AUGUST 2013 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 39)
Subject: AUGUST 2013 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 39)
Send date: 2013-08-01
AUGUST 2013 ISSUE 39
IN THE PIPELINE: VACATIONING AT HOME by Nicole Kow
Being located on a tiny red dot on the map surrounded by sea, it is rather a shame that this little island isn’t more like Bali’s, Maldives’ of Boracay’s sandy white beaches with oceanic aquamarine blue waters. Don’t get me wrong, this concrete jungle has majestically evolved over the years to reveal a breath-taking cityscape. However, some degree of a vacation island essence would be such an appropriate additional indulgence to have here.
Fortunately, the essence of the Nic & Wes Builders Lifestyle Homes incorporates the feel of a vacation retreat into the home. An especially popular concept that clients constantly gravitate to would be that of Resort or Tropical themed homes. The serene and relaxed environment from vacation concept homes is truly undeniable.
One of our more recent projects, this semi-detached home embodied the laid-back feel of a Resort theme while leaning toward a more modern concept home. Reconstructed from an original two-storey house, this home sits on an approximately 4,600 sq ft of land towering at a now three-storey Lifestyle Home with approximately 7,000 sq ft of built-up.
A rather long frontage, the broad driveway comfortably parks two cars with a decent garden patch to the side in vivid green hues. The light palette of bordering cobblestone flooring leads to the entrance of the home. A cosy tea room decked heavily in wood and stone becomes the welcoming point of the home. An area that easily expands the interior’s living room for more space.
While heading into the home would be the most likely option after laying a visual on the tea room, a glimpse of vivid turquoise and lush greenery quickly veers the course of direction to the opposite side. An elongated pool reveals itself stretching to an almost equal the length of home. Palimanan carvings atop broad stone feature walls borders the edge with water flowing into the pool.
Heading into the home, an unrestrictive movement of space becomes the first viewpoint of the home. A living room surrounded by a combination of full-length French doors and slide-and-fold doors complete with complimenting transom lights keep the first floor bright and optionally airy. The abundant use of glass invites the spectacular sight of the outside’s visual scape in.
A rather unusual but clever concealment, the wet kitchen is discreetly tucked away to the back of the home while the dry kitchen is a conducive space to prepare light meals.
As building high rather than broad is a general trend within homes in Singapore, the requests for lifts have seen a higher demand. A highly functional accessory to the home, lifts can still blend in without appearing overtly mechanical.
Keeping to the resort style living, travertine and marble options create a luxurious allure for bathroom options. The natural materials follow closely with many resort bathroom choices.
Heading to the bedrooms of the home, each one while consistent with the general trend of the home includes distinct characteristics. Also viewed in more modern resort designs, an exposed ensuite creates an interesting visual play between wall materials. Daring to be brave, the exposed ensuite encapsulates a “release your inhibitions” persona.
Journeying another floor up by stairs, a calming fluidity is witnessed through a unique choice of semi-curved metal banisters while steps in stained parquet.
The master bedroom occupies the entire final level segregated in different sections. Also consistent with the theme, dark woods make up a large majority of the space apart from contrasting white walls that enhance the richness of the woods.
Connecting rooms including a walk-in wardrobe, a luxurious bathroom room and study. The study room incorporates a maisonette flooring utilising the full space of the floor.
But the eye-grabber comes from the breath taking view looking out from the master bedroom. A private decked roof terrace oozing the epitome of a Balinese spa vacation. Elevated, a traditional gazebo hut is surrounded by a quaint pond and tropical water plants. Perfect for morning yoga sessions.
Creating a vacation ambience within the home is not impossible. In fact favoured by Nic & Wes Builders when creating homes. A place where the family yearns to return to at the end of the day to unwind and bond.
IN MY OPINION: IS THIS HOME? by Brian Kow
I can’t help but explode in awe every time I drive along Benjamin Sheares Bridge to the spectacular view of the city’s skyline both by day and more majestically by night.
Living in the 1960's in homes made of timber planks and zinc sheet roofs, this is a far cry from anything that my imagination could possibly conceive. Yet this is real and true - This picturesque place we now call home.
I dare say that there is more to come in home concepts and breaching new boundaries. Plans to create an even more upmarket Lifestyle Home are currently being conceptualized which aims to push the boundaries of concepts and build-ability.
Possible? The question is more of a “how to” and “why not”. The ante has been raised and so will the expectations and if you think that this is the end... No, it is just the beginning of another chapter.
We will keep you in the loop with what’s new and exciting before this year is out.
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Type: Office Unit
List Type: For Rent
Built Up: 840 sq. ft. (approx)
Rooms: This office space has got a pantry and its own toilet & shower facility
Amenities: Close proximity to Eunos MRT and eateries
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