Plus, it nonetheless has its roomy vibes post-renovation.
Regardless that it’s formally categorised as a 4-room HDB flat, Hadri’s newly-renovated house at Tampines most definitely doesn’t look (or really feel) like one. Spanning roughly 104 sqm, it’s not solely bigger than most modern-day 4-room BTO residences however can be comparable in measurement to newer 5-room HDB flats, which have a ground space of 107 to 113 sqm.
“I assume that’s one of many the explanation why we obtained this resale flat,” says Hadri. “The principle influencing components for us have been worth and ready time, however measurement and structure have been very, crucial to us as effectively.”
The flat’s lounge in its authentic state.
However that’s not all. Hadri and his partner additionally had a number of renovation targets in thoughts once they have been house looking. “We wished it [the house] to have the potential for a spacious master suite structure, after which, we wished a mixed communal house with an open-concept kitchen,” says Hadri.
Following a 10-week renovation dealt with by Ovon Design, Hadri’s concepts have been realised within the type of an atypical house that has: 1) a wholly pink hallway, 2) a dining-area-turned-walk-in-wardrobe, and three) an en suite bathtub that’s out within the open.
For extra particulars about this distinctive house makeover and a more in-depth take a look at its out-of-the-norm options, hold scrolling!
About himself and his house
- 1 About himself and his house
- 2 On the entryway and lounge’s makeover
- 3 On renovating the kitchen and customary lavatory
- 4 On making over the walkway
- 5 On revamping the nursery
- 6 About renovating the exercise room
- 7 About renovating the master suite and walk-in wardrobe
- 8 On configuring the grasp en suite
- 9 To sum up
The flat’s lounge, mid-renovation.
Hadri (H): I’m working in sustainability and my spouse is a preschool instructor. We’ve a son who’s going to be 5 months outdated subsequent week, so we designed our house to be fairly vibrant – I assume it’s a bit like a preschool in that sense (laughs).
Earlier than getting this flat, we really tried balloting for a BTO unit at Canberra, and I believe that was in 2020. In the long run, we didn’t get one as a result of the event was oversubscribed.
The ground plan of Hadri’s house, pre-renovation.
Due to this purpose, we determined to get a resale flat in Tampines on the subsequent alternative we had. At first, it was a toss-up between getting a spot close to my spouse’s mother and father or one which close to mine’s; my mother and father reside at Simei, and hers at Jalan Besar, however as a result of the costs for houses in Jalan Besar have been a lot greater, we selected to quiet down in Tampines as an alternative.
The ground plan of Hadri’s house, post-renovation.
Though this flat is a 4-room unit, it has quite a lot of habitable house, which is nice for a younger household like ours. Most 5-room BTO flats are about 110 sqm, however that features the bomb shelter, aircon ledge, and different areas like that. So, I consider that our flat is kind of comparable in measurement to right this moment’s 5-room flats.
The acquisition itself went very easily. The structure was good and the earlier house owners have been very pleasant, so we ended up closing the deal simply two days after the viewing!
On the entryway and lounge’s makeover
H: Though we had put down the choice charge in October 2020, we solely obtained the keys to the flat about three months later after the earlier house owners had moved out, and following that, we have been knowledgeable that there could be a Housing Enchancment Programme (HIP) happening. Fortunately, the city council was capable of expedite the approval of our renovation or our flat could be left vacant for even longer.
In actual fact, the entrance door that you simply see within the photographs is the unique door that got here with the flat, and it was solely simply changed with a brand new one in January this yr as a part of the HIP.
The flat’s authentic window grilles after being given a contemporary coat of paint.
What we additionally stored are the unique 35-year-old grilles from the home windows in entrance of the lounge. We wished them as a result of they’re all curved, which matches the visible theme of our house.
Our designers from Ovon Design, Zi An and Hui Wen, had these grilles taken down and reinstalled after they have been repainted. Not all of the designers we met have been assured about restoring these grilles and Ovon Design was one of many few who mentioned that they’d give it their finest shot.
“My spouse and I used to go for yoga earlier than we had our youngster, and the studio had an identical gray vinyl flooring, so we selected an identical one for our house,” shares Hadri.
