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Plan Valuable Workspace In Your Kitchen Renovation

Featured Photo by Ekaterina Bolovtsova from Pexels Whether you are renovating the kitchen for an existing or new BTO flat in the case of new homeowners, the kitchen has taken a significant role as part of the home office in a post Covid-19 environment as the kitchen has truly become the heart of the home activities as families struggle to find conducive workspaces with the demand for an online meeting.

Here are some practical tips on planning the kitchen for the new norm turning this space that churns out food into a conducive workspace

1. Define the cooking and working space needs

a. For young couples waiting to move into their BTO;
Open plan island counter for BTO 4 Rm kitchen
Island counter is a great idea for space scare BTO flats
Browse design reference from https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

Who have some budget to spare could consider an open kitchen with an island counter is a great gathering and workspace. Just a point to note during serious smoke from cooking will carry oil particles to various part of the open kitchen and connecting room like adjoining living which will need to be cleaned and mopped more often than an enclosed kitchen.

If there is a budget constraint a simple close door kitchen space with a single role of kitchen cabinet on one side of the wall might suffice for couples who just want to use the kitchen for functional food warming and other lighting cooking while having a dinning cum working desk on the opposite wall will create a conducive working space.
Dining Table With Good Wifi reception can be a conducive work space
Dining Table With Good Wifi reception can be a conducive work space
Design reference from https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

For the serious cook, a simple roll of cabinets might not meet your preparation space needs as the ergonomics and worktop space might not be good enough for you. Plan ahead if you need to have a separate space for work when the family grow with more children and the inclusion of a domestic helper this valuable kitchen space might come in very handy.

Working and studying from home with the new norm in the post Covid-19 years, therefore, private space for online conferencing is crucial and needs for privacy needs to be thought through carefully as conversing with each other online might interfere with other members of the family who needs to focus on their work. Folding glass/aluminium partition could be a solution to the enclosed space when an uninterrupted environment is needed. Photos credit: Lowyat.net One important thing to note is to make sure that the kitchen could receive the wifi signal which is the source of life for everything online, therefore the need to have rooms in direct line of sight to the wifi router is crucial for your success to convert this space. You might want to consider installing a wifi router at a central place or using the latest NEST technology routers for sufficient signal coverage.

c. For couples going into their golden years;
Where there are plenty of space with careful planning of appliances and what we really need as older folks tend to horde on “things” that bring back memories or considered a waste to dispose of useful stuff. The problem with this thinking is that no matter how much space there is, there will never be enough space for things of yesteryears. I have personally experienced this as I have thrown away almost 25 large trash bags of kitchen stuff from my MIL leave over after her stay with us.

My advice is to donate those excess to charity and keep what we really need or better still start over with new utensils to explore the excitement of creating new dishes that the family enjoys.

Important things to note as silver generation aged and mobility becomes an issue kitchen stuff would need to be reachable when planning for a kitchen renovation, consideration like the use of drawers on floor cabinets and wall cabinets to be built within reach without the need to climb to take down things so as to prevent fall which is illustrated here:

Reachability for silver generation crucial to staying independent

A larger kitchen table is a particularly useful worktop for the silver generation with the stay-home advice for them to work on handicraft projects or enjoy the moment of love with online facetime with love ones is a marvellous alternative to being a couch potato

2. Kitchen ergonomics:

Is the study of the human relationship with work relating to the sink, fridge and hob crucial to the human comfort working long hours before fatigue sets in, kitchen specialist advice the following triangulated set up for efficient workflow: Work comfort comes into play as you work on the countertop to prepare food, if you are above or below the average human height, do note this ideal countertop height in relation to your height: .

3.  Functional cabinet organisers

Are highly recommended to maximise the storage capacity and lifesaver when it comes to organising sauces.
Kitchen Storage organiser is a lifesaver for a neat kitchen
Kitchen Storage organiser is a lifesaver for a neat kitchen
Kitchen Cabinet Organiser
Useful Spatula Organiser for the Cooking Enthusiast

4. The popular colour and design trend;

a. white with wood grain theme b. Grey and white theme c. pastel theme Photo credit – www.magnet.co.uk,  For more design reference visit https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

In conclusion, great kitchen workspace experience cannot do without a well-designed worktop which may take the following 3 alternatives;

1. Solid dining table that matches your kitchen décor
Kitchen Design Ideas
Kitchen Table can fulfil a much-needed workspace
Browse dining table here – https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/loose-furniture/dining-table/ and chairs here https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/loose-furniture/dining-chair/

2. Go for an open concept with an island counter
Island counter is a ideal work top for modern kitchen
work from home get an island with a open kittchen concept
Get your kitchen island here; https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/kitchen_cabinet/island-cabinets/

3. Look through the window with high-level worktop:
See thru high table Btw kitchen and dinning
High Table on a see-thru wall can be a useful worktop
Browse kitchen designs samples here https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

Happy planning, if you need any advice do leave us a note below we will try to get back to you soon.

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.
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