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2015.11/30(Mon)

New House • 新築工事①

it's gonna be a long spam post because...
I NEED TO RANT!

Previously in 2013, I blogged about signing my new house lease.
http://iuyiuy.blog69.fc2.com/blog-entry-1411.html


Yes, It is finally going to be done with construction and inspecting!!!
WE ARE FINALLY MOVING INTO OUR OWN HOUSE!!
In less then 6 month's time at the very most!!! 🏡🏠
That said~ not until you go through the stage in life do you know that...
It can be so tiring! Planning for a new house is tiring!!!
Both mentally and physically, oh! Making decisions too...

Neither le husband nor I am the kind who leave all up to people~
We hold our fate and decision strong by our own beliefs.
We talked to two Interior Designers and one Renovator (referred)~
Before we decide to let the renovator company take our nest into hands!

For 90% of the same things, the renovator quoted 20% cheaper!
I guess, ID has cost to cover like having on house designers~
Whereas this renovator company seems to work like a coordinator...
He is the point connecting different contractors for the renovations to be done.
They provide "free" 3D drawings, paint and painting service & freebies.
Sounds like a good deal right? But wait...

Let's not talk about any other thing that has not happened yet.
Take a look at my 3D drawings of the first conceptualised stage:


Living Room 1


Living Room 2


View of Living Room from Kitchen over counter
That is my food counter aka dining table after hacking a wall.


View of Kitchen from Living Room over counter


Master Bedroom 1 (bedside)


Master Bedroom 2 (wardrobe)


Master Bedroom WC

Ok, that's all for show thou I have more of my common rooms and wc.
Look nice right? Very well designed with many decorations ya~

But! Here are the problems & questions:

1) Drawings are less then 50% accuracy
I understand that these 3D drawings are and will not be 100% accurate. But less then 50% is rather incredible, in a negative way. I am especially mindful about the colours used.

2) Black window grills? Really?
I know it's the in-thing to use black track lights and have black frames of windows and doors to go with nowadays. But it was not requested on our part, not quoted on how it's going be coated black too (original from hdb is silver) if we don't oppose, will they take it as we are having black frames and charge us after work is done based on drawing?? And most importantly we specified our preference of using normal white lights. Idk how it ended up looking like that.

3) Shelves
Seriously, I dont know why "simple" is so hard to apprehend. I wanted a Muji style kind of look, in their industrialised term "contemporary" mixed with "resort style" design. Well, to each's own imagination, I can close one eye to it.

4) Too much accessories around, everywhere!
It is also understandable that a 3D drawing with the purpose to beautify the image in your mind to have decorations and accessories added. However this is genuinely not just a pinch of colours added, it's all over and so messy! Totally obstructs my view of the house. Again, this is very subjective so... I'll close another eye if they can amend. *nods*

5) WC aka Toilet
Put aside that I have knowledge on shower screens and that it was very badly drawn with wrong hardware used. We paid a deposit for the quotation quoting us a overlaying of our toilet floor and wall titles. However, the wall of this drawing turns out to be like the original given by hdb! It was precisely the mosiac titles inside the shower screen that irks me so much that I am willing to throw in 4k (heartpain) in to have them changed!! And now, I see them in my 3D drawing, idk how am I supposed to be happy with that~

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So, there is a reason why we met up for hours for discussion right?
Talking about our preferred style and colour and design beforehand.
So we can see a drawing somewhat near to expectations of the reno~

I mentioned that these drawings he provide is "free" right?
He also did mentioned we can have a couple of changes done...
Let's not take advantage (thou most customers do) of him and say twice?
I feel rightful to claim a two times editing chance in view of these~

But his respond was pretty disappointing!
Nothing specifically saying we "cannot" edit but many excuses were given~
Like, not able to edit the lights because it is not carpentry work under him.
Not able to remove accessories because it's a "design" (oh wow, I am awed)
Adding to these misfortune, we waited for more then 3 weeks for it!
To be exact, a good 20 days excluding weekends for 3D drawing!
Really? I know of people who can use 3D Max, none say it would take this long!
Within 2 weeks promised but mentioned that it was peak period after 2wks
Saying other clients got their keys altogether and needs urgent amendments.

I know we are not his only clients, totally understandable!
But this is not the right attitude to try to put your clients because it's free.
Other places charge for drawing amendments after specifically how many changes.
The only reason I find him reluctant to accept our request is it's free.
He must have been collaborating with either. Freelancer (charge by per drawing)
Or someone who is earn extra out of his/her work time as a ID too.
It's not a big sum that he is earning out of us but neither is it small too~
At the bottom line, it's really not our problem as a client that he has problems!
Especially with his suppliers, it's something he has to work out earning our money!

Le husband has a few rounds of talks with him before he said ok to amend.
And it has been 2 weeks since he agreed to talk to his designers on the changes!
Nothing is back yet, no news from him! How responsible~
Well, I just needed to rant! I know it's inevitable...
Problems with contractors etc... I just hope all turns out well!
Especially when we get our keys and is super urgent in reno to move in!
I hope he puts off his other clients like what he is currently doing to us now...
So as to serve his other "urgent" clients first *rolls eye*


END OF RANT!

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