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Condo renovation - any good advise?

Post by KiwiGreen » Tue, 04 Sep 2012 3:19 pm

Hello,
we are going to renovate out condo. Do you have any nice design companies in mind, who have already done a good job for you or your friends? Is there anything to paticularly be careful about when choosing a renovation company in Singapore?
Any advise is greately appreciated!
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Post by nutnut » Tue, 04 Sep 2012 7:13 pm

when renovating, you need to totally rip everything out of the condo, don't leave anything, not even a light fitting. Then build it totally different.

If you had a landed property, I would suggest you tore it down and started again.

hope that helps.
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Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 04 Sep 2012 8:15 pm

nutnut wrote:when renovating, you need to totally rip everything out of the condo, don't leave anything, not even a light fitting. Then build it totally different.

If you had a landed property, I would suggest you tore it down and started again.

hope that helps.
?? - There are many more economical ways of renovating. A key factor, though, is ensuring adequate electrical supply in older units.

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:05 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
nutnut wrote:when renovating, you need to totally rip everything out of the condo, don't leave anything, not even a light fitting. Then build it totally different.

If you had a landed property, I would suggest you tore it down and started again.

hope that helps.
?? - There are many more economical ways of renovating. A key factor, though, is ensuring adequate electrical supply in older units.
And plan carefully on your water outlet. Any change to original placement of water outlet (faucets) must be notified to PUB.

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Post by offshoreoildude » Wed, 05 Sep 2012 2:01 am

I recently renovated. I skipped using the homosexual interior design outfits and rang around until I found enough friends recommending the same contractor. That's all you need - you tell him what you want and he organized the painters, tilers, plumber and electrician for you. You pay him for them or pay them direct as per his instruction.

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Post by nathan99 » Wed, 05 Sep 2012 8:22 am

offshoreoildude wrote:I recently renovated. I skipped using the homosexual interior design outfits and rang around until I found enough friends recommending the same contractor. That's all you need - you tell him what you want and he organized the painters, tilers, plumber and electrician for you. You pay him for them or pay them direct as per his instruction.
Agree with you on this :)

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Post by nutnut » Wed, 05 Sep 2012 10:44 am

the lynx wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:
nutnut wrote:when renovating, you need to totally rip everything out of the condo, don't leave anything, not even a light fitting. Then build it totally different.

If you had a landed property, I would suggest you tore it down and started again.

hope that helps.
?? - There are many more economical ways of renovating. A key factor, though, is ensuring adequate electrical supply in older units.
And plan carefully on your water outlet. Any change to original placement of water outlet (faucets) must be notified to PUB.
Sorry, just poking fun at the seemingly endless amount of refurbs that require a total house destruction in Singapore! Whatever happened to a lick of paint and a new rug? ;)
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Post by bluenose » Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:13 am

Unusually, unlike most locals, if not all, I carried out all the renovations in our condo, from putting the lights up to building the flat pack furniture, to designing the paint job and then actually doing the paint job.....result was a great finish with comments from all who come in the house....
Maybe should start a business.... :wink:
Unfortunately cannot post images on here...but looks cool

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Post by joiedevivre » Thu, 25 Jul 2013 3:53 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:I recently renovated. I skipped using the homosexual interior design outfits and rang around until I found enough friends recommending the same contractor. That's all you need - you tell him what you want and he organized the painters, tilers, plumber and electrician for you. You pay him for them or pay them direct as per his instruction.
contact please? :)

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Post by singapore eagle » Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:40 am

We've engaged two contractors in the last 2 years. First time to do a major A&A on our house; second time to do various odds jobs around the place.

Main lessons learned:

a) if you don't explicitly ask for something do be done upfront, expect the contractor to ask for ridiculous money when you vary your instructions later. It's worth being as precise as you can from beginning about the scope of work;
b) agree that you will keep a decent part of the fee (e.g. 10%) back until the contractor has dealt with all of the snags you identify on handover; and
c) the actual work will most likely be done by unskilled foreign workers. Don't expect great attention to detail.

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Post by martincymru » Fri, 26 Jul 2013 2:54 pm

Time, price, quality.
I have done more than 50 renovations in the UK and when I sit down with the potential client I try to work out if he/she really understands the meaning of the key word "quality". Then I tweak the service to meet the objective(s) but never surpass same. That's how to make money and keep the customer satisfied.

I am not soliciting for work, would not do this kind of work in Sg anyway, not my market.

Seriously, if you are new to the building game then "do your homework".

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Re: reno advice

Post by Edroche » Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:21 am

joiedevivre wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:I recently renovated. I skipped using the homosexual interior design outfits and rang around until I found enough friends recommending the same contractor. That's all you need - you tell him what you want and he organized the painters, tilers, plumber and electrician for you. You pay him for them or pay them direct as per his instruction.
contact please? :)
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Post by henrycc » Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:04 pm

I can highly recomend my contractor for you but keep in mind that she purely takes order and needs your vision on what you want. She was pretty amazing and did a great job within budget and timeline (well kinda but mostly it was myself adding stuff) but key is you have to know what you want.

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Post by FaeLLe » Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:15 pm

PM if you are still interested.

Her teams made my condo look like something out of science fiction movie :D
Very attentive to requirements and propose design recommendations.

Best part was after sales service - would come back for upto a year (warranty period) to fix any issues in a few days.

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