OCTOBER 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 29)
Subject: OCTOBER 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 29)
Send date: 2012-10-01
OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE 29
IN THE PIPELINE: REVISITING A CLASSIC By Nicole Kow
When we turn houses into homes, we take pride in the way they reflect the homeowners’ personality, wants and needs. What prides us more is to revisit homes of our past clients only to see that it still looks as pristine as when they first moved in.
Nestled in the east of Singapore, it was six years ago that we handed over the keys to homeowners Jamilah, Syed and their children. While many homeowners opt for modern, contemporary or tropical concepts, Jamilah and Syed decided that their home would take a more classical feel. Taking an active role in the design process, Jamilah approached Nic & Wes to bring her ideas to reality.
A visit back six years later and the home looks just like when the family first moved in.
From its original humble single storey house, this intermediate terrace home went through a reconstruction transforming it to the classical abode it now is. A now three-storey home, the intermediate terrace stands apart from the rest of its neighbours with its unusual façade option of a filigree gate and matching railings alongside cream and caramel hues.
Stepping in to the home, the living room is a spacious space matched with a Victorian styled furniture set. Set with large cut glossy homogeneous tiles, the spaciousness is further emphasized.
An airwell towering all the way to the top floor is turned into a quaint water feature complete with stone detailing creating a view point within the first floor.
A split level from the living and dining area defines the spaces in a fluid motion while keeping the space open. Sticking to the classical trend, the Victorian furniture spreads through to the dining space as well as a sitting corner.
A vivid hued Salsa red wall adds a pop of colour to the sitting corner giving a touch of modern regalness to the level.
The open-concept kitchen located just after the dining area is decked in white cabinetry bringing the classical look together through subtle detailing and cornices. A compact island set in the middle of the kitchen another focal sight to the English-styled home.
Like the exterior, the same intricate filigree is used throughout the staircase. With beautiful hints of gold from the railings together with the rich honey hues of the parquet stairs creates warmth to the home.
Heading up to the second floor, the master bedroom stretches to about half of the floor space. The luxurious room is furnished in consistency with the classical theme holding an elaborately decadent bedframe and a wardrobe to match. With full-length French windows, the bedroom opens up to the towering airwell.
The decadence of hotel luxury extends to the ensuite bathroom which accommodates a double sink table top, shower and bathtub for those occasional de-stress soaks.
Opposite from the master bedroom, a richly hued Salsa red and black room was transformed to the family media room where they gather to watch movies and their favourite channels.
Journeying to the last floor, a common bathroom services the children’s rooms. Like the walls of an ancient manor, cultured stone lines the length of the wall behind the WC creating a rustic stone wall that blends in with the similar sandy hued tiling.
The end of the airwell is situated at the third storey which overlooks the height of the home. An automated trellis airwell system located at the top ceiling allows the hot air to escape keeping the floors cool and allowing natural light to fill the home.
The beauty of the final floor is located to the outside of the third storey where a balcony looks out to the front of the estate. The retractable fabric awning makes it an ideal spot to relax no matter what time of the day. Especially ideal when the sun goes down, the outdoor lights illuminate the balcony while being admist the potted greenery.
A beautiful home’s upkeep is not always an easy task however necessary to maintain the initial essence. It is always a pleasure to see how clients’ take pride in the place that they now call home and a great feeling to the whole team for having been part of that creation.
IN MY OPINION: SEPTEMBER ENDSBy Brian Kow
Hmmm.... HDB prices breaching the 1 million dollar mark. Terraces are in the 2 to 4 million dollar range. Would you ever believe that this is happening? Where are property prices heading?
I guess living in land scarce Singapore and with lesser release of new freehold landed property, this is certainly a commodity well sought after and with our population capacity intake to exceed 6 million.
Having said that, for every up cycle there is always a down cycle too and when HDB prices breach new heights, as seen in the last up cycle, is this a tell-tale sign of a bear beginning to awaken?
Judging from the enquiries that have come in this month, it looks like there is still a lot of bustle in the Real Estate sector and we will be featuring another Lifestyle Home for Preview before the end of November.
Either way, our building sector seems healthy with more owners rebuilding on existing land both to enhance its value and to create more usable space for growing family needs.
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Type: Cluster House (TOP 2013)
List Type: For Sale
Built In: 4478 sq. ft.
Rooms: 4 bedrooms, kitchen, living room
Amenities: Close proximity to Cashew, Bukit Panjang, Hillview MRT Station and schools (Chestnut Drive Secondary School, Bukit Panjang Primary School, Assumption English School)
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