Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lighting Concept- Cost Savings

Cost Comparison

Option 1 Costing:   Our ID's proposal for down lights and cove lights and false ceiling
Original ID with Down Lights and False Ceiling

Install partial false ceiling and light holder (living room and 3 bedrooms) = S$1,730
Lay electrical lighting points: 42nos x S$30ea = S$1,260
Installing lights (labout only): 42 nos x S$8 = S$336
Purchase down lights/ cove florescent tube: 42nos x S$15= S$630

Option 2 Costing:  Traditional way of mounting lightings directly on ceiling or wall

Lay electrical lighting points: 22nos x S$30ea = S$660
Installing lights (labout only): 22 nos x S$8 = S$176
Purchase lights and 3nos. of chandelier: S1,700
Supply and install Cornice: S$330
Increase budget for ceiling fan with lights: S$100

Overall savings Option 2 over Option 1 = S$990
End Result...

Also see Shopping for lights
Also see Lighting concept
Also see False ceiling and Lighting

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lighting Concept- Living Room

The approach to the lighting concept was to have a "functional lighting" and a "mood lighting".

Functional light 
1. Choice of white light for reading on the sofa
2. With a ceiling fan and no downlights or cove lights (see why here) we opted to choose a ceiling fan with built-in light to reduce the spinning shadow effect caused by the light located above the fan blades.

Mood Lights
1. Choice of yellow light
2. Can be used as a night light during the childrens' quiet time before bed.
3. Installed through wall mounted and ceiling mounted chandlers.

The cost savings of converting from down lights/cove lights to the above lighting concept can be found here.

Improved Toilet Layout- Cost of Renovation

There has been numerous inquiries about the cost of renovating the toilet.

However, there are a few assumptions before sharing this information:
1. Do bear in mind that this was priced in end 2009 and offered as part of a complete renovation package.
2. Excludes demolition works and installation of all other toilet accessories.
3. Toilet is approximately 4.8sqm in floor area

a. S$1700: To Supply and Lay ceramic floor tiles c/w water proofing (Material cost up to $3/ft2)
HDB renovation- toilet floor waterproofing
For your information:
water proofing needs to be done under the toilet floor tiles. The failure of this waterproofing is often the cause of a wet/ leaking toilet roof between neighbours on the upper and lower floor.

b. S$1500: To Supply and Lay glazed wall ceramic tiles including low wall @ 1 toilet (Material cost up to $3/ft2)

HDB Toilet- Wall tile near completion

c. S$920: To supply and install 1500mm wide vanity top c/w integrated Bowl
d. S$820: To supply and install 1500mm wide suspended cabinetary c/w mirror panel door (Material soild ply/Laminates)
HDB toilet- Vanity Top and Wall Mounted Cabinet Construction

Improved Toilet Layout- Feedback Dec 2012
Wet Floor Toilet Design
Improved Toilet layout