Monday, November 16, 2015

House Project files (pt.6)

This will probably be the second to the last post of House project files in construction mode. The succeeding post will be about the kitchen, and the final post of House project files will be that time of the move, making it as officially livable by human standards. We are aiming the project to end at least two weeks before Christmas to allow us to deck the halls with boughs of holly and tacky frills as this will be the first Christmas in our dream home.

I am, of course, excited. The photos that T has been sending me sets happiness to my mood in spite of the stress at work. T has his own share of stress as he does the impromptu approval for any last minute revisions and at furniture-hunting. We are buying everything because we have nothing at all, not even a set of cutlery. Since getting married, we have been living and working overseas as temporary residents so we never had furniture acquisitions except for Amber's. So comes another stress of finding the right furniture to fit our personality and not something that we threw altogether and be contented with it as long it serves its purpose. We want something we really like and most importantly, budget-friendly. Cebu, though capital of furniture-making in the Philippines, has limited choices of affordable and chic furniture. We have Mandaue Foam, SM, Wilcon and Cebu Builders. The rest are high-end which will cost both of our arms and legs. I wish there's IKEA in Cebu.
(LEFT) Remember in my previous post on how badly I wanted three (3) pendant lights of this design from Azcor? Well, we bought only one because it is costly and considering the size of our home, we were convinced that one will do.
(RIGHT) The Master's T&B. Grey being the prominent color.

(LEFT) This industrial lighting fixture has been a fad lately. Boutiques and establishments have them which we both admire. With all the many choices of industrial types, T settled for this(?!) but I love it, too.
(RIGHT) Amber's room has the same round drop light as the Master's. We were supposed to color her whole room with yellow as per her request but T decided to only have one wall painted with that color.  I think Amber wouldn't mind.
(LEFT) This is looking at the kitchen and dining from the living room's perspective. Most of the workers are working overnight for small retouches and finishes. The cove lighting looks really nice.
(RIGHT) The kitchen cabinet frames are now up. I decided that only this part of the kitchen where the cabinets will hang because I feel that having two sides of the kitchen filled with cabinets will only make the area smaller. This is the part which I am more excited but it is the last to be constructed. I am not complaining, LOL!
The succeeding house project files will focus on the kitchen, primarily.
TIP: When renovating or building a house, please allot enough monetary buffer because always the earlier estimation does not cover the whole actual costs. Not even close. I've read a local forum to prepare twice the price of the estimation or else you'll end up getting an unfinished, substandard or settling for less than you hoped for of the final outcome. In some cases, if unfinished, people tend to forego to continue as other priorities suddenly came up (from my own family's experience, this happened). If budget permits, do it one time. 

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