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Work-in-Progress – Part 44 – Flora @ Tranquil World
We went by The Minton over the weekend for a meeting with a curtains/blinds maker we’re interested in engaging. This particular contractor is based in Johore Bahru, but commutes to Singapore every day for work. He was a particularly jolly fellow and we like him, though at times he was chuckling at his own jokes! There’s no lack of curtains/blinds makers in Singapore of course, but for those of us on a budget, the contractors who’re located across the causeway are possibly a more affordable alternative. For our home, we’re looking at day and night curtains for the living/dining room, blinds for the bedrooms/study, and frosted films for the master bathroom windows, and hopefully we’ll receive a quotation from him soon enough as to how much it’s gonna cost us for all these.
Rectification work has also started for the long list of defects we forwarded to the Developer too last midweek. A good number of chips and cracked lines along the wall edges at the front balcony and also bedrooms have been rectified, though others at the back balcony and kitchen have not been touched yet. Workers were also sanding down the parquet flooring on Saturday, and during a follow-up visit on Sunday afternoon, the same floor had just been varnished too. A couple of residents were reporting that the defect rectification team have (accidentally) caused a few more defects when they did their patch-up work – we’re hoping that that doesn’t happen too much for us. We wouldn’t want a continual cycle of new defects caused by rectification teams!
More pictures of The Minton flora here.
Work-in-Progress – Part 39
It’s been another 3 weeks, and The Minton has still yet to reach temporary occupancy status. No one seems quite certain what’s the cause for the hold-up, but at this point and how long we’d been told key distribution will take, it looks increasingly likely we won’t be starting our renovation for the new home this year at all now, and it’s even a stretch if we’d be able to move in around Chinese New Year next year. It’s a bit of a dampener, since after all the effort we took to get renovation quotations back in September, we’ll have to get updated quotations now by the probable time we get the keys.
Oh well. I swung by for another visit in mostly cloudy weather again. As expected, there wasn’t any real development going on nor changes observed, apart from placement of new exterior furnishings, and what looks like minor touch-up and rectification works still going on.
As before, do check the Flickr Album for the large-sized pictures.
Work-in-Progress – Part 38
The Minton development has seemingly stalled for a couple of weeks now. From visual exterior looks, and apart from some minor patch-up work, the condo seems done and ready for temporary occupancy. The process of attaining the issue of TOP – temporary occupancy permit – seems more complicated however, and from checks on the BCA site, inspections to reach this status have still not been successful. Sigh. The latest word though is that another filing of documents has just been made a few days ago, and this time round hopefully TOP will be issued – whereupon we’ll finally be able to get keys, and begin the process of selecting our ID and renovation can finally begin.
I was remarking to Ling that even though there clearly hasn’t been significant development for several weeks now, not having visited the site for 3 weeks now for visits have made me feel as though I’ve been neglecting my duties to photo-record The Minton’s development! The Saturday noon-time visit saw pretty cloudy weather though – we’ve been experiencing fairly frequent flash-rain for the last few weeks now – so the pictures below don’t showcase the visual vibrancy I’ve obtained from other visits.
A couple of panoramas below too, all stitched from multiple shots.
The larger sized and other pictures are available here at the Flickr album again.
Work-in-Progress – Part 36
The start of a long weekend for myself. It’s semester break at work so I’d applied for Leave some months ago with the (optimistic) hope then that TOP would be about this point. There was, momentarily, some excitement yesterday evening when a resident received a note from his sales agent that TOP had been reached – but that turned out to be a false alarm. A quick check on the BCA web site yielded no new updates on TOP status.
The visit this mid-afternoon turned out to be quite a bit of a disappointment, imagery wise. The sun was for the most part hiding beneath thick cloud layers, only popping out for brief moments (you can see them in a couple of pictures below) – which made for pictures that were, frankly, dull in comparison to the last visit where there were gloriously blue skies. Not much visible development again, so I continued with panoramic compositions again for a couple of spots that I didn’t cover in the last visit.
This was the E-PL6’s first visit to The Minton too, and acquitted itself admirably. And yep, as far as I could tell, no perceptible difference in images compared to the E-M5.
And here are the panoramic compositions:
The larger sized and other pictures are available here at the Flickr album again.
Work-in-Progress – Part 35
We’ve been experiencing some wet weather for the second half of this week, but that cleared up on Saturday past noon-time to reveal wonderfully sunny and clear weather for the rest of the day – enough to go by for a quick visit to The Minton site for pictures again.
