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Behind-the-Scene: Scandinavian meets Industrial Chic Rental Property

9/20/2019


There were times I wonder, when a project would finish, despite having the timelines and expected dates of delivery and such. These are one of the latest projects that I have been pre-occupied and a number of days had left me stucked on how this will go especially when there are certain things on site happens when you least expect it. However, these should have been foreseen which we did and sometimes its just a little too much when there are delays that my team are not in control. 

Behind-the-Scene of Premiere Design Interiors T Project

We planned not to have any changes in this area only for the Aircon to be installed. As you can see there's a lot of remarks to remind each individual from my team and the contractors that are involved.

Behind-the-Scene of Premiere Design Interiors T Project

Behind-the-Scene of Premiere Design Interiors T Project

Some of the materials had started to arrived as the days progress and these were one of the days when everything was just a little to tight. I have my my project leader to supervise the daily activities and progress to report on me, online.

Behind-the-Scene of Premiere Design Interiors T Project

There are things that I handle personally when I have to push them to their limits and capacity. I'm a bit strict on my timeline this year, the more I grew into designing the more I see myself growing as a person and as the designer and for this project we aim to complete this in 30 days.

How to estimate tile flooring material

9/17/2019


Have you thought about changing your floor tiles or any particular area in a room you wanted to enhance the look that needed concrete tile material? Sounds great! knowing that you know its time to change the look or make the place more pleasing and functional to you. Now, Because you are too excited to begin changing the tiles, The most basic thing to do before going to the hardware and select a tile choice for your space is forgetting to measure your place so you can get the quantity of tiles need for your space.

Have I pointed out right, that you don't know how much quantity you needed for your area?



Let's begin by pointing out your concern.

You are just about to move-in to your new place, however on the last minute your decided to change the flooring materials of your space for future purposes such as renting it out or upsell your unit after a year and you decided to avail of the interior designer consultancy services and the rest of the works is to Do-It-Yourself. 

The space that you are planning to change the tiles is an old condominium unit that was purchased a long time ago and a little revamping needed to be done and that begins with your flooring materials.

You needed a guide to help you through on this situation.


to lessen the mistakes that may occur upon purchasing and that you may not feed stressed out when the sales lady asked you how much quantity you needed.

Here's the measuring tools that you need


A Laser Measuring  or Steel Tape

Paper

Pen

Step by Step tutorial on how to get a tile estimate.



Step 1:  Draw a rectangular shape on your paper, assuming its the look of your floor plan.

Step 2: Measure each corner in meters using a steel tape


Formula: # of meters in Length (X) # of meters in Width = # of Square meters



Example: 
Your condominium unit dimension is { 7 meters (length) x 4 meters (width)} base on your drawn measurement on each corner. 
The total area of the condominium is {28 square meters} 

Step 3: Go to the hardware and choose the look, material finish and size of your flooring tile. 

Step 4: Identity the tile size. 

I recommend you to use a 600mm x 600mm tiles for your main floor as this standard size for the flors and easier to install.

Step 5: Converting the unit of your chosen tiles

Base on my recommendation to use 600mm x 600mm tiles and this made you confuse because your floor are is in meters while the tile's unit is in millimeters and let's convert it to meters to help you get the quantity that you need.

Conversion of different units and using the same size of a tiles

              Millimeters                600    x   600
              Centimeters                 60    x     60
              Inches                          24    x     24
              Feet                               2    x        2
              Meters                        .60    x     .60


Step 6: Get the area of your chosen tile

Formula: # of meters in Length per tile (X) # of meters in Width per tile = # of Square meters per tile


Example:
The total area of your condominium unit is {28 square meters}, as seen in Step 2
The total are of your tiles is { .36 square meters}

Step 7: Get the quantity of your tile requirement

Formula: Total area of the condominium unit (divide ( / )) Total area of your tiles = net quantity of tiles needed


Example:
28 square meters divide by .36 square meters is equivalent to 77.77 pieces of tiles.
Round it off to 78 pieces

Step 8: Get the needed contingency for extra number of tiles.

For rectangular tile installation: add 10% as standard contingency


Formula:  Net quantity of tiles needed (X) 110% for rectangular position = Number of tiles needed


Example: 78 pieces x 110% = 85.8 pieces or equivalent to 86 pieces



For diagonal tile installation: Add 20% as standard contingency

Formula:  Net quantity of tiles needed (X) 120% for rectangular position = Number of tiles needed

Example: 78 pieces x 110% = 93.6 pieces or equivalent to 94 pieces


Step 9: Get the total quantity

For rectangular tile installation, you'll be needing 86 pieces
For diagonal tile installation, you'll be needing 94 pieces


Step 10: Make sure you purchase the same batch of tiles.

