Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating The House

I shudder at the thought of having to renovate the house. We bought the house in 1981. We rented the house until 1995 when finally we moved in from our house in Taman Wangi, Gua Musang which we ultimately sold at a profit. The profit could have been four times more had I waited another ten more years to sell it. God has destined that I can only make that much and be grateful for that. Thus far we had extended the kitchen twice, added a store and upon the advice of fellow blogger Pak Idrus of the blog In Passing Malaysian, to install laminated flooring to all the rooms and avoid the use of carpets which is purported to be unhealthy especially to children with asthma.
The current renovation is necessitated by incessant recurring flash flood that bring jitters whenever heavy long spell of rain occur in our place. The poor drainage system of the area was made worse when the drains kept growing narrower when new buildings were constructed impeding water flow from my area. Resurfacing of the main road also impede water flow when the road level increases a further two inches when a new layer is added as the flood water has to surmount the extra inches due to insufficient size of the culverts crossing the road. Complaints to the relevant authorities is just like complaining to a dead wall.
Now I have to raise the floor of house by at least nine inches just to ensure that if a flood of the December 2014 magnitude that hit Kelantan with devastating consequences will not have any effect on my home. I could not raise the floor level any higher as the height of the ceiling from the floor will be reduced to a mere nine feet three inches and it is the minimum height for comfort.
For the renovation to be done I will to remove all the furniture in the house, all the laminated flooring and door frames. As of now all that has been done and the contractor will move in tomorrow. Hopefully they will do a quick job so that things will be reverted to normal as soon as possible
 The house is now bereft of any furniture except the kitchen one bedroom at the back of the house where we will be sleeping in which will remain as it is.

Luckily for have we have big porches to keep all the furniture while the renovation is being carried out.
Till the renovation is done, life will be a bit uncomfortable for the two of us as the children are not encouraged to visit us in the meantime.


  1. nice to know that you are blogging again... looking forward to reading your blog... yeah, you are right... complaint to the authorities is of no use... i have raised my floor by about 6 inches, some 20 years back,,, and nothing has been done by mpkj ie mp kajang... i tried to see my adun about it not was not successful even to get to her... (guess who is it, the fan woman who is now a pp mp candidate for pkr)... the pkr councilor for my zone is a non-starter... she is another nato... i have given up hope, if you may say that... and my house compound is till flooded when there is prolong rainfall..

  2. Chia, tough luck for the both of us. We just have to fend things ourselve however we can. I will be blogging again as I am now rejuvenated after a long lay off.

  3. Welcome back to the Blogging world. Have a nice day.