For sure, you've heard a story or two of a home renovation gone wrong. These mistakes could have been avoided, you might think. However, no matter how much you've planned, there are still things that might not go your way during the process of upgrading your home. Some Reddit users spill the most terrible renovation mistakes they did. Read on and let these revelations serve as your warning! 1. NO PROPER BUDGET PLAN "My parents were ready to do a full reno/addition to our house. My dad worked for a lumberyard and was formerly a contractor so he knew plenty of contractors. Hired a guy he knew well, helped design the plans, arranged payment for each leg of the project. About midway through the project, after putting an entire second floor on the house and before electrical, plumbing, insulation, or sheetrock could be put in, my parents noticed the invoices are way off from where they should be. They get an itemised list of the supplies ordered. There's a tonne of stuff not needed for the … [Read more...] about Homeowners reveal their most terrible renovation mistakes
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For the superstitious, it's anathema to renovate (and also marry, swim, or hang wet laundry overnight) during the 7th month of the Lunar calendar, and that's because of the 'Hungry Ghost Festival' - a yearly period between 1st -29th August when it's believed that hordes of wandering spirits will emerge from hell to haunt the world of the living. However, does that make the 7th lunar month a bad time to get started on building your new home? Well, not according to the interior designers whom we spoke to about common myths surrounding the matter and Singapore's renovation industry. Here's what we found out from them. MYTH 1: THE HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL IS A BAD TIME TO START RENOVATING False. We have all heard someone say that getting a new start during the Hungry Ghost Festival will invite bad luck into your home or that the noisy work will disturb the spirits but if you aren't into these beliefs, there's actually a significant advantage to starting your renovation in August. According to … [Read more...] about The biggest 7th month myths about home renovation, debunked
The cost of renovating Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home was 2.4 million pounds (S$4.1 million), Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday (Jun 25).The sum, taken from the annual taxpayer-funded allowance to the royal family, paid for the conversion of Frogmore Cottage to a single dwelling while the royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid for the fittings and furnishings."The property had not been subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate," said Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse."Outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long term future of the property," he said as the royal household published the annual Sovereign Grant report which details official income and expenditure of Queen Elizabeth and her household.The 19th century Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the queen's Windsor Castle estate, became the … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan’s home renovation cost taxpayers S$4.1m
If you're renovating for the first time, there's plenty to puzzle over, from budgeting matters to the myriad of design features to consider for your home's new look. And so, the last thing you need is even more confusing renovation jargon. Fortunately, we have got the perfect solution: A handy cheat sheet of commonly-used renovation terms in Singapore. Use it the next time you're on a site visit or discussing ideas with your interior designer! 1. SUB-CONTRACTOR You probably already know the difference between contractors and interior designers as well as what they do (if you don't, read this), but what about sub-contractors? Like contractors, they are in charge of handling specific renovation works on the ground (e.g. plumbing, masonry, air-conditioning), but only the ones that an interior designer or contractor can't do. So, think of them as third-party specialists who are called in for special jobs! 2. LOAD-BEARING WALL Not every wall in your home is the same. While some can be torn … [Read more...] about Do you know these home renovation terms used in Singapore?
If there's someone who knows a thing or two about turning an empty apartment into a stylish retreat, it's Charlotte's Carpentry director James Lim. Be it an Insta-worthy contemporary abode or an industrial-inspired couple's nest, James and his firm has helped many a client achieve their dream home. However, it was not only until earlier this year that the seasoned designer finally got the chance to work on an abode that he can call his own. To get the lowdown on his renovation journey, we spoke to James himself about his ideas and how they were brought to life in his 4-room HDB flat at Bukit Batok. ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY James (J): As you may already know, I am the founder of Charlotte's Carpentry. I've been in the home renovation line since 2009, and I share this house with my family, which consists of my wife and my young son. We also have a domestic helper staying with us. ABOUT HIS HOME'S NEW LOOK J: About the look of the house, I'd say that it's modern contemporary with a … [Read more...] about How a designer brought masculine chic to his 4-room HDB home