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$60,000 Renovation turned this Sembawang condominium right into a cool loft!


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Mar 22, 2024
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A verify to repair a water seepage drawback gave house proprietor Kaden Ching the concept to show his common condominium unit right into a loft-style condominium. When staff eliminated the false ceiling in the lounge, he found it was concealing quite a lot of area above.

“I realised I may do one thing totally different with the condominium. I wished quantity within the area and opening up the ceiling has actually modified the look of the condominium,” says the 36-year-old bachelor, who’s an assistant vice- president at a property developer.

He lives together with his three silky terriers in a two-bedroom condominium condominium within the Sembawang space.

Set against a backdrop of exposed brick, the new level is a chill spot with a hip vintage vibe.

Set towards a backdrop of uncovered brick, the brand new degree is a chill spot with a hip classic vibe.

After he had the false ceiling eliminated, his unit situated on the highest ground of the condominium block was renovated to incorporate a staircase and a brand new degree.

5.5m Excessive Ceiling​

Now extra ethereal and brighter than earlier than, the 1,044 sq ft condominium has a ceiling that reaches as much as 5.5m, as an alternative of 3m beforehand.

He’s excited to lastly dwell in a loft condominium. Renovations for the condominium, which he purchased in 2011, had been accomplished earlier this yr for about $60,000.

“A few years in the past, there have been many loft models being launched. I actually wished to dwell in a single. I considered shopping for a brand new flat, then I found that there was all this empty area above the false ceiling.” Set towards a backdrop of uncovered brick, an unique function Mr Ching retained, the brand new degree is a chill spot with a hip classic vibe.

Fake grass covers the ground, whereas a bicycle, which he purchased as an ornamental piece, leans casually towards the wall. Additional in, there’s a small examine the place he can hang around or get work completed. A brief golf-putting mat lies on the ground for him to hone his abilities. He says: “This ground remains to be a work-in-progress. There are not any obstacles so I’ve to place these in, however as somebody who’s hands-on, I wish to set up the grilles myself.

“It’s nonetheless secure for now as a result of I don’t have any youngsters.”

He designed many of the condominium himself, roping in inside design firm Inzz Studio to assist him tweak the ideas.

6-Seater Kitchen Island Counter​

One other main redesign of the outdated unit was the creation of a much bigger kitchen, which encompasses a six-seater island counter for eating joined to a moist kitchen L-shaped counter that has a range and sink. A glass display screen separates the 2 areas so his friends can watch as he cooks.

He says: “I used to be going for the texture of a restaurant, however there needed to be that seamless circulation between the kitchen and the eating desk.”

Exhibiting off his do-it-yourself abilities, he made a cupboard area for his sauces and condiments out of wine crates, which he drilled and put in into the cement screed partitions.

Centring the condominium is a 15kg metal gentle that hangs over the island countertop. Mr Ching purchased it from a second-hand items retailer in Ubi. It value him lower than $100.

He says: “I adore it as a result of it appears to be like to me like an inverted lamp submit. It’s the appropriate measurement and size for my high-ceiling loft.”

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This text was first printed in The Straits Times in July 2016. All pictures: The Straits Instances.
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