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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Hi All, anyone engage ideal design interior pte ltd before? Any feedback on their services and workmanship on the reno? thanks.
  6. Hi, has anyone engaged Luxur for interior design or renovation works? Kindly share your experience. Thank you
  7. 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.
  8. Hi everyone, Need some advice! anyone has experience dealing with GST registered ID firms that can waive off GST? Am about to sign contract with an ID firm, and was asking the ID about the GST since they are a gst registered company. She then said that if we pay in cash, she will be able to minus off gst. she will generate a separate quote for us with their non-gst registered sister company. but i am concerned about the company's accountability since the contract is signed with the sister company on paper.. is this a common practice? would appreciate any help or feedback!
  9. Hi, anyone sign up for this company The design.co? I will be collecting my keys in somewhere in October and still looking for ID to design my 3Room flat in punggol. This was the first ID that we found in renotalk. We hAd discuss the design, but not sure as this is the first time time finding a ID and have heard stories about running away with money. So please let me know if you have sign up and done the renovations with them?
  10. Any reviews and comments to this randy renovation company? How is the workmanship ?
  11. hi i am currently looking for IDs to do my 4 room resale hdb. would like to check of anyone has used Absolook and if there are any comments on them. and the milestone payments that they have proposed, i would like to check of its the the norm. 10% on confirmation 45% before commercement of work 40% upon confirmation of carpentry work 5% upon general washing. i dont feel very comfortable about the payment terms. hoping someone can share with me on them.
  12. hi i am currently looking for IDs to do my 4 room resale hdb. would like to check of anyone has used Absolook and if there are any comments on them. and the milestone payments that they have proposed, i would like to check of its the the norm. 10% on confirmation 45% before commercement of work 40% upon confirmation of carpentry work 5% upon general washing. i dont feel very comfortable about the payment terms. hoping someone can share with me on them.
  13. Hi there, am keen to purchase my toilet bowl but need to tell what is my toilet bowl trap. Has anyone done renovation/bought a new toilet bowl recently and know whether it's 6mm, 10mm or 12mm? Thank you!
  14. We engaged Stephen Yap from - to assist with our renovation. After the first meeting, he turned out to be aggressive and wanted to have his way. He refused to allow us to choose any designs we wanted and insisted that he is the interior designer and that he knows best. He refused to make amendments to the quotation and when we complained to the - management about this, Ivy Lim (Finance and Admin Director) mentioned that we have to agree to whatever they say, they cannot amend the contract and that they cannot re-assign our project to another interior designer. Truly shocking for such a large establishment. They forced us to cancel the contract so that they can walk away and take the easy option. Do not trust this company. They are not interior designers. They are HDB registered but not CASE or RADAC registered. There is no customer service here, they are only after quick bucks.
  15. Hi there, My fiancee and I recently purchased a ~20-year-old apartment in the East Coast, and we realize that there are quite a few tiles which sound hollow when they're tapped due to debonding/drying of the adhesive. See photos here uploaded. We've asked a few contractors to recommend whether or not we should hack and replace the wall and floor tiles in the affected rooms with new ones. So far, we've received mixed messages: some say that it's okay not to change them as long as you don't do any drilling on the affected wall. Other say that you should change them as they could pose a safety risk (popping out and potentially dropping on or tripping someone). Our question is: What are the pitfalls of leaving hollow tiles as they are? Thank you very much!
  16. Hi, I'm new here. We will acquire our flat in Aug. It is a 4A corner unit, resale. We are looking to get a contractor to renovate the unit for us but don't know where and how to start. We've contacted Aian Furniture and Renovation, Henry from Impress 21 and H2o Design. Any other contractors to recommend? We are not Mandarin-speaking. Please also advise us on how to start about. We aren't sure what to do. All we know is that if we hire an ID, they will do everything for us. But we're looking to cut costs. Would appreciate all advice, thank you!
  17. We engaged a HDB registered interior designer company for our renovation. After the first meeting, the ID from the company turned out to be aggressive and wanted to have his way. He refused to allow us to choose any designs we wanted and insisted that he is the interior designer and that he knows best. He refused to make amendments to the quotation and when we complained to the management, they mentioned that we have to agree to whatever they say, they cannot amend the contract and that they cannot re-assign our project to another interior designer. Truly shocking for such a large establishment. They forced us to cancel the contract so that they can walk away and take the easy option. Do not trust this company. They are not interior designers. They are not CASE or RADAC registered. There is no customer service here, they are only after quick bucks.
