Right from the start Ravin Sinan and Maha Lakshmi had an idea of how their three-storey cluster terrace home off Braddell Road should look.

"We decided on an earthy theme to it, because we wanted warmth for the home," says Mr Sinan, a financial services director. "So none of that black-and-white look, nor too much glass in the home."

Finding an interior designer, however, proved to be a challenge. The couple spoke with 50 designers before they met Nikki Hunt from Design Intervention who understood what they wanted. This despite the couple picking out photographs of homes they liked.

"The other designers did not understand what we want, and would try and impose their ideas on us, which often lacked warmth. Or they were too expensive. " says Ms Lakshmi, a financial planner.

"We were so thankful that after four months of searching, we finally found the right designer." Renovations were completed in a quick 30 days.

The couple loved the idea of cluster housing, as it is a combination of "living in a landed home but with the facilities of a condominium", says Mr Sinan.

There are only nine families living together in this compound, who look out for one another.

Ms Lakshmi adds: "We love the kampung spirit here."

The interior design was a different story. Despite the home being newly built, a fair bit of work was required to suit the family's needs.

Since the couple is in the restaurant business, it was natural for the kitchen to be the main focus. They decided to sacrifice some hall space to expand the cooking area.

"We entertain a lot so there is lots of cooking involved," says Ms Lakshmi.

As with most homes, they have a wet and dry kitchen.

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