Hi everyone! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing everyone a prosperous and joyful year ahead 🙂 Some trivia tips for the Year of the Rooster – purple is THE colour for the year, especially if you’re looking for love 😉 More details here at my Facebook page.

This week, I have the pleasure of sharing a story of how Kevin* renovated his first home in Penang. It is a 750 Sqft apartment, 3 bed 2 bath. In 4 straight weeks, he managed to turn an empty unit into a lovely home! Love it 🙂

Small apartment layout

This was the original floorplan

The condition of the unit before renovation

Entrance to the apartment

In the first week, the contractor did wiring and aircon piping works.

Second week: Smashing through the walls and putting up plaster ceiling

This is to separate the kitchen and the yard

Putting up the plaster ceiling

Third week – Painting and installing what he calls his “tiny” kitchen

Week 4 was spent completing the tiny kitchen, and installing the fixtures e.g., aircon, fan, lights and painting of doors.



Kevin’s contractor wasPerfekta Kitchen (boss name Siang). According to Kevin, their workmanship was good and reasonably priced. They were never late for work and delivered on time. Some hiccups along the way, but overall Kevin rated them 8.5/10!

Blinds in Windows

Notice how the blinds is inside the window, so that it won’t get dirty!

Granite sink for a change

More photos of the finished apartment below – so homey and inviting!

Wood dining table

Dining table pushed against the wall to create more space

Aquarium in living room

The final touch was putting in the aquarium, just perfect!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, how much did the renovation cost? According to Kevin, the quotation from his contractor was RM34k, which includes wiring, plaster ceiling, curtains, aircon pipess, front grill and birdcage, painting and complete kitchen with hood and granite sink, plus installation of lights, aircon fan, break through the entrance wall and kitchen wall. After some discount, final price he paid was RM31k. What was NOT included was the wardrobe and TV cabinet.

As for the electrical items, guess how much for: 3 inverter aircon, 2 water heaters, fridge, hob and hood, 55 inch 4k tv, washing machine and fan? RM13k 🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading, any questions do give me a shout and I’ll refer back to Kevin. Happy Chinese New Year, may the year of the Rooster be a great year with exciting stuff that we can all crow about!

* Anonymised