1. Designer with little experience – Experience counts for a lot in the renovation industry. The ability to help you fulfil your dream house and be meticulous to the finest details comes with experience. With that say, it doesn’t mean you have to find a designer with over 10 years of experience. Chemistry and open communication are just as important.


What should you do? You can ask the designer for any past projects or their portfolios. An experienced designer will actively offer you advises and also things to look out for. Ideally, you should meet between 3 to 5 designers before deciding to appoint your designer. Renovation can be an enjoyable journey when you choose the right designer.



2. Focus more on aesthetic than functionality, practicality and maintainability – Aesthetic is probably the number 1 priority for every homeowner. However, it’s also important to mix aesthetic with functionality, practicality and maintainability to achieve a lovely, comfortable, cosy and stress-free life.


What should you do? It’s possible to combine all 4 traits with an experience designer that understand your wants and needs. Laid out your criteria and restrictions at the start of the discussion.


316B Punggol Way by Fineline Design Pte Ltd



3. Not insisting on more 3D rendering – It’s not necessary to have a 3D rendering of every corner of your house. The most common area to have 3D rendering is living room, kitchen, bathroom (if masonry works are involved) and bedroom (if carpentry and masonry work is involved). To display the most realistic rendering possible, it’s can be quite time-consuming.


What should you do? However, if you feel the need to have a better visual of how the area will look like, do check with your designer for 3D rendering advice.




4. Not supervising enough during the renovation process – Depending on the scale of your renovation, the average duration of renovation is around 2 to 4 months. It’s a tangible process that you can see your house coming together. Making changes at the closing stages of your renovation will cost you more money and also delay your move-in date.


What should you do? Check with your designer what the work schedule is and if you’re available, do pop by on the progress and also the workmanship. And if you’re unavailable to drop by during your renovation, ask your designer to take photos of the work done so that you are kept up to date with the things that are going on.




5. Rushing renovation – Rushing any kind of work is never ideal, more so in a renovation. More often than not, mistakes or changes will occur and you might end up paying more than originally quoted. Most importantly, mistakes and changes will cause delays for your renovation. Additional cost and delay are the last words you want to hear during your renovation.


What should you do? Start planning for your renovation early. Take your time to do some research, look around and ask for opinions. There are a wide variety of material selection and making a hasty decision will not help you achieve the outcome you like.



138A Toa Payoh by M2 Decor



6. Not opting for more storage space – Storage space can somewhat consider a premium in most HDB and condos apartment. Many homeowners would rather opt for Ikea’s open shelving system etc. as it is cheaper than customize carpentry. Some homeowner might think that the bomb shelter can store most of their items. The truth of the matter is, Ikea modular system is great and cheaper but it might not cater to your needs and therefore unable to fully utilize the space for storage. A little investment goes a long way.


What should you do? Know how much space you require and always plan for extra storage space. Ask your designer for more advice that will suit your lifestyle and needs.




7. Not using my space wisely – Functionality is probably one of the most important traits when it comes to space planning. Especially when space is a premium. Balancing functionality and aesthetics can be tricky but a professional designer can achieve it.


What should you do? List out your requirement and what and how you want the room to look and use. Give your designer as many details as possible so that they can integrate your lifestyle into your home.


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