2021 Mercedes S-Class Shows Exterior Design, Interior Tech On Camera



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A month after the debut, how do you like the rear end?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all-new for the 2021 model year. On the outside, it may look like a simple evolution of its predecessor but the truth is it’s an all-new model underneath with many technological innovations. A new video from the Mr. Benz channel on YouTube takes a detailed look at some of the vehicle’s features.

Starting with the exterior, it’s interesting how the radiator grille is actually the same size as before but the larger headlights make the front fascia look more imposing. Also, the hood is longer, the wheels are sharper and larger, and the C-pillar flows more smoothly into the rear shoulder. 

Features such as the optional flush door handles and

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hong kong apartment refurbishment by lim + lu blurs the line between interior & exterior

situated on the first floor of an old building in metropolitan hong kong, architecture practice lim + lu presents the refurbishment of a 167 sqm apartment for a japanese family of four. dubbed the grosvenor residence, the project aims to allow nature to breathe life into its redesigned interior, creating a space that refreshes its residents. using neutral colors, earthy textures, open spaces, and lots of greenery, the architects have generated a vibrant environment, blurring the line between the indoor and the outdoor world.

lim + lu designed a tranquil home office environment to tackle the new frontier of work-from-home culture

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the apartment overlooks a tree line, which inspired lim + lu to enlarge all pre-existing small windows into large antique style steel fenestration. in this way, more natural light was brought into the living space, illuminating it sufficiently. the black wooden blinds and delicate brass details accentuate the feeling of an elegant yet quaint summer home. the room is completed with wooden slats and rattan, which generate richness in texture, while keeping a clean aesthetic that adheres to the overall feel. altogether, these elements work simultaneously, ensuring that the family lives in understated luxury, in close connection with nature. 

for the children's room, the idea was to incorporate a sense of privacy in an open space without the isolation of separate spaces to foster a sense of togetherness

 

 

taking into account that the clients often work from home, lim + lu aimed to form a functional, tranquil space, where residents can think and focus, energized by nature and greenery, though never distracted by them. the tall windows and brass accents serve as a modern interpretation of a study, while providing an atmosphere that encourages creativity and positive work mentality. an abundance of daylight, neutral colors, and wooden elements adorn the room and balance the visual characteristics harmoniously.

for lim + lu, the idea was to create a tranquil space to think and work, with nature and greenery to energize the scenery without obstructing focus

 

 

the children’s bathroom was designed with a traditional japanese bathroom in mind, with a deep soaking tub and a separate shower space. as these kinds of bathrooms are typically wet rooms, an acid-washed granite finishes the surfaces of the space, emphasizing the calming, meditative atmosphere. with these soaking rooms deeply tied to the concept of renewal, lim+lu hopes to provide that same revitalization of body and spirit to the residents.

the tall windows and brass accents do away with the modern interpretation of a study and instead provides an atmosphere that encourages creativity and positive work mentality.

 

 

to create an open space layout that flows seamlessly between the kitchen, dining, living room, study, and balcony, the original enclosed kitchen was opened up and combined with the rest of the rooms. this large open area now serves as a family room, where all members gather whether it is over a meal in the dining room or over activities by the couch. all while enjoying the scenery through the large balcony doorway, the view framed by palm trees and greenery to really bring to life the feeling of the perfect summer getaway right at home.

neutral colours and finishes allow the many pieces of greenery that decorate the space to shine a vibrant healthy green, blurring the line between the outdoors and the interior.

the master bedroom utilizes natural materials such as rattan and wood paired with steel and brass antique style windows to maximize the element of nature

the use of wooden slats and rattan create a richness in texture while keeping a clean aesthetic that adheres to the overall feel.

a soft muted green compliments the overall motif of nature, while still providing a sense of energetic youth and vibrance.

an abundance of daylight, neutral colours and wood adorn the room and balance the visual elements together, just as one needs to do between work and relaxation.

the black wooden blinds and delicate brass details accentuate the feeling of an elegant yet quaint summer home.

the children’s bathroom was designed with the traditional japanese bathroom in mind, with a deep soaking tub and a separate shower space to be used for relaxation and cleansing

the master bathroom utilizes a moody colour palette and textures

 

 

project info:

 

name: grosvenor residence
architecture office: lim + lu
location: mid-levels, hong kong
area: 167 sqm

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

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Burger King reveals restaurant redesign with suspended kitchen and exterior to-go lockers

Burgers are making their way to the future.

