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It's been an exciting journey to our 2nd home.
Sale of our first home & buying a resale flat was a big challenge to us. We started in Aug 16 and only going to collect our keys in Jun 17. 

We were in fact looking for younger flats at AMK but just can't decide on it after viewing a dozen of them. Then we chanced upon this EM at Bishan and this is it! :D


Renovations for Em was another big challenge as the cost is high and quotes we got are 70k or 80k on an average while we wants to work within our super tight budget. :blink:


We started sourcing since Nov 16 and had also tried via app Q**v***

Below are the list of ID that we have approached (may have some that we have totally forgotten):


•    L from V****
The first ID that we met. Source from Q**v***
A nice young chap who did some follow ups with us. 
If not for the budget, he should be one of my shortlisted ID
•    V from B*****P****
Reco by my best friend, they seemed very experienced with EM and i quite like their porjected done earlier. However same thing before we even go into the details the charges are higher than what we expect.
•    R from S***** H********
Saw some projects in Q**v**** hence approach the company to discuss further. He said our layout got a lot of room to ‘play’ with. Ideas was proposed but I felt it was not so practical given that it was meant for 3Gens. Follow-up from him was slightly longer than expected and he assigned his staff to contact me instead.
•    A from B*****
Referred by app Q**v***, i met him once for a discussion. My budget was highlighted prior to meetup and we discussed the basic that we are looking for. 
No follow up from this guy after that.
•    D***** from M***T***** 
His quotation was off our budget 
•    A**x from V*******
Meetup at his office and had some quality discussion. However I need to send reminder to him for my quote.
•    Andrew from D*******g***
I had approached 2 of the Renotalk T-blog and realised that both Ems are done by same person. Very friendly and sound sincere. Met him at his office after short discussion with him.
•    R**m**d from N****
Was referred during Blum Sale event. We fell in love with the Blum kitchen system hence placed a 2k deposit. However after few rounds of meet up I felt that he is quite forgetful and not very meticulous. 
He tried upsell us to let him take up the whole job instead of kitchen alone, but we are not comfortable on the way he does things.
•    J**v** from R***c***
Text and sent our requirements + budget. No reply and follow ups.
•    W*****d from I*d*****
We engaged him earlier for our previous home mini renovation. Liked his space planning. But after discussion felt that the quote was still out of budget hence did not shortlist him for our 2nd home.
•    D****s from 4m*****
Sent him our to do list and floor plan but no reply.
•    A*****y from I******
Source from app Q**v***, apparently this is a subsidiary of a listed company.
We emailed him our to-do list and budget. Our only reply from them is via email and they set a ‘standard required pricing’ for EM instead of working out with client based on needs and budget.
Since when there is a min benchmark for EM?? 
Email reply from this company:
“Thank you for your email. Based on your requirement, it will be at least $60k especially for EM we do usually cross $80k. Sorry that we are unable to meet your budget of $xxk.”:blink:

So with these, our final shortlist is Andrew.


Why we choose him?
The first call from him after meet up gave a deep impression. He called us about a week after our meet up and requested for an extension on the quote as he was held up with other projects. Think for the first time an ID call back to give a holding reply which we felt good though we cant remember he told us 1 or 2 weeks to send the quotation. 
Thereafter he continued with the same standards which we felt that this was something missing from past Ids we met.
The initial quote given was still way out of our budget. Instead of rejecting us, he went ahead to continue giving us suggestion and try to see how we can work within budget – another +points.
After our serious consideration, we decided to forgo the whole Blum thingy (goodbye to our 2k deposit:~) and placed an deposit with Andrew for our job.

Before meeting any ID, best is to prepare the following:

•    Know your needs and wants
•    Set a reasonable budget – you cant be requesting for a lot of items but low budget
•    Work with ID to see which is feasible
•    Start early!
A lot said we started way too early – Nov looking for ID on job in June. But from this it gives us chance to see which is the ID that are sincere, patience, willing to work with you especially year end most of the ID companies are rushing for their existing projects which needs to complete before LNY.
•    Compare the quotes based on price and materials.
•    Be open to ideas, share your mood boards with the ID see what he/she said. If he/she can’t sync no point discussing further cos you want someone who is able to identify your needs & wants and also able to enhance or give you better idea. Ultimately this is the home that YOU are staying not the ID.


Here’s our floor plan!

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Some of the items that we have bought earlier last month..