To create a way of elongation, we requested for wall-to-wall cove lights to be put in in the lounge. And one necessary element that we harassed to our designers was the rounded edges of the cove lights. I didn’t need them terminating at a 90-degree angle, in any other case they’d look misplaced with all of the curves round the home.
Additionally, we initially deliberate for the coves on either side of the lounge to be of the identical width, however Zi An recommended pushing out the cove that is closest to the kitchen. That is in order that it might terminate properly on the sides of our arched walkway, as an alternative of on the centre of the arch, which in response to our Fengshui grasp buddy is unhealthy luck.
The again of the lounge that’s linked to the kitchen, mid-renovation.
Lastly for the lounge, we swapped the furnishings structure in order that we may make higher use of the whole house.
The earlier house owners had the again of their couch going through the wall the place our entryway sofa is, however we realised that this setup wouldn’t work for us as it might go away quite a lot of useless house close to the doorway. As a substitute, we determined to have our couch face the home windows, which allowed us to get an extended L-shaped seat as effectively.
On renovating the kitchen and customary lavatory
The widespread lavatory (left) and kitchen (proper), mid-renovation.
H: One of many standards that we had when deciding on an HDB flat was that it ought to have sufficient house for a walk-in wardrobe. And once we seemed on the structure of this unit, we realised that we may merge the prevailing the eating space with the master suite to create a closet.
However to do this, we first needed to revamp the kitchen’s structure. The kitchen’s entrance was shifted away from the walkway to its present place. And we additionally wanted to construct a partition wall, the place our range and washer now are, in order that the walk-in wardrobe might be sectioned off from the kitchen.
As a part of the open-concept structure for our kitchen, now we have a bar desk as an alternative of an everyday eating desk. It’s one in every of my spouse’s requests for the home; she’s fairly tall, so the additional legroom is one thing that she likes.
I additionally discover that the entire home feels airier after we hacked away the kitchen partitions. The home windows in the lounge and kitchen are simply straight throughout one another, so not having any obstruction between them actually improves the air movement. Plus, with none partitions in the way in which, we’re capable of watch TV at any time when we’re washing dishes or prepping our meals.
The a part of our kitchen that’s close to the widespread lavatory’s entrance is angled, so we had no alternative however to comply with the slant when constructing the full-height storage cupboards, which additionally assist to hide the garbage chute and enormous water pipes within the nook.
We additionally encountered a problem with the position of our fridge. Initially, we had plans to create a kitchen triangle with the sink, range, and fridge close to to one another. However after a number of structure revisions with Ovon, we realised that we had no alternative however to have the fridge positioned nearer to the doorway as a result of it wouldn’t match alongside the kitchen walkway.
For our widespread lavatory, we selected to offer it a powerful pink look. My spouse noticed these pink rectilinear tiles on Instagram, and he or she thought they’d complement the theme of our home. We ended up sourcing for equally formed tiles from Hup Kiong in alternating shades of pink to offer the whole lavatory a extra fascinating look.
On making over the walkway
H: At first, we thought of portray solely the (walkway’s) ceiling pink, however after some examples on-line, we thought: “How about we simply paint the entire thing pink as an alternative?” That’s how we obtained our pink walkway (laughs).
This shade of pink is a heavy color, however as a result of it’s confined to such a small a part of the home, we felt that it might be secure to have. Additionally, my spouse and I believe that the ultimate end result seems to be lots just like the Museum of Ice Cream, a lot in order that we joked that we don’t must go to the Museum to be there.
The storeroom on the finish of the walkway, mid-renovation.
The storeroom on the finish of the walkway is one thing that we stored from the unique structure, however we determined to hide it with botanical wallpaper; we obtained ours from Hey Circus, together with the floral wallpaper that’s used for the entryway sofa.
For aesthetic causes, we additionally made the decision to slender the walkway; that is in order that the dimensions of the overhead arch would match the sofa’s, in any other case they would seem lopsided whenever you take a look at them from the entrance.
The walkway and entryway sofa, mid-renovation.
On revamping the nursery
The nursery, mid-renovation.
H: Though all people says it seems to be like pink, the partitions (within the nursery) are literally painted in brown; the precise shade is Frontier Shadow from ICI Dulux. It matches the look of the home and we determined to incorporate a rounded sample to offer the house a softer vibe.
