House Renovation Update #5 – Bathroom tiles are done and kitchen dilemma.

All 3 bathrooms in the new house have been tiled. The last time I saw them, only the walls were on but now with the floors completed too, we can confirm that our choice of tiles are spot-on.

It’s quite scary at first because without a 3D-render (we’re operating on shoe-string budget here), the design may look good in our heads but might turn out bad in real life. So we’re really relieved that the bathrooms are looking exactly how we want them to be and better :D

Some pictures of our master bathroom:

# – ST is happy because he won’t hit the ceiling washing his head anymore.

# – I’m just happy that I don’t need to shower over a damn toilet bowl now.

Next thing to choose will be the sanitary-ware. We went to Houz Depot last week and was shocked at the sheer amount of things selling there. From tiles to various kinds of floorings to lightings to paint to furnitures and down to the smallest knick-knacks. The stuff sold there are mid-range to high-end brands at considerably lower prices.

Have heard comments that Houz Depot is considered a poor man’s Ikea, but I beg to differ as that place stocks items from various brands, many which definitely have better quality than Ikea’s overpriced proprietary stuff. I suspect they’re able to sell them at such prices due to bulk purchasing but then again I haven’t found out the costs of installation and delivery yet, so it may not be that cheap when all are added up. That said, it’s a great place to see everything all at once and to compare prices. We’ll probably be choosing something from their range of toilet cabinets and sanitary-wares.

Now that the bathrooms are almost done, the next thing to worry about now is the kitchen. For the life of me, I can’t decide on what to do! Even the wiring is not done yet because I can’t decide on where to put the built-in oven and whether to make space for a dishwasher machine. A good friend who is a kitchen designer is helping us but being the fickle minded monster that is me, I still can’t decide. And it’s all because I can’t decide what tiles to put in yet. I love a cosy with a tinge of industrial look to my kitchen but I’m afraid of turning the house into looking like a factory.

And then there’s this issue about the hob that’s been bothering me to no end. We’ve been visiting countless kitchen and electrical shops and all I’ve been seeing so far only have a maximum of 3 burners. But I want 4 or more!!! I know I’m not cooking for a party of 16 everyday but there’s just something about being able to boil, warm, steam and stir-fried all at the same time that really turns me on.

I mean, just check this monster out…..

# – 5 burners with cast iron grids. I’m creaming my pants!!!!!!111

But guess what, they don’t sell it in Malaysia :(

So what to do…I have to continue seeking for my one true hob. Wish me luck!

House Renovation Update #4 – Tiling the bathroom and smooth walls!

This morning I dropped by the house to check on the progress of the bathroom tiling. I’m so happy with the tiles we chose, the bathroom is looking exactly the way we wanted, perhaps even better ;)

# – Tiling of 2nd bathroom.

Pictures from my crackberry are not doing justice to the tiles. They are 2′ x 1′ textured homogeneous tiles in grey colour. The floors will be laid with same type of tiles but in a much darker shade of grey.

They haven’t started on the master bathroom because of a slight variation in tiling pattern so I’m really excited to see how it’s going to look like.

We got our tiles from this place called One Stop Home Design in Jinjang (address & contact below). They have a pretty good selection of tiles and reasonable pricing in my opinion.

One Stop Home Design
No 76 & 76A & 76B,
Main Road Jinjang South,
52000 KL.
Tel: 03 6259 4563/6259 4562

View of 2nd bathroom from outside the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms

# – The Before.

# – Current progress.

As you can see all the walls inside the house have been skimmed and smoothened too. I totally recommend skimming your walls because it makes a lot of difference to the overall look of the house.

Just a little while more to go!!!!