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  1. 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!
  2. Hi, my fiancee and I just bought a resale 5rm flat. We are at an impasse regarding the design of our recess area. We would really appreciate any kind advice from the experts here at renotalk. Thank you!! Her Idea: Break a portion of the corridor wall to create an entrance to our living area at the expense of our kitchen. My idea: To extend the corridor and align it to our living area space, so that we have a bigger kitchen.
  3. Starting this blog to document our renovation journey. To start off, this is the layout of our humble abode. We've just gotten our 3D rendering done but will still be making amendments. Pictures of tiles we chose for each area. These are our gorgeous kitchen tiles. At first we wanted a different color to segregate the service yard but looking at the 3D we changed our minds and preferred to just have the peranakan tiles. Hexagon tiles for master bathroom shower feature. Matched with the wall and floor tiles. Love the grey marble tile for the common bathroom wall. I've always wanted some hexagon tiles but in order to save costs we kept it to the foyer area which isn't too big. Due to budget constraints, we decided to overlay vinyl for our bedrooms and living rooms. We chose the combi on the right. The lighter tile to be in the living room and the darker one in the bedrooms.
  4. Hi, All. Just bought 4-room flat (about 90sqm.) We are trying to make our first home as cozy, stylish like a palace. :-) Overall hacking, over-lay and feature walls and indirect lights will be included and 1 entire room will be our dressing room with wardrobes by carpentry work. For our reno work, is it possible to reach more than $80K? just wanna know it can be that expensive..
  5. So... I decided to do this. I have actually finished my reno and moved into my place. I thought I share some thoughts on this forum about my reno experience. I don't think I will write a lot of posts, but will try. My journey started about a year ago on 13 Oct 2014, when I first viewed this 4 room re-sale HDB. Made a very quick decision and issued the cheque on the very day after I viewed the place. I am actually very happy with my purchase. Near to MRT, parents, city and high floor. The flat is about 31 years old, so would need some major reno. Will show you guys more photos of the old place in my next post when I upload all the photos! Below is the layout plan of the flat. I started to look for an ID in Nov 2014. Only met up with 3 but already felt so tired! Appointed my ID in around early Jan. Collected my keys on 21 Jan 2015! That was a very exciting day! Next post I will show the photos of the place before reno, and the experience with the 3 IDs.
  6. Hi All, Anyone engaged ID Urban Habitat Design for their reno? How is the workmanship and service? We received a quote from them and is reasonable compared to engaging Contractors. However their payment term is not flexible. Asking 10% Upon confirmation, 40% before commencement of site and Masonry works , 40% before confirmation and fabrication of carpentry and 10% Handover. Although this is standard payment terms, we tried negotiating but not successful. 50% payment required even before starting any work. Appreciate any feedback.
  7. Hi Everyone! I've been reading posts on Renotalk for a few months now, and find it a very helpful source of information. Decided that I will contribute by sharing my renovation journey! Flat Type: Resale 4 room Model A1 Size: 102 sqm Theme: Scandinavian with a splash of pastels - main colours light wood, white, light grey with splashes of pastel pink and mint Budget: $40K plus $10K for furniture ID: Y** Living - after one month of meeting and comparing quotes with 10 over ID/contractors, we decided to go with this ID as their price was most competitive, and the ID was responsive and gave us helpful ideas on how to save costs. Floorplan: The previous owner actually partitioned part of the living room into a Study. My hubby likes it because he can use it as his man-cave! The Store used to be in the living room, but the previous owner has removed it and carved space for it it out of an existing bedroom. Some photos of the "Before": Kitchen Service Balcony Living Room Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Toilet Common Room Common Room Toilet
