It has been about 5 days since moving day, and we are more or less moved in.
As promised, here is the list of vendors I worked with for this project! ID: Florence from La Bonne Vie Design & Contracts Contact: 98301149 No charge for sharing and input of ideas and quotations. Plans and 3D renderings chargeable. Costs of drawing will be offset if fabrication work is done with her. Florence is meticulous and could help us visualise our ideas and themes very well. The 3D renderings helped us see the designs better. She also had a detailed breakdown of the budget, and timeline for the work. We actually approached IDs from bigger firms and they either did not get back to us at all, or gave very general quotes with no clear breakdown. I have never used an ID before (remember, my motto is 'just hack') but it was really nice having someone else coordinate all the different work and workers that was needed for the renovation. She was on-site to manage a lot of the day to day issues as well. Cannot recommend her enough. Carpentry: Mr See from Jia Aik Furniture Construction Contact: 90031933 FB: https://www.facebook.com/jiaaik/
Mr See has done all my carpentry and kitchen work for 10+ years. He is Blum's Prime Partner and has received top awards from Blum. He also does non-Blum work as well if you don't need the technology for your kitchen. There is also no charge for sharing and input of ideas and quotations. Florence and Mr See work well together and have worked together for many projects. In fact, Mr See was the one who recommended Florence to me. My first criteria for any renovation I do is that he must be in charge of my wood work, walk-in wardrobe and kitchen. There was a lot of carpentry for this property. This property was filled with strange corners, pillars and beams which I wanted hidden, so it was quite challenging for him to fabricate some items. But nothing beats experience and he absolutely delivered on all fronts.
Bathroom and kitchen fittings, ceiling fans, customised dining and stairwell lights: Wasser Bath
Website: http://www.wasserbath.com/ Look for Space if you're visiting. Space is one of the best sales staff I've interacted with. It was also very convenient to shop for all my fittings in one place. It also allowed her to give us quite a bit of discount. She worked with Florence to coordinate the staggered delivery of items based on the renovation schedule and that was really convenient. Tiles: Hafary Website: https://www.hafary.com.sg/collections/Tiles I know they're not the cheapest but they do have a huge variety. You can visit without an ID, they do have consultants to take you around. Automated blinds and smart switches: Eric from Koblehome Contact: 96429839
Smart switches allow you to control electronics (lights, fans, air-conditioning) from your phone. Even our blinds are automated as well and it's really convenient considering I have about 10 sets of blinds per floor. Digital lock: Mydigitallock Website: https://www.mydigitallock.com.sg/ Look for Leon at the LTC Building (Macpherson) branch! Very helpful young man. They also have doors and do door installation as well.
Automatic Laundry System: Steigen
Contact: 88770005 This laundry system is great for those who prefer to dry their clothes indoors, or who have space constraints. There are different models, but ours comes with its own fan, heater, light and sanitiser. You can use a remote control to move the rods to whatever height you want. Our model can also allow for bedsheets to be hung from it as the rods can be extended. Contacts for carpet installation, electricity work, painting, window and glass doors, and wet work were all Florence's. Property Agent: Sharon Wan Contact: 91800031 If you're looking to buy or sell and not sure who to get help from, just give Sharon a call. Sharon worked really hard to help me sell two properties concurrently. There were viewings nearly every weekend and she went above and beyond her duties to help me secure prices that were more than my asking! She was never pushy and never tried to coerce us into placing our property at price points that we were uncomfortable with. Movers: First Choice Movers Contact: Jalal 83621345
I've used First Choice Movers for all my moves over the years. They're reliable, careful with my items and they have given me excellent quotes. They can also do work like hanging of art or picture frames, and mounting of TVs. You can contact Jalal for an obligation-free quote, and he will supply you the boxes if you decide to engage them. The boxes are not new, but they are usable. More than moving furniture, they do other jobs as well. They once helped me to refurbish a flat for a tenant. Not only did they move furniture for me, they waterproofed the toilet floor, changed the toilet bowl and sink amongst other fittings, painted the place and removed old fittings like cabinets for me as well. At times, the renovation process seemed interminably long, but in all honesty, 11 weeks have really flown by. The renovation process was sometimes stressful, but with the above vendors and companies, it was really made much more pleasant. I have always been blessed with good vendors and contractors, and I hope this streak will always continue. I hope the list helps!