AUGUST 2011 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 15)

Subject: AUGUST 2011 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 15)

Send date: 2011-08-01

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Inspiration is everywhere. From the roads along Katong to online websites to Ipad apps, gathering ideas on design can and is probably the most exciting thing about designing homes. It becomes the initial spark that gets things going.

A recent trip to the bookstore reminded me of our little but ever-growing library. It is fascinating to go through each book to see the history of little notes or bookmarks in between the pages from past project brainstorming. And while these books can focus on similar angles such as tropical living or landscaping, each book is unique in its own way.

After last month’s Ipad apps, I thought that this month should cover a more readily available mode of inspiration – books. With the endless book titles available, I hope to slip these features in every few months. This month I focus on the books that continue to grab our attention at Nic & Wes which motivate and inspire us to push the envelope when designing and building homes.


25 Tropical Houses in Singapore and Malaysia

Paul McGillick | Photography By Patrick Bingham-Hall


A book that is close to home, 25 Tropical Houses features residencies from both Singapore and Malaysia. Each home showcases interesting architectural designs of the home that make them stand out. From modern to contemporary to resort themed, each home is thoroughly explained through a write-up covering location and focus points of  the homes. Much attention is paid to detailing and layout which make this book an avenue for inspiration on the difference of unique finishing touches.

Bali Houses

Gianni Francione | Photography By Luca Invernizzi Tettoni


Author-architect Gianni Francione showcases the new look of Balinese Homes. While still located in the timeless locations amidst rice padi fields, the face of Balinese interiors and architecture has changed. Moving from the traditional Balinese techniques, more modern methods and materials are being adopted. With beautiful images of the fusion between modern and traditional architectures and interiors, it’s not hard to understand the popularity of this Asian theme.

Black And White The Singapore House 1898-1941

Julian Davision | Photography By Luca Invernizzi Tettoni


A book dedicated to Black and White Colonial Homes in Singapore. This comprehensive book covers the history and heritage of these homes. For Black and White Colonial Home enthusiasts, it’s the book to add to your library. For those interested in building a colonial-like home, it’s the perfect inspiration book to have when looking into detailing. This book also showcases the various residences in Singapore, giving readers the history and description of each home. With up-close pictures of the respective homes, it brings readers on a tour into the historical homes where time stands still.


Paradise By Design: Tropical Residences And Resorts By Bensley Design Studios

Bill Bensley


Each of the 27 resorts and homes featured oozed extravagant, bold and unconventionally eye-catching. Heavy on the imagery, each of the featured projects feels like stepping in to an exotic mystical journey. Each project pays close attention to detailing from textured walks to palimanan figurines to majestic fire torch columns. No expense is spared. While the interiors may reach borderline impossible to achieve, elements from each project makes it plausible to adopt in a home wishlist.

Resort Style Living

Dean Herald | Photography By Danny Kildare


Dean Herald showcases his inspiring selection of designs within this book. Focusing on what he knows best – landscape designing. He splits the book into Space, Entertainement, Relaxation, Water and Living which not only amazes but also educates readers into working on the hidden potential of the outdoor spaces. From pools to patios to gardens this book relooks the outdoors making homes feel and look more like a resort getaway.

Parisian Interiors Bold Elegant Refined

Barbara Stoeltie & Rene Stoeltie | Foreword By Jacques Garcia


Fans of classical interiors would find this book rather alluring. Bold interiors with an eclectic mix of dramatic pieces. Focusing on all things Parisian, be visually spoilt with an array of elements like stucco walls, intricate cast iron banister, and modern art deco furniture such as the immaculate Lucite grand piano set amidst old world Parisian architecture. Like the grandeur of Versailles, each residence featured brings mystery and charm in a kaleidoscope of ways.



Imagine a home that is as self-sufficient as it possibly can be. Imagine a home that can use recycable rainwater to water plants, wash cars and fill up water closets (i.e. rainwater harvesting). Imagine if a house could be powered through solar or wind energy. Imagine creating drinking water. Imagine using environmental heat to heat up water.

This is surprisingly possible with today’s technology however the downside is the lack of cost effectiveness which requires a fair amount of R&D to pull the cost to a more affordable level. After all, these natural energies are free so why should opting for a greener way of living be so expensive?

These are the things we are working on and we envision making this more within grasp in an everyday home. In my opinion, this is how green sustainable homes will be built in the future. This will be the next generation of homes - where there will be least dependencies on energy. A new phase where we can make a greater effort to use Mother Nature’s gifts to create self-sufficient homes while preventing further abuse to the earth we live on.



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