As in the last several visits now, there doesn’t seem to be major visible improvements to exterior works, though from the construction sounds going on still, I’m guessing interior works and touch-up are still going on. I remembered while working on the transitional montages this week that it’s been a long while since I’ve done stitched panoramas, so went about composing a couple. These really do show how large the project is – all 1,145 units and its supporting facilities and landscaping.
These panorama pictures, alongside others for this afternoon’s visit are available here. And lastly, a third transition montage I did yesterday – and this time of Tranquil World.
Mega-sized version here too.
Work-in-Progress – Part 33
Like the last visit to The Minton site, it’s getting harder to spot visible or significant changes to the ongoing construction now. Given how close the project now is to the award of Temporary Occupancy Permit, I guess most of the work now is internal to units that did not pass inspection, or still require touch-up work. The front facade signage has also been lit up now, reportedly looking quite lovely with its purplish lighting. We’ll go by on an evening soon to check that out.
We’ve also started picking up several digital and printed issues of Squarerooms, a local interior design publication that features lots of ideas, discussion plans, things to do with homes and so on, and been pouring through them figuring out what we’re going to advise our appointed designer later on once we receive keys. More to come on that soon too.
In the mean time; pictures from this afternoon’s visit. The larger pictures are available here at my Flickr album.
Work-in-Progress – Part 32
Another week and another visit to the construction site of The Minton. Bit of unfortunate news too; the BCA web site indicated on the 18th September that some plans submitted required resubmission while the rest were noted as “In order”. I’m not sure what this means since I’m not in this industry, but my guess is that TOP while close will still not be imminent as long as resubmissions of documents are required. That will just mean more delays to the start of key distribution. Sigh.
Still, this Saturday’s afternoon visit saw that the site is gradually winding down its major development activities and moving into touch-up work. Large containers filled with debris were about and ready to be carted away, and workers in small groups could be seen patching up and making good defects, paint spot areas and the like. I paid special attention also to shrubbery surrounding the compound too, given the growing sense of anxiety among many of the FB residents that the place isn’t as private as one might had though.
Work-in-Progress – Part 31
Bit of both good and also bad news at The Minton project. On the first; the TOP inspection earlier this week was passed successfully, according to persons on the inside and across several sources. No clue if that’s really true – running a query on the Building and Construction Authority status of plan application hasn’t yet revealed the updated status yet – but if so, actual TOP should follow in a few weeks’. Hooray!
On the down side – given the sheer number of units in the condo, key distribution and release is going to take a long while, with some projections running at six months now, and depending on the phase of stack release a few years ago during purchases. That might mean that our unit’s keys might only be released at the end of this year. That’ll certainly delay our renovation plans, even if we’re not really in a hurry to move. Boo!!
Still; here are the pictures from my weekly paparazzing our new home. This particular visit was on a sunny and warm Saturday noon.
More notes on our visitations to Interior Designers, wardrobe specialists, and other contractors.=)
Work-in-Progress – Part 30
The weather on our island has been, surprisingly, quite wet and cold over the last several days – and it’s not even November monsoon yet. We’ve been experiencing rain everyday for nearly a week now, some of which has been intense enough to cause flash floods and bring down grown trees onto vehicles even. Thankfully no real injuries have been caused yet, aside from lots of the usual inconveniences from sudden downpours i.e. traffic jams and the like. We finally got a little sun on Sunday mid-afternoon – enough for me to quickly pop by The Minton construction site for another weekly look-see.
In general, some progress is visible, though the initial TOP of end-September is starting to look less likely. Sigh. If we don’t get our keys by mid-October, that will mean we won’t be moving in this year after all, what with the about two months it will typically take for our apartment’s unit renovation to complete.
Work-in-Progress – Part 29
Another weekend visit to the ongoing construction at The Minton. Just 4 more weeks away to the projected TOP – Temporary Occupation Permit – and from residents who’ve checked out the place at the early evenings, construction hours seem to have been extended to try to get the apartment project completed timely.
We’ve also just started meeting up with Interior Designers starting this weekend, though given that we’ve got up to two children in tow, it’s a real logistic challenge to plan for each visitation! Those of us who’ve gone through a full interior design and renovation project will know how long-drawn and time-consuming it will be. Anyway, more on that in a different post for later. In the mean time, pictures showing the new developments at The Minton: