AT A GLANCE
Type of home: A one-bedroom (formerly four bedroom) walk-up in the Bukit Timah area
Size of home: 1,313 sq ft
Who lives here: A couple in their 30s and their five cats
ID: Uno Interior
Homeowner Candy Chen has always wanted a walk-up apartment, but finding one in a convenient and quiet location was not easy. So when she and her husband found one above a quaint coffee shop in a tranquil area of Bukit Timah, they looked past its awkward existing design, focused on its potential and immediately made an offer.
The 40-year-old unit had four bedrooms and just one bathroom and a toilet as well as a narrow service yard. The living and dining areas shared one window that didn’t provide sufficient natural light. The three common rooms with an underutilised triangular balcony wedged between them, on the other hand, hoarded all the natural light.
And the master bedroom, positioned more like a service bedroom, was tucked away at the end of a long corridor, accessible only from the kitchen – once you got past the toilet and the shower ( each housed in a separate, snug space). A narrow service yard capped this corridor.