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Almost Minimalist 4a In Toa Payoh

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After waiting, planning, reading, sourcing and anticipating for 9 months, our resale flat renovation has finally started.

It has been a long 9 months, from exercising OTP in July 2009 to completion in Dec 2009, to planning and meeting up IDs...

It's finally started!

I'd been so choleric about the whole process that now that things have started, I've feeling a little numb, not as excited as how so many of you sounded.

Nonetheless, I've decided to share my experience here and keep a record of the whole process for the benefit of all.

Firsts things first, the floor plan:

FloorPlan-.jpg

When we viewed this flat for sale 1 week before our wedding day, both wife and I were quite pleased with what we saw, and the fact that the owner was asking for below valuation, we discussed for only a little bit and decided to grab this God-given blessing immediately without thinking too much about the details.

So we put down the $1k for option to purchase and exercised OTP the day after our wedding, before our honeymoon.

So here's the skinny on flat details:

Location: Toa Payoh Lorong 8 2nd floor

Age : 11 years

Area: 103 sqm

Valuation: 430,000

Purchase price: 408,000

Gahmen grant: 45,000

Time to pick up the wife from work.

Tune in later for more.

Shalom

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Will be following your blog....interesting...btw, ur grant is $45K? How do you arrive at this number?

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So here's the skinny on flat details:

Location: Toa Payoh Lorong 8 2nd floor

Age : 11 years

Area: 103 sqm

Valuation: 430,000

Purchase price: 408,000

Gahmen grant: 45,000

Time to pick up the wife from work.

Tune in later for more.

Shalom

Hi, maybe we might be neighbours. :-) I also bought a flat in this area and it's also 11 years old. Hope see to your reno works soon.

Cheers.

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After waiting, planning, reading, sourcing and anticipating for 9 months, our resale flat renovation has finally started.

It has been a long 9 months, from exercising OTP in July 2009 to completion in Dec 2009, to planning and meeting up IDs...

It's finally started!

Shalom

hehe, we got abt the same timeline, OTP in Jul'09, completion in Dec'09. then i drag until now then start reno.

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Will be following your blog....interesting...btw, ur grant is $45K? How do you arrive at this number?

30K for 1st timer

additional 10K for near parent

5k for housewhole income less then 5k but above 4.5k

All sum up to be 45k :) correct me if i am wrong

Btw stryke , welcome to RT-blog :)

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wah your flat at TPY is sure ex leh. at only 2nd floor, the Purchase price is $408,000.00. then what happens if u opt to buy a high floor located at 25th floor? but location wise, its very good. yeah, how come there's 45k grant?

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30K for 1st timer

additional 10K for near parent

5k for housewhole income less then 5k but above 4.5k

All sum up to be 45k :) correct me if i am wrong

Btw stryke , welcome to RT-blog :)

supersimon is right. That's how we got the 45k grant from gahmen. Our block is jusy a spit away from my mum's.

i know that 408k is still a lot to pay for a flat, but compared to the new ones that the HDB is churning out in central area, this resale is much more worth it than the pigeon holes that cost almost the same. My fren bought a unit in Pinnacle during the second phase and paid 500k for a 85 sqm flat!

also considering that my office is 10 mins drive from home... or $6 cab ride.... i can even give up my car for the long run and save 1k a month from car ownership. I also recently discovered that the new Bartley Road viaduct takes me from Toa Payoh to Tampines in less than 10 minutes! excellent! not that I go to Tampines a lot lah...

anyways....

I started looking at ideas and planning and speaking to IDs, researching way before completion of sale. We finally decided to engage Steven Tay from Ideal House ID. He comes recommended by many forummers and I must admit although he's not our first choice in terms of design, his price is definitely the best. In addition we like his attitude and pro-activeness and fast response time. Truth is, I've done so much research looking for ideas and planning the whole layout and design of the flat even before we met Steven, that when I first met up with him, I more or less told him what I want, and showed him a lot of references. At the end of the day, although I did not give him much chance in the essential design, he still came up with a lot of very practical and useful suggestions and was quite helpful in advising me to save costs (I tend to go overboard). I was very very shocked when he quoted me as his quote was almost 10k less than all the rest, and with more items included! In fact I recommended Steven to one of my close friends who is also gonna renovate his new flat, even before I signed on the dotted line!

He was very patient throughout the whole process of discussing and quotation stage, and answering my questions. Believe me, I am a very demanding and meticulous person. Every little detail in the quote was scrutinised by me and every other minute I will be emailing him or texting him to double check. I will reveal a breakdown of the reno costs in future entries when I have more time.

For now I'll just attach the final layout plan, which was more or less a combination of proposals from several IDs, friends and a lot of time in front of the computer playing with the layout.

Plan was drawn by me in Adobe Illustrator. We went through many rounds of amendments for the layout and quote before signing on the dotted line.

FloorPlan-01.jpg

Later I will upload images of the flat.

Shalom

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hihi, almost minimalist? going for minimalist style? Looking forward to your plans.. :)

Yah, almost minimalist cos we got no budget to do much...hahah.

Seriously, I want a minimalist lofty look with an island kitchen but alas there's too little space and too many restrictions from HDB to do much, so we decided to keep it simple.

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As you all can see, this place needs a lot of work. As we are planning to stay here for the long term (die also won't leave Toa Payoh!), we decided to do a complete overhaul including the re-wiring and plastering, and I really wanted a proper functional kitchen as I'm an avid foodie and like to cook, well, plan to do more in the future anyway.

Reno has already started but its only the first week so I will post the progress images in time to come.

Shalom

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wow, i sure hope u are going to remove the wooden cornies, they give me a headache... :wacko:

the ex-owners are so cute, yellow and orange pipes... haha...

reno started already... can share with us what you are going to do?

i am attempting the minimalist style, its damm hard to be truly minimalist...

