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Hi all, i had met up with Alvin from Matrix Concept after reading some post about him.

He is very friendly and he seems very interested and take pride in his work.

However, due to my budget of 25K.... the quote that he gave me was around 30+K without any electrical work included... So if i am to add up my electrical work, total damage will amount up to 32K plus....

Can anyone help me to see whether is the quotation reasonable? Or is there anyway to reduce it down to my budget... Seriously need help....

this is my original floor plan...

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This is the propose layout plan from Alvin...

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A) General Areas

Renovation Works

1) To supply construction sand for the entire house (for the flooring & wall area). - $ 450.00

2) To supply haulage service (eg. delivery of all tiles, building materials for ground

floor to the project site, cleaning of all the debris for project site, etc.). - $ 400.00

3) To supply & install 01no. system 1 to 3 (Panasonic non-invertor) for the main

bedroom, bedroom 2 & 3 (9,000BTU each) – including 01no. stainless steel

bracket & using high moist absorber black insulator tubes. - $ 2,270.00

4) To supply & install 04nos. Classic door panel for the main bedroom, bedroom 2,

3 & store (not including the door frames as the existing one is reusable)

– including door knobs but will be using special ‘flushed’ knob for the store. - $ 560.00

5) To supply the following works for the window areas :

ai) To hack & clear-off all existing window panels.

ii) To touch-up the affected wall areas after hacking. - $ 250.00

b) To supply & install white powder coated aluminium windows with either

blue/green clear glass panels :

i ) Balcony area (L+3300x H+1400mm, sliding)

ii ) Main bedroom (L+2100x H+1200mm, sliding)

iii) Bedroom 2 (L+2700x H+1200mm, sliding)

iv) Bedroom 3 (L+2400x H+1200mm, sliding)

v ) Study room (L+2700x H+1200mm, sliding) - $ 2,680.00

vi) Kitchen (L+1800x H+1200mm, casement) - $ 400.00

6) To paint-up whole house (excluding kitchen) using either Dulux or Nippon 3 in 1

paint with no limitation on colour choices – ceiling default colour is white. - $ 1,240.00

7) To paint-up/re-varnishing the doors, door frames & P.V.C pipes. - $ 250.00

8) To supply whole house chemical washing – includes the windows & wall tiles areas. - $ 180.00

Pending Items (subjected for H.D.B approval)

1) To hack-off the entire existing kitchen wall panels. - $ 350.00

2) To supply necessary wall/ceiling touching-up after the hacking of the store

room wall panels. - $ 240.00

B) Living, Dining, Study, Store & Balcony Areas

Renovation Works

1) To level-up the existing balcony floor height using heavy-duty light weight foam

panels as the primary base (HDB requirement as for not exceeding the stated

p.s.f laden load weight). - $ 340.00

2) To supply & install 600x600mm China polished heavy duty homogenous floor

tiles in standard laying method for the entire living, dining, study, balcony &

store room areas – include skirting derived from the tile itself. - $ 3,570.00

(Note: For floor tile costing not more than $3.00p.s.f).

3) To erect 01no. gypsum partition wall panel attached to the existing hollow wall

(extension) at the left hand portion upon entering from the main door (W+500

x H+2200mm). - $ 280.00

4) To supply & install the following plaster ceiling works at the proposed living

area (nearer to kitchen area, based on the proposed floor plan lay-out & w/o

wiring/lighting set) :

a) Plaster false ceiling board using galvanised steel as internal support

(L+5170x D+600mm).

b) Clove light holder (L+5170mm, 01side). - $ 340.00

5) To supply & install the following plaster ceiling works at the proposed dining

& ex-study room areas (based on the proposed floor plan lay-out & w/o wiring

/lighting set) :

a) Plaster false ceiling board using galvanised steel as internal support, proposed

dining table area (L+3700x D+600mm).

b) Clove light holder, proposed dining table area (L+3700mm, 01side). - $ 240.00

c) Plaster false ceiling board using galvanised steel as internal support, proposed

above the sofa area (L+2700x D+1500mm).

b) Clove light holder, proposed above sofa area (L+900/2700mm, 02sides). - $ 380.00

6) To seal-up the existing door top louvers opening for both bedroom 2 & 3 using

plaster board panels. - $ 240.00

7) To supply & install 01no. wrought iron main gate for the entrance with superior

locking system (W+900x H+2100mm). - $ 450.00

8) To supply & install 01no. door lock, handle, viewer, ledge & magnetic door catch

for the new main door. - $ 120.00

Carpentry Works

1) To supply & install the following items at the main entrance area :

a) 01no. designed full tall shoe storage cabinet with adjustable internal shelving

(W+1100x D+400mm x up to ceiling height).

