Wall Renovation

Wall Issues for Older Interiors

Before renovating your new home, the thought of being able to move in at soonest is exciting. However, during the handovers, clients are commonly facing disappointment with their designers for certain finishes which they’d set an expectation on.  One common argument between the client & the designers are the finishes of the newly painted walls.

Some house owners may have encountered problems in their houses like uneven surfacing noticed of walls, or even patches or lines of wet paint brush strokes left on the new painted coats, and they only noticed this upon the completion of renovation. This is a common problem for resale home owners, as some neglect the fact to pre-check the existing wall conditions together with their appointed designers, while some are just keen to save some costs for their pockets, with an expectation on the designers to do some touch up for them.

Such finishing seen on walls can become a real eyesore, worse, some may even result in gaps against electrical casings. Wet paint brush strokes & patches can be rectified with plastering, for gaps against casings for some cases, touch up with cement to thicken the wall may be required. This is why it is important to look out for such problems before your renovation commences as you can notify your contractor or interior designer early so they can solve the problem for you during your renovation period.

If you neglect to look out for these problems during the pre-renovation inspection and only come across them after the handover process has been completed, your contractor or interior design will not be liable to fix these problems & they won’t be able to assist you in being punctual for the renovation promised timeline.  The cost of plastering varies on your interior’s size and the process of plastering is time consuming. Plastering for walls & ceiling of a HDB 4-room flat may take up to a week subjective to the weather.

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HDB Renovation

Planning for renovation for a HDB

Before starting renovation work on your house, there are some things that you should look out for. For example, the beams and columns in your house, or what we call the structural supports of the interior unit. It is highly recommended that you do some research about the regulations by the relevant authorities before starting your renovation work as some beams and columns in the unit are not allowed to be hacked away, altered or modified unless properly authorized by professional engineers and then accepted by the relevant authorities.

It is also highly recommended that you check if the existing walls in your house are too old. The older the condition of the interior, the more brittle the foundation may get. This can make it harder to hack a section of the wall as bigger pieces on the sides of the wall may come off together in the hacking process. However, repairs will be done for such situations with proposed alternatives suitable for the interior structures, subjective to its conditions.

It is also highly recommended that you check if the area that needs to be worked on affects any existing power supply. Many people usually neglect this step and start their renovation work. Hacking walls with power sockets in the way can damage it and rewiring work would then be needed for the affected areas.

You should also plan water points for your appliances that require water supply such as your washing machine, fridge or water dispenser. Planning out your preferred location of cable and wiring points are also high recommended as you do not want to build your perfect house, only to realise that the nearest power point is too far away from the couch, your bed and other key locations of your house that could require a nearby power outlet.

Another important thing that you should take note of before starting the renovation process is to get your toilets up and running. Even though you are not living there yet, you may consider providing the contractors working on your home some conveniences of time to save them the time and effort of having to walk to the nearest public toilet, which indirectly causes reduction in time they can spend working on your house.

It is also highly recommended that you only work with HDB-approved contractors or interior designers that is registered to carry out HDB renovation work if your new house is a HDB unit. The reason for this is simple, any work done must comply with guidelines stipulated by HDB. Otherwise, HDB will consider them to be unauthorized and may demand that the unit be reinstated to its original condition with immediate effect.

Moving into a brand-new place is exciting and you may want to start buying new furniture way ahead of time. However, it is important to remember to schedule your home delivery items like furniture or major appliances to arrive when your renovation is almost finished. If the furniture arrives too early, there is a risk of it getting damaged or stolen.

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The different things to take note of during renovation

What to expect in a renovation for a resale flat in Singapore

Buying a new house for the first time is an exciting thing. However, most first-time house owners are generally clueless about how the renovation process works for resale flats. Here’s a common generic flow on how usually renovation takes place for revamping of a resale flat.

Demolition

First of all, demolition works will take place. demolition work consists of completely or partly dismantling structures using pre-planned and controlled methods. This often combines the structural demolition of load bearing elements with the stripping of internal fixtures and fittings, services and non‐load bearing elements.

Foundation Works

Next up, window works will happen if a change of window is necessary. This should happen before tiling starts. The next step in the renovation process is electrical works where your contractor or an electrician will come and wire your entire house and make sure the electricity is working fine. Plumbing work should happen after electrical work has been completed as water pipes must run below electrical casings to prevent any water leakage which will potentially cause a fire hazard.

This is followed by the running of gas pipes. This is to ensure that you have an option for heating, hot water and cooking. Gas pipe installation will take place only if the unit itself is eligible for gas pipe installation by City Gas. So before you do your renovation, do give City Gas a call to check if your renovating unit is eligible for this service!

One optional option for you to consider will be the plastering work. Plaster gives your walls a smooth finish, thus the newly painted coats in your home upon handover will be in a smooth finish with the edges of the walls straightened. If you choose not to go for this option save some costs, the wall condition of your current interior may be having lines and patches left from the painters engaged by the previous owner.

Next in the process will be ceiling work. The walls and ceilings of a house are some of its most important structural elements, but also offer considerable scope for creativity. There is a variety of ways that ceilings and walls may be finished, and there are different combinations of materials that can be used to achieve these finishes. A false drop-down ceiling with lighting installed inside can also be constructed according to your personal preference.

Post Foundation Works and Designs

Tiling work is the next upcoming work after ceiling work. Tiles can be used to form the wall and floor coverings and can range from simple square tiles to complex designs or mosaics. Tiles are usually made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for floorings. Thinner tiles can be used on walls rather than on floors, as our floors require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.

Painting work of the walls should happen after tiling work has finished and carpentry work should follow after. This includes installing any built-in cabinets, platforms, shelves, drawers or wardrobes into the rooms. Next in line in the renovation process, countertop work will take place. You can customise your countertops with popular options like granite, marble, laminate, quartz and even solid surfaces. For those who are keen to keep your stove area easier to maintain, a designed glass backing will be installed after the countertop work has been completed. We would also prefer the last step to the renovation process to be the door work, so as to prevent any unnecessary scratches made to the new fabrication.

After all the steps in the entire renovation process are done, the last step you should undertake would be to clean your new house as it will be filled with wood chips from the carpentry, dust and other particles that could possibly be bad for your health.  After that is done, you are ready to enjoy the new place you now call your home.

 

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