This is part of the Interior Design DIY series of Wet Work, more post on other areas of work will be coming soon. If you haven’t read my previous post of Hacking Work I suggest that you go through it. Before you begin, try to go through HDB important information page.
Please note what I wrote here only apply to Singapore renovation project. Another country may not be the same because of different property and contractor services.
Common list of works
- Hacking Work
- Wet Work
- Electrical Work
- Plumbing Work
- Ceiling Work
- Painting Work
- Carpentry Work
- Door & Window Work
The reward for interior design DIY
Many time when you let ID firm handle laying tiles in your interior, you are limited to a few companies where they are obliged to use them. If you are to do it yourself by engaging outside contractor, you are open to a lot of supplier in Singapore market. And if you are not going for the fancy tiles, you can also save big with plain tiles design with wet work contractor directly.
This is the next stage will concern homeowner after hacking done to the house. You can start to schedule the wet work contactor after hacking. Their job is to come put a layer of cement and sand on to the damaged wall, not to perfection, but to even up the surface to receive new tiles later. This should take one day, naturally, the next day should start laying of tiles.
Do go through the detail with the contractor. Where should be the shower curb? For shower screen, do note down the detail and design and relate the dimension to the contractor of where the glass will be sitting on the curb. They will create the niche for the glass to side in perfectly when it arrived. See if you need kitchen cabinet base for the cabinet design and base for washing machine and fridge.
In my personal opinion, you are better off not to erect base for the fridge and washing machine. You are free to change any size of fridge and easy cleaning of whats under it. With a base, you will have a hard time moving it up and down.
Things to check
The common problem with laying tiles after hacking is that some contractor uses less sand material on the back of the tiles which will result in the tiles to drop off the wall after a few years. These can be check by a gentle knock on the surface after lay will reveal hollow sound compare to other rock-solid backing tiles.
This is where a lot of people feel like it’s not up to their standard when come to laying of tiles. If you choose to lay homogeneous tiles, you can never find the perfect even surface. Instead, look for sharp edges of tiles protruding out of the floor that might hurt your foot when not careful. If you are using marble, after laying of the tiles, you will need to contact the marble polisher contractor to complete the work.
Conclusion on interior design DIY wet work
To round it off, wet work for HDB is easy, it’s not like condo’s wet work with a lot of concealing water pipe, outlet pipe and overflow pipe outlet, complete with storage water heater require to complete before the laying of tiles. Find a good contractor and you will be on the right path. If you don’t have contractor, when you go purchase the tiles, ask those tiles supplier for contacts.