Inspired by stylish show flats, Dale Aiden Le Tian of Intermod Space imbued this HDB flat with classic contemporary decor that stands the test of time. The designer opted for a monochromatic colour scheme and accommodated the couple and their four-year-old’s evolving tastes.
4 March 2019
Home Type: 4-room HDB flat
Floor Area: 1,001sqft
Text by Angela Low
One of the main items on the couple’s wish list is to have a larger space. Instead of making major structural changes, which is a costly affair, the Dale Aiden Le Tian of Intermod Space clad the walls with mirrors. These floor-to-ceiling additions visually double the footprint of the house, while brightening up the interiors as well.
For the wife’s love of botany, the balcony has been turned into a mini garden with an artificial turf. Inside, a custom-made 30cm-high coffee table features a ‘floating’ top that opens up into a hidden compartment. The floating cabinet and open shelves cover a niche in the wall and offer storage for the family’s collection of over 500 books.
“Jutting out 30cm from the wall in the middle of the living room, the electrical room is an absolute eyesore,” says the designer, who camouflaged it with a full-length black mirrored door. Beside it, the door to the home shelter is concealed with white wall panels – a sleek element that also reduces the protrusion of the DB closet by 10cm. A recessed niche along the ceiling is painted black to draw the eyes away from the DB closet towards the passageway.
Besides visually opening up the space, the black mirrors serve as a sophisticated albeit unusual kitchen backsplash. As the couple insists on leaving the door to the kitchen open while cooking, Intermod Space came up with a three-part solution to contain the cooking fumes. They moved the stove next to the service yard window, lowered the kitchen’s wall-hung units by 10cm to bring the exhaust hood closer to the stove, and built hidden conduits within the carpentry to transfer the warm air from the hood to the service yard.
For a stylish showflat appeal, the designer introduced horizontal blinds with black ribbons in the bedrooms. They conceal part of the HDB window, which has a column of three small flip-up panels. Streamlined built-in wardrobes, side tables and mirrors all add to the elegance as well.
One of the rooms has been converted into a study for the husband, who doesn’t want to face the wall while working. Thus, the table is placed in the middle of the room, beside the window, from which the man of the house can enjoy soothing views of the Punggol Waterway. The desk also features a bespoke black glass top with a hidden wireless phone charging pad beneath it.
The overall result is exactly what the homeowners had hoped for and more. It definitely does not look like a typical HDB flat, but more like a stylish show flat.
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