured on the surface and water gets into the board. That is the main reasons why many people will not choose IKEA kitchen.
  • MDF or high-density board which are used for spray-painted doors of cabinets while the cabinet body are using plywood.
  • Kitchen sink and tap – have become an important accent piece that adds chic look into a normal kitchen, see our article on how to how to buy sink and taps for a designer kitchen look

Hinge and drawer track options why it matters

Homeowners are faced with the option of paying more for better hinges and door closers and wondering why let’s dwell on cost of hinges to get a better understanding.   Blume is the top of the line cabinet hardware company that offers slick design with silent closing in slow motion and soft closing door effect to your kitchen doors or drawers, which would set you back S$ 800 – 1,800 which in my opinion is worth the while as you enjoy award-winning products from Austria with a lifetime warranty. As for normal hinges and drawers will not last you more than 2-3 years which you would need to change periodically, there lies the problem as this is a small job which you would need to pay someone an expensive service fee to get it done. More often human nature will just leave it as broken. I personally like to use quality hardware for worry-free use.

Common kitchen appliances

For most built-in appliance will cost slightly more due to their custom sizes however buying from local brands like TEKA, EF, Euroace, etc., can give you the value as big brands will cost a lot more. In this day and age, most appliances are manufactured by a few manufactures in China and being white-label to various brands go to your favourite store and bargain with a bulk purchase or on the lookout for special sales by various stores you might be lucky to get a good deal through their newsletter subscription. Depending on your budget do give the following consideration for various appliances like;
  • Fridge – would a single door medium-capacity be enough to store food for a young family with 2 children for one week or double doors larger better in doing the job. decide on the size before approaching any company to work on the kitchen design. Trend – buy those darker grey tone for the cool look
  • Kitchen stove, would you prefer to use a gas stove (either pipe-in for most BToo homeowners or portable gas for some resale flats owners) or an induction gas cooker. Induction might be the better option as it carries fewer worries of a gas explosion as it cooks food faster with a clean flat look. Many older folks and chef prefer gas cooker as they felt cook cooked carries the “wok hay” that taste better. Trend – buy those with a black glass plate cover
  • Oven, would I need a builtin oven which has duo function to do preheating food with microwave and conventional heating for banking on occasion when the good wife decides to do some baking? If budget is a constrain stand alone duo function oven could also do the trick. Trend – builtins are great favourites
  • Kitchen Hood – yes you would need one so that the kitchen will not be filled with oil that produces the sticky feeling after cooking. Trend – minimalist design with little frontal exposure goes well with the latest design

Kitchen systems and organisers what to look out for:

If you are a neat freak like me these drawer organiser is a must-have for a modern kitchen before you place an order with your contractor ask them about these, some they can customise and others they can buy off the shelves. Tip for utensils and dish drying trays contractors is willing to throw into their cost if you ask for it. There are myriads of organisers available to kitchen cabinet builders be sure to ask for them which is a must-have for a well-organised kitchen. Tip – always make sure the contractor buys the right weight carrying capacity track that carries the drawers for the intended content, under capacity tracks will wear out very fast needing replacement. Drawer organisers that are not ideal; There above are information that will help you organise a well-planned kitchen, if you would like more information on any part of the planning process or kitchen organisers do leave us your comments below or send your request for design support to [email protected], we will be glad to extend a helping hand.

How To Buy Sink And Taps For The Designer Kitchen Look

Cheap & Good Sink and taps for the designer kitchen look

By Jason Teo – Entrepreneur, photographer, how things work geek.

Created on 13/06/2020

Sinks and taps are important interior design accent pieces which are forgotten when homeowners think of HDB BTO  or resale flat renovation.

Do take note of these useful tips for your kitchen sink in your  BTO or resale flat so that you buy the right product, lastest design and models to make you the proud homeowner of a designer kitchen.

