WITH its chic interiors, this home looks like one created and inhabited by folks with an eye for classy design. But this is only half correct. This three-storey home in the East Coast belongs to a couple with four children aged four and under. Meet the owners Andrew and Avril Tan, their four-year-old twins Abigail and Arielle, two-year-old Abel and ten-month old Abraham.
Mrs Tan said laughing: "I cleared away the toys before you arrived. The kids have been on a no-toys policy since yesterday."
The toys have been tucked away in a store room under the stairs.
With a young brood, the couple knew they needed a place large enough for everyone. Mr Tan said: "We wanted a decent-sized home with four to five bedrooms."
He was attracted to the "simple layout" of this house. On the first floor are the living and dining areas, along with a wet and dry kitchen and a garden large enough for the children to play in. There are plans to build a lap pool there. The bedrooms on the second floor are at opposite ends, separated by a family area, which has been converted into Mr Tan's study.
Two more bedrooms are perched on the top floor, one for the couple and the other for the children.
Mr Tan, a managing director and regional vice-president for a telecommunications software company, said that right from the start, even with four young children under the roof, design aesthetics was important to them.