The world is changing and, apparently, so is Burger King. The restaurant chain recently unveiled new designs for its locations that will fulfill “changing guest demand,” according to the company.

The new restaurant designs will reportedly provide guests with multiple ordering and delivery modes, depending on their needs or wants. (Burger King)

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In a press release shared with Fox News, Burger King confirmed that the new designs were created by an in-house design team with Restaurant Brands International (Burger King’s parent company). The designs were also created with input from the technology, operations and food innovation teams.

The new restaurants are set to be built in Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021.

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The revamped designs will provide guests with multiple ordering and delivery modes, depending on their needs or wants. The new restaurants will also have a physical footprint that’s 60% smaller than traditional Burger King restaurants, achieved by having the kitchen and the dining room suspended over the drive-thru lanes.

A conveyer belt system will deliver food from the kitchen to the drive-thru.

A conveyer belt system will reportedly deliver food from the kitchen to the drive-thru. (Burger King)

For guests placing online and delivery orders, coded lockers will be placed on the exterior of the restaurant. Food will be placed directly into these lockers from the kitchen.

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“In March our in-house design and tech team accelerated new restaurant design plans and pushed the limits of what a Burger King restaurant could be,” said Josh Kobza, chief operating officer for Restaurant Brands International. “We took into consideration how consumer behaviors are changing and our guests will want to interact with our restaurants. The result is a new design concept that is attractive to guests and will allow our franchisees to maximize their return.”

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"Yellow," She Said! 4 Tips for Choosing Exterior House Colors

It’s not often that a client is adamant about a house color. At least not to the extent of being so fixed on one color family that all others are not available for consideration.

With that caveat, I began to look at various yellow paint colors for the exterior of a Victorian home in a Boston-area suburb. Not only was the only option to be “Yellow,” but the painting was going to be done by an area company specializing in a ‘never-paint-again!’ method, and so it had to be the right yellow to last…and last…and never be changed.

Originally built as a single family house, as were most structures of this general style, this house has been made into apartments. And, the house was already yellow.

Selecting a different yellow for the body, with a more subdued color for the doors and an earthy color for porch floor and steps, was not a huge color change but it was a significant one overall.

The new palette: the painting company said they would tint their own product to these colors from Sherwin Williams that I selected for her:

  • Body: SW 6374 – Torchlight
  • Shingle accent: SW 2817 – Rookwood Amber
  • Window and door casing trims, and stair risers: SW 6372 – Inviting Ivory
  • Porch floors and stair treads, front and back: SW 7053 – Adaptive Shade, a stoney gray
  • Front and back doors: SW 6278 – Cloak Gray, a deep plum

I had specified Rookwood Amber to be used on the details of millwork as well, which would have been a lovely detail, and would not have appeared over-decorated. Some of the column detail was done, but other details that were to have been done on the peak trim and some of the other decorative millwork would have completed the picture. Unfortunately this was not all done to specifications.

Ultimately of course it’s up to the homeowner, who is the person hiring the painting contractor. Sometimes the finishing touches are omitted due to the budget constraints and the result, even if beautiful, seems to be missing something.

Four quick tips

  • In homes with architectural detail, consider using color in the architectural details as a way to add balance and refinement. “Painting out” the detail sometimes works but the inclusion of the right, subtle color can make a world of positive difference in the overall appearance of your home.
  • Even a simple color change can make a big difference. In this case, where Yellow was the only color family considered, it was a matter of getting the right one to suit the building.
  • Testing: you can see that the tiny strips of color-tests, applied close together, don’t provide you with much ‘information’ about how the color will look on the house. It’s important to test on large areas that you can move around the building at different times of day, on the different surfaces.
  • Testing your paint colors on primed card stock or even pieces of wood (ideally, using siding to replicate
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Interior and Exterior Painting Tips

When you moved into your house, you may have been met with boring, white walls. What is worse is if you were blinded by horrific colors. When you need to make a change to the walls of your home, there are certain interior painting tips you will find useful. Likewise, after time, you may need a fresh house painting look on the exterior. Exterior painting is more difficult due to the height and scale factor, so it may be wise to hire professional painters. However, useful exterior residential painting tips are provided here as well.

