The home owners, IT professionals Gordon and Meilian, settled snugly into their three-bedroom condominium about two years ago. Being nature lovers, it came naturally for their condo of choice to be located opposite Bukit Batok Nature Park, and a short stroll to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Their brief to Eloycois Er, principal designer of Erstudio, was to give them a bright and airy interior that was both modern and luxurious. “We believe that less is more and wanted to keep it simple,” says Gordon. They also prefer natural materials such as wood and stone with hints of grains and patterns reflecting their love for nature.
AT A GLANCE
Who lives here: A couple and their two young children
Type of home: A 3-bedroom condominium in Bukit Batok
Size of home: 1,378 sq ft
With two very active young children and no helper, ease of maintenance was also an important factor.
There were also fengshui requirements. Most, such as placing a fountain of wealth on the balcony and ensuring that the light clusters were not of a certain number, did not have any major implications on the design proposal.
However, there were more stringent, location- related criteria and even the height of the kitchen hob that Eloycois had to incorporate into the design.
The family of four moved into their new home in January 2019 after a three-month renovation costing over $80,000. Interestingly enough, as with his other projects, Eloycois started the interior design by first mapping out the positions of the air-conditioning units.
“I look for suitable locations for the air-conditioners first to run the trunking so everything is seamlessly integrated,” he explains. Of course, he has built up an extensive design library and fine-tuned an arsenal of good detailing over the years, but every home still presents a challenge. “It allows me to create something new,” he says.