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I've always been envious of all the home owners who have a T-blog, sharing tips and inspirations of their nest. 
After 4000 years of waiting... we're finally receiving our keys! <3

:DShort info about us:

  • Punggol BTO - Matilda Edge
  • 4 Room Flat 
  • Mid 20s young couple (Hub is working full time, Mama is a SAHWM)
  • 1 toddler + 1 baking baby 
  • 2 Furkids

With so much responsibilities (on the hubs), we have to build our nest based on a tight budget.
Budget for Renovation: $25-28k (Excluding furnishing & Electronics)

Since this is gonna be a big part of our happy memories together, I'm thrilled to start documenting every little details about it.
To any readers, please bear with me! :P

General Outline of what I'm planning to cover:
1. Timeline, Floorplan & Renovation Plans
2. Home Purchases (Taobao, Lazada, Carousell)
3. ID Selection
4. Key Collection
5. 3D Drawings & Sketches
6. Reno Progress
7. Moving In
8. Overall summary 

Edited by budgetmama
 

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1. Timeline, Floorplan & Renovation Plans

Timeline
Date applied: 01 October 2013 
Flat Selection: 23 March 2014

Signing of Lease Agreement: 08 July 2014
HLE approval: 07 May 2017 
PCD: End June 
TOP: 6 June 2017 
Key collection (submitted urgent request): 17 July 2017
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Original Floorplan
large.sfloorplan.jpg.3befe90f5af45a0fdd2dcc803af89ab3.jpgPlans for renovation
large.sfloorplan2.jpg.73af2be114d21d49f0fac5821d8f0be9.jpgRenovation Plans

  • Cement Screeding (Appeal from HDB)
  • Vinyl Flooring for whole house
  • Knock Kitchen Entrance Wall (Allow wider entrance)
  • Knock Partial wall between Master Bedroom & Bedroom 2 

Carpentry, Glass & Plumbing Works

  • Full Height Shoe Cabinet between main entrance & Living/Dining Area (To leave door open for ventilation, yet still have our privacy)
  • Top & Bottom Kitchen Cabinets for Wet Kitchen (Includes area for Induction Cooker, Kitchen Hood, Sink & Tap)
  • Bottom Kitchen Cabinets ONLY for Dry Kitchen (Table-top space for Rice Cooker, Air Fryer etc...)
  • Tall Unit at Dry Kitchen side for Microwave & Oven
  • KompacPlus surface for both tabletop of Wet & Dry Kitchen Cabinets
  • Glass Backsplash for Wet Kitchen Area
  • Construct Curb at one side of service yard (For Dog toilet- install fake grass & Water spray to easily clean dog potty) 
  • Connect outlet pipe from under dog potty to flow into drainage on opposite side of service yard (share outlet for washing machine)
  • Install Sliding Window & Grills in Service Yard
  • L-shape Sliding Shower Screen (Common Bathroom -2 doors to allow more space in shower, convenience of showering kids & dogs)
  • Normal Sliding Shower Screen (Master Bathroom)
  • Small Built-in Wardrobe between Master Bedroom & Bedroom 2 (For hubby)
  • U-Shaped Walk-in Wardrobe in Master Bedroom (Dressing Table in middle)
Edited by krissykissy
 

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8 hours ago, pandacel said:

Hello neighbour! We are at Matilda Edge too but no news of our keys yet :~

Cool! I just got notice only! 2nd block to get keys! (:

5 hours ago, Clarence Lye said:

we have the same master bedroom idea. haha. 

its awesome right!? hahaha im so looking forward to my wardrobe!

 

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11 minutes ago, krissykissy said:

Cool! I just got notice only! 2nd block to get keys! (:

its awesome right!? hahaha im so looking forward to my wardrobe!

yess! buti can't visualise whether it will be too cramp. your area seems bigger than mine for the width between each side of wardrobe.
i'm doing it without doors, so the depth of the wardrobes are 550mm instead of the standard 600mm.

 

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2. Home Purchases (Taobao, Lazada, Carousell)

I am a guilty shopaholic. But due to our tight budget, I had to resort to shopping on Taobao (love it), Lazada (Free shipping yo!) & Carousell (Mainly for good conditioned 2nd hand items)..
Will update this post with more items as and when I'm buying more...