First, prepare your room for interior painting. Remove the furniture, lay down a drop cloth, remove outlet covers, and have a step ladder handy for reaching the ceiling with your roller. When painting over already-painted walls, you will need to scuff sand it first to encourage the paint to stick to the surface. If you are unsure about the housing painting color you chose now that you are in the room, you can do test swatches on different areas of the wall to see how the light affects it. Leave it over night to let it dry and see it in all different kinds of light. As you paint, roll over any drip marks, smudges or streaks that appear to help you achieve a more professional look.

Tips for house painting should only be taken by those with exterior painting experience. Otherwise, leave it to the professional painters. The preparation is the most important part of residential painting. You need to repair and wash all surfaces, remove cracking paint, patch nail holes, caulk the seams and corners, cover dark stains with blocking primer and sand glossy surfaces before you can even get started. Do not forget to remove window screens and all light fixtures and cover all else with drop cloths as well. This preparation, which much be completed before the painting process can even begin, is all performed by professionals if you simply want to hire skilled painters to get the job done.

The colors of your surroundings can affect the way you feel in a room. That is why interior painting is performed by many homeowners. Exterior painting is important as well because the condition and color of the paint on the outside of your home says a lot about you. Overall, residential painting is something that takes practice and bit of hard work, but the end result is nearly always worth it.…

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Kitchen Cabinets: When the Interior and Exterior Are Equally Important

As the cabinets are used for storing things and food, they also have to be as clean as possible for health reasons. In the following lines we give you some tips to achieve that feat.

First Things First: The Exterior

Sometimes, the exterior surface of your cabinets accumulates a layer of grime, especially near the handles.

In order to clean them quickly, mix a part of vegetable oil and two parts of baking soda. Dip a cloth or a sponge in it and scrub the surface. You can also use an old toothbrush for some detailed cleaning.

When interior is more important than what the eye sees

When cleaning your cabinet’s interior, you have to empty out its contents. It’s like preparing the field.

If your cabinets are not painted, you can mix some mild soap and water in a bucket. Wash the insides of the cabinet, scrubbing a little where needed, with a cloth or a sponge.

Sometimes we keep food and other elements in our cabinets, and accidents happen. If you have oil spills within them, scrub the surface with the scouring side of your sponge. The same works for stubborn grime.

Remember that dirt can’t clean dirt, so please rinse your sponge or clothe frequently.

After cleaning them, dry them with a towel and then use a lint-free cloth in order to give them a finishing touch.

If your cabinets are indeed painted, dust them out and try in an almost hidden part of it if your mix of water and soap will remove the paint. If not, do as we previously suggested; if it actually does, use only water.

If your cabinets are made of metal or vinyl, it’s time to use a spray cleaner instead of the water mix. Spray the cabinets and then wipe the residues with a sponge or a cloth.

Of course, return your cabinets’ contents to where they belong!

Extra Tips!

You can take advantage of your cabinet’s emptiness: replace any ripped contact paper, cork or other cabinet liner. Then put the contents in it.

You can even re-wax your cabinets. Usually, a deep cleaning takes off the old wax. Use simple, non-silicon-based waxes and polishes. By doing this you’ll be certain that no layer of dust will accumulate in your cabinets.

Want to share with us some of your experience while cleaning your kitchen? Let us know in our comments section!…

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Match the Interior Decor to the Exterior Architecture of Your Home For A Quicker Sale

A while back my husband and I decided to move to our favorite vacation destination in the mountains. But in order to make this dream of ours happen we had to sell our city home. We put our house on the market and started to make plans to move as quickly as possible.

Sadly, things did not go as we hoped. Our house didn’t sell and according to our realtor the problem was our kitchen. It didn’t match the exterior of our house. Our house was a Cape Cod style with rock around the front door and dormers on the second floor. It was very traditional and pretty cute.

