Strategically placed windows blur the lines between the indoors and the outdoors of this Secunderabad residence.

Most often, in housing societies, builders create generic structures without factoring in several practical considerations. It then becomes the interior designer’s task to turn the house into a livable space. This house in Secunderabad belongs to a gated community where one comes across rows of other identical bungalows. Hameeda Sharma of Aamir & Hameeda Designers along with her team took on the task of giving this residence a distinct identity with its interior design. According to Sharma, as the house has a built up

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Choose from contemporary and classic designs for a spa-like bathroom zone or dedicated wet room including the latest technological advances

The latest sanitaryware is stylish in design and functionality. Long gone are the days when the bathroom was a merely practical space. It’s now a popular room where watching TV from the bath, listening to the radio or enjoying a jetladen power shower have become the norm. With simple relaxation and convenience in mind, dedicated spa-style wet rooms at home have risen in popularity and the latest designs are both sophisticated in style and high tech in operation. The beauty

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With its bright colours and alfresco dining, the Mediterra restaurant in Indore ensures its diners an enchanting visual treat.

When it comes to a theme restaurant, the concept influences everything right from the cuisine served, to the architecture, the design and layout of the restaurant. For architect Sandeep Shikre of Sandeep Shikre & Associates (SSA), the task was further challenged by the fact that the Mediterra restaurant would be the 12th in the Sayaji Hotel, Indore designed by him.

«There was a need to create a restaurant that would appeal to the sensibilities of the people of Indore but at

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A total re-design transformed Kate Barnes’ kitchen into a light, fresh and sun-filled space

– with the best views of her gorgeous garden

A beautiful garden is many a city homeowner’s dream, so Kate Barnes felt especially lucky to have a secluded oasis, filled with lush plants, a pond and mature trees at the rear of her west London Victorian terraced home. The only problem was — she couldn’t see it. ‘The ground floor of the house was very dark with a number of small, wall-divided rooms, complete with a kitchen and old-fashioned ‘lean-to’ at the back,’ explains

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In addition to the kitchen, Christopher Grubb renovated the home’s bathrooms. The master bath features pure white Ann Sacks Thassos marble field tiles accented with custom geometric mosaic featuring subtle green tones that are softly repeated throughout the space, including in the main floor, shower floor and shower border. A frameless glass shower enclosure allows the beauty of the tile to show through.


The compact guest bath feels larger with the use of all-white Ann Sacks tiles (Michael S. Smith Collection) and walls. Narrow glazed ceramic tiles in the shower surround updates the standard subway tile. A pop

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Special tricks

How to put on the floor carpet — it is known now, perhaps, any handyman. In this case, it goes on working with carpeting as a whole and its installation in the most inconvenient places, such as a spiral staircase, in inaccessible corners and rounded surfaces and open edges.

To paste over gently curved bottom podstupёnok carpet, first cut a strip out of the coating with an allowance, and then attaching it to the surface podstupёnka carpeted knife cut right on the site.

To cut into the carpet required a hole in the right place, first cut from

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Kid-sized Floor safe.

Turn little shavers into little savers with this novel bank project, which we modeled after an old-fashioned floor safe. Note the clever use of a surplus post-office box door, which features both a captivating combination lock and a window that lets kids watch their investment grow.

Let’s Begin with the Carcass.

1. From 1/2″-thick stock, rip and crosscut a piece to 4×15″. (We selected birch for its portability,) Then, crosscut the two sides and the bottom to the lengths listed in the Bill of Materials.

2. To make the top panel, first cut a 2 3/16 x 12″ piece of

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An elevator system with several cubicles


Masami Sakit — an independent consultant and inventor, specializing in transportation systems. 11 He owns U.S. patents and Japanese Patent 3 pertaining to the elevator systems with several cabins, rotary motors and controllers traffic control signals. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in transport engineering. Before becoming an independent consultant, he led the company Sakit Sakita Corp., specialized in software development for traffic control signals. Work in the company SRI International, De Leuw, Cat- her and Co. and the regional transport department of the State of Colorado.

This article discusses the new elevator system

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The right floor is vital for the cohesion of any room – the best options will work with all colour schemes and moods

The choice of flooring literally ‘grounds’ any colour or decorating scheme, so it’s sensible to think about it as a long-term investment. The design and layout of the house dictates how we use and choose our flooring. Start at the front door – an area that gets used every day, so it’s crucial to get the flooring right in this busy, high-traffic space – and think about how the floor area flows from room to room. A




‘Getting the colour on the walls right is essential as this is the foundation for everything else you do in your home. I tried 13 paint samples for the hall, stairs and landing before finding the perfect shade’ garden so we decided to make the house bigger.’

The idea was to add a bedroom in the loft and a large room at rear of the property with plenty of glass to make the most of the sunny aspect. ‘Downstairs we wanted an open-plan design with a kitchen and dining area and utility room,’ recalls Ellie. The planning and

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