#ProjectFunHouse is finally ooooooover!
Woahhh. Did not expect everything to come to an end this soon. Seems like only yesterday right, Right, RIGHT?
Time to be emotional a bit here so please bear with me. But hey, give me a bit of face, can? Moving process *is* always a very emotional process because it is not simply the moving of furniture and boxes, or changing of address. It is more than that; it involves us starting afresh, it involves moving to a whole new level, it is the beginning of a new chapter in life, and yes, new memories are waiting to be made too. Tell me how to not be emotional about letting go of something that I was so attached to? I grew up in that house, spent my teenage life there, got engaged there, got married there, and became a mummy of three there too.
So when we finally had to handover the keys to the new owner, I could not help but to get a bit teary. Just a bit teary, not that much. There were so many people there, so I had to retain my cool and act like I was all okay.
Hahaha. I even forced the new owners to pose for me.
“Please pose for me. I want this as memory. You better take good care of the house okay?”
So cute of them. The husband is Korean and the wife is Japanese. Or is it the other way round? :S
Such a sweet and nice couple.
Okay moving on, are you ready?
ARE YOU LIKE, REALLY SURE?
Do not expect too much, okay?
PRESENTING TO YOU…
Special thanks to our one and only project manager, Shafee from Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd for the inspiration, ideas, dedication and friendship to make this entire #ProjectFunHouse a success. Alhamdullilah.
BEST PROJECT MANAGER EVERRRR, AS CERTIFIED BY TATEK & ME.
Will talk more about Shafee in the later part of this blog post.
Meanwhile, the tour begins now.
First, let us take a stroll in the living room. I was really pleased with the outcome of the living room because it is exactly like how I had envisioned it to be. I wanted a simple, classy yet cosy look. Nothing too over the top. Nothing too noisy looking, if you get what I mean.
The end result? AWESOME!
[Credits: Design & Reno by Shafee of Classic Ideas & Design Pte Ltd / Ceiling Fan by Crestar / Dining & Downlights by Lite Lab / Curtains by 99 Interior / Wallpaper by 99 Curtains / Paint by Dulux (Colour used: Picket White )]
One of my most favourite spots in the house has to be the dining area! Eating has never taken this long to finish. It’s not helping that there is a full length tinted mirror right opposite the dining table, so I have no choice but to check how I look every second or so.
[Credits: Design & Reno by: Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd / Welcome & Dining Lights & Downlights by Lite Lab / Wallpaper by 99 Interior]
The kitchen is another favourite spot of mine in the house because…
IT IS WHERE THE FOOD IS. IT IS WHERE THE HEART IS. IT IS ALSO WHERE THE TUMMY IS. HE HE.
See the counter top right outside the kitchen? Well, that’s where the Nadyas will be doing their baking in future with me!
What I especially love about the kitchen cabinets is the slow motion cabinet hinges! No slamming sound at all anymore. Closing the cabinets now is so effortless and silent.
[Credits: Design & Reno by Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd / Ceiling Light by Lite Lab / Blind by 99 Interior /]
Okay, let us now attack the rooms! This walkway will actually lead to…
THE NADYAS’ ROOM!
Now, I believe I have told you before that the real challenge for #ProjectFunHouse was the girls’ room. Why, it is not even a bedroom to begin with, but a study room interconnected to the master bedroom! We had no confidence initially that it could be transformed into a room decent enough for three little girls. But Shafee was ever so confident when he saw the floorplan and calmly told us that it could be done.
A lot of planning was involved, without a doubt. Shafee was really thorough throughout the planning process, and made sure that everything was made to fit.
Let me first show you how the study room looked like when we purchased the property.
SO SMALL AND CRAMPY RIGHT? SO SAD RIGHT?
Want to see how it looks like now?
During the planning process, I told Shafee that no matter what, the room must have three beds, one big wardrobe, lots of storage space, one study table for three girls, a tv area, and a little floor space for the girls.Shafee kept on laughing and laughing when he saw my persistence to try to fit everything inside the small and crampy room, but despite his laughter, he also made sure that he was able to fulfill my wishes.
So, during the daytime, if the Nadyas need to do their school work or some writing/drawing, all they need to do is push in the lower bunk bed, and they will have this!
