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Getting Our First Home Journey 3 - 4 room BTO Renovation during covid19 in year 2020 with Swiss Interior Hosen Gan - Sweet Bunny.

Renovation during covid19 2020- Our floor tiles and the false ceiling was completed but all renovation works had to be put on halt due to the covid19 lockdown. It was a huge bummer but nothing we could be done; there was also a huge men power shortage which left us with only 1 person to do all our carpentry work and it was no easy feat as we had a truckload of shelves and cabinets to be built. Hosen our ID himself would help the carpenter with the installations at times.

We delayed our renovations further after renovation works were allowed to continue for Hosen to work on his apartment as his family required a new home because they have handed over their flat to the new owners. We were not in a rush to our new home as dear and I was living separately in our respective parents’ home. I always believed in showing understanding and kindness especially when there was someone in dire need.

We were very thankful to have Hosen coordinated all the necessary requirements by the authorities, post lockdown to ensure a timely schedule for the renovations. He also coordinated our window grills, air-con installation, city gas installations and electric works as well as plumbing. His team installed the Song-Cho Cooker Hood with External Carbon (SC-L1), Song-Cho Clean up a sink and the 72L Built-in Oven with Grill Function. He was also very particular about getting the measurements of all the electronics such as the hob, refrigerators and sink right. What I found most adorable was he would ensure that all the carpentry was spaced out well where a person would be able to walk through comfortably, As I walk through my kitchen and bedroom these days I realised he measured this space using his own body size which was amusingly efficient the spacing was just right.

                                     Living room shoe cabinet and seating area

                                      kitchen blue and white swiss interior

Blue and white kitchen and island counter

bto bathroom with shower screen

Review on Hosen Gan Swiss Interior - In conclusion, I would say that what would have been a chaotic experience, thankfully was a smooth renovation journey, with the right person in charge ensured that it was a rather good outcome and the quality of the carpentry was impeccable. 

The only fault I could find with Hosen was he was rather forgetful and tends to overlook some details, he did miss out on some minor stuff items such as the doorbell which we replaced ourselves with one that ran on batteries and plug-in power instead, the lighting in the service the yard was left in the storeroom which he did later arrange to install after some negotiation as he wanted to charge us to install the light which I found ridiculous as the light was bought all together with our other lights and should be installed together, the bookshelf in our study that was pretty to look at but can’t store anything much due to the pillar beam. Among other things which we can come to terms with. 

All in all, I would still recommend him as he is trustworthy and very dedicated to his work, he even provided us with a list of furniture shops and recommended on which colours would go well with our built-in cabinets. He did go above and beyond by installing all our bathroom fixtures as well as the bidet and helping us to purchase and collect a couple of items and we are all human no one is perfect, all the electronics and piping worked like a charm and if they didn’t he readily assign someone to fix it.

Getting Our First Home Journey 2 - 4 room BTO Renovation Modern Scandinavian Themed with Swiss Interior - Sweet Bunny

Our renovation journey began back in January 2020, I was introduced to the interior designer Hosen by a close friend, the way my friend described Hosen was hilarious, Quote “Don’t see Hosen fat, fat whole body tattoo, he is a very hard-working and trust-worthy fellow.” I couldn’t stop giggling at the way my friend's described, jokes aside, Hosen has a vast knowledge of everything you would ever need in a home, he would patiently listen to our requirements and suggest the best way to implement the construction. I can vouch that he is an expert on space planning; his ideas are always well thought through, probably because he has a large family and understands the wears and tears due to the large volume of traffic at home, he trumps functionality and perfects the aesthetics of a home.

4 room bto floor plan bomb shelter in kitchen

Modern Scandinavian apartment – I love the Scandinavian style homes while dear preferred a more modern and edgy look so we compromised and settled for a mix of both designs. We love the colours grey and blue. We wanted a tranquil and minimalist space. At first, I was worried about the grey shades. There is a fine line between looking chic and turning out too gloomy, I am glad Hosen is an expert in colour coordination, all the colours blended well with each other contributing to a seamless flow between the living room, study, kitchen and bedrooms.

