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Monday, January 26, 2015

Xiaxue's House Tour Part 2

Xiaxue, the infamous local Singaporean blogger, has finally given us a glimpse of the rest of her newly renovated place. For the benefit of the uninitiated, I have actually covered Part I in my last post.

Xiaxue is really extremely fortunate to have sponsors' help to maker her dream home come true. While I was doing up place place years ago, Mr Diva and myself have to scope down our renovation tremendously due to our budget constraints. 7 years on, except for a mountain bike rack and Ximula storage cabinets, our place still looks pretty much the same. :(
Our attempts to kick start another renovation mini journey to enhance our place fell flat on our faces. The nonchalant attitudes of the renovation professionals means that they either "forgot" or took too long to followup. Furthermore, our hectic working schedules are also part of the reasons why my 101 renovation enhancement plan still lay languish in our drawers. 

Okay lar, enough of my rumblings. On to Xiaxue's ...or perhaps every gal's dream house. :)

Part 1 (recap)

Part 2

Part 3

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Space Saving Ideas: Bathroom Accessories

If you have a mere 4 sqm of bathroom space? What would you do?

The condominium designs of these days are shrinking like crazy. This can't be helped since the  developers have purchased the land at a high price and at the same time, our dear Nanny of the State  (NoS) has restricted the ability of homeowners to borrow greatly.
I could go on and on about how NoS could have and SHOULD have stepped in earlier - and yet they have let the property prices raced ahead. They are 101 things they shouldn't have done and should have done..lack of foresight is really glaring indeed! But I will blog about these some other time lah!

Anyway, here are some of really neat space saving finds for your bathroom. I figured these should be used for normal size bathroom if you wish to maximize every inch of your space.

Here they are....:

Retractable Bamboo Laundry Hamper

Retractable Bamboo Laundry Hamper. Due to its size, aside from bathroom, it can be placed in utility place, kitchen bed room, patio, balcony and so on. I don't really fancy the legs but I guess the legs can be sawed off and wall mounted.  Grab one at which ships internationally (Read: a bit expensive  when you consider the shipping costs) or you can get cheaper alternatives at amazon.

Smart Shower Partition

I seriously don't know what to call this. Simply put, it is a cleverly designed retractable shower partition that makes use of mirror to enlarge the bathroom. This product is a brainchild of duravit. Since shower enclosure eats up precious space in the bathroom, why don't we maximize the space by doing away the enclosure? The product works like this:

A frame in brilliant chrome provides the contours on the wall. Two large self-locking glass doors are fitted in the frame, in a translucent design or with a mirror on one side. After showering, these doors can simply be folded against the wall. This avoids a rail protruding into the room, the tap fittings and shower hose are concealed and the bathroom appears much larger, particularly with mirrored glass. 

My take? I really adore such well-thought and an idea that looks pretty. Practical application will be for common bath which is not so frequently utilized. We can reclaim the enclosed space and use the area for other purposes. Moreover, this solution is a good alternative since taking away the shower screen permanently will mean messy and wet bathroom when it is used.

Nonetheless, I can't find this in Singapore...yet. Maybe its products are only found in atas high-end retailers? In the meantime, I guess we can show this idea to our ah-beng contractors and hopefully, they can replica one so that budget conscious homeowners like me can afford. :(

Smart Stowable Shower Screen

This ingenious idea is mooted by the creative homeowners from rumbleinstyle. Inspired by the  duravit retractable shower screen, they have designed a one-sided shower screen which can be nicely stowed away when not in use and it doubles up as a large glass cabinet once they installed the shelves behind the shower screen. If we replace the glass screen with a mirrored on, it will look very similar to the  duravit retractable shower screen! Brilliant idea!

Thanks all for today. If you have any more ideas to contact me. :)

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Million dollar HDB: Bishan Executive maisonette sold for $1.09 million

 Images from emrenoblog.
"Despite the government’s cooling measures, a Bishan executive maisonette has been sold for a whooping sum of $1,088,888, reported the media. The 27-year-old two-storey unit is located at Block 194 in Bishan Street 13, near a 24-hour food centre and a supermarket. The deal was sealed in October....
Read the full article here.

In February this year, the EMRenoBlog blogger posted an article on million dollar HDB. It is really interesting that nearly 10 months later, another unit is being sold at an even higher price.

The ironic thing is that with such draconian property rules in place, record high HDB transactions are still taking place in a supposedly "soft" market. 

I guess the buyer is a Chinese family (since Chinese believes that 8 is a lucky number) who is willing to fork out an astronomical sum of money to own such a unit. Really CASH RICH lei. O_o""

Nevertheless, what makes such a unit so special?
Let us take a look at the floor plan and you will understand why.

 Images from emrenoblog.

The likely question on most people's mind is that will there be more of such record breaking HDB units in future?!

I guess HDB units with very rare layouts such as the "'Sky Terrace'" will be able to command such a high premium - for now. Due to the reduced years remaining on the lease, it will be difficult for the buyer to secure a bank loan to finance the property. Unless the buyer choose to pay mostly in cash lar...

  Nonetheless, I believe the resale units from The Pinnacle DuxtonSkyTerrace and Skyville at Dawson would perhaps command an even higher premium due to their highly central location and their young age.

Images from lalaland

Images from archdaily

images from sglivingpod

However, with the recent HDB Herculean efforts to ramp up the tidal supply of  BTOs, such unique HDB units will be a thing of the past. This is because in order to play catch up on the pent up demand of HDB flats, almost 95% of the HDBs built in the past 5 years are cookie cutter design; with similar extremely boring building facade. Don't know what I mean? Try driving through Seng Keng and Punggol and you will get it!

To be fair, even the mass-market condo looks the same (but thats another story!). I guess all of the developers; HDB and private developers alike, order their materials from the same supplier? Anyone can verify this? 

The HDB and private developers' effort to churn out units in the shortest possible time; either to meet the public demands for low cost flats or developer to milk as much money as possible from the homeowners and investors, the end result is that of homogeneous monotonous housing design. :( 

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