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Taobao

Toilet Mirror Cabinet, Basin, Tap, Cabinet Set 
Size 80cm for Common Toilet & Master Toilet
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=536359486408&toSite=main
large.595f538ee8113_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at2_35_33AM.jpeg.2fd2662545666043a16459fc1d05f756.jpegJUST the Toilet Mirror Cabinet ONLY
Size 100cm for Master Toilet
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=536359486408&toSite=mainlarge.595f538cb5f76_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at2_36_14AM.jpeg.785b2cb324837e8bf92d7d79673b82ae.jpegBig Kitchen Sink in White
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=532925729569&toSite=main
large.595f5388a4102_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at3_02_38AM.jpeg.1831d5f97950f3c70fa1ff86bb0854ed.jpeg
White Kitchen Tap With movable hose
https://world.taobao.com/item/524580530564.htm?fromSite=main&_u=&//item.taobao.com/item.htm?scm=1007.11598.82837.0&pvid=0be4ed1b-7c01-4cb1-be12-17114154ee70
large.595f538676a3e_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at3_03_43AM.jpeg.dfd8755ffb5db2bc0518063689f8f7f6.jpeg
Bath Rack (Common Toilet)
https://world.taobao.com/item/530514119056.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53f51Tp0l&_u=n2df1b7k2221
image.png.304b06f7081add6b00cac7919239ca13.png
Bath Rack (Master Toilet)
https://world.taobao.com/item/15553705939.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53f51Tp0l&_u=n2df1b7ke85b
T1_8YAXctiXXbw.pAY_024955.jpg_600x600.jp
Toilet Roll Holder
https://world.taobao.com/item/525497861598.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53f51Tp0l&_u=n2df1b7k8146
 image.png.396c6ac3fa7ff4a591aea817e91ae3b9.png
Towel Rail
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15553269513&toSite=main
image.png.2605091263177076afcbc3902e6cf41a.png
Tracklights
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=529402731832&toSite=main
image.png.f7e7e0cce70fde28eea3a3fd15f418d4.png
Feature Lights
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=549273906933&toSite=main
image.png.89f26a526770a9226e30165775d1d9c2.png
Dining Lights
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=549342581021&toSite=main
image.png.2c27ef3dba18dc5b294b5d8b10cd98a0.png
Foyer Entrance Light
https://world.tmall.com/item/538254261876.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.54.7be0196UjIBgE&id=538254261876
image.png.4384e2d0bbf848c6b5dbd469ea65703c.png
Round LED Light 
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=529774534494&toSite=main
image.png.425a56c6d3d5918a8f77a53f46357881.png
Kitchen light
https://world.tmall.com/item/525211465749.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.446.7be0196UjIBgE&id=525211465749
image.png.faa4629520a7dffbf7fe162738cc2521.png

Chandelier
https://world.tmall.com/item/39572066909.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.98.7be0196UjIBgE&id=39572066909
TB2Jpn3qVXXXXafXpXXXXXXXXXX_!!2013478077
Hanging Feather light
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=549816395944&toSite=main
image.png.14d8748bf529e22b47eca99be2a8f1bf.png
Hanging Grey Lights
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=550106766275&toSite=main
image.png.8ae272b8bdd26318cc955338a7fccdf9.png
LED Strip light
https://world.taobao.com/item/529256785654.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53fpWwc6m&_u=d2df1b7ka689
TB2lmFEmpXXXXcGXXXXXXXXXXXX_!!657400637.
52" Ceiling Fan with light
https://world.taobao.com/item/551143127146.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.65.7be0196UjIBgE
TB2MS0Ep9JjpuFjy0FdXXXmoFXa_!!91874787.j 
Shower Mixer with shower head
https://world.taobao.com/item/27263528341.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.2ed6e797iCYMYJ&_u=f2df1b7k181b
TB2fAIpeFXXXXb1XpXXXXXXXXXX_!!527733091.
Spray gun
https://world.taobao.com/item/35886269870.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.61e938eef4ugo8&_u=52df1b7kf6e0
TB2o44LrVXXXXbAXXXXXXXXXXXX_!!1641952837
TV Wall mount
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=544819446895&toSite=main&skuId=3448055911551
image.png.e70ac6b3c5a4ec47c49886a6a76f926f.png
Dual Curtain Rod
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=2707396254&toSite=main#detail
large.595f5b604584a_curtainrod.jpg.6edd637a507d96ce5fc96264e46dc202.jpg
Curtain Blinds
https://world.taobao.com/item/15675091204.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.2ed6e797WktYpb&_u=g2df1b7k1341
TB2Dv2nbpXXXXb_XXXXXXXXXXXX_!!890948708.
L-shape Computer table
https://world.tmall.com/item/520088096420.htm?id=520088096420&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53f51Tp0l&_u=n2df1b7ka20d
image.png.a52d809711c856402656915a9b5929a7.png
Computer chair
https://world.tmall.com/item/44452797614.htm?id=44452797614&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.1f30a53f51Tp0l&_u=n2df1b7kef49&sku_properties=13746149:43772405
image.png.e3bb951c8e834795529cc97d60a824c1.png
Table for service yard
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=540037053595&toSite=main
image.png.1a24913d92938cbcbb3ef2c5b55eeed6.png
Children Book & Toy shelf
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=536732066458&toSite=main&skuId=3614172882540
image.png.66f2b5ade46e4c247b63c3d9fa4df808.png
Floormats
https://world.tmall.com/item/20363328015.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.314.7be0196cZroyG&id=20363328015&skuId=42381676437
image.png.f71e72b79d8bcd52585b4fe95a9185d2.png
Washing machine rack
https://world.taobao.com/item/550956930270.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.14607397jQbCpW&_u=o2df1b7kd40f
TB2kWtbzOpnpuFjSZFIXXXh2VXa_!!3280817867
    Kitchen Corner hardware
https://world.taobao.com/item/18930847503.htm?fromSite=main&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.14607397XUfs3y&_u=o2df1b7k59ca
T1Q2QXXiVkXXXXXXXX_!!0-item_pic.jpg_600x 
Velvet Anti-slip hanger
https://world.taobao.com/item/545090794231.htm?spm=a312a.7700825.1997196601.64.438ba71UkGcif
large_hg1.jpg.a421f81c70f644fff26eb86569077b96.jpg
Pants Clip Hanger
https://world.taobao.com/item/526248322520.htm?spm=a312a.7700825.1997196601.1068.438ba71UkGcif
large_hg2.jpg.40ade4c0445cadb32eaa33632017a35b.jpg

