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darylchan
26-08-2009, 01:01 PM
Hi guys. I've just purchased a house in Subang Jaya together with my fiancee and we're looking forward to moving in this November. Renovations are in progress now, which you can follow WIP here:

http://trickmycrib.blogspot.com/

Also, do help us out by clicking on ads to support our project. It helps earn a few bucks :D thanks

klutch
26-08-2009, 02:37 PM
Fuyoh... It really looks good on paper!!! :cool: Can't wait to see it finished, maybe can CURI an idea or two?? :p :p

darylchan
26-08-2009, 02:51 PM
Thanks klutch,
things usually look better on paper. In real life got a lot of obstacles to work around and just hope it turns out as good.

kwchang
26-08-2009, 10:52 PM
Daryl,
Since your are onto the kitchen part - have you considered the type of kitchen sink(s)? We got a laundry sink for our kitchen and were we glad to decide on that! My advice to you is to not go for the shallow sinks - everywhere gets splashed when you wash up at the usual type of sinks they provide in our terrace houses. By the way, our laundry-sized kitchen sink has a basket trap within the outlet - which is extremely useful to catch all the kitchen waste before it clogs up your outlet pipe - the U-trap is not sufficient.

darylchan
26-08-2009, 11:23 PM
The one we bought is fairly deep and comes with basket trap accessory for the outlet too, although it's not exactly the size of a laundry sink.

We have a big double bowl sink for the wet kitchen outside, but I haven't come to that part of the house yet.

bslee
26-08-2009, 11:53 PM
The one we bought is fairly deep and comes with basket trap accessory for the outlet too, although it's not exactly the size of a laundry sink.
We have a big double bowl sink for the wet kitchen outside, but I haven't come to that part of the house yet.

Hahaha!... better not be poisoned by some forumers here..you may burst the budget!.. :D :D , but what the heck?..if you've spent on the best stuff, you'll enjoy it for many years to come. Cheap stuff doesn't last at all.
Imported sanitary and kitchen fittings are very expensive nowadays. Much cheaper stuff are from China and they can be nasty products. I don't trust local products much. Bought one local brand kitchen sink tap, the thread wasn't even machined properly. QC issue!..

simon_tan
27-08-2009, 07:24 AM
I like your blog idea Daryl.. keep blogging.. interesting to see the progress.. clicked a couple of times too.. hope it helps...

Rhiga
27-08-2009, 11:02 AM
Hi, I believe you enjoy the home renovation job the planning, the selection of material and design, the progress of the work, etc.

When I renovated my condo 3 years ago (new, purchased from developer), I really enjoy everything associated in the renovation work.

I share with you my approach:

1. I only choose one brand which I fell comfortable in terms of quality and sales support. For example, I used Teka for all my kitchen appliances like cooker hood, gas hob, sinks, water taps, etc. I chose Panasonic for all the household electrical compliances like air-conds, fans, water heaters. I can bargain for a better price and I can command/control the delivery/installation better.

2. Try not to engage an interior designer if you have time and you know what you want. It is always good to be fully involved in the reno and deco process with your own idea, not the input from designer or not the one that always appear in the magazine. Remember, the ultimate goal of renovation and decoration is for you to stay, not to display.

Cheers.

darylchan
27-08-2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks for the encouragement guys. I'll definitely keep the blog going till the project is completed.

Reno is fun but also stressful, especially when we have a deadline to complete by, which is very tight.

darylchan
27-08-2009, 05:23 PM
New posting... reno the green way.

geordie
27-08-2009, 06:21 PM
Hi, I believe you enjoy the home renovation job the planning, the selection of material and design, the progress of the work, etc.

I share with you my approach:

1. I only choose one brand which I fell comfortable in terms of quality and sales support. For example, I used Teka for all my kitchen appliances like cooker hood, gas hob, sinks, water taps, etc. I chose Panasonic for all the household electrical compliances like air-conds, fans, water heaters. I can bargain for a better price and I can command/control the delivery/installation better.


Cheers.

Saga,

Mind sharing where's the best place to source for the Teka appliances and fittings ???

Thanks.

darylchan
28-08-2009, 10:39 AM
There's a new shop in DU at the corner facing the mosque, at the roundabout.
it's on the 1st floor. They have good range and good discounts.

Rhiga
28-08-2009, 11:30 AM
Saga,

Mind sharing where's the best place to source for the Teka appliances and fittings ???

Thanks.

I went to the Teka show room in Glenmarrie to view and inquire about the range of Teka products.

During my visit, the staff there were well-trained with product knowledge and they even gave me a complete product catalog (not the promotion brochure which normally you can get from the dealer).

The good thing about the product catalog is the dimension of all the products are shown, it helped a lot in my planning.

Once I have finalized the models, I told my kitchen cabinet installer to purchase the appliances and fittings

You can get a good bargain because 1) you buy a lot of the Teka items 2) kitchen cabinet installer normally can get discount from them as well.

geordie
28-08-2009, 12:31 PM
Saga & Daryl,

Two thumbs up for your feedbacks !

Cheers.

darylchan
28-08-2009, 05:03 PM
Unfortunately I don't have the funds to buy all Teka stuff for my crib, but you guys can at least help by working your mouse. You know how lah ;)

darylchan
01-09-2009, 02:40 PM
New posts today, and some comedy content.

darylchan
05-09-2009, 02:44 PM
Anyone got a contact in MPSJ who can help expedite my reno application?
It seems to be taking way too long, and I dont have much time to wait

Help, anyone please?

darylchan
12-09-2009, 01:15 PM
Finally, got approval and beginning to make progress.
:)

darylchan
14-09-2009, 09:49 PM
work's really moving along now :)

darylchan
07-10-2009, 01:28 AM
Massive updates coming.

klutch
07-10-2009, 04:10 PM
Daryl;

Keep the updates coming... whenever possible.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v402/darylchan/P290909_1614_resize.jpg LOVE That Basin :)

darylchan
20-10-2009, 07:00 PM
For sure.
Doing my best to keep regular updates.
It's all drawing close to completion now :)

darylchan
30-10-2009, 12:20 PM
Its on to the finishing touches now.
not everything went according to plan, but right now just concentrating on finishing the project.

darylchan
05-11-2009, 10:44 AM
It's now 9 days to D day...

darylchan
02-12-2009, 10:39 AM
It's done! We've moved in... right on time even.

simon_tan
02-12-2009, 10:59 AM
Congrats on your marriage.. your new home and thank you for letting us be part of your home improvement process....

klutch
02-12-2009, 12:44 PM
CONGRATS on your marriage too...!!! :) The place looks good now; can't wait to see when its all done, then I'm sure it will look fantastic then. :p :D

jan tomaswaki
02-12-2009, 02:54 PM
Congrats to your new lovenest ! anyway ada makan besar or not ?it's really a beautiful home.

darylchan
02-12-2009, 04:27 PM
thanks. not ready for makan besar yet. still got some things to do before we can entertain guests.

darylchan
07-12-2009, 07:06 PM
I wonder if there's anything that can be done about the quality of our municipal water supply? I just changed the year-old external water filter and it was absolutely disgusting.

lilifjp
07-12-2009, 07:53 PM
Hi Daryl,

I really enjoy seeing the progress of your home renovations.

Congrats on your wedding + finally moving in to your dream house ! :)

Water quality everywhere is bad & we need sand filters to filter out the mud & smell..... (or else our white clothes will turn yellow :( )

bslee
07-12-2009, 07:54 PM
I wonder if there's anything that can be done about the quality of our municipal water supply? I just changed the year-old external water filter and it was absolutely disgusting.

Problem #1. I reckon your main inlet pipes are still GI from meter to kitchen and water tank. You could have considered replacing the pipes to better quality plastic pipes suited for the purpose. GI pipes will always scale (rust and corrosion) in due course, resulting in reducing water pressure/flow as it ages. That being said, its not entirely true that rusty water is from the corroded steel pipes but more evidently from the incoming water. Unfortunately developer supplied pipes are embedded deep within the foundation of the home and its not logical to remove them just like that and replace it. Whats usually done is a new pipe run from the meter (embedded in ground) through the garden, floor and to its destination. I'm afraid this is going to cost as its not very nice to see exposed pipes running all over the place. I should say its easy to consult some hardware shops on the latest water pipes that may suit your budget. Yes, this can be a costly exercise.
Problem #2. Dirty water. A sand type filter is one likely solution to alleviate the problem to some degree of toleration, to filter the incoming water supply at the meter. Bear in mind filtered water doesn't mean your GI pipes will not scale and corrode. They WILL anyhow!, but rest assured cleaner water goes to your tank, cisterns and taps. I've seen water tanks with inches thick of silt, sediment and brown scale. Those cartridge filter types are just cheap and nasty and does not do the job very well, worse still if the water contamination is serious. Sand filters have to be maintained by periodic backwashing and sand replaced after some time. All depends on the quality of the incoming water.

Expecting purest water from SYABAS is not going to happen. There you have it in a nutshell.

darylchan
08-12-2009, 02:44 PM
I think our main issue here is the quality (or lack) of the municipal water supply. It is really, really becoming a problem in subang jaya.

Evidence: water filter retailers doing brisk business

Getting free water is not an excuse. Lobby the government anyone?

bslee
09-12-2009, 12:45 AM
I think our main issue here is the quality (or lack) of the municipal water supply. It is really, really becoming a problem in subang jaya.
Evidence: water filter retailers doing brisk business
Getting free water is not an excuse. Lobby the government anyone?

I reckon this is a tough one. I believe the problem starts with the main water supply pipes which are in various state of condition contributing to contaminated water supply. Unless and when most if not all the old pipes are replaced to greatly eliminate the scale and corrosion problem, the problem will persist indefinitely. Sure hellava lot of money and digging that'll go on. I think its a no hoper for now. Meanwhile you've to filter it the best you can at your end.

adamx
10-12-2009, 10:30 AM
After all these money and effort, not good.

Why have u not done up your chain fencing.. they will look terrible, the first thing you come back after a hard day working is to see a beautiful house from outside.. not a messy chain link fence.

lightings are also not practical... its not good for reading or when eventually you have children studying, it will be terrible.

you make a very bad mistake on the kitchen, never let your kitchen link to your living room openly like that. Kitchen is the most messy place and it will be impossible to keep it clear of stuff, the longer you stay, the more messy it will get. IF you happens to cook, everything in your living room will become dirty and destroyed by oil.

those partial wood flooring will also make cleaning difficult.

overall, I dont like what I see.

jan tomaswaki
10-12-2009, 11:23 AM
After all these money and effort, not good.

lightings are also not practical... its not good for reading or when eventually you have children studying, it will be terrible.

you make a very bad mistake on the kitchen, never let your kitchen link to your living room openly like that. Kitchen is the most messy place and it will be impossible to keep it clear of stuff, the longer you stay, the more messy it will get. IF you happens to cook, everything in your living room will become dirty and destroyed by oil.

those partial wood flooring will also make cleaning difficult.

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Friend,what adamx quote is correct,it will be very,very difficult to clean the floor should you grill some fishes for dinner,for lightings go for both lights,warm and day light lightings,if you feel like a romantic night with wine after a hard day's work ,you can swicth to warm lights.I see overall your house is very nice BTW how much you pay for the renovation?

darylchan
10-12-2009, 11:38 AM
After all these money and effort, not good.

Why have u not done up your chain fencing.. they will look terrible, the first thing you come back after a hard day working is to see a beautiful house from outside.. not a messy chain link fence.

lightings are also not practical... its not good for reading or when eventually you have children studying, it will be terrible.

you make a very bad mistake on the kitchen, never let your kitchen link to your living room openly like that. Kitchen is the most messy place and it will be impossible to keep it clear of stuff, the longer you stay, the more messy it will get. IF you happens to cook, everything in your living room will become dirty and destroyed by oil.

those partial wood flooring will also make cleaning difficult.

overall, I dont like what I see.

1. It's a matter of budget and priority. We spend more time indoors rather than out, so after a hard day's work, I don't need to stand outside in the sun/rain admiring our beautiful fencing.

2. Actually our house is over-lighted. It doesn't show in the pix, but I ended up taking out a few bulbs to cut down on the light+heat.

3. To each his own. If you want a nice open kitchen, then you also gotta be prepared to keep it clean. In anycase, it's a DRY kitchen and we don't cook indoors. All our cooking is done at the back of the house. No oil, no mess, can have nice wooden flooring.

darylchan
21-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Updated with some DIY projects over the past 2 weekends.

darylchan
07-01-2010, 11:20 AM
trickmycrib is back for the year 2010 with a new look and more home improvement action!

darylchan
20-01-2010, 10:24 AM
How to get rid of cats... (http://trickmycrib.blogspot.com)

SonOfSoil
20-01-2010, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the tip on preventing cats. I was wondering if the orange peel technique actually worked. Will try it out at my place now.

darylchan
22-01-2010, 02:51 PM
Did it work for you?


Thanks for the tip on preventing cats. I was wondering if the orange peel technique actually worked. Will try it out at my place now.

darylchan
25-01-2010, 07:34 PM
New blog post, new project, dedicated to Mr. Adamx...


After all these money and effort, not good.

Why have u not done up your chain fencing.. they will look terrible, the first thing you come back after a hard day working is to see a beautiful house from outside.. not a messy chain link fence.

...overall, I dont like what I see.

darylchan
25-02-2010, 11:57 AM
The fence project's nearly done. Just need to find time for some finishing touches now.

darylchan
01-03-2010, 08:11 PM
Been bz lately with not much time for DIY. Anyway since the renovation is done by and large, and we've already moved in for some time trickmycrib (http://trickmycrib.blogspot.com) can no longer be a renovation blog. So, I'm shifting my content focus to design inspiration and DIY as some of you readers have already probably realised.

darylchan
28-03-2010, 07:24 PM
I know my blog has actually been getting quite a number of regulars from this site, but now it's time to get with the times.

I've moved over to a proper website at dxyn.net, and a new design that's miles ahead of the old blog. Thanks for all your support and more funky ideas!