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  1. I decided to write about my "resale flat" reno (I lump under this category as flat is 16YO!) which cost us less than $10k for - 2 new bathrooms - 1 slightly remodelled kitchen, - 3 new cabinets - whole housepainting excl ceiling which was painted 4 years ago - plus miscellaneous like hacking and dismantling Hopefully, this will help homeowners on a budget save money, and I'm also hoping to do a good one for my contractors and to give credit to these good contractors, many of whom are not tech-savvy and do not know how to promote their biz! Good things must share right? 😁 first, to clarify, the reno is akin to that of a resale flat cos my 5-room is 15 1/2 years old. We stayed for 6 years, rented out for 9 years, then decided to move back. We have always DIY-ed our reno and this time is no exception. No doubt interior designers may give a more polished look but they charge a 33% premium, and I'd rather stretch my dollar to do more stuff! Of course, these disgusting toilets had to go first! The tenants have trashed them up so badly, they are worse than public toilets! Sorry if I spoilt your appetite for a meal! I nearly threw up when I came to inspect the premises!🤑 
  2. We finished our rather major renovations few months back but just found time to share some pictures. We engaged an ID but in the end, he was doing mainly the wet works (hacking, cementing, marble, tiles, electrical, plumbing etc) and playing more the role of a project co-ordinator. We engaged specialist contractors directly for many parts of the works (cabinets, kitchen, wardrobe, glass works, painting, landscape, pond etc) with my better half doing a lot of the "interior designing" herself! The result is not too bad. Learnt quite a number of things which we can share. This will also serve as a record of our renovation journey. Please excuse me if my posts are not in chronological order, "terbalik" or all over the place. TABLE OF CONTENTS Living Room, Vertical Garden, Indoor Koi Pond Ceiling Fans and Dining Area White Dry Kitchen Black Wet Kitchen Storeroom & Bomb Shelter Racks Yard Toilets Part 1 including Japanese washlet (bidet) Decking - Glass, Chengai & Accoya Roof Terrace Part 1 Useful Renovation Tips Auntie Painters Part 1 Web Cameras Part 1 Vertical Garden Wardrobes & Cabinets Burmese Green Vases Part 1 Wood Tiles for Kitchen & Yard Toilets Part 2 White Marble Selection & Laying Marble Polishing Not My Job Pole System Wardrobe Web Cameras Part 2 Roof Terrace Part 2 Water Outlets Pest Control Part 1 Koi Pond Part 1 Burmese Green Vases Part 2 DIY Tips DIY Sanding & Staining Wooden Bench DIY Lock Change LED Down Lights Cove Lights & LED Strip Lights LED Wall LIghts LED Track Lights LED Flood Lights LED Table Lamps DIY - Basic Tools for Every Home DIY - Drilling & Fixing Things on Walls DIY - Drilling into Tiles (Marble, Ceramic etc) Wall Art Wall Prints Brianform Sofa Philips Smart TV YouTube Karaoke Philips Sound Bar Naos Action Table Elan Dining Table Bubbles Mirror Arco Lamp Eileen Gray Side Table E1027 Barcelona Chair Ikea's Egg Chair Bubble Chair Horse Lamp Toto WC Auntie Painters Part 2 Air Conditioners Outdoor Furniture Laundry Area Nurseries @Jln Lekar (Lim Chu Kang) Frangipani Tree Network Cabling Part 1 Chinese New Year 2014 Side by Side Refrigerator Part 1 LED Lights Driver Ladders My Toys Steam Cleaners Buying Fans from JB Shower Area Kerb / Drop Removing Stains from Marble Side by Side Refrigerator Part 2 Broadband Speed Test Koi Pond Part 2 Bringing Frangipani Tree up to Roof Terrace Potted Plants Nurseries @Bedok South Road Water Pump Change Instant Water Heater v Storage Heater Types of Water Heaters Another Pump Bites the Dust Articulated TV Wall Mount Alkaline Water Potted Plants - Lechuza Sub-Irrigation System Posting to Blog with Pictures via Mobile Leaking Roofs Inter-Floor Water Seepage Spalling Concrete LPG Gas from Union Gas Sudden Storm Optical Glass Cracked Power Trips Water Leak in Hollow Polycarbonate Roof LPG Gas from Tan Brothers Little Giant LadderMulti Purpose & Telescopic Ladder Digital TV CATV Signal Amplifier Wall Mounted TV and Soundbar - Concealing the Wires Tiny House on Wheels Slow Juicers - Hurom, Kuvings, Hyundai Manual Slow Juicers Nurseries @Bah Soon Pah Rd (off Sembawang Rd) Recycling Chinese New Year 2015 Long Reach Prunner (Fruit Picker) Fire Extinguishers DIY Sub-Irrigation System (Self Watering/Draining) Tap Timer Hose Bib Fertilising System Smoke Detectors National Day (and Durian Party) 2015 Gas Detector Power Trip Mooncake Festival 2015 Cooker Hoods in Ventilation & Recycling Modes D-Link IP Cameras Electrical Overloading Ants, Ants, Ants Exercise Equipment Virtual Private Network (VPN) Network Cabling Part 2 Crimping RJ45 Connector Intruder Caught on Camera! Herb Garden Civet Cat Came Visiting Again Gas v Electric Water Heaters in Singapore Parrot came Visiting (subsequently established to be a Macaw) Changing Broken Window Handle or Lock Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner Accoya Wood Flooring Problem iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot Xiaomi Mi Robot Voice Packs (Including English) UPDATES FROM MARCH 2018 Vertical Garden Systems DIY Vertical Garden (Green Wall) with Automatic Irrrigation Xiaomi Roborock Robot Vacuum & Mop (Generation 2) 4 Versons of Xiaomi Mi Robot