Sink size and functional needs relative to cabinet kitchen design;

According to sanitaryware specialist Mr Poernomo Sing from AER Sanitary Singapore, decide on the functional needs before you head out to any bathroom warehouse such as;

1.  how big the sink you need and the available space relative to the kitchen cabinet, this is often the limiting factor in the selection so take note of your counter depth and length of the sink countertop.

2.  The depth of the sink, i.e., what kitchen utensils do you have or need to wash in it. Remember you will have many pots and pans to wash after a cooking storm or makan (gathering) session. 

3.   What material would I prefer, this we will talk more about sink materials slightly later if you are not sure.

4.   Do I prefer the sink to be sitting top or beneath the countertop. 

Quality And Style For The Chic Look

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel kitchen sink is the most popular material used by interior designers in a modern kitchen or what you might call Scandinavian interior design. Thereafter consider this question, do I need a single large or double sinks combined for cabinet kitchen design? Let’s see the pros and cons;

Single Bowl Sinks;


Single Bowl Useful For Small Kitchen Space, overmount on countertop

Pros: A single, deep basin means you can easily soak or wash a big pan or prep large quantities of food.  Young couples who don’t need to cook at home, this is a practical consideration.

“This kind of sink is very versatile, as young families don’t really cook much and could just pile the dishes for washing up later,” according to Mr Sing.

Cons: You are limited to one wash at any one time and soaking a large pot requires a bit of juggling since you would often need to wash other things as well in a small kitchen.


Double bowl sinks practical choice for the kitchen, overmout on countertop

2. Two basins of differing sizes (a 60/40 or offset sink).

These are larger sinks with options reachable with a single or double swing head taps.
Pros: Two basins allow you to perform separate tasks, such as cleaning dishes and preparing food, with ease. A Dual offers the convenience of cleaning up in the large basin and prepping food in the smaller one. 

Cons: A smaller basin makes it harder to wash and soak large pans.

“For clients who want flexibility, a double sink can be the way to go,” says Mr Sing “There are also a number of people who are accustomed to working with two basins, and they don’t want to change.”

Mounting Of Sinks found in kitchen design ideas

When purchasing sinks you will be asked if you would like to overmount or under-mount as different accessories used are different. Let’s talk about the pros and cons.

Scandinavian sink design with overmount method

Overmount Method

Modern stainless steel sinks look neat when mounted on the surface (overmount) as the rim thickness of 2-3mm is not noticeable. It is recommended to fasten the sink all around the countertop with silicon to avoid the seepage of water into the cabinet which will happen eventually on heavy washing sessions.

I personally prefer this method for hygiene reasons as I am able to see and remove visible mold growth on the surface of the countertop. 

Sink under-mount beneath the countertop

Under-mount method

The under-mount method uses screw clips and industrial glue to secure the sink onto the underside of the countertop. After the sink has been attached I would recommend applying a layer of silicon seal between the edges of the sink and countertop as a second line of defense against water seepage. 

This results in a cool borderless modern kitchen sink, however but with the passage of time mold and waste spatter will likely to form underneath the counter edges which is rather difficult to clean. There is also the risk of sink detachment with the passage of time.

 Stainless steel sink trend in minimalist interior design.

Straight edges and the boxy look is in trend with colours of;

Silver – evergreen but hardy with prolonged use.

Nano Back – trendy jet black look but prompt to scratches eventually from utensils or broken glass, not irritating if you are not picky.

Others – such as bronze and rose gold are available from certain suppliers.

Buy jet black with high-quality sink at bulk purchase prices here.


Porcelain sinks both under-mount 

Porcelain Sink The Choice Of Vintage Lovers

Pros: This is a legendary hardy material that renders a vintage style.

Cons:  Porcelain tends to chip, leaving a black mark. Metal pans can also leave black marks or scuffs that are difficult to remove. For people who are looking for colour options, not  much are offered here in Singapore


Granite composite sink under-mount

Granite composite sinks

Pros: Highly durable sink made from granite particles and polymers, price is more expensive, not viable for import due to its weight, this material resists scratches and chips. It does not show water spots.

