For interior designers, one of the most challenging aspects of designing a multi-generational home is uniting the various needs and wants of the family members cohesively. This HDB Executive Apartment in Tampines is an excellent example.
The 36-year-old apartment belongs to couple Jennifer Yap, 51, and Andrew Choo, 49, who share the home with 29-year old daughter Rachel Foo and five-year-old granddaughter Raeanne, a helper, and various pets, ranging from a dog to an ant colony.
AT A GLANCE
Home: A HDB Executive Apartment in Tampines
Size: 1,593 sq ft
Who lives here: A three-generation family, a helper and many pets
ID: Wolf Woof
The family moved to the unit from a four-room HDB flat in Simei in search of more space to raise Raeanne. “This unit was actually the first unit that we viewed, and we were fortunate that our offer was accepted,” shares Jennifer. The family fell in love with the unit’s convenient location and the huge potential of its interior.
The search for a suitable interior designer, however, wasn’t that simple. After unsatisfactory meetings with five different design and build companies that offered her cookie-cutter design solutions, Jennifer turned the hunt to Instagram, where she found interior design studio Wolf Woof, helmed by Carmen Tang.
“I liked how Carmen approached her projects and documented them on Instagram, which was very personal,” says Jennifer. Their initial meeting went splendidly. The family members were also charmed by how Carmen listened to each of them and addressed their concerns with the design proposal.
The result of the $117,000 renovation –which survived a 10-week circuit breaker delay– is a whimsically cosy home with a balanced aesthetic that reflects each family member’s personality while anticipating the family’s collective future needs.
Each family member gets to decide on the aesthetic of the space they spend most of their time in. Then Carmen cleverly sprinkled design details that unite the spaces into a cohesive visual narrative.