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  1. We engaged 3D Innovations to renovate our home in Aug 17. The ID's name is Allan Chee. Innitially, he seems a polite sweet talker, but the moment we paid the deposit to begin work, it became a nightmare and disaster from day 01. The ID Allan Chee, who claims to ba an award winner designer, showed us many images of newly renovated homes, turns out to be irresponsible, no sense of appointment, alway late, did not give proper instructions to the sub contractors, no ideas, no creativity. Measurements were wrong and we had to redo many items again. Despite numerous reminders and constant checking, he makes mistakes after mistakes. He has no sense of responsibility. I am not sure if he's qualified. We had to make many corrections to his mistakes. Eventually, we terminated his services, and his boss had to complete the outstanding works, We eventually engaged another contractor to finish our home. If you must engage 3D Innovation, suggest you avoid Allan Chee and look for Denn Lim instead
  2. How will I know if my painter contractor is not doing a shorthand when it comes to the work we agreed? Any tips?
  3. Hey all, I finally decided on an ID for my new DBSS at Centrale at Tampines in last month. It was so tiring seeing one after another but I learnt a lot from my experiences and decided to choose this ID as she was earnest, knowledgeable and willing to take on my demands. Most importantly, very responsive. Also, their price was not the cheapest but the most reasonable and recommended me things that are not the most expensive but most suited to my case. I won't recommend them till my works are completed just to make sure. Will update as works progress. Description Master Bedroom 1 Design & Fabricate 6ft (w) x 8.5ft (h) feature wall with ABS trimming and laminated finish $1,275 2 Design & Fabricate 1.5ft (w) of full-height cabinet, addition of 2sqft of glass, on feature wall ABS trimming and laminated finish $395 3 Design & Fabricate 3ft (w) of sliding cabinet wardrobe, 4ft (w) of casement wardrobe, with ABS trimming and laminated finish $1,670 4 Dismantling & disposal of existing cabinet $200 5 Design & Fabricate 4ft (w) shelving with ABS trimming and laminated finish FOC Bedroom 2 6 Design and fabricate 3ft (w) sliding full wardrobe with storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $750 7 Design and fabricate 4ft (w) full-height full wardrobe with storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $920 8 Design and fabricate 2000mm (l) x 4ft (w) bed frame with ABS trimming and laminated finish, with addition of single pull-out bed $1,780 Bedroom 3 9 Design and fabricate 4ft (w) x 8ft (h) feature wall with ABS trimming and laminated finish $850 10 Design & Fabricate 1.5ft (w) of full-height cabinet, addition of 2sqft of glass, on feature wall ABS trimming and laminated finish $395 11 Design and fabricate 3ft (w) sliding full wardrobe with storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $750 12 Design and fabricate 4ft (w) full-height full wardrobe with storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $920 13 Design and fabricate 4ft (w) shelving with ABS trimming and laminated finish $200 Living Room 14 Design and fabricate 23ft (w) full-height storage feature wall with ABS trimming and laminated finish, addition of 2ft (w) pull-out table with allowance for mechanism $6,380 15 Design and fabricate 1.5ft (w) settee with ABS trimming and laminated finish $210 16 Addition of 80 sqft of tempered glass to feature wall $1,600 17 Design and fabricate 4ft (w) full-height cabinet with ABS trimming and laminated finish, with allowance for mechanism for pull-out shoe cabinet $1,220 18 Design and fabricate 7ft (w) sliding low-height cabinet with storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $1,260 19 Design and fabricate 5ft (w) x 8ft (h) box up using gypsum board with ABS trimming and laminated finish $200 20 Design and fabricate 5ft (w) x 8ft (h) plywood backing with ABS trimming and laminated finish $720 Backyard 21 Design and fabricate 2 ft (w) full-height storage with ABS trimming and laminated finish $460 Kitchen 22 Design and fabricate 2 ft (w) top-hung cabinet with ABS trimming and laminated finish $280 23 Supply labour and material to install 16 sqft of crystal glass as kitchen backing $480 24 Design and fabricate 6ft (w) sliding glass door with aluminium track $1,860 False ceiling & L-box **** Room 25 Supply labour and material to install 32ft of L-box and 178.5 sqft false ceiling $577 26 Supply labour and material to install curtain pelmet at 3 bedrooms $140 Discount ($1,683) Total: $23,810
