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Finally a place of our own... Just gotten the keys and I am thinking if we should do the following :-

1) hack the wall (red crossed area) between MBR and common room for wardrobe

2) hack the wall below louvre window (highlighted in green) and bifold door (highlighted in yellow) in the kitchen for bigger space and probably an island?? Never had this in mind until the spur of the moment... Is it practical or feasible? Can the louvre window be hack?

3) install sliding window or open window at the service yard (highlighted in blue)

Comments and opinion appreciated...

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Finally a place of our own... Just gotten the keys and I am thinking if we should do the following :-

1) hack the wall (red crossed area) between MBR and common room for wardrobe

2) hack the wall below louvre window (highlighted in green) and bifold door (highlighted in yellow) in the kitchen for bigger space and probably an island?? Never had this in mind until the spur of the moment... Is it practical or feasible? Can the louvre window be hack?

3) install sliding window or open window at the service yard (highlighted in blue)

Comments and opinion appreciated...

Hihi matrox, is ur new place @ Kim Tian :unsure:

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Mango13

Are we neighbors?

Yup but mine is @ 127D :P

BTW forgot to congratulate that you have collected your key :yeah:

Mine will only available in Dec :(

Have you found a ID or Contractor to reno your new place :unsure:

May I go to your place to take a look on the exact layout? TIA :D

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Your method of mbr wardrobe is similar to what my contractor is doing for one of their units. To save space, they hacked the wall and build a wardrobe in the place of the wall, taking up some space in the common room.

If you do cook, you can consider extending the kitchen up to the bedrooms' passage way by building a half height glass wall? This can also be done for the study room.

The HDB layout looks very nicely planned. I suppose your place is super bright and airy with so many windows!

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Yup but mine is @ 127D :P

BTW forgot to congratulate that you have collected your key :yeah:

Mine will only available in Dec :(

Have you found a ID or Contractor to reno your new place :unsure:

May I go to your place to take a look on the exact layout? TIA :D

Thanks! If our time coincides, you are welcome to come up and have a look. Have not really decided on ID/contractor yet though.... Not in a rush to move in or start reno

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Your method of mbr wardrobe is similar to what my contractor is doing for one of their units. To save space, they hacked the wall and build a wardrobe in the place of the wall, taking up some space in the common room.

If you do cook, you can consider extending the kitchen up to the bedrooms' passage way by building a half height glass wall? This can also be done for the study room.

The HDB layout looks very nicely planned. I suppose your place is super bright and airy with so many windows!

Thank you Gnipihz. Yeah I think it's common now to hack walls for more storage space since the houses are getting more compact.

Thank you for your suggestion, we did think of that initially but if we were to extend the kitche, then we would like the dining table to be contained in the kitchen, but if so, it'll be too cramp le. It's always our dream to have a big kitchen space but it would also mean we need to spend more on the renovation. It's really a dilemma and ideas keep coming in and our minds keep changing...

Yes, we have many windows and luckily we cannot change the windows yet else that will eat into our budget. We love the best view windows but of course it comes with a price! We have not sourced for grills and hopefully it would not be a hefty sum.

BTW, did I tell you our initial combination is also black and purple for our home? Exactly what you have for your kitchen. We have not settled down on the contractor thus have not thought about the color/design yet.

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Thanks! If our time coincides, you are welcome to come up and have a look. Have not really decided on ID/contractor yet though.... Not in a rush to move in or start reno

Thanks. May I know which level & will you go to ur new place today or tomorrow?

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We went to Shanghai Tong Lee on Monday and were told that the discount is only 10% and 20% for purchases above $2000. Is this considered good/better than other Blum dealer? Anybody has any idea? I read somewhere that some dealers offer 25% but I'm not sure if there is a minimum purchase.

We also drop by one of lighting shops and shortlisted below lightings, however, we are still not very convince on getting them as we have not visited many lighting shops. We wanted to get those lights with shadow effects on the ceiling/wall for foyer and passageway but they have limited choice in this shop. They offered $10.45/T5 of 3ft.... is this a good price?

We wanted a hanging light for the dining area

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Black and Purple Theme! hahaha...

Actually,I think my place have only these few colors.... black, white, grey and shades of purple.

What lights are you talking about at $10.45/T5 of 3ft?? I did my entire cove light with 2 colors. 1 ultra bright white and 1 ultra bright warm yellow. Cost me quite a fair bit but the effect is really nice and will be energy saving also. Installation is also cheaper since it's considered as 1 lighting point instead of different lengths of T5 tubes.

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Black and Purple Theme! hahaha...

Actually,I think my place have only these few colors.... black, white, grey and shades of purple.