  8. Hi all, guess it's time I started my own blog here to contribute back to this wonderful community that has taught me so much for the past 3 years. Initially I'd intended to start this blog only when I'd either found an ID/ contractor, or when I'd collected my keys, or when my renovation was complete. But since I've met up with 3 IDs, I decided to capture some of my experiences here while they are still fresh. House-hunting I'd have to say that it was less tedious than I thought. I'd viewed approximately 6 houses (1 for fun just to see what the hype was in relation to the price) and chose the last one on the spot. My other half had a heart attack because I signed the OTP within half an hour of viewing the place. Firstly it wasn't a 4 room like I'd originally planned, and secondly, the first floor scared her s**tless as it is a really old estate with a more religious/superstitious demographic, and almost each block had a massive altar in a dark corner of the void deck. One of the first houses we viewed was a huge 4 room corner unit in the same Bt Merah/ Telok Blangah area, and the owners were the kind that owned those red chairs. I don't mind but wouldn't like it if any 'friends' were left behind when they moved out. Anyway, who cares really, Singapore is small and it's not unusual that anyone sees things. I will definitely do the basic stuff like salting the entire house as if I was preserving it for the apolocalypse or teochew porridge ( I had ever burnt sage in one of my rental homes for 3 days...but that's a story for another day). The 3 room I'd chosen fulfilled 98% of my criteria (minus 1% for the void-deck altar, minus 1% for being 75sqm), being high floor, corner, bright but not sunny, spacious kitchen, QUIET, no blockage, and if I stretch my vision and imagination I could see a corner of Mt Faber, and near to the food, doctors, supermarket, bus stops and the CBD. I signed the OTP the day after I turned 35, so maybe I am a little OCD? It was a good date to remember anyway. Here's the floorplan for your viewing pleasure:
  9. Any bought rain shower set from taobao for old HDB unit? Seems like most not compatible.
  10. Hello everyone! First, would like to thank everyone who took the effort to set up a t-blog. I spent quite a huge amount of time on them this year. Finally completed the first appointment and felt that this is the best time to create a renotalk acc and start my t-blog. We will be receiving our keys and hope to move in before CNY! Floorplan 4A resale flat. More towards BTO style whereby the rubbish chute is outside. *Note that the kitchen entrance has been flushed to the right instead of the middle as in the floor plan. ID/Contractor Hunting Being the typical kiasee/kiasu Singaporean, I started ID hunting the minute OTP was agreed on and first appointment booked. Main criteria would be budget and timeline. We have just under 2 months to complete renovations! Biggest regret was going through Q***/ R**** etc platforms to ask for quote. Would highly recommend not to do it as the IDs that respond often quote beyond expected budget.. Wasted a lot of time travelling to meet each and every one of them. I had more luck with the recommended contractors through the t-blogs and recommendations. Shortlisted: N*** from R******: Got his contact from a t-blogger. Was straight forward and practical. Told us what can or cannot be done which we liked. Unfortunately, we felt quite that our small budget didnt impress him. Quote was slightly above our budget but N say he couldnt promise completion by CNY! J&E: I think no explanations needed. We didnt work with them was because they were unable to commit to our time frame. Also, as they are extremely busy, they prefer to talk when we have the keys. My preference would be for renovation to start on the day the keys are handed over due to the short renovation timeline. J from L*****: Recommended by a friend. Was quite skeptical as there were practically no reviews to be found anywhere!! Learnt that they work through recommendations / word of mouth during our first meet up, however, still skeptical.. Was a bit less skeptical after viewing his prior works. J was very upfront that the design came from the clients as he was only a contractor and would only execute. Quote that came back was surprising within our budget and J was able to meet our move in date!!!!! Went with J from L***** in the end due to budget (sadly the force is not strong) and his commitment to meet our move in date! I do have some concerns about his promise since no other ID/Contractor was able to commit but YOLO! Scope of Work: Overhaul kitchen, service balcony, master toilet & common toilet Plaster/paint all walls Polish existing broken marble flooring Change all doors Change all windows (TBC depending on existing conditions) Electricial wiring (J to advise if existing wirings are good enough. J mentioned that the older wirings are actually better than newer wirings and it might be better not to change!)
  11. Welcome to my first post in Renotalk forum. I have been a silent observer for about 1 month ever since we put in an option to buy our new home in resale market. First of all a quick introduction: This is our second home purchase, but first attempt to be part of the renotalk forum. Our first home purchase was more than 8 years ago. At that time, we never had an idea about these forums etc. (So ignorant!). Hopefully being informed will help us! Timelines: 1st appointment: mid July 2014 Sale completion: end Aug 2014 We are going to get our keys in end Aug. So as advised by friends here in this forum, I'm now looking to start talking to IDs who can come up with good ideas at reasonable prices. I will soon upload my initial criteria for reno and floor plan soon.
