18 Boon Lay Way #01-101, Tradehub 21, Singapore 609966
Reviewed by Lu Si Meng・Submitted 3 Mar 2020・Project completed Jan 2020・Designer Lamont Tan
I bought a resale 4-bedroom HDB in 2019 and in the interim of waiting for the transaction to complete, I started to browse the internet and look at pictures of completed renovation works and reviews of interior design firms in terms of their professionalism, pricing, etc. I had a vague idea of wanting a “farmhouse” theme and my research was mainly looking at completed works on that. I came across works by Starry Homestead on social media like Qanvast and eventually saw more of their works on their Facebook/Instagram. It was coincident that there was a roadshow and I went to the roadshow just to speak to them although there were other firms around. The interior designer whom I met that day was Mr Lamont Tan from Starry Homestead. I came prepared with my own drawings and spent a long time explaining to Lamont what I wanted. He patiently took notes and when unclear, he would ask question. During that session, he also explained the special renovation package prices offered for the road show. We had a few more meetings after that first meeting. During those subsequent meetings, Lamont did a schedule and he explained the processes that he would go through with me, such as sketch ups, perspectives, layout finalization as I had removed and added walls, paint colours, tiles selection, cabinetry design, laminate selection, etc. On my end, I would feed him information on the kitchen appliances and sanitary wares and fittings which I would procure to enable him to prepare the drawings. During the renovation, as I shopped for light fittings, loose furniture and cabinet handles, I would also seek Lamont’s opinion. When I finally got the keys and the renovation started, there were even more discussions with Lamont such as where I wanted the lighting and power point layouts, how the trunking for the air-conditioning pipeworks were to be routed, how the tile setting out was to be done, at what height should the sanitary wares and fittings be mounted, what kind of height for the kitchen counter top, etc. Through the entire process, Lamont is responsible and helpful and was always trying his best to advise me or solve problems. He will always respond to my whatapps messages/queries no matter what day or what time. Now, all the above would also not happen, if the quotation for the proposed renovation work was way beyond my budget. We went through the quotation a few rounds and as the early quotations exceeded my budget, Lamont and I had to work on what to give up and what details to simplify and he also helped to see what else he could help with the costs of some of the items. One classic example of how Lamont helped to reduce the cost was on how the open shelves at the Living area were to be constructed. He discussed with the carpenter and proposed an alternative way to fabricate the open shelves. I accepted the alternative proposal and that helped to reduce the cost for some cabinetry works. Through the seemingly endless discussion on the design, colour selection and the theme with Lamont, I eventually came to the realization that I was not looking for a “western farmhouse” which is more rustic, I was really looking for a bright, cosy and cheerful “tropical farmhouse” theme with light wood and rattan. In fact, even gearing towards local tropical and a bit of the 南洋 Nanyang accent. It was not an easy process throughout but I would say I am very pleased with how my new house looks and friends have commented that it looks cosy and they feel comfortable. I thank Lamont for his professionalism and dedication which has made this outcome possible.
|Property Type||Projects||Average Cost (New)||Average Cost (Resale)|
|HDB||27||S$ 42,777.78||S$ 68,500.00|
|4-Room||6||S$ 63,000.00||S$ 49,250.00|
|5-Room||14||S$ 39,500.00||S$ 62,000.00|
|Condo||5||S$ 26,000.00||S$ 71,333.33|
|2 Bedrooms||3||-||S$ 71,333.33|
|3 Bedrooms||1||S$ 15,000.00||-|
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 Neville Chua Yq・Submitted 9 Feb 2021・Project completed Nov 2020・Designer Ashton
Our experience with Ashton was amazing overall. He was contientious and had great design acuity. Ashton was actually our 2nd designer from starryhomestead as we had a horrendous experience from our first. That aside, he took over the project quickly and listened to our opinions carefully. In terms of design, he suggested great ideas that are innovative and groundbreaking. Not just something you can plug off google images or from past designs. He listens to our endless demands and goes the extra mile. He also made many changes to any carpentry defects we were not satisfied with and that im extremely thankful for. Workmanship was great. Esp tiling. We had a section of the house where many IDs told us was impossible to tile but starry did it seamlessly. Customer service was good by ashton. He replied our messages even late into the midnight and his committment to his craft is applaudable. He clarifies our doubts patiently. In terms of value for money, i wouldn't say starry is the cheapest in the market but they are reasonably priced. Overall, we had a good experience with ashton. Thanks ashton!
Reviewed by Ng Cheong Kiat Michael・Submitted 6 Feb 2021・Project completed Nov 2020・Designer Nicky NG
Nicky is the best design and project manager we have worked with. She impressed us from day 1 with her experienced project milestones explanation that allayed fears of slippages thru reasonable timescales estimations. Additionally her design concepts fit our floor area having downsized from a 6.5k sq ft net floor area semi-d to a condo of 1.7k floor area without compromising on our high-end requirements balanced against practicality. Nicky then won us with her experience on materials selections and very reasonable pricings. There was no Variation to Work Orders becoz she was backed by a team of very dedicated experienced contractors that she must have partnered with thru seemingly countless projects becoz the synergy was highly visible. Any departures from original design/materials contemplation was corrected quickly with good workmanship - her patience and cheerful demeanor invited our involvement with her for a desired outcome. We now have our dream home! We will not hesitate to recommend Nicky and Starry Homestead to our friends and family. And Nicky is the face that represents Starry Homestead and her team of contractors.
Reviewed by Chee Keong Lim・Submitted 26 Jan 2021・Project completed Jan 2021・Designer Emily
After been through past renovations with other ID firms, Emily certainly the BEST ID we have come across so far. We spoke to IDs from various firms for quotations and she stands out right from the start in terms of knowledge, patience & truthfulness. She doesn't take long into the project that she impressed me & my wife of her profession & honesty. She always prompts in getting back to our queries & ever so patience with our many questions. She even goes extra mile to meet our requests and flexible in coming up with options whenever my wife & I reach a hard time in decision making. We truly have a peace of mind with Emily’s helping us on the various aspects of the renovation and to ensure that the project proceeded according to schedule. Thumbs up to Emily & Starry Homestead! She has been really an amazing ID and my wife & I are truly blessed by her professionalism & help throughout the whole renovation process. The job on our place turns out all well and fine and. It’s definitely a place we can call home!
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