Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress of New House - Update 6

These 2 weeks seemed like 2 years to me!!!
Tiling takes lots of effort man!
Every tile that was laid need to be checked for balance using the 'balance meter'.
Imagine every house has so many tiles and every tile needs to do this 'Quality Control' step!

Some of the pictures are darker than others because they were taken in the night and all that we had was a temporary mobile light to help us find our way around in the darkness; thus explains why some photos are brighter.

All photos were taken over a span of 2 weeks.

Kitchen's Progress


The tiles at the edges, the corners, the skirting that connects the tile-less walls to the floor tiles and those that go around the big pipes had to be CUT with accuracy to prevent wastage and to have a nicer finish.
*Double Salute*

Even though machines were used to make tiles, there are no perfection. Every tile is slightly different from another and this become even more obvious when the tiles have prints or designs on them, just like the ones we had chosen for our TOILET floor and wall tiles PLUS the tiles for the living room and the 3 bedrooms.

The tiler needs to lay a few pieces on the floor first to make sure that the prints flow from one to another before he puts them to their respective places.

Then for dark coloured tiles like that of our toilet tiles, man oh man!!!
There are different batches.

Different batch has different colour tones.
The tiler noticed the 'problem' after the toilet floor tiles were already laid and washed.
With water, the colour differentiation became very obvious.

The tiler gave us a worried face when he was trying to explain to us.
He probably thought that we were going to jump and insist that he redo the toilet floor because the colour tone of some tiles were darker than others (which were on the same toilet floor).

But instead of jumping in anger/frustration/dissatisfaction, I simply brushed his worry off by saying "Aiya! Small matter lah! Take it as a design lor!"

He gave me a surprise look.
Maybe I am the first house owner, whom he met, who is not picky.
Ooops! Forgot to add my dear husband too! *smile*

So I should correct that sentence and say "Maybe We ARE the first house OWNERS, whom he met, who Are not picky."

Kitchen Toilet's Progress


Master Bedroom Toilet's Progress

Can you spot the different colour tones?

Then came the mosaic!
Our 'secret' tool to hide the crack on the wall.
We watched how he had to align rows after rows of mosaic.
Once again, none of the big square pieces of mosaic are identical.


Some rows in between are wavy, not straight, so the tiler had to 'slice' and adjust almost every row to make it as in-line as possible with the two pieces of mosaic which were laid beside it.

Now I finally understand why laying of mosaic, especially those that are made of tiny squares like ours, would cost more already, as mentioned in my previous post "Progress of New House - Update 2". Its definitely patience + skill.

Regardless of mosaic or normal tiles, every gap between each piece needs to be sealed.
It is like a concealer,  filling up the dents to smooth the surface.

We could still see the sparkles of our mosaic when it was on the wall, but the moment the finishing job was done and the gaps between each mosaic was sealed, the glittering effect was gone.

Not something that we could do about though.
Unless I really want to put a spot light to shine directly on it.... *laugh*
No way am I going to do that!

Living Room


Master Bedroom


Kids' Bedroom


Study/Work Room


Other parts of the house

'walkway' into two rooms


Stairs at entrance

And so, the tiling work is 99% done.
Where is the 1%???
Its the raised platform that I talked alot about in previous posts.

We need the wood from the carpenter first (who came for the first time today) before the tiler could come back to overlay the wooden platform with tiles.
So till then, my white floor tiles are protected by big sheets of cupboard and no more tiles would be laid....

After 26th November, whereby the tiling works were 99% completed, the renovation progress would be on turbo speed (I think + hope), as most of the task below need just a day or two to complete.
  • Running Air-con casing/wiring
  • Running electrical casing/wiring + power points and switches
  • Acid wash for Kitchen and toilet floor tiles
  • Running of gas pipe
  • Running of water pipe
  • Install new doors AND Amend existing doors
  • Painting
  • Air-con units installation
  • Lighting installation
And while that semi-long list is in progress, the carpenter would be busy sawing and putting together all the 'wooden' fixtures, needed for my house, in his factory.
By the time the above list is completed, the installation of the 'wooden' stuff would begin.

As I come to the end of this post, I suddenly realised that I am panting!!!
A lot of things....done......and yet to be done too, isn't?!?
*huge laugh*

Well, I am happy with the progress though renovation has been going on for exactly ONE MONTH already!!!!
Amazed at how time flies........
.......  when one is happy and busy all at the same time!
*Super Thumbs Up*

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