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Small rooms, big ideas

Surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms are central to creating the mood of a home, but some choices can be overlooked. Surfaces are no longer limited to the obvious such as stainless steel, granite or marble.

Friday, 11 May, 2012, 12:00am

Small rooms, big ideas

Surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms are central to creating the mood of a home, but some choices can be overlooked. Surfaces are no longer limited to the obvious such as stainless steel, granite or marble.

Choices are plentiful, from imitation stone and timber to leather tiles, toxin-absorbing wall panels and even veneers made from materials such as banana trunk fibres.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Filling in basement will take 80 cement trucks

More than 80 trucks loaded with concrete will be required to fill in the illegal basement in the Kowloon Tong home Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife owns. That's enough to fill six double deckers.

A person close to the rectification work ordered by the Buildings Department said the architect Tang employed to carry out the work could submit a plan for approval today.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Inspectors ruled no urgent repairs were needed to doomed tenement

Frontline Buildings Department officers considered no immediate action was needed on a 55-year-old tenement in To Kwa Wan, despite spotting scores of dangerous signs two months before its fatal collapse last year, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Officials should be honest about their plans for Government Hill

I refer to Ken Borthwick's excellent article on the 'proposal to sell the West Wing of the Central Government Offices to a developer' ('Selling out', December 23). I can think of a number of words to describe the Planning Department and Development Bureau, and one of the printable ones would be 'disingenuous' - defined as slyly deceptive or misleading.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Trees in the city at risk

The Development Bureau tied up the roots of some old trees in Hollywood Road. The old Chinese banyan trees have roots that grow on stone walls. Their roots find a way into cracks between the stones to look for food and water.

Tree specialists say tying up the trees' roots might threaten their survival.

14 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Building style caused collapses, book says

The use of old-fashioned building methods was the main reason schools collapsed more readily than other buildings in the Sichuan earthquake last year, according to a book compiled from hazard assessment reports.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Many of our older apartment blocks were not built to last

Much is being written and talked about urban renewal and revitalisation, and some say that buildings are not old at 50. Maybe that is true elsewhere.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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