Renovation Journey : Let’s Get Tiled!

We finally made our first night-visit to our house on last Thursday! It was really fun to make a night-visit and was glad to know it’s not as dark as expected outside. But it sure is quiet! Can’t imagine moving in during this period and going home alone. Scary! o.O

Anyway during our night-visit, we noticed the kitchen tiles were up since the wall was hacked! But sadly we can’t take much photos ‘cos it was way too dark in the house and really warm since all the windows were closed. *sweatz*

So we made another visit yesterday morning! And surprise surprise again! The tiling for the living room was actually done up already! It was still bare on Thursday night and just 3 days later the tiling was done! Fast! 😀

Piggeek Barn : Get Tiled!

Piggeek Barn : Get Tiled!

Piggeek Barn : Get Tiled!

We bought few big bottles of mineral water for the workers and since they were not around, we left the bottles outside the bomb shelter so they will notice. But we should probably buy Coca Cola next time after this finding? 🙂

Piggeek Barn : Get Tiled!

Will be gone for a short get-away this week! Will be meeting our ID this Sunday to select our carpentry material and laminates! Wheeee. 😀

Thought I should mention this. Our ID was back from overseas yesterday and this morning he SMS-ed Feng that he’s at our house. We were quite happy to know he cares ’bout our house and to visit it soon after he’s back! And not forgetting to SMS Feng that he’s on-site. So far so good! More Brownie points! 😉

Lightings Purchased

Adding on to Shan’s post, the lighting we purchased from Lightings.Com.Sg are as follows :

Foyer + Passageway : Philips Downlight


Kitchen + Rooms


Service Yard + Household Shelter



In addition to the above, we have also purchased additional hanging/pendant lights!
Will get to posting the pictures in future =)

Notable Lighting Shops

  1. Lightcraft
    Nice designs at affordable pricing, with a large showroom!
  2. Lightings.Com.Sg
    Price wise, definitely recommended. Some shops were quoting double of theirs.


Renovation Journey : Happy Weekend!

Saturday is a happy day! We finally got part 2 of our bathroom accessories from Hoe Kee at Genting Rd, which is also their main branch! 😀

Having read some negative feedbacks about Hoe Kee, this second visit to Hoe Kee wasn’t all that bad. The service staff was really nice and has a good knowledge of the stuffs we asked him. And not forgetting he looks really young so was quite amazed he can answer all our questions. 🙂

Bathroom Accessories Part 2

  • 4 pieces of glass shelves
  • 2 toiler roll holder
  • 2 clothes rack
  • 2 spray bidet
  • 1 Blanco kitchen sink (the smallest we can find and still looks pretty!)
  • 1 Velin toilet bowl (which Feng bargained for a lower price :X)

So overall rather happy ‘cos we got all the items we want! Just left with the rain-shower. Probably getting the one we set our eyes on at Hoe Kee after measuring our bathroom height. Rain-shower is such a pain to find something that’s nice and not too long. Stupid HDB’s fault for boxing up the pipes and lowering the height for a rain-shower! URGH.

After shopping at Hoe Kee, we took a cab down to Punggol and of ‘cos, as usual, it started raining or should I say POURING when our cab entered into Punggol. Like WTH?! Zzz.

So then we got off at Punggol Spring and made a visit to our house first before heading off to see a Eubiq demo at Damai Grove. Upon opening the door, surprise surprise! Some basic tiling work in areas not going to be affected by the hacking of our kitchen wall has been done! Yippee! Can’t wait to see more work done! 😀

Piggek Barn : Surprise Tilework

Piggeek Barn : Surprise Tilework

Piggeek Barn : Surprise Tilework

Piggeek Barn : Surprise Tilework

So Sunday was a less busy day where we went down to Ted Collection for my 2nd fitting and Feng’s 1st fitting for his suits. Can’t wait to see the end product for my gowns and his suits this Saturday! 😀

After fitting, we went off to roam a bit along Balestier Road to look for our one and only one lighting left for the living room. Seems like nothing fits what the look we both have in our mind. It’s unbelievable how we just can’t find what we want. It’s either too expensive (at Park Mall) or all of them are just too modern for our liking. 🙁

So then we reached and decided to just purchase the lightings we have shortlisted from them the few times we visited their various outlets. Happy buys! We asked for delivery which is 18 bucks regardless of how much you spend with them. 😀

So it’s a tiring but still a happy weekend! Now looking forward to our photoshoot which is coming reaaaaaaaaal sooooooon! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee~ 🙂

Renovation Journey : Tiler Plan + Bathroom Accessories 1.1

So we applied leave last Friday as our ID will be bringing down the tiler and electrician. The tiler was there to take note of which area to do up the tiling base and kerb and what tiling what we doing for our house. So here’s some drawings he did on our wall to facilitate his work after the wall comes falling down (hopefully by this week! grrrr.)

