Monday, October 15, 2012

Progress of New House Update 1

Where's the cymbal?!

The house is officially mine since 12th October 2012!
*clap clap clap*

Which house?

My hubby and I have waited for a long time for this day.
Our necks are almost as long as like giraffe's.
So without any delay, on that very same day, we brought in everyone, involved in making my new house look like my dream house, to get all the measurements done.

Ticks for those area that we will be keeping, which is not much. I think I saw less than 5 ticks only!
Crosses for those area that will be hacked, and they are EVERYWHERE!!!

Coming together with hubby to build our dream home reminded me of the time when we put our heads together to set up our Bubble Tea Shop back in 2001.

The feeling is the same!
Lots of smiles and laughters during discussion.
Though our views on a handful of things are different, we listed the pros and cons and arguments are avoided. *thumbs up*

For example, hubby wanted a gas shower heater, while I wanted an electric shower heater.
Whoooo...both of us were not going to give in 'cos our pros and cons balanced up.
In the end, we did a voting by robing in the kids in because they have experienced BOTH shower heaters before.

Guess who won?
3 : 1

Though all seemed fun, there are also issues which are beyond my control.
When we viewed the house, before we signed any papers, we had already seen this long crack on the wall.

It stretches from the top all the way to the bottom.
At first, I thought it might be due to the poor workmanship.
I was wrong.

When my contractor came, he told us that its the building that has a crack and its not surprising that this same crack line appears on the walls of my (new) neighbours' houses too, who stay above and below my unit.

As a property agent for 5+years, hubby has also seen such crack line on the walls of a number of old flat units and all appearing at the rubbish chute area.
To him, it is a common sight.
However, it is not a common knowledge to us that the crack line will RE-OCCUR again!

My contractor explained in detail what they would do to prevent the crack line from surfacing again but its NOT a 100% guarantee.
Thus all that we could do was just hope and pray.

a new regulation came out just few weeks ago on 24th September 2012.
We needed to level up a small area of the kitchen floor with polyfoam, something that was allowed for many many many many years already.
Yet, just 3 weeks before the submission of the renovation permit, HDB said NO More Polyfoam is allowed.
When I heard that, my mind went, "Waaahhhhh....we are soooooooooo 'Lucky' ah! Other people do renovation can use, when its finally my turn to do, this rule came out."

Then again, I am thankful that the rule did not come out nearer to the renovation date or else, I would have paid for the Polyfoam and not be able to use it. That would be worse, isn't?!

Well, that is life, right?
Not everything will go according to what we want.
If so, our creative cells would have died long ago!

So hubby and I brainstormed and thought of other ways to improve that small area.... and we are still in the discussion process with the contractors on the feasibility of our ideas.
*fingers crossed*

After measurements were done, the new estimated completion time would be in mid December instead of end December.
*clap clap clap*

We are not the only one who are thrilled over this new place, my in-laws too!
The two old folks made a special trip down the next day, 13th October 2012, to see and feel the walls.
At the end of it all, my MIL insisted on having a HOUSE WARMING PARTY!
*jaws dropped*

NOooooooooooo, that was not our plan at all!
We just want to build a comfortable home to stay in, not to show-off!
In fact, a number of my friends asked if we are doing any fancy renovations, my answer is "NO! I do not even have false ceiling to hide the wires."
I want to create a place where I feel HAPPY staying in, not a showroom.
So we dumped our money in for what we think is necessary and on things that will cheer us up whenever we come through our main door.
We did not think false ceiling was a necessity.

To us, 
a house is to keep us warm during cold weather,
to shelter us from the rain and sun,
to store lots of laughter,
and a place to accumulate memories a ton.

I am in such good spirit!
I created a poem without any effort!

Simple homemaker, simple wish.


Willyn said...

I can feel the happiness that you felt while reading your post, truly a great achievement, congratulations for your new house, it was really awesome!!!

Angeline said...