slmkhoo wrote:When we got our new flat (20 yrs ago), we did a half-measure. We didn't get an ID but we also didn't want to liaise with all the various contractors ourselves, so we got a "main contractor". He coordinated all the various contractors, many of them his own sub-contractors. Although he didn't design things for us, he was very helpful in giving us advice or reminders based on his experience. We only did very basic stuff, though, less than Janet.
I knew the flat would come with just wall/floor tiles for kitchen, toilets as well as floor tiles for bomb shelter and service yard...but when we opened the main door, we were shocked to see such a bare unit. our first flat was a resale, so it wasn't that bad.
my renovation isn't considered basic, since I had so much carpentry. the rooms are small, so wardrobes had to be customised and built in as those from Ikea do not last. my shoe cabinet with storage for other stuff as well as the matching study table and built in bookshelves is something we didn't get to enjoy in our previous flat. I am grateful I get to enjoy that now.
I wouldn't have survived the madness if i didn't engage an ID. in fact, if we were to move again to a smaller place, my condition is I want to engage the same ID again but I dread to think of the packing.