Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ~ John W. Gardner

New Beginning

23rd September 2011, Friday, 3.10pm. Sunny.

At last, gotten the keys to our first house. How did we feel? It’s mixed feelings. We’ve waited too long, the excitement has kind of weaned off. The amount of money that we are going to spend, got us worried. However, we can’t wait to quickly get out from this rented place.

After seeing our unit, no doubt we were happy with the big space and all, but the disappointments came after one another. The open kitchen is small, both the bathrooms are extremely small, the workmanship is bad, there isn’t any skirting in between the wall and the floor and the tiles color and size and the ceiling heights are not what they told us (can’t do anything about it since the cunning developer didn’t mention it in the SPA).

The only thing that I am happy with is the yard area where I expected it to be smaller but now it is enough for me to turn it into a wet kitchen, solved my headache on the open kitchen concept. I am really upset with the small bathrooms. Sigh.

We are now cracking our heads on the renovations. With the limited dime, we have to think everything through and through. We have to get down to every details and decide what are the necessary and what are not. Cutting out the unnecessary, the amount is still considered quite a big sum for us.

It’s lucky to have a partner that thinks kitchen is the most important part. Andrew insisted to get the kitchen done no matter what, and the rest we could get them done slowly later. Phew.

It is not just the renovations, the fittings and furnishings as well. They could add up to a pretty big sum. Sigh.


The living hall.


2nd bedroom, that has a better view than the master bedroom!


The master bedroom, with that tiny window at the corner. Sigh.

I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen and the study area. Will update here when I go there again.


8 responses

  1. Hmm…agreed. I would prefer that huge corner window rather than the off-sight window for the master bedroom…

    October 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    • Ashley

      Yalor. But I told Andrew I’m going to use that room for photography in the future, if any lah. Hahahaha. Good lighting leh….

      October 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

  2. mynicole

    first, gong hei ah ash & ah andrew…

    second, don’t worry too much, slowly do ba.. i un the feelings, now u must be very confused, aiyor, sini macam ni mau letak apa, sana how ah..slowly, u’ll get ur ideas when u look see look see the place geh :)

    last, gong hei lagi!!! hahaha

    October 6, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    • Ashley

      Thank you ah Nic Nic!!!!
      Ya, slowly do lor. At least must get the kitchen done first.
      Long time didn’t chat with you leh. Bila free mau meet up???

      October 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

  3. mynicole

    meetup…..let’s see, next week & next next week, also can! wei, that cornered window ah, boleh letak hmm, how to say leh, so called “sofa”? so that can relax up there reading…

    October 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    • Ashley

      Ohh… I un what you mean liao…. those sofa thing around the window de…. good idea! :D Thank you oh nic nic!

      October 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

  4. mynicole

    ash ash, un ma? buat a counter top with cushion geh…itu counter can install in hidden drawer mai can store stuff also lor…if not very un hor, i go back get a photo for you to see see, tat day i go SG geh hotel buat macam tu geh

    October 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    • Ashley

      Yep yep, I un. I saw that kind of cabinet in Ikea oso. :D Thanks for the idea wor nic nic :D

      October 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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