Monday 22 August 2016

Our First Home (1): Master Bedroom & Bathroom

Getting our first house together was a looong (too long >_<) and tedious process. We knew we wanted a resale 5-bedroom HDB flat because we liked being able to choose the location, level, view and structure of the house. We searched and by the grace of God, found the right one slightly below valuation =)

We placed a deposit in December and had to wait 3-4 months for the actual transaction (that's the norm for resale flats). Our renovations started at the beginning of April and were promised that it will only take 2.5 months. However, the whole renovation was only completed at the end of July! Four whole months! *grr*

Thankfully the renovation was completed (honest review of our ID & company in a separate post) one week before our rental contract was up (lucky we rented!) and we moved from our rental place to our new place at the end of July.

Since a lot of my friends/ readers are or will also be going through the same process, I thought I'll document our journey before and after for your reference =)

Our home is still work in progress but I thought I'll start with our master bedroom because it was the first room that I had finished after we had moved in (it's the room I spend the most of my time in!).


One of the corners of our room after the owners had moved out
Left: entry into the bedroom;
Right: The bathroom before renovation
After demolition



The husband wanted a black and white bathroom so our Interior Designer (ID) came back with a few designs and we picked the one we liked the most:

3D Mock Up courtesy of our ID

Our ID brought us to pick our tiles and though I wanted more colour in the bathroom, I was out-voted by the hubby and our ID *sigh*

Contractors in the midst of putting up the tiles

Although we bought the accessories (e.g. toilet bowl, towel rack, shower, sink, tap and mirrors) ourselves from various shops, our ID provided the installation for free.

We were quite pleased with the final look!

Our master bathroom =)
Tons of hanging space above our toilet bowl
Our shower area with my chosen side rack to put our toiletries

The glass divider was supposed to have a door but we did away with it so that the toilet will not feel so cramped (it's already sooo small; I'm not complaining though, I have less to clean!).

We chose black and grey for our doors to go with the black, grey, blue and white colour scheme of our house.

The bathroom door (left) and the master bedroom door (right)
(all the room doors are the same)


I've always wanted a walk-in wardrobe and since we couldn't knock down the kitchen wall to open up the kitchen (will talk about that later), we used the money we saved from that to build our mini walk-in wardrobe =)

3D Mock Up of our bedroom courtesy of our ID
Actual drawings of our wardrobe dimensions by our ID
(who did not take into consideration the limits of our floor area until it was time to install and ended up having to switch the original design and rebuild it. This was just one of the many delays of this project..*sigh*)
Choosing the colours of our wardrobe
(black and blue, in sycn with the rest of the house)
The wall that divided our bedroom into two

In all fairness, although our ID took forever to get our wardrobe done, at least it was done really well.

Before and after!

The moment we moved in, I couldn't wait to organise our wardrobe (yes the OCD kicking in *laughs*)! Took me a good 4-5 days to get it organised just the way I like it #theMadelineStandardofOrganisation =)

Left: My side of the wardrobe (all colour-coordinated and neat;
Right: Hubby's side of the wardrobe (with a shelf and drawer that's mine). Less colour-coordination but at least he attempts to keep it relatively neat =)

Surprisingly, it was the hubby who decided that an open wardrobe would look nicer. I'm not complaining; I get to see (and display) my beautifully organised wardrobe any time I want! *laughs*

Clockwise from left: The look of the wardrobe from the bedroom door;
Keeping things clean and organised with cloth boxes that are labelled clearly so that you'll always know where everything is;
My little beauty corner =)

If you have an open wardrobe like ours, it's good to buy cloth boxes from Ikea, Japan Home or Mini So like I did because they will keep your things free from dust and make your wardrobe look less cluttered.

For the icing on the cake, I put the full length mirror at the corner next to the bathroom. And this is no ordinary mirror; it stores my entire collection of accessories!

My super awesome full length mirror
(bought on Qoo10 by the bro-in-law but they decided later that a dresser fit their lifestyle more so this became mine =D)
Look at all the storage!
There's even a place to store your rings and studs!

Gotta say, getting ready every morning is a real pleasure =)

For the rest of the room, we kept it relatively simple (I'm no minimalist and don't ever want to be one so to me, this is simple).

Our combi blinds from Korea that we got from Contempo at a good price during their annual sale
(They made a mistake with the measurement of the blinds in our room but were willing to fix it for us free of charge)
Our bed
(the same one we've been sleeping on since we got married)
The thing about resale flats is that at least it's big enough to fit my queen bed AND a toddler bed.
Was super happy that it fit just right, with some space on the other side for our safe/ side table.

I was a bit apprehensive that our room will feel cramped since we were wanting a lot in just one room. However, although it looks pretty cramped in the photos, our room actually feels quite spacious =)

Our small TV Console that can accommodate our DVD player, TV Box and Speakers with more than enough storage for everything else
(we don't have cable TV in the room so I've been catching up on all 10 seasons of FRIENDS on DVD)
The aircon installation guy told me that the heat from the TV could cause condensation in our aircon and affect its functioning. His recommendation was to install a shelf, which was what we did.
My kids enjoying a movie in our room

Totally love our master bedroom! Hope that you had enjoyed touring it =)

Continue to >> Our First Home (2): Kids Room


This post is part of my series on Our First Home where I'll share our renovation and home decoration ideas and review our renovation company and various vendors.
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