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  1. @blueygirls Am eagerly looking forward to more updates!
  2. hdb4ever


    Do you have ventilation vents built into? How do you avoid it getting all stinky?
  3. hdb4ever


    I bought my grout sealer over Amazon. There are a few brands, but the one I bought and have used is the Miracle Sealants Grout Sealer. I like how water in the washroom no longer have the ability to "wet" the grout of the tiles. The floor squeegee you can find locally. I usually buy from the likes of Qoo10 or Lazada
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    Yikes! Not sure whether it helps in your case but you can try using a large squeegee for the floor, and maybe also use a grout sealer on the tile grout after it has been cleaned (reapply yearly)
  5. Mini review of electronic door systems I have always hated the need to dig deep into my bag to look for my keys when I come home from work. So when I got this place, I knew I wanted to switch to an electronic door system. But at the same time, I am paranoid about getting locked out of my own home because of some too-free hacker taking advantage of poorly implemented security features in electronic locks. Solution? 1. Install door lock systems that cannot be operated remotely over the internet! 2. Install systems from different vendors for my door and gate. So it's 2 layers of security! Door lock This is what my door lock now looks like from outside the apartment. Looks like an ordinary non-tech door lock? Because it is! The actual smart lock can only be seen from the inside of the apartment. Yes, this is the August Smart Lock (3rd generation) which I bought from Amazon during one of their sales for just below USD$100. Why I love it: Very easy self-installation: you need only a screw driver! The door automatically unlocks when I reach home and am standing in front of the door (detected via Bluetooth) The door automatically locks when I close the door I can share electronic "keys" (via the August app) to my family members, and revoke for different users should the need arise I get alerted on my phone when my door has been unlocked, and by whom! From outside, nobody can tell that the door has a smart lock! What can be better: On very rare occasions, the August lock doesn't detect that the door is closed and does not auto lock the door: resolved by locking the door manually or using the August app Ok so that's for the door - how about the gate then? Gate lock In this picture, you see two things: the Ring 2 doorbell and the Gateman Z10g lock. First about Gateman Z10g, which I engaged a seller on Carousell to install for my gate. Why I love it: Nice fit into the square metal panel on my HDB door gate, blending so very nicely (I must thank my ID for ensuring that my gate has this metal panel - otherwise, I would see a black metal box for the Gateman sticking out like a sore thumb) Autolocks when the gate is closed Accepts both a configurable PIN and fingerprint scans Opened from inside the apartment using a remote control as pictured below What can be better: The fingerprint scanner is nowhere near TouchID in scanning capability: I often find myself resorting to keying in the PIN because my fingers are either too dry or wet. In fact, my parents can't even get their fingerprints registered successfully (they don't face this using TouchID on their iPhones) On occasion, the remote does not successfully trigger the gate lock to open: solved by pressing the remote's button again. Doorbell Ok and now to what's next to the Gateman, which is the Ring 2 video doorbell that I bought online too. It is a battery operated doorbell which I installed myself outside my house (you will need to do a bit of drilling). When pressed, I get a notification on my mobile phone that someone is at the door. I also bought the Ring Chime from Amazon.co.uk so that I can also hear the bell chime when I am at home. When someone presses the doorbell, I can view and also speak to whoever's there using my mobile phone. The screenshot from my mobile phone app below is of a delivery lady for one of my online purchases. Why I love it: Relatively easy to self-install Even when I am not at home, I can view and speak to whoever is at the door What can be better: On occasion it takes a while before my mobile phone app allows me to respond to whoever is at the door, but I suppose 4G connectivity on my mobile phone is a factor Hopefully these are useful information for whoever's interested to get electronic door systems
  6. Hi Gaddy I am assuming that your renovation is completed by now? Do share the post-renovation look!
  7. Hi the Fanz fans I got from one of the shops atTampoi
  8. Hi the sofa is from castlery.com and it is the Bambu sofa. I love it!
  9. Hi maybe you can ask them to project when the meetings are likely to take place ahead of the start of renovation? For mine, we met up about 6-8 weeks before projected commencement of renovation to select and finalize tiles and about 4 weeks prior to finalize everything else including laminates, paint, lighting points etc
  10. Hi Msblack The total cost for my renovations is about $55- 60k. Some of the works that probably contributed more towards this sum would be - Hack and redo all all tiles, and entire kitchen, bathrooms etc - Hack store room to replace with storage cabinets - Hack study room wall to replace with half glass wall - Hack kitchen wall to replace with peninsula - Carpentry at Master Bedroom, storage cabinet in place of store room, kitchen with peninsula and storage settees - Replace all electrical wiring and points, and water pipes Hope that helps!
  11. It's been a month since my last post, and in that time I've made a few tweaks post-renovation. But first here are some photographs a nice photographer took for me! The full view of the entrance to my place. Made possible only by serious camera gear! A fuller picture of living area, dining area and where these are in relation to the entrance! Added a nice walnut bedside table on the other side of the bed even though the bed is presently still only for one! Ok now for some post-renovation additions and "hacks"! When I selected the colours of my service yard door, I thought that a dash of blue (panel) would add something to the look of the kitchen.But all my friends and relatives point out how out of place the blue panel is in my kitchen So I went ahead to change the colours on the service yard door! No, I didn't swap the panels - I simply DIYed some contact paper I got from Amazon. Since I don't have the steadiest of hands, a close look will reveal non-expert workmanship But when one does not scrutinise closely, the door now looks like it actually belongs and makes the kitchen feel more Japandi! This being the first time I am using a storage water heater, I was unprepared for the need to 1. turn it on AND wait a bit while the water gets heated before I can shower 2. turn it off after showering or else it keeps reheating the water over the course of the day, resulting in higher electricity bills The solution? This nifty timer switch! I am able to set different "on" and "off" timings for my water heater on different days of the week. Got it via EZBuy. Another "hack" that I have done affects my L-shaped wardrobe. I really love my wardrobe but what I did not anticipate was just how dark that corner space in the L would be. Rather than go through the hassle of adding another light switch for inside wardrobe lighting, I did this instead Now don't be distracted by the many (as yet) unused hangers, but instead focus on the reason why you can even see those hangers in the first place. Yes, it is a battery operated LED light strip! And since it is motion sensing too, it automatically turns on when I need to peer into the once-dark corner of my L-shaped wardrobe. I got mine via Lazada for just a few dollars. Coming up in my next update - Review of my ID and everyone else I engaged over the course of this renovation!
  12. Lol I agree as I have 2 ceiling fan lights in the living room too! No regrets as it really helps with the air circulation
  13. Looking forward to more updates! 😋
  14. Hi Kaiyu would you want to post a photo of what it currently looks like?
  15. 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! 🤩