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A 30-year-old flat gets a sleek industrial-style makeover

Turning this old HDB flat into a woody industrial haven took plenty of structural alterations and hacking works. The D.D.I team’s streamlined and practical design approach to the living space has culminated in a spacious and storage-friendly home for a newly-wed couple.

Home Type: 5-room HDB flat

Floor Area: 1,453sqft

Text by Disa Tan

While the newlyweds living here had a preference for an industrial theme, they did specify for something woody rather than the usual cement accents associated with the look. Designer Chan Wenjie of D.D.I proposed vinyl flooring for the living area to work in a rich flow of woodgrain patterns and contrasted it with a cool touch of grey laminates. The TV console cleverly conceals the structural beams and columns.

This multi-purpose room was originally a storeroom. Says Project Consultant Alex: “We hacked the wall separating the storeroom from the master bedroom, and merged them to cater for a private study, dresser and the wardrobe.” By maximising the space with full-height cabinetry and overhead cabinets, the homeowners now have a generous amount of storage.

“One of the key considerations for the homeowners is storage space as they have a huge collection of books,” reveals Alex. That explains the floor-to-ceiling cabinets in the dining area. Besides housing their book collection, these cabinets are built to store furniture like folding chairs. These extra seats come in handy as the homeowners tend to hold discussion groups or host company frequently.

In the master bedroom, the access panel to the air-conditioner ledge was a major eyesore. It has since been rectified with a custom-built ledge designed to conceal it from view. To complement the woodgrain accents on this feature, Wenjie customised the headboard in a similar look to maintain a sense of design consistency.



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