11 Mar 2019 | Months overdue, but here is my review on Space Atelier, project lead by Yang Hann.
I came across Space Atelier while looking for ideas for my own renovation through Qanvast. While Yang Hann was not the first to contact me, what really impressed me was his fast responses and quick follow-ups.
What I liked was that everything was upfront and clear. If he couldn’t meet the deadline or something couldn’t be done, he would voice out. The pricing was clear - everything was itemised, so when I changed my mind on an item after signing the contract, the final bill was amended accordingly. There were useful suggestions, but no hard selling of ideas, although there were parts of the renovation in which I wished I listened to him.
The quotation is not the cheapest, largely due to a GST charge. That saying, it is reasonable, since it came with Blum hinges and good service.
“The course of true love never runs smooth” says Shakespeare, neither does any renovation. There were various hiccups (drainage pipes in the way, wash basin which was too small and had to be changed, kitchen-living room pass through window had to be larger, just to name a few), but Yang Han was flexible with the changes.
I am not the easiest customer that says ‘Yes’ to everything. One of the more uncommon requests that I had was to have my kitchen sink flushed with the kitchen countertop, something that iQuartz offered with its Hachi sink. But I didn’t want a Hachi sink as I found it too deep. Instead, I bought my own kitchen sink which I researched could be flushed (Blanco) and got it to install for me. It is not as straight-forward was they had to take to sink and cut the countertop to the correct depth. There was an additional charge for this, it was communicated clearly. No regrets for paying that bit of extra - no unsightly algae growth on the silicon. You can barely see the silicon. A special shout-out to his sub-contractors too - especially to his carpenters and plumbers. The carpenters worked till late to get the job down (10 pm!) and even came by on Saturdays. The clean-up was quite well-done too.I was not impressed by the tilers though, the pace was unnecessarily slow.Now comes the real test, some touching up has to be done before the year is up. Let’s see how they response.
– Ga Wai Lai