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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
Email: diamarble@yahoo.com

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!!!!

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House Renovation Update #3 – Things are taking shape!

Hi guys, do you have any idea what these are? :D

Any idea?

Well they are our windows! Today we went to the house to let the contractor know which directions do we want to open the windows out so that they can install them accordingly.

I love, love, love my windows. I love, love, love my windows. They’re exactly how I had envisioned them to be but better :D

Windows

# – This picture is taken from our backyard. You can see that the window frames have already been installed. Next will be the installation of the panels.

# – Here’s me with one of the first panels installed. My face is pixelated because mornings do not agree with me :P

Backyard

Speaking of backyard, a roof has also been erected there so that I can do my laundry regardless of the weather. I love it so much because it’s supported by these strong & beautiful wooden pillars and beams. Initially we wanted to use polycarbonate roof for the backyard but eventually decided on roof tiles/wood for a more natural look.

# – This is the backyard roof. Do you notice the black cables extending out from under the roof? That’s our telephone line and it’s so ugly!! Anyone have any experience with getting TM to fix it coz it looks so third-world urghhh.

Lets move on to the other progress of the house…

Master Bedroom

# – Remember the masterbedroom? After all the hacking it looked like this.

# – The master bedroom looks like this now. The french door on the left have been covered up so that we can maximise the space in the room. (fantasising on how the room would look like with the king-sized Serta Hilton bed we’ve booked last month)

Master Bathroom

# – The master bathroom: post-hacking, pre-extension.

# – We extended the master bathroom because it was too tiny even for me. Now we have a decent sized shower area at the back of the bathroom and I love this new layout because the toilet bowl and basin area won’t be soaking wet after a shower :)

Wardrobe/Activity Room & Guest Room

# – The sad state right after the hacking out of the old doors and windows.

# – The door frames and window frames are in now. The shared bathroom is also waterproofed, ready for some kickass tiling and sanitaryware installation :D

Pantry

# – This little room in the middle is supposed to be a storeroom. But we’re converting it into a pantry as it’s just next door to the kitchen.

# – The hole on the wall is for a ventilation fan to keep the room dry and cool. I’ve always wanted a walk-in pantry like Nigella Lawson’s and by the looks of it, I think I’m getting there :)

You know this year, we have stopped almost all kinds of splurges like holidays, new clothes, food and gadgets because renovating is not cheap -_- But as we see the house slowly taking shape, it all becomes so clear. It’s really worth it to have our lifestyle suspended for this because by next year, we’ll be living in our dream home, enjoying our dream life :)

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House Renovation Update #2 – Backyard

While my last post on our house renovation was about all the demolishing work, this time, I’m going to focus on the backyard/laundry area.

In the beginning, the backyard was horrifying. It was covered in weeds and heaven knows what species of creepy crawlies. In fact, it looked so scary that a neighbour who happened to be doing her laundry in her backyard asked us if we could get someone to clean it up because she’s dead afraid of snakes lurking in the massive bushes.

# This is the backyard before.

Well, my contractor said there were no snakes although the guys whom he hired to do the cleaning up were pretty cautious threading around our backyard. Great news for me because if there were any snake found at all, I would never be able to live in the house peacefully for the rest of my life because all I’d be thinking off are snakes in the sewage, snakes behind my washing machine, snakes in the drain, snakes slithering into my kitchen, snakes hiding in my toilet bowl, etc.

Okay, that’s it about snakes. Lets see what our backyard looks like now :)

# The chicken fence has been removed and replaced by a brick wall.

# The wall with rectangular holes for ventilation will be plastered eventually and the chicken fence door will be replaced by a steel door.

# View from the inside of the kitchen. So clean, sunny and bright now.

I’m very pleased with the results and can’t wait to see the final outcome. The next time, the backyard will be filled with plants in POTS where snakes cannot hide.

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