It took him two years, but he’s finally found a dream home in a 3,680sqf two-level inter-terrace house at Serangoon Gardens. Despite his lack of training in architecture, events management professional Elvin Lim was hard-set on personally redesigning his home. With the help of graphic designers and a stack of design and architecture magazines, he turned a narrow house into a contemporary minimalist sanctuary, anchored by a colossal concrete feature wall. Renovations amounted to $670K, excluding furnishings. 


To soften the sharp industrial look of the open-concept common area, soft, minimalist furnishings are introduced. A punch of colour also livens up the neutral backdrop, adding some warmth to the family space.


A distinct perforated cement screed wall that stretches the height and width of the house, spotlighted by the skylight, has a stately presence. But it’s not just for show – the wall conceals unsightly lighting and electrical cables as well.


Besides the skylight, floor-to-ceiling windows let in large splashes of sunlight as well. Remote-controlled shutters are vital when privacy is needed or when the equatorial heat proves to be too much to handle. 


While keeping to the contemporary palette of grey and white, the dry kitchen plays with varying finishes (from the glossy cabinets to the stainless steel built-in appliances) to circumvent a one-dimensional look. 


Adopting a more buoyant style, the dining area breaks the mould with a cheery painting, outlandish accessories such as the Alessi candelabra and Tom Dixon’s Jack Light, and wooden furniture with leather upholstery. 


Straying away from the industrial decor scheme, Elvin opted for warmer tones in the bedroom. Unlike the rest of the residence, this personal space sports dark wooden floors and a charcoal-black accent wall, personalised with a Union Flag and a quirky coat stand by Tom Dixon.


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