House Tour: Contemporary-style terrace house off Upper Serangoon Road with a green wall on the facade

Privacy is at a premium when you're hemmed in by buildings on either side but when faced with the realities of urban living in land-scarce Singapore, homeowners can usually be relied upon to come up with creative solutions to their new housing projects. 

Take the Tang residence off Upper Serangoon Road, for example. After acquiring a tired-looking 1950s terrace house just a few doors down from their existing home, Celia Tai and husband KC Tang decided to demolish the existing two-story building and replace it with something a little more contemporary.