  4. Just as many of you here I too am embarking on my renovation journey. Mine is a 4A room resale HDB flat in Jurong East. I learned that it would be better to engage a Casetrust accredited renovation firm. I would like to know the opinion of the experienced people here. I have a few questions 1) Are Casetrust accredited renovation firms really reliable? 2) Any Casetrust accredited renovation firms with ID (contact person) to recommend? 3) Apart from Casetrust accredited firms, any other renovation IDs to recommend? Appreciate your responses. Cheers
  5. Hi all, would like to recommend a contractor which recently renovated my 4 room flat at Punggol. We went around sourcing for a good contractor at North area until we chance upon this at Hougang Ave 1.. Boss was patient and totally understand our concept of what we want and what we need. I would say his price is reasonable and he make sure everything was done neatly with no loose ends. Best thing is the company is Non GST registered which help me to save total of $1000++++... Heard they been incorporated for almost 30 years? He is a very easy going person and accomodating to my needs as far as he could for our house renovation.. can pm for his contact if u want to get a quotation frm him..
  6. Hello fellow house owners! this is my hubby and my first house and first renovation. we are really clueless if this is a good quote or not.. please help us out!
  7. Hacking away and dispose existing fixtures and fittings for new interior design and fittings. One of the basics things to do in the beginning of renovation process. Share with us your difficulties in hacking as we will like to talk about it!
  8. I started looking for an ID in Dec 2016, three months before the keys of my 4-room HDB resale flat were ready for collection. I went through the postings in the forum on Renotalk.com to look for IDs with good reviews & eventually, arranged to meet a dozen of them. Most of them came with their quotations & were happy to discuss some details regarding the layout plan & my requirements. However, some of the IDs did not consider my budget seriously & proposed items which exceeded my budget; a few did not follow up on my queries and there were two who went MIA after our meeting. Randall Tan from NID Design Studio stood out from the rest right from our first meeting as he came with his laptop which he used to show me a 3-D drawing based on my house floor plan. I was impressed with his effort of doing that despite it was only our first meeting. He also considered my budget & proposed items which fit my budget, giving priority to basic items, such as vinyl flooring and kitchen cabinet. To ensure that my family members were comfortable with my choice of ID, I arranged Randall to meet them. Randall also took us to visit two houses which he had just completed renovating. Finally, I shortlisted three ID firms to discuss more specific renovation details at my new house. In the end, I decided on Randall as I was confident that he would do a good job. On top of that, my family was also comfortable discussing issues with him. Randall took my budget seriously & assured me that the total renovation cost in the quotation would not increase unless I requested additional work / items. Indeed, the total amount I paid for the completed renovation, compared to the initial quotation, had only increased by the extra items (a bigger wardrobe for my room & a fire-rated main door) which I had requested Randall to do after the renovation had started. I am happy to say that Randall is quite generous as there were times when he tried to absorb some costs, eg. I requested a few more electrical points & one more paint colour up from the maximum 5 colours. In my opinion, I think that the items & prices in his quotation are by & large reasonable. Although his price is in the mid range compared to the quotations from other IDs, there were no hidden / unspoken items that were chargeable during the renovation. It is a good thing that there was no unpleasant surprise & dispute during the renovation process. I am also happy with the workmanship which is of reasonably high quality. Randall is knowledgeable about renovation & gives practical ideas. For example, he not only advised the position & number of light points in the living room, but also proposed the light switches corresponding to the light points, so that the two light switches allow minimal, moderate, or extra brightness. This gives me & my family the flexibility to decide which switch to turn on based on the intensity of the natural light, thus provides some cost savings on electricity as not all the lights need to be turned on even when the natural light is very dim. Another example is how he advised where the electrical & air-con wires could be placed in order to minimize the amount of casing used to box up the wires, so that the entire house looks more spacious and aesthetically pleasing as the amount of unsightly casing that runs on the wall is minimized. Throughout the renovation, Randall always responded to my queries within 24 hours and gave clear explanations to my queries. As with any house renovation, there were some minor hiccups during the renovation process. When these happened, Randall focused on quickly resolving the issues either by rectifying them to achieve the original plan or coming up with the next best alternative. My house renovation took about two months to complete which was ok for me as I was in no hurry to move in. Post-renovation, there were some minor defects which I conveyed to Randall, and he was quick to arrange for the relevant people to fix those issues. For example, I was not completely satisfied with the plastering work in the living room as the wall surface was not smooth for most parts. Randall did not mind arranging the plasterer & the painter to come over to my house twice until I was satisfied with the wall. Randall has lived up to his promise to his clients, he treats his client's renovation like renovating his own house to ensure the outcome of the renovation is a comfortable and practical home. I strongly recommend Randall (his mobile number 9386 8081) to people who are looking for a good & reliable ID to renovate their home.
  9. Hello everyone, i want to share with you all my recent renovation with this interior designer. I had my kitchen re-renovated from a re-sale apartment and very satisfy with the end result. The re-sale apartment i bought has many damages to it and i had no idea where to begin. I consulted many ids and what made me nailed down to this id herself is that she is very nice and patient and willing to go through every single detail with me. But one problem was i live far from this company and have little time to go down for consultation as i have kids to take care of. But the id was willing to come down to my convenient despite she have many other things to handle and even brought me to one of her showrooms. She even brought the real life samples down after she sent me a few in picture form thorugh whasapp. That was when i made up my mind as she is so sweet and nice and i can clearly see that she will put in 100% effort to my home renovation. Moving on to the renovation process after i closed the deal with her. Oh and her company's quotation are reasonable thats why i dont dare ask for much discount. But of course don't expect it to be cheap too because the worksmanship is really on par with other company's. So here are the few pictures she updated me with during the renovation from day 1. I don't want to post too many but if you would like more feel free to pm me :). All these were done in less than 3 weeks. I'm moving in soon too.
  10. Dear all, Anyone has any experience dealing with Ronnie Renovation Contractor?. How was it in terms of their workmanship, delivery of work and ability of following through their promises to customers. Kindly share. Thank you.
  11. Dear all, Anyone has any experience dealing with Ronnie Renovation Contractor?. How was it in terms of their workmanship, delivery of work and ability of following through their promises to customers. Kindly share. Thank you.
  12. .Dear all, Anyone has any experience dealing with Ronnie Renovation Contractor?. How was it in terms of their workmanship, delivery of work and ability of following through their promises to customers. Kindly share. Thank you.
