DECEMBER 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 31)
Subject: DECEMBER 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 31)
Send date: 2012-12-01
DECEMBER 2012 ISSUE 31
IN THE PIPELINE: THE YIN AND YANG OF THINGSBy Nicole Kow
The clean lines and washed out monotone characteristics of modern contemporary homes sometimes borders a fine line of strong design aesthetic that can overlook the warmth of a homely environment. This semi-detached home however, balances out those very aesthetics together with warmth from within its interiors.
Home to Bjorn and his family, they had approached Nic & Wes Builders years earlier to build their home. Four years later, they called us back for minor modifications to spruce up their grey and white two and a half storey home. Meeting Bjorn’s lovely wife, Tracy, it’s no wonder how they’ve managed to exude and reflect their cheerful inviting nature within their home. While we aim to create homes not houses, ultimately a family defines the character of the dwelling.
A seemingly more adoptive trend these days, this home was ahead of its time in opting for a more bold approach with its grey tones that envelope a good portion of the facade walls. Like a makeup artist using a bronzer to contour a face, the greys similarly accentuate the profiling of the façade that stands out among the traditional houses in the estate.
A recent addition to the home, the boundary walls are seamlessly lined with beautiful coal hued stones. Daring to be brave, the stones heavily wrap the entire boundary wall which evoke a rich urban vibe while blending in so well with the existing home.
Within the immediate boundary of the home, a play between the shades of grey tones subtly creates dimension to the façade while a vivid oceanic blue pool strikingly stands out from the contrasting monotones. While a pool may not be fully utilised most of the time, a water feature merging with the pool converts the aquatic area into a pond of sorts which adds zest to the atmosphere of the home.
Stretching within the width of the front, a clear glass awning covers parked cars from rain becoming a practical feature of the home while encouraging natural light to flow through keeping its exterior feature wall in the spotlight.
Looking at the side profile of the home, it was only natural to step away from the traditional romane profile clay tiles into more concept worthy flat clay tiles to fit the modern contemporary vibe.
Entering into the home, the strong modern contemporary vibe quickly disperses to reveal more earthly Asian influence through wooden furniture, carved statues and ethnic tapestries. While a stark difference from its exterior, the very nature of woods melt the cold greys.
White walls spread throughout the entire first floor becoming a blank canvas that accentuate the rich hues of the wooden furniture of the home and making way for the mix and match furniture pieces.
A misconception that walls are essential to distinguish the space become adherent within the first floor where the open space cleverly charts out three distinct areas – the living room followed by the dining area and the kitchen. Movable dividers too are another alternative to separate spaces without inhibiting the spaciousness of the home.
Neat yet functional, careful planning of kitchen cabinetry conceals unsightly cook-wear while still being within reach when needed.
In between the dining area and staircase, a discreet corner strategically tucks away a study den and common toilet separating them from the main hall but yet remaining easily accessible.
Looking up, the fluid placement of open-riser staircase reveals a preview of how many levels make up the rest of the home. With dangling lights suspending to almost three-quarter of the stairwell from the top, the immense height of the home becomes visually apparent.
While the second level accommodates most of the bedrooms, the journey to the final floor makes an interesting use of space. Reaching the final set of stairs, a communal family room complete with a comfy sofa and drums becomes a space that the family can adjourn to after dinner also making it the perfect setting for entertaining guests because of its inviting open concept of the space and in-house bar set-up.
Being a two-and-a-half storey home, a balcony overlooking the estate is located just after the family hall which when opened up joins the two spaces.
More than just a family space, a bedroom together with an ensuite is tucked away creating that right kind of privacy for a guest room.
Stone and wood, cool tones and warm tones, apart have their distinct looks which can appear too harsh or too rustic blend in complimentary harmony of yin and yang, as seen within this home.
IN MY OPINION: AND ANOTHER YEAR COMES TO AN ENDBy Brian Kow
A whole new In My Opinion is being formatted for 2013. This would include topics of relevance to assist in understanding The Design & Build Concept, Turning Houses Into Lifestyle Homes, Creating Value for Properties, The Wow Factor and a whole lot of topics on creativity and value creation.
Nic & Wes is proud to feature A Lifestyle Home - built & decorated for your viewing pleasure to help visualize the difference when functionality, creativity and aesthetics work in symbiosis. See invite below for details.
Being the last issue of the year, let me on behalf of the team take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you another year of topics and features through our newsletter and the release of our book.
Wishing one and all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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