Posts Tagged ‘balcony’

Deck The Halls

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Bedroom
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Goodbye ugly balcony tiles (the last vestige of the old flooring) and Hello timber decking.

We’re mighty pleased with the colour of this wood. The initial plan was to use chengai wood, which is a more chocolaty brown. Stiletto wanted something lighter, and we were struggling to describe what we wanted to our contractor.

By chance, we visited a friend whose garden had a bunch of timber decking in the exact shade we wanted. The secret? Balau wood, instead of chengai. To sweeten things even more, balau costs less than chengai.

Close up of the decking. The lighter shade of brown shows off the wood grain nicely.

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Why Folding Is Way Better Than Sliding

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Bedroom
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Wasn’t expecting to see this today, but the window installers were back again to fit in the bi-fold doors.

Fully open. This (besides the aesthetic preference that Stiletto has for folding over sliding doors) is why we went with the bi-fold doors. Folded up and pushed to one side, they enable an unobstructed view of the full balcony.

Half open. The zig zag of the panels make for an interesting view.

Fully closed. The panels are impressively tall, yet due to the clear glass, aren’t too imposing.

Since every recent post has had some talk about rectification, in the spirit of things, here’s a shot of the latest (I swear of late it seems like we are doing our reno in rewind mode). The window installers took the chance to reseal the windows, hacking a whole chunk of plaster off in the process. Apparently there was some leaking going on…

Look’s like we’ll be seeing the plaster guy again soon…

It’s All The Cat’s Fault

Posted: January 13, 2011 in Bedroom
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So her name is Judas the cat and she’s two years old and she’s hyperactive and the reason we have to keep our windows closed all the time. And that’s why we have to install new windows with secure locks so there’s no chance of her flinging herself into oblivion.

OK that’s just an excuse and the real reason we changed the windows was to match the rest of the white windows in the house. Vanity *ahem* Consistency rules…

No idea why the developer installed black windows out front and white windows everywhere else, what were they thinking?

Old windows and frames ripped out here.

New window frame ready to be installed. Since we were replacing everything we took the opportunity to clean up the lines, choosing windows which extended to the top of the frames.

By contrast, the older windows were shorter, with a row of top-hinged glass panels above the windows.

View of the balcony with no barriers. Quite nice actually, and had we no cat, this might have been a decent option.

We’re right next to a viaduct, so one other thing we did was opt for double glazing. A little pricey, but it did help significantly with the noise reduction.

Inside view with the window installation complete. The new window panes look huge. At the top left corner there is a circular cut out. This is for the exhaust fan, which we’re installing to keep out the musty smells. Very necessary as the balcony is where the cat’s litter box is going to be kept.

Frame for the bifold door installed. The actual bifold door isn’t going to be up a long time.