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Soichiro

Mansionette In The East

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Has been almost half year since getting my keys, and after alot of hiccups and dilly dallying, the reno is finally almost complete. Some of you may have already seen some of the pictures.. lol. Most of the delay was from my side, buy things very slowly, and sometimes because some things we ordered were out of stock. -.-"

We did not go for anything fancy, just simple refurbishing. Everything will look lagi simple!

As the unit was over 25 years old, almost everything had to be changed... from floor tiles, to all windows, all doors, wiring, etc etc. This is 5M, not EM. So floor area is about 15-20sqm smaller than a typical EM.

To start off, here's the floor plan! Together with some doodling for location of power points, switches and lights.

floorplan_electrical.gif

Only spoke to 1 ID and 1 contractor. Each had items that were cheaper or more expensive, but the contractor was slightly cheaper and wifey preferred the contractor.

So far, a number of screwups here and there (due to miscomm, etc etc), but the contractor was able to rectify or offer alternatives so all's still good!

Will add pictures slowly... man man lai~

Stuff purchased so far...

Aircon

Mitsubishi STARMEX System 3 Inverter.. 1 big 2 small

Toilet Fittings

WC/Sink/Taps - Homeplus (Richard)

All trays and handles - Wei Mi @ Song Cho (Kallang Leisure Park)

Giant Mirrors - IKEA

Lights

Downlights - lightings.com.sg

All other lights + Ceiling Fan - Chan Huat (James)

Kitchen Fittings

Hood - Fujioh FS890, silver metallic (Homeplus)

Hob - Fujioh FG793SS(Homeplus)

Electrical

Fridge - Mitsubishi MR-V45B-DS (Harvey Norman)

Washing Machine - Brandt WTC-9685 (TL) (Harvey Norman)

TV - Samsung 46" Series 6 LED (Audiohouse)

Furniture

Simmons Backcare 4 + Napoli Storage Bed, King Size (Ackermann and Smith)

Croatia 3 pc Breakfast Island Set (Courts)

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Congratulations on ur almost complete reno.. Whoa! ur living sure use a lot of downlights..hee n my contractor keep on commenting that mine is a lot :D

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congrats on your 5rm maisonette!!! they call it the 5A model maisonette...but for your conservancy charges, issit considered as 5rm? heee! i've seen one in serangoon area..wow original condition..really hv to do overhaul!

excited to see your pics!

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Welcome!

5M and not EM ?

hmm.. but still, looks good, 2 storey high! :)

Yeah! Smaller sized mansionette, 139sqm!

Congratulations on ur almost complete reno.. Whoa! ur living sure use a lot of downlights..hee n my contractor keep on commenting that mine is a lot :D

Thanks! I anyhow huntum one leh, I asked contractor enough or not, he say ok. So just do!

congrats on your 5rm maisonette!!! they call it the 5A model maisonette...but for your conservancy charges, issit considered as 5rm? heee! i've seen one in serangoon area..wow original condition..really hv to do overhaul!

excited to see your pics!

Thanks~~ it is considered 5 room I think. Better check my bill again to be sure. lol

It was the first owner, so 25 years original condition, some rooms look like haunted house!

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waa.. i love your layout.. where is this unit? mine 5i is only 120sqm. urs really good deal. mind if i ask roughly how much such unit costs now?

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waa.. i love your layout.. where is this unit? mine 5i is only 120sqm. urs really good deal. mind if i ask roughly how much such unit costs now?

Heyo! It is near to Geylang Serai, about 8min walk to Paya Lebar MRT.

Cost of the units depend on a lot of factors bah, but valuation should be around 490-520k in that area.

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ohh.. so near my place at sims drive... hiya, i didnt know geyland serai got such units when we were sourcing for houses last year. ur location is good. 8 mins walk is reasonable. mine is almost 15 mins to aljunied. 490k to 520k is definitely a good deal considering the fact that paya lebar area will be a next BIG hit in property market in years to come.

i saw that u have many downlights in livin g room. u may want to consider using clove lighting instead. warm atmosphere and not so heat generating. keke. i seldom on my downlight in my living room because i installed too many (like your case) and too bright. also painful to the eyes. luckly i installed one side with clove lighting. =)

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finally you have your own t-blog~ will wait for the photos~ :lol:

Yesh, wait very long liao. haha. Photos will post bit by bit from the start.

ohh.. so near my place at sims drive... hiya, i didnt know geyland serai got such units when we were sourcing for houses last year. ur location is good. 8 mins walk is reasonable. mine is almost 15 mins to aljunied. 490k to 520k is definitely a good deal considering the fact that paya lebar area will be a next BIG hit in property market in years to come.

i saw that u have many downlights in livin g room. u may want to consider using clove lighting instead. warm atmosphere and not so heat generating. keke. i seldom on my downlight in my living room because i installed too many (like your case) and too bright. also painful to the eyes. luckly i installed one side with clove lighting. =)

Heyo! Paya Lebar is MRT interchange for 2 lines of the same company, means walking distance between the lines is minimal. Thats what I like about circle line :P

For the downlights, its already installed! I've configured it such that I can switch on only some of them in the middle or behind or front. 4 switches for the 10 lights. I've also gotten the Philips ones, albeit a bit more expensive but they do not emit as much heat as typical halogen lights. They also consume less energy, no ballast required (no flickering when u switch on), which also means cheaper maintenance, one less thing to replace in future.

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Didn't like cove lights coz don't like any open area that we can't see. lol

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Can't wait to see the pictures!! The layout looks very big leh..... doesn't look like smaller size EM.

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waaa.. how come suddenly so many EM doung reno sia... EM selling like hotcakes now ah? I just saw cleong's EM t-blog... super nice also.. i bet yours will also be as nice! faster post photos lah!

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Errr I got 1 Question.. the blue color rectangle outside Bedroom 3 is it the aircon compressor? Possible to place it on top of ur entrance & passageway?? Hmm bcos I intend to do that way but was told unable to due to passageway :dunno:

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Can't wait to see the pictures!! The layout looks very big leh..... doesn't look like smaller size EM.

Double storey all will look big la. But after looking at EM layout, really feel I'm missing one room. lol

agree! looks big! do post more and welcome to reno talk! :)

Thanks~~ sorting out pics!

waaa.. how come suddenly so many EM doung reno sia... EM selling like hotcakes now ah? I just saw cleong's EM t-blog... super nice also.. i bet yours will also be as nice! faster post photos lah!

Its 5M! 5M! lol. Mine is much simpler, no cove lights at all and very basic and plain. Just to make everything look new!

Errr I got 1 Question.. the blue color rectangle outside Bedroom 3 is it the aircon compressor? Possible to place it on top of ur entrance & passageway?? Hmm bcos I intend to do that way but was told unable to due to passageway :dunno:

Yes thats the aircon compressor. I wasn't too sure at first, but saw that ALL my neighbours at my level had a compressor at that location. Can't be all of them wrong leh? The aircon installer also went to other levels to double check, and most units had their compressors there.

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Yes thats the aircon compressor. I wasn't too sure at first, but saw that ALL my neighbours at my level had a compressor at that location. Can't be all of them wrong leh? The aircon installer also went to other levels to double check, and most units had their compressors there.

hee..can help me to take the pic and pm me? I wanna show my contractor that it can be done..lol.. He did ask me before if I saw ppl put their compressor at that area.. So now die die must show him :notti:

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hee..can help me to take the pic and pm me? I wanna show my contractor that it can be done..lol.. He did ask me before if I saw ppl put their compressor at that area.. So now die die must show him :notti:

Sure, but got to wait til weekend coz I only visit my house on weekends to settle outstanding stuff. The rest all throw to my contractor to settle. :P

But hor.. best is still to compare with your neighbours. Go check other levels too. If nobody puts their compressor outside, there must be a reason. Even if you have a pic of my compressor, also no use in that case. If really scared, just call your HDB branch office to confirm. They may refer you to the guy in charge of your block bah.

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Sure, but got to wait til weekend coz I only visit my house on weekends to settle outstanding stuff. The rest all throw to my contractor to settle. :P

But hor.. best is still to compare with your neighbours. Go check other levels too. If nobody puts their compressor outside, there must be a reason. Even if you have a pic of my compressor, also no use in that case. If really scared, just call your HDB branch office to confirm. They may refer you to the guy in charge of your block bah.

Thanks..meanwhile I will take a look at my neighbours house during wkends :)

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Starting with the messy pictures during the first few weeks of reno~ hacking just done and boxups done, some tiling started.

Entrance

entrance.jpg

Dining Room from Kitchen

Kitchen wall was hacked away to provide more light for the kitchen.

dining_room.jpg

Kitchen

Pipes ran all over the place, gave us headaches when doing the kitchen cabinet.

kitchen.jpg

Wash Area

No WC! Used to be a giant dragon pot inside.

washarea_bottom.jpg

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Living Room

All the tiles delivered! But all tilers busy.. just had to wait.

living_room.jpg

Gonna do a feature wall in the recess.

living_room_wall_front.jpg

Balcony

Dirty walls above!

balcony_above.jpg

Cement screed just done. No wall tiles.

balcony_left.jpg

Stairwell

Boxed up the recess areas on the wall since we can't really reach them easily to clean.

stairwell_bottom_left.jpg

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Room Entrances

Level 2 corridor with room entrances, as well as our shifted common toilet entrance.

level2_walkway.jpg

Common and Master Toilet

Got KDK ventilation fans for each toilet. About 50++ bucks each.

