FEBRUARY 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 21)
Subject: FEBRUARY 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 21)
Send date: 2012-02-01
FEBRUARY 2012 ISSUE 21
IN THE PIPELINE: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS by Nicole Kow
A few months ago with the festive season kicking in to full swing, Wes and I dropped by the Choe’s home to photograph their place after they’ve settled in. From its previous single storey intermediate terrace with a built-up of approximately a mere 1,000 sq ft. The humble abode was looking for a fresh change. Its new owners, the Choe family approached Nic & Wes Builders by referral and appreciated the style of our homes. "A pleasant and close-knit family, the Choe's were a joy to work with from the start", Brian Kow shares. Inspired with the concept of tropical living, the Choe’s wanted to incorporate that serene lifestyle into the new vision of their single storey home.
While space planning the home, Nic & Wes had to accommodate the fact that a 3-generation family unit with Mr. and Mrs. Choe, their two daughters Audrey and Andrea along with their latest editions, their grandchildren would be living in the newly conceptualized 3-storey home.
Upon meeting them for the first time, Wes and I could not help but smile. Greeted warmly by a joyful Mr. Choe with his little granddaughter, the two were seated on the porch of their now approximately 3,100 sq.ft. built up home.
As we ventured into the living room, we were soon greeted by the rest of the family who expressed satisfaction with the rebuild. Mr Choe also shares with us that since moving in they spend more time at home. On first sight, a staircase overlooks the entrance of the home while the living and dining make up for a good stretch of the home.
To the end of the floor, opaque glass framed doors open to reveal a kitchen where preparations for the next meal were already well on their way. With sliding doors dividing the kitchen from a well-hidden wash area, the sun rays filled the home from both ends together with natural ventilation.
Making our way up the first flight of stairs, the light stained parquet glistens as light bounces off from a wall lamp. On the second floor, the women gather over some family chit chat in a communal family space where books and cds are stacked amidst low-lying shelving located in between opposite bedrooms.
To one side a spacious room with enough space to accommodate two single beds together with an ensuite. The ensuite bathroom follow the modern tropical trend of the home decked with earthly toned tiles.
To the other side, the master bedroom also comes well equipped with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe plus one more interesting feature - a spacious balcony. With full-length sun-shades, the master opens up to rather pleasing to the eye view of the estate.
As we ascend up to the highest floor, a calming illumination flows through the stairwell from the ceiling’s light well keeping this darkly-lit prone area constantly bright during the day. Mr Choe mentions that he can also catch the moonlight shining throught at night.
At the attic, the whole floor transforms into a little studio living concept. A living room complete with a sofa and flat screen TV overlooks an open terrace, making this area perfect for hanging out with minimal disturbance to the rest of the home.
A bedroom situated to the back easily switches to a separate room with a pull from the sliding doors for privacy. While a room on its own, the bedroom still has sufficient ventilation from the adjacent windows.
The ensuite bathroom too follows the trending theme like the other bathrooms but differs by opting for a bath tub.
In all of our houses built, we strive to create a homely feel that a family can feel the want to return to and in the Choe’s home - our design feel together with their warmth of family closeness create the perfect union of what a Nic & Wes home stands for… home is where the heart is.
IN MY OPINION: THE BEGINNING OF THE DRAGON YEAR...By Brian Kow
Seems to be plagued by overwhelming indications that the prices in the property market will fall and the economy would slow down this year. Although the market may look gloomy, it may be the time to think out of the box in a more creative manner to turn this negative outlook into a more positive one. It is a time to look into more cost-effectives methods of building homes in order to keep a competitive edge. Innovation and creativity will be the theme for the year. While the push for going green has been more so targeted at the commercial market, it is my vision to aim it into the residential market. While living the green way of life has picked up in many other countries, Singapore is still way behind. It's time to steer our ships towards working with what Mother Nature has blessed us with rather than against it. If our January website hit rate is anything to go by, then this looks more of a promising year than 2011 and I can't wait to forge ahead!
Type: Intermediate Terrace
List Type: For Sale
Land: 1900 sq. ft. approx
Built Up: 2300 sq. ft. approx
Rooms: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, open courtyard
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