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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 5

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 5

So what do you do after plastering a flat to be all shiny and smooth? Punch holes through the walls again of course! But this is inevitable to install wiring and pipes at all the desired places. Pipes in the bathroom of the Master Bedroom which will hopefully blend in with the tiles once painted white. Why 2 sets of pipes? Because one for cold water and one for hot water coming in from the water heater… …which will be…

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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 4

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 4

“Not much” happened this week other than…plastering of the entire flat! So what exactly is plastering? Basically, a thin layer of cement-like substance is spread out along the wall and ceiling to smoothen out all surfaces. This is the wall plaster that was used. My flat underwent very extensive hacking due to the need to remove fixtures and cornice just about everywhere, so it developed a severe case of pockmarks  So how dramatically can plastering change the face of one’s resale flat?…

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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 3

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 3

Reality bites Some friends are also doing renovation for their new BTOs at the same time, so I get to compare notes quite a bit.  And I’ve come to one realisation: you simply need to do a lot more renovation (and spend a lot more $$$) with a resale flat – for similar results!  In my case, I needed to hack all tiles in every square inch of this flat, replace all existing electrical wiring, replace all piping and remove all fixtures.  Talking…

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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 2

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 2

I plan to be able to roll an Ikea Raskog out of the service yard into the kitchen when the need arises, so the kerb between the kitchen and yard had to go! As expected, tiling started this week and proceeded at a very good pace. Very happy with the wood-grain tile that I picked at Hafary for the living area and rooms. Am also pleased with how the tile layer is doing these tiles. Floor tiles also completed in…

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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 1

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Week 1

Hack hack hack! By the end of the first day, the floor was full of debris from the tiles and all built in cabinets. The floor looked too much like an obstacle course so I dared not step in any further! But amazingly, this is what it looked like by the end of the second day. All gone! Amazingly fast huh? Not much else happened this week other than water proofing and cementing of the bathrooms The floor and wall…

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Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Scope of Works

Japandi HDB Resale Reno – Scope of Works

In my first post, I described some limitations of this flat layout. So in this post I’ll describe some renovation ($$$) decisions I’ve made to address them. 1.  Odd angle at the bottom of the living area. To achieve a more rectangular layout in the living+dining areas, a partition wall will be adde?d (see picture below), and my TV will be mounted on it. It will also have a  built in “cubbyhole” to contain the router, media devices and such….

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