OCTOBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 5)
Subject: OCTOBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 5)
Send date: 2010-10-01
OCTOBER 2010 ISSUE 5
IN THE PIPELINE: Four MonthsBy Nicole Kow
These days it’s hard not to spot a sky scrapping house consisting of three to four storeys high. In actual fact what was once seen as a gigantic statement in an estate is now a norm. It’s the single storey homes that have become not only a rare sight in Singapore but the focal point of an estate being sandwiched among the giants.
Four months ago, we embarked on a makeover project for one of our clients. The humble home was in original condition. Situated in an accessible part of the east with a walking distance to amenities, it possessed a lot of potential. Whilst the locale was suitable, the house was a bit of a fixer upper.
After meeting with the owner, we drew up a 3D drawing of what the house could look like with a simple aesthetic makeover based on his requirements. It was envisioned as clean, minimalist with a modern Mediterranean feel and the most refreshing part – keeping it a single storey house.
Four months later, the house that was once just an interpretation stands uniquely within the estate of giants. Driving along that stretch, it’s not hard at all to spot the home – ivory white walls with a complementing cool grey façade.
As the automatic gate slides to the side, you are greeted with a lavish array of plants that border the entire compound. The wide driveway paved with the distinct grey colour scheme makes it conducive to park up to three cars. Walking up to the entrance, the pop of contrasting light oak brown doors stand proudly at the entrance before you enter the home.
The interior space continues the trend of clean walls in cream. With glass doors and windows generously situated within the space, sunlight passes through naturally lighting up the interior. The front portion of the home consists of the living room decked with a high ceiling and crystal chandelier.
To the side, an open concept kitchen complete with a wet kitchen on the outside makes entertaining and working conducive whilst overlooking the flora and fauna coming from the outside.
Getting closer to nature while dining al fresco is easy with collapsible glass door that open to merge the interior with the exterior.
Moving from the living room reveals the rest of the home – a common toilet come bathroom situated opposite from the entrance of two bedrooms makes it convenient to fully utilize. Tiled from head to toe, the seemingly continuous colour trend becomes more all the more prominent. Like the other rooms, the common bath maximizes the use of natural light from a cleverly designed light-well situated above the shower.
The empty shell of the bedrooms conjures up decor idea potential in themes or even functionality. With an equally tranquil view, the rooms are well lit and equally alluring to shift into without any preconceived notions to the look of the space – like a blank canvas ready to be painted.
Situated opposite from the two bedrooms is the master rbedroom. Like the other rooms, the master is also well lit and ventilated. Spacious yet cozy, the master is large enough to fit in a bed, wardrobe and study table. The attached bathroom while tiled like the common bath adorns lighter shades of khaki and browns. Complete with a rain shower, time in the bath will be an enjoyable experience.
All it took was four months to change what was once old into a reality right out of an artist interpretation. Four months to make the minor tweaks. Four months to make a big difference. Four months to increase the value of this property. And while it is now an empty shell, the possibilities of interior decorating are endless to say the least.
IN MY OPINION: Food For Thought By Brian Kow
If an average landed property in District 15 costs about $800 psf., building cost averages $150-$200 psf. So calculating the percentage cost to rebuild a Lifestyle Home takes only 30-35%% of the total land cost.
In a year, the average person spends about 3,000 hours of his/her time at home. However, there is a tendency to overlook the conduciveness of the place we retreat to. But what stops us from realizing the potential of improving the fundamental necessity? Cost? Rules that apply to rebuilding actually make it more liberal to get the financing needed. And in return, a simple rebuild allows you to customize your home to meet your requirements that ultimately creates value for the property.
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List Type: For Rent
Built Up: 4,000 sq. ft.
Rooms: 3+1 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dry and wet kitchen, living room, dining room
Amenities: Walking Distance From Supermarket, Bus Stop, Eateries, POSB Bank (all within walking distance)
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