Driven by their love of the clas­sic Hamp­tons style, the home­own­ers took on the chal­lenge of de­sign­ing their dream home them­selves. WHO A cou­ple in their 30s HOME Three- bed­room apart­ment in Bis­han SIZE 1,163sqf

Home & Decor (Singapore) - - LIVING WITH PASSION -

Cap­ti­vated by the charm­ing English coun­try­side she saw on her road trips through­out the UK, home­owner Alice Siah de­cided to recre­ate the airy and rest­ful at­mos­phere in her Bis­han apart­ment when it came to plan­ning the look of her new home.

This proved to be a tough yet ful­fill­ing task, as Alice and her hus­band Wayne man­aged the ren­o­va­tion with­out an in­te­rior de­signer – a feat pos­si­ble thanks to the cou­ple’s good taste in de­sign and the thor­ough re­search they put in. Wayne shares what went into the $100,000 ren­o­va­tion, which re­sulted in a mod­ern, grey-hued home with nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

Why did you han­dle the ren­o­va­tion your­self?

Alice and I had a spe­cific look we wanted, and many con­trac­tors we spoke to couldn’t ful­fil it. Luck­ily, my back­ground in pro­ject man­age­ment made jug­gling the sched­ules be­tween our main con­trac­tor and Coun­try Con­cept, who did all our car­pen­try, eas­ier; they could not work con­cur­rently as that would mean many re-mea­sure­ments on both sides. It was stress­ful, but worth it.

You spent a hefty $40,000 just on car­pen­try, mainly for the kitchen. Why?

Alice loves to cook, bake and craft. She has amassed so much equip­ment and ma­te­rial for these that hav­ing stor­age, as well as ad­e­quate workspace to get cre­ative, be­came the cen­tre of our de­sign con­cept.

We were also in­spired by the el­e­gance of a clas­sic Hamp­tons kitchen, and wanted spray-painted cab­i­netry that would stand the test of time. Coun­try Con­cept was able to bring these to­gether into the space-max­imis­ing, full-height kitchen you see now; there’s a made-to-mea­sure sec­tion for ev­ery­thing from bak­ing trays to art pa­per. The $ 40,000 price tag also in­cludes our wardrobe, bed frame and bathroom cab­i­netry.

ABOVE The liv­ing room is kept sim­ple, but fea­tures plenty of wood ac­cents – a must-have that en­hances the Hamp­tons style’s typ­i­cally pale pal­ette.

LEFT Wayne’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­te­rior in­dus­try’s retail sec­tor gave the cou­ple the con­fi­dence to em­bark on this ren­o­va­tion on their own. OP­PO­SITE The grey paint cho­sen changes shades through­out the day.

LEFT One com­mon toi­let was re­moved to make way for the kitchen, which fea­tures full-height cab­i­nets that neatly wrap around many odd and jut­ting cor­ners of the ex­ist­ing apart­ment.

L E F T , B E LOW The glass doors keep the wet kitchen bright and airy.

B E LOW Au­then­tic wood­grains and Shaker-style cab­i­netry – these were spec­i­fi­ca­tions the cou­ple had for their car­pen­try. The apart­ment is adorned with travel-in­spired decor from their wed­ding in Phuket. (OP­PO­SITE) B E LOW Dec­o­rated with trin­kets and...

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