  13. Decided to write up a short blog on our renovation journey, hoping that it will help future home-owners with their reno process! First things first, contractors or interior designers? Probably the ever-famous topic for every one. Of course, contractors were our initial plan. Why? Advise from friends & relatives for being famously cheap (cheaper than ID that is). I guess that's one of the main reasons why people opt for contractors instead. As it was our first house, we didn't really have a concept/theme (which is a problem if we took contractors) other than the usual Scandinavian/Minimalist settings which I prefer not to have because everyone is doing it (don't have concept still want to be different). After probably months of debate (i think?), finally we decided to just go for an ID. Problems we faced? "Why so expensive, you all still take?" "Contractors also can do the exact same thing, but at a cheaper price" "Do you know that some IDs cannot be trusted?" I guess the very reason why we chose ID over contractors was not only because we didn't have a concept, but we were also worried about the liaising issues. Having contractors meant that, we have to liaise with them directly and telling them specifically what we want/do not want. So it still boils down to whether home-owners know what they REALLY want. (very obvious we don't, hence the choice of ID) After the first obstacle was done, next came the interesting/time-consuming part; finding an Interior Designer! We didn't really meet a lot of IDs mainly because we don't want to give ourselves too much choices to choose from. For me and my husband, being comfortable with the ID and s/he is able to understand what we really want is the essence of the whole process (of course also making sure that the firm is trustworthy, find reviews!). Finding the cheapest deal is definitely on everyone's list but then again, what's the catch? Make sure to run through the entire quotation(s) point by point, and please do not hesitate to raise any questions (we are talking about a huge sum here). End of the day, cheap doesn't entirely means good. We met about 4 IDs? End up, we decided to hand the trophy to Jade from The Local INN.terior! She was the first designer that we met. Quirky, genuine and very confident in what she delivers. She was very prompt in following up too, despite us not signing any deals with her yet and mind you, she was having a leisure trip at that point of time. Other than her quirkiness & funny laughter, probably one of the biggest reason we chose her was because, not only we felt that whatever she designed/proposed was aligned to what we wanted but she would also input her own designs for our references (if not what's the point of having an ID right?). In a nutshell, she's someone that we can talk cock to but yet serious at the right time. Proceeded to signing the treaty with her, and down to Hafary for tiles shopping! Kitchen Tiles with Kompacplus, Vinyl Flooring & Paint Color! Toilet tiles with Kompacplus & Carpentry Laminate! Of course we went together with Jade, and spent a good 2-3 hours walking around choosing the best tiles for our nest! Never did she once rushed to choose the tiles or attempt to brush us off by just choosing those "common never go wrong" tiles. Hanging out with her was never an issue, below is an example of what she posted; Asked us to pose with the tiles so she's able to visualise how it will look like (where to find this type of ID!) What comes after tiles shopping? Everyone's favourite; 3D Drawings! (from entrance of the house - living room - kitchen - toilet - bedroom) It was amazeballssssss!! Even though these were the final set of 3D drawings where she conceptualise the actual tiles and materials to the drawings , prior to it Jade had already sent us a draft 3D drawings of our house. Fast forward to taking our keys and house renovation is already on the way (it's only less than 2 months!). Got myself some 'before' pictures of our house! Slipped our mind to snap pictures of the house before any work is done But yay to emoticons! 'Before' works! Hacking away the room adjacent to the living room for our Glass Room in the 3D drawings! Open concept kitchen! Back-splash for our kitchen! So prettzzzz! Master bathroom! (i thought the toilet was big.. ) If any of you homeowners opted for Vinyl flooring, you guys might have to go through cement screeding. However, homeowners are now required to pay for this service from HDB. Luckily, our appeal was successful as we applied for the flat before this rule was implemented. My advice? PLEASE APPEAL! Or at least try even if you apply the flat after they implemented the rule. I have to admit that ID charges a skyrocket high price for this service, hence Jade told us to send in our appeal letter upon getting our keys. She was the one that told us about HDB's new implementation and also advise us on when/how to send the appeal letter to HDB! Honestly, why wouldn't I entrust my house to her? Although our appeal was successful, but we were required to wait almost 8 weeks for their contractors to schedule a timing for the cement screed. Thus we thought that nothing could be done or at least until the screeding was done, but sometimes Jade seems