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Hacking of Walls
De Centurion @ Tanjong Rhu Road
Condo | 3 rooms | 97m²
Serene, Jewel @ Buangkok
Having a massive book and discs collection, I was looking out for both design ideas and storage solutions when it came to selecting an interior designer. When it came to the bookshelves, my husband also wanted a design that minimises the spacing between the shelves so as to maximise the amount of storage space for the books. Out of all the interior designers that we met, we felt that Billy was the one who came up with designs that best suited our requirements, and gave us a lot of constructive advice whereas some of the interior designers just engaged in a lot of ‘fluff talk’. While some of the other interior designers could come up with beautiful designs, their storage ideas are not very practical. For instance, one of the designers suggested using a normal track for the sliding bookshelf. However, from speaking with Billy, we understood that a normal track would not be able to take the weight of hundreds of books. After sharing this concern with that designer, they redid their calculations and in the end, they said that they needed to change their design. From this, we could see that Billy possesses more experience than the other designers and he could come up with designs that were both stylish and practical. Billy worked very closely with the contractors to design the shelving system for our books. He had to get special hinges and rollers for the shelves such that they could withstand the weight of hundreds of books. He also asked us for the sizes of our largest and smallest books so that he could carefully plan out the height of the bookshelves. He is very diligent and conscientious. During our discussions, he noted down everything which we said and I think he did a lot of research of his own – especially when it came to designing our bookshelves. When the renovation was ongoing, he came down every day to oversee the progress of the renovation and he would also take photos and update us about the major renovation milestones via WhatsApp. He was also my voice of reason when it came to budget matters as he advised on areas I could save money on. It was really a joy to work with Billy. He made the whole renovation process very fuss-free.
Renovation Cost: S$ 100,000
Completion: December 2016
Fuse Concept was recommended by a friend who engaged them previously. After meeting with 4 other designers, Fuse Concept stood out as our design vision is aligned and I could tell they were committed to do the project. Their service and communications are professional and they understood what I was looking for. Keeping to the renovation schedule is the most important factor for me. Eddie, the designer, managed to abide by the timeline, making the whole renovation process as smooth as possible. Eddie is very patient and he listens to what I am looking for. He patiently explains why certain things can't be done and he counter-proposes with more practical ideas. For example, I was looking at a combination of wood and concrete for a wall partition for a swivel TV and he suggested to go with all wood so that it's structurally stable. The design of the house was as what was shown in the rendering, and the workmanship is decent. The quote from Fuse Concept wasn't the cheapest out of the 5 firms but it was well spent. The after-sales service is very prompt. I stayed in for a month, compiled the list on what needs to be rectified and sent to Eddie. Eddie got his guys to fix up very quickly. I will certainly recommend Eddie to my friends. Renovation completed in: June 2016 Cost of renovation; $72,000
I picked Fuse Concept after seeing good reviews and their strong portfolio suits what I’m looking for in terms of the design concept. The renovation process was a rollercoaster ride. The designer’s project management skills were not strong and he had overlooked small details during the planning and execution stage. While his creative mojo impressed me, our trust in him gradually decreased as he was not on the ball, not meticulous enough and were not entirely attentive on our project. There were hiccups along the way and we had to be adamant in what we want before things goes our way. As he was still green, we tried to be more forgiving towards him.
Wayne and Dawn, Punggol RiverParc
We saw Fuse Concept's works on magazines and Qanvast. They were one of our preferred IDs as we really like their designs. After meeting up with 3 IDs, we like the design, the work style and how they can fit our budget. It was a smooth experience working with our designer. Her project management skills were really superb and the renovation works were according to as planned, including the handover. We didn’t have to drop down often as she constantly updated us on the process. She is also sharp enough to rectify mistakes before we spotted them and she will notify us once it’s fixed. But what really stood out for us was she gave us a list of furnishing places to shop, detailing what is good or bad about that place, the service, and helped us narrow down to the shop that best suit our style. This was really helpful and she helped us to save a lot of time. I was pregnant when we were doing our renovation research so this was really a sweet gesture and it left a deep impression on us. If we have to point out an area where she can improve on, it would be more on interior styling; an area where we are keen in but she didn't really advise us.
Janet, Marshall Road
I found out about Fuse Concept through a trade fair and decided to engage them out of the 5 interior designers that I shortlisted as I really liked their designs and because the designer left me with a good first impression. I must say that I am extremely satisfied with their service! The designer is capable of thinking out of the box and he often comes up with unique ideas that amazes me. My master bedroom is rather spacious and I wanted the designer to utilise the space properly. He ended up designing a walk in wardrobe for me which I absolutely love. He even made the door inconspicuous which I really like. He was really attentive throughout the entire renovation process. He never hesitates to answer our queries and tries his very best to meet us whenever he can. I really trusted him with my home and I am really happy with how everything turned out. I contacted him for some after sales service because I had leaking pipes and his response was quick. He took the time to monitor the leakage and promptly fixed it the very next day.
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