Laminated Wall Is Up!

Here is the plus point about engaging Jack as your ID (I’m not sure about other companies/IDs though) – you can always contact him and get him to install anything & everything in your house even after your house reno has officially completed. In fact, up till today, he hasn’t exited or asked us to leave the ‘Reno 218C’ WhatsApp chatgroup which he created at the very beginning! :)

Abt one week before our housewarming event, to our horror, we discovered a slight dent on the partition wall at our dining area!! We realised how it happened – pushing the dining chair too backwards had caused it to hit the wall, which is made of soft board. I didn’t want a concrete wall for this because I wanted more cabinet space in the kitchen. Concrete wall is thick and will eat up more space in my kitchen.

So I quickly texted Jack about this and he suggested to bring up a laminated wall on it. This would help prevent from the dining chairs causing more dents on the wall. He actually wanted to install it before the housewarming but we couldn’t find an earlier date to meet his carpenter so it was installed last Friday!

Before:

After:

Alhamdulillah!! Really loveeee the outcome :) And most importantly, the workmanship. He didn’t charge me for this but he still came down to check on his carpenter’s work/progress & ensure that everything was okay.

Now convinced to engage Jack/Bestform? Hehehe.

Bila Nak Move In?

Alhamdulillah, it has been almost 2 months since the completion of the #ProjectAAH renovation!! Ever since then, we have been sleeping over at our place weekly (over the weekends) and will continue to do so until we officially move in. So far so good :) Thankfully my parents’ place (where we are staying since we got married) is nearby, so shuttling between both places aren’t that tiring.

Last Saturday, we hosted a kenduri + housewarming event at our place. Invited friends and relatives over, both my side and Azan’s on the same day. We initially thought of hosting separately because our place isn’t that big riiiight.. – my side on 1 day and his side on another day. But it would be double the expenses, double the tiredness. So heck, we decided to invite everyone on the same day.

Thankfully Abah brought tables and chairs from his workplace so at least our guests can sit outside to eat and chill if there isn’t any space left inside the house. This was of course taken before we placed the table mats :)

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We engaged Shereen’s Kitchen as our caterer that day and everyone sang praises of the food! Syukur Alhamdulillah :) Azan engaged them for his engagement event 4 yrs ago and he said that the service + food quality remained the same.. Even after all these years!!

I placed my desserts table inside the house and I forgot to take a picture of it!! Nothing fancy though, didn’t bother to decorate it because what’s more important is the spread of desserts placed on the table. Hehe! There was doughnuts, variety of chocolate cakes, all sorts of kuihs and so on! Thank you to those who have kindly sponsored them, Alhamdulillah :) Mak also cooked soto ayam for my guests that day buat tambah-tambah. She was actually having a headache that morning but still proceed to cook.. Like any other mothers would do, anything for their children :)

Below are only a few of the guests that whom I managed to take pictures with. There were so many others whom I forgot to take pictures with!! I regretted not getting someone to be the photographer for that day :(

With my neighbour, the one who seen me throughout my secondary sch years, all the way till I’m married :)

With my bestfriend, since primary school! I don’t know we managed to stick to each other despite our squabbles, differences.. See, even our outfits are opposing each other hahaha!

With my neighbour who have seen me grew right from the start!

With my colleagues. Thank you Hanis (on the left) for the wonderful surprise! She told me she couldn’t make it due to personal reasons but somehow, she managed to make a quick escape from wherever she was to attend!! Hehehe. She is my poly mate turned colleague, btw.

HAAAAAA. Here’s the man!! The one who turned my unit into a beaaaaaautiful home :) Jack (on the left) from Bestform Design Pte Ltd! Thank you for the angpao! Hahaha that was really unexpected though. Invited him over so that he can have lunch but he passed me a red packet before he left! That’s his partner btw.

More colleagues of mine :)

My sister and her boyfriend.

My ex-bridesmaids (my bro’s girlfriend, my bestfriend) and my cousin.

Mak and Mak Busu!

Azan with my primary school friend / Azan’s NS buddy. Small world!!

With my ex-principals!

Some of the gifts we received that day, Alhamdulillah!

Me and Azan were a bit scared initially since it was or first time hosting an event. But Alhamdulillah, we were soooooo blessed and thankful at the end of the day. Everything went smoothly, and we totally didn’t expect such an overwhelming turnout. May our house be filled with lots of Blessings and Barakah from Him, always. Ameen!

Bila nak move in?” / “When are you guys moving in?”

In Shaa Allah, lepas Raya eh. Sorry, but we’re not like most of them who can’t wait to celebrate Raya at new place. Hahaha!

ProjectAAH – Post Renovation Pictures! (Part 01)

Syukur Alhamdulillah.

