Terrace House at Jalan Chempadak - Singapore
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Chua recommends reducing the duration of your air-con use by opening doors and windows for ventilation.
Another great material to try on your cabinets is mirrored glass or perspex. The resulting reflective surface brings an illusion of space by bouncing light around the kitchen.
5. Is the island something you can live with for a long time?Aside from adding functionality to a kitchen, fixed islands are designed to impress. But they are also permanent fixtures. On one hand, this means they are stable structure-wise, something that a movable island cannot guarantee. On the other hand, it can also mean that you have very little allowances for modifications in the future. If you decide to go for a fixed island, make sure that you are pleased with its style, layout, structure and placement, because it is costly to build. You don’t want to be stuck with an eyesore in your kitchen for years, or go through the expense and effort to modify or relocate your island – or worse, build a new one.
Room at a Glance: Open KitchenWho lives here: A couple in their 30s – husband in finance industry and wife a homemaker – and their three kidsLocation: Jalan Chempedak, Upper Thomson area, SingaporeSize of kitchen: 22 sqm (dry kitchen) / 18 sqm (wet kitchen)Designer: Bu Shukun of ArchitologyThe rawness of the smooth concrete floor contrasts nicely against the modern-luxe finish of the marble-topped and mirror-clad kitchen island. The reflective finish allows the island’s large size to blend with the open central space.The ovens and refrigerator are integrated within the full-height cabinets, while all necessary storage – from tall larder units to soft-closing drawers to bar racks – are concealed for a clean, streamlined look. “They were to be out of sight but easy to reach,” Bu says. Appliances: Gaggenau, De Dietrich, and Liebherr; Flooring: Pandomo by Ardex