  12. Hi, My Wife and myself have recently seen a 4 room flat at Telok Blangah close to Vivo. My Wife seems to like it but I am rather skeptical as the flat is close to 30yrs and asking price is about $450k plus. Have enquired with others and they said it is a good buy as my grants have not been included yet. And there's renovation to be done as well. Would like your opinion on it and if I have missed any information do let me know.
  13. Hello all! Just finish my first appointment before the CNY for my resale hdb and I'm excited to share my reno journey here, especially for those who plan to stay alone when they hit 35 As I will be getting my keys late March, and it's about time to start my renovation planning. Style White/Cement/wood/glass Going for cement screed flooring for living/dining area Green: Don't like the indent of the wall structure, gonna fill this up so it look flushRed: Hack!Blue: Hack and replaced with Glass!*Finger cross*
  14. I chanced upon Renotalk's t-Blogs while doing research for own renovation and thought it'd be a good idea to document this exciting process and our experience. Let me get started with some background info first! Home will be a maisonette in Clementi with my husband (let's call him Mr K) and our playful Burmese cat. We bought the place in January 2015 and started shopping around for interior designers shortly after. The house was in very good condition and was very well-maintained. Truth be told, it was in move-in condition but there were quite a lot of design flaws (in our opinion) and it just didn't suit our taste at all. Mr K and I like a similar aesthetic ie. minimalist but his taste veers more to the masculine side ie. industrial, while I prefer white and airy ie. scandinavian. Not wanting the fittings/bare structure of the house to look schizo, we decided to just go with one theme and stick with it. So, industrial-minimalist it was. The catch was that I get to choose softer loose furnishing to make the place look less like a man-cave. Before I talk about our ID selection process, here is the original layout and some before pictures.
  15. Hi all! This home is called the contentment home as we are happy with where we are at right now. Regarding the theme of the home, it is ''You like, can already''. Hahaha, initially we were fussing about what theme we wanted in the home. We bounced between a Nordic-Scandinavian theme to a resort feeling theme to a modern theme to a minimalist theme. In the end, we just went with what feels right because that is the most important! Doesn't matter what theme the home is as long as the people who are living in it are happy with it's state. This home has initially caused us a lot of headaches when we did not know what we want due to us being fickle. But we made it through! And I'm here to share the next part of the journey which is renovation with you all House Hunting This was the worst part to the renovation journey as we could not find what we wanted We were looking for a 4 room flat that was not too big and was located near where we were previously staying (TPY). As everyone knows, TPY flats don't come cheap especially when it's nearer to TPY Central. Our only options were the outskirts of TPY as we wanted to have a 4 room while having it well renovated. We were very hesitant about living in the 'outskirt' as there was no MRT nearby but.... there are a lot of buses for us to take! So why not? A new change of pace and lifestyle for us to try. If we had gotten closer to Central, there would have been no way we could renovate our home to a level which was comfortable for us all and there's no point in buying a home where you're unhappy right? PS: We did look at other 4 room resale flats in AMK, YCK and Hougang area. But our heart was fated and contented with only our beloved old town, TPY. This is our floor plan and as you can tell, It is a very old flat. There's only 1 Bath and WC which is located in the Kitchen and theres no connecting Master bedroom toilet etc. Many might hate the separated toilet but.. we LOVE it. We have an issue with touching wet floors with our bare feet. Unless the area is meant for bathing, it CANNOT be wet. Even the WC area cannot be wet. We are adamant to having the bathing and WC area be separated if we had gotten a combined bathroom. To which the house agent shook his head as more work for him Contractors Search This is the part where we all sighed in disappointment. A contractor whom we thought was reliable turned out to be a irresponsible baboon. He quoted