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  1. Basically, the procedure of renovation is following bellows steps: 1,design and planing, 2, hacking and dismantle 3, electrical cable and water pipe laying. 4 carpenter work, 5 tiles work, 6, plaster, skim coat or painting, 7,water heater installation, 8, false ceiling for kitchen bathroom, 9, cabinet work, 10, hood /oven installation,11 door installation, 12, floor installation(timber floor, decking) 13, wall paper, 14, switch, socket installation,,15, lighting installation, 16, sanitary ware installation, 17, curtain channel installation.18, cleaning, 19, furniture , 20 home appliance ,21, home decoration (1), overall planning The major difference between animal and human being is that, we know planning. Before we do anything for renovating your house, we should have a clear planning, what subject will my home look? What should we do from step 1 to last step? The most important thing we need to do in this planning stage is that, make a correct and detail measurement for our house. Including: A) the total area we need to renovated, especially for the tiles area, wall area, floor area. B)the detail dimension from wall to wall, this is very important for you layout of the furniture and decoration. By the way, before you start renovation, don’t forget to apply the renovation permit in management office if you are stay in condo. And you may need to pay some renovation deposit. 2) Hacking When we start to renovate our house, the first and also the most noise step is to dismantle the old structure, which including hacking of cabinet, tiles, floor,wall and windows/door frame. But pls remember one very important point, DO NOT HACK ANY COLUMN OR BEARING WALL, unless you are guide under a professional engineer. In Singapore, hacking job is very expensive, sometime hacking may be even more expensive than the new one, and if you are DIYer, remember to clear your construction rubbish to appointed company, otherwise, you will probably get fine if you just throw to outside rubbish bin. (3) Re-arranging water and electricity cable Before laying the water pipe and electricity cable, the main hacking job should be basically completed, and we should make one more important measurement, which is kitchen cabinet area. We need to find out: 1, Find out if the socket for hood is suitable or not, will it affect the installation of hood. 2, Find out if the water pipe outlet/nozzle is suitable for future kitchen sink and water tap installation. Before re-arranging water pipe, we’d better finish water proofing for the bathroom, as for the kitchen area, I will also suggest to do water proofing, but if your budget not allow, just forget about the kitchen area water proofing. Some owner will thinking, in this stage, the major material should be delivered , such as tiles, timber floor parquet. But actually, in my opinion, we should try to avoid arranging big items coming in at this stage, as it will be very troublesome if we keep shifting this material inside the house,as we might need to do some small area hacking to conceal the pipe and cable. (4) Carpentry Works Carpenter, tiles layer and oil painting is “three brothers” of construction, the basic order is: Carpenter, brick/tiles layer and oil painting l. the basic logic is that – who dirty who first. If we need to do partition (such as adding one more study room in living room), we need to consider if it is necessary to conceal the power cable inside the partition. (5) Tiles work If our manpower is enough, we will arrange tile layer coming in before carpentry start, actually there is no much conflict between carpentry and tiles job. There are 2 key points need to be careful: 1, the installation for the tile or granite near windows or door area. We need to finish the windows frame first before we can do the nearby tiles or granite, similar as door frame area. After that, we can use silicon to seal up the gaps. 2, the installation of floor trap. Floor trap is first material to show in renovation for the hardware material, as it need to do together with the tiles laying. So, if owner is buy all the material by himself, do not forget to prepare the floor trap first.. After tile laying job finished, we can obtain a more accurate measurement figure for the kitchen cabinet. (6) Painting Job Now is painting guy’s show time. Basically, we may need to do at least 3 coat for wall painting and 1 coat for the customize furniture. For the wall painting, the most expensive one is the first coat( basic coat), but if you intend to do wall paper rather than painting, you may just need the basic coat of wall painting. 2nd and 3rd coat are not necessary for wall paper. After finished of this stage, many owners will be happy as thinking that it is almost finish for the renovation. But in fact, it is only one third of the whole procedure. The most important part is the “installation step.” (7) water heater installation Once the wall and floor finish, we can arrange water heater delivery and installation. The water heater installation is normally done before false ceiling. The gas water heater type is now become more popular, normally it is installed in the service yard or aircon ledge. As for the electrical water heater type normally it is installed inside the bathroom or conceal above of the false ceiling. (8) False ceiling at kitchen or bathroom After water heater installation completed , the next step is the false ceiling. The basic procedure is ceiling grid, ceiling board and touch up and painting. In this stage, all the kitchen ceiling light and the ventilation fan should be prepared, and also lighting points confirmed. (9) Kitchen cabinet installation After false ceiling finish, we can arrange kitchen cabinet installation. And also kitchen sink ,water tap gas hob connection. (10)Hood Try to arrange the same day for hood and kitchen cabinet installation, they will be easier for coordination. (11) wooden door installation After Kitchen cabinet finished, we can arrange door installation, and also ironmongery. The frame should be already finished during the previous stage. Now is the door panel installation. (12) Timber floor installation On the second day of wooden door installation, we can start to install the timber floor, we need to pay attention for the below points: 1 prior to installation, it is better to arrange the parquet supplier to come down for inspection, to confirm the floor condition is acceptable, is it flat enough? Or dry enough? 2, prior to installation, we need to keep all floor clean and maintain the floor dry. (13) wallpapering work One the 2nd day of timber floor installation, we may start to arrange wall paper. Before that, we need to clean everything on wall. (14) switch socket installation In toilet, all sockets and switches must be waterproof. The light switch at the entrance, it is recommended to use fluorescent switch. In my opinion, try to install more sockets as possible, nowadays, more and more home electrical equipment coming out every few months, it will be very troublesome to add socket, especially for conceal type in future. (15)Lighting installation When coming to this stage, we finally can say good bye to industry light, feeling good , right? (16)Sanitary ware installation Toilet bowl, basin, hook and water tap all will be finished in this stage. (17) Curtain rail installation Curtain rail installation is a milestone for renovation work, it means, we finally can take a rest after so busy month. (18)Final cleaning Before doing final cleaning, do not arrange any home appliance or curtains, try to maintain a clean condition, and then arrange final cleaning (19) Furniture After final cleaning, we can arrange furniture coming in. As for the time to buy furniture, in my opinion, we do not need to buy too early, we only can buy the furniture after we get the detail dimension, which is after electricity and water pipe laying job finished (20) home appliances By this time, home appliance can start to comes in, ready to stay! (21)Home decoration Finally finished! How is it? Enjoy your new house! **************************************************** Hi every one, my name is Kenny, I am a new house owner, and I am also work in the renovation line. Pl see my other article for (1)Procedure For Renovation http://www.renotalk....for-renovation/ (2)Some Interior Decoration Tips For Your Newly Possessed Condominium http://www.renotalk....ed-condominium/ (3)Kinds Of Curtains To Be Bought For Your House http://www.renotalk....for-your-house/ (4)Home Lighting - Factors To Consider For Choosing The Adequate Lighting Material For Your New Home http://www.renotalk....-your-new-home/ I was working in a property developer company for many years, as a site engineer. And now I set up my own renovation company. After so many years in this renovation line, I found that most of the owners actually have little knowledge on renovation for their dream house, and spend a lot of money and time which is actually not necessary. So I start to write some thing, to share with you about my knowledge and experience, I hope that my experience can help more people. Welcome to visit my blog "Interior Design Singapore" at www.interiordesign-singapore.net **PS: This is an original article by me. Welcome to share at your website, but pls keep a original link for me, thanks Procedure For Renovation