Moving from his former four-room BTO flat on the highest level of the block to a three-bedroom unit on the ground floor of the condominium across the road seems to make perfect sense for civil servant Ong Jinxiang.
With the move, the 38-year-old aquascape and plant lover can have a large aquarium without worrying about structural loading. Plus, the Private Enclosed Space (PES) allows him to create his own garden.
He and his wife, Wu Liling, who is 39 and is an administrator in a construction company, fell in love with the unit at first sight. They particularly liked the ample indoor and PES spaces, as well as its layout and high ceiling.
At A Glance
Home: An executive maisonette in Clementi
Size: 1,550 sq ft
Who lives here: A couple in their 50s and three sons in their 20s
ID: Dyel Design
Jinxiang’s cousin from Lush Interior designed the couple’s previous home. They had no qualms about leaving the design of their new home entirely to Don Wong, a designer from the same studio.
Jinxiang, however, had some specific requirements about space management and home ergonomics, aspects of a home that are of great importance to him.
“I wanted to ensure that there are no dead spaces within the home. One of the ways to achieve this is by using sliding instead of swing doors. I also put a lot of thought into the placement of switches and electrical points in relation to how the spaces will be used,” he says.