For making a new place or redecorating a space we may need an Interior Designer, Interior Decorator or even an Architect. The point is how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
First of all let us make it clear that Interior Designer, Interior Decorator and Architect are not one and the same professionals. Let me try to explain in my words:
Interior Designer : One who is capable of designing the interiors. Can make drawings, can do the planning on paper in a professional way using drawings, design concepts and who has done some study on the subject for atleast 3 to 5 years on the subject.
Interior Decorator: This person can be an Interior Designer as well and who has started taking up the entire projects. Also this person is a contractor who can execute the plan and design of the Interior Designer or Architect. Gradually with his experience he has graduated to be an Interior Designer.
Architect: This person is an expert in construction and has complete knowledge on how to plan, design, construct, source, hire vendors and also each and every portion and part of construction. This includes electrical, plumbing, civil, interiors etc. Later during the career this person can choose some specialization like, civil, interiors, structure of any niche segment. They has have spent time studying every aspect of their field of specialization.
The above classifications will help us in making it clear about how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Now let us come to our point of the topic, how and why to hire an Interior Designer. After reading above points I am sure you are clear about following lines:
All Interior Designers are not Interior Contractors & Architects.
All Interior Decorators are not Interior Designers & Architects.
And above everything else All Architects can be Interior Designers, Interior Decorators and of course Architects. Hence, Interior Designing and Interior Decoration is just a part of the entire Architectural work.
Again this adds up to make it clear how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
First things first, make the list of things you want to get done. You must know what you want. This is the most important thing. As you are planning to hire and Interior Designer this means that you want something or other to be done for which you are looking for an expert or an helping hand. So make sure you have maximum details of what you want. This is one reason on how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Next is the budget. Make a tentative estimate or budgeting of the work. In other words, how much money you are ready to put into the work. Also if possible you must be ready with the type of designing you are looking for, like ethnic, modern etc. Another point to keep in mind while deciding upon
how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
Now survey the market to get the interior designers of your choice. Unless you are sure about, I suggest to atleast talk and research about minimum three to four professionals. Meet them in person, talk to them and also make sure to check atleast three each recent of past projects done by the professionals. After you are sure of hiring the particular professional have one more meeting with the person. This is also a very important step while deciding on how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
After you decide on with whom you want to go ahead and deciding upon the cost and fees, always talk to him/her on following points:
These are the above main points you should consider talking to your designers before you start with the planning. This will save your time as well as the time of your designer. All designers know about the above components and they will talk to you on this. But it is always better if you know about these points and both of you are in sync on the above points. This will save you time, money, work and rework. Now I think you are much more confident about how and why to hire an Interior Designer.
After both of you have finished discussion on the above points. The next step is the “Pre Estimate – Pre View”. Here your designer will make a first design, estimate and overall view. Now both of you can have few meetings on this and do the necessary tweaking, changes on this. You can have an initial view, idea of overall design, working plan, add some new ideas and also remove some ideas you do not want. This will again give you an idea of the cost of the work. After seeing this set of work you can make necessary changes to the design to match with you budget. Here you can also plan to increase or decrease the budget.
Now you must work on finalising the final design. This is the most important part of your work. Give your time and concentration on finalising your final design. Your final design is the thing that will be enacted and layed on the floor, walls and ceilings.
After finalising the design you must talk on the time of completion of the project. There may be many issues that may arise during the actual working at the site. Make it clear about the flexibility regarding the time of completion. In India, many things may go wrong. My advice is to add 20 to 30% extra on time agreed between you and the designer. Nothing is impossible, so if you do not want to be flexible and you want the deadline to be met, make this clear between you and your designer.
Work can be done in sequence. One thing cannot start till something else has been done. Make a flow chart of the work. Few things can be done simultaneously. Plan the requirement of funds. Many a time projects get delayed due to non availability of funds on time. So flow chart of the work and availability of funds with clarity of work is very important. Any change you make to your plan will change your timeline.
The most cumbersome and difficult task is to handle and manage different agencies who will be doing different jobs like flooring, furniture, paint, electrical, plumbing and many other small and important things. Do decide on who will be managing them and getting the work done.
You will have to take the handover from your contractor, interior decorator or interior designer of the project after the work has been completed. While taking the handover following things must be taken note of:
Always agree with your designer, vendors and contractors about after handover service. Make it clear with them as to how much and on what points they will be giving the after handover service and for what time. Always prefer the vendor and designer who is ready to give your after handover services. If they are agreeing on this, they are responsible and will ensure proper work and material.
