It’s Sunday and it’s one of those days you just feel restless. I have a lunch meeting at 1230PM, and shall be running around chasing a NIKE ball a bit after 8PM. Oh well, back to what I initially wanted to say.
I’m glad to announce that my house is nearing completion. The fence surrounding the house is up, and it’s a great deal of pleasure to see that it’s gonna be a mix of steel and bricks. The developer previously told me that the house will have chain-link fence for both the side and back, but it seems that the side and front will have a proper brick+steel fence. Maybe it was me misinterpreting the news then, but shall I’ve known, I’d ask them to make a small side gate for me to slip out at night. Maybe later on I guess. I’m now calculating the budget needed for the house in December. I foresee a huge fortune being spent on this property of mine.
I’m seriously considering installing an auto-gate for my future house. The thought of staying dry when it’s raining is really a huge motivation for me. My worry is that I won’t be able to put one due to the size of the gate provided. I’m also a little worried about the quality of the auto-gate machine as I’ve heard a few saying it does break down easily. Any suggestions on this perhaps? Maybe a good auto-gate dealer, or just a word of advice? Anyone? Anybody?
Other things I’m looking into is walling up the kitchen. The kitchen provided is not walled up, and so I have to do so myself. I’ve already made a basic drawing on how I’d like the kitchen to be, however money remains the main issue as I figure it will cost me not less than RM8k just to wall up, and renovate the kitchen to my design. There’s also plans to build fixed wardrobes in the main bedroom. I’m not into moving furniture, and I hate seeing spaces collecting dust. After a long thought, making built-in wardrobes seems the best option. I have a friend doing such service, but I’ve yet to compare his price with others.
Well, I have re-structured my finances this month, and I have a good sum of left-overs from my pay for the house. Will be storing more money to enable more things to be done in the future, but for now, I’m just glad that my fence (side and front) is bricks and steel, and the pillars of the gate will feature a mailbox and lighting options.
Oh, one last thing, my house was purchased at RM254k, and the developer is opening the second phase for bookings at a minimum of RM280k. I was made to understand the design is the same, and the land size is almost similar (9 points above). Shall you be interested, and you are a Bumiputera, do contact me. The location of the house is very strategic and it’s not far from the up-coming MetroCity Kuching. Hell yeah, all my doubts of buying the house in this area is now quashed with the announcement of MetroCity Kuching! (The doubts came because of BDC-ians constantly saying I should have bought a unit at BDC =P ).
They say the auto gate that moves to the sides has less breakdowns than those that open out. =)
I heard similar, but I’m now afraid I don’t have the space for such type of autogate.
BDC has always be one of the good place to stay but in your case maybe it’s not a “wise” choice considering where you work but still BDC is one of the best location ;p ;p ;p
Occasional BDC-ians 😀 😀
Hahahha.. spoken like a true BDC-ian =P I know bro.. If the houses were cheaper, i’d consider buying there, but it’s just too pricey.
waa so nice ah your developer.. they do more than what they write in the SNP. regarding the autogate, yeaa spend a bit more to get a good one, don’t buy on impulse. one thing to note, u need to factor in the weight of your gate before deciding on your autogate. the heavier the gate, the more likely the motor breakdown. choose lightweight material like stainless steel etc if possible. for the kitchen, i recommend to do concrete table top, that way is far cheaper than ordering custom table top. it’s durable too, it last forever.
oho it’s always so exciting to plan for a new house 😀
Ahhh.. the weight factor! Thanks for the tips! I ever thought of that. No wonder many autogates are stainless steel or alluminium.
As for the kitchen, yes, I’m planning to have concrete table tops and floor cabinets. My mum used to use wood, and it lasted less than 5 years due to water. You know-lah how the kitchen is always wet during cooking.
Anyway, thank you for the tips. definately helped!
Auto-gate is a must for me, I dont like the idea of leaving my children in the car while I unlock the gate.
So yes to auto-gate 🙂
Another good point for me to get an autogate. While i don’t have kids yet, I also dislike the idea of leaving my car unattended while i open the get… and of course, I dont want to get wet =P
Happy for you bro. The renovation will be costly. I’m doing it now. So many unexpected or unforeseen costs. I would like to have an auto gate too. But I think I will KIV the plan as I will be investing in security first: that is, installing an alarm that might cost RM2k, depending on how many exits (windows and doors)your house have.
If you ask me, whether to install an auto gate? My answer will be YES. A big YES. Let me know if you found a good dealer. Anyway, having everything built-in is good. I have built-in cabinets all over my house and they really save me spaces although not money. But tell you what…it’s always worth investing your money for your own house. Trust me…If you have spare money, don’t be stingy. Spend it on your house.
Have a nice day Cyril.
You’re getting an alarm? Wow.. I havent thought of such thing for my house yet. So far a grill, autogate, wall-up kitchen, lighting, and built in cabinet is in the list. Hope I’d have enough money though. I wonder how much I’ll need for now, but I think RM20K might cover all.
And bro, thank you for the tios. You just made me move autogate to ‘must have’ =)
hi there neighbour to be…it was rather a surpirse…well you are a quiet person at work. We came to know about it accidentally..from yor blog that is. My hubby recognise the picture. Ours is behind your house but its the second lot.
We are also planning at the moment…We appointed someone to do the grill but yet to receive his quotation. Heard from another colleague of ours, his workmanship is good and cheaper than a few others she sought before.
Hmm…I just hope they will complete the house very2 soon. Can’t wait to move in.
I believe the house will be completed very soon, and the photo (as i told you in person) is not the actual photo of my house. Due to privacy concerns, I try not to disclose where my house is exactly located.
Anyway, Im interested to know the person doing the grill. Thinking of mine too.. but how did u get him to do a quoatation?
for the grill, i called the person and we meet at the site. he will do the measuring for the places needed to be grilled. You can choose and discuss the design with him as he will bring his catalogues with him. Then he will do the calculation.After a week or two he will give you the quotation. But still can be bargained. I will give u his number if u want to try.
hi cyril,can u recommended the contractor that good in renovation/fence?
I’ve emailed you Mischa. =)
Hi, I’m looking for a good contractor to repair my fence wall and the gate. Any recomendation, pls ?
You could try reading this post I did about a contractor Ive engaged. http://blog.cyrildason.com/a-good-renovation-contractor-in-kuching/