A Japandi-style home designed by R INTERIOR combines functionality with beauty, creating a warm and practical abode for this young family.
5-room HDB | Tampines | $70K
Fulfilling the family’s request for a timeless and neutral-hued dwelling, a Scandinavian and Muji-inspired concept was proposed, replete with storage solutions to create a welcoming and low-maintenance household. Since the couple hosts often, their designer incorporated a settee and TV console here that would also provide storage for games.
The unsightly household shelter was concealed with cabinetry featuring fluted panels, further elongating the taller ceiling height of this penthouse unit. A display shelf was also added to the space, allowing the homeowners to showcase their collectables for a personal touch.
The walls of one bedroom were replaced with sliding glass doors, allowing the homeowners to expand the living room if they have more guests. When closed off, the space can be easily converted into a study, play area or guest bedroom.
Demonstrating thoughtful design, the R INTERIOR team installed sliding doors that wouldn’t need a bottom track, minimising tripping hazards and making cleaning a breeze.
Another upside to having these glass doors is that both areas now feel brighter and bigger as well.
Kitchen and dining area
Carrying through the vinyl wood-look flooring from the communal areas has an expansive effect in this area. Further, the kitchen was reconfigured and a custom island with a dining table was added, improving the flow of the cooking zone while giving the couple more room for meal preparation and storage.
To reduce maintenance, hardy Caesarstone quartz was chosen for the countertops, while large, cement-textured tiles were used for the backsplash, reducing the need for cleaning grout lines while creating a seamless look.
With this project, R INTERIOR proved to be adept at getting around challenges. The homeowners wanted a vanity area in the bedroom, so the team turned what would be considered by most to be a “dead corner” into a diagonal vanity area flanked by sizeable wardrobes.
As the works were also done around the circuit breaker period, the team had to deal with completing the renovation on time despite a shortage of workers.
Ultimately, by managing the timeline well and working with trusted and supportive contractors and suppliers, this overhaul was pulled off successfully.
This post was adapted from an article first published in the July 2023 issue of SquareRooms.