us unreasonably and forgot a lot of things in the quotation. Initially we trusted him and gave him the benefit of the doubt. However, all he gave us was crap. His quotes were reasonable for some but for others, it was completely overpriced. Seeing his quote was too over budget, we decided to source out other options to replace his electrical and carpentry. However, we wanted him to do our main works like tiling etc. He decided to not reply any of our messages and even left to go 'overseas'. Funny how when we called him, the tone could get through normally as though he was in Singapore. Not only that, he proceeded to message us and tell us that he was busy overseas. Hence, his colleague would takeover. Fair enough, colleague says yes, yes she can do it. Fast forward 9 hrs, at 1am in the morning. She dropped a Whatsapp messaging telling us she is also too busy. Gave them a good 'talk', if you know what I mean, before I deleted their contact completely. Never going to recommend that company. Main Contractor: Our next contractor (M) felt right the moment he talked to us. He was able to remember most of the things we wanted except he missed out ~3 things from the quotation? However, his colleague (C) was quick to help and communicate for us as there was a slight language barrier. M could speak Mandarin brilliantly, but his English was only on a ok-ok standard. But its ok, we were able to understand him and he was super nice in helping us try to keep to our budget. AND he understands when we wanted to use another company for their carpentry, electrical and air-con. So big thumbs up for his positive mindset! C too, super helpful. However, I do not know if they would do a good job, and frankly, I do not have time to be picky as we are rushing for time, having to move out by mid next month I will see whether they do a good job and if they do, I'll definitely update later after the completion! Carpentry & Electrical & Air-con As I said above, we sourced out a different contractor for carpentry, electrical and air-con. Carpentry guy (A) is a jovial bubble who listens and tries to help in whatever way he can. We know nuts about designing so we asked him to do the designs for us and we would tweak it as we see necessary. Just earlier today, he came down to discuss the design of the wardrobes and he bothered to listen to what we needed more. We will also see how his workmanship is as the progress moves on! J is our electrical guy and is friendly but he doesn't talk much unless necessary. At least, he has good responsibility when it comes to informing us that he is going overseas. Lastly, for Air-con, T is helping us. Nothing much to say about her as we never met before but she handled my current home aircon too. And it works fine, so yay? Before Renovation Pictures Yes, I am horrible at choosing the angles to take the pictures but I will improve! I hope.. Living Room Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Kitchen Bath WC Hopefully the pictures are okay as I do not know how to upload pictures here properly (edit: okay they are fine)
  16. Size:111 sqmNo of rooms : 3+2Asking price : 510k(Negotiable)Design & buildRenovated All Races eligible Singaporean / SPR may apply very spacious, low floor, windy, no west sun, next to park 5 mins (sheltered) walking distance to Boonlay Mrt,but interchange & Jurong point shopping mall<2min walking distance to CC,Jurong library,Medical Centre, childcare centres Open to interested Buyers & Buyers Agent only Please sms or call 9-8-6-5-7-6-56 to arrange for viewing Thanks
  17. Hi everyone, Would like to get everyone's feedback on this ID's quote. I found them on renotalk and was attracted to one of their designs. After I contacted them through the Enquiry page with a very broad overview of what I wanted (essentially no built in except for kitchen, overhaul of bathrooms, bedroom and living room just paint and electric work), they did not really ask me what look or theme I was going for, and came back with this quote. I was quite surprised by this process. Would appreciate everyone's views on if this is a fair quote, or if there are lots of potential add-ons? Is it common practice to write out exact number/type of electric points? Thank you! xx DESIGN - Design consultation, Proposal and Perspective Drawings. FOC - Provide floor protection for affected area FOC - General washing for whole house flooring $ 180.00 DEMOLITION - Remove & dispose of existing kitchen cabinet $ 280.00 - Remove & dispose of existing W.C & Wash Basin to 2 