  3. I am wondering if any home owners here has been their own project coordinator. Though I would love to be my own builder, I can't possibly DIY from scratch as it is too time consuming and HDB does have rules and regulation on these and that. Now, i am doing my homework on what I need. It will be great help if anyone has some good trips or experiences to share.
  4. Anyone has experience/tips on doing a DIY feature wall? Just looking for something simple with textured wood or brick (I know this is harder) that is easy to DIY. If you got any suggestions on what tools i need/ways to do it, or places to get materials, please let me know as well. Thanks!
  5. Hello all, First time posting and would like to share our journey on renovating a 4A resale flat from start, this is still an ongoing project and your contributions do matter! We have decided not to engage an ID firm as my missus herself already know what design/color/idea our flat is supposed to be. We will be engaging direct contractor for each leg of the construction. The flat: 4A flat, 105 SqM, squarish layout. We are going to hack a wall, combining 2 rooms into 1. Cement wash vinyl flooring, re-do all electrical points and wires, new A/C, new kitchen & bedroom carpentry, french door, barn door. The whole flat be very industrialized feel. Our carpentry will be a mix of custom and Ikea to lower cost, custom carpentry will be for bedroom and kitchen while shoe cabinets will be purchased from Ikea. Our process: hacking of wall > flooring & ceiling > electrical points > painting > air con > custom carpentry > Ikea carpentry > touch up paint > furnishing/furniture Currently we are on the lookout for quotation for hacking of the wall and painting of the whole flat.We would appreciate if there are any recommendation from flat owners. We are not in any rush so this is more like our project home and further more we don't want to rush anything. Thanks in advance and I'll keep updating our progress!
  6. Anyone has experience with building smart homes? I am planning to start my smart home journey with my new home. Hope to get some tips where to begin and how I can do it myself (DIY).
  7. Hi fellow DIY-ers, I have been doing home DIY projects for a few years, but am new to Singapore. I am used to working with pine back home however am not familiar with a lot of the timber types readily available in SG. I’m looking for cheap construction timber that can be used for wall frames and basic furniture (shelves, desks and tables). Can anyone please provide any recommendations on what carpenters/hobbyists in SG would typically use? I emailed one supplier, who suggest Nyatoh, but from everything I’ve read this is more expensive than I’d like. I am looking for real timber and not plywood. Looking for typical standard sizes (1x4, 2x4, 4x4) and lengths of around 2.4m. Thanks!
  8. Sophies

    Wall Painting

    Hello everyone, recently I decided to show creativity. Last time I did not draw for a long time and I decided to paint my wall. And so, how it works - requires a well-plastered wall covered with paint for interior walls. No wallpaper. If you only do repairs, but in the future plan to paint the wall by hand I advise you to apply paint on the wall with a spray gun - they look something like this - https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/paint-sprayers, or a roller. With this method of application, the wall will be as flat as possible which will greatly simplify your work. Step one (when it is taken into account that the wall is suitable for painting) - select the final image. Draw yourself using the pencil, or just find the picture you like on the Internet. I drew myself, for example. Step two - focusing on the sketch of our future art, apply a neatly simple pencil outline on the wall. Do not worry, it is easily erased by an eraser. Step three - buy and prepare tubes with paint. (yes, yes, you can first apply a contour, see if you like it, erase it if you do not like it and apply the outline of a new image, and then go ahead and choose the paint.) It's quite simple, squeeze out the little of paint you need at the moment on a pallet and from it accurately put in a contour. The process itself is very similar to children's albums for decoration, only a bit larger. If there are no pallets - do not worry, take a few lids - one lid - one color paint. Step four - after you have applied all the necessary colors, inspect the work from a distance, maybe there's something you want to add (I added the falling petals so much) Step Five - Admire yourself!)