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Falling from stairs is a very dangerous. It can be a major loss for elderly people if they fall from stairs. It is very important to take precautions on this and avoid this accident. Let us discuss how to protect ourselves from falling from stairs ? Let us discuss the reasons and solutions to this mishap of falling from the stairs. How to protect ourselves from falling from stairs ?
Few main reasons we slip may be as below:
Above are quite a few or almost main reasons why we fall from stairs. If you think any other reasons please do leave your comments below. This will help our fellow readers. So do spare some time and leave your comments.
Now let us come to the section how to avoid falling from stairs ? What are the steps we should take to avoid falling from stairs.
1. Size of the Stairs :
When you are planning stairs keep the stair riser height upto 6 inches and do not cross above 8 inches in any case. Keep this same throughout your entire staircase. Even a slight mistake in this can be very very dangerous. People may fall or loose their balance in the step that has the slightest of variation.
Alongwith this the depth of the step should also be uniform and equal. Any minor change in this can be equally fatal.
Do not underestimate the importance of railings. Railings help us in keeping our balance and regaining our balance while climbing or coming down the stairs. Holding the railings ensures safety and reduces the possibility of falling from the stairs. Do plan to have proper and strong railing in your staircase.
3. Proper Light in Staircase:
This is another silly reason we fall from stairs. Even after having everything perfect, people fall from stairs when there is no proper light. So make sure that the staircase is properly lit. Invest in proper lighting of the staircase.
Some steps that can be taken if you are planning to construct a new staircase or putting up new stairs.
4. Rough texture line near the edge of stair step:
If you are planning to put a stone stair like granite of marble, you can plan a straight line running along the width of the stair which should be rough in finish. The rough stretch of line on a smooth step of the stair can work as a barrier incase you slip on the stair step. This line should be on all steps of the stairs. This can be of help.
But with the usage this roughness can become smooth and slippery. You may have to re do the roughness after some time.
5. Groove Lines on the steps of the stairs.
We have seen straight 2 to 3 groove line on the steps of the stairs running from one end of the stair to another. These lines can also work as an immediate barrier to the slip. But I have my own doubts about this. There are rare chances of these grooves being of any help to you when you slip as they are depressed towards the stone step. When you slip on a smooth surface how can a depressed line stop you from slipping or falling. I personally do not recommend this as a solution.
6. Metal Strips inserted in the grooves.
This is somewhat helpful. As on the above point we just have the grooves, but in this case we have the grooves and in those grooves a metal strip of around 4 to 5 mm thick are inserted and a part of that metal strip comes out and above the surface of the stair. These metal strips can of course be useful. But with passage of time they may look attractive but may become slippery by themselves.
7. Abrasive tapes near the edge of the steps.
This is one of the best solution to stop you and protect you from slipping from the stairs. These tapes are super effective and easy to install, reinstall or remove. They are very convenient to have. The tapes can be used on all type of stairs – new, old, stone, wood, tile, glass, metal or any other stair.
If you want to be double sure you can put two lines of tapes which will ensure that you never slip from the stairs.
8. Stair Nose on the edge of the Stairs.
Another solution is that you can put stair nose on the edge of the stair. These stair nose can be of wood, metal or steel. If you have a very high traffic area and want instant solution for slipping from the stairs, you can install stair nose of iron angles. The iron angles must be firmly fixed on the stairs by nuts bolts, screws and if possible by welding etc. The stair nose should not be loose fixed to avoid any accident due to loose fixing.
These are few solutions for avoiding the accident of falling from stairs or slipping from the stairs. Hope this has been useful. Please do leave your comments below.
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How to organise Shoes, this is the topic of this blog article. Shoes are very important in our lives. They make you look smart, confident and also protects you from cold, heat and thrones. So let us try to understand how to organise shoes or how to organise shoes.
First of all let us calculate approximate number of shoes we have in our homes. We will list the number of people we have in our homes, they may be like below (may vary from people to people and places to places). This will make our work easy and help us to understand how to organise shoes.
Father – We presume he will have 4 pair or shoes and slippers.
Mother – We presume she will have 6.
Your – We presume you will have 8.
Spouse – We presume your spouse will have 8.
Brother – He will also have 6 to 8.
Sister – She will also have 6 to 8.
Son- Let say he will have around 4.
Daughter – Let us say she will also have 4.
Say one more member – Add around 5 for him/her.
