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Our Dream Home @ Woodlands Meadow

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Kitchen + Digital Lock

Up close pictures of my kitchen undermount carysil granite double bowl sink.

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My brandt tempered glass 3 burner hob.

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Digital lock installed!

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To be honest, hubby and I must be the most hands off owners ever when dealing with our very first home renovation. Though back in SG, we were not around for the defects rectification / installation of stuff so far. *Oops*

Curtains up tomorrow! I'm not free and cannot be there to supervise the installation but hubby will be there. Will ask him to take some photos so I can share it tomorrow night!

I've got the same sink! just single bowl since space restrictions. Meanwhile, yay! We r greys every where too~

 
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I've got the same sink! just single bowl since space restrictions. Meanwhile, yay! We r greys every where too~

Haha saw your reply in your blog. Mine will also have elements of blue eventually. Can't wait to see how your house turn out with all the deco in :)

Did u change the toilet door? I went to meadow that day realised there's alot of resident staying alr.

Nop, left the toilet door as it is.. Doors are easy to change. Prob when it spoils, I may change it to bi-fold or other types of doors..

Hi Jiawen,

Your digital lock is just card? No password? May I know how much u bought it for and where did u get it? Planning to have it for my new house at dew too!

Hello Gloria,

My digital lock is RFID cards and password. Think the password can't be seen until I put in the battery and touch the screen.. I bought it directly from OceanEleven. Think he bought it from Qoo10? You may want to check direct with him at his t-blog Back to the West :lol:

 

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Hi Jiawen, was wondering whether you are able to send me the detailed quotation and the contact details of your ID, Jason at paullijian@gmail.com?

TIA!

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House Handover + ID Contact

House was handed over yesterday. Overall am really happy with a fuss free renovation experience, especially since hubby and I are first time home owners. We paid off the balance but still requested for further touch ups as our house is very white. Even little dirt is obvious.

As promised, will be sharing my ID contacts with everyone - he is Jason from Cosy Living and can be reached at jason@cosyliving.com.sg / 9366 1558.

Will like to state a few caveats though:

1. I will not be giving out the detailed quotation of my renovation works as our renovation works and requirements differ. I can only assure that he charges a reasonable rate as an ID.

2. My quotation was confirmed before CNY 2014. Their rates have increased since then, so hope everyone will understand if you do not manage to get the amount I paid for the renovation.

3. Please do check out the actual workmanship by requesting to view a work in progress / completed home. What is acceptable to me may not be acceptable to everyone so it's still better to view the actual works before confirming with any ID.

Overall views

Lets first start with the positives.

Hubby and I are happy with the renovation work and find Jason to be a honest and trustworthy person who really helped us a lot especially since we were not around to monitor the renovation works. He even helped to liaise for all our electronics and accessories deliveries (super thankful for that!) and I think he does help other homeowners too..

Basically our chemistry with him is there and a lot is based on mutual trust. This says a lot in the renovation industry, where most of us have to do so much research just to ensure we don't entrust our house to the wrong person who may run away, give black face, refuse to continue work without payment etc (read many horror stories in people's t-blogs).

He is easily contactable via whatsapp and made the effort to communicate to us through Skype as we were stationed overseas. Basically majority of the photos I've posted in this blog were taken by him. Until the recent ones after 8 July when we are back in SG.

Workmanship is also reasonable given the amount we paid. Jason was willing to touch up wherever we find unacceptable. As many renotalkers have pointed out, the attitude is more important since any renovation will have hiccups. His attitude is definitely good towards homeowner. Though I pointed out many areas to rectify, he did not show any resentment at all. Even my mum said I was being too particular and should not be so picky (*oops*). And we could tell he is on good terms with his subcontractors (which is equally important).

He is not all about money. Have heard of IDs / contractors who only do things if money is paid / ask homeowners to top up / refuse to budge if no additional payment is received. But throughout the renovation, whenever we had to amend our renovation contract, he was willing to absorb the differences whenever he could (of course we cannot push our luck. those were minor VOs).

Okay now on to the areas to improve one (which isn't a lot thankfully).

He wasn't that responsive via email at the beginning when we were sourcing for quotes. So to those who will be emailing him your requirements, maybe dropping him a call to ensure he has received your email will be better. He is much faster with calls and whatsapp.

My laminate brown joints are obvious as my laminate colours are very light. Will have prefer it to be fully white and grey. Believe it is unlikely to be completely covered, but the lines could be thinner maybe?

Same as all other IDs and contractors, do remind your IDs of things you want. We went through our electrical works with him before we left but there were areas left out. The fault lies two ways since I assumed he will remember after I only went through once. So, constant reminding and supervision has its merits.

That's all for my renovation journey so far. Hope my blog has been helpful to all new homeowners and those who are going to enter renovation or undergoing your renovation now! :lol:

Will share more about our home furnishing and decoration journey probably in mid - end Sept when we have officially shifted in and settled down! Can't wait! :wub:

 
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Curtains

Oh just to update about our home curtains. Guess hiccups for home renovation is really inevitable. Ours were smooth all along till the curtains.

Probably we were also rushing to fly off tonight, so the timeline for the making of the curtain was a little short. Our contact person said they rejected the workmanship for my living room curtain. So they only installed the tracks in the living room, the two roller blinds in my bedrooms and my night curtain in my MBR on Tuesday.

Went up to check how the curtain look like from the exterior of the flat last night (with lights on inside the rooms). The two roller blinds were too translucent for us and it is a big deal for us as we stay in the 2nd floor (easily seen by people). So we have rejected the blinds and asked to change material (which Kay obliged without issue - good attitude). But due to the lack of time, we can only re-select the materials in Sept when we are back in SG.

Love my MBR curtains. But am unable to comment much for living room and roller blinds yet.

Overall views will only be shared in Sept in this case - and will share the contacts publicly if everything turns out well.

 

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Robinson 9th Anniversary Bedding Fair

Okay this is really the last post. For those who are looking for beds, can go take a look at Robinson's bedding fair!

Just paid the balance for our Sealy Bliss mattress and we got back 5% + additional 9% rebate. Overall after all the rebates, we paid $3424 for the mattress instead of the original $3911 stated in our receipt.

*Happy with all the savings so far*

 

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Hi Jiawen, was wondering whether you are able to send me the detailed quotation and the contact details of your ID, Jason at paullijian@gmail.com?

TIA!

Hi Paul,

You can check out post #730 for the details + overall views of my ID :)

Congrats for completing your Reno journey! And for having a generally smooth sailing Reno.

Thanks Harriette!

 

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Hi Guojiawen,

Can you please share with us the choice of the Brandt cooker hob? We are thinking of getting Fujioh 3 burner - 1 inner burner and 2 outer burner. Did you check this out?

Thanks

 

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Hi Guojiawen,

Can you please share with us the choice of the Brandt cooker hob? We are thinking of getting Fujioh 3 burner - 1 inner burner and 2 outer burner. Did you check this out?

Thanks

Hi aluka,

Didn't do much research for that. We took the recommendation by Mega Discount Store.. Just told the sales person we prefer tempered glass and will be using city gas, and he recommended the Brandt cooker hob..

 

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