AUGUST 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 27)
Subject: AUGUST 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 27)
Send date: 2012-08-01
AUGUST 2012 ISSUE 27
IN THE PIPELINE: FROM HOUSE TO HOME By Nicole Kow
Living only a couple of houses away, the Pereira family upgraded from their existing single storey intermediate terrace home to a spacious three-storey corner terrace. Their newly purchased house was in a decent move-in condition however, the family wanted this opportunity to makeover the house into a home.
Excited from the very beginning, the family chose to work around the old world charm of the black and white colonial concept. The previous feel of the house leaned towards a more tropical theme with mustard and stone wall features. As no structural work was necessarily needed to change the look of the home, a simple aesthetic makeover transformed this home to transport it from the tropics back to the past… figuratively speaking of course!
Situated in the east, this approximately 3,000 sq. ft. home was in a matter of speaking brought back to life. Its previous state hid the grandeur of the home with tall leafy trees blocking it on either side from the rest of the estate. After removing the blind spots of the house, it unveiled a decent width which spread across from one end to the other leaving a quaint side space to play with. Keeping to the colonial feel, the exterior was repainted to white paying close attention to the typical characteristics of black bordering.
Its toned down emphasis on the windows in the previous exterior’s frontage design enclosed the home which lacked a welcome feel that did not reflect the warm personality of the Pereira family. Now an abundant number of French shutter doors envelopes the front and side becoming more inviting not only to their friends and family but to a natural supply of breeze and light that keeps the home constantly airy and bright.
Instead of a large garden space, the frontage of the home easily allows a decent size car porch that can double up as an entertainment area. A grass patch on either side borders the car porch which softens the extensive sight of tiles and becomes a minimal maintenance alternative to a garden space without sacrificing an area for a variety of plants and flowers.
While the previous built of the house did not reflect a tinge of colonial feel, design elements can easily transform the nature of the black and white feel. Black bordering along the doors and windows accentuate the entrance openings keeping walls dressed up as well.
Entering into the home, the vast space flows in a smooth transition that joins the living room with the dining area and the entrance of the kitchen complete with a breakfast counter. Terrazzo while an older trend of flooring choice brings about a nostalgic charm to the old world concept.
Unlike the monotones that trend through most of the home, the kitchen oozes with a pop of exotic jewel toned turquoise mosaic tiled throughout the walls of the compact kitchen.
To the back, a common bathroom is discreetly tucked away. A complete makeover, the bathroom is retiled half-way leaving space for emerald tone painted walls that adds a beautiful pop of color amidst the clean white tiling and the arty blend of a pair of 3-dimensional flowers.
The previous metal stair rails are far from traditional. Thus the existing railings were re-painted black and wood added to the handles to match the teak flooring of the stairs pulling the look together. Ascending in a fluid motion keeps the concrete stairwell open and bright throughout the floors.
Up the flight of stairs to the second floor, a quaint balcony acts as a relaxing linkage between the master and sons’ bedrooms. A suitable outdoorsy feel to read a book in the evenings, this balcony breaks the monotony of the indoors.
The master bath retiled from its former tropical state is strictly black and white. To steer away from the monotones looking monotonous, filigree patterned tiles gives the bathroom a nostalgic European feel. The plain gloss wall tiles balances out and draws the attention to the the unusual focal point being the intricate flooring design.
Climbing up the last flight of stairs reveals the final bedroom belonging to the daughters. The bedroom segregated into two parts with the beds on one side of the room and a spacious walk-in wardrobe that links to the Parisian styled pink, white and black ensuite bathroom.
Opposite from the girls’ bedroom, a large open space becomes the setting to a roof terrace for an evening chill-out space. Spreading through the width of the front portion of the home, the roof terrace spaciously accommodates a BBQ pit for a party under the stars.
A theme makeover is not as far-fetched as it may feel. While the extensiveness of the work can deem different results to the overall look but it is essential to identify and incorporate distinctive elements of the chosen theme or concept to achieve the desired feel. For the Pereira family, they finally have converted this house into a home. A place that while once belonged to another family now is a place that reflects them.
IN MY OPINION: A DECADE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONBy Brian Kow
It's our 10th year anniversary - We made it! I have always been a fervent believer that creating added value to houses and reconverting our projects to Lifestyle Homes was the basis for our existence while making the process of building as simple and as joyful as possible.
Our first ten years built our roots and in store for our next ten years is to provide an exciting building procurement of efficiency and sustainability which would inevitably reduce time and costs. We have taken an exciting step forward and will update you of our progress in due course.
Thanks to Mediacorp, one of our Lifestyle Homes was recently featured in episode 2 of Le Bisellahause. And before this year is through we would add another four new exciting entries to our portfolio of Lifestyle Homes.
Being our 10th year anniversary, we are currently working on a coffee table book compilation of some of our Lifestyle Homes over the past decade so do look forward to its release before the year is out.
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List Type: For Rent
Built Up: 1,539 sq. ft. (approx)
Rooms: 3+1 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, balcony
Amenities: Full condo ammenities, close proximity to Somerset MRT Station, Chinatown MRT Station and Outram MRT Station, and schools (River Valley Primary School, Outram Secondary School, Oversea Family School)
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