Industrial-style pendant lamps in the dining area and hanging bulbs in the living room add interesting visual elements into this eclectic-style apartment in Bukit Batok. Plywood panels are used for the TV console, which doubles as book shelves too. Mismatched sofa and arm chairs add a fun touch to the living room.
For the carpentry, the designers used a light maple wood-look laminate to add textures alongside the white laminates. Japanese-style sliding screen doors ensure there is privacy in every room while still lending the look that the homeowners want.
As this family wanted more space, they bought over a portion of the common corridor outside their main door from the HDB, as theirs was a corner unit. The new extended entranceway also features a bench and storage cabinet on one side, making full use of the extra space.
What sets this home apart is the oversized alcove built into the living room which Sherlynn, the founder of interior design firm Millimeters Studio, cladded entirely in dark finishes. The dark ceiling and its cove lighting frame the living room, making quite the visual impact.
The couple spent $103,000 on the renovation. They spent most on the extensive customisations done and quality materials used, including the anti-rust and anti-corrosion galvanised steel used for the front gate, kitchen island legs, and all the square grid features you see throughout the home.
The living area of this apartment, which was at the back of the flat, was moved to the front to merge with the dining area. A wooden countertop and bar stools in the kitchen provide extra seating and table space. The storeroom, which was in front of the kitchen, was removed to make way for a larger kitchen and dining area.
The original floor tiles were overlaid with vinyl flooring that resembles wood. One thing the couple, who are Taoists, had to fit into their modern home was an altar. To retain the sense of openness, the altar was fashioned out of a shelf attached to slim wood-laminate columns.