Every little detail was considered in this designer’s carefully renovated family home.
When hunting for property, home seekers are often advised to consider location, location, location. After all, you can always upgrade a home, but you can’t change your surroundings.
For Kobe Wong and his family, finding a home in the right locale was key. They wanted to be closer to their daughter’s prestigious school and to later enrol their son in a similarly well-regarded primary school nearby.
This home presented the right opportunity, and its sizeable layout was also a big draw.
Its dated interiors may have given others pause, but as the founder of KDOT Studio, Kobe saw possibilities. Wanting to fine-tune the space into the ideal family home, the Wongs took their time to renovate the residence over six months.
Every detail was carefully considered, from ergonomics to storage requirements and upkeep, ensuring every need would be covered.
Through the design process, Kobe’s young kids were constantly on his mind, translating into child-friendly features around the house such as rounded corners, openings to keep a watchful eye over the young ones and shared spaces that encourage the children to bond.
Since his daughter is eight years old, Kobe hoped to spark her interest in design early, bringing her to Hafary, a tile and stone supplier, where she got to shortlist tiles for her own bath.
With free rein over the design concept, Kobe also took the chance to incorporate different ideas and materials so visiting clients would be able to experience the options in person. At times, his vision proved highly challenging for the tradespeople and almost tipped them over their limit.
However, having lived in the house for just over a year, Kobe shares that the family loves their new big space. For him, having a whole level where he can have a proper working environment and material lab without heading to the office is the icing on the cake.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the July 2023 issue of SquareRooms.