Posts Tagged ‘masonry’

Hanging Loose

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Bedroom
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The rest of the lights fared better. So the lesson learnt here today is to pick round things with as few lines as possible if your installer has problems with his eyes.

Bird cage lamp for the balcony, which seems to be a favourite amongst the uncles working on the house. More than one has commented on it.

Bamboo/rattan pendants from IKEA. We got both the larger and smaller sizes. The larger one is going above the bed.

Some time was spend deciding the height each light should suspend at. In the end we went with a similar length of cord from the top, which means the larger one hangs somewhat lower. Having the two lamps hang at different heights feels more natural somehow.

Front foyer area finally screeded over. I can’t wait till the grey epoxy goes on and we get a seamless transition from outside to inside.


Ok…so we’re being a little melodramatic with the title of the post. There was a lot to be happy about today, with some significant things accomplished. But some of the end results left a lot to be desired, and made us wonder if we were the fussy ones, or if the standard of sub contractors in SG was simply just low.

Moving along with the photos…

Remember the Shera light from this post? It’s been replaced by this outdoor cage light. It looks a little crooked in this photo, but has since been somewhat straightened by the electrician after some nagging.

While we’re still at the entrance, here’s the nice straight wall the masonry guys built up, but the painters ruined with some over-generous last minute plastering. The once flat wall was quite literally bulging with plaster, and had to be hacked up again in order for the light switches to sit flush.

The intercom handset has finally been moved. This was a seemingly simple request (move handset 5 feet to the left) which has dragged out for the longest time. Contractor seeks MCST approval. MCST takes a few weeks, reverts and points us to original installer of intercom. Installer deflects our request to distributor of the intercom, who after some back and forth correspondence with contractor, eventually caves in and comes down. On top of fees to hack and move the point, we’re going to have to pay for “testing” of “systems”…

Having said that, it was worth the hassle. Shifting the intercom handset was the final piece of the puzzle in making that wall clean (we also relocated a light switch and buried the doorbell). At its new position, the intercom handset will be hidden from view behind the fridge.

The kitchen pendant lamps. These are getting quite common, I’ve seen them being used in quite a few of the houses featured in Home & Decor. They’re actually test lamps used by mechanics, and you can get them for as low as $11-$12 at the hardware shops around the Jalan Besar area. The electrician managed to mount the right-most lamp slightly lower than the left one, so that’s another thing which we’ll need to rectify soon.

Behind and to the right of the kitchen pendants is fresh cement. These are the final patches of wall which needed to be “made good”.

The track lighting for the living room. Turned out nicer than we expected, but unfortunately, needs rectification too. Seems our ceiling is not entirely level, so one of the tracks is unable to sit properly without warping. In the photos, you can see how the track nearest the kitchen has a kink near the middle.

Our original concern was that the tracks laid out this way would be too imposing (which is why we chose not to suspend the frame the way we originally intended). Curiously, the black tracks on a white ceiling seems to provide an optical illusion of a higher ceiling, so we’re really glad for that. It feels like looking at the underside of some space craft when you look up at the tracks, if that makes any sense at all.

Close up of the warped track with the kink in the middle. We’re looking at the possibility of hacking slightly under the track to balance things out. Another alternative might be a spacer or something that would let the track hang slightly. Done that way, minor adjustments could be made to make up for the unevenness in the ceiling.

Beginning Of Masonry Work

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Main
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The masonry boys descended like a swarm of bees and made quick work of the gutted house. By the end of the day, the kitchen walls were as smooth as a baby’s bottom, and then some.

PVC corner beads were used to straighten all edges. I’m a sucker for those. In an old house, I think using them helps to make the house look significantly newer.

Hacked doorway being re-constructed to its actual 4.5ft size by means of hollow blocks. In this photo you can see it’s still missing the load bearing lintel that’s supposed to span across the two sides.

Lintel for the doorway being made.

And as an added weekend bonus, we enter the bedroom to find that the tiler has started laying the bathroom tiles.

Only one section complete, but I think it already gives a good indication of how things are going to look. We’re going to use black or grey grouting to highlight the tile lines, so its going to be a slow, laborious process for the tiler, in order to get the lines as straight as possible.

At the other end of the bathroom, the pipes have been buried deep under a layer of concrete. The vertical channel running up the wall is for the rain shower piping.