Common Toilet

common_toilet_fan.jpg

Master Toilet

master_toilet_fan.jpg

Bedrooms

All look the same, so just post 1 only. Every room had odd recess area at the top and bottom of the windows. Going to box up all those on top (felt that it was too small and too much effort to make storage space and we didn't want to clean that area) and optionally have cabinets at the bottom.

Also installed new casement windows.

master_windows.jpg

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Hey Soichiro!

You have finally started your own t-blog here! :)

hoping to see more updated pics! esp with the furniture in.

and more completed pics of the kitchen area, with the kitchen cabinets & stuffs? :P

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bright, spacious, squarish... what can one possibly ask for... nice sharing!

Thanks~~ can always ask for cheapo reno bill. lol

Hey Soichiro!

You have finally started your own t-blog here! :)

hoping to see more updated pics! esp with the furniture in.

and more completed pics of the kitchen area, with the kitchen cabinets & stuffs? :P

Heyo! Furniture will take some time, I'm really slow... usually coz I dunno what I want. haha. Kitchen cabinet might be complete next week or so, depending on when the dumbo hob arrives.. already waited almost a month for it. -.-""

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A few more weeks in, and the tiling finally started.

Kitchen Wall Tiles

Want it bright bright, so white tiles it shall be!

kitchen_inside.jpg

Wash Area Tiles

Generally what I have downstairs is whitish

washarea_walls.jpg

Living Room Floor Tiles

Half done living room floor tiles. Who wants to go for cat walk??

living_room_walkway.jpg

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1 month into the reno, and the house finally looks brighter!

Living Room

living_room.jpg

Passage Way

living_walkway.jpg

Dining & Kitchen

Light gray wall for dining room!

dining_wall.jpg

Standard rubbish chute cover

kitchen_chute.jpg

Wash Area converted to new Toilet

This is the most expensive area in the house to reno! All the piping, boxup, tiling, wc and fittings in the tiny little area.

Corner sink is lagi cute, 30cm only.

The WC is Neptune, more expensive than my other WC+sink combined...

washarea.jpg

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And yet another month later (yah... drag for very long coz some items no stock, we were slow in buying things)

Contractor just did 1 round of cleaning!

Living Room

View from the stairs

living_above.jpg

Thats where my couch will end up

living_back.jpg

My brick wall.. hole for TV bracket

living_bricks.jpg

Downlights and KDK56" ceiling fan

living_ceiling.jpg

View of outside.. floor shiny shiny.. dunno how long it will last. lol

living_floor.jpg

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Balcony

Front was actually blocked by new HDB blocks... so view the side better la...!

The balcony lights were installed wrongly.. should have been vertical. Already fixed by now.

balcony.jpg

Dining

Philips ceiling lights installed. ALL the ceiling lights are of the same model. :P Doesn't really flicker.. very interestingly, it just gets brighter slowly with very mild stuttering.

dining.jpg

Kitchen

Still empty... the carpenter really took very long.

kitchen1.jpg

Stairs

Stairwell cleaned up with just one wall light with 2 switches. Railing will be painted later.

stairs_lvl1.jpg

Room Entrances

We have different bright colours for each room. Many people thought the colours would be glaring or not conducive for sleep.. but I sleep with my eyes closed! Anyway, master bedroom is turquoise, still happy with that~~

stairs_lvl2.jpg

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Common Bathroom

All fittings in! Mirrors from IKEA, stainless steel fittings from Song Cho. Very expensive... but sturdy, never worry about pressing hard on them.

bathroom_common.jpg

Master Bathroom

Much bigger shower space than common bathroom. Otherwise, identical fittings.

bathroom_master.jpg

Master Bedroom

Happy with the colour! Generally all the rooms have 2 walls with a distinct colour and white for the other 2 walls.

master_wall1.jpg

Study

A bit darker than expected, but we'll do some deco here n there to brighten it up!

study_wall1.jpg

Bedroom 2

The bright cheery room, some people say will tear in the eyes if sit inside for too long. We shall see...!

bedroom_wall1.jpg

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And this was 1 month ago...!

Room Doors

Doors installed, but stairs not painted yet.

bedroom_doors.jpg

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I like your bathrooms, and kinda awe struck with the simple white and minimalist change the simple white tiles made for your lower level.

I think for your bedrooms the colors are just outstanding - but much too brave for me to have in my own place.

Hope to see how it looks like lived in! I like your reno, will return for updates.

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