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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.

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Let me update on my current renovation update.

I'm kind of person like to explore and buy by myself.

As i noticed they're few ID stalker in here - asking me for the update after my comment here, i'll not update on that.

So, after almost 2.5 months gone..

Here will be my future foyer area and kitchen cabinet.

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Well, the glass door colour will be changed...
Then,
Start to the shopping cart.
I could say i almost finished purchase everything (after 1 month).
Below is my shopping list :
1. Kitchen stuff
- Kitchen Sink and Tap : Blanco Naya9 Linen and Blanco tap - bought as a set from Hoekee.
- Hob and Hod : Rinnai 3 burner (RB3SS) and Turbo Hood (T6001 series)- bought together with water heater from Citygas during the roadshow on their showroom.
- Fridge : Hitachi RWB550, bought from Mega Discount Store. Decided to buy this fridge due to the space constrain (max 900 mm for the width) and the looking..hahahhaa
We considered to buy Panasonic NR-BY602 at the first, but there's no demo set on Mega shop and found this fridge is pretty eye-catching and within our budget.
- Oven and Microwave : we bought Fridge,Oven,Microwave and Washing Machine together in Mega Discount
As we'll not have built in oven -not like in the proposed 3D, we bought Tefal Uno XL oven and Panasonic Microwave.
- Washing Machine : Bosch 8kg front load. We got a good deal in Mega discount. We intended to buy Electrolux before we arrived at Mega. However, there is a good deal for Bosch and the seller said Bosch tube is bigger and we finally bought Bosch.
2. Furniture
We're a cheap skate couple who're waiting for a baby soon. So, we have pretty tight budget. We bought Cellini as the set for master bedroom, living room and dining.
We bought Elda sofa, Max series coffee table and TV console.
3. Bathroom
Since my wife is preggy, we couldn't visit so many shops. We purchased stuff (Master and common bathroom basin, Basin tap) from HoeKee as well.
I'm kind of person more on functional wise, so we purchased Grohe curve for all (bathroom tap and basin tap for both bahrooms) and no rain shower.
Then, we purchased our WC - Treo one piece toilet- from Az**a - ID recommendation. What i should say is "this shop is house of LIAR"
Don't ever buy something from them.
4. Light and Fan
Almost all my lights was purchased in Lightings.com.sg. I could say they're fantastic. We bought Philips 33347 and 45603 for our dining and living room.
We also bought Philips 30829 for our future baby and the rests just using a standard philips LED light.
Fan, we went for Crestar. We already have few remote for our living room, so we just bought the conventional controller Crestar hytech-polycarbonate-series from Sembawang Lighthouse.
5. Aircon
Mitsubishi inverter 3 systems from Gain City.
6. Others
This is few small things but i could say it's important.
- Door Key. I purchased main door key, HDB iron gate handle and padlock key from Yale shop in AMK Industrial park.
They might not be the cheapest - i didn't check from other shops just put my trust from them- but i could say they have a lot of nice stuff (eg HDB original iron gate handle as the current is spoiled).
- Drawer runner. This is the things that i'd like to share. I'd like to have the Blum soft closing drawer and well, the charges is $100+ per set.
Then, i browsed around and found we could buy the runner from BLUM. You could find the pricelist in connect.blum.com and surprisingly the price is "affordable". I finally bought the runner from Kiang Sing in Woodlands industrial park. They gave me 30% discount from the pricelist. It's pretty high saving for me.
- Lamp Switch and Electric Point. Chong Chiang is the name. I rely to the review - not comparing the price and i bought Elgrand Mallia switch from them.
I'll continue with Shop review after this...
Edited by tuwinkk
 

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