Anyway, after shortlisting a few companies, meeting them and weighing the pros and cons, we have finally decided on the company to do our reno!
The lady who's handling our reno gave us samples of laminates and paint colours to have an idea of what exact shade of colours to choose. But I am still confuse on what I want specifically. Despite going through pages after pages of inspiration online, I still don't know what to choose. I mean, I have the idea, I just don't know if whatever I choose will turn out nice and whatever I choose will be easy to maintain. Like I mentioned before, I want the Scandinavian look which is mostly white, but will white laminates turn yellow over time? :/ So many things to think about. But still, I am excited for the renovation!
What I've been staring at the past few nights.
Few days ago I gave HDB an email and a few calls to ask for an earlier key collection date. If I wait any longer, I won't get my house before baby is delivered. See, I am living with my in-laws and they're working. They also have to look after Zai's grandmother. Since my in-laws won't be around during my confinement, I asked for my parents' help. If I don't have my own place ready, my parents can't stay in to help me! They are living in JB and I can't possibly go there during confinement and my baby has no passport too. :/
I explained to the HDB officer my situation and surprisingly he gave me quite an early date, which is next week on the 11th Aug. Considering that those who already received their appointment dates before me, are only collecting their keys end of this month. So yay! Which made my ID chase me for so many things like laminate colours, size of oven, hood and hob, flooring colours, air-con. :/ So many things that Zai and I (mainly me) are rushing for just so that the house will be ready by mid September before baby pops.
Anyway, here's a list of things I've gotten so far:
1. Sharp Refrigerator - $531
2. Samsung Washing Machine - $300
3. Mitsubishi Air-con - $2799
4. Ariston Oven
5. Ariston Hob
6. Ariston Hood - $1149 for all 3 items
Prices not including delivery and extended warranty. I got the refrigerator and washing machine at a cheap price cause we went to Best Denki's warehouse sale and got the display sets. Haha when we reached, there were actually a lot of display sets sold already then the sales person told us that we could just buy the display sets at 20% off. The display sets were as good as new! Still wrapped in plastic and styrofoam. We got our choice of refrigerator at display set price but not washing machine but it's okay. We downgraded our washing machine and got another model at the display set price.
Got our ID to settle the air-con for us. After comparing prices, her contact's price is still cheaper than outside cause her contact has some National Day promo going on. Got our oven, hob and hood at a package sale price too with free gifts and a free baking class which I am asking my mom to go instead haha. Cause I know she'll be interested in all these.
So what now?
- Decide flooring colour
- Decide whether to have lots of white laminates (worried they'll turn yellow)
- Decide whether to have tiles or glass for kitchen backsplash
I think I have more things to decide but I can't remember all of them now. Settling the reno and being 8 months pregnant (soon) at the same time, is no joke.