bathrooms $140.00 - Remove & dispose existing bathrooms doors $ 80.00 - Haulage service of goods & debris removal $ 550.00 MASONRY WORKS - Altar/extend existing kitchen cabinet base with tiles skirting (as per design) 380.00 - Supply and overlay non-slip homogenous floor tiles for 2 bathrooms (tiles up to $3.00psf) $ 1300.00 - Supply and overlay designer's wall tiles to wall of 2 bathrooms (tiles up to $3.00psf) $ 3,160.00 - Supply and overlay non-slip homogenous floor tiles at Kitchen(tiles up to $3.00psf) $ 1,750.00 - Supply and overlay designer's wall tiles to wall of Kitchen (tiles up to $3.00psf) $ 3,500.00 PLUMBING WORKS (Labour only) - Re run stainless steel piping to 2 bathrooms & kitchen $ 750.00 - Supply labour to install 2 nos seat WC suite for 2 bathroom $ 200.00 - Supply labour to install 2 nos wash basin at both bathroom $ 160.00 - Supply labour to install 2 sets 2 way tap & shower set at both bathroom $ 200.00 - Supply labour to install 2 nos instant heater to both bathroom $ 160.00 - Supply labour to install all bathroom accessories $ 100.00 - Supply labour to install 1 no kitchen sink & tap $ 120.00 - Supply & run outlet pipe for washing machine area(Subj to site) $ 160.00 - Supply & run outlet pipe for Kitchen sink area (Subj to site) $ 160.00 - Supply & install aluminium bifold door to 2 bathrooms (WPC/PVC) $ 400.00 CARPENTRY WORKS (All carpentry internal colour PVC finish) Kitchen - Supply & install 26ft L Top & bottom kitchen cabinet in ABS trim c/w designer's handles & a row of chest of drawers $ 3,120.00 - 1 no cutlery tray FOC - 1 stainless steel dishrack $ 90.00 - 15ft L solid surface worktop c/w backsplash $ 1,120.00 - Blum slow closing hinges to all carpentry doors FOC ELECTRICAL WORKS Supply & install: 1 Rewiring to whole house(12 nos lighting points, 2 nos SCV , 2 nos of Tel point, 1 hood point, 1no DB box, 6 nos 2 x 13amp socket, 4 nos 1 x 13amp,1 no A/C point,1 heater) $2,100.00 PAINT - Supply and paint house except wall of kitchen & 2 bathrooms with NIPPON paint forwalls and ceilings (with base coat / up to 5 colours & ceiling Matex white) $ 1,250.00
  18. Hello everyone, Admittedly we've never touched nor surfed any Reno sites except recently after chancing upon this forum and learning about the ideas and inspiration of others that it spurred my Husband and I to do our little journey towards getting our dream home. House hunting So after looking around 10 or more flats at the east, we finally settled on a 5i resale at 124sqm. The next process is hunting for an id that will understand our theme and fit our Budget.
  19. Hi everybody, I desperately need advice on what to do with all the doors in my house. Currently going through reno & my doors arrived yesterday. To my dismay, it was nothing like the one I selected, color-wise. I was doing confinement last month and ordered these doors through the contractor. I was told that it will be like what I ordered. Then last week I got a call to say that it's still that color but slightly darker so I thought okay, no difference like that. I asked the workers & they said all doors are yellow, especially with varnish. I will not be able to find a non-yellow door in SG. I feel very cheated, having paid $2050 for all the doors. Main door, 3 bedroom door & one storeroom door. I was told that I cannot return or refund and cannot complain as they said that the catalogue stated illustration and actual product may vary. I decided to look for alternatives and came down to 3 solutions, namely Wallpaper, Decorative paint or changing the doors. I do not know how much it costs to wrap the door but the salesperson online all advised against as too many movement on it may cause it to peel. As for decorative paint, I am quoted $1800. Changing doors means throwing another $2k in. Last alternative is to spray paint at $600+ or paste Formica onto the doors which will affect the closing. Please advise me on what I can do, I intend to move in on the 8/9/16. Ideally I would like to have white/light-hearted doors to match the floor tiles. Many many thanks in advance!! (I had chosen VP15 without the middle board. On the catalogue, it looks light enough to match my floor and not as warm as the website and definitely nothing like the actual product )
  20. Hi Due to unforeseen reasons, I'm letting go of a reno voucher by I'workz Design Pte Ltd. very reputable company. Can check their fb page. Value: sgd2,000 to be used by 31 dec 2016. PM me for quotations fast!!! I will definitely give a good deal to help you save cost.