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Lazada.sg
EF EFCH6101HM Slimline Cookerhood 60cm
http://www.lazada.sg/ef-efch6101hm-slimline-cookerhood-60cm-26583041.html?utm_source=Orderconfirmation&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=LineItem
large.595f610c2436b_ScreenShot2017-07-07at6_22_35pm.png.fe2dcc3309cf987ff02a523562c3cf23.png

Mistral Instant Shower Heater
http://www.lazada.sg/mistral-instant-shower-heater-10115393.html?utm_source=Orderconfirmation&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=LineItem
 mistral-instant-shower-heater-1478247157-39351101-ef657f4078bab9b5c2ea7cdeeac2fe33-zoom.jpg.b2e679926e85ac2962190735d0e0cd5f.jpg
Electrolux EMM2022MK 20L Microwave Oven
http://www.lazada.sg/electrolux-emm2022mk-20l-microwave-oven-27000851.html?utm_source=Orderconfirmation&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=LineItem
electrolux-emm2022mk-20l-microwave-oven-1495771774-15800072-7e05dfefc7013fcd647a7419ae3c6f0e-zoom.jpg.325db6de46a9f818d49fd2a4b72bfc29.jpg

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Qoo10
5 piece Ceramic Knife Set
http://www.qoo10.sg/g/412265477/Q109740333
787115410.g_400-w_g.jpg

3 piece Chopping Board 
http://www.qoo10.sg/g/444613662/Q109740333
59d51f19e62b8_ScreenShot2017-10-05at1_19_07am.png.953fea645a23ca96a0be407c855b6987.png

Retractable Mesh Safety Gate
http://www.qoo10.sg/g/544345875/Q109740333
814397393.g_400-w_g.jpg

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Carousell (Not all are 2nd hand)

(LIGHTLY USED) Ikea Bunk bed - For my helper & toddler(lower deck)
large.595f62b7a189c_ScreenShot2017-07-07at6_29_45pm.png.4cc3a91956238374251bca3a59f3d73f.png
(LIGHTLY USED) Sideboard 
large.595f637da6853_ScreenShot2017-07-07at6_33_10pm.png.0d57c379d051298910f26bcc40ae526a.png
(Used) Ikea Cabinets
large.595f656b8c01d_ScreenShot2017-07-07at6_41_06pm.png.01f742579cc8a70f34d269fe13898a58.png
(Used) Dining Table
large.595f67d9a0147_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at6_51_36PM.jpeg.c0adcb997d62e464d60c62cfe7d45ec4.jpeg
(Used) Dining Chairs x 4 - in white
large.595f67d7d19f7_WhatsAppImage2017-07-07at6_50_50PM.jpeg.4d4ec2a8b9a2422a00f69ccf0b05a041.jpeg

(Brand new) Mattress Foam Single 5inch x 2
https://carousell.com/p/102028512/
httpssgcarousellcomfurnituregurusingapor

(Brand new) King Size Divan Bed Base
https://carousell.com/p/124529776/
divan_bed_base__bed_frame__queen_size_15

