HDB DBSS Parc Lumiere @ Simei Renovation and Interior Design

I recently went to a friend’s house and I am pretty impress with the renovation works from his Interior Designer.  Because this is a impromptu photo shoot,  the photos were shot “as it is” condition.  The couples have been living in the house for about a year.

  • This is a 5 room DBSS by HDB.
  • Because this is a design and build sell scheme, major carpentry works (kitchen and bedroom wardrobes), doors, flooring, bathroom and kitchen accessories came completed with the house.  Therefore, this unit is a not considered a major renovation.
  • On this post, I will be focusing on the design and finishing renovation works by the Interior Designer, as well as the accessories that the homeowners purchases.

Living Room

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Living Room 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-TV Feature Wall

  • I like the design of the TV feature wall.  It is something that is uncommon as compared to others.  Therefore I find the design very refreshing.  It is made of plasterboard with stucco finishing.  In addition to that, design is added to the stucco finishing to give the TV feature wall a “brick-like” feeling.
  • The matching cabinets also provide display and storage space.
  • Its a stylish and very functional design.
  • By the way, the TV is more than 50 inch!  Super big TV for a small apartment!

Shoe Cabinet

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Shoe Cabinet 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Shoe Cabinet 2

  • The shoe cabinet also provide a very nice storage area for the homeowners to put “very day used” items.

Dining Area

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Dining Area

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Dining Light

  • Placing a large mirror makes the dining area looks bigger than it is.

Kitchen

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Kitchen 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Kitchen 2

  • Nothing major is done in this kitchen except that the original kitchen top (the industry call it postform top) is replaced with solid surface top.
  • Postform top is a ugly looking kitchen top that is rarely install these days.  It is replaced by other tough and waterproof materials like granite tiles or solid surface.

Common Bedroom

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Common Room 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Common Room 2

  • As for the common room, a plywood ledge is installed near the window.
  • Roller blinds is installed at the window.
  • The wardrobe is installed by the builder.

Master Bedroom

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Room 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Room 2

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Room 3

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Room 4

  • A L box false ceiling in installed. Maybe a TV will be a nice addition? ;P
  • A New York wall paper is used for the feature wall.  The quality of the wall paper is very good.  So is the installation skill of the company.  Its made up of 3 separate pieces of wall paper and I cannot even see the connecting lines!  Impressive!
  • Aa plywood ledge is installed near the window.
  • Roller blinds is installed at the window.

Common Toilet

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Common Toilet

  • Nothing is done to this toilet.
  • All accessories came together with the purchase of the unit.

Master Toilet

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Toilet 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Toilet 2

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Master Toilet 3

  • Nothing is done to this toilet.
  • All accessories came together with the purchase of the unit.

False Ceiling

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-False Ceiling 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-False Ceiling 2

  • The false ceiling with cove lighting adds a cosy feel to the whole house.

Finishing Quality

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Swtiches

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Parquet Flooring

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Carpentry Finishing

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Anti Slam Hinge

  • This DDBS unit comes with big switches (some call it designer switches) and parquet flooring.  At least the materials used by HDB is something decent.
  • I like the finishing of the carpentry works by the Interior Designer.  The photo shows a nice finishing to the edges of the carpentry.  This is one of the area that homeowner can check on when viewing the sample work of their potential Interior Designers.
  • The anti slam hinges is also made of reasonable quality.  Unfortunately, I am unable to identify the brand of the hinges from my photo.  The other quality hinger brand is Blum.  They look different but works the same way.  Anti slam hinges are common in carpentry works in Singapore.  Do enquire about it when negotiating with your Interior Designers.

Curtain

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Curtain

  • The curtain purchased by the homeowners also looks pretty good.

Renovation Quotation

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Renovation Quotation 1

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Renovation Quotation 2

  • Some Interior Designers do not charge design fee, protective paper and cleaning.  That can be substantial saving!
  • The homeowner told me that they are happy with their Interior Designer because he give them zero problem!  Well, zero problem is good!
  • Rezt & Relax Interior Design

Curtain Quotation

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Curtain Quotation

  • The price for 3 bedrooms roller blinds and 1 set of full length black out curtains costing SGD$1300 (RM3150) sounds very reasonable.
  • This is a Johor Bahru curtain company.  The homeowner told me that they will come to Singapore to do the measurement and installation just like any other curtain companies in Singapore.
  • Verona Curtain Design

Wall Paper Quotation

DBSS Parc Lumiere Simei-Wall Paper Quotation

  • My friend told me he got the wall paper at a bargain!  The company is actually selling the New York wall paper for more than SGD$3000 during the renovation fair!
  • The Montella

My final review

  • Interior Designer – good design, good finishing and zero problem.  Do compare or negotiate price (still room for improvement) before making a decision.
  • Curtain – Reasonable quality and pricing.
  • Wall paper – Good quality and very good installation works.  The homeowners’ purchase price is reasonable and the actual retail price is not.  Do a price comparison between different companies or even same company with different outlets.  You might get a surprise at the price they quote you!


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