Saturday, October 15, 2011

Home Interiors - Some photographs of my latest project @ Elita Promennade

Hi,

Before I get into the visuals...I have been getting questions on design best practices, materials to be used for interiors etc. from a number of you. This blog already has posts written earlier that answer some of these questions. As a refresher the links are given below. One more thing ... the blog archive (Look in the left pane of this page) has more than just what is mentioned below...feel free to browse through the same as well.

1. Choosing the right material for Woodworkhttp://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

2. Thumb-rules for Costing & Budgeting for Interiorshttp://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/08/costing-your-woodwork-do-it-yourself.html

3. Design best practices for making Sliding Wardrobeshttp://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/07/sliding-wardrobes-do-it-right-first.html

4. Design best practices for building a modular kitchenhttp://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html

....and finally - here are the photographs...would welcome any bouquets & brickbats :)

Thanks

NM

Book rack in veneer and wood
Elita Promenade - Book Rack & Show Case.
The pebbles in the bottom part of the unit are still to be put in

Foyer Unit
Elita Promenade - Entry Wall
I hand painted a part of this personally :)

Elita Promenade - Another view of the bookshelf.
Now you can see where the pebbles will go in

Elita Promenade - Sliding Wardrobe
Laminate & Glass Shutters & Metallic Edge Handles

Elita Promenade - Kids Study Area

Wall papered panel
Elita Promenade - Wall paper in Kids Room. Bed Headboard in Leather

Elita Promenade - Dressing Table

Elita Promenade - Master Bedroom Sliding Wardrobe
Laminate & Metallic Edge Handles

Elita Promenade - Guest BR Wardrobe
In Veneer & Melamine Matt

Elita Promenade - Bathroom Storage

Duco painted wall panel
Elita Promenade - Dining Table, Bar Unit & Wall Pannel (in Duco)

Membrane Shutters
Elita Promenade - Kitchen Counter top is Quartz

Elita Promenade - Breakfast Counter Cum Storage. Acrylic (Hanex) Counter Top

Elita Promenade - Kitchen - Another Angle

Kitchen Storage
Elita Promenade - One More Kitchen
the LED lights are visible in this photograph

Elita Promenade - Storage under the Breakfast Counter

Elita Promenade - Full Modular Kitchen

Elita Promenade - Dining Table, Bar Unit, Wall Paneling, Book Rack

Pooja Unit Lighting
Elita Promenade - Unit hosting the 4.5 feet Krishna Statue.
The whole living room was designed around this unit

Elita Promenade - Another image of the Krishna unit (in Duco) - with the lights off


57 comments:

  1. very good ....i specially liked the bookshelf, almirahs, kitchen, wall paints....keep the good work,,,:)

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  2. hi Nanditha,

    Your works are simply superb. You have great taste of colours. Your blog has really helped a novice like me.

    I need your suggestion. I want to go for pink in the kitchen, I have a blacktop which unfortunetly I cannot change.
    I am worried that pink might look odd thing but still I like it the most. So, can you suggest me what other color combinations I can choose to have good look in the kitchen.

    Thanks in Advance,
    Madhu

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  3. This is pretty nice stuff, Nandita. Just a quick question, could you please suggest me some good place in Bangalore to buy floor & wall tiles. I’ve visited many shops but found a lot variations in price they quote even for same brand and same tiles. I’m little confused now. Thanks for advising. Rajat

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  4. Awesome work. what is the material used for the kitchen doors?

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  5. Anonymous - Its Membrane on MDF

    NM

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  6. Rajat: That's always an issue in Bangalore. Places like TilePrint, Samavesh, KajariaWorld & StoneArts have some exclusive stuff. Easiest is to go to the Euro Showroom/ Godown on Mysore road, they have decent designs at a reasonable price

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  7. Madhu: A combination of Pink & White should go with a black top...all the best :)

    NM

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  8. Bookshelf looks really nice... , copying it for my home.. thanks in advance..

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  9. Anonymous - Not very easy to make...copy at your own risk :)

    NM

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  10. Hi Nandita,
    Your blog rocks,it helps lot of people like me that got confused in how to get the wood work done in houses. I have question on calculation of estimate. Lets take if the carpenter said 750 per sqft for plywood with laminate on both sides if i have a 1ft X 1ft box, and i am using a plywood with 60rs per sqft and 20 per sqft laminate.
    Is the calculation will be as follows
    Plywood:5(front+top+left+right+bottom)x60 =300
    Back 6 mm plywood = 30
    Laminate 6 (front+back (of shutters)+top+left+right+bottom)X20 = 120
    Labour charges = 150
    Accessories = 100
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    Total per sqft 700
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    Please let me know the above calculation is correct

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  11. Durga: Mathematically correct, practically not the best discussion to get into. Costing needs to be done specific to the design, type of material (just one example - veneer costs can range from Rs 60 to Rs 2000 psft, 20 - 500 for laminates), hardware etc. If not done by design you get into "budget creep" issues...a discussion that is best avoided

    NM

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  12. Is the material on the wardrobe doors, laminate ? (4th pic)

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  13. Hi,

    Thanks for writing very informative articles on interiors.

