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What to Expect in a Typical Home Renovation Journey

Home renovations are easily one of the largest purchases for most homeowners. For majority of laypersons with no experience in home renovation and interior design, the entire start to end process can be complicated and hard to understand. As designers ourselves, we empathize with most new homeowners, and have assembled an article will serve as a guide to what you should expect and take note of when embarking on this journey to your new home. Read on to find out!

1. Meeting your Designer: Consultation

While you were on the lookout for an interior designer and company to work with for your new home, you would have come across companies advertising their free non-obligatory consultation.

Most interior designs practice free complementary, non-obligatory consultations. When you get to meet your designer, he or she will sit down with you to better understand your wants and needs of your dream home. This is a crucial step to your entire renovation journey because what you share during the consultation will determine how smooth the process would be. It will also help the interior designer to plan and propose a design that best suits you, your lifestyle and your needs. If you have brought along certain references or designs, it will aid greatly the process.

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2. Dive into details: Design Planning & Conceptualisation

Once your are comfortable with your chosen designer, he or she will do up a 2D floor plan to propose a series of changes they would like to make to your home layout. Some of the things you can see in this 2D space planning layout include any extension, hacking, or addition of walls and rough furniture placement. Your designers will most likely share with you some of the design elements or carpentry work they have in mind, such as the carpentry and details of your special preferences.

During this stage, be proactive and reach out to your designer to share your inputs on what you wish to do to your space. For example, if your interior designer proposes to hack down a wall but you wish to not have it hacked, voice it out early and have it changed before the 3D drawing is done.

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3. Receiving and Finalizing the Design Proposal

After the discussion process, its time to finalize the home layout. During which, your designer will usually proceed to do up a 3D drawing of your house to show you exactly what the design will look like, and help you visualize things better. At this stage, if you spot something you don’t really like about the design, tell your designer to change it to something else, or get them to propose a new design. Things such as changing the colour of the walls, removing or adding certain elements can easily be done to a 3D drawing but will incur additional costs once renovation commences. Hence, it is crucial to really sit down with your designer and engage in discussions to produce the design you really want. Once the design has been finalised, your interior designer will be able to give you a detailed quotation based on the 3D drawing.

It is also during this process where you will discuss about material selection with your designer. Most interior designers will usually recommend the selection of materials they think would suit your home best while accommodating your lifestyle habits and budget constraints. However, you can choose to pick out materials that you like instead of going with what your designer chose for you. If you purchased a fixed interior design package, your designer might quote you more for any add-ons to the design.

4. The Renovation Work

Once materials are selected and designs are finalized, renovation work will commence. Tiling, wiring, hacking, fabrication, plumbing, and other works will be done at this stage, which will usually last from 3 to 10 weeks depending on the extent of the renovation. You will not be required to do anything at this stage, except to occasionally check on the progress.

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5. Inspection, Checks and Handover

Upon completion of the renovation, you will be asked to head down to your new home for an inspection with your designer. Your interior designer will walk you through all of the work done and check for any defects or errors with you. This is a crucial step for homeowners to also do a proper inspection so that there won't be any problems afterwards. If defects are found or a renovation outcome is unsatisfactory, it's best to voice it to your designer before the handover.

The entire home renovation process may look overwhelming, but it can actually be really smooth-sailing if you work with a trusted interior design company in Singapore that can take the load off your shoulders and handle all of the important details for you.


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know

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