WHO: A pilot and his two cats
HOME: A two-bedroom condominium apartment in Dairy Farm Heights
Homeowner Ernest Khong's brief to Selina Tay, principal designer and owner of Collective Designs, was very specific: "The design needs to be cat-friendly for my two pets, Chevy and Lexie. The master bedroom has to accommodate a proper queen-size bed, and there should be ample wardrobe space."
In conceptualising the interior design, Selina took these requirements and more into consideration. "As this is a micro apartment, we adopted a more minimalist approach and incorporated elements that help to reduce clutter and bring a lightness to the space," she says.
Budget was another aspect that was carefully considered. In order to keep within the client's budget, Selina worked with the original flooring, doors and frames, but without compromising on the design intent. We take a look at the ingenious design solutions that Selina proposed.
The challenge for the bedrooms was to create a sizeable wardrobe and still have sufficient space for a queen- size bed. The straightforward solution would have been to simply convert the second bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe. But doing that in a two-bedroom apartment would leave him with just one bedroom.
"We decided to take advantage of the high ceiling and introduced a loft that effectively doubles the usable floor area," Selina explains. The original wardrobe in the master bedroom was removed, along with a non-structural wall. The space was reconfigured so that a loft for a queen-size bed could be constructed, with access via a custom-made ladder.
Below the platform, Selina created a walk-in wardrobe. "At 2.2m, the walk-in wardrobe's headroom is just slightly lower than usual, but the space stores so much more than the original two-door built-in wardrobe," she elaborates. There is even a hidden compartment behind one side of the wardrobe that provides much-needed additional storage space.
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