    I am building my home in bangalore. I plan to have a dishwasher and keep it under the counter adjacent to the kitchen sink. I see a DW in one of your photos. I like to know what precautions to be followed when adding a DW in the kitchen under the counter top such as

    a) location of the inlet & outlet water pipes
    b) power point location
    c) stability while in operation
    d) care to protect adjacent cabinet plywood materials
    d) anything else ..

    Also, do you have any suggestion for a good DW ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Priya.

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    1. Priya - 1) Make space based on exact dishwasher requirements - each dishwasher model available in Bangalore has "documented" space requirements. This will also determine the kitchen counter-top height & depth.

      2) Ideally keep the dishwasher next to the sink - this will make it easy to load the dishwasher - also the electrical, drainage & water points can move into the cabinet under the sink and hence not "come in the way" behind the dishwasher.

      3. Dishwashers do not vibrate too much - hence stability is not a major concern

      Rgds
      NM

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    2. Thank you for your reply.

      Do you have any recommendation for a good dishwasher brand that is available in bangalore ?

      Regards
      Priya

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    3. IFB, KAFF, Siemens & LG are the popular dishwashers available in Bangalore. All are good in terms of the features & reliability.

      From an after sales service perspective I have experienced IFB & LG and would rate them to be good.

      NM

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  14. What fittings have you used for the undercabinet lights. Is it LED lighting ? Where can we buy them.

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    1. Yes its LED Lights, these are available at most electrical stores

      NM

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  15. Hi nandita ,
    first of all a big thanks for such an informative blog. My carpenter recommends Bhutan board instead of MDF and states that the latter may bend over time .It it true?I'm confused .Please help .Thanks in advance

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    1. Bhutan Board is a brand of Particle Board. Particle board does have higher resistance against bending/ warping compared to MDF.
      Not sure if you already went through this
      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

      Rgds
      NM

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  16. Hi Nandita,

    Impressive designs. Can you recommend a shop to buy quartz top in Bangalore.

    ---- Sanjay

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    1. Check out the shops in the Marble Market at Bannerghatta Road

      NM

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  17. Hi Nandita,
    Very informative blog.
    Is it possible to lay tile border on existing tile dado in kitchen?
    Where can I get the tile border you have used for the elita kitchen ?
    Manswini

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    1. Is it possible to lay tile border on existing tile dado in kitchen? - Possible - Yes, Recommended - No.

      Where can I get the tile border you have used for the elita kitchen? - You should be able to get it in any good ceramic store.

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      NM

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  18. Hi nandita,
    Very informative blog. It helped me a lot while doing up my new flat. Almost done but I am stuck now as I am not able to think what should I do in foyer.
    I do not want typical shoe cabinet there .
    Can you suggest me something? I was thinking of using 3d paneling . Where can I get it? Can that be used for cabinet?
    Thank you very for your help through your blog.
    Saritha

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    1. 3D MDF Panels are available with most large plywood retailers. If used well these can give a pretty unique look. You will need to be pretty innovative to use it as a cabinet shutter.

      NM

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  19. Hi Nandita,

    Is the book shelf above made of MDF ?

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  20. Hi Nandita,
    I am thinking of Duco Paint for my kitchen cabinets instead of laminates. Do you suggest this and how expensive will it be compared to laminates? My carpenter is saying, MDF sheet has to be fixed on top of plywood shutters to do the duco paint. I am using 18mm greenply board. Carpenter says, if he needs to provide taper design to the cabinets, I need to get him atleast 8mm MDF. Please provide your thoughts on this.

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    1. Yes you will need an MDF base for Duco Paint. Overall cost of duco will be nearly double of laminate. Also at 18+ 8mm your door will become too thick for normal hinges. You should ideally use thinner ply sheet for the shutters.

      Additional questions will incur interior design consultancy fees :)

      Rgds
      NM

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    2. I had exactly the same question in mind. Thanks for the answer. And I have few extra doubts.

      1. Is getting a painter for Duco easy in Bangalore? or Is there any agency we can use? Also, How different a glossy laminate will be from Duco finish?

      2. Can I use Duco for Wardrobe Doors also? Will it look odd or smell? I can change to laminate or veneer if it is not going to look good?

      Thanks a lot for the knowledge you already shared in the blogs.

