Sunday, April 28, 2013

False ceilings

Here are some photos to show the "backbone" of the false ceiling in the living room.

We would have 1 main lighting in the center with 4 led lights around the "border". It would be more cost efficient to switch on just 1 main light most of the time instead of all the lights! To achieve this, the main lighting must be very strong, so do pick a good one.

Led lights are quite expensive too. We bought ours at $50 each, 50% more expensive compared to a normal plc light.

So what's the difference between these 2 types of lights? The shops we visited told us that the led lights and the normal plc lights lifespan is the same at around 2 years, after which they would need to be changed due to wear and tear. The cost of changing the led bulb then would be $28 each while the plc bulb would just cost $8 each. Led lights are usually recommended  as they are more energy efficient hence helps save on electricity bills and are brighter too. So if you plan to switch on your lights most of the time, led would be a better option in the long run. If not, I guess plc would work just as well. :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Once screeding is done, tiling can begin. The work requires high level of precision and lots of patience. Our tiling took 5 working days.

Check out the before and after photos below.:)

How to check if tiling is done perfectly?
1. Knock on the tiles to check for hollow sound. A hollow sound means the tile is not set properly. Do ask your contractor to remove the problematic areas and redo.

2. Check the joints and see if the spacing between tiles is consistent.

3. When the contractor handsover the house to you, check for any cracks on the surface just in case of damages done in the later course of renovation,  especially when you bring in the heavy stuff.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Before tiling

Here's our new BTO flat without HDB tiles. We will be using 600x600 homogeneous tiles for living room and the 3 bedrooms.

Why do we need sand? The sand and cement will be mixed and used to do screeding, ie. level the concrete surface before tiling. :)