And now for the fun part! Though it sometimes feels overwhelming as I want to cover everything at once and there's never enough time.
Finishing Contractor - we already have one company in mind but we will ask for a few more quotes before making a decision.
Kitchen Cabinet Maker - this is our top priority as I love cooking. I've been asking around since last year and after nine proposals, we've decided on Cusm Furniture. This is the supplier that gave the lowest quote but I think they also gave a substantial discount considering the owners are related to Earl. (You can read more details regarding the kitchen here and here.)
Architect - we were hoping to get help from a relative but he's busy with other projects outside of Manila thus the search for someone else.
Furniture Maker - unless we can find something off a store floor that's reasonable and fits our small space, we're anticipating that most of our furniture will be custom made. Our plan is to get from different suppliers - as opposed to just one which might be cheaper and faster in the long run. It will be like an experiment to know which one we like most. That way, if we need more furniture in the future, we'll know who to go to. Also, this will lessen the regret and disappointment in case there's a problem.
Here's where I wish we had a bigger budget - our shopping list:
1. Floor tiles
2. Bathroom tiles
4. Laminated wood flooring
5. Lights and dimmers
8. Extra door locks and deadbolts
9. Window screens
Now if there are still funds leftover, I would like to include the following:
1. Bathroom sinks - to replace the ones provided by Avida as I want to change them to something more aesthetically pleasing
2. Door knobs - same reason as the bathroom sinks
3. Window casings
4. Head and side casings for the doors
Notice that appliances are not on on the list. This is because we will buy them right before moving in. Actual move in will depend on the state of our finances (hahaha!).
By the way, if anyone has suggestions on anything regarding the house, please leave us a note as we would love to hear you!