  9. One of my tiles, the grout came off. Is there a place I can buy toilet grout off the shelf for a small quantity? Is it available in any hardware? Need help. I don't Want to call a tiler for this since I am able do it. Appreciate Any help I can get from here. Thank you so much.
  10. This is my 2nd reno-t blog in renotalk. Well, I guess I might be one of the oldest member in this forum, I was already a member over a decade ago. That time I was busy with my HDB 5 room renovation and this forum has helped me tremendously during my renovation journey. However this time, it is slightly different; I will be helping out my mum's condo renovation. Although the scope of renovation work is smaller, I foresee there will be other challenges waiting for me.
  11. Hi All, I have updated my HDB checklist. Thought it might be useful to you too. http://allthingscozyandhomely.blogspot.sg/2014/10/hdb-defect-checking-revisited.html
  12. Hi everyone! My hubby and I are so excited to share with you the journey of our renovation. It may be different from the usual space planning and decorative styles, but who knows if some of these quirky ideas could be useful for you Our home is about showing personalities and being ourselves. We want beach resort feeling with outdoors sittings and palm tree, yet modern and comfortable living room and kitchen. Pretty tough to combine both in a 900sqf HDB ya? Not to mention that our flat is an old model, more than 40 years old. Yes, you heard it right, 43 years old to be exact!! As you guys all know, the pros of an old HDB flat is squarish and relatively good size. The cons is, in our case, the two tiny toilets in the common area – one for WC and one for shower. I’m not sure if you have seen such configuration before. I remember coming across only a handful of threads here with a similar toilet arrangement. Here you go, this is our original floor plan:
  13. Hello, fellows! Today we want to tell you something about Water Bubble Panels. In order to get some new customers IMPORTANT! We sell not only Water Bubble Panels, but an e-book with all the instructions about creating them! I bet that not every one of you know what kind of thing Water Bubble Panel is. To put it simple, Water Bubble Panel is a flat aquarium without fish inside. But it has some air bubbles. Streams of illuminated bubbles rise effortlessly through water-filled chambers with the use of a quiet air pump hidden in the lower part of the design. And that's it! Very simple, huh? There are several types of this features: 1. Built-in type 2. Enclosed type Do you know how does this feature functioning? Well, everything is simple again Each design has a bubble aerator and an air pump in the lower part. When air pump is switched on, air goes through hoses to the bubble generator and a process of aeration starts. Bubbles begin to rise from the bottom to the upper part of the design and LED lights create a magical effect which attracts attention and calms a nervous system. Need to mention that high quality Water Bubble Panels are made not of pane or generall glass, but from acrylic glass (plexiglass). If you'll make a panel of glass, in a few weeks it will crack... We attached some photos of assembling process. As you can see, everything is very simple and you can easily make it by yourown! IMPORTANT! We sell not only Water Bubble Panels, but an e-book with all the instructions about creating them! ---- We work in the aqua design sphere more than 7 years, and we have an e-book in which we give people instructions about manufacturing process and all the other stuff connected with Water Bubble Panels. So, do you wonder how it is possible to make a Water Bubble Panel? Visit our website: bubble-wall.com Contact us by e-mail: aquamodaa@gmail.com
  14. Hi, I'm looking to customise the Ikea Kura bed to make it into a more princess like sleeping area fer her... Unfortunately, I have no idea where to get those customised wooden boards that I can fix onto her current bed... Anyone can assist..?
  15. Hello. I am looking at building industrial steel pipe shelves pipe shelves at home like the attached picture. Does anybody know where i can buy such pipes and fittings in Singapore? Thanks Ken
  16. Hi Anyone use the FIXA hammer drill from IKEA? What's your review? Cheers! Rizal
  17. Item: Modern Rotating Computer Table Dimension: 100*60*75 / 120*60*75 / 140*60*75 White/ Black available Please visit web for other dinension! Price: $250 (Inclusive of Shipping, GST and Table Set) Such modern table cost over $500 in singapore! For more groupbuys infuture, please join https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503506503275156/ INTERESTED PARTY PLEASE FACEBOOK MESSAGE ME. https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a312a.7728559.2014082902.1.MEbEiZ&id=45614004517&_lang=zh_CN:TB-GBK&thwarea=hw&toSite=main
  18. DIY cat condo I built, full set here. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.814317701975489&type=1
  19. I want to remove these wall hooks that are mounted into the wall using metal pins. I've tried to remove one of them by melting the plastic using a lighter and pulling out the pins using a hammer and pliers, but the pins broke and got stuck to the wall. How do I remove these stuck pins? Any help is appreciated.
