Dream Home: Memories in the Making
David and Zhou Zhou wanted a house that stirred fond memories of Zhou Zhou’s modern Europrean café in China. They collaborated closely with their designer Alan from Luxurious Design, and now have a house that’s more inviting, hip and cosy than any café in town. They recall their renovation and applaud their designer.
Name(s) of Homeowner(s): David Lim and Zhou Zhou
House Type: 4-room BTO HDB Flat
Size of Home: 93 sq/m
Cost of Renovation: $38,000
Duration of Renovation: 2 months
Interior Design Firm: Luxurious Design
Name(s) of Designer(s): Alan Ke
A wraparound Craftstone wall, spotlit by track lighting, creates a cosy café feel in the living room
David, Zhou Zhou and Klifer
HomeRenoGuru: Why did you choose Luxurious Design to renovate your home?
David: It was a referral from somebody who had used their services.
HomeRenoGuru: What was your vision for your home?
Splashes of red liven up the predominantly black and white colour scheme
David: Basically, the theme of the house is modern European. The reason we chose this theme is because it holds fond memories for my wife. She opened a café with a modern European feel in China, and she wanted to bring it over to Singapore.
HomeRenoGuru: What did you request from your designer?
The wet and dry kitchens are separated by glass panelling
A glossy black splashback contrasts with woodgrain laminate
David: When we first stepped into the flat, we realised that it was a bit cramped and not spacious enough. So that’s when we asked for ideas from Alan on what we can do to increase the space. He suggested hacking the kitchen walls to make the whole unit look more spacious. He also advised us to install a glass panel to divide the wet area and the dry area, which is the kitchen and living area.
The master bathroom (top) has a backlit mirror which bathes the occupant in light, as well as soft cove lighting and earthy textures that recur in the common bathroom (bottom)
We also wanted the toilet to look a bit more luxurious. Alan gave us valuable input and ideas within our budget.
HomeRenoGuru: How did your designer go the extra mile?
David: Maybe close to 90% of our furniture was bought online. For online purchases, we needed a lot of measurements, the sizes of certain spaces and the colours. This is one area in which Alan provided extra service for us. He really went out of his way to make sure that everything we bought matched the whole theme of the house.
A vintage-inspired four-poster bed and light fitting create a Victorian feel in the master bedroom
David: Another special request from my wife was that she wanted the wall to have a brick feel. And that’s when Alan input some of his ideas to have Craftstone installed. Initially we only wanted half the wall to be Craftstone, but after some input from Alan, we decided to go with his suggestion and make it a whole brick wall.
HomeRenoGuru: What do you love most about your home?
Hot wheels and sky blue walls in Klifer’s racy bedroom
Zhou Zhou: I saw a bed for Klifer, which I really liked! Alan proposed a few colour concepts to match the furniture and brighten up the whole room for Klifer. I really liked it so much!
HomeRenoGuru: Do you have any general advice for homeowners in search of an interior design company to renovate their home?
David: My advice to owners who are looking for an ID is that while you can do a lot of research, I think the best form of research is referral. Because a referral is from someone who has used the company and can confirm that the quality is there.
HomeRenoGuru: Would you personally recommend Luxurious Design and your designer Alan?
David: I would definitely recommend Alan from Luxurious Design, if you’re looking for renovators and IDs. They did a great job with our home.
Zhou Zhou: Yes, we really like our new home. Thanks, Alan!
The happy homeowners with Vinc, the owner of Luxurious Design (L) and their designer Alan (R)