What lights are you talking about at $10.45/T5 of 3ft?? I did my entire cove light with 2 colors. 1 ultra bright white and 1 ultra bright warm yellow. Cost me quite a fair bit but the effect is really nice and will be energy saving also. Installation is also cheaper since it's considered as 1 lighting point instead of different lengths of T5 tubes.

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DH suddenly came out with an idea to have a hanging light in front of the mirror for the MBR toilet instead of T5 above and bottomo of the mirror. I light the idea :) but have not found a suitable fixture yet. Regardless, we still need a ceiling light for the toilets?

Lights for toilets

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Light for kitchen

It's supposed to be day light but lousy shot on Iphone 3GS

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Same lighting as above except that it's taken from the website

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Light for foyer

Is this obiang? It does cast shadows on the ceiling and wall... however, I have in mind a small crystal light which does the same, but definitely it's gonna be more costly

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I like this... but dunno put where and most importantly probably no budget :""(

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Black and Purple Theme! hahaha...

Actually,I think my place have only these few colors.... black, white, grey and shades of purple.

What lights are you talking about at $10.45/T5 of 3ft?? I did my entire cove light with 2 colors. 1 ultra bright white and 1 ultra bright warm yellow. Cost me quite a fair bit but the effect is really nice and will be energy saving also. Installation is also cheaper since it's considered as 1 lighting point instead of different lengths of T5 tubes.

It's a T5 light of 3ft and it cost $10.45 each length. Could you share what you use for cove light? I only know of T5 for cove light 8| I must be dump thinking only T5 is usable for cove light!!

We will be using black glossy tiles in our living room, but have not decided on the color of laminates for the carpentry yet.

Things are progressing quite fast and start to fall into place after finalizing our electrician with 36 lighting installation and 26 new lighting points and some additional power points. Quite a number of relocation of power points as we would be doing carpentry on the walls.

I think our area is the most expensive having to pay $900 haulage fee to the designated HDB contractor and $300 to town council for the permit? :bow:

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Air Con

We shortlisted MHI based on NEA webby on the electrical consumption. It was noted that MHI has a better consumption compare to other makers and it's about $400 more based on annual consumption with running of 8hrs per day subject to the per kW charge from SP Services. However, many people who are from the industry have told us on the cons of MHI and its poor durability, thus making us ponder more than twice if we should not use MHI. We are worried about our monthly PUB bills (!) especially the per kW charge keeps going up. After much discussion, we decided not to take MHI but Panasonic (used to be National) who have been in the industry for donkey years... Hope this will be a wise choice.

Now that we have decided on the make, we need to decide which combination to take :-

Bedrooms

Option 1

INVERTER 1 x 12k BTU + 2 x 9k BTU for bedrooms (I know our MBR isn't big!!)

Option 2

INVERTER 3 x 9k BTU for bedrooms

Living Room

Option 1

NON INVERTER 1 x 18k BTU for living room

Option 2 (dependent on the quotation for INVERTER 24k BTU and the difference compare to a NON INVERTER)

INVERTER 1 x 24k BTU for living room

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It's a T5 light of 3ft and it cost $10.45 each length. Could you share what you use for cove light? I only know of T5 for cove light 8| I must be dump thinking only T5 is usable for cove light!!

We will be using black glossy tiles in our living room, but have not decided on the color of laminates for the carpentry yet.

Things are progressing quite fast and start to fall into place after finalizing our electrician with 36 lighting installation and 26 new lighting points and some additional power points. Quite a number of relocation of power points as we would be doing carpentry on the walls.

I think our area is the most expensive having to pay $900 haulage fee to the designated HDB contractor and $300 to town council for the permit? :bow:

I did entire LED cove lighting. It's counted as 1 point since it's 1 long piece. So instead of having multiple T5 tubes and points, I just have 1 long piece connected to the transformer/driver. I saved the money from the electrician and used it on the LED. Maybe tonight or tmr I can post some pictures. If you want more details can PM me bah.

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I did entire LED cove lighting. It's counted as 1 point since it's 1 long piece. So instead of having multiple T5 tubes and points, I just have 1 long piece connected to the transformer/driver. I saved the money from the electrician and used it on the LED. Maybe tonight or tmr I can post some pictures. If you want more details can PM me bah.

I'll definitely PM you!! *blushed*

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Air Con

We shortlisted MHI based on NEA webby on the electrical consumption. It was noted that MHI has a better consumption compare to other makers and it's about $400 more based on annual consumption with running of 8hrs per day subject to the per kW charge from SP Services. However, many people who are from the industry have told us on the cons of MHI and its poor durability, thus making us ponder more than twice if we should not use MHI. We are worried about our monthly PUB bills (!) especially the per kW charge keeps going up. After much discussion, we decided not to take MHI but Panasonic (used to be National) who have been in the industry for donkey years... Hope this will be a wise choice.