  18. We engaged an established company to assist with our renovation. After the first meeting, the ID turned out to be aggressive and wanted to have his way. He refused to allow us to choose any designs we wanted and insisted that he is the interior designer and that he knows best. He refused to make amendments to the quotation and when we complained to the management about this, they mentioned that we have to agree to whatever they say, they cannot amend the contract and that they cannot re-assign our project to another interior designer. Truly shocking for such a large establishment. They forced us to cancel the contract so that they can walk away and take the easy option. Do not trust this company. They are not interior designers. They are HDB registered but not CASE or RADAC registered. There is no customer service here, they are only after quick bucks.
  19. Hi all! Have been busy with renovation using this blog for resources... so like to share my journey here... will be writing more on this in my own website if you dont mind liking it? http://propertyprice.sg/index.php/my-renovation-journey-singapore-renovation-cost/ https://www.facebook.com/propertypricesg/ So here goes my renovation Journey 1) Searched around for a few contractors/IDs from friends and forums 2) Shorted listed 6, those most recommended and decided on Defong 3) Meet up with Defong as well as him coming to the house to inspect and suggest works Here is my floor plan (85 sqm) 4) I did full renovation, since the resale HDB which I bought over was quite old Main cost breakdown here: Renovation $41,000 Appliance/Fittings/Furniture etc: $15,000 Total = $56,000 5) Living room feature wall ( Pebble craft brick walls from Taobao $250, shipping by oops.sg $200, Defong labour for Tiling $850 ) 6) Living room ( Furniture from courts with the online promo discount code, Blinds from Taobao, Solid wood table too, Tiles from Hafary) 7) Dining Room ( Grills and Windows from Defong Contacts, Blinds from Taobao, Momento Paint wall DIY with paint from Malaysia ($40 which is half Singapore Price), Fountain, Table and Chairs from Taobao) 8) Toilet (Tiles Hafary, accessories Taobao, Cement Cabinet and Tiler from Defong, Tap Basin and Toilet Bowl Hoe Kee) 9) Kitchen Cabinet http://propertyprice.sg/index.php/my-renovation-journey-singapore-renovation-cost/ https://www.facebook.com/propertypricesg/ Will be updating more details in my Facebook page and Test Website... can help me like it? hahaha
  20. Dear All, Renovation Contractor here, providing professional paint services in reasonable prices. Work hours is daily at night and weekends. Our services are effective and efficient. Standard 2-3 days to clear house painting ( eg. 1100 sqft) Package includes plastering, cleaning and housekeeping after service. We are offering attractive packages as low as $1100 ( ICI or Nippon emulsion paint colours : 2 to 3 colours selection) to $1400 for whole house ( for HDB flat) Pm For Details
  21. This is my 2nd reno-t blog in renotalk. Well, I guess I might be one of the oldest member in this forum, I was already a member over a decade ago. That time I was busy with my HDB 5 room renovation and this forum has helped me tremendously during my renovation journey. However this time, it is slightly different; I will be helping out my mum's condo renovation. Although the scope of renovation work is smaller, I foresee there will be other challenges waiting for me.
  22. Hi everyone, Can I ask a favour of those who have done up their renovation of their HDB flats.I'm looking to buy a resale flat but would like to change the location of the main door. I have attached the floor plan, as you can see the red area is where I would prefer my main door to be.Does anyone have an experience of HDB approving this type of request?I already emailed HDB and they want me to purchase the flat first and submit the contractor drawings....Let me know you're experiences!
  23. Hi, I am urgently looking for one window PE that I can trust to help us get approval for our bedroom window on a resale 5 room HDB. if anyone of you have someone that charge within the range of 1.8k to 2k around this range please kindly PM this no. I am reachable at 9844 3936. Thank you in advance as my house cannot proceed due to the window at the moment. Really appreciate if someone can share some information with us. As our contractor recommended one that quoted 4-5k I think this is ridiculous.
  24. hi everyone, need some advise and recommendation on contractors who are experience in these few things: 1. laying tiles on planter box. 2. doing up feature wall in my balcony. 3. install glass panel on planter box actually i'm on a budget and the tiles i have decided to get from lian seng hin. but the chanllenging part now is getting the right contractor to do the above job as i went around asking and the price quote was abit out of my budget. appreciate if u can help to recommend. many thanks ahead
  25. Hi, any fellow users out there who used IN INTERIOR as their ID before?
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