Hahaha okay, I am *finally* going to reveal this part of the Nadyas’ room which many of you have been dying to know the moment I posted the following picture in my Instagram.
The cute comments I received which made me giggle like a little girl.
Okay okay, let me reveal.
Siti Haniza, this is especially for you. So cute to see how curious you were!
The stairs actually lead to…
THE TOPMOST BUNK BED! HAHA!
[Credits: Design & Reno by Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd / Paint by Dulux (Colours used: Candy Pink & Blue Topaz) / Wall Lights by Lite Lab / Blinds by 99 Curtains / Wall Decals by Decorette Wall Decals / HERF Flooring by: Evorich Flooring]
Since storage is an issue and we need all the storage space possible, the stairs also serve as drawers.
So you see, we have learnt from #ProjectFunHouse that it is not the size of the space but the space planning that matters the most. Thank you Shafee for always brainstorming with us, and for not giving us an immediate YES to our all suggestions just for the sake of pleasing us. By doing that, it actually allowed us to brainstorm even further for more practical ideas. Shafee believes in practicality more than anything else.
Of course, if we were given the choice, we would love for the Nadyas to have a much bigger space because they are after all, kids. But the Nadyas are really pleased with the outcome of their room, and cannot stop thanking me even till today.
“This is the best room ever, Mummy! Thank you, I love you so much.”
Like I mentioned, the Nadyas’ room leads to the master bedroom. But since the master bedroom is quite a private space, I intend to show you only err… 2 pictures? Sorry about that. HA HA.
And next to my bed is a little walk-in area for our wardrobe.
[Credits: Design & Reno by Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd / Ceiling Fan by Crestar / Wall Lights & Downlights by Lite Lab / Curtains by 99 Curtains/ Paint by Dulux (colour used: Bisque) Wallpaper by 99 Interior/ HERF Flooring by: Evorich Flooring]
See those mirrors? Well, they serve a gooood purpose besides simply asking me to look at myself in the mirror every single day; that’s where I am going to teach my personal makeup classes too very soooon! Excited much.
And see the door? That leads to my master bathroom which I am going to show you right about now!
We wanted a resort style bathroom because well, it is just so relaxing. If I used to take thirty mins to shower, I now take forty minutes. O-O
And here is the common bathroom!
We go grey, baby.
Don’t you just LOVE the mosaic tiles?
I DO, SO MUCH!
Let’s take a quick peek at the other two bedrooms too, shall we?
My parents’ room is really beautiful because everything is either white or cream in colour. Everything looks so calm and peaceful.
The wall decals really bring out the serenity in the room, ideal for my parents!
Again, Shafee maximized the storage space because my parents have quite a bit of stuff to keep and store, including their ‘treasure’.
It is so convenient to use blinds nowadays. If the sun is too bright and you need to block it out, or you need a little bit of privacy, just pull down the blinds!
Credits: Design & Reno: Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd. / HERF Flooring: Evorich Flooring / Blinds: 99Interior / Wall Decals: Decorette Wall Decals/ Paint: Dulux (colour used: Sea Shell)
Ili’s room is simple too, but she plays around with colours like off white, black, and tiffany blue.
And I really like her wall decals because I love Paris. Irony is, I have never been there before.
[Credits: Design & Reno: Shafee of Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd. / HERF Flooring: Evorich Flooring / Wall Decals: Decorette Wall Decals/ Paint: Dulux (colour used: Pentalite Black & Barely White)]
Seriously, #ProjectFunHouse would not be possible without these wonderful people/companies.
Once again, let me thank them all from the very bottom of my heart, in alphabetical order.
Thank you for the following:
- Living Room Curtains
- Master Bedroom Curtains
- Nadyas’ blinds
- My parents’ blinds
- The kitchen blinds
- Master Bedroom Wallpaper
- Living Room Wallpaper
Thank you so much for the Aircraft Alumni Acrylic Series ceiling fans for our entire house!
The ceiling fans are really powerful, everyday feels like a day at the beach! We no longer use the aircon, and no longer get sinus! I am so thankful that my life no longer depends on the aircon, and I am serious here. When was the last time I had a bad sinus? I think that would be at the previous house, when we were still depending on zircon day in and day out.
