In my previous post, I shared that together with the help of our ID, L, Sunshine checked for defects in our house. During that visit, L drew the plans for our kitchen on our kitchen walls. I thought his drawings looked quite cute. Haha. The only thing was, he drew the plans wrongly!!! The sink and the stove were supposed to be in opposite positions. Lol. We pointed this out to him.
After we submit our defects checklist and the contractors from HDB rectified the issues, my father chose an auspicious date (he insisted) for the renovation works to start proper. This is usually signified by hacking of some walls. I am not sure what would constitute the start of a renovation if there was no hacking though. Coincidentally, L informed us that there had been some delay in obtaining the necessary approvals from HDB for the hacking approval. The approval was, he explained, customary, but he still needed the paper works to be done before his contractors could start work.
The first thing Sunshine did to facilitate the renovation works was to install a “door arm” (not sure what the correct name for this is) so that the contractors could keep the door open at all times during the renovation instead of having it closed on them or having to use something heavy to keep it open. Sunshine contacted Uni-Arm via FB messenger and requested for a quote. He paid $65 for a black arm and was very pleased with the process and, more importantly, the final product. He was very satisfied with himself for his smart thinking. Lol. We are still very happy with this product for being able to keep our door open effortlessly.
Week 1 (Early Apr 2017) – Electrical Works
As we did not engage the electrician from our ID, one of the first few things our electrician told us to do was to arrange a meet-up with our ID as soon as possible so that he could understand our renovation plans and support the ID/his contractors. Hence, from the onset, we were grateful and impressed that he took the initiative and was motivated to do a perfect (because good is just not enough for him) job. On the day when we were supposed to meet, he had already liaised with L beforehand to obtain the number for the lock on our door, understand the plans briefly and was pulling out the last few cables needed to start his work (when HDB handed over the keys to the owners, all the wires for each socket would be kept and capped neatly). We came to our house at 9+am and had a pleasant surprise of the quick work already done. L came at 10+am and had to leave within an hour for another appointment elsewhere.
Week 2 – Hacking of Kitchen Wall
One week later when we went up to our place, we were pleasantly surprised to see the progress of the renovation. In fact, it was really quite thrilling coming to our house weekly and see our home transform bit by bit. During the one week, the hacking of half of the kitchen wall had been completed, the cement screed and tiles had been delivered and electrical lines had been laid. The electrician was really efficient and a perfectionist. He insisted that no wires should be seen and he would do extra work to hack any existing wall or ceiling then mend it back after laying the cables within. For me, it was an eye opener as I had never thought that this could be done.
Week 3 – Kitchen Base is Up!
On our third week, the kitchen base was up. Though I thought it was quite slow to only have completed this in a week, we were still quite thrilled to see our home coming up before our eyes! L informed us that he had asked his contractors to round the edge of the base of the fridge for us (as per the red arrow). If not, we might accidentally kicked it in the future, injuring ourselves. Good thinking! We would never have thought of that.
I liked that L built a base stretching the whole width of the service yard for us, instead of just building a base for our washing machine. He explained that he did not want us to be constricted by the base of the washing machine in the event that we needed to change our washing machine in the future. Building the base over the whole width would allow us flexibility in the size of our washing machine. L’s meticulous nature was one of his strengths.
The shower kerb in our toilets were also up! The arrow in the picture below points to a small drainage hole in our master bedroom toilet, something inconspicuous but important to allow water to flow towards the drain. We did not realise that this drainage hole was missing in our common toilet until it was too late (see Step 13 on Defects Check here).
Stay tuned for more updates!