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Completion of works!

Actually the works have been completed for some time already, but we haven’t been there for a while lately until today.

Will be updating the total and final cost of the renovation project in a while since I’m sure many of you will find it a useful reference for your own projects.

Some of the finishing left quite a bit to be desired actually, mostly cosmetic in nature. I would have thought our contractor would have finished all the touching up before handing the unit back to us actually.

Anyway, he will still be sending his work people over to perform more finishing work and fix a faulty window (one of the windows in the wet kitchen couldn’t be closed properly) before collecting the final instalment from us.

Living and dining room after completion. :)

Other updates in:



Wet Kitchen

Dry kitchen


Final cost

In such a rush today that we forgot to take more pictures, such as the auto gate for example.


Final cost

Okay, going to give a breakdown as accurately as I can. Referring back to original quotation from our contractor in an earlier post, reproduced now:

Certain items were added over the course of renovation that added another RM4,300 to the total cost, mainly from issues like extra airc-on piping. That sort of stuff.

So final cost is

Renovation (ex-kitchen cabinets) – RM105,000 (contractor’s bill of 100k, balance for lights and other stuff he bought and paid first, and billed us after)

Kitchen cabinets (separate contractor) – RM22,000

Bathroom mixers, fittings, accessories etc (bought in Singapore, installed by our contractor) – approx RM5,000

Cooker and hob – RM2,000

Total: about RM135,000

Hopefully that will help some of you with your own calculations and comparisons for your own renovation projects!


Another progress update

Just went in again 3 days ago, our contractor seems pretty confident about completing the entire job within another 2 weeks. He could have gone faster I think, but we told him there was no hurry anymore.

Our kitchen contractor came in on Wednesday to install the kitchen, although the counter-top installation is still pending. It looks pretty nice, so perhaps any harsh words I’ve had for them may be unfounded. But we’ll just see how they finish up the job.

There was a bit of an unfortunate incident that day though. Our main contractor has some guys who were polishing and sanding the timber strips which resulted in a lot of dust being generated. This caused the kitchen guys to be pretty upset as it was bad for their health, and would dirty the cabinets.

I suggested they go for lunch first and return only after the polishing was done, and offered to reimburse them for lunch but unfortunately their transport had run off at that time! At least things got resolved in the end.

Updates in:

Dry Kitchen

Wet Kitchen



Progress update

Went in to meet our contractor again a few days ago to make our selections for paint colours, choice of grilles and bits of other carpentry design stuff. Our contractor brought us catalogues to view, and even let us bring some back for items we were undecided on.

Work seems to be progressing smoothly. As he said, you need the job done fast, I’ll do it fast. You want it slow, I’ll take my time’ :)

Updates on works in:



Wet kitchen

Works commence!

Our contractor has commenced work, and we are happy with the speed at which things are happening.

We signed the contract with our contractor on Tuesday (28th Feb), and he told us that he would commence work on the following Monday (5th March).

We went in to meet him on Wednesday (7th March) to make the first portion of payment (since he’d ordered the necessary tiles) and to bring in some bathroom accessories we bought in Singapore (he wanted to start the hacking and tiling works in the bathroom already).

Met him at our place and were pleasantly surprised to find that floor hacking of the entire ground floor had been completed, along with a big chunk of electrical works, especially the ceiling.



Work about to start at last

Have pretty much confirmed everything with our contractor, went in today to select some tiles, and it looks like work can commence as soon as I get some electricity in the house, which is slightly problematic and detailed in a separate post.

Final schedule of works:

As it is, there have been some adjustments already. We picked some tiles for the kitchen that cost more than our contractor budgeted for, and living/dining room tiles that cost less. Really do hope the final bill won’t vary too much from the above.

We are awaiting a final quotation on kitchen cabinetry.

Contractor update III

Finally got a quotation from this second contractor. We actually dropped a note into our neighbour’s (they used his service as well) mailbox, and they were kind enough to reply and explained that they were satisfied with his level of service, price and reliability.

Anyway, the quotation is not complete in that it does miss out some key components.

The quotation as it stands is RM108k plus another about 23k for our kitchen cabinets. The key components not included in this quotation would add up, I suspect to at least another RM.10-15k.


Flooring Works:

Hack and install new homogenous tiles for entire ground floor except wet kitchen (450sqft) – 9,700

Hack and install 3” merbau timberwood floor for entire upper level (825 sqft) – 17,000

Staircase 16 steps & 2 platforms to merbau timberwood – 7,000

Sub-total: 33,700

Kitchen work:

Hacking some wall, installing glass sliding door etc: 3,600

Kerbs to build cabinetry on: 900

Shift position of rear entry door: 600

Modify water piping: 400

Modify direct water to 4 bathrooms and kitchen:  750

Sub-total:  6,250

Kitchen cabinets (we getting separate kitchen contractor):

Preliminary quotation: 23,000

Hot water:

Install and supply 4 bathroom shower area and wet kitchen copper piping,

2 units 35L Joven storage heater, and hacking necessary wall area tiles (wall tiles not included)

Subtotal: 7,000


Tiling (with water proofing) and removal of existing fence: 3,100

Tempered glass railing U-shaped (total 33ft, height 3.5ft): 4,000

Pergola 21x6ft balau wood with 5+5mm laminated green glass: 10,080

Sub-total:  17,180 

Plaster ceiling works:

Living room false ceiling (450sqftx3rm): 1,350

Dry kitchen false ceiling (110sqftx3RM): 330

Bedroom Light-box (42ftx12RM): 504

Sub-total: 2,184


Conceal & Install 3nos 2hp non-inverter a/c & piping 10ft: 1,800

Conceal & Install 2nos 1hp non-inverter a/c & piping 10ft: 800

Supply 2hp Daikin wall-type non inverter /c 3 units: 5,460

Supply 1hp Daikin wall-type non inverter /c 2 unit: 1,700

Subtotal:  9,760

*Actually I don’t understand this aircon part at all lol. I am looking to install 4 single unit aircons for each of the bedrooms, and maybe a system-2 for the living/dining

Wiring works:

40 lighting points @ 45RMea: 1,800

20 power points @ RM75ea: 1,500

TV/fan/Astro points etc:  760

Alarm system (LIFE usa tech local made): 2,000

Autogate system with battery (CEI local made): 1,650

2 TV console power point control switch: 150

Sub-total:  7,860

Painting: Whole house (Nippon): 6,000

Changing glass sliding doors:

2 units (living room and master bedroom) L10ftxH8ft@ 5,400ea: 10,400

Carpentry work:

Master bedroom wardrobes total 15ftx9ft: 7,500

Grand total: RM 106,734 + RM 23,000 (kitchen cabinets) = approx RM 130,000

These are the things he missed out:

Installing wrought iron grilles all doors and windows. Replacing grilles in wet kitchen and installing windows. .

And more which I can’t think of now, but surely will happen.

We will probably end up not doing all the stuff as quoted due to budget constraints. Working out what we can do without, or compromise on.


Contractor update II

Still no word from our contractor since meeting last Wednesday. While waiting for that, I was just looking googling for some Johor interior designers when we came across one who happened to do a neighbour’s house.

Yep, the one whose balcony picture I took as an example of what we wanted.

Have made an appointment with him tomorrow for a consultation at out place. Might be a good idea to use someone who has experience doing a place like one’s own.

No idea about his reliability or cost though. Think I may just drop the neighbour a note tomorrow to see if they’re willing to share their experience working with him even if it’s probably a weird thing to do!