You can visit Crestar HERE.
Alternatively, you can give them a call at 6254 9483 and look for Jerald!
Blk 164 Kallang Way
Kolam Ayer Industrial Estate
DECORETTE WALL DECALS
Thank you for the beautiful wall decals!
And I didn’t know it was that easy to install the decals! Hehehe.
You can view their very beautiful and unique collection HERE.
But a little warning from me; YOU WILL GET VERY CONFUSED AND END UP WANTING TO CHOOSE EVERYTHING YOU SEE…
just like what happened to me.
OH, ONLY FOR MY BLOG READERS, DO NOT FORGET TO QUOTE ETRANGLE WHEN YOU ORDER TO ENJOY 10% DISCOUNT! VALID TILL END OF DECEMBER 2012!
Thank you for painting my house beautifully! I love all the colours so much, especially my girls’ room! and the best thing about Dulux paint is, there is absolutely no smell at all!
For a FREE Colour Consultation, visit Dulux HERE.
I am just so glad we listened to Alex from Evorich and decided on the HERF flooring! I actually really tried to walk like a buffalo to see whether it would produce any thumping sound.
Hardly any sound at all! It’s like walking on air. And best thing is, it is not hollow.
If you want to sneak out at night, you should have HERF flooring in your house!
OKAY SORRY. THIS IS A PARENTING BLOG.
Sorry for that.
To find out more about HERF flooring, you can read THIS, or visit them HERE, or contact Alex Aw directly at 97775055
Thank you KWERKEE for making our house more interesting! What can I say, they have really unique stuff. They believe in selling only the unique and hard to find design pieces. And who stands to benefit? People like YOU and ME! It is really no wonder why my sister loves KWERKEE so much.
We already have the Popcorn machine at home.
The cute toaster.
And some other cool stuff too, which I will blog about soooon!
Meanwhile, you can visit them HERE.
Thank you so much for lighting up our house, and chasing away the darkness.
This is yet another company with tip top customer service! We had such a wonderful time choosing the lights because they were always there to guide us, and provide recommendations based on how energy saving the light is and all.
Sometimes, choosing of lights is not just about the design or how grand it will look. We need to be aware also of other more important factors like creating the right ambience, the energy consumption, the colour of the light, and the lifespan of the light bulb.
You can visit Lite Lab Private Ltd at:
No. 33, Ubi Ave 3, #01-13 Singapore 408868
They are open from MON to SUN: 10am – 8pm, so you can always drop by right after work too!
Alternatively, their hotline is 6483 7181
Email them at:
Customer Feedback: email@example.com
And of course, our project manager himself…
SHAFEE FROM CLASSIC IDEAS DESIGN & BUILD PTE LTD
Now, this man, together with his assistant Amran, did prove to us that renovation CAN be a very pleasant experience after all. No need to fight or argue, even!
Actually, renovation is a very straightforward affair. You pay, the renovation works will be carried out. You refuse to pay, the reno works will have to stop because the contractors have to earn a living daily too.
I get it, there are a lot of you out there who strongly believe that you do not need to pay until a job is done and until you are satisfied with the outcome. But in the renovation industry, it is quite difficult to apply the same principle because all these subcontractors are usually paid daily. I really pity them because I have actually gotten to know the contractors involved in #ProjectFunHouse, and realized they are all a bunch of very nice and simple-minded guys.
If really there is something that you are not happy with during or after the renovation works in terms of the workmanship, just inform your project manager directly. He will definitely attend to it because he is in charge of the project. Well, he should attend to it. If he doesn’t, you tell me. But in all seriousness, in every renovation work, there is bound to be a spot or two with defects, so instead of barking at the contractors or project manager to get it fixed immediately, tell them nicely, and oh, give them some time.
When you are nice to people and treat them with respect, they will always be more than happy to return you the favour and help you in whichever way they can. They can even become your good friend as a result of everything. But when you are nasty to them, how do you expect them to be nice to you and deliver only the best to you? Most likely they would only give you false promises, keep prolonging everything, or just ignore you for the rest of their lives. They might even curse you everyday for causing them so much distress and unhappiness. I truly believe in this because it has been tested and proven. See, we are still very close to our property agent Bryan. And now, we are good friends with our project manager Shafee too. Nice to know, isn’t it?
