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  • This 30-year-old duplex was completely gutted and transformed

    Interior architecture firm Akihaus revitalised this home for a couple and their twin boys.

    Wee Chee, the new owner of this duplex apartment had wanted to take on the design and renovation of the home as his pet project. It was only after he spoke to Lawrence Puah, design director of akiHAUS that he realised his plans weren’t as foolproof as he had imagined. And so began a collaborative working relationship to redesign this 30-year-old apartment.

    The two-storey home was in its original condition with a long and narrow layout, dark interiors and an awkward distribution of floor space. Lawrence and his team gutted as much of the existing home as possible and extended the house to fully utilise every inch of the land. The reconfigured floor plan now includes an extended balcony, a wet kitchen, a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, and an enlarged bathroom.

    Subtle design elements quietly work together to create the refined aesthetics in this home, from the stainless steel inlay set against the glossy laminate on the living room wall, to the textural grains of the black ashwood cabinet divider, to the slip-proof faux marble tiles.