Now let us add the number of shoes and slippers.
The total number of shoes and slippers in any house here works out to 55.
Now let us take some margin on this, let us presume that any modern house will have minimum of 60 shoes and slippers.
Again we need to do some maths.
Now we have 9 members and each one of them will have 2 pairs each for frequent use.
This figure comes out to 18. Again add 2 more to this, our figure of frequent used shoes or slippers is now 20. So 55 – 20 = 35, we have 35 more pairs which will not be used so frequently.
Let us have fresh figures off hand, from our above calculations which make our work easy to know how to organise shoes ?
(A) Frequently used shoes and slippers. (20 Nos)
(B) Occasionally used shoes and slippers. (35 Nos)
In case the examples we have taken does not match your numbers, please feel free to change them as per your figures. If the numbers are less, it is a good news and if the numbers are more – you need more.
Now our requirement is to have two different shoe racks. One for the frequently used shoes and slippers and another for occasionally used ones.
Let us give them some technical names – FS Rack and OS Rack. FS is Frequently Used and OS is Occasionally Used.
Hope you have got the point of how to organise the shoes. My be you do not need to read further.
The FS Rack – Frequently used shoes and slippers should be stored or kept near the entrance door.
Have a decent shoe rack near the entrance door to keep and hide the shoes in the rack. The rack should look nice, should be low height and it must be easy to access, specially for children. This Shoe Rack, we will call it Door Shoe Rack needs to accommodate minimum 18 to 20 shoes and slippers. This resolves our topic of how to organise shoes ?
Now the next shoe rack, “The OS Rack”, which you may have to keep in your balcony, terrace of somewhere in the inner circle of your house or apartment. The place for this is to be found by you. The possible places can be as below:
Above are the six places you can put your second shoe rack. Always plan for two shoe racks in your house. One shoe rack will not be a good idea. You will always feel overwhelmed to see shoes and slippers lying here and there in your house.
Of course few slippers and one or two shoes can be placed in open if you are not very particular about this. Bathroom slippers will be in the bathrooms and if you do not allow shoes in your house you can have some house slippers lying in the open for easy access.
Along with this it is recommended to plan for keeping helmets if you have two wheelers in your house. One two wheeler or bike will make 2 helmets.
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What is the difference between POP and Wall Putty ?
Let us try to understand the difference between POP and Wall Putty. POP is also called Gypsum Plaster. Wall Putty is a cement based plaster which is used to finish the fresh walls before painting. Both POP and Wall Putty are used to create a good base before painting the walls. Many times both people find it difficult to understand what is the difference between POP and Wall Putty.
Let us make it simple to read and understand we will use bullet points. The points makes it short and easy to understand.
First let us discuss POP also called Gypsum Plaster.
Main company in India selling this product is Sakarni marketed by Jai Durga. However it is a natural product found in Rajasthan which is processed by other companies as well.
Now let us talk about Wall Putty.
Wall Putty is a white cement based product manufactured using some polymers, chemicals and resins. The leading brand in this field is Birla White Putty. Let us understand what is difference between POP and Wall Putty. Now let us understand Wall Putty.
To summarize what is the difference between POP and Wall Putty , a single line is more than sufficient – POP is good for indoor walls and Putty is good for outdoor walls.
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What is Bird Spike and Bird Net ?
Birds are beautiful. They look great in any natural habitat. In modern day living people do not like birds to stay and live in the places they live in. The main reason why people do not like bird to near their habitat are dirt, bird droppings, feathers bird spread around the place they live and sound bird make. People want to find way to keep birds away and out of places they live. Bird Spikes and bird net comes into place to keep the birds away from places you do not want them to be in.
First of all let us understand Bird Spikes.
Bird spikes are sharp or semi sharp pointed plastic or metal spikes which can be fixed on places where normally birds make their home or place of rest. They can also be installed in places you do not want the birds to come, stay and make the place dirty with their feathers, droppings, eggs, sounds and noise and so many things birds bring with them. Bird spikes are fixed on all the surfaces where normally birds come and stay. The bird spikes makes it difficult and even impossible for birds to sit on the place where bird spikes are installed. It is seen that humans mainly do not like birds to stay indoor and make the place dirty with their droppings.
The bird spike must not be very sharp which may kill the bird. It is recommended to have a blunt point spike which does not enter the body of the bird. If the spikes are very sharp it may enter the body of the bird and kill it. This will cause additional problem of
Another point is that the material by which the spike is made must be a bit flexible so that it does not break when a big size bird tries to sit on the spike.
