House Renovation Update #1- Demolishing

This morning we dropped by the house to check on the progress and also to discuss with the electrician on how many power points, switches etc that we want.

It’s quite surreal to see the transformation. Just two weeks ago the house was in a sorry state with ugly as hell tiles and overgrowth of shrubs and unidentified insects crawling around. Now it’s almost completely bare.

Here are some pictures:


# This is the kitchen before.

# We demolished a section of the wall so when it’s done the kitchen will extend into what is used to be a wash area. All the old tiles have been stripped off. The entire kitchen except one wall section will be tiled floor to ceiling. In fact, the kitchen will be the biggest space in the entire house, that’s how serious we take our food, hehehe.


# This is the staircase before.

# We have ripped out all the parquets and old wooden railings from the staircase. We are putting laminated wood flooring for the staircase and the entire upper floor.

Living Hall

# This is the living hall before.

# The old tiles have been ripped off. The concrete bench under the windows have been demolished. We’re also putting in new doors, windows & grills. As for the ground floors, we’re not tiling the them at all, just going for smooth cement render.

Master Bedroom

# The master bedroom before.

# The parquet flooring has been removed and will be replaced with laminated wood flooring as with the rest of the upper floor. The old door frame has also been hacked out. The french doors on the left will also be removed and turned into a wall.

Room 2 & Room 3

# The rooms before.

# Room doors, bathroom doors and old bathroom tiles have been hacked out. Parquet flooring also removed. These rooms will be my wardrobe/vanity/activity room and guest room.

So there, some updates on the progress of our new home :)

And also, if you’re not into this sort of things, here are some pictures of me mucking around:

# Say no to fugly grills :P

# Here’s me dressed up in solidarity with my contractor. Hehe.

# And another one in the now bare toilet.

Till the next update, happy house renovating!

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17 thoughts on “House Renovation Update #1- Demolishing”

  1. very interesting! i knw cement flooring to be really cooling but will it be smooth like those flooring that smoothen out over time or is it going to be slightly rough cos it’s still new? and gray? :S i can’t wait to see your next update! and oooh, laminated wood flooring <3 and by ripping out parquet flooring, it's good riddance. only Phua Chu Kang thinks that they're awesome :S and maybe some cinapek also.

  2. suanie: yeah dude’s really efficient!

    st: hehehe he is awesomesauce!

    waifon: yeah it should be smooth, hopefully won’t be slightly rough when it’s new!! we wouldn’t know until it’s done haha. really dependent on workmanship /crossing fingers. and yes it will be grey! parquet is very prone to warping and termites too!

  3. No the cement render will be smooth because it’ll have an epoxy resin coating on it, bare cement would be very dusty and yes a little grainy. Yah gonna be grey, painted concrete floor is so 80’s kampung house style :P

  4. The original kitchen looks so basic.. was this formerly rented out? Cement flooring – now that’s kind of original for nowadays. Are you planning to put in rugs here and there?

  5. ciki: hahah can!

    cheesie: true that lol, her shit was still there before they removed the toilet omg

    thatssoron: very nice :D

    ky: yeah :)

    suertes: yeah formerly rented out. probably a rug here n there, we wanted cement flooring for a tinge of industrial look and it’s also versatile for decorating with soft furnishing

  6. Wah ! So nice kimberly. Can’t wait to see the finish product soon. Me too busy with my new house I bought it in June 2008 and i got the key in Dec 2009. How much roughly all of it will cost ?

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