Finished in Laminate with A.B.S edge trimming - $ 740.00

b) 01no. designed seater unit with P.V.C cushion padded seat (W+500x D+400

x H+450mm).

Finished in Laminate with P.V.C padded seat - $ 200.00

2) To supply & install 01no. designed wall mounted T.V console unit with storage

compartment (L+1800x D+430x H+180mm) at proposed sofa area.

Finished in Laminate with A.B.S edge trimming - $ 740.00

C) Main Bedroom, Bedroom 2 & 3 Areas

Renovation Works

1) To carry-out primarily floor base cement screed for the main bedroom, bedroom

2 & 3 areas. - $ 570.00

2) To supply & install vinyl planks in standard laying method for the main, bedroom

2 & 3 – including MDF closed colour skirting. - $ 2,450.00

3) To seal-up the 02nos. existing top-hang window opening located at both bedroom 2

& 3. - F.O.C

(worth $200.00)

4) To supply & install the following plaster ceiling works at the proposed main

bedroom (above the proposed bed area, based on the proposed floor plan lay

-out & w/o wiring/lighting set) :

a) Plaster false ceiling board using galvanised steel as internal support

(L+3300x D+900mm).

b) Clove light holder (L+3300mm, 01side). - $ 330.00

5) To ‘box-up’ the existing wall recessed area in the main bedroom proposed bed

area using gypsum wall board panel with internal galvanised steel as support

(W+1200x H+2200mm). - $ 280.00

Carpentry Works

1) To supply & install 01no. designed built-in-wardrobe for the proposed main

bedroom area (L+3300mm x up to ceiling height).

Finished in Laminate with A.B.S door edge trimming - $ 2,180.00

D) Bathroom 1 (main bedroom) & 2 (kitchen)

Renovation Works

1) To supply & install 01no.each white powder coated aluminium bi-folding

door with acrylic panels for both bathroom 1 & 2 (total 02nos.). - $ 440.00

E) Kitchen Area

Renovation Works

1) To apply water-proofing compound onto the existing flooring of the kitchen. - $ 280.00

2) To supply & install either 300x300mm (unpolished) or 600x 600mm (polished)

homogenous floor tiles in standard laying method for the entire kitchen area.

(Note: For floor tile costing not more than $2.40p.s.f). - $ 1,050.00

3) To supply primary chemical cement screed process for the entire kitchen wall area. - $ 560.00

4) To supply wall/ceiling plastering with the use of plastic ‘L-corner’ protector for all

protruding corners of the kitchen. - $ 580.00

5) To construct 01no. L-shape concrete kitchen cabinet bases with tile finished. - $ 290.00

6) To paint-up the entire kitchen area using either Dulux or Nippon 3 in 1 paint with

no limitation on colour choices. - $ 200.00

7) To install & concealed the kitchen sink drainage pipe. - $ 60.00

8) To install & concealed the washing machine drainage pipe in the kitchen. - $ 60.00

Carpentry Works

1) To supply & install 01no. L-shape designed kitchen cabinet set.

Finished in Laminate with A.B.S door edge trimming

Wall cabinet - L+ 2900mm

Base cabinet - L+ 3800mm (L-shape)

(Note : Price quoted for the above mentioned items also includes :

- 01no. stainless steel dish drainer,

- 01no. cutlery tray,

- 02pcs. sand blasted top-hung glass door panels with aluminium

trimming,

- Wall cabinet & ceiling trimming,

- Drawer units,

- Designed handles,

- Internal solid plywood shelving

- Installation labour for installing cooker hood). - $ 2,280.00

2) To supply & install 01no. full height cabinet for concealing the kitchen drainage

pipes (W+400mm x up to the ceiling height).

Finished in Laminate with A.B.S edge trimming - $ 350.00

3) To supply & install 01pc. L-shape solid surface kitchen worktop with backsplash

& extended apron for the entire proposed kitchen cooker & sink area. - $ 1,100.00

4) To supply & install 02pcs. of 5mm thick tempered epoxy glass wall panels for

the proposed exposed in-between kitchen wall & base cabinet bare wall areas

(L+2900x H+750mm). - $ 570.00

F) Electrical Works

1) To supply the following proposed electrical works for the above mentioned project

site (non-concealed) :

a) To install new light point with switch control. - $ 35.00ea

b) To install new S.V.C point. - $ 100.00ea

c) To install new 13A single power point. - $ 45.00ea

d) To install new 13A double power point. - $ 60.00ea

e) To install new telephone point. - $ 40.00ea

f) To install new 15A heater point. - $ 100.00ea

g) To install new 17A air-conditional power point. (01 no.) - $ 120.00

h) To install new M.C.B unit. (01 no.) - $ 380.00

i) To install earth bonding. (02nos.) - $ 80.00

j) To supply installation labour for installation the lighting sets. - $ 10.00ea

k) One set of power supply for kitchen cooker hood & hob with

switch control. (01 no.) - $ 90.00

 