Buyers who saw the exterior expected to see something similar inside and they did to a point. The interior included a fancy trim package, two fireplaces with over mantels and a beautiful dining room with even more fancy trim. The dormers upstairs had window seats with storage underneath. All in all it was in fact a very traditional house with an excellent location and a good market price.

There was just one problem and it was a big one for people who liked the character of the exterior.

The kitchen was very modern with flat cabinet doors made of melamine with oak trim. The cabinets were nice custom cabinets and well organized but they did not go with the rest of the house. People who liked the house hated the kitchen. Because of this one problem the house didn’t sell.

We were determined to make our plans come true so we took the house off the market, refaced the kitchen with raised panel doors, over 40 doors and drawers. We painted them to match the creamy trim color of the whole house. It cost us about $1,200 and lots of work over one weekend work marathon.

After we were finished we put the house back on the market. It sold immediately for the asking price and it closed within a month.

We knew when we bought the house that the kitchen wasn’t right for the house, but it was a nice kitchen for me, a dedicated cook. The style of the doors didn’t work, but we thought most people could look past the doors.

Well, we were wrong. The doors were a deal breaker.

We learned a hard lesson.

There are many examples of this same problem. Imagine a house that is a hard modernist structure with clerestory windows and lots of angles having country kitchen with flowered wallpaper.

Another possibility could be a Georgian or colonial style with modern decorating inside. The décor does not meet peoples’ expectations.

Potential buyers who look at homes generally have styles in mind when they are shopping. It’s wise to make sure they see whatever they are likely to expect.

To make your home feel more comfortable and work better at resale, decorate it to blend harmoniously with the exterior architecture of your home. Keep finishes and décor consistent throughout the house, both inside …

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Selecting a Contractor for Commercial Interior and Exterior Remodeling

Just like homeowners only spend on renovation once every few years, commercial projects too must be remodeled to suit the current needs and requirements. The first step is planning the project. This is the point where you decide the requirements, consider the budget, and select the tasks or aspects that need immediate attention and the ones that can be ignored for now. The remodeling project may include a new segment of the property too. To do all of that within a fixed budget, you need to find a commercial contractor.

In this post, we will talk about the aspects that matter in selecting and working with a commercial interior and exterior remodeling contractor.

1. Make your notes. What kind of remodeling project do you have in mind? If you know your requirements, discussing things further with your renovation contractor will be easier than ever. The list should be made in sync with your priorities. For example, remodeling the conference room of your business premises might be more urgent than redesigning the roof lounge. You need to prioritize your expectations, which will also come handy for budgeting.

2. Finding a contractor. Today, commercial contractors have their own websites, so finding a few options in your city shouldn’t be a challenging task. However, you should check for references with your industry friends and colleagues. Contractors and architectural services that deal with new projects may also take up remodeling tasks, so don’t shy away from contacting the top services.

3. Know more. Don’t hire a contractor unless you are sure of what they can achieve for your project. To get a good idea if they are the right choice, you need to check their previous projects. A commercial contractor who has been around for more than a decade will have the necessary experience, and in the ideal case, they wouldn’t shy away from discussing their portfolio. Check the range of commercial projects they have done in recent years and if they specialize in managing contracts on a lower budget.

4. Set a budget. As a client, you probably know what you can afford to spend on the remodeling project. Quite evidently, the prime task is to find a contractor who can achieve more than what’s on the table. On your first meeting, ask them to offer a clear picture of their charges, how they plan to manage the project and the things they can realistically achieve for your needs, keeping the budget in mind. Many contractors and commercial remodeling services may customize their work to suit your needs, and that’s surely an added benefit.

5. Finally, check the expertise of the concerned contractor. A company that deals in new projects and take up remodeling work should be your first preference. Check if they are willing to share client references and whether they have succeeded in managing a diverse portfolio in their years of operation.

Check online get started, and don’t forget to get a contract ready, with the relevant terms and conditions. Commercial …

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Tips For Interior and Exterior House Painting

Here are some excellent interior and exterior house painting tips.

First, gather the tools that you will need to paint the interior of the house. Being organized is the first step in preparing to paint the inside and outside of house. Find a good brush to do the trim, rollers to roll on the paint, drop clothes, rags and plastic bags to assist you with keeping everything tidy.