  20. Now I have a wallet that will (hopefully) be impossible to lose! Not to mention, be a subtle *ahem* reminder for people to remember my name. I decided to take one more day to hunt down the metal letters, and was beyond stoked to find some I loved at the hardware store. Seriously so excited to pull out this wallet! BTW the hardware is not heavy at all, so don’t worry about weighing down your already uber heavy bag. Steps after the break! Source: http://bit.ly/1yXMpMZ *Removed ad*
  21. You have a super boring door? Well, let's try this DIY to top up your door to another level. For this DIY, the main thing you need a whole lotta patience. We used electricians tape for the straight lines, measuring and marking to get the even spacing. The triangles and circle were made by using a shape punch on black contact paper, and the yellow edge was created with duct tape. Finally we sprayed frosted spray paint over vinyl letters spelling “HELLO!” and then peeled off the stickers. Tip: make sure you do not stretch the electrical tape because it will recoil. Alright all, have fun! Source: http://bit.ly/1yXMpMZ *Removed ad*
  22. Hi I have balance of 10 pcs of partition curtain for sales- Material is waterproof lightweight PVC Dimension of one individual pcs is 39cmX39cm. These are some of the "sample" of post DIY pictures. Asking for S$6/pcs - all take all at S$50 by self collection.
  23. What is the best book for first time DIY home renovations? Need advice and best suggestions..
  24. various high quality wall sticker for home decoration. Pm me for more info.
  25. Hi Guys! I started visiting RenoTalk last year when I began scouring for news online about Punggol Emerald, my home-to-be in the very near future. It has really been educational and I've learned a lot about the ins and outs of renovating just by browsing the different threads here. I noticed there were very little threads about budget renovating and I got a little worried. But after doing my own research, I realize owning your first home can be a very affordable affair (you see I'm a poor social worker and my wife is pursuing a full-time diploma in Physiotherapy atm). The key is to prioritize the things I want to renovate which would absolutely cause a lot of trouble if I were to do the works after all the furnishing is in. So for this first post I will share what I have prioritized as Phase 1 for our renovation. Another thing is to include as much as you can afford into HDB loan; if you can afford a DBSS, most furnishings and fittings come with the price of your flat; you have lesser you need to pay by cash. In our case, the previous bidder helped us out by opting in for HDB to do the flooring. As we are not picky with the look of our floor, we saved a lot. Just a little background; we bought this flat (Blk 266C) during a Sales of Balance Flat exercise in March 2012 right after I proposed to my wife. Fast forward to when we are about to collect our keys on the 28 January 2014, we look back and are thankful for how things have fallen in place one after another beautifully (if possible I will share it in another post). We will be meeting our contractor on the 11th Feb (CNY break; thus that's the earliest), submit approval for hacking, and begin the other renovation works from the 18th Feb onwards. Hopefully we'll be done by end of March for Phase 1! We think of our renovation in two phases; Phase 1 for the major works, Phase 2 for fittings and furnishings and other DIY projects. Here's what Phase 1 includes: 1. Hack off existing wall at bedroom 2 and install new 10mm tempered glass approx. 1500mm (L) x 900mm (H). Quoted Estimate: 1,800. 2. Laminated Flooring for all three bedrooms @ $4 psf. (this is a little pricey. There is another company who can do it @ $2.80 psf). 3. 2 sets of 10mm tempered swing shower glass door to bathroom. Quoted Estimate: 1,200 ea. The kerb costs an extra $450 / set. 4. Dismantle existing wash basin and replace new ones. Quoted Estimate: $90 ea. 5. Labor to install owner's light fitting: Quoted at $12 / no. 6. New PD door to bathroom. Depending on design, lowest quoted at $450 / no. Phase 1's total estimated cost: + 7800 As you can see, it's really basic but necessary. Once this is in place, it's in a pretty much liveable condition, minus the furnishing. Our furnishing inclusive of installation of air-con and ceiling fans is expected to cost another 7,000 or so. My wife felt that if it was affordable to hack off the wall in the living room (bedroom 2), it would be a very unique feature that adds character to the home. If you were to leave that out, you save another $1,800 dollars. Alright, that's it for the first post. The subsequent posts will have more pics I promise. It will talk about Phase 2, and also update about how our reno has been doing, in real-time. =) Plus, feel free to let me know if you have lobang which can do the above at a cheaper price kthxbye!
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