to be more.. excited/worried about the progression of the house than us. In a short span of 2 weeks or 2.5 max, she did almost everything she could, like; hacking, air-con piping, electrical points, false ceilings, tiling for master bathroom and kitchen! (kudos to her workers too) Both our families were equally shocked too. Spell impressive and efficiency Ready for some 'after' works? Back-splash for kitchen! I'm definitely gonna step into the kitchen much more often (oh and the plaster smooth of the walls were done in like 1-1.5 day?) Started works for our master bathroom! Opted for wall tiles in the wet area and cement screed for the dry! Close up of the wall tiles! Definitely hitting the resort style False ceiling was up too! Same goes for the master bedroom's. Cosy house here I come! Mortar base done up nicely in our service yard! What I really really love about Jade is, she's always making sure that we were kept informed of all the works that were on-going or any hiccups along the way. She even introduced us to an app which allows her to put in the entire schedule of the renovation process; what are we supposed to purchase (even state which is urgent) and what were done already. And yes, she did all these manually for every client of hers (not just us). That's what everyone likes right? Black & white all stated very clearly, and knowing what were the next steps going forward. Currently that's all I have to offer! Hope it helps someone! Will come back with more pictures once the screed & more works are done! Hola! Back here to update our renovations and can't wait to share the upcoming pictures! Counting our blessings as screeding was pushed forward by a week! Believe me when I say, they can finished the entire house's screeding by one day (or probably half a day). Another day to let it dry before Jade's tiler can measure our vinyl flooring. Enuff said, let the pictures do the talking! Finally it's screeding time! Had a crazy idea of just changing to cement screed for the entire house.. Since our screeding was brought forward, that just means that the remaining of our renovations schedule will be push forward too! Quickly settled our painting; wall, door & pipes' colours. Same goes for the measurement of doors and floor too! Till date, it made me realise how important it is to have a great rapport with your ID. S/He does not only need to be in the same frequency as us, but they also have to be genuinely looking forward to the completion of our house. The next best thing apart from getting our house, would be knowing Jade as a friend. Mushy-ness aside, anyone is excited to see our vinyl flooring (and painting)!? CAUSE I AM! Vinyl Flooring + Painting! In the midst of preparing! The amount of hard work that they put into each and every house. I. JUST. LOVE. IT. Everything is on point (thou there's nothing yet). View from Master Bedroom Finally I'm doing a minimal Before & After of our house! It's so pleasing to the eyes~ Didn't really paint a lot of colours, in fact we only painted a grey-ish tone on our TV wall and the rest was just cream white. I really adore neutral tones for houses hence the choice to keep it real simple without too much colours dancing around. Leave some of the painting decisions to Jade, of course I'm not disappointed and so was my husband! She chose grey for the service yard's pipes and white for the kitchen's. Once you found yourself a right ID, the amount of work we need to do is pretty minimal One big achievement unlocked, onto the next one; - Carpentry Discussion done - Measuring of Doors & Windows done - Measuring of Glass Works done Everything is done in a jiff! Probably that's all I have to update before the next major schedule which should be our carpentry. Am thinking of doing up a blog with our Taobao loots! Let me know if anyone is keen (if there is..)! Till then peepz! XO
  14. I bought two PD doors from HDB Door Pte Ltd: https://www.hdbdoor.com.sg/promotions/ There was some initial confusion over whether the door will be retrofitted onto my old one with the old frame or will be installed without the old frame. I made clear to them that my old frame was very old, ugly and damaged at the start and there was no issue. They admitted their mistake and redid their doors so they can fit them to my toilets without the old, ugly frames. Wasted some time but this is still fine. Then come the day of installation. For some reason, after installing one side of the frame to the wall, they told me in order for the door to be straight and for it to close, the other side will protrude out if not the door will not close. So, I said you of course need to install in a way that the door will close. The end result is in the attached picture. It is very strange that the door needs to protrude out for it to close though. I later checked with another contractor the following day that this must be a mistake they made when they first install the left side. Now there is a sharp edge and my family said that is very dangerous and could hurt anyone. So for the second door, I told them to slant a bit so it does not protrude and the end result is in the attached picture. The whole door is extremely slanted and pretty ugly. What would you do now if you are me?
