Raw elements give authentic feel to couple's industrial-style home

Who: A couple in their 20s
Home: Two-and-a-half storey terrace house in Thomson
Size: 1,808 sqf (land), 3,010sqf (built-up)

Daphne Chua and her partner wanted an industrial style for their house as it was "easy to clean"; but the raw elements and "authentic" feel which their designer Ed Ong of Dwell incorporated in the design, soon grew on them.

The renovation, including furnishings, cost $500,000.

"I wanted the industrial style to come through as authentically as possible," shares Ed, who used construction beams or metal I-beams at the front and back of the ground floor of the home.

He also clad the walls on the first floor, as well as the stairwell and staircase, in concrete screed. The latter sports no-frills metal railings and tension cables. For the flooring, the matte grey tiles from Hafary have a concrete-like feel underfoot that adds to the sensorial experience.

The heart of the home, the dining-cum-dry kitchen, is where the homeowners spend most of their time, especially when they have guests over.

The island has a grey Caesarstone countertop; the same material is used for the kitchen countertop, which segues into the TV console in the living room. "I wanted a seamless and clean look that extends all the way to the living room.

The stone supplier said it was the longest piece he's ever done for a residential project," says Ed.

The interior designer separated the wet kitchen from the common areas with glass walls, held up by a frame of metal beams. The beams were positioned carefully to ensure that they don't obstruct the view that looks out into the dining and living areas.

Upstairs, the home's attic was transformed into a master bedroom suite with an open-concept bathroom. "We wanted the bedroom to have a calming effect," shares Daphne, of the only space in the home which has wood-look tiles.

"We also wanted a resort-style bathroom, where we could feel relaxed in, and specifically told Ed to create the pebble flooring!" she adds.

Where to go: Dwell Interior Design, Tel: 6883-1005

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