Life revolves around the kitchen in this modern rustic five-room flat where the common areas have been made into one seamless zone.
5 May 2022
Home Type: 5-room HDB flat
Floor Area: 990sqft
Text by Janice Seow
This five-room flat channels modern rustic vibes where warm timber surfaces meet sleek lines and touches of vibrant blue. At 990 square feet, it is a suitably spacious pad for the owner, and his tenant who is also a close friend.
“The client loves reading, chilling at home, and hanging out with friends over meals and drinks,” says designer Mikael Teh of MONOCOT. “He wanted the public areas in this unit to feel like one massive space, and desired a modern rustic home that would remind him of the time he spent in the US,” he adds.
Mikael proposed a series of rustic elements such as decorative ceiling beams in the living area, solid wood furniture, and handmade tiles for the kitchen backsplash and master bathroom. These are judiciously balanced with sleek, custom woodwork and cabinetry, mid-century modern furnishings, and rich accent colours that draw the eye to key features.
Prior to renovation, this five-room flat had been rather rundown. It had a typical, boxed in layout that ran counter to the client’s desire for an open and spacious home.
Mikael redesigned the space, removing the kitchen walls to create a large open zone for cooking and entertaining. “We spent a good amount of time trying to figure out this space. The owner wanted to have a place where he could work, read, entertain and prepare his meals comfortably,” says the designer. “After some discussion, we decided on a large custom oak table, with a flip down panel that can be used for chopping and food prep. We also inserted a bistro table by the window to give him the feeling of dining in a cafe,” he explains.
Past the flat’s common areas, the owner’s private sanctum is now doubled in size with the walls between two rooms torn down to create a massive master suite.
The room featured an awkward corner, which had been part of the original master bedroom. Seeing the potential, Mikael has deftly converted the space into a cosy daybed area that merges seamlessly with the generous side table and bed.
Builder, Just Build
Photography by Studio Periphery
Shop the Look
Bookcase in living room from Noden
Vinyl wood-look flooring from Floor Xpert
Laminates in the dining room, kitchen and bedroom from Lamitak
Pendant lamp in dining room from Louis Poulsen
Backsplash in kitchen from RICE
Pendant lamp in bedroom from Menu
Handmade bathroom tiles from RICE
Sanitary wares in bathroom from Meir
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