  15. Renovation/Reinstatement HDB Condo Retail Shops We also do provide Customised Furniture Works Looking for a free quote, please email to teccraft@gmail.com
  16. Need help as I'm a newbie. Need to renovate my 2 room resale flat, and too many IDs have contacted me and given me quotes. Some quote me 18k to 16k. I'm hoping to keep within 14-15k. Anyone who knows someone good? No design in mind. As you can see no carpentry work. Some ID has recommended not to hack the flooring of living and bedroom, just overlay with vinyl flooring. HACKING WORKS Hacking of existing floor tiles **** room. Hacking of existing floor tiles at bedroom. Hacking of existing wall & floor tiles at kitchen area. Hacking of existing wall & floor tiles at toilet area. Hacking of door and door frame of bathroom Hacking of sanitary accessories of bathroom Hacking of existing cabinet and wardrobe MASONRY WORKS Supply & lay selected 60cm x 60cm homogenous floor tiles **** & bedroom include skirting. Supply & lay selected ceramic wall tiles to full height for kitchen area. Supply & lay selected homogenous floor tiles at kitchen area. Supply & lay selected ceramic wall tiles to full height for toilet. Supply & lay selected non-slip homogenous floor tiles for toilet. Supply labour/ materials to apply water proof membrane at kitchen & toilet floor with upturn of 150mm. Supply and fix in replacement of stainless steel bin chute hopper including cover and hinges PLUMBING WORKS Supply & install new inlet & outlet pipes for kitchen & 01 toilet. Supply & install water inlet & outlet pipe for washing machine Supply & install washing machine tap Supply labour only to install 01 no. of kitchen sink with cold tap. Supply labour only to install 01 sets of WC bowls. Supply labour only to install 01 sets of wash basins with cold tap. Supply labour only to install 01 sets of toilet accessories. Supply labour only to install 01 nos. of instant heater PAINTING WORKS Supply painting of interior walls & ceiling for whole house using Nippon paint. Supply painting all doors/ frame, gate & piping etc. DOORS Supply & install 01 sets of aluminium frame c/w acrylic panel bi-fold doors (with top & bottom tracks) at toilet. OTHER WORKS Supply haulage & deliver goods to site. Clearing of debris for whole house. General cleaning & chemical washing for whole house. Floor protection for whole house. Optional: (kindly quote me price for this) Electrical Works: Supply up to 6 units of lighting points Supply and install switches and power point for whole unit Replace of electrical wiring of whole unit
  17. Renovation/Reinstatement HDB Condo Retail Shops We also do provide Customised Furniture Works Looking for a free quote, please email to teccraft@gmail.com
  18. Hello, everyone! I'm usually a lazy person so I can't believe I'm actually here doing this. I just got my BTO flat done up and the whole process of looking for an ID, going through designs and quotations REPEATEDLY to find the right one was such a hassle. We all working adults, where got time?? Every weekend burned. I heard terrible stories from my friends and colleagues of going with the wrong ID, aside from the obvious money loss, there was also constant worrying and bad fixture of lights, tiling, and water piping issues that made things far worse than you could imagine. Waste time and waste money in the long run. To help young couples like myself or any first time ID experience, I'm going to share with you guys my amazing ID that I chanced upon. I was discussing design plans with another designer (overpriced and not good, can PM me if u wanna avoid potential trouble) at Novena starbucks when I saw Kelvin. Hubby and I noticed he was on his laptop using AutoCAD. Hubby told me this is usually used by architects. We were super impressed with what he was doing (he was shifting furniture from many angles). None of the 4 IDs we discussed with were as professional as this. After our meeting ended, we approached K and asked him if he was an ID. Indeed he was and that was how our reno journey begun. Kelvin was beyond impressive and hardworking. To put simply, his work ethics is amazing His follow ups were really super. His prices were decent and in terms of carpentry, workmanship was good and cheaper than most. We found out that he studied architecture in NUS so he had extremely good knowledge in this aspect. Our reno was extremely user-friendly with no cock ups, especially toilets and kitchens (most of my friends horror stories, were that although the design is nice but not functional in LR. problems start popping out after time, piping issues like washing machine or toilets, as a lot of IDs don't have proper knowledge on how houses are built. they only know design from being a copycat is not enough, create a lot of problems underneath the surface). One thing that really stood out was this: most IDs I work with gave us designs sketch ups or drawings that look good and impressive. This normally drawn by hand. Make a small room look super big and nice. My friends tell me this just a trick, finished product usually disappointing and lousy. when I see drawings from IDs, I get very skeptical. My hubby: The room got so big meh? ID: This design will open up your room. Seamless finishing and more windows, blah blah. For Kelvin, all his designs and floorplans were drawn to exact dimensions. This really help us with choosing the right furnitures and improve our home. No disappointments at all overall, hubby and I are super satisfied and happy with how smooth everything went. Kelvin really gave us a peace of mind, glad to avoid horror stories and start our life in our perfect home. This was longer than expected so I shall end here. If got questions on design or interested can PM me, happy to share!
