As with most handovers, it has become a mandatory process that we would return to the home for a scheduled photoshoot once the family has moved in and which all our clients are most obliged to allow. It then becomes part of our growing portfolio as well as content for this newsletter. It is an utter joy during the return to see the family settled and are finally able to call it their home. What makes it more special is when the homeowners really take the trouble to integrate their interior space with carefully chosen furniture and home décor to further enhance their very own Nic & Wes home. This latest project did just that. This month we take a visual walkthrough into a Modern Tropical home which surprised even us when we walked in.
An intermediate terrace home that was previously an original single-storey home with a land size of approximately 2096.05 sq. ft., now stands rebuilt as a two and a half storey lifestyle home with a built-up of approximately 4196.7 sq. ft. Straying away from traditional methods of concrete foundation this newly rebuilt home is enforced solely by a steel frame structure which has been able to cut down the time for the assembly of the skeleton of the home.
Before stepping into the home, an understated nook reveals a clever use of space with flushed cabinetry for storage with just the right amount of peek in from an adjacent glass panel.
Walking in through the main entrance reveals a breathtakingly wide space that sees through the entire first floor with details at every corner. Open concept all the way expands the visual impact of the space together with the elongated ceiling height. A minimalist yet modern blend of white walls together with a singular grey wall creates a crisp and subdued colour combination that gives just the right amount of impact to the space.
Journeying to the middle of the first floor reveals the wow-factor of the space – an air-well and then some. Towering from the first storey all the way to the top, a dynamic tiled wall water feature flows down creating only a soothing, gentle trickle from such a mighty height. Together with accents of accompanying wood brings about the rustic charm of nature only appreciated in a tropical styled home.
Balancing out the heavy textures of the tropical fusion, the kitchen and dining returns to its minimalistic roots. Clean lines with white grey walls changes the mood but weaves in well with the modern tropical theme it’s aimed at.
Heading back to the front of the home, the open-riser staircase once again becomes a feature within a practical use of space. As in any home, safety is a prime key especially within a stairwell but safety doesn’t necessarily have to inhibit design. Instead of opting to close up the area or include a traditional set of railings, this stairwell uses vertical stainless steel cable for an invisible grill effect.
The second floor comfortably sits three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The master bedroom in particular becomes a domain on its own. Dark stained parquet flooring against fresh white walls instantly creates a cosy feel. Wall to wall sliding glass doors connects with the outdoor for natural light and ventilation with just a narrow balcony space to overlook the tranquil and quiet neighbourhood. A staircase that mimics the style of the main stairwell to a tee leads up to a loft space.
Spanning the space of most of the master bedroom, the loft is converted to a work room and unwind space for the couple. Keeping it connected to the master creates a feeling of accessibility for the couple to still be near each other while doing their own thing. To maximise the ceiling height for the loft space, the ceiling follows the roof profile while a dormer provides sufficient light and air to keep the room cool and ventilated.
Adding in the functions of lifestyle living, the bathroom alone was designed to house a steam room within the shower. Earthly tones of homogenous tiles and wood sink top keep true to the modern tropical theme.
Heading in further, a movie come jamming room becomes the ideal place to chill and entertain with a group of friends.
And when it’s time to take a breather, the balcony space located at the back of the third storey is the best place to watch the sun set.
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