OCTOBER 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 53)
Subject: OCTOBER 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 53)
Send date: 2014-10-01
Issue #: 53
OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE 53
IN THE PIPELINE: FACELIFT BY DESIGNBy Nicole Kow
It is a great opportunity when some of the Nic & Wes Lifestyle Homes are allowed to be opened for a day or so to the public. Not only existing clients but for both people who have heard and not heard of the company have the opportunity to come by to tour the homes. Open house showings allow them to see the work that goes into designing and building a Nic & Wes Lifestyle Home.
At one of the previous open house showings in the Siglap vicinity, a couple living in close proximity came around to have a look. Upon touring the home, they approached our design team to propose concepts to beautify their already existing home. In this instance, Nic & Wes took the role of consultant proposing design ideas to integrate into their existing home. As the owners were looking to infuse the same tropical feel seen in the show home that they attended, our design team not only worked on detailed design layouts but included a list of Balinese furniture stores where the pieces were then purchased and now infused into their existing property.
A surprising twist to this story, only the top floor was to be designed initially by the Nic & Wes design team. However upon seeing the concepts unfold, the design process began to trickle to the other levels and finally out onto the garden.
Without touching the existing Contemporary European façade, the owners decided on an extension within the home. Reconfiguring the top level layout to consist of a bedroom, movie room, gym room and an outdoor terrace with attached bathrooms. Attracted to the tropical feel, the owners also wanted to infuse it into their main garden.
The once simple garden space which included a golf putting area was now transformed into a garden oasis that oozed a calm tranquillity channelled through its teak gazebo with a pond skirting around part of the home. Home to a school of gigantic Koi fish, the pond is a picture perfect spot to unwind with a pot of green tea in the evenings under the gazebo.
Creating useable space within the enormous pond, concrete tiled blocks emerge from the water level creating a walk way to the back of the home.
Textured stone tiles pave the way to the side. Wooden trellis panels create a tunnel-like shelter with creeper plants coiling around the slats.
Walking over to the other side of the home, a textured yet minimalist water feature proudly stands tall with water gently cascading from the top down. The statuesque water feature strategically faces a set of glass sliding doors allowing those on the inside of the home to enjoy the tranquillity of the trickling water.
Going into the home the common bathroom was a head-turner during the family’s Chinese New Year celebrations where friends and family spent much time in awe of the unusual bathroom’s layout. Spacious in size, creating more than just a shower space, the bathroom brings the feel of the outdoors in with its faux wooden tile floors, pebbled shower area and a planter trough.
Heading to the top floor where the new extensions have been made, visitors are initially welcomed to the pantry area that is conveniently situated to serve the outdoor terrace, movie room, gym and bedroom on that floor.
A connecting counter from the indoor pantry to the outdoor terrace space becomes an efficiently smart way of passing food and drinks without the need for an additional designated pantry on the outside.
Before stepping out to the beautiful outdoor terrace, a skirting to the back room reveals a simple yet effective space to accommodate a simple gym. Such a space illustrates how a simple room can be converted in a snap.
The gym space like the pantry is connected to the semi-hidden yet showstopper of the top level – the outdoor terrace. To the other end of the gym room, glass panel doors open out to a miniature version of the pond below. With concrete tiled blocks paving the way, the pond becomes a direct access to the outdoor space.
Even with the lack of grass that makes up in abundance on the first level, the outdoor terrace space mirrors a chic bistro layout. The stone feature wall, woven furniture and lush plants enhance the pull factor to stay. The area while connected is distinctively separated into three spaces – the bar, the chill sitting area and the al fresco.
It is indeed undeniably flattering, not just for the design team but Nic & Wes as a whole when people become clients after such show house events especially in this case as we are not an Interior Design company per se. But it is the faith that our clients give us that contributes to motivating and bringing more Lifestyle Living not just to our design and build homes but to existing ones that understand the same potential we do.
IN MY OPINION – HOME PURCHASE PRIORITIES By Brian Kow
Location, location, location: This relatively commands the price and value of the purchased property. No doubt the closer to the city or the closer to urbanisation and amenities, the more expensive the property. This usually sets the benchmark for price.
I believe there is an underlying element that is more important than just location that requires just as much attention. An element that usually plays second fiddle and costs much less than the property itself which directly impacts the joy and satisfaction of the residents. In addition has the ability to convert the land into not just a house but, a home; an emotional extension of shelter which encompasses a conducive environment of enjoyment and security is far less costly than the purchase of the property which tends to get compromised in the mix.
I have seen this enough times, that a lifestyle home which we live in on a daily basis take secondary place over location while only costing a fraction of the price of the land. But I have also seen and experienced the equation inversed to be able swear by the importance the value of a Lifestyle Home can do for its owner… which should vitally not be underestimated.
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