Table Of Contents
- Our Renovation Journey
- Selecting a Contractor
- The Mood Board
- List of Works Done
- Problems Encountered
- Hacking and Plastering
- Taobao Loots
- Kitchen Appliances
- Issues Encountered Part 1
- Issues Encountered Part 2
- Brick Walls
- Electrical Works
- The Finished Look + Final Review and Contacts
Our search for kitchen appliances began shortly after the first week of reno, and we settled everything in 3 days, over 1 weekend. Although we had a budget to keep to, we also didn’t want to spend too much time travelling and sourcing for the lowest prices. So we kept our selection relatively small and only went to Hoe Kee, GainCity, Bathroom Warehouse, Hupfarri and 2 aircon stores in IMM (but eventually dropped them because of the terrible reviews).
(Oh, this isn’t a biggie, but I have an experience to share about Hoe Kee at Katong. So we were attended by a slimey(!) salesman (I forgot his name) who gave me really bad vibes. He actually badmouthed his colleagues from another Hoe Kee branch to us. And while we were deciding on what hob to get, I showed Bear an image on my phone, and I actually caught him sneaking a peek to see what it was. I was seriously turned off! Smh.)
Anyway, here are the items that we’ve finally purchased.
GainCity was the first and also the last place that we went to. After going around comparing prices, we felt that GainCity had reasonable prices. We went to the Sungei Kadut branch and found the salesmen to be pretty top notch. Attentive, patient, knowledgeable, and also offered us attractive discounts. To top it off, we also received a free Hitachi Cordless Kettle, and an Electrolux Stacking Kit, so yay!
ELECTROLUX FRONT LOAD WASHER, 7.5KG
$530 (after discount)
ELECTROLUX FRONT LOAD CONDERSER DRYER, 7KG
Our initial choice was a different Electrolux washer + dryer package. However, the loads are 7kg and 6kg respectively. I intend to use my dryer to dry bedsheets, which require a 7kg load, so those don’t cut it for me. Furthermore, we found out that the dryer comes with a side vent, and a big vent hose that looks like this. We were taken aback because none of the other sales people had told us about this. We were not willing to have this hose sticking out from the side of the dryer, so misfortune averted! What we actually needed to get (and did get eventually) was a condenser dryer (shown above), that has a small, neat tray at the top for the steam to condense into.
HITACHI 3 DOOR FRIDGE (365L)
$969 (after discount)
My mum actually bought this fridge a few years back and it’s in my 娘家 right now. It’s a skinny fridge, not too big, which is fine for us because we don’t cook much. This might seem strange to some, but what caught my eye is the ice-making function in this fridge. You fill in the small water tank at the top section. After the ice has formed, it will be collected at the bottom section, ready to be scooped out. Easy peasy, and, to me, super convenient. For some reason though, very few fridges at this price range have this function.
ELECTROLUX BUILT-IN OVEN
$619 (after discount)
I’m NOT a cooking sort of person. But now that I’ll be having a kitchen all to myself, I think it would be a waste not to at least try. After much deliberation, we decided to get an oven as well. Although Electrolux is a decent brand, I haven’t seen any much reviews on it. Though I have seen some good reviews in Renotalk on Elba built-in ovens, so I might be switching to this instead (GainCity allows for item swaps, as long as the item has not been delivered).
TOSHIBA INVERTER SYS3
The AC selection was a really long and tedious process. For us, there were many things to take into consideration. Because an AC requires maintenance long after it has been purchased, we feel that the reliability of the company / salesperson is just as important. After much doing research on AC supplier companies and much time spent talking to aircon sales people, our hearts were finally won over by Lennon, a Sungei Kadut GainCity sales rep.
Here’s the ‘long story short’.
We had already shortlisted 2 brands, Mitsubishi and Toshiba, with our main priority being price and functionality. The Toshiba (which, we were told, has only one Sys 3 model) has a slightly lower BTU than the Mitsubishi models. However, because there are only two of us, our consumption is going to be lesser than that of a family with 3-4 members. This would make Toshiba the more suitable choice for us. Also, because of the $150 capital mall voucher thrown in, this evened out the prices, making Toshiba our final choice.
We also upgraded to:
- Premium 4 years extended warranty that comes without a cap on the amount ($129)
- 1/2″ Armaflex insulation (forgot the amount)
CARYSIL LARGE BOWL GRANITE SINK,
$195.68 (after discount)
Initially, we wanted a double sink but decided to settle on a single one instead, to save on countertop space. A single bowl is also larger than either side of a double bowl, and would fit a large pot or pan more easily. We’ll just pop in a dish-drying rack at the side in future to dry our dishes.
KOHL SINGLE LEVER SINK MIXER(SQUARE)
$216.38 (after discount)
Nothing much to say about this mixer except that it’s nice and matte (the above picture is the chrome model). Our initial choice for taps/sinks was Grohe (because Hansgrohe is too pricey). However after realizing that Grohe is made in Thailand, we decided that we aren’t ready to shell out that amount of money. Also, we’re also not avid kitchen users, so this is an area where we put in the least amount of research.
RINNAI HORIZONTAL INDUCTION HOB
$720 (after discount)
An induction cooker runs on electricity instead of gas. Energy consumption wise, both are equal. Because this has the sleek, modern look that we want (and because I have phobia of a toppling my pots over while using a gas stove), this is naturally our first and only choice.
For those who are not aware, note that there are 2 very similar looking cookers – induction and ceramic. Here are some difference that I learned about:
- Induction hobs heat up quicker than ceramic hobs.
- Induction hobs are heated by electricity. Ceramic hobs are heated by coiled metal elements underneath.
- Induction hobs will only work on materials that are magnetic in nature (eg. stainless steel). Ceramic hobs can be used to heat up any material.
- Induction hobs are cool to the touch, and only the area under the pan is heated up. For ceramic hobs the entire surface will be heated up.