Blue Grey Kitchen & dining room swiss interior

Swiss interior living room

Swiss Interior Study room

What to expect when you renovate your BTO apartment - We met up with Hosen about 3 to 4 times to discuss what we expected for our new home, we went through a couple of drafts of drawings on our HDB floor plan and he gave us his input on what would be the best layout for our home. Dear was right 3D drawings were very important; it was a good way to visualise how the outcome of the renovations would turn out and if the ID understood our requirements. After signing the contract with Swiss Interior, there were a series of meet-ups to discuss as well as to choose the items we would require, namely floor tiles, lighting and bathroom essentials. Hosen also did a rough default check for us and found nothing out of order. We realised that our common toilet was unable to flush thankfully HDB resolved that for us. 

Places we chose our tiles, lights and bathroom fixtures from.

Elecmento Debanio Pte Ltd -Lights and bathroom fixture 

Dear and I don’t own a car so Hosen would graciously offer us a lift after we finish our discussion at our site. What I was most thankful for is the fact that we didn’t have to worry about applying for the right permits or sourcing for contractors who could produce excellent workmanship and have all the right permits and certification to complete the job. Hosen also kept us posted on the latest developments in the renovation regularly. I heard some feedback from friends that some IDs just ghost you after you sign the contract and updates are given only when you request. A rule of thumb I always go by is to find someone that your friends or family have worked with before or an ID with a lot of good reviews on multiple platforms such as blog reviews, Qanvast and even forums.

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My Review on kāi Personal Planner - By Sweet Bunny

I made a pre-order for a personal planner back in November last year as a birthday treat for myself. I prefer physical planners compared to their digital counterpart because I find that when you write things down you tend to have a better recollection of task and events.

Iamkai personal planner flat lay

kāi person personal planner the best planners in Singapore – I chose the mint coloured planner as I love the vibrant green tone. I really like that every month begins with 2 pages of motivation messages followed by another 2 pages where you could fill in with the month’s notes I usually fill these pages with my aspirations for the month and decorate them with stickers.

Dimensions and information about the kāi Personal Planner -   The hard cover-bound bi-cast leather planner at 14.0 cm x 18.8 cm and thickness of 1.9cm is the perfect size as it is light and compact enough to fit into a handbag without being too bulky or heavy. With 196 pages, the 12-month planner is printed in full colour which makes the planner very visually engaging yet not too distracting.

There is a very good flow for your plans and thought as the planner is structured in a way that is very concise. I like the Monthly pages where you could see your plans for the month in a glance and the weekly pages are just right to fill in notes for the day the checklist on the side is a great addition as you check off your daily goals. I absolutely love the ribbon bookmark a must-have in any planner I must say, a back pocket to store random notes or sticker which is pretty handy and 2 pages of motivational sticker ending with additional gird pages at the back.

back and front mint green planner

Self-reflection planner – What I liked most about this planner is that it helps you reflect on your moods and thoughts. On the Monthly page, there are faces that you could fill with emotion on how you felt that day.

It helps when it struck me that I was unhappy for a week and I would question myself on why was that and what could be done to change my days to be more positive and enriching. I also like that at the end of every week there is a small Colum where you could write what you are most grateful for. Sometimes we tend to take things for granted but we must always remember that we are fortunate in our own way it is just that we have to look harder for every blessing that comes to us.

January page colourful i am kai

How the planner can be improved – 

The planner is awesome! It is definitely one that I would purchase every year but it lacks a pen loop. I purchased one from Typo and stick it on to the back cover of the planner so I could always scribble in my planner on the go without having to scramble for my pencil box. I also place my planner in a zipper folder when I am on the go this prevent the pages from being accidentally by items in my bag or folded.

Keep it up, Christabel! I love your brand and the wonderful note to us stickers, which gives me encouragement and the motivation to push on.


typo tiger pen loop

                                          Not the design that I liked but it was the only one available when I went to Typo.