      Regards,
      Rajakumar

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    3. All painters are not good at doing Duco painting. Compared to glossy laminate Duco fares better in terms of the ability to paint on the the edges/ sides - you need edge banding in case of laminates and it does not give a look as good as duco.
      Yes you can use duco for Wardrobes

      Rgds
      NM

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  21. Hi Nandita,

    I had been to godrej showroom and they have the concept of galvanized steel kitchen.Can you throw some light on advantages / drawbacks of using galvanized steel instead of wood? price wise it was pretty even stevens for me .Thanks

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    1. Your question is already answered in the comments section of the post below

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

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  22. Hi Nandita,
    Good work,would like to get similar work done for my kitchen, will you be interested.

    Rgds,
    PS

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    1. You may reach me at nanditamanwani@gmail.com to discuss

      Rgds
      NM

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  23. i like all your posts.Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Hi Nandita,
    I'm planning to install wall panel to mount my 50 inch Led Tv. Main idea is to hide the wires behind the panel. But confused about its durability , kind of panel to be used , thickness of the panel..... .....
    Can u pls educate me about it.

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    1. Flat screen TV's can be easily mounted on a hollow wooden panel. For a 50 inch TV you should use 19mm BWR Ply for the paneling to be on the safe side

      Rgds
      NM

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  25. Hi,

    My interior designer is using Rich wood, Dynawood, Premium Gold ISI brand plywood. I never heard of these brands. How good is that on qualitywise.

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    1. I have not used these brands hence cannot comment. Decent quality ply will be BWR IS 303 grade ISI marked in the price range of around Rs 90 psft & you may go with anything that matches this criteria.
      Also the comments under the post below have rich inputs on this topic
      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

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  26. Hi Nandita... thanx for a highly informative and useful blog.

    I've a query abt the wardrobe photograph titled "Elita Promenade - Guest BR Wardrobe". Should the wardrobe doors and the loft doors above them be at the same plane - I mean should both the sections have the same depth, as shown in this photograph?

    My carpenter is suggesting that the lofts have more depth - so their doors are a bit protruded (say by 2 inches), with reference to the plane of the wardrobe doors. Will it look better?

    Thnx in advance.

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    1. For hinged wardrobes the lofts and the doors should ideally be at the same level. To me protruding lofts look a little "ancient".

      In sliding wardrobes however I keep the loft depth smaller than that of the main box as Top running sliding systems require space on the top for any servicing needs in the future. Most folks in India use bottom running channels for sliding wardrobes and can hence have the loft protruding outward, however bottom running channels are not recommended for sliding wardrobe doors - it is for this reason none of the global brands incorporate a loft in their offering. Please also read http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/07/sliding-wardrobes-do-it-right-first.html

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  27. Hi! Nandita,
    Good work. I need your suggestions for interiors in some different apartment (Prestige Wellington park , 3 bhk), will u help me. Thanks..

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    1. You may reach me at nanditamanwani@gmail.com

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      NM

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  28. Hi Naditha,

    Very useful information. We need your suggestions on lift upto second floor with interiors. Advance thanks for your help.

    Regards,
    Geeta R

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    1. I am not an expert on lifts Geeta, will therefore be unable to comment sensibly.

      Regards
      NM

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  29. Hey nandita... I have ordered for kitchen with acrylic carcass. Color is white. Can you please suggest if that would change in due course. Will that be very difficult to manage. How to maintain.

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    1. It might get a pale yellow tinge with age - post a couple of years. Guess by then you may not even notice.

      Regards
      NM

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  30. Wow! Loving all these beautiful images, especially that bookshelf and kitchen. Great job. Really impressed with you. :)

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  31. Nice work wish you were in Delhi as Im getting work done at my new home.

    Need your perspective. My living room is L shaped with one side dining area. I was planning to segregate the two with a book shelf. When anyone enters first thing he will see is bookshelf. Other idea could be a crockery almirah with a marble mandir in centre.

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    1. I cannot comment without a feel of the space available and the location of the doors, direction etc. The only thing I would say is that full partitions in general make the space feel smaller hence are recommended in large living cum dining rooms. In the regular sized living/dining rooms a half height partition is advisable. Something like https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CfiVo-4vonk/VvlJWOgfBLI/AAAAAAAATWc/nb95ztS5RoA17-wx1JPYMCi9gRFK6jLUw/s1600/11949398_491961200974045_394646214299348442_n.jpg

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      NM

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  32. Hi Namitha
    Good work..I wanted to know about breakfast counter height and depth.can it be 1000mm ht and 450mm depth Or it should be less ht like 900mm.As we need storage below counter and also leg space so depth should be 450mm.

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    1. Both 1000 and 900mm are fine. Usually 1000mm looks better for longer breakfast counters.

      Regards
      Nandita

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