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Join 46,923 satisfied homeowners who used renotalk quotation service to find interior designers. Get an estimated quotation

Yes I have used Matrix Concept before. I have compared his quotation with 2 other ID and found his the cheapest. At first, I was sceptical why his quote is so cheap and thought maybe he will use cheap products or cut corners. To my pleasant surprise, the worksmanship and quality are good. However, he is always busy so need to book him in advance. Personally, I feel its worth the wait for the price and quality he offers. So have you used him?

 
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Hi Folks,

Just thought to share the work done by Alvin for my 3rm house, as I noticed there's not much reviews given to Alvin and especially for those whom might have approach him and wants to "see" his work.

Like Cain mentioned: My hubby & I faced the same doubt, when we compared his quote to 3 other IDs. Well, we are not disappointed lor and was extremely satisfied with Alvin's sincerity to do-up our house, especially since ours is only a 3rm (which I felt most other IDs are not interested to do such a small project) + the quality materials we had and well-done worksmanship.

A Little Background:

Our house is aged at 40+ yrs old and being the only 2ND owner of the house, I'm sure most of you can imagine the "retro-ness" of the house. :jawdrop:

The entire house concept is designed by Alvin once he knows what kind of lifestyle we want.

Anyway, I've done up a clip for our memory @

+ to "show-off" also... :paint:

No worries - It's not a virus.... :D:yamseng:

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A couple of people have asked about Matrix Concept and Alvin Aw. We just had our new home renovated by Alvin and his team. Since we benefitted from the wisdom of the forum, we thought we share some of our experience here.

Alvin was recommended by our friends who had their HDB flat renovated by Alvin more than five years ago. As the flat was still in good condition, such as the cabinets and laminates were not chipped and the toilet fittings were in good shape. We decided to contact him to get a quote. It turned out that he understood what we were after and we did not seek out another ID thereafter. Alvin's philosophy is to produce a finish without spending a bomb. He is well aware of the budget constraints that clients may have so where possible, he also find ways to manage the costs.

First, he has a very experienced carpentry crew that he manages so all cabinetry works are done in-house. His other contractors for wetworks, plumbing, windows grilles, electrical and aircon etc are also experienced. Many of them have worked with him for a long time so we thought it was a good sign of his experience and reputation within the industry.

Second, his design is very lifestyle-centric so while there may be nice to have things, he will always check if that is what we will really use so that we don't end up with a place that has "white elephants". For instance, after looking at the need for additional storage, he reduced the size of the shower stall in our master toilet and created additional cupboard space. He also sets the cabinets in the kitchen and living area a few inches above the floor so that maintenance and cleaning is easy.

Third, Alvin will do his best to create the best outcomes, even if it means additional work. We had an uneven wall at the back of the shelving we were building in the living room. As the work progressed, Alvin felt that by boxing up the two walls, it would create a better look. Even if it meant getting his crew to do extra work and at some inconvenience, for the sake of the final look, Alvin made the changes.

Fourth, when he found that the old toilet doors were in good condition and could be salvaged and re-used with some new varnish, Alvin suggested that we need not order new doors and stick with the old.

Fifth, we were impressed with his effort to not waste the clients' time. When he took us to shop for the tiles, he took the trouble to find matching kitchen tiles, even though the original plan was to replace the hacked areas with similar tiles. In the end, we decided to hack the entire kitchen floor for the complete look. Since the tiles were chosen, we did not have to make a second trip to the wholesaler to choose the tile. It is the attention to the little details that make the whole experience easier.

Sixth, the suppliers he recommended for lightning and bathroom accessories had a good range to choose from so picking out items was quite straightforward. Alvin would also offer his advice on what kind of furnishings and furniture we could get so that the whole look of the flat would be consistent.

Seventh, Alvin is responsive and will try to find a solution to the issues that crop up.

In terms of his quotation and final cost, we are glad to report that there was no hidden costs. Everything was explained clearly upfront and if there was any variation, Alvin would remove and add it the items accordingly and some he charged us at cost from the suppliers. The electrical portion would only be a guesstimate at signing as we found that we had to go through a few changes before deciding where we want the sockets and how many, as this can only be finalised after you see the cabinets, shelving etc up. So do have some buffer in your budget for this.