(Brand new) PVC Coil Long Door Mat
https://carousell.com/p/104346088/
long_door_mat_120_x25cm_1494214524_607d0

(Brand new) Uniarm Door stopper
https://carousell.com/p/23940929/
highquality_sliding_arm_door_stopper_143    

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Expo Furniture Fairs
Lady Americana Contourpedic Support (Mattress Only) - King Size
$2199
image.png.33c83ab411a63174c1352c5e35921148.png

Roman Delicooker Ceramic Cooker
$1488
image.png.0c2e421bd1a86403474b9c5cc1592ba5.png

 

Edited by budgetmama
 

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1 hour ago, Clarence Lye said:

yess! buti can't visualise whether it will be too cramp. your area seems bigger than mine for the width between each side of wardrobe.
i'm doing it without doors, so the depth of the wardrobes are 550mm instead of the standard 600mm.

this drawing is roughly drawn by me.. ID havent sent me the 3d & accurate floorplan.. (:

 

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Hi there! Congrats on the start of your reno journey!! We're also planning to do the taobao thing, I was wondering which shipping agent you'll be using for such large pieces? :D

 

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10 hours ago, Orrac1e said:

Hi there! Congrats on the start of your reno journey!! We're also planning to do the taobao thing, I was wondering which shipping agent you'll be using for such large pieces? :D

I'm still considering between Ezbuy (SGD2.99 + delivery tbc) or Fei Xing (RMB 460/cbm)
With so many bad reviews from Ezbuy recently, I may most likely go with Fei Xing.
Check out Facebook page Taobao Shopaholics & you'll see lots of reviews on Fei Xing by Sunny.

(:

 

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On 7/8/2017 at 11:43 PM, budgetmama said:

I'm still considering between Ezbuy (SGD2.99 + delivery tbc) or Fei Xing (RMB 460/cbm)
With so many bad reviews from Ezbuy recently, I may most likely go with Fei Xing.
Check out Facebook page Taobao Shopaholics & you'll see lots of reviews on Fei Xing by Sunny.

(:

Ah thanks so much!! I will definitely check it out :) 

 

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hello budgetmama 

Neighbour! I'm at block 221a but have yet to receive any notification on collection of keys yet.

You also have the exact same floor plan as mine.

Awaiting patiently for your updates!

Cheers!

 

 

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On 7 July 2017 at 1:48 AM, budgetmama said:

1. Timeline, Floorplan & Renovation Plans

Timeline
Date applied: 01 October 2013 
Flat Selection: 23 March 2014

Signing of Lease Agreement: 08 July 2014
HLE approval: 07 May 2017 
PCD: End June 
TOP: 6 June 2017 
Key collection (submitted urgent request): 17 July 2017
----------------------------

Original Floorplan
Plans for renovation
large.sfloorplan2.jpg.73af2be114d21d49f0fac5821d8f0be9.jpgRenovation Plans

  • Cement Screeding (Appeal from HDB)
  • Vinyl Flooring for whole house
  • Knock Kitchen Entrance Wall (Allow wider entrance)
  • Knock Partial wall between Master Bedroom & Bedroom 2 

Carpentry, Glass & Plumbing Works

  • Full Height Shoe Cabinet between main entrance & Living/Dining Area (To leave door open for ventilation, yet still have our privacy)
  • Top & Bottom Kitchen Cabinets for Wet Kitchen (Includes area for Induction Cooker, Kitchen Hood, Sink & Tap)
  • Bottom Kitchen Cabinets ONLY for Dry Kitchen (Table-top space for Rice Cooker, Air Fryer etc...)
  • Tall Unit at Dry Kitchen side for Microwave & Oven
  • KompacPlus surface for both tabletop of Wet & Dry Kitchen Cabinets
  • Glass Backsplash for Wet Kitchen Area
  • Construct Curb at one side of service yard (For Dog toilet- install fake grass & Water spray to easily clean dog potty) 
  • Connect outlet pipe from under dog potty to flow into drainage on opposite side of service yard (share outlet for washing machine)
  • Install Sliding Window & Grills in Service Yard
  • L-shape Sliding Shower Screen (Common Bathroom -2 doors to allow more space in shower, convenience of showering kids & dogs)
  • Normal Sliding Shower Screen (Master Bathroom)
  • Small Built-in Wardrobe between Master Bedroom & Bedroom 2 (For hubby)
  • U-Shaped Walk-in Wardrobe in Master Bedroom (Dressing Table in middle)

It is definitely too cramp to have a king size bed with your proposed U shaped WIW. You need at least 400mm at each side of your bed for getting in and out of the bed. Perhaps an L shaped WIW is more suitable. 

Edited by KFC1189
 

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