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it has been a long while since i updated this blog…so here it goes…

We have collected our keys….and almost finalised our drawings for the new home.  There are still some tweaks to do, but it is almost there.  I will have to cut down on some of the items because it is over the initial budget which is sad…but the good news is….we managed to find a marble top for the kitchen island for under $700!  So that is a great saving…very happy about that.

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The dining and kitchen area….the stairs won’t look like this due to budget…which is a pity…will have to go for wrought iron to save cost…the campbells lights are coming in next week from Finland!  Can’t wait.

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Also ordered our dining table set from scanteak during the sale…that helped save a bundle.  I really like these black and white floor tiles…but still struggling to find them in Singapore….managed to find them in JB….and they were cheap…but I don’t know how to transport them to Singapore….the tile shop doesn’t have that service…any know how i can transport tiles from JB to Singapore?  is there a company that helps with that?  Is it pricey?

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Also changed the lights to marine looking lights….also found from taobao…saved a bundle.

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The kitchen area….initially we were thinking of using butcher block for the counter top….but seeing as we do a lot of cooking…we have decided against it.  The oven will also move to the side of portion of the kitchen where the gas hob is…a tall boy will be constructed to hold the oven and the microwave…:).  Adding a yard area to the kitchen…so that our clothes don’t smell of food during the drying process.  Oh…the toilet entrance downstairs has also been changed.

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Changed the downstairs toilet to a powder room, and moved the entrance to the hall so that guests don’t have to walk through the kitchen.  Love the retro look! The light featured here, i managed to find from taobao…saved a bundle. Added hollow brick tiles to the top so that there is some sort of ventilation seeing as the toilet comes without a window :)  LOVE THIS TOILET!!

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The living will pretty much look like this…except the craftstone brick wall will be white….want it to look understated :)  We are also not air-conditioning downstairs….going green…so heaps of ceiling fans to keep the place cool.  We have also added a planter box…this is where we plan to grow our herbs cos we cook a lot.  I have grown herbs at my new place with success…fingers crossed it remains that way.

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To keep cost down…we are only doing major reno on the master bedroom.  Huge of cupboard space…love!!!

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This was the initial plan for the master toilet…but looks like we will have to say goodbye to the pretty blue tiles…cos mosiac is expensive.

Very exciting…it is coming along…final contractor quotes should be in by next week….and then we can start work!  One concern though…looks like the house will only be ready right smack in the middle of hungry ghost.

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