$110,000 renovation creates impression of openness in small River Valley condo

$110,000 renovation creates impression of openness in small River Valley condo

Size: 700sqf

Home: One-bedroom condominium in the River Valley area

Who: A lawyer in his 30s

Presented with an unusual layout - this modestly sized apartment had several small rooms and impractical bay windows - interior designers James Koh and Ben Loke from 19sixtyseven decided to simplify the way space is organised in this home, whose occupants are Dennis Lim and his partner, Audrey Lim.

First, the designers knocked down several walls, and reconfigured the space into two sections: the living and dining area on one side, and bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen on the other.

Next, they replaced the walls with sliding glass doors. This helps zone the areas without taking up more room, and gives the impression of openness.

They also included clever space-saving solutions such as the open closet with roll-up blinds - since doors that open outwards limit walking space. "Blinds do not need carpentry work, and it makes the design more streamlined and less boxy," says Ben. The blinds also act as "doors" which hide clutter at the bay windows, that also have ledges for storage space.

The master bedroom's TV console, fashioned to match a Grafunkt console in the living room, has a slim and compact form that stores cable boxes upright instead of horizontally. "James and Ben inserted a mirror at a 45-degree angle, so the signal bounces off it and is directed towards the device. It's very smart!" says Audrey.

The couple also chose a headboard-less bed frame from Air, which takes up less space in the room.

The duo cook frequently, but due to the limited kitchen space, they have to make do with separate countertops, instead of one large surface. However, this allows them to prepare dishes simultaneously. They also chose a deeper, bigger sink instead of a double basin.

For this renovation, which cost $110,000 (including furnishings), even the bathroom has a space-saving measure, as seen in the Geberit Monolith WC, whose cistern system is concealed within a sleek 11cm frame.

WHERE TO GO: 19sixtyseven, TEL: 9797-8955

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