It has been a week since the completion, and my house is slowly starting to look and feel like a cosy home :) Got very important electrical appliances like airpot, vacuum (all these things I cannot wait for people to give/present it to me on my housewarming event because I need to use it immediately lah hahaha! Kidding :D) Household items like soap (all kinds of soap!!), utensils, etc. I even got the dining table fized already. Murah je, beli kat IKEA for temporary use.

For the past week, I also had visitors at my house already! Hehe, Alhamdulillah. On Saturday, my brother’s girlfriend came over with cakes and goodies. Then on Sunday, my colleague came over with her family and brought donuts! She is receiving her house keys soon and is considering Jack/Bestform so I invited her over so that she & her husband can see the workmanship :) This weekend, we’re expecting more visitors as well. Till my sister commented, “Kak, dah banyak orang nak datang sekarang kakak dah tak payah buat house warming seh” THIS GIRL AHHHH.

Also, me and my family slept over my place for the first time ever over the weekend. Alhamdulillah.. It felt so surreal. Like I finally have my own house? I don’t know how to describe that feeling but you will know when you’re there one day :)

Okay, enough ranting. Let me share with you pictures of my living/dining area and the bedrooms.

Living area:

Dining area:

Bedroom 1:

Bedroom 2:

Master bedroom:

I especially loveeeee my built-in dressing table in my built-in wardrobe!

And, once again, I highly recommend Jack from Bestfrom Design Pte Ltd. Renovation may be over but I still can contact him if I need help with anything. So, if you’re considering and would like to view my house to a take a closer look on the workmanship, FEEL FREE TO PM/APPROACH ME OK! I am moreeee than welcome to have you all over :)

Will share the pictures of my toilets next!

#ProjectAAH Week 06 – Renovation Completed!

Exactly 3 years ago..

We were at HDB Hub, selecting the unit of our choice. And today, the renovation for our unit has just completed. Alhamdulillah!

Yesterday, Jack got his workers to do the entire house cleaning and they were at our place since 1pm. And by 7pm or so, they were done with the cleaning. And when I said entire house, I really meant ENTIRE house. From the floors, to the walls, to the windows/grills, the cabinets, the toilets, EVERYTHING. When we came after that, we didn’t even have to mop the floor or anything. All had been done for! :)

And with that, Alhamdulillah yesterday marked the end of the renovation works for #ProjectAAH :) It’s good that my cousins came over yesterday because they helped me & Azan to identify all the rectifications to be made by Jack. Especially Abg Along, whose house reno was completed few weeks back.

Without further ado, let me share with you first pictures of my kitchen!

If you couldn’t recall, here is how my kitchen looks like initially:

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(the household shelter is in the kitchen, on the right)

And here’s the final look:

One side of the kitchen cabinet, taken from the left.

 

And here’s the same side, but taken from the right. (the hanging wires are for the switches which haven’t been installed)

Think I did mention in my previous post, that I specifically indicated the shade (dark or light) for each cabinet door. Alhamdulillah, the outcome was exactly how I envisioned it to be! And I did a great decision to add the tempered glass backsplash on a last minute notice. Not only does it complete the entire look, but I no longer have to worry about scrubbing the stains in between the tiles after cooking (refer to picture above, the original look of my kitchen)

Blum hinges installed for all kitchen cabinet doors!

View from the service balcony. I thought my kitchen will be small and cramped since I have cabinets on both sides of the kitchen. But it turned out to be spacious! Alhamdulillah :)

The empty space beside the cabinet is where I will be placing my refrigerator.

And lastly, here is the view of my service balcony from the kitchen.

Will share more pictures of my house in the upcoming posts, In Shaa Allah :) And yes, I highly recommend Jack from BESTFORM DESIGN PTE LTD!

#ProjectAAH Week 05 – Carpentry? Completed!

Managed to visit our house only on Saturday last week (Week 04 of reno) as we had to make frequent trips to the hospital to visit the MIL who was warded due to her wound near the ankle area. Anyway, we were told by Jack that no works to be done last week as his carpenter had to return back to Malaysia for an urgent matter. Thus, last week was just delivery of items.

Below are just some of the things that were delivered to our place.

Then on Monday this week, Azan dropped by our place after he visited the doctor and saw that more things have been delivered – carpentry items!!

We were informed by Jack that carpentry works would begin the next day. So we estimated that it should be done latest by Thursday.. However, I decided to drop by yesterday to take a look and to my amazement, 99% of the carpentry works are completed!! My wardrobes are up, my kitchen cabinet is up (except the stainless steel dish rack, the sink & pipe, the hob & hood, the back splash), my TV wall & console is up (except the mirror features on the wall)!!

Got him to fix the shelving in the cabinet provided by HDB, and it’s done too!

Got him to help my fix the door stopper (for the main door, which is not provided by HDB) and it’s done too!

Below are the sneaks which I shared on my Instagram page as well, hehehe.

So what’s left before #ProjectAAH comes to an end?

  1. This Friday (tmr): Installing of lights, fans, bathroom accessories, kitchen counter top & accessories
  2. Next week: Glass & mirror works, final touch-up on painting (including painting of door frames)

After which, it should be rectification of renovation works, chemical and general cleaning of house, settle of balance payment, handing over the necessary receipts/invoices/warranty and voila!! In Shaa Allah :)

#ProjectAAH Week 03 – Abt 55% Done!

What greeted us when we arrived our unit..

Ooooh now it’s starting to look like a house, hehehe!

I am in loveee with the flooring at my living area! And if you look closely, it is as if the flooring are really made of wood planks, you know with the lines (wood grains) and all!

For the bedrooms, I chose a different colour/design because.. why not! Picture above however was taken a few days before completion, because I realised I didn’t take any pictures of the completed bedroom flooring (too excited about the living area!!)

To be honest, me and Azan do not have a specific theme in mind before we met Jack. We didn’t even plan to have any themes. We chose whatever colours, materials, designs etc that were pleasing to our eyes. No one else to please, but ourselves. That’s how it should be rightt? Because it’s our house and no one else’s :)

Love my bathroom doors as well! Hehe :) The door frames haven’t been painted yet though. Oh, and our bedroom doors haven’t been installed as well when we visited.

Aircons have been installed for the whole house as well! Cuma remote controls je belum dapat hahaha geram je.. Kalau tak, boleh kita on tiap kali kita visit the house!

And another thing that had been installed was our L-shaped racks in the bomb shelter! Pictures did not do justice to the colour of the walls in the shelter – because it’s bright purple in real!

Didn’t have the time to drop by our place this week (Week 4) yet.. Probably over the weekend? Also, we were told that the carpenter had to be away for a week due to family urgent matters therefore the installation of cabinets will be done only next week. And on Friday next week, we have to be present at our place next week when the electrician installs the lights so that we can instruct them on the correct positioning :) Really can’t waaaaait!!

#ProjectAAH Week 02 – Wet Works Completed!

Alhamdulillah! I’m safe to say that all wet works (such as cement screeding, painting) for my house are completed as of today!

My living area looked white in pictures but it’s actually liiiight grey. I didn’t choose a darker colour for the area because I wanted to maintain the spacious look which white colour usually gives but at the same time I didn’t want to stick to the boring white walls. Hahaha, you get me right?

So yes, the whole house has been painted – including the bomb shelter (I chose light purple!) and the service yard. Yesterday noon, Jack texted to ask us to choose a paint colour for the door frames to match my bedroom doors. HDB had already painted the frames white so some ID/contractor may not even bother to paint them because they have to buy additional paint with a special finish, for just 3 or 4 bedroom frames. Some would offer still, but they would charge of course. However, Alhamdulillah, Jack offered to do for us at no charges because he find that the design of the bedroom doors which I chose, do not match the current colour.

Cement has been laid for the entire house as well, and Jack updated us that his team will be laying the flooring tiles next week. Didn’t know that it takes a week or so for the cement to dry!!

Last weekend, while I was at JB with my family for a quick getaway, Jack sent me a 2D drawing of my kitchen cabinet.

He is aware that I wanted mine to be mixed in colours – instead of the normal top row cabinets 1 colour and the bottom row cabinets in another colour. Hehehe! But of course, he let me have the final say to the design. Thankfully, there was plenty of papers in the hotel room so I did a few copies of the layout of the cabinets and I had to decide on the final 1 out of the 3 designs which I did.

Then, I took a picture of it and sent it back to him. Hahaha! I specifically shaded which cabinet doors to indicate the dark colours and yes, he will follow exactly. Can’t wait to see the outcome!!

Other than that, window grilles have been fixed for all rooms. On top of that, an additional window has been fixed at my service yard as well!

But as you can see, even with the windows, people who are standing/walking along the corridor or those who are throwing their rubbish at the chute will still be able to see inside my kitchen. Thus, I texted Jack to ask if he could get any stickers for the windows. He replied, “Ok will check my supplies” and that was it.

Few days later, he sent this picture in the WhatsApp group:

Can I emphasise again how efficient this Jack is?! Alhamdulillah. Yet again, he did it for us at no charges at all :)

So now that all the wet works have been settled, Jack would be starting the next phase which is carpentry works.. After that I’m guessing that they would then fix the lights, fans, sanitary fittings and then lastly doors? Till the next update! EXCITED!!