Aside from that, we didn’t change the look of this room a lot or embrace any massive built-ins as a result of we wished to maintain it a versatile house that our son can develop into. However we did add a number of IKEA furnishings not too long ago, like open cabinets, trolleys, and different child-friendly objects, in order that the house is prepared for play actions sooner or later.
About renovating the exercise room
H: We don’t get to make use of this room that usually these days as a result of now we have a baby, nevertheless it’s a passion room that additionally features as a visitor bed room. There’s a settee mattress that may be transformed right into a queen-sized mattress if somebody stays over.
We selected to offer this house a extra neutral-focused look as a result of many of the different areas are already very vibrant. My drum set is saved on this room, and my spouse has her keyboard right here as effectively; there’s additionally a projector, however we seldom use it too as a result of it’s simply a lot simpler to observe films in the lounge.
Nonetheless, we’ll in all probability hold this room as an exercise house. My spouse and I’ve plans to proceed our yoga follow, so possibly we’ll use this house for that.
About renovating the master suite and walk-in wardrobe
H: If you enter the master suite, what you’ll see is the mattress and bathtub, and on the left is the place the doorway to our walk-in wardrobe is.
My spouse and I used to go for staycations once we have been courting, so we wished our master suite to have an identical vibe, in order that we will simply keep at house after we transfer collectively. That’s how we got here up with the thought of getting an open master suite structure with our bathtub proper in entrance of the sleeping space.
Colors-wise, we’ve been requested by our friends whether or not we took inspiration from the blue-and-white buildings in Santorini. However the precise purpose is as a result of there are already loads of pastel hues round the home, so we wished a extra regal search for our master suite.
My spouse likes the trendy aesthetic, so we obtained darkish blue partitions and included gold accents wherever we may round our bed room. One element that we stored constant as effectively are the half partitions, which we even have within the walk-in wardrobe in type of laminates and contained in the en suite as tiles.
The walk-in wardrobe was a protracted eating space beforehand, and it has a window on the finish of the house. We selected to have the vainness right here due to the pure mild, which is one thing that the majority walk-in wardrobes don’t have.
We positively have greater than sufficient space for storing right here. My spouse makes use of the aspect of the walk-in wardrobe with six cupboards, whereas the one with three belongs to me. We retailer our son’s child provides right here as effectively; he’s nonetheless fairly younger, so he doesn’t actually have a lot clothes and toys but.
On configuring the grasp en suite
H: One more reason why we selected to have the bath outdoors is the dimensions of the en suite. Most likely the one factor that’s missing about this unit is the dimensions of the bogs, they’re fairly small in comparison with these we’ve seen in different resale flats; it’s why our vainness is positioned outdoors too.
The en suite entrance and bathing space, mid-renovation.
A lot of the designers we spoke to have been cautious about our thought to have a bath outdoors the en suite. In actual fact, a few of them rejected us outright, saying that they didn’t need to tackle our renovation due to this.
However our bathtub is completely authorized, it’s a conveyable mannequin from a provider known as HERA. As a result of it isn’t built-in, there’s a drainage hose that must be pulled into the en suite each time we need to use the bath. And simply to be secure, we additionally had further waterproofing achieved right here.
The countertop for our vainness is similar quartz that we used for our kitchen bar desk; we selected to have the counter suspended as a result of we didn’t need any carpentry beneath the sink.
The waterfall mixer is from Taobao, and we discovered it whereas in search of a faucet with gold accents on-line. The feeling we get when washing our arms with it feels fairly totally different from utilizing an everyday faucet, and it has an excellent movement due to the dimensions of the spout.
To sum up
H: Dwelling right here has been fairly good thus far. The house is ethereal and cozy, and we settled in nearly instantly.
One factor that I actually like is the cove lighting; we didn’t get many hanging and/or downlights, so many of the illumination is tender, which provides the home a really tranquil vibe. That’s good as a result of it makes me really feel relaxed at any time when I come house after a protracted day at work.
Additionally, on hindsight, I believe it’s a blessing that we didn’t go for a BTO as a result of the ready interval, which is about 2 to five years, would have been too lengthy for us. Our son would have been born even earlier than we get the keys to the flat, and we wouldn’t have the ability to take pleasure in household life in a house that’s as good as this one!
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