Monday, July 14, 2008

The Extra Mile


I really must take my hat off to Chiauw.  She wasted no time and was at HDB Branch Office at 9 am this morning.  Instead of dealing with the Technical Officer, she requested to meet with the Head of Department instead. In a way, it was a good idea to sort things out with the Head and to have a much clearer process for our renovation - to all the Can and Can't. As it is, there seems to have lots of rules and regulations to HDB home renovation. 

I guess, her meeting was about getting an approval immediately, to all the works required for Reiki Sanctuary, so that our renovation will not face with more hiccups. 

Our primary concerns:

01.  Levelling up MBR and MBR Toilet floor, or with minimum drop,

02.  Installing minimum height false ceiling all throughout the house and not affected by HDB floor-ceiling limit,

03.  Boxing up all the huge sanitary plumbing pipes inside the two toilets.

I was surprised that she managed to get the Head to come down to the site for personal inspection.  At 11.45 am, together with the Head, she went through the design engineer problem and got him to approve our ideas.  We learned that the previous contractors and owner didn't hack the floor tiles but instead just did an overlay.  Doing so, it raised the floor height higher.

We managed to get the approval for false ceiling all throughout the house except the toilets.  Also, an approval to level the floor of our MBR and MBR toilet was given.  Well done and thumbs up, Chiauw!

I don't think we can get such a service should we have engaged an Interior Designer.  With Chiauw, we explored every possibilities and not compromising our dreams for Reiki Sanctuary.  We just want a clean and seamless look all throughout the house.

Chiauw met us after her meeting (with the Head) and we were back to the Drawing Board - for the rest of the afternoon and ended at about 6.30 pm.  This time, it was getting too technical - she was educating us about inlay and outlay, flaming floor tiles for the shower areas and few other things that we were not so interested.  When Chiauw left, we had bad headache and refused to think about the renovation for awhile.

Chiauw is workaholic.  At 10 p.m., she dropped by again to ask us few more questions.

For the next few days, these are works that will be carried out:

01.  Levelling and screeding of the floors
02.  Waterproofing test for kitchen and MBR and Guest toilets
03.  Laying of sanitary plumbing pipes





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