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1.  [Q]
    > What were your priorities in the process of getting your home ready to live in? Apart from dealing with contractors for all the renovation work.

    [A]
    > My wife and I had the luxury of carefully planning the house in time for us to move in right after our wedding. We prioritise discussing and understanding each other's needs and domestic habits, and learn our similarities (and differences) before anything else. Like our marriage, the home is ours to share, so it's crucial that it plays the role of a bridge to our relationship instead of a division.

2.  [Q]
    > How do you look for inspirations or references?

    [A]
    > Apart from 'the gift of the interwebs', we draw plenty of inspiration from architecture and culture. This comes with travelling, and submersing ourselves in interesting things foreign to us. India is one of the places with plenty to offer in these aspects.

3.  [Q]
    > Do you look at renovating, preparing and decorating a home as a continuous, gradual process that undergoes numerous evolutions with time or, one that's planned from the very start with patient and sharp implementations towards a vision before moving in?

    [A]
    > A house renovation can be both exciting and arduous. Its nature is time-consuming so planning must not be done hastily. Most people overlook this without realising it sets the foundation of the ambience (yes, not only your coffee table and rug). Our key and guiding principle is to ensure the space is practical for chores, daily activities and guests alike.
    >
    > Although it takes equal planning, home decor comes without a deadline. My take on this is to plan renovation and home decor seriously. Except try to have a little more fun with the latter.

4.  [Q]
    > What would you say about the process of learning and working with technical aspects of building a home such as materials, dimensions, processes, methods to daylight directions?

    [A]
    > I'm no renovation expert, so my knowledge on technical aspects of materials, processes and methods are limited. However, to achieve the ideal outcome, I believe in being involved in the renovation process as much as planning. Things might not turn out perfectly, but being present during the construction process helps preventing regrets in the future. Learning comes from being present and inquisitive.

5.  [Q]
    > What are the areas you would highlight in the process of picking and working with contractors?

    [A]
    > When describing a certain task, some are more complex than others. We resorted to show references on top of verbal briefs. Print out online references in different angles or colours, anything that helps communicate what we picture. Miscommunication is not something we can afford when it involves so much time (and possibly money).

6.  [Q]
    > Many have said to give up after completing the arduous process of dealing with contractors, leaving their home in a 'minimal' state with little furniture or products, opting to take their time in building their collection. After your collaboration with the contractors, what was next on the list? Tell us your experience in tackling that task.

    [A]
    > I suppose home furnishing becomes more labourious when you don't enjoy the experience.
    >
    > Most people forget that the freedom of choice is in their hands - unlike being bound by your contractor's materials or craftsmanship, you get to decide what you truly want. It's the only fun you can have to yourself entirely!
    >
    > In our case, the first on the checklist is housing the essentials. Everything else becomes a form of adventure. We still go on dates scouting for furnitures and gems around town.

7.  [Q]
    > Do you think that the internet changed the design of homes, made know-how information accessible or allowed buying better class of home products possible? What was the internet's role to you in the process of preparing your home?

    [A]
    > Definitely. We took advantage of it to buy, compare and learn. Most importantly, it's knowing that our plan and design caters to our character and lifestyle beyond aesthetic values.

8.  [Q]
    > What would you consider as essential products for a home?

    [A]
    > Anything and everything for daily chores and activities.

9.  [Q]
    > Tell us your experience on searching and deciding for the right products. What products were the hardest to find?

    [A]
    > Where do I even begin? Efforts in scouting for different products vary, depending on its rarity and.our standards? (haha). Bigger objects carry a greater influence over other home elements, so those naturally took us more time.

10. [Q]
    > It has been said that the living room will disappear in majority of homes a decade from now. The belief behind this is that the living room lacks functional purpose, in addition to its nature of taking considerable amount of space in a time when home sizes are shrinking dramatically. What's your take on this? What would you say to a living room?

    [A]
    > When property prices are sky-high, it doesn't take much to opt out a living room, considering KLites spend little to no time at home. Honestly, I don't know where we're headed to with a living room traditionally being the core of a house. When I was a kid, I could conveniently cycle in playgrounds or play catch at home. None of those two are relevant anymore.

11. [Q]
    > What would you consider the most important aspects of a home?

    [A]
    > Comfort.

12. [Q]
    > We believe in real and attainable homes for the future over the unnecessary, expensive and commercial illusions that we've been directed to in the past. We see that it's necessary to rethink and create a truly engaging and intimate space to grow up in, particularly for our future heroes. And because I really look forward to the joy of messing around with Wai Kit and Sze Mun's juniors, how do you see that having children will change the plans for a home?

