Bartley Residences: Designing the Perfect Balcony (Part 3 Final)

Finally, fibre broadband has been installed after a long 3 weeksโ€™ of waiting, and I can resume my regular blogging. =)

Today, Iโ€™m going to share my final post on balcony decking and decoration, as well as how I maintain it. If you missed my earlier posts on this topic, you can read them here: Part 1 on balcony reno and dรฉcor ideas, and Part 2 on design and decking considerations.

We used wood-plastic composites (commonly known as WPCs) which are composite materials made of wood and thermoplastic. The main advantage of WPCs is that they do not corrode and are highly resistant to rot and decay. It does not have the natural weakness of solid timber (i.e. warping, splitting and cracks), making it a durable product that is sure to last.

Wood decking

To ensure that the decking lasts a long time, it is important to have a good foundation underneath them. Brackets are being laid as the base profile, followed by the WPCs. The gaps between the WPCs are important for ventilation so that humidity and water are able to flow out. In our hot climate, it also provides space for thermal expansion of the WPCs without causing any distortion to the decking.

Artificial turf

For the artificial turf, an AirDrain System consisting of black plastic pockets is being installed as the base to provide rapid water drainage to prevent surface ponding. Beneath the artificial turf, there is a layer of high quality fibres that acts as a backing. The artificial turf is then glued onto a net on top of the black plastic pockets.

The installation of WPCs and artificial turf in my two balconies took one day to complete. The installers from Absolut Outdoors are punctual at work, experienced and pro-active in offering us suggestions and tips in maintaining our balcony decking. Truly thankful to these guys for their great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some pictures of my two balconies:

Main Balcony

Edison is truly delighted with this IKEA tent that I set-up for him
My coffee corner

designing the perfect balcony

Master Room Balcony

Balcony deckingI laid two pieces of artificial turf as the โ€œfringeโ€ (detachable) for styling purpose. I hang my laundries here too because it has direct sunlight.
A close-up view of the WPCs

My colleagues came to visit me yesterday and they were so kind to buy me these beautiful orchids for my planter boxes. The size of the pots fit my planter boxes perfectly! I love how my balcony is full of real flowers!

Planter boxes

The planter boxes that I got from Absolut Outdoors come with a water level indicator, so itโ€™s easy for me to check when my plants need water.

Maintenance of the balconies is pretty easy for me. For the WPC, I just sweep and mop as usual. For the artificial turf, I vacuum it using a handheld vacuum cleaner (took less than 10 mins) and mop as usual.

Iโ€™m loving my outdoor spaces so much now. On Sunday mornings, we have breakfast at our balcony while we enjoy the morning sun and breeze, plus a beautiful pool view. In the evening, I roll out my yoga mat to do some stretching exercise. Sometimes, I do my work at the balcony while Edison is playing out there.

 

Absolut Outdoors
81 Ubi Ave 4, #05-19 UB.One, Singapore 408830
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page | Instagram

 

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Bartley Residences: Renovation Part 4 (Completion)

This must be my busiest pre-CNY period. I havenโ€™t bought any new clothes for CNY, not to mention changing new notes from the bank and buying CNY goodies. I think Iโ€™ll just dig whatever leftover new notes from last year and top-up the balance from my wallet.

Oh wait, where is my bak kwa? T__T

Besides the physical hard works like cleaning, packing and moving, there are also many other trivial things like changing residential address, applying for car decal, turning on gas supply, applying for fibre broadband connection, etc. I went to M1 last week and was shocked to hear that the waiting time for fibre broadband installation is 3 weeks!ย ย ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

And Iโ€™m moving in this week. How am I going to survive without WIFI?!!! If you donโ€™t see me on this space, this is the reason.ย ย ๐Ÿ˜•

Our house renovation has completed last week, together with indoor and outdoor blind installation, as well as furniture delivery. Except for WIFI, weโ€™re all ready now.

Living Hall

This is how my TV feature wall looks like:

TV Feature WallPicture taken before our TV was mounted on the wall
A look into my living hall from balcony

Living Hall Carpentry Cost
False ceiling with cove lighting effect: $1,850
L2000mm x H2900mm TV feature wall with laminate finish: $2,405
L8ft suspended TV console in laminate & internal polyester finish: $1,600
L2ft display cabinet in glass & laminate finish: $900
Total: $6,755

Dining Hall

Initially, we planned to have a built-in settee with storage (see our original 3D drawing HERE). But we found a dining table set from Cellini that we really like. It comes with a bench and two chairs. So, we built only a mirror feature wall with cove lighting effect at our dining area.