  21. Hey guys! Since my reno started slightly more than a week ago, I decide to get in the radar and hope that sharing my fortnightly reno experience will be beneficial for home owners attempting to DIY without ID. I will be skipping the selection process details as my decision was made up towards pricing. 3*, R&R, and a few others were throwing out quotes ranging from $50-70K and the same time throwing themselves out even after being informed of my $35K budget. After comparing quotes from 4 IDs, 3 Contractors, I decided on my current contractor with NO reviews on RT, it was a long discussion spanning 2 months and 4-5 meetings and countless of amendments (removal of items usually) from the quote. All within $35K inclusive of GST. Yet I know it was a huge risk for someone with no online presence. Branded firm with poor project manager = . Humble company with good project manager = . Branded firm good project manager = $$$$$$ Here is the original floorplan, and I will be doing massive hacking and erecting of walls due to some fengshui beliefs.
  22. Hi All! As I'm pretty new to this, hope to get your advice on whether my ID quotation has been overpriced. Some info: 5-room resale flat (27 Years) Requires full overhaul Quotation Hacking, Haulage & Preliminary Works Hack existing whole house wall & floor tiles Hack kitchen wall Dismantle & Dispose Balcony Aluminium Sliding Door Dismantle & Dispose Living/Dining Full Height Storage Cabinet Dismantle & Dispose Kitchen Cabinet & Stove Dismantle & Dispose 2 x bathroom fittings Dismantle & Dispose Simple cornies Dismantle & Dispose Main gates (Door & Frame) Dismantle & Dispose 3 x Bedroom Doors & Frames Dismantle & Dispose 2 x Toilet Doors & Frames Supply & Lay Corrugated Paper (Single Layer) for Floor Protection Haulage of New & Raw Materials Clearing of Debris TOTAL HACKING,HAULAGE & PRELIMINARY WORKS: $6,300 WET WORKS BALCONY Supply & Lay Homogeneous Floor Tiles : $800 LIVING/DINING Supply labour and material to cement screed living & dining, 3 x bedrooms : $4,770 KITCHEN Supply & Lay Homogeneous Floor Tiles : $2,500 Make Good Hacked Area at Kitchen: $300 COMMON TOILET Make good hacked door frame: $150 Supply & Lay homo wall tiles: $2,200 Supply & lay homo floor tiles (includes waterproofing): $720 MASTER TOILET Construct Tiled Cement Base for Shower Screen: $100 Make good hacked door frame: $150 Supply & Lay homo wall tiles: $2,300 Supply & lay homo floor tiles (includes waterproofing): $790 Make good hacked doorframe x 4 : $600 VINYL FLOORING Supply & Lay 5mm vinyl flooring w/skirting ****/DINING: $2,380 Supply & Lay 5mm vinyl flooring w/skirting at 3 x Bedrooms: $2,560 CEILING Construct False Ceiling ****/DINING (includes curtain palmet): $2,200 Construct False Ceiling at MASTER BEDROOM (includes curtain palmet): $700 CARPENTRY WORKS BALCONY Design& Fabricate half height suspended shoe cabinet w/ settee | 8 Feet: $1,440 LIVING/DINING TBA KITCHEN Design& Fabricate Top & Bottom Kitchen Cabinets | 39 Feet: $5,850 Includes: Hyadraulic Hinges for Flip Up Doors Includes: 1 x Wooden/Aluminium Frame w/ Frosted Film Glass w/ BLUM AVENTOS SYSTEM Includes: 1 set 304 stainless steel drip dry dish rack Includes: 1 set PVC Cutlery Tray Includes: 4 sets of 50kg soft closing BLUM DRAWER TRACK Supply & Install iQUARTZ Top as Kitchen Work Top | 15 Feet: $2,100 Supply & Install iQUARTZ Top as Bar Top Counter (w/wood base support for bar top) | 5 Feet: $900 MASTER BEDROOM Design& Fabricate Full Height Sliding Door Wardrobe w/ Dresser | 18 Feet: $5,075 MASTER TOILET Design& Fabricate suspended vanity cabinet/mirror | 3 Feet: $540 Supply & Install iQUARTZ Top for Vanity Cabinet | 3 Feet: $420 PLUMBING WORKS Supply & Connect Single Copper Piping for whole house ( 1 x Kitchen, 2 x Toilets) Labour to install kitchen sink & washing machine inlet/outlet piping Labour to install kitchen sink & tap mixer Labour to install 2 x bathroom wash basin & tap mixer Labour to install 2 x hot water point Labour to install 2 x instant heater Labour to install 2 x pedastal W.C. Labour to install 2 x bidet spray Labour to install 2 x shower head Labour to install 2 x bathroom accessories (7pcs) TOTAL PLUMBING COST: $1,850 PAINTING WORKS Painting Works for Whole House $1,850 Includes: Painting Net Note: Ceiling Emulsion Paint Only Note: Painting Works is Subject to max 2-3 coats Includes: Sealer for Whole House OTHER WORKS Supply & install 10mm clear tempererd glass shower screen at MASTER TOILET $760 Supply & Install Nyatoh Door Frame x 5: $750 Supply & install bedroom laminated doors x 4: $1,600 Supply & Install Laminated main door x 1: $600 Rubbish Chute: $220 Washing for whole house x 2: $350 *Windows, 2 toilet doors, aircon & electrical works not included yet* TOTAL COST: $50,655