Bird spikes are generally screwed on the walls and places where they are installed. They can also be installed using silicon adhesive, but in this case you may have to install and reinstall the spike whenever it comes off.
Now let us discuss Bird Nets
The reason for using bird nets are also the same as using the bird spikes. Bird nets are used in places where you cannot install bird spikes or bird spikes are not effective. Suppose you do not want the birds to enter any particular area, here you have to install the bird net. The bird nets are available in different colours, but transparent or white birds nets are better as it will not disturb the looks and feel of the place the bird net is installed. It will not disturb the elevation. It is normally seen that bird nets are installed in balcony of flats, just under the ceiling – specially under those ceilings where the design allows the birds to make their place of rest.
The problem with bird net is that when birds try to cross the net they may get entangled in the net, they may leave feathers entangled on the net which may look bad. Also due to weather aging and frequent effort of birds to enter the area the net may get damaged. It is very important to install the bird nets which are weather aging proof. Also it is important that the bird net is fixed properly and nicely stretched so that it looks smart and nice. A loosely installed bird net looks very shabby and untidy and also allows the birds to seat and hang on the net itself.
These two products – bird spike and bird nets are great product where you want to check and control the entry and staying of birds. They have improved the look and feel of many heritage building. These products have made the life of a housewife easier as they do not have to clean the balcony too frequently.
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What is PVC Vinyl Flooring and its Pros & Cons ?
PVC Flooring or Vinyl Flooring is a wonderful product for flooring. This flooring product has variety of uses and can be used in almost all places. The only difference is that you have to have the knowledge to understand the use of a particular quality of flooring. Let us try to understand What is PVC Vinyl Flooring and its Pros & Cons ?
There are many types of Vinyl Flooring available in the market. Thinner the flooring material, cheaper it is. Cheaper it is, less life it has. Also it will not look very good or impressive. The above points are for the cheaper variant of Vinyl Flooring. The reservations about Vinyl Flooring are due to the fact that many people who are not happy with the product have used cheaper variant of this wonderful product.
Generally the thickness available in Vinyl Floor are –
For extreme commercial and short term use thickness below 1.00mm is used or recommended. For a slightly better result or light use residential applications 1.00mm to 1.30mm is good.
To immediately understand what is Vinyl Floor, please recall your recent train journey. The flooring is railway coaches is mostly vinyl. This is so because they are very strong, rough and tough and easy to clean.
Vinyl flooring is available for all types of applications like light use, medium use and even for heavy uses.
The light use vinyl are heterogeneous vinyl with print and design on top layer and the secondary layer is to give the thickness and dimensional stability to flooring product.
The heavy use vinyl which are used in train coach, hospitals, factories and many such places homogeneous vinyl is preferred. In this type of vinyl flooring material the entire thickness of the floor is of the same material from top to bottom. In this category also there are different quality and raw material standards. We will discuss the different raw material of premium quality vinyl in some other article.
Another option available is that vinyl is available in roll or sheet form and tiles form. Tiles are easier to handle and install. Normally designer or residential flooring is available in tiles where as all commercial or heavy duty floors are available in rolls. But this is not the thumb rule.
Vinyl Flooring is looks beautiful wherever they are installed and are easy to clean, easy to install and easy to maintain, this material has many other beautiful feathers in its cap.
Let us try to understand other specialties of Vinyl Floor in different areas of uses:
1. Hospital – Easy to clean and anti skid floors.
2. Hospital – Anti Static or ESD Floors.
3. Industrial – ESD or anti static floor with proper additional ESD or Anti Static treatments.
4. Transport vehicle – Vinyl Floors for Trains, Buses, Metros etc.
5. Educational Institutions floor- Elegant looks, Easy to Clean, Anti Skid and Protects from Accidental damage.
6. Sports floor – To protect from injury and joint jerks.
7. Hospitals, Operation Theaters, ICUs – Anti Bacterial Floor and Wall Vinyl.
Vinyl, PVC Flooring is a wonderful product which has lots of advantage and benefits. Of course this is a product of petroleum bi product which may have some cons attached to it but the pros or advantages overweight the cons or disadvantages.
The major advantages of Vinyl Flooring are:
What you would want from a flooring. Vinyl gives you all possible advantage and flexibility for you.
This ends our article on What is PVC Vinyl Flooring and its Pros & Cons ?
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