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Impossible fusion: Fuse Concept

I was psyched to meet with Fuse Concept next, having seen the eclectic homes they designed on Lookbox Living and Square Rooms. Their designs were less modern compared to the rest and I noticed they incorporated the use of loose furniture instead of the traditional built-ins (i.e. less expensive hopefully).

By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

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By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

By Fuse Concept

And so we met with one of their IDs on a weekend. It was a different experience from De Style (and other IDs) as he did not immediately asked what we needed to have in the house (i.e. kitchen cabinets, TV console etc). Instead, they asked for our hobbies and what we liked doing on weekends. From there, they would get a sense of what we wanted in the house and proceeded from there. After an hour of discussion, we left with an agreement to meet in 2 weeks for him to produce a quotation.

A week before our second meeting, another designer from Fuse called to let us know the designer we had spoken to had left the company. And so she wanted to go through his notes from our meeting. That led to a 30-minute discussion of me repeating what we had already discussed. I’ll admit, I was annoyed. It was not comforting to know the designer had an intention of leaving but made no indication of such during our meeting. And that the handover of files were not comprehensive. She requested to postpone the meeting to a later date, seeing as she had just received the file (another annoying point). I grudgingly agreed, still wanting to give them a chance before I wrote them off.

A day before the postponed meeting, she messaged saying she had to go to the hospital and was forced to postpone our meeting. I took that as the last sign. Now, to be fair, she could have been really ill but there were too simply many bad signs for me to ignore. I did ask if she could just email me the quote but she insisted we had to meet with her in person so it was time to move on. Wishing her a safe recovery, we bade Fuse farewell.

The experience left a bad taste. I’m not not recommending Fuse but it really depends on the designer you take with. With our small budget, we are handed with the more junior designers so naturally these things do happen. On to the next!

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Renovation Ramblings: an ID or a contractor

The first thing we (dearest husband and I) had to decide on was if should hire a contractor or an interior designer (ID). For us, the main advantage of hiring a contractor being that it is decidedly cheaper. Ultimately though, since this is our first place, we decided to go ahead with an ID. And I’ll tell you that this is the best decision we ever made in this entire process. We were new to the renovating process and we needed guidance. From the process to the various house decisions, we were grateful to have our IDs’ input.

Mind you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that having an ID makes everything perfect. It was difficult to adhere to the budget set out and as such, throughout the entire renovation process, every monetary decision was discussed at great length. If you were to ask me if I would hire a contractor or an ID for the next home (if we ever move that is), I would admit I don’t know for certain. An ID comes with so many benefits but I’m itching to see if I can manage with a contractor. It frees up a chunk of money for the house and I am certainly more educated in the ways of the renovation world. But that’s all in the future.

About 4 months before receiving our keys, I had started researching on IDs. Basically, this entailed pouring over magazines and the popular “Renotalk” forum. My shortlist of IDs were based on photos of houses I’ve seen them completed (on their websites/home magazines) and advice from my family members.

1. De’Style: Recommended by my brother

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(Image by De’Style)

2. Darwin Interior: Recommended by my brother

(Image by Darwin Interior)

(Image by Darwin Interior)

3. Fuse Concept: From a magazine

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(Image by Fuse Concept)

 4. Ideal House: From a magazine

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(Image by Ideal House)

5. Rezt & Relax: From a magazine

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(Image by Rezt & Relax)

Other places that I did send an email to enquire include: Image Creative, Elementz Design, Earth Living, The Interior Place, I-Bridge and Thom Signature. However, none of them replied to the emails sent. I’m not sure if my budget was too low for them to accept (or maybe it was just not possible?) but all’s well…

Maybe in my next post, I’ll sum up my thoughts on each company.

 

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