What I learned after a year ago in 2018!

9/16/2019


Many times we dream of things we wanted for ourselves in the future. How many times we find ourselves talking to our friends about it. The number of times we looked into the sky and prayed for it and wished that one day it will come. Into this day, I still find myself dazing at the sky and get lost on my own dreams whether in the morning or at night. I love those feeling of being lost in a happy dream.

How many times did you dream about your future and took actions for it?



I'm a dreamer, I remember in school I would space out while my teachers are talking and my mind goes off where. I enjoyed that other universe I created for myself and indeed still have those world but as my life changed it has also changed.  In college, I have encountered may different motivational books and in achieving a dream they have this quote saying, "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world" by Joel A. Barker.



The quote has made an impact to be and also one of the quotes to keep reminding me that I have to move on from the things I should let go for me to move forward. To take a stride when there is an opportunity that could bring me to my dreams. A year ago, I had one of the worst thing that could happen. My laptop was stolen and my bank figures I would say is terrible at that time and things didn't work out the way I thought it would be and I was typically hard for me for everything I had worked for was in that laptop.


What were you doing a year ago?



A year ago, I had this unfortunate day and I strived for a couple of months in order to get back on track what I have lost. My files, my memories and almost everything was in that laptop but that very same day, I had to do what I had to do I took a home credit load for a laptop that fit to fill my needs as an interior designer and as planned I registered my business name at DTI. 

The next couple of days was hard for me, as I have not gotten over after the incident, I was stagnant and after awhile I bounced back to be work myself 3x because I have to complete a project and I look forward to a better outcome. I strived for the better and be better because that is the only way and choice I have left for myself. 

Back to the Future, How my business changed.

My business has changed a lot since that day happened and found myself understanding better the things I dreamt of is just another milestone I have to overcome everyday of my life. I have enjoyed to be with people who makes me both comfortable and uncomfortable, the decisions I have to make everyday. What I didn't realize earlier is that exactly the very same day last year will be the same day I would sign a contract of lease for my first ever office. 


 Would you like to see my office? I'd love to see you there! 

A Letter to Nal

8/23/2019


When one of your friends is just about to get married? You have this list of things that you would reminiscence and that includes going back to your younger days talk about getting married and so on and forth.

How about go on our a memory lane and talk about our plans and how we looked like back in the day. Seeing your beautiful bride friend walking down the aisle.

A Letter to Nal
Years ago, I met this wonderful loud and funny friend, Annalie in college. We didn't click at first and we belonged to a different group of friends, she was an extrovert girl with lots of guy friends, rugged-looking wearing an above the knee skirt with those 4" black school shoes makes her feminine.



I belonged to a different group, who is more techy and boyish. I have seen her afar as she always makes everyone laugh and gets along with the teachers and the only person whom I would hear one's voice shouting from the lounge to the lobby calling a friend or a classmate to ask about an assignment and at times I would be surprised that she'd be calling for someone from the fourth floor down to the lobby asking about the presence of a classmate of to borrow something for a particular subject or ask about an update on a project. I got used to it since we are a block section in all of our subject.



We got along as the time goes by and surprisingly, we become a group of friends. She has been my to-go friends when life is just serious to be carried, yet there she standstill, giving her warm hugs and giving me her precious time listening to my so-dramatic life. I remember so well, We had a fun and joyful lunch with the girls at the canteen and we needed to hurry up as the next subject was about to start. We were walking briskly and exchanged sarcastic jokes and comments until we reached the lobby, we bid goodbye kisses to our friends as they hurriedly go to their next class. We were both lefts at the lobby as it has become quite classes were about to begin and we both looked in they and shared a good talk as we left the building going out of the university compound.


Both Anne and I failed at a prerequisite major subject during the first semester and that day we bid goodbye to our friends was the first day of that major subject.  That heartfelt talk we had as we walk going down the university gate, was both heartbreaking a realization of life, adulting perhaps and at the same time, I think it has been the turning point where we got closer to each other.


Since both Anne and I had a lot of time to spare, we always come together in class and in other extra-curricular activities especially when it comes to knowing other people around us, or dating. I would describe Anne to be my opposite, yet we click in so many ways her competitive spirit, optimistic point of view and her resiliency was one of the best things I admire from her despite many challenges had come. There would be no dull moments with Anne as funny as she is in person, she can find time to be someone you can share your hopes and thoughts without thinking twice.


Despite life brought us into different paths and roads we took, I can still count on her no matter the distance she may be and no matter how her day was feeling at. You know you can always rely on her even at someones worst.

