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  1. SCANDI So the wife decided to finally start the t-blog, but I'm being forced to post. So as usual, at the start of our home making process, I decided that she would make the decisions, since she had all the arty-farty ideas. But i guess this saves me all the trouble of hearing her nag in future, if she decides that she doesn't like any aspect of the house so i guess i'm making a very smart and tactical move. My only requirements to her were that I wanted a fully functional kitchen, since i am the masterchef, and even bookshelves for the bookworm that is me =) So here goes. As usual the arty-farty wife decided that we would call our blog - Colour our Scandi Home, and our first post would be called "SCANDI" or Super Colourful And Novel DIY Ideas Why? U should have guessed it, Scandi but with pops of light pastel colours. Similar to what some of the t-bloggers here have, just that we would have elements which we hope to DIY ourselves. So like many of us here, Pinterest became our best friend. And my wife started pinning into tons and tons of boards. Well, see good choice there. This is what we started out thinking how her house would look like. p.s. Pls don't be misled by the pictures - these were what the wife was dreaming of when she started out as she was very very excited to be making all the decisions =) So as u can see, she wants it to have light brown, pastels, grey and whites. As usual the skeptical me was like okay, whatever makes u happy. so we started going around talking to IDs to find out more about how to make our her dream house come true. Here's the sample layout of our place. Time to sleep will update another day - if the wife doesn't kill me for making fun of her that is =p
  2. Updated on showflat details! Remember to indicate which day are you going! ----- This blog shall serve as a frank testimonial of the ID chosen, the renovation we are going to embark and the selection process for your information. I believe blogs like these are valuable information for everybody seeking to do their renovation! We started our selection of IDs around May 2014 and received our keys only recently. This is our first home and we are extremely excited to get the renovation works going. The selection process was tedious fished out quite a fair bit of IDs and contractors (both famous and not so famous) and i shall list them accordingly Selection of IDs OM** L*****- Provided only a rough quote and insisted we should only talk to them upon receiving keys. Rough quote given was a mass template email sent to whoever requested for it. Wei***.com - Emailed them but received no reply Zi**** A******* - Was the first to provide us with detailed quotations. Price was on the upside as their design were great judging from their portfolios Re*** - Quite popular in 2014 as some renotalk users used his services. We were particularly impressed with the way he gave a layout sketch on the floorplan and offered a detailed quotation. Price is affordable. From portfolio, appears to be just a renovator and layout planner and design to be handled by the users. Quote was within our budget Tho* S******** D***** - The first ID which we met in real life. Joy has a pleasant personality and ain't your typical senior looking renovator. Though the company focuses on modern designs, we felt good communication vibes with Joy and she assured us our renovation will be within budget and still, achieve the scandinavian design we yearned. The 80** S***** - This is one of the up and coming companies in Singapore. Thats how they described to me. I was particularly impressed with the design portfolio. The quote was designed in such a way they would try and fit in stuff within the quote. Realised some items were way overpriced, wardrobe and craftstone wall in particular. But we could understand as there's a "design element" to it which has to be factored into the cost. Upon revision of quotes, we realised there's some tension within the discussion and pulled the plug. I suppose if you have a big budget, this entity would be a great great choice! Custom****** - Emailed but he was busy. Said he would get back but heard nothing from him. Preliminary quote was given. Pretty popular in renotalk Posh**** - After seeing Leon and Jenna's blog, i thought i should check them for a quote. Emailed, said would get back with a quote. Never got back despite insisting our budget is still all right. I suppose if you have a bigger budget, you could achieve like what was describe in the other tblog, which was really impressive! Renovator from friend (Decobuilders): We were about to confirm the deal when he told me he was removed from his position as there's some restructuring in the company. Quote provided was lowest of all and i thought having a friend to work out the renovation would be extremely beneficial. Didn't work out though. ----- Our choice was Joy from Thom Signature Design. We were pretty impressed with the way the company carried themselves on social media. They seemed pretty subtle with referrals from within. Joy was the first ID we met and our discussions came through a long way and we could see the patience in her. From our preliminary "don't know what we want" till "know what we want" and "change what we want", she was ever-patient in revising our quotes and all. We signed on a preliminary quote of 22k which is to be revised as we do not need the craft-stone wall anymore along with other stuff. We are determined to keep the overall renovation at 25k including electrical. Joy is aware of that and she's also witnessing this blog as we progresses. Would like to make a disclaimer that i would not be sharing the quotation for individual items and also for the entire segment of it till the renovation is fully completed. Even so i would only provide a rough guide on the items we do from the overall renovation cost ----- The house will be white everywhere, with pastel items making up the furnishing. Maybe some walls would be tinged with tiffany green, else it'll be all white. Just in case anyone of you wish to get a quote from Joy, can let her know Takaishi/Eugene recommended! 3D updated. Have to admit it ain't as tok kong as the rest of the drafters but doesn't matter. Our highlight is the furnishing