  23. Hi everyone!! I've been lurking around this forum ever since my family and I started looking for a new place at the start of 2014. After numerous house viewings and disappointments when our offers were rejected, we finally found an apartment in a neighborhood we love, Marine Parade! This blog will hopefully chronicle the experiences we have throughout the renovation process, as well as offer any tips and lobangs that will help make the journey easier and more affordable. Firstly, the floor plan! Typical 4-room layout no?? The flat is in original condition, i.e. ugly green terazzo flooring in the living room and even worse beat-up parquet flooring in the bedrooms. At least there's a utility room for our storage needs. Another problem about this flat is the ultra tiny toilets, whose walls in between can't be hacked as there's multiple pipes along one side in the shower room. Seeing that there are many areas to renovate, we decided to overhaul everything, walls, floors, doors, windows, nothing old will still be left after we're done lol.. Our theme will be rojak . This is because my mom and dad, bro and I have differing styles and tastes, so we decided that we will handle our rooms individually, while the living room and kitchen will be done up in a 'light' industrial style. The living room will have a white brick tv feature wall and black electric trunking, while our kitchen will house a small L-shaped kitchen and our dining area. Here is an amateur preview done using Autodesk Homestyler This program is a lifesaver as it helped me visualize and play with the layout of the flat. It also helped the IDs/contractors we met see what we actually wanted, which was a practical and simple house, with a hint of design. As we knew what we wanted, we focused on finding contractors to do up the place. The search (we didn't engage a contractor in the end) will be elaborated in a later post, and I hope we made the right choice! So that's it for the first post! Our 1st appt was in the morning today, and we hope to start renovations in two weeks. Wish us luck!!
  24. Ok, i think this is the time for me to start my blog after stalking RT for 2 months. Let's started with the floor plan. After 5 weeks looking for our 1st house and yeay, finally i got what we're looking to. Of course, it's not perfect neither "exactly" what we want. We have several criteria on looking for our "own house", i.e bright kitchen, high floor, etc,etc. Here 's the floor plan that we have and yes, our house is all about functionality. There's a big cabinet on passage way and hopefully it'll be the only cabinet we're going to have in the future. I kind of people who like the neat concept. - industrial/scandinavian is not piece of cake. Start from looking ID right after the book the 1st appointment...oh man...it's not easy even very hard for me to decide (as my wife is preggy and she ask me to do all the stuff). I did quote via and renotalk and you know what..almost every single day my phone ring and it's from ID. I can say, how competitive is ID business in here. But, some of them is totally not impressed. There are 1 ID is keep calling me, start from the ID, the PM, etc (totally not impressed). Just make it short, below is the ID that i met up, start from the beginning : 1. One ****rkz We went to the interior exhibition in Expo and met with them. They're asking us to put a deposit 1st (very pushy i can say) We just directly skipped them. 2. Di**s. Id name is Mr J I went there as recommended by my friend and walked in to their showroom (still remember it's on the last day of hungry ghost festival) What i can say their service is not bad. The ID is able to revise every single of my requirement. However, we have to drop this ID Reason : communication problem - i'm not a Chinese speaking and the ID is not fluent in English and not a HDB registered yet. 3. A** Sp**e De***n I met up with the owner - i guess, N**k P**g. My 1st impression of him is very good until the day i received his quotation. Well, it's a on high side however, the negotiation is still on going. Ok, things to consider. 