Houzz Tour: Creative Solutions to Awkward Corners in 5-Room Flat
This multi-generational home got more than a fresh, new look; its odd spaces got a functional transformation too
Who lives here: A multi-generational family of six
Type of property: 5-room HDB flat
Size: 1,600 square feet
Project duration: 12 weeks
Designers: Ben Teo of 19 Eighty Three (in collaboration with Chris Huang of Bowerman Interior / Space Planner)
When the owners contacted interior designer Ben Teo of 19 Eighty Three to renovate their 5-room resale flat, it was already two decades old. The advantage of age was the larger footprint compared to the average size of around 1,185 square feet for flats built in the 2000s.
“The design brief was to tear down all the existing fixtures in the house, and create a bright home with a dash of colour for the family of six,” Teo says.
To create the bright and airy feel, Teo designed clever storage solutions throughout, beginning with the shoe cabinet and bench at the foyer. The wall of cabinets conceals the bomb shelter room, says Teo. It also keeps the hallway uncluttered.
Customised curved sofa: Blafink; plants: Island Landscape and Nursery
Mr Yee, who often works from home, needed a private working space for him to conduct conference calls, and Teo provided this with a glass cube home office that is visually coherent with the living and dining area, but is walled off. The home office has an optional view into the kids room via a sliding pocket door.
Furniture: Blafink, Comfort Design, Taobao; Soft furnishings: Taobao, Hooga
The bank of blue cabinets is where the designer installed the appliances to give the kitchen a practical workflow.
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