81 Ubi ave 4 #01-02 UB one S408830
Reviewed by Abraham Ponniah・Submitted 28 Jan 2021・Project completed Dec 2020・Designer Alson Tan
Summary: If you like Couple Abode (CA)’s portfolio and are willing to spend some time to work with the CA team, I highly recommend then. The CA team (our home done by Alson) co-created our vision for our home and successfully executed it! Why we chose CA Like many, our journey began by getting overwhelmed by online ID portfolios. In the end, we got quotes from 4 firms whose portfolios we liked. Even at this stage, the Couple Abode portfolio stood out to us. All the other IDs had portfolios where we liked 2 – 3 projects but were not that fond of the rest. But for Couple Abode, we liked almost every project in their portfolio, except for maybe 2, despite the variety of styles. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly we were looking out for in the portfolios… but was more a sense of “yes, we can see ourselves living in a place like this”. If I had to sum up with one phrase what we were looking for, it would be “contemporary and bright, yet cosy enough to feel like home”. Out of the 4 quotes, CA and one other firm quotes us a similar price, while 1 ID quoted higher, and 1 quoted significantly lower. The expensive one was over our pre-determined budget (despite us being clear on what that was), so was an easy exclusion. But why did we go for CA over the other 2 IDs, especially the cheaper one? Besides the portfolio, we also read a whole host of reviews (which I’m guessing is what you are doing right now too). We had spoken to enough friends to know that it would be almost impossible to have our reno done 100% perfect at the first time of asking. So, what struck us from the CA reviews was a common thread that CA would responsibly undertake rectifications to ensure the final home handed over was up to standard (more on our experience on this later). Then of course, there is the face-to-face meeting with the ID. When we met Alson, he struck us as someone who was willing to listen to us while gently telling us when some crazy ideas wouldn’t work. He also suggested new ideas or improved on ours based on his experience. We appreciated his effort to tell us upfront what ideas would not be feasible on our budget and help us prioritise our wants so he could present us a quotation within out budget. We felt he would be a good partner in building our home with us. Our experience with CA Price: the temptation to just spend a bit more to make improvements here and there is incredible! We succumbed to the temptation a few times (“it’s a long-term investment that we will see/use every single day”, is what we tell ourselves), but never was it due to any pressure from Alson. He did well to ensure most of what we were interested in was already covered in the initial quote, so there was not a significant change in the quotation once the work started. We kept within our budget (just!).. so, I would say all good for us. Would you be able to find someone who can do the same job for cheaper? I can’t say for sure because there are too many variables (the other 3 key ones in my mind are below), but I don’t think CA is the cheapest in the market if price is by far the most important variable you are looking at. Design: We’ve lived in our house for 3 months… and we absolutely love the design. It is bright yet cosy, just like we wanted. There are nice spaces for our almost-2-year-old son to play in. There’s enough room to host the max 5 ppl that the govt will allow us to host for now, and I think we can comfortably host the 8 ppl from 28 Dec onwards when we enter Phase 3 (not bad for a new 4-rm HDB). It’s not optimized for work from home (we had finalized the design early in the year and were supposed to start reno on the same day Circuit Breaker kicked in… who knew work from home was going to be this long?!), but its good enough even for that. So, on the whole, delighted with the look, feel and function of the place! Workmanship: carpentry is top-notch in our eyes. Almost everything was up to standard at the first time of asking, and there were very few, very minor rectifications on carpentry. The paintwork was less impressive, but Alson made sure it was rectified. Only issue was that it took a few trips, and the last one was after we had already moved in… so the smell was tough to manage for a while. If you can help it, highly recommend moving in only once everything is really complete, unfortunately we did not have that luxury. Project Management: As mentioned earlier, we were supposed to start reno when Circuit Breaker starter and needed to move in by end-Sep because we were going to be kicked out of our previous home (had already gotten our stay there extended by a month). We are really grateful that Alson managed to deliver it in time despite the restrictions on workers, material shortage and safe management measures in place. Having said that, this is the variable we felt that CA can improve the most. There were moments of frustration when we could not get clarity on what the progress of the renovations would be like, when things did not follow the schedule of works (even things not affected by Circuit Breaker), and when we had to request for updates. But things got better when we realized that responses are faster and better through calls rather WhatsApp! Still some things got missed, though the only significant one was that we had purchased a built-in dishwasher instead of a standalone one, which resulted in not the precise slot being created in the cabinetry for it. In the end though, this was also suitably rectified by their expert carpenters! The past reviews of CA also proved true, Alson was very accommodating and even hands-on in getting the rectifications done, even going beyond the call of duty to help get everything in our house just as we wanted it. Conclusion On the whole, we are delighted with the outcome of our home, though we felt there is room for improvement in the journey to get us there. However, the last thing I want to add is that Alson showed great personal care for our home as well as great desire and ambition to continue to improve and grow CA. I think this combination will see CA scale great heights going forward. This also means that your experience with CA could be even better than the happy one we had! As I said at the start, if you like their portfolio and are willing to invest some time into your house, I think you would be very happy with engaging CA. I hope this helps you, just like we were helped by the reviews before us.
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The information is based on the projects we received in the past year and may not represent the firm's full portfolio and capability.
Reviewed by Sam・Submitted 4 Apr 2021・Project completed Jan 2021・Designer Alvin Teoh
First of all, I would like to say I am very demanding customer. Depending in quality , cost , professionalism almost everything! Most of ID can not meet my expectation , only vin Teoh from couple Adobe . There is no sponsorship on this review. Alvin Teoh us the most trustable ID in the market. I decided to work with Alvin Teoh among 8 different companies comparison. In terms of design concept, cost , quality , company background. He is very professional experienced , creative in design and project management. I work with him for 6 months for my house project, from pre- design consultation, costing , 3D, project implementation, furniture and styling selection. He is far above five star quality. He went extra miles to assist me to do all coordination , hang arts pieces on the wall, defects touch up. Seeing is believing . A dreamed home with super low cost but high quality !
Reviewed by Rodrick・Submitted 29 Jan 2021・Project completed Sep 2020・Designer Alson Tan
My experience with Couple Abode is very wonderful. Despite great design sense and meticulousness on their quality works, their after-sales service is so responsive and swift. Alson also ensure us everything is fine during the renovation, we felt safe with our home in their hands. I strongly recommend Alson of Couple Abode if you wanted to renovate your house. Because of him, my renovation experience was so smooth sailing. Thank you so much, Alson.
Reviewed by Juliana Lee・Submitted 29 Jan 2021・Project completed Dec 2020・Designer Alson Tan
Met Alson after a few trips to other firms and we found ourselves most comfortable with Alson and the CA Team. Despite great looking portfolio, they also promote good materials while understanding out budget and needs. Alson is very hands-on and has a very keen sense of design and style. My husband and I are delighted to have him as our ID. He is very helpful and his team of workers has helped us tremendously during this project. Thank you Alson we appreciate it! Highly recommended!
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