Who lives here: Liew Kok Fong and Christy Ong, who are both architecturally trained
Size: Total house area – 1,181 square feet (110 square metres); Living space + studio – 690 square feet (64 square metres)
Project duration: about 4 months
The revamp involved a major alteration in the original floor plan. “We removed all the possible internal walls that was permitted by the authorities, and built new ones. The original bedroom corridor, two smaller bedrooms, and the kitchen wall were demolished and reconfigured into the large work-dining space that opens out to the kitchen, another large living lounge, and a small bedroom at the end of the flat,” says Liew.
“Some visitors note that there is a Japanese aesthetic to the home,” says Liew. Indeed, the minimalist outlook is brought about by the clean lines, the white walls, the pleated ‘paper’ blinds on the windows, and the timber flooring that runs from the main door to the bedroom. This teak flooring, composed of timber pieces ranging from 60 to 50 centimetres in length, was sourced from Myanmar. “We called this house the “Floor House”, because the timber surface stretches and connects all internal spaces seamlessly,” says Liew.
A touch of greenery, in the form of an indoor garden, gives the space a lived-in feel. “The garden has – since the time of the photo shoot – blossomed into a lush green backdrop comprised of various plant species collected on our travels,” says Liew.
The platform also doubles as a functional grid of storage. Underneath is plenty of space for the owners to put away the bulk of their belongings, from clothes and toiletries to dive gear.
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