AUGUST 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd (Issue 51) Newsletter

Subject: AUGUST 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd (Issue 51) Newsletter

Send date: 2014-08-01

Issue #: 51




Building methods in Singapore have long relied on the traditional brick and mortar to construct most of its residential homes. Concrete and steel rods caged in scaffolding during the early stages of casting is a familiar sight to most people. It is almost typical to witness a traditionally built landed property work site to have a various array of materials scattered around, slowly vanishing as the structure takes form. The alternative building method using steel structures relying on the bolt and nut to join the system together contrastingly reveals a neater more organized worksite and a more systematic installation process. 

Continuing on from the last issue where we took a look at the building stages of this steel structure home, this issue we walk through the completed Contemporary home that like a blank canvas for the homeowners have reflected their personal taste for the Orient into their soft furnishings.

Tucked in a rather discreet estate in Central Singapore, this corner-terrace house was looking for a complete teardown to fit the needs of its new owners.

Opened to the idea of building their home using the alternative steel structure and solid dry-wall system, the homeowners of this abode were taken through each stage of the process from start to finish as they saw their newly built home form right before their very eyes. Being a design & build, Nic & Wes entered into this alternative build method with a very hands-on approach. A key component is to always understand the system as best as we can, thus with this build like with any other, the installation process conducted in-house.


Driving towards the residence, the massive three-storey plus attic home with a built up of approximately 4,800 sq. ft. becomes clearly visible before turning into their front gate. Like this alternative build method which prides on being more “green”, the newly built home incorporates solar-power which feeds into the grid system. The overhead shelter was designed to accommodate a metal sheet roof and with the North-South facing orientation of the home, it aids to harness the best absorption of solar energy.



Upon entering the front of the approximately 2,300 sq. ft. corner terrace, its frontage maximises its setback space to accommodates a car porch and quaint green patch on the front side which leads on to a wall-high water feature lining its side boundary wall creaing a tranquil visual spot for the living room of the home.



Entering into the rather minimalist façade home, the matching interiors become a blank yet versatile canvas that allows the homeowners to really make it their own. Glass doors pave most of the first floor keeping the home abundantly lit while enhancing the deep rosewood Oriental furniture pieces.


As a requirement of newly erected homes, a CD shelter is mandatory. With this home, the CD shelter was cast in concrete and steel bars prior to the installation of steel to the rest of the home. Now in its finished state, the CD shelter is discreetly positioned in a central part of the home making it easily accessible to its occupants without sticking out like a sore thumb.



Tucked away to the back of the home, the kitchen is seperated from the rest of the open-concept layout on the first level. Similar cabinet styles from the kitchen also flow in to the closely located common bathroom.


A trending colour scheme of the home is white walls and caramel brown wood. Distinctively pronounced, the stained wood flows throughout the parquet flooring and doors adding warmth amidst the stark white walls.


Journeying up to the second and third floor, the bedrooms become the main function of these levels. In between the bedrooms, a communal family space becomes the link to keep the family close without obstructing into each other’s space.


While it is a three storey climb up the stairs to reach the final level, the breaks between floors makes the climb from floor to floor a breeze. The coiling design from the first floor to the attic does give the illusion of a single fluid stairway.


The attic like the first floor is lit in abundance without having to switch on a single light. The profile of the roof’s gradient mould the height of the attic’s ceiling which maximises the headroom to utilise the space where the roof’s descending springing lines meet. Much thanks too to the front portion of the roof for its minimum inclination, the back portion makes room for a door that leads out to the rear view of the home.



Stepping to front of the attic a home-gym looks out to a picturesque view of the estate. Not just for the gym-users, the view can be enjoyed by the rest of the occupants from the balcony lining the entire width of the front of the home which serves also as a communal space for the family to enjoy.


Just like a traditional built home, one can forget that an alternative building method with steel as the main component was used to bring it from the ground up while solid dry-walls served as the substitute for bricks; A prelude to what Nic & Wes Builders has in store to effectively improve and advance the design & build procurement.



My first entry to purchase a landed property was during the Gulf War early 90's. Market was not going anywhere but a roof for the family was of more importance.

However, this opened the horizons of opportunity and the ability to create more value to existing land and the transformation of houses to lifestyle homes. I cannot say that I saw a clear future in the real estate industry but I knew that value add could be incorporated into existing houses.

Whether it is an up or down market, real estate is not for the faint hearted and it is for the long haul investment but it has rewarded us dearly.

The market cycle has somewhat changed due to the prevalent cooling measures and how long this lasts is anybody's guess. However, this may be an opportune time to re-look at the industry as a whole and I may find yet another diamond in the ruff.


Available at the following bookstores:

Kinokuniya, Ngee Ann City
Times the Bookshop, Centre Point
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Kinokuniya, KLCC

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Type: Condominium

Tenure: Freehold

List Type: For Rent/Sale

Price: $3.5k (rent), $1.4m (sell)

Built In: 1119 sq. ft. (approx)

Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, balcony, private lift access

Amenities: Close proximity to i12 Katong, Parkway Parade, Marine Parade Library and schools (Tao Nan School, Sam Kiang School, Tanjong Katong Primary School,  Katong Convent Primary and Secondary School, Victoria Junior College, St. Patricks Secondary School)

View Time: By Appointment

Contact: Samantha (9763 8313)

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