#ProjectNewDen2019 | Stage Five – Renovation | Let the work begins…

How fast! I am into the third week since the renovation started and at this present stage, it’s all about tracking timelines and managing the budget closely. Truly, this is one nerve-wrecking journey and especially when you have to juggle between work, packing and overseeing the renovation process, it can get a little overwhelming at times. Anyway, next month this time, I should (and hopefully) have settled in at the new place and probably be making one last trip back to my current, preparing for the official handover to the next owner who is going to take over my house of 20 years. So, here’s a quick look at the progress so far…

Friday | 10 May 2019
After a long day at work, I head down to the interior design firm to meet up with my designer to run through some final details – select and confirmed all the materials, design, colours and measurements. I should also mentioned that I was quite lucky to have won the 2nd prize in one of the promotional campaign run by the firm and that’s a whooping SGD1,088 off my final bill ??

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Sunday | 12 May 2019
I woke up bright and early. By 0840 hrs, I was down at the new place, facilitating the arrival of the movers to assist with the moving out works of the current owner. Well, as mentioned in the previous posts, there were miscommunications with the initial planned dates and hence, the only way for me to get back on schedule was to pay and arrange for the movers. Anyway, at 1114 hrs, I unlocked the doors for the very first time as the new owner for the house and rolled a pineapple in for good luck. That was the only customary thing I’ve done as I wasn’t familiar with the rest of practices. A couple of hours later, the two Peranakan basins that I’ve ordered also arrived on schedule.

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Monday | 13 May 2019
Yet another early morning for me, I head back to the unit to facilitate the commencement of the renovation work. The contractors arrived on time and they were swift in their preparation work, laying all the protective covers for the flooring and unpacking their equipment. By 0945 hrs, my appointed interior designer arrived and went on to brief the workers on the require works. A couple of minutes before 1100 hrs, the hacking work commences and dust and debris begin to fill the entire unit. That afternoon, workers from the town council that I’ve arranged prior also came by to clear away the last few pieces of furniture left by the previous owner.

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Sunday | 19 May 2019
All the required hacking work are now completed and a new layer of cement screed has also been laid for the kitchen and toilets. They have also touch up on the edges of all the hacked walls and my appointed air-con contractor have also begun laying the piping and case.

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Sunday | 26 May 2019
Mosr of the titling work for the both the kitchen and two toilets are completed. They have also begin to build that much anticipated feature wall using the chosen cinder blocks.

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