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    Dear All, Bought an interterrace house last year. As newbies to the rebuilding process, we are feeling our way through the unknowns and challenges. At every cross road of choice, trying to make "sound" decision and move a step at a time forward through this expensive and lengthy journey. 😁😁. Intend to share our experiences here in this forum, will find time to update as regular as I can. So here goes... Decision No. 1 : Rebuild or A&A It was a rather old 2 stories house, build in 1986. Although the ex-owner had maintained it well but the build-up area was just 2000+sqft, layout and design were pretty old fashion. Upon closer inspection also found signs of water stains on wall line, terminate treatment holes on the floor and cracks. Original plan was to do A&A, but soon we decided to change plan from A&A to rebuild 😅. Another reason was to make sure we maximise the economic potential of the land so that when needed we can sell the house at a higher possible price in future. Decision No. 2 : Architect or Design&Build Contractor Explored both rebuilding paths. Finally decided to go with D&B contractor for the following reasons: a. Price : On top of all the costs required to build a house, was told to pay 10 to 15% more for the architect fee... Money not enough. 😅 b. Waiting time : Visited quite a handful of houses done by both 3x Architects and 3x D&B Contractors. Although we liked the design from one of the Architects, the waiting time was very long for him to complete the design before tender, up to 6 months wait... Time too long. 😅 c. Tender process : All architects we engaged indicate that they would invite the contractors that they have worked with to come for the tender, or we could invite our contractor to bid... but we are newbies, no idea about contractors. Need to interview the participating contractors, see more houses to check for quality and workmanship.... but again, we are newbies, no idea how to differentiate between good and bad contractors. If don't like any contractor, need to start all over again. The whole tender process too troublesome for us 😅 Finally selected one of the 3 contractors whom we felt most comfortable with and has provided an acceptable balance between price vs design & service provided. Since then we have completed topo survey, soil test, and successfully obtained the demo permit and approval for the layout and structural plans from BCA/URA. Actual building work can finally start. 😁 ... that's all for now... Next update... will share our Decision No 3 : D&B contractor selection; Decision No 4 : PE selection; Decision No 5 : Lift or no lift?
  2. 1 point
    The heat penerated through the glass panel is no joke and especially worst as my orientation faces west, hence decided to add a teak trellis under it. It looks better than expected and more importantly it reduces the heat by at least 1 to 2 degree.
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    A basement shelter frees up option / space in your 1st storey for other purposes (ie: space planning for living room, dinning room, kitchen, etc). Not to mention the asthetacical appeal benefits as some people may feel the steel door or the steel vent opening unsightly. You also don't have to based your interior design around the shelter's unsightly doors, vent, etc If you have the budget, I strongly encourage it. You can have one of the shelter's walls to double up as part of basement wall. You should be aware of the requirement by Civil Defense on the internal floor clearance area & the volume in relation to type of housing / occupant's number. Google the "Civil Defense bomb shelter handbook" & download it for additional information.
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    hi all, had a good experience with both my Soil Test vendor (Geospecs) and Surveyor (Lee Boon Haw). Having experience them, i have the confidence to strongly recommend.
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    Cube Movers (or Moving Cube Pte Ltd) is really the worst movers. We've recently engaged them for home moving service and we really regret it. They doesn't honor the agreed price despite giving you a quote prior confirmation and they never intend to meet the timing as agreed. The moment we paid them the deposit, we realised that something is not right as their attitude started to change. We confirmed the date of moving at least 3 weeks earlier and booked for 9am, but movers came only at around 1030am and this was after texting to Marcus (apparently the boss of Cube Movers). Upon arrival, the Malay guy (apparently the supervisor) started to behave like a gangster and talk in a threatening way saying that today's moving service has to be charged at 2 full load otherwise they will only make 1 load trip and then stop moving, though the quote was done by Marcus and we agreed for a price of 1 - 1.5 load based on his assessment. Obviously I have to agree otherwise we can't move as planned. After agreeing, they started to stack and wrapped the boxes as well as some furniture, which was fast but then the movers disappear without telling me leaving my stuffs and furniture, some along the common corridor and inside the unit without shifting down. I was really puzzled, contacted Marcus his standard answers are "will check with his guys", "the lorry is on the way and will reach within 15mins / 30mins". I went down as well to check and saw the movers were sitting around downstairs playing with phones. Ask the Malay supervisor what happened, he will raised his voice very rude reply with the similar answers. So actually ONLY the movers came and not the lorry. Due to their answers given, I have to wait there and skipped my lunch as i trusted their "reaching in 15 mins / 30mins". But after several hours of wait, there is still no update of the situation so it was really worrying as condo have very strict timing to move, which is cut off at 5pm. Until 3.30pm, I became really panic as i worry the lorry can't make it and will spoil our moving plan. So i went down again to talk to the Malay supervisor asking whether do he knows where the lorry is and whether they can move my things ASAP as we are getting really close to the condo's cut off time, if not I have to find another mover urgently since I need to move today. My family already waiting at our new place since 8am. The Malay supervisor, who has a serious attitude problem, again raised his voice and behave like a gangster, as though it is not his problem and I have disturbed him playing with his phone. After some talking, he called Marcus and after their long talk over the phone, the Malay supervisor told me that lorry is on the way and will be reaching within 15mins, if I want to look for other movers i can do so but they will still charge me the full price. Again i have no choice but to believe them for the last time. The lorry finally arrived at 4.10pm, after 7 hours of waiting from the agreed 9am appointment for moving. Nonetheless it was really a relieve. However, the worst thing is to come when they were working at my new place, the Malay supervisor can be heard constantly swearing vulgarities while working. He doesn't even bother to think that there are children around and he is NOT in his home. At around 8ish pm, while we were standing outside and talking to our new neighbour as they are friendly and welcoming, the Malay supervisor started to shout and demand for the payment from inside our place as they have completed the moving. We politely asked him not to shout and step out to talk rather than shouting as it is already late and he is disturbing others. He again behave like a hooligan, cursing and swearing vulgarities and security was alerted. This makes us so embarrassed being the first day there. We immediately PayNow to Marcus in order to make them leave. After so many hours of waiting and bearing with the bad attitude, we still talk to them nicely as i know that movers are doing a tough job. However, they were not apologetic at all making us wait so many hours and the supervisor's behavior is just incorrigible, being intimidating and threatening. Although their advertisement can be enticing due to competitive pricing, I would strongly NOT recommend anyone to use their service at all.
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    If you are going to tear down and rebuilt, you are looking at a cost of more than 1M. Do you have budget for this? If not, then the viable option is to just do an A&A.
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