Our Renovation Journey: List of works done

Table Of Contents

  1. Our Renovation Journey
  2. Introduction
  3. Selecting a Contractor
  4. The Mood Board
  5. List of Works Done
  6. Problems Encountered
  7. Hacking and Plastering
  8. Tiling
  9. Taobao Loots
  10. Kitchen Appliances
  11. Issues Encountered Part 1
  12. Issues Encountered Part 2
  13. Brick Walls
  14. Electrical Works
  15. The Finished Look + Final Review and Contacts




Here’s a more or less finalized Sketchup plan of our house. We started out with a regular floorplan, did all the measurements and transferred everything over to Sketchup. Its been very helpful because unlike a 3D drawing which is just a single still frame, we’re able to rotate things around in Sketchup, so there’s a much better sense of space with this.

Some other views from Sketchup and the reno items that we will be working on:


Living Room 

  • Changing of main gate to scissor gate
  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Full height shoe cabinet, 3ft
  • Suspended ledge at the window, 7.5ft
  • Labour only to lay craftstone brick wall, 22ft
  • Hack 1 side of kitchen entrance, 4ft
  • Extend the other side of kitchen entrance using hollow blocks, 1ft
  • Aluminium frame door with 1 fixed and 1 sliding panel, only top tracks, 6.5ft



  • Hack all floor and walls tiles
  • Labour and material to lay new floor tiles
  • Supply and lay subway tiles at entire wall above lower kitchen cabinet
  • Plaster rest of all exposed walls
  • Lower kitchen cabinet with granite table top, 10ft
  • Full height kitchen cabinet, 3ft
  • Box up kitchen pipes, 1ft
  • Upper kitchen cabinet, 5ft
  • Side panels for fridge and box up washer and dryer
  • Removing existing 2 sinks, 2 bathroom doors and 1 wc
  • Seal up 1 bathroom door entrance with hollow blocks
  • Install 1 PD door
  • Supply and change dustbin lid


  • Hack all floor and wall tiles
  • Hack wall diving 2 bathrooms to combine into 1
  • Labour and material to lay floor and wall tiles
  • Raise up entire dry area floor so that shower area floor is ‘sunken’
  • Construct and tile up concrete seat and 2 additional ledges at shower area
  • Supply and install glass shower panel with sliding door
  • False ceiling with downlights
  • Vanity cabinet with solid surface table top and mirror, 2.5ft


Master Bedroom

  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Hack 1 entrance to the bathroom
  • Install 1 PD door
  • Casement cabinet with round edge, 8.5ft
  • 1 Bedside unit with round edge
  • Labour only to lay craftstone brick wall, 10ft


Study Room

  • Supply and overlay vinyl flooring
  • Construct and install plywood sliding door with frame, 14ft


  • Electrical rewiring for whole house
  • Plumbing and re-piping of whole house
  • Painting of whole house
  • Repainting main door and 2 bedroom doors and replacing handles
  • Replacing floor traps
  • Acid wash, clearing of debris, laying floor protection etc.

Total damage: 35k

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