Next, remove the furniture from the house or move everything to one place in a room. Cover the furniture with drop clothes. Make sure that you cover everything well to avoid spills on the furniture. Cover the furniture with old sheets after you place the drop cloths over them for extra protection. You may wish to remove all the hardware from cabinets, switch plates, and light fixtures from the wall. A lot of people try to paint around the hardware, but inevitably get drips all over it.

Prepare yourself for house painting. Wear old comfortable clothing and shoes. Wear a hat, scarf or a shower cap on your head to protect you from spills while you are painting the ceiling. Wear shoes that are easy to remove to prevent from tracking paint from one room to another.

Now that you are prepared to paint, prepare the interior surface that you are painting to receive the paint. If there is wallpaper, you must strip the wallpaper and prime the walls with a good quality primer. If the walls are not clean, you must wash them with a solution of three tablespoon of laundry detergent to one gallon of water. Any paint that is peeling or cracking should be sanded and any cracks should be fixed.

Choosing your paint can be quite a task. Do you want water-based or oil-based paint? Water-bases paint is easy to clean up and it dries quickly. Oil-based paint is great for cabinets and woodwork. Clean-up can be accomplished with paint thinner.

Once you have chosen the right color and gloss for your walls, you can then begin to paint. Now you may thing that you just aim and begin to paint. However, here are a few tips to make the job a little easier. Start with a small brush and paint the areas where the roller will not fit. Make sure that you use painter's tape to cover areas that you do not want painted.

Roll a light coat of paint in one direction. Your goal is to apply a light coat and then a second heavier coat of paint in another direction. This will hide the streaks.

In preparing the exterior of your house to be painted, all you may need is a good washing down. You can use the water hose and scrub the dirt with a brush and detergent. You may even need to power wash it.

Your home may need additional attention before you can paint it. Some of the shingles or siding may be split. Nails may have popped out or you may …

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What Do I Need to Know Before Hiring an Exterior House Painter?

Exterior house painting is one of the most important, complex and necessary things. Doing everything yourself is almost impossible. Therefore, you need a good exterior house painter. If you are wondering what are the important things you need to know before hiring an exterior house painter, here is a list for you

  • Is the exterior house painter professional?

You need an exterior house painter with license and insurance for several reasons.

First of all, it's not enough to look at paint pots a drop cloth and a strong ladder. The exterior painting of the house requires a durable coating especially for multi-story houses, as well as pressure washing and other considerations.

  • Is it a suitable time to hire an outside house painter?

You may have already noticed warning signs that you need a new painting job.

The winter in some countries can be brutal. Make sure to finish your paint job when it is dry, sunny and at least 35 degrees. Some climate conditions make the primer and two layers very necessary. This is where external professional painters will know the best way to work. They can also do the job faster, which is good not only for seasonal factors but also when you are trying to sell a house immediately.

  • How long will the work take?

A good outside house painter can also chase you into the unhappy land of endless labor. The exterior painting is not a task that can be stopped halfway. Therefore, it is important to know how long will be required to complete the task. Do not hire a painter immediately before talking to him first. Arrange a brief meeting with the exterior house painter to discuss working conditions, your budget, your expectations, and your delivery. If you like the way they work, you can hire them. If you get unprofessional vibes, you can go to the following.

  • Cost estimation

Professional painters at home are not cheap because they do not give you the time, skills or equipment. That's why you need to set a clear budget and talk to the exterior house painter about the services they can provide. Talk to them about unexpected costs and where they come from. High-quality materials and labor are more expensive, but your place of residence may also affect the painter rates.

  • Is the exterior house painter insured and licensed?

Never hire a painter without first checking his credentials, licenses and insurance policies. Always look for legitimate painters who can prove their experience and who are not afraid to ask many questions. These are additional layers of protection in the event of an accident or if you are not satisfied with your work.

Before hiring a professional exterior house painter , ask your friends and family for advice.

Another option is to log in online and check the opinions of other customers. It's a sure way to know who you're dealing with. Always choose contractors with proven experience. Sometimes large companies with years of experience will have worse …

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