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Old 25th July 2018, 11:40   #796
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I am looking for an interior designing and development firm to do up a new property. I have spoken to a few people and most of them talk about Livspace, but with a sense of discomfort. Do any of you have an experience with Livspace

Also, are there any other good firms that i can approach in Bangalore to do up my house. Any suggestions would be welcome
My friends are running a start up called Mygubbi (mygubbi.com) since 2014/15.I am not working there nor soliciting business so I'll not write any more qualifiers about them. Just mentioning them in case you want to consider.
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I am looking for an interior designing and development firm to do up a new property. I have spoken to a few people and most of them talk about Livspace, but with a sense of discomfort. Do any of you have an experience with Livspace

Also, are there any other good firms that i can approach in Bangalore to do up my house. Any suggestions would be welcome
I had an initial interaction with them to design my house after recommendation from a colleague.

My colleague had opted for Livspace and he is happy with their work.

I did not opt for them for 2 reasons, they took a lot of time to give me an initial estimate even after repeated calls and I found them to be a bit expensive. I am now getting the interiors of my house from a firm called Armino Designs, the interaction has been good so far.
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Has anybody used the "Pressure Washer Sewer Drain Cleaning Jetter Hose" attachment to your pressure washer to unclog drains? Or any other better alternatives including chemicals?

Is banggood.com a trustworthy site, where this attachment is available?

My drain coming from the washing machine outlet is clogged from years of lint. Tried forcing a hose pipe along the length, but not much of a difference.

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My drain coming from the washing machine outlet is clogged from years of lint.
I have used a vacuum cleaner (blow and suck modes) to help free up my washing machine drain. It was pretty helpful. I was trying to get this attachment for my karcher, but the karcher itself was a disappointment that I did not want to spend any more money on it.
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If the drain is clogged, do what the local drain cleaners do - take a piece of stiff wire, about 3 to 4mm dia and start pushing it in, jogging it time to time. At the same time push a garden hose so that a stream of water is directed inside the opening. As the wire pushes the bits of dirt/lint loosen up and are washed out with running water. Keep pushing and jogging the wire and the drain would soon unclog. Once there is a passage for water; formed by wire; then the clean up would accelerate.
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Have seen the video of the Karcher attachment on Youtube and the guy seemed super happy with the results. You should first try Aroy's method first and if the result is still not satisfactory then you can go for the attachment. I have only bough Sonoff switches from Banggood but people have bought many other things like smartwatches etc. and all have been genuine products.
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.
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We are planning to renovate our house and we are looking for an architect and/or interior designer to assist us.

Can someone provide me with the contact of such professional located in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad?
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.
Marble flooring has a very low maintenance. If you use thick enough - 19mm or more, then you can keep polishing the floor every ten years or so for ages. "Granite Polish" removes less than a millimeter of surface, and the marble is strong enough down to less than 10mm.

You get marble at price ranges from Rs.40/ all the way to Rs.4,000/ per square foot. The cost is based on piece size, thickness and quality. Try and visit marble whole sale warehouse to get an idea of the prices.

You have to engage a marble flooring specialist (who charge upwards of Rs.60/ square foot). Beware of non specialist, especially bathroom tile masons as they normally cannot lay flooring perfectly.

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Any civil engineers here ( prefer Bangalore) who are into construction ? Need a help with a small estimation.
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.
Does the builder allow you to go for granite or marble flooring? Weight of the materials may be an issue here. Vitrified floor tiles are generally preferred in apartments, due to structural requirements/limitations. You can find really good ones in fairly large sizes and a variety of designs. Maintenance is also not an issue. Longevity depends on usage and hence differs from case to case.

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Marble flooring has a very low maintenance.
Marble and Granite are both known to last long and can - as rightly pointed out - be renewed with a good polish. However, both are known to retain and transmit cold - a potential problem specially if there are elderly folks at home. Can cause and aggravate pain in the leg joints.
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.
You can get 800x800 mm full bodied vitrified tiles from Nitco for under INR 100/SF, and you can do paper joints (no spacers) without a problem. The other brand that I use a lot and I have found to be really good is Somany.

Decent quality marble and granite are quite expensive in Bangalore and the labour rate for laying slabs by a good layer is not funny. Labour rates for vitrified tiles are about 1/2.
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.

Define long term

The vetrified tiles at my home have held up nicely for close to 20 years now. And the house is given out for rent for 15 of those 20, so not much in terms of care or maintenance.
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What flooring requires the least maintenance and last really really long? Looking at changing the flooring of my under construction apartment. Easier to maintain is more important for me than the look. I can max go upto 250 rs per sqft. Thanks for your help in advance.
Consider designer epoxy flooring.

Even I need to know how I should get metallic epoxy flooring done for for 3-4 large rooms in my house. Carpet area is about 900sqft.

Maybe something like this would be nice (Or is this just photogenic? Would be great if anyone who knows better suggests something.)


I'm just simply considering this as against double charged vitrified tiles. Budget for this is tight but I can stretch for designer epoxy abit.
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Consider designer epoxy flooring.

I'm just simply considering this as against double charged vitrified tiles. Budget for this is tight but I can stretch for designer epoxy abit.
Epoxy is not exactly maintenance free it gathers scratches and yellows up in UV light.

I also digged a lot on net for epoxy basically in western context labour is extreamly expensive so epoxy works out cheaper.

I feel if you want long term maintenance free solution go for Indian Marble (Katni, Morvad , Rajastan) and get the crystallization and diamond polish done. Traditionally indian marble was polished using magnisium pads (3 times) and wax sealent was applied ao it used to loose shine after few years however with diamond polisher (7 courses) and use of crystalliser it gets same mirror finish as given to Italian marble.

Next in line is granite tiles if you are OK with aesthetics of it. Locally available granites are cheapest example grey colour sadarhalli is approx 60-65 sq feet. Granite is ever lasting hard stone and best from durability point of view.

For non conventional flooring stained and crystallised polished concrete, polished using diamond polishing is also good option. In fact polished concrete is most ecofriendly.

From info I have gathered diamond polishing costs around 70-120 rs per sq feet.
Lithium silicate based hardners are used to harden the concrete.

If you want wooden flooring go for strand woven bamboo wood tiles. ( Approx 350rs per sq foot). Bamboo wood is engineered material and ecofriendly as Bamboo grows up fast. Finish given is same as hardwood

Solid hardwood is also strong but damaging to ecology and expensive.

Floorings which are not long term IMHO in decreasing order and should be avoided are.

1. Italian marble : Extreamly weak and porous material full of cracks and pinholes. Costly as stone chunks are imported. The finish is mainly due to epoxy and crystallizers.


2. Engineered wood : Usually a thin layer of actual wood which wears out

3. Wood Vaneer : At the best a print of wood grain or MDF

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