FEBRUARY 2011 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 9)
Subject: FEBRUARY 2011 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 9)
Send date: 2011-02-01
FEBRUARY 2010 ISSUE 9
IN THE PIPELINE: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGHBy Nicole Kow
From the outside, a conserved apartment can appear rather dingy and well… old. While you’d imagine like antiques, the hunt to find something so rare and then fall in love with it when you finally stumble upon it can be enthralling to say the least. Well, this conserved apartment was not like that. The unit after exploration on first sight summed up dirty, dingy, dilapidated and… what was the point of conservation when it looks like that?!
Putting the negatives aside and a lot of imagination, a conserved walk-up apartment encompassed massive potential if done up right. While its original exterior may be a dampener to some, to be able to infuse present day interiors with old world architecture sparks a unique fusion. Conserved apartments like antiques deserve care and a little work to make them rare jewels. With that belief in mind, Nic & Wes embarked on resurrecting the life back into this humble walk-up apartment.
Located on the second storey, the apartment is about 1,800 sq. ft. consisting of two floors in a maisonette concept. As the entrance door opens, a bold spiral staircase comes into focus from the contrasting white hued floor and walls. Also acting as a divider, the staircase separates the first floor into two parts – the living and dining area, and the kitchen.
The black and white monochromatic hues flow throughout the living and dining with a focal point towards the wall living area. Crafted in-house, the feature stripe wall becomes art while still keeping it practical for wall mounting a television.
Instead of closing up the place with partitions, dividing areas with a string curtain allows the area to look open while keeping each section private. The dining area adequately sits six people without looking cramped. Mirror accents on the wall dress the walls while reflecting the light rays from the mod chandelier hanging above.
The kitchen’s concept brings convenience to living with a breakfast counter for that quick bite before rushing out of the house and doubles as a buffet counter perfect for entertaining. With the use of a glass door and sliding panel on the inside, heavy cooking need not be a troublesome factor blocking out fumes from the rest of the apartment. A room tucked behind the kitchen is roomy enough to be made into a guest room, granny’s room or maid’s room.
Journey up the spiral staircase, the trend of dark stained parquet begins. Cascading lights loosely hanging from the ceiling illuminate on the stairway.
On the second floor, a large mirror gives the illusion of a bigger space. A quaint, centralized family area outside the bedrooms makes it convenient for family time to chit chat or watch television together.
Opposite from the bedrooms, a designated study room was created which houses a small library. Whether it is used as a home office or a study room for the kids, it'll keep distractions out for some quiet time to concentrate.
Past the study room and enter the master room in decked out in royal purple. Compact and space planned to fit a bed and wardrobe as well as a sitting area.
The attached bathroom is boldly metallic with gun metal walls, black galaxy table top and a gold mirror to match.
A surprise it has been for viewers of the unit, where one forgets its dated exterior which is overlooked by its modern contemporary interiors. It’s said, “Never judge a book by its cover”, which seems evidently true with this walk-up. It is only when you step in that you realize they true beauty the space possesses.
IN MY OPINION: Build Now Or Build Later? By Brian Kow
Where do you believe construction costs are heading?
As this is “In My Opinion” I thought I’d share where my views are to the question at hand, but note that in no way am I trying to tell you what or when to build your ideal home. The current market trend shows that there has been a rise in cost of labour, levy, housing and transportation of workers, and on top of that the rise in steel, concrete and aggregate prices to name a few. And last but not least, the escalating fuel prices.
With all these variables in mind, it’s pretty obvious where construction costs are heading. If you are building or about to build your home, time it wisely - In other words, would you rather build during a time of escalation or after escalation has taken place.
TIP BITS: Revamping without a penny
Spring cleaning the home can be pretty liberating especially when alot of junk is thrown out. However, if your not ready to throw out more than just the junk, why not organize your home decor. Whether categorizing them in themes or colours, you can revitalize the home every few months while storing the rest in the meantime. Clutter problem solved!
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