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wow, i sure hope u are going to remove the wooden cornies, they give me a headache... :wacko:

the ex-owners are so cute, yellow and orange pipes... haha...

reno started already... can share with us what you are going to do?

i am attempting the minimalist style, its damm hard to be truly minimalist...

Yeah its really difficult to achieve the minimalist concept. Reasons being you need ample space and an interior designer/architect familiar with the style, not to me tion a lot of moolah as well.

I wanted to have a stainless steel kitchen for starters but the costs are really beyond my budget so we settled for an all white with silver trimmings concept.

Also my wife does not like to have concrete screed for the floors, so we chose a 'screed' looking grey tile for the flat.

Yes of course we removed the cornices. Those you see are so 80s, including the cabinets.

Well to paint a better picture, here are the 3D images:

Living room:

tv_steven_11toapayoh_c.jpg

shoe_steven_11toapayoh_b.jpg

liv_steven_11toapayoh_b.jpg

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Kitchen:

kit2_steven_11toapayoh_c.jpg

kit1_steven_11toapayoh_b.jpg

MBR:

mbr1_steven_11toapayoh_c.jpg

mbr2_steven_11toapayoh_c.jpg

Well the colors are more or less there, but more details in terms of materials and colors to be decided.

The 3D drawings are only a rough indication of what to expect.

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Hi there ... browsing through the forum and i really like your kitchen colors / design :)

as well as the walk-in wardrobe (colors / design) in MBR.

-cheers

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like this part of ur kitchen.... :good::good:

look sleek....

Thanks! We will be using Formica 2mm glossy white laminate for the main facade, and most like Lamitak or EDL Dark Silver for the carcass and trims.

Since can't afford a 100% stainless steel kitchen just use laminates but not so much that it becomes overwhelming and too trying. Moreover our flat is really dark even in the daytime, so using mostly white will help to lighten up the atmosphere.

Will post images of WIP real soon.

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Thanks! We will be using Formica 2mm glossy white laminate for the main facade, and most like Lamitak or EDL Dark Silver for the carcass and trims.

Since can't afford a 100% stainless steel kitchen just use laminates but not so much that it becomes overwhelming and too trying. Moreover our flat is really dark even in the daytime, so using mostly white will help to lighten up the atmosphere.

Will post images of WIP real soon.

u can use hairline stainless steel feel formica.... if 100% stainless steel too costly.... ;)

i believe it will look gd...

cheer

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Congratulations on your new home.

Applause to you. Very nice 3D pictures that you have created. I wish I know the skill on how to do it.

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Congratulations on your new home.

Applause to you. Very nice 3D pictures that you have created. I wish I know the skill on how to do it.

i believe the 3D is done by his ID. you can try using floorplanner or google sketchup for ur DIY 3Ds.

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i believe the 3D is done by his ID. you can try using floorplanner or google sketchup for ur DIY 3Ds.

Yes the 3D is provided by ID.

However the floor plan was draw by me using Illustrator. I find that Floorplanner is not so precise but for rough layout its okay.

As for google sketch, I have not figured out how to use it yet. Haha.

Anyways as far as getting the stainless steel look goes, although all our main laminates will be from Formica, we will be using either Lamitak or EDL laminates for the silver trims. FOrmica has very little to choose from in terms of metallic finishes. And the very nice ones are way too expensive.

We're pretty sure the whole thing will turn out nice and sleek, just that I'm concerned about the laminate join lines....

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Yes the 3D is provided by ID.

However the floor plan was draw by me using Illustrator. I find that Floorplanner is not so precise but for rough layout its okay.

As for google sketch, I have not figured out how to use it yet. Haha.

Anyways as far as getting the stainless steel look goes, although all our main laminates will be from Formica, we will be using either Lamitak or EDL laminates for the silver trims. FOrmica has very little to choose from in terms of metallic finishes. And the very nice ones are way too expensive.

We're pretty sure the whole thing will turn out nice and sleek, just that I'm concerned about the laminate join lines....

haha...my floor layout also done by me using Illustrator! :D

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Yes the 3D is provided by ID.

However the floor plan was draw by me using Illustrator. I find that Floorplanner is not so precise but for rough layout its okay.

As for google sketch, I have not figured out how to use it yet. Haha.

Anyways as far as getting the stainless steel look goes, although all our main laminates will be from Formica, we will be using either Lamitak or EDL laminates for the silver trims. FOrmica has very little to choose from in terms of metallic finishes. And the very nice ones are way too expensive.

We're pretty sure the whole thing will turn out nice and sleek, just that I'm concerned about the laminate join lines....

Oh do u have the url for illustrator? how much is formica charging for the 2mm gloss laminates. Was drooling over it's shine though.

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Oh do u have the url for illustrator? how much is formica charging for the 2mm gloss laminates. Was drooling over it's shine though.

Illustrator is one of the softwares from Adobe that I use for my work, along with Photoshop etc. Its not a free online software, need to purchase.

If I remember correctly from the catalogue the 2mm laminates from Formica is about $98 per sheet 8'x10'

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Illustrator is one of the softwares from Adobe that I use for my work, along with Photoshop etc. Its not a free online software, need to purchase.

me too, i use illustrator and the other software from Adobe CS for work. it's a exp software, unless u using student edition.

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Illustrator is one of the softwares from Adobe that I use for my work, along with Photoshop etc. Its not a free online software, need to purchase.

If I remember correctly from the catalogue the 2mm laminates from Formica is about $98 per sheet 8'x10'

Woh! It is so ex! It is more expensive that the granite that I am drooling over. Man! nice things are never cheap. :(

This idea is scraped.

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