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My Modern Zen 2-Room 35sqm (Type 1) HDB BTO Apartment Renovation Journey

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11 hours ago, SuperZ said:

@ryanyth, thank you for your advice.

You brought up a couple interesting points:

"It was her good advice that saved me a future headache if I had done Box-up in the bathroom."
Can you please elaborate? I was thinking of same shower enclosure but I would just go with a one panel shower glass screen (all the way to the floor) without any curb.

"wishing I did something about the wooden skirting around my living room etc etc"

What is it about wooden skirting? I opt out of OCS so I am doing cement screeding and wooden-like tiles with out wooden skirting.

Any thoughts?

 

Oh your shower enclosure is probably fine.
I was refering to my aircon trunking which lead into the bathroom.
The original idea was to do box-up to cover up the trunking, and than lay tiles over the box up.
The idea is to hide the aircon trunking which may look ugly.
But this is a BAD idea, because if one day my aircon trunking needs to do servicing or replacement,
i literally need to tear down the tiles and box up which as you can imagine would be a huge nightmare.

Wooden Skirting (as you can see circled in red in the attached picture) is this panel of wood that HDB
will do as an effort to hide any imperfections between the wall and floor tile. Mine was reddish in colour.
Some other BTOs may have different colour. 

I forgot to take it into consideration and should have removed it and replace it with nicer tiles or at least paint it in a black colour
which will better colour match my apartment's black and white theme. I've since gotten used to it tho, so I guess its alright now.

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If you opted out of OCS and doing cement screeding, you can do tile skirting like the below example picture
instead of wooden skirting which IMO looks nicer and more resistant to wear and tear compared to wooden
skirting but of course, it will cost more lah.


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@ryanyth, than you for your advice.

You are right to have aircon trunking not to be buried beneath the tiles. My sister had her aircon trunking behind her built-in wardrobe. As the result when she needed to do re-trunking (for new aircon), the contractor said that he had to tear up the wardrobe. For me, I would never put any fixed stuff like tiles or wardrobe over the trunking enclosure. Aircon is the most frequent serviced item.

Good idea about tile skirting. I would consider.

 

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Hello @ryanyth!

I was following your blog 2 years ago and now I re-visit your blog to refresh my memory as I prepare for renovation. 

Thanks for sharing your experience! 

One thing I wanted to point out is I finally understood why there is a need to install the SlideArm. When I read your blog I thought I do not need that as I do not like to leave my main door open. 

Yesterday I went to open my bto door and I had ENOUGH of that soft closing door! I did not prepare a door stopper and it was such a fuss going through the door with it always moving towards shutting. Immediately I remembered reading in your blog that you have installed something above the door as a door stopper and I made up my mind to install that too! 

 
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On 12/21/2019 at 3:05 PM, Cranberries said:

Hello @ryanyth!

I was following your blog 2 years ago and now I re-visit your blog to refresh my memory as I prepare for renovation. 

Thanks for sharing your experience! 

One thing I wanted to point out is I finally understood why there is a need to install the SlideArm. When I read your blog I thought I do not need that as I do not like to leave my main door open. 

Yesterday I went to open my bto door and I had ENOUGH of that soft closing door! I did not prepare a door stopper and it was such a fuss going through the door with it always moving towards shutting. Immediately I remembered reading in your blog that you have installed something above the door as a door stopper and I made up my mind to install that too! 

Thanks for your reading my blog! :)
Hahaha ya that soft closing door can be abit of an annoyance.
But that said, is already not bad HDB give us soft closing door. Last time the door i think isn't soft closing.
Slidearm still works nicely for me now close to 2 years and I still recommend it.
If you are tighter on budget tho, you don't need to install it. A door stopper or a ball/magnet combo will still do.

 

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Hello, @ryanyth!

I did not know there is such door stopper mechanism till I read your blog. Would have chosen the magnet, but magnet will turn rusty after some years (that's the case for my current home) and for usual rubber door stopper, I foresee asking myself "where is that door stopper ?!" when I need it ??. So a door stopping mechanism installed above the door shall be best choice?

 

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On 12/9/2019 at 7:14 PM, SuperZ said:

@ryanyth, than you for your advice.

You are right to have aircon trunking not to be buried beneath the tiles. My sister had her aircon trunking behind her built-in wardrobe. As the result when she needed to do re-trunking (for new aircon), the contractor said that he had to tear up the wardrobe. For me, I would never put any fixed stuff like tiles or wardrobe over the trunking enclosure. Aircon is the most frequent serviced item.

Good idea about tile skirting. I would consider.

This is very true and all owners should take note and learn about this, usually, IDs or contractors wouldn't advise you against it as they prioritised design over serviceability.

 

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Sorry i just wanted to post this for fun. :P
There is something really very Special and Magical about being able to
bake your very own loaf of bread in the kitchen of your very own HOME.❤️

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On 2/4/2020 at 11:29 PM, ryanyth said:

Sorry i just wanted to post this for fun. :P
There is something really very Special and Magical about being able to
bake your very own loaf of bread in the kitchen of your very own HOME.❤️

Looks yummy! Please post more!  I still have a few years to go before getting my keys and the wait is killing me already.  So nice to read homeowners enjoying the 2 room flat lifestyle :) 

 

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This is an excellent idea, I like it because you can enjoy a two-room apartment. When I moved out of my old apartment, I was looking for one that would make me feel more comfortable, you know what I'm saying? Comfort inside the apartment is very important because it depends on your mood in the morning and during the day, also depends on your sleep, which is why I decided to take a look at private park apartments peter cooper village, which was well recommended by my friend. It's a great place, I'll tell you what

 

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