  19. Heyy all, I believe people are just like me as during the renovation of work they will take pictures of the before renovation situation and the one which is after. I would like to share the kitchen picture where it is still empty and now when it is fully renovated ! I hope you guys share with me as well Credits to my ID ben from Benz Design
  20. Hacking away and dispose existing fixtures and fittings for new interior design and fittings.One of the basics things to do in the beginning of renovation process. Share with us your difficulties in hacking as we will like to talk about it!
  21. 5 years ago, I engaged a contractor (an ID company which was formerly at Commonwealth Dr but has sinced moved to Bkt Merah Central) to in-fill a step-down balcony area with cement and level it to the bedroom tiled flooring by removing the sliding door to the balcony and also enclose the roof opening to that area. Thereafter, the entire floor was laid over (without removing the floor tiles in the original bedroom) with wood laminate as recommended by him. We also engaged him to installed cupboards over this extended area which was formerly the balcony. A few months ago, we discovered the laminated floor around the cupboard (which was supposed to have in-filled cement beneath) was sagging and the the laminated floor over the original tiled bedroom area was 'popping upwards'. We called that contractor back and requested him for his opinion and a solution on the scary feel of the foor. He kept denying it has to do with his workmanship but kept pointing to possible water seepage or termites. He said he could not recall what was underneath the laminate and so he took from me a copy of the invoice of the works which I still kept in my files. He said he will go check his record and get back to me. After 3 weeks, I did not hear from him and so my husband and I decided to remove the laminate flooring to investigate what is going on under the laminate. We had to destroy several pieces of the laminates before we discovered that the original tiles in the original bedroom area were popping up. When we removed the laminates around the sunken cupboard area, we found rotting timber and wooden batten. There were no cement in-fill which was in the contract and which was also mentioned in the invoice we paid. We called in different groups of contractors for their opinion and we were advised to go back to seek redress from the errant contractor who did not do the cement in-fill that we paid for. One contractor told us that wood normally starts rotting after 3-4 years since dampness is trapped between the ground (this bedroom is on the ground floor) and the laminate (non breathable), and if the contractor does not want to do wet works, he will get away with it because the result will only shows up after many years like our case which was actually hidden under our cupboard. In order to rectify the situation, I was told the cupboards have to be removed, the rotting timber must be cleared out, cement in-fill done, water-proof cement screed done before a new layer of tile or laminate can be laid on. I sent the analysis and photographs of the whole situation to that contractor, hoping he will offer a solution....but it turned out worse than I expected - he kept denying he used wood at all. I attach here the whatsapp conversation I had with him as well as the photos I sent to him. He did not respond after I asked him "Where did u pour the cement then?" and I noticed he changed his whatsapp profile photo & status after that. Appreciate any forum members' advice on where and how I can seek redress to this situation instead of going the lengthy 'sue him' route. As the flooring is now in a big mess, is it advisable for me to engage another contractor to rectify the situation in the meantime? Are the photos I have taken and posted here sufficient proof to claim against him in the event I have to take legal action or do I have to take more photos after my carpenter removes the cupboard and before the new contractor does the cement in-fill? Thank you! P
