JUNE 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 25)
Subject: JUNE 2012 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 25)
Send date: 2012-06-01
JUNE 2012 ISSUE 25
IN THE PIPELINE: SUBTLY SIMPLE by Nicole Kow
Contemporary design leans on present style architecture. Being in the hustle and bustle of the fast pace life, present day styled architecture brings out clean lines, easy maintenance and spot features to keep a house in-trend without feeling cold.
While sky scraper houses are the usual on homeowners’ wishlist, it isn’t uncommon to come by the occasional homeowner who prefers an easy navigation one-story home instead. With this approximately 1,900 sqft. post-war house, the exterior and interior needed a makeover to bring it back to the present. With a straightforward makeover of modern glass doors and a few dark wooden detailing, the exterior transformed into a quaint cozy home suited for this millennium. With its mirroring neighbour still in its original state, this contemporary single-storey intermediate terrace home displayed the after while its neighbour the dated before.
The first thing to bring this old-style approximately 1,200 sqft. house into present day living was to replace the wire-mesh fence and metal gate for more statuesque brick plastered boundary wall complete with an automatic gate. To keep the boundary wall strong but with a heart, wooden slats were added to break the cold exterior.
Taking a step past the gate, a new covered car porch has been installed to shade the area as well as the car when parked in.
As the dark walnut veneer entrance door with metallic trimmings opens to the side, the lengthy depth of this contemporary styled home is revealed. A bare shell at that moment, the long front room is spacious enough to accommodate a living room to the front followed by a cozy dining area just before the matching dark walnut veneer built-in bar creating a subtle statement contrast to its adjacent mandarin orange walls.
The bedrooms located to the left side of the home accentuate the length that tends to be overlooked. Bedroom one comes complete with a porch that overlooks the entrance of the home. To add natural light into the home, a stretch of folding glass doors are located to the front of the room. While good ventilation can be a little tricky in intermediate terrace homes, folding glass doors allow natural breeze and light to enter into the home. Even while closed, these glass doors keep a connection with the outside.
Unlike most of the home’s neutral earth tones, the master bathroom is a dark metallic warehouse effect with sanitary pieces starkly contrasting the ebony-like background in its shiny gloss white.
The other bedroom in this home, also in its pre-move-in condition is an empty shell with built-in cupboards and an ensuite bathroom. To keep the room ventilated, an air-well joins the two rooms of the home to keep natural air and light coming in even with the constraints.
The ensuite bathroom similar to the master bathroom is a toned-down version. While the bold statement tiles are also used in this bathroom, softer grayish homogenous tiles subdued the metallics.
Right to the back of the home is the clean lined black and white kitchen. With alternating black and white tiles, the flooring oozes classic elegance of a French styled chateau while the minimalist counter cabinets pull it into contemporary living.
Further back, the kitchen opens out to a wash area. And while most wash areas aren’t much to look at, this one is constructed rather closed up but still functional with an airwell that provides sufficient sunlight for drying.
A lot of the time, with three to four-storey homes being the conception as the ideal to a beautiful home, single-storey homes still can possess the charm and coziness with careful space planning and spot feature
IN MY OPINION: THE NEXT PHASEBy Brian Kow
Now unprepared and without a roof above our family, reality set in.
A lot more prepared on the type of property to look for and with a better cash balance we embarked on the purchase of our next semi-d, which set the stage for my move out of the financial sector right to our present predicament.
We were a lot more adventurous with this purchase. This time we created a rather unusual layout where we designed an extremely luxurious master bedroom on the 2nd storey. Besides the actual bedroom, we incorporated a living room, a loft within the master, a large ensuite and to top it off a rear roof terrace and a four seater spa/jacuzzi.
And as history sets our pace, two years later it was sold in excess of three times the purchased price.
Armed with the ability to create impressionable and functional home designs, set us on a course of encompassing the procurement of Design & Build. Which inevitably lead us to create our one-stop shop in the property arena.
My advice: Don't be afraid to try something different, as long as it is practically designed, conceptually functional and inspiringly luxurious ie. Landed Condo.
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List Type: For Rent
Built Up: 1625 sq. ft. (approx)
Rooms: 3+1 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room
Amenities: Close proximity to Orchard Road 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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