House Tour: $100,000 renovation for this Hampton-style three-bedroom home in Bishan
Captivated by the charming English countryside she saw on her road trips throughout the UK, homeowner Alice Siah decided to recreate the airy and restful atmosphere in her Bishan apartment when it came to planning the look of her new home.
This proved to be a tough yet fulfilling task, as Alice and her husband Wayne managed the renovation without an interior designer – a feat possible thanks to the couple’s good taste in design and the thorough research they put in. Wayne shares what went into the $100,000 renovation, which resulted in a modern, grey-hued home with natural elements.
The living room is kept simple, but features plenty of wood accents – a must-have that enhances the Hamptons style’s typically pale palette.
Wayne’s experience in the interior industry’s retail sector gave the couple the confidence to embark on this renovation on their own.
You spent a hefty $40,000 just on carpentry, mainly for the kitchen. Why?
Alice loves to cook, bake and craft. She has amassed so much equipment and material for these that having storage, as well as adequate workspace to get creative, became the centre of our design concept.
We were also inspired by the elegance of a classic Hamptons kitchen, and wanted spray-painted cabinetry that would stand the test of time. Country Concept (the company that did their carpentry) was able to bring these together into the space-maximising, full-height kitchen you see now; there’s a made-to-measure section for everything from baking trays to art paper. The $40,000 price tag also includes our wardrobe, bed frame and bathroom cabinetry.
How else did you plan your interiors?
While the kitchen is a largely grey-hued space, we inverted the colours for the bedroom; the wardrobes are white and walls are grey.
The bed frame, crafted by Country Concept, is made with American white oak.
The couple love to decorate their home with fresh flowers.
The homeowners sourced for these grey-tinted Peranakan tiles, and recommended them to the contractors.