 

Looking back, One of our talks back then was getting married, our wedding day on how it's going to be like and where it's going to be, who would be the first to get married and the list go on. As the eldest of the group, We even thought she'd get married first, to be followed by the next birthday celebrant and indeed, Last July 20, 2019, Annalie tied the knot with a special guy in her life, Moncho, whom she had shared her laughter, battles, and dreams. I never had the opportunity to tell Annalie, how grateful and blessed I was to have her as my friend or how happy I was that she finally met her prince and how happy we (her friends) to be part of another chapter of her life and to Moncho, who is officially part of our family of friendship.


Budomo-Bacay Wedding
Photo Credits to Wildfolks Studios

There is a lot of stories to tell, not even my thoughts can write it all and since I wasn't able to tell her the things I wanted to say before her wedding nor the words that were on my thoughts that night. Somehow this post will relay some portion of what I wanted to let her know and since she will be reading this and Oh! Please!  do not let her take your photo or give her an opportunity to take a photo during an off guarded situation or else! Her wild imagination will run through with it.

The master of the possible memes will be unleashed!

Do not let Anne take the photo or else! (see above)

 PS. I lost my previous phone and since I'm not a fan posting photos online. All I can do is grab the photos from my friends facebook account and this is also to let you know I am not yet done being senti, so please wait till next friday. So, who's next getting married? Please wait for your turn.



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There's more next week!



10 Daily Essential Tools for Interior Designers

8/16/2019
The moment I started having my own design firm and has become very hands-on, I have to keep things organized and afloat as my daily task and schedules vary as the day had come despite planning ahead as emergencies, urgent matters and quick site check are inevitable. Especially when things are just nearby the locations and how it can be done.


My everyday essential tools are the things that help me be on track regardless of whatever work would land on my hand. It sounds traditional as I don't exactly rely everything on my online apps just in case things might not go as planned.



  1. Watch
  2. Mobile Phone and Charger
  3. Daily Planner
  4. Sketch pad
  5. Pens
  6. Steel Tape
  7. Laser Distance Detector
  8. Face Mask (Dust Mask)
  9. Wallet
  10. Make - up Kit

These 10 Things are my essentials it's not something I can't live without but these things are my lifesaver. How am I gonna live with it if I can't work around it?



  • Watch 
My analog watch which I wore almost every day helps me keep on track from one meeting to the other and helps me avoid checking on my phone when unnecessary, saving my battery life. It keeps my meeting go on smoothly as I check the time between meetings and personal activities during and after working hours. 

  • Mobile Phone and Charger
Mobile Phone and Charger, My phone is like my entire life among the 10 essential tools this is where I communicate all the people I have to communicate within the day and it's mostly business than my personal matters. From small details to the biggest detail that needed to be discussed especially working along with my fellow professionals and people in charge of the project. Often than not, I felt like a call-center agent in a day, receiving and calling for feedback. Another thing is that I use this for photo documentation allowing me to see things visually from the last visit and an update from my staff and people I'm working with.

  • Daily Planner
I have been using a daily planner since I started working like almost 10 years ago in kitchen cabinetry. I was a sales designer and because of that I have to handle multiple clients at a time and having a schedule was really a must for me to keep on track and be on schedule. Even to this day I am using a Daily Planner from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, with the perks I have along with it I really enjoyed using it and all the changes of plans, are written and the to-do list of the day, week or month.

  • Sketch Pad
My sketch pad or pad of scratch paper is another essentials when I wanted to point out some details on site. Giving them a rough sketch on how things can be executed and how I wanted it to be. In this way, we discuss this over in a corner and sketch what we had in mind to get to the point and waste no time during the construction. Sometimes the sketch pad is used for making drawings and dimensions on site. 

  • Pens
I have a set of pens from colored pens and Pentel pens, both have different uses of each time. The pens and colored pens are used for drawings on papers while the Pentel pens are used to sketch on the walls on-site as sometimes even I have drawn things on paper, I needed them to understand a little bit more with words expressed when drawn, making our conversation and work lighter and avoiding surprises on site the next visit. 

  • Steel Tape
I used to sweat a lot in getting dimensions by using the steep tape but now, I'm using it to get exact measurements that the laser can't do for me and discussion during meetings and sourcing helped me get to what I really wanted out of a particular store or meeting. 

  • Laser Distance Detector
Gone are those days I have to sweat a lot in getting dimensions for a longer period of hours on those areas that are wide, tall and narrow. It helps me stressed out in getting into a sweat as I talk with my clients during on-site and for taking it longer than possible. This really worked well for me while like I have said that the steep tape is now used to get measurements that need smaller dimensions that the laser cant. 

  • Face Mask or Dust Mask
It's not the face mask that we put on our face during self-care Sundays' or pampering day. It's a mask to protect our selves from the construction environment of the heavy dust during the construction period. Health will always be a priority for me and for everyone involved.

