ENTREPRENEUR Raymond Khoo designs restaurants for work, and his design skills extend to his own homes too. He has designed four homes, the latest of which is a six-storey townhouse at Bukit Timah, which he shares with his wife, Janet, and their five-year-old son Justin.
The founder and chief executive of Solutions 17, a boutique hospitality and lifestyle group of companies, bought the home for $3 million and spent $500,000 renovating it. The family moved in about two months ago.
The townhouse appealed to him as the common areas and bedrooms are on different levels. "Each of us can still get our own privacy," says Mr Khoo. Their previous home was an apartment on Holland Road. The look of each home varies, and for this townhouse, Mr Khoo has gone for "classic European with a modern twist". Mr Khoo bought the 20-something year old townhouse in its original condition, but updated it to suit his lifestyle.
From the street level, visitors enter the second storey, where there is a small patio that leads to the living room. On one side of the living room are full-height glass windows, and the main door is also made of glass. "The living room used to be dark, and installing glass windows allowed more light to come in," says Mr Khoo.
This also means that neighbours can look into the home, so a hedge has been planted outside the home to give the 3,000 sq ft townhouse some privacy.
The level below the living room is the former laundry area. But Mr Khoo converted the space into a bedroom for his father, who sometimes lives with him. There is also a separate entrance to the home here.