4. K**ng Y**, Id name is mr J (again) I sent an email quotation to them and yes, they could fit my budget. After that, i met with him on his showroom. At that moment, i was not really comfortable. Yes, he explained many things to me. I.e : concealed piping, etc. But he's more like sales person, keep on asking if we can make a deal today. The good news, i asked him again to revise the quotation here and there and he's entertaining me. He even asked me to look the current ongoing project. And yes, as some people make a comment in here. They're not really good on carpentry i can say. So, we decide to dropped them. 5. In***e L***ng, Id name is mr O I contacted them after my wife said...why you didn't ask your colleague and yes, i quoted to him as my colleague engaged him as their ID. Met up on their showroom, wait for 1.5 weeks to get the quotation and another surprise. It's **** expensive. It's almost 50% above my initial budget- I always say my concept and budget upfront. And another thing is their more on "design wise". That's maybe what we're paying for.So, it's dropped. 6. V**la, Id name is mr A Read few great feedback about them, and yes i quoted them. I received a quotation after another 1.5 weeks. The ID is pretty straight forward but again i don't like his style to asking me to deal on that day and keep on trying to revise the quote. I asked him on the meeting itself, how much is the best price and OMG, he revised it many times even after i left my appointment. What on my mind is "your mark up is really in there". Decide to dropped. 7. T*t & D*t, Id name is mr J (again) Look on their FB page and wow, so many compliment for them. I decided to send a quotation to them and met up. 1st impression is she's a great ID i believe. She's a straight forward ID. Ask what we're looking on, budget, etc. I didn't expect to much from them, since they look "popular ID" but well, their service is in there. I contacted her after few weeks and she's still entertain me by reply and give some suggestions. Decide to KIV 8. De***n4***e, id name is mrs R Happened to know this ID when i on the way back via bus. I explored this ID via google and yes, they have so many package. I believe most of you know which ID i'm referring to. I decided to do walk in few days after and well, he's really friendly. He explained which 1 (package) is the most suitable for us and i'm really impressed with him. So, i almost sign my renovation with him, will meet up next week. Decide to : considered 9. Un***d T**m, id Name is Mrs J (again) Seems J is the initial that i always meet.hahahaha...I decided to walk in when i walked around after office hour and ask for quotation. Well, she's a nice lady. Explain to me a lot of stuff (i.e Blum system, granite and Quartz, etc). Received her quotation and i'm surprised...it's not as expensive as i expected. She even helped me to fit/expected measure of the remaining space on my kitchen table top. I'm contemplating now, whether i have to choose this ID or #8. Decide to : considered 10. E m***rn, id name is mr E My friend introduced his ID to me and waiting for the quotation now. 11. C***ic D***gn, id name is mr R Again, it's my friend referral. He's very fast - give me a quotation after a day and the review is this ID is not really good. His quotation is really brief and i'm not really comfortable with this 12. Others S***e D***ne : my friend recommendation but the response is very slow. He updated after my 1 month email. dropped for sure. U***ax : another famous ID i guess, and recommend by friend too. Well, no feedback after the 1st quotation and i asked few things via email. In****r L**. One more funny ID - for me. Seems like no coordination on this company. 2 people contacted me and asked the same quotation..come on...it looks no coordination or high competition to get customer.... few more (i can't remember the name). Anyway, after tired looking for ID...I selected 2 of them now. Looking for any review or i'll just go ahead and sign...that's what i always on my mind. I'll continue with furniture , bathroom and kitchen stuff later... Stay tuned... Ps: please do not ask who's the ID name. I believe it's the matter of personal preference. We're not looking for best ID (always pro and cons in there) but it's for the most suitable ID.