LG 55" OLED TV (Model:55EG910T)20170414_165645.jpg.c1fa36a7b10d39951cc4d9c4908634d2.jpg

LG Bluetooth Speaker (Free with TV)

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LG Heat Pump Dryer (Model: TD-9055E)

Our first dryer in the house as foreseen not much good spot to dry clothes.

Reco by the sales staff to go for heat pump for long term savings, dunno true ma though 5 ticks. We shall see..:rolleyes:

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LG Speaker (Model SH7)

Purchase with purchase item

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Add on our Hitachi Black Glass French Door Fridge

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Fujioh Hood in Rich SilverScreenshot_20170514-083616.png.0fc24cadddbc7dec41b2b1c96a32e488.png

Fujioh Hob

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Lastly in built oven for the house

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Felt the pinch as our old BTO flat dont required to spend on reno basins and WCs.

Now with 3 of them to do.. :unsure:

Luckily negotiated 3 free WCs from Andrew..

So we gotta source for other stuff to complete.

Here's the simple mini basin for our mini kitchen bathroom:

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And Tiles selected for mini Bathroom:

For Feature wall - Love the wood & cargo like design

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Matching for the walls and floor

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Common Bathroom Tiles selection:

The grey tiles for feature wall, overall look will be getting similar with dark colour tiles.

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Final tile combi selection for common bathroom, bit small to see

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And lastly our MBR bathroom:

wanted something that can last. so the middle part will be done vertically as featured

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Matching floor tiles

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And as excited new home owners (though 2nd time), we still does impulse shopping:ph34r:

These are purchased last nov 16.

Super big sofa as we need to house for the 7 of us:lol: but now concerned bout the space so still considering if to reduce the section or to change for another model :huh:

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Dining Table, missed out to take a pic.

we had also added a bench for more seats.

 

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And recently chanced upon this cheap round coffee table to match, pending clicking the cart payment. :D

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More to be update soon..

Happy Mothers Day to all mummies out there!

Edited by YinGG
 

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Good luck and enjoy your Reno journey :)  Nice dining set ! 

we've got the same layout , I call this a Lego layout as there are so many possibilities to re create space n switching entrances to your kitchen / balcony / study / living with this layout. 

Do share more :D

 
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We are going to collect our keys!!!:D

Super excited as we waited so long.

Our reno is going to start on 2nd June and we hope to move in by 27 July.

We just met Andrew and discussed more in depth.

Here's our flooring which we are going to just overlay.

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Our kitchen we are still not decided yet but here's our shortlisted laminates:

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Which is a better match? 

Brunswick or Nautical:huh:

 

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On 5/23/2017 at 10:46 PM, YinGG said:

We are going to collect our keys!!!:D

Super excited as we waited so long.

Our reno is going to start on 2nd June and we hope to move in by 27 July.

We just met Andrew and discussed more in depth.

Here's our flooring which we are going to just overlay.

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Our kitchen we are still not decided yet but here's our shortlisted laminates:

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Which is a better match? 

Brunswick or Nautical:huh:

laminates need to see A4 size better.

 

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4 hours ago, YinGG said:

oh i didnt know can arrange for A4 size.. thanks for sharing!!

yes u can... for solid colors still ok... for woody, patterns laminate... better to see A4 size to have a better picture how the laminate looks like in blow up size.

 
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On 14/05/2017 at 8:16 AM, YinGG said:

And as excited new home owners (though 2nd time), we still does impulse shopping:ph34r:

These are purchased last nov 16.

Super big sofa as we need to house for the 7 of us:lol: but now concerned bout the space so still considering if to reduce the section or to change for another model :huh:

20161112_151110.jpg.33d69edb1d69cfeeb4f83d224c9aefd1.jpg

Dining Table, missed out to take a pic.

we had also added a bench for more seats.

 

20170514_075940.thumb.png.b28751d568c29a4b3d4aea9dd9cad92e.png

And recently chanced upon this cheap round coffee table to match, pending clicking the cart payment. :D

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More to be update soon..

Happy Mothers Day to all mummies out there!

Hi do you mind to share where to buy the dining table? Thank you.

 

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On 2017-5-29 at 10:07 PM, Mannequin said:

Hi do you mind to share where to buy the dining table? Thank you.

We bought it from Cellini

 

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On 2017-5-29 at 10:07 PM, Mannequin said:

Hi do you mind to share where to buy the dining table? Thank you.

We bought it from Cellini

 

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***Updates***

We gotten the 3Ds from our ID as rough guide on the kitchen colour selection. So think we are going for blue after serious considerations.

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