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  1. Here's some advice! 1) You may think of designs, and know what you want in details. 2) Purchase your own furniture and accessories, will save abit from here. 3) Cost can be further cut if you can do painting by yourself, save quite abit! 4) Don't go for those IDs offering freebies, in the end you'll still be paying for it. 5) Not all IDs have 'hidden cost', my parents' renovation went through quite smoothly without much hiccups! 6) Try to meetup with the shortlisted IDs, especially on-site to ensure a precise quotation! I've done a fair bit of research in this area before I began looking for a renovator for my parents' new flat. Hope that helps!
  2. IF you can do your own design, can find contractor bah. Otherwise I believe the ID will provide free design, no cost one leh. o.o Ikea, cheap but probably won't last very long. Depends on your own financial capability i think! Maybe can do your renovation phrase by phrase?
  3. Hello! My ID told me that $40-$45k should be sufficient, however that would depend on the measurements (cabinets) and material used. With much respect, I'm afraid that a 5-room flat it's highly impossible to reach 20-30k, especially if you require custom-made carpentry. Hope that helps! Ps: That's a very interesting conversation you've included here, hahahha!
  4. My parents' kitchen are of glossy white, easy to maintain and looks really pretty. ^^
  5. Hi! My parents' new renovation did something similar, let me ask my ID!
  6. 25k should be fine. o.o But depending on your requirements! My parents bought their own furniture, so saved quite a bit there. Hahha.
  7. I guess cause most IDs sub to contractor? You can always find a direct contractor, but I think quite dangerous hahahahahaha.
  8. My old flat used to have this problem! Nasty ants crawling around in the kitchen! Argh. Sis went to supermarts and bought 'Combat' ants killer, less than 2 days, the ants are gone o.o We just stick them around where we always see the ants. They basically brought the 'poison' to the colony. Yay to no more ants!
  9. Online purchases very risky leh, but the fun is the 'opening-of-package'...... What if you paid for it, but it came broken? o.o You'll have to pay for shipments back and forth just for exchange. For such expensive items, I wouldn't dare to risk it! ><
  10. I think Nippon paint has this new range of new paints that look like wallpaper leh. LOL I personally like the gold and silver series! But I think looks better against spotlights on feature wall. Wallpaper, if you rent/sell the property out afterwards, will the tenants complain? It should be sticky??
  11. Maybe you can try : -Ebay -Amazon -qoo10 That's my best bet for cheap and pretty decals
  12. The 2nd option, $11500. Cheaper. From a close contact. If your hubby has no confident in solid surface top, maybe can ask if the material can be changed to his preference? Most renovation work should be highly customizable. ^_^
  13. Adding on: Avoid firms that offer tons of freebies, ugly truth but there is no free lunch in the world. Most probably the amount will be marked-up somewhere..... Avoid firms that quote you a very low price, most probably what you'll be getting will be monkeys since you're paying peanuts. If you are able to, it is advisable to shortlist and visit the company personally. If it's big enough and have their own carpentry etc, it's unlikely that they'll run away with your 20k. Don't shortlist ID firms because of the quotation they give, most of them have 'hidden charges' which you will only see once you signed the contract Summary: Know what you want, visit the shortlisted IDs for an exact quotation instead of expecting a 'Estimated' quotation based in email/phone conversations. If budget is a problem, you may want to get rid of some 'optional' requirements that you can probably do it yourself. (Painting etc) Thus if your ID is quoting you 20k for a 40k job, and throwing in freebies / tons of FOC items, RUN. Just a personal thought,
  14. Being a 'big shot' in the industry doesn't necessary means they're the best. I'll say no harm meeting up with the various IDs and go with your feelings. I engaged one ID for my parents' renovation and what I'm happy about is there is no 'hidden charges' like most firms It's a little more pricey, but I feel like I've bought an insurance LOL.
  15. I mean Interior Designer. 350k? o.o Are you staying in a private estate?
  16. One toilet i think around 5k already leh. Somemore need to hack walls o.o
  17. Have you tried contacting the ID? How much did you paid for your renovation?
  18. nisey

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    I heard from my ID that all hacking requires a permit from HDB.
  19. Hi, I believe the quote should be quite reasonable.
  20. I think minimalist looks better in black/white leh. If not too many colors make it look too complicated, which will ruin the whole look. o.o