We have no regrets at all engaging Shafee from Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd as our project manager. On days when he could not drop by due to family commitments for instance, he would always ensure that Amran would be there instead to help us monitor and supervise everything. All we needed to do when something needed attention was to call either of them up, and they would take the necessary actions immediately. You know, during the entire moving process the other time, Shafee also arranged for the cleaners to clean up the then newly renovated house of ours so that the house was free from dust and debris. Mind you, he was leaving for KL for a little break at that point of time. We truly appreciate his thoughtfulness up till today.
Told you my renovation process was going to be a super memorable one.
So okay, you want to renovate your house but you have yet to receive your cash proceeds?
DO NOT WORRY A THING ABOUT IT.
You might want to consider the BUY & SELL SCHEME BY CLASSIC IDEAS DESIGN & BUILD PTE LTD.
To put it in simple terms, BUY & SELL SCHEME means renovate first, pay later.
Thank goodness Shafee introduced this scheme to Tatek and I because well, we were in a rush to renovate our house. The only problem we had at that point of time was, we would receive our cash proceeds a week after the expected starting date of renovation works. We thought initially there was no way we could get the renovation works to start as planned, but hey hey, the BUY & SELL SCHEME was truly godsend.
Oh, Classic Ideas Design & Build Pte Ltd has several awesome home renovation packages for you to choose from too!
For example, they have packages for:
Kitchen & 2 Bathrooms
2 Bathrooms only
Besides the interesting and super reasonable package prices that you can enjoy, you will also receive FREE GIFTS like:
Hood & hub
Aircon or other electrical appliances
Before I forget, there is one more thing I would like to talk about; STARBUY 20 FT KITCHEN CABINET PROMOTION, which is going at…
This also includes free design and consultation by Mr Shafee himself, you know?
Did you know we actually took up the STARBUY PROMOTION for our kitchen cabinet?
Yes, our kitchen cabinet!
WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. SO CHEAP RIGHT?
Shafee also asked me to stress on this:
NO GIMMICKS AND NO CONDITIONS.
So thank you so much Shafee! You are indeed a man with no gimmicks too. Whatever that you provided in our quotation was indeed the final cost with no additional cost. You know how some contractors will give you a certain quotation, and then when the actual renovation takes place, they will tell you that using this material or that material will be an additional cost? With Shafee, you can rest assure that what you see in the quotation is what you will really pay for, and nothing more…
UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT TO ADD MORE ITEMS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION. DUH.
So, what are you waiting for?
CONTACT SHAFEE AT 9431 4921 NOW.
You can even email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, make an appointment to meet him at:
CLASSIC IDEAS DESIGN & BUILD PTE LTD
178 PAYA LEBAR ROAD
SAY CHEESE, SHAFEE.
This picture was taken by Sharleez at Swensen’s the other day. HAHAHA! Shafee is a very shy person. He told me not to put any more of his pictures in my blog, but he told me that after this picture was taken. So since this picture was taken before he told me, I guess it is alright to put it up.
Trust me, you REALLY need someone reliable to handle your renovation. Do not even take the chances because it is a house we are talking about here.
I really appreciate the hard work each and every one of these awesome companies put in, and how they ensured that I was getting only the best. I can never thank them enough no matter how long my blog post is, or how many times I blog about them.
And for that, if you were to ask me whether I will recommend every one of them, my answer is…
A BIG F A T YES!
All you need to do when you approach or contact them is to mention ETRANGLE to receive special treatment from them. Reallly, I am not kidding you. Do not forget to say PLEASE. But regardless of whether you mention me or not, they are all naturally nice people. Of course, you should mention me if you want special discounts. I am just saying here.
Thank you so much for being so involved with #ProjectFunHouse everyone. You have no idea how much it means to me. Hope you got several useful tips along the way.
And that’s a wrap, everyone!
Right now, I just feel like shouting this out loud.
“MUMMYYYYYYYYYY, IT’S OVEEEEEEEEEEEER.”
Yup. Time to make this little frown go away.