Walk-up apartments possess a certain je ne sais quoi. Their low-rise structures and the small number of units within each development give them an inherently more human scale. As many older units also tend to have larger spaces, they attracted Dr Lam Ying Keat, a dentist, and civil servant Jeanine Tan.
They purchased this walk-up along Keng Lee Road because of its central location, functional layout, abundance of natural light and freehold tenure.
“Initially, we were not sure because, like all other walk-ups, it didn’t have a lift, but the central location sealed the deal. We figured that we would rather take one minute to climb a few flights of stairs than spend 30 minutes dealing with traffic,” says Ying Keat.
AT A GLANCE
HOME: A one- (formerly three-) bedroom walk-up apartment in Keng Lee Road
SIZE: 1,060 sq ft
WHO LIVES HERE: Two professionals in their 40s
Despite being reasonably well-maintained for over 30 years, they wanted to start from a clean slate. “The rectangular layout was very efficient, but we wanted to open up the spaces. We also did not like some of the existing finishes,” Jeanine explains.
Indulging her passion for interior design, Jeanine took charge of the transformation while Ying Keat assisted with space management. Both wanted a home that would make them feel like they are “living in a staycation”, with art deco elements lending a touch of glamour.
The overall colour scheme is monochromatic – predominantly blacks and greys – with deep blue and green accents.