Relaxing sea views and soothing splashes of colour give this HDB flat a laid-back feel.
It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where families come together and it’s often the social hub too. Whether it’s for preparing breakfast or relaxing over an evening meal, it’s usually the most-used room in a home. And in this renovation project at Marine Terrace, it was the kitchen that turned out to be the star of the show.
As the 20-year-old HDB flat was in its original condition, the homeowners requested an entire overhaul, complete with a change of flooring—the original marble surface was overlaid with vinyl to enhance the overall look and give warmth to the entire space.
The old-school HDB design came with a closed, rather dark kitchen, the nearest window being located in the service yard. To compensate for the lack of natural light, the designer decided to go for an open-concept kitchen, so the surrounding walls were knocked down.
This resulted in a surplus of natural light, as well as plenty of extra space. The entire kitchen was transformed into a soothing yet functional area, inclusive of playful colours across the carpentry and decor, such as the blue and yellow splashes that add some cheer to the white backdrop.
Beyond the kitchen, one unique renovation task was to incorporate a balcony at the edge of the existing living room. Visually separated from the main living area, this is now a small chill-out zone for the homeowners.
The owners of this home were involved at every step of the renovation journey, from the initial curation of raw materials and samples, down to the entirety of the design and build process. They’re both opinionated designers in their respective disciplines, so they frequently clashed on the creative aspects of the build.
Good communication was ultimately the most important factor to ensure that their needs were met. The constant exchange of ideas and information between the designer from The Local INN.terior and the homeowners led to a seamless flow and skilful execution of the renovation process.
While there wasn’t a theme for the new design, the thought process behind it was inspired by the homeowners’ lifestyle habits as well as their experiences while living abroad, providing the couple and their daughter with a functional and beautiful home they’ll love for years to come.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the May 2023 issue of SquareRooms.