Piggeek Barn : Our Tiler's Drawing

Piggeek Barn : Our Tiler's Drawing

The electrician was here so as to consult with him on the electrical points and installation we will have in the house and of ‘cos to give us a quotation of the electrical wiring cost. Shall wait for the quotation to be sent to us from our ID before deciding otherwise an alternative we have in mind. 🙂

So after the tiler and electrician visit, .we decided to head down to Sim Siang Choon at Changi to take a look at the bathroom accessories. Here’s presenting our basin and basin-mixer/kitchen sink-mixer. 🙂

Piggeek Barn : Bathroom Accessories Part 1

Piggeek Barn : Bathroom Accessories Part 1

We also got our storage water heater for them. The remaining accessories will leave it for our bathroom accessories shopping part 2 at Hoe Kee. 🙂

Many busy days to come and we already had the most tiring Saturday ever. We need a break!

Renovation Schedule Update

Just a brief update :

7th May 2011

Tiles selection at Hafary, Balestier Road.
Dropped by lighting and sanitary ware stores, but found the price a little too steep for our liking.

13th May 2011

Met up with the electrician and tiler to confirm some details at our new place.
Electrician will quote based on what was discussed.
Still awaiting HDB’s wall hacking approval and 3D drawings.

15th May 2011

3D drawings version 1.0 received! Fabulous!

18th May 2011 to 28th May 2011

Our ID would be overseas on business trip. Hopefully, the hacking would have been approved, and tiling would take place during this period as minimal ID involvement is required.

Renovation Journey : When will the Wall fall.

Login to My HDBPage and checked on the hacking permit status. The status was out in the afternoon since when I checked this morning, nothing was shown.

RE: Application for Renovation Permit

Please refer to your application to carry out renovation works at BLK XXXX, XXX, # XXXXX, SINGAPORE XXXXXX

The following proposed renovation works are pending evaluation by our Technical Departments. We will let you know the result after our Technical Departments have evaluated the proposed renovation works.

  1. Demolition of internal walls at KITCHEN marked RED on plan.
    Arch: On condition:
    Cooking activities should be confined to original kitchen floor area..

If you have any enquiries, please contact our staff at SENGKANG BRANCH OFFICE at Tel No. 65774232.

Application was submitted on 03 May 2011 and now then they updated with this status but still under PENDING! 🙁

Hopefully the hacking permit will be approved soon! I want the renovation to start!

Renovation Journey : Tiles Tiles Tiles

Went for tiles selection for our living room and kitchen yesterday with our ID at Hafary located in Balestiar. It was great that Feng and I have very similar taste so our selection was really rather fast. Haha!

Piggeek Barn : Tiles Selection

So after looking at the 3 tile samples we brought home from Hafary, we have made up our mind on which to use. 🙂

Piggeek Barn : Tiles Selection Day

Renovation Journey : The Start

5th May was one of the dates that Master David Tong has given to us for the start of our renovation. Considering that our wall hacking permit is still pending approval from the HDB and our ID thinks we can go ahead with this date since the approval might be coming (hopefully and pray and hope!) by next week, we decided to do something minor to signify the start of renovation. Breaking part of a tile. 🙂

Piggeek Barn : Renovation Start Day

Looking forward to our tiles selection and probably lighting and bathroom accessories this Saturday! Another fun day! 😉

And look what we found at our service balcony pipes. SHIT! Yes. Literally SHIT. Bird shit to be exact. And we thought the pipes were leaking before more evidences point to the most possible culprit, bird shit. Luckily we are going to have windows for our service yard. Have you? 🙂

Piggeek Barn : Renovation Start Day