A house is not a home

A house is not a home

THERE are some people who live in the same homes all their lives, and then there are those who seem to move as frequently as the seasons change. Calsia Lee belongs to the latter.

She moves nearly every two years, the longest being four years at her last home in Paya Lebar.

"I like to have a change in environment, to discover new neighbourhoods and new driving routes to the office or whatever," says Ms Lee. "Unlike others who feel sentimental to a place, I have no attachment to a house."

Her current residence is a two-and-a-half-storey detached house in Yio Chu Kang, which she moved into last October.

The managing director of Mudian, a kitchen and wardrobe specialist, lives with her business partner of 20 years, Selina Tay, principal designer of Collective Designs.

Thankfully, Ms Tay has no trouble moving homes too. They know it is time to move when "we chance upon a nice property", says Ms Lee. But it has to be an old house, as "it is easy to tear down and rebuild but we much rather just make additions and alteration works to the house."

She adds that "some people may find it unusual for business partners to live together, but we see it as living with our best friend".

As with their previous homes, Ms Tay designed the interiors while Ms Lee took charge of the necessary carpentry work.

The home's slanted wooden ceiling and its large outdoor space, which faces a park at the back, are its main attractions.

Ms Tay kept the structure of the house intact, but reconfigured the internal space to make it more liveable. First to go was the car porch which is now a walk-in wardrobe just for shoes, as well as a bedroom for Ms Tay's sister.

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