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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. Hi Kaiyu would you want to post a photo of what it currently looks like?
  6. 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! 🤩
  7. Just remembered something - How has this part of the bathroom been like for you? Do you manage to keep it clean?
  8. Thanks! The blinds are from TG Curtains and Blinds! You can search for this user on Carousell tg_curtains_blinds
  9. Lol maybe he is using a door chain for his door? I remember the rental flat I lived in as a child had one, so we could open the door partially when talking to unfamiliar visitors. Personally I find the gate design at your place not too bad for cleaning - it's all basically horizontal and vertical bars. I am only now starting to regret the leaf patterned design on mine I also want to thank you for the very detailed postings about your place before, during and now even post-renovation. While I eventually decided not to get a 2-room flat, I found many nuggets of wisdom and have thoroughly enjoyed reading and re-reading everything you have posted.
  10. Thank you! I did wish I did not have to though since the cost of hacking and carpentry bumped up the renovation costs by quite a bit. Then again, when I look at the results - it has been absolutely worth it!
  11. Thank you! I take it your block isn't too far away from Yew Tee MRT either Yes I did a lot of viewings of apartments in this area before settling on this one..and from what I can tell, only 2 other blocks have 4-room flats with similar layouts!
  12. I seriously considered Invisible Grills, but I was worried that it would not be easy to get to my windows for cleaning. Hehe I was really besotted with this pendant lamp because I wanted to bring in nature and animals into my apartment..without actually having to worry about the pets
  13. hdb4ever

    BTO 4room@Woodlands

    The walk-in wardrobe looks very classy! How wide is the space in that area?
  14. Looking good! Congrats on your new place!