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3-room Resale In The West

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we got the keys for a 3room resale around west area sometime in Jan 2010 but only confirmed the main contractor by March. our idea was to try to DIY as much of the renovation ourselves as possible. Not to say that we do the physical work ourselves but to sub-con the work out to as many small suppliers as possible to minimise cost.

watch the transformation begin..... :thumbs up:

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where we wanted to hack and seal....

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basically, the red crosses = hack

red rectangles = new doorways

blue lines = to seal up

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yup yup!!! i wanted a open concept so that the place looks brighter overall... shall worry about the cleaning problems later... hahah...

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sharing some pre reno pictures...

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master bedroom. the floor tiles are actually still in ok condition.. but will be covering them up with laminate eventually... the toilet entrance is to the right...

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master bedroom toilet

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the condition of the toilet is really quite bad. half tiled walls with cracked ceiling. the pipes looked to be in bad condition as well... haiz...

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pipes at master bedroom toilet

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the said pipes. it's really in quite bad condition but i will be removing most of it as i will not be having a water closet in the master bedroom toilet. there will just be a shower area blocked with glass and the basin will hopefully be our 'dry area'.

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pipes at common toilet

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it also looks very old and we are concerned with leaking problems.. so will be changing these as well.. note that both toilets are half tiled.. so the upper half of the walls are cracking and peeling at some parts already..

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old kitchen cabinets

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we later tore these down ourselves and saved ourselves a little money... it was not really that difficult after all.. and can get town council people down to clear the debris somemore... hahah..

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original kitchen entrance

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the original kitchen entrance.. i took this picture at night so it's a little dark in the background.. later tore off the walls at the sides.. so my new kitchen will be more based on open concept.. wanted a brighter and bigger look overall..

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breakdown of reno work....

hacking works - designer house

  • Hack store room wall
  • hack all doors and door frames, including main door
  • hack kitchen wall
  • hack existing WC and basins
  • hack 2 bedroom doorways
  • hack concrete sink support
  • hack rubbish chute
  • hack kitchen wall tiles
  • hack cornice
Cost: $1600

tiling and making good - Designer House

  • make good walls after hacking away kitchen wall, store wall
  • make good bedroom doorway and supply 2 timber door frame
  • top up kitchen floor
  • patch up store floor
  • seal 2 bedroom entrance
  • hack and patch portion of kitchen cabinet base
  • remove MBR WC and patch up floor tiles
  • acid wash to whole house
  • construct shower curb to MBR toilet
  • hack and patch skirting
  • extend both toilet wall tiles to full height
  • patch up kitchen floor tiles with cement
  • screed kitchen wall
  • overlay common toilet floor with tiles
Cost: $3840

Plumbing works - Designer House

  • convert squatting to sitting WC
  • install 2 basin with tap
  • install 2 sets shower mixer
  • fix mirror and accessories
  • replace pipes with s/steel pipes
  • install kitchen sink with taps
  • install inlet and outlet piping for kitchen and washing machine
  • install 2 hot water point to shower area
  • change big pipes for 2 toilet and kitchen
Cost: $2040

miscellaneous works - Designer House

  • supply & install 10mm Frameless Tempered Glass Shower Screen at MBR Toilet
  • supply & install 10pcs of glass panel to existing naco window at Common Toilet
  • General Cleaning & Debris clearance after completion
Cost: $580

painting - Designer House

  • kitchen 3 in 1 paint
  • rest of the house - martex paint
  • includes sanding of walls and patching of holes and pulling out of nails, etc
Cost: $900

door gate and window grills

  • wrought iron main gate
  • wrought iron window grills for living rooms and common bedroom
  • kitchen aluminium window grill
Cost: $760

doors

  • main door with attached lock
  • 2 bedroom doors with knobs
Cost: $890

windows

  • kitchen (clear glass)
  • living room (light tinted)
  • 2 bedrooms (dark tinted)
  • 1 bi-fold door for common toilet
Cost: $1195.20

Spray paint

  • 2 toilet walls
  • MBR toilet floor
  • kitchen floor
Cost: $2700

laminate flooring - floor xpert

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 living room
  • normal skirting
  • 2 colors in total
Cost: $1699

the rest to be confirmed.....

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reno works officially started on 10th March... missed taking photos right after hacking coz of work... pictures all taken on 13 Mar, sat.... hacking is fast...

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my kitchen beam after removing the kitchen entrance wall...