Now that we have decided on the make, we need to decide which combination to take :-

Bedrooms

Option 1

INVERTER 1 x 12k BTU + 2 x 9k BTU for bedrooms (I know our MBR isn't big!!)

Option 2

INVERTER 3 x 9k BTU for bedrooms

Living Room

Option 1

NON INVERTER 1 x 18k BTU for living room

Option 2 (dependent on the quotation for INVERTER 24k BTU and the difference compare to a NON INVERTER)

INVERTER 1 x 24k BTU for living room

Living

Option 2

The difference between

NON INVERTER 18k BTU & INVERTER 18k BTU is $300

INVERTER 18k BTU & INVERTER 24k BTU is $300 also

BUT

NON INVERTER 18k (!!!) Ain't I greedy? 8|

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Living

Option 2

The difference between

NON INVERTER 18k BTU & INVERTER 18k BTU is $300

INVERTER 18k BTU & INVERTER 24k BTU is $300 also

BUT

NON INVERTER 18k (!!!) Ain't I greedy? 8|

Hi matrox, check with u hor, if u want to hv the aircon in the living room, u hv 2 compressor or 1 arh :unsure:

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Hi matrox, check with u hor, if u want to hv the aircon in the living room, u hv 2 compressor or 1 arh :unsure:

Hi Mango

I intend to have 2 compressors, i.e. system 3 for bedrooms and single system for living. The reason is we will seldom switch on the living air con, probably only on occassion when we have guests. For e.g. if we buy system 4 of probably 24K + 3x 9K BTU for living and 3 bedrooms, your compressor will be of higher capacity than system 3 of 3x 9K BTU thus consuming more electricity/power. In order to save $$ on our monthly PUB, we will be getting 2 compressors.

I was told that 18k BTU would be sufficient for our living room, however, 18k BTU does not mean you will have 18k BTU of aircon, the air con would probably run on around 16k+ so I thought of getting 24k BTU. But difference between

NON INVERTER 18k & INVERTER 18k is $300

INVERTER 18k & INVERTER 24k is $300

therefore

NON INVERTER 18k & INVERTER 24k BTU is $600!!! I am a greedy person and I shamelessly agree 8| *sigh*

At first I only wanted a 18k BTU NON INVERTER for aircon, then later a INVERTER 18k BTU then later a INVERTER 24k BTU!!! :furious: I have not told my DH, sure :argue: de

If I chose INVERTER 18k BTU, it will take me to run 800hrs to break even based on $0.30/kw charge from PUB, currently we are being charged at $0.28, which if we on it for 8hrs a week will take us 2 years to break even.

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OIC. Btw, HDB allow our area to hv 2 compressor? If yes, where will u place the other compressor leh? :dunno:

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Mango

Our aircon ledge can put 2 compressors de

OIC. Look like u hv done a lot of homework for ur new place :good: btw mind to share where will u get the aircon from leh :unsure: TIA :D

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It's a T5 light of 3ft and it cost $10.45 each length. Could you share what you use for cove light? I only know of T5 for cove light 8| I must be dump thinking only T5 is usable for cove light!!

We will be using black glossy tiles in our living room, but have not decided on the color of laminates for the carpentry yet.

Things are progressing quite fast and start to fall into place after finalizing our electrician with 36 lighting installation and 26 new lighting points and some additional power points. Quite a number of relocation of power points as we would be doing carpentry on the walls.

I think our area is the most expensive having to pay $900 haulage fee to the designated HDB contractor and $300 to town council for the permit? :bow:

Did you buy the LED from the on line store that I recommended? I bought 2 pendant lamps from another shop on line as well and they are much cheaper than those (similar design) being offered locally. Both reached me in good condition but have yet to install them.

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Hello everyone!!

This is my first post here. Have been surfing here latently picking up tips to reno my new flat.

Hello matrox!

We are going to be neighbours!

Have been visiting showrooms in the block but all are 4 rooms so far.

Have not collected my keys yet. If you are at your new place during the weekend, can I can over to take a look?

Cos need to take measurement to buy furniture... :)

Appreciate help all. Gam Xiah Gam Xiah!

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Centrino2,

Can you PM me the online shops too?

Could they be from TB?? :sport-smiley-004:

I have been checking out overses online shops. Thought about buying from them to save cost but am unsure if the specs is suitable locally.

Me newbie and first time renovating house and on a budget. So much to learn :jawdrop: .

Hope to hear from ye :)

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Centrino2,

Can you PM me the online shops too?

Could they be from TB?? :sport-smiley-004:

I have been checking out overses online shops. Thought about buying from them to save cost but am unsure if the specs is suitable locally.

Me newbie and first time renovating house and on a budget. So much to learn :jawdrop: .

Hope to hear from ye :)

Sent liao

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