House Tour: This is what a five-room HDB duplex penthouse looks like

After snapping up a rare HDB duplex penthouse tucked away in Punggol, this couple needed a designer who knew how to work with such a space. They initially had trouble as most designers only had experiences with maisonettes, not duplex apartments. That is till they came across Space Sense:

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The owners were extremely happy with their duplex apartment which had a lovely high ceiling and a loft-style layout. They just needed help with the aesthetics of the home.

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While the living room sported a lovely high ceiling, the rest of the home was tucked away through long narrow corridors. To help the space appear even larger, the designer replaced part of the staircase banister with glass. He also gave the apartment a touch of an industrial look by using a dramatic metal mesh feature along the stairs.

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To combat the claustrophobic atmosphere of the small narrow corridor, part of the bedroom wall was replaced with colonial-style windows. Storage cabinets were placed underneath the feature, and more light was brought into the room thanks to the windows.

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The couple spotted a telephone-booth style storage unit in their designer's showroom and decided to purchase it from him to use as their shoe cabinet.

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The kitchen was given a practical makeover with concrete screed walls, floor tiles and a glass backsplash, all easy to clean surfaces. But to keep the space from looking like a standard HDB flat kitchen, the designer used a slanted cut for the kitchen cabinets.