Thursday, 17 November 2011

Twenty is our house number

Bismillahiramanirahim...

It took us exactly 3 months to complete the renovation with nearly RM70k spent. Memang with a deep sigh tetapi we were very satisfied with the contractors and with the retailers. 

(dont get me wrong by sharing the figures,we had a hard time on budgeting last time.I hope this entry gives a rough idea and budget to a first timer home buyers. Furthermore, apa la sangat RM70k for you right)

It was never easy to move into a new place. Certain chores you need to do before you can have good nights sleeps. Here are some key points that I feel rather important kalau hendak me-renovate rumah...

Important # 1 -  DO OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM YOUR MAJLIS DAERAH BEFORE YOU START ENGAGING ANY HOUSE CONTRACTORS FOR YOUR HOUSE RENOVATION. This will save you at least RM1000,if you are caught without the permit.
 ---> You need to get the forms from the 'Pembangunan Department' and deposit RM800(for minor renovation) if Im not mistaken. Submit together with your house floor plan, some pictures are required too. 
---> Upon completion, they will refund RM600 by cash/cheque. RM200 for the what they call 'Kontena Sampah'. Normal Alam Flora lorry will not collect this kind of sampah.


Important # 2-  Survey up to 3-4 contractors and do compare prices. Do not hesitate to bargain.

Important # 3 -  Do document your requirement.E.g,how many additional plugs,where,why. Sketches and drawings would be the best.And do explain to the contractors where would you like to locate your AC,Fridge,Stove,TV,etc..this will ease them to do the wiring works.

Important # 4 - Get your appliances ready for some of the contractors may offer to help to install them without any extra charges.Just a bag of pisang goreng as a gesture.

Important # 5 - This may come in very handy. Have your whole invoices,requirement,cost estimates,brochures,agreement in 1 folder file. This way, when ever you are on the run,you just have to grab the folder file. 

Important # 6 - If possible do check on them while they are doing your house. Some adhoc isssues may arise. Example: The kitchen guy who measured my cabinets did not measure correctly resulted additional work for the carpenters to trim and fix his creativity here and there. 

Important # 7 -  As for me, I turned my 4th room, the room next to the kitchen into my pantry cum laundry room. So we had to make a proper inlet and outlet for the washing machine and the dryer. Again, do explain to them on your plan. 

Important # 8 - Oh yes,do get the paint code correct from your developers.This can be frustrating when it comes to touch up works. You wouldn't want your house to transform into a pre-school center,would you? Ok cut the speech ;) I know you want to see the end results.


Before we changed the floors and add the L-Box everything
 
Work in progress
I switched the kitchen 3 panels window with a 2 panels window
Get rid of the typical toilet window with this slab. 
It creates beautiful shadows when the lights are on.
And to the rest of the toilets too.
I bought those slabs for about RM200-RM300 a piece from Tropical Garden in Sg.Buloh.Depending on sizes and designs.

We just laminated the top steps

Add the laminated wooden floor here too..Original lantai was that 1x1 ft tiles

 90% of our stuff from our previous shack.sikit kan.seriously.
AC is a necessity nowadays.
And these too.Sedap tak sedap lain cerita.
Our cute little dinning table.Mahjong anybody?

In Cube Kitchen


The sketch









The actual result and this cost us about RM15k inclusive appliances and accessories.

Cabinet knobs,Ceramic Sink and water tab bought separately from IKEA
Different angle and time :)


Could you see my stained kitchen window? Its a DIY thing. I didnt want to use any curtains in the kitchen, so I glued the glass with a decorative plastic wrapper. :) Cheap and easy!!!


The best offer they could offer me
The evergreen design grill.Neat installation.

Could you see the 2 stickers on the sliding door? Those are the permit from your Majlis Daerah that you need to present to their officers.
Woody's favorite spot

For the grills, we designed the padlock hooks to be facing inside the house rather that facing out. Yeah, its kindda difficult for us to lock and unlock the padlocks, but hey, this will at least make it harder for the thieves to potong kan? ;)



3/4 length pergola









And here is the completion
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Ok tipu. This is not our house.This is our dream house yang ntah how la to get so much money to own it... At that time (2010),the price was near to RM2.5 mil.
 
So what did we do that cashed out our savings? Rough estimation for you guys...
  1. Revamped the hall floor tiles (about 24x30 ft agaknya) ..this was about RM7k
  2. Revamped the 3 toilets tiles  ..this was about RM1k-2k or so
  3. Changed the windows with slabs ..this was about RM1k-2k or so
  4. Added plaster ceiling to the main hall ..this was about RM600 or so
  5. Added about 13 electrical points ..this was about RM500 or so in total
  6. Wood laminate the kitchen, the stairways and hall on the upper floor ..this was about RM8k-9k or so
  7. Installed grille for the whole house ..this was about RM4k-5k or so
  8. Installed autogate ..this was about RM3k or so
  9. Bought the home appliances ..this was about RM9-10k or so
  10. Lights and fans and air conditioners ..this was about RM5k-6k or so
  11. Installed the pergola ..this was about RM5k-6k or so
  12. Installed the kitchen cabinets ..this was about RM10k or so
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Here are the list of contractors I would like to share, they who did our house beautifully as per our requirement:
1. House renovation : Stilux Design & Renovation Sdn Bhd
2. Wood Laminated floors : Floor Depot
3. Kitchen cabinets : In Cube Kitchen
4.Kitchen appliances: Pacifica Appliances
(Agent : Living Portal (DU) Sdn Bhd)
5. Lights : Various shops in Puchong
6. Grille :New Gate Metal
8.Autogate system : Johari from some company ( But I have his number)
9. Grass : Babul from a nearby nursery



THIS is our small 24x65 size home...at number twenty .. :)

Numbered tiles I bought in New Zealand 

 

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