  • Wallet
My wallet has all the membership cards for work and personal needs, and other things that needed my identification, a place where I kept most of my important things. My membership helps me track my whereabouts and purchases just in case I'm trying to trace every single place I went to as much as I can. Though this is a necessity for me, I consider this a tool to work around get things smoothly as possible.

  • Make-up kit
My make-up kit in a small pouch has my essentials in case I have to make a retouch or quick meeting. I don't want to look haggard or sweaty on the next place I went to even if it's a construction site. Feeling fresh all the time does a lot of good things. I don't think anyone would like to see an interior designer who's in a hot mess, right?

Well, those are my 10 Essential Tools on my daily grind. It's very practical and keeping things afloat. My work is done in my (home) office and presentations are another discussion on where, how and what to bring as for me, it is a case to case basis. Though Laptop is a very essential tool on how i do my work, I don't bring it all the time with me and I make sure I can make those things done in my (home) office and brought it with me whenever I'm on a business trip or vacation.



Every single day has I encounter new things, people and everything in between and I enjoy doing this job and I think there is a not to learn and improve as each day passes. For you, did I miss anything that can make my life easier? Are there any tools should I consider using? 

5 Appliances for your Air BnB Unit

8/09/2019


In any interior design projects I have encountered, my clients would often discuss with me the appliances they wanted and what things I would recommend inside their unit and time and time I have memorized the things I would often choose for a rental unit as and allowing them to deicde which ones they would go for.  Below are the basic appliances I often use for a rental property and it makes a lot of sense how these things make wonder for both me and my client.














  1. LG 43 Inches 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV This 43" Smart LED TV has a built-in Alexa. Its smart functions makes it easier to control whenever you feel a little lazy when checking things manually as your guest is about and has left the premises. Its Smart features do no longer require you to have a cable line instead apply for an online streaming app.
  2. Noxton Built-In Cooktop 2Burner Electric Hob. A Built-in Cooktop is the best way to utilize a small space, especially for short term vacation rentals wherein everything is easy to use and safe for every user. 
  3. 3. Bruan Nu-Tone Stainless Steel Rangehood. This product helps t filter unwanted air inside your vacation rental, it eliminates odors that may cause disturbance to your neighbor and also the smoke circulating in the unit which we avoid to alert the smoke detector when cooking and a shower from the sprinklers.
    4. 2 Door Danby Refridgerator.  This small size refrigerator can accommodate the guests' needs especially when they have brought foods with them or guest who enjoys preparing food for themselves this way their lifestyle isn't as far as it seems to leave their home. No need for water dispensers for cold drinks which they can surely accommodate their need.
    5. Toshiba Microwave. Quick Meals and reheating food can be as easy as using a microwave. It's hassle-free and easy to use. If you're the type doesn't enjoy cooking this quick and easy oven will be the favorite among the guest. 
    In every country there would be a preferred product by the client or even a personal choice, however despite there is a lot of brands around the appliance section which we can purchase online or even on a physical visit to a store there is no doubt that the listed items above are the basic things you need for your personal use and even for vacation rental properties.  

The project that got approved with a Moodboard for Mr. W

8/02/2019

Mr. W agreed to have a clean, fine-looking condominium apartment, where there is similarity in his house in Australia. Since the design phase was longer than usual due to some reasons, we both agreed to a Modern interior design concept where all requirements and factors in his decision making was considered.










Mood board for an Interior Design Project

As a person who loves white paint and textures for interiors, it was a bigger challenge for me agree of an all white concept to have 85% of the entire space in white as I felt it would be overly done because its just too white. However, as the design progresses we end up having three colors. Yes, Three colors which I love the most red, white and black which I'm convinced to have this concept for there would be colors in it.

Interior Design Project for Mr. W

The project was already completed for over a month now, and I took sometime to clean up the presentation that has the key elements why we came up that way despite the actual didn't come up the same as it should be, there were things added and taken out as we progressed during the construction phase.

The colors were indeed we worked with when the design finished, colors and materials were selected and these were all came from the inspiration boards that we discussed during our meetings. A white and clean kitchen and boards all over the space with lots of multi-functional storage organizers of every space requirement. The space was very tight and they do have a lot of stuff to store properly.

The design was to utilized every corner into a storage space which we achieved by having a custom built cabinetry for their tall pantry to the working space, a kitchen pantry work space with a waterfalls design of solid surface granite similar to the main kitchen which was also extended covering the wardrobe closet area.

The media area also serves as a dining area and a working space in white. These people has to move and the baby crawls and walks around which they needed to have enough space to enjoy their simple joy. They have an entire glass window and a door which led going to the balcony wherein the family can rest and relax as the beautiful sunset its doors to the moonlight. open whose view during the morning is the ocean view and its harbor.