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  1. 3 points
    Hi fellow 2 roomers here are some the pictures reno done by Design 4 Space ID more coming soon for the kitchen & bathroom.
  2. 1 point
    you need to get the authorisation to apply to BCA for the plans search first. once BCA has completed the search, they will let you download all the plans for the house for preview. after previewing the plans, you can then choose which set you want to buy. the purchased plans are exactly the same as the preview plans just that the watermarks are different. you can't use the preview plans later for submission as the PE will require the BCA plans with the proper watermarks for submission
  3. 1 point
    Finallllllyyyyu reno is over. And today marks the 1st day of moving in. Its so tiring. Parents house, quite trendy isnt it. Excited to share a few of simple reno. Spacious and clean for family gathering and for my parents. Thankful for my id who helped with my own house reno few yrs bck lastly now my parents. Tiring but all worth it Share this happy day happy house tgr with you guys. Thankssss
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    My reno budget was actually 15k (inclusive of cement screeding) but it went up to 19k because i hacked the wall & dispose the sliding doors and installed full carpentry to include 4 powersockets,ethernet socket in the wall for the tv console and other electronics(router etc) .They are hidden behind flip down panels plus a hidden door to bedroom.TV can actually rotate 360 degrees with a lock for privacy when facing bedroom.
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    Just for infor. Example an outdoor lap pool with internal dimension as 10M Length x 2M Width x 1.5M Depth, the cost (no profit) of material only (no labor & machinery as this varies between builders) for Architectural & Structural (meaning pool base & pool wall excluding pool decking) is already $29K to $31. Also to note this cost does not include Architectural & Structural for Balancing Tank, Assuming Balancing Tank takes up half the pool, You'll be looking at material only cost (No profit, no labor, no machinery) of $43.5K to $46.5K Pool Pump & Filtration System, in my 20 years experience database, quotation range from $15K to $25K. So the builder potential payout for material & pool sub-contractor range from $58.5K to $71.5K. Remember Labor & machinery cost not factor in yet. I'm just helping all who are not in the industry to understand the cost component. The pool size as mentioned above is based on reasonable conservative size which is suitable to be at the side of a semi-d house (Side set back 2 metre) Also to note if pool is build on soft earth, piling cost will be added which further increase the cost.
  6. 1 point
    generally structural steel is more expensive than concrete. so the proposed steel staircase would cost more than having an RC staircase. in order to reduce the structure loading on the existing house structure for the attic, the builder is proposing steel column and beams for the attic roof hence also reducing the amount of reinforcement needed to the foundation or/and existing columns and beams. are you planning to have this as your retirement home? if your plan is just stay a few years and then sell, then don't bother wasting money to shift the stairs if you are not putting in a lift now. if you have been to industrial areas, you would see that most industrial areas have similar fencing. search online for BRC fence and you would know what I'm referring to. downside is slightly less privacy but if you are into gardening, then can plant some small trees or creepers to maintain the privacy. plants also have the effect of cooling down the environment as well. if fence is not your thing and you want high privacy, then just built the brick wall. wall finishes I can't comment too much as not sure how much coverage is needed for your house. sanitary and plumbing seems fair. just make sure that all existing waste pipes are replaced with new ones. electrical works seems fair as well. double check that network points are provided for in each room and the kitchen as well. kitchen is latest requirement from IMDA. if possible request for double network points in each room so that you can have 1 for computer/data and 1 for TV set top box. aircon 30k sounds fair assuming that all rooms have wall units and 2 ceiling units for the living room. don't think you are getting ducted aircon for 30k carpentry 50k sounds fair. but could be minimum works though and customisation could cost more. sanitary 14k sounds high though unless you are provided brands like Duravit or Toto. if you think the overall cost is too high, get quotations from a few other builders to compare. don't just settle on the first one you get before doing comparisons.
  7. 1 point
    If purchase price is 2.7mil, and construction is 500k, total is 3.2mil. But if valuation of new similar hse in that area is 3mil, and loan is capped at 75%, the max loan u can get is 2.25mil. U might get 80% of the land purchase price, 2.16mil but that means loan for construction is capped at 90k, ie.. 18%.
  8. 1 point
    bank valuation will differ from bank to bank based on their valuers' interpretation. for BSD, you will pay based on your offer price which is accepted by the seller. the bank which you are taking the mortgage loan from will then get a valuer to perform the valuation again and this value will be the agreed buying/selling price of the house. don try to get a higher valuation that what is the agreed price as this would mean you pay more BSD but your bank loan will still be based on the buying/selling price and NOT the valuation. remember that BSD is based on valuation or buying price whichever is higher. the only way your bank will grant you more loan is when your purchase price is higher which does not benefit you at all. when you need to do recon/A&A, your bank will loan you the money as a construction loan which is different from the mortgage loan. this construction loan will be at a higher interest rate during the construction phase until the TOP/CSC is obtained where it would then be converted to part of your mortgage loan at the lower interest rate. (this is from my understanding, check with your banker if this is the case or not) now, bank will NOT loan you the full 100% for the recon/A&A. the will loan you usually between 70 to 80 percent of the quotation for the recon/A&A. so this means you will need to fork out CASH for the first 20 to 30 percent of the construction until the milestone is reached where you will start to draw down the construction loan. the repayment for the construction loan will be based on how much is drawn down plus intereste. eg: if your total loan is 500k, and your first draw down is 50k, then you will pay for the installment for this 50k first. if your 2nd drawn down is 100k, then your next installment will be for the 150k which is drawn down and disbursed to the contractor. before the bank will loan you money for the recon/A&A, you will need to get a quote from the contractor as well as provide the architectural drawings for the house after the recon/A&A. the bank will then get a valuer to value the house again for AFTER recon/A&A based on the architectural drawings. the valuation of the house AFTER recon/A&A MUST be more than the value of the house BEFORE recon/A&A plus the loan amount that you are seeking. eg: current value is 2.7m. you are looking to borrow 500k for recon/A&A, so valuation of the house AFTER recon/A&A must be more than 3.2m. do note that the minimum value AFTER recon/A&A is determined by the bank. if the value AFTER is lesser than what the bank is looking at, that would mean the bank will loan you less money. in summary, you are looking at taking 2 loans. mortgage loan for you to buy the house and construction loan for you to renovate the house AFTER you officially take over the house.
  9. 1 point
    It's been 2 weeks since the apartment was handed over to me. A few minor rectifications to be made, but that hasn't stopped me from moving in. Moving house is back breaking work, especially for a soloist!! One tip: Get a steam mop - it gets rid of all the fine dust in no time, allowing one to focus on unpacking and moving in! Anyhow, here's a look at the current state of my Japandi-styled home! But before that, let's take a look at the configuration of the apartment pre-renovation! Pre-renovation photos The protruding store room limited what would otherwise have been a spacious entryway. A view of the kitchen and service yard from the living/dining area. Viewing out from the kitchen. Yes the size of the kitchen is small. The hallway to the various rooms and common bathroom. Post-renovation photos! If you have read this far, you would have seen the journey of structural changes this apartment has gone through over the course of the last few months. This is what is looks like now, 2 weeks after renovation! I work long hours, so when I reach home I need to relax and be greeted by the sights and sounds of nature.The water feature (from Fukai) and the lights here turn themselves on as soon as I step through the door. 😍 Water feature all lit up! Storage cabinets that have taken the place of the store room. A view of the living room area! The "cubby" below the soundbar looked messy 😅no thanks to all the devices placed there, so I covered them up with a few (inverted) baskets from Ikea! My open concept kitchen, the peninsula and dining area. A closer look at the dining area and peninsula. I am glad that I went with laminated countertop for the peninsula as it is more sturdy (scratch resistant, stain resistant and easier maintenance all around) compared to my cultured marble dining tabletop or my kitchen's solid surface countertop! A lot of people like to lament how kitchens in older (pre-2000) HDB apartments had very large kitchens compared to the HDB apartments of today. If that is true, then my apartment must have a truly "exceptional" layout with its relatively diminutive kitchen! Managed to squeeze a slim pull slide out cabinet baskets for condiments etc from Excel Hardware between the induction cooker hob and the fridge. No gas because I watched the Towering Inferno as a child and it left a deep impression on me. 😨 2 more pull out cabinet baskets from Excel Hardware, this time for plates, utensils and cutlery. On the countertop are what I consider absolute essentials for soloists - a Zojirushi rice cooker and a compact multifunctional steam oven i.e.. Panasonic Cubie. Not going to show my service yard/laundry room since I have not done much work on it yet, but just wanted to say that I really love how my Varlux ceiling mounted automatic laundry rack gets my laundry out of the way! Particularly useful when I was drying my bedsheets and mattress protector! Can't imagine having to hoist those on bamboo poles or pulling them up via a pulley system! What I now have a great appreciation for - a dehumidifier for laundry! Sucks all the moisture from laundry, and ensures no smells or mildew! Really essential if you have no choice but to dry all your laundry indoors because there is nobody at home to hoist them out into the sun (and take them back in when it starts to rain!) I use a combo washer-dryer machine, but I intend to use it only for washing to save on electricity bills and minimise wear and tear on my clothes! A number of relatives walked into the glass door of my study room when they came visiting!😵 I think I need to paste a suitable decal on it for safety. Makes me glad that I went with a 1m concrete wall for the glass wall next to it - any lower and there might have been more accidents! Managed to get my hands on a Gerton tabletop from Ikea for the computer table! Learnt how to apply polyurethane coats on it so that it looks better and is more stain resistant. These are Ikea's versatile Ekets with their optional wooden legs. I customised a woodtop order and applied polyurethane to complete the look! Cosy/reading corner in the study. A frameless and comfortable sofa bed next to my display shelf from Castlery..pardon my mish mash of anime and non-anime figurines😁 A view of the hallway to the master bedroom. It's also a great place for me to put up some art pieces! Opted to place art works on picture ledges from Ikea to minimise nailing of picture frames to the wall. This way, I can also easily swap out art pieces over time. The common bathroom. Those are Ikea Ostana lights above the mirror cabinet. Going with shower curtains instead of a glass wall for the shower area means that I can swap out different shower curtains over time to refresh the look of the bathroom! Not going to show the master bathroom because it is similar in layout and just has a different art piece and shower curtain design. And finally..the master bedroom. Not many changes since my last photos since I intend to keep the look of the entire room as basic and clutter free as possible so that I can fall asleep sooner! And that concludes a tour of my post-renovation apartment! Hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing about the process! 🤩
  10. 1 point
    Attractive BTO Renovation Package: 3 Room $7380 4 Room $7888 5 Room $9580 Can you believes it? Yesterday i dropped by a under-renovation unit in Henderson Rd, with my customers family Kepo Kepo there, i saw the inner concrete sink support invented by me copy cat by others, well, not sure why i feel happy about it, taking a close look and found that the design has some mistake, should i teach them further or not Then i asked the house owner who is her ID company and how much is the total renovation cost? she said it's $50K plus and next moment i saw the promotion Flyer pasting on her main door- Attractive BTO Renovation Package: 3 Room $7380 4 Room $7888 5 Room $9580 i asked her what is her room size, she replied it's a 3 Room and why an't $7380 but $50K? She wisely replied say she have added additional.... Guys, if Tiler Seng provide: Attractive BTO Renovation Package: 3 Room $6888 4 Room $7888 5 Room $8888 i think my showroom will be Queuing till MacDonald, and I will promise you will not end up here at $8888 Let's No more getting into this Tricks No more Home Owner.... Chey!