Dining Feature Wall

Dining Area Carpentry Cost
L2300mm x H1200mm clear mirror with cove lighting effect: $1,200

Balconies

For our main balcony, we put a partial wood-decking with putting grass. I really love the putting grass because it looks crisp, freshly green and inviting. They are shorter than the usual artificial turf, thus making it easier to clean and maintain.

The composite wood decking (WPC) combines the feel and look of wood with excellent resistance to water, weather and mould.

Outdoor decking

For the small balcony at our master bedroom, we put composite wood decking too. I intend to put a laundry drying rack here for hanging clothes.

Master Decking - 2

Balcony Decking Cost
Composite wood decking in main balcony with putting grass and putting cup: $1,727
Composite wood decking in small balcony: $672
Total: $2,399

Bomb Shelter

We put a 7ft 4-tier metal boltless shelf in our bomb shelter. It consists of two shelves (90cm and 120cm) placed side by side. I use coloured storage boxes from IKEA to store my things. It looks so organized now, and yay to more storage capacity too.ย ย ๐Ÿ˜†

Boltless metal shelfBefore and after!

Total cost: $360

Master Bedroom

In my previous post, Iโ€™ve shared the details of my master bedroom renovation. Iโ€™m very satisfied with the carpentries in my master bedroom.

Master Bedroom carpentry

Combi blinds from WinUs Korea (will share more in another post soon)

Master Bedroom Carpentry Cost
False ceiling with cove lighting effect: $1,000
9ft half height bedhead with cove lighting effect: $1,080
2ft side table with drawers (2 units): $800
2.5ft dresser table with drawers; $500
2.5ft dresser mirror cabinet: $750
Queen size bedframe with 4 drawers: $1,750
Total: $5,880

Bedroom 2 (Edisonโ€™s Room)

Carpentry in Edisonโ€™s room is the toughest for me so far. Reasons: 1) the room is very tiny, 2) it has a sliding door to the common toilet, and 3) only the left side of the window can be opened (the right side is fixed).

So, we changed the 3D designs thrice and the 4th time during carpentry measurement. However, the final outcome is still not to my liking. Luckily, Edison likes it and he was so thrilled to have his own bedroom.

His excitement of having his own bedroom overshadowed my disappointment at how the carpentry turned out to be.

Cove lighting on bedhead

Bedroom 2 Carpentry Cost
L4ft half height bedhead with cove lighting in laminate finish: $480
L4.5ft top hung cabinet using solid plywood, laminate & internal polyester finish: $900
L2500mm x W1200mm low height platform bed with side drawers: $1,500
Total: $2,880

Bedroom 3 (Study Room)

Our original plan was to make two built-in L-shaped study tables with top-hung cabinets on both sides (and false ceiling too). Our 3D drawing for study room can be found HERE. However, during the carpentry measurement, we realized that the remaining floor space is very small if we build-in our study tables.

Another reason is that we lack flexibility if we wish to convert our study room into bedroom or guestroom in the future. In addition, a fixed height study table is not suitable for a growing kid like Edison.

Thus, considering these three reasons, we scrapped the idea of built-in study tables and cabinets. We bought two sets of study desks and chairs instead, and that costs us slightly over $2,000 as compared to $5,200 in our original 3D drawing.

Edison1

Edison is so excited with his workstation โ€“ he said this is his NEW office! Hahhaha! Read my review of IMPACT ergonomic study desk and chair HERE.

Outdoor Blind

Outdoor blind wasnโ€™t in our original plan and budget, but we decided to install them at both balconies as theyโ€™re facing afternoon sun. By 12 noon, my entire main balcony is soaking under the sun and by 2pm, I can feel the heat right into my living hall.ย ย ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

And Iโ€™m soOoo glad that we installed the outdoor blinds. Our living hall is so much cooler now as the outdoor blinds are pretty good at blocking sunlight, and reduces heat and glare. They also provide some privacy when we need it โ€“ people couldnโ€™t see through from the outside.

However, they can only block about 70-80% of rain due to the gaps in-between the panels. The roll-up blinds can be positioned at any desired height, and can be rolled up and down effortlessly. Iโ€™m very happy with it!ย ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Outdoor Blind

Total: $1,800

I will write another post on indoor blinds after I move-in (same contractor as my outdoor blind). Need some time to monitor the indoor blind to see how much they are able to block the sunlight and glare.

