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houscom

Best advice - if you have any incling a designer or architect is not a good fit with you (is not listening) move on to someone else. I guess it’s trickier for you have signed a contract with a builder but do as much research as you can to get a team you feel are professional and you feel comfortable with. We have survived a big renovation, (even lived here most of the time) but there are still a few small things that aren’t quite right, mainly paint chips.

The kitchen company has been the worst at finishing the job, We have been waiting for several months on a cupboard and some trim, as the space wasn’t measured properly by the kitchen company.

The overall the kitchen is good, we kept nutting out the design, however the way one corner works is not great.

Another thought . . . if you are a couple, let’s hope you are both on the same page from the beginning. Also patience is so important with your partner (with your trades), sometimes we aren’t quite at the same place with a Reno as the other person, some catch up is required. A little open discussion can help that, after all everyone wants the same positive out come.

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isellev

We have found, after a few renos and a self build, that it is best to agree who has the final say in the decisions. I initially tried to be fair and get my husband's impression on things, but we had a shared vision and he is not a details person. The first time around, the tradies played us off against each other, choosing the opinion that was less annoying to them, even though it was ultimately not a good choice. We ended up with a light fitting in the wrong place in the ceiling, because my loving other half did not understand how it would play out in the completed room. The rule is now that I get the final say. I can read a plan and work out the spatial concepts better than he.

I also check all the measurements of the people fitting things. To our cost, we have had a kitchen incorrectly measured and despite my pointing out that their measurements were not accurate, they made me feel I was an idiot. Turned out I was right. And I worked out the most efficient fix for the custom cabinetry that was now too large for the space. That gave me a huge confidence boost and i no longer let people tell me I am wrong, without absolute proof. I also let them know that as it is our hard earned money, they don't get free rein and will be triple checked.

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Cassandra McLean

After having to select the most expensive option to hang a door, I STILL don't have a door that closes properly. He arrived at 3.00pm tounging to go to Kareoke and managed to Split the Door Frame where the Lock goes in and gouge the Face of the Door. I had to Pack it and then Clamp. All after he Bitched about how his competitors did "Poor Workmanship" $300.00 Plus later and I bought the Door and Furniture. Annoyed!

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