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i sealed up 2 parts of the old bedroom entrance to extend my bedroom sizes. indeed, the result was quite satisfying.

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view of the wall separating the spare bedroom and master bedroom. hollow bricks already up.

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i extended the living room by 1m into the kitchen. actually, i did it coz the MBR entrance could not be in the kitchen but i do like a super spacious living room. hahah..

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this is for the extension of the living room. actually i oso dunno what it is.. hahah..

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patching of kitchen floor after removing concrete sink

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i'm goin to spray paint over the kitchen floor, hence, i didn't want to spend on tiles since it should be covered by the spray paint anyway. hope that it's not too obvious..

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kitchen wall tiles will be hacked and screed

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i dunno why they left this strip of tiles un-hacked in the kitchen. but they did remove it after i called up the contractor to ask.

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i relocated my common toilet sink into the toilet. i will place a washing machine where the sink used to be.

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after hacking away the sink and exposed piping. my sink tap will be located here in future.

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view from the main door

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this is the view from the main door. i like how bright the whole area is now. sun shines in from the kitchen window in the late afternoon. just nice for drying clothes after washing them in the morning. hahah..

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living room windows

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will be changing these to sliding windows. still wondering if light tinted or dark tinted is more suitable.. we like our place to be brightly lit and yet we do want our privacy at the same time. the good thing is that ours is almost a corner unit. there is only 1 other family staying beside us.

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hello! welcome to RT! sorry a few days late but just only saw your blog.. :)

your place is like mine - 3rm corridor. i also got a quote from designer house but didn't shortlist them because their prices were too high. mind sharing how much you are paying?

for the windows, i'd suggesting going for light tinted windows. hdb flats have pathetic amount of light and i think you should maximise any sources of light as much as possible. for us, we'll be going for clear glass..even though ours is also a corridor unit. we love natural light! since you only have 1 unit next to you, go for it...

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hello! welcome to RT! sorry a few days late but just only saw your blog.. :)

your place is like mine - 3rm corridor. i also got a quote from designer house but didn't shortlist them because their prices were too high. mind sharing how much you are paying?

for the windows, i'd suggesting going for light tinted windows. hdb flats have pathetic amount of light and i think you should maximise any sources of light as much as possible. for us, we'll be going for clear glass..even though ours is also a corridor unit. we love natural light! since you only have 1 unit next to you, go for it...

tks for the warm welcome! :)

i've edited the top post to include the prices of the renovation. you can take a look at it for a guide. there's still misc costs, i'll try to include them as i go along. designer house is not exactly 1 of the cheapest around. but i signed up with them coz of the positive reviews online. need to see the works of the contractor to really confirm if they are good. mine is not done yet, so i can't really comment of their workmanship.

my bf oso likes light tinted windows but i was thinking that since we are both working, it's only at night that we go back anyway, so not much natural light to enjoy.. hahha.. but i think i'm goin for light tinted windows.. he's the decision maker after all.. :P

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water pipe

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the workers relocated the water pipe in the living room. very clever! hahaha.. i was thinking how they are goin to get any water since the sinks have all been hacked off.

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extension of living room

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still on 4th day of reno. when i went over at night, the extension was done. really fast. and it seems dry somemore. i'm going for laminated flooring so i didn't bother to top up with tiles. just gimme a level floor to prepare for the flooring can already. hahah..

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toilet walls

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my toilet wall tiles will be extended all the way to the top. i asked for just similar sized tiles as i will be spray painting the walls of both toilets. it actually does look quite nice with tiles fully extended. if my bottom tiles were cleaner or in a better state, i might had just considered having a tiled toilet instead of spray painting..

no wait.. i just remembered the grout lines.. i'm sticking with spray painting.. hahaha..

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extension of MBR

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i hacked away my storeroom to have a bigger MBR as i wanted a walk in wardrobe. i dunno what the previous owners did with the storeroom. the walls are in a disgusting state! it's so obvious which is part of the storeroom, which is the MBR... hahahha..

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extension of MBR

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due to the beams, there will be this weird shaped part in my MBR. we decided to use this area to hang our clothes or put a mirror there. any suggestions? i was thinking it might just hide the clothes from view due to the shape. hahahha.

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where we wanted to hack and seal....

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Halo Baby81984,

Actually which one is your floor plan?

The bedrooms is on the left side or ride side?

I think we will finish our reno around same time.

Looking forward for your reno pic too :yamseng:

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