OCTOBER 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 77)
Subject: OCTOBER 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 77)
Send date: 2016-10-01
Issue #: 77
SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE 76
IN FOCUS: 5 PLACES TO BUY HOME DECOR ONLINEBy Nicole Kow
Tucked away in a quaint cul-de-sac within the central part of Singapore, a corner terrace home with land size of approximately 2712 sq. ft. and a current built up of approximately 3393 sq. ft. became the canvas for the homeowner’s colonial inception. Turning to Nic & Wes to delve deeper into the design possibilities, the homeowners entrusted us to take care of almost 99% of the project works including (just to name a few) layout reconfiguration, structural works, façade makeover and interior cabinetry which is a department and additional optional service under our wing. Taking cue from its boxy and elongated façade, our designers were tasked to carefully fuse elements from black and white colonial homes. As with many of our projects, translating it to drawing is an essential roadmap of visualization for both parties.
In order to create dimension, white coated full length French windows complete with shutter detailing not only evoke the nostalgic feel but aided in breaking apart the flatness of its former self. Like with all colonial black and white houses, black borders carefully lining parts of the façade becomes a mandatory detailing characteristic of the theme. In addition, playing with the juxtaposition of window heights along the façade beautifully balances out the overall appeal.
Having ample side space, the home is conducive for outdoor entertaining with two patios located in the front and along the side. Opening up the slide and fold doors along the first floor creates fluidity in the unison of the internal and external spaces.
Stepping in to the home, the lack of walls within the living room, dining and dry kitchen only enhances the spaciousness while the remaining rooms are discreetly hidden to the back of the home.
Located at a quaint corner of the home, the dry kitchen becomes a central space of functionality especially while entertaining. An island counter is always a good accompaniment in the kitchen as an additional workspace or to serve as an informal counter to grab a quick bite but, should not be a replacement for the formal dining space.
When it comes to heavy cooking, a wet kitchen is mandatory. With most work being done there location is key. Like with this home, the quaint wet kitchen is located to the back of the home where slide and fold doors allow an abundance of openness and ventilation. Any additional outdoor space also becomes a favourable location for the optional al fresco dining when the need arises.
Simple yet understated, continuing the black border detailing to frame the internal doors adds a mark of difference to the interior space and at the same time fuses with the exterior.
When delving into the makeover route, a staircase is one such feature that can be kept but made good to fit into the abode’s new ambience. As this home’s theme was mirroring nostalgia, the existing staircase was fortunately aligned to fit nicely into the colonial theme while superficial modifications gave it the refurbishment it needed.
Throughout the home, the bathrooms channel the similar blue and white colour palette. Smooth gloss Subway tiles lining the upper walls balanced out the ornate patterned floor tiles for a chic chinoiserie appeal.
The beauty of breaking from the original boxy façade can come in the form of balconies as it did with this home. A balcony whether spacious or compact is indeed a vital feature that most homeowners unfortunately shy away from. The utilization of a balcony serves both in façade appeal and functionality of space. As with this home, the larger balcony once shaded serves as a communal family space that can be used anytime of the day. Similarly a smaller balcony adjoined to a bedroom can be a beautiful lookout point or a solitary spot to catch a breather from the day’s happenings.
Working with existing structures can be challenging yet rewarding as we push the creative envelope to turn a concept into reality. What’s better than seeing designs transformed is receiving such meaningful testimonials from our satisfied clients at the end of the day. It is these testimonials that fuel our passion to keep going.
“Thanks Nic & Wes for delivering your promise of a beautiful home. Your team were a pleasure to work with – your professionalism and attention to detail places you a stratospheric cut above the rest.
Nic & Wes’s design is tasteful and inspiring, and we are grateful for the unique end-result. The close guidance throughout the entire planning and execution was important, and you engaged us well – thank you.
Even after we moved in, your team was open, prompt and helpful in working through areas that needed a little attention. It is evident that your craft is your joy and passion, not just another job. A sincere and talented team - Nic & Wes.”
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