Depending on who you ask, a luxurious home might mean a sprawling house with multiple levels, where the floors and walls are lined with Calacatta marble, the most plush furnishings and gilded taps.
But for this multi-generational family, comprising a matriarch, her 2 adult children and a grandchild, “their definition of luxury is a home which allows them to enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoor space”, says Jonathan Quek, a director at RT+Q Architects.
“Instead of building to the max, they chose to optimise the land.”
The 2-storey Good Class Bungalow (GCB) off Holland Road is constructed with simple materials, such as plaster for the exterior, laminates for most of the carpentry and tiles for the bathrooms, following the client’s request.
The family had been living here for about 4 decades and, with the arrival of a grandchild, they felt it was time to redesign their home to meet their current needs.
“At the same time, they were also nostalgic about their old home, so they wanted to retain certain elements in the new home,” says architectural assistant Meris Ng.