Christina & Frank
Last year in January 2014 my family and I decided to finally relocate from Beijing to Singapore. As we had planned for that for some time already we had purchased a property already back in 2009 and rented it out. The plan was to relocate in July 2015 so we had a good head-start to arrange for the tenant to move out and look for a designer/contractor to renovate/design our apartment to our specifications. I found Meter Square through a link in an expat magazine. I checked their Portfolio online and liked some of their modern design approaches right away. I actually checked about 15 designer companies but Meter Square came closest to what we had in mind for our new home. I contacted them by email in March 2014 and got a friendly response immediately asking me for some details about address and size / type of the property. Considering the distance between Beijing and Singapore the task of coordination was quite challenging. We arranged a first meeting in March when we sat together and discussed our expectations and ideas of design with the limitations of the apartment after an onsite visit. As we were always limited with the time to visit Singapore, who was our Designer for this project had the meetings and visits organized very well to make the most of the limited time. After we went back to Beijing our designer came back to us by email with her first draft of ideas for the new design and amazingly enough she managed to satisfy us already with about 90%. After just a few modifications we agreed on the proposed design. To get the work started we flew to Singapore again in April as the work was supposed to start by end of April and would take about 2 months to finish. We had to sit together to decide on all kinds of materials as we renovated our apartment basically from scratch, hence it included marble floor, whole kitchen, new bathrooms, woodworks of all kinds for built in closets, beds, shelves and so on. Again time was limited to 1 week but Meter Square was excellent prepared for our meeting. We met for a whole day to decide on all the materials that were to be used in the apartment from marble, over wood, countertops, colors, wallpapers etc. The meeting was very efficient and we manage to finish the selection that day.
The next days were spent going to the companies to select the kitchen, the lights, the marble, curtains and so on. Again, all was very well and efficient organized that we didn’t waste any valuable time. A word on the marble selection, as we went to a store first to select it, but by previous experience our designer also pointed out to go to see the actual site where they cutting the marble to see the actual blocks of marble they would use. Luckily we did, because the blocks look quite different than in the shop and we decided on a different type which suited our taste much better. After one busy week we went back to Beijing and work started by end of April 2015. Our designer kept us up to date in regular intervals by sending pictures of the progress and also letting us know which things they were working on so we were always on top of everything even though far away from Singapore. We finally relocated in July 2015 and stayed the 1st week in a hotel. Mainly because our furniture would arrive just in that week and also our designer wanted us to have the apartment inspected and check for possible necessary touch ups. In that week we received all the furniture which was partially send from overseas and partially bought new in Singapore with the help of ID coordinating delivery. She actually arranged for a lot of deliveries prior to our arrivals for stuff we bought which we appreciated very much as it was difficult for us to manage from Beijing. We moved in after one week and have to say that we were very happy and satisfied with all the work that was done. Meter Square works with excellent companies in charge of all the works that was done such carpentry, electricity etc. – really good work with very minor touch ups that were fixed instantly after we mentioned it to ID. We can sincerely highly recommend Meter Square for not only the Design but also the craftsman’s work. I moved many times in my life but this was definitely one of the better if not best experience I had so far. Keep up the great work and thank you for an excellent job.
Christina & Frank