29. My home

Every man must build his own home at least once in his life time. It can be your most satisfying experience in life or it can become your worst nightmare. It is your one chance to have every thing just the way you want it, not what some one else preferred. Only then can your house be truly called your home. All the other houses that you have occupied don't count.They are other people's homes which you have acquired after they moved out.

Monday, April 24, 2006

1. Sand filling, road, drains



Since I was the developer of one house I had to engage a civil engineer (Albert Ting) to do the subdivision plans. I organized the sand filling, engaged a surveyor, called tenders for building the access roads and drains. While this was going on I engaged an architect (Wee Han Wen) to do the engineering drawings of the house for submission to MDC for approval.

2. Ground floor


The main beams were made of reinforced concrete. Because of termites in Malaysia, pillars and load bearing cross beams of most houses were not made of wood unless it was belian.

3. second floor

I went off shore to work on the rigs for a week. When I came back the upper storey was taking shape. Bricks were being laid to form the walls on the lower ground floor.

4. Roof frame

The roof frames had gone up. All timbers were selangan batu bukit, first grade, dried and dipped in sump oil to discourage termites attack. The brick and timber fence was going up.

5. Brick walls, Spandek roof


I went on a well test in Erb West for a week. When I got back, the spandek roof has been laid and more brick works have been completed. The fencing  was also near completion. That pile of bricks was starting to look like a house!

6. Window frames, railings and fence

The doors and windoors timber frames were in place. Outer walls and fences were painted with the first layer of undercoat. The balcony steel railings were installed. The window frames were in place and sliding doors have been ordered.

7. Moving in


The house was completed and we have moved in! However, the lawns were not yet planted. Landscaping would take a bit longer.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

8. Home!

The house covers 2,400 sq. ft on 1/4 acre (0.13 and 0.12 acres on separate titles). The backyard has space to park 5 boats and 4 cars. Upstairs there is a family room, 4 brms and 2 bath rooms. Downstairs there is a study (or 5th brm), lounge, dining room, kitchen and laundry with a 3rd toilet. The master bedroom has its own bath room with an en-suite and a large balcony over the car port.

The house has hot and cold water supply, a stainless steel water storage tank, Hitachi sensor pump, and a gas water heater.  3 air-conds installed with 3-phase power supply and gas cooker with electric oven. Front door is aluminium sliding. Side entrance from the car port enters directly into the kitchen. There is a back door from the laundry to the cloth lines which is a one-off rotary Hills hoist imported from Australia.

The upper floor is wood parquet over reinforced concrete. Lower floor is laid completely with Italian tiles.

To view the house, you may contact John Liaw, my neighbour. He has the keys and he has been looking after my house for me. John's house is the semi-D just opposite my front gate (lot 2029, sublot 1376, Jalan Pujut 4A). He hasn't got a phone or email address; but he is mostly at home.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Evaluation Report


A full report is available, complete with land titles.