DECEMBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 7)
Subject: DECEMBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 7)
Send date: 2010-12-01
DECEMBER 2010 ISSUE 7
IN THE PIPELINE: THE EPITOME OF LIFESTYLE LIVINGBy Nicole Kow
Nic & Wes over the years since its incorporation in 2002 has strived to create Lifestyle Homes. These are homes that aim to push the limit in what a piece of landed property should and can encompass. Tailored to suit the respective family’s needs with an X-factor makes all the difference to wanting to return home instead of having to. With the year coming to a close, we decided to give spotlight to the properties that have fit the definition of Lifestyle Homes.
1. This intermediate terrace stood on a 1,400 sq. ft. piece of land. A rather deficient plot size made this a challenge to take on. With the constraints on land, it was only obvious to work height-wise to incorporate roomy spaces but still creating an aesthetically proportional façade. The end product stood on 3,000 sq. ft. worth of built up fitting in 4 decent size bedrooms looking down into an air-well with a view of an indoor pond. And while the inside was well-spaced for entertaining, the roof terrace gave a surprising space for outdoor barbeques to chill out.
2. This semi-detached home was at least a good forty years old. Old arches of a Spanish styled villa complete with plaster-ceil ceiling finish were evident throughout the home. Transitioning from Spanish villa to tropical villa took a bit of tweaking and imagination. Attention was paid to especially the façade detailing which took removing the arches and dated floor tiles giving it more sleek straight lines while stone and solid white flooring tiles were used with hints of wooden floor decking. In addition to detailing, the original balcony was converted into a master bedroom. The end product displayed a modern tropical home complete with a Jacuzzi and tea room additions.
3. Another intermediate terrace located on a very interesting piece with a 1,800 sq. ft. land size with an original 2,000 sq. ft. built up. The original first floor was below road level which made it impossible to even park a car within the compounds. Like a Rubix cube, this home had a lot to do with planning and rearranging. A driveway was created to meet the second floor, which in an interior aspect was changed to situate the living room, dining room and kitchen. The finished look had elements of a black and white house but with a modern contemporary edge which flowed throughout the house in its sense of class and opulence. The surprise factor was the ground floor pool which was the first prototype of accommodating a pool in a humble intermediate terrace. An extension upwards accommodated another storey making the final built up to 4,000 sq. ft.
4. Humble single storey bungalow received a major reconstruction from retro to modern colonial. On a plot size of 5,000 sq. ft. and a 1,800 sq. ft. built up. While the structure remained, a new storey was added on to house four spacious rooms and two bathrooms. The master room situated in the first storey overlooks the pool similarly to the dinning room giving a spacious open feel to the home. The front façade’s monochromatic walls sets the backdrop to a variety of fauna and flora. Its current built up more than doubled to 4,300 sq. ft. Its black and white colonial façade while historic also encompasses a modern twist making it relevant to the 21st century.
5. Another dated home in original condition, this intermediate terrace had a lot of untapped potential. Sitting on 2,500 sq. ft. of gradient land, it was a fixer upper. While the construction process was slightly different from other homes, the finished product made it all the more unique. With a basement, it was the second intermediate terrace to house a pool in our portfolio. From its original 2,200 sq. ft. built up, it currently stands on 5,400 sq. ft. of built up. Attention to detail on the finishing brought in many kinds of materials such as stoned walls and wooden flooring to bring the essence of a tropical retreat. Also housing a gym and movie room along with an open roof terrace, it has the facilities of a condo and more.
IN MY OPINION: ITS A 2010 WRAPBy Brian Kow
Wrapping up this year, we had a hectic but at the same time enjoyable one. We brought to pass this year a lot more Lifestyle Homes into the market which has also generates a lot of interest.
I believe this is just the birth of Lifestyle Homes into the Nic & Wes portfolio and I promise more to come. It was a good year of publicity and coverage starting with receiving an Entrepreneur award followed by various coverage from print media like The Straits Times, The Business Times and Lookbox .
Lookout for 2011 where we will be working on even more interesting concepts and designs which convert houses into Lifestyle Homes around Singapore.
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