:: We opted to live with the existing toilet bowls when we first moved into our place eight years ago, so we didn't need to choose new WCs then. This round, we had to replace them (both broke, probably from old age!), and we were clueless about how to choose from the dizzy array of shining white displays. So aside from looking at the water consumption during flushing, we just tried to get something that came as a single piece to reduce the number of grooves I had to wipe when I washed the toilet. And the advice one saleslady gave us? You have to sit on the WCs to test them out, to see which was most comfortable for you. So we did, and even Junior J helped us in this aspect. Her advice was sorta useful, since you'll find out which had wobbly seats or uncomfortable ones!
|Testing taps, showers and WCs got boring after awhile. |
Then it was the Endless Alphabet app for him. At least he was learning new words!
:: We didn't do any tiling work previously too, save for replacing the toilet floors which were stained beyond cleaning. This round, we opted to redo the tiles for the kitchen and both toilets, so we had to hunt for tiles. Our interior designer (who acted more as a contractor actually) did try to scout for suitable tiles, but we ended up having to pay a visit to many tile suppliers before we could find the correct tiles (Oddly enough, it was the plain bright yellow square tiles that proved to be the hardest to find. Most places had the strangest designs, like bright blue retro circles, but no plain yellow tiles!). Soon Bee Huat seemed to have the best range in terms of aesthetics and sheer variety. And tile shopping is probably one of the most interesting reno-related excursions for a four year old, since there are loads of colours and textures to explore (Junior J was stuck really long at the mosaic section!):
:: There's a rather surreal feeling moving out of your beloved place, and coming back to see your kitchen in this state:
|The kitchen after all the old, roach-infested cabinets came down.|
Long story about those roaches, am just glad they are gone!
:: Hacking and drilling makes for tonnes and tonnes of dust. We (and the workers) have been mopping and the floor still permanently feels like we're at some beach.
|The kitchen, after all the tiles were hacked.|
:: Expect for delays and mistakes. Everyone we spoke to for recommendations all had contractors who made mistakes, and had delays. I guess its something inevitable (but nevertheless, undesirable!), seeing that the contractors are not around all the time to supervise the workers. Our previous contractor made major booboos that couldn't be rectified (he fabricated the kitchen cabinets too high), but thankfully this round there were no major mistakes that couldn't be corrected.
The workers actually mixed up the kitchen and toilet wall tiles and mounted them wrongly, but this was discovered early and so could be fixed. Cabinets were drilled up, only for them to find out that their doors couldn't open, and had to be taken down, and the tiles replaced. They painted our entryway the wrong colour, and the cabinetry was delayed for a week. The air con pipe got blocked off, resulting in a dripping air-con. So there were delays and lots of corrective work involved, but I'm glad there were no major mess-ups. We're looking forward to seeing everything done, hopefully by the end of this week!
How about you? What are your experiences with renovating your home? Do you have any tips to share?