Getting Our First Home Journey 4, My 4 Room BTO Mini Walk-In Wardrobe and why it is practical to have one - Sweet Bunny

Other than being aesthetical, featured in many chick-flicks, television shows, owned by celebrities and socialites alike and perhaps even every girl's dream of owning one. Walk-in wardrobes are the must-have of a home today.


                                        Photo by Huy Nguyen on Unsplash

Yes, I have to confess I am one of those girls who always dreamt of owning a walk-in wardrobe, so when dear and I purchased our first home we told our Interior Designer Hosan Gan to incorporate one into our master bedroom of our flat. I must say he did a brilliant job on designing and building one. Kudos to you Hosen!

To go along with the grey-blue theme of our home it is no surprise that dear's and my shared walk-in wardrobe is of the same palette. Settling the colour was the easy part now dear and I had to make several other practical choices.


What to consider when you are squeezing in a walk-in wardrobe in a 4 room BTO - When it comes to space planning one must consider what are the room's occupants needs and wants, when careful consideration has been made and you weigh the pros and cons you would have a better idea of what would be the best choices to make. The 3D drawings did indeed help us visualise how the wardrobe would turn out and changes could be made before our plans were finalised and the wardrobe is built.

 
Version 1 3d drawing master bedroom
                       3D Drawing of what our wardrobe would look like with a vanity 

version 2 masterbed room wardrobe
                       3D Drawing of what a wardrobe would look like with a handbag display


Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when designing your walk-in wardrobe:

1) How many clothes do you own? Is there really enough hanging space and drawers?

2) Know the exact dimensions of the room so that you know if it can fit the furniture you desire, In my case, my room can only accommodate a wardrobe and bed, are there any other furniture I would like to have in my room example: Desk and chair to make my master bedroom into a study.

3) What kind of accessories do you want to store in your wardrobe? Bags, Ties, Watches, Jewellery? Etc. Do you want to put it to be on display?

4) What really is your preferred method of keeping your clothes, do you prefer to hang or fold your clothes. My preference is hanging dresses and jackets while folding home wear. Be sure to allocate spaces to keep your folded clothes.

Dear and I prefer to have an enclosed cabinet because we cringe at the thought of having a dusty open cabinet, our designer incorporated a bi-fold door which is space-saving and opens with a quick push. We didn’t use frosted glass as the walking space in the wardrobe is limited and you may accidentally knock against someone who is inside the wardrobe.


                                                       Here is a view of our wardrobe
How an enclosed walk-in wardrobe can prevent you from disturbing your partner’s sleep- we have one ceiling led light and led light stripes which line the inner compartments of my wardrobe. I am a night owl while dear prefers to turn in earlier whenever I enter to retrieve my clothes or other items I won’t disrupt dear as the room switches are wired respectively separating the room’s and wardrobe’s lights.

Walk-in closets make great storage areas - The wardrobe is built-in from ceiling to floor which provides an excellent amount of space for storing home essentials that you don't use on a regular basis,  items such as pillows for guest who would like to stay over, a travel suitcase that stores my husband's army gear making it easy to access when he has to report for reservice or perhaps winter wear that you only wear on your vacation trips. No vertical space is wasted, maximising the space we have in our small home.


                                  


Watch out for bending clothing rails in a walk-in wardrobe - When you have a large number of clothes like I do, the clothing rail tends to bend in the centre, our ID rectify the issue by getting the carpenter to install a middle mounting bracket after we highlighted this issue to him the bracket would be drilled to the ceiling of the wardrobe to hold the clothing rod in place, the downside is I wouldn't be able to slide my clothes from one end to the other seamlessly but on the bright side, the weight of my clothes won't make the rod break over time, I could also treat the bracket as some sort of divider to a different shade darker of dresses from the lighter ones I guess.


                               




There isn’t much space left for vanity to my dismay, but I am glad I get an open shelf and cabinets to store my makeup and accessories. I usually do my makeup in the bathroom where I have a large mirror and better lighting. How do I allocate enough space for all my makeup and creams you say? Well, I will share some organising tips when I write again ….

Till then thank you for reading my blog, I hope you enjoy reading as I do writing.







Kudos By Headlines Hairdressing Rinka Best Straightening Hair Treatment in Chinatown Singapore - By Sweet Bunny

Ken invited me down to the Salon to try out their newly launched, Rinka Aqua Care Product, his timing was impeccable because my long locks were weighing me down and I felt it was time to give my hair a new lease of life. If you have read my earlier post I have been a huge fan of Ken for the last couple of year and whenever there is a promotion or new product at the salon I am always willing to lend my support.

Rinka Aqua Hair Care  Straightening Treatment



Aqua Hair Treatment – What sets Rinka Aqua Care apart from other anti-frizzing hair treatments is its Aqua PPT quality which is a hair repair ingredient giving you strong healthy hair this amazing product  rids your hair of fizziness is 100% formaldehyde-free which is a plus for pregnant ladies and can last up to five month. The price range for Rinka Aqua Care Straightening is from Rinka $260.00-$350.00 (pricing is dependent on the length and volume of your hair).

Ken helped me snip off half the length of my hair to a nice shoulder-length style as I requested, I felt much lighter without feeling burdened by the weight of my hair. A trim every now and then helps you to eliminate split ends which prevent your hair from splitting all the way to the root with the addition of Rinka Aqua Care hair straightening treatment my hair felt silky smooth and soft to the touch.  You must also remember to take good care of your scalp only when your scalp is healthy you will have less hair fall and dandruff. With the La Biosthetique scalp treatment that I was given after I had straightening done, I know that I was well taken care of.

Why hair care and maintenance is important – I went for hair colouring with Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing earlier in January this year and within four months my hair was overgrown and heavy. Haircare is not only just about personal hygiene where just you wash it and you are good to go, it requires maintenance every couple of months at a trusted salon. Just like any part of your body where you are subjected to harsh weather and pollution your hair needs the same amount of effort and care.

Only the best for their customer at Kudos By Headlines Hairdressing – Ken and Gary have always gone by the philosophy of giving their customers the best. The salon has a switch to Dyson Hairdryers which felt fantastic when my hair was being dried, I felt really pampered. I was wondering what the whole Dyson hairdryer hype was about but now I felt the difference for myself.  To me, the salon is a hidden gem in the heart of Chinatown always a treat to visit and worth the trip each time.


Dyson Hairdryer at Kudos By Headlines Hairdressing

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BTO Home Essentials Series 1- The Best HDB Metal Gate Lock from Loon Lock Smart Home Security - By Sweet Bunny


It can be a nightmare searching for the right lock for your brand new HDB BTO's gate but it doesn’t have to be because Loon Lock has come to your rescue… 

Call me old school but I prefer the traditional padlock compared to their digital counterpart. 

I was fed up with locking and unlocking the gate itself as it was very noisy and took many turns of a key to unlock or lock it. I prefer a padlock that is fitted onto an eye bracket, making opening my gate a breeze.

                             LOON LOCK SINGAPORE HDB GATE INTRODUCTION

Where to get a padlock for your HDB Gate - The newer HDB gates come with different sized eye brackets which made it more difficult to find the right bolt size. I found Loon Lock HDB Gate online and got dear to purchase one at a Selffix store after reading positive reviews on Loon Locks's Facebook page.

The locally-based company has created an ingenious padlock with functions that are very well executed. Unlike the common padlock, the Loon padlocks are much better in many ways. 
 
For example, when you unlock your gate there is no need for lifting the padlock off the gate when you get home from grocery shopping or struggling with your keys until you get inside your home. As for the case where you lose your keys, there is no need to throw the entire padlock away, you could buy a key cylinder and replace the old keys with new ones. We are in the age of sustainability and with the move to be more eco-friendly in mind, making purchases that can minimise wastage and minus out single usage would be the way to go.

The best padlock for home security-  My hubby purchased the LOON Lock ART. 118 BKR retails at SGD 118.00. Although he had some trouble installing the lock as the eye bracket of the gate was too small. He sent a WhatsApp message to Loon Lock and they came down to install the lock without charge. Even though the purchase was made from Selffix and not directly from the company's webpage. We have enjoyed using our new lock ever since.

Loon Lock Website



                                                  Installation of Loon Lock in HDB BTO

I highly recommend getting your gate locks from Loon as they are very committed to providing excellent customer service. It is also a great way to show your support for a local company. The lock is available for purchase on their website or from their retail partners. Which I may add have grown in number since the last time I checked their website.

Loon Lock on HDB Gate

                                       I purchased the lock about a year ago and it is still working great!

Stay tuned for more of my BTO Home Essentials Series for more awesome lobang.