All in all, we were glad that our friends recommendation did not fail us. It was a good experience working with Alvin and his team, who did their best to get our place ready.

 

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A couple of people have asked about Matrix Concept and Alvin Aw. We just had our new home renovated by Alvin and his team. Since we benefitted from the wisdom of the forum, we thought we share some of our experience here.

Alvin was recommended by our friends who had their HDB flat renovated by Alvin more than five years ago. As the flat was still in good condition, such as the cabinets and laminates were not chipped and the toilet fittings were in good shape. We decided to contact him to get a quote. It turned out that he understood what we were after and we did not seek out another ID thereafter. Alvin's philosophy is to produce a finish without spending a bomb. He is well aware of the budget constraints that clients may have so where possible, he also find ways to manage the costs.

First, he has a very experienced carpentry crew that he manages so all cabinetry works are done in-house. His other contractors for wetworks, plumbing, windows grilles, electrical and aircon etc are also experienced. Many of them have worked with him for a long time so we thought it was a good sign of his experience and reputation within the industry.

Second, his design is very lifestyle-centric so while there may be nice to have things, he will always check if that is what we will really use so that we don't end up with a place that has "white elephants". For instance, after looking at the need for additional storage, he reduced the size of the shower stall in our master toilet and created additional cupboard space. He also sets the cabinets in the kitchen and living area a few inches above the floor so that maintenance and cleaning is easy.

Third, Alvin will do his best to create the best outcomes, even if it means additional work. We had an uneven wall at the back of the shelving we were building in the living room. As the work progressed, Alvin felt that by boxing up the two walls, it would create a better look. Even if it meant getting his crew to do extra work and at some inconvenience, for the sake of the final look, Alvin made the changes.

Fourth, when he found that the old toilet doors were in good condition and could be salvaged and re-used with some new varnish, Alvin suggested that we need not order new doors and stick with the old.

Fifth, we were impressed with his effort to not waste the clients' time. When he took us to shop for the tiles, he took the trouble to find matching kitchen tiles, even though the original plan was to replace the hacked areas with similar tiles. In the end, we decided to hack the entire kitchen floor for the complete look. Since the tiles were chosen, we did not have to make a second trip to the wholesaler to choose the tile. It is the attention to the little details that make the whole experience easier.

Sixth, the suppliers he recommended for lightning and bathroom accessories had a good range to choose from so picking out items was quite straightforward. Alvin would also offer his advice on what kind of furnishings and furniture we could get so that the whole look of the flat would be consistent.

Seventh, Alvin is responsive and will try to find a solution to the issues that crop up.

In terms of his quotation and final cost, we are glad to report that there was no hidden costs. Everything was explained clearly upfront and if there was any variation, Alvin would remove and add it the items accordingly and some he charged us at cost from the suppliers. The electrical portion would only be a guesstimate at signing as we found that we had to go through a few changes before deciding where we want the sockets and how many, as this can only be finalised after you see the cabinets, shelving etc up. So do have some buffer in your budget for this.

All in all, we were glad that our friends recommendation did not fail us. It was a good experience working with Alvin and his team, who did their best to get our place ready.

Hi, Can you please pm his contact. Thanks in advance.

 

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After going through 3 quote from different designer,Me and my wife had finally decided to meet up Alvin Aw from matrix concept for the design of my new house in punggol which is surprise that he quote is the most cheapest among all. After doing some research from user from Renotalk user yongwk, mrslo and ronee12, many thanks to them. My decision is made. Alvin Aw is my designer for my new house

I agreed that he has a very experienced carpentry ,wetworks, plumbing,windows and windows grilles, electrical, aircon and cleaning crew. His crew member know him quite along time as they work together for a number of years.

All cabinet works are done in-house.The alightment is very good which i was impress by their workmanship.

He help me to save money by not change some of the items in the house example like toilet door, shoe rack....

Alvin had recommend a few shop to buy our lighting n toliet accessories which very cheap and nice looking.

Alvin is responsive and will try to find a solution to the issues that crop up.he try to help as much as possible

there was no hidden costs,Everything was explained clearly before hand. things can be add or remove and charge us at cost from the suppliers.

Electrical power socket and lighting installation is the last one to do as this can only be finalised after you see the cabinets is up.

this budget is last to come up.so you need to have spare cash for this section

we are happy that Alvin Aw and his team had did their best to make our house ready in time.

My recommendation to you all is Alvin Aw from matrix concept, give him a call and meet up, you will know what i mean ;)

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