  22. Hello, everyone! I'm usually a lazy person so I can't believe I'm actually here doing this. I just got my BTO flat done up and the whole process of looking for an ID, going through designs and quotations REPEATEDLY to find the right one was such a hassle. We all working adults, where got time?? Every weekend burned. I heard terrible stories from my friends and colleagues of going with the wrong ID, aside from the obvious money loss, there was also constant worrying and bad fixture of lights, tiling, and water piping issues that made things far worse than you could imagine. Waste time and waste money in the long run. To help young couples like myself or any first time ID experience, I'm going to share with you guys my amazing ID that I chanced upon. I was discussing design plans with another designer (overpriced and not good, can PM me if u wanna avoid potential trouble) at Novena starbucks when I saw Kelvin. Hubby and I noticed he was on his laptop using AutoCAD. Hubby told me this is usually used by architects. We were super impressed with what he was doing (he was shifting furniture from many angles). None of the 4 IDs we discussed with were as professional as this. After our meeting ended, we approached K and asked him if he was an ID. Indeed he was and that was how our reno journey begun. Kelvin was beyond impressive and hardworking. To put simply, his work ethics is amazing His follow ups were really super. His prices were decent and in terms of carpentry, workmanship was good and cheaper than most. We found out that he studied architecture in NUS so he had extremely good knowledge in this aspect. Our reno was extremely user-friendly with no cock ups, especially toilets and kitchens (most of my friends horror stories, were that although the design is nice but not functional in LR. problems start popping out after time, piping issues like washing machine or toilets, as a lot of IDs don't have proper knowledge on how houses are built. they only know design from being a copycat is not enough, create a lot of problems underneath the surface). One thing that really stood out was this: most IDs I work with gave us designs sketch ups or drawings that look good and impressive. This normally drawn by hand. Make a small room look super big and nice. My friends tell me this just a trick, finished product usually disappointing and lousy. when I see drawings from IDs, I get very skeptical. My hubby: The room got so big meh? ID: This design will open up your room. Seamless finishing and more windows, blah blah. For Kelvin, all his designs and floorplans were drawn to exact dimensions. This really help us with choosing the right furnitures and improve our home. No disappointments at all overall, hubby and I are super satisfied and happy with how smooth everything went. Kelvin really gave us a peace of mind, glad to avoid horror stories and start our life in our perfect home. This was longer than expected so I shall end here. If got questions on design or interested can PM me, happy to share!
  23. Hi All, anyone engage ideal design interior pte ltd before? Any feedback on their services and workmanship on the reno? thanks.
  24. Hi, has anyone engaged Luxur for interior design or renovation works? Kindly share your experience. Thank you
  25. Can someone please advise me about a couple of things regarding combination of rewiring and renovation works. 1. Does it matter in what order you do it - rewiring first and renovation after; or renovation first and rewiring later? How is it done normally, rewiring first or reno first? 2. If I rewire first and after that reno contractor would need to smooth the walls (including walls where wires and cables are mounted and concealed) will cables be in the way and he might need to remove them from the wall? My guess is that wiring on the wall is not gonna be in the way during walls smoothing, because smoothing under concealed cables is not needed. But I'm not sure. Basically the problem is that current wiring in the house is 30+ years old and it's already spoiled/not usable for the most part, and we have to stay in that house for at least 1 or 2 more months before we can proceed with reno because we have to filter through things first, throw out tons of trash, furniture, clean up, etc. etc. But we need to be able to use electric appliances so we was thinking of rewiring that house first and then 1 month later once everything is prepared we do renovation. Just not sure would doing it in this order cause any issues or is it ok and rewiring is usually done before reno anyway. Thanks.
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