I finally decided to engaged Debbie's friend, Eunice & Yee. In fact the designers dont even have a website or blog, and it was through Debbie's recommendation, Eunice decided to start a blog about her work.
So we started chatting and started discussing....We talked about
- what I wanted
... is it totally new, partial, carpentry work, etc
*note: do your homework. Browse around, read magazines, and see what type of design you like* There is the modern, the homely, the plain, the artistic, the "WOW"...*
** you must know what you want. But do you really think you know? So you must always ASK...ASK question....**
- the price
... you can opt for ID work only or ID work cum reno work whereby ID charges are waived? or ID fee + reno work at cost , based on receipt...ie: the ID's role is the Project Manager
* in my case, I paid ID fee separately and Reno work separately. I would say 50% are based on cost/receipt like tangible items and the rest is workmanship (a quoted price)
** you may want to ask, can you use your own contractor? ie: your friend sells glass, and you want your friend to install shower screen for you. Or do you have to use the ID's panel?
* when you can provide them your floor plan
** when they can view the place
*** what items you want to be in your new place? ie, any old furniture or important antique you want to be in your new place
**** how's the payment plan
***** what workers you have, local, foreign
****** who will take care of local authorities, building/design approval, etc
******* how about guarantee? ie you are not satisfy with workmanship? or the toilet is leaking after install..who bears, etc
I will write more in the posts to come.