I will also do a home tour post soon to show you my home furniture and electrical appliances. So, please stay tuned. And if I donโ€™t get to log-in the next couple of days, hereโ€™s wishing you and your family a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! ^ ^

 

Balcony decking by:
Absolut Outdoors
81 Ubi Ave 4, #05-19 UB.One, Singapore 408830
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page | Instagram

Outdoor Blinds by:
Bench&Board
#03-301 Marina Square
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page

Interior Design by:
Rezt & Relax Interior
33 Ubi Avenue 3, #02-09, Vertex Tower B, Singapore 408868
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page
Designer: Tim Tian and Jingyu

 

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Bartley Residences: Renovation Part 3 (Carpentry Installation & Balcony Decking)

So, one week passed in a blink of an eye. How fast! ^_^

Our renovation is close to completion now, and weโ€™re all getting VERY busy and anxious. Truth be told, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of works to be done in the next 2 to 3 weeks until we move-in. Looking forward to burn more calories this month with the packing and unpacking. T__T

Even though house-moving is a headache, the feeling of a brand new start in a brand new home is GREAT. And today, I declare that this is the biggest project in my life so far โ€“ it requires more planning, time and efforts than our wedding and first home.

Last week, the carpentries in our master bedroom and Edisonโ€™s room have been installed. The burst water pipe delayed the carpentry installation in the living hall to this week. Ceiling fans and lighting installation have also been completed this week. In addition, the painters came to touch-up on the paints after the installation.

tv feature wall

I was so thrilled to see the ceiling fans with LED lighting. I know theyโ€™ve been in the market for years, but itโ€™s my first time installing them (my current home is using the good olโ€™ KDK fan). Our electrician shared with us that ceiling fan with LED lighting may create annoying moving shadow of its blades at night. The shadow can be seen on the ceiling, but nonetheless, if the house lighting is bright enough, it should be less noticeable. Okay, letโ€™s hope itโ€™s not so bad.

The 4 drawers on the TV console (bottom row) have flip-up and slot-in doors โ€“ for ease of use – weโ€™ll be putting our blu-ray player and other electronics stuffs there. Two of the drawers will have tinted glass doors โ€“ to be fixed next week.

The glass on our dining feature wall has been installed too. We wanted the edges of the glass to be chamfered for both visual and safety benefits. The installer placed two wood planks to support glass with a caution notice โ€œnot to remove before 15/1โ€. It makes me a little worried that the glass might fell off any time (but of course, it didn’t).

Just two days ago, our balcony decking installation has been completed. This is the thing that Iโ€™m most looking forward this week.

I’m so in LOVE with my main balcony!

balcony decking

Adding a splash of green to my balcony using artificial putting grass creates a comfortable setting for my outdoor space. Plus itโ€™s so comfortable to walk on! Putting grass is shorter than the normal green turf, thus making it easier to clean too.

balcony with putting grass

The dark brown wood decking adds a rich contrast against the putting grass. So glad to transform our outdoor area into a comfortable space to read, relax, and play. The length of the putting green is just nice, and we still have a lovely chillax corner at the other end.

Look! We have a putting cup too!ย ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Here’s a close-up look at the wood composite decking in our master bedroom balcony.

wood composite decking

We installed three planter boxes โ€“ two on the right and one on the left. The planter box comes with a water level indicator, so when my plants need some hydration, I wonโ€™t have to count on my spider senses. [Related posts: Designing the perfect balcony โ€“ Part I and Part II]

balcony planter box

outdoor balcony decking

And so, I’m gonna have a new hobby in 2016. Yes, gardening โ€“ you got it right!

In my next post, Iโ€™ll be able to share with you more beautiful pictures after all the debris are cleared and plastics are removed. On a side note, Iโ€™m pretty amazed with the durability of the protection sheets (although they looked quite thin to me). They are still looking good without any tearing after 3 weeks of rough renovation works.

Tomorrow, our indoor and outdoor blinds will be installed. Iโ€™m so looking forward to see how amazing these Korean WinUs blinds are. Weโ€™ve decided to go completely โ€œcurtain-lessโ€. So, we will be using Unislat for our living hall and Combi blinds for all bedrooms.

Will update more in Part Four. Stay with me, will you?

Read my previous posts on renovation: Part 1 | Part 2

 

Balcony decking by:
Absolut Outdoors
81 Ubi Ave 4, #05-19 UB.One, Singapore 408830
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page | Instagram

Interior Design by:
Rezt & Relax Interior
33 Ubi Avenue 3, #02-09, Vertex Tower B, Singapore 408868
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page
Designer: Tim Tian and Jingyu

 

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