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House Tour: A modern vintage-inspired four-room HDB home with a $50,000 renovation
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Architectural designer Ching Hei has been living in Singapore since his family emigrated from Hong Kong when he was nine. He went back to Hong Kong to continue his post-graduate studies and worked there for about two years thereafter. He loved hanging out in Kennedy Town, an area that is undergoing gentrification. “Many of the old buildings in Kennedy Town are going through a renewal process. The tenement flats of the ’60s and ’70s are being taken over by hipster cafes and fine-dining restaurants,” he points out. When he returned to Singapore and bought a flat with his wife, Eng Yu Jia, a procurement manager, Kennedy Town’s blend of old and new provided the design inspiration for the home’s modern vintage concept. The decision to design his home came naturally. “as architectural designers, most of us harbour dreams of designing our own homes,” he confesses. It was also about being able to have full control, right down to the details. “Of course, being involved in the whole process would also allow me to exercise better budget control,” he adds.

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