Designer: Trina Lim
Owner’s budget: >$100,000
Theme: Modern/Smart Home
Uncover The Top 5 Ways To Make Your Home Renovation A Comfortable Abode
“Spend on an affordable house, then renovate it to something that you can live comfortably in. Instead of buying an expensive house and having to cut back on renovation.” This is the strategy that Edmund shares with homeowners, having been a long-term renter before buying his own property.
Edmund lives with his wife and three children. They bought a home in Tampines Pinevale, a 17-year-old condo which they renovated to their desired elegant dream home. His renovation goal for the house was to make the home a truly comfortable place for every family member to enjoy.
Here are five planning and design tips for homeowners who are taking baby steps to achieving a dream home.
1) Focus On Your Favourite Area Of The House
If both you and your spouse enjoy cooking, you could consider putting aside a significant portion of your renovation budget for the kitchen and dining area. Here’s a look at the premium materials that were used in the kitchen of Edmund’s home.
A small area has been set aside for Edmund’s family to have breakfast or for a break at the bar. The main dining area matches this contemporary feel and serves as an elegant place to host guests once in a while.
2) Being Clear With The Purpose Of Your Space
The first thing you may notice about the living room is that it has everything a living room should have… save for a coffee table.
Being clear on what you want to do with the space makes it easy for you to decide what to have and what not to have. Edmund’s intention is clearly to have more living space to move about. Having a coffee table takes away the space that kids can otherwise play in without bumping into anything and getting hurt.
This works if you know you won’t be spending too much time watching TV, and prefer to have more time for family interaction. In the absence of a coffee table, the extra space on the floor may appear bare. The solution? Instead of regular size tiles, you can use 1m by 1m homogeneous tiles. This reduces the amount of lines appearing on the floor, making up nicely for the extra space.
Forgoing a TV in the master bedroom as the owners prefer to have a more spacious area to create a more relaxing environment in the bedroom.
3) Vary The Type Of Lighting For Different Purposes
The family uses the cove lighting most often, preferring the gentle indirect light to carry out their activity around the house. It also saves electricity while providing a comfortable ambience to relax in.
When guests come visiting, they will turn on the down lighting to provide a brighter environment for interaction.
4) Remove Things You Don’t Need
In the master bedroom washroom, Edmund removed bathtub for more space. If you don’t like to soak, this is something you can consider doing. This frees up space to have more cabinets for storage.
If you’re certain that your children are old enough, you can consider removing the window grill for aesthetic purposes. The window of this home originally had grills at the bottom. For the top half of the window that can open, invisible grills help to provide a safer environment for the kids while affording you a good view of outside.
5) Using Dual Purpose Furniture To Maximize Available Space
Edmund’s daughter has her own room. To maximizing space, she has a bunk bed to sleep in, and drawers are placed along the side of the wall to ensure plenty of room to walk about, without compromising on storage space. The drawers are positioned progressively higher to form steps to the bunk bed at the same time, serving dual purposes with the same amount of space.
The 2 boys share a room, using the same ingenious storage and steps system. Each of the boys has a work area. The older one has the desk, while the younger uses the table at the end of the bed. They don’t fight for study space because they are at different stages. Desks of all rooms offer plenty of legroom in anticipation of the physical growth of the children.
What you’ve just seen is a beautiful home that’s the outcome of careful planning and wise allocation of funding. What you don’t see however, is a smart home under the hood. Do you know that a mobile device can manage this home’s air conditioning and lighting settings?
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