Under one roof

Under one roof

WHEN Doreen Tan's four children said they all wanted to live under the same roof even after they got married, the doting mother decided to build a home that would be big enough for everyone, future grandchildren included.

Best World president's massive bungalow fits all under one roof

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    When Doreen Tan's four children said they all wanted to live under the same roof even after they got married, the doting mother decided to build a home that would be big enough for everyone, future grandchildren included.

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    The result is a three-storey bungalow with a basement, off Braddell Road, where Dr Tan, the co-chairman and president of Best World International, lives with her retiree husband, Richard Pek.

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    The couple have two sons, both married with a child, and two daughters, who are still single.

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    Their bedroom door opens up to a massive walk-in wardrobe - easily the size of a regular bedroom - complete with an island counter that holds Dr Tan's jewellery.

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    Behind those doors hides a monster - of a bathroom that is, big enough to fit a a king-sized bed, with plenty of space left over.

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    There are his and hers toilets, so there is "no need to fight over who gets to use first," says Dr Tan. The open-air shower even has its own little garden with small trees to "give the space a resort feel, while allowing for privacy", adds Dr Tan.

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    Even though each family member has a room of their own, the home can accommodate a growing family. Going around the 11,000 sq ft house, Dr Tan points out the potential areas.

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    "The dry kitchen can be converted into a room, and there is still plenty of space in the basement," she says. She can do with less living space, but "I must have my grand staircase", she says.

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    A curved staircase connects the basement to the second floor. From certain angles, the sculptural piece resembles a seashell.

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    The outdoor roof terrace used to have a water feature, but Dr Tan has since converted that into her organic vegetable garden, where she grows okra, chilli, chye sim, parsley and pandan.

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    She loves crystals so much that she had a crystal curtain on a wall.

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    Plain walls bore her, so where it was possible, the external walls have either granite, stone or onyx panels on them. Some windows are also covered with foldable aluminium screens.

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    "I just like to sit and watch them play," she says. There is also a gym, sauna, a hot tub, a karaoke room and even a massage room.

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    The basement courtyard is also not spared. Rather than leave it bare, which can be an eyesore when seen from above, a stone garden with plants is there.

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    "I want the home to be such that, no matter where I look, I never tire of it. There is always something to see," says Dr Tan.

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    The children occupy the second floor. All four drew lots when picking their rooms, although each is about the same size, with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe area. One wall holds framed family photos and Dr Tan happily points out who's who.

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    Despite her work schedule, Dr Tan found time to pick out the materials and furnishings that she wanted. Crystal chandeliers are her choice of lighting, because of the "multi-coloured effect when they glow".

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    Pointing to the endless white-panelled cupboard doors all around, Dr Tan quips, "Not all of them are mine. My children also store their winter clothes in some of these cupboards."

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    Her huge bathroom may draw oohs and aahs, but Dr Tan's favourite spot is the dining room - surrounded by glass doors and furnished with just a glass table for 10.

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    "It is the place where everyone gathers, and we talk with each other most often here," says Dr Tan. Her busy schedule leaves her with little time for cooking, but Mr Pek steps in sometimes to whip up his signature braised duck or the children will come together to cook.

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    Given its holiday resort feel, there's little reason for the family to leave home. There is the lap pool, which is popular with Dr Tan's children and grandchildren.

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    Dr Tan and Mr Pek sleep on the top floor, which is accessible by a glass lift for those days when climbing the stairs is a chore.

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The result is a three-storey bungalow with a basement, off Braddell Road, where Dr Tan, the co-chairman and president of Best World International, lives with her retiree husband, Richard Pek.

The house was designed by Kyoob Architects, with designer Terence Chan from Terre Design fitting out the interiors.

The couple have two sons, both married with a child, and two daughters, who are still single.

Dr Tan and Mr Pek sleep on the top floor, which is accessible by a glass lift for those days when climbing the stairs is a chore.

Their bedroom door opens up to a massive walk-in wardrobe - easily the size of a regular bedroom - complete with an island counter that holds Dr Tan's jewellery.

Pointing to the endless white-panelled cupboard doors all around, Dr Tan quips, "Not all of them are mine. My children also store their winter clothes in some of these cupboards."

Behind those doors hides a monster - of a bathroom that is, big enough to fit a a king-sized bed, with plenty of space left over.

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