    [A]
    > Agree! Our renovation plans were made with our kid(s) in mind. I foresee minor changes in efforts to make spaces and corners of our house more child-friendly, but my paternal instinct hasn't kicked in yet. The area I would pay more attention in the near future is ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment when we're expecting.

13. [Q]
    > Do you think that home decorating, buying products for solely aesthetic goals is necessary or that everything in the home should make a home work?

    [A]
    > Personally, I believe in the principle of form follows function. The tricky part is knowing all the product element's weight to create balance.

14. [Q]
    > Do you think living with our family since birth till having our own home have influenced our choices and preferences?

    [A]
    > People cultivate certain habits and behaviour that were influenced from their upbringing. And I think it subconsciously ripples down to their taste and preference when buying home products too. For my wife and I, we enjoy discovering things, styles, and ambience that echo our characters.
    >
    > There's no guide book for that. That's just something you have to learn to do yourself.

15. [Q]
    > How do you decide what to buy after the completion of major works?

    [A]
    > Easy. We check our bank accounts (haha).

16. [Q]
    > Furniture as art or only when necessary?

    [A]
    >I'd like to think that 'good design' defines high aesthetic value without compromising its function to the eye of the beholder.

17. [Q]
    > Do you buy home products from cooking pans, laundry bags to small storages through slow shopping or a precise list?

    [A]
    > We often carry a list for essentials.

18. [Q]
    > IKEA or independent shops?

    [A]
    > Both, and depending on the life-span of the items. We usually resort to IKEA for smaller items.  
    > Have you used the B?STIS lint roller? Those things make wonders.

19. [Q]
    > What are the most valuable experiences you've gained throughout the whole process from the decision to have your own home to living in your home now?

    [A]
    > Learning to live with my life partner, my wife. You learn so much about people when you live with them. You learn to respect, appreciate and accept when sharing a home - especially with your significant other.

20. [Q]
    > Any plans or purchases in mind now for the home?

    [A]
    > Yes! We're looking at a dock and a Hurom juicer. Good for the soul, good for the body.

21. [Q]
    > How long did all the stages of renovation took to complete? Besides delays, what are the bottlenecks worth noting?

    [A]
    > The construction took approximately four months.
    >
    > Bottlenecks are aplenty but if you have good management skills, things won't be as bumpy.  
    > When planning, be super diligent and thoughtful. List out alternatives from choices of tiles to paint colours.
    >
    > Plan for the worst-case scenario, but remain optimistic. After all, we don't experience being involved in renovations every day. Alternatives should be weighed and decided prior renovation; not in-store, upon knowing the colour of tile you want ran out.

22. [Q]
    > How did your neighbours respond to the noise caused by the renovation and how did you handle it?

    [A]
    > As much as we wanted the process to be fast, we kept our neighbours' comfort and well-being throughout the renovation process in mind. All construction sessions start and end in a timely manner. Rubbish were disposed off properly.

23. [Q]
    > When did you begin to know what you really want in your home?

    [A]
    > I don't. My certainties may not be concrete during a later phase in life. It's something I'll never truly know. On the bright side, I look forward to the unknown because it reminds me that I'm only a man and there will be surprises. And (using this term responsibly) I don't have it all figured out.
    >
    > Plus, isn't life boring if you just... know everything?

24. [Q]
    > There's a saying called the "Three Sacred Treasures" in a home - The Television, Air-Conditioner and Refrigerator. Do you really agree that these products should exist in every home? How do they fit in your home?

    [A]
    > I don't think we're like the Japanese just yet. I believe different characters (people) define their necessities in different ways. A properly designed fridge is essential to us. Air conditioner is too, but a 24/7 air-conditioned environment is not needed. We don't have a television because we don't see a need to get one. However, if we do change our minds, we have a place for it at home with plug points and wiring on standby.

25. [Q]
    > What's the experience at home you think of or love the most when you're away from home?

    [A]
    > Personally, I usually look forward to seeing Belle, our little King Charles Spaniel. Other than that, it's having a meal with my wife (and Belle) at the comfort of our kitchen and living room.

26. [Q]
    > When buying home products, which categories comes first?

    [A]
    > There's no specific order. We usually pick up things that we think is needed during the season. As of now, it's gardening.

27. [Q]
    > Do you buy home products from cooking pans, laundry bags to small storages through slow shopping or a precise list?

    [A]
    > We often carry a list for essentials. But we pick up gems that we see along the way. The best moments are usually when you see them by accident.

28. [Q]
    > Do you have a specific area you like to be in, or spend the most time with at home?

    [A]
    > We usually spend the most time in the kitchen. My wife and I, we're foodies. Anything from a healthy dinner to a late night smoothie fix goes.

Picturing real homes.