Cons: Composite surfaces can turn lighter in colour with the passage of time due to the constant scrubbing and cleaning of the polymer (a form of plastic) material, repolishing is possible with but difficult and expensive. From personal experience of owning one dark grey sink which did age within 6 years of use but looks good in many ways and functional, I have even transferred it over to my new kitchen which still gel well with the new design. Would I still go for one, no is my answer as stainless steel sinks are still the winner in terms of the cool looks.

Waste discharge pipes beneath the kitchen sink.


Built-to-purpose downpipes that comes with modern sinks

I strongly recommend asking for the purpose-built waste discharge pipes that accompany the sink when you buy a new sink from the vendor as you don’t have to have to pay plumbers to built those ugly white PVC ones, becareful some sanitary shops sold them separately to make more money due to their promotional offers.

 – Buy your quality sink here.

Sink Accessories



Accessories like knives block, anti-choke waste trap, in-built dish soap dispenser, wash-dry tray

Pros: Sink manufacturers are making the sink work harder with a myriad of accessories built to perfectly fit on top of the basin. These are either sold with the stainless steel sink or separately. The choices include cutting boards, prep bowls, knife blocks, colanders and racks for dishcloths or cleaning utensils. 

Cons: However if your interest is in cooking such accessories may not fit your expectation if you subscribe to the “basic is better” school of thought, sink accessories are not for you.

Stainless steel cabinet looks no difference from plywood ones

Non-corrode Stainless steel sink counter

Homeowners faced the problem of the counter door “dropping out” due to water damage over time. This will happen to both types of mounting we mentioned about earlier, so what can you do to prevent it, take these two precautions;

1.  Insist on using silicon to seal all around joints and gaps between the countertop and sink during installation and renew that seal every 1-2 years. 

2.  Pay slightly more for waterproof material such as waterproof plywood, engineer wood or stainless steel cabinet for your counter. I personally prefer a stainless steel cabinet, as indestructible from water damage and the outlook is the same as wood with the prices of such cabinet have gone done with Chinese import.

Buy your corrosion resistance sink counter here.

Taps, what to look out for.

Selecting the right quality tap is important to your sanity as irritating water leakage and constant tap changes will drive you crazy. Often cheap taps sold by sanitary shops or bathroom warehouse will not last more than two years.

So the question you will need to ask is what do you do when the water starts leaking, do I buy a new one every one to two years or replace certain parts of the taps to stop the irritating leaks, there come the important issues relating to quality and warranty besides looking good.

The price will equate to the quality of taps you purchase in a certain degree, it also depends on the brands and experience and honesty of salesperson you buy from. There are three criteria to determine which brand you should buy to save you the aggravation;

1.  the litmus test is the company willing to give you a five years warranty is the quality generally, such products with longer warranty will cost slightly more but in the long run, you will save on precious time and replacement cost.

2.  if the tap is engineered such that there are spare parts for replacement if the taps wear out.  Well designed products will ensure the replacement of wear-out parts, the salesperson will often not border but sells you some buy and throwaways are signs that the product has not been engineered well.

3.  if the supplier is willing to come down to do the replacement or repair the tap even though you are willing to pay for a small service charge shows their commitment to their products.

Get your tap at bulk purchase priced that comes with 5 years warranty with and service here.

Waste Bin Trap Doors Are Convenience Every Kitchen Needs

Disposable Bin Covers

There is now a good alternative to scooping up wet waste and throwing it into plastic bags nearby and seeing all the smelly water dripping all over the place. The installation of this simple gadget door, similar in concept to the dustbin door found in commercial buildings, makes throwing food waste a simple and neat task. It mounted flush on countertops let wet waste drop directly into the trash bin below the counter without the usual mess. Get your cool gadget swing door here

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