Home: Four-room HDB executive maisonette in Pasir Ris
Size: 1,480 sqf
Who: A couple and their three children
When Mohammad Zain and his wife Sharon Park got their duplex, they were sure about the materials they wanted to use for their home - primarily wood - as Zain, who is the general manager of wood flooring company Wow Floors, has a fondness for the material.
A long-time client and friend of Akihaus design director Lawrence Puah, Zain sought Lawrence's help in designing the flat, while also remaining heavily involved in the construction process.
Designed around the heart of the home - the kitchen - the open-concept first level has several spaces where the family and guests can gather, such as the bar counter, living room, and family room. The openness of the space also helps bring light to the staircase area and throughout the abode.
With the $300,000 renovation (including furnishings), the interiors showcase lots of rich wood textures, such as the distressed handcrafted walnut flooring throughout the lower floor.
The uneven texture creates a unique sensorial experience underfoot, unlike stepping on smooth regular tiles. "The home is a place for rest, and I wanted it to 'wow' in an understated manner," says Lawrence.
A nature lover, Zain enjoys the outdoors, but having Pasir Ris Park a stone's throw away wasn't enough. He installed a green wall from Prince's Landscape in the balcony, which is so luxuriant that "many cars have stopped by along the road to look at it. There was even a passer-by who requested to come in for a look - he stayed for half an hour just admiring it," shares the couple.
Another impressive nature-inspired space in the home is the cosy family room, next to the dining area. Illuminated by sunlight, the space almost seems to glow, as all its walls - as well as floor and ceiling - are decked out in golden bamboo strips.
The only space in the home that doesn't sport that much wood is the master bathroom upstairs, which exudes a luxurious appeal with surfaces clad in marble-like tiles from Rice Fields.
With an appreciation and respect for natural materials, the homeowners and designer have created a stylish home that will last for ages.
Where to go: Akihaus, Tel: 6221-2808
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