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APRIL 2013 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 35)

Subject: APRIL 2013 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 35)

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APRIL 2013 ISSUE 35
IN THE PIPELINE: CONTEMPORARY BY DESIGN by Nicole Kow

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An originally two-storey corner terrace nestled in a beautiful neighbourhood within the east required a much needed revamp to accommodate its new owners. Decked out in what has become a much dated look over the years, the corner terrace house turned into a blank canvas of potential for its contemporary vision

Extending the built-up, this reconstructed home soars into a now three-storey home while accommodating features throughout that has become an undeniably unrecognisable Lifestyle Home from its previous form. Delving into the artistic realms of the contemporary concept which includes a wide range of themes, this home’s exterior shell intrinsically became one of the feature points of an elaborately tasteful art-piece.

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The extensive attention to detailing while balancing an array of elements such as geometrics, levels and a mix-media of materials creates an eye-catching talking point even before entering the home. Looking upwards upon the majestic structure, its greys and whites of rough and smooth textures creates a multi-dimensional mix of interesting nooks and crannies that enrapture the visual being of the home’s exterior.  

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Bringing the focus back to eye-level, the contrasting vivid hues of nature burst out in sight of a decent size garden leading up to its above ground royal blue lap pool that stretches to almost three-quarter of the length of the home.

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Keeping to the artistic nature of the contemporary vibe, the detailing of the pool encompasses a Gaudi-esque vibe through the random placement of blue jewelled toned light and dark hued mosaics.

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Venturing in to the inside of the home, an empty shell of a newly completed abode reveals a spacious layout which without the presence of furniture still represents the respective spaces. Keeping its colour spectrum to a minimal of subtle hues, the interiors gladly welcome the contrasting vibrancy of the outdoors through the generous placement of full length windows stretching from the front to the back.

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Stepping up to the higher portion of the split-level, a chic minimalist kitchen spans through most of this level. Decked out in stark monochromes, the contemporary vibe of simplicity embodies the area making it conducive as an entertainment kitchen looking out to the pool.
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Travelling to the second floor, rooms accommodate the most part of the level. Spacious enough, the rooms are conducive to be utilised either as bedrooms or an office space. With the home having a substantial freedom of wall space to the outside world, the generous usage of windows allows more than enough light and air to enter easily without much restriction – a trend of the home throughout the levels. A balcony situated at the back adjoining two rooms becomes an ideal place to relax at the end of the day.

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While the rest of the rooms share a common bathroom, an ensuite caters to the junior master bedroom on the floor making this abode suitable for a multi-generation family to live together under one roof.

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The newest level extension to the home begins at the foot of the open-riser staircase journeying up to the final floor. Unlike the concrete stairwell from the first floor, the open-riser staircase allows light to flow through the upward corridor.

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Keeping the third floor exclusive and private, the master bedroom accommodates the entire level. Opening up to the balcony overlooking the luscious greens from the park connector below, the room presents a recluse from reality. Tucked to the back, its spacious bold ebony toned bathroom oozes a chic bathroom of luxury living.

Contemporary while varied in themes and angles allows the freedom of an eclectic mix of designs and concepts to be brought together resulting in a potentially unique art installation piece reflecting the personality of the homeowners’ taste.  

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IN MY OPINION: INTERESTING POINTS TO THINK ABOUT By Brian Kow

If you are lucky enough to own a piece of land, would it be more advantageous to make more productive use of its inherent usable space at this point of time?

1) Todays low interest loan rates and fairly high rental yields.
2) Rising construction costs.
3) The price difference between an apartment versus building costs on a per sq. ft. area on a landed property. Is there a disparity?
4) Inflation and cost of living.
5) Population figures - short term and long term.
6) Is there going to be more freehold land for private landed houses?
7) If property is the portfolio - local or foreign property?
8) With the current curbs in the property industry, how has the landed property market been affected?

Just some small but interesting questions on the road to making an informed decision.


PROPERTY WATCH
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Type: Semi-Detached

Tenure: Freehold

List Type: For Rent

Land Size: 3,845 sq. ft. (approx)

Built Up: 2,800 sq. ft. (approx)

Rooms: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, garden

Amenities: Close proximity to eateries and supermarkets as well as East Coast beach. Nearest schools include St Stephen's School, Victoria Junior College, Chij Katong Convent School, Ngee Ann Primary School, Opera Estate Primary School, Victoria School, CHIJ Katong Primary School, Tao Nan School, Ping Yi Secondary School.

View Time: By Appointment

Contact: Randell (8100 0810)

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