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  1. hi Vieracmx, I spent about 47k for renovation excluding the furnishings and I think it is quite reasonable considering the cost of materials nowadays. Whether it is a run down flat or well kept flat, old flats full renovation is a must (unless it was recently renovated by previous owners), i had changed all electrical wiring and pipings which are the most crucial to me and the best part is you can really express your style with a full renovation. My suggestion is find a contractor who is experience in doing old flats renovation as their are limitations for somethings we want as the new BTO are much easier. I will try to find my renovation quotation and PM you. Cheers and good luck
  2. Really impress with the Ikea kitchen cabinets. Each time when I visit IKEA i marvel at their kitchen designs but don't have the courage to consider it as always have the notion that it might not last as long as carpentry build in. And also dont know if the coordination for their cabinets will be a hassle versus one that just dealing with the contractor. Anyways, great job there. Always exciting to see other homes on the verge of finish.
  3. Sorry for late reply as I didn't check. In for a whole. I paid $180 per foot run so that should be an easy gauge for you as the total cost depends I'm how big is your kitchen. I used it for the kitchen cabinets as well as the sideboard . Different designs also different cost
  4. Hey Rynaed! You must be busy cleaning post renovation and moving in. Post some photos soon because I am excited to see you blue gate-less door and the rest of the home.
  5. Hey! There are some smaller HDB approved mongrels under the ADORE project. Consider to give them a home as they are so street smart and fast learner. If not, you can look into adopting some of the breeding pedigree dogs which are often rescue or abandoned by those irresponsible farm or home breeders. They are in dire need of home too and I am sure you will find one who will connect with your family.
  6. Oh dear! You should drop them an email to see how to rectify this? By the way the Tide pods 81 pods no longer ships to Singapore. Now they ship only the 57 pods..:(
  7. If you are not so flexible with your timing, its best to book in advance up to 2 -3 weeks. They are very popular and hard to get slot. The last time when I need to move my 2 meters teak table here i used them as well and not on floor excess they charged me only $80 with 3 workers. But I gave them $100 and the rest for their coffee. Most importantly is realiable and dont break anything. I believe Shalom is quite good but for me I like that the "goodness" of Helping Hand since they hire only ex-convicts who have trouble finding jobs and thus giving them a new start
  8. I always use Helping Hands. They quotations are always reasonable and even if a little more I will support them because we are doing something good out of it as well. They are professional and so far have never broken any items from my numerous moves
  9. I love the ebony wood for the dining table. "Complicated", "intricate" it is a beauty and definitely a great centerpiece.
  10. Hey Catt! Excited to see the renovation of another 3 roomer kaki. I love your choice of the Kraus Apron sink and I have ordered my 33" Kraus from Amazon without any problem. If your kitchen can afford the space then go for the 33" because it takes in so many of our pots and pans during our major cook out especially with dinner parties and when it is deep even better because the kitchen looks real neat when the pots are well hidden from view. Cheers
  11. Hello Lianaalin! Its glossy white and not difficult to maintain even after our every day cooking. Usually i will wipe down with a wet cloth and go over with a dry one so that the water mark doest show. I used to have black gloss kitchen cabinets and that was a killer since the oily fingerprints show up every single time you touch it.
  12. Hey Bipps! Renovation is a tiring and a bit stressful process but the end product will be all worth it. In my honest opinion, those small little things that bugged me then just don't seem like such a big deal after I have moved in and some things still can be rectified. I am thinking my home is too white and also looking to paint a dark teal in the bedroom May I asked if you can provide the link for the 2 mirrors? Actually I like your 'ah neh' gold mirror a lot. LOL Really beauty in the eyes of the beholder! TIA
  13. Hi hi! LuxExplorer here and i apologise the hijacked for some countertop discussion for those considering. After installation and registering for warranty, the cesearstone staff will come by to give a demonstration on how to take care of the material. Scratch-proof , heat-proof and in the event if any chipped off they can repair as well. ( that would really require a super duper hard knock ) they will give you the logo which you can stick on as a "brand " I used to use solid top for my previous home and what frustrates me.was the scratches and marks which will surface after some use. Currently I am using the black solid top for the vanity because my sink actually has a huge cut out so I thought it will not be so wasteful but unfortunately the scratches are already appearing and it is not even not as intensively used. I will review this with some photos over at my blog later so that you can see it . ** the most beautiful marble-ly quartz I have seen is from silestone. Especially the matt ones look absolutely gorgeous but a big hole in pocket
  14. I think horizontal tiling has been the standard forever but vertical tiling could visually " elongate" the space and it doesn't look too bad here. Could be something new which has yet to catch on because everyone just assume that's the horizontal is the norm; ) That said , my tiler and contractor ran through laying direction and pros and cons before starting work so could just ask your ID to give you a heads up especially if they decided not to follow the norm
  15. For those who were keen to know more about the flooring Magica Woodtime Italian tiles from Hup Khoon @ Balestier. The colour is Pecan and there is a choice of 4 colors. Size 15x90. My sales lady was a tiny hunchback lady named Ah Hoon and her service was superb as she was so patient with my numerous trips to confirm the tiles and color. Here is a close up of the color and texture along with with the foster dogs who are living with me while seeking a home. ( that's why my home needs to be pee/poo proof) For this tile, you can clearly see the "design" of distress wood which is what we really like. Color looks different because of different direction and the sunlight. Both are taken in natural lighting. As most of us know is that the longer the tile, the harder it is to tile and the grouting lines will also be wider compared to homogeneous tiles. Have to be prepared for 2 mm or so and that there might be some warping after the tiles has been laid basically translate to our feet feeling some unevenness at the edge as we walk. At that time of tile selection we keep hearing about warping but no idea how it will actually affect us so we end up choosing this tile instead of the first choice which was at a whopping 20x120. We have discover some warping for some areas but we found out we don't mind as it gives a even more realistic feel to the wood texture. Cleaning is a breeze and we simply love it