With the husb’s crazy work schedule, it was a FEAT to have our new place ready before Chinese New Year. From late-night discussions that the husb had with our contractor-friend and his interior-designer-sister (while I put the kids to bed!), to the actual shopping and working of the materials, to finally having the house looking like a home, it took only about a month! And that includes about a week or so of the husb being out of town and the cub stuck to me cos of HFMD in January.
Much credit has to go to the husb’s contractor-friend, J, who helped to keep a close eye on progress and personally did the work whenever needed while I kept an eye on the kids whenever the husb is away. Many a times, the poor dude had to make decisions for us or just work based on the messages we sent him. Granted we kept the renovations relatively simple, I’m really impressed that they pulled it off!
I shall share about the rooms for the kids first. This was the most important area to me as I really wanted the kids to love their own space. We were clear right from the start that we wanted to keep one room as their bedroom and another as their playroom.
- More comforting for the kids to share a room, given their young age
- Easier for us parents when we put them to bed
- Playroom can be used to contain chaos – one room to hold all the toys and kids
The playroom is going to be one of the kids’ bedroom probably when they start on primary school. Hence I didn’t want to do anything too drastic to it either. I’ve been checking out Houzz every now and then since we got our keys. One of my favourite ideas was the stripey walls, which the husband thought was pretty cool too. So we got it done for the playroom!
We have moved some of the bigger toys over so that the kids have some other entertainment other than TV when they are at the new place. Makes me happy watching them play in a little space of their own. Usually they just play on whatever floor space is available in our bedroom at current place.
Initial plan was to have two single beds in the bedroom but the room was too small to accommodate. I was rather annoyed with the space constraints but there’s nothing much we can do since it is already the biggest unit layout we got (except penthouse, which has a roof terrace that I’m not keen on). We tried to come up with different layout permutations we could put the beds in but they all didn’t feel right. Ideally, I want both beds side by side. I didn’t want trundle beds as I wanted both kids to have nice little beds of their own to personalize. Trundle beds meant the one below would have to push his/her bed in whenever we wanted more space, which is most likely to happen ALL the time! I am not a fan of double-deck beds ‘cos I definitely can’t sleep worrying the one at top may roll off the bed anytime. At some point, I thought of hacking the wall between the playroom and the bedroom to make more space for the beds. Still, it didn’t felt right as both rooms were being compromised. Besides it would be such a hassle to put the wall back when they need to have a room of their own.
Eventually we gave in to getting the toddler beds from IKEA. We didn’t get that initially cos I thought a single bed would have gained more mileage. On hindsight, I should have just gone ahead and get these toddler-beds and spared myself the frustration of trying to complete “mission impossible” – have two single beds placed side by side! Aside from the fact that we are limited by choices of the mattress and covers to IKEA only, the toddler beds do look really cute!
We haven’t done up the room fully yet. Frames have been completed long ago but no suitable photos developed yet. So far, only the lil’ dragonlady has napped in her bed. The cub knows when it’s not his old bed that we are putting him on when he naps and jumps out of bed almost immediately. Oh wells, no rush!