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Ease into this laidback family home that hints at a tropical resort

This family home features a palette of wood and white, giving it just a hint of a modern tropical resort

Home Type: Semi-detached

Floor Area: 3,500 sqft


When renovating the home for your family, you always want a place that’s warm, cosy and inviting. If you have a large family, than the communal spaces need to be roomy enough to accommodate large gatherings of relatives and friends. Take this two-storey semi-detached house for example. What better way to achieve a warm and welcoming interior design than to have a tropical resort style?

Design firm Neu Konceptz took the liberty to keep this house fuss-free and easy-to-maintain, with a wood-and-white palette that sets the scene for relaxed living. Accent notes like coconut husk tiles and wood laminates perpetuate the laidback vibe, giving the Singaporean family exactly what they want. Designer Gary Wong adopted a light-handed approach when it came to the use of design details. For example, the white feature wall in the living room is visually broken by a single strip of coconut husk.” Another example is the use of mirrors in the house.

The dining table is conveniently located right next to the dry kitchen, making the dining room a great spot for entertaining guests. Here, Gary wanted a space that works for both formal dinners and relaxed family meals. His choice of furniture is casual enough for informal gatherings while the glass-topped dining table can add a polished sheen to more formal situations.

Although the homeowners didn’t specifically request for a dry kitchen, the Gary created a bar counter and a wall of cabinets for easy entertaining in this home. White cabinets, a black glass backsplash and matching black countertops lend a contemporary slant to this space. Gary also points out the use of coconut husk, similar to the one used in the living room, on the front of the bar counter for texture.

Throughout the house are little corners that have been primed for rest and relaxation. One of these pockets of leisure is the little al fresco foyer next to the house. Gary and his team extended the roof of the house to